2018-2019 Bulletin # 6

FORE! It is not too late to register to play or volunteer to help at our golf tournament this Monday at Moraga Country ClubThis fundraiser supports our technology programs throughout the school from chrome books and i-pads to ink and projectors! Additional information is listed below. Thank you for your support of this great day!
Although we are only a few weeks into the school year, we have already had numerous parents notify us of students missing school for personal reasons. As a reminder, here is our policy as published in the school handbook, and we appreciate your understanding and adherence to this policy:

Absences for vacations beyond those indicated on the school calendar are not excused. Specific assignments will not be given to students prior to trips, and teachers should not be asked. Assignments whose due dates have been given to the class prior to the absence are to be met by the student, either by submitting the assignment prior to the absence, or by making arrangements to ensure the assignment arrives to the teacher on the due date.
Almighty God, 
bless our nation
and make it true 
to the ideas of freedom and justice
and brotherhood for all who make it great.

Guard us from war,
from fire and wind,
from compromise, fear, confusion.

Be close to our president and our statesmen; 
give them vision and courage, 
as they ponder decisions affecting peace 
and the future of the world.

Make me more deeply aware of my heritage; 
realizing not only my rights 
but also my duties 
and responsibilities as a citizen.

Make this great land 
and all its people 
know clearly Your will,
that they may fulfill 
the destiny ordained for us 
in the salvation of the nations, 

and the restoring of all things in Christ.  


Upcoming Events
Friday, September 14 
 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' Raffle Ticket Sales Close 
School Leadership Elections
TK Parent Social
8th Grade Dance at St. Raymonds
Saturday, September 15
4th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, September 16
Rise & Shine Mass 9:30 am (hosted by Junior High students)
Monday, September 17
'Tee-Off For Technology' Golf Tournament Fundraiser ~ Moraga CC
Friday, September 21
Cafe Perpetua Opening Day! ~ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
ShopWithScrip.com school order submitted ~ place your online order by 5pm!
Saturday, September 22
Parent Ping-Pong Party (SMU event)
Wednesday, September 26
3rd Grade Bookclub (meets in library at lunch)
Contra Costa High School Fair ~ Seven Hills, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, September 28
LiveScanFingerprinting 7:30-8:30 am ($34 cash/check)
VNA (TB screening) 7:30-8:30 am ($10 cash/check)
VNA Flu Shots (regular $32, preservative free, $35 / cash or check)
2nd Grade Parent Social
Sunday, September 30
Parent-Son Party (SMU event)
Tuesday, October 2
School Mass at 11:00  ~ Amphitheatre ~ hosted by 7th grade
Wednesday, October 3
Donut Sale at morning recess (pre-orders only)
Thursday, October 4
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open (bring bag lunch)
Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, October 5
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open (bring bag lunch)
Parent-Teacher Conferences
1st Grade Parent Social
Saturday, October 6
5th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, October 7
St. Perpetua Parish Carnival
Monday, October 8
Columbus Day Holiday ~ no school
Wednesday, October 10
Picture Day (re-takes, prior absence)
Carondelet High School Information Night at 6:30 pm
Friday, October 12
8th Grade Parent Social
3rd Grade Parent Social
Saturday, October 13
6th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, October 14
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 5th Grade ~ 9:30 am
October 15 - 19
Scholastic Book Faire
October 27
7th Grade Parent Social
Wednesday, October 31
Halloween Parade ~ 11:00
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers
Office News
Tee-Off Fore Technology ~ We Need Your Help!!
  • We are looking for a few more volunteers in the afternoon and for clean-up. Both will be offered double hours  
    and free dress pass per shift worked.  
    Click here to sign up to volunteer.  
  • We also still have room for golfers and sponsors! 
  • For those who can't join us for golf, purchase a ticket for the awards and Happy Hour where you can bid on some amazing auction items including two tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld in Monterey on 9/27 and four box seats for the Raiders vs. Steelers on Sunday 12/9.
  • Lastly, Junior High raffle tickets need to be turned in by Friday, 9/14!

Gryco School Outerwear
School outerwear may be ordered online through Gryco Sportswear. 
  • If you would like to order outerwear for your student, click here for order link.  
  • Orders placed by September 28th will be delivered the week of October 8th.

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 the ' Request for medication to be taken during school hours' form on the school website. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a doctor's signature is also required on the form.  If you want your student to carry their epi-pen, you will need to also complete the 'Permission To Carry' form, which also needs a physician's signature.
PowerSchool Log-In Information for Students & Parents in Grades 4-8
All students in grades 4-8 have individual user names & passwords for PowerSchool.  Parents also have 'Parent Portal' user names & passwords (parents have to initially set up the portal and then it stays active) that givess PowerSchool access to their students in grades 4-8, allowing parent to look at assignemnt and test grades, missing assignments, etc.  New families in grades 5-8 will receive their information today (apologies for the delay!).  If you have forgotten your Parent Portal information, please contact Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org and she can send the information to you.
St. Perpetua 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' Tournament
Come join the fun and help support technology needs at St. Perpetua!
The 15th Annual 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' is being held at the Moraga Country Club on Monday, September 17th.
10:30 am:       Registration opens/ 'Grab & Go' lunch
12:00 pm:       Shotgun start
5:00 pm:         Happy Hour (food and beverage)/ Silent Auction
6:00 pm:         Awards, Raffle
There are several ways you can participate! You can register to golf, sponsor, purchase raffle tickets or purchase a ticket for the Happy Hour/Awards/Raffle (only $25) after the tournament. Simply visit our website.
If you are not a golfer but are looking to volunteer, you can sign-up here to help us make the day run smoothly!
Here is what you can bid on during Happy Hour!
  • Two (2) tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld's Stand-up Live in Monterey on Thursday, 9/27, and $150 Visa gift card to use towards dinner or an overnight.
  • Four (4) box seats to see Raiders vs. Steelers on 12/9 at 5:20 pm
  • Four (4) tickets to Cal vs. UW on 10/27
  • Two (2) tickets to see the Giants vs. Dodgers, final game of the season, 9/28. Seats are FRONT ROW behind Giants bull pen.
  • Foursome at Sonoma Club with a cart valid for one year
  • Foursome at Contra Costa with a cart valid for one year
  • Two (2) De La Salle Field Pass vs Foothill on 10/12
Funds raised at the tournament this year will go towards the Junior High JavaScript programming class.
We hope to raise additional funds to support the following initiatives:
·     Continued junior high programming classes
·     In-class technology enrichment for elementary school
·     Tinker lab for the Science Fair
·     Hour of Code
Thank you in advance for your participation and support that will help to ensure that we are able to provide new and innovative technology to engage and enrich our student learning.
Many thanks & please contact any one of us with any questions!
Alissa Fogel, Brent Gaulke, Steve O'Brien, Sean Sabarese, Stephen Shea, Lisa Winter      
and Kelli Wynne
Did You Know...
Did you know that you can support St. Perpetua School (and earn scrip profit!) by using Benefit-Mobile?  
The Benefit Mobile application(www.benefit-mobile.com) lets you purchase e-gift cards for the exact amount of your purchase when at the checkout register.  You can set the App up to debit your checking account (a greater profit rebate) or your credit card (a smaller profit rebate).

Did you know that you can support St. Perpetua School while shopping on Amazon?  

Simply go to AmazonSmile (www.smile.amazon.com) and on your first visit there, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from their list of eligible organizations.  St. Perpetua School is on that list!  Amazon will donate .5% of all your eligible purchases to the school each year.  It's that easy.  Unfortunately, AmazonSmile contributions cannot be individually tracked for family credit.

You cannot access Amazon smile from the app, unfortunately.  You'll have to paste AmazonSmile into your browser and do all your shopping from there!  All of the perks of Amazon Prime apply as well. 
A Shout-Out...
A THANK YOU! Shout-Out to Rose Maghariwho has been gathering Golf Tournament donations from friends and co-workers.  Way to go, Rose!
A second THANK YOU! Shout-Out to Lisa McGuinness, who has introduced us to Benefit-Mobile, another way to earn profits for St. Perpetua School.  Check it out at www.benefit-mobile.com!           Way to go, Lisa!
The Counselor's Corner
I hope you and your students have settled into a nice rhythm at St. Perpetua this school year. I have really enjoyed reintroducing myself to kids and meeting new students in their classrooms over the past few weeks.

One of my main career goals is to encourage students to advocate for themselves- whether that be for academic, social, emotional, spiritual or physical support. It is extremely important that kids learn how to reach out when they truly need help. I am thankful that the stigma of asking for mental health support is decreasing, but we still have a long way to go. As parents we must role model reaching up (for goals),reaching in (to our hearts) and reaching out (for help). We must continue to educate ourselves about mental health in order to best raise our children to reach for their potential.

THIS evening there is a wonderful free opportunity at Campolindo High School for you (and possibly your older children) to educate yourself more about anxiety in students. (See more information about the film, Angst below). In my 14+ years of counseling, I have seen a pretty steady increase in number of children with high anxiety. Most of us have experienced anxiety in certain situations, but when it interferes so greatly with school or our everyday lives, we need to be sure we learn tools to cope with or decrease that anxiety. To gain those tools, we must need to start by actually discussing anxiety. This free movie screening is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about anxiety and to learn how to have those essential discussions with our kids.

Free Community Screening, Angst
Sponsored by the Moraga iKind Project
September 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
Campolindo Performing Arts Center
AngstBreaking the Stigma Around Anxiety is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Angst will feature interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they've learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible. Families, educators, students, employees and members of any community will benefit from this film (appropriate for age 10 years+). 
View the trailer -  HERE 

I highly recommend this documentary for all parents (and some older children). One part of this film that stood out to me was when Michael Phelps makes an appearance and opens up about his struggles. Phelps, along with many other celebrities, are making great strides in decreasing the stigma around mental health.

Below are a few quotes from other well-known personalities who have opened up about the importance of mental health services. (From this article):
- My brain and my heart are really important to me. I don't know why I wouldn't seek help to have those things be as healthy as my teeth. (Kerry Washington)
- We need to help young people and their parents understand that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help. (Kate Middleton,The Duchess of Cambridge)
- I spent a lot of time avoiding feelings. And now I have no time left for that. (Brad Pitt)
- There is no need to suffer silently and there is no shame in seeking help. (Catherine Zeta-Jones)

Please be sure to complete a Counselor Permission Form for this year to give your student the option to reach out to me as needed. And, as always, feel free to contact me anytime.
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
Oktoberfest 2018        October 7, 12:30 - 4:30 pm

This year's carnival will be held in the upper lot on the lawn by the Garden of Learning.  
  • Fun games with cool prizes ~ you can win many ways
  • Great food and drink including popular beer brews to enjoy at the tables by the pavilion
  •  WrokDay will be live again to keep you entertained
  • Enter the raffle, the more tickets you buy the better your chances to win a 7-day Thanksgiving vacation in Maui 
  • The Silent Auction will have gifts and goods. 
  • New this year...Tiki Toss, Lawn Darts and Yard Pong! 
  • You can also watch the 49ers and Raiders games in the sports lounge.
  • Bring the whole family, invite neighbors and have a blast! 
All this can only happen with your help. Per your Family Contract, each school family (Tk-only and K-only families are exempt) is required to work one shift or participate in another manner. 


Please click here to for volunteer sign-up!

Yard Duty
Click here for the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups. 
* Please make sure to sign-up for your TWO yard duty assignments before September 15th! 
Yard Duty Requirements:
*Transitional Kindergarten-only and Kindergarten-only families are not required to sign up
   for yard duty shifts.
* All other families are required to sign-up for two yard duty slots 
  • You need to be a cleared volunteer (fingerprinting, TB, Virtus) to do yard duty
  • If you have to cancel your shift on Sign-Up Genius, it is your responsibility to find a substitute for your assignment
Please initially sign up for ONLY TWO yard duty shifts.  Once families have signed up     for their two slots, the Sign-up Genius will be reopened for families to sign up for additional       shifts that can count toward volunteer hours.
Happening Around Campus
3rd Graders attending Chapel Mass today
4th Grade working on their Spanish vocabulary
Cafe Perpetua & The Garden of Learning
Cafe` Perpetua will be starting its 16th year on Friday, September 21st! The cafe` is open on Friday mornings when school is in session from 7:30 to 9:30. We feature homemade breakfast items such as cinnamon coffee cake, seasonal scones, muffins, and breads, frittata, breakfast sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, chocolate cake (a cafe` favorite!) and specials of the day! During fall we also have organic jams, basil pesto, salsas, pies, zucchini breads, and veggies and flower arrangements from the Garden of Learning.  The cafe` is a great place to catch up with old friends, and if you are new to the school, it's a great place to meet new ones! 

Since its inception, Cafe` Perpetua is the major fundraiser for the Garden of Learning!  By supporting the cafe` you are supporting your children's garden. 
Garden of Learning
Mr. Varney with his 7th grade students in the Garden of Learning. Mr. Varney was in 7th grade during my first year teaching in the garden. His class worked on the mosaic of St. Perpetua!
Monette Meo
SEEDs Student Enrichment
Here is the September enrichment event sponsored by SEEDS!
  • 4th Grade:    Field trip to Mt. Diablo State Park
Reception & Discussion Opportunity
Dear Friends,
Please join us for a reception on Monday, Sept 17 at 6pm 
Lynn & Sean Hogan's home at 4015 Canyon Road, Lafayette 

 Father George  Alengadan, pastor of St Joseph Basilica in Alameda and formerly of Santa Maria parish will be there along with Fr. Tom, a Salesian priest from Kerala, India who was serving as Chaplain to the Missionaries of Charity Sisters in Yemen. On March 4, 2016, a group of unidentified gunmen barged into the care home for the elderly, run by the sisters, killing 16 people including 4 sisters. Fr. Tom was abducted. What followed was 557 days in lonely captivity in unknown locations until he was released on September 12, 2017. 

Fr. Tom's account of his experience will be inspirational as he narrates his life as a hostage. His book is a classic testimonial to the truth that the Lord hears our prayers and answers them. More information about Fr. Tom and his experience can be found here.

Please rsvp to kathleenmetheny@aol.com

Thank you!
Jennie Swan, Lynn Hogan, Kathleen Metheny
Panther House
Dear Parents,
Tee- Off For Technology GOLF TOURNAMENT
Panther House is available to use the day of the tournament, Monday September 17.
Please give Mrs. Kenney an email in advance so we can plan for extra staffing.
International World Peace Day is Friday, September 21.   This day was created by the United Nations to provide "a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to Peace above all differences, and to contribute to building a Culture of Peace." We are all one race - the human race, and we all deserve respect and dignity, and the ability to feel safe in our world. Our hope is for our school community to grow in a peaceful and safe world, where people understand the wealth in love and generosity.
Come in on this Friday afternoon and help us celebrate peace and love with a peace craft project and write a colorful "peace is..." poetry display for all to share. Please email ahead about attendance if Friday is not already on your calendar.
Don't forget to:
  • Download October calendars here
  • After School Classes are starting, but there is still room if you want to join
  • Sign up for snack donation here - there are still several days open

Mrs. Kenney
Panther House Director
Library News
Birthday Club
Join the Library's Birthday Club to celebrate your child's birthday and foster a love of reading.  For a donation of $20 per child, families can help to support the library.  Click here for form. 

This is the way we raise funds to purchase new books that the kids want to read.  Each Birthday Club student gets to select a new book to purchase for the library.  A commemorative label will be placed in the front of the book with the child's name and birthday (not the year).  When the book arrives, the Birthday Club student checks out the book first and gets to keep it as long as s/he wants.  Regardless of when your child's birthday is, we collect funds in September and purchase Birthday Club books in October for everyone.  This allows us to enjoy the new books for most of the school year.  Please consider supporting our fundraiser.  
Sign-Me-Up Events
Sign-Me-Up events are part of our annual school Auction.  It's a great way to support your school while having a fun evening with old or new friends!  Click here to sign up for our two 'Fall' parties!

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Game on for some ping pong. Instead of date night at a restaurant and the movies, grab a paddle and enjoy an evening of ping pong, round robin style, tasty food with amazing side dishes made by your hosts. You will leave feeling satisfied after playing lots of ping pong or being sent to the beer pong table after losing during regular play. Tournament ping pong rules will apply. Play takes place at the Haggerty home in Lafayette. Bring it on!
Limited to 12 couples.
Hosted by :Monica & Keb Byers, Steve & Liz Haggerty, Kevin & Liz Mechelke and Kevin & Allison Mein
Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 - 6pm - 10pm
Price : $200 per couple

Sunday, September 30, 2018
Calling all sons for an all-out day of fun! Put away the devices! Get your game on with your special son or sons and enjoy a fun outside day of park play, ball game, scavenger hunt maybe?..,You never know,  but tons of outside fun and a afternoon yummy "son kind of cook out dinner" hosted by our awesome St. P parents!
Hosted by:  Ana Maria Berry, Charlie Gaulke, Heather White and Lilly Voltattorni
Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 - 2pm - 6pm
Price: $85 for initial parent & son pair,  $45 per additional son
Contra Costa High School Fair
The Seven Hills School in Walnut Creek will once again be hosting the Contra Costa High School Fair on Wednesday, September 26th. The fair is a wonderful opportunity for middle school students and their parents to come and speak with more than 30 representatives and admissions directors from private independent high schools from the Bay Area, throughout California, and across the nation. Admission to the fair is free. Click here for more information.
Participating private high schools include, 
Bentley School, Carondelet, College Preparatory SchoolDe La Salle High School, Head-Royce, The Athenian School, and many more. For a full list, please click here
Parent Socials
Our parent socials are a great way to reconnect with other class parents and meet our new families, so be sure to book your babysitters now!  Here are the dates for each class social:
TK:   September 14th                   4th:   September 15th
K:     October 19th                        5th:   October 6th                         
1st:   October 5th                         6th:   October 13th
2nd:  September 28th                  7th:   October 27th
3rd:   October 12th                       8th:   October 12th
2018 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 ensures the success of social events and school programs as well as nurturing the opportunity make new friendships.  Click here for more details. 

  • TK-only, Kindergarten-only, and single parent families have a 15 hour requirement
  • All other families are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. 
SCRIP & Benefit-Mobile
Hello Families,
Welcome to to 2018-19 school year!  
Your Scrip & Benefit-Mobile 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! 
  • Our Scrip tracking year is January 1st - December 31st.
  • All Families will receive a 'profit-to-date' recap in mid-October
  • New families entering school in the fall have a $100 PROFIT requirement for the August-December timeframe of their first year.  If you reach a $200 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you.
  • Returning families have a $250 PROFIT requirement.  If you reach a $350 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you. 
  • Payment for scrip purchases can be made by check (preferred) or credit card.  If payment is made by credit card, associated bank service charges will be deducted from your scrip profits.
  • Families can choose to do a 'buyout' to fulfill their requirement.
We follow a  bi-weekly ordering schedule.  Here is the order & delivery schedule dates.

We carry four local merchant cards in the office for convenient pick up:  Diablo Foods, Lunardi's, Mangia Ristorante, and Cooperage.  The full roster of scrip cards (literally hundreds!) can be found on the ShopWithScrip site.

The Benefit Mobile application(www.benefit-mobile.com) lets you purchase e-gift cards for the exact amount of your purchase when at the checkout register.  You can set the App up to debit your checking account (a greater profit rebate) or your credit card (a smaller profit rebate).

Scrip: www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code: LC2D474L8876)
 eScrip: www.escrip.com (On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code: 136913749)
Benefit-Mobile: www.benefit-mobile.com
Thank you, 
Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org
St. Perpetua Parish

The Timely Perpetuan is 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 website and click on "Join Our Mailing List."

Oktoberfest 2018 October 7, 12:30 - 4:30 pm
This year's carnival will be held in the upper lot on the lawn by the Garden of Learning.  As such there will be ample parking. 
  • Fun games with cool prizes ~ you can win many ways
  • Great food and drink including popular beer brews to enjoy at the tables by the pavilion
  •  WrokDay will be live again to keep you entertained.
  • Enter the raffle, the more tickets you buy the better your chances to win a 7-day Thanksgiving vacation in Maui 
  • The Silent Auction will have gifts and goods. New this year...Tiki Toss, Lawn Darts and Yard Pong! 
  • You can also watch the 49ers and Raiders games in the sports lounge.
  • Bring the whole family, invite neighbors and have a blast! 
 All this can only happen with your help. Please visit our website to volunteer or sign up after the Masses this weekend.
Coffee & Donuts are back
Isn't it wonderful to have a delicious cup of coffee and a donut waiting for you at Café Perpetua after the 9:30 Mass? This is only possible thanks to some wonderful and dedicated volunteers. Most of them have done it for many years. In order for this wonderful tradition to continue we need your help. Here is what you'd be doing: pick up donuts at Safeway, set up, make coffee & lemonade and clean up after.
You can do it once a month or less often, whatever your busy schedule allows. Please contact Christoph at the parish office if you're willing to assist.

Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Jim Tschann, grandfather of Charlotte and William, who is recovering from a heart attack and subsequent surgery
  • Terry Lewis, father of Mrs. Stacey Hinton, who is ill
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
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