Bulletin #12

We have successfully begun construction on our new parish community center! I appreciate your cooperation and attention as we have adjusted our carpool procedures to create a safe and secure construction zone.Thank youto all those who drop off and/or pick up students from school for following our new routine.
David Ramirez, our Maintenance Man, will be leaving St. Perpetua at the end of this month.We want to thank David for all his hard work and wish him well in his next venture.
Don't forget that nextTuesday, October 31, is anoondismissal.Our Halloween parade will take place at11:00on the upper lot field. Parents can park on the upper lot. Student costumes must allow for regular classroom learning prior to the parade and be appropriate in all other aspects including adequate length and coverage and no weapons of any kind. After the parade, all classes will return to their classrooms for dismissal.
The followingFriday, November 3, is our annual Disaster Drill. Students will only be released to those listed on the student emergency sheet and any adult picking up students must be prepared to show a photo ID. Conducting this annual drill prepares students, staff, and parents should the need ever arise to evacuate the school, and also helps us to continually evaluate the effectiveness of our plan. We appreciate your cooperation as work to ensure safe procedures for all.
God of harvest,gardener supreme
you place us at the centre,
feed us, equip us,
andhaving provided for us,
look to a different harvest
a fruitfulness of lives
in service to you
and others.
God of harvest,
feed us
prune us
harvest us
that our lives
might bring glory to you.

Upcoming Events
Friday, October 27
Fire Relier Free Dress $5 Fundraiser
Cafe Perpetua7:30 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 at11:00on the Upper Lot Field
Panther House CLOSED after9:30 am

Wednesday, November 1
New Time!School Mass (hosted by 4th grade)at11:00 am in the outdoor amphitheatre
Friday, November 3
Disaster Drill ~11:00
No students on Campus after11:00 - 11:45Pick-Up
Panther HouseCLOSED after9:30 am
Wednesday, November 8
First Eucharist Parent Meeting9:30 amin RRC
Thursday, November 9
Last Day To Order School Outerwear From Gryco Link
Friday, November 10
Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
Sunday, November 12
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th grade, at9:30 am
Monday, November 13
First Eucharist Parent Meeting7:00 pmin RRC
Wednesday, November 15
1st Trimester Ends
'Ladies Night Out' FUNdraiser ~6:00-9:00 pmat Orinda Country Club
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News

Gryco School Outerwear(uniform wear for students)
School outerwearfor your students, along withadditional Spirt Wearfor adults, may be ordered online throughGryco Sportswear. If you would like to order outerwear for your student,clickherefor order link.The link will be open throughThursday, November 9th.

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.
Yard Duty:Updates
Now that we have started construction, we have a few adjustments to our class locations for snack recess and lunch recess.Grades 1 & 2 will eat their lunch and play in the lower level play structure, grass lawn, and amphitheatre areas.Two staff members will supervise these children. Students in Grades 3-4 will eat their lunch in the lower eating area and then cross over to the upper level play area at12:45.Our lower-level yard-duty parent will start their shift in the lower level eating area and then go to the upper-level play area to join our other staff members in play area supervision.
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 Fogarty[email protected].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 Tuition Assistance Campaign
Our Annual Tuition Assistance Campaign begins this week!We are kicking-off our 11th annual fundraising campaign, and 100% of your donations will go directly to support tuition assistance at St. Perpetua School. Last year we renamed the Annual Fund the Tuition Assistance Fund in order to help families better understand the purpose of how these funds are used.
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 between11:15 and 11:45in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk.
Students CANNOT walk off campus on this day.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 Suzanne Kozel[email protected]with that authorized person's name.Panther House is closed that afternoonso that we can review the drill as an entire staff.
Halloween Family Fun Fest ~Sunday, October 29th
This event is one of our School Auction 'Sign-Me-Up Party' Series...
clickherefor sign-up link
Ghouls & Boys, Mummies & Daddies - wear your costumes and join us for some Halloween Fun!There will be haunted hayrides, 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 1:00-4:00pm
Price: $90 per family,100% of proceeds go to St. Perpetua School!
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
Scholastic Book Faire
Thank you to everyone for contributing to another successful book fair! As always, the proceeds from this event directly benefit our school.

An extra thanks to the families that donated a book or two to their child's classroom from the teachers' wish list!We were able to donate a total of 76 books to the TK-8th grade classrooms!

Guessing jar contest
Faye O'Neilfrom 5th grade won the "Guess how many nuggets" are in the jar contest.She guessed 275 nuggets, and there were 276 in the jar.Her prize included special novelty gifts from the fair.
Pastries with Parents raffle
Tina Hallwas the lucky winner for the raffle and won a beautiful canvas bag filled with a coffee travel mug, and two amazing art books.
Winner for the class that bought the most books in the elementary school category4th Grade!This class will be rewarded with an ice-cream Social.
Winner for the class that bought the most books in the Junior high school category
6th Grade!This class will be rewarded with an ice-cream Social.

Thank you to all of the volunteers that worked very hard to make this a special fair for our children!
Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Kelli Bacher
One of the most important skills that I try to foster in students is to problem-solve appropriately. When students approach me with social issues that come up at recess (or when I am dealing with my own kids at home), I often ask them "How can you be a part of the solution with your actions and words?" OR "Are your actions adding to the solution or adding to the problem?" This gives them responsibility and ownership. Many times small arguments or misunderstandings go back and forth until someone steps up or steps-in to propose a solution. If students feel empowered to solve those small problems, their self-esteem improves and they will be better equipped to deal with other issues that come up.

In the heat of an argument- when emotions, patterns and impulsivity take over, it is so hard to think clearly and react appropriately. If we can consistently remind students to be "part of the solution" at school as well as home, we hope that students will more often display problem-solving skills as their initial response to a problem.

Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Williams worked with the St. Perpetua 2nd graders on making their own "Wheel of Choice". The Wheels display some problem-solving options that students could consider when problems arise. Students proudly shared some creative problem-solving ideas with me when I recently visited their class. I now have one hanging on my door and one at home to remind us that we all have choices in our reactions to problems. Feel free to print onehereor - better yet - make one with your kids, so they have a say and a deeper understanding of their Wheel.
Thank you,
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
[email protected]
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.
Panther House

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Halloween!
There are some special Halloween related dates in which to pay attention.
October 30:(3:30 to 4:30)
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 isclosedafter9:30 am.
Panther House Play Area update
Now that 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.
NOVEMBER CALENDARS:It's spooky to think it's already time to think about next month's family activities and send in your November calendar.Downloadhere.
  • Same-Day/drop-in requestsare subject to capacity restrictions, so we may not be able to take your child on some days without prior a reservation.
  • October 30:Halloween Celebration for registered Panther House families. Is your child signed up?
  • October 31:Halloween has anoondismissal. Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade.Panther House isclosedafter9:30 am.
  • November 3:Disaster Drill:noondismissal.Panther House closedafter9:30 am.
  • November10:Veteran's Day. School Holiday
  • November 15:6th Annual Pumpkin Relay Run
Mrs. Kenney
Student Leadership

Halloween Parade Costume Contest
OnTuesday, 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 Fridayat Cafe` Perpetuafor aspooktacularly good timeand we promise just treats no tricks!We will be featuring caramel apples, toffee poison apples, killer caramel corn, pumpkin cakes with buttercream frosting, mummy Kahlua cakes, spooky luminaries and more!
We look forward to seeing you andthank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning.

Love,Monette Meo
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
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.
  • Safeway scrip cards are unavailable for the foreseeable future (a Safeway issue)
  • 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,
Catholic High School News
The 'Road to College' workshop is thisThursday, October 26th, from6-7:30 pm.The 'Road to College' is a free presentation that provides strategies for identifying your child's passions to help pave the way for making your child's college admission dreams come true. Join us for this free seminar with Liz Paz-Rumore, JD, noted college placement specialist with a 15-year track record of preparing students for college and helping families afford it.Here is thelink to register.
'Shadow' visitswill be available most Mondays, Tuesdays & FridaysOctober 2 -November 27. Parents should registerhereto schedule a shadow visit.The online application is now open. Deadline for early bird registration and pricing isNovember 8.All applications for the class of 2022 are due byDecember 1.Carondelet Open Housewill take place onNovember 5th from 2 pm - 4pm.

De la Salle
Clickherefor a flyer regarding Fall Events for Prospective Families.Open Housewill take place onNovember 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 onSunday, 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 Drey[email protected].
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:
  • 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
We remember those who have died:
  • Mary Louise "Mimi" Duffy, great-grandmother of Hunter & Campbell Sabarese
  • Steve Stelter, uncle of Rivas Delgado, and his partner, Janet Costanzo, who both passed away in the Redwood Valley fire
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