Welcome to St. Francis School of Vista
For Families Who Want to Provide Their Children with the
Finest Opportunity for a Well-Rounded Education
From STEM and Language Arts to Music and Leadership Programs
Setting St. Francis School apart is a faculty and staff committed to rigorous and advanced educational approach with an immersive Catholic community experience. Creativity, innovation, critical thinking and nurturing life skills are paramount in our curriculum as we offer weekly classed in math, STEM, Spanish, language arts, writing workshop, music and art. Students also have the opportunity to participate in drama, journalism, yearbook, student council, choir and academic decathlon after school.
Letter from the Principal
With Advent, we started a new year in the Church. New years always give us a chance to start anew. Let us make this Advent season the best one yet preparing for the coming of the child Jesus. Please make time to gather around the Advent wreath with your family. The four candles of the wreath signify the four weeks of Advent, and they also represent expectation, hope, joy, and purity. The white Christmas candle in the middle represents that Jesus is the light of the world.
The legend of the poinsettia is one of my favorite pieces of Mexican folklore. It is a story about a little girl who didn’t have anything to offer the child Jesus. She gathers a bunch of weeds, makes them into a bouquet, and offers it to Jesus with all her heart. The next morning, those weeds are changed into the most beautiful flowers. I love the message in this story. Our fears, our concerns, ours issues are our weeds. Let us offer them to Jesus and He will change them into the most beautiful poinsettias we have seen. Advent is an amazing season of change and conversion. Let’s not waste any time and start by clearing out the weeds in our life through prayer and reflection.
We have several feast days this month. We celebrate the feast of St. Nick. On December 8, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception when we remember Mary being born without original sin. December 9 is the feast of St. Juan Diego. Virgin Mary revealed herself to Juan Diego as the Mother of the true God. As a sign, she gave him precious roses and as he showed them to the Bishop, he discovered the blessed image of Our Lady imprinted on his tilma. Pope John Paul II praised Juan Diego for his simple faith and described him as a model of humility for all of us. On Thursday, December 12, we celebrate the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the patroness of the Americas. All these holy men and women said yes to God and are models for us to follow.
A big thank you to Susie Swift for shopping for and chairing our Santa Shop. The students and adults had a great time shopping for their loved ones.
As we scramble around to shop, decorate, and bake, let’s take some time to focus on the real reason for the season. Jesus is the reason for the season, and let’s keep that central in all our Christmas preparations.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fully-Accredited Academic Institution Offering Your Child a Curriculum at the Forefront of Innovation
Progressive Learning Approaches and the Newest Technologies
Our school is accredited through the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) with co-accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). St. Francis School goes through a continuous six-year review cycle that focuses on the academic growth of the institution. Technology integration is second nature at our school, and lessons are integrated with presentation software, online collaboration, digital portfolios and a one-to-one Chromebook program that facilitates collaboration, creativity and learning constructive ways to integrate technology into our 21st Century lives.
Start Early with Our Year-Round Preschool & Kinder Prep
1-12 Teacher/Student Ratio & Flexible Schedules for Working Parents
Through a combination of play-based, sensory, hands-on opportunities and structured activities we concentrate on spiritual, social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. Each of the classes focus on the age-appropriate developmental needs of the children in our care. That focus helps us create a stimulating program that provides hands-on learning centers, individualized attention and encourage each child’s individual growth.