It was great to see everyone participating in our Catholic Schools Week celebration last week. Beginning with mass, decorating our cars with Falcon pride, dress up days, playing Who’s Who with the teachers, and working to be the “change,” it was beautiful to see everyone so happy to celebrate our community. It is also wonderful to see the classroom doors open, and hear the sounds of the students laughing and learning as well as watching our teachers prepare and present the many lessons with love. What a blessing!
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Nicole Cortez to our Saint Francis of Assisi Community as our new 7th grade teacher. She would like to share the following message:
Hello to the St. Francis of Assisi community!
My name is Nicole Cortez and I am thrilled to be joining such a tight knit community of students, faculty, and families. I grew up in a similar community, just over the bridge in Benicia. I graduated back in 2010 with friends I’ve known since preschool. I attended Saint Mary’s College after transferring from DVC where I earned my Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with honors in 2014. I dabbled in a few different jobs, but nothing felt right. I finally decided to give teaching a go, a career path that was always on my mind. I had my first substitute class of 7th graders and I knew this was right for me. I enrolled back at my alma mater for their credential program. One year of schooling later, I find myself enthusiastically here at St. Francis!
When I am not preparing lesson plans or grading, I love to be in the kitchen baking and cooking meals for loved ones. I miss the days of traveling with friends, especially going down south to visit the happiest place on earth! Being in quarantine allowed myself to get back into gardening with a thriving vegetable patch filled with way too many pumpkins. It took a pandemic for me to learn a lot about myself and how to pivot in so many ways.
I am looking forward to meeting you all and ending the school year on a positive note! As I end this introduction, I’d like to leave with a quote from my personal favorite book series, Harry Potter. I think it is important to find the positives of any situation, especially in times like now. “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
Thank you Ms. Cortez and WELCOME!
This week, progress reports will be sent home. In grades TK-2 you will receive an individual report for each student. Grades 3-8 will be sending home a form for parents to verify that you have seen your child/ren’s grades on PowerSchool. Please work with your child and teacher to be sure that all assignments are turned in as we move toward the end of the second trimester.
Next Wednesday, February 17, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday. We will attend mass at 8:30 together as a school community. Please see below for the Saint Francis of Assisi Church Schedule.
Have a wonderful three-day weekend, no school on Monday, February 15, in celebration of President’s Day.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!
*Please be sure to read the updated Reopening Plan that is found on our school website.
*We are in need of hand sanitizer and Clorox Wipes. If you are able to help out please send in your donation with your child.
Saint Francis of Assisi Non-Uniform Dress Guidelines
*Please be sure to read and review the following guidelines with your child/ren.
Out- of-Uniform Dress. The following items are NOT allowed and may result in a Disciplinary Referral:
Yoga or yoga like pants, non-uniform leggings, jeggings, athletic shorts or pants. Torn, faded, baggy, tight fitting or cut off pants. Any apparel items with inappropriate sayings or pictures. Tank, thin, cropped, cut out, low cut or bare midriff tops. Flip flops, sandals or boots of any kind. Miniskirts or short shorts.