Dear St. Francis of Assisi Parents and Guardians,
It is an honor to welcome you to St. Francis of Assisi School. Being an educator for the past 30 years, I have always gotten excited about beginning a new school year. There is something very refreshing about the prospects of opening the school doors in September and seeing all of the students in their clean, crisp uniforms eager and ready to begin a new learning experience. Imagining all the wonders that the children will encounter during the course of the school year gives all of our Faculty and Staff members, reasons to surge forward in our pursuit of building a strong school of excellence. As education researcher, Maxine Greene, reminds us, “The child is a veritable image of becoming, poised to reach towards what is not yet, towards a growing that cannot be predetermined or prescribed. The potential is there, and it is up to us to create the learning environment in which it can prosper and succeed.” What a privilege it is to help a child, with all their God-given gifts and talents, grow and flourish!
We at St. Francis of Assisi School strive to build a “way of life” rooted in Christ and a Catholic vision that provides inspiration and identity to all the members of our school community. SFA believes in the dignity of all human beings and supports a Christian-laden environment that builds respectful relationships throughout our school. During this 2013/2014 school year, we will be Building Our School Communiy through Faith, Knowledge, and Service.
By implementing the Common Core State Standards into daily teaching practices and continually developing curriculum and instruction, our students will be engaged in cognitively challenging tasks and encouraged to actively participate in their own learning. During this school year, we will strive to teach our students to take ownership of their education by assessing their individual academic and personal progress and helping them set goals for themselves in an attainable and progressive design. Our curriculum will support our students’ quests to develop their strengths by recognizing their particular gifts and talents. Guidance, positive reinforcement and motivation strategies set in a CARING environment will be used to influence their growth and development. During this school year, special CARE values, including cooperation, responsibility, respect, and empathy, will be formally recognized in our students.
At SFA, our goals are to grow children of faith, avid learners, and socially-conscious individuals.
May God bless us as we build our school of leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Anne Stefano