With One Voice

News & Notes from St. Francis of Assisi School

"That together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Romans 15:6


"You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." ~ Matthew 5:14-16

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January 22, 2021

Happy New Year!

Weather Advisory

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will notify SFA regarding school delays of closings. You will receive an alert via email or phone. We have one more snow day left on our calendar. If additional inclement weather occurs, we will switch to virtual learning for the day. Synchronous lessons will be taught by the teachers. The students took home extra books, and if needed, a chrome book. They may keep the chrome book home for the upcoming week.


  • All out of State and International travel is now subject to the travel health order. Per the order individuals are discouraged from travel to any state or international destination other than the following exceptions: Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

    · There is no longer a threshold to consider such as a positivity rate of 10%. This travel order applies to all travel with the exempted states noted above.

    · The period of quarantine is now reduced from 14 to 10 days.

    · Individuals can secure a COVID-19 test immediately upon return to the State of Maryland. With a negative test result they are then released from the quarantine.

    · With respect to the AOB policy, it is noted that students must quarantine till they receive a negative PCR test


    In summary, it is important to note that this is the policy is for all travel moving forward, not just for Christmas, until the Governor suspends this order. Secondly, with respect to Christmas, if families or staff do plan to travel out of State, to other than the exempt States, and that if that travel will occur on or after December 30, 2020, that those individuals need to ensure that they either complete a full 10 day quarantine prior to returning to in-person school or make arrangements ahead of time for the required tests immediately upon their return to Maryland

  • REMINDER: At-home COVID-19 tests are not accepted for any purposes including the releasing of presumptive students or students who has traveled out of state if the student is under the age of 18. The instructions on the kits clearly states these tests are not be used on individuals under the age of 18.


January 29 will be a full day. Instead, we will have a half day on Friday, February 5. School will dismiss at noon as we conclude Catholic Schools Week. Aftercare will be available.

Vote for the 2021 Teacher of the Year! - Last Chance!

Use the following link to vote for the SFA Teacher of the Year for 2021. The winner will be announced on February 5 at the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week.


Catholic Schools Week

January 31-February 5

Sunday, January 31 11:00 Virtual Open House - Spread the word and encourage interested families to register for the open house by calling the school office.

We will celebrate our connection with our parish. Student Council President, Maclaren Latoga, will speak to the community at the 9:30 Mass. His message will be included in the recording of our weekend Mass on YouTube.

We would like to celebrate the resilience of our students with a Catholic Schools Week Spirit Week.

Monday, February 1 - Pajama Day. Mondays are always hard, so come to class in your PJs, appropriate for school, of course!

Tuesday, February 2 - Hat/Hoodie Day

6:30 HASA Meeting (Virtual)

Wednesday, February 3 - Sports Day This is also the Global Day of Play, so wear your favorite team's attire as we enjoy an extra long recess, weather permitting!

Thursday, February 4 - Generations Day. Students can dress up in their favorite costume. They will write letters to a grandparent or special friend. Please send the name and address of the recipient to your child's teacher. We will mail the letters from school. We are asking parents of our virtual students to mail the letters for their children. Our students will practice how to address an envelope for snail mail (which now has a whole new meaning after experiencing this Christmas's performance of the post office)!

Friday, February 5 - Culture Day. Wear the shirt or colors of your country of origin.


  • January 31-February 5 Catholic Schools Week. Start spreading the word!
  • February5 - Noon Dismissal
  • February 10 - Interim Reports
  • February 15 - School Closed for Presidents Day
  • May 14 - Race for Education Email Mrs. Lidinsky to join the planning team!

The latest calendar updates can always be found at https://sfa-school.org/calendar


Subject to revision based on pandemic guidelines!

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A Painless Way to Support our School!

Scrip Home Delivery! SFA Scrip is still here! For years, SFA has participated in the Shop with Scrip gift card program to offset tuition cost. Now, Shop with Scrip offers the option to get physical gift cards delivered directly to your door! This convenient option is available only using the Scrip mobile app, RaiseRight™. Now you can get both eGift cards and physical gift cards from the comfort of your home! https://www.raiseright.com/ Questions? Contact Colleen Condon at scrip@sfa-school.org

One More Way to Give (Not Quite as Painless but Worthwhile!)

It is a VIRTUAL Blood Drive this year! Our goal is to get 100 SFA donors by the end of January...and we are nowhere close to our goal.

Donations typically go down after the holidays and you cannot donate blood for several months after receiving the Covid vaccine, so shortages are anticipated as more and more people get vaccinated over the next several months. Think Global. Act Local. Please PLEDGE to donate today. Click the link below to view the SFA VIRTUAL Blood Drive Campaign and find a convenient location near you to obtain an appointment. When you donate, be sure to tag us on social media with #SleevesUpSFA


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News From the Parish

Join us for IN-PERSON Mass on Sat. at 5 P.M.; Sunday at 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 A.M.

Weekday IN-PERSON Masses are M-F at 7:30 A.M.; Saturday at 9:00 A.M.

All 5:00 PM Sat. Masses will be RECORDED for your viewing on Sundays at 9:00 AM or later on Facebook or YouTube. KEEP THE FAITH! Confession every Saturday from 4-4:30 P.M.

See note below about Designer Bags and More online raffle.

P.S. We have a brand new pair of girls bucks, size 10M.


January is National Blood Donor Month. Social distancing does not mean social disengagement. According to the Maryland Cancer Statistics Center, 34,710 new cancer diagnoses in 2020. Many people with cancer will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. What can you do to help? Think Global. Act Local. Pledge to donate blood for the SFA Virtual Blood Drive Campaign using the link above. #SleevesUpSFA

Covid vaccines have begun! All Marylanders age 65+ can begin receiving COVID-19 vaccines this month, with Phase 1B beginning Monday for Marylanders age 75+; assisted living and other congregate facilities; and K-12 education and childcare. Eligible Marylanders can now visit covidvax.maryland.gov to find a vaccination clinic near them. Due to limited initial supply, vaccinations will take place by appointment only at this time. Find FAQs and other vaccine resources at covidlink.maryland.gov. #MDReady

For in-person students, email your student's teacher, our acting-Principal Mary Carol Lidinsky, and the school nurse, Marion Beck (beckm@sfa-school.org) if you are keeping your student at home for any health concerns. The SFA Community is doing a great job with our mitigation efforts to avoid a Covid outbreak--keep up the good work and THANK YOU!

Spring/Summer Opportunities

STEM Summer Camp

Notre Dame of Maryland will offer a STEM Summer Camp July 19-23. Registration opens Feb. 1. Activities include Team Building, Engineering, Arts and Crafts, and Swimming. ndm.edu/stemcamp

Jr. Golf

Small group lessons will begin in the spring. http://birdiebuddiesgolf.com


  • Please join me in reading The Power Of Showing Up by Dan J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.
  • I have read the book they co-authored The Whole Brain Child and often refer parents to this book. I am excited to read this book and would love for the SFA community to join me and find a time to discuss early in 2021. Here is a quick listen from Tina Bryson's Blog that I found helpful and I wanted to share:
  • https://www.tinabryson.com/news/what-kids-need-most-during-difficult-times
  • Feel free to reach out any time if you or your child need support: crownc@sfa-school.org



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  • For all those affected by the Coronavirus, as well as all those tending to the sick, and all those working to advance the cause of science towards cure/treatment.
  • For the fostering of productive dialogue and real action around social justice, equity, elimination of bias, and the healing of the wounds of systemic racism in our nation.

  • For +Fr. joseph Bonadio, who grew up in our parish and assisted with our weekend Masses.

  • For +Shannon Reviere, +Betty Garman Robinson, +Catherine Smith, and all those who have died.

  • For + Bob Sheridan, father of Rebecca Malone, our former principal

  • For + Larry Nye Kritcher, grandfather of Julian Traut

  • For all victims of violence in our city, our nation, and our world.

  • For the victims and survivors of cancer, as well as those who continue to fight!

Prayer requests may always be sent to wov@sfa-school.org.