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Gatherings

September 24, 2009

St. Francis parents take turn learning

School bells rang at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday, Sept. 13, as parents became the students at the school’s annual “Back-to-School” day. The event began with a one-hour assembly in the gymnasium as parents were greeted by Fr. Tony Marti and Principal Tom Moran. Mother’s Guild, Booster Club and Alumni Council representatives were on hand to describe parental involvement opportunities.

After a brief state-of-the-school address and information session, parents followed their sons’ schedules and attended abbreviated classes where they met teachers and heard overviews of course demands and class expectations. A spread of home baked cookies and beverages hosted by the Mother’s Guild were served under the Friar’s Portico on the school courtyard and parents and faculty mingled between classes. The “school day” culminated in a family Mass held in the school chapel.

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Communication and participation are cornerstones of the educational process at St. Francis. In person communication is also augmented with the new automated phone broadcast system – Edulink – recently used to notify families of the school closures during the Station fire. Back-to-School day was an opportunity for parents to view the many improvement projects completed over the summer and to hear first-hand the rigorous academic challenges faced by their sons.

St. Francis High School was established in 1946 by the Capuchin Franciscan Order. The community-based school provides college preparatory education to more than 600 young men from the greater San Gabriel, Crescenta and San Fernando valleys.


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