April 12th, 2024

Happy Friday SFX!

We celebrated a great first week back from Easter break. At Pledge and Prayer we heard from our 7th Grade students who are running for student council for the 2024-2025 school year. We are impressed with their desire to serve our school community and wish them the best of luck in the election. 

We closed out the week in a very special way with Fr. Bob Fambrini, S.J. officially blessing the Fr. Dan Sullivan, S.J. courtyard and plaque. The plaque features a great photo of Fr. Dan and is a true reminder of the gift of our Pledge and Prayer space. In honor of Fr. Dan Sullivan, S.J. we will now refer to the courtyard as "The Sullivan". 

Parents will receive some reminder notifications over the weekend, but let's plan ahead with good sleep, good nutrition, and good attitudes as our students prepare to test next week.  

Thank you to everyone for your positivity, commitment, and support. Build it up and see you again on Monday. 


Ryan Watson 

Important Dates

Sunday, April 14th

Family Mass

9:30 am | SFX Church

IOWA Testing

1st - 8th Grade

April 15th - April 19th

NO All School Mass on Wednesday due to testing

Important Updates

IOWA Testing: Testing begins on Monday for students in 1st - 8th Grade. Please ensure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a nutritious breakfast. Jr. High students need to bring their fully charged Chromebook (along with a charger) to school each day. For more information about IOWA Testing, please read this letter from Mrs. Jemsek.

Reminder! Applications are open for the 24-25 Parents' Association Board and the School Advisory Board. If you're interested, please complete the application by next Friday, April 19th. For more information, download this letter from Mrs. Sanford.

News & Events

Faculty Update

Please join us in welcoming Megan Connell back to St. Francis!

Hello St. Francis Xavier Families!  

My name is Megan Connell and I am overjoyed to be back at St. Francis Xavier School teaching alongside Mrs. Clarke in the third grade for the 2024-2025 school year. For those who do not know me, here are some tidbits about myself and my family. I am an Arizona Native and attended Sts. Simon and Jude School from Kindergarten through eighth grade. Catholic Education and our beautiful Catholic faith is near and dear to my heart.

My husband Karl and I have been married for almost thirty years and we have two children, Harrison and Olivia. I have 18 years of teaching experience within the diocese and 13 of those years were right here at St. Francis Xavier School. Our family enjoys being out in nature and having adventures in the great outdoors with our fur babies! I am greatly looking forward to being back at St. Francis Xavier in the Fall and seeing all of the wonderful new faces and families along with familiar faces too! 

Annual Golf Tournament

This might be an iconic week for professional golf, but we also have our own "tradition unlike any other" happening soon! Our 4th Annual Golf Tournament will be on Friday, May 3rd at Papago Golf Club. Grab your friends and sign up for a foursome. You can also sign up as a single golfer or twosome. Register here.

It's also not too late to sponsor! Sign up to be a Swag Sponsor or a Hole Sponsor here.

Swag Sponsors

Legacy Linen


Hole Sponsors

Phoenix Foot and Ankle Institute

Frontera Building Co.



Bray + Petznick Families

What are we raising money for?

This year the proceeds from the tournament will go towards our Endowment, the St. Ignatius Fund. What is an Endowment? Watch the video below to learn more.

Someburros Fundraising Event

On Thursday, April 25th dine at the Someburros on 7th Street and they will donate 30% of your purchase to SFX. Please download the flyer and bring it with you. Thank you for being a family for others!

Parent University

On Thursday, April 25th we will be hosting a Parent University session on the Importance of Play. Deanna Sheedy from the organization Play will be presenting immediately following Pledge and Prayer in the library. This session is designed for parents with students in PS - 2nd Grade. Please plan to join us!

Spring Concert Information

PS-3rd Grade, the 7th Grade Pop Choir Elective, and the 8th Grade Percussion Ensemble Elective have been working hard practicing for the Spring Concert. Parents, please join us on Friday, April 26th at 8:30 am in the Gym. Download the flyer from Mr. Favaro for more information.

Last Chance! Parents' Prom

Did you have fun boogie'ing the night away at Studio 24? You'll have just as much fun at the Throwback Prom Night! It will be on Saturday, April 27th at the Olivers' home.

This is one of the last parent parties in support of our Auction. It's a great way to have fun with your friends and to meet some new ones, all while supporting our school. Tickets cost $75/each. Hope to see you there! Sign up here.

Weekly Highlights

Blessing the Sullivan Plaque

This morning Fr. Bob gave a special blessing over our new plaque in honor of Fr. Dan Sullivan in the courtyard. Fr. Dan was instrumental in building our new campus and our courtyard will now be known as "The Sullivan".

Solar Eclipse

Our 2nd Graders celebrated the solar eclipse this week with some fun activities and a watch party!

Buddy Activity

This week our students had an opportunity to get together for a fun activity with their buddies.


The Wolf Den

Attention 3rd & 8th Grade Parents: Are you looking for a perfect gift for your soon to be graduate or First Communicant? The Wolf Den has an exclusive collection of sterling silver jewelry, including the Class of 2024 charm, designed by Mariangelica Rojas, a fellow St. Francis Xavier parent. Stop by the Wolf Den or shop online.

Hungry Wolf Cafe

UPDATED April menu is here! Please place your orders through Meal Manage as soon as possible.

Families for Others

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.

Catholic Education Arizona

Your AZ Taxes Can Fund Scholarships for children at St. Francis Xavier. Since 1998, Catholic Education Arizona has awarded over 158,000 tuition scholarships to children in the Diocese of Phoenix because of taxpayers, like you!

Contributions are dollar-for-dollar tax credits, which means it ultimately costs you nothing to change a life! Click here to learn more.

Community Events

Save the Date! SFXAA Day at Chase Field

Join the SFX Athletic Association on April 14th at Chase Field to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Discounted tickets are available for the SFX community. See the flyer for more information or buy tickets here.

Fiesta de Primavera at the Parish

Fiesta de Primavera is our communal Easter celebration, which will be held on May 4th, 2024. It will be fun evening filled with music, fantastic food and a chance to get to know your fellow Parishioners.

Tickets are $25 per person which includes entrance & dinner. You can purchase tickets at the parish office or after Mass. Please note: This event is for adults only.

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