Bulletin #28

Bulletin #28

Today we celebrateAshWednesdaywith a Liturgy of the Word led by our5th graders. We aregrateful for their leadership as we begin this preparation for Easter.
Please check your child's backpackthis afternoon, astuition contractsfor the 2017-2018schoolyear were sent home to all families with accounts in good standing. Those with delinquentaccounts will receive a letter with an update of account balance. The tuition rate for next yearreflects a 4% increase which is necessary to cover the increase in salaries and benefits for ourstaff. The maintenance fee and registration fee have also been slightly increased, as those havenot been adjusted in over 9 years.Tuition contracts are due byMarch 17thto ensure a spacefor your student, as we have several grades with waitlists. We are currently acceptingapplications fortuition assistancefor next school year. The online application can be found athttps://online.factsmgt.com/signin/49QDT.
Have you had a chance to visit ourauction website? This site is has all you need to support ourmost important fundraiser of the year.You can find the auction sitehere.

I am offsite today throughFriday, leading an accreditation for the Arch Diocese of San Francisco. I appreciate this opportunity to learn from another school and diocese and then bring that learningback to St. Perpetua as school improvement is an ongoing goal.

Ashes on our foreheads,
Repentance in our hearts,
No sacrifice too big
To follow the Holy and
Eternal One.
Let us give up our fears,
Let go our prejudices,
Allow love to speak
And broaden the
Community of our hearts.
Christine Sine

Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 2
Literacy Night6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, March 3
Cafe Perpetua7:30 am - 9:30 am
NoonDismissal ~ Panther House Open
Monday, March 6 - Thursday, March 9
Sign-Me-Up Parties open for parents7:30 am - 9:00 am&2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
'Class Traditions' items on display in school hallway
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
6th grade parents'Caritas Creekpresentation6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Sunday, March 19
Rise & Shine Massat9:30 am, hosted by 3rd grade
Monday, March 20 - Friday, March 24
6th graders to Caritas Creek Science Camp
Thursday, March 23
Hawaiian Free Dress for students and staff
Author Visit in Library fromMadeleine Dunphy
Friday, March 24
Graduation Photos ~ 8th grade
Prayer Serviceat12:00, hosted by 4th grade,
Saturday, March 25
St. Perpetua 'Hawaiian Nights' Auction Evening at St. Mary's College
First Eucharist Retreat & Rehearsal9:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 30
Author Visit in Library from Jonathan Stokes
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Flyers
Office News
FACTS Tuition Assistance Application for the 2017-2018 School Year
FACTS is the Diocese Financial Aid partner for Tuition Assistance the upcoming school year. An overview document can be foundhere.The application link can be foundhere.If your application is submittedbeforeMarch 16, you will be considered for aid available through FACE (Family Aid for Catholic Education)andSt. Perpetua School.If you application is submitted afterMarch 16, you will considered for aid availablesolelythrough St. Perpetua School.

March Hot Lunch Orders
Parents, it was the first day of the new month and we had almost 30 students without a lunch today.If your child normally gets hot lunch, please make sure you have put in your order for March lunches bytonight.

Christmas Sharing DVD
TheChristmas Sharing DVDsare still available for sale ($12 cash or check) in the office. Email the office if you'd like one sent home via your student.Don't miss out on adding this sweet tradition to your home collection!

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 2nd.
Tie & Belt Drive for Local Teen Boys
Please consider donatingnew or gently-used ties, bow ties and beltsfor local teen boys in need as Prom season approaches. These young men simply want to fit in with their peers. There will be a box in the St. P's officeThursday, 3/2throughThursday, 3/9.

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.Per the Family Contract,
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.
St. Perpetua Dinner Dance & Auction 2017
Hawaiian Nights is almost here!Visitwww.stperpetuaauction.comto buy your tickets and see what exciting things this month holds!

Panther Prideis on the loose until March 10th- has he visited your home already? Visit the website to have Panther Pride removed or buy insurance to keep him from showing up.Beginning next week, ourbeloved class traditionswill be displayed in the main hallway at school. Please come by to see the wonderful things our children have created. Individual class traditions will be available for sale between7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.and2:00 - 3:30 p.m.next Monday-Thursdayin the St. Perpetua room.Also, please stop by the St. Perpetua room next week during the same hours to see and register for theunbelievable line-up of Sign Me Up partiesavailable this year! Please see theauction guidein this week's flyers for a summary of important information.
Cafe Perpetua
Please join us thisFridayat Cafe` Perpetua! Along with our regular breakfast goodies, we will be have blueberry croissant french toast, key lime bars, and to celebrate the season, Irish Soda Bread!

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

Love,Monette Meo
Happening Around Campus
The 7th Graders sharedtheir 'Human Body Amusement Parks'with the 5th graders!
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.

Author Visits
Author Madeleine Dunphy coming to St. PerpetuaMarch 23rd
An author is coming to visit our youngest students ingrades TK - 3. Thank you SEEDS for sponsoring this Author Visit! Madeleine Dunphy, author of the non-fiction series, "Here is Antarctica" (and others) and the new fiction book, "Cat in the Night" will present her books on the morning ofMarch 23rd, in the library. Your child can pre-order any of her books to be signed by the author. The order form ishere. Please submit orders byMonday, March 20th, so that the author has time to gather the requested books from her publisher.Checks for pre-orders should be written to Web of Life Children's Books. Students in older grades can also order books and have them signed during Recess onMarch 23rd. You may contact Stacey Hinton atshinto[email protected]with any questions.

Author Jonathan Stokes coming to St. PerpetuaMarch 30th
Up-and-coming author, Jonathan Stokes, will be holding an assembly for our students inGrades 3-6onMarch 30th. His new adventure novel, "Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas" has been compared to James Patterson's Treasure Hunters series. Be among the first to meet him before he becomes the next big-and-famous author. His visit will be both educational and inspirational for young authors. The order form for his new book ishere. Please submit orders byMonday, March 27th.Checks for pre-orders should be written to Orinda Books. Students in other grades can also order books to be signed by the author. They will be delivered to their classrooms onMarch 27th, at the end of the day. You may contact Stacey Hinton at[email protected]with any questions.
Panther House
Dear Parents,
We need yourMarch calendar, if not submitted already.It's greatly appreciated when we know to expect your child.Download calendarhere.
THISFriday, March 3, is anoondismissal. Panther House is OPEN starting atnoon. Please have your child bring a bag lunch.

Please help out!We have many more openings todonate snackswithimmediate need. We rely on the parent community to keep costs down and our children fed after school.Remember that youearn service hoursfor your contribution. Sign uphere.Thanks in advance for your help. You need to plan on enough food for 65 thankful children.
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
St. Perpetua Talent Show
Our school talent show will be onFriday, April 7th, 10:40 AM - 12:00 noon.
ClickhereforTalent Show Rules and Permission Slip.
CYO Summer Camp
As many of you know, each year our 6th grade students participate in the Caritas Creek Environmental Education Program at CYO Camp.The dedicated staff of CYO Camp also offers asummer recreational program at CYO camp.Students in grades 2-8 are invited to participate in this wholesome and holistic summer camp in an environment rich in Catholic values.

Information for studentscurrently in grades 2-5can be foundhere.Information for studentscurrently in grades 6-8can be foundhere.If you would like to receive 'CYO Camp Discount Parent Guide', please email Kim Fogarty[email protected].

Additional Camp Information postcards are available in the office.

We carry the 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.When possible, please help us reduce credit card fees by paying via check.
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:
  • 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:
  • Marie Kearney, aunt of Suzanne Kozel
  • Maria Yepez, grandmother of Isabella and Sebastian Diaz
  • Joseph Bertera, great-grandfather ofPatrick Brennan
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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