Bulletin #15

Bulletin #15



On Monday night I was able to attend the Lafayette City Planning Committee meeting as the plans for our proposed community center was on the agenda for approval.  I am thrilled to share that our plans were accepted unanimously by the committee.  Next Monday night (11/14), St. Perpetua Parish is hosting a wine & cheese Town Hall meeting to discuss the progress on this project and answer questions.   You are all invited to join us from 7-8pm to hear more!
 
We all have days that are disastrous but last Friday was a wonderful disaster.....drill!  Thank you to our dedicated staff for practicing each and every aspect of our plan and for the thoughtful and detailed debriefing conversation later that afternoon at our staff meeting.  I also appreciate our parents and other adults who rearranged their day and patiently waited during the pick up process.  Each school family should have received a phone call with a recorded message from me, a text message, and an email.  If you did not receive each of these, please email the school office (kfogarty@csdo.org or skozel@csdo.org)so we can review our student data and ensure accuracy. 
 
As we enter the holiday season, it is a good time to reflect on all our abundant blessings and remember those who are less fortunate.  Please see below for details on our current outreach projects.
 
Finally, as we near the end of the calendar year, please remember the timeline for your scrip requirement.  Scrip purchases completed by December 31 will count toward your requirement as listed in your 2016-2107 tuition contract.  Another Scrip profit report will be sent to you in early December to give you a current status.  Thank you for your cooperation!
 
 
 
" I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-  for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior..." -1 Timothy 2:1-3
Upcoming Events
Friday, November 11
Columbus Day holiday ~ No School
Monday, November 14
Class items due for Mission Effectiveness Thanksgiving Outreach
Wednesday, November 16
Student Leadership 'Pumpkin Treats' sale at recess
Junior High 'Turkey Trot' at 1:15 pm
Ladies Night Out Fundraiser at 6:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 19 - Sunday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Break
Friday, December 2
Cafe' Perpetua's Holiday Boutique
Saturday, December 3
Peppermint Shoppe & Cafe' Holiday Boutique
Sunday, December 4
Rise & Shine Mass at 9:30 am
Monday, December 12
                 Items due for Monument Crisis Center 'Holiday Challenge'                   and Samaritan House 'Giving Tree' 
Friday, December 16
Christmas Sharing at 10:45 am
Noon Dismissal ~ NO after-school Panther House
Saturday, December 17 - Tuesday January 2
Christmas Break
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers
Office News
Scrip Purchases
Our school community works diligently to generate Scrip profit.  We are asking that purchases be paid by check or cash whenever possible to avoid credit card fees.

Our New School Website
Our new school website is live!  Log on and bookmark www.stperpetuaschool.org to 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.  
Emergency Drill
Thank you to all parents for participating in our annual Emergency Drill.  You should have received an email, a voicemail and a text (just prior to the drill) alerting you about the drill.  If you did not receive the alerts it means that we do not have your current/correct contact information.  Please email the office (kfogarty@csdo.org or skozel@csdo.org) if you did not receive our alerts/have updated contact information.
Yard Duty Subs
We are in need of yard duty substitutes!  If you have a flexible schedule and would like to either earn $20 or an hour of volunteer time for each yard duty substitute assignment, please let the office know you'd like to be added to our sub list.
Ladies Night Out 
Ladies Night Out 'Holiday Sip & Shop' is Wednesday 11/16!
Get your tickets online now! https://stperpetua.ejoinme.org/LNO

Please plan to support our 3rd biggest fundraiser at St. Perpetua School!  As an added bonus, your student(s) will receive a free dress pass when you purchase a ticket! 
 
We have some amazing new vendors this year and all will bedonating a percentage of sales back to St. Perpetua. We sure hope to see you there!  You won't want to miss it.
Bring your friends and come shop for jewelry, home & gift items, food & spirits, and accessories & apparel.  Make it a fun night while you benefit St. Perpetua School.
Wednesday, November 16 
Orinda Country Club 
6pm - 9pm

Tickets and info here: https://stperpetua.ejoinme.org/LNO
If you haven't experienced this event yet, don't miss out this year!  We hope you can join us on November 16 for the 4th annual Ladies Night Out and Holiday Boutique.  Please seeattached flyer for more details.  
Mission Effectiveness 
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Thanksgiving Outreach
Each year, St. Perpetua donates Thanksgiving baskets to the Monument Crisis Center to help local needy families enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday. In order to help those families, we ask that each student bring in one item according to the class assignments below, as well as $3 towards the turkey gift cards

All classes are collecting the following food items for Thanksgiving "Baskets":

TK & Kindergarten- 14 oz. can cranberry sauce (2 cans)
First Grade- 15 oz. can whole kernel corn (2 cans)
Second Grade- 12 oz. can evaporated milk (2 cans)
Third Grade- Instant mashed potatoes
Fourth Grade- Stove top stuffing mix (for turkey) (2 pkgs)
Fifth Grade- Pumpkin Pie Mix (make sure it's the pie mix)
Sixth Grade- Ready crust graham (not frozen)
Seventh Grade- 14 oz. can whole green beans
Eighth Grade- Large rectangular roasting pan (big enough for a turkey) (1 or 2)
Faculty- Instant gravy
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Students can bring their donations directly to their classrooms. 
ALL ITEMS ARE DUE by Monday, November 14 

Outreach
Christmas Outreach
We have two Christmas Outreach programs during the month of December. 

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Samaritan House - wrapped items due by December 12
This is a day care for inner city youth, ages 3 yrs through 14 years. All participation is voluntary but we hope you can help in some way. We have ornaments on our Christmas Giving Tree in the office to be taken home and attached to the gifts that you purchase and wrap for a needy child(ren). Please also include the age of the child the gift is intended for. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We are also embarking on a 'holiday challenge' for three food items that the Monument Crisis Center's pantry always needs. If each family can donate canned tuna, peanut butter and 'Cup 'O Noodles', three of their most needed items, then we will be sharing the spirit of the season with families truly in need.  Items can be collected through December 12.
Student Leadership Sale
Pumpkin Treats Sale
For our November 16th sale at recess, Student Leadership will be selling pumpkin-themed treatssuch as pumpkin bread or muffins, pumpkin-shaped cookies, pumpkin seeds, etc. Cost is $0.50 per item No advance purchase is necessary, so students can bring their money the day of the sale.

Note to parents:  These items will NOT BE ALLERGY-FREE items.
Annual Tuition Assistance Campaign
Our 10th Annual Tuition Assistance Fund campaign (Formerly the Annual Fund) will run through November, 2016!  100% of donations collected are designated to support St. Perpetua tuition assistance.  You should have received the annual letter and donation form in your mail.  Extra copies are available in the office.
             "To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us." 
              Pope Francis
Panther House
 
Fourth Annual Panther House Pumpkin Relay Run
Join us as we continue this annual tradition of keeping fit and having fun on Thursday, November 17th for the Fourth Annual Panther House Pumpkin Relay Run! Come over to Panther House at 3pm.  We will be doing our Relay Run on the lower lot in front of the church (weather permitting) from 3:30-4pm.  Click here for more information.
December Christmas Workshops

Time to think about December!  We've got fun workshops lined up BUT YOUR CHILD MUST BE SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE.   These workshops are very popular and fill up very quickly, so please don't wait.  First come, first served.  Click here for flyer.

 
Christmas Gift & Wrap Making Workshop
Your very own Mrs. Kenney will show the kids how to make a Christmas themed
5" X 7" matted and framed gift for anyone in their life-Mom and Dad, Grandparents, siblings, friends.  Then on the second Tuesday, your child will make wrapping paper and gift card. Lastly they then will wrap it all up.
 
Materials Fee: $25, plus normal PH fees apply.  Maximum: 24 children 
This is a 2-day workshop. 
STUDENT MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS.
Tuesdays Dec 6, 13 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Day 1: gift making; Day 2: gift wrapping

Christmas Cookie Decorating Workshop
Our favorite Mrs. M is making all the classic Christmas sugar cookies, including the annual favorite, gingerbread man.  Come decorate with homemade frostings and sprinkles galore! Bring home your creations in a holiday bag.
 
Materials Fee: $15, plus normal PH fees apply.  Maximum: 24 children 
Either Tuesday: Dec 8  OR  Dec 15, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE OF THESE SESSIONS.
 
 
SNACK DONATIONS
Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months. Remember that you gain service hours for your contribution.  Thanks in advance for your help.  You need to plan on enough food for 65 thankful children. Click here to sign up.
 
CALENDARS
Please send in December calendars now, since we jump in to December as soon as we get back from break. Click here for calendar.
 

Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
Lamorinda Theatre Academy

Lamorinda Theatre Academy is our after-school partner for our Spring '17 Musical performances.   There are 4 spots remaining for the 3rd-8th grade Spring Musical. Click here for the registration link or find it in 'This Week's Flyers' section. 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
32 St Perpetua students (3rd - 8th grade) have been in rehearsal since September to bring you this comedic and fantastical show based on the beloved classic by Roald Dahl. The show follows young Charlie Bucket and his Grandpa Joe as they join a small group of contest winners who get to tour the magical and mysterious factory of eccentric candy maker Willy Wonka. Show is 75 minutes with no intermission, appropriate for the whole family. Seating is general. Get your tickets in advance or with cash at the door. Performances at Stanley Middle School's MUR.
Happening Around Campus
Our 8th grade class split into teams to shop, prepare food and serve a delicious meal to the patrons of the Concord Shelter as part of JHOP (Junior High Outreach Program).

Brought to you by SEEDs! (Student Enrichment & Educational Support)
Here are some November enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS
Kindergarten: LPIE "Native American" hands-on workshops (on-site instruction) 
3rd Grade: LPIE "Native Americans and History of Lafayette"(on-site instruction); LPIE "Lafayette Walking History Tour" (field trip) 
4th Grade: LPIE "Earthquakes/Shaker Table" (on-site instruction) 
5th Grade: LPIE "Physiology - Circulatory Systems and Digestive/Excretory Systems" (on-site instruction)
Fall in the Garden of Learning
This week every class visited the garden for class time.  Our junior high students harvested the last of the summer veggies and flowers.  It was a bit crazy to be picking tomatoes, squash, tomatillos, eggplants, zinnias, basil, tarragon and cilantro on November 8th! They cleared the beds in preparation for the planting of our winter vegetables, tied herbs for drying, and made flower arrangements for every classroom! TK, Kindergarten, first, second and third grade read Strega Nona's Harvest, made leaf prints and planted seeds.  Our fourth and fifth graders were busy harvesting all of the Amaranth plants saving the seeds for later use when we will make cereal and cookies. They also starting planting in the veggie beds.

It was a very busy and productive week in the Garden of Learning

Love,  Monette Meo
Cafe' Perpetua
Cafe' Perpetua will be closed this Friday due to the school holiday. We look forward to seeing you next week!
SCRIP
December 31 is fast approaching!  Our Scrip tracking year runs January 1 through December 31.  Your current scrip profit requirement needs to be met by 12/31/16.  Another Scrip profit report will be sent to you in early December to give you a status on your current Scrip profit.
Our school community works diligently to generate Scrip profit.  We are asking that purchases be paid by check or cash whenever possible to avoid credit card fees.

For your convenience, we carry the following Scrip Cards in the front office:

Amazon           Chipotle        Cooperage          Diablo Foods          Lunardi's

Mangia Ristorante        Metro Lafayette        Peets Coffee        Safeway

Sprouts        Starbucks        Whole Foods        Yogurt Shack
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
Library News
Read to Succeed - St. Perpetua Reading Challenge
November 1, 2016 - January 25, 2017

Students in grades K-6 are challenged to read six (6) hours over the next three months.  Any type of reading counts, except for school work.  Please encourage your child(ren) to participate! Student Reading Logs are available on the school website at http://www.stperpetuaschool.org/programs/library/_read_to_succeed_2016-2017  and should be coming home soon.   Return the Student Reading Log to Mrs. Hinton as soon as your child is done reading.  The Library bulletin board will track classes progress, during the month of January.  We would like to see 100% participation from every class.  Each student in grades K-6 who completes a Reading Log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for Summer Break.  Classes with 100% participation will receive an extra bonus.  Please direct all questions to Mrs. Hinton at shinton@csdo.org.  Let's all Read to Succeed!
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
Need Volunteer Hours?  Double Volunteer hours?

Science Night needs volunteers for our January 26 event.  You can sign up on your classroom sign up or email Anne Marie Moggan. Science Night requires 70 parent volunteers so your help is hugely appreciated! Opportunities for set up, event help, and clean-up at the end of the evening.  Clean-up crew gets double hours!  Email amoggan100@gmail.com.
Family Participation Program
Are you an 'All Clear' Volunteer?
As a reminder, you cannot volunteer for any school or class activities (including yard duty) until your are placed on the "all cleared" list by completing three items for the office.   Click here for 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 on Sign-Up Genius.   
Click here for 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 to be placed on the Yard Duty Sub list, contact the office and your name will be added to the list.
St. Perpetua Parish
-The Timely Perpetuan is 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 website and click on "Join Our Mailing List."

"Share the Warmth" parish coat drive
Thanks to all who contributed to the "Share the Warmth" drive last week.  Even with the enormous outpouring, there are still over 20 refugee families that we are not able to fulfill their requests for coats - the greatest need is for children's coats...however all sizes from infant to adult will be appreciated.   These are needed by Friday, Nov 11th - as they will be distributed over the weekend.  Specifically, the sizes with the greatest need are boys 2 through 10 and girl's 4-8.  There are 31 children that fall into these ranges that are without a winter coat.

However any size coat, jacket or heavy sweatshirt is greatly appreciated and will be given out immediately to those in need.

The No One Left Behind organization is getting a new refugee family EVERY DAY!  so the need is great.   Thank you for your help. 

Any questions, call Karen Kalvass 9225.284.8130
Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Joan Taylor, great-grandmother of Tyler and Jackson Galloway, who is ill
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, Kyle Jones' grandmother, who is ill
  • Rita Jurin, Lauren Puhlmann's  grandmother who is ill
  • members of our parent and alumni community going through medical treatment
We remember those who have died:
  • Ann Salus, great-grandmother of Julia, Billy & Tatum Haggerty
  • Ed Carlson, grandfather of Sam Carlson
If you would like an entry to go in the bulletin, please email it to Kim Fogarty, Administrative Assistant by Tuesday of each week: kfogarty@csdo.org 
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