2017 Bulletin # 10

Dear Parents,
For the past several years we have been planning, fundraising, designing, redesigning, and praying for acommunity center. I am excited to share that we are still on schedule tobegin construction on October 23! Although we are filled with anticipation for the completed project, this construction project will impact school life as we know it. I can assure you that all safety measure will be in place and student learning will continue. The biggest impact will be thatwe will not have access to the church and the area in front of the church for the next 12-15 months. The church will be accessible on the weekend for scheduled masses; access will not be possible during the week days.The construction fence, blocking access to the right of the Panther House building, will be installed by October 23rd.Beginning on Monday, Oct 23, cars will not be able to turn right at the top of the drive way.
New Carpool Procedures effective Monday, October 23:
Morning Drop-Off:
  • We will follow regular drop off procedures on the lower lot in front of the schooluntil the car line backs onto Hamlin.
  • I will be at the bottom of the driveway to direct cars.
  • When the line gets to the bottom of the driveway, I will direct cars to the upper lot for drop off.
  • Cars on the upper lot should drive toward the Chapel building, turn left at the far side of the parking lot and then pull along side the Parish Office and field so that students can exit the car on the right hand side.
  • There will be a staff member on duty to supervise the students who are dropped off on the upper lot. Students will proceed down the steps to the crossing guard, cross the street, and join their class.
Afternoon Pick-up:
  • ALL students will need to be picked up from the classroom.
  • Parents and Guardiansmust use the external doors to pick up their studentsto avoid congestion in the internal hallway.Please be respectful of the teaching that is going on in your child's classroom and not congregate outside the 1st - 8th grade classrooms until 2:55 pm.
  • Students attending Panther House will be dismissed to check into that program at 3:00pm and any student that is not picked up by 3:15pm will be escorted to Panther House.
Please join us tomorrow morning for 8:30 Mass in the church. Students in 7th and 8th grade are assisting with key roles, as this will be the last time we gather as a school community in the church while the community center is under construction.
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.
OnMonday, Oct. 16the Sisters of St. Elisabeth Convent will be on campus.The sisters of Saint Elisabeth Conventhave been rendering spiritual, social and financial assistance to the sick and the suffering who stay at the National Psychiatric Clinic, the boarding home for children with special needs, the boarding home for mentally challenged adults, the rehabilitation center for mentally challenged children, the municipal hospital No.2, and a TB clinic for more than fifteen years. They will be selling icons, crucifixes, wooden and alabaster crosses, church goods and other religious items are made with prayer and love in the workshops of the Convent.Your support is greatly appreciated.
Finally, I shared last week that I was away at the annual Administrative Conference for principals in our diocese. It is always an enriching time filled with collaboration and community. This year we had sessions on: Energy, Witness, Joy, Hope, and Gratitude. I had assumed that our session on gratitude was going to be on the importance of showing gratitude. I was wrong! Instead, I received the most incredible box filled with notes and cards from our students. Your children's thoughts and wishes truly brought me to tears! Our students have good and kind hearts and notice so many details, and I am blessed to serve this community!

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus." Philipians 4:6-7

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 12
School Mass at 8:30 am
Friday, October 13
Cafe Perpetua 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Mother-Son SMU Party
Saturday, October 14
7th Grade Parent Social
'Hasta La Vista' party ~ church hall6pm - 10pm
Sunday, October 15
Rise & Shine Mass (hosted by 5th grade) at 9:30 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
Monday, October 23
New Morning & Afternoon Carpool Routes Begin
Tuesday, October 31
Halloween Parade at 11:00
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am

Wednesday, November 1
School Mass at 8:30 am in the Amphitheatre
Friday, November 3
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
Friday, November 10
Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
Sunday, November 12
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th grade, at 9:30 am
Monday, November 13
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
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Lost & Found
Our Lost & Found cart is overflowing.If your student is missing any clothing items, please check the cart.Unclaimed items will be donated to needy families on Friday, 10/20.

Looking For Volunteer Hours?
Our Book Faire coordinators need help with setting up all the Scholastic materials in the library.Thursday, 10/12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.Contact Lauren Munzingerlalazinger@gmail.comif you can offer any volunteer hours.
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.

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 & Substitute List
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 Substitutelist, 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 one hour 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 daystudents are picked up between 11:15 and 11:45in the new plaza area at the end of school building near the cross walk.Clickherefor the Emergency Drill form that you can fill out in advance.

Students will only be released to those listed on their student profile 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 the office with that authorized person's name.Panther House is closed that afternoonso that we can review the drill as an entire staff.
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.
Scholastic Book Faire
Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming October 16th - October 20th!

Monday, October 16th:all classes will have an opportunity to preview Book Faire items
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am- 9:00 am
Tuesday, October 17th:
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
'Pastries with Parents'...8am - 9:30 am:parents can shop and enjoy pastries & coffee

Wednesday, October 18th:
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am- 9:00 am
'Bookies with Cookies' ...9:00 am - 10:00 am:TK and kindergarten students get to bring one adult to help them choose books and enjoy coffee & cookies

Thursday, October 19th
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am- 9:00 am

Friday, October 19th
1st - 8th grade Studentscan shop at the Book Faire during snack recess and lunch recess
Parentscan shop at the Book Faire8:00 am - 9:00 am
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 14thin 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!
Cafe Perpetua
Please join usthis Fridaywhere will be celebrating the fall season with everything pumpkin!Pumpkin cake, pumpkin scones, gluten-free pumpkin muffins and individual pumpkin breads to name of a few of our seasonal treats!
We will also be featuring mummy Kahlua cakes, Halloween luminaries, and fall floral arrangements from the Garden of Learning along with some of the last of summer's produce!

We look forward to seeing you andthank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning.

Love,Monette Meo
'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, 2017 between 12:30 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.
SEEDs Student Enrichment Activities
Here are some October enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

Kindergarten: LPIE "Native American" (on-site instruction)

1st Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science - "Make it Move!" Workshop
LPIE "Optics" (on-site instruction)

2nd Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science - "Insects in Action" Workshop

3rd Grade:LPIE "Lafayette History" (on-site instruction) and Lafayette Walking Tour

4th Grade: LPIE "Walk Through California" (on-site instruction)

5th Grade:Field Trip to Exploratorium
Panther House

Dear Parents,
After School Attendance
Thank you to all those who take advantage of our extended care services and let us know in advance of your child's attendance. Our daily attendance this year is up significantly and sometimes we are near capacity.
In order to ensure adequate support for all in attendance, please complete theOctober monthly calendar. We hope we will not have to turn a child away because we are full. It's easier to cancel than to add a child. Of course, an occasional emergency may arise and we are here for you. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.
Welcome to Halloween!
There are some special Halloween related dates in which to pay attention.
October 30:(3:30 to 4:15)
We will have a monstrously fun afternoon, including special Halloween treats, face-painting, and Halloween games like ghoul eyeball toss and pumpkin bowling. Email me if you would like your child to have their face painted and they will be the first to get theirs done.
October 31:Halloween has a noondismissal. Children will be dismissed after the Halloween Parade.Panther House is closed in the afternoon.
JUNIOR HIGH SERVICE HOURS:Thank you to the Jr. High students who offered to volunteer. You will be contacted shortly if you were chosen. We welcome them on October 30 at 3:00 to come help decorate faces or run activities.
Panther House Play Area update
Once the blacktop area in front of the church is gated off and no longer in use, Panther House will move its after school recess activities to the play structure, grass hill, and amphitheater. Please come to check your child out at the front counter as usual. We understand that you may not see your child immediately because we are at the back of Panther House. We will then have a staff member radio for your child.
Thanks for your flexibility,
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
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,
Counselor's Corner ~ Mrs. Kelli Bacher
I recently visited the eighth grade classroom to meet with students about high school plans, college ideas, career thoughts and goals in general. It was so fun to hear what students reported as the goals they had recalled from their younger years. From a "doctor" to a "fish" and beyond, most 8th graders admitted that their plans have changed with time. And as most of us realize- their current paths will continue to change along the way. As students think about their futures, it is important to guide them with care- listening to their opinions, supporting them through failures and growth, always surrounding them with love.

I have encouraged 8th graders to meet with me to further discuss their goals and to learn to feel comfortable with reaching out to adults at school (especially if they haven't reached out before). Throughout high school, students will need to advocate for themselves more. Getting to know the staff at their school and utilizing resources to assist them through their continuing education are essential steps toward success.

Please continue to ask your students to introduce themselves to me and reach out as needed.

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, clickhere.Contact our school librarian, Stacey Hinton, with any questions atshinton@csdo.org
Catholic High School News
Carondelet'shadow visits' will 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 House will take place on November 5th from 2 pm - 4pm.

De la Salle'sOpen House will 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
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 starting Friday morning 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
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
  • Victims of the Northern California Wildfires
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
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