Falcon Newsletter 12-16-20
Principal’s Message
David Rast says, “It is not joy that makes us grateful. It is gratitude that makes us joyful.”
At first I was surprised by this statement. But the more I thought about it, the truer it seems. Joy is not the result of a positive outcome or circumstance in life. If that were the case, then our joy would be tied to external circumstances which we have minimal control over. This is closer to a description of happiness.
Rather, joy is something deeper and from the heart. It comes from living a life of gratitude. And this is not natural; being grateful is a decision and something that is practiced. When we can be grateful in all circumstances, then we can be joyful in all circumstances. Perhaps that is why the apostle Paul says in one phrase,
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes 5:16-18 NIV)
LOOKING FORWARD: WELLNESS WEDNESDAY- Beginning Wednesday January 6, we will be adjusting our Wednesday schedule. This adjustment will allow Professional Development time for our faculty and staff as we continue to work through the many changes in our curriculum and learning. Please see the schedule below:
Grab some hot chocolate and gather around for our First Virtual Christmas Program. Go to bit.ly/sfachristmas this Thursday at 7:00 to join us on Zoom.
COVID-19 UPDATE:
*If your child tests positive or comes in contact with Covid over the Christmas break, please notify Mrs. VanderKlugt via email.
Ms. Katey Series – Your Role in the Virtual School Setting:
Check out St. Francis in the Catholic Voice!
Please click on the image above to open the document.
Dine Out & Donate
It’s Pizza Wednesday! Take the night off from cooking and join us for take out at our Round Table Pizza fundraiser! This Dine Out & Donate event is valid today, Wednesday, December 16, 2020, ALL DAY long from 11am to 9pm!
Get your order to go or place your order online for easy curbside pick up! For online orders, please enter “St. Francis of Assisi School” in the comments section. Or you can choose to have it delivered for $4.99.
***Please note that orders placed on food delivery apps such as DoorDash, Uber Eats or Postmates WILL NOT count toward our event.
No fundraising flyer needed! Simply mention that you’re supporting St. Francis of Assisi School and 20% of all sales will be donated back to our school. This fundraiser is valid only at the Round Table Pizza located in the Oak Grove Plaza Shopping Center (2960 Treat Blvd, Concord).
Help us spread the word! Invite your family and friends to join us! Share our fundraising flyer on your social media accounts! The more, the merrier!
Thanks for your continued support!
Volunteer Hours Report 12-10-20
PACE would like to thank all of you for your time and dedication to helping our school thrive. It takes a village!
If you haven’t had a chance to fulfill any hours, we are still looking for a few positions on the PACE Board. Click here to find out more about these open positions.
Being a room parent is also a way to fulfill all 30 hours. Check with your child’s homeroom teacher to find out if they are in need of a room parent.
If these don’t sound like a good fit for you, there will be more opportunities to help in the spring. Be on the lookout!
Lastly, if you did fulfill hours but don’t see them listed, before emailing, make sure you have filled out the form. All parents are responsible to turn in their own hours this year.
Here are the volunteer hours submitted through December 1st. If anyone has any questions, please email the Volunteer Coordinator Chair, Lori Vannelli at [email protected]
or PACE at​ [email protected].
Breakfast with Santa Extended
Pancake order time has been extended! Order your special St. Francis of Assisi School pancake mix for pick up at the December 17th Fly-By. Regular and Gluten free available, makes a great gift! https://sfacncrd.ejoinme.org/Christmas2020
Parenting Podcasts
TPP 238: Dr. Rebecca Branstetter on Supporting Differently Wired Kids in the Pandemic Holiday Season TILT Parenting: Raising Differently Wired Kids
Dr. Rebecca Branstetter of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective shares strategies for ways parents can support their differently wired children, and themselves, during this unusual holiday pandemic season. For more info, visit: www.tiltparenting.com/session238
From NPR:
Knights of Columbus “Saint Francis Grill”
Mark your Calendar!! Don’t Cook… No Contact Pick Up Fresh Dinners from the Knights of Columbus’s latest addition to the Parish, the “Saint Francis Grill”. We have some of the finest recipes and cooks in the area that will prepare dinners served fresh in a convenient drive-through, circle around Saint Francis Gym/Family center. The next Serving is Friday 12/18 Fresh Made Authentic Bolognese Sauce Spaghetti, garlic bread and salad for 2 $15.00 Pick Up from 5 pm to 7 pm PRE-ORDER, Call in by the day before (925) 338-0658. Leave your Name, how many orders of 2 you want. PAY Check or Cash ONLY at pick up.
Please click on the image above in order to open the flyer.
What is Scrip?
Scrip is a wonderful way for our school to earn money without having to spend extra money!
Every family is required to meet a $4,000 requirement in Scrip orders per school contract. This is easier to accomplish than you might think. If you buy groceries, shop at Amazon, go to Starbucks, etc., you are all set!
How does it work?
There are two ways you can order Scrip. The first is to order gift cards from the school. A Scrip table is set up at any Fly-By. Also, you can contact Mrs. Del Prete to order at [email protected]
The other way you can work toward your required amount is through the ​Benefit App​. Load the link onto your phone and then you don’t have to deal with gift cards. For more information about the Benefit App, see below.
Amazon Smile can now be linked to your Amazon app! No need to log into Smile anymore when making purchases. Go to settings to link SFA to your account in the app.
Every little bit counts! Help us keep costs down and keep Catholic education attainable and thriving!
Thank you for your support!
Support SFA when shopping at Amazon this holiday season.
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: Amazon Smile.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.
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: Amazon Smile.
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.
Best of all, you can even purchase Amazon gift cards through SCRIP or the Benefit Mobile App and use them to shop at Amazon Smile.
Thank you for your support!!
The Benefit App
Another option for families to meet the Scrip minimum is to purchase gift cards through Benefit App on your mobile device. Benefit is a mobile payments app that funds the things that matter most through everyday transactions. You can easily use the Benefit app while checking out in-store or online. Paying with Benefit is faster, safer, and more rewarding than traditional payment methods.
Simply download the Benefit app on your phone, select St. Francis of Assisi as your beneficiary and shop. This app allows you to buy gift cards for thousands of retailers. You choose the amount of gift card: whether it’s for one specific purchase, or a reusable gift card amount. With your selected beneficiary, it will all go towards the school. And don’t worry, the school gets notified of your purchases and you get the script credit. Lastly, if you select your bank account as your payment method, the school will receive a higher % of contributions but you can use credit cards as well.
Save The Date
Auction Committee Volunteers Needed
Planning is underway for our 24th Annual Gala & Auction “A Night in Hollywood” which will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021. We need volunteers to join our auction committee to make this event a success!
Being a part of the auction committee is a great way to get involved, meet parents and support our school while fulfilling your service hours. JOIN US!
Follow the SFA Auction Page on Facebook
Auction Sponsorship
Do you have a local business that you would like to promote on the back of our Spirit Wear which will be worn by faculty and staff throughout this school year? This tax-deductible sponsorship includes a business logo which will be prominently displayed on the back of the apparel, website and social media acknowledgement and an ad in the auction program. Thanks for supporting SFA!
Click on the image to the left to download the Auction Sponsorship and Donation Form.
Scrip Orders
If you are interested in purchasing SCRIP please contact Mrs. Del Prete at [email protected].
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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