Falcon Newsletter
December 4, 2019
Principal’s Message
We hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday, and week off. I have been listening to the students and the many great adventures they had! Thank you to our Saint Francis cheerleaders and their leadership with the Turkey Drive. $1,500.00 in scrip was generated, and many families are thankful for your call to service.
Advent is here! Advent is the season in our liturgical year where we observe a time of expectant waiting and preparation. In Latin, the word Advent means “coming”. What a beautiful opportunity we have this time of year to focus on the coming of Christ! This is the time of year for us to renew our faith as we await in joyful hope, filled with peace and love, for the coming of Christ.
Santa does not deliver gifts to our classroom when we are not there! Be on the lookout for our “TEACHER CHRISTMAS LIST.” Each teacher has decorated a tag with something they want specifically for their classroom. Come by, pull a tag off, and purchase the gift. If you cannot stop by, please call the office, and we will pick a gift off the tree for you! Thank you for your generosity this holiday season, and for helping Santa make our wishes come true!
If you are in the 8th grade and are applying for either De La Salle or Carondelet High School remember that your applications are due on Friday, December 6th.
Please join in the Pearl Harbor Survivor Parade. The survivor bus will be on campus from 1:30-2:00 to visit. Check out this video from last year:
Next Tuesday, December 10th, we will have a Reconciliation Service for grades 3-8. Each class will have a prayer service in their classroom, and then move over to the church for Reconciliation. This is just one way in which we can bring “peace” to ourselves during this Advent Season.
Lastly, please join Mrs. VanderKlugt on Wednesday, December 11th, for “Coffee with the Principal.” We will meet in the Hospitality room, located in the church, from 8:15-9:00, and talk about the great things happening, and our ongoing journey.
4th Grade: 4th Grade is getting ready for Christmas by remembering the true reason for the season! Every day they will open their “kindness calendar” and complete acts of kindness to bring joy to others around them. “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice”- Author unknown
6th Grade: The 6th graders are sharpening their skills on narrative writing. They are also preparing for Young Authors.
“Rooted in Heart,”
Mrs. VanderKlugt
Coming Events
Friday, December 6
St. Nicholas Prayer Service
Presented by 8th Grade
8:10 a.m. in the courtyard
(weather permitting)
Friday, December 6
8th Grade Dance at
Queen of All Saints
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, December 9 to
Friday, December 13
Book Fair in the Library
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 $2 free dress day and 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!
The $2 free dress day will be tomorrow, December 4th! It will be Christmas themed so please wear red, green or anything Christmas related!
We encourage every student to participate in this service learning project. Funds can be brought to your child’s classroom.
Shop & Donate
Planning to do some holiday shopping? Are you looking for a unique gift for someone special? We have the perfect place for you! Please join us for a very special shopping event at WISH in Walnut Creek on Sunday, Dec.15th from 11am to 4pm. WISH will generously donate 20% of sales back to St. Francis of Assisi School! No fundraising flyer needed, all you need to do is mention you’d like to support our school! Hope to see you there!
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!
Girl Scout Troop 31170 would like to thank each and every one of you who donated to our One Warm Coat Drive this past month. Through your generosity we were able to provide 91 coats to Shelter Inc. in Concord. Many in need will be surrounded by your warmth of giving this winter. Thank you again for supporting our outreach endeavors.
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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