Bulletin # 24

Thank you to all who helped to make Catholic Schools Week such a wonderful celebration!  Thank you to Mrs. Delaplane and her committee of volunteers and judges for all their work on our Science Fair and Science Night!  Please take a moment to view our video summary of the week!  
  • Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  The school will have a service to distribute ashes at 11:00 in the church.  Students need to be in uniform for church.  All are welcome to join us.
  • Next Thursday is our Spelling Bee which will take place in the library at 11am.  Parents of the finalists are invited to attend and support our students.  For more information, please see section below.
Our annual auction is just around the corner!  I hope you have marked your calendar for March 10 and booked your babysitter.  For more information on how you can support this event, please see below.

One of the hallmarks of Catholic education is recognizing parents as the primary educators of our students.  In doing so, we need your help with enforcing the uniform guidelines that are outlined in the school handbook.  The most common infractions include: length of skirts, sock colors and non-uniform sweatshirts.  Students will begin receiving uniform infraction slips and may need to call home to ensure they are in uniform, so your assistance before the student leaves the house is greatly appreciated.
 
 
Lord, we ask first that you enter into the hearts of us.  
Guide us and help us to develop and use our own special gifts, 
those talents which make us different.  We ask, secondly, 
that you open our hearts and minds so that we may hear your call ...
your call of service.  Send over us the Holy Spirit to guide us in the task 
we have set out to accomplish.  
Amen


Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 8
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10
Prospective Kindergartener Testing (by appointment only)
Diocesan-Level Science Fair
Monday, February 12
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14
Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday Service ~ 11:00 am in the church
Thursday, February 15
School Spelling Bee 11:00 in the library
Prospective Student Testing, Grades 1-8 at 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19
Presidents' Day Holiday ~ No School
Panther House Closed
Friday, February 23
8th Grade Dance at CTK School
Sunday, February 25
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 3rd grade
Tuesday, February 27
Young Author Book Submission Deadline
Sacrament of First Reconciliation (4th grade) 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 1
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th Grade 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3
First Eucharist Retreat 9:00 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 6
Trimester 2 Closes
Wednesday, March 7
Literacy Night 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 10
Parent Party & Auction at St. Mary's 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday, March 15
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks (Online Link)
Friday, March 16
Staff Day ~ no school for students
Panther House Closed
Sunday, March 18
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 2nd grade
Monday, March 19
Deadline for FACTS submission for 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance
Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday ~ Noon Dismissal
Panther House closes at 9:30 am
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8
Easter Break
See the full school calendar here.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Required
  • Our 2018 Yearbooks ware now available by online pre-order.  
  • Do NOT order a yearbook for your 8th grader - cost is covered in your graduation fees
  • If you prepaid for a yearbook with your ONE Check payment you DO NOT have to place an online order.  
  • Click HERE to complete an online order.  
  • Ordering window will close on March 15th.
Lost & Found
Our Lost & Found is bursting with items.  Please check the blue cart in front area of school!  items not picked by Friday, 2/9, will be donated.

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.  

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.  Please review the uniform requirements in the parent handbook with your student. 
Yard Duty
Click here for the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
We still have open yard duty slots.  Once you have completed your two mandatory shifts
you can earn one hour of volunteer time for every additional shift you work.  Please consider signing up for our open yard duty shifts!

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.
Spelling Bee News
 
Congratulations 2018 Class Spelling Bee Champions!
 
1st Grade: Hudson Brown, Krystina Patskevich
2nd Grade:  Alex Bellusa, Estelle Hall
3rd Grade: Megan Ingham, Ava Wooler
4th Grade: Shane Petierre, Gavin Wang
5th Grade: Cooper Cassidy, John Kemner
6th Grade: Katie Kostolansky, Liam Nagel
7th Grade: Eliza Hall, Peter Heiskell
8th Grade: Liam O'Shea, Tommy Welch
 
The class champions from 3rd through 8th grades will go on to compete in the School Spelling Bee Thursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the school library.  Families of class champions are welcome to attend!
Science Fair Recap
Thank you to all of our 'Mighty Moms', led by Regina Sir and Kim Brown, who coordinated a wonderful Science Night last Thursday.  The dinner, presentations, and junior high experiments made for a great family evening!
Thank you to Mrs. Delaplane, Keum Roberge, and our Science Fair judges for their hard work over the 3-day presentation process.
Congratulations to all or Junior High presenters and our Science Fair winners!
8th Grade: 
1st: Mike Kostolansky & Pierre Jolin
2nd:  Donovan Castillla-Liu
3rd: Delaney Maloney & Chloe Mansour

7th Grade:
1st: Ellie Scheberies
2nd: Billy Haggerty and Evan Louis
3rd:  Rowan Moffett & Rhys Roberts

6th Grade: 
1st: Marina Castilla-Liu
2nd; Jack Mechelke
3rd:  Natalie Aiken & Katie Kostolansky
School Auction / Parent Party
Invitations to our Parent Party,  "A Night at the Pub" will be going home with students this Friday. You won't want to miss this casual, fun-filled night of food, dancing and pub games with our parent community. 

Will you be the lucky winner of one of our two raffles?? A trip to Ireland including 7 nights accommodations for up to 8 people and tours?? That's one of the raffle prizes you will have a chance to win 🇮🇪  🇮🇪 
  • Our online auction begins March 8 and there is still time to donate. We are in need of more items and all items are welcome. 
  • Mark your calendars for the following Sign Me Up Parties. They are favorite events and are back by popular demand:
April 20: Camp Panther Paw
May 18: Wild for Junior High
New to our offerings is: 
Tile Making with Mrs Kinney and Mrs Tehrani. Students (and parents,  if they would like) are welcome to join in making tiles to put on a bench that will become part of our school. 
Have you ever thought about joining a group of moms or dads who come together to host a Sign-Me-Up party? Ask any parent who has been part of a hosting group and you'll find that hosting is as much fun as attending!  It's a great way to support our school through your involvement and donation, making new friends and creating a fun event!  We have the party ideas, and we'd love you to join a SMU party host group.  Contact Carty Tschann or Lucy Sena for more details!
Please also consider donating gift cards from Scrip - not only does the school benefit but you get Scrip credit toward your yearly goal.  It is truly a win win!  


Get a fresh, healthy dinner on the table in less than 5-mins. $20 off first order, $20 donation to St. Perpetua School.

Are you tired of scrambling at the end of a busy day to get dinner on the table? Tired of take-out and restaurant delivery? `Want to just relax and connect with the family around a healthy meal, but without all the shopping, cooking, waste, mess and clean-up? Munchery may be your perfect solution.

Munchery's chefs cook fresh meals every day using locally-sourced seasonal and organic ingredients. You choose entrees, salads, kids' meals, desserts and drinks from the app or site-- and the Munchery team delivers fresh food to your door.
Munchery has offered $20 off the first order-- plus a donation of $20 to the School. Click HERE and use the promo code STPS17.
If you have any questions, please contact Cary Tschann catschann@gmail.comor Lucy Mason lucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Cafe Perpetua
Cafe` Perpetua is reopening this Friday!!! 

We are so excited to be back as we've missed everyone and are looking forward to seeing all of our loyal customers!

Love will be in the air at our Valentine's Day cafe` where you can pick up the perfect gift for those special people in your life. We will be featuring homemade baklava, Kahlua cakes, peppermint bark hearts, cherry pie hearts unique one-of-a-kind decorations, floral arrangements and much more!
Love,  Monette Meo
FACE Tuition Assistance Grants for 2018-2019 School Year
FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) provides need-based tuition grants to students who attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland.  FACTS is the third-party vendor that FACE uses to process and analyze all applications.  The online application process is now open, and the submission DEADLINE is March 19th.
  • Click HERE for FACE application information.  
  • The Application is filled out on the  FACTS website.
  • Applications are required for ALL families requesting assistance, even if you received assistance for this current school year.
  • If you have trouble uploading a document or make a mistake on an application, those inquires need to be directed to FACTS either though their customer service line at   866-412-4637 or email info@factsmgt.com
  • If you have a question regarding grant eligibility, please contact the FACE office at   510-628-2169 or email Phil Toups
Library News

"Writing is its own reward." Henry Miller
The Young Authors Faire is a diocesan-wide program that celebrates the budding authors in our midst. All students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate by writing a book. Before you being writing, please fill out a Young Author Plan and give it to your teacher. When you finish your book, a student checklist must be submitted with it.  More information about the Young Authors Faire and all forms are on our school website here

Completed books are due to your teacher by Thursday, March 1st.  
That means you have the entire month of February to write, edit, and "publish" your book. 
Good Luck Writers!
Garden of Learning
We can't wait to see everyone and thank you for supporting your children's Garden of  Learning!

There are exciting projects happening in the Garden of Learning! Miguel Elliott, a natural builder, is designing and building a cob bench.  The students will be involved in the construction of it using all natural materials while learning how to build "green"!  Stop by the garden to see its progress! 

There might be times during construction when the garden will be closed for safety reasons, and you'll know it is closed because there will be caution tape on the garden door.  
If you are interested in helping in the Garden of Learning, it would be greatly appreciated and you can contact Monette Meo at mmeo@csdo.org. Thank you so much! 

Love,  Monette Meo
Music Notes from Mrs. Holmes
Attention Jr. High families  ~ Performance Day is coming!!

During music classes the week of February 12th-16th, the students will have Performance Day.  This in an optional activity when they can play an instrument (I have a keyboard available), sing a song (they may bring a CD or load an audio file) or do a dance performance for their classmates.  They need not prepare anything special and it need not be classical. It is intended to be a fun way to share music they know and love. Please have your students let me know this week if they would like to participate and what they would like to perform.  
CYO Girls Volleyball (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball!
  • No experience is necessary and you do not need to attend all practices or games to participate!
  • The season runs March thru May
  • Click here for more information
  • Click here for registration link
Counselor's Corner
I have really enjoyed my first two weeks of working on No-Sew Blankets with 7th graders on Thursdays at lunchtime! If your 7th grader hasn't joined us yet, please remind them that they are invited to help out any Thursday 12:35-1:10 in Room 7. So far our groups have been small with just 3-5 students. We would love more help! The products of our work will be donated to Project Linus, an organization that distributes blankets to children in shelter and hospitals.
 
In school, church and many of our local organizations we are encouraged to get involved in community service. While we clearly recognize the importance of helping others, often we are so busy with work (or homework), raising kids (or being kids), housework, sports, family commitments, etc. It is hard to actually schedule and go to organized volunteer opportunities, when we are pulled in so many directions to even take care of ourselves. An ideal way to help others is to carve out even just one hour every 1-2 weeks to work on projects at home with your kids. In addition to having quality family time while helping others, working on community service projects will give children a sense of responsibility, help them realize they can make an impact and can help kids learn new skills.
 
Be sure to research projects or opportunities that your family would enjoy. There are many other ways to help others besides the ideas I am listing, but here are a few ideas that you could work on right away as a family:
  • Valentine cards for a local Retirement or Senior homes 
  • Easter Projects to do with seniors or to donate to shelters/ homes
  • Blankets: Many different types depending on how crafty your family is.  If you and your family would like to make a blanket at home, I would be happy to add them to our blanket donations before Spring Break.  (Note: Single layer blankets only according to our local Project Linus Rep- due to storage space and warm weather). 
Here is a wonderful article highlighting benefits and sharing tips on getting involved in community service:
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
 
Link to my WebPage
Panther House

Dear Parents,
 
 On Monday and Tuesday, February 12 and 13, kids can make homemade Valentines cards from 3:30 to 4:00pm. We will include all the makings for the card and your child will add the love.   Open to all registered, scheduled children.
 
On Wednesday, February 14, we will serve yummy chili, Valentines cookies and hot chocolate. Come join us during this fun, relaxed day.  Open to all registered, scheduled children.
 
CALENDARS
Please send in February calendars now.
 
SNACK DONATION
Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months.  We've got some March dates still available.  Please fill them up!  Remember that you gain service hours for your contribution. 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.

REMINDERS:
  • For sick days: Please let Panther House know as well as the office when your child is out. We look for regularly scheduled children every day.
 Enjoy this month of love!

Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org 
S.T.E.M Workshop for Junior High Girls

Junior High Girls ~ Do you love Math & Science?  Come to the S.T.E.M conference and workshop on Saturday, March 17th, at St. Mary's College Soda Center in Moraga.  Registration opens January 19th.  Click HERE for more information.
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.

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
2017-18 Family Participation Program / 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 2017-18 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
St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Ryan Taira, St. Perpetua kindergarten student, who is ill
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
  • Zilma Rodriguez, grandmother of Keilah and Tomas Ezaddin, who is ill
  • Mike Jerge, grandfather of Madeline and Z.K. Jerge, 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
We remember those who have died:
  • Lou Pioli, great-grandfather of Grace Stangl
  • Bryan Vierengel, alumni student
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