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Volunteers Needed
Cookie Dough Delivery
Tickets Available
Computer Lab Open
Yearbook Pictures
SFA Toy Drive
Thank You
Gift of Warmth
SFA Moms Group
Caught Being Good
Santa's Secret Shop
Calling all Baskets
Recycle for Technology
Enjoy Movie Nights
Lost and Found
Academic Decathlon
High School Open House
Digital Community

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St. Francis of Assisi School Newsletter

Home of the Wolves

November 30, 2011   

 Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School families,  


Tom Waszak

I hope that you enjoyed a joyous Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. As we begin our Advent journey may we always remember that Jesus is the reason for this blessed season. May we prepare well for His rebirth in our hearts. 


Family life can be hectic any time of year so I am grateful to the parents who were able to carve out time in their busy schedules to attend our recent parent meeting. The purpose of the November 17 parent meeting was to provide an overview of St. Francis' financial position.

To continue reading Principal Waszak's message, please visit 
Volunteers Needed for the Annual Auction Gala

Please join the efforts to support St. Francis' annual auction that will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2012. At this time, we ask that you sign up on the Google Docs spreadsheet found here.


Please sign up by 12/7/11, so that we can include your name in the event program and proceed with plans to make this the best annual Auction Gala yet.


Email Anne Kridle with any questions or concerns:

Cookie Dough Delivery


Thursday, December 1, 2011, our cookie dough will be delivered and be ready for pick up by 1:30 should you wish to pick it up early from the St. Clare Center.


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.

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 2012. Log on to reserve your auction tickets and park or hotel tickets if you wish. Visit the website for more information. 

Computer Lab Open for ALEKS-Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


In an effort to support our new, online supplemental math computer program ALEKS in grades 3-8, we will be opening the computer lab on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45-3:30p.m


Students will have supervision, and this will be on a fist come, first serve basis for the first few weeks. If we find demand exceeds seats available, we will establish a sign up list in advance. If a student attends Day Care, he or she must sign in to Day Care and then let the supervisors know he/she will be working on ALEKS in the computer lab. Students not attending day care should be picked up from the computer lab at 3:30. Day Care students will be walked back to class.

Yearbook Needs Your Pictures


Have you snapped a great picture this year that you can share? Did you take any pictures at any of our school masses or at summer school? We would love for you to share them with the yearbook editor. The process is simple. Just visit St. Francis' page on the Josten's website to upload pictures. Your creative spirit can be reflected in the pages of the 2011-2012 yearbook. Thank you in advance for your help.

Annual SFA Toy Drive


SFA Student Council is hosting their annual Toy Drive this Advent Season. All donations go to Catholic Charities of Orange County. We are asking each student of SFA to bring in a wrapped gift for a child of their same age and gender. (ie---a six-year-old girl should bring in a gift intended for a six-year-old girl). Please mark a tag with the age/gender of the gift.   Student Council thanks you for your help with this project.

Thank you from Amidst the Clouds


Thank you to the families and businesses that have contributed to Auction 2012 this month. You are helping to make our school auction a huge success. We are truly grateful this week to the following supporters for their generous contributions:


Aquarium of the Bay

Anaheim Hills Golf Course

Anaheim Hills Jewelry & Coin Mart

Dole Dentistry

Fletcher Jones Motorcars

Huntington Library Art Collections & Botanical Gardens

Santa Anita Park

Servite High School

Phillip Stuart Charis Photography

Private Fitness

Spa Aesthetica

That's Entertainment International

The Reinbold Gallery Photography

Turville Photography

Musical Theatre West

We are also truly thankful to the following families that have donated so generously:

The Ayjian Family

Rebecca Baaklini

The Bush Family

The Medina Family


To make a donation, please contact MaryAnn Goodkind at 714-694-0375 or Virgil Bascos at 714-337-2147. Thank you.

Share the Gift of Warmth


Don't you love getting into a warm bed on a chilly night? Unfortunately, some people are living on the streets and do not have this luxury. To help them out, Campus Ministry is supporting Mary's Kitchen by collecting adult-sized new or gently used blankets. These will be distributed on Christmas Day to those less fortunate and in need of a warm blanket. Please send all blankets, adult-sized, new or gently used, to the 6B or 8B classroom. Thank you for your generosity in supporting this worthy cause.

SFA Moms Group

Join us for a fun field trip on Monday, December 5th, 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). RSVP to Megan Morris at or (714) 779-7723.

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:

Elisa Arroyo

Connor Collins

Casey Fort

Robert Hamra

Casandra Roque

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". 

Car Line Reminders

If someone new is dropping off your child(ren) please ensure they are aware of the carline rules.  The carline rules are posted on for your convenience

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times in the parking lot.
  • Please do not use your cell phone during carline.
  • If you are parked in the parking lot, you may not leave until carline is completed. (from 7:40am to 8:10am and 2:40pm to 3:05pm respectively). Please do not attempt to pull out of your parking spot prior to these times.
  • All pedestrians must use the crosswalk. Please do not cross through the line of cars.
  • Children may not retrieve backpacks, projects, etc from the trunk or the back of a pick-up. Additionally, drivers are not allowed to exit their vehicle to assist with such items.
  • Please follow the direction of the traffic directors at all times and refrain from selecting where you drop off your children.  Remember we are trying to get as many cars through the line as possible in a short amount of time.
  • Although there is no sign posted, please remember there are no U-turns in the cul-de-sac during car line hours.

All the carline rules are designed to keep our children safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation and understanding. Also remember to please be courteous to the volunteer traffic directors and staff out there each morning and afternoon, especially if they are asking you to follow a carline rule.

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!"

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.

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.

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


Mater Dei

Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm


JSerra (see flyer)

Thursday, January 19, 6:00 - 8:00 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