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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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Principal's Message

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    June Letter from the Principal

    A blink of an eye…and summer is here! If you are like me, you are wondering how August turned to June so quickly. One day we were opening the doors on the first day of school; the next day we were finishing finals and the year was over!

    But what a year! 2013-14 has been a truly remarkable year with historic achievements. Over the course of the year, we built the new Burns Pavilion, won the Apple Distinguished School Award, and had the most National Merit semifinalists of any Catholic high school in California for the second year in a row. We are so excited that Saint Francis High School, founded in 1955 by the Brothers of Holy Cross, is now 59 years young and growing more vibrant every year!

    There is much to celebrate with our students, too. This was a banner year for student achievements, including the amazing graduating class of 2014 that is heading off to 123 different colleges and universities next year. The class of 2014 is not only the largest graduating class in school history, but has left a rich legacy of community service, academic honors and athletic and activity achievements that will live on long after they leave our campus. It is truly sad to see them leave, but, as I reminded our senior parents at graduation, our job is to love them unconditionally and to educate them fully…and then to let them go. We can only imagine what they will achieve, but we do know that they go out into the world as true Holy Cross men and women, conscious of their responsibility to serve others and to do good things.

    We hope you enjoy the summer vacation and take time to relax with friends and family. If you find yourselves looking for some good “reads,” I invite you to take a look at the summer reading list prepared by our librarian, Ann Lane, in this issue of the newsletter. It is a very inviting selection of books!

    God bless,

    Patricia Tennant

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Coming Up

  • Summer Office Hours

    Main Office 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Business Office 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

  • 2014-15 School Calendar

    View the list of important dates for the 2014-15 school year.

  • Important Dates for May-August 2014


    Class of 2015 Parent and Student Questionnaire Due to Counselors

    May 30

    Parent Questionnaire

    Student Questionnaire


    Class of 2018 Picnic

    June 1, 3-5 p.m., Quad

    Alumni Golf Tournament

    June 13

    More info


    Tuition Payment Due to Smart Tuition

    July 5

    Freshman Physical Exam and Immunization Records Due

    July 7

    Online Book Purchasing Begins

    July 15


    More information about the parent welcome coffees, registration days and freshman orientation will be available in the July mailing to families.

    Freshman Parent Welcome Coffees

    Aug. 7, 11, 12, 13, 7 p.m. at various locations

    Aug. 14, 9 a.m., next to Andre House

    Freshman Registration and Orientation

    Aug. 14

    Sophomore/Junior/Senior Registration

    Aug. 15

    Mandatory Freshman Welcome Day

    Aug. 17

    First Day of School

    Aug. 18

    Class of 2015: Parent/Student College Admissions Workshop

    Aug. 24, 1-4 p.m.

    All aspects of applying to college will be discussed. Seniors and their parents will receive more information.

  • Summer at Saint Francis

    - Saint Francis offers many academic and sports programs during the summer. The academic courses are geared to students in high school and middle school, and there is a program designed specifically for incoming freshmen. Sports camps are for children ages 6-12 and older athletes with advanced skills.

    - All high school and Freshman Experience courses will close June 1.

    - Visit for more detailed outlines of our programs.

    - Contact Kelly Walsh at or for more information on academic programs.

    - Contact Chris Volta at for more information on sports camps.

    High School Academic Programs

    Semester 1: June 11 - June 27

    Semester 2: June 30 - July 17 (July 4 holiday)

    Middle School Camps

    Session 1: June 16 - June 27

    Session 2: June 30 - July 11 (July 4 holiday)

    Freshman Experience

    June 16 - July 11 (July 4 holiday)

    Youth Sports Camps

    Week 1: June 16 - 20

    Week 2: June 23 - 27

    Week 3: June 30 - July 3 (No camp July 4)

    Week 4: July 7 - 11

    Advanced Sports Camps

    - Dates vary.

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  • Summer Options for Making up Course Work

    - Any student who receives a D or F grade in an academic core class should plan to attend summer school.

    - Colleges and universities require all coursework in math, science, foreign language, history and English to be completed with a grade of C- or higher. D and F grades will jeopardize a student’s opportunity to be admitted.

    - For details see the Guidance and Counseling website under "News."

  • Summer Reading

    - All-school Summer Reading Book Announced: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo, the story of one young man’s search for his personal destiny.

    - Additional summer reading for various classes will posted online June 2.

  • Second Semester Grades

    - Second semester grades will be submitted to the Academic Office on May 29.

    - Report cards will be mailed by June 2.

    - If you do not receive your child’s report card or if there is a question regarding a grade, contact the Academic Office before June 12.

  • Final Transcripts for Seniors

    - Final transcripts will be automatically sent to your child’s college. You do not need to request an official transcript.

    - If you have any questions, contact the registrar, Emily Stapleton, at 650 968-1213, ext. 214.

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Campus Ministry

  • Holy Cross Service Program Reminder

    All students, including incoming freshmen, can begin to work on next year’s service requirement beginning June 1.

    Service hours requirements and due dates for the Holy Cross Service Program are as follows:

    Freshmen: 15 hours with children, due March 13, 2015

    Sophomores: 10 hours with the developmentally disabled, due February 27, 2015

    Juniors: 15 hours with the elderly, due February 13, 2015

    Seniors: 10 hours with the economically disadvantaged, due January 30, 2015

    *All service must be in direct contact with the population that students are serving*

    For more information, please check the Campus Ministry website.

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Parent Reminders

  • Scrip

    - Thanks to everyone who bought Scrip this year, especially those who placed frequent orders. Scrip will be available all summer.

    - For more information about Scrip, see us online.

    Scrip Coordinator

    Traci Terluin,

  • eScrip

    - Saint Francis will continue to receive your matching contributions throughout the summer, even when school is not in session!

    - Continue to use your grocery loyalty cards and shop online through the eScrip mall and the school will benefit!

    - Please email if you have any questions.

    - Thank you for your support and have a wonderful summer!

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Holy Cross Parent Clubs

  • Women’s Club Letter

    It has been an honor and a privilege serving the Saint Francis community as the Women’s Club President this year. As the school year comes to an end, I would like to thank all of the amazing, talented parents for their generosity in “letting their light shine.” All of our volunteers have worked so hard to support our numerous events and committees. We couldn’t have made it happen without you!

    Celebration Dinner: Thank you to Karen Franz, Shannon Greene, and all the moms who helped make this year’s Celebration Dinner on April 30 a very special night.

    Stacy Reitmeir, our 2013 Christmas at our House Chair, presented the school with a check for $109,345.33! This fundraiser takes over 600 volunteers, and it is because of your efforts that we were able to achieve this.Thank you to all involved in ways large and small. Next year’s planning is underway. Please contact Kim Motogawa ( if you would like to help. We need you!

    At the Celebration Dinner, we welcomed many new freshman parents, honored our past Women’s Club presidents and congratulated mothers of graduating seniors. In addition, our wonderful 2013-2014 Board finished their term that night. Thank you Robyn Del Fierro (Vice President), MaLee Morrison (Communications), Nancy Perkins (Treasurer), Monica DeLong (Spiritual Advisor) and Nikki James (Parliamentarian). It has been a pleasure to work with you this year. Thanks also to our wonderful advisors, Aurea DeFranco, our moderator, and Carol Patane, our advisor, for making this year so successful!

    President's Dinner: Thank you to event chairs Cathy Powers and Susie Larson, and the volunteers who helped organize the President’s Dinner, a special night to honor and thank our very generous benefactors.

    Have a fantastic summer!

    Ginny Hurley, Women’s Club President 2013-2014


Issue: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

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