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St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA: Newsletter with Calendar


May 23, 2013 | News from St. Ignatius College Prep


Upcoming Events


  • 23 Transition Liturgy
  • 24 Awards Assembly 9:30am
  • 27 Memorial Day Holiday
  • 28-30 Final Exams
  • 30 Baccalaureate Mass (St. Mary’s) 7:30pm 


Principal's Newsletter

This is our final newsletter of the year, and I appreciate you taking the time to read the information that has been presented every two weeks. Next week, one quarter of our student body will graduate, and I have been reflecting on their time at 2001 37th Avenue and their impact on our community.

I am grateful to the Class of 2013 for their contributions to SI. Four years in relation to a lifetime is a short span, but for many of our students, these four years will greatly affect the rest of their lives. During their time here, our graduates have strived to become the people we describe in our Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. By the time a student graduates, he or she has not just heard about these characteristics but has seen them in their teachers, classmates, and themselves. They know the value of being intellectually distinguished, religious, open to growth, loving, committed to doing justice, and compassionate leaders. However, the one characteristic that I would like to emphasize is “loving.” These young men and women are wonderful examples of love. They have experienced joy and sorrow; they have embraced experiences with enthusiasm and compassion; and, most importantly, they have loved each other and showed our underclassmen how to do that in healthy ways. When we love, we live a full life. As our seniors’ time at SI draws to a close and as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives, I want to thank you for supporting these young women and men; we are a better community because of them. Enjoy the summer.

– Patrick


The schedule for final exams is posted here

The school's annual Awards Assembly will take place on Friday, May 24. At that time, students who have excelled in academics and in extracurricular activities will be recognized before the entire school community. The students will be addressed at this assembly by the salutatorian for the class of 2013. Senior parents are welcome to attend.

Semester Grades: Please note that we will close the public portal of PowerSchool on Thursday, May 30. This will allow teachers the time to grade semester final exams, to enter scores into PowerSchool, and to discern the final grade for their students. It is our goal to provide consistency in reporting scores and grades, and we can best achieve that goal with a uniform grade reporting date. Grades will be mailed out around June 8.

A special note for seniors with semester F’s: Please be aware that seniors with a semester grade of “F” do not receive a diploma at graduation. The “F” must be remediated before a diploma can be granted. Now would be a good time to make sure there are no F’s looming in the future.

Please note our start of school dates for the Academic year 2013-2014. Parent/Student Orientation for incoming Freshmen will be on Sunday, Aug.18. Freshmen orientation and registration will continue on Wednesday, Aug. 21, and sophomores, juniors, and seniors will have registration on Thursday, Aug. 22. The first day of classes will be Friday, Aug. 23.

Class schedules indicating courses for next year will be mailed to returning students towards the end of June. The form for requesting a schedule change will be included. Please note that all requests for schedule changes will be handled by mail via the official form. Schedule change requests are NOT accepted by phone or email. The materials mailed with the schedule will have detailed instructions. Please note that the deadline for schedule changes is Monday, Aug. 26. After that date, we will be unable to make any schedule changes unless there is a serious academically compelling reason. Class schedules will be mailed to incoming freshmen on Aug. 3. Counselors and department chairs will be on campus Aug. 19 to handle any incoming freshman schedule questions.

Please check our home page the week of June 3 to view summer assignments. Please check with your sons and daughters on their progress with the books assigned for their summer reading. Students are tested on this material immediately upon their return to school in August.

The annual textbook buyback will be held on campus May 29 (10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and May 30 (9:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.). These are the ONLY times buyback will be available. IMPORTANT: You must enter your books online and print a BuyBack Form IN ADVANCE to bring with your books. Check here for instructions and the list of accepted books.

Senior iPad Return Wednesday, May 29 is the last opportunity for seniors to return their iPads and/or settle any debts related to the iPads. Failure to do so will impact a student's graduation. Further details can be found here.

Graduation will now be livecast from St. Ignatius Church! Click here at 10:20 June 1 to see the entire graduation from the comfort of your home. Share this link ( with relatives and friends who can't be there for your son's or daughter's special day.


All Students

"PDF time" is a quote from a SI parent; it stands for personal down family time. Most of us, including teenagers, lead lives that are always “go, go, go,” and we forget how fast quality time escapes us. Whether your student is going away to college or just finishing year one at SI, each and every one of our SI families should set up a regular weekly "PDF time" now, during the summer, for the next school year and forever. This will help families connect and relax. During hard, stressful times (physical, mental or emotional), we recall these times with our family to remind us that we are loved unconditionally and supported. These experiences and lessons outweigh any AP score, grade or college admission.


Success: You have made it! The many days, hours and minutes of hard work and support have paid off. As your children prepare to receive their diploma, we want to acknowledge all our parents and guardians. Congratulations!

July 1: Final Transcripts received by college. You may order these transcripts in advance. Do NOT wait until the spring semester grades are posted in June. Orders placed in advance will be held and automatically transmitted after the spring grades are ready. The process for ordering these transcripts is the same as for all other transcripts, with the addition of one extra step. When selecting colleges for your order, be sure to select "Next Grading Period Transcript" under Transcript Type for each college. Order transcripts now at and select “Next Grading Period.” If a student took an online course or summer college course, please send those transcripts as well.

Resources for Seniors and their families:


Innovation: As students work hard to finalize their junior year and get ready for senior year, parents and guardians need to remind students how they have been inspired and how they have translated those experiences into their lives. As juniors work on their college essays over the summer, they often are too humble or have forgotten how they have helped others, created programs or stepped out of their comfort zone. We need you to be the great reminders and encourage them to continue to be innovative in their passions no matter how small the task.

Tips For Getting Ready For College


Inspiration: Many students are off to great volunteer programs to continue the message and work to “serve for others.” These programs provide insight to communities' needs and provide inspiration on how so many of our brothers and sisters stay strong and tall despite their adversities and struggles. Speak with your children about their experiences in these programs. Ask them how those experiences have shaped their perspectives and how they will take these experiences to continue to seek their passion in their community. Whether your children are volunteering, doing an enrichment program or going to summer school, tell them to be inspired, follow their passion and continue the cycle of inspiration.





16 years & older



  • Raising Happiness by Dr. Christine Carter
  • Think Confident, Be Confident for Teens by Marci Fox, Leslie Sokol
  • The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • Parents of College Students: Survival Stories by Wendy David-Gaines
  • POCSmom Publishing
  • The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up by Barbara K. Hofer and Abigail Sullivan Moore
  • The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College by Harlan Cohen
  • 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College: The Know-How You Need to Succeed by Bill Coplin
  • Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond  by Marilee Jones & Kenneth R. Ginsburg
  • Don’t Stalk the Admissions Officer: How to Survive the College Admissions Process Without Losing Your Mind by Risa Lewak
  • Paying For College Without Going Broke, 2011 Edition by Kalman A. Chany with Geoff Martz
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SI Counseling. For more details go to

SI Summer Programs 2013

Thank you to all the SI families & friends who have registered for Summer Programs 2013. While the summer academic programs are now full & closed, there are still many sports & non-sports camps with space available. If you have registered for a program or camp, please read our website to learn about first day instructions. Please visit or email us at with any questions. See you soon!

Student Photos Pick Up

Students should pick up photos before the end of the school year. Photos are in the Student Affairs Office and include school photos, Mother/Son, Father/Daughter, Mother/Daughter, Fashion Show, Mother/Student Communion, Senior Class Photo, etc. All photos will be purged by the end of June if photos are not picked up.

Development Office

Parent Giving Program: Many thanks to all the freshman families that have made a pledge to help the school. Click here for a list of those who have already given; there’s still time to have your name added to this list for the summer issue of Genesis. Contact Director of Development Marielle Murphy to support SI.

Ignatian Guild

Fashion Show: Please join us for the Ignatian Guild’s Fashion Show kick-off meeting on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in the Carlin Commons. Wine & cheese, coffee & dessert will be served! Opportunities for volunteer sign-ups will be available and the theme of the show will be revealed!

Ignatian Guild Lifetime Membership: Do you have a son or daughter graduating and this is your last child at SI? You will always be a part of the SI family, and we want to keep you in touch with the Ignatian Guild events and activities. Becoming an Ignatian Guild Lifetime Member is easy with a one-time tax-deductible donation of $100! Please click here to sign up: St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, CA: Lifetime Membership

Loyola Guild Membership: Congratulations to all Senior Moms! We’d like to invite you to join the Loyola Guild. Our fun-filled social events typically occur three times a year.  All proceeds go to an endowed scholarship fund that helps both SI and USF students. Please join us as you move into this next chapter of your life! We'd love to have you!  For a Loyola Guild membership form visit this site.   "Save the Date" for our next event, the Victorian House Tour on Sunday, September 29!

Fathers' Club

If your last child is graduating this year, please consider a Lifetime Membership in the Fathers’ Club. You will be able to maintain contacts with many friends you have made over the years at SI. You will be invited to the two fantastic BBQs, the wonderful Alioto Crab Dinner and the Lenten Reflection. And of course we would love to have you donate some free time you might have to help with any of our many volunteer opportunities. And if you sign up for a Lifetime Membership in the next two weeks, email Carl Otto, Lifetime Membership Chairman, and you will get free admission to the Welcome BBQ at the start of the school year in the fall!

Now Hear This! Fathers’ Club Auction Chair, Steve Siriani (below left with Dave Fleming, chair of the March auction), has announced next year’s theme: The Academy Awards! There may be no better way for SI dads to meet new friends and become more involved in the SI community than to contribute to this effort. Please consider joining one of the Auction Committees, such as Underwriting, Gifts, Gift Baskets, Program Ads or Wine and Spirits to help make this event a continuing success. These committee meetings usually involve pizza, refreshments and laughs as well as working for a great cause – so get involved! To see a complete list of the Committees with specific information about each and how to sign up, please click here.

The officers of the SI Fathers’ Club want to extend our thanks to the outgoing senior dads for their continued and tireless support of our organization and our students. We wish your children all the success in the world!

It has been a great year with fun events and many opportunities to expand our community. Our dads worked hard, made new friends, had fun and, most importantly, were able to do good for others. We will continue this work next year and hope that all the SI dads find some time join us. Have a great summer and we’ll see you back at the Welcome BBQ.

Adult Spirituality

All current and alumni mothers are invited to participate in an 8-week Ministry of Mothers Sharing program beginning in the fall. For more information contact Mary Abinante in Adult Spirituality or view this flyer.

Community Service & Social Justice Junior Summer Core Projects

Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 24. This is a graduation requirement.

SI Parents Asian Club (SIPAC)

The SIPAC Board would like to thank all who have supported our organization and events throughout this school year. Our goal is to help strengthen our SI community, and your participation truly makes a difference toward this goal. Planning is already underway for SIPAC's Aug.18 freshman welcome reception. Help us welcome SI's new freshman families. Please email us at if you would like to assist with this event.

Photos of Events

Check out photos from spring events, including the following:

the installation of the new Ignatian Guild Officers (from right, Moe Summa, president; Jill Stinn, vice president; Esther Arnold, recording secretary; Rosemary Shorrock, corresponding secretary; Lynn Feeney, treasurer; and Denise Burns, assistant treasurer.)

the Spring Concert;

the Magis Program graduation;

and the Lacrosse league championship game against Bellarmine (SI's fourth league title in a row).

Stay in Touch This Summer With SI Social Media, Sports Radio & Videos

Be part of the conversation! Join SI's Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn communities. Also, check out some great videos on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. Also, be sure to listen for game coverage on SI Sports Radio. Also, listen to some great promo radio spots promoting a variety of events by clicking here.

SI in the News

Check out these stories and more at our news site:

  • Three SI grads led this year's Stanford Lacrosse Team: Seventh Year Head CoachDrew Virk '99, Senior Captain Jack Farr '09 and Freshman Peter Doyle '12.
  • Natalie Dillon '09 and Stanford Women's Tennis rally as Stanford Captures NCAA Title.
  • Congratulations for the boys' varsity lacrosse team for winning both the round-robin and championship titles for the WCAL with a 9-8 victory over Bellarmine May 10.
  • Paul Otellini '68 steps down after a long and successful career as Intel's President & CEO.
  • SI's varsity baseball team defeats Saratoga (11-3) and Soledad (5-1) to advance in CCS competition. Congratulations, too, to Matt Krook for making the WCAL all-league first team and to Jonathan Hernandez, Jack Klein and Jason Lock for earning honorable mention status. Krook is also ranked 25th by the Giants for the MLB draft.
  • Congratulations to Elijah Dale '14 for finishing in the top 25 among 1,000 NorCal high school football players.
  • Earth Team featured many SI artists and photographers in their latest edition of The Green News.
  • The SI Softball Team won its first-round CCS game at Pioneer High School by a score of 3-0.
  • Marin IJ highlights Junior Schuyler Whiting, who is headed to the national rugby championships along with his team.
  • Jesse Kay-Ruben '07 is a partner in Glaze Teriyaki Grill on Fillmore and Pine, where the old Johnny Rockets used to be.

  • Congratulations to SI's swim teams for a strong showing in the league and CCS finals.

  • SI's freshmen members of the Speech and Debate team made a strong showing at the Novice Tournament in Sebastopol May 11.
  • Doug Safreno '11 receives the Program in Writing and Rhetoric's Lunsford Oral Presentation of Research Award at Stanford for his presentation on Steve Jobs.
  • Sam Mogannam '87, owner of Bi-Rite Market, merges his 18 Reasons with Three Squares to extend cooking, gardening & food policy education to low-income communities.
  • Emily Gray '09 received the Percival Wood Clement Prize for the best senior essay on the U.S. Constitution and its first ten amendments at Yale.
  • For the first time since 1982, the Stanford men's lacrosse team took the Western Colligate Lacrosse League title, led by Head Coach Drew Virk '99.
  • Ken Kovash '96, a statistician with the Cleveland Browns, was featured in a story about the NFL draft.

St. Ignatius College Preparatory
2001 37th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-7500 

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