Falcon Newsletter
March 18, 2020
Principal’s Message

I am incredibly grateful to walk with you during this time. We have been placed on a mandatory “shelter in place,” and school will not resume until April 8th.  We will continue with Sustained Learning through this time. We are the Body of Christ and together we will move forward through this challenge, walking by faith and with a growth mindset. During this mandated break away from our school, may we find comfort in knowing that we are still a community, even when we are far apart. We are Strong Today. We will be Stronger Tomorrow. We are Strongest Together.
I look forward to learning, sharing and growing alongside all of you. I am grateful for our teachers who are vested in making sure that learning still takes place, and reaching out to our students both academically, socially, and emotionally.
Please be sure to follow the guidelines below as we continue with our Sustained Learning Process:
  1. Please submit your attendance to your homeroom teacher by 9:30 each day, or your child/ren will be marked absent.
  2. If your child did not take the necessary books home, please be sure that they communicate this with their teacher for an alternative assignment.
  3. There is no school on Friday – it is a previously scheduled student holiday.
The schools in our area have been invited to join in a novena for our schools. I have attached the link here: How to Pray the Miraculous 54-Day Rosary Novena
LOOK WHAT IS HAPPENING:
Last week, our 6th and 7th graders were blessed with the opportunity to attend outdoor camp. They enjoyed many activities and were able to work together as a team, to strengthen their bonds together.

6th Grade Camp

7th Grade Camp

4th Grade:
Today the 4th graders took part in a classroom ZOOM math lesson, and question and answer time.

SCHOOLWIDE UPDATES:
  • Jack’s Urban Eats Dine and Donate has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 28th.
  • The auction has been postponed.
  • Saint Francis of Assisi School campus is closed until Tuesday, April 7
“May the words we speak and the actions we take, bring peace, bring comfort and most especially bring direction to our Catholic Schools.”
“Rooted in Heart,”
Mrs. VanderKlugt
Click on the image above to read the letter in English and Spanish.
CANCELLED EVENT – Jacks Urban Eats Dine & Donate Fundraiser
Due to corona virus concerns, Jack’s Urban Eats has temporarily closed its restaurant. Our Dine & Donate fundraiser is cancelled and will be rescheduled for a future date. Stay safe Falcons!

A Note from Jack’s Urban Eats:
We wanted to reach out to let our local community know that we are open for Take-Out and Delivery! We have so appreciated partnering and helping out with fundraisers with your local organizations in the past and now we hope to look for YOU for help supporting us as your local business in these trying times.
Customers can call our phone line (925) 954-1570  or ORDER ONLINE – www.jacksurbaneats.com to place their order and that will be ready for takeout or curbside. OR we are on DOORDASH & Postmates for delivery.
We so appreciate you again and hope you can share this with your neighbors, friends and family. Thank you!
Miss Katey’s
TEN ESSENTIALS FOR HELPING CHILDREN COPE
(10 “E” S for COPING)
1 Eat right
Make sure children eat a balanced and healthy diet (limit sugar and processed food). Children should be well hydrated with water (avoid caffeinated drinks, limit juice & soda).
2 Enough sleep and rest
Ensure that children get enough sleep and relaxation. Most children need to sleep between 8-10 hours a night. Children who have busy schedules or have been experiencing stress or multiple changes in their lives may require more sleep or time to rest.
3 Exercise
Physical activities help children work off stress and let go of negative feelings. Sports, active games and play can allow children to “blow steam off” and lift their spirits.
4 Express feelings and fears
Expressing feelings and fears is the first step to making them manageable. Invite children to express their feelings and concerns by providing opportunities to talk, draw, play and “act-out” their experiences. Some children may need help sharing or understanding their feelings or concerns. It helps to “label”(identify) and normalize children’s feelings and experiences.
5 Enjoy
Facilitate and divert children to pleasurable experiences. Find out what activities your child likes and create opportunities for fun and laughter. Imaginative and creative play is a natural way children process and relieve stress.
6 Expectations
Establish clear and consistent expectations, limits and routines. Children need predictability to feel secure. Make sure children know and understand expectations by teaching and practicing and enforcing expectations. Provide and post visual and written schedules, standards, and rules. Frequently model and verbalize expectations.
7 Empowering experiences
Facilitate opportunities where children can experience success, competence, or positive aspects of themselves. Allow children to lead or help out in an activity, help them master a skill, or try something new or challenging. Chores and “jobs” give children a sense of value and purpose.
8 Encourage
Convey a sense of hope and belief in children. Talk positively about the future and your children’s abilities. Focus on reminding children of their strengths and progress. Reassure children through hugs, praise effort and progress, and share real life inspirational stories.
9 Establish an equilibrium
Help establish or restore balance to children’s lives. Allow enough time for children to work and play, spend time alone and with others, do structured and imaginative activities, and to have quiet and active times. Assist children in managing daily demands by helping them organize their time, tasks and things (prioritize and break tasks down). Identify challenges and facilitate problem solving. Adjust children’s distorted perspectives by offering a positive or more realistic view. Support overwhelmed children by highlighting their abilities and accepting their limitations.
10 Enlist experts
Consult with experts if children are experiencing extreme and chronic emotional difficulties.
Support
One of the greatest ways to maintain and improve emotional well being is through positive interpersonal relationships. Children who have strong connections with their family and friends are better able to cope with stress and challenges. Help children make good friends and to positively participate in activities. Provide extra support by being truly present and setting up “special time” with your child.
Copyright Katey Woods, LMFT @ 2019

PowerSchool Portal
The PowerSchool parent portal is currently closed so that teachers can work on report cards. The portal will reopen Friday, March 20th.
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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