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


“But now, thus says the LORD,who created you, Jacob, and formed you, Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine. When you pass through waters, I will be with you; through rivers, you shall not be swept away. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned, nor will flames consume you. For I, the LORD, am your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior.” ~ Isaiah 43:1-3a

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October 2, 2019

WOV AUDIO EDITION - Click below to listen!

John D'Adamo

WOV 10-2-19 by John D'Adamo

Read to the bottom for SFA Trivia! First student to answer correctly gets a prize!


  • 10/4 - Feast of St. Francis: Generations Day, 11 AM Mass, Noon Dismissal w/Aftercare
  • 10/5 - Pet Blessing 10 AM; Alumni Soccer 12 PM; Open House 12-2 PM
  • 10/8 - Family Tech Help (VIRTUS & PowerSchool) 3-5 PM; HASA General Mtg, 6:30 PM
  • 10/9 - HASA Book Club 7-9 PM in the Library
  • 10/18 - Parish Golf Tournament, 8 AM

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


  • On Sunday November 5th, we will hold the annual SFA Turkey Dinner - the biggest fundraiser of the school year! Each year the Turkey Dinner brings in thousands of dollars that directly support the school's operating budget. Every dollar we raise from this event is one less that we have to consider as part of next year's tuition! Every family needs to participate in order for this event to be successful!
  • There are three main parts to the Turkey Dinner - 1) The Raffle, 2) The Auction, and 3) The Dinner itself. We invite you to help support the school through each of these projects, and we are enormously grateful to parent leaders who have stepped up to help coordinate this year: 1) Erin Tomaszewski (Raffle), 2) Colleen Condon (Auction), and 3) Maggie Miller (Dinner). Maggie is also serving as our overall chairperson for this important event!
  • Please check the Brown Envelope this week for your Raffle Tickets! It is vitally important that every family meet their minimum goal for Raffle Ticket sales. As part of the family obligation for tuition, the value of these tickets will be placed on your FACTS agreement if you don't meet the minimum amount.
  • Dinner tickets are now available for purchase!

Generations Day

Once again this year we will celebrate Generations Day! On Friday 10/4, the Feast of St. Francis, we honor our grandparents and other special guests who may come to visit the school! Guests are welcome to join us for a brief reception with refreshments in the Hall at 9 AM, followed by a visit to school classrooms. Everyone is most welcome to join us at our school-wide mass at 11 AM. School will dismiss at noon on this day, and grandparents may do pick-up (with parent permission). We do ask that parents/guardians register guests in advance for Generations Day. You may sign up HERE.


  • Remember that HASA General Meetings are required attendance! There should be at least one adult from each family present at the meeting on Tue. Oct. 8th at 6:30 PM in the Hall.
  • Reminder - Kids may attend the HASA General Meeting, but they must stay with their parents for the duration of the meeting. Students may not be in the back of the Hall, the Lobby, or Outside unsupervised!
  • PBIS SOAR shirts will be available for purchase at the meeting!
  • Additionally on 10/8, we are going to provide you Tech Help with getting VIRTUS-cleared for volunteering and getting online with PowerSchool! Join us from 3-5 PM before the HASA meeting starts at 6:30 PM so we can help you get into these important systems!
  • The Book Club meeting to discuss I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown has been moved to Wed. Oct. 9th from 7-9 PM.

Trunk or Treat!

On, Saturday 10/26 at 11am, we will have our annual Trunk or Treat! This fun event involves decorating your car trunks and distributing candy for kids in costumes. We will have prizes for the best trunk, food, music, crafts and more! If you are interested in having a trunk, please email Tanya at robinson.tanya.m@gmail.com.


  • Last Wednesday, you received the information about the Claire’s Gourmet Fundraiser in the brown envelope. This is an opportunity to support the school as well as simplify your holiday meal-planning.
  • Wouldn’t you like to pull out a pizza after a day of Christmas shopping? Over the holidays you can serve an elegant cake to your guests for dessert or throw some cookies in the oven for the children.
  • Better yet, you might save some tuition in the process! The top seller receives a $100 tuition credit, and those who sell ten or more items receive a raffle ticket for an additional $100 credit for each group of ten items sold.
  • Family and friends can order online so you do not have to lose time talking to them in person. Remember to double-check your math! Return only the small white summary sheet with your payment. Keep the large order form so that you have names and addresses for delivering the items. Deadline: October 17

PowerSchool Learning

PowerSchool Learning will be your portal to all teacher announcements, photos, and homework posting! Click HERE for directions on how to set up your account! ALL PARENTS need to do this, including Preschool parents! This is going to be the main method of communication between you and your child's teacher at all grade levels! Please note that the reporting of official grades for each trimester will continue to be posted on the main PowerSchool SIS account.

Basic PowerSchool Access - You need the letter with credentials for your specific student!


Teacher Websites Access

Hot Lunch Info!

Our new Hot Lunch program is through Abundance Catering! Operating Monday through Thursday for all students, you can sign up HERE. We also need parent volunteers to pick up the food at Catholic High each day! You can sign up to volunteer for that HERE.

Monday through Thursday


Whenever students are recognized by a teacher for demonstrating one of our SOAR traits (Safety, Ownership, Actively Engaged, Respect) they receive a SOAR ticket to be entered into a drawing. Each week we randomly draw 3 names (K-2, 3-5, 6-8) to be the Student of the Week and receive a prize! LET YOUR SPIRIT SOAR!



Pro Tip: Click the name of the school on the left side to see products! A percentage of every purchase goes directly to support SFA! More items to come! Get your SOAR Swag!


  • PET BLESSING - Saturday, 10/5/2019, at 10:00 A.M. on the SFA Whitetop Bring your pets (real and/or stuffed) for a special St. Francis of Assisi Blessing by Fr. Burke

  • SFA ALUMNI SOCCER GAME - Saturday, 10/5/2019, at 12:00 Noon in Herring Run Park Call Tom Rybczynski at 443-621-7043 for questions or to play

  • Free String Quartet Concert in SFA Church - Sunday, 10/6/2019 - 4 P.M.

  • DESIGNER BAGS AND MORE BINGO – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019 FROM 6:00 P.M. TO 10:00 P.M. IN OUR HALL:At 6:00 P.M. doors open and food/drink sales begin. Games begin at 7:00 P.M. Call the SFA Church Office at 410-235-5136 or 443-845-8235 to reserve your advance admission tickets at $20 per person or simply buy tickets at the door for $25. Payment is by cash or check only. There will be a wide variety of handbags/purses for game prizes, specials, door prizes, raffles (including a cash raffle), and much more! We can't wait to see you there!!!

SFA Parish Annual Golf Classic

Friday, Oct. 18th, 8am

2101 Dulaney Valley Road

Lutherville-Timonium, MD

SFA PARISH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC: Friday, October 18, 2019, at Pine Ridge Golf Course (Lutherville-Timonium). The cost is $120 per-player and it includes a continental breakfast and driving range balls prior to the 8:00 A.M. shotgun start, greens’ fees, carts, prizes, gifts and bountiful food and beverages following the tournament. Call the church office at 410-235-5136 or 443-845-8235 to sign up.

How to Pray the Rosary

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  • In this month of the Rosary, we pray in a special way for all of those intentions committed to our Blessed Mother.
  • For the intentions of the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
  • For our community, our city, our nation, and our world.

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