This Week's Newsletter


                                                                                                                      March 9, 2018




Reader’s Week: This week we celebrated our Second Annual St. Finn Barr Reader’s Week, full of activities to demonstrate our love of literacy! The Book Fair has been packed with shoppers every day of the week, excitedly grabbing the awesome variety of texts available for all ages. On Tuesday, students gathered in Faith Families for reading time, and our Friends of St. Finn Barr came to campus for classroom visits Thursday. We also enjoyed the first of two showcases of the works of the literary genius William Shakespeare through our Shakespearience performance yesterday afternoon. Our beautiful collection of books went on display for the Young Author’s Faire as well….prizes & details will be announced next week!


Shamrock Gazette & Adult Leadership: Have you seen the latest issue of our wonderful Shamrock Gazette? I continue to be impressed with the variety, coordination, and polish of our school paper. It is a tradition that began during my first year as principal when one of our students, Gregory Saccone, asked to make it happen! After his father Joe took over as facilitator, the paper was born. When Gregory graduated, our own Kathy DiNicola (Sean, ’18) took the reigns and the paper evolved into the impressive format we use today. Since Sean is on the cusp of graduation, we are actively seeking a new adult leader to meet with the students every other week to continue this wonderful tradition. If you are interested, please call or email me at Thank you!


Garden Grant Award! We recently received our response letter from Whole Kids Foundation grant submitted by our Garden Director, Colette Gumm, for rain barrels and tool storage in our newly renovated Parish Center Garden:


Dear St. Finn Barr Catholic School,

Thank you again for applying for a Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant. We are thrilled to share that we have selected your application for a $2,000 grant! This year we awarded 600 grants from over 1,300 applications and are so excited that your program is among them.

We can’t wait to see how your program further supports healthy kids!
Love and Veggies,
Whole Kids Foundation 


April 22nd Levi’s Presidio 10 Run: Are you a runner or walker looking for a challenge? We have a unique opportunity this year to get together for a fun physical challenge – the Levi’s Presidio 10 Run (or Walk) on April 22nd. Participants can register for a 5K, 10K, or 10mile run – by registering through the Guardsman Foundation (one of our school’s supporting foundations), all fundraising by each participant can be designated for St. Finn Barr Catholic School! Because of the Guardsman’s tradition of funding outdoor education, all funds allotted to St. Finn Barr will be designated to support the class of 2020’s Yosemite field trip next spring. Registration is online here: -- details on our school’s coordination as for the day coming soon!


K Guest Artist: Thank you to our own Joe Churchill for visiting our Kindergarten class last week to teach the class how to make “Dragon Back” books…they cut and folded paper to make the binding that looks like a Dragon back. The kids loved it!


8th Grade Retreat: Our 8th graders were able to attend their unity retreat last weekend at the CYO campus in Occidental. They waited patiently after the fall event was postponed due to the Sonoma fires, and everyone reported a lovely (cold!) weekend of prayer, bonding, and fun! We are proud of them and continue to hold them in our prayers as they prepare for high school.


Thank Yous & Appreciation: We are so proud of our students and their families working in a communal effort to be young men and women for others:


…. from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: Our student council recently received a lovely letter of thanks from Hilda Ochoa, the Director of Society for the Propagation of the Faith and Holy Childhood Association, for generating $650.00 to be used to support the schools affected by Hurricane Harvey.

…from the SF –Marin Food Bank: Our entire school community received a beautiful Certificate of Appreciation for organizing our annual food and fund drive for Thanksgiving. We contributed 819 pounds of food that was distributed to local families during the busy winter months…way to go!


Movie Night March 16th: Are you looking for a night out? Plan for next Friday and leave the fun for kids to us, with our SFB Movie Night! All proceeds will benefit the class of 2020 and their Naturebridge Trip to Yosemite!


What is it? Your K-6th Grade children will get dinner and a movie, in the safe environment of our school!


When is it? Friday, March 16

6:00pm – 9:30pm in Goode Hall


Who benefits? Everyone!! Children have fun with their buddies while eating and watching a movie!

Parents have a few hours on a Friday for a date-night or a chill-at-home night!


Need parent hours? We’ll need dinner donations! Please sign-up to donate through SignUpGenius: We could use six parents to help setup, serve dinner and snacks, and clean up.


Sign-up: Reserve a spot for your child(ren) directly through SignUpGenius:


Please note: The SFB Theater (Goode Hall) will hold only 30 seats, so first come first served!  Admission ticket is $30 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. Send checks made payable to "St. Finn Barr" to the school office. It will be super fun! Don't be left out!!


Contact: Jennifer Miranda-Walker (Sean), 6th Grade Hours Room Parent


Financial Aid Reminder: Don’t forget to mark April 15th to complete your TADS ( Financial Aid application to be eligible for Archdiocesean Family Grants and St. Finn Barr School tuition grants.


SFB Summer School Updates: Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked out the details of our first ever summer school program. We have decided to launch the inaugural year of the program as a two-week camp for rising 1st-6th graders. Families are welcome to sign up for one session or both weeks (June 25-July 6th). Details are available on the website now!


Our campus will also host Art/Spanish Camp (June 11-22nd) and Shakesperience Camp (June 11-22nd), along with Linda’s Musical Productions Summer Program.


529 Account Updates: Section 529 Savings Accounts Update from the Archdiocese of San Francisco: One noteworthy provision of the sweeping federal tax reform legislation that was enacted this past December was the expansion of permissible uses of Section 529 College Savings Accounts to include payment of tuition at K-12 private schools (including schools with religious orientations).  We are still waiting to hear from the ScholarShare Investment Board - the state entity that oversees California's Section 529 plan - as to whether current state law permits owners of Section 529 accounts opened under California's plan to take advantage of the new federal flexibility.  (Keep in mind that it is permissible to reside in California, yet open a Section 529 account under a plan offered by another state.)

California is by no means the only state in which the answer to this question remains uncertain.  According to a useful fact sheetdeveloped by the American Federation for ChildrenEdChoice, and ExcelinEd, an additional 20 states have yet to ascertain whether conforming changes in their respective state laws are necessary in order to comport with the new provisions of federal law relative to Section 529 accounts.



Fri 3.16                     Kids’ Movie Night/Parent Night Out (Benefitting Yosemite Field Trip 2019)


Sat 3.24                     Father-Daughter Dance (Men’s Club)


Wed 3.28                  Faith Family Seder Meal @ 830am, Goode Hall


Thurs 3.29                Holy Thursday Stations of the Cross @ 930am

                                    Minimum Day 1230pm Dismissal

                                    *No Extended Care


3.30-4.8                     Easter Vacation – No School


Tues 4.17                  TADS Financial Aide Applications Due (Required for Archdiocese Family Grants & All SFB Financial Aide)