March 6, 2015

Congratulations Mrs. O’Reilly! Congratulations to Mrs. Karen O'Reilly (Kindergarten Teacher/Vice Principal). She was recently featured in the Archdiocese of San Francisco Catholic Newspaper, Catholic San Francisco. The article highlights her 30+ year career as a St. Finn Barr student, parent, faculty member, and administrator. We are so blessed with her compassion and expertise!

To read the article, visit the February 27th version of the digital paper ( ) or view the attached PDF.

Choir Festival: Our 4th -8th grade St. Finn Barr Choir (lead by volunteer director Caryn Matter and Director Richard Elliot) had a terrific performance this week at the Archdiocese Choral Festival at Archbishop Riordan High School. They were evaluated by the choir director from Mercy High School in Burlingame, Ms. Pam Matthews, who noted their “challenging harmony and very clear following of the director – made it interesting and enjoyable.” Our choir rehearses for an hour twice each week (after school), and they perform at our School and Family Masses and during the Spring Music Showcase event. New students are always welcome to join!

Join us! All parents and friends of the school are welcome to attend the 8th Grade Science Museum at 1pm on Thursday, March 26th in Goode Hall. Our 8th graders have created science demonstrations to share with their fellow students, faculty, and guests.

Matching Grants News: Thank you to the (unnamed) parents for registering your donations to help us receive the following matching grants:


Microsoft $50

Bank of America $380

Intent to Enroll: Thank you to everyone who has submitted your “Intent to Enroll” form for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. It is important that we know your plans as soon as possible so that we can shape our upcoming budget and admissions accordingly. If you are unsure of your intent to re-enroll, feel free to email me at so that we can plan together. 

Financial Aide Applications due April 15th: Please note – the financial aide application deadline is April 15th. By completing the online application at, you will make your family eligible for both the Archdiocese Family Grants and the St. Finn Barr School Grants (from monies received through the Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools).  Just last month, we distributed $17,900 worth of scholarship funds to St. Finn Barr Families from funds generated by the Alliance grantwriting.

Scrip Reminder: All participating parents should note that April 30th is the deadline for fulfilling Scrip obligations for the current school year. Any remaining balances for Scrip will be added to your FACTS tuition account for the current school year. If you have any questions about how to fulfill your scrip obligations, feel free to contact the Parent Board Scrip Coordinator, Sara Mireles at

Father Daughter Dance: Mark your calendars, and dig up your disco gear! On Saturday, March 14,  the Men’s Club is hosting a Father Daughter dance. Girls are welcome to bring a father, godfather, uncle, grandpa, or any special man in their life for an evening of dancing fun. Tickets are available in advance and the event will begin at 6:30pm in the lower hall.

February Recipe: Our February CYO Cooking class recipe -- Carrot and Banana Pancakes – are available in the “news” section of our website. Bon appetit!

Prayers: Congratulations to the 2nd graders who recently received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

Sports News: Congratulations to our 4th and 7th grade boys Basketball teams for winning the CYO Championships….we are so proud of you!

St. Francis Living Room Peanut Butter Drive: Thank you to all students and families who contributed to our annual St. Francis Living Room Peanut Butter Drive. This year, we collected 392 jars of peanut butter to provide nourishment to older adults in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Ms. Hoja's third grade class helped to coordinate the food drive, decorating donation boxes for each classroom and promoting the drive amongst our St. Finn Barr community members. 

3rd grader Kian Caudle noted, "The Peanut Butter Drive helped a lot of people without food. They asked for peanut butter because it has protein and lasts for a long time. The amount we collected will help to feed a lot of poor, hungry people." His classmate Alex Novo shared, "It felt good to help the older people to survive," while Amara Halladay noted: "The project was really fun -- we made a big heart out of peanut butter."

The St. Francis Living Room has been a fixture in the Tenderloin for over 27 years, helping to support & enrich the lives of its older residents. The institution provides over 17,000 nutritious breakfasts annually, as well as social, educational, & recreational activities.  In addition, the Living Room collaborates with numerous organizations and agencies to provide clients with referrals for other needs ranging from food and housing, to clothing, medical, and wellness.

To learn more about St. Francis Living Room, visit:

Challenge Success: Our Archdiocese conference on February 6th was presented by Challenge Success from the Stanford School of Education.  One important aspect of the presentation included the importance of “P D F: playtime, downtime and family time.”  A great reminder for all of us of the importance of simplifying our schedules in the interest of health and learning.

March 31st: Family Reconciliation Service & Soup Dinner * DATE CHANGE*       

This year, the school and parish are working together to organize a special event for Lent – a family reconciliation service & soup dinner. This simple service will provide Catholic families with the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation together during the season of Lent. The event will begin with a soup dinner in the lower hall, then a brief reconciliation service with individual confession beginning at 6:30pm. A group of guest priests will join us to support Father McCain and Father Francis in accommodating a large group in a timely manner. We hope you will save this date and join us. An invitation with RSVP will be sent out next week.

On-Campus Summer Camp Save the Dates: We are excited to host several enrichment camps on campus this summer. As of today, the following camps are scheduled:

            Arts Camp (Mr. Talamantes): Details TBD

Spanish Camp (Mrs. Herzstein): June 15-July 3rd

·      Open to rising 1st to rising 5th 

·      Three Weeks: June 15 – July 3rd

·      8am-3pm + Ext. Care 3pm-5pm

·      Open to St. Finn Barr students or any Catholic School students in the Archdiocese of San Francisco

            Coding Camp: June 15-June 26th

·      Ages 7-14

·      Further details TBD

Linda’s Musical Productions (Linda Bulgo): June 8-July 31st

·      All grades welcome

·      Each week focuses on a new production


3.14                Father/Daughter Disco Dance 6:30pm in Goode Hall

3.31                St. Finn Barr Reconciliation Service & Soup Dinner (DATE CHANGE)


4.30                Scrip Deadline for 14-15 school year obligations