Falcon Newsletter
December 11, 2019
Principal’s Message
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28
The faculty and staff have been following Matthew Kelly during the Advent season. We would like to share with you, today’s message: No More Mother Teresas
Jesus is waiting for YOU!
Thank you to all of the families who donated either toys or money for our Toy Drive. The 5th graders went shopping on Saturday at Target and bought all kinds of toys. Our community brought in $1700.00, and over 340 toys were bought! This is a true example of what Advent is all about.
It has been so fun to see all the fun Christmas socks and hats around campus.  Please join us this Friday, December 13th for our Advent prayer service hosted by the 5th grade. It will take place at 1:30 in the quad area. On Wednesday, December 18th, students may have Christmas free dress. Also, the teachers will be wearing their “ugly” sweaters; it should be a sight to see!
On Tuesday, December 17th, Falcon’s Nest will be closed in the afternoon so that the faculty and staff can attend a Christmas celebration. On Thursday, December 19th, please join us for our Christmas Program. We will have a 1:30 and 7:00 performance on this day, and we look forward to seeing you all there! Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Book Fair, it will run through Friday.
6th Grade: The 6th Grade did a wonderful job with their Walk Through Ancient Times. The costumes were amazing, and the instructor said, “This was one of the best times I have had!”
8th Grade: The 8th grade led the student body in a St. Nicolas prayer service. Students were asked to put their shoes outside the classroom, and in return it was filled with a candy cane.
Family Prayer: Mary our Mother, bring peace to our home. Help us build the love for your Son I our hearts. Help us to be like you, bringing Jesus’ message of peace to the world.
“Rooted in Heart,”
Mrs. VanderKlugt
Coming Events
Monday, December 9 to
Friday, December 13
Book Fair in the Library
Friday, December 13
Advent Prayer Service
1:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 14
Breakfast With Santa
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, December 17
All-School Mass
8:30 a.m.
Falcon’s Nest CLOSED
in the afternoon
Thursday, December 19
Christmas Program at 1:30 and 7:00
in the church
Friday, December 20
Christmas Break Begins
No School!
Clicking on the image above will allow you to open a Google Calendar and, if you wish, add it to your own calendar.
Fifth Grade Toy Drive
Fifth Grade is hosting a toy drive!
The toy drive will run from Monday December 2nd – December 18th. The boxes will be outside of the front office to drop off NEW, UNWRAPPED toys!
Shop & Donate
If you are shopping for that perfect gift for someone special, we have the just the place for you! Please join us for a very special shopping event at WISH in Walnut Creek this Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 from 11am to 4pm. WISH has been voted “Best of the East Bay” and is an ideal shop to find beautiful gifts for the home as well as an adorable selection of items for children of all ages!
Best of all, WISH is owned by the Varni family, who is a member of our very own St. Francis of Assisi school community. They are hosting this one day only shopping event and will generously donate 20% of total sales back to our school! Simply mention you’re there to support SFA and they will take care of everything!
WISH is conveniently located at 2333 Boulevard Circle in Walnut Creek.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
El Pollo Loco Fundraiser
Many thanks to everyone who braved the rainy weather last week to come support our Dine & Donate event at El Pollo Loco! It is so great to see our SFA community come together to support our school. El Pollo Loco is a family business that is owned by a member of our very own school. We were very excited to partner with the Perales family for this event and are thrilled to announce that instead of the standard 20% fundraising donation, the Perales has generously agreed to donate 50% of the night’s proceeds back to our school!!!! St. Francis of Assisi School will be receiving a check for $371.40!! That’s simply AMAZING! We are truly blessed to have such a great families in our SFA community!
What is Amazon Smile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the EXACT same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on Amazon Smile, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price to St. Francis of Assisi School. It is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Francis of Assisi School every time you shop, at no additional cost to you!
How do I shop at Amazon Smile?
To begin shopping at AmazonSmile and simultaneously begin supporting St. Francis of Assisi School, simply click on this link:
You may also want to bookmark it to make it even easier to shop at Amazon Smile.
About Product Availability, Pricing and Services
Amazon Smile has the same wide selection of products, great low prices and convenient shopping features as Amazon.com, including Amazon Prime Member benefits.
Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on Amazon Smile?
Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and Amazon Smile. Your Shopping Cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry and other account settings are also the same.
Will this count toward my family’s SCRIP commitment?
No it will not, but you CAN purchase Amazon gift cards through SCRIP or the Benefit Mobile App and use them to shop at Amazon Smile.
Can I receive a tax deduction for amounts donated from my purchases on Amazon Smile?
Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
Is this only available for a limited time?
Not at all! ANYTIME you shop at AmazonSmile, a portion of your purchase will be automatically donated back to St. Francis of Assisi School.
Can anyone shop on AmazonSmile?
Absolutely! Invite your family and friends to help support SFA by sharing this link:
Otherwise, on their first visit to Amazon Smile, they will need to select “St. Francis of Assisi School” as their designated beneficiary before they begin shopping. Once that has been completed, Amazon Smile will continue to automatically donate to St. Francis of Assisi School.
Thank you for your support!!
Dear SFA Church and School Families,
As most of you know by now, our school’s drama teacher, Phyllis Gurnett, and her family have been dealing with a family health crisis involving their eldest son, Quinn, who is 19 years old. If your child has previously been in drama, they would know Quinn as in past years he helped his mother with practices and performances.
In July, Quinn enrolled in the Navy, hoping to become a Navy Seal. While in boot camp, a routine eye exam led to the discovery of a brain tumor. At the time of the discovery, Quinn was rushed to Chicago and underwent 3 separate brain surgeries before it was determined that the tumor is malignant and would require chemo and radiation. During that time, Phyllis and her husband, David, were taking turns traveling between California and Chicago to be with Quinn, while also taking care of the remaining children here at home. The Gurnett’s have eight sons ranging in age from 19 years (Quinn) down to 1 year (Chapman).
Quinn is back in California with his family, but is now undergoing chemo and will start with radiation treatments in January, which require travel back and forth to San Francisco – Sunday through Friday for six (6) weeks. While Phyllis is involved with the drama practices and performances, husband David will travel and stay with Quinn. At home, the older Gurnett boys will take care of the younger ones.
A number of our School and Church Members have been wondering what could be done to help ease some of the pressure on the Gurnett Family during this critical time in their lives. Phyllis’ busiest days are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday when she is working with the drama students at St. Mary’s, St. Francis and Christ the King. In addition to teaching Drama, Phyllis is the Music Director at Christ the King Church. Providing a meal for the family on these days, will be a big help for Phyllis.
A Sign Up Genius has been started for this purpose. If you would like to help out with a meal, please send your e-mail address to [email protected] and ask to be included in the Sign Up. The family has no known food allergies and the only food they DO NOT eat is Pasta in any form. Phyllis has tried, but the boys just don’t like it!
The Drama students are currently rehearsing for Frozen, Jr., with performances to be held January 9th through 16th at the Danville Theatre. If you would like to see the production, please contact the school office for information on tickets. It’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Some of you have asked about a “Go Fund Me” account and there is one that was set up by family friend, Tess Mabee McIntosh. It can be found at the gofundme.com website by clicking on the search button in the top left corner and searching under “Quinn Gurnett”. You should see a photo of Phyllis, her husband David and their sons. It will identify them as living in Brentwood.
Another option, would be to provide gift cards for take-out restaurants or gas – you can even use ones from our school script program. They don’t have take out or eat out often due to the expense of feeding themselves and 8 growing boys, but these are the restaurants close to where they live: Chipotle, Subway, Melo’s, Conina Medina, Mimi’s Cafe, Kinders, Lumpy’s Diner and Digger’s Diner.
Lastly, the only thing Phyllis has asked for is your continued prayers for Quinn. We all know the value of prayer cannot be understated.
Many thanks to those of you who have already signed up for a meal, donated to the Go Fund Me Account and/or who have provided other support to Phyllis and her Family. They are most deserving and very appreciative of every gesture.
Best wishes to each and every one of you for a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, happy New Year!
Sports Basement Holiday Shopping Event
Shopping for a sports enthusiast? Or do you need the latest gear for all that snow up in Tahoe? Why not get exactly what you need at our St. Francis of Assisi Holiday Shopping Event at Sports Basement! This WEEKLONG event for friends and families of St. Francis of Assisi School will take place December 15-21, 2019 at ALL Sports Basement locations in the Bay Area. You can even shop online as well.
All Basementeers get an extra special 20% discount! Not a Basementeer? Not a problem! You can still receive 11% off your entire purchase!
Happy Ho-Ho-Holiday shopping!
Support SFA by Shopping at Amazon
News From Carondelet
Carondelet welcomes your family to some wonderful opportunities on campus! Space is limited for some of these events, so please make sure to register as soon as possible. Please reach out to Jessica Mix, [email protected], with any questions.
HSPT Prep Course (8th-grade boys and girls) – December 14th, 9:00 am ($75 registration) ONLY 20 SPACES LEFT!
We are partnering with East Bay Prep test preparation center of Concord to offer an HSPT prep course for boys and girls. This 3-hour workshop will focus on HSPT tips and test taking strategies and is open to any prospective Catholic High School 8th grade student. Registration available online until max capacity is reached.
Middle School Choral Opportunity (6th-8th grade boys and girls) – December 11th, 7:00 pm Registration will close November 8th
Calling all singers… COME PERFORM WITH US! Carondelet and De La Salle High School’s Choral Program invites current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to perform with us at our annual Christmas Concert this December. Rehearsal times and registration information available online.
The Story
Reserve your tickets now for “The Story: God’s Redemptive Design Through Living Art” at North Creek Church. Visit their website here:
St. Francis Annual Auction
Our Annual Auction will take place Saturday, April 4 at the Garaventa Center at Carondelet High School.
Make sure to “LIKE ” our SFA Annual Auction Facebook Page to stay up to date on the latest information about this event! You won’t want to miss it!
Nut-Free School
Due to the severe, sudden, and life-threatening nature of peanut & tree nut allergies, St. Francis of Assisi School is a NUT-FREE school environment. No peanuts or nuts are allowed on campus at any time nor at any school-sponsored events- on or off campus. Thank you for supporting our proactive policy.
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Our Mission Statement
Inspired by our patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, in collaboration with the Parish, community, parents, and students, our school celebrates an environment which is dedicated to providing quality faith-based Catholic education in a safe and nurturing environment for students in grades TK-8. Our value-centered academic programs empower the students with the skills to be faith-filled people, life-long learners and problem solvers, globally responsible citizens, and effective communicators.

St. Francis of Assisi School

866 Oak Grove Road
Concord, Ca. 94518
(925) 682-5414