Principal's Newsletter April 14, 2014

“State of the Union” Address

We are having a meeting Tuesday, April 22nd at 7pm to address our plans for the upcoming school year, registration and financial aid processes, athletics, and more!

Reminder: School is in Session

Just a “gentle” reminder that we will be in school on Thursday, April 18th and Friday, May 23rd to make up two snow days. We will be on early dismissal schedules on both days. (For obvious reasons, seniors do not have to come to school on May 23rd!)

Attention Seniors!

1.   Mandatory Prom/Graduation Meeting: April 28th— 7pm.

2.   Senior Exams: Tuesday, May 13th and Wednesday, May 14th. Seniors will follow special schedules on these days. Early dismissal for seniors only on both days.

3.   Graduation Practice and Luncheon: Wednesday, May 21st at Annunciata Church at 11am. Senior Luncheon to follow practice. The location TBA.

4.   Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony: Thursday, May 22nd—7pm. Annunciata Church is located at 111th and Avenue H. Admission by ticket only.

Caps, gowns and graduation tickets will be handed out at graduation practice.

Please note: All financial obligations as well as other school related obligations must be met by this time.

Honors Convocation

Thursday, May 8th at 7pm. Students who have achieved special recognition for scholarship, skills and/or service will be honored. If your child is to receive an award, you will receive a special letter in the mail. This is one of the highlights of our school year—recognizing those who have achieved and preformed above and beyond. If your child is being honored—Don’t Miss Out!!!

Business Office

There is still time to apply for financial aid for next school year—2014-2015. To be eligible, families must apply every year. Forms can be picked up at the Main Office. If you have any questions please contact Beatriz Rodriguez at extension 227.

Attention Seniors and Prom Goers!

Mark your calendars: the MANDATORY prom and graduation meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 28th. The prom meeting begins at 7pm and the graduation meeting begins at 8pm. A parent and student are required to attend these important informational meetings. The prom meeting is for all students attending prom and a parent. The graduation meeting is for all seniors and a parent. Save the date!!


Six Flags Great America Trip

St. Francis de Sales Six Flags Great America trip is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10th. Students are to be at school by 7:30am. The bus leaves at 8:00am sharp. It will be returning to school at 9:00pm. Tickets and bus are $59.00. Tickets only are $39.00. These can be purchased from Ms. Bada by Friday, April 25th. (Cash, certified check or money order only.) 

A signed permission slip MUST be turned in with the money in order to attend. This permission slip must have several working numbers where parents can be reached all day in the event of an emergency. All freshmen and sophomores must ride the bus to and from Great America. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bada at ext. 300.


SFDS Updates

Changes have been happening quickly here! It’s been a whirlwind of activity lately:

1.     The Rink floor is being refinished. Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Parents Club, we are able to re-tile the floor. The harsh winter took a toll on the floor and coupled with some water damage, the tiles were coming up and cracking. Come check it out when you get a chance!

2.     The new Student Lounge has been created  in the area that used to be the Coaches’ Office. We have relocated coaches to another office space. The new Student Lounge has chairs, tables, couches, tvs, a microwave, etc. Ms. Chaps’ art classes have designed the space and are painting the school seal on the wall.

3.     The library has now been turned into the Student Commons. We received 25 new laptops, added some chess boards and other board games, a few stationary exercise bikes and it’s now a study and media center for students during their study hall periods.

4.     We have also converted the former President’s Office to the new Alumni Lounge. Last Saturday night at the Alumni Raffle, we had a dedication ceremony in honor of BJ Nelson and Beth Leo Smith. BJ Nelson was a former teacher here—for more than 40 years and Beth Leo Smith was a student, parent and valued staff member here. The room is stocked with yearbooks, photographs and other memorabilia.

Thanks to the help and hard work of many volunteers: students, parents and faculty and staff, these changes have been made possible! Stop in and check it out!! There is more to come...


Mary Kay Ramirez, Principal


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