Bulletin # 18


We are looking forward to seeing all of you this Friday morning for Christmas Sharing!  Coffee and snacks will be served upstairs outside the library for parents to enjoy between performances. 
I want to remind you of our schedule for  
Friday, December 15th.   We have a  
noon 
dismissal and students may come to school in "Fancy Free Dress".  Many classes  plan to host holiday parties in the morning before recess at 10:20
  • After recess, at 10:40, each class has a scheduled a time to perform for parents in our library.  Students will use the stage area and parents will be able to sit and gather to see their child perform.  
  • The rest of the school will also be able to see each performance thanks to the technology wisdom of Mr. Hauger who will help us simulcast the production to each classroom.  
  • Parents can watch their student(s) performance from the library and enjoy the other classes from any classroom or the RRC.
Here is the time schedule when each class will perform their song in the Library:
10:45 - TK
10:51 - Kindergarten
10:57 - 1st grade
11:03 -  2nd grade
11:09 -  3rd grade
11:15 -  4th grade
11:21 -  5th grade
11:27 -  3rd grade (recorders)
11:33 -  6th grade
11:39 -  7th grade
11:45 -  8th grade
A LONG standing tradition at this event is the entire community singing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and this will still happen!!!  After all the classes have completed their performances, and just before dismissal, we will gather in front of the school (where the students line up in the morning) and we will conclude our holiday celebration with our traditional song.  Parents and family members will be the Eleven Pipers Piping, so warm up your singing voices!
Thank you to all who have supported our holiday outreach projects during November and December.  We are still accepting gifts for our giving tree but those items need to be under the tree first thing in the morning as they will be delivered mid Thursday morning.

Our Application for the 2018-2019 School Year is now open online.  Click here for the application.
 
Christmas blessings to you and your families this holiday season!  My prayer is that your break is filled with love, laughter, rest, and wonderful memories!  We look forward to welcoming in the new year with all of the students on January 2!
 
 
Advent
Into the bleakest winters of our souls, Lord, you are tiptoeing 
on tiny Infant feet to find us, hold our hands.
May we drop whatever it is we are so busy about these days 
to accept this gesture so small that it may get overlooked 
in our frantic search for something massive and overwhelming.  
Remind us that it is not you who demands large, lavish celebrations 
and enormous strobe-lit displays of faith.  Rather, you ask only that we 
have the faith of a mustard seed and willingness to let a small hand take ours.  
We are ready.

Margaret Anne Huffman


Upcoming Events
Friday, December 15
Last Day to Contribute To Teacher & Staff Christmas Fund 2017
Christmas Sharing 10:45 - 12:00
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
December 16
'Annie' Performance at 5:00 pm
December 17
'Annie' Performance at 2:00 pm
Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1, 2018
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
School Resumes and Panther House is Open
Friday, January 5
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Amphora Ladies Night (Sign-me-up party)
Thursday, January 11
First Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 9:30 am
Friday, January 12
No School
Staff / Professional Development Day
Monday, January 15
School Holiday ~ No School
Tuesday, January 16
First Reconciliation Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm
Friday, January 19
Taste of Kindergarten & TK 8:45 - 10:00 am
Sunday, January 28
School Mass at 9:30 am
Open House 10:30 - 12:00
Start of Catholic Schools Week
Monday, January 29
Prospective Parent Information Meeting & School Tour at 9:30 am
Wednesday, January 31
Prospective Parent Evening 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1
Science Fair Night ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
See the full school calendar here.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Christmas Sharing Schedule ~ Friday, 12/15/17
Christmas Sharing begins at 10:45.  Here is the time schedule when each class will perform their song in the Library.
10:45 - TK
10:51 - Kindergarten
10:57 - 1st grade
11:03 -  2nd grade
11:09 -  3rd grade
11:15 -  4th grade
11:21 -  5th grade
11:27 -  3rd grade (recorders)
11:33 -  6th grade
11:39 -  7th grade
11:45 -  8th grade
Save The Date
Our 2018 Parent Party & Auction is Saturday, March 10th
'A Night At The Pub'held at St. Mary's Collegepromises to be a great evening of socializing and fun for all of our parents.  'Save the Date' cards are coming home in your youngest child's backpack today.

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 a new Request for medication to be taken during school hours form. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a physician's signature is also required on the form.

School Uniform Compliance
Parents, we need your assistance and cooperation.  Many students come to school each day not in uniform.  Common uniform areas that are not followed include: skirt length, shoe and sock colors, nail polish, and non-school sweatshirts.  Staff members will be enforcing the uniform policy and will send home written warnings to students who are not in uniform.  Please review the uniform requirements in the parent handbook with your student. 
Holiday Festivities at St. Perpetua
Our 'Giving Tee' for Samaritan House children is bursting with your generosity!  Tomorrowmorningis the last opportunity drop off your gifts.
Gingerbread House Creations!


Our TK and 3rd grade students brought holiday cheer to seniors at Aegis with their beautiful Christmas carols
Teacher & Staff Christmas Fund 2017
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Parents,
The Faculty and Staff at St. Perpetua make our special school 
an amazing and enriching place for our children.

They go beyond teaching academics.
They teach our children to care for each other and to care 
for their communities and their world.  
 
They inspire our children through their guidance,
growing closer to God and becoming the best of themselves, every single day.
 
Please consider donating to our Teacher/Staff
Christmas Fund of 2017
So we, as parents, can go beyond in appreciation for them.
 
                 *each teacher/staff will receive a cash gift and a letter including the names of all participating families.  
Please consider contributing as a group gift of appreciation
 
*Checks (made out to St. Perpetua) or Cash
can be brought to office attention Rene O'Neill
Write Teacher Christmas Fund on memo or envelope
      Deadline 12/15/2017
Lamorinda Performing Academy
Lamorinda Performing Academy and St Perpetua School present ANNIE KIDS. 

WHENSaturday Dec 16th at 5pm & Sunday Dec 17th at 2pm
WHERE: Del Valle Theatre, Walnut Creek
TICKETSCLICK HERE

27 talented St Perpetua students (TK - 3rd) have been rehearsing since September to present this timeless show! 30 minutes, no intermission, suitable for the whole family. Come support these amazing performers.
Library News
Super Bowl Reading Challenge -- 4th Grade takes the lead!

The Fourth Grade Pugtatos have taken the lead of our school-wide Super Bowl Reading Challenge.  First Grade Panthers are a close second place with Sixth Grade Tortoises and Seventh Grade Porpoises tied for third place.  Make sure to help your class take the lead by turning in your Reading Log.  Students should turn in their Reading Log immediately, as soon as they finish reading for six hours.  Let's all meet our goals and score a winning touchdown!  More details and extra Reading Logs on our school website.
Contact Stacey Hinton at shinton@csdo.org for more information.
School Auction / Parent Party
It's beginning to look a lot like  . . . . Auction!!
Save the Date of March 10 for the Parent Party.  It'll be just that! No Live Auction, just a fun St. Patricks Day themed party.  
There will be an On-Line Auction beginning March 8th and we need your help! It takes all of us asking our favorite gymnastics studios, hair salons, restaurants, and shops we frequent if they are willing to donate.  Your company, friends and family who have season tickets to the Sharks, Warriors, or the Giants are a great ask too! All of these items are needed to have a successful on-line auction and make money for our school to bridge the gap between the tuition we pay and the actual cost to educate each of our children (~$3k).  
Click here for donor form and letter. There are also copies available in the office for you to pick up.   If you have any questions, please contact Cary Tschann catschann@gmail.com or Lucy Mason lucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Panther House

Dear Parents,
 
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I'm looking forward to joining all the families and our St. P's children dressed in their holiday best on Friday morning.  It's my favorite day of the school year!  Please remember that Panther House closes at 9:30 am on Friday, 12/15.
 
On this Thursday, if at all possible, we would really appreciate you picking up your children by 5:45 p.m. to allow Panther House staff to attend the Christmas party and share some holiday cheer with our co-workers. Thanks for your thoughtfulness!


SNACK DONATION
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. Here is the sign-up link.
 
CALENDARS
Please send in January calendars
 
REMINDERS
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Dec 15 (FRI): Panther House is closed after 9:30 a.m.
Jan 4 (FRI): Noon dismissal; Panther House is open.
 
 
Wishing you and your family much comfort and joy at Christmas, and safe travels wherever you may go!
 
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org
Counselor's Corner
During the excitement and busy-ness of the holiday season, it is so easy to get swept up in planning, details and chaos. Parents tend to focus on taking care of everyone else during the Holiday Season. There is more and more pressure to create "perfect" holiday celebrations (social media has undoubtedly been part of the reason for that increase in pressure), but that pressure takes a toll and often makes the holiday much less than perfect. 
It may feel impossible to stop and take time to truly enjoy the moments, but those are the moments that will be most authentic and meaningful. Take these 5 steps to help ease the holiday stress, be more present (not gift-wrapped) and maybe make Christmas even more enjoyable:
  • Pace Yourself 
  • Focus on Gratitude
  • Practice the Art of Letting Go
  • Fully Engage with Your Loved Ones
  • Prioritize Silence and Meditative Tasks
More details about those 5 steps are found here...  
Happy Meaningful Holidays to you all,
Mrs. Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
Cub Scout Pack 114
Start the new year off with St. Perpetua's Cub Scout Pack 114!

The best of our activities are coming soon...  Pinewood Derby, Camping Overnight, Hiking and Fishing at Lafayette Reservoir, Bike Rodeo and so much more!

Who:  program is for school-aged boys in grades 1 through 5
Additional information:  contact Dominic Silvestriat 925-260-4984 or dominic.silvestri@homebridge.com
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some December/January enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!
1st Grade:    LPIE "Lunar New Year/Asian Culture" (on-site instruction)
3rd Grade:    LPIE "Skins and Skeletons" (on-site instruction)
6th Grade:    Field Trip to Chabot Space & Science Center with Workshop
8th Grade:    "A Christmas Carol" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Final Scrip Commitment Reports for 1/1/17 - 12/31/17 will go out in early March, once we have final numbers from Scrip and e-Scrip.  Shortfalls will be billed to May tuition statements.
  • Safeway Scrip Cards are available once again
Your Scrip profit requirement helps Parent Association bridge the gap between tuition revenue and education costs.  In addition, through your Scrip participation above and beyond your requirement, you can earn tuition credit for your family with your continued Scrip purchases! 
 
Click here for an overview/details of our Scrip program. 

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Scrip: www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code: LC2D474L8876)
 eScrip: www.escrip.com (On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code: 136913749)
Thank you, 
Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org
2017 Family Participation Program / Parent Volunteer Hours
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. Click here for more details and some revisions to the 2017 program.  

Families (TK, K, and single parent-only families have a 15 hour requirement) are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. You should report your hours throughout the year to the volunteer chair, Ellen Drey ellen.drey@gmail.com
Yard Duty
Click here for the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
All families have now signed up for their two required shifts.  Parents can now sign up for additional shifts which will count towards additional volunteer hours.

If you are unable to cover your shift due to a schedule conflict, it is your responsibility to find a substitute parent to take your shift.  When you do make a change, please let the office know who is your replacement.  Any no-show parent will be charged $50 on the next tuition statement.

Please remember that all volunteers need to be 'All Clear' to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.
St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Larry Perkins, grandfather of Rylan Buehler, who is ill
  • Bess Mason, grandmother of Matti and Annie Sena, who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • Jane White, friend of the Castilla-Liu family
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