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Christmas Around the World
Santa's Secret Shop
Calling all Baskets
Caught Being Good
Lost and Found
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St. Francis of Assisi School Newsletter

Home of the Wolves

November 16, 2011   

 Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School families,  


My time at St. Francis has been great but last week was anTom Waszak especially good week. Here's why. First, I had the privilege of formally visiting seven classrooms. In addition to great planning and lesion delivery I saw great passion for teaching.  Included in the lessons were elements of creative and critical thinking, role-playing and demonstrations, individual and group activities, inquiry based questions and hands on direct experience.  


To continue reading Principal Waszak's message, please visit
Upcoming General Parent Meeting

Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Clare Center

            Focus: Report on School Finances


Students whose parents attend the meeting will be able to have relaxed dress attire on Friday, November 18.

Cookie Dough Delivery


Thursday, December 1, 2011, our cookie dough will be delivered and be ready for pick up by 1:30.   December 1 will also be a rainy day pick up to facilitate all parents picking up cookie dough from the St. Clare Center that afternoon. Day care families who purchased cookie dough will have their orders transferred to the day care room for pick up that afternoon. 


We thank you for your support of our cookie dough fundraiser and hope your home is soon filled with the aroma of freshly baked cookies.

Thank You from Grade Eight


Eighth Grade would like to thank the parents who chaperoned on our recent trip to AstroCamp. Thank you to Mr. Kenney, Mr. Orrin, Mr. Vallejos and Mr. Weber. We had a wonderful time.  Thanks for making it possible!

Tickets Now Available


Want a taste of Heaven? Here's your chance. Tickets for Premiere seating for "Amidst the Clouds" Auction Gala are now available.  Also, when you reserve, special discounted rates await you at Disney Park and the Disney Hotels. Buy before Christmas, as prices will increase January 21st 2012Log on to reserve your auction tickets and park or hotel tickets if you wish. Visit the website for more information. 

SFA Mom's Club Social Event Dates


Join us for a fun field trip on Monday, December 5, 9:00 a.m. at Le Potager in Fullerton (108 W. Brookdale Place) for a special table setting demo (10% discount & private shopping for our SFA moms); Monday, December 12th, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m., Saint Clare Center, Christmas Cookie Swap.  For more information, or to RSVP to our meeting dates, please contact Megan Morris at or (714) 779-7723.

Christmas Around the World


Faith Formation Ministry invites all St. Francis families for an evening to share different Christmas traditions from around the world. Join us November 30th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. for this potluck event celebrating our universal faith. See the flyer for more information.

Santa's Secret Shop is coming to St. Francis


We are excited to announce that St. Francis of Assisi School willSanta have its second "Santa's Secret Shop" during the week of December 5th to December 9th. Our shop will be open from 9:30am to 3:30pm every day except on Friday when will we close at 12pm. Fun Services is providing us with many different gift items to sell during this event which include sports memorabilia, faith related gifts, tool kits, and jewelry - there is something for everyone. 


Our SFA Children will have the opportunity to purchase moderately priced gifts for the entire family - including their pets - for Christmas. There will be over 100 items that range from .25 cents to $15.00. The money from this fundraiser will used for purchasing outside playground equipment and funding for programs for our Pre-K children. Parent Letters and Money Envelopes will be sent with each student on Monday, November 28. Please support this special event and help us invest in the program of our future "Little Lambs". 

Calling all Baskets, Buckets or Decorative Containers


Big or small, our Auction Committee needs you!  If you've been holding on to that adorable basket or bucket, now is time to turn them into the school office.  We plan to make them heavenly; you will see them soon "Amidst the Clouds!"

Caught Being Good


For the fourth year at St. Francis, we are recognizing good student behavior through the Caught Being Good program. Modeling Christ-like behavior, helping another student or simply being good gives students the opportunity to receive a Caught Being Good ticket. Teachers and administration may "catch" students being good, and students submit their tickets to be drawn at random and recognized with a prize and their names over the announcements.


Congratulations to last week's winners:

Savannah Apalategui

Grace Real

Lauren Vasquez

Lost and Found


The holidays are upon us and our lost and found bucket is overflowing. If you're missing a jacket, sweatshirt, lunchbox or any other item, be sure to stop by the Lost and Found bin outside the Extended Care classroom and have a quick look before we break for Thanksgiving. Lots of lost items have been rescued and are awaiting a safe return to their owner. 

Ice Cream Sales for Academic Decathlon   


Please support our Academic Decathlon team by purchasing some sweet treats! Ice cream will be sold on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See the flyer for more details.

Recycle and Help St. Francis Technology

Please save all ink cartridges and electronics from the trash and recycle them at St. Francis. We will earn money for our technology advancement for each item you bring in. See the flyer for specific details.

Enjoy a Night at the Movies to Help Faith Formation Ministry


Parents, please support your Faith Formation Ministry buy movie tickets. Good at Cinema City any time, any movie, no restrictions. Only $6.00, and they can be purchased at the school office.

Catholic High School Open House Dates

Please confirm dates and times by visiting the high school websites.


Cornelia Connelly

Sunday, December 4, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



Sunday, November 20, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm



Sunday, December 4, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Mater Dei

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm


JSerra (see flyer)

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 - 6:30 pm

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