Falcon Newsletter
March 4, 2020
Principal’s Message
“Lent is a time of renewal, for the whole church, for each community and for each believer. Above all, it is a time of Grace.” -Pope Francis
As I began my Lenten journey last week, I began to read further scripture passages on Lent. Pope Francis said, “Lent is a time of renewal, for the whole church, for each community and for each believer. Above all, it is a time of Grace.” I really appreciate the idea of ‘renewal’ during this time of Lent. We have 40 days to walk even closer with Christ – to restore, rebuild, or even reconstruct our relationship. God has given us this time – a time for prayer, forgiveness, and care for others. May we walk this journey like Jesus, steadfast in faith, inspired by hope and rooted in love.
” A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me.” -Psalm 51-12
Please join us on Thursday evening, March 5 for our “State of the School Address.” We will meet at 7:00 in the church. We will begin with prayer, and then have a presentation by our School Accountant, FACE representative, PACE President, and School Board President.
Thank you to Mr. Mullin for taking the lead in getting our new school marquee up and running. We are very excited about this new addition.
On Friday, March 6, the school will be hosting the Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper. Please join us beginning in the church.
Peace and Blessings,
Mrs. VanderKlugt
Electives: The students are enjoying many different classes on Friday afternoons:
Second Grade: Our Second Grade loves their center time:
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Coming Events
Friday, March 6
STAR Testing #3 Ends
Wednesday, March 4
Camp Caritas Parent Information
Evening in 7th Grade
6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5
Prepay Event #4
to benefit Heifer International
State of the School Address
7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9
6th and 7th Grades Leave for Camp
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SFA Girls’ Volleyball
The SFA Girls’ Volleyball season for grades 5 to 8 is almost here! Open gyms and practices will begin in late February with matches versus the other local Catholic schools beginning in late March. Practice will be 1-2 times per week at SFA. All skill levels are welcome! Fill out the linked form to join the mailing list:
Contact chris.paik@gmail.com with questions.
Our “PROM NIGHT” Auction is Saturday, April 4 at the Garaventa Center on the campus of Carondelet High School! Auction tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online: www.sfaconcord.org/auction
Tickets are $75 per person or $1000 for a VIP table of 10 (quantities limited).
Auction Help
Volunteers are needed to help with set up/clean up, check in/out, backroom, raffle and drink ticket sales and more! Many jobs offer DOUBLE SERVICE HOURS! To volunteer, please sign up HERE.
There are many opportunities to sponsor our Auction and help support our event!
For every $40 contributed toward a sponsorship, you will receive one raffle ticket where you will have the opportunity to have all service hours waived for the 2020-21 school year!
Faculty Ticket Sponsorship ($20) Support our amazing SFA faculty by making a contribution toward their event ticket. You will receive recognition in the auction program for your donation.
Bar Sponsorship ($100) Your business logo or family name will be prominently displayed at the bar as well as in the auction catalog. You will also receive 1 Signature Drink ticket and 2 school raffle tickets.
Paddle Sponsorship ($150) Your business logo or family name will be prominently displayed on every auction paddle raised during our live auction! You will also receive 1 Signature Drink ticket and 3 school raffle tickets.
It’s time to dig up your old PROM pictures! Share your throwback PROM photo with the Auction Committee and you may see your image pop up on our Facebook page! We look forward using these fun pictures to promote the Auction and share more details as the event date approaches. Send images to sfaauction2020@gmail.com.
This Week in P.E.
The Junior High is working in groups to invent a team game from scratch. Each group will create and demonstrate a team game fit with clear objectives and rules. With the right combination of equipment and creativity, one of these groups may just invent America’s next favorite pastime!
The 5th grade is working on team building. After a lap around the school and a warm-up led by one the students, they’ll be engaging in activities that encourage teamwork.
The 4th grade continues to power through warm-ups and exercises flawlessly. For activity, they’ll be breaking into teams for some baseball on the field.
The 3rd grade is learning a series of new exercises that focus on core strength. For activity, they’re playing “Option Ball,” which is a combination of kickball and baseball. When it’s your turn to hit, you have the option, kick it or swing away!
The 2nd grade is learning about relays and partner exercises. Capture the Flag and Kickball are the activities. They’re working on staying upright for both.
The 1st grade is learning about stretching and muscle groups. For activity, they’re playing a 3-part game of tee-ball.
The Kindergarten is learning a new exercise routine. For activity, they’ll be splitting in half to play Perry Ball and 3-ball soccer.
The TK is learning how to stretch. For activity, they’ll practice catching and baserunning.
ChoiceLunch Focus Group
Are you willing to spend 30 minutes to make school lunch even better? Choicelunch CEO, Justin Gagnon, wants to chat with St Francis of Assisi parents about our school lunch experience. It’s online, so you can be a part of the conversation from a digital device anywhere with an internet connection.
Register now at
Save the Date!
The SFA School Board is busy planning 2 fundraisers and we want you to join us! Both fundraisers raise money for our scholarship program.
  • Trivia Night! Thanks to the success of our first trivia night in November we are hosting another one. Friday, May 1 at 7pm – adults only
  • SFA Night with the Oakland A’s! Tuesday, May 5 7pm – field level tickets are $35 and include free parking plus $10 to be used at the concessions. We will also be organizing a tailgate before the game.
Please mark your calendars and join us at these two community building events. Registration details coming soon. If you have any questions please email Lesley Schooler – lesley.schooler@gmail.com
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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