Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year… from all of us St. Anne!
November 27, 2017 – St. Anne proudly celebrates the completion of the St. Anne Seismic Retrofit Project. Spearheaded by Principal Thomas White and Father Daniel Nascimento, the project’s primary objective is to help keep our children safe in the event of an earthquake. Joining them in the blessing of our newly retrofitted school are Bishop Walsh, Pastor Father Dan, Father Peter, Sisters of the Presentation – Sister Patricia Anne Cloherty, SAPTO Parent President Chair – Beverly Perea, St. Anne Teacher of over 45 years – Patricia Meek, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for Archdiocese – Pam Lyons, Vice Principal – Barbara Creedon, Office Manager and Administrator – Jackie Finnegan, Student Body President Jake Truong, and past St. Anne Pastor and current Vicar for Clergy – Father Ray Reyes.
Funded by past and current members of the St. Anne community, St. Anne School now complies with current earthquake code. In addition to structural reinforcements and other improvements, the school installed a powered lift and ramps for wheelchair access, allowing St. Anne to better serve the needs of its community. The updated facility feels lighter, brighter, and safer than ever. A deep appreciation and gratitude to Mr. White, Father Dan, and to everyone in St. Anne’s community who helped make this a reality.
As you know, the tremendous devastation caused by the fires in Sonoma/Napa and beyond has left thousands of families homeless. Our school has a been in contact with the South San Francisco Police Department as to the needs of these displaced families. At this time, they have received sufficient clothing, but are in desperate need of baby food, wipes, dog and cat food etc.
St. Anne has responded by initiating a donation drive to help those in need.
I wanted all of you to see what a great response we received from all of you. One truck load, one van, and one car were needed to transport these much-needed items. The St. Anne School Parents ARE TRULY….the very BEST!!! Thank you so much for your quick and generous response to the call for help.
Have a good weekend.
Tom White and the St. Anne School Teachers and Staff
Bishop Daniel Walsh grew up in the Sunset District and graduated from St. Anne School in 1950. After completing his studies, Bishop Walsh was ordained to the priesthood in 1963. Bishop Walsh went on to work in a number of parishes within the Archdiocese. During these years, he also taught at Serra High School in San Mateo. After serving in many roles within the Archdiocese, Bishop Walsh was consecrate as a bishop and served as the Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of San Francisco from 1981 until 1987. He was then appointed the Bishop of the Reno/Las Vegas diocese. He went on to serve as the founding bishop for the Las Vegas diocese when the two diocese were split in two. In 2000, Bishop Walsh was appointed the fifth bishop of the Santa Rosa diocese where served for 11 years until his retirement in 2011.
Today, Bishop Walsh is enjoying his retirement at St. Anne of the Sunset Parish in San Francisco. In addition to helping out in the parish by saying Masses, Bishop Walsh is a “fixture” at the school gate every morning during the school year. Bishop Walsh welcomes all the students with a smile, a hand shake and a warm greeting.
On Monday, October 2 the St. Anne student body helped Bishop Walsh celebrate his 80th birthday. Special congratulations and words of thanks were extended to the Bishop from the Principal, Tom White, Student Body President, Jake Truong and the St. Anne Spirit Squad. Every class created a special birthday card for the Bishop. In addition, a restaurant gift card was given to Bishop Walsh to enjoy. Concluding the assembly was a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday followed by some coffee and pastries prepared by the school staff!!
Happy Birthday, Bishop Walsh and we wish you many many more blessed years ahead.
It’s here! Come check out the latest edition of the St. Anne Newspaper with our all new staff!
The student council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often also help raise funds for school-wide activities, including social events, community projects, helping people in need and school reform. St. Anne proudly presents the Student Council of 2017. Our new Student Council was installed September 14, 2017. Congratulations to our young leaders!
See the slideshow below.
Our annual 5K Walk will begin at 11:30am with lunch prepared by parent volunteers. The students will walk
with their class, teacher, and chaperones from school to beautiful Golden Gate Park on one of three courses.
They will end the walk back at school and enjoy a decadent ice cream party.
Please see the info packet for complete details.
How You Can Help
Volunteers, chaperones and donations are needed.
Have you seen the wonderful progress on our school upgrades? Have you seen our new bungalows, or portable classrooms?
The St. Anne staff, parent volunteers, Father Dan and Mr. White have been hard at work throughout the summer to make sure the construction and your first days here with our new temporary classrooms run smoothly. Let’s give them all a big hand and big thanks, as this is no easy task. We appreciate all their countless hours and dedication to making this happen.
Thanks to all those who have contributed to the seismic retrofit fundraiser. We will continue to accept donations for this project, so if you have not done so, or wish to contribute more, please visit the Seismic Retrofit Donation page.
And St. Anne students – thank you for your understanding and cooperation while we undergo these necessary changes. We will all enjoy our updated school soon enough. So if some things don’t go right, don’t fret. Be like water… just chill and flow with it.
When you find your class, it will probably feel a bit weird at first, but in a good way. It’ll be fun in these new spaces. You’ll see.
Welcome back St. Anne! Here’s to a great school year!
Photo by kayla – Thanks for getting that for us!
On Oct 17, 2014, the City of San Francisco passed an ordinance requiring all private schools to do an earthquake seismic study. Although our school survived the past few earthquakes the study revealed weaknesses in our structure if the earthquake were to shake from a different direction.
To comply with current earthquake code so all our children can safely exit in the event of a magnitude-7 earthquake, the school would require seismic retrofitting.
After months of evaluation and study, the cost of the seismic retrofit for our school would be approximately $4.1 million. With Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s consent, our Pastor, Fr. Daniel Nascimento, and our Principal, Mr. Tom White, decided to proceed with the earthquake retrofit this Summer.
Although we’re not required by law to seismically retrofit our building, we all want to ensure that in the event of a major earthquake, our children will be able to get out safely. To do that, the floors and ceilings will have to be anchored to the walls. And hollow clay tiles along the stairways will have to be replaced to keep our exits clear after an earthquake. The hallway will also have to be tied together to strengthen the structure and integrity of the building.
Along with these seismic improvements, we will also take the opportunity to improve the rest of the school. We will install a handicap accessible elevator from the school yard to the 1st floor, we’ll remove asbestos present in our building, renovate the bathrooms and also improve lighting in each classroom.
The school is fortunate that past school families and parishioners have left us with a sizable endowment to help us with the costs. And because the school and parish also has a healthy savings account, we will use some of it for this project which will pay for approximately 80% of the project.
However, the school will still need the assistance of donors. We are planning to raise the remaining 20% through loans and generous donors.
To that end, we have created a gofundme page in hopes of raising funds for this project.
(Alternate donations options listed below).
We’re all in this together. Please help make our school safe. Any amount is greatly appreciated.
You can also help us by spreading the word through social media.
St. Anne School
Seismic Newsletter 2017-04-25
1) You may send a check to ST. ANNE SCHOOL marked “Seismic Fund”
2) Use the PayPal link on our website or
3) Use the links below to make your donation.
Go Fund Me
6-19-2017 – After much wrangling with our GoFundme listing classification, we are happy to announce that the link is now active.
(This is separate from the tuition payment login page; pay with credit card or account withdrawal)
This week during St. Anne’s trip to Washington, D.C., our Jr. High students experience the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. Located in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier stands atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C.
Our students also had the honor to participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony. The gift of flowers at a memorial site is a ritual that occurs around the world, understood in every culture. These type of memorials are made each day at Arlington National Cemetery.
Videos by: Catherine Vollert – 3/28/2017
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