Bulletin # 31

Tomorrow we celebrateHoly Thursday.
  • Our 7th graders will lead us in the first part of ourprayer service starting at 11:15in the Amphitheater.
  • Classroom teachers will lead the second part of the prayer service in the classroom prior to our noon dismissal.
  • Panther House isclosed tomorrow afternoon.
A few key dates to note after Easter vacation:
  • April 9- School resumes
  • April 12- Spring pictures - students may come in free dress
  • April 12- Special Persons' Day practice begins -Specials Persons' Day is May 18 12:30-3:00pm
  • April 17- School Mass 11:00am in the Amphitheater - All students come in uniform and parents are welcome to attend.
It is an exciting day for our Community Center project. With a break from rainy weather, the foundation is being poured today. Wall will be going up in the next week or so!

My Savior,
do you invite me to share
in the glory of the resurrection?
Please stay with me
as I struggle to see
how accepting the crosses of my life
will free me from the power
of the one who wants only
to destroy my love and trust in you.
Help me to be humble and accepting
like your son, Jesus.
I want to turn to you
with the same trust he had in your love.
Save me, Lord. Only you can save me.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.


Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday ~ Noon Dismissal
Panther HouseCLOSES at 9:30 am
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks (Online Link)
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8
Easter Break
Monday, April 9
School Resumes
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 ~Free Dress
Special Persons Day dance practice
Monday, April 16
Music Program Recital Practice 10:00 - 11:45 am
Parent Education Night ~ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, April 19
School Mass in Amphitheatre at 11:00
Special Persons Day dance practice
7th Grade Cal Shakes 'Shakespeare' Performance 1:40 - 2:30
Friday, April 20
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students: Camp Panther Pride 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 21
Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Sunday, April 22
Music Program Recital ~ 3:00 - 4:30, Lafayette Christian Church
Monday, April 23
Author Visit ~ Grades 3 - 8
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
Monday, May 1
Dress Rehearsal (offsite) for Addams Family 3:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2 or Wednesday, May 3
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: "Tile Painting for Buddy Bench"
Special Persons Day dance practice
Thursday, May 3 - Friday, May 4
4th Grade Trip to Gold Camp
Friday, May 4
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Addams Family Theatre Performance (evening)
Saturday, May 5
Addams Family Theatre Performance
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, May 6
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Tuesday, May 8
May Crowning Mass at 8:30 am
2nd Grade First Eucharist Group Photo
8th Grade Graduates' Group Photo
Wednesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 10
8th Grade Retreat
Thursday, May 10
ISP Night (3rd, 4th & 5th grade) 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: "PJ Pajama Party"
Thursday, May 17
Special Persons Day dance practice
Friday, May 18
Special Persons Day
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: 'Wild For Junior High"
Saturday, May 19
'Sign-Me-Up Event for Dads: Dad's Game Night
Monday, May 21
Lafayette Library visitor ~ Summer Reading Program
Friday, May 25
ALL library books due back to library
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 31
'Move-Up' Ceremony
Friday, June 1
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Memories Night for 8th Graders and their Parents
Saturday, June 2
8th Grade Graduation ~ 11:00 am
Thursday, June 7
Panther House CLOSES at 9:30 am
Field Day for Students
Noon Dismissal
Friday, June 8
Final Day of School
School Mass at 8:30 am
9:30 Dismissal
NO Panther House
Happy Summer!
'Sign-Me-Up ' Event for Parents: "Texas Hold 'Em Tournament"
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Yard Duty ~ We Need Your Help!
We still haveunfilled 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 Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Started in 1978,this program helps put over 700 children into Diocese of Oakland schools with tuition assistance on an annual basis. This year marks the 40thyear since the inception of FACE, which remains firm in its unwavering mission to break the cycle of poverty in the East Bay, one family at a time, by helping provide access to quality education. This year's Gala onSaturday, April 21stwill be in honor of The Most Reverend John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, for his 90thbirthday and his instrumental role in the founding of FACE. Should members of the community be interested in joining the Diocesan community at large, clickhereto purchase tickets.
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Deadline is Friday, !
Our 2018 Yearbooks are 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.
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 willconcludeonJune 7, 2019.

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...
DID YOU KNOWthat the annualMaintenance Feepaid by each school family covers the various costs to maintain the school facility. For example, the fee covers HVAC repairs, lighting upgrades, carpeting, plumbing repairs, landscaping and much, much more.
Our Weekly 'Shout Out'
A SHOUT OUTtoLisa Hoskins andMollie Van Stralen, who are organizing a 'Happy Memories' social for 8th grade parents, giving them a fun opportunity to come together before graduation to reminisce and celebrate all the wonderful years at St. Perpetua!
An Upcoming Parent Education Night Opportunity

As ofTuesdayafternoon we have47 RSVPsfor this event. Although we originally noted a limited space for 40, we would love to open this up to any St. Perpetua families who could benefit. If you are interested and available,please RSVP (if you have not yet)so we can get a sense of the numbers and try to plan accordingly. (We will do ourbestto accommodate all, but please note that at this point, you may be on a wait list.)
------------ PARENT ED NIGHT ------------
OnMonday, April 16 from 5:30-7:30,bring your children to the St. Perpetua School Library to join local expert Betsy Shandalov, OTR/L, C-IAYT as she presents:
"Mindfulness as a Life-tool:
Self-Care for You and Your Children Throughout the Day"
Children and parents will learn together for part of the evening, then children will be escorted to another room forsupervised games and pizza dinner. We will provide light snacks for adults as well.Open to St. Perpetua School Families only.Space is limited, so please sign-up right away if you are available and interested. A wait-list will be started if there are more than 40 sign-ups. (Up to approximately 20 adults, 20 kids, but may be able to squeeze in a few more kids).
PLEASERSVP HEREASAPto reserve a spot or be added to a wait list.
Bio:BETSY SHANDALOV, OTR/L, C-IAYTis a nationally recognized integrative medicine, occupational therapist and national speaker on this topic. She is a highly respected pioneer in the area of Therapeutic Yoga. She received her Occupational Therapy degree from Boston University in 1992, her yoga and mindfulness training in the Bay area beginning in 2008 and has done extensive training with the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, D.C.
In her private practice, Betsy treats adults, kids and families to bring balance back to their bodies and minds. Betsy works in 2 Bay Area elementary schools doing motor skills and mindfulness and has been teaching yoga at OIS since 2008.
Her extensive knowledge of disease and disability in a variety of settings combines with her complementary yoga and mindfulness treatments to provide a new level of understanding of how the brain and the immune system work together for natural and therapeutic healing. Betsy lives in Orinda, CA with her husband Jimmy, and her 3 daughters go to Miramonte and Orinda Intermediate School.
Thanks for supporting our Parent Education Program.
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
Sign-Me-Up Parties!
Sign-Me-Up events are a beloved tradition at St. Perpetua! Through our auction website you can sign up for avariety events for moms, dads, sons & daughters.

Here is a listing of the upcoming events.You can click on any event for more detail.

To sign up for any event, clickHEREfor the auction website sign-up page.
Our Community Is 'Being The Good'
Thank you to the7th Grade, who coordinated a school-wide Food Drive for Monument Crisis Center.475 high-protein items were collectedfor the Center! A group of 7th grade students delivered the food to MCC and had a tour of the Center and all of the great things that happen there!

There was great participation from all classes, but4th grade had the highest number of donations at 82! They will enjoy a popsicle party after Easter break!
Student Achievements
Congratulations toBeatrice Roberge, Liam Nagel,Nicholas Aikenand theirOdyssey of the Mind teamwill again be representing the state of California at theWorld Finalsin late May, having placed as a top team in their division and problem at the state finals held at UC Riverside this past weekend.World Finals will be held at Iowa State University in late May.

Congratulations toDonovan Castilla-Liu, second place winner, andPierre Jolin & Mike Kostolansky, third place winners, at the2018Contra Costa Science Fair!
Cafe Perpetua

TK enjoying the newly finished cob bench!

Wishing you and your beautiful families a wonderful Easter break! We look forward to seeing you at ournext Cafe` Perpetua onFriday, April 13th!

Love,Mrs. Meo
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.
Library News
Congratulations to Jonah Mateo!
Congratulations to Jonah Mateo for winning the Friends of the Lafayette Library 2018 Bookmark Contest. His design was selected among numerous entries from all Lafayette schools. He will receive a $25 gift certificate and his winning artwork will be framed and displayed in the Lafayette Library. An awards ceremony to honor him and the other winning artists will take place onTuesday, April 24th at 6:30pmin the Lafayette Library's Art & Science Room. Well Done, Jonah!

2018 Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire
The judges met, last week, to read and evaluate all the entries to the 2018 Oakland Diocese Young Author's Faire. Results are being tabulated and should be available soon. Results will be posted on ourschool website, when available.Let's pray for our Young Authors who anxiously await the results.

Armand Baltazar coming to St. Perpetua School
Armand Baltazar, debut author of the new science fiction/fantasy series, "Timeless", is coming to St. Perpetua School onMonday, April 23rd. He will talk with students and sign books. Pre-order forms for his new book are available on ourschool website. Visit our site for more information about the author and his new book, "Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic".
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for Spring Workshops!
: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.
  • DON'T FORGET:April calendarsnow due. We will jump right in after Spring Break!
  • Thursday, March 29is Holy Thursday ~NoonDismissal &Panther House closes at9:30 am
  • March 30 - April 8 is Easter break

Mrs. Kenney
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:Shakespeare Appreciation Cal Shakes In-School Residency Program
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
Parents, here is a new opportunity for your 7th grader!
Carondelet High School has just launched their webpage to register for the7th grade High School Placement Test Prep Exam onMay 5th.
  • Students can take this practice test to familiarize themselves with the HSPT and assess their own strengths and growth areas.
  • Scores will be kept private, only viewed by the student and family.
  • Space is limited to 250 students.
  • This prep test is available forboth boys and girls, and will be held at the Garaventa Center from8:30-11:30am.
The cost will be $50 per child.
Here is the link to register:https://www.carondeleths.org/admissions/testing
SCRIP Fundraising Program
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!
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 physical Scrip Card 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
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 theParish 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
  • 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:
  • Raymond Nicholas Adler, grandfather of Alessandra Adler
  • Melvin Ayers,grandfather of Alex and Grace Ayers
  • Thomas Bond, brother of Wendy Levich (parish staff)
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