Dear Parents, I hope you are all enjoying the summer. We wish all the best for Mrs. Carver on her retirement from SFA. We are thrilled to welcome back Miss Jennifer Smith who had substituted for Mrs. Zawidski last fall during her maternity leave. Miss Smith knows our children and school well. She is a lifelong member of MBS parish, an accredited certified teacher and has always dreamed of working at SFA. Our Lord has always blessed us with wonderful teachers whenever we are in need. We continue to upgrade our ever changing and growing technology. New AC/Heat units have been added to each classroom. We have also replaced one of our lower floor entry doors with a more secure and safe one. Security is a main concern due to the unstable world we live in. Our school doors, in both buildings, will not be open until 8:10. We are happy to report that our school has been installed with security cameras and alarm systems to provide our children with the utmost safety. Speaking of safety, all volunteers must have their proper clearances to assist our children during lunch recess and other activities. Please call the school office for further information.This fall, we will be visited by the Middle States Association to renew our accreditation. Despite their normal classroom duties, I cannot adequately express my thanks to Mr. Coble and the entire staff for all their hard work this past year preparing all the necessary volumes of paperwork needed for this visit. Please visit our web page and facebook for the latest events, pictures, videos etc. which make our school the special place it is. Also, our Home & School has been busy planning numerous activities for the coming school year. I am constantly amazed at the dedication of our parents and staff who work so hard for our children and the future of our church. This year’s “Principal Challenge” involved getting “hit” with dodgeballs from every grade level. I was dressed as a “duck” since I was “ducking” the numerous balls being thrown all at once!!! The students met their goal of reading 4,500 books but I had to pay the price!!! (see photo left)Aug. 17 (Wed) Kindergarten ”parents only” meeting at 7pm in Fr.Schneider Hall. Aug. 18 (Thursday)Pre-K ”parents only” meeting at 7pm in Fr.Schneider Hall. Aug. 24 (Wed) Kindergarten “Open House” 6:30-7:15 pm. Aug. 25 (Thursday) Pre-K “Open House” 6:30 – 7:15pm Aug. 30 (Tuesday) First day of classes for grades K-8.Aug 31 (Wednesday) Classes begin for Pre-KSept. 2 (Friday) School ClosedSept. 6 (Tuesday) Classes resume for grades Pre-K-8Sept. 15 (Thursday) “Parent Night” for gr 1-8 6:30-7:30. followed by a Home & School meeting @ 7:30. Piano Lessons - limited openings, please call the school office. 610-845-7364 Spanish Class - Info will be sent home the first week of school.Be sure to check our website www.sfabally.org and Saint Francis Academy “Facebook” for the latest information. Also, “sign up” for our “newsflash” if you have not already done so to be emailed and receive a text message of the latest events. The season goes by so quickly, before you know it, it’s back to school again. If you are like me, you can become so easily “stressed out” at organizing your time well. Ask our Lord and the Blessed Mother to help you plan family activities. They will. You will feel their graces and be able to relax and enjoy your family more knowing the Lord is with you (because you invited Him). So many of us get so wrapped up with various activities we forget to “talk to” Our Lord daily. What a difference it makes! Try it. Get in the habit of it. You will feel the difference. Trust Me. God bless you all!