2018-2019 Bulletin # 12


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 # 12 
10/24/18

Thank you to our wonderful book fair committee led by Evelyn Nagel and Margaret Schultz. The students are so excited to be reading their new books and our school benefits from all the support!
 
We are celebrating Red Ribbon Week with various activities led by staff members and student leadership! The students in all grades are remembering to wear their ribbons and participating in the numerous ways to learn about making healthy choices!
 
According to Google, the definition of a rule is "one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere." 
St. Perpetua School has many rules that all parents agree to annually in our school handbook. We need your help in following a few that seem to be regularly problematic:
  • Parking: When parking anywhere on our campus (upper or lower lot) we require drivers to park in appropriate and designated spaces. Please do not create a parking space, even if you just plan to be on site for a few minutes.
  • Free Dress Days (taken directly from the school handbook)
On "free dress" days, it is expected that students will dress modestly and in good taste, appropriate for participation in all school activities. Torn, faded or cut-off pants are not to be worn. Other inappropriate items include:
  • Tee shirts with inappropriate sayings
  • Skirts/shorts (anything shorter than 3 inches above the knee)
  • Tank tops or spaghetti-strap shirts or dresses (but sleeveless shirts and dresses are otherwise acceptable)
  • Bare midriffs
  • Bike or exercise pants/sweat pants
  • Flip-flop or backless shoes
  • Clothing that is inappropriately sized 
If a student is wearing inappropriate items:
  • Parent will be contacted by phone or email
  • Clothing must be changed; a parent will be required to bring a change of clothes
  • Loss of free dress privilege for a determined time may occur
  • Conduct grade may be lowered 
We ask your cooperation with enforcing these expectations. We have free dress this Friday for "Jean-ious Day" and then next Wednesday for Halloween. Students not in compliance with the free dress rules will call home and may not participate in the Halloween Parade.
 
There are many activities planned for during the month of November! Please be sure to read further down in the bulletin to learn more about our Parent Education Nights that are planned for Nov 5 and 8. Ladies Night Out "Sip & Shop" event takes place on November 7 and is a great opportunity to spend an evening with friends and work on your Christmas shopping!
 
Our community center project continues to progress on schedule! You may have noticed the exterior paint and the bioswale. The second phase of the Capital Campaign has reached 54% of the goal. For more information on how to contribute to the project,  click here.
 
I hope to see you at our Halloween Parade next Wednesday at 11am and our Mass to celebrate All Saints Day on Thursday, November 1 at 11am in the amphitheater.
 
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. 

St. Teresa of Calcutta

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Upcoming Events
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
Sunday, October 28
Knights of Columbus Brisket Sale & BBQ
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 11:15 - 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
Donut Orders Due Today
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 6:30 pm in library (reservation required)
Parent Meeting for First Eucharist ~ 7:00 pm in RRC
Tuesday, November 6
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 1:30 pm pm in library(reservation required)
Wednesday, November 7
Author Bruce Cameron library visit for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders
Ladies Night Out 'Sip & Shop' Fundraiser ~ Orinda Country Club, 6 - 9 pm
Thursday, November 8
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 6:30 pm in library (reservation required)
Friday, November 9
Food items and $5 donation for Thanksgiving Food Baskets Due Today
Donut Sale at Morning Recess (pre-order)
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 11:00 am in library (only for Junior High students with permission slips)
Sunday, November 11
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th Grade
Monday, November 12
Veterans Day Holiday ~ NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, November 13
Parent Meeting for First Eucharist ~ 9:30 am in RRC
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
LiveScan Fingerprinting (Oakland Diocese form)
  
Office News
Knights of Columbus Brisket Sale & BBQ - Sunday, Oct. 28th 
Featuring real Texas style smoked brisket and link sausage
Plate lunches to-go: $12 (brisket, sausage and two sides)
Smoked Brisket by the pound: $22
Whole smoked briskets: $120 ~ reserve in advance with Mike Arnold 415-254-8437, or you can click here to sign up to order.
Proceeds Benefit St. Perpetua Community Center Construction
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 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.

Benefit-Mobile is a great way to earn scrip profit without having to buy physical gift cards!  Kim Fogarty can answer any questions ~ it's so easy to incorporate Benefit into your shopping!

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 eScrip:  www.escrip.com 
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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.
Cafe Perpetua

Please join us this Friday at Cafe` Perpetua where we promise you'll have a spooktacularly good time!!  We will be celebrating all things Halloween and will be featuring killer caramel corn, trick or treat bark (for those of us who don't get to go trick or treating anymore!), caramel apples, decadent Kahlua cakes and more! All of these items make great ghastly hostess gifts especially for your class socials or your Hallow Eve parties!! Everything is wrapped festively and gifts bags are included!

We look forward to seeing all of our favorite Ghouls this Friday at cafe, and thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!

Love, Monette Meo
Did You Know...

Did you Know Student Leadership is kicking off a Box Tops For Education campaign?  
A Ziploc bag should have come home in your child's backpack on Monday.  
Click here to read all about it!  If you have been saving Box Tops and have any at home, please send them in by THIS FRIDAY, 10/26. 

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. 
A Shout-Out...


A BIG THANK YOU Shout-Out to Evelyn Nagel, Margaret Schultz, Regina Sir, Susette Johnson and Lauren Munzinger 
These moms coordinated our awesome Scholastic Book Faire last week.   We had great participation from our students and parents throughout the week. 

In addition to this being a great community event, this fundraiser is an important component of our library's book purchase budget.  Since our Book Faire profit is taken in Scholastic Dollars to maximize our earnings, we received a grand total of $4,857.55 to spend on new librarybooks this year!
'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:

Unique and exciting jewelry collection of semi precious gemstones is set in 22K Gold Plated Sterling Silver inspired by the ancient art of embedding stones. 

Hofssi Chocolate  https://www.hofssi.com
Elegant confections that are freshly made using the finest ingredients for their premium chocolates, caramels, and toffee. 

Monogrammed gifts ranging from cutting boards to robes to bags, scarves and cups that offer that personal touch.

Unique, 100% cashmere styles using the purest yarns and quality craftsmanship to express the timeless beauty of cashmere clothing.

Hand-blown glass votives and drinkers made from solid glass batons in hundreds of uniquely-named hues and shapes
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
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Student Leadership

Halloween Art Contest 
Winners from TK-K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-5th, and Jr. High will win a pen/pencil set and coupon for a free donut at our upcoming sale!
Here's how to enter: You may print 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 Monday, 10/29. Entries will be displayed in the hallway during the week of 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!
Donut Sale - November 8th
Leadership will be selling donuts for $2.00 each. We will be having three types of donuts: glazed, chocolate, or sprinkles. Order forms are available here or in "This Week's Flyers." 
Please turn in the order form WITH PAYMENT no later than MONDAY, November 5th. Donuts will be passed out at recess on THURSDAY, November 8th. We do not usually have many left over, so be sure to order! Thanks for your support!
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
Scholastic Book Faire Wrap-Up
Book Fair Results:
Class that bought the most books during the fair:
1st Place: 5th grade- 121 books (with 26 students in the class)
2nd Place: 1st grade -51 books (with 20 students in the class)
3rd Place: 3rd grade- 76 books (with 30 students in the class)
The 5th grade class won a cupcake social for buying the most books!
Winner of the Guessing Jar contest:
Audrey Flitter guessed correctly, 385!
Winner of the teacher raffle:
Ms. Linda Kenney won a basket of Book Fair goodies!
Winner of the parent raffle:
Sara Larose won a gift card to DiPietro Todd Salon!
A special thank you to all of the families that purchased and donated books to their child's classroom!   
We collected a total of 66 books for Panther House, and TK- 8th grade!
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Mission Effectiveness
Mission Effectiveness ~ 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 $5 towards gift cards for buying a turkey. 

All classes are collecting the following food items for Thanksgiving "Baskets":
TK & Kindergarten - 16 oz. can cranberry sauce (2 cans)
First Grade - 15 oz. can whole kernel corn (2 cans)
Second Grade - 12 oz. can of evaporated milk (2 cans)
Third Grade - Instant mashed potatoes
Fourth Grade - Stove top stuffing mix (for turkey) (2 packages)
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 9th 
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What's Been Happening This Week

Red Ribbon Assembly
1st Grade finding garden spiders
Red Ribbon fun!
lunchtime Fitness Bingo
lunchtime Fitness Bingo
Panther House
 
 
There are some special Halloween related events 
not to miss!
 
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.
 
 
FIRST AID CLASS- DEADLINE to sign up is NOVEMBER 1st
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
THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED SNACKS and filled in the much-needed time-slots. You can still sign up here for additional dates 
 
CHRISTIAN of the WEEK
The students acknowledged last week for their Christ-like behavior in our After-School Program are:
TK - 1st: Noah Santos- Rikli
2nd - 4th: Joaquin Jonsson
5th - 8th: Aerin Haro
 
 
REMINDERS:
November Calendars:  click here for download
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
 
Regards,
Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
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High School News
Carondelet News
Carondelet's Open House is just around the corner on Sunday, November 4th from 2-4. This event is open to all ages and is a great way to get a feel for the Carondelet community and meet our talented students and faculty/staff.  We hope to see you there! You can 
register here or on our Admissions webpage. 
The HSPT (High School Placement Test) Prep Course will be held at Carondelet on Saturday, December 8th from 9-12. If you would like to register your 8th-grade son or daughter, please do so quickly as space is becoming very limited. You can register here
 or on our Admissions webpage. 
The Counselor's Corner
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
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.
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 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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 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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