Bulletin # 26

Auction Fever is in the air!Theauction websiteis full of information and ways to support this incredible event! On this site, you canpurchase tickets to the parent party,get yourraffle tickets, or reserve your place at one of our manySign-Me-Up parties! Beginning next week, theclass traditionswill be on display throughout the school and they are always amazing!!!
We hope to see you thisSunday at the 9:30am Rise and Shine Mass. Our 3rd graders have prepared Lenten prayers and will help us celebrate the liturgy!
Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

Upcoming Events
Friday, February 23
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
8th Grade Dance at CTK School
Saturday, February 24
Grateful Gatherings Event
Gun Violence Prevention ~ Town Hall Meeting (Stanley M.S.)
Sunday, February 25
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 3rd grade
Tuesday, February 27
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th grade 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 1
Young Author Book Submission Deadline
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th Grade 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3
First Eucharist Retreat 9:00 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 6
Trimester 2 Closes
Wednesday, March 7
Literacy Night 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thursday, March 8
Online Auction Opens!
Saturday, March 10
Parent Party & Auction at St. Mary's 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday, March 12
Online Auction Closes at 8:00 pm
Friday, March 16
Staff Day ~ no school for students
Panther House Closed
Sunday, March 18
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 2nd grade
Monday, March 19
Deadline for FACTS submission for 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance
Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday ~ Noon Dismissal
Panther House closes at 9:30 am
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks (Online Link)
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8
Easter Break
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Required
  • Our 2018 Yearbooks are now available byonline pre-order only.
  • Do NOT order a yearbook for your 8th grader - cost is covered in your graduation fees
  • If youprepaid for a yearbook with your ONE Checkpayment youDO NOThave to place an online order.
  • ClickHEREto complete an online order.
  • Ordering window will close on Friday, March 29th.
Yard Duty
We still haveopen yard duty slots.Once you have completed your two mandatory shifts
you can earn one hour of volunteer time for every additional shift you work.Please consider signing up for our open yard duty shifts! Clickherefor sign up 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.

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 Auction / Parent Party
"A Night at the Pub" is quickly approaching. It's going to be a fun community building night you don't want to miss!!

If you haven't already done so, please check out ourAuction siteand buy your tickets for this fun & relaxing evening!

Also, take some time to look at the many exciting parties and raffles offered in our Online Auction.


Ifanyone is looking for volunteer hours outside of regular school hours, we are in need of additional "Panther Wranglers". If you have a large car and are willing to help, please contactStaci Kramer.

We also have some sponsorship opportunities - if anyone is interested please contactCary TschannorLucy Mason.

Get a fresh, healthy dinner on the table in less than 5-mins. $20 off first order, $20 donation to St. Perpetua School.

Are you tired of scrambling at the end of a busy day to get dinner on the table? Tired of take-out and restaurant delivery? `Want to just relax and connect with the family around a healthy meal, but without all the shopping, cooking, waste, mess and clean-up? Munchery may be your perfect solution.

Munchery's chefs cook fresh meals every day using locally-sourced seasonal and organic ingredients. You choose entrees, salads, kids' meals, desserts and drinks from the app or site-- and the Munchery team delivers fresh food to your door.
Munchery has offered $20 off the first order-- plus a donation of $20 to the School. ClickHEREand use the promo code STPS17.
If you have any auction questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Cafe Perpetua
Come in out of the cold and join usthis Fridayat Cafe` Perpetuawhere you can warm up while drinking a yummy latte, mocha or hot cocoa! We have heaters and inside seating, and we'd love to see you at the cafe`!

Thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!
Love, Monette Meo
Gun Violence Prevention ~ Town Hall Meeting
I am forwarding you an invitation from Congressman Mark DeSaulnier representing the 11th District to participate in a Town Hall discussion in light of the tragic events in Parkland, Florida. As a faith community we have a responsibility to do our part in the public and civic issues that affect all of us, especially, in this case, our children.
Father John Kasper

From Congressman DeSaulnier:
As we continue to grieve the loss of 17 innocent lives in Parkland, Florida, we will be hosting a town hall to discuss gun violence prevention. I hope you will join us for this important conversation. Clickherefor more from Congressman DeSaulnier.

Gun Violence Prevention Town Hall
Saturday, February 24, 2018
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Stanley Middle School, Multi-Use Room
Mission Effectiveness
Grateful Gatherings Event
We hope you can participate with us and our next Grateful Gathering onSaturday, February 24, 2018!If you didn't participate with us last year we hope you will this time around.
Grateful Gatherings is a non-profit co-founded by St. P's parent, Chris Flitter, and they identify low-income families who have transitioned from homelessness or crisis, collect furniture and household items they need and deliver them to their homes the same day.In one day, changing lives.
This time we arehelping three families. One is aDesert Storm Veteranand his family, and the other two are two single momswho haveescaped from abusive relationships.Please clickhereto read their stories, volunteer or help with donated items.
Thank you for your assistance, we hope you can join us!- Chris Flitter
Literacy Night

Literacy Night is an evening of poetry, puppets and reader's theater to celebrate student reading. It will take place onWednesday,March 7thfrom 6:00pm - 8:00pmin the school library. All students are welcome to attend. Participants in grades TK - 5 have been practicing their parts and are looking forward to a fun family evening!

Volunteers are needed to provide and serve refreshments. To volunteer to provide refreshment, clickhere. To help serve refreshments, clickhere.
Spelling Bee News
Our 2018SpellingBeeChampion is Liam Nagelfrom 6th grade! Hewill be representing St. Perpetua at the Contra Costa CountySpellingBeeonSaturday, March 24.Good luck to Liam!

Wethank and congratulate our otherspellingbeefinalistswho participated in the School Spelling Bee last Thursday:
1stGrade:Hudson Brown, Krystina Patskevich
2ndGrade:Alex Bellusa, Estelle Hall
3rdGrade:Megan Ingham, Ava Wooler
4thGrade:Shane Petierre, Gavin Wang
5thGrade:Cooper Cassidy, John Kemner
6thGrade:Beatrice Roberge
7thGrade:Eliza Hall, Peter Heiskell
8thGrade:Liam O'Shea, Tommy Welch

1st and 2nd grade finalists
3rd grade through 8th grade finalists
FACE Tuition Assistance Grants for 2018-2019 School Year
FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) provides need-based tuition grants to students who attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland.FACTS is the third-party vendor that FACE uses to process and analyze all applications.The online application process is now open, and thesubmissionDEADLINE is March 19th.
  • ClickHEREfor FACE application information.
  • The Application is filled out on theFACTS website.
  • Applications are required for ALL families requesting assistance,even if you received assistance for this current school year.
  • If you have trouble uploading a document or make a mistake on an application, those inquires need to be directed to FACTS either though their customer service line at866-412-4637or emailinfo@factsmgt.com
  • If you have a question regarding grant eligibility, please contact the FACE office at510-628-2169or emailPhil Toups.
Counselor's Corner
Imagine the ideal playground setting. Kids are healthy, happy and feel good about themselves. Carefree children run, play and enjoy their unstructured time. They aren't worried about being bullied or being treated poorly by other kids.
Many experts believe the word "bullying" has been overused and misused. It is hard to admit that our children have some behaviors that could be considered bullying. My plea to you is to not worry so much about the label, but to focus on helping all of our children take responsibility for their behaviors and words.

We must look at negative behaviors in our children and help them learn to act/ react appropriately to others. We all have children who at times make poor social choices. Negative behaviors could be spur of the moment behaviors, but can come off to others as bullying. Other times, kids are purposely excluding others as they prefer a certain group of friends. Sometimes those behaviors or words are subtle. None of us are perfect in our interactions. Your child is learning how to behave in social settings that are constantly changing. Not an easy task! Yes- kids need consequences, but also, please be sure to pair a learning experience with their consequences.

The best thing we can do to help our own kids learn to work through these tough social interactions is to consistently remind them to focus on their own behavior. Kids cannot control the behavior of other kids... we need to continue to help children focus on taking responsibility for their own words or behaviors (whether they are actions or reactions). Keep asking your kids, "How can you be a part of the solution?" If they complain about other kids' behaviors, please ask them how they react in those situations. Give them the power to take responsibility for their actions and always be a part of the solution. Try not to punish them for being open with you about making social mistakes... if they can take responsibility they will learn that they can become a part of the solution. They can BE THE GOOD!

Please know that I do not consider your child to be a bully, but I am sharing this article with you, as I love the way it focuses on teaching children to take responsibility. Please read this and feel free to substitute in the words "negative behaviors" for "bullying".This articleis such an important read for all parents K-8! We must be proactive!

Kelli Bacher
Library News

"Writing is its own reward." Henry Miller
The Young Authors Faireis a diocesan-wide program that celebrates the budding authors in our midst. All students ingrades 1-8are encouraged to participate by writing a book. Before you being writing, please fill out aYoung Author Planand give it to your teacher. When you finish your book, astudent checklistmust be submitted with it. More information about the Young Authors Faire and all forms are on our school websitehere.

Completed books are due to your teacher by Thursday, March 1st.
That means you have the entire month of February to write, edit, and "publish" your book.
Good Luck Writers!
Panther House

Dear Parents,
If your family needsservice hours, this is the place to go.We need snack and plate/paper cup donations for many days in March.
Email Mrs. Kenney for paper product needs.
Please submitMarch Calendars.
Signup genius is open for Panther House snack donation..We've got some March dates still available.Please fill them up! Remember that you gainservice hoursfor your contribution.Remember that you gain service hours for your contribution. Thanks in advance for your help. You need to plan on enough food for 65 thankful children. Here is thesign-up link.
Mrs. Kenney
SEEDs Enrichment

Here are someFebruary enrichment eventssponsored by SEEDS!
  • 1st Grade: LPIE "Biomimicry" (on-site instruction)
  • 2nd Grade:"Pete the Cat" at the Lesher Center for the Arts and LPIE "Volcanoes and Stream Erosion" (on-site instruction
  • 7th Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science with "Fantastic Gasses" Workshop
CYO Girls Volleyball (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball!


  • Clickhereforregistration link
  • Clickherefor tentative game schedule
S.T.E.M Workshop for Junior High Girls

Junior High Girls ~ Do you love Math & Science? Come to theS.T.E.M conference and workshoponSaturday, March 17th, at St. Mary's College Soda Center in Moraga. Registration opens January 19th. ClickHEREfor more information.
Summer Camp Opportunities
TheBerkeley'Girls in Engineering' programis a week-long, non-residentialsummer camp for San Francisco Bay Area girls entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to explore different aspects of what it means to be an engineer in a fun, hands-on environment. Girls will learn leadership skills such as goal setting and effective communication, and engage in activities that showcase different engineering disciplines. Participants will also design and create engineering projects throughout the week under the guidance of Berkeleyfaculty, staff, and students. Clickherefor application information.
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Year-end reports for Scrip participation went home with your youngest child last week. Please review the report which shows e-Scrip/Scrip Card profit, any shortfall which will be added to your March Tuition Statement, and any profit credit earned in excess of your commitment will be applied as you directed. Please contact Kim Fogartykfogarty@csdo.orgwith any questions.

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,
2017-18 Family Participation Program / 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 2017-18 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.
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:
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
  • Zilma Rodriguez, grandmother of Keilah and Tomas Ezaddin, who is ill
  • Bess Mason, grandmother of Matti and Annie Sena, who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
  • A member of our community going through medical treatment
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
We remember those who have died:
  • Rueywen Liu, grandfather of Donovan and Marina Castilla-Liu
  • Mike Jerge, grandfather of Madeline and Z.K. Jerge
  • Karen Ann Zapotowski, grandmother of Chase O'Keefe
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