Keep St. Francis of Assisi School open
Keep St. Francis of Assisi School open
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has decided to shut down our school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School, in Houston (SFA) for the upcoming school year of 2020-2021. As a group of parents and people of the community, our goal with starting this petition is that we want to keep our school open! Our school has a long history dating back to1955 and serves and supports an underserved portion of the city. We are asking for all parents, community members, parishioners, alumni, all supporters of SFA to sign up.
Our church school, staff, and students were finally rebuilding and getting passed the devastation of Hurricane Harvey from 2017. This devastating news of closing our school has affected students, parents, and has caused the loss of jobs of the faculty and staff. Students and staff are deeply saddened by the loss of our school and grieving hearts for the loss of their Art teacher. Our children have suffered enough; this has to stop. They love their school a lot, and parents are also pleased and satisfied with their children's education at SFA. We hate to see that go away!!
Our new SFA's principal, Ms. Sanchez, first year as a principal, poured his heart and hard work into SFA with an increase in enrollment and great morale for the students and staff. He has been with the Archdiocese for 11 years and a teacher before becoming a principal. He has brought just what SFA needed high energy, and he has connected and built strong relationships with our kids, staff, community, and parents. Father Martin has given our students, community, and parents hope and faith through everything we have gone through. He pours his love and the word of God into our school and community. He worked diligently after Harvey to get our school and church rebuilt from Harvey. Father Martin keeps everyone comfortable and encouraged us to keep our faith. Our kids were excited about being back at their home school, starting new clubs and projects. Students want to stay at SFA with their classmates and friends. PTO members and church have also put in the effort by doing fundraising events for our school to help support it in many ways. Our students have lost so much, some our just returning home from Harvey, loss of teachers and family from COVID 19. Let's not take their school away again!
We do not understand why our school has to come to an end. Faculty, staff, parents and students have all put in the effort to keep our school going. Why do the shutdown now?
Not only is it almost the end of the school year, but to make matters worse, we are also stressed that we are in a pandemic and have to receive news during these hard times. This does not help any of us. This sort of change for our students, along with what is going on in the world both with people's health and also finances, can cause irreparable harm. Our kids need to be able to go back to the school they left, not knowing it would be the last time, and see the friends and teachers they did not think they wouldn't see anymore. That is what is best for our students, and we know everyone wants the best. Why make the last-minute decision without input from our community?
Ultimately, Parents want the best for their children. We love the way things were and do not want to change! All of our parents have already signed up for next year, and many new enrollees, and now we have to struggle last-minute finding new schools for our children when SFA is what we all want for our children. We want to keep our school up and running and will do anything for that to happen!
Please consider supporting our petition to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and ask them to KEEP ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI CATHOLIC SCHOOL open!
St.Francis of Assisi One Family One Love