Falcon Newsletter 12-15-21
Saint Francis of Assisi School students helped grant wishes by writing 319 letters to Santa, as part of Macy’s Believe! Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish for each letter received from Saint Francis Students totaling $319. Thank you to all the students who help grant wishes for other children! When you Believe, wishes come true.
Thank you to our 5th grade for leading us in a prayer service this past Tuesday. They were also busy over the weekend with the Toy Drive.
4th Grade Service Learning Project – Bikes 4 Tykes
Six weeks ago the 4th graders embarked on an incredible journey to earn money to help make Christmas special for kids in our community by partnering with the Contra Costa Fire Department and their Bikes 4 Tykes program. The 4th graders did bake sales, garage sales, chores, made and sold crafts and projects, among many other things! They also hosted a school wide free dress and donut sale. Together they earned $7301 which was donated to the Bikes 4 Tykes program! The firefighters from the Contra Costa Fire Department visited us and helped us put together just a few of the many bikes that will be donated this Christmas. We are so proud of the 4th graders and we thank them for ALL of their hard work!
Thanks to all of you that helped promote the Turkey Drive this year! We loved the support and had a successful event. The girls had a blast cheering for the cars.
REMINDERS:
The Lost and Found is piling up! If you are going to be on campus for the Book Fair this week, please stop by the tables to the left of the entrance to the Book Fair and take a look to see if your child has any items that belong to them. There are lots of uniform jackets and sweatshirts, non-uniform clothing, water bottles, lunch boxes and accessories. None of these items are marked with students’ names.
All uniform clothing that is remaining after this week will be donated to the Used Uniform program and all non-uniform items will be donated to the Good Will.
Thank you!
Mrs. Lauer
  • Friday, December 17- Minimum Day Dismissal (NO FALCON’S NEST IS AVAILABLE)
  • Monday, December 20- January 4, 2022 – Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022- School Resumes (2:00 Dismissal)
A Message From Choicelunch
As consumers, we’ve all encountered rising food prices in grocery and restaurants in recent months. Choicelunch is no more insulated from these increases than any other business. We do our best to anticipate increases in our costs in the spring when we set prices for our upcoming school year. In typical years, we’re able to predict moderate increases and keep the price to our families steady for the entirety of the school year. This year has been anything but typical.
This school year, our costs have risen far higher than we anticipated. Our wage rates are over 20% higher than pre-pandemic levels, and our food costs and packaging costs are up over 10% and 50% respectively. While we expected increases in all these categories in the spring when we set our pricing, there was no way we could have predicted increases at these levels.
Effective January 3rd, 2022, Choicelunch is increasing the price of our entrees by $0.30 and our a la carte sides by $0.10 to address the rising costs of food, packaging, and labor. The January menu will be published following the Thanksgiving break, and Choicelunch families will be notified via email.
In my 18 years of leading Choicelunch, we have only increased our price in the middle of a school year once – and that was following a year where we actually held our price flat from the prior school year. We’ve been fortunate to operate in a low inflation environment over the past two decades. In the past, even when prices increased in particular categories during the school year, there were either corresponding decreases in other categories, or the impact of the increase was manageable enough that we could absorb it. This year, costs are up – and up dramatically – across the board.
Choicelunch remains committed to delivering a great service to our schools, students, and families. We take our work seriously and appreciate the strong partnerships we maintain with our schools. We’re grateful for the trust you put in our company to deliver on our promise to your community every day.
Thank you for your trust, partnership, and understanding during unprecedented times.
Best,
Justin Gagnon
CEO, Choicelunch
Scrip Orders
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP please contact Mrs. Del Prete at [email protected]. The Scrip order form can be found on the school’s website (sfaconcord.org) under the “SUPPORT SFA” tab.
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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