Bulletin # 15

Today marks the end of the first trimester! The PowerSchool parent portal is shut down as of today to allow teachers to input final grades.Report cards will come home onWednesday, December 6.
Thank you 4th graders and their families for their participation at the Rise and Shine Mass last Sunday. We also had a lovelygroundbreaking ceremonyto commemorate the construction of our new community center.
As the weather is cooler, please be mindful of our uniform policy.Only school sweatshirts or jackets are allowed to be worn while students are in the building. Other outerwear can be worn during recess and lunchtime. Ordering information for school apparel is listed below in the office section.
Thank you to all who have supported our tuition assistance campaign. This effort enables the school under the advisement of the finance committee to allocate tuition assistance to qualifying students. Your generosity is appreciated by all recipients!
We strongly recommend that you check your child's head for lice, as we have hadseveral reports of head-lice in various grades. Seeattached documentfor more detailed information.
"Dear God, Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives,
thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us.
Thank you for your great love and care.
Thank you for your sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life.
Forgive us for when we don't thank you enough, for who you are,
for all that you do, for all that you've given.
Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh.
Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy.
We love you and we need you, this day and every day.
We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!
In Jesus' Name, Amen."

- Debbie McDaniel, Crosswalk.com Contributor

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 15
1st Trimester Ends
'Ladies Night Out' FUNdraiser ~6:00-9:00 pmat Orinda Country Club
Thursday, November 16
Student Leadership Donut Sale (advance orders only)
First Eucharist Parent Meeting7:00 pmin RRC
Friday, November 17
NO Cafe Perpetua
Tuesday, 11/21
Turkey Trot ~ Lafayette Reservoir
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 1
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique7:30 am - 10:30 am
Taste of Kindergarten8:45 am - 10:00 am
Panther House Open
Saturday, December 2
Peppermint Shoppe & Cafe Perpetua Boutique
Sunday, December 3
'Rise & Shine" Mass, hosted by Kindergarten & 1st Grade at9:30 am
Friday, December 15
Christmas Sharing
Panther House CLOSED after9:30 am
Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1, 2018
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
School Resumes
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Welcome to our New Families!
We are excited to welcome theClark family (Tyler in 2nd, Ryan in 3rd and Lauren in 5th), who started last week, andJay Hawkins (8th grade)who will join us on 11/27. Please welcome our new families to our St. Perpetua community!

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.

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 be enforcing 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.
Gryco School Outerwear
School outerwearfor your students, along with adult spirit wear,can be ordered online throughGryco Sportswear. The weather is turing cold, so please make sure your child has a school sweatshirt! If you would like to order outerwear for your student,clickherefor order link.Thelinkwill be open throughSunday, 11/26and items will be delivered the week of 12/9.
Annual Tuition Assistance Fund Campaign
For the 2017-2018 school year,St. Perpetua has already granted assistance to 30 students totaling $97,000. As the school year progresses, additional families are often faced with obstacles and request financial assistance. During this 11th Annual Tuition Assistance Fund campaign, we have two goals:
1.100% pledge and/or prayer participation from school families
2. Raise $50,000 for the Tuition Assistance Fund at St. Perpetua

To date, we have raised $5,800 toward our goal. We hope to you are able to help us help other families in need with your pledge of prayer or financial donation at any level.
Annual Turkey Trot
Please join us for our7th Annual Turkey Trotthis upcomingTuesday, November 21st,at the Lafayette Reservoir.

The St. Perpetua Turkey Trot is a PE Field Trip/Service Project that helps raise money as well as turkey donations for the Monument Crisis Center. In years past, this was a Junior High only event that took place during school hours as a field trip opportunity.However, this year the event will be opened up to the entire school community.

Date:Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
Time:9:00 AM
Location: Lafayette Reservoir
What You Need to Bring: athletic shoes and comfortable athletic clothes
How it Works: students and families will meet at the grass field area near the playground upon arrival. We will have a brief meeting and prayer before starting the Turkey Trot loop around the Reservoir. Upon completion of the loop, students and families are encouraged to meet at the end of the parking lot closest to the playground as a meeting point. Their will be donuts and refreshments available for students and families.


Thank you and if you have any questions, please contact Brian Voltattorni atbvoltattorni@csdo.orgor call925-212-8460.
Taste of Kindergarten
Our Taste of Kindergarten event isFriday, December 1st, 8:45am - 10:00am!

Incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten age children and their parent(s) are invited to get a taste of Kindergarten for a morning! Enjoy a casual conversation with the school principal and staff, discussing our kindergarten program and common topics including kindergarten readiness, emotional maturity, creating smooth transitions and more.
Parents will then accompany their children into the kindergarten classroom to experience a short lesson and project,supervised by our teaching staff. You are invited to visit Cafe Perpetua and enjoy fresh baked goods, made from our local garden ingredients, and freshly brewed coffee. School tour provided and parents are given time to socialize. Parents must remain on campus during this event.
You need toregisterfor this free eventhere.
Questions? Please call the school office(925) 284-1640or email Suzanne Kozel atskozel@csdo.org.
Peppermint Shoppe
Our annual Peppermint Shoppe returns onSaturday, December 2nd, from9:00 am-11:00 amat St. Perpetua School. This is a sweet opportunity for children to shop for Christmas gifts for their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, teachers and pets. All gifts are priced at $2.00 each. Bring the kids and enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee and treats sponsored by the St. Perpetua School Parent Association. Watch for an early appearance by St. Nicholas! Gift labels are available at front office and on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Damhesel atndamhesel@gmail.com.
PEPPERMINT SHOPPE ELF VOLUNTEERS!Calling all Elves! 6th, 7th, and 8th grade elf volunteers...you are needed to staff this fun event onSaturday, December 2nd.This is a great way to earn volunteer hours. Shifts run from8:45AM-11:15AM.Parent agreement form and permission slip are required to participate.Sign up usingthis link.Downloadpermission slip here.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: What better way to get into the holiday spirit! Volunteers are needed to staff the event onSaturday,December 3rd. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours and catch some Christmas spirit. Volunteer shifts run from8:30AM-11:30AM. If you would like to volunteer at the most festive and fun event that St. Perpetua has to offer,sign up usingthis link:You must be an'All Clear' volunteerto participate.
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique
Cafe Perpetua's Christmas Boutique Will be held onFriday, December 1st, from7:30 am to 10:30 amand onSaturday, December 2nd from 9:00 until noon.

You can pick up the perfect hostess, teacher, neighbor, co-worker, best friend, gardener, or that someone-special-on-your-list present!

We will be featuring homemade culinary delights such as truffles, Kahlua cakes, peppermint barks, chili pepper oils, hot cocoa sets, and organic strawberry, red raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, peach, apple pie, and spice cranberry jams.

We have many fabulous holiday decorations for inside the home and amazing centerpieces, gorgeous wreaths, beautiful floral arrangements, lavender bath sets and gifts for the garden.

All items are festively wrapped and ready to give!All proceeds directly benefit the Garden of Learning.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
December Christmas Workshops
Time to think about December! We've got fun workshops lined up BUT YOUR CHILD MUST BE SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE.These workshops are very popular and fill up very quickly.We currently have 8 spaces left.First come, first served. Regular attendance fees apply.Download FlyerHERE.

Christmas Gift & Wrap Making Workshop
Your very own Mrs. Kenney, and Santa's helpers, will show your children step-by-step how to make a Christmas themed gift for an adult in their life-Mom and Dad, Grandparents, etc. On the secondThursday, your child will make wrapping paper and gift card. Lastly they then will wrap it all up.
Dates:Thursdays,Dec 7 & 14Day 1: gift making; Day 2: gift wrapping
Times:3:00-5:00pm, kids come to Panther house for snack first
Materials Fee:$25 materials fee, plus normal PH fees apply
Maximum size:20 children
Deadline:Wednesday, Nov 29

Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months. 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.
Please send inDecember calendarsnow, since we jump in to December as soon as we get back from break.
Same-Day/drop-in requests are subject to capacity restrictions, so we may not be able to take your child on some days without prior a reservation.
  • Dec 1(FRI):Noondismissal. Panther House is open. Make sure your child brings a bag lunch.
  • Dec 7(THURS):Christmas gift workshop Part A
  • Dec 13(WED):Christmas Party: holiday games, gingerbread cookies and peppermint cocoa. Available to all registered children.
  • Dec 14(THURS):Christmas gift workshop Part B
  • Dec 15(FRI):Panther House is closed at9:30 am
Mrs. Kenney
Library News
This week, we kick-off our Super Bowl Reading Challenge. Be on the lookout for a Reading Log that will be coming home with your student(s). The goal is for each student to complete six (6) hours of pleasure reading. Students should turn in their Reading Logimmediately, as soon as they finish reading for six hours. Let's all meet our goals and score a winning touchdown! More details and extra Reading Logs on ourschool website.
Contact Stacey Hinton atshinton@csdo.orgfor more information.

Birthday Book Club
Thank you Birthday Club donors!
A HUGE Thank you to all the families that supported the library's Birthday Club fundraiser. Our 3rd grade members are pictured on the left. Birthday Club books are beginning to arrive and the students are so happy to see them. Thanks to your generosity, our school has ordered over 90 new books, selected by students. Birthday Club students get to be the first to borrow the new book that they selected for our library. All of us readers say, "Thank you!"
SEEDs Activities
Here are some November enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

1st Grade: LPIE "Reflection" (on-site instruction)
4th Grade: SF Symphony and Mission Dolores
Counselor's Corner
While some of you are still acclimating to your first experiences as parents of elementary school children, many of you have kids in their teens or approaching their teen years. No matter where you are in the parenting spectrum, I often feel that the online articles related to teens can help prepare all of us for creating lasting bonds with our kids. I am not sharing this article because I want our kids to grow up too quickly. On the contrary, I attempt to fully appreciate each stage that kids are in and hope to foster strong stable connections with kids.
I recently came acrossTHIS ARTICLEthat I felt was helpful for parents with kids of all ages. Whether you have a little one who still sits on your lap while holding your hand or you have a pre-teen who doesn't seem to recognize you at a grocery store, I believe that reading articles about teens is helpful for us all. If you continue making efforts to connect with your children on deep levels at all ages, you may be more likely to continue that connection through the teen years. It is essential to be a consistent parent (giving kids structure with unconditional love, consequences with learning experiences and at times guiding your child with tough love). But- it is also important to continue to find new ways to connect with your kids. Although this article is specifically about parents bonding with their teenagers, the ideas listed are insightful and straightforward- AND can be adapted for all ages.
Read the article and decide which ideas could work with your kids now and which ones you will adapt.Instead of asking yourchild to "teach you how to produce an online photo gallery", you may ask your Kindergartener to teach you how to draw a rainbow. Instead of letting your 3rd grader child "drive on a road trip", let your child try to help you navigate with a map of their own. Remember to save or print this article for future reference when you feel that parent-child bond faltering.
Thank you,
Mrs. Kelli Bacher
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.
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 has received a 'profit earned to date' statement which shows Scrip card purchases through 9/30 and e-Scrip purchases through 8/31.
  • Safeway scrip cards are unavailable for the foreseeable future (a Safeway issue)
  • 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
  • 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,
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 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:
  • Larry Perkins, grandfather of Rylan Buehler, 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
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
  • Victims of the Northern California Wildfires
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • Howard Watenmaker, grandfather of Kiyah, Tyce and Mahri Watenmaker
  • John O'Neill, grandfather of Ryan and Faye O'Neill
  • Kit Wiggins, Alumnae parent
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