2017 Bulletin #9

Thank you to all who supported the parish Oktoberfest! It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy the event on the upper lot. I especially enjoy seeing our alums that come back to help!
The school and parish staff are preparing for ourupcoming construction of a community center, which will begin in a few weeks.ByOctober 23, the security fence should be installed and cars entering from the main driveway will only be able to turn LEFT at the top of the drive. I will be sharing more detailed information on how this will impact school in the next two bulletins.

All are invited to the"Hasta La Vista" partyas a final farewell to our current hall onSaturday, October 14. Tickets are availablehere.

Finally, I am away for the rest of the week attending the annualDiocesan Administrators' Conference. This conference provides dedicated time with elementary, high school and Department of Catholic Schools colleagues to learn and collaborate.

Today is the Feast of St. Francis Asissi so our prayer is for peace and hope:
Make me a channel of your peace.
Where there is hatred let me bring your love.
Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord
And where there's doubt, true faith in you.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 5
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Panther House Open
Friday, October 6
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Panther House Open
Monday, October 9
Columbus Day ~ No School
Wednesday, October 11
School Picture Retakes
Thursday, October 12
School Mass at8:30 am
Friday, October 13
Mother-Son SMU Party
Saturday, October 14
7th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, October 15
Rise & Shine Mass (hosted by 5th grade) at9:30 am
Monday, October 16 - Friday, October 20
Scholastic Book Faire in the school library
Friday, October 20
Kindergarten Parent Social
Saturday, October 21
Dad's Cornhole SMU Party
Sunday, October 29
Halloween Family Fest SMU Party
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Parade at11:00
NO Panther House After-School Care
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News

School Directory
The 2017-2018 School Directory(digital file)was sent out at4pmon Friday, 9/29 as a School Messenger email from Karen Goodshaw. If you didn't receive it, please check your spam files. As a reminder, this directory is only for the use of St. Perpetua families and cannot be used for solicitation inside or outside of the school.
School Picture Retakes
School Picture retake day isWednesday, October 11.Picture forms are in the office,You can also place anonline orderatmylifetouch.com.Our School code isBY117048Q1.
Need Volunteer Hours?...We Need Moving Help!
As you know, we're less than a month away from breaking ground for our new community center. Many tasks need to happen in the next couple of weeks!
OnMonday, October 9the storage containers behind the kitchen will be moved to the upper lot. In order for this to happen, we need to empty it by11:00 a.m.and then move the content to the new location. As such, we're looking for 15-20 volunteers to assist us. In order for this to happen in the most efficient way, we need 5-6 pick-up trucks.
If you're available to help please email Christoph Nauerchnauer@stperpetua.organd also mention whether or not you have a pick-up truck.ADULTS ONLY.Volunteer hours will be given for your help!

Food For Thought, our hot lunch provider, has anew ordering system.Boonli is 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.Password is Perpetua2.Clickherefor a letter from Boonli and Food For Thought.

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.
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.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.
Scrip Cards
We are now stockingMetro Lafayette(10% rebate) scrip cards in the office!
We also carry Cooperage, Mangia Ristorante, Lunardi's and Diablo Foods in the office (all carry a 10% rebate as well).In addition, you can order cards from over 100 vendors with your weekly online order.
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 will receive a 'profit earned to date' statement in late October which will show Scrip card purchases through 9/30 and e-Scrip purchases through 8/31.

As we are now entering the 4th quarter of our current tracking year, please make sure that you are on track to cover your commitment.Families will be billed any scrip commitment shortfall on their March, 2018 tuition statement.

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(all carry a 10% rebate as well).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,
Mission Effectiveness
Grateful Gatherings
Do you happen to have furniture or household items stored in your garage with the hope you'll find a good place for it some day? Well now is your chance!Grateful Gatherings is a non-profit, co-founded by St. P's parent Chris Flitter, who identifies low-income families who need help, collect furniture andhousehold items on one day and deliver and set up their homes on the same day.This time they are helpingthree families from the Catholic Worker Housein Oakland whose mission is to help immigrant families with transitional housing and supportive services.

The date of the collection of gently used furnishings and household items will beOctober 14in front of the St. Perpetua Parish Office. If you are interested indonating please click on the linkHERE.Any questions please email:chris@gratefulgatherings.org
Thank you!

'Student to Student' Hurricane Relief
Our school communityraised $591.37!This money will be sent to NCEA and distributed to catholic schools affected by the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.Thank you!
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Welcome to October!
There are some special dates in which to pay attention.
October 5 & 6:Panther House open atnoonduring parent teacher conferences. Email Mrs. Kenneylkenney@csdo.orgif your child is not already scheduled for these dates.
October 9:No school; Columbus Day
October 30:(3:30 to 4:15) Special Halloween treats, face-painting and Halloween activities like pumpkin bowling. Email me if you would like your child to have their face painted.
October 31:Halloween;noondismissal. Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade.Panther House is CLOSED in the afternoon.
If your Jr. High Student is looking for service hours, we would welcome them onOctober 30to come help decorate faces or run activities. There are six spots available on afirst come, first served basis.These junior high students need to be registered to be at Panther House forOctober 30.Mrs. Kenney will notify the junior high students (the first six volunteers) who have been selected.
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
'Sign-Me-Up'(SMU) Events
Sign Me Up events are school FUNdraiser events offered through
the auction website.

October 13, 2017
MOTHER-SON PARTYClickherefor sign-up link
Hereis a video 'memory board' of last year's event!
Let's get together to party with our special guy, or guys,
andcelebrate being aboy mom.
We are hoping to kick it off with some dodgeball
to burn off that boy energy.
Since eating is one of their favorite activities,
we will be serving delicious, cooked to order, Mexican food...
burritos, tacos, quesadillas and burrito bowls.
The photo booth will be going to make sure you capture the moment...
Or many moments, as the boys did last year.
Hope to see you all on the dance floor at some point.
Let's teach these boys how to boogie!
Hosted by: Ana Maria Berry, Staci Kramer, Michelle Leske, Jordan Rojas, Elizabeth Ward, Harumi Mendoza, and Marina Alessandrini.
Friday, October 13, 2017 5:30 - 8:30pm
Price per couple: $85, and $45 per additional son.

October 21, 2017
DAD'S GAME NIGHTclickherefor sign-up link
Due to overwhelming demand, the St P Dad's Corn Hole Tourney is back!A mere $75 guarantees you a fun night of corn hole, food, adult beverages and most importantly, the chance at becoming this 2017 CH Champion!A yearly tradition, come join your good friends and make new ones for the well-loved St P Dad's Game Night. Get tossing and we will see you on 10/21!
Hosted by: Matt Kemner, Rick Berry, Gordon Bonneville, Matt Kroger, and Sean Sabarese.
Saturday, Oct 21, 20176:00 - 10:00 pm
Price per dad: $75. Space is limited to 40 dads.

October 29, 2017
HALLOWEEN FAMILY FESTclickherefor sign-up link
Ghouls & Boys, Mummies & Daddies - wear your costumes and join us for some Halloween Fun!There will be hayrides, a haunted house, tricks & treats, fun-filled games, a pumpkin patch, and prizes for best costumes.Don't miss this SPOOK-TACULAR event!
Hosted by: Steve & Genene Welch
Sunday, October 29, 2017 1:00-5:00pm
Price per family: $ 90Unlimited space.
BONUS - ADD-ON!clickherefor sign-up link
MAKE IT A FAMILY PICTURE OPPORTUNITY at the Welch's beautiful vineyard.Sittings are conveniently offered during the Halloween party.Generously offered by one of our beloved photographers Terry Riggins!
Hosted by: Terry Riggins Photography
Sunday, October 29, 2017between12:30 and 6:00
Price per family: $100 includes the sitting and two 5x7 photographs
Limited to 8 Families
Ladies Night Out 2017
Save the Date!
Wednesday, November 15
Orinda Country Club

Come shop, eat and drink to support St. Perpetua! More information to follow.
Happening Around Campus
Cafe Crew serving up smiles last week!
8th grade retreat at Nature Bridge
Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Kelli Bacher
Hereis a link to the letter regarding the Las Vegas incident earlier this week.

I have really enjoyed meeting so many students and parents over the past month at St. Perpetua! Please continue to introduce yourselves and please continue to send inCounseling Permission Slips.

Last week I was able to join the students who are new to St. P.s at a "New Student/ Counselor Luncheon". I was so happy to hear that those students have seemed to overall acclimate well. They all knew which adults to turn to if they needed help and they all have felt welcomed by their peers. Some were more talkative than others, so I do hope the quieter ones will let us know if they are not feeling as comfortable. Please thank all St. Perpetua students for being inclusive and please encourage them tocontinueto do so.

I have been working with many students on social issues and one topic that is reoccurring is the feeling of not fitting in. While most students do feel as if they are connecting with others, please let us know if your student is not. Please remind your students to be inclusive with all of their peers- across genders, ages, groups, and other differences.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Thank you,
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
Library News
Birthday Club-- Join the Club and help us get books kids love!
Please help us to continue building our library collection with books that kids love to read. Join the Birthday Club! For a small donation, your child gets to select a new book to be purchased for our school library. The book will have a nameplate in the front cover, celebrating your child's birthday. We collect all Birthday Club forms now, regardless of your child's birth date. In October, students select the new books that are ordered for the library. The Birthday Club student will be the FIRST student to borrow the new book from the library. S/he also gets to check out the Birthday Club book as an "extra" book, in addition to his/her regular library books. The kids love to participate just as much as they love to celebrate birthdays. Please consider helping our library to continue growing. Having kid-selected books in the library helps us to develop a love of reading.

If you'd like to download a Birthday Club form, go to our school website athttp://www.stperpetuaschool.org/programs/library/birthday_club/ Contact our school librarian, Stacey Hinton, with any questions atshinton@csdo.org
Notes from the Music Room... ~Mrs. Lisa Holmes
We are off to a great start! The students are singing, listening and learning music in many creative ways.

In an effort to encourage students and families to take advantage of our rich musical community, I have created a page of links to many of the organizations in the East Bay and San Francisco (see the pull down menu on my St. Perpetua School page). Please let me know if you would like to add a musical organization that you enjoy. In addition, I offer the students an opportunity for "extra credit" if they fill out a MUSICAL EVENT REPORT (available in the music room) after attending a concert.

I hope you find the list of links a useful tool. Happy listening!
Lisa Holmeslholmes@csdo.org

Local High School Events in October -
Campolindo High School Instrumental Music Dept
Pops Concert. 10/2 @ Campolindo High School (CHS)

Acalanes High School Music Dept
Fall Choral Classic. 10/9 @ Acalanes High School (AHS)
Fall Choral Classic. 10/12 @ Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC)
Fall Instrumental Concert. 10/19 @ AHS
Choral Institute Concert. 10/21 @ AHS

De la Salle/Carondelet High School and Miramonte High School will offer concerts in December.
Catholic High School News
Carondelet'shadow visits' will be available most Mondays, Tuesdays & FridaysOctober 2 -November 27.Parents should registerhereto schedule a shadow visit.The online application is now open.Deadline for early bird registration and pricing isNovember 8.All applications for the class of 2022 are due byDecember 1.Carondelet Open House will take place onNovember 5thfrom2 pm - 4pm.

De la Salle'sOpen House will take place onNovember 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 onSunday, 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

The St. Perpetua Outreach Committee is sponsoring aCoat & Blanket Drivethe weekend ofOctober 13-16... just in time for the cold weather!There is a great need for adult & children's coats, hats, mittens, boots, and other warm items such as blankets and sleeping bags.

Each year a number of coats are give to school children in Mendocino ~ there are children and the bus stop each year without a coat or warm sweatshirt.Organizations benefiting from the drive and White Pony Express, Youth Homes, Friendly Manor, and Hillcrest Church clothes closet.

A silver Toyota pickup will be parked at the church that weekend startingFridaymorning with a sign clearly stating 'Share the Warmth'.Contact Karen Rose Kalvass at925-284-8130with any questions.

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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
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • Joy June Bertera, Great-Grandmother of Patrick Brennan
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