SVDP School

February 10, 2022

Hello SVDP Community,

Catholic Schools Week was a success. We enjoyed celebrating our community and our faith. On Friday, students were able to wear denim by making a $5 donation to St. Judes. We raised $1,050!

Our annual State of the School will be held via Zoom next Tuesday, February 15. See the flyer below for more information.

Pick-up reminder: Please remember to display your name placard from your visor. This speeds the pick-up line when names are visible.

Please remember that we will most likely ask all students to take a Covid test on our President's Day Holiday, February 21st, for return to school on Tuesday. While test kits are more readily available, but we have also have a supply. If you need a kit, please email The first test kit per student is free, after that we will have to charge a nominal fee (currently $10).


G.R.O.W. Ticket Recognition

The G.R.O.W. Raffle is back!

Based our on School-wide Learning Expectations (SLEs) we use the acronym G.R.O.W. to remind us that we are growing students into God Centered Persons, Responsible and Globally-aware Citizens, Outstanding Life-long Learners, and Well-Rounded Individuals.

Every day students can get "caught being good" at school by a teacher or a staff member. A student can be recognized for going above and beyond common expectations and doing something extra-ordinary during the school day. This week at morning assembly, four students were recognized when their names were selected from the G.R.O.W. ticket raffle.

Kinder - Nico Quintela

4th grade - Amandine Baudet

5th Grade - Grant Gazzano

6th Grade - Harper Valentine

Congratulations to our G.R.O.W. raffle winners!

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2022-2023 Calendar

Use the link below to view the 2022-2023 calendar.

*The calendar is subject to change and must be approved by the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


We are now at 73% participation. Thanks to those that have committed. If you have not made a pledge or donation, please do so today.

Every family's participation in Annual Giving is important because every student benefits. If you have misplaced your packet, it is available on SchoolSpeak or by clicking the button below.

First class to reach 100% - the students will receive a COVID-friendly lunch in the SVDP garden. Kindergarten and 3rd grade are tied at 96%!

Ready to Donate Now?

Use this link for credit card donations.


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Do you have an experience, vacation home, or other item that you would like to donate? Please contact Brenda Barkley




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Thanks to everyone that participated in the sock drive. We collected 937 pairs of socks for City Teams and the SF homeless.
Our 8th grade students made Valentine treat bags and cards for the residential families at Raphael House.


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MUGSYCLICKS - Class Composite Photos for Sale

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View St. Vincent de Paul Group Photos NOW!

Photos are now available for viewing and ordering. Log into your account at and enter your gallery access code.

Gallery Access Code: VINGRP22



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Click the link below for more information!


Financial Aid

To Apply for Financial Aid:



April 15, is the annual deadline for submitting all information to TADS, the third party needs evaluation company that we use to collect the financial data from our families. This is consistent with the process we used to award tuition assistance for this year.

After the Student Aid Form has been processed by TADS, the Department of Catholic Schools gathers the completed application materials. Applicants are ranked on the basis of financial need. Within the limit of available funds, the Archdiocese of San Francisco will then award financial aid. This is the same application process used for school or parish specific scholarships, IF a scholarship program exists at the particular elementary school.

Late applications will NOT be considered. Students must live in Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo Counties to be considered for the Archdiocesan Scholarship. Please visit the other scholarship programs section for more opportunities. Grant notifications will be sent out to the elementary student’s families in late May/early June.

To use the TADS Financial Aid online application go to You will be guided through the application. If you have any questions, you can phone TADS at 800-477-8237.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is unable to provide financial aid to all students who apply. If a family is notified that the Archdiocese cannot provide assistance, the family should try and reach out to the elementary school, or high school for more information about any additional assistance that may be available from them directly.


Parent Volunteers

It has been too long, and we are excited to welcome parents back onto campus to volunteer in limited roles and with the appropriate clearances.

To volunteer at any SVDP activity, you must have the following:

  1. Submit Livescan Fingerprinting (see attached form below) - Find a local business that can submit your fingerprints through the Livescan screening process. If you have already done this for previous SVDP volunteer requirements, you do not need to do it again. We will receive your fingerprinting clearance through your Virtus account (see #2). Please note that if you have done Livescan fingerprinting for other volunteer or professional requirements, you must still complete specifically for SVDP.
  2. Complete Protecting God's Children training module on Virtus - If you have never done this, create an account at and take the course "Protecting God's Children." If you previously completed the training, make sure your three-year certification is still valid. Existing certification can be checked by logging in to your existing Virtus account at
  3. Proof of COVID vaccination must be emailed to
  4. NEW beginning February 1st - proof of booster required.

Once you've completed all three of these requirements, your SchoolSpeak profile will be updated with a green check-mark (like the one above). When entering campus to volunteer, please use your phone to show your SchoolSpeak profile to the front office for admission. Sign-in as a visitor at the front desk and proceed to your volunteer assignment. Remember to sign out too.

All parents are encouraged to complete these requirements now, but they must be completed 24 hours prior to volunteering. Without your green-checked profile, we cannot welcome you to volunteer.



The Advisory Board and the Administration know that our amazing families are the best spokespeople for SVDP. To remain competitive in the San Francisco school marketplace, we must attract families that share our educational standards, values, and sense of community. For these reasons, the Advisory Board is pleased to announce a Family Referral Program.

Beginning July 1, 2021, if you recommend a family that accepts enrollment and pays all their fees, incidental charges, and tuition through October for the 2022-2023 school year, the Finance Committee will apply a $500 credit to your FACTS account in October 2022. You will get $500 for each successful referral, with a max of three referral credits. Only one SVDP family may claim a referral. The FACTS credit must be used towards tuition, not incidental charges. When a family applies, they should include the name of the referring family on their application. Online applications have been updated to include this information. The referring family does not need to write a letter of recommendation to receive the credit.


A Note From the Archdiocese of San Francisco - Department of Catholic Schools

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has convened a 2022 Synod and has asked the People of God to participate in the synodal process this year by completing the “Disciple Maker Index” Survey. This survey is a nationally recognized survey and has been administered by the Catholic Leadership Institute to parishes around the United States and Canada since 2013.

It is important that families attending Catholic schools have their voice heard. Please take a moment to complete the survey.

The survey will run from Saturday January 15th through February 15th.

To take the survey, please go to and select our SVdP parish.


Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bell Ringers

"Come, join our voices!"

Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers

Members of the Golden Gate Boys Choir and Bellringers will participate in the Saturday evening 5:15 p..m. Mass on February 12th. Pre-pandemic, the GGBC regularly provided a choir for liturgical music on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

An invitation is extended to boys from the parish and SVdP School to join with us to rehearse and sing for the Mass. All current protocols for safe health will be observed! Boys, age 6 to 12 who are able to accept the invitation should meet at 4:00 p.m. in the Donor's Room of the downstairs parish hall, and remain to sing at the Mass to follow.

Questions? contact SVdP organist, Steven Meyer, by email:


Together We Are... SVDP School Reopening Plan 2021

Follow the link to read the latest news on our school reopening plan.