Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Families,
As we begin our annual observance of National Catholic Schools Week, we’d like to thank you for aiding us in our mission at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School. Starting tonight, January 27th, with our kick off Family Fun Night, we have a whole week of activities planned to show what our students are accomplishing and to celebrate community we have built to educate tomorrow’s citizens and church leaders.
This year’s National Catholic Schools Week theme centers on community: “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” The theme highlights the fact that St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School is not only a community within itself but is part of many other communities, including your family, our parishes, Bend, Central Oregon and our country.
The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education.
In the spirit of National Catholic Schools Week, we will be opening our 2017/18 school year registration for our current students and siblings. As a reminder, in order to show your commitment to St. Francis of Assisi School, you will need to register online through your family Sycamore account. Open registration to new families will begin on February 10, 2017, do not loose your child’s spot. Please utilize the “Refer a Friend” form to get tuition discounts, increase our enrollment, and share the good word of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School!
I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, Advisory Council Members, Parents for St. Francis (PSF), parents and volunteers who make our school a success. National Catholic Schools Week is a good time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service.
The Christmas Season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings. How blessed we are to have such caring, passionate community of students, families and staff at St. Francis of Assisi. For the generosity, efforts, time and reflection, it is our St. Francis Family that is the true blessing. Some of the blessings that St. Francis has brought to our community are listed below as well as some other important news!
In the past weeks, St. Francis of Assisi students participated in the Box of Joy program, a Christmas gift campaign organized by Catholic schools, parishes and groups nationwide. By packing Boxes of Joy with toys and other gifts, our students blessed children suffering from extreme poverty by sharing the joy of Christmas and planting seeds of hope through the Gospel. This year we blessed 55 impoverished children in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Guatemala.
Closer to home, St. Francis students helped to fill Parish Christmas Basket collections which provide food to over 100 needy families through the Christmas season. This year we put on an Empty Bowls Event, which for a first year reintroduction was very successful! We brought in $200 for St. Vincent De Paul and we fed 15 guests. Our garden has produced 406 pounds of produce that was donated to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank. Several of our classes have made visits to Stone Lodge and have written cards to the sick. In November, in celebration of St. Francis, we were able to donate about 1,500 pounds, of pet food to the Central Oregon Humane Society and $700 in cash to three local equine rescues. The community is blessed by the gift of stewardship that our St. Francis demonstrates.
A huge thank you to our beloved Courtney Macias for organizing, creating great costumes, and rallying our families for a great time with donuts and hot cider at the Bend Christmas Parade. Thank you to Matt Cohen for driving the float and the use of his truck, trailer, and handcrafted chimney! It was because the of 43 enthusiastic students dressed as "Whoville" citizens that we won the Mayor’s Award, best entry by a youth group? Did you hear there was even a Grinch on site? You’ll have to guess ‘Who’ it was!
Kids Night Out was a big hit for both the kids and the parents too. We had 39 kids come out for pizza and a movie in their Christmas PJs. We also enjoyed Christmas crafts and a little dance off too. PSF raised over $300 at the event. A few items were left behind and have been placed on the lost and found table. Father Jose decided after meeting with our staff and selected Advisory Council members that he wanted to secure a principal for several years to provide stability to the school and parish. I feel grateful that Father offered me a multiple year contract, which I accepted, with the vision of on-going stability in the administration and revitalization of the school back to a full blown pre-K thru 8th grade educational institution. I am truly thankful for all of the support and encouragement the staff, parents, and community have given me at St. Francis over the last year and a half and will to continue my efforts in making St. Francis the most sought after private school in all of Central Oregon.
We have hired a new Spanish teacher, Ana Torres. She is currently working towards her degree in education and is very involved in the Spanish Ministries and Religious Education Department. She came highly recommended by Daniel Gutierrez and Father Jose. I truly believe she will be a great addition to our team!
Due to medical reasons our Spanish teacher, Fatima Lopez, had to resign immediately on December 5th.
Starting January 4th, St. Francis of Assisi will be offering band to our 4-6th grade on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7-8am. The initial class will require parents to attend the first 15 minutes of class for a parent informational session. With over 40 years of performance and teaching experience, Rich Hurdle has taught students of all ages and skill levels with an education in music theory, musicianship, aural skills, improvisation, composition, arranging, stagemanship, and technical training in all genres of music. Mr. Hurdle is very excited to bring band to St. Francis! Please email me directly if your child will be signing up for Band by December 30th!
As many of you know, tuition covers approximately 65% of the cost to educate a student at St. Francis. The remaining operating expenditures are met through our two major fundraising efforts, Annual Giving Appeal and The Auction. AGA typically runs from August through November. We send out requests to previous donors, stakeholders and families asking for generous contributions to assist in the financial security of the school. This year we are at 50% of our budget goal of $55,000. Being that we did not make our budgeted projections for AGA, it is going to need to be an all hands on deck situation for the Auction. Our Auction Chairs, Carrie Cohen and Ann Fleck, have made it so grandparents to family friends on the East Coast or wherever they reside can participate and make donations to our Auction. Our goal is to have 200 attendees with the majority of them ready to raise their paddles!
As always, if you ever need to reach me or meet with me, my schedule is on Sycamore and I will always find time to meet with a parent. As we joyfully prepare for Christmas and the coming of Christ, on behalf of the faculty of St. Francis, we wish you all of God’s blessings during this holiday season and pray for all of our students’ safe return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
"St. Francis fosters a lifetime of learning with an expectation of excellence"
What a great year!
5th graders at St. Francis School scored at an 8th grade equivalent in Math and 7th grade equivalent in Reading on a nationally normed assessment. Our 8th graders scored at a 12th grade equivalent in Math and a 10th grade equivalent in reading on the nationally normed assessment. St. Francis’s 5th grade students ranked in the 82nd percentile in math and the 68th percentile in reading! St. Francis’s 8th grade students ranked in the 72th percentile in math and the 64th percentile in reading!
St. Francis of Assisi completed the renewal of its Accreditation and is one of two Nationally Accredited Middle Schools and one of five Nationally Accredited Elementary Schools in Central Oregon. In addition, we are one of seven Stewardship Schools for Oregon State University’s Oregon Natural Resource Education Program as apart of our STREAM Program.
This year St. Francis of Assisi had twenty-two Bend Research Inventerprise winners! Seven of our 5th through 8th students participated in the COCC Regional Science Fair and six of those students won awards! The 5th grade Oregon Battle of the Books team competed at the District level. There were ten Catholic Daughter Education Contest Winners ranging from 5th to 8th grade, four of those contestants went on to State. Our 5th grade Robotics team brought home the first place trophy for District level competition. Blessings to the 6 Sacramental Confirmation and to the eleven students who received their First Holy Communion and Reconciliation.
Congratulations to all of our talented student athletes on their performances. All thirty-eight of the track team participated and placed in Districts. The 6th grade girls track team brought home the First Place trophy. There were several personal and season bests achieved at the meet, including a record breaking finish in the 1500m by Michaela Lorenz with a time of 5:33.68. Our Cross Country team had a very successful season with seven student athletes qualifying for districts with three overall ranked!
Our Auction brought in twenty-two percent more than we projected in our annual budget which ended with a net income of $115,000. The Business Partnership Program has three Gold Members and three Frankincense Members! With your support we went from having a projected loss of $58,000 to being in the black by more than $5,000. I would like to thank each and everyone of you who has assisted in the fundraising efforts and your commitment the evangelization efforts of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.
I am excited to announce our staffing for the 2016/17 school year for St. Francis School. St. Francis School is important part of the St. Francis Parish and as such the Parish and School Advisory Council want to demonstrate their commitment to our Catholic Faith and the education of our students by committing additional funding for staffing for next school year. With this commitment and the generosity of the Foundation and the great support of Bishop Carey this staffing plan is possible.
Preschool(3)/Tech Advisory Crystal Young
Preschool(4) Sarah Schimmoller
Kindergarten Colleen Petersen
1st Grade/Head Teacher Julie Manion
2nd Grade Brenda Raven
3rd Grade Stephanie Naegele
4th Grade Erika Pakalnis
5th Grade Beth Boswell
Religion Sister Sabina
Religion Karen Laubacher
Spanish Daniel Gutierrez
Music Colleen Rastovich
Physical Education Gale Putnam
Lunch Pattie Marx
Art Now Hiring
Learning Support Now Hiring
MS Science CherylMorgen
MS SocialStudies/Electives TerriLogan
MS LanguageArts/PE/Electives Anna Fanelli
MS Math/Health/Electives MatthewPeters
Administrative Assistant .7fte Cheryl Frost
Administrative Assistant .3fte Renee May
Accounting Jean Neal
Principal (Split between STA & SF) Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
For 2016/17 school year there will be no blends in our elementary and we will be bringing several part time positions back to full time. We will also be offering full time preschool for the three and four-year-old students. We are going to make a strong effort to rebuild our middle school into the thriving education program it has been in the past. The Bishop and the Foundation are in full support of a rebirth of our Middle School. Our 7th and 8th grade classes will be blended in ELA, Social Studies, Science, and other electives. We will separate 7th and 8th grade for mathematics. We feel confident that through recruitment/marketing efforts and our increased commitment to our staff and students, that St. Francis of Assisi Middle School will once again thrive. We appreciate your on-going support and hope you will join us in growing our entire school for next year and in the future. I look forward to a wonderful 2016/17 school year. And again, thank you for your continued support!
-God Bless, Mrs. Nunez-Mooney