February 27, 2014
Dear St. Finn Barr Parents,
I think its safe to bet that most members of our community could recognize our school motto – Preparing young, diverse minds for the future. This phrase is the most succinct way that we capture our objective as a school, and we are proud of what it indicates about our mission as co-educators with you. What you may not be as familiar with are our Student Learning Expectations, which, along with our mission and philosophy, guide our work with your children. These SLE’s, as they are often called, are what distinguish us as a learning community. They drive the way we learn at St. Finn Barr. As we are an evolving community, these expectations likewise evolve according to the needs of the times and the students we serve:
St. Finn Barr students are…
Compassionate Children of God Who:
1.1. Demonstrate respect for family, the local and global community, and the earth through acts of stewardship
1.2 Live gospel values as Jesus taught us through prayer, study, and acts of service
1.3 Serve as builders of unity and instruments of reconciliation
Critical Thinkers Who:
2.1 Demonstrate curiosity, confidence, and innovation
2.2 Communicate and collaborate meaningfully with others
2.3 Analyze situations, solve problems effectively, and apply strategies to real life
Life-Long Learners Who:
3.1 Understand the reasons for rules and take accountability for personal choices
3.2 Recognize and appreciate diversity of cultures, languages, and faith traditions
3.3. Develop organizational and healthy living skills
In the next few weeks, I look forward to sharing some specific examples of how St. Finn Barr students – with the careful guidance of their teachers -- bring these expectations to life. If one or more of the points mentioned above resonates with an experience you’ve had with your child, I would love to hear from you. Later this spring, we will launch these new SLE’s as a school community, revealing a beautiful new image (the Shamrock Tree of Learning) that captures visually we strive to help our students become.
Have a blessed week,
February 27, 2014
Off to the Races is this Saturday night, with doors opening at 6:15pm and the first race beginning at 6:45pm. Bring your lucky charm and be ready for an evening of fun. We are so excited to be adding the silent auction to this event – I’ll see you there!
Mardi Gras this Tuesday, March 4th: Students are invited to join in the Mardi Gras fun by wearing purple, gold, and green on Tuesday (they can always wear their SFB uniform). We will celebrate with a parade through the schoolyard behind our very own King and Queen of Mardi Gras at 2:45pm.
Lent: As the season of Lent is upon us, we encourage our Catholic students to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent.
Parent Choir Helpers Needed: Our talented choir group – under the leadership of director Richard Elliott and volunteer co-director Caryn Matter – are seeking parent support in the form of coordinators to assist with planning and organization during Choir practices on Monday and Wednesday afternoon. No experience singing is needed – volunteers will be checking attendance, contacting parents, and helping to organize the purchase of new choir robes. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
ANTS Tennis Club Session 2 Registration Tomorrow, February 28th, is the last day to register for session 2 with ANTS Tennis.
A Message of Thanks from SF Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash: Thank you for organizing holiday food drive. Your team’s efforts resulted in a total of 720 pounds of food. We deeply appreciate your support and have put this gift to immediate use in fighting hunger in San Francisco and Marin.
Please extend our appreciation to everyone who supported your drive. Because of you and your efforts this season, we can provide low-income families and individuals in San Francisco and Marin with the food they need to lead healthy and productive lives. We hope you will continue to help us as we work toward a time where there are no more hungry people in our community.
Computer Paper: The office has run out of regular white printing paper. Parents are eligible to earn up to ten volunteer hours in material donations. If you would like to bring up to $100 worth of paper to the office, you can earn up to ten hours.
Vintage Desk Sale: While we love the vintage look of our original school desks (circa 1962!), we are moving ahead with replacing them with new items. The Fil-Am Club of the parish has stepped in to help us sell these items on March 8th from 12pm-2pm. School and parish families can preorder their desks for $40, then the sale will move to Craigslist for $50 per desk. Half of the proceeds will be donated to Eucharistic Kind Academy Catholic School of Sara, Iliolo in the Philipines to help rebuild their classrooms which were badly damaged by Typhoon Yolanda. This school is administered by the Dominican Sisters of the Holy Rosary, who spent many years at St. Finn Barr and are celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year.
Zydeco News: Thank you to everyone who contributed to or attended this year’s Zydeco event…it was a terrific success and generated over $10,000 in profits for St. Finn Bar Parish.
Service Learning Bonus Project: The 1st and 3rd graders are coordinating the collection of Jars of Peanut Butter for the St. Francisco Living Room to kick off our Lenten service learning. Please bring jars of Peanut Butter to school by this Wednesday, March 5th.
Parish Town Hall Meeting: All are welcome to the Parish Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, March 8th at 10am in Goode Hall to provide input to our parish leaders about our community and its future.
2014-2015 Financial Aid: Now is the time to begin exploring your financial aid options for the upcoming school year. Please note that in order to be eligible for SFB tuition assistance grants, families must complete the TADS application online. By completing this application before April 15th, you will also become eligible for the Archdiocese Family Grant Fund.
A Message from the TRU Enrichment Program: TRU has begun registration for our summer program at St. Finn Barr School! .Register by February 25th and receive a 15% discount on our 4 week and 8 week sessions. Our summer program was very popular last year due to its small, intimate environment and caring staff. The program will be open to incoming Kindergartners to 4th grade students. Our hours of operation will be from 8:00-am to 5:30pm with FREE extended care. Our program will offer Art, Soccer for month of June/Basketball for month of July and Dance. We also be going on field trips every other week to various locations in San Francisco. To obtain more information simply visit us http://www.Meepinc.com or contact us at email@example.com. We want to encourage you to sign up soon as many people are taking advantage of the 15% discount.
Additionally, we’ll be offering tutoring sessions for month of June with Ms. Hixon Current Miraloma 1st grade teacher). We’ll be offering group and one on one sessions for students enrolled in this particular program. Sessions are in one hour increments and we require a minimum of six sessions. For more information feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Register by March 15th and receive a 10% discount for these sessions. To obtain more information visit us at www.Tutorsrus.org.
Summer Spanish Immersion at SFB! Mark your calendar for two weeks of Spanish Immersion Summer Camp on campus this June 9-20th with our talented Spanish teaching staff --Ms. Maria Iglesias and Jackie Herzstein -- supported by Mrs. Elda Lazo. Details regarding registration coming soon!
Parent Volunteer Hours: This is a great time of year to evaluate where you stand in terms of fulfilling your 30 parent volunteer hours. We still have plenty of opportunities to take care of your hours:
- Field Trip Chaperoning
- Material donations (up to $100 value counts for 10 hours)
- SFB Sports, Men’s Club, Parish hours all count towards parent volunteering
ANTS Tennis End of Year Tournament: The end of our first tennis season will be wrapped up with a Match Day: St. Anne vs St. Finn Barr! As most children on the two teams have never played an official match, we will focus on learning first, then fun, then competition. If you’d like to cheer on your Shamrock tennis team, join us on Saturday March 8th at St. Anne’s School. K-2 will play from 9:00am-10:30am, and grades 3-6th will play from 11:00am-12:30pm.
Save the Date
March 1st Off to the Races
March 3 No School -- WASC Self-Study Day
March 4 Mardi Gras: Purple/Gold/Green dress up (optional); Parade in the schoolyard at 2:45pm
March 5 Ash Wednesday Mass 9am
March 7 Free Dress for students whose parents completed WASC Survey
March 8 ANTS Tennis Tournament @ St. Anne’s School
Parish Town Hall Meeting 10am
Fil-Am/SFB School Desk Sale 12pm-2pm
March 10 Oratorical Fest @ 815am
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day – No School