Today's reflection focuses on a woman who has made history, though she is definitely not a relic of the past. Oprah Winfrey was born and raised in poverty, first in rural Mississippi and later in inner-city Milwaukee. While still in high school, Winfrey took a job as a radio announcer, working her way up to presenting the evening news at just 19 years old. She moved to Chicago and made the transition to television, where she took a struggling morning talk show to first place in the local ratings for its time slot. Over the ensuing thirty years, Winfrey came to dominate the talk show television format and, ultimately, spun an entire media enterprise out of it, including a cable television channel. Winfrey was the first black woman in the world with a net worth of more than a billion dollars, and, since 2014, she has been the wealthiest American woman of any ethnic background who earned her fortune through her own efforts (as opposed to inheriting it). Undoubtedly, Winfrey embodies the American dream of rising above adversity through talent and effort. She has also been a leader in charitable giving, including by sponsoring an elite school for black students in South Africa.
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Today is a typical red Friday. Young women have assembly on the Broadway Campus in the Syufy Theater, and young men have chapel at St. Benedict/St. Francis Xavier Church from 10:45 till 11:35.
Also, a quick heads up about a schedule change that affects Wednesday, February 26 and Friday, February 28. Wednesday, February 26 will have a Friday-like schedule: period E will begin at 8 a.m., and we'll have an Ash Wednesday service from 10:45 to 11:35 in the Octavia Street gym for all students. (Shuttles will be available to transfer all students from Broadway to Octavia Street after F period.) Friday, February 28 will have a Wednesday-like schedule with ColLab at 8 a.m. and period E at 8:45.
Important Notes for Grandparents Days: Thursday and Friday
No backpacks should be left at any point the in Main Hall of Flood on Thursday or Friday. Please leave your things in the ASC or the Gallery.
Also, the Williams Library and Carroll Learning Commons will be in use for Grandparents/Special Friends days. Closures are as follows:
- Thursday, February 13, 12:30-3:00 p.m. (Williams Library)
- Friday, February 14, 8:30-12:00 p.m. (Carroll Learning Commons)
Make sure to give our visiting grandparents and special friends a warm welcome!
Register today for the JFCS Holocaust Center’s Day of Learning
- Sunday, March 8
- 12:30 to 5 p.m.
- Galileo Academy of Science and Technology
Convent & Stuart Hall is partnering with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services’ Holocaust Center on the Day of Learning, an opportunity to learn about the Holocaust and the patterns of genocide, and hear testimony from local survivors of the Holocaust and modern genocide.
- For students (grades 7-12) and teachers
- 18 different interactive WORKSHOPS will be offered by esteemed FACULTY!
- Participation is free and a vegetarian lunch is included.
For questions, please email HolocaustCenter@jfcs.org or call 415-449-3717.
The Day of Learning is a program of the JFCS Preisler Shorenstein Institute for Holocaust Education.
--Saturday, February 15 for Catholic Charities. The event is a pop-up shop for families in need. Help is needed in setting up and cleaning up as well as with the actual event.
- Location: Women’s Building in the Mission, 3543 18th St.
- Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shifts are available.
- Interested? Please fill out this volunteer registration form.
- Contact: Brian Shepard at BShepard@catholiccharitiessf.
-- 13th Annual Convent & Stuart Hall Pinewood Derby Volunteer Sign-up Survey | Complete by Wednesday, March 4, 2020, | Results shared with supervisor, Ms. Belle Akers.
- When recording your service to your MobileServe account, remember to include a supervisor name and email for verification. If you have some evidence of service like a certificate, email, or document that states the agency, dates, and hours of service, you can always take a picture of it and upload it with your MobileServe entry. Then you can make your advisor the supervisor as he or she will have all the necessary information for verification. Remember, all unverified service DOES NOT count towards your total service.
- When a supervisor approves your service through the email that MobileServe sends, your entry will NOT automatically receive a green check indicating approval. Your entry receives an envelope icon that your advisor or an administrator may see next to your entry in your record. Only an advisor/administrator may give final approval for the green check.
- All students should regularly check in with their advisors to review your service record.
Clay Club: P/O Art Room, Thursdays 3-5 p.m., everyone welcome to come learn how to make a pot. Contact Dr. Popplewell with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music Club is held every Tuesday during CoLab outside the Syufy Theatre and moderated by Mr. Lewis. Everyone is welcome to come and have some fun!
If you have an announcement to make regarding clubs, please send it along to Mr. Buckley or Mr. PL.