What matters most to us here at SI is helping our students choose wisely the paths they will walk throughout their lives, and their well-being is at the heart of all we do. While some may say that the goal of school is to give graduates the opportunity to attend a first-rate university or to provide them with the foundations for exemplary careers, these accomplishments are the byproducts of what happens here in the Sunset; they are not our central goals, which are to inspire our students to know, love, and serve God and to love their neighbors as themselves. In short, our expectations for them are nothing less than sainthood. St. Ignatius of Loyola made it clear that we are to devote ourselves not only to the work of saving our own souls, but also to the work of saving the souls of our neighbors. This goal has yielded 50 Jesuit saints; I would argue that those 50 are joined by 1,467 young men and women this year and the thousands of graduates who, since our school’s founding, have lived out our core values. In the light of the deepest purpose of an SI education, I see your sons and daughters as they truly are – as emerging saints – when I encounter them on the playing fields or in the hallways, student center, commons or chapel. They are young men and women to whom God has given many gifts and talents and who are generously developing and sharing those gifts. Thank you for blessing us by sharing your sons and daughters with us. They, and you, help to make SI is a very graced community.
GRADES: First quarter grades (which are not part of the permanent transcript) will be posted online in PowerSchool by Oct. 23.
THANKSGIVING VACATION: Thanksgiving weekend begins Wednesday, Nov. 27. Students should not miss class on Monday and Tuesday of that week unless they are ill. School will resume on Monday, Dec. 2.
CHRISTMAS VACATION: Christmas vacation begins after the completion of the last semester examination on Friday, Dec. 20. Do not schedule trips during final exams; permission cannot be granted for students to miss exam days due to family travel or extended holiday vacations, so please plan your vacation accordingly. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter. School resumes on Wednesday, Jan. 8.
SI is offering a Driver's Education class during the lower lunch period Monday through Friday. Class will begin on October 28. Sophomores and freshmen are welcome to sign up. For more information and to download the registration form, please go to the Academics Office webpage.
Parents Speaker Series
Oct. 25 or Nov. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Choral Room. All parents are welcome to hear Dr. Farshid Farrahi, who will lead us in Mindful Mornings: an experiential workshop in Mindfulness. RSVP is required. Enrollment is limited to 25 per session. For more information and registration, click here.
Join us Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Wall Choral Room for a screening of Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity to be followed by a dialogue. Created to deepen and shift the framing of racial disparities in the United States, Dr. Shakti Butler's latest acclaimed film, Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, calls us to engage in reflection and dialogue about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. The film feature Tim Wise, Joy Degruy, Peggy McIntosh, and many more front-line activists and scholars. Please join us for this special screening and dialogue with Dr. Butler. Click here for a trailer of the film. Click here to RSVP.
All Grade Levels:
Oct. 24 Financial Aid Presentation at 7 p.m. at SI: We will host a presentation about the financial aid process, covering FAFSA, CSS Profile, grants, scholarships and more. A USF financial aid officer will present to our families all the steps involved and a complete understanding of the process to obtaining financial aid. Please bring your questions!
Upcoming College Rep Visits @ SI: Seattle University, Saint Mary’s College of CA, University of Connecticut, Dartmouth, Merrimack College, Xavier University, Dickinson College, FIDM, University of California, Santa Cruz, Pitzer College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Whittier College, Marymount California College, Fairfield University, Denison University and many more.
Parents can log into their Family Connection account here and click on the “college tab” and click on college visits to see the list of all colleges presenting both at Saint Ignatius and in the Bay Area. Students are strongly encouraged to sign up in advance.
Oct. 31 Senior Parent Q & A with College Counselors: The Counseling Department will be offering informal Q & A sessions for our families once a month in the morning to answer any related college questions. Each month we will invite our parents from a specific grade level to help them unravel the college process. This October we will begin with our Senior Parents and Guardians from 8 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. RSVP is required at www.siprep.org/counseling. Space is limited.
Nov. 1: SI College Plan forms are due for all Regular Decision applicants. Students need to turn in their forms to their College Counselors. Forms are available on Family Connection under Document Library
Nov. 8: SAT and ACT registration deadline for the December test (last acceptable exam for most college applications for Fall 2014). Go to www.actstudent.org or www.collegeboard.org.
Nov. 30: UC and CSU Application Deadline: Students are encouraged to begin filling out their applications after being reviewed. The earliest time to submit UC applications is Nov. 1 and CSU applications is Oct. 1.
Don’t forget to submit your test scores now. They can be ordered directly from SAT or ACT. In addition, all electronic official transcripts will be sent to all colleges and universities the students have listed under Family Connection under “colleges I’m applying to” with a computer screen icon.
NOTE: We are providing college application tips daily on our Twitter account Twitter @SI Counseling. Twitter posts can also be viewed at www.siprep.org/senior.
For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/senior.
Nov. 9: Practice ACT for Juniors (optional) provided by Revolution Prep. Click here to enroll in the mock ACT exam at SI.
Prospective College Athletes: Please fill out your NCAA and/or NAIA Clearinghouse forms for prospective colleges. More details about athletic advising can be found here.
Do you know your UC/CSU GPA or Cal Grant GPA? These GPAs are listed in Powerschool and provide Junior students insight on where they stand for the UC and CSU system and for financial options for Cal Grants. Attend the College Financial Aid event (mentioned above) to find out more details about Cal Grant.
For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/junior
Now that mid terms are over this is a great time to remind your students to add more tools and resources to assist them on increasing the momentum in their classes and search tools for colleges and programs. Check out our iPad resources here.
For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/soph.
Oct 25: Freshmen Parent Night Survey due. Thank you so much for taking the time to attend our Freshmen Parent Night. We hope you found the information we presented helpful. We invite you to take the survey about the event, which is located on your Family Connection page (Click the “about me” tab at the top, then click “freshmen parent night survey” to the left). The survey should take you 3-5 minutes, as your feedback is important for us to make the Freshmen Parent Night as informative as possible and meet the needs of our families. Please complete the survey by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. If you do not know your family connection registration code, please refer to the email sent on Sept. 9 titled, "Welcome to SI Family Connection," from the SI Counseling Department
Planning and Preparing is KEY: Now that Quarter 1 is complete, urge your students to take advantage of the acacemic resources such as the Learning Center, teacher office hours and resource rooms. To learn about a list of academic resources at SI go to www.siprep.org/academicresources.
For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/freshmen.
Scholarship Alerts For All:
- Scholarship workshops will occur every Thursday during upper lunch beginning Nov. 8. Go to the Counseling Center for locations. No sign-up is required and bring your lunch!
- The Christopher's You Can Make A Difference Poster Contest are due Feb. 21, 2014.
For more scholarship resources go to:
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SI Counseling. For more events and resources, go to www.siprep.org/counseling.
All are invited to attend a joint SI & Riordan Instrumental Music Concert at Riordan on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. No tickets are necessary. Come and enjoy some great music from our SI Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and the Riordan Band! Email Gillian Clements, Director of Instrumental Music, with questions.
T he SI Chamber Singers, in collaboration with the choruses of St. Ignatius Church and USF, will present Faure's Requiem to be sung at the All Soul's Liturgy on Saturday, Nov. 2 at St. Ignatius Church at 5 p.m., when we will pray for all your deceased loved ones.
All Souls Day
During the month of November, the Jesuit Community specifically will remember your beloved deceased in their prayers and especially at our daily celebration of the Eucharist. In appreciation for your association with SI and in gratitude for your goodness to us, the Jesuits will offer these Masses and prayers for your loved ones. Your charity and great support of Jesuit education is truly a blessing, and we wish to offer our prayerful thanks in honor of your beloved family and friends. In order to let us know whom you wish us to remember at Mass, please fill out the form here. May all those whom we remember live in the presence of God, whose mercy is from age to age. May God also bless you and all of your loved ones.
The Callaghan Society will be sponsoring a Mass to celebrate Veteran's Day on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. in Orradre Chapel. All are welcome.
The Ignatian Guild’s 44th Annual Fashion Show, Nov. 9 & 10: Raffle Basket tickets for both days are available to purchase online or on the day of the shows. Bid on Live Auction items at the dinner. Pre-order your fashion show DVD and we will mail it to you before the end of November. It makes a great holiday gift and keepsake of your senior models. Want to go to the Marketplace but don’t have a ticket to the Fashion Show? No problem! Come visit our wonderful vendors in the courtyard from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 10. 100% of the proceeds from the Fashion Show benefit the SI Scholarship Fund.
Important eScrip News: Effective Nov. 1, payments by credit card at Safeway will not be eligible for eScrip earnings. Use an alternative form of payment (debit card, check, cash, Fast Forward Debit Card, SmartCheck, Gift Card, WIC, CalFresh). Enroll in or renew eScrip by Nov. 1. Sign up here using SI’s Group ID 5168555. You can list up to three beneficiaries, so you can continue to list other organizations you have been supporting. The contributions are divided equally among the beneficiaries. For Mollie Stone’s shoppers, obtain a Community Card at any store and list SI as a beneficiary. No SI ID# is required at Mollie Stone’s. Target shoppers may register their Target cards at www.target.com. Scroll to “Red Card,” then “Rewards & Benefits” and then “Take Charge of Education.” Register your Target cards under our ID #2984. Lucky’s shoppers can obtain a SHARES card from the SI Development Office. Thank you for your continued support of this important fundraising effort! If you have any questions, please contact Marlies Bruning.
Membership: We would love to have SI moms join and become involved in the Ignatian Guild, sign up now! The annual membership fee is $20, and you can register online. Any questions, please contact Denise Burns.
Fathers Unite! We are asking all fathers for help with our auction call nights. We will need you for a couple hours for 1 or 2 nights in early January – pizza and beer will be provided. Easy way to help, meet other dads and get involved. You will be geographically assigned, so it won't be far to travel either … Gents, this is a no-brainer! Please email or call today: Email Dave Churton or call 415-676-8083, or email Steve Sirianni or call 650-743-0051.
The Fathers' Club Concessions group is looking for dads to help out with the concession stand at SI football home games. You are encouraged to volunteer to help throughout the season, or just a few games. Concessions volunteering is a great opportunity to meet other dads, help promote the great sense of community at SI, and raise funds for SI Scholarships. And of course, it is FUN! Next Game: Oct. 26 vs. Junipero Serra (JV @ 11a.m., Varsity @ 2p.m.) We can use help for the following shifts: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., noon to 3 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. To volunteer, contact Concessions Chairman Dave Hollister or call 415-515-5800.
And looking toward the future, this year's annual Bruce Mahoney football game will be played Nov. 8 at Kezar. It is always one of the most exciting sports events of the year. We can use help at SI from 9 to 10:30 a.m. loading the truck with supplies and grills. And at Kezar stadium we need help during these shifts: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30p.m.,1:30 to 4 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m., 6 to 8 p.m., 8 to 11 p.m. If you can help with the BBQ and concessions during any of these shifts, please contact Jim Sangiacomo or call 415-999-3383. It’s a guaranteed good time.
Click here for the complete Fathers’ Club calendar.
Thank you to all parents for joining us last night. The next SIPAC General meeting will be held on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room. We are in full swing for planning SIPAC’s PASKO celebration, to be held on the evening of Dec. 7. Don't miss great performances by our talented students, sumptuous food and exciting raffle prizes that await you as we dance the night away. Get your tickets soon and take advantage of early bird pricing through Nov. 20; tickets are available online. If you have an interest in helping, please email Sipac94116@gmail.com or Lchan@fnf.com. We are still searching for fashion show models so please encourage your talented children to volunteer. Parent volunteers are also needed in food service, entertainment, communications, registration, ticket sales, marketing, decorations/set-up and underwriting . We look forward to working hand in hand with you in making this an even more successful event.
Summer Trip to Quebec & Montreal
Madame Friedman is planning a trip to Montreal and the walled city of Quebec on June 9. Please come to the informational meeting on Tuesday Oct 29 at 6:30pm in Room 203. If you're interested but can't make the meeting, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students of any language welcome!
Please send / bring your used eyeglasses to Room 203 – single vision, bifocal, sun, readers, one-armers, etc! Merci.
Scarves for St Anthony's
Please send / bring your knitted or crocheted scarves to Room 203 for our Dec. 12 delivery deadline. Merci beaucoup!
SI Sports Network
Watch SI take on Serra in the second live streaming broadcast of SI Networks: Oct. 26, 12:45 p.m. for the pre-game show and 1 p.m. for kick off.
Stay in Touch 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. Listen to some great promo radio spots promoting a variety of events by clicking here.
Check out & purchase photos from the cross country race at Golden Gate Park, volleyball, football, water polo and Spirit Week as well as archived photos.
SI in the News
Check out these stories and more at our news site:
- Brian McCaffery '75: working to end domestic violence.
- Glenn Putyrae '89, coach of Gonzaga's women's crew, is taking his team for the first time to Boston for the Head of Charles Regatta.
- Leah (Taylor) Pimentel '00 is helping to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
- Both Mallen Bischoff '17 (JV) and Kelti Hori '15 (V) were named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association "Phenom List."
- Rachel Yan '14 praised by Catholic San Francisco for travels to Kenya & Carnegie Hall.
- SI boys' varsity water polo is on an historic roll.
- Poet & radio host Valerie Ibarra '99 was part of the Litcrawl lineup.
- Sami Feld '06 ran the Chicago Marathon in honor of Jill Costello '06.
- The Independent Record praised UC Davis running back Gabe Manzanares '10.
- Rev. Robert Fambrini, S.J. '67, was installed as pastor of Most Holy Trinity Church in San Jose.
- Alex Trembath '07 of the Breakthrough Institute argues for scientific innovation to fight climate change.
- Winemaker Roy Cecchetti '75 received a gold medal from Lucca.
- SI lacrosse grads returned to SF for the Fall Classic.
- SI triumphed over Riordan at Friday Night Lights 49-7.
- The New York Times featured Tom Stone '75, owner of Sonoma Coast Divers & a scuba instructor.
- Matt Jones '06 appeared on Parks and Rec Oct. 10.
- Shelby Miguel '13 sang the National Anthem at the Warriors-Kings basketball game.