About Us

Our Mission

In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we are an inclusive school community that attentively nurtures love, understanding, faith, knowledge, and individuality.

"The Journey is Essential to The Dream"

St. Francis of Assisi

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Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is doubt, faith;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled,
As to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

The Prayer of St Francis

"We chose to send our children to St. Francis after meeting with the principal, Mr. Hrga.  He impressed us with his commitment to the students, families, and community. His vision for the characteristics of students who graduate from St. Francis Elementary matched what we wanted for our girls and we saw it reflected in the 8th grade students we met. We have been at St. Francis Elementary for almost 4 years now and I know we made the right choice. Our children have been nurtured and supported by Mr. Hrga and the amazing teachers and staff at this school, both academically and as they grow as good citizens. We love this community!", Elisa, 2020 (2nd and TK parent)

Our Philosophy

St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School is the educational ministry of the St. Francis of Assisi Parish that is dedicated to the values of inclusivity, love, understanding, faith, knowledge, and individuality. In the footsteps of our patron saint, we strive to be a community that nurtures the whole child, builds relationships, and maintains our place in Sacramento. We partner with one another for the spiritual, academic, emotional, social, and physical well-being of every student. Walking in the footsteps of St. Francis, we continue to spread his legacy as we Love, Inspire and Thrive, Together.

Our Vision

As a thriving Franciscan community of loving, humble and compassionate learners, we see ourselves celebrating, cultivating and embodying joy, worth and dignity in our world.

The Crest

The SFES crest closely resembles the heritage of the Order of Friars Minor. The shield is a visual representation of the history, symbolism and message of Franciscan ideals. The San Damiano Cross represented in the crest is cherished by Franciscans as the symbol of Francis’s mission from God. It was said the St. Francis was in prayer before the cross when God commissioned him to “rebuild his Church.” The original cross still hangs in the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi, Italy. As a school community, we pray Francis’ Prayer Before the Crucifix of San Damiano every morning.

 

In the Franciscan coat of arms, the traditional element of the right unclothed arm of Christ passes over the left arm of Francis that is sleeved in a friar’s habit. Both hands bear the stigmata, the wound marking the crucifixion of Jesus.

The traditional embattled line at the top of the shield represents the history of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School and is a tribute to the foundation and building dating back to the school’s establishment in 1895. The crest colors represent the spiritual heritage of SFES. The blue symbolizes peace, tranquility and harmony, values St. Francis cherished and highlighted in the opening line of the Prayer of St. Francis - “Lord, Make me an instrument of your peace…”. The gold represents the joy, the hope and the light the community of SFES embraces and sends out through its students. The sunburst in the background of the SFES crest pays homage to St. Francis’ Canticle of the Sun in which he praises God and gives thanks for all God’s creation.