2018-2019 Bulletin # 11


Thank you to our 5th graders for helping us to celebrate at the Rise and Shine Mass last weekend! I was inspired by the quotes they chose! The newly formed children's choir also performed and did an outstanding job leading us in song! 
  • Our next Rise and Shine Mass will be November 11th and the 4th graders will assist with that liturgy.
Next week we will celebrate Red Ribbon Week, a national effort to promote healthy choices and personal safety. A committee of staff members have been working diligently to plan activities that support the theme: Life is a Journey: Navigate to Healthy.  Monday, October 22 is a RED free dress day for all students and on Friday, October 26, students may wear jeans to show they are making "Jean-ius choices".
On Wednesday, Oct 31, we will celebrate Halloween. Student may come to school in appropriate costumes remembering that group costumes are not permissible. Our Halloween parade will take place on the field at approx. 11am and students will be dismissed at noon.
November 1, we will have a school liturgy in the amphitheater at 11am (weather permitting) hosted by the 4th grade. All students need to be in uniform on liturgy days and all parents and friends of St. Perpetua are invited to join us!
November 2, is a noon dismissal and our annual Disaster Drill. Student dismissal will begin at approx. 11:10. Please be sure to bring an ID to pick up your student(s).
You will receive a text, call, and email on the morning of the 2nd reminding you of our procedure.
Finally, please mark your calendar for a very important and relevant Parent Education opportunity on either Nov. 5 OR Nov. 8 at 6:30 pm in the library. We will have screening of the movie "Like" and a presentation from Chief Nagel of the Orinda Police Dept. Additional information is listed in the 'Counselor's Corner' below.
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to be generous: 
to serve You as You deserve; 
to give, not counting the cost; 
to fight, not heeding the wounds; 
to toil, not asking for rest; 
to labor, not seeking any reward, 
save that of knowing that we do Your will. 

Amen.


Saints Ignatius of Loyola & Francis Xavier

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 17
'Preparing Your Child'...  Parent Ed Opportunity ~ O.I.S. 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, October 18
Scholastic Book Faire open 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday, October 19
NO Cafe Perpetua today
Scholastic Book Faire open 8:00 am - 1:30 pm ~ FINAL DAY!
7th Grade Dance at Queen of All Saints
October 22 - October 26
Red Ribbon Week
Monday, October 22
Red Free Dress (for Red Ribbon Week)
Thursday, October 25
Deadline for Halloween Coloring Contest Entries 
Jamba Juice at morning recess (only for those who pre-ordered)
Friday, October 26
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
Jeans/Denim Free Dress (for Red Ribbon Week)
Kindergarten Parent Social (new date!)
Saturday, October 27
7th Grade Parent Social
Wednesday, October 31
Halloween Parade ~ 11:00 in the upper lot grass area
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
Thursday, November 1
School Mass, hosted by 4th Grade at 11:00  ~ parents welcome
Friday, November 2
DISASTER DRILL ~ parent pick-up 10:45 - 11:45 am
All Students Off-Campus by 12:00 pm
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
Sunday, November 4
De la Salle Open House 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Carondelet Open House 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 5
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 6:30 pm in library (Parents/RSVP only)
Tuesday, November 6
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 1:30 pm pm in library (Parents/RSVP only)
Wednesday, November 7
Ladies Night Out 'Sip & Shop' Evening Fundraiser ~ Orinda Country Club
Thursday, November 8
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 6:30 pm in library (Parents/RSVP only)
Friday, November 9
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 11:00 am in library (Parents/RSVP only and Junior High students with permission slips/)
Sunday, November 11
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th Grade
Monday, November 12
Veterans Day Holiday ~ NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 16
Individual Class Prayer Services
Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 30
Taste of TK & Kindergarten 8:45 - 10:00 am
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers & Links
Office News
New Look for the Weekly Bulletin
We are in transition to a new look and format for our weekly bulletin!  Since most of you read the bulletin on your phones, we will be moving to a new format where you will see the section icons and have links to the content within each section.  It will be easier to go directly to the sections that you need.  Please give us feedback as we transition ~ we want to make sure it's working for our families!


Additional Yard Duty Assignments
Parents, now that all families have signed up for their required shifts we have opened up the Sign-Up Genius for you to take on additional yard duty assignments Each extra shift you work will count as a volunteer hour.  Because student safety is paramount, we need to make sure that all shifts are covered.  We thank you for your help in taking additional shifts for your volunteer hours.
Reporting Parent Volunteer Hours
New This Year!!  Report your hours in October, January, and Aprilwith your last report due May 25th, 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.
Scrip YTD Profit Statements
Family year-to-date Scrip Profit Statements came home with your youngest child today.  The Scrip profit recording year is January 1st - December 31st.  
  • If you choose to 'buy-out' after reviewing your report, just email your request to Kim Fogarty and I will add your buy-out fee to your November tuition statement.
- (St. Perpetua code: LC2D474L8876)
 eScrip:  www.escrip.com 
- (St. Perpetua code: 136913749)
Benefit-Mobile: www.benefit-mobile.com

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.  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.
Annual Disaster Drill
We will hold our Annual Disaster Drill on Friday, November 2nd.  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 between 11:15 and 11:45 am in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk.  
  • No students can remain on campus after 12:00 pm.  
  • Click  here for the Emergency Drill form that you can bring to Disaster Drill pick-up.  Forms will also be available at the Disaster Drill check-in table.
Students will only be released to those listed on their student profile and ALL adults MUST show their ID.  If someone other than the parent or another person already on 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 afternoon so that we can review the drill as an entire staff. 
Did You Know...

Did you know that each teacher has a website and an email link for easy contact?  Go to our school website and click on 'Teachers & Administrators' to find all of our teachers!
A Shout-Out...

A Thank You Shout-Out to  Kellianne Gillette, our SEEDS tech coordinator. 
Kelli has been instrumental in helping to bring new technology programs to St. P, both in-class instruction and after-school programs.  Thank you, Kellianne! 
'Sip & Shop' Holiday Boutique 
Please Join Us For Our
St. Perpetua's 6th Annual Ladies Night Out

 A 'Sip & Shop' Holiday Boutique to benefit St. Perpetua School

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
6pm - 9pm
Orinda Country Club
Enjoy drinks & appetizers with friends while getting a head start on holiday shopping from an amazing array of local vendors. We are excited to bring back fabulous vendors as well as new ones you will love. Our variety has something for everyone at all price points!

This Week's Highlighted Vendors:

Elizabeth McKay www.emckay.com
A youthful, luxury label defined by classic American sportswear with a modern sensibility.

Bridget King  www.bridgetkingjewelry.com 
Classic and edgy jewelry that is chic and effortlessly wearable.

Tally Home  www.tallyhomeorinda.com
A selection of affordable one-of-a-kind home decor products and accessories to personalize any space.

ReWined www.shop-rewined.com
Beautifully designed and functional products (such as their signature candles) made out of reusable wine bottles.


Tickets: $65 per advance sales / $80 at the door
-includes admission, appetizers and drinks (sparkling wine, wine & beer) *cocktails available for purchase
What to Wear: Girls Night Out attire 
Getting There: Parking available but Uber and Lyft are a great option. 

To visit more vendor websites and PURCHASE tickets, please go to https://stperpetua.ejoinme.org/2018LNO

If you have questions, please ask your new LNO Committee Co-Chairs: 
Kirsten Kemner, Suzanne Kroger & Shawn Sabarese
Our Scholastic Book Faire 
Continues This Week!
  • Open 8:00 - 3:00 on Thursday, 10/18 
  • Open 8:00 - 1:30 on Friday, 10/19   LAST DAY!!
  • Books are still available to donate to the Teacher's Wish                                                      Lists (TK Wish List already fulfilled) 
Thank you so much for supporting our school.  
All Scholastic Book Faire proceeds benefit our students!
Red Ribbon Week
 
St. Perpetua will celebrate living a healthy lifestyle during the week ofOctober 22 through October 26with the theme " Life is a journey: Navigate to Healthy"
We will be encouraging students to make healthy choices. We will focus on nutrition, hydration, fitness, and sleep. Additionally the upper grades will look at experiencing spiritual health, anti-smoking and anti-drug education, and tools for dealing with peer pressure.
Each day of the week we will be focusing on a healthy message. To encourage spirit, there are special activities:
  • Monday Kick Off: Wear Red
  • Monday Kick Off Rally at noon. It's a fun way to talk about nutrition!
  • Thursday: Purchase a Jamba Juice  (order info to come next week)
  • FridayWear jeans because "I'm a JEAN-ius... I choose healthy "
  • All Week, while supplies last: Buy a red rubber bracelet for $2. It's a fundraiser for American Heart Association.
The Counselor's Corner
Thank you to the parents and staff members who completed my Interest Survey last Spring inquiring about Parent Education Topics. From those survey results, it was clear that the number one interest for a Parent Ed Night was Children & Technology. Due to the overwhelming interest- we will be having a "Children & Technology Week" in early November.
We are excited to announce that we have purchased the screening rights for the IndieFlix film "Like". This film explores the impact of social media on our lives and the effects of technology on the brain. The goal of the film is to inspire and help equip us to self-regulate.

During the week of November 5-9 we are offering a few different options for viewing times for parents and/or older students. We also have the honor of having Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel available to attend the evening events for a 30 minute info and question session after viewing the film. Note that 6th - 8th grade students will have the opportunity to view the film on Friday during the school day.
Please reserve your spot as soon as possible by completing this Google FORM:
If an event fills, we will start a Wait List. If you are flexible about dates/ times, please let us know.
EVENING EVENTS:

MONDAY, NOV. 5 - 6:30pm - 8pm in St. Perpetua School Library

Movie "Like" and Chief Nagel presentation
Open to Parents of St. Perpetua Students. Students ages 10+ optional
THURSDAY, NOV. 8 - 6:30pm - 8pm in St. Perpetua School Library
Movie "Like" and Chief Nagel presentation
Open to Parents of St. Perpetua Students. Students ages 10+ optional
DAYTIME EVENTS:
TUESDAY, NOV. 6 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm in St. Perpetua School Library
Movie "Like"
Open to Parents of St. Perpetua Students who are unable to attend an evening event
FRIDAY, NOV. 9 - 11am-12:35pm in St. Perpetua School Library
Movie "Like" and discussion with Mrs. Bacher
Open to 6th - 8th grade St. Perpetua Students who turn in Permission Slips (permission slips will be distributed the week before the screening)
LINK TO RSVP for NOVEMBER PARENT ED EVENTS

If you are not able to attend, but would like to learn more, here are some useful links/ tips
  • LINK TO COUNSELING CORNER ARTICLE ABOUT CHILDREN & TECHNOLOGY
  • LINK TO RECENT DOCUMENTARY BY LISA LING RE: SCREEN ADDICTION (Note that this can be found on-demand as well. Not appropriate for young children. Topics include screen addiction & recovery, depression & suicide, scientific research related to technology, and more).
  • COMMON SENSE MEDIA  (Be sure to see the many topics listed under the "Parent Concerns" tab- such as Cellphones, Social Media, Learning & Technology, Mental Health, Cyberbullying, Marketing to Kids and much more).
  • COMMON SENSE MEDIA PARENT GUIDE TO FORTNITE 

Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
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Student Leadership
Halloween Art Contest
Leadership is also hosting a Halloween art contest
  • You may use a coloring template of your choice or draw an original picture, as long as your theme is "Happy Halloween!" 
  • Only one entry per person. Please no 3-D elements. 
  • Be sure to write your name and grade on your entry and turn it into the office or black bag no later than Thursday, October 25th
  • Entries will be displayed in the hallway during the week of Halloween and winners from TK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th, and Jr. High will win a prize. 
  • Happy Halloween!
Costume Contest
At the Halloween Parade, Leadership will be holding a costume contest. We are awarding prizes for the following:
  • Most Enthusiastic Parader
  • Best Homemade Costume
  • Funniest Costume
  • Most Scary Costume
Be sure to adhere to school rules when choosing your costume!
Panther House
 
Happy Halloween!
 
There are some special Halloween related dates in which to pay attention.
 
Thursday, Oct 25 'PUMPKIN HACK' CLASS 
Come join us for this one-day workshop using programmable kits to enable your Jack-o-Lantern to make sounds that change as trick-or-treaters get closer!
  • Time: 3:30 to 5:30 pm                    Grades: 3rd to 8th
  • Cost: $55.00 (cost is $33 plus a materials fee of $22)
  • Sign-Up deadline is this Friday, 10/19!     Download Class Flyer Here

Tuesday, October 30: (3:00 to 5:00)  We will have a monstrously fun afternoon, including special Halloween treats, face-painting, and Halloween games like ghoul eyeball toss and pumpkin bowling. Email me if you would like your child to have their face painted and they will be the first to get theirs done. Children must be on the attendance roster for this day. We will not accept drop-ins on this day.


 

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween; noon dismissal.  Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade. Panther House is closed in the afternoon.

 

JUNIOR HIGH SERVICE HOURS
If your Jr. High Student is looking for service hours, we would welcome them on October 30 to come help decorate faces or run activities. There are 4 spots available on a first come, first served basis.  

FIRST AID CLASS
We are offering a one-day First Aid Class for 5th thru 8th grade. It's great if your child is planning on doing any babysitting this year! Sign up for one day, either Tuesday, Nov. 6 or Thursday, Nov 8. Click here for flyer
 
SNACKS
We are looking for more snack donations. There a spots available as early as next week and throughout October. Please help if you can. Signup LINK
 
CHRISTIAN of the WEEK
The students acknowledged last week for their Christ-like behavior in our
After School Program are:
TK - 1st: Amelie Wooler
2nd - 4th: Jonah Mateo
5th - 8th: Marina Castilla- Liu
 
 
REMINDERS:
October 30: Halloween Party
October 31: Halloween is a half-day.  Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade. Panther House is closed that afternoon.
November 2: Disaster Drill Panther House is closed that afternoon.
November 12: Veteran's Day - No school
November 14: 7th Annual Pumpkin Run
 
Don't forget to:
  • Download November calendars here
  • Sign up for snack donation - there are still several days open 
Warmly,

Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
Library News
Author W. Bruce Cameron is coming to St. Perpetua School
On Wednesday, November 7th, W. Bruce Cameron is coming to St. Perpetua School to meet with our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes.  He is the author of many best-selling novels for kids and adults.  Mr. Cameron's novel, "A Dog's Purpose" became a major motion picture.  He will be at St. Perpetua upon the release of his newest book, "Shelby's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale".  This is an irresistible story about a little stray puppy rescued from life on the streets. As will all of his children's books, it is heartwarming and funny, weaves in important life lessons, and is narrated by a dog.
The visit will be educational and inspirational.  He'll sign and personalize pre-paid books from the Puppy Tales series.  He is also willing to sign his adult novels for the grown-ups in your family.  All St. Perpetua students, in any grade, can pre-order books and meet him during recess on Nov 7th.  Personalized books can also be ordered as gifts for fans of his work.
Book Pre-Orders are due Friday, November 2nd to give us time to order and receive the books, prior to his visit.  Click here for order form.  For more information, visit our school website
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.
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Student Opportunities
Basic First Aid Class for 5th - 8th Graders
Mrs. Gretchen Trapp, an E.M.S. Safety Services First Aid instructor, will be offering an after-school class on Basic First Aid class for 5th - 8th graders.  This overview class is great for babysitters and anyone who wants to have basic first-aid knowledge!  

This class is offered through our Panther House after-school enrichment program.  The class will be offered on two dates (November 6th & November 8th.)  Click here for the sign-up flyer.


Junior High Students
TEAM (Teaching - Encouraging - Affirming - Middle schoolers) 

It's not Religion class. It's not public school Faith Formation. It's not Mass. SO WHAT IS IT?? TEAM is a place for ANY 6-8th grader asking questions like: What is my purpose in life? How do I know that God is real? Who are my real friends and am I a good friend to them? Who can I believe and trust? Why should I be part of a Church community? Come learn how to pray while singing at the top of your lungs to music led by teens from Miramonte, Campolindo, Acalanes, De La Salle, and Carondelet High School. Come talk and share with teens and young adults who have been right where you are now. What are you waiting for? Join us!!   Link to more info here!

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What's Been Happening This Week
 
Clifford visited campus 
TK worked at centers 
SEEDs Enrichment Events
Here are the October enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!
  • Kindergarten:    LPIE "Native American" (on-site instruction)
  • 2nd Grade:        Lindsay Wildlife Museum "Bats" (on-site instruction)
  • 2nd Grade:        Michael Marchiano "Tarantulas" (on-site instruction)
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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 will receive 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 $250 buyout.
We follow a  bi-weekly ordering schedule.  Here is the order & delivery schedule dates.

We carry four local merchant cards in the office for convenient pick up:  Diablo Foods, Lunardi's, Mangia Ristorante, and Cooperage.  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."
Coffee & Donuts are back
Isn't it wonderful to have a delicious cup of coffee and a donut waiting for you at Café Perpetua after the 9:30 Mass? This is only possible thanks to some wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Most of them have done it for many years. In order for this wonderful tradition to continue we need your help. Here is what you'd be doing: pick up donuts at Safeway, set up, make coffee & lemonade and clean up after.
You can do it once a month or less often, whatever your busy schedule allows. Please contact Christoph at the parish office if you're willing to assist.
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • 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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