Wednesday, March 25th
Principal’s Message
Dear Families,
First and foremost I would like to let all of you know how much you are missed and that my prayers for good health are with all of you and your families! These are indeed strange and anxious times for all of us adults and even more so for our children. I find myself missing those hectic mornings, the commute and most importantly my interaction with the children, parents and staff of our SFA family. I encourage each of you to reach out to those you had “normal” contact with during “normal” school days so as to maintain those relationships. I would also encourage, to the extent possible, letting your children face time with each other (under supervision) so that they can see that they are not completely isolated from the world. Let them see and laugh with their friends!!!
During this first week of Long Term Dismissal (LTD) instruction I have had the opportunity to view the on-line instruction being provided by our staff. I have, on occasion, even joined in on this interactive form of study and have enjoyed my brief time with the children as they interact with their teachers. The staff of SFA is doing an absolutely fantastic job adapting to this unfamiliar way of providing education. I have been monitoring news reports that are touting this form of instruction by schools, and I am proud to report that SFA is exceeding most schools in their delivery of curriculum. As with everything that is new, there is a learning curve. I ask for your continued patience and support of our efforts to continue to provide a quality education to our students. As always, if you have questions or are experiencing problems with the delivery of the on-line instruction, please reach out to your classroom teacher for assistance. Together we can make this work!
The greatest uncertainties we currently face, such as when schools will re- open, and how schools will proceed long-term, will ultimately be answered under direction from the highest levels, be they diocesan, state, or federal. At this time, we do not have clear answers to many of these pressing questions. The Oakland Diocese has directed that our schools are to remain closed at least through the end of Easter break: April 20.
I also remain in daily contact with our SFA staff. We are diligently working to make this transition as smooth as possible. We are not only addressing the current issue at hand but also trying to navigate the intricacies of attendance, testing and grades. Our goal is to stay on course as much as possible as this LTD will not last forever and we will one day soon get back into the normal swing of things!
With that said, this is the normal time of year where we begin preparation and planning for next school year as well. As out of place as that may seem given our current situation, it is a necessary reality! In the coming weeks, I will be sending out information and requests for the preparation of the 2020/2021 school year as we do each year. I ask that you be responsive to these requests as planning is crucial, now more than ever!
Again, my prayers for health and happiness are with you and your families,
Blessings,
Mrs. VanderKlugt
SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE:
Saint Francis of Assisi School will continue with our Long Term Sustained Learning program until Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Beginning Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020, we will celebrate our Easter/Spring break and plan to resume learning on Monday, April 20, 2020 (in whatever form that is).

Once Upon a Time,
…a man went to get himself a glass of water and as he picked up the glass, the glass said, “Stop, look at me. Don’t you see I am already broken?”
“What?” the man said, “You are in perfect condition.”
“Regardless,” answered back the glass, “I will be of no use to you–I am already broken.”
‘Nonsense,’ the man thought and he filled up the glass with water and said, “See, you hold the water wonderfully — not one drop leaks out.”
“Take a better look,” said the glass, “and you will see I am already broken.”
Holding the glass to the light the man said, “Ridiculous, see how the light shines through your glass and water–it sparkles and shines. You’re beautiful and your glass possesses no cracks.”
“But, don’t you see, sir,” repeated the glass, “I am already broken.”
“No, you’re not,” barked the man and he drank the water from the glass.
“See? Perfect. You are perfect.” and he placed the glass carefully back on the shelf. Before he left the room, he took one more look at the glass and asked it, “Why do you keep saying you’re broken when you’re not?”
“How else will you see me?” responded the glass.
“Excuse me?” said the man, “I don’t understand.”
“How many times have you picked me up and drank from me?” asked the glass.
“Hundreds of times.” answered the man.
“Exactly!” was the glass’ sharp reply. “And you never once saw my beauty. But this time, because you were afraid I was broken, you took time to look at me and you saw how precious I really am. If that’s what it takes to get your attention, then remember, this glass is already broken.”
In light of the current pandemic with COVID-19 we are all reminded about the precious gift of life and of lives of those we love. Because our gift is so fragile we must always hold and see the ones we love first and foremost in our minds and hearts. Our daily “routine” seems small and insignificant when compared with the potential loss of those we love. Together, let us reassure our children that they are safe and well cared for.
Let us pray that our leaders inspire hope and calm in time of grief and let us remember the victims, their families and the loss of life in our prayers and thoughts. Finally, let us give thanks for those who, right now, are offering their support to restore health and safety to our fragile global village.
Although the “glass is already broken,” let us try to see all our brothers and sisters as vessels of our collective and unbreakable human spirit reminding the world that, as we stand in solidarity, we do so with our deep trust in the merciful providence of God.
God Bless all of you!
Prom Night News

Prom is postponed…our Annual Dinner & Auction has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 13. We will honor previously-purchased tickets for the rescheduled event. If you have purchased a ticket and are unable to attend on this new date, please contact us via email sfaauction2020@gmail.com. If you have not purchased a ticket, you can continue to do so through our website www.sfaconcord.org/auction.
We appreciate the support shown by all those who purchased tickets and tables to the event, those who sponsored faculty tickets and for our many volunteers who have dedicated so much of their time to help make this event a success. We are also grateful for the generosity and support of our auction donors and sponsors.
The Auction serves as our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and we look forward to celebrating with our school community in June! Please check the weekly Falcon Newsletter and SFA Auction Facebook site for more information in coming weeks. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during this time.
Thank you,
Lili Martin, Janel Pelosi, Carrie Schwabacher & Sarah Watson (Auction Co-Chairs)
Video Conferencing With Students
St. Francis of Assisi School believes that technology should be used as a vehicle of communication, analysis, and research in light of Catholic values and moral decision-making. SFA is committed to the integration and effective use of current and future technology to further the educational mission of SFA and the Church’s mission of spreading the Gospel to all people.
As we provide sustained learning for your children, one of the technologies we may use is a video conferencing tool like Google Meet or Zoom. However, before your child can be in a video conference, we need permission from you. Please complete this form as soon as possible to grant us your permission:
Thank you!
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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