As we enter the third week of Lent, and prepare to celebrate the greatest feast in the Catholic Church - the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to reflect on the following from Pope Francis:
In his message for Lent 2017, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that they should heed the Scriptures and treat each human person they encounter as a gift.
"Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor," he said. "May the Holy Spirit lead us on a true journey of conversion, so that we can rediscover the gift of God's word, be purified of the sin that blinds us, and serve Christ present in our brothers and sisters in need."
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
CHOICE LUNCH Parent volunteers are needed to help with the lunch program through the end of the school year. Are you free from 11:45am-12:45pm on a regular basis, even once or twice a week? Let Judy Silva, firstname.lastname@example.org know if you are available.
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR We are looking for someone from our parent community to take over the reigns as our Scholastic Book Fair coordinator for the 17-18 school year. Interested? Contact Judy Silva, email@example.com to learn more!
EXTENDED CARE Monday, March 27, is a minimum day, so Extended Care will be serving a pizza lunch. There will be a choice of cheese or pepperoni. One slice with a drink is $4 and an extra slice is $1 more. Billing will be through FACTS.
FINANCIAL POLICIES Grades kindergarten through seventh are receiving the Financial Policies for the 2017-2018 school year today. We have managed to keep the tuition increase between 3-3.5% despite the salary increase for all faculty and staff members, the 8% projected increase in the cost of employee benefits for the coming school year, as well as the increased cost of textbooks, school supplies and activities. We hope to balance this low increase by raising the amount of fundraising closer to the Archdiocese average.
Please remember that all monies pledged were due back by today's deadline. All families who did not submit their pledges will be charged the amount pledged to their FACTS account tomorrow.
BASIC FUND The BASIC Fund renewal packets are now available for pickup in the office for families who currently receive the scholarship.
SEE'S CANDIES A BIG thank you to Trilce Farrugia, mother of Enzo (3rd grade). Once again Trilce has volunteered to head up the See's Candies Spring Fundraiser. The deadline to order is this Friday, March 24. Candy orders will be delivered in plenty of time for Easter.
SCRIP With Easter vacation just around the corner, now is a great time to receive credit on your account for purchasing gift cards through our scrip program. Orders placed online by 8:00am this Friday, March 24, will be delivered in your next Wednesday envelope.
Congratulations to our 8th graders who are heading off tohigh school next year. Students have been lucky enough to be accepted into several schools to which they applied. The following are the Catholic schools to which students were accepted: Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory (10), St. Ignatius Preparatory (6), Mercy San Francisco (3), Mercy Burlingame (1), Archbishop Riordan High School (14), and Stuart Hall (2). Several students were also accepted into many other prestigious independent schools. We are all so proud of our soon-to-be graduates!
Finally, while our school calendar for 2017-2018 has not yet been approved by the Archdiocese, and we want to let you know that we have requested to begin the new school year on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Hopefully this will help those of you who are planning your vacations now. An official 2017-2018 school calendar will be sent home as soon as it has been approved. The new school year for Utopia, our preschool, will begin on August 14, 2017.
Students are learning that Lent is a time for preparation for the Resurrection of Jesus. Throughout the Lenten season, students discover how forgiveness, charity, and faith can help them participate in the sacrifice of Jesus. Please work along with us as we help your children explore how they can prepare their hearts for Easter. Discuss with them some of the changes they are hoping to make in their lives during the season of Lent. Share with them some of the changes you hope to make. Together we can help the children understand the significance of this important time in our church calendar. Check out this site for activities you can do with your children.
Thank you to all who joined us for our Family Mass this past Sunday. The 6th graders, along with their teachers, Mrs. Santillan and Mr. McKillion, prepared a meaningful service. Thank you also to our wonderful choir and their director, Shelley White, for gracing us with their beautiful voices.
ERIN GO BRAGH! HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
St. Patrick is one of the three patron saints of Ireland. We celebrate St. Patrick's feast day every year on March 17. This Friday we will hold our annual celebration of this great saint who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. As is our custom, we will mark the day with a celebration of dance and song with an Irish slant. Please join us at 11:15am in the gym. Show your St. Patrick's Day spirit and wear green free dress on this day. Don't forget that Friday is a minimum day, with dismissal at 12:15/12:30.
Deadline to complete re-registration online is TOMORROW, Thursday, March 16.
If the online form is not completed by midnight tomorrow, a seat will not be saved for your child.
As always, re-registration fees are non-refundable (will be billed on Friday, March 17 - due by April 7).
Students had such a great time showcasing their spelling skills during our annual Spell-a-Thon! Please remember that all monies pledged are due back by next Wednesday, March 22. All families who do not submit their monies by this date will be charged the $30 per child fundraiser minimum to their FACTS account.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS Please join us in the gym on Tuesday, March 21 at 8:10am for 4th grades presentation of the Stations of the Cross.
Friday is a big day for our eighth graders. They will be receiving notification of their acceptances in the various Catholic high schools to which they have applied. They are a wonderful, talented and mature group of students. We know they will do amazingly well!
Just a reminder that this Monday, March 20 is a local holiday.
Due to a technical glitch, the February billing for Afternoon Extended Care that you recently received from FACTS was a duplicate of the January invoices. As a result you may owe extra amounts or you may be entitled to a credit depending on the actual February billing amount. The charges will be corrected in the next week. I apologize for my error.