St. Francis Academy
1601 Central Avenue
Union City, NJ 07087

Tel. No. (201)863-4112
Fax No. (201)601-5905


October 2015


“Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul… but I must confess
that I love you only because you’re a prelude to my beloved October.”
– Peggy Toney Horton

Dear Parents,

There are so many exciting events, during this wonderful month of October, occurring here at Saint Francis Academy. The farm has visited, chicks have hatched, owls, falcons and hawks have flown over our playground imbuing our students with the magnificence of God’s creation. Our Liberty Science Center partnership has begun as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grades learned about the power of air, which included one child riding a hover board across the auditorium as their classmates cheered them on. Grade 8 participated in a lab at the science center on chemical reactions and were very enthusiastic about the experience. Pre-K 3, Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten will be dissecting pumpkins next week. Every child in SFA will have hands on science experiences that will extend STEM learning.

As discussed at the October Parents’ Guild Meeting our strategic plan for future use of the convent has been approved by our Provincial Leadership Circle in Boston. What a great blessing for the future of our beloved academy to be able to spread out in new classrooms for small groups, a media center, a music room, meeting rooms, school store, prayer room and Pre-K4 and Kindergarten inside our convent. I know the many sisters who have lived and served in our convent are looking down smiling to know that our children will be using that sacred space to learn and grow.

On October 18th the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, will be canonized at the Vatican. Louis and Zelie Martin will be the first married couple ever to be canonized at the same ceremony. On October 20th the relics of St. Therese and her parents will arrive at St. Lawrence Church, Weehawken. The 8th Grade, Mrs. Giallombardo and I will venerate the relics during their visit and I will pray for you parents, that you will be mightily blessed as you raise your children with great faith and love. I’m quite certain that St. Therese and her parents never envisioned becoming saints, I pray that you will follow in their footsteps.


Ms. Deborah Savage

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