Off to the Races: Are you ready??!! Our favorite adult event of the year is back, and we’ll be going South of the Border and celebrating in style. No need to go far for the excitement, as Off to the Races will take place from 6pm-10pm in our own Goode Hall. The evening will feature a taco spread, cash bar, horse betting, a silent and live auction with an amazing array of items, and most importantly, fun times with our lovely parent and friend community. All proceeds from this evening will benefit the school, so please invite your friends and family to join in the fun and celebrate our community.


Men’s Club: Hip, Hip, Hooray!!! I’m sure you’ve all noticed by now the latest upgrade to our exterior gate – it has been painted to match the exterior brick color of the rest of the school, and to distinguish our campus from our neighbors at Sunnyside School. The Men’s Club stepped up to the plate to make it all happen – refer to our news section for photos of them having fun and working hard!   

Remember, the Men’s Club is always welcoming new members. Contact the office or President Roberto Carrasquilla ( to join.

7th Grade Food Bank Field Trip: If you haven’t already seen the 7th Grade Power Point about their recent service learning field trip to the San Francisco Food Bank, check out the following link:

A highlight of the experience from Mia Diaz:

At the Food Bank, I learned that I can change a person’s day by just giving them a box of food.  I had a great experience helping to box food.  It taught me that 31 students can change a whole society of people who are in need.  In just a couple of hours we did a great thing by helping the people who are hungry and can’t afford food.  I was amazed when the guy told us we had used 19,000 pounds of food and that we boxed 968 boxes. After I heard that, I was shocked and thought “ We just helped 968 people!” After my experience at the Food Bank I couldn't stop smiling.  It was GREAT!  ~ Mia Diaz

Recent Blog Post about our school: Great news travels fast! Thank you to all of you who share the good news of our school with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. While our ability to grow will always be limited by physical space and our objectives as a learning community, you play a significant role in helping to attract new families to sustain our school enrollment and make the myriad of programs and resources available to our students. A recent blog post shared the following perspective:

I feel like there is not much info about the great parochial school options. Our family really liked St. Finn Barr … and if we had not gotten one of our top choice SFUSD schools we would be there without hesitation. The principal is energetic, well-spoken and dynamic. The student body is very diverse, with both Catholic/non-Catholic families attending. Emphasis on differentiated learning. Science lab looks great. Don't introduce iPads to classroom until third grade (which we agree with) and coding curriculum to start in third grade. Musical theatre, guitar, piano, choir for music lovers. They also speak/learn daily Spanish. PE twice/week with after school sports as well. Anyway… all around great school and definitely worth a look.

Art Classes: ASC director and primary aide, Justin T is teaching an art class in 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are next week! These important collaborative sessions are required for every student. If you did not sign up for a time through sign up genius, please contact LaChon Richardson in the school office to confirm a time, or make plans directly with the classroom teacher. Remember, students in grades 6-8 are expected to attend conferences as well.

Mission Childhood Association thanked us recently for our donation of $4234.70 of “PG & D’s” (prayers, good deeds, and donations) to help missionaries feed, clothe, educate, comfort, and heal children around the world who are often forgotten. Thank you for your support for our international community!

Stanford Graduate Students are on campus this year for a class project to help teachers optimize group learning time and techniques. The class is Management Science and Engineer Tech Venture Formation – it is all about gathering groups of students planning to form technology venture-funded companies. Netflix and Linkedin have come from this class.

This particular team requested to work at St. Finn Barr after hearing about the significant role that collaborative learning plays in our program. The team is education-focused, and is trying to build a hardware device that empowers teachers by giving them in-depth real time information on student engagement, collaboration, and well-being. Students will be able to self-report on learning, and the bands will evaluate stress levels, verbal engagement, and so much more!

The team is comprised of the following graduate students:

1. Yael Cohen - She is a computer engineer doing her Masters in education.

2. Nathan Eidelson - He is a computer engineer doing his masters in CS.

3. Nakul Paul - Stanford MBA

4. Matt Thanabalan - Stanford Law

Uniform Checks: We had our first 100% uniform compliance this month -- thank you for supporting your children in coming to school dressed for success and ready to learn!!

ExpandingYour Horizons Conference for 6th-8th Grade Girls: Our own Science Director Mrs. Christine Bertko will be leading a workshop on Cephalopods two weeks from now. Students will be dissecting a squid to learn about structure and function of these amazing organisms.  There are many other interesting workshops as well!

Saturday, November 14th

San Francisco State University

8:15am – 3:00pm

For more information and to register, please click here: Expanding Your Horizons


The St. Finn Barr Outdoor Adventure Club is back!! The goal of Outdoor Adventure Club is to provide the St. Finn Barr 4th through 8th grade community with an outdoor experience as we explore the hills of San Francisco.   Students will have an opportunity to teach each other about the natural and human history of our community as we hike the many trails in our city.


The Outdoor Club is open to the first thirty applications.


When:  Monthly on Friday or Saturday.   


Where:  To be determined monthly.  Our first hike, on Friday, November 20, 3-5 pm, will be to Glen Canyon.  We will leave after school and hike up to Glen Park exploring the canyon and its unique ecosystem.   We will have a planning meeting for this hike at 3 pm, November 12, in Ms. Bruno’s room.


Who:  The first 30 applications from grades 4 to 8.


How:  Please complete this application and return it to Ms. Bruno by Thursday, November 12.


Cost:  Free!


Mindful Family Communications Workshop – 5 weeks: November 5th through Dec 12th: ~Does the Holiday Season Bring Extra Stress to Your Life? ~Do you find yourself on AUTOPILOT just going through the motions without feeling connected?        ~Are your kids isolating in their rooms?   

B – R – E – A –T – H – E

Give your family the gift of mindfulness this holiday season!


Mindfulness is an amazing tool for reflection as well as something we can embrace within our day-to-day communications, including communication with self. This practice creates more effective communication styles while improving self-esteem for teens. Mindful parenting also provides a loving space for parents to work on more effective ways to get their point across.

·      Mindful Family Communications will utilize the beginning of the holiday season to address holiday stress and emotional triggers that affect family communication throughout the holidays.


·      We will explore mindfulness as a general topic for self-exploration and provide tools and communication strategies to help parents and teens cope with school, work, life and stress.


·      By the end of this workshop both parents and teens will begin to be able to identify emotional triggers, re-center their awareness and re-frame communications and language in less demanding or reactionary ways.


Bonnie Cardell, MFTI and Tracy McGillis, MFTI \supervised by Dino Di Donato, LMFT (License #39831) bring years of meditation practice, backgrounds in psychology, nutrition and the dramatic arts, as well as personal and therapeutic experience working with families, children and teens from diverse, non-traditional and LGBTQ+ Families.

They have woven together this workshop drawing from the ancient traditions of mindfulness blended with information from the latest studies on Neuroscience, Psychology and Family Therapy Traditions.

Meeting Times: Thursday evening’s 7:30-9 for Parents  & Saturday mornings 11-12:30 for teens:

Parent Workshop: Nov 5th, 12th, 19th BREAK For THANKSGIVING, Dec 3rd, Dec 12th

Teens Workshop: Nov 7th, 14th, 21st BREAK For THANKSGIVING, Dec 5th, Dec 12th


~Parents and Teens meet together for Final Session\Cost is $20 per person per session~

For more Information Please Email: or call 415-484-9894 



11.9     Parent Teacher Conference Week – 12:30pm dismissals Mon-Friday


11.14   Off to the Races  -- Mandatory Parent Fundraiser Event


11.19   Photo Retake Day

11.23 AMDCS Professional Development Minimum Day 12:30pm Dismissal

11.24  Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30am) à Full Uniform 

11.25 No School – Thanksgiving Vacation Begins

12.2    Free Dress for Food Drive Contributors


12.6    10am Family Mass & Men’s Club Breakfast With Santa

12.15  6pm Annual Christmas Concert @ Archbishop Riordan High School (call time