A Message From Mrs. Mooney

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Parents, Guardians, and Students:

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School’s remote learning platform will launch April 1, 2020.  Monday, March 30th and Tuesday, March 31st will be reserved for student packet and device pickup days, as specified by each classroom teacher.  For pickup, we will be honoring the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations and will schedule times with each family to come to the school to pick up their packets and any requested devices.  If your child is in need of a device or internet services, please inform your classroom teacher prior to your pickup appointment.   

The leadership and faculty at St. Francis School have spent a considerable amount of time creating a remote learning plan that ensures our students instruction that is meaningful, consistent, ongoing, and intentional.  We would like to share a few details about how we envision this working as we move into our online classroom platform. 

Starting April 1, 2020, you can expect teachers to post daily assignments to Google Classroom (PK-Grade 8).  We ask that you please make sure your child logs into their Google Classroom Portal each morning (Monday through Friday) to see assignments. Students in grades 6-8 can expect to follow their class rotation schedule which will be posted in their Google Classroom feed.  We will follow our original school calendar: students will not be expected to log in during holidays such as Good Friday and Easter Monday. 

Each teacher will meet with their students utilizing Zoom as our live interactive platform where students login to recieve lessons directly from their teacher, ask questions, and connect with their peers.  The frequency and length of Zoom interactions will be at the discretion of each teacher and will vary from class to class. Our teachers understand the importance of connecting with their students and they want to promote peer collaboration through this platform as well.  In addition, teachers will have office hours where they can meet virtually with students and offer individualized instruction and feedback. 

We are expecting students to actively participate in our remote platform: teachers will be taking attendance, and grades will be recorded during this time.  If you need any assistance, please reach out to your teachers or St. Francis School administration. We are here to help your child to be successful. While the first couple of days may take some extra parent guidance, it is our hope that your child will quickly be able to manage their remote platform independently allowing the many of you that are working from home and trying to manage a house full of children to continue to provide stability to your households.

YouTube will temporarily be unblocked from student Chromebooks as several teachers would like to utilize some educational videos to go along with their lessons.  Please be aware that when we unblock this site, we will have no control over what your child is able to access beyond what the teachers have recommended for educational viewing.

Our goal is to provide a sense of normalcy for our students during a time that is unchartered territory for all of us.  Please know that this is a very fluid situation, and the plan will be adjusted as needed, depending on the circumstances of our community and State.   

Events scheduled during this time have been canceled, including Daughters Dance and Sons Bowling.  We will provide updates when more information is available about future events such as 8th Grade Graduation and the Golf Tournament. 

If you missed the NCEA webinar on managing the transition to distance learning, establishing routines, discipline, and navigating all the online tools that are out there and trying to keep sane, click here to view a recording.

We know this is a challenging time for all of us.  While the classroom might look different, our focus and mission have not changed.  We are a family at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, and together we will get through these unchartered waters. We pray that this will only be temporary, that our students and teachers will be back in the classrooms on April 29th, as well as all of those across our state, nation, and world that have been affected by COVID-19. 


Mrs. Mooney

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Families,

Beginning on February 18, 2020, enrollment for the 2020/21 academic year will be opened to our School’s current families.  I genuinely hope that each of you will re-register your children to attend next year; our School community is strong and vibrant, and each family is blessings to our School’s teachers & staff.

See the Registration page for a summary of the 2020/21 tuition structure, which provides a number of important changes designed to: (i) promote and improve the financial viability of the School, and (ii) align the tuition structure with our goal of welcoming all families – Parish and non-Parish families alike – to St. Francis.  Because of the nature of the changes, I’ve provided some additional background information below.

As some of you know, after accounting for tuition discounts, the School’s tuition revenue covers less than 50% of our School’s annual operating budget.  This leaves over half of our School’s operating expenses to be paid for by a combination of Parish subsidy and fundraising efforts.  The actual cost of educating a child at St. Francis School is upwards of $10,000. While the Parish has provided substantial financial support to the School in recent years, and countless individuals, organizations (like the Foundation) and businesses have made generous contributions, the current model is not sustainable.  To ensure the financial strength of the School in the future, we must look toward a funding model in which a minimum of 70% of the School’s operating budget is funded by tuition revenue, with the balance to be funded by a combination of Parish and fundraising support. We plan to get to the 70% in the next 2-3 years.

In the fall of 2019, Father Jose formed a School Finance and Budget Oversight Committee, which was tasked with undertaking a rigorous review of the School’s annual budget and developing recommendations for the financial viability of the school which includes updating the School’s tuition rate structure.  After numerous meetings and extensive deliberation, this committee’s recommendations were recently presented to and approved by the School Advisory Council, and by Father Jose. Some of the important aspects of the new structure are outlined below:

  • Tuition Increase:  Parish families will pay $40 per month more for elementary students, and $50 per month more for middle school students.  Tuition rates also have increased for Preschool and Pre-K.
  • Single Tuition Rate for Parish and Non-Parish Families:  Consistent with our current tuition structure for Preschool and Pre-K, tuition for elementary and middle school students will be a single rate applicable to both Parish and non-Parish families, which aligns our tuition structure with our mission to equally serve all families who wish to have their child(ren) attend St. Francis.
  • Different Rates for Elementary and Middle School Students:  To better align our tuition structure with the actual operating expenses for the different levels of education, tuition for middle school students will be $10 per month greater than tuition for elementary students.  As part of this change, extra fees for certain middle school course electives have been eliminated.
  • Financial Aid:  Because we recognize that the increase in tuition will affect some families in a meaningful way, both the Parish and School will continue in their commitment to provide financial aid for those families in need.  To that end, the existing fair-share and Parish scholarship programs are being consolidated into a single financial aid program, which is intended to ensure that no family is turned away due to financial hardship.
  • Volunteer Hours Requirement: The School will reinstitute required volunteer hours to ensure engagement from all families, provide teachers & staff with additional support, and facilitate the success of the School’s community-building events.
  • Elimination of Mandatory Scrip Obligation:  Families will no longer have the $250 per year Scrip obligation.
  • Enrollment: For the 2020/21 school year we will be switching our student management system and tuition billing system to FACTS.  The student management system will not be ready to roll out for another 8-10 weeks, because of this we will have families utilize the attached paper registration form.  Our intentions are to keep the paper form simple; when FACTS is ready to roll out, that is when we will collect detailed information. 
  • Staffing Plan:  We are a month out from renewing teacher contracts, however, I do not foresee any teacher changes that would cause any alarms.  The middle school will be hiring a part-time Language Arts teacher to relieve Mrs. Logan’s schedule. We are also looking for a teacher to job share with Mrs. Buccola in our preschool classroom.  Those are the only two changes I am currently aware of and will notify our school with any other changes as they come to fruition.

Please know that I am thoroughly supportive of the changes outlined above, and am certain that our School will benefit from these changes so that we can continue to serve your families and many other families in the future.  Again, I hope to see all of you in our School’s halls in September 2020.

Thank you for being a part of our community!

God Bless,
Crystal Nunez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership and academic excellence."

Merry Christmas St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Families,

I’d like to thank all of you for your gracious love and support for our beautiful school throughout this Advent season.  It is because of our dedicated staff, and parents who continuously give to the school and their child’s education, and through the support of Parishioners and Church, St. Francis School’s legacy continues to grow and strengthen.

It is without a doubt that this only happens through the cultivation of Faith and our continued efforts to develop positive relationships with our neighbors who we see as kin.  All of us at St. Francis School turn to each other with love and faith in our hearts.  We truly believe that we are a family and are so happy that you are with us this Christmas.

I'd like to thank you personally for your generous gifts, Christmas wishes, prayers and kindness.  It is my hope that each of you had a joyous Christmas with your loved ones.

God Bless,
Crystal Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership and academic excellence."

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Families,

As you may know, during last year’s Auction, we kicked off the fundraising effort for the transformation of St. Francis School’s playground.  I would like to thank all of the generous families that raised their paddles in support of our playground upgrade during the Auction!

Unfortunately, we were unable to meet our goal of having the playground built by the end of this last summer.  The costs were higher than we expected, and the in-kind donations (totaling over $60K from amazing local businesses) have required a longer lead time for coordinating.  I assure you, however, that the playground funds donated with generous hearts at last year’s Auction remain in a dedicated account for their intended use.


So where are we today?

We have convened a Playground Committee comprised of construction experts whom also are devoted alumni, parents, and volunteers.  The Playground Committee is helping the School oversee and execute the playground project.  To date, the Committee and teachers have selected the design that will provide our students with a safe, fun, and functional playground for the three groups of students we educate here at St. Francis School: Early Childhood (Preschool and Pre-K), the Elementary School (Kindergarten and 1st through 5th grades), and the Middle School (6th through 8th grades).

I will provide periodic updates on the progress of the playground project, particularly as we hit major milestones.  In the meantime, I cannot say this enough:  Thank you all for your continued support, not just for the playground, but for all we do at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School!



Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership and academic excellence."

       Welcome to the 2019/20 school year! We are only a few days away from the first day of school and all of us at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School have been busy preparing for another great school year! It warmed our hearts to see so many smiling faces at the Ice Cream Social! I’d like to congratulate our Middle School Ambassadors and our PSF for making this first school event a huge success!

The Parents of our St. Francis Association (PSF) traditionally do an amazing job planning school community events, and this year offers even more possibilities for involvement.  With our new president, Joanna Royce and her dedicated council, it is my hope that more of you will get involved, to offer a helping hand while enjoying community building during this school year.

We have been busy with the expansion in our Early Childhood wing with the integration of a new PreK4 classroom!  The State visited our facility in the summer and increased our capacity from 15:2 to 17:2 in our full time PreK4 classroom.  In a time where so many Catholic schools are being consolidated or closed, we are truly blessed to still be showing signs of growth.

STREAM is the collaborative blending of Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics through the platform of the Catholic faith in an exploratory and inquiry-based learning.  To continue the development of STREAM, Mrs. Manion, first grade teacher, was awarded a grant from CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation to purchase Sphero robots and Chromebooks as a first contact project.  She will be using the robots cross curricular to teach students coding, problem-solving, test for multiple solutions, and learn to check their work. Since her classroom numbers have nearly doubled, we also have a donor who will match up to $1,000 to purchase the second half of the Chromebooks needed for her classroom for a 1:1 initiative.

Mr. Kevin Smith has been hired as the Middle School STEM teacher, and he will be leading our LegoRobotics teams, Construction Technologies, and Space101 course.  I am eager to observe, and learn from his creativity and ingenuity. I have full confidence in his ability to advance the program and to make it an enriching experience for our middle school students.

Spanish will continue to be the second language taught at St. Francis School.  Ms. Pilar Davami taught Spanish at St. Francis from 2012-2015. In 2015 due to budget cuts we were unable to have her continue with the program.  We are very pleased to have Ms. Pilar back on staff to teach Spanish K-8! Ms. Pilar is dedicated to the school and students of St. Francis School.

Sarah Owen has been hired on as our new band teacher! Sarah Owen is a jazz trumpet player and music educator residing in Bend, Oregon. Sarah directs the Big Band Jazz at Central Oregon Community College and is active in the Central Oregon music education community. She is passionate about educational technology and is currently completing her Ed.D. in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership with an emphasis in Learning Design and Leadership from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne.  Welcome Mrs. Owen!

Our beloved Mrs. Rastovish is taking over the arts program from general music to art! She is excited to take the Arts curriculum and make it holistic.  We are very excited to see the art program develop and branch into a cross curricular program that reaches grades K-8.

The safety of our children remains a constant priority.  The faculty and staff of SFS are continually being trained to appropriately respond to emergency situations.  As recently as last week, one of our staff development days was devoted to safety training. Local law enforcement, were in house to provide a hands-on training and simulation experience that certainly distinguishes our staff as being prepared in measures to protect our children.  The simulations, in conjunction with the Q&A session, were highly productive for our faculty and staff. We are committed to honoring our great responsibility of keeping our children safe.

Our opening day enrollment of 155 is the highest it has been in three years and we are very hopeful for the future!  Within our school family there is a spirit of transformation; one that is full of faith and hope.  Our faculty has been full of synergy over the past few weeks with the new members joining the veterans. This has been both inspiring and uplifting!  Without question, the new faces of our school community will be welcomed by the veteran families with the same enthusiastic spirit.

The Parish is looking for a school parent to join their Stewardship Committee.  This committee is spearheaded by Deacon Stephen and his desire for school involvement is deep-rooted.  If you have an interest in joining this service to the Church and school, please let me know.

If your 7-14 year old is interested in joining MBSEF Mountain Biking on Early Release Fridays this September please be sure to register no later than September 6th! This is a great opportunity to develop mountain biking skills as we partner with MBSEF.  Please use the following link to register: http://mbsef.org/login-sign-up.

We are blessed that your family will assist us in continuing our Mission “St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership, and academic excellence .”  May God watch over us graciously as we display our love for him by fulfilling the ministry he inspires us to do wholeheartedly.. Peace and blessings to each of you and your loved ones.

God Bless,

Crystal Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School educates the whole child in a Christ-centered community valuing service, leadership and academic excellence."

Last year, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School embarked on a strategic planning venture. This process allowed the pastor, principal, teachers, parents, Advisory Council, and parishioners to collaboratively examine the school as a whole, and to more thoroughly understand our organization’s Mission, as well as to establish a workable Vision for the school’s future. Goals were set and steps implemented to actively achieve these goals; with a focus on closing the gap between where we are and where we strive to be, based on that Vision statement.  This strategic plan is designed to be a working document that will help to guide us through the year 2022, all while strengthening our student population, and resources while continuing a strong tradition of excellent Catholic education.

I wish to express my gratitude to the hardworking committee, who worked tirelessly throughout this process for the benefit of our school. It is my hope that all of our stakeholders will continue to believe in and support our Mission, and that it helps everyone to understand what is necessary to make our parish school successful.

I hope that this annual report, designed around our strategic plan,  is educational, encouraging and inspirational.

A Vision for the Future 
for St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School inspires academic scholars motivated to serve and lead the world with Faith and moral character.

This vision statement provides guidance and inspiration for the future of our school. It is an understatement to say that St. Francis School already exhibits many of these characteristics, but, as with any organization, there is always room for improvement.  As a whole, we can collaboratively strive to embrace these ideals with greater consistency, and creativity.

Strengthen our comprehensive STREAM educational platform for preschool through 8th grade.  

  • Identify funding opportunities through donors and grants
  • Establish an 8th-grade science curriculum, adopt Journeys reading curriculum K-8 and review K-8th math curriculum.

Implement a comprehensive Marketing Plan.

  • Increase enrollment by 10% yearly.
  • Retain 100% of students eligible and desired.
  • Increase donations to the school by 10% each year.

Increase the level of funding for the Foundation by 3% of the principal.

  • Subside utilization of the Foundation for operational funding.
  • Investigate fundraising options and opportunities.

To enhance the relationship between the school and the parish.

  • Host Mass once a month throughout the school year
  • Provide quarterly school update at Mass
  • Invite parishioners to all school events and encourage school families to attend church events.


Academic and Athletic Achievements

  • 96% of students at St. Francis School met grade level benchmark standards in the STAR math assessment.
  • 82% of students at St. Francis School met grade level benchmark standards in the STAR reading assessment.
  • 3rd-grade student: JT Reeves, American Legion Essay selected as a unit winner and submitted to the American Legion Auxiliary Dept. of Oregon.
  • 7th grade Oregon Battle of the Books team competed in the final four at Districts.
  • Middle School Lego Robotic team took third place at the District competition.
  • 27 winning entries in the Bend Research Inventerprise Contest.
  • 13 students received First Holy Communion and 4 students received Confirmation.
  • 7th-grade girls place first in the Central Oregon Small School District Cross Country and Track meets.



School Finance


  1. Funding for SFS depends primarily on tuition revenue- although tuition only covered 49.4 % of the full cost of education.
  2. Over the past 3 years, annual tuition has increased by 4%.
  3. Parish subsidy represents 4.3% of all school revenue, totaling $46k.  Investment from our Parish is used to subsidize tuition and offer financial assistance to families in need.
  4. Close to 1/3 students apply for financial assistance each year, with the rate of families needing assistance each year increasing by 37%.  This represents a total of $91,439.10 in assistance given and 30% of our enrollment.
  5. Currently, all teachers’ salaries are at 80% of the local district salary schedule.  With salaries starting at $30,264 and ending at $61,012.


  1. Move the school funding model from an institutional benefit model to a child benefit model.  A child benefit model would allow us to allocate funds into tuition assistance based on financial need.  This model strives to give every child a Catholic education.  It has the advantage of increasing revenue because more parents contribute tuition dollars based on what they can afford.  It also has the advantage of increasing enrollment, which makes the school more attractive and viable.
  2. Fund tuition assistance generously and administer in a way that achieves enrollment goals and furthers the mission of the school.
  3. All Diocese Parishes with schools will provide 20% of parish offertory income as an investment in their Catholic School and this ministry.

Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
"St. Francis fosters a lifetime of learning with an expectation of excellence."

Dear St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School Families,

Welcome, the faculty and staff at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are honored to be a part of the investment in the lives of your children. As we prepare for the rapid approach the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4th, we have resumed our regular school office hours of 7:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Teaching staff will be training at the Powell Butte Retreat Center August 23rd & 24th and will return to school, Monday, August 27th for in-service/work days prior to the opening of school.

Thursday, August 30th from 1-3 pm, please join us for our ice cream social!  This is a great opportunity for your children to see their teachers, catch up with friends, and feel comfortable with their classroom setting.  Middle School students will be registering for their electives at the Ice Cream Social. In addition, all families are encouraged to attend Back to School Night on September 6th. Orientation for new families will begin promptly at 5:45.  At that time, we will be explaining some things such as the student drop off/pick up line, Darkness to Light, fundraising, etc. If you are a returning family, please join us at 6 pm as this is when we will have a brief staff welcome before parents are released to learn about general information and what expectations for the year are in your child(ren)’s classroom.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 27th, parents and students are invited to attend the 7 am Daily Mass as it will be held in the St. Clare Chapel; only Middle School students may be unaccompanied by an adult. Parents are welcome to join Adoration as it will follow Mass until noon. To enter the handicap doors to the Narthex will be unlocked for Mass and adoration.

The convent house blessing will be after the 5 pm Mass on Sept. 1st, followed by a parish barbecue which all families are invited to attend!

Now is a good time to help your child(ren) prepare for returning to school by helping them to wake up and go to bed a bit earlier each day. Starting and ending times for pre-school through 8th grade are 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All students should arrive 5 minutes before school starts in order to be prepared for the beginning of the day. However, students should not arrive before 7:45 as there is not adult supervision unless prearranged with the office for Before School Care. Remember, if your child is tardy, it is very disruptive to the early morning routines of other students/classrooms. Thank you for your help.

Please feel free to call or stop by the office if you have any questions. We appreciate your love, support and encouragement, and are looking forward to a very Blessed school year. See you soon!

God Bless,

Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701 | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School inspires academic scholars motivated to serve and lead the world with Faith and moral character."

The Christmas Season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings. We are blessed to have such a caring, passionate community of students, families, and staff at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.  For the generosity, efforts, time and reflection, it is our St. Francis Family that is the true blessing.

St. Francis students exceeded their contribution goal for Parish Christmas Food Baskets.  Our students helped provide food to over 100 needy families in Bend through the Christmas season.

Fun things we are doing!

Middle School Breakout Night

Community Service Club baking Christmas cookies at Ronald McDonald House

Drama Club Production "The Holly Family Saves Christmas, a Sort of Musical"

Christmas Parade, 2nd Place Sweepstakes!

Growing in Faith

Advent Candle Lighting Ceremony

Dec. 4, 11, 18  Our student body gathered in the Community Center each Monday during Advent for a Lighting of the Advent Wreath prayer service

Dec. 10  School students were liturgical ministers at the 10:00 am Sunday Parish Mass

Dec. 12  Many of our classes made visits to the church and to Our Lady Guadalupe Chapel to honor the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec. 13 Our school mass ended with Adoration

Dec. 14 Christmas Program

Dec. 15 Our middle school students assisted with assembling the parish Christmas baskets 

Dec. 20 Our 3rd through 7th-grade students received the sacrament of Reconciliation to prepare their hearts and souls for the birth of Jesus

In January our 2nd graders will be preparing to receive the sacrament of First Reconciliation

Jan. 24   Our school mass will end with Adoration

Jan. 27 2nd grade First Reconciliation Workshop and reception of the sacrament

Jan. 28 School students will be ministers at the Sunday 7:30 am Parish mass

Jan. 28 Catholic Schools Week begins with activities that focus on the theme of Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Jan. 31 School mass with Bishop Cary for Catholic Schools Week

Parents of Saint Francis News

For the month of December, Parents of Saint Francis hosted 'Kids Night Out' on December 4 and entered a float representing Saint Francis School in the Bend Christmas Parade.  A special thank you to Kara Smith, Myriah Buccola and Courtney Macias for coordinating these two events.

The next PSF meeting is scheduled for January 10 at 6 p.m.  All parents are encouraged to attend.  The meeting location is to be announced.  The next PSF event will be Family Fun Night on January 26.  Volunteers are needed.

Clubs and Teams

Saint Francis School Community Service Club (SFSCSC)

SFSCSC has been busy! The Club provided coats and socks to the FAN at Mt View High School on November 13th. THANK YOU for your generous donations. We also cooked dinner and Christmas cookies on December 8th at the Bend Ronald McDonald House. On Saturday, December 16th, club members helped deliver Christmas Baskets assembled by parish volunteers. The next Club meeting is TBD but will be in January to plan our February community service event.

The Lego Robotics team just finished their competition and placed first in Core Values.  Go Wolfpack!

St. Francis MathCounts team is gearing up for their math competition in February!  They are tackling awesome math problems in their meetings and looking forward to hosting the district competition.

Chess Club is starting off strong with 12-15 players each Monday afternoon. The students listen to a short lesson and then play games focused on that lesson. Some students are beginning to prepare for a local chess tournament that will be held in February.

WolfPack Winter Sports



We are proud of our St. Francis Boys Basketball Team!
Thank you to the Coaches:
Alex Macias and Jim Maloney

Cheer Squad

And huge thank you to our new cheer squad for their enthusiastic support!

It is hard to believe that autumn is here and it is almost October! As we finish our first month of school, I want you to know that I am truly amazed by the dedication of our teachers, staff, parents, and students.  The learning, growth and activity I witness within the halls of this school inspires me. Thank you everyone for making the beginning of this school year so special!

Fun Things We are Doing

  • Middle School students recently returned from their overnight Harmony Confluence at the Powell Butte Retreat Center.  
  • 5th grade returned from a successful outdoor school at  Camp Tamarack!
  • 3rd and 4th grades are gearing up to head to Crater Lake for their first field trip of the year.
  • Many of the classrooms will be heading to pumpkin patches.
  • The students’ work in the school garden has helped us provide over 130 lbs. of produce to the St. Vincent food bank this season.
  • The 5th and 6th grades are going to the High Desert Museum on October 11th for a great learning opportunity.  
    • 6th grade will be learning about energy and the environment by exploring renewable resources like solar and wind power in the context of global climate change.   
    • 5th grade will be learning about the effects of forest fires on Central Oregon’s ecosystems.  The students will be challenged to learn why some trees thrive in fire-prone areas and how forest fires can be healthy for the ecosystem.

Growing in our Faith   

  • Kindergarten is praying one decade of the Rosary each day during the month of October.  
  • We are blessed to welcome the Missionary Sisters of the Alliance of the Holy Family International to our parish from Wednesday, September 27th, to Sunday, October 1st.  The Sisters will explain the important message that Our Lady of Fatima brought to the world, and how we can live that message today. Our students participate with Mass, saying the rosary, a consecration to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, and the Investiture of the brown scapular.
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Blessing of the Animals Join us with your pets for our annual St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day Blessing.  Dogs are welcome, but are not allowed inside the building and must be on leashes.  
  • Wednesday, October 4th - Information Meeting for Sacraments of Reconciliation, Conf and First Eucharist for parents at if you have not met with Janet Schwartz.
  • Wednesday, October 25th- Called to Protect Parent meeting.  One parent from each new family is asked to attend. 
  • Halloween Costumes for School- Father Jose and I enjoyed seeing the children explore the lives of Saints last year for Halloween.  This year we are once again asking our students to dress up as a Saint or representative of a Patron Saint for our school Halloween celebration.  The classroom teachers will go over the expectation with the students and reviewing the vast list of Saints that would be acceptable for our theme.  Students may be asked to present on their particular Saint or Patron Saint. 

Classroom News     

  • 1st Grade performed a reader's theater play for parents and preschoolers!  
  • Preschool and PreK are moving and shaking to a variety of musical styles, such as marches, classical, bluegrass and pop music as well as create our own music with our classroom instruments.
  • 4th grade is working on their “Flat Stanley” Projects.  Soon they will send their projects to different states across the country and learn about the fabulous country we live in!
  • 7th grade students are creating their own Roman inspired mosaic projects in social studies.
  • The Middle School Yearbook class is selling ad space in the Canticle as well as Personal pages if you’d like to recognize your student personally with a photo of your choice and a nice message.  Contact Courtney Macias for more info!

School Advisory Council News

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meets on the second Thursday of every month.  The September meeting focused on reviewing the School’s new Mission and Vision Statements which were developed over the summer.  The group also focused on future goals for the school and the strategic plan.  SAC’s next meeting is October 12th at 5:30 in the school library.  That meeting will focus on the National School Lunch Program, Wellness Program, and School Budget.  If you are interested in observing the meeting please contact Jamie Griffin by October 7th.

Parents of St. Francis Meeting News

Parents of St. Francis (PSF) is the heart of our school. This group is responsible for a number of fun extra-curricular activities that raise invaluable resources for our school.  September’s meeting was full of exciting energy and ideas that is sure to make this school year amazing!  Please consider attending PSF’s next meeting.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers to assist in the lunchroom (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) are needed and would be greatly appreciated!

Our fabulous volunteer librarian, Joan Tyler, could use help with reshelving books.  This is a flexible volunteer opportunity allowing for volunteers to help whenever they have extra time.

St. Francis Club News

MBSEF- Mountain Biking and Community Service Club had an awesome first two weeks of the program! Trail conditions and weather lately have been optimal for riding bikes, getting dirty, and most importantly, having fun. We tend to ride on different trails every time we ride.  From there, we have easy access to trails of all difficulties, where there is fun to be had whether it’s your first time on a mountain bike, or you are a seasoned rider looking to challenge your skills. When we ride, we divide our coaches and riders into small groups based on their general ability, so that the kids can ride with others that are at a similar skill level. When riding with MBSEF, one can expect to experience many different types of mountain biking. Whether you love hitting jumps, riding fast exciting downhills, or exploring the forest on longer cross-country trails with varying ups and downs, MBSEF Mountain Biking can teach you how to ride it all.

The St. Francis School Community Service Club is a group of students and parents with a desire to reach beyond the walls of our school and discover how we can help others and our community. We will meet once a month to discuss and plan events. Meetings will be student-led, with an emphasis on discussing and implementing student ideas while also having fun!  The first meeting is October 27th. Parents are encouraged to attend the meetings with the students.

Upcoming Event Highlights

Humane Society/Equine Outreach Charity Event

Each year, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School honors our Patron Saint by raising money and donating food and supplies for animals.   All of the donations received  go directly to The Humane Society and our local Equine Outreach programs.  This year, we are asking students for a $5.00 donation in exchange for a pretzel, ice cream and two free dress days (Oct 12th & 27th).   Ideally, the funds will be collected in advance.  Each food or supply item a student brings to donate will receive one raffle ticket entry.  At the end of the drive, a ticket will be drawn and the winner receives one free dress day for their whole class.  Students can also buy raffle tickets 5/$1.00 for opportunity to win free dress day for the whole class.

Harvest Party at the Imwalle Ranch

Bring the whole family to our St. Francis Fall Harvest Party at the Imwalle Ranch for games, treats, hayrides, a haunted house and bonfire.  The party will be  Friday October 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Costumes are highly encouraged!  Admission is 1 can of food per person and cash donations benefiting school will be gladly accepted.  Please place your donations in the boxes near the entrance.

Halloween Trunk or Treat

Parents are invited for our annual Trunk or Treat and Costume Parade. Parents who wish to participate in Trunk or Treat, please ensure that all costumes and trunk decorations are “3-year-old friendly.”  

Wolfpack Sports Cross Country Team:

Raffy Aiello
Annie Cohen
Grace Gaines
Lilann Hammack
Clement Link
Paul Maskill
David Roe
Kate Schimmoller
Kinley Wigle


Erika Pakalnis

Welcome to the 2017/18 school year! We are only a few weeks away from the first day of school and all of us at St. Francis have been busy preparing for another great year.  There have been changes made to the Parent/Student handbook, upgrades in the classrooms, curriculum adoptions, and teacher changes to communicate.  Below, I have outlined things you should know coming into this new year.

Just within the last week a group of Advisory Council members, staff, and administration began the process of Strategic Planning.  We are excited to announce our new Mission and Vision.

  • Mission: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School provides students a Christ centered community, educating the whole child through academic excellence and instilling the virtues that will guide them to be service minded leaders.
  • Vision: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School inspires academic scholars motivated to serve and lead the world with Faith and moral character.

Because of the commitment of our Business Partners, the hard work from our Auction coordinators, and through the graciousness of our parents, alumni, and Parishioners we have been able to ensure:

  • Each classroom has a fully functional SMART Board.
  • That each student beginning in kindergarten is provided a Chromebook for interactive lessons.
  • Teachers have been equipped with laptops for professional use.
  • 7th grade science curriculum, IQWST, has been purchased to align with the Next Generation Science Standards.


The majority of our families have been with us for several years and are extremely familiar with our Parent/Student Handbook.  I would encourage all of you to take the time to revisit the handbook to avoid any surprises during the school year.  Please see attached handbook.

We are grateful for all of Mr. Hopper’s energy and contributions to our school and are excited for his next endeavor at St. Thomas Academy.  It is imperative that we continue to support our students, teachers, and families with a special education teacher and with that, we have hired Mr. Dave Wolf to take over our Special Education program here at St. Francis.  Mr. Wolf has been a Special Education teacher for 8 years and specializes in helping his students develop and find personalized strategies to help them be successful in their academics. He is dedicated to positively influencing and empowering those around him in order to help them realize what they are truly capable of.

St. Francis strives to maintain a strong sense of community.   With that, we have listened to many requests and made the following changes to our day to day and yearly events.

  • Drop off begins at 7:45 am, students will go directly to their classrooms.  To encourage community, we ask that parents come into the school when the opportunity arises to say hello to your child’s teacher and chat in our new parent hospitality room!
  • Students may come to school dressed out-of-uniform on their birthday or half-birthday (if their birthday falls during the summer months)!
  • We ask that all of our middle school students attend the Ice Cream Social in order to sign up for their elective courses for Fall term (if your family is unable to attend, please email me directly in order to sign up).

We look forward to a positive year and spending it with your beloved children!  Mrs. Frost and I are back in the office full time and hope to see you at the Ice Cream Social, First Day of School, or Back to School Night.  If you have any questions regarding this upcoming school year or would like to schedule a meeting, please feel free to email me or call /text my cell phone.

God Bless,

Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School provides students a Christ centered community, educating the whole child through academic excellence and instilling the virtues that will guide them to be service minded leaders."

August 2017

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 for 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. 

God Bless,

Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701     | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis fosters a lifetime of learning with an expectation of excellence"

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 were 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 with 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.

God Bless,

Crystal Nuñez-Mooney
St. Francis of Assisi | Principal
P: 541-382-4701 | E: cmooney@saintfrancisschool.net

"St. Francis fosters a lifetime of learning with an expectation of excellence"