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Catholic Schools Week
Thank You Breakfast
Email Switch
Need Volunteer Hours?
ALEKS After School
Spanish Class
Auction Tickets
Auction Raffle & Parking
Lost and Found
Preparing for Lent
Amidst the Clouds
Caught Being Good
Movie Night
Academic Decathlon

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St. Francis of Assisi School Newsletter

Home of the Wolves

January 25, 2012   

 Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School families,    

Catholic Schools Week at St. Francis unofficially

Tom Waszak

began last week at the general parent meeting and continued through the weekend as St. Francis families spoke at the parish masses. At the general parent meeting members of the St. Francis staff presented data about several academic, co-curricular, and extra-curricular programs illustrating student learning and personal development. The results affirm that St. Francis is fulfilling its goal to educate the whole person and we're doing it very well!   


To continue reading Principal Waszak's message, please visit
Catholic Schools Week of Events
During Catholic Schools Week there will be several events representing our commitment to faith, academics, and service. 


Please visit to view our festivities.

Thank You Breakfast for all SFA Volunteers
The St. Francis faculty and staff appreciate all that you do and would like to show our gratitude! On February 3rd from 7:00-9:00 am, the St. Francis staff will make and serve breakfast as a thank you to all volunteers for the help that you so generously give.


We will have easy breakfast to go for those parents on their way to work, as well as a sit down breakfast for those that can stay. Please save the date and come and participate in this opportunity during Catholic Schools Week.

School Email Switch

We are still in the process of switching St. Francis email from the servers on campus to Google servers offsite. Not only will this add more space and reliability for school email, but it creates opportunities for technology integration into the classrooms as well.


There may be a brief period of time where email is delayed this week. Trust that your emails will be delivered, but there may be a slight delay as we transfer mid-week or this weekend. Should you have any questions about our switch, please contact Jackie Gillespie at or by phone: (714) 695-3700 x109.


Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Need Volunteer Hours?

Interested in helping out at our Open House? Need Volunteer Hours?


Hospitality is seeking volunteers to assist at the food and beverage tables during Open House.


Shifts are from 8-10am; 9:30-11:30am; and 11:00am-1:00pm.  Please call or email Carolyn MacPherson to sign up: (714) 693-9142 or

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 2:45-3:30 p.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.

After School Spanish Class

St. Francis is offering another set of after school Spanish classes for grades 1-6. This is a great opportunity for your students to learn a second language, and give them a head start for seventh grade Spanish. Please click to learn more for grades one through three and grades four through six

Auction Tickets Going Fast
Don't miss out on a chance to float "Amidst the Clouds" with your SFA friends!

This year's auction will SELL OUT; we have already sold out of premier seating. Click here to purchase your tickets and visit the SFAYL website for more information. You may also reserve your tickets by returning your response card with the invitations that have been sent home with your child.             

Auction Early Bird Raffle & Hosted Parking
A prize awaits all guests who attend our 2012 "Amidst the Clouds" auction. Guests arriving before 6:00 pm will each receive a raffle ticket for our "Cloud 9 Early Bird Raffle". Guests please note that Disneyland Hotel Parking will be hosted. Parking vouchers will be distributed at the registration desk. Looking forward to seeing you "Amidst the Clouds!" 
Lost and Found
Our Lost & Found buckets are overflowing! If you're missing something, please be sure to check the buckets outside the Extended Care classroom and out by the lunch tables. It is extremely helpful to remember to label your clothing items, lunchboxes, etc. to ensure a safe return. Blessings!
Preparing Our Hearts for Lent
Faith Formation Ministry will offer a night of fellowship and spiritual development in preparation for the Lenten season on February 8th. Please view the flyer for more information.
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:


Avi Resort & Casino
Angels Baseball

Brandes Portraiture

Festival of the Arts

Flightdeck Air Combat Center

Green River Family Dentistry

Mater Dei Baseball Program

Pacific Symphony

Philatron Wire & Cable +

Sea Excursions USA

The Bugman


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


Ms. Maresca

The Byers Family

The Conser Family

The Flynn Family

The Gallina Family

The Jeturian Family

The Mautino Family

The McMahon Family

The Michael Family
The Murdock Family

The Yolo Family

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

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:

Sean L

Jack M

Walker R

Jacqueline S

Annie Y

Preschool and Pre-K Registration for 2012/2013

St. Francis parents who would like to register their preschool or pre-K students for the 2012/2013 school year are asked to submit a non-binding intent to attend form by Monday, January 30th. We are welcoming new prospective families into the program beginning at Open House on January 29th. For planning purposes, we need to know how many St. Francis siblings will be registering for the pre-kindergarten program.   The intent form does not reserve a spot. To secure a spot in any of the pre-kindergarten classes, parents must submit registration materials with the registration fee. Registration materials will be available in the main office beginning on Monday, January 30th.  


Please contact us if you have any questions - 714-695-3700, x105.

Recycle and Help St. Francis Technology
Please save all ink cartridges and electronics from the trash and recycle them at St. Francis. For each item you bring in, St. Francis earns money towards technology advancement. 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.

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.

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.
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