2018-2019 Bulletin # 10 (1)

Thank you so much for attending conferences with your teachers last week. Our school philosophy states that parents are the primary educators, and our staff is honored to support you in the educational process for your children. We appreciate partnering with you to help your student on their learning journey.
This Sunday is a Rise and Shine Mass at 9:30 am. Fifth grade students from the school and faith formation program will assist with key roles in this Eucharistic celebration. All families are invited to join us for this child-friendly Mass.
The week of October 22 is Red Ribbon Week. We will have various activities all week to support students in making healthy choices. Monday the 22nd is RED  
Free Dress

and Friday the 26th is JEANS Free Dress to remind students they are JEAN-ious in their decisions! Additional information is listed below in the Red Ribbon section.
Many of you may have begun your Halloween preparations. On October 31, we will have a noon dismissal and parents are invited to join us for our Halloween Parade at 11 am in the grass area of the upper lot. 
  • Students have been reminded in class that "group costumes" are not permitted at school to support our efforts of inclusivity for all students.  
  • Additionally, any accessories such as weapons or swords need to be left at home. 
  • No 'gory' or 'bloody' costumes ~ we don't want to frighten our younger students
  • Finally, students need to be dressed appropriately for school in accordance with the school handbook free dress policy.
Autumn Prayer

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. 
As we embrace these autumn months,
May the earlier setting of the sun
remind us to take time to rest. 
May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet
remind us of the brevity of this earthly life. 
May the steam of our breath in the cool air
remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life. 
May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds
remind us that you call us to follow your will. 
We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.  


Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 10
Carondelet High School Information Night at 6:30 pm
Friday, October 12
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
8th Grade Parent Social
3rd Grade Parent Social
Saturday, October 13
6th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, October 14
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 5th Grade ~ 9:30 am
October 15 - October 19
Scholastic Book Faire ~ Library 
Wednesday, October 17
Deadline for Jamba Juice Orders 
'Preparing Your Child'...  Parent Ed Opportunity ~ OIS 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Friday, October 19
Kindergarten Parent Social
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 
Friday, October 26
Jeans/Denim Free Dress (for Red Ribbon Week)
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
Wednesday, November 7
Ladies Night Out 'Sip & Shop' Evening Fundraiser ~ Orinda Country Club
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 Kindergarten 8:45 - 10:00 am
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers
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.

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 will come home with your youngest child on Wednesday, 10/17.  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 me 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. 
Ladies Night Out

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:

FITE Style www.fitestyle.com ***NEW THIS YEAR
Meticulously designed tees to elevate the style of any wardrobe.

Flutter Eyewear www.fluttereyewear.com
Elegant reading glasses to fit your face shape.

J. McLaughlin www.jmclaughlin.com
Classic American clothiers that have current relevance yet are innovatively nostalgic. 

LB Blanket www.luleebabes.com
Over-sized family blankets made of soft plush that are luxurious and cozy.

Tickets: $65 per advance sales / $80 at the door
Ticket cost 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
Scholastic Book Faire
Student Leadership

Jamba Juice Sale - Orders Due Wed, 10/17
For Red Ribbon Week and to celebrate eating healthy, Leadership will be selling three types of Jamba Juice Smoothies for $5.00 each: Strawberries Wild, Razzmatazz, and Mango-a-go-go
  • Download the order form here
  • Turn in your order form with payment no later than Wednesday, October 17! We're sorry-- we can't accept late orders, and there won't be any extras. Orders will be passed out on Thursday, October 25.
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!
Did You Know...

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Here is another great Parent Education opportunity!

'Preparing Your Child For A Successful Year (And Life)'
A presentation by Dr. Dan Peters, PH.D
Wednesday, October 17th ~ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Orinda Intermediate School, multi-purpose room
Click here for more information about this event.
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.
A Shout-Out...

A Thank You Shout-Out to Brenda Henderson
for being our fabulous Oktoberfest sign-up coordinator for food, hospitality, and volunteer slots.  Awesome job, Brenda!
Cafe Perpetua & The Garden of Learning
These gorgeous fall days start with crisp mornings so take the chill off this Friday at Cafe` Perpetua where you can warm up with a mocha or a spiced pumpkin latte. Our specials this week include apple cake, pumpkin and zucchini breads, basil pesto, and organic jams! 

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

Love, Monette Meo
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.
SEEDs 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)

                         Michael Marchiano "Tarantulas" (on-site instruction)

Panther House
Dear Parents,
Happy Halloween!
There are some special Halloween related dates in which to pay attention.
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.

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.  
We are looking for more snack donations. There are spots available as early as next week and throughout October. Please help if you can. You can sign up here.

On Tuesday, October 16 The Book Fair will have special extended hours to help out those families who stay later and use Panther House. They will be open until 5:30 pm.

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.
The students acknowledged last week for their Christ-like behavior in our After School Program are:
TK - 1st: Lauren Meinbress
2nd - 4th: Jesse Westerberg
5th - 8th: John Kemner


October 31: Halloween is a half-day.  Panther House is closed that afternoon.
November 12: Veteran's Day - No school

October calendars ~ download here

Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
The Counselor's Corner
Last April we were fortunate to have a wonderful Parent Education Night where Betsy Shandalov led a lesson to help students and parents learn to use mindfulness in their everyday lives. Since that event, I have been integrating mindfulness more often in my own life and in my work with students at St. Perpetua. I am always impressed with how many mindfulness tools truly help students calm and refocus.

When I meet with students in the class setting, we often start with our "Take 5" exercise. The version of "Take 5" in  this video is great to help students learn to take breaths more subtly for any reason. Alternatively, in the classroom when I lead "Take 5", I have students raise one arm and take breaths as we slowly count and fold each finger down. (Have your students show you!)

Some of the proven benefits of mindfulness include: improved interpersonal skills, increased attention, decreased stress and anxiety, and strengthened compassion. These benefits lead to long-term improvements in life. I found this webpage very informative. 

The more we can all reinforce being mindful (at home, activities and at school), the more students will be able to integrate helpful mindfulness tools throughout their everyday lives.

Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
Junior High Students ~ an opportunity for you!
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!
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. 
SCRIP, e-Scrip & Benefit-Mobile
Hello Families,
Welcome to to 2018-19 school year!  
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.
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).

- (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
St. Perpetua Parish

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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.
Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Mary Siebe, grandmother of Owen Smith, as she goes through a lengthy medical treatment
  • Jim Tschann, grandfather of Charlotte and William, who is recovering from a heart attack and subsequent surgery
  • 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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