Bulletin # 29

THANK YOU to Lucy and Mason and Cary Tschannand their awesome team that coordinated an incredible auction event for our community! I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures of Pride the Panther visiting homes. The bagpiper and the Irish dancers added to our festive night at the Pub and our online auction was a tremendous success! But the highlight was reading the many ways our students feel lucky to attend St. Perpetua School! We are all truly blessed!
Please be sure to check your child's backpack today astuition contractsfor the 2018-2019 school year are coming home. These contracts are bydue March 26thto secure your student's place. AlsoSecond Trimester report cardsare coming home with each student.
Tomorrow is agreen free dressday to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. StudentsMUST follow the free dress guidelinesoutlined in the handbook and be appropriately dressed for school.
Friday, March 16is a student holiday but aprofessional staff day. We will spend the day reviewing the new diocesan Religion standards for each day. Additionally, Fr. John will be presenting to the staff as part of our required catechetical in-service sessions.
Christ be with me,Christwithin me
Christ behind me,Christbefore me
Christ beside me,Christto win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me,Christabove me
Christ in quiet,Christin danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, March 14
7th grade JHOP Food Drive Is Ongoing!
Report Cards Issued
2018-19 Returning Family Contracts Sent Home (youngest child)
Open School Board Meeting ~ 6:30 pm in library
Thursday, March 15
GREENFree Dress to celebrate the Auction & St. Patrick's Day
Auction Item Pick-up in Perpetua Room 7:45 - 10:00 and 2:00 - 3:30
Friday, March 16
Staff Professional Development Day ~ no school for students
Panther House CLOSED
Saturday, March 17
Knights of Columbus ~ St. Patrick's Day Dinner
Sunday, March 18
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 2nd grade
Monday, March 19
Auction Item Pick-up in Perpetua Room 7:45 - 10:00 and 2:00 - 3:30
Deadline for FACTS submission for 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance
Tuesday, March 27
7th grade JHOP Food Drive Ends
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
Wednesday, April 11
Caritas Creek Preview for 6th grade students 1:15-3:00 pm
Caritas Parent Presentation 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Thursday, April 12
Spring Photos for all students
Friday, April 20
Camp Panther Pride 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
6th Grade at Caritas Creek Science Camp
Saturday, April 28
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, April 29
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Yard Duty
We still have26 unfilled yard duty slots for the months of April and May.Once you have completed your two required shiftsyou can earnone hour of volunteer timefor every additional shift you work.Please consider signing up for our open yard duty shifts!Clickherefor sign up link.
  • It is critical that you have your scheduled yard duty assignments on your calendar. You receive a Sign-Up Genius email reminder and a backup office email reminder. When we have 'no show' parents we have to scramble to cover the assignment with a staff member.
  • 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 volunteers need to be 'All Clear' to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.

2018-2019 School Dates
As we look to the new school year, please note thefirst day of schoolfor 2018-2019
school year will beAugust 20, 2018,andschool will concludeonJune 7, 2019.

Scrip Ordering Schedule
Since we have a low volume of weekly Scrip orders we are changing our Scrip ordering schedule tobi-weekly.ClickhereforScriporder Schedule for the balance of this school year.

GREENFree Dress on Thursday, 3/15
We will celebrate St. Patrick's Day and the success of our school auction with
GREENFree Dresson Thursday, 3/15!

2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Deadline Approaching!
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.

Knights of Columbus ~St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner
As St. Perpetua's parish hall is under construction, the Santa Maria Knights and Parish are graciously co-hosting ourSt. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner on Saturday, March 17th!You are cordially invited to join the two-Parish celebration and feast on a delicious buffet style dinner with corned beef, 'tatties, cabbage, side dishes and beverages. Seeflyerfor details!

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.
Did You Know...
If you have set up aPresto Payaccount and are exclusively ordering'Scrip Now!'(certificates that go right to your phone for activation), you can order at anytime and have it immediately delivered to your phone!
This is a great option for on-the-spot shopping needs throughout the yearandsummertime purchases (when physical cards are not available for order).You'll be amazed at how quickly your profit rebates can grow!
Mission Effectiveness
Please join the7th gradeas they sponsor aschool-widefood drive for the Monument Crisis Center. The Center is looking forhigh protein items including:bagged beans, canned beans, canned chicken, salmon or other meats, peanut butter, etc.

Please drop off donations inthe box outsideyour classroom door. The 7th graders will gather andtransport the items to the center onTuesday, March 27.The class with the largest number of donations will get a Popsicle Party!
Thank you for supporting this event!
Cafe Perpetua
Come in out of the rain 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
St. Perpetua March Madness Charity Pool 2018
MarchMadnessis finally here! Are you ready to prove your NCAA Basketball knowledge and establish your legacy as a true bracketologist? Well this is your opportunity to prove to yourself and others while also helping to raise some money for charity. Clickherefor details!

How It Works:
Submit a completedNCAAMarchMadnessBracketto the office or Mr. Voltattorniby8:00amtomorrow. Remember to keep a copy for yourself so you can track your picks.
*Submit bracket with $2.00 cash

Who can enter:
Any student from TK to 8th Grade. The more students who enter, the more money we can raise.
Successful Picks:
  • 1st Round =1 point
  • 2nd Round = 2 points
  • Sweet 16 = 4 points
  • Elite 8 = 8 points
  • Final 4 = 16 points
  • Champion = 32 points
*Most overall points wins.
Winner chooses a Charitable Organization to donate 100% of the proceeds.
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Voltattorni atbvoltattorni@csdo.org
Thank you and good luck to everyone!
Our Community 'Being The Good'
During Lent, TK is donating supplies to the Contra Costa County Foster Family Network. They bring donations everyMondayduring Lent and they bag them up.
Items include lunch boxes, water bottles, flip flops, beach towels, McDonalds gift card, small toys and art kits. Great job, TK!
Room Parents for 2018 - 2019 School Year

Are you looking for a fun way to become more involved in your child's classroom while earning your volunteer hours? Please consider becoming aRoom Parent for the 2018/19 school year!See theRoom Parent Formfor more information.
Contact Liz Mechelkeliz_mechelke@me.comOR Monica Byersmonicabyers@yahoo.comwith any questions.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
It was so good to see so many parents enjoying themselves at the auction on Saturday night. Thank you for all the compliments about our extended care program!
Before we shift gears away from the auction, there is still time to sign you child up forTile Painting for a new Buddy Bench.It's your chance to leave your mark in St. Perpetua history!
to sign up.

April calendars are availablehere.
Deadline is Wednesday March 28th
Spring classes will start after Easter break. Look at your child's Spring activities and see if they will work in their schedules.
:Brick for Kids(Lego grades: TK - 4) (download flyerHERE)

Signup genius is open for Panther House snack donation.. 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
Library News
100+ Students performed at Literacy Night!
Over 100 students performed on Wednesday, March 7th at Literacy Night. It was a great celebration of our student's literacy and a fun evening. Visit our school website for photos of our Literacy Night Stars. Thank you Melissa O'Brien for helping Mrs. Hinton to manage all the acts. Thank you Molly Khammanivong for making sure there were yummy treats after each Performance.http://www.stperpetuaschool.org/programs/library

90 Young Author books received!
Our Young Author committee received 90 individual books. The committee is busy reading and evaluating all these terrific books. Results will be posted byMarch 21st. Those who are selected to represent the best of St. Perpetua will be recognized at the Diocesan Young Authors Faire onApril 28that St. Mary's School. Good Luck Writers!
SEEDs Enrichment Activities

Here are someMarch enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!

TK-5th Grade: Literacy Night

Kindergarten:LPIE "Senses and Observations" (on-site instruction)
LPIE "Ramps" (on-site instruction)

1st Grade:"Pete the Cat" at Lesher Center for the Arts

3rd Grade: LPIE "Motion and Levers" (on-site-instruction)
"Percussion Discussion" at Lesher Center

5th Grade: LPIE "Chemistry" (on-site instruction)

6th Grade: Field Trip to Rosicrucian Museum
7th Grade:"A Midsummer Night's Dream" Cal Shakes In-School Residency Program

8th Grade: Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science with "Fantastic Gases" Workshop
Shakespeare Appreciation Cal Shakes In-School Residency Program
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.
Music Notes

During music classes the week ofMarch 21-23, the3rd,
4th,and5thgrades students will havePerformance Day.

This in anoptional activitywhen they canplay an instrument(I have a keyboard available),sing a song(they may bring a CD or load an audio file) ordo a dance performancefor their classmates.
They need not prepare anything special and it need not be classical.It is intended to be a fun way to share music they know and love.Please have your students let me know this week or next week if they would like to participate and what they would like to perform.
Counselor's Corner
I have been so impressed with the dedication and parent involvement at St. PerpetuaSchool. Whether that involvement is volunteering at the school, on the school board or behind the scenes, we must partner together to help our students succeed.

I thoughtthis articlewas a wonderful reminder of how to strengthenrespect, responsibility and relationships at St. Perpetua School.As quoted in the article, "with respect and responsibility we open the door to what is called meaningful relationship".

I would like to continue tobuild meaningful relationshipsbetween staff, parents and students, by planning a Parent Education evening this Spring. I have been communicating with other local school counselors, therapists and speakers to find an expert who will lead an event for our school. Continuing along the lines of collaboration and meeting the needs of our community, I would love to hear from you to hear what topics you would like to see at St. P's. Please complete thisVERY short surveyto help me meet your needs.

Thank you so much,

Kelli Bacher
7th Grade High School Placement Test - Prep Exam
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!
Scrip Ordering Schedule
Since we have a low volume of weekly Scrip orders we are changing our Scrip ordering schedule tobi-weekly.ClickhereforScriporder Schedulefor the balance of this school year.
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.Clickherefor details.

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:
  • Violet deBorja, grandmother of Danica Duque, who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Melvin Ayers, grandfather of Alex and Grace Ayers
  • 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:
  • Francis Hoban, grandfather of Roarke and Seri Hoban
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