December 19, 2014

Dear St. Finn Barr Parents:

At this time of year, I am always impressed by the holiday spirit of giving that emerges amongst the families in our community. In the past few weeks, we have gathered barrel after barrel of toys, warm coats, and food supplies for local families in need. This week, the “Adopt a Family” drive generated a beautiful collection of gifts to support one of our own in a time of need. At last night’s Christmas concert, our students shared their talents through song and dance, a simple and memorable night of community and Christmas spirit. Today, the final day of school before Christmas vacation, the campus is filled with music, singing, gift-giving, and the most genuine expressions of kindness and appreciation.

As much as we are motivated to give, we have also been especially blessed this season through the generosity of others:

·      $8500 anonymous donation from a Friend of St. Finn Barr. The funds will go towards FOSS e-books, microscopes, an Earth History set, a reading resource set for Kindergarten and first grade, class books sets for grades 2-8, and art supplies and classes for all grades.

·      $5,000 from the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation to go towards the purchase Google Chromebooks for our middle school students.

·      $20,000 from the Crescent Porter Hale Foundation for tuition assistance. The Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools achieved our goal for the Matching Grant Drive by raising $60,000, generating a $120,000 donation from Crescent Porter Hale!!!

·      $1666 from the McMicking Foundation for tuition assistance

·      $6,000 from AMDCS for the CPH Matching Grant Drive for tuition assistance.

We are blessed with so much: a loving, learning, caring community and a generous network of benefactors who believe in our children and their future.

On behalf of the entire St. Finn Barr School and parish community, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mele Mortonson


December 19, 2014

School resumes!! Monday, January 5th (2pm dismissal)

St. Finn Barr Christmas Concert: Wasn’t that fun?! Very special thanks to our parent leaders for their planning, particularly the volunteer producer – Mrs. Chrisoula Novo (Maria & Alex) and director, Mrs. Linda Bulgo (Joseph ’13) – they’ve been at work for several months preparing for the show, and our students gained skills and the pride of performance….thank you!

SFB Church Christmas Mass Schedule: If you will be celebrating Christmas locally, please join us for Christmas Mass at the SFB Parish. We are still in need of school children to participate in the liturgy. If your children would like to help, please contact Tricia Gregory (

            Dec. 24th: Christmas Eve Parish Family Mass @ 5pm

            Dec. 24th: “Midnight Mass” @ 10pm

            Dec. 25th: Christmas Day Mass: English (9am) & Spanish (11am)

Sports News:  The St. Finn Barr Sports Program is recruiting new board members. If you would like to contribute to a very important element of our school and parish, please email Renee Espinosa at

Birthday: I can’t thank you enough for the thoughtfulness that went into my birthday celebration. The collection of flowers and notes/cards from the students just blew me away! I am grateful to be a year older in a job and community that I love.

Engineering For Kids: Our Engineering for Kids after school enrichment program has been a huge success! We are now offering two sessions this semester.

Classes will be held on Mondays from 2:15 - 3:15 and 3:30 - 4:30 and are open to 3rd - 6th grade students. The cost is 220.00 for 10 sessions and classes begin on January 12, 2015 and go through March 30, 2015.

Space is limited to 12 students per class and you can register by going to the Engineering for Kids website:

The program brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to students in a fun and challenging way. The program has inspired children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Kathy DiNicola (Sean, 5th grade)

Little Artistas: Little Artistas is an arts, music and language studio for kids. They offer a variety of semester-based, bilingual arts and music classes as well as parties, workshops and events at their studio in Glen Park. Their winter session of classes begins in January, and will be offering classes like: “Around the World in 99 Days,” “Kids Guitar,” and “Mad Scientist,” just to name a few.  

Here is a link to our website for details on registration:

San Francisco Boys Chorus Auditions: The San Francisco Boys Chorus exists to discover, develop, and encourage boys with unchanged voices from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds through music education, vocal training, and performance experience at the highest standards. The Choir is open to boys between the ages of 5 and 12 years old (ages 5-7 need no music experience). To apply, visit or call 415-861-7464.

Get on the Bus (GOTB) is in need of Bay Area volunteers to help chaperone, support, counsel, collect donations for, and fundraise on behalf of children of the incarcerated. At an annual Mother's or Father's Day event at 10 prisons throughout the state, GOTB provides all of the transportation, meals, photographs, travel bags and event day counseling, for children and their caregivers visiting their loved ones in prison AT NO COST. Teams are forming now to support buses November 17, 2014. Without generous volunteers and donors, these trips cannot happen. For more info or to register to volunteer, please visit the website: 

St. Finn Barr is on Smug Mug! We are happy to announce a new common space for St. Finn Barr parents to view the many photos of our students and events: To view photos, click “Browse” to access the photo folders. From the folders, enter the secure password (look out for an email from room parents with the pass code) to access various event galleries. You can use our Smug Mug page to view, download, or purchase photos. If you would like to share your own photos with the St. Finn Barr parent community, please email access to them to Marilyn Nepomuceno (


IMPORTANT Calendar Update: Our WCEA accreditation visit has been confirmed. We will be hosting the WCEA Committee from Tuesday, February 24 through Thursday, February 26th. On the following Monday, March 2nd, the school will be closed for a Pastor’s Holiday.


12.24              530pm Christmas Family Mass @ St. Finn Barr Parish

1.5                   School resumes – Happy New Year! 2pm dismissal

1.26                Minimum Day 12:30pm dismissal

3.2                  WASC Holiday – No School