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Great Schools Review
Santa's Secret Shop
Tickets Available
Volunteers Needed
Computer Lab Open
SFA Moms Group
Holy Childhood Advent
Family Retreat
Girls Night Out
Yearbook Pictures
Gift of Warmth
SFA Toy Drive
Caught Being Good
Sophia Quinn Carpio
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

December 7, 2011   

 Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School families,  


Tom Waszak

During this season of thanksgiving we take time with our families to give thanks for our many blessings.  At school I do the same - I think about all those in our community who give generously and sincerely to make our "village" a safe, nurturing, and positive place for our students to grow and develop their God given talents.  

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Santa's Secret Shop is Here

We are excited to announce that St. Francis of Assisi School willSanta have its second "Santa's Secret Shop" running all this week. 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. Please support this special event and help us invest in the program of our future "Little Lambs". 

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. 

Amidst The Clouds is Accepting Donations

We would love your donations for our 2012 Auction Gala. We are collecting items for our silent and live auctions including:

  • Tickets to sports events or the theatre
  • Restaurant gift certificates
  • Gift cards
  • Movie passes
  • Spa and beauty gift certificates
  • Vacation home stays
  • Wine
  • Airline mileage
  • Other fabulous items

*Donations of empty baskets or containers for our auction items are also appreciated.


Please turn in your donations to the front office with a completed donation form. All donations are tax deductible and make a huge difference for our school! All funds raised will benefit the students of St. Francis of Assisi. Please contact MaryAnn Goodkind at or 714-694-0375 with any questions.


We hope to see everyone at the Auction Gala on Saturday, February 4th, at the Disneyland Hotel.


Thank you for supporting St. Francis of Assisi School.

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 - Amery Thompson

KB -  Jeanna Sheremetta

1A - Morgan Brkich

1B - Tessa Wilson

2A - Jacob Cao

2B - Paul Belinsky

3A - Ashley Nguyen

3B - Grace Quiros

4A - Abbie Samaniego

4B - Emily Arendt

5A - Sean Lugo

5B - Sofia Benavides

6A - Vanessa Orrin

6B - Michael Flynn

7A - Jennifer Lutfi

7B - Kendyll Toomey

8A - Brandon Jones

8B - Lauren Gomez

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:

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.

SFA Moms Group


Christmas Cookie Swaps: Monday, December 12th, 8:00-10:00 a.m., Saint Clare Center. If mornings don't work for you, come to the evening Christmas Cookie Swap on Friday, December 16th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the home of Chris & Megan Morris (5685 Vista Del Mar, YL)Make it a date night with the hubby and bring him along for wine and fellowship. 


RSVP please or 714-779-7723.  Bring 4 dozen of same cookie to either cookie swap.

Holy Childhood Advent Program


The Holy Childhood Advent Program helps children prepare for Christmas by teaching them how to make the season more meaningful by offering prayers and sacrifices for children in the Developing World who await the "Good News" of Jesus. Please have your student try to sacrifice some of his/her own allowance or money doing extra chores around the house in order to fill their Holy Childhood donation box. Boxes were sent home last week and need to be returned to school on or before December 12th.


Thank you for encouraging your child to participate in this worthy cause.


Holy Childhood Coordinators

Debbie Garrison

Alma Levay


Advent and Christmas Day Retreat for Families


This Sunday, December 11th, the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center will be offering a day retreat including mass for families with students in grades 1-8. Please see the flyer for more information.

Girls Night Out


Moms and daughters, Rosary High School will be offering its second Girls Night Out event. This time the speaker will be Leah Darrow, former contestant on America's Next Top Model and Catholic speaker on maintaining your dignity and relationship with God. Please see the flyer for more details.

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.

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.

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.

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

Luke Belinsky

Alex Bowker

Ava Curran

Alexis Medina

Welcome Sophia Quinn Carpio

SophiaOn November 30th at 6:15 p.m., Sophia Quinn Carpio was born to mom Angela, one of our PreK teachers. Weighing 5lbs 15oz, and measuring 19 inches long, Sophia was met with joy. 

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 $7.00, 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 Christmas. 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.


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