This Week's Newsletter

                                                                                            September 29th, 2017




The 5th Annual St. Finn Barr Festival made for another incredible, memory-filled day carry us enthusiastically into the school year! The Festival is one of my favorite events of the year because of the incredible sense of unity (and fun!) that comes from months and months of collaboration, preparation, and organization by so many. In the past five years since the Festival was brought back to our commnity, this event has evolved in such a special way – it is a gathering for not only the members of our school, but also for the parish, neighborhood, preschool, and alumni communities to come together in celebration of our long history as a the small but “mighty” shamrocks!


An ENORMOUS round of thank you’s are in order for all of the parent and parish leaders who organized this year’s event, the many, many volunteers who made the delightful food, drink, and game booths possible, to our sponsors, to our friends (and dads) at the San Francisco Fire Department who generously share the beautiful antique fire truck, and our fantastic entertainment by two bands: our own parent Joe Churchill’s Latin jazz band, and the local salsa band Susana y su Orquesta Adelante.


Even if we hadn’t been blessed with beautiful weather, the day was filled with smiles, laughter, dancing, and enough sunshine to go around!!


Oct. 4th Blessing of the Animals: This Wednesday, October 4th, we look forward to a special tradition in our school when we honor St. Francis, patron saint of our city, with the Blessing of the Animals at 7:55am. Family members are welcome to bring contained or leashed pets for morning assembly to be blessed by Deacon Willie of St. Finn Barr parish. Students are also welcome to bring a stuffed animal or photo of a beloved pet as well. All live pets will go home with parents after assembly.


News! School Prayer Cards: We are so proud to share a new tradition in our school – St. Finn Barr prayer cards. Our Development Assistant Marilyn Nepomuceno has designed a beautiful printed card available in the school office for all members of our community to identify a person for our students to hold in their prayers. The cards can be given to a friend or family member as a birthday, get-well, sympathy, or “thinking of you” card. The names for each cycle of prayer cards will be presented at the upcoming school Mass with gifts. If you have any questions please contact Mele Mortonson at


Hurricane Harvey Relief Numbers: Thank you to our student council leaders and all of the families who supported their fundraising efforts by contributing to our hot dog sale this week. Our school generated $650 to be donated to Catholic Relief Services of the Archdiocese of Houston, who proudly serve all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation.


Parent Leadership Opportunities: Parents, its time to start planning your 30 hour contribution to the life of our school! Besides the upcoming Walkathon (Nov. 11th), we are still searching for leaders for the following positions. If you are interested, please contact our parent board chair Lynda Taschek ( or Volunteer Coordinator Kendra Crawford (

  • Journalism Club Facilitator: Kathy DiNicola is looking for a parent to work with her and the journalism club this year in order to learn and take over the program once her son Sean graduates this spring. The group meets every other Friday and we are happy to adjust the schedule to meet the availability of our next leader.
  • Mother-Son Event Coordinator: scheduled for May 2018.


Kindergarten Tours have officially begun. Thank you so much to those of you who spread the good news of our school with your friends, coworkers, and pre-school pals. Your lived experiences, along with a dose of the reality of our imperfect-but-always-motivated-to-improve culture, are the most valuable insights for the families who will form our next generation of Shamrocks. Thank you.


Archdiocese of SF Consecration of Mary: Archbishop Cordileone will consecrate the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Saturday, October 7, 2017. This will coincide with the Centennial Celebrations commemorating the Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. It is the same day that the Archdiocesan Annual Rosary Rally will be held, coinciding with the day of the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. For this act of consecration to bear fruit, we are all asked to prepare ourselves spiritually and with catechesis for this significant day. Resources are available on the Archdiocesan website




10.4                Blessing of the Animals @ 755am in the school yard


10.7                SFB Garden Work Day 10am -2pm

                        Archdiocese Rosary Rally


10.9                No School – Columbus Day

10.11               6th Grade to Marin Headlands (returning Oct. 13th)


10.19              Picture Day


10.20              8th Grade departs for Unity Retreat (returning Sunday)


10.30              Minimum Day 12:30pm dismissal (Faculty Faith Formation Mtg)


10.31              Halloween: Costume Dress Up Day & Class Parties

Minimum Day 12:30pm dismissal