“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees;
if in terms of a hundred years; teach children.”
Welcome to the new school year of 2015 – 2016 and a special welcome to our new families. You have made an excellent choice for your children in selecting Franciscan Catholic education. Your child will form lifelong friendships, fulfill their academic potential, their special talents will be nurtured, and most importantly a deep and abiding spirituality and faith will be developed on a daily basis. According to studies Catholic school graduates make good citizens, are deeply committed to social justice, the care of the poor and the planet, and are proud volunteers in the church and the community.
Over the summer many improvements have been made in our building. The cafeteria and First floor have been painted, the second floor bathrooms have been repaired and painted, and new flooring has been put in the PK4 and Kindergarten bathrooms. Our wonderful Class of 2015’s gift to our school are 150 new chairs for our auditorium, a much needed addition. They have also donated two lovely icons, the Immaculate Conception and St. Clare which will be displayed in remembrance of the Class of 2015 and a xylophone for our band, can’t wait to hear those dulcet tones at the concert! We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the families of the Class of 2015 and pray that the students will continue to do their very best in high school. This year our 7th and 8th Graders will be using an online vocabulary program called “Membean”, very challenging!
Extensive planning by the board, administration, our financial advisors, architect, Manuel Pereiras, and the Missionary Franciscan Sisters has taken place this summer regarding our Strategic Plan for the use of the convent. Final decision will not be reached until later this year. I know, parents, that you will pray that the dream of expansion into the convent building will soon become a reality. You will be updated during this ongoing process.
As you send your precious children off to school know that we will strive to keep them safe, secure and confident, unafraid to meet new people and face new challenges. Know that they will be surrounded by people who love and care for them and that their days will be filled with the knowledge of God’s deep and abiding love. Pray with the words attributed to the martyred Archbishop of El Salvador, Blessed Oscar Romero as you leave your child at the school door.
It helps now and then, to
step back and take a long view…
we plant the seeds
that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future
promise…We may never see the
end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder
and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders;
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future
not our own,
In blessed partnership let us nurture the seeds of faith, hope and love here at St. Francis Academy building a future where our children will grow and flourish.
Pax et Bonum,
Deborah A. Savage,