Bulletin # 13 (1)

Wehave an incredibly creative community! The Halloween costumes yesterday were magnificent! Thank you to our leadership student for their efforts in planning and judging of the costumes during the parade.

Thank you to our 4th graders for the lovely All Saints Day Mass this morning in our amphitheater. Each student shared about their Saint and helped us all learn how to be more like them.

Tomorrow is demolition day!Our hall that has served the community for the past 65 years is coming down beginning at 8:30am. Our classes will take a few minutes to watch this momentous event and by pick-up time you will see our progress!

This Friday is our annual disaster drill.
This event is one part of our safety plan and practicing our emergency procedures,
we will all bebetter prepared should we ever need to evacuate the school.By 11 am on Friday, you should receive an email, text and phone call from ourautomated messaging system with directions for our evacuation. Allstudents must be picked up by an adult listed on their emergency form.Adults must show valid identification in order to pick up a student. Weappreciate you cooperation as we ensure a safe environment for all members of our community.

Many, many thanks to our school community members who supported our Fall Fundraisers. I'm very proud to report the following results:
  • Tee-Off For Technologyraised a net of $38,000 for our technology purchases
  • Scholastic Book Faireraised a net of $4,590 in Scholastic Book Dollars for our school
  • Fire Recovery 'Free Dress' Dayraised $1,300 that is being sent to the 'Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa Fire Fund'.

A week from Sunday we will have our nextRise andShine Mass with our 4th graders assisting. Between the 9:30 and 11:30 Masses we will also have ourground breaking ceremonyfor the new community center. I hope you will be able to join us for this significant

Father, All-Powerful and ever-living God,
today we rejoice in the holy men and women
of every time and place.
May their prayers bring us your forgiveness and love
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 1
Have you ordered November Hot Lunches for your children?
Friday, November 3
Cafe Perpetua 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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
Thursday, November 9
Last Day To Order School Outerwear From Gryco Link
Friday, November 10
Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
NO Cafe Perpetua
Sunday, November 12
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th grade, at 9:30 am
Monday, November 13
Donut Order Forms Due (for 11/16 sale)
Class Items Due ~ Mission Effectiveness Thanksgiving Outreach
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
Thursday, November 16
Student Leadership Donut Sale (advance orders only)
Friday, November 17
NO Cafe Perpetua
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 1
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Saturday, December 2
Peppermint Shoppe & Cafe Perpetua Boutique
Sunday, December 3
'Rise & Shine" Mass, hosted by Kindergarten & 1st Grade at 9:30 am
Friday, December 15
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1, 2018
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
School Resumes
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 through Thursday, 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 at 12:45.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 Fogartykfogarty@csdo.org.Substitutes have the option of (1) being paid $25 by the parent for whom you are coveringor(2) receiving 1.5 hours 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 dayALLstudents are picked up between 11:15 and 11:45
in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk.
  • Panther House is closed after 9:30 am.
  • 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 Emergency Contact Information 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 Kozelskozel@csdo.orgwith 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
Annual Tuition Assistance Campaign
For the 2017-2018 school year,St. Perpetua has already granted assistance to 30 students totaling $97,000. As the school year progresses, additional families are often faced with obstacles and request financial assistance. As we embark on this 11th Annual Fund campaign, there are two goals:

1.100% pledge and/or prayer participation from school families

2. Raise $50,000 for the Tuition Assistance Fund at St. Perpetua

Mission Effectiveness ~ Thanksgiving Outreach
Each year, St. Perpetua donates Thanksgiving baskets to theMonument Crisis Centerto help local needy families enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.
In order to help those families, we ask that each student bring inone itemaccording to theclass assignments below, as well as$3 towards the turkey gift cards.
All classes are collecting the following food items for Thanksgiving "Baskets":
TK & Kindergarten-16 oz. can cranberry sauce (2 cans)
First Grade-15 oz. can whole kernel corn (2 cans)
Second Grade-12 oz. can of evaporated milk (2 cans)
Third Grade-Instant mashed potatoes
Fourth Grade-Stove top stuffing mix (for turkey) (2 packages)
Fifth Grade-Pumpkin Pie Mix (make sure it's thepie mix)
Sixth Grade-Ready crust graham (not frozen)
Seventh Grade-14 oz. can whole green beans
Eighth Grade-Large rectangular roasting pan (big enough for a turkey)(1 or 2)
Faculty-Instant gravy
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Students can bring their donations directly to their classrooms.

ALL ITEMS ARE DUE byMonday, November 13th
Cafe Perpetua
Please join usthis Fridayat Cafe`Perpetuawhere you can enjoy a slice of yummy french toast and a pumpkin latte to warm you up! We will have all of your regular favorites along with some seasonal treats such as spiced pear bread that goes perfectly with our spiced pear jam.

Next week will have have a school holiday in honor of Veteran's Day, so there will not be a cafe, and the followingFridaythe cafe` will be closed because all of our elves will be very busy getting ready for our annual Christmas Boutique onFriday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd.

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

Love,Monette Meo
Student Leadership
Donut Sale - Thursday, November 16
For our November fundraiser, Leadership will be selling donuts for $1 each. Order forms can be downloadedhereor from the "This Week's Flyers" section on the school bulletin.

Orders are due to the office with payment by Monday, 11/13. Donuts will be passed out at recess onThursday, 11/16. If there are extras, students may purchase a donut; however, there are usually very few left over, so be sure to order ahead of time!
Counselor's Corner
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,
Mrs. Kelli Bacher
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,
Wow! How did we get to November already? Speaking of a new month, don't forget to send in yourNovember calendars. I have very few calendars and remember we are getting full these days. If you know your child's schedule, let's reserve a space for them.Download here.In this month where we focus on thankfulness, we are thankful that disaster has not hit our neighborhood. But it's critically important to be prepared, which is why we will practice our disaster drill this Friday, November 3.On Friday,Panther House closedafter9:30 am.

Sixth Annual Panther HousePumpkinRelayRun
Join us as we continue this annual tradition of keeping fit and having fun!We'll run a relay, up on the grass hill, on Wednesday, November 15. Kids will pass a pumpkin between themselves as they compete for bragging rights. Open to all registered Panther House students.Come over to Panther House at3pm.Then we'll do the runfrom3:30-4pm (weather permitting).If your child would like to participate, please make sure they are signed up in advance.A quick email is all it takes.No drop-ins for this event.
  • 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.
  • November 3:Disaster Drill: noondismissal.Panther House closedafter9:30 am
  • November 10:Veteran's Day. School Holiday
  • November 15:6th Annual Pumpkin Relay Run
Mrs. Kenney
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 has received a 'profit earned to date' statement which shows Scrip card purchases through 9/30 and e-Scrip purchases through 8/31.
  • 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
  • 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
CarondeletHigh School
'Shadow' visitswill 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 Housewill take place on November 5th from 2 pm - 4pm.

De la SalleHigh School
Clickherefor a flyer regarding Fall Events for Prospective Families.Open Housewill 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

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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
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