It is hard to believe that in a little over four weeks, the campus will be buzzing with new energy as we begin the 2019/2020 school year. New students have been registering all summer and interested families are touring weekly. Faculty has been meeting over the summer to collaborate on a new writing program and redesigning expectations for every grade level. In preparation for new STEM activities, our STEM Committee Faculty Team are attending a training on new and innovative ideas for our students. We look forward to professional learning time together as Faculty and Staff beginning August 19, as we prepare for the students return on Monday, August 26.
During Summer, our campus-wide to do list is quite extensive. Mr. Rodriguez and his crew have been working very hard all summer on improvement projects. All classroom fluorescent lighting has been converted to LED lighting, which will positively impact students and our campus electric bill. Mr. Rodriguez has a new and improved shed thanks to the generosity of our Auction Fund An Item. New air conditioning units are being installed in the fifth and sixth grade classrooms to phase in replacement of units as funding becomes available. The Athletic Department has a new shed to store uniforms and equipment which cleared space for a new Athletic Office in the former storage closet. The office in the Fr. Seamus Glynn Center will now be designated for our School Counselor (T/Th) and Communications Coordinator. Our IT department had a long list of projects to prepare for the students return and use of technology on campus. Additionally, the Diocese of Orange is changing all elementary schools to a new student information system this Summer. Administrative staff have been training on the new software and full conversion will occur at the end of August. More information will come home to families in early September.
Our Camp Wolf Pack has been very successful this year hosting over 300 happy campers under the direction of our new Camp Directors, Mrs. Schoenke and Mrs. Lovchik. Weekly Wednesday lunches were prepared and enjoyed by students, and they loved going off-campus on field trips to the Discovery Science Center and the Long Beach Aquarium! Next week is the last week to participate in Camp Wolf Pack before our staff go on a much needed break from August 5 – 9. The campus will re-open on Monday, August 12 so that our Administrative Staff can finalize preparations before the teachers and students return.
Please review the opening of school scheduling information, uniform guidelines, and other materials that can be found on our website under the Quick Link 2019/2020 Start of School Information. We will be updating the Parent/Student Handbook through next week. Please take time in August to review all guidelines prior to the start of school. This year, we are adding an optional PE uniform for junior high students which may be purchased through Vicki Marsha. Visit their website for ordering information and review the guidelines in the handbook in August for further details. Gate codes will be updated for the new school year and will be sent to all families in mid-August to maintain confidentiality and security. We are re-launching Spirit Wear ordering which can be worn on Fridays throughout the school year. While the Spirit Wear website is being built for our families, a paper order form will be used for the 1st Trimester.
We are blessed to work with your families and believe that working with your children is a privilege and honor. Thank you for choosing St. Francis of Assisi School as the academic home for your family. On behalf of the Administration, Faculty, and Staff, we look forward to partnering with you this year!
Enjoy your final weeks of summer~
Mrs. Lambert, MS, MAEd, LMFT