Bulletin #25

Bulletin # 25
Posted on 02/08/2017

Dear Parents,

Are you curious about:
Parent Satisfaction Survey Results
School and Parish Facilities
School Finance
Parent Association
Mission Effectivenesss
Policy and Planning

All of these topics will be discussed at our annualState of the School AddressthisSundayin the library following the11:30amMass.Members of the school board will share their goals and progress as well as answer questions you may have regarding each committee. We hope you can join us to learn more about our school.There will befree dress passesfor all in attendance.Child careis also available in Panther House.

Congratulations to our class Spelling Bee representatives!Our school Spelling Bee will take placeon Fridayat11amin the Church.All are invited to attend!

Thank you toHolly Shea, Jackie Motto and their sweetheart teamfor hosting a wonderful Father Daughter Dance last Friday night!A great time was had by all!

Did you know thatMondaywe celebrated the100thday of school?
Parents of students in grades 4-8 should have access to student grades and progress through PowerSchool. Parents should visit this site regularly to support student achievement.

Prayer for a Rainy Day
My soul is weary of grey skies
and rain-soaked days. Oh and
God, can a soul be cold?
Mine feels chilled to the bone.
(does a soul have bones?)
But I don't want to wish
away my days, praying for sunshine.
I long to see you
in the midst of the clouds.
Let me hear you in this incessant rain,
be awed by you in the storms.
Still my heart and warm my being;
pour out your Spirit into mine,
oh God of wonders.

By Dianne Polome
Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 9
Sacrament of Reconciliation for 4th grade at7:00 pmin the Church
Friday February 10
Spelling Bee at11:00 amin the Church
Saturday, February 11
Prospective Kindergartener Testing (by appointment only)
Sunday, February 12
State of the School Presentation at12:30 pmin the library
Monday, February 13
Sacrament of Reconciliation for 4th gradeat7:00 pmin the church
Thursday, February 16
New Student Testing (grades 1-8) at3:30 pm
Monday, February 20
No School ~ Presidents' Day
Thursday, February 23
Prayer Service, hosted by the 7th Grade at12:00
Friday,February 24
Hearing Testing
Saturday, February 25
First Eucharist 'Prayer Buddy' Mass at5:00 pm
Sunday, February 26
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 2nd Grade, at9:30 am
First Eucharist 'Prayer Buddy' Mass at9:30 am
Wednesday, March 1
AshWednesdayPrayer Service hosted by 5th grade
Thursday, March 2
Literacy Night6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 3
NoonDismissal ~ Panter House Open
Tuesday, March 7
End of Trimester 2
Friday,March 10
No School - Diocese Staff Development Day
Wednesday, March 15
Trimester 2 Report Cards go home
Last day to turn in Young Author books
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Flyers
Office News

School Dates
For your planning purposes, the first day of school for the 2017-2018 year isAugust 21st. Christmas break will beDecember 18thruJanuary 1st, with school resuming onJanuary 2.

Yard Duty Requirement / Additional Parent Volunteer Hours
If you have notfulfilled youryard duty requirement, or if you are looking for an opportunity tofulfill yourparent volunteer hours requirementwith extra yard duty shifts, please go to theSignUp Geniuslinkand sign up for open yard duty slots.Unfulfilled volunteer hours or yard duty shifts will result in a $50 charge per hour/shift.Please remember that you need to be an 'All Clear' volunteer before doing any assignments.
School Directory
OurSchool Directorywas sent out via a Powerschool email.Please check your spam file if you did not receive the email from Mrs. Goodshaw on January 26th.
School Uniform
Now that the weather has turned cold, please make sure that your student has the appropriateschool uniform outerwear (fleece/sweatshirt/jacket)to wear while in the classroom. Non-uniform jackets can be worn outside for recess and lunch, butnotin the classroom.Please note thatrain-bootsarenotacceptable footwearfor students. Navy blue, black or white tights are acceptable on cold weather days.Leggingsarenotallowed.

Altar Server Training
If you're in 4thgrade or older and would like to become analtar server, please join us for our nexttraining onSunday, Feb. 12 at 12:45. Please RSVP to Christoph
[email protected]byFeb. 6so he can include you in the next schedule.

Applications for NEW students
As we begin 2017, the admissions process forNEWstudentsis well underway! If you have a NEW student, such as a younger sibling,or you know of a family interested in St. Perpetua School for the 2017-2018 school year, theonline applicationcan be found

Christmas Sharing DVD
We have finally received the master copy of theChristmas Sharing DVD.Copies have been ordered and will be available soon.DVD cost is $12and we will make an announcement when they are available for purchasein the office(cash/check).
St. Perpetua Dinner Dance & Auction 2017
'Hawaiian Nights' is coming!

OurHawaiian Nights Auction/Dinner/Dance is quickly approaching and there are many exciting things to look forward to this year - not only ourbeloved class traditionsandPrincipal's and Father John's Dinners, but many new exciting Sign Me Up Parties and Auction items!
Here's what we have planned forMarch Madness Aloha style:
Panther Pride:March 1-10
Sign Me Up Parties and Class Traditions Revealed:March 6-9
Online Auction:March 16-23
Hawaiian Nights Party:March 25

Book your sitters, dig out your flip flops and Hawaiian shirts and get ready to support our amazing school!!

With all the rain we're having, how doesa week in Hawaiisound? Yes, our Raffle winner will enjoy a week in Maui (generously donated by the Motto family).**Only 100 raffle tickets will be sold**Tickets go on sale soon. Stay tuned!

Here is theDonation Letter and Form
to use when requesting and collecting items. All completed forms can be submitted to Suzanne or Kim in the office.

As a reminder, you may make an auction donation of Scrip cards.. It's a win-win ~ you contribute to the success of our auction and you also earn profit for your Scrip obligation! Simply order auction donation cards with your regular Scrip order and bring them to the office.
We appreciate you!
Thank you so much toMarlies Taylor~ she has stepped up to manage our 2017 yearbook!
Thank you very much toJacki Motto, Holly Sheaand their Sweetheart Dance team ~ it was a fabulous evening of dancing, friendship and fun!
Oakland Diocese Science Fair
Congratulations and good luck toDanielle and Nicole Nader, Lauren Roberge, Lauren Puhlmann, Pierre Jolin, Mike Kostolansky, and Tommy Welch, who will be representing St. Perpetua at the Oakland Diocese Science Fair this weekend!
2017 Spelling Bee
Congratulations to our 2017 Class Spelling Bee Champions!
1stGrade:Lola Kajogbola,Delilah Maloney
2ndGrade:Matthew Gillette,Ava Wooler
3rdGrade:Jack Hilton, Seri Hoban
4thGrade:Hannah Evans, John Kemner
5thGrade: Katie Kostolansky, Liam Nagel
6thGrade:Peter Heiskell, Owen Smith
7thGrade:Mike Kostolansky,Liam O'Shea
8thGrade: Alexander Wackowski, Xavier Wesley
The class championsfrom 3rdthrough 8thgradeswill go on to compete in the school spelling bee thisFriday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m.in the church. Families are welcome to attend!
Library News
Young Author Faire
Sharpen your pencils! It's time for students to start writing Young Author books.The Young Author's Faire is a writing competition held in the Catholic Schools Diocese of Oakland.All students in grades 1-8 are encouraged to participate.
Students participate by writing an original book with original artwork. Books are bound and submitted to the student's classroom/language arts teacher. Our school will review all books submitted and select the best writing to be sent to the Diocese-wide competition. Judges at the Diocese will read all books submitted and select the best writing to be recognized and rewarded at an Awards Ceremony. Winning students are encouraged to attend the Awards Ceremony where they are given a certificate and scholastic dollars they can spend that day at a Book Faire.
If your child wishes to write a book, please look at thislinkon our school websiteor contact Mrs. Hinton at[email protected]for more information. All books are due no later thanMarch 15th. We recommend books are turned in early, so that you have time to fix any errors we catch.
Read to Succeed Results
Congratulations to our students in 5th, 3rd and 2nd grades for achieving 100% participation in our school-wide reading challenge.Each winning class will celebrate. All students who turned in their Read to Succeed reading log will earn a free ticket to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom,to be used this summer. Tickets usually arrive in May. Good Job Readers!
Cafe Perpetua
Love is in the air at Cafe` Perpetua!

OurValentine's Day celebrationcontinuesthis Fridayat cafe! Pick up Cabernet truffles, Kahlua cakes, peppermint bark and peppermint bark hearts, beautiful candles, darling decorations and more for the ones you love! We will also have individual cherry heart pies and chocolate delicacies!

We are looking forward toseeing youon Friday, and thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!

Love, Monette Meo
SEEDs Activities
Here are some February enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

2nd Grade:Field trip to Lesher Center for the Arts ("Charlotte's Web")
LPIE "Stream Erosion and Volcanoes" (on-site instruction)

3rd Grade:Field Trip to Oakland Museum of California - "Plant and Animal Homes"

5th Grade: LPIE "Chemistry" (on-site instruction)
Field Trip to Mt. View Sanitary District Wetlands

6th Grade: Field Trip to Chabot Space and Science Center - "Mars Mission"

7th Grade: Cal Shakes In-School-Residency "Midsummer Night's Dream"
Panther House
Dear Parents,
Please send in your February calendar.Download calendarhere.

Love is in the air!
OnMondayandTuesday, February 13 and 14th, kids can make homemade Valentines cards from3:30 to 4:00pm. We will include all the makings for the card and your child will add the love. Open to all registered, scheduled children.
OnTuesday, February 14th, we will serve Valentines cookies and hot chocolate. Come join us during this fun, relaxed day. Open to all registered, scheduled children.
Please sign up forsnack donations. We have several dates in February and March that are available. It's a great way to get your service hours in.Sign uphere.
Enjoy this month of love!
  • For sick days: Please let Panther House know as well as the office when your child is out. We look for regularly scheduled children every day.


Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House

We are streamlining the gift card inventory we carry in the office . We narrowed downyour favorite local-vendor cards andnow offerthe following gift cards at the front desk:

Mangia10% ($50 card value)
Diablo Foods10% ($250 card value)
Cooperage10% ($50 card value)
Lunardi's5% ($100 card value)

You can still order the full roster of Scrip cards with your weeklyonline ordersthrough thewww.shopwithscrip.comwebsite. You can pay by Prestopay, check or credit when you pick up your order.Whenever possible, please help us reduce credit card fees by paying via check.

2016 year end reportswill be coming homemid-February. Please contact me directly if you have any questions.
Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code:LC2D474L8876)
eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code:136913749)
Thank you,
St. Perpetua Scrip Team
Sarah Arnold and Jamie Galloway
Sarah Cell:925-330-4257
Family Participation Program
Are you an 'All Cleared' Volunteer?
As a reminder, youcannot volunteerfor any school or class activities (including yard duty)until your are placed on the "all cleared" list by completing three items for the office.Clickherefor information on LiveScan fingerprinting, Safe Environment Training, and TB Clearance.
Yard Duty
Each family has received an email to sign up for yard duty shifts onSign-Up Genius.
Clickherefor link to Sign-Up Genius.
Yard Duty Requirements:
- all families (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten-only families are exempt)are
required to sign up for two Yard Duty slots
- any additional sign-ups will go towards your family participation hours.

If you would like tobe placed on the Yard Duty Sub list, contact the office and your name will be added to the list.You must be an 'All Clear' volunteer to be a substitute.
St. Perpetua Parish
-TheTimely 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:
  • A school parent who is ill
  • Caroline Bancroft, great grandmother of Elijah and Lily Korsak, who is ill
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, Kyle Jones' grandmother, who is ill
  • Rita Jurin, Lauren Puhlmann's grandmother who is ill
  • members of our parent and alumni community going through medical treatment
We remember those who have died:
  • Sr. Mary Ann Kasper, sister of Fr. John Kasper
  • Olga Piantidosi, grandmother of Luke, Eliza and Zippy Hall
  • Casey McNamee, alumni parent of Peter, Blake, Mark and Kate Lennon
If you would like an entry to go in the bulletin, please email it to Kim Fogarty, Administrative Assistant byTuesdayof each week: kfogarty@csdo.org
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