February 15th, 2024

Dear SFX Community, 

This week we began our Lenten journey with a beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass. Our students have already shown tremendous commitment to reflect on both what they can do more of, and what they can give up during the next forty days. 

Remember that our 2024 Auction is just a little more than a week away. Our auction chairs are hard at work preparing for what is going to be a great night for our community. We can't wait to see you all on February 24. 

Have a safe Presidents' Day weekend and enjoy the extended break. We look forward to seeing you back on campus Tuesday morning.


Ryan Watson

Important Dates

Friday, February 16th


Presidents' Day Weekend

Monday, February 19th


Presidents' Day Weekend

Wednesday, February 21st

All School Mass

9:30 am | SFX Church

3rd Grade leading; For the intention of Bob Hackett, grandfather of John and Emilia King

Friday, February 23rd

2nd Grade Family Retreat

8:00 am | Parish Hall

Saturday, February 24th

Annual Auction - Studio 24

6:00 pm | SFX Courtyard

Important Updates

Holiday Weekend: Tomorrow, February 16th and Monday, February 19th there is no school in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday.

Nail Polish Policy Update: Starting Tuesday, February 20th nail polish will no longer be allowed at school. We will reevaluate the policy over summer break for next school year.

2024-2025 Planning Calendar: You can now download the 2024-2025 Planning Calendar. Please note, this is for planning purposes and is subject to change. The most up to date will be the live Google School Calendar that will be available at a later date.

Daddy/Daughter Dance Photos: If you went to the dance you can download a digital copy of your photo booth pictures here.

News & Events

Lenten Resources

Lent began this week on Ash Wednesday and will last until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Please see below for information and resources on how we will live out the three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. 

Prayer: Join us for Mass, Reconciliation, Adoration, the Novena of Grace, Parish Penance Service and the Living Stations of the Cross (see our calendar for dates and times).  

Fasting: Fasting reminds us that Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and links us spiritually to the poor. During Lent we look at ways to simplify our lives to bring us closer to God. 

Almsgiving: Participate in the Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl program. CRS Rice Bowl funds serve those in need globally and here is our Diocese. Students will place their Rice Bowl at the foot of the cross before Pledge and Prayer on Wednesday March 27th. 


Lent in 3 minutes

You Don’t Know Jack - Lent

Fasting & Abstinence USCCB

Pope Francis Reflection on Fasting

Lenten Resources and Online Devotionals

Ignatian Spirituality Resources

Praying Lent from Creighton University

Loyola Press Lent Resources

Studio 24

Only 9 more days until Studio 24!! If you haven't already, make sure you purchase your tickets. You don't want to miss out on this groovy night!

Raffle ticket sales are open!

We have three amazing raffle items. Ticket sales will take place leading up to the event and will close at 7:45 pm the night of. You do not need to be present to win.


Winner can select any silent auction item of their choosing, immediately removing it from bidding. 100 tickets will be sold for $100 each. Each ticket purchased comes with a light up disco ball necklace to be handed out night of the Auction. 


Parking for 18 months with the right to renew until your kids graduate. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. 


Schmitt Jewelers “Perfect Size” inside-outside diamond hoop earrings featuring 1.15ct of diamonds set in 18kt white gold. Valued at: $4,500. Tickets can be purchased for $100 each. 

Purchase Raffle Tickets

Silent Auction opens on Tuesday, February 20th!

Items will be on display in the Library before and after school. You will also be able to view items and descriptions online through One Cause. All of the bidding is done online, so you do not need to be present at the event to participate. The silent auction will close at 7:45 pm the night of the Auction.

How else can you support the Auction?

Buy tickets to the event

Make a donation

Sign Up for a Class Party (K-3)

Sign up for a Parent Party

Volunteer to help set up or clean up

Family Math Night

Save the date! Thursday, March 14th we will have Family Math Night for PS - 2nd Grade. More information to come next week!

In the meantime, we are looking to borrow any 'life size' yard games that families may have. We plan to put them in the Courtyard for Family Math night. We would return them the next day. Think yard size Jenga, checkers, chess, etc.

Please email Mrs. Cissell if you have a yard game we could borrow. Thank you!

Save the Date!

We excited to announce our Annual Golf Tournament will be Friday, May 3rd at Papago Golf Course. Mark your calendars for a day of fun and friendly competition. Funds raised will go towards our Endowment, the St. Ignatius Fund. Registration will open at the beginning of March. Stay tuned for more details!

Weekly Highlights

Blooming Explorers

Last Friday our Kindergartners became little scientists with Blooming Explorers! With the help of amazing parent volunteers (aka the Lead Scientists) they performed experiments mixing colors, oil and water. This unique parent-child program provides opportunities for our students to practice their critical thinking skills while having some fun too!

4th Grade Field Trip

This week our 4th Graders had an opportunity to visit the Desert Outdoor Center near Lake Pleasant.

Gardening Enrichment Class

Our gardeners are at it again! We've had some amazing produce to use in the Hungry Wolf Cafe thanks to our Gardening Enrichment program.


Counselor's Corner

Join our counselor, Ms. G, after Pledge and Prayer in the Library on Thursday, February 29th. She'll be there to answer any questions you may have and will also share some tips to strengthen your relationship with your children.

Mental Health Resource

When you or your child needs help, it's hard to know where to turn. In an effort to ease the burden of finding the mental health services you need, we're excited to offer a new resource, Care Solace.

With a network of over 350,000 providers and services, Care Solace will help you find the right help at the right time, at no cost to you. They will connect you with providers accepting all medical insurances, including Medicaid, Medicare, and sliding scale options for those without insurance.

Visit caresolace.com/sfxphx to get started. You can also call 888-515-0595 at any time. Multilingual support is available 24/7/365. Download the flyer for more information.

Enrichment Reminder

If your student participates in an Enrichment program after school, please make sure you are on time to pick them up. We are not able to send students to After Care unless they are registered with our After Care program, Innovation Learning.

Please make sure to register them for After Care in the event you are late to pick up from Enrichment.

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Families for Others

Wagon Wednesdays

Every month we will have a different theme to collect high need items for our Angel Pantry.

NEW FOR FEBRUARY: We need to fill our pantry with bagged pinto beans, bagged lentils, white bagged rice, cereal, jelly, tuna

Volunteer with SFX Mini Vinnies

Start the new year off as a Family for Others! SFX has two volunteer opportunities every Monday to serve dinner in the dining hall at SVDP from 3:30-6:30 pm. Volunteers must be ages 9 and older and accompanied by an adult.  

The first Saturday of every month is a “Hearts and Hands” program from 9:00-11:30 am that includes arts and crafts or other projects appropriate for our youngest volunteers.

To sign-up, click here. Questions? Email Ann-Marie Alameddin.

Community Events

Novena of Grace

During the season of Advent, we are invited to pray, fast, and give alms. As a part of the Lenten invitation to pray, the parish will hold its 4th Annual Novena of Grace Monday, March 4th - Tuesday, March 12th. Visit sfxphx.org for more information.

Boys Team Charity

The Biltmore Central League is looking for new members. Junior High boys can join the informational Zoom meeting TONIGHT February 15th at 7:00 pm. Download the flyer for more info.

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