2018-2019 Bulletin # 14



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 # 14 
11/7/18
Thank you so much for all your patience and cooperation last Friday during our Disaster Drill. Our 8th grade students did an excellent job as runners, which expedited the process for checking students out to the adults! Following the drill, the entire staff met to discuss any necessary revisions and review our procedures for various scenarios such as a stranger on campus, earthquake, and fire.
 
Check your mailbox in the next few days for information on our Annual Fund, which supports Tuition Assistance. Approximately 10% of our families qualify and receive tuition assistance in order to attend St. Perpetua. Your pledge of prayer and/or financial contribution to the fund signifies your support of our school and all our programs. Thank you for your generosity!
 
Thumbs Up for the movie "Like" that has been shown this week for parents and students! It is vital that parents monitor student screen time and reinforce safety practices at home. Students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade will be seeing this movie on Friday to reinforce the protocols outlined in our technology acceptable use agreement.
 
 
 
Autumn Prayer
God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.
We thank you
for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life. 
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.

Amen


- Doug Leonhardt, S.J.

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Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 7
Ladies Night Out 'Sip & Shop' Holiday Boutique 6-9 pm ~ OCC
Thursday, November 8
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 6:30 pm in library (reservation required)
Friday, November 9
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
Deadline for food items and $5 donation for Thanksgiving Food Baskets 
Donut Sale at Morning Recess (pre-order)
Screening of Movie, "Like" ~ 11:00 am in library  (only for 5th-8th grade 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
NO Cafe Perpetua today
Individual Class Prayer Services
Monday, November 19 - Friday, November 23
Thanksgiving Break
Friday, November 30
Taste of TK & Kindergarten 8:45 - 10:00 am
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique 7:30 - 10:30 am
'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
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
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.
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


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.
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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 (1 box)
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 pans)
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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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!

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. 

Next week we will open a link for online donations to our Annual Tuition Assistance Fund.  
                Thank you for your continued support! 
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 THANK YOU Shout-Out to Mrs. Kelli Bacher!  Kelli had worked tirelessly on our current Parent & Student Information Sessions with the 'Like' movie presentations and discussion groups.  Mrs. Bacher is a great resource for our parents and students.  Thanks for always looking out for us, Mrs. Bacher!
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.
'Under One Roof' St. Perpetua Community Center News

St. Perpetua Church & School Community is on the threshold of fulfilling a vision begun nearly twenty years ago...  To strengthen the bonds of our community, enhance our educational ministry, and renew & expand our parish facilities.  
Click here for our new St. Perpetua Community Center Newsletter.  Included is a message from Fr. John Kasper, a recap of project costs & funding sources, and a question & answer section.  Click here for the pledge & donation link to the St. Perpetua Capital Campaign site.
Cafe Perpetua
Please join us this Friday at Cafe` Perpetua! We will be celebrating this gorgeous fall season with all that we are grateful for including our amazing customers who patronize the cafe` each week while supporting their children's Garden of Learning.  We truly appreciate you and are grateful for you!

This will be our last cafe` until our Christmas Boutique on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st because all of the cafe` elves will be busy, busy, busy making the most incredible gifts items!!! In next week's bulletin we will give a detailed list of everything that will be featured at the Boutique!  

As always, thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!

Love, Monette Meo
Panther House
  
 
Seventh Annual Panther House Pumpkin Relay Run
Join us as we continue this annual tradition of keeping fit and having fun! We'll run a relay, up on the grass hill, on Wednesday, November 14. Kids will pass a pumpkin between themselves as they compete for bragging rights. Open to all registered Panther House students. Come over to Panther House at 3pm.  Then we'll do the run from 3:30-4pm. If your child would like to participate, please make sure they are signed up in advance. A quick email is all it takes.
No drop-ins for this event please.

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 28...whichever comes first.
 
* Christmas Cookie Making with Mrs. M. *
One Day Workshop: Either Thursday, December 6th ~  OR ~  Tuesday, December 11th
Click here for Christmas Cookie Decorating flyer

* Christmas Gift and Giftwrap 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: Karina Valencia
2nd - 4th: Katherine Kemner
5th - 8th: Keilah Ezaddin

REMINDERS:
Same-Day/drop-in requests are subject to capacity restrictions, so we may not be able to take your child on some days without prior a reservation.
November 12: Veteran's Day - No school
November 14: 7th Annual Pumpkin Run
 
Regards,
Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
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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.
The Counselor's Corner
We have had such wonderful responses from this week's Parent Ed Events viewing "Like" (https://thelikemovie.com). Thank you again to Orinda Police Chief Mark Nagel for leading the discussions after the films! Thank you Stacey Hinton for the use of the library! And of course- thank you to those of you who attended. If you have not been able to attend please know we have had many parents comment that every parent should see this film. There is still some space in the Thursday evening event which will be at 6:30pm at the St. Perpetua School Library. 

Please RSVP and attend if you are able to. INFO AND RSVP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/1qMtDzFMa42u0Lk43


To follow up on some questions that were asked over the past couple days of screenings I am including some links to informative articles for parents here:

Articles about the link between technology and mental health: 
Important articles about various apps:
Practical articles to help navigate technology with and for our kids:

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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What's Been Happening...

Author Bruce Cameron introduced his book series to our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
Recess Fun!
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High School News
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:
  • 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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