Weekly Bulletin




I am a student of Catholic Faith, a life-long learner, and a well rounded person who is respectful of our world and all of its cultures.
-St.Perpetua's School Wide Learning Expectations (SLE's)

Bulletin # 15 
11/14/18

There is so much for each of us to be thankful for during this holiday season! May our upcoming break give you an opportunity to pause and reflect on the gifts and blessings in your life and the chance to spend time with family and friends.
Thank you to our Mission Effectiveness Committee for coordinating the food baskets & Safeway gift cards for Monument Crisis Center. Because of your generosity, many less fortunate families will have a lovely meal this Thanksgiving!
Friday marks the end of the first trimester. The PowerSchool parent portal will be shut down on Friday morning to give teachers the opportunity to submit final grades. The portal will reopen on Wednesday, December 5, when report cards are sent home.
 

In Gratitude

Thank you, Father, for having created us and given us to each other in the human family. Thank you for being with us in all our joys and sorrows, for your comfort in our sadness, your companionship in our loneliness. Thank you for yesterday, today, tomorrow and for the whole of our lives. Thank you for friends, for health and for grace. May we live this and every day conscious of all that has been given to us.

From The Catholic Prayer Book, compiled by Msgr. Michael Buckley 

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Upcoming Events
Friday, November 16
NO Cafe Perpetua today
Individual Class Prayer Services
End of First Trimester
Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Tuesday, November 20
8th Annual St. Perpetua Turkey Trot ~ Lafayette Reservoir
Monday, November 26
The Samaritan House 'Giving Tree' has gift ornaments ready for you
Friday, November 30
Taste of TK & Kindergarten 8:45 - 10:00 am
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique 7:30 - 10:30 am
Last Day To Order School Outerwear from Gryco 
'Jungle Book' Theatre Production ~ Del Valle Theatre at 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 1
Peppermint Shoppe 9:00 - 11:00 am
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique 9:00 - 11:00 am
'Jungle Book' Theatre Production ~ Del Valle Theatre at 2:00 pm
Friday, December 7
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Sunday, December 9
Rise & Shine ~  9:30 am Mass hosted by Kindergarten and First Grade
Tuesday, December 18
Last Day To Bring Presents for Samaritan House Giving Tree
Last Day To Contribute To Faculty Christmas Gift Fund
Thursday, December 20
Christmas Sharing at 11:00 am
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
Noon Dismissal for Christmas Break
Friday, December 21 - Friday, January 4
Christmas Break
Monday, January 7
School Resumes
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers & Links
LiveScan Fingerprinting (Oakland Diocese form)
  
Office News
New Texting Feature from the School Office
In order to keep up with the methods of communication that most parents are accustomed to using, St. Perpetua will begin using a managed texting system called Pidgins.  
  • In addition to phone and email communications, parents will now be able to send and receive texts.  All texts will be sent from/received by our front office.
  • The texts will come from our main school number 925-284-1640, so if you have that number in your address book you will see us as the message sender. 
  • You can respond and also initiate texts to this number as an alternative to calling or emailing.  
    Please let Suzanne Kozel know if you have any questions

Ladies Night Out Fundraiser ~ More Shopping Opportunities!
Didn't get enough time to shop at LNO or still thinking about that item you didn't purchase? There is still time! Some of the Ladies Night Out Vendors will extend their 20% Donation to the school for a limited time...

School Outerwear Ordering
The Gryco site for ordering school outerwear is active again.  Click here for order link.
Place your order by November 30th and your items will be delivered on December 19th.
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Reporting Parent Volunteer Hours
Please report your completed volunteer hours through October using the attached file and email to volunteer-at-stps@hotmail.com.  
  • It is your responsibility to report your hours; you will be billed for hours if you do not submit per the above process.
Samaritan House Outreach ~ Our 'Giving Tree'
Our Giving Tree in the front office will be decorated and ready to receive gifts when we return from our Thanksgiving break.  All are invited to choose an ornament tag for a girl or a boy, purchase a gift and add the appropriate age to the tag, and return the gift under the tree. The last day to deliver gifts in Tuesday, December 18th.  Samaritan House in Oakland will distribute the gifts to the children in their care.


Application Link for NEW Prospective Students
The InfoSnap Application link for NEW 2019-2020 prospective students is now open.  Click here for the application link.  Registration for RETURNING students will open in March, 2019.


Scrip Program
We have $900 in American Airlines in our scrip inventory.  If you are thinking of purchasing American Airlines tickets, please consider buying this scrip to use for your ticket purchase.
- (St. Perpetua code: LC2D474L8876)
 eScrip:  www.escrip.com 
- (St. Perpetua code: 136913749)
Benefit-Mobile: www.benefit-mobile.com



 Thanksgiving Outreach
Thank you to all the families who provided food items and cash donations for our Thanksgiving Outreach 

The 7th graders put together the baskets for needy Monument Crisis Center families and we provided $25 Safeway cards so recipients could purchase a turkey for the family dinner.  Thank you for sharing your blessings with others!

Medication 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.  If you want your student to carry their Epi-Pen, you will need to also complete the 'Permission To Carry' form, which also needs a physician's signature.

St Perpetua Annual Tuition Assistance Fund
For more than 50 years, St. Perpetua Catholic School has been nurturing students in a safe environment that is rich in Catholic values and academic excellence. Every year, donations from alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, parents, staff and friends of St Perpetua Catholic School provide us with the ability to share with those in our community who need tuition assistance.

For the 2018-2019 school year, St. Perpetua has already granted assistance totaling $74,000
As the school year progresses, additional families are often faced with obstacles and request financial assistance. As we embark on this12th Annual Tuition Assistance, we have two goals:
  • 100% pledge and/or prayer participation from school families
  • Raise $50,000 for the Tuition Assistance Fund at St. Perpetua
This year we are excited to introduce online donations. Simply go to https://bit.ly/2PqbMpdand you will find the site to make your donation online with a debit or credit card.
Did You Know...

Did you know that each Christmas the Parents Association gives a cash gift to our amazing teachers and staff?  Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to start collecting.  If you'd like to donate, please drop a check off or send one in with your student and be sure to write "teacher gift fund" in the memo section.  Thank you!!
A Shout-Out...
A BIG THANK YOU SHOUT-OUT to Suzanne Kroger, Kirsten Kemner and Shawn Sabarese and the entire LNO committee for all their hard work to have such a  successful Ladies Night Out evening.  All proceeds provide funds to support our fabulous SEEDS program!  Thank you so much, Magnificent Moms!
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St. Perpetua Turkey Trot
Please join us for our 8th Annual Turkey Trot this upcoming Tuesday, November 20th at the Lafayette Reservoir. 

The St. Perpetua Turkey Trot is a PE Service Project that helps raise funds for turkey donations to the Monument Crisis Center. This is a great opportunity for students and families to not only exercise but also help those less fortunate for the Holidays.

Turkey Trot Details
Date: Tuesday, November 20th 2018
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Lafayette Reservoir

What You Need to Bring:  athletic shoes and comfortable athletic clothes
How it Works: students and families will meet at the grass field area near the playground upon arrival. We will have a brief meeting and prayer before starting the Turkey Trot loop around the Reservoir. Upon completion of the loop, students and families are encouraged to meet at the end of the parking lot closest to the playground as a meeting point. Their will be donuts and refreshments available for students and families.

*Students who participate will receive a Free Dress Pass!

*PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUPERVISION OF THEIR CHILDREN FOR THE ENTIRE DURATION OF THE TURKEY TROT. 

Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact Brian Voltattorni at bvoltattorni@csdo.org or call 925-212-8460.
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Peppermint Shoppe
Peppermint Shoppe is on Saturday, December 1st, from 9:00 -11:00 am!  This is a sweet opportunity for children to shop for Christmas gifts for their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, teachers and pets. 
  • All gifts are priced at $2.00 each, and they are wrapped to put under the tree.
  • Bring the kids and enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, coffee and treats sponsored by the St. Perpetua School Parent Association. 
  • Watch for an early appearance by St. Nicholas! If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Damhesel at ndamhesel@gmail.com.

PEPPERMINT SHOPPE ELVES NEEDED: Calling all Elves! 6th, 7th, and 8th grade elf volunteers are needed to staff this fun event. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours. Shifts run from 8:45AM-11:15AM. Parent agreement form and permission slip are required to participate.  Sign up using this link.
  


PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDWhat better way to get into the holiday spirit! Volunteers are needed to staff the event on Saturday, December 1st. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours and catch some Christmas spirit. Volunteer shifts run from 8:30AM-11:30AM. If you would like to volunteer at the most festive and fun event that St. Perpetua has to offer, sign up using this link.
  
Panther House
  
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. Regular attendance fees apply.  Deadline: First come, first served, or until Wednesday, November 28th...whichever comes first.
 
* Christmas Cookie Making with Mrs. Milosevich *
One Day Workshop: Either Thursday, December 6th ~  OR~  Tuesday, December 11th
Click here for Christmas Cookie Decorating flyer

* Christmas Gift and Gift-Wrap Making with Mrs. Kenney *
Two Day Workshop: December 5th ~  AND ~  December 12th
Click here for Christmas Gift & Wrap Making flyer

SNACKS
We have opened up sign-ups for snack donation for the coming months. We appreciate your help in feeding our after school kids!  Sign up here for donation slots. 
 
CHRISTIAN of the WEEK
The students acknowledged last week for their Christ-like behavior in our After-School Program are:
The students acknowledged last week for their Christ-like behavior in our
After School Program are:
TK - 1st: Keenan Moran
2nd - 4th: Emma Thomas
5th - 8th: Delaney Mein

REMINDERS:
Dec 5 (WED): Christmas gift workshop Part A
Dec 6 (THURS): Cookie Decorating Workshop 1
Dec 7(FRI): Noon dismissal. Panther House is open. Make sure your child brings a lunch.
Dec 11 (TUES): Cookie Decorating Workshop 2
Dec 12 (WED): Christmas gift workshop Part B
Dec 18 (TUES): Christmas Party: holiday games, gingerbread cookies and peppermint cocoa. Available to all registered children.
Dec 20 (THURS): Panther House is closed at 9:30 a.m.
 
Wishing you and your family many blessings and much abundance this Thanksgiving and throughout the year.
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
Mission Effectiveness

The Gratitude Tree

To kick off the Thanksgiving season, the Mission Effectiveness Committee, along with the 8th grade class, have started the Gratitude Tree.  Students will be filling out leaves with something they are grateful for and adding it to the tree. 

Please stop by the back hallway to see our Gratitude Tree burst with thanks!
Taste of TK & Kindergarten
Our Taste of TK & Kindergarten event is Friday, November 30th, 8:45am - 10:00am!

Incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten age children and their parent(s) are invited to get a taste of Kindergarten for a morning!  Enjoy a casual conversation with the school principal and staff, discussing our kindergarten program and common topics including kindergarten readiness, emotional maturity, creating smooth transitions and more.
 
Parents will then accompany their children into the kindergarten classroom to experience a short lesson and project, supervised by our teaching staff. You are invited to visit Cafe Perpetua and enjoy fresh baked goods, made from our local garden ingredients, and freshly brewed coffee. School tour provided and parents are given time to socialize. Parents must remain on campus during this event. You can register for this free event here.
 
 Questions?  Please call the school office (925) 284-1640 or email Suzanne Kozel at skozel@csdo.org.
Cafe Perpetua & Our Garden of Learning

Cafe` Perpetua will be closed on Friday, 11/16, as all of the elves are busy getting ready for the cafe's Christmas Boutique! 

Café Perpetua's Christmas Boutique will be held on Friday, November 30th from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 am and on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Click here for Christmas Boutique details!






We've been busy for our Garden of Learning!   Our junior high students were busy in the science lab creating yummy culinary delights out of the last harvest from the garden.  They made delicious Tomatillo cheese enchiladas that they enjoyed today as part of their lunch! It's great when the students get to taste the fruits of the labors!  It truly is from seed to plate in action!    Love, Monette Meo
 
Happening This Week...
TK Celebrates Thanksgiving
SEEDs Enrichment
Here is the November enrichment event sponsored by SEEDS!

1st Grade:        LPIE "Optics, Reflection and Biomimicry" (on-site instruction)
The Counselor's Corner

Thank you to those of you who attended a screening of "Like" last week. In addition to the insights and lessons from the film, we learned from parents and kids who have various perspectives or expertise. Last week I posted many links that may have answered some questions or elaborated on conversations. Please be sure to look back at those links when you have a chance. 
One parent on Thursday evening brought up some of the physical effects she has seen on many kids, teens and adults who use technology. I found this article that explains some of the physical issues that were mentioned.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/digital-disabilities--text-neck-cellphone-elbow--are-painful-and-growing/2016/06/13/df070c7c-0afd-11e6-a6b6-2e6de3695b0e_story.html. Although this article doesn't mention the effects on the brain, clearly there are also many on-going studies about technology's effect on our brains. 
On a social- emotional level, there was a new article that came out today comparing life as a middle schooler in 2008 to life as a middle schooler in 2018. I thought this was a great way to show some of the dramatic differences. 
Please note that we are so fortunate to not allow cell phone use during the school day at St. Perpetua School. That has helped prevent some of the cell phone and social media problems mentioned in the above article. 
Lastly, on another note- I wanted to express my great gratitude to the St. Perpetua School Community. The devastating fires last year and this year have instilled an even deeper meaning of gratitude in our lives as our thoughts and prayers are with the many families affected. My hope for this Thanksgiving for you is to cherish your moments, to have time to refresh and to thoroughly enjoy your loved ones. 
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. ️ 
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
Lamorinda Performing Academy
Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS
Featuring TK-3rd graders 
Appropriate for all ages!
Friday, Nov. 30 @ 7pm & Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 2pm 
Running Time: approx. 30 minutes with no intermission
Winter/ Spring 2019 'Spamalot' Musical with Performing Academy: 4th-8th Grade St. Perpetua Students

Thursdays, 3-6:00pm
Jan. 10-April 16 (Performances 4/19 & 4/20)
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High School News
Carondelet Middle School Choral Opportunity and Admission Reminders:
The Carondelet HSPT Prep Course is quickly approaching on December 8th from 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.. This course is for BOTH 8th grade boys and girls and is designed to familiarize students with the content of the test, strengthen timed test-taking skills, and review test subject matter. Although the deadline to register is November 30th, we are down to our last 10 spots available, so please RSVP here if you are interested. 

We are inviting all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade singers and choir music enthusiasts to perform with us at our annual Christmas Concert on December 13! We would love your son or daughter to join us in singing Christmas carols while enjoying the holiday spirit. For more information, please visit our  Middle School Choral Concert Page.

Lastly, our application deadline is approaching on December 7th (adjusted to match De La Salle). Please log-on to apply today! As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

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Schools in the Acalanes Union High School District no longer participate in the 8th Grade Parent/Student Information Night. You may visit High School websites or contact High Schools directly for information regarding the school or school tours.
 
Any student wishing to request a transfer from his/her school of residence to another school within the District may do so during the Intradistrict Attendance Enrollment period. Intradistrict Transfer forms for the 2019-2020 school year will be available on November 1, 2018.
 
For more information, you may review the  Intradistrict Attendance Enrollment page on our District website.
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2018 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 ensures the success of social events and school programs as well as nurturing the opportunity make new friendships.  Click here for more details. 
  • TK-only, Kindergarten-only, and single parent families have a 15 hour requirement
  • All other families are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. 
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SCRIP, e-Scrip & Benefit-Mobile
Your Scrip & Benefit-Mobile 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! 
  • Our Scrip tracking year is January 1st - December 31st.
  • All Families received a 'profit-to-date' recap in mid-October
  • New families entering school in the fall have a $100 PROFIT requirement for the August-December timeframe of their first year.  If you reach a $200 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you.
  • Returning families have a $250 PROFIT requirement.  If you reach a $350 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you. 
  • Payment for scrip purchases can be made by check (preferred) or credit card.  If payment is made by credit card, associated bank service charges will be deducted from your scrip profits.
  • Families can choose to do a 'buyout' to fulfill their requirement.  Email Kim Fogarty if you'd like to be billed for your buyout.
We follow a bi-weekly ordering schedule.  Here is the order & delivery schedule dates.

We carry five local merchant cards in the office for convenient pick up:  Diablo Foods, Lunardi's, Mangia Ristorante, Cooperage, and Metro.  The full roster of scrip cards (literally hundreds!) can be found on the ShopWithScrip site.

The Benefit Mobile application(www.benefit-mobile.com) lets you purchase e-gift cards for the exact amount of your purchase when at the checkout register.  You can set the App up to debit your checking account (a greater profit rebate) or your credit card (a smaller profit rebate).

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- (St. Perpetua code: LC2D474L8876)
 eScrip: www.escrip.com 
- (St. Perpetua code: 136913749)
Benefit-Mobile: www.benefit-mobile.com
Thank you, 
Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org
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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."
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • All the people affected by the tragic shooting in Thousand Oaks
  • All the people suffering losses from the fires in the Paradise area and the Thousand Oaks/Malibu area
  • Mary Siebe, grandmother of Owen Smith, as she goes through a lengthy medical treatment
  • Terry Lewis, father of Mrs. Stacey Hinton, who is ill
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
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