December 2019 News & Calendar


Dear SFACA Families:

December is that wonderful time of year – time to await the birth of Jesus, time to be with family and friends, and time to spread the joy of Christmas with everyone you meet.

PROGRESS REPORTS will be distributed on Wednesday, December 4th.  Parent meetings will take place by appointment in the morning from 7 to 7:45 a.m., in the afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and in the evening from 5 to 7 p.m.  Parents are asked to enter through the main entrance on 46th Street.  This, together with your child’s Terra Nova report for Grades 3-8, will provide a good indication of their overall academic performance.  “One of the strongest motivators for students is the opportunity to look back and see their progress. In this way, students can understand their learning goals, recognize their own skill level in relation to the goals, and take responsibility for reaching the goals.  By involving students in their own success, they become a more active partner in their learning.” (Educational Leadership, Vol.63, No. 3). Continue reading “December 2019 News & Calendar”

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Advent Calendar

We wish you the very best this Advent season!
We hope our bilingual Advent calendar will bring you inspiration and reflection this season.
Enjoy the many tips and suggestions for Advent.
God Bless!

Beginning the Church’s liturgical year, Advent (from, “ad-venire” in Latin or “to come to”) is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).

Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter in to the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.  More Advent resources are listed below.

USCCB Advent Calendar

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Congratulations to our Students of the Month for November 2019

Each month (October through June) the classroom teacher for Grades 5-8 selects a deserving student to be honored as the Student of the Month. The criteria for selection will align with the school’s Vision and Values Statement and CARE qualities.

Grade 5 – Nathan Mercieca

Grade 6 – Katie Jampol

Grade 7 – Gabriel Mateo

Grade 8 – Peter Mellis

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Diocesan Summit on Education Highlights Value of Catholic Schooling….

On October 23, young musicians showed off their talents with skills made possible because of a Catholic education.

The performance took place as Bishop DiMarzio convened a major summit to highlight the value of Catholic schooling.

“It shows that we’re alive, and we’re working and it’s working very well. We’re raising money from other people that are supporting,” Bishop DiMarzio said.

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