Lion Pride March 2, 2018

St. Helen's School - Peace and Justice Will Be Our Way

The mission of St. Helen's Catholic School is to provide a quality learning environment where the dignity of all is respected. St. Helen's students are challenged to become well educated critical thinkers and problem solvers. They will become faith filled people that contribute to our society and embrace true social justice.

Our Catholic School Philosophy: The educational program at St. Helen's Catholic School is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ and teachings of the Catholic Church. Students at St. Helen's Catholic School are called to love God, to treat others respectfully, to work to the best of their abilities, and to have reverence for all of God's creation. The faculty and staff members of St. Helen's Catholic School will strive to teach as Jesus did and will assist parents and guardians in their role as the primary educators of their children.

Principal's Message

Good Afternoon SHS Family,

Please save the date for Open House: Thursday, March 15. Students have been working hard this year and are so excited to show off all their hard work. This evening will kick off a bonus round of the Registration Flash Sale where families only pay $100 to complete early registration for the 2018-2019 school year. This Flash Sale will run until Monday, March 19, then registration prices will increase to $125 - $175 depending on how many children are attending.

Open House evening also kicks off Alumni Madness weekend full of the Walk-a-thon, Salsa Throwdown, and Alumni Mass and Breakfast. Check out the flier of events posted below PTO News and please help us spread the word to all alumni!!

Thank you for your continued support! Please view our website ( to see all our upcoming events.

Thank you,

Jason Garza


St. Helen’s Catholic School

PTO News

Thank you to everyone who was involved in putting together the Father Daughter Dance! It was a hit!!

Remember the Fish Fry every Friday of Lent. Proceeds will help SHS, so come on out and bring your friends and family.

Our next SHS Family Night Out is this Tuesday at Taste Kitchen. Bring the flier or mention St. Helen's School to help support SHS!

March 16 is the Walk-a-thon! Families raising $100 or more will be entered into a raffle. There is an upper wing and lower wing challenge...stay tuned for the announcement from Mr. Garza to announce the prize. 100% of the proceeds from the Walk-a-thon go directly to the school. Please look for the class donation list that was sent home with pledge forms this week.

Save the date for the first annual Salsa Throwdown on March 17. There will be an Alumni Mass March 18 at 10:00 AM, with a breakfast to follow.

Attention Moms! The Mother Son laser tag money due date has been extended to March 22. If you have any questions, please contact Sonia Duarte.

Save the date for Donuts with Dad on April 19!

Thank you everyone for all your support!!

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Congratulations and Good Luck!!

The following students have spent months reading and studying in preparation of the 2018 Academic Junior High Decathlon to be held tomorrow, March 3, at Garces Memorial High School in Bakersfield. These ten students will work together on a Logic Quiz and a Super Quiz, while eight of them will complete an Individual Subject Test to go towards the team points.

Leah Acosta

Sophia Bruce

Madison Clark

Andres Esquivel

Reanne Gillian Lladone

Ruby Grace Lladone

Ethan Milly

Emily Orozco

Adrian Ucelo

Pierson Villasana

FACTS Financial Aid for the 2018-2019 School Year Due April 15

Financial Applications are up and active! Click the grey bar below to go to the online application. Once the online application is completed, please upload or fax all supporting documents required to complete the application process. Please don't delay your applications.

Please see the attached flyer below for details. If you have any questions, please visit for more information, or call the school office for guidance.

Classroom Happenings

Kindergarteners have been discussing wants vs. needs this Lenten season as part of their Studies Weekly curriculum. Students also made paper plate Cat in the Hats this week in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Week. A big thank you to DeVry University for visiting this week! We are making progress and having fun in Kinder!

Second grade has had a fun couple of weeks. We learned about warm and cool colors in art this week. We are learning all about plants and their life cycle in Science. Today we planted our very own plants. We will continue to watch them grow and make observations about them.

Primary grade levels got a visit from DeVry University this week. They read a Dr. Seuss book to the class in honor of Read Across America, and gifted Dr. Suess books to each classroom they visited. Check out the fun picture below!

March was super sneaky when it snuck into the 4th Grade! We finished our novel, Trumpet of the Swan, this week. The students enjoyed it and are so amazed that they read such a long book. I think they are proud of every one of the 252 pages they read! We are finishing the week with student-chosen creative activities about the characters, settings, and situations. In Social Studies, we have been learning about the Gold Rush and all the key players during that time. We have begun preparing for our Walk Through California, which will happen on Monday, March 12th.

Fifth grade has welcomed two new students this week and we are so excited to be growing and making new friends! Students are hard at work practicing for the Walk Through the American Revolution program coming to SHS. Students are assigned a character from the American Revolution to portray during the interactive learning session, and are working together on skits from different events during the war. Next week we will begin our Solar System projects.

Junior High students have been focusing on the three elements of Lent this season by being intentionally prayerful every day, discussing way they can give alms, and trying different types of fasting as ideas are given through our daily Lenten reflections. We are building Science Fair boards this week and next week, and students are really enjoying seeing all their hard work come together in a way they can share with the school. Come check the boards and experiments out at Open House later this month!

Student-Lead Prayer March 5 - 9

  • 6th Grade students will be leading the school in morning prayer Monday - Thursday.
  • 8th Grade students will lead the school mass Friday.
  • Student Council will be leading the school in the Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent beginning at 2:00 (except for March 16). Please join us if you can!

March is upon us...SAVE THE DATES!!

  • Thursday, March 1: PTO Meeting
  • Tuesday, March 6: Family Night Out at Taste Kitchen
  • Wednesday, March 7: $1 Dress Day
  • Thursday, March 15: Spring Pictures and Open House 5:30 to 7:00
  • Friday, March 16: SHS Walk-a-thon
  • Saturday, March 17: SHS Salsa Throwdown and St. Patrick's Day
  • Sunday, March 18: Alumni Mass with breakfast
  • Tuesday, March 20: Strategic Planning Committee
  • Wednesday, March 21: $1 Dress Day
  • Thursday, March 22: Choir of Angels performs in San Luis Obispo
  • Friday, March 23: General Assembly with Honor and Merit Awards
  • Saturday, March 24: Mother and Son Laser Tag
  • Wednesday, March 28: Minimum Day with 12:30 Dismissal (Extended Daycare will be available this day)
  • Thursday, March 29: No School Easter Vacation begins

SHS March 2018 School Calendar (Updated March 1)

SHS March 2018 Lunch Menu

Please note that all students will receive lunch for free on March 16, our annual Walk-a-thon day!

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Family Night Out at Taste Kitchen

Tuesday, March 6th, 5-8pm

6105 E Kings Canyon Rd Suite #102, Fresno, CA 93727

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The Angel Wings Foundation is taking orders!

Download the order form below or pick one up from the school office to see the full selection of spirit wear choices:

We Need Yearbook Photos

The Yearbook Staff invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:

• Go to

• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username 410023680

• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.

• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs addition information.

• Click "Save Details."

It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is March 15, 2018. Thank you!!

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

St. Helen's School's Mr. Garza is on iTunes! Check it out by clicking the red bar below. We are #2 on the list.

St. Helen's Youth Group for SHS 6th - 12th Graders

Youth Group meets every Wednesday from 5PM to 6PM in the Parish Hall. Registration forms are available in the upper grade classrooms.

Thank you Alumnus Juan Carlos Puerto for leading our youth in this spiritual development! Teachers Mrs. Colston and Mrs. Bruce are helping to organize, and Father Gene is guiding Juan Carlos through curriculum and activities. Thank you all for your support!

First Aid Donations Needed Please!

  • 2 boxes of Disposable Probe Covers (Rite Aid)

  • 2 boxes of plastic gloves

  • Boxes of Large band-aids

  • 9 Volt batteries (for thermometers)

Please bring your donations to the school office. Thank you!!

Parent Participation Hours

Remember you are responsible for 20 hours this year! You will be charged for hours you do not complete. Here are some ways you can help out around school:

  • Set up and clean up at school events (ie. Book Fair, Grandparents Pancake Breakfast, Valentine's Dinner/Dance, etc.)
  • Help in the classroom at a pre-arranged time with the teacher
  • Actively chaperon field trips
  • Help monitor students during yard duty at morning and/or lunch recesses
  • Monitor students before school at morning daycare from 7:00 to 7:45 and/or after school at daycare from 3:15 to 6:15
  • Earn 1 hour for each SHS PTO Meeting you attend

Please be sure to log your hours in the office to verify completion. Thank you for all your help and support! The SHS community could not succeed without active parents!

Need Safe Environment Training?

New families need Safe Environment to volunteer on campus, field trips, etc. Check out the Safe and Sacred link and file below.

*Any families who have Safe Environment training from previous years are certified for three years. Starting next year in 2018, everyone will need to renew.

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