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Golf and Casino Letter
Volunteers Needed
Scholastic Book Fair
Academic Decathlon
Outreach for Somalia
Monthly Franciscan
Fiat Award Winners
Innisbrook Fundraiser
Teacher Honored
Top Sales
Parent Commissioning
Trunk or Treat
Evening of Gratitude
Yearbook Orders
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2011 Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Casino Night Letter
Golf / Casino

October 21, 2011

6:00 pm- 10:00 pm


On behalf of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, we would like to personally invite you to participate in our 2011 Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Casino Night, that directly benefits our private, non-profit Catholic school (Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight). St. Francis of Assisi is our community's tri-parish school that collaborates with our three local parishes of Saint Martin de Porres, San Antonio de Padua, and Santa Clara de Asis. Our school is fully and solely supported by the parents and individual donors like you.


To view Tony Ward's entire letter, please visit the SFAYL Blog.

Also, to download the registration form, please visit the SFAYL Blog.

St. Francis of Assisi School Newsletter

Home of the Wolves!

October 6, 2011   

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School families,  


Thank you for helping celebrate the feast day of our patron, St. Francis de Assisi.  At Mass in the morning Fr. Sy shared some interesting stories about St. Francis and later in the afternoon we gathered for a communal blessing of the animals.  There was a great turnout of St. Francis families including those with two and four legs, claws and gills.  The students had a great time and so did their pets.  Our prayers to St. Francis were answered when we were treated to a beautiful afternoon of sunshine.  Many thanks to Mrs. Watanabe and the Student Council for organizing the activity and to our wonderful Pastors and Deacons who were on hand to bless the animals.  Today was a great reminder of how blessed we are as a school community!

To view the Blessing of the Animals article that was included in the OC Register, click here.


Thank you for your help!


Tom Waszak 

Volunteers Needed Desperately 

St. Francis is in desperate need of some helping hands. Please read each of the opportunities below and contact the front office if you can help in any way.


Yearbook Editor

This position is the coordinator for working with Jostens. You will be supported by multiple photographers and Josten's representative, but someone is needed to be the point person for photo submission.


Book Fair Chair

This person will work with a Scholastic representative to help arrange volunteer times to help set up and break down each day. Chairs are also in charge of locking up the money each evening through the office and doing a final tally at the end of the Book Fair.


Sacristans for School Masses

This would not only entail set up before mass, but also appropriate clean up after mass in the sacristy. Even volunteering for one mass would be helpful if you cannot commit to once a month.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair will be here October 11 through the morning of October 14. Students will be able to shop with parents before and after school from 7:40-8:00 and from 2:45-3:15. Each classroom will also visit the book fair during their assigned time that week. Come and see the wonderful books and gifts available for purchase.


We are still looking for Book Fair helpers. Please contact the school office if you have a few hours to volunteer at this exciting event.

Ice Cream Sales for Academic Decathlon

How would you like to cool off in this heat?

Or even let your taste buds perk up with a treat? 

If you are looking for a way to do both with a smile,

Then an ice cream or two is worthwhile.


There is no reason to not enjoy dessert.

It's like having frozen yogurt.

When you see your friends with ice cream,

Don't sit by and daydream.


You'd think it cost a lot to stay cool.

Whoever told you that is cruel.

A dollar is all you'd need,

For ice cream indeed.


To read the remainder of this poem, please visit the SFAYL Blog.
Outreach for Somalia

Yearbook orders may now be placed for the 2012 full color yearbook until November 1, 2011. Please visit the website for more information and to order on line, or the attached flyer to order through the school office. Reserve a yearbook today to treasure your favorite memories tomorrow.

Monthly Franciscan Award Winners   

Each month, St. Francis teachers recognize one student in their classroom who embodies the behavior of our school's namesake, St. Francis. Congratulations to this month's winners of this prestigious award.


KA - Tyler Bingham

KB - Savannah Fregoso

1A - Jake Maricich

1B - Kailee Avina

2A - Mason Koch

2B - Danielle Huizar

3A - Ryan Bass

3B - Dylan Kierulff

4A - Lukas Reyes

4B - Andrew Sumaya

5A - Lauren Vasquez

5B - Robert Dixon

6A - Haley Spellman

6B - Michael Franklin

7A - Annie Flati

7B - Kayleigh McGarahan

8A - Andrew Nguyen

8B - Emmerson Harestad

Fiat Award Winners

St. Francis of Assisi School began our FIAT program, Faith in Action Today, last year. Mary's FIAT was her active participation with God's call for her life. We use the character of Mary as a model for our citizenship on campus, at home and in our community.


St. Francis of Assisi students are faith-filled Catholics who demonstrate an understanding of their faith through their daily actions. During September, we focused on the value of "Respect". St. Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the Gospel always, when necessary use words". We observed respect in our students by their use of positive communication with their words and actions, by the way their demonstrated their recognition of Christ in others, and by treating all on campus with dignity and honor. This month we recognize the following students for their witness of the Gospel through their example of respect:



Nathan Teves


Tanner Truong


Celine Bacily


Elisa Arroyo


Lucas Freeman


Ryan Ward


Luke Honikel


Ciara Curran


Monica Hamra


Hannah Kierulff


Carla Singson


Isabella Hennigar


Bailey Nellesen


George Drosihn


William Hertel


Michael Brown


Taylor Asciak


McKenna Dice

Innisbrook Fundraiser 2011-2012

Our InnisbrookŪ Sale was a success due to the generous support of parents, teachers and staff. Special thanks to all our volunteers for their help from the co-chairs: Michelle Leo & Debbie Van Driesen.


Miss the chance to get an order in? It's not too late! Did you know our school can continue to earn money year-round? Just visit and shop at the Innisbrook Online Store.

Orders for $85.00 or more entitles you to free shipping. The items ship directly to you and our school benefits (40%)!  Make sure to enter the school number before you submit! Our school number is: 102801


Thank you for your continued support and all of your help!

St. Francis Teacher Honored

Eighth grade teacher M'Liss Painter was awarded the "Outstanding Teacher Award" by Cornelia Connelly High School on September 29th. Nominated by St. Francis alumnus Rebecca Shea, Mrs. Painter received a certificate, flowers, and a $90 waiver for the entrance exam fee for a student of her choice. Mrs. Painter was awarded this prestigious honor based on Rebecca's essay:


Mrs. Painter was an amazing teacher. She incorporated every day situations and issues into her lessons. Furthermore, she never taught directly from textbooks; she used resources from outside of the classroom, such as other workbooks, videos, and her own personal experiences. Mrs. Painter not only helped me a significant amount academically, but she also helped mold me into the young woman I am today.


Congratulations Mrs. Painter!  

Innisbrook Gift Wrap Top Sales

Congratulations go Mrs. Casada's Grade 1A class for earning the Top Class Seller Award. They have earned Hank the Hippo for their classroom. Our upper grade top selling class goes to Mrs. Mills' 6B classroom who will have their own Hank the Hippo.


A big round of applause also goes to the top seller in each classroom:

PreK B  Ruth Belinski

PreKC   Aiden Long

KA        Mason Mautino

KB        Lorena Sills

1A        Jake Maricich

1B        Elisa Arroyo

2A        Owen Jarvis

2B        Danielle Huizar

3A        Mason Lopez

3B        Anastacia Yolo

4A        Sohphia Degrassi

4B        Allison Swaving


Thank you to every family for their support for this important fundraiser.

Spiritual Room Parent Commissioning 

The Faith Formation Ministry welcomes all our SFA Spiritual Room Parents!  


Join us for a special Spiritual Room Parent Commissioning at the 8:30 a.m. mass on Monday Oct. 17th at Santa Clara De Asis. We shall have a meeting right afterwards to share ideas for a successful year!  


Contact Judi Moallem with any questions at 714-281-2328 or 714-309-8248 (cell).

Trunk or Treat 2011 

All St. Francis families are invited to attend Trunk or Treat at Santa Clara de Asis Parish on Saturday, October 22nd. From 6:30-9:00 p.m. treats will be passed out from decorated 'themed' trunks. This event provides a safe family environment for trick-or-treaters. Come in costume and go trick or treating from trunk to trunk!


If you would like to decorate the trunk of your car to help with this fun event, please contact Eloise De Santos at For more information, please see the flyer on the St. Francis website. This Halloween event is guaranteed fun for the whole family!

An Evening of Gratitude - Save the Date! 

Attention all St. Francis families! We have a special year planned for you.Our theme for this year is "Doing God's will up on the hill." Save the date for an evening of gratitude:


November 9th, 2011

7:00 p.m. in the St. Clare Center

All St. Francis of Assisi parents and guardians encouraged to attend

Order Your 2012 Full Color Yearbook Today
Yearbook orders may be placed for the 2012 full color yearbook starting now until November 1, 2011. You may either fill out the order form found on our website and submit to the front office, or order online by visiting  Please see the attached flyer for pricing and details.  Reserve a yearbook today to treasure your favorite memories tomorrow!
Adding to the Digital Community

If you have something you would like to see posted in our weekly St. Francis eNewsletter, on the St. Francis blog, or an update for our website, please send all information to Jackie Gillespie at

Thank you for taking the time to view this email. I hope you have a wonderful day, and I look forward to meeting you in person.





Tom Waszak




St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School