St. Francis Update
Week of August 29 to September 2
Dear St. Francis of Assisi students and families,
We thank you that you are powerful and loving, that out of your glorious riches you strengthen us through your Spirit in our inner being. We ask you for the fresh filling of your Holy Spirit, we ask for your power and love to fill us. We thank you that as believers we know that Christ dwells richly within our hearts through faith. We pray that you would strengthen our roots and establish our lives firmly in your love. Help us to love, and to keep on loving. By the power of your Spirit. Even when it seems impossible. Even when it does not make sense. May our lives be filled with your goodness and power, today and every day, as we walk together in the light of Christ.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen
It has been a very busy first week of school. On behalf of the Staff of St. Francis of Assisi we extend our warmest welcome to returning students, staff, and all those new to our school. We are committed to making the 2022-2023 school year one filled with rich opportunities for growth and learning in our faith-based community.
Thursday September 1st and Friday September 2nd
Students will take their school photos based on their last names. On Thursday, students with the last names from A-M will be called down to the Learning Commons during the day. On Friday, Students with last names from Mac-Z will have their photos taken. The Star Flower photo envelopes with all of the package details will be given to students during their first block class today.
Thank you to parents and those students who drive for using the appropriate parking lot and drop-off loop during morning drop-offs and afternoon pick-ups. Thank you all for your cooperation in this matter.
We would like to remind students to be respectful of community members and property when out during the lunch hour. We have had complaints regarding students loitering on the porch steps of neighbouring apartment buildings, leaving a mess and not being kind. We would ask parents to remind their students about appropriate behavior, and thank you in advance; we will also remind students of our expectations this week. In addition, there are lawn chairs for students to use outside while we have enjoyable weather.
The last day for schedule changes will be Wednesday August 31st.
Aug 31st - x-block = 3
Sept 14th - x-block = 7
Oct 5th - x-block = 2
Oct 19th - x-block = 5
Nov 2nd - x-block = 3
Nov 16th - x-block = 3
Nov 30th - x-block = 1
Dec 14th - x-block = 5
There will be days of professional development in late September for all Teachers and EAs, which means no school for students on September 28th and September 29th. There is also no school on September 30th for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
There are serious consequences for vaping at St. Francis
Vapes are not permitted on school property.
Attendance in classes is the biggest contributor to student success and we take attendance tracking seriously. It is the responsibility of all Parent/Guardians to inform the office of all excused absences from school. The office will call home for unexcused students missing first block. Automated phone calls are generated to call home for any unexcused absences after the school day has finished.
Please inform the office of any absences by calling 667-5901 and speaking with any office staff, if you call after school hours you can leave a voicemail. Or, if it is more convenient, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Service Learning Hours
As members of a Christian community, we are called to work together to build a world of Peace, Justice, and Compassion. To accomplish this, we must reach beyond ourselves.
The religious education program at St. Francis includes a service-learning component. Students are required to complete a number of volunteer/service hours as well as a small reflection assignment in order to receive their religions credits. These hours need to be completed outside of class time and during the current school year of each grade. Extra hours over and above what is required will not count toward future years. Students must not receive compensation in any form for their rime and effort. These hours are to be voluntary.
School staff will remind and encourage students to seek contacts and opportunities for service, but ultimately it is the responsibility of each student to find a way to meaningfully reach out to their community.
Please do not hesitate to call the school at 667-5901 if you have any questions or concerns.
The St. Francis of Assisi Admin Team,
Alethea Wallace, A/Principal; Mia Ouellette, A/Vice-Principal; Janet Clarke, A/Vice Principal
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