Bulletin #11 10/12/16

bulletin #11
Posted on 10/12/2016
Many parents have inquired about the progress of theproposed Community Centerand Parish Capital Campaign. All are invited to drop inthis evening between5-7pmfor an informal informational session with wine and cheese. At5:15 and 6:15I will give a brief overview of the project and then Fr. John and I will be available to answer any questions you may have.
This Sunday is aRise and Shine Mass at9:30 am. Fifth grade students from the school and faith formation program will assist with key roles in this Eucharistic celebration.
Many of you may have begun your Halloween preparations. OnOctober 31, we will have anoondismissaland parents are invited to join us for ourHalloween Parade at11 amin front of the Church. Students have been reminded in class that "group costumes" are not permitted at school. Additionally, any accessories such as weapons or swords need to be left at home. Finally, students need to be dressed appropriately for school in accordance with the school handbook free dress policy.
For the past week or so, there have been many news and media stories regarding clowns. Please read this letter fromFr. Larry Young, interim superintendent of School for the Diocese of Oakland:
Recently stories of social media threats and actual appearances of "scary" or "creepy clowns" in various parts of our country, including our own geographic area, have created heightened concern for our children's safety.
Our schools'regular drills and safety protocols ensure our school personnel are prepared to safeguard all of our students. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in these important matters; remember that we will keep our parents and families informed if anything happens on one of our campuses.
As to this particular phenomenon, law enforcement is responding to this threat to determine its origins or if it is a "hoax" or copycat activity by odd individuals, and to provide for the public safety, especially of our children. Thus far it has been difficult to predict where it might occur.
We urge parents to be aware of their children's fears. Actively reassure them, reminding them that the adults in charge are doing everything they can to keep them safe, and it is always important for them to follow directions from adults in charge, so that they can stay safe. Encourage your children to report any threat they actuallyseethat worries them, but not to listen to rumors or stories that may or may not be true.
Autumn Prayer
O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons.
As we embrace these autumn months,
May the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest.
May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet
remind us of the brevity of this earthly life.
May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life.
May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds
remind us that you call us to follow your will.
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever. Amen.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 13
School Mass at8:30 am, hosted by 6th grade
Sunday, October 16
Rise & Shine Mass at9:30am
October 17-21
Scholastic Book Faire
Tuesday, October 25
12:00Prayer Service, hosted by 3rd Grade
Monday, October 24 - Friday, October 28
Red Ribbon Week
Wednesday, 10/26
Vitality Bowl fundraiser (orders due to officeby 10/21)
'Mixed Bags' orders due into office
Thursday, October 27
Psretn Ed Night ~ "Screenagers"6:30in the Church
Monday, October 31
Halloween Parade11:00~NoonDismissal ~NO after-school Panther House
November 1
School Mass at8:30 am, hosted by 4th grade
Friday, November 4
Taste of Kindergarten at9:30 am
Annual Disaster Drill11:00~NO after-school Panther House
Friday, November 11
Columbus Day holiday ~ No School
See the full school calendarhere.
This Week's Flyers
Office News

Annual Disaster Drill
We will hold our annual disaster drill onFriday, November 4th.Although we hope to never need to implement these procedures, it is imperative that we all review and practice the various aspects of the plan.On that day students are picked up between11:15 and 11:45in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk.Clickherefor the Emergency Drill form that you can fill out in advance.
Students will only be released to those listed on their student profile andALL adults MUST show their ID.If someone other than the parent or another personalreadyon your Emergency/Authorized Pick-up list will be picking up your child on the day of the Disaster Drill, please email the office with that authorized person's name.Panther House is closed that afternoonso that we can review drill as an entire staff.
Our New School Website
Ournew school websiteis live!Log on and bookmarkwww.stperpetuaschool.orgto see our new look! Teachers and staff will be updating and modifying content over the next few weeks. Key information is available on the new site and our previous website will soon be inactive.
AmazonSmile for Halloween shopping
If you are shopping for Halloween costumes, decorations or treats, consider shopping throughsmile.amazon.com/ch/94-1558501and Amazon will make a donation to St Perpetua School.

Student Accident & Sickness Coverage
School-Time Accident Insurance is a optional insurance plan administered by Meyers-Stevens & Toohey.If you are interested in getting more details on this optional plan, brochures are available in the school office.
Medications at School
If your child takes medications (prescription or non-prescription) that need to be kept on campus, you will need to bring the medications(in the original container)as well as the'Request for medication to be taken during school hours'form on the school website. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a doctor's signature is also required on the form.
Scholastic Book Faire
Our Scholastic Book Faire starts next week!Book Fair dates:October 17th-October 21st. Shopping hours:8am-4pmThis Friday, each class will have the opportunity to preview the books, and fill out their personal wish lists to take home.
Our new Book Faire theme isBookaneer
Book Fair: Where books are the treasure!
This season's Book Fair will be a swashbuckling celebration full of adventurous activities and hundreds of books kids want to read.
Special activities:

October 14th- "Bagels with Books"a special event for our amazing teachers. Teachers can preview our new Scholastic books and fill out their classroom wish lists.
October 17th- "Bookies & Cookies"event forKindergarten and TK only from9:00am-10:30am. Information will be given to the students by their teachers.
October 19th- "Pastries with Parents"a special morning tradition for ourparentsfrom8:00am-10:00am. Pastries and coffee will be served. With your book purchase during this event, your name will be entered into a wonderful raffle.
Special notes:
  • We will continue our tradition with thegrade that buys the most books, will be awarded a special party. They may choose apizza party, or ice-cream social as their prize!This school contest will be split up into two:elementary grades, and junior high.
  • Guessing Jar- During our fair, please remember to fill out your guess as to how much gold is in the jar! The winner and prize will be announced on the last day of the fair.
Remember, all purchases benefit our school. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!
Sincerely,
Evelyn Nagel and Regina Wang, Scholastic Book Fair Co-Chairs
Student Council Corner
KEEP YOUR VITALITY UP AND SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL!
OnWednesday October 26, student leadership will be selling the kid's Vitality bowl for ourRed Ribbon Week saleencouraging healthy eating choices. The 14-oz. kid's bowl includes Organic Açaí, Apple Juice, Bananas, and Strawberries. These bowls are both dairy- and nut-free, and there is a gluten-free option as well.
You mustpre-order the $7 bowlsand the order forms MUST be turned into the office byFriday, 10/21. Clickherefor order form or find in "This Week's Flyers" section of the bulletin. The bowls will be delivered at recess on the26th of October! Help your kids stay healthy by buying them a Vitality bowl.
HALLOWEEN COLORING CONTEST
Leadership is holding a Halloweencoloringcontest. Templates can be picked up at the office, and submissions are due byOctober 24.
Ladies Night Out

Please join us for our4th Annual Ladies Night Out and Holiday Boutiqueto benefit St. Perpetua School.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6pm-9pm
Orinda Country Club
Don't miss your chance to enjoy drinks & appetizers with friends while getting a head start on holiday shopping from an amazing array of local vendors.


If you haven't experienced this event yet, don't miss out this year!We sure hope you can join us onNovember 16for the 4th annual Ladies Night Out and Holiday Boutique.
Please seeattached flyerfor more details.
Mixed Bags Fundraiser

Hi St. Perpetua School Friends and Family!

OurMixed Bags Fundraiseris on! These great eco-friendly and reusable bags and products are great gifts and perfect for every member of your family. Your purchases will help us tosupport the Student Leadership efforts. Come check out a sample of the bags on display in front of the office. Ordering is super easy...
Student packets are coming with your child this afternoon.Orders can be placed orders through the catalog order form or online:
INSTRUCTIONS FORCATALOG PURCHASES(orders get turned into the office)
  • Add your contact info to your form. Ourfundraiser ID is:42570
  • Collect money with the orders.Don't collect tax- tax is included in the catalog price
  • Make checks payable to:St. Perpetua- with MixBag in the memo
  • Turn in money with a copy of your order form to the office byWednesday, October 26
  • Keep a copy of your orders to easily distribute your customer orders!
INSTRUCTIONS FORONLINE PURCHASES(orders are placed online and ship direct)
Tell friends & family to support us online atwww.mixedbagdesigns.com/?fundraiserid=42570

Make sure our ID number42570&Student's Nameis added at checkout.
Online orders ship directly to the supporter (anywhere in the US) & shipping is free on orders $75 & up!
School Events for Parents
Each year, St. Perpetua School offers aparent education nightto assist parents with navigating the ever-changing world of technology.
OnOctober 27th at 6:30pm, we will be hosting a screening of the documentary,"Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age". This movie explores the affects and impact of various types of screen time in our society. I was able to attend a viewing of Screenagers a few weeks ago and I strongly encourage all Jr. High parents to attend. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Parent Association News
Thank youto all to all the families who supported St Perpetua Technology through generous donations and registration to participate and spend a fun filled day golfing! TheTee Off Fore Technology Golf Tournamentwas a huge success and special thank you goes out to our golf team;Sean Sabarese, Kelli Wynne, Steve Shea, Lisa Winter, and Allison Mein.

Another shout out goes to ourTK, Kindergarten, 3rd, and 5th grade classroomsfor reaching thegoal of greenside sponsorship!Great job!

Much neededChrome bookson there way soon due to the success of this fundraiser. Thank you!
Student News
I'mDelaney Maloneyin 7th grade and last year I got diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). Now I am helping to spread awareness of CRPS duringCRPS Awareness Monthin November and raising money to send kids to a camp where they can meet people that have similar issues. If you are available I will be doing a walk around the reservoir at2:00 p.m.onSunday, November 6. If you want to buy my t-shirt go tothis linkbeforeOctober 18. If you join my walk, please wear something orange for CRPS - it doesn't have to be my t-shirt.
Cafe Perpetua
Come in out of the rain and join usthis Fridayat Cafe` Perpetua. We have inside seating and many delicious goodies to take the chill away! Try a pumpkin latte or a mocha to warm you up!

We will also be selling the garden's last harvest of the season including floral arrangements.

We look forward to seeing youon Fridayand thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!
Love, Monette Meo
Panther House
Halloween Celebration!
Come join us onFriday October 28for Halloween fun!
We will have face-painting and Halloween activities like pumpkin bowling from3:30 to 4:15.Email me if you would like your child to have their face painted. They will be the first to get their face done.
BOOK FAIR
Are you short on time? Panther House can help you out. We will offer special book fair hours on nextWednesday, October 21from3:30 to 4:00. Our staff will bring children up to the library and supervise your little shopper. If you would like your child to shop for books during after school hours, just drop me an email.

Here are some special dates for your attention:
October 28:(3:30 to 4:15)Halloween activities, special Halloween treats, face-painting and Email me if you would like your child to have their face painted and they will be the first to get theirs done.
October 31:Halloween;noondismissal. Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade.Panther House isclosed in the afternoon.
November 4:Disaster Drill ~noondismissal. Panther House isclosed in the afternoon.
JUNIOR HIGH SERVICE HOURS
We have filled ALL the spots to help decorate faces or Halloween activities after school onOctober 28. There was more demand than spots available. I will contact the families to let you know if your child is selected and what the requirements will be. Thanks!
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
Auction Sign-Up Parties

There are threeSign-Me-Up partiesstill open for registration!It's a great way to get involved withthe school community and it supports our Parent Association fundraising efforts.
Trivia NightThisSaturday evening,October 15th~ Last chance to sign up for a great evening of food, beverages and fun!Clickhereto sign up.

Mother-Son Dance(Fridayevening,November 4th)
Father-Daughter Dance(Fridayevening,Feb. 2, 2017)
Clickhereto get additional information and sign up for these events.
SCRIP
Dear Families,
Scrip Family Reportsare coming hometoday/tomorrow~ look for it in your youngest child's backpack.

Reminder: There will beScrip Training & OverviewthisFriday, 10/14from7:45 - 8:30in the RRC.
Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code:LC2D474L8876)
eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code:136913749)
Thank you,
St. Perpetua Scrip Team
Sarah Arnold and Jamie Galloway
Sarah Cell:925-330-4257
Family Participation Program
St. Perpetua School relies on parents to share their time, talents and treasures. Volunteer participation is necessary as tuition revenue does not cover operating costs of the school. Parent participation also ensures the success of social events and sustains school programs. Each family is required to complete35 volunteer hoursand report those hours to the volunteer chair, Ellen Drey (ellen.drey@gmail.com).Clickherefor detailed information on our program.
As a reminder, youcannot volunteerfor any school or class activities (including yard duty)until your are placed on the "all cleared" list by completing three items for the office.Clickherefor information on LiveScan fingerprinting, Safe Environment Training, and TB Clearance.
Yard Duty
Each family has received an email to sign up for yard duty shifts onSign-Up Genius.
Clickherefor link to Sign-Up Genius.
Yard Duty Requirements:
- all families (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten-only families are exempt)are
required to sign up for two Yard Duty slots
- any additional sign-ups will go towards your family participation hours.

If you would like tobe placed on the Yard Duty Sub list, contact the office and your name will be added to the list.
Food For Thought
Our Hot Lunch program is run by Food For Thought.Clickherefor the program information or see 'This Week's Flyers'.

The School Code for ordering is:perpetua
St. Perpetua Parish
-TheTimely Perpetuanis a monthly e-newsletter that keeps you informed about the many things happening at St. Perpetua. If you don't receive it please visit the Parish websiteand click on "Join Our Mailing List."
Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • members of our parent and alumni community going through medical treatment
  • Allen Espinole, our music teacher, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • Gerardo Rossel Diaz, grandfather of Dylan Sotomayor
  • Kathy Mullane, friend of Karen Goodshaw
If you would like an entry to go in the bulletin, please email it to Kim Fogarty, Administrative Assistant byTuesdayof each week: kfogarty@csdo.org
St. Perpetua School,3445HamlinRoad,Lafayette,CA94549
Sent byperpetua@csdo.orgin collaboration with
Constant Contact