2017 Bulletin # 11

Dear Parents,
As I have shared for the past several weeks, construction on the new community center officially begins on MONDAY!Although we are filled with anticipation for the completed project, this construction project will impact school life as we know it. I can assure you that all safety measures will be in place and student learning will continue. The biggest impact will be that we will not have access to church and the area in front of the church for the next 12-15 months. The church will be accessible on the weekend for schedules Masses just not during the weekdays.
Beginning on Monday, Oct 23, cars will not be able to turn right at the top of the drive way.
New AM and PM Carpool Procedures effective Monday, October 23rd:

Morning Drop-Off:
  • We will follow regular drop off procedures on the lower lot in front of the schooluntil the car line backs onto Hamlin.
  • Mrs. Goodshaw will be at the bottom of our driveway to monitor traffic backup and direct cars appropriately.
  • When the car line gets to the bottom of our driveway, Mrs. Goodshaw will direct cars to the upper lot for carpool drop off.
  • Cars on the upper lot should drive toward the Chapel building, turn left at the far side of the parking lot and then pull along side the Parish Office and field so that students can exit the car on the right hand side.
  • There will be a staff member on duty to supervise the students who are dropped off on the upper lot. Students will proceed down the steps to the crossing guard, cross the street, and join their class.
  • Parents are still welcome (and encouraged) to park on the upper lot and walk their children down to the school as they've always done
Afternoon Pick-up:
  • In order to ensure that all students are safely joined with their parent/pick-up person,ALL students will need to be picked up from their classroom.
  • For parents with multiple children in grades 1-8, and for parents with multiple-family carpool members in grades 1-8, those students will go to theYOUNGESTstudent's classroomfor single-pickup by the parent.All Kinder/TK Panther Cub students being picked up at 3:00 dismissal must be picked up from the Kindergarten classroom.
  • Parents and Guardians are askedto use the external doors to pick up their studentsto avoid congestion in the internal hallway.
  • Please be respectful of the learning that is going on in each classroom and
    wait in the outside in the school plaza area until the 3:00 dismissal bell rings.
  • Students attending Panther House will be dismissed to check into that program at 3:00pm and any student that is not picked up by 3:15pm will be escorted to Panther House.
  • Students who havewritten permission to walkfrom campus will be dismissed from their classroom at 3:15 to walk to their destination.If you would like to give your child permission to walk, pleaseemail that permissionto Suzanne Kozelskozel@csdo.org
  • We will reserve 5 spacesbetween 2:30-3:15 pm for handicap/grandparent parking in front of the school to assist those who need it.
The God of heaven Himself will help us succeed; therefore, we will arise and build!
We will trust His Word and believe in the Sovereign Lord who always keeps His promises.

Nehemiah 2:20

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 18 - Friday, October 20
Scholastic Book Faire continues in the school library
Friday, October 20
Cafe Perpetua 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Kindergarten Parent Social
Saturday, October 21
Dad's Cornhole SMU Party
Monday, October 23
New Morning & Afternoon Carpool Routes Begin
Friday, October 27
Cafe Perpetua 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Halloween Coloring Contest Entries Deadline
7th Grade Dance at St. Francis
Sunday, October 29
Halloween Family Fest SMU Party
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Parade at 11:00 on the Upper Lot
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 1
School Mass at 8:30 am in the Amphitheatre
Friday, November 3
Disaster Drill ~ 11:00
No students on Campus after 11:00 - 11:45 Pick-Up
Panther HouseCLOSED after 9:30 am
Wednesday, November 8
First Eucharist Parent Meeting 9:30 am in RRC
Friday, November 10
Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
Sunday, November 12
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th grade, at 9:30 am
Monday, November 13
First Eucharist Parent Meeting 7:00 pm in RRC
Wednesday, November 15
1st Trimester Ends
'Ladies Night Out' FUNdraiser ~ 6:00-9:00 pm at Orinda Country Club
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News

Medications at School
If your child takes medications (prescription or non-prescription) that need to be kept on campus, you will need to bring the medications(in the original container)as well as a newRequest for medication to be taken during school hoursform. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a physician's signature is also required on the form.
School Uniform Compliance
Parents, we need your assistance and cooperation. Many students come to school each day not in uniform. Common uniform areas that are not followed include: skirt length, shoe and sock colors, nail polish, and non-school sweatshirts.Staff members will begin to enforce the uniform policy and will send home written warnings to students who are not in uniform. Please review the uniform requirements in the parent handbook with your student.
October Tuition ACH Deductions
ACH deduction for October tuition is running late this month and will be deducted between the 18th-20th of this month.We apologize for the delay and assure you that we will be back on our normal ACH deduction schedule (between the 10th-12th of the month) going forward.

Yard Duty:Sign-Ups & Substitute List
All families have now signed up for their two required shifts.Parents can now sign up for additional shifts which will count towards additional volunteer hours.Hereis the link.
If you are unable to cover your shift due to a schedule conflict, it is your responsibility to find a substitute parent to take your shift.When you do make a change, please let the office know who is your replacement.Any no-show parent will be charged $50 on the next tuition statement.Please remember that all volunteers need to be 'All Clear'to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.

If you would like to be on ourYard Duty Substitute list, please email Kim Fogartykfogarty@csdo.org.Substitutes have the option of (1) being paid $25 by the parent for whom you are coveringor(2) receiving one hour of volunteer time.
Annual Disaster Drill
We will hold our annual disaster drill onFriday, November 3rd.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 ALLstudents are picked up between 11:15 and 11:45in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk (students may NOT walk off campus).Clickherefor the Emergency Drill form that you can fill out in advance.

Students will only be released to those listed on their student profile andALL adults MUST show their ID.If someone other than the parent or another personalreadyon 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 afternoonso that we can review the drill as an entire staff.
2017Ladies Night Out
St.Perpetua'sthird largest fundraiser is back! Please join us!

Wednesday, November 15
OrindaCountry Club
We have many favorite vendors returning along with some exciting new vendors joining us a fun evening of shopping, eating and drinking to benefit St.PerpetuaSchool.
All vendors donate a portion of the night's sales back to St.Perpetua.
For a list of vendors and to purchase tickets, please click thislink
Hot Lunch Program
Food For Thought, our hot lunch provider, has anew ordering system.Boonliis now the software system you will use for placing orders.You will now be able to place your orders on your phone, tablet, or computer.Clickhereto register at new Boonli site.Password is Perpetua2.
Clickherefor a letter from Boonli and Food For Thought.
Scholastic Book Faire
Our Scholastic Book Fair is happening this week!All proceeds benefit St. Perpetua School.

Wednesday, October 18th
Book Fair will be open 3:00 - 4:00 for After-School Shopping

Thursday, October 19th
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am- 9:00 am
Book Fair will be open 3:00 - 5:30 for After-School Shopping

Friday, October 19th
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am - 9:00 am
Student Leadership

Halloween Parade Costume Contest
On Tuesday, October 31, we will have our Annual Halloween Parade. During the parade, student council will be awarding prizes for the following:

Most Enthusiastic

Most Original

Best Homemade

Most Scary

  • All costumes must be appropriate
  • No weapons
  • No partner or group costumes
Thank you for uniting with us by wearing our independent costumes to prevent feelings of exclusion among any of our fellow Panthers on this day!
Halloween Coloring Contest
Students will be able to color a Halloween-themed coloring template designed by one of our Leadership Committee members.Templates are available in your classroom or at the office.
Age Groups:
TK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th.
  • Write yournameandgradeon the front at the bottom.
  • Artwork must be appropriate.
  • Additional accessories (stickers, ribbon) are allowed, as long as they are dry when turned in.
Turn in to the officeno later thanFriday, October 27.
Cafe Perpetua
Please join usthis Fridaywhere will be celebrating the fall season with everything pumpkin!Pumpkin cake, pumpkin scones, gluten-free pumpkin muffins and individual pumpkin breads to name of a few of our seasonal treats!
We will also be featuring mummy Kahlua cakes, Halloween luminaries, and fall floral arrangements from the Garden of Learning along with some of the last of summer's produce!

We look forward to seeing you andthank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning.

Love,Monette Meo
'Sign-Me-Up'(SMU) Events
Sign Me Up events are school FUNdraiser events offered through
the auction website.

October 21, 2017
DAD'S GAME NIGHTclickherefor sign-up link
Due to overwhelming demand, the St P Dad's Corn Hole Tourney is back!A mere $75 guarantees you a fun night of corn hole, food, adult beverages and most importantly, the chance at becoming this 2017 CH Champion!A yearly tradition, come join your good friends and make new ones for the well-loved St P Dad's Game Night. Get tossing and we will see you on 10/21!
Hosted by: Matt Kemner, Rick Berry, Gordon Bonneville, Matt Kroger, and Sean Sabarese.
Saturday, Oct 21, 20176:00 - 10:00 pm
Price per dad: $75. Space is limited to 40 dads.

October 29, 2017
HALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTclickherefor sign-up link
Ghouls & Boys, Mummies & Daddies - wear your costumes and join us for some Halloween Fun!There will be hayrides, a haunted house, tricks & treats, fun-filled games, a pumpkin patch, and prizes for best costumes.Don't miss this SPOOK-TACULAR event!
Hosted by: Steve & Genene Welch
Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:00-5:00pm
Price per family: $ 90Unlimited space.
BONUS - ADD-ON!clickherefor sign-up link
MAKE IT A FAMILY PICTURE OPPORTUNITY at the Welch's beautiful vineyard.Sittings are conveniently offered during the Halloween party.Generously offered by one of our beloved photographers Terry Riggins!
Hosted by: Terry Riggins Photography
Sunday, October 29, 2017 between 12:30 and 6:00
Price per family: $100 includes the sitting and two 5x7 photographs
Limited to 8 Families
SEEDs Student Enrichment Activities
Here are some October enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

Kindergarten: LPIE "Native American" (on-site instruction)

1st Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science - "Make it Move!" Workshop
LPIE "Optics" (on-site instruction)

2nd Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science - "Insects in Action" Workshop

3rd Grade:LPIE "Lafayette History" (on-site instruction) and Lafayette Walking Tour

4th Grade: LPIE "Walk Through California" (on-site instruction)

5th Grade:Field Trip to Exploratorium
Panther House

Dear Parents,
After School Attendance
Thank you to all those who take advantage of our extended care services and let us know in advance of your child's attendance. Our daily attendance this year is up significantly and sometimes we are near capacity.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.
In order to ensure adequate support for all in attendance, please complete theOctoberandNovembercalendars.We hope we will not have to turn a child away because we are full. It's easier to cancel than to add a child. Of course, an occasional emergency may arise and we are here for you. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Welcome to Halloween!
There are some special Halloween related dates in which to pay attention.
October 30:(3:30 to 4:15)
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.
October 31:Halloween has anoondismissal. Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade.Panther House isclosedafter 9:30 am.
Panther House Play Area update
Once the blacktop area in front of the church is gated off and no longer in use, Panther House will move its after school recess activities to the play structure, grass hill, and amphitheater. Please come to check your child out at the front counter as usual. We understand that you may not see your child immediately because we are at the back of Panther House. We will then have a staff member radio for your child.
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Our scrip tracking period isJanuary 1 thru December 31.Each school family has a anannual profit commitment from Scrip and e-Scrip purchases,per our school contract.

Each family will receive a 'profit earned to date' statement in late October which will show Scrip card purchases through 9/30 and e-Scrip purchases through 8/31.

As we are now entering the 4th quarter of our current tracking year, please make sure that you are on track to cover your commitment.Families will be billed any scrip commitment shortfall on their March, 2018 tuition statement.

We are now stocking Metro Lafayette (10% rebate) scrip cards in the office!
We also carry Cooperage, Mangia Ristorante, Lunardi's and Diablo Foods in the office(all carry a 10% rebate as well).In addition, you can order cards from over 100 vendors with your weekly online order.
Your Scrip profit requirement helps Parent Association bridge the gap between tuition revenue and education costs.In addition, through your Scrip participation above and beyond your requirement, you can earn tuition credit for your family with your continued Scrip purchases!
Clickherefor an overview/details of our Scrip program.

Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code:LC2D474L8876)
eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code:136913749)
Thank you,
Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Kelli Bacher
I recently visited the eighth grade classroom to meet with students about high school plans, college ideas, career thoughts and goals in general. It was so fun to hear what students reported as the goals they had recalled from their younger years. From a "doctor" to a "fish" and beyond, most 8th graders admitted that their plans have changed with time. And as most of us realize- their current paths will continue to change along the way. As students think about their futures, it is important to guide them with care- listening to their opinions, supporting them through failures and growth, always surrounding them with love.

I have encouraged 8th graders to meet with me to further discuss their goals and to learn to feel comfortable with reaching out to adults at school (especially if they haven't reached out before). Throughout high school, students will need to advocate for themselves more. Getting to know the staff at their school and utilizing resources to assist them through their continuing education are essential steps toward success.

Please continue to ask your students to introduce themselves to me and reach out as needed.

Thank you,
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
Library News
Birthday Club-- Join the Club and help us get books kids love!
Please help us to continue building our library collection with books that kids love to read. Join the Birthday Club! For a small donation, your child gets to select a new book to be purchased for our school library. The book will have a nameplate in the front cover, celebrating your child's birthday. We collect all Birthday Club forms now, regardless of your child's birth date. In October, students select the new books that are ordered for the library. The Birthday Club student will be the FIRST student to borrow the new book from the library. S/he also gets to check out the Birthday Club book as an "extra" book, in addition to his/her regular library books. The kids love to participate just as much as they love to celebrate birthdays. Please consider helping our library to continue growing. Having kid-selected books in the library helps us to develop a love of reading.

If you'd like to download a Birthday Club form, clickhere.Contact our school librarian, Stacey Hinton, with any questions atshinton@csdo.org
Catholic High School News
Carondelet'shadow visits' will be available most Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays October 2 -November 27.Parents should registerhereto schedule a shadow visit.The online application is now open.Deadline for early bird registration and pricing is November 8.All applications for the class of 2022 are due by December 1.Carondelet Open House will take place on November 5th from 2 pm - 4pm.

De la Salle'sClickherefor a flyer regarding Fall Events for Prospective Families.Open House will take place on November 5th, 10am - 1pm.Families are encouraged toregister herefor the Open House.Applications and Entrance Test registration can also be foundhere.
Holy Names High Schoolis having an Open House on Sunday, November 19th at noon.Clickherefor more information.
2017 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 also ensures the success of social events and sustains school programs.Clickhereformore details and some revisions to the 2017 program.

Families(TK, K, and single parent-only families have a 15 hour requirement)arerequired to complete 35 volunteer hours. You should report your hours throughout the year to the volunteer chair, Ellen Dreyellen.drey@gmail.com.
Yard Duty
Clickherefor the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
All families have now signed up for their two required shifts.Parents can now sign up for additional shifts which will count towards additional volunteer hours.

If you are unable to cover your shift due to a schedule conflict, it is your responsibility to find a substitute parent to take your shift.When you do make a change, please let the office know who is your replacement.Any no-show parent will be charged $50 on the next tuition statement.

Please remember that all volunteers need to be 'All Clear' to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.
St. Perpetua Parish

The TIMELY PERPETUANis 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 websiteand click on "Join Our Mailing List."
Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Steve Stelter, uncle of Rivas Delgado, and his partner, Janet Costanzo, who both passed away in the Redwood Valley fire
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
  • Victims of the Northern California Wildfires
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
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