bulletin # 17

Bulletin #17
Posted on 11/30/2016

Did you know that every year St. Perpetua School offers tuition assistance to qualifying families in order to make a Catholic education accessible to them? This assistance is primarily funded through ourannual fund/tuition assistance fund, which is currently underway and will continue throughDecember 12.
Did you know that12% of our studentsthis year receive financial support of varied amounts based on need?
Did you know that for the past 6 years, our school community has raised between$40,000-$50,000annually to support this cause?
Did you know that we also strive for100% family and staff participationin this endeavor? Participation can be in the form of a monetary donation or a pledge of prayer.Additional donation forms are available in the school office.
If you have not yet participated this year, please take a moment to either make a tax deductible donation or a pledge of prayer and if you have any questions about this fund, please do not hesitate ask me. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Our DecemberRise & Shine Mass, hosted by ourKindergarten and 1st gradersis thisSunday, 12/4, at 9:30 am.We hope to see you there!

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!" We have so many wonderful events during this time of year!The Giving Treeis up in the office and gifts have already been lovingly placed underneath. Our Jr. High students are looking forward to serving as elves duringPeppermint Shoppethis Saturdayfrom9am-11am. This wonderful school tradition provides an opportunity for the younger members of our community to discover the joy of giving during this holiday season. Often these gifts that are chosen with much thought and deliberation are among the favorites Christmas morning!

We need8 more parent volunteersto help us with this eventon Saturdaymorning. Your assistance counts toward your volunteer hours! You must be 'All Clear'to volunteer. Sign uphere. While the younger students are shopping, the adults are invited to gather at the café for treats and more shopping with Mrs. Meo's incredible crafts. Scrip cards will also be on sale at the Cafe.
Ourfood drive for Monument Crisis Centeris continuing for the next several weeks. Your donation ofpeanut butter, cup o'noodles and tunawill help those less fortunate. Collection bins are near the front of the office.
Christmas Sharingis another highlight of the year. We hope you can join us onDecember 16th at 10:40am. We will begin with aprayer service hosted by 2nd gradeand then begin our Christmas Sharing program. Each class has been preparing their part in this presentation with their homeroom teachers. The students are looking forward to spreading the Christmas spirit with you before beginning Christmas vacation. Students may come to school that day infancy free dress. We have anoondismissaland Panther House isclosedafter dismissal.
"Father, in the wilderness of theJordanyou sent a messenger to prepare people's hearts for the coming of your Son. Help me to hear his words and repent of my sins, so that I may clearly see the way to walk, thetruthto speak, and thelifeto live for Him, ourLordJesusChrist. Amen."
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Upcoming Events
Friday, December 2
Cafe'Perpetua'sChristmasBoutique7:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday, December 3
Peppermint Shoppe9:00 am - 11:00 am
Cafe' Perpetua's Christmas Boutique9:00 am - noon
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at2pm(Stanley)
Sunday, December 4
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by Kindergarten & 1st Grade,at9:30 am
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory at2pm(Stanley)
December 7
Report Cards go home
December 8
School Mass, hosted by Kindergarten, at8:30 am
Friday, December 9
Faculty & Staff 2016 Christmas Fund wraps up
Wednesday, December 14
Items due for Monument Crisis Center 'Holiday Challenge' and Samaritan House 'Giving Tree'
Friday, December 16
Christmas Sharing at10:40 am~Fancy Free Dress
NoonDismissal ~NO after-school Panther House
Saturday, December 17-Monday January 2
Christmas Break
Tuesday, January 3
School Resumes
Thursday, January 5
Mass of the Epiphany at8:30 am
Friday, January 6
Friday, January 13
Staff/Professional Development ~ NO SCHOOL
Monday, January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day ~ NO SCHOOL
Friday, January 20
'Taste of Kindergarten' at8:45 am - 10:00 am
'Taste of St. Perpetua' Evening at6:30 pm
Thursday, January 26
Science Night at6:00 pm
Sunday, January 29
Catholic Schools Week Mass at9:30 am
Open House10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Monday, January 30
School Tour for Prospective Parentsat9:00 am
See the full school calendarhere.
This Week's Flyers
Office News
Carpool Safety
Carpoolworks safely and quickly when a student exits from theright sideof the car once thecarpoolline comes to a stop and the cars are inside the metal barrier area. Students are to exit the car and walk to their classroom line up area.
Pleasedo notpark on the lower lot in front of the church and walk through the carpool line as it is very dangerous. Students shouldnever exiton the left side of the car and parents shouldnotget out the car.If your child is not comfortable independently getting out in thecarpoolline at any point in the barrier area, pleasepark in the upper lot and walk downfor drop-off and pick-up.
Thank you so much for your attention to this safety matter.

Scrip Purchases
Our school community works diligently to generate Scrip profit.We are asking that purchases bepaid by check or cash whenever possibleto avoid credit card fees.

School Directory
We are in the process of finalizing theschool directory.If any of yourcontact informationhas changed since you completed the registration process, please send an update email to the officekfogarty@csdo.org

Our New School Website
Ournew school websiteis live!Log on and bookmarkwww.stperpetuaschool.orgto see our new look! Teachers and staff will be updating and modifying content over the next few weeks. Key information is available on the new site and our previous website will soon be inactive.
Cafe Perpetua's Christmas Boutique
Please join us for Cafe` Perpetua's Christmas BoutiquethisFridayfrom7:30am until 10:30 amandonSaturdayfrom9:00 am until noon.During ourSaturdayBoutiquewe will have complimentary coffee for the adults and complimentary hot cocoa and a treat for Peppermint Shoppe's little shoppers. We will also be selling our regular breakfast goodies and other beverages at the cafe` during ourSaturdayBoutique.

We have an array of fabulous one-of-a-kind gifts that are all festively wrapped. We also have gift bags for every purchase!

As Cafe` Perpetua's proceeds are thesole support for your children's Garden of Learning, we greatly appreciate your support of our biggest fundraiser of the year!

If you have any questions, please contact Monette Meo atmmeo@csdo.org.

Love,Monette Meo
Peppermint Shoppe

Our annual Peppermint Shoppe returns onSaturday, December 3rd, 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. Bring the kids and enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and treats at Cafe Perpetua. 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.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!We need8 more parent volunteersto 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.You must be'All Clear'to participate. Sign uphere.
Mission Effectiveness
Christmas OutreachhProgramsristmas Outreach
We sponsor two Christmas Outreach programs during the month of December.

Samaritan House - wrapped items due byDecember 14.
This is a day care for inner city youth, ages 3 yrs through 14 years. All participation is voluntary but we hope you can help in some way. We have ornaments on our Christmas Giving Tree in the office to be taken home and attached to the gifts that you purchase and wrap for a needy child(ren). Please also include the age of the child the gift is intended for. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

We are also embarking on a 'Holiday Challenge' for three food items that the Monument Crisis Center's pantry always needs. If each family can donatecannedtuna, cup 'o noodles and peanut butter, three of their most needed items, then we will be sharing the spirit of the season with families truly in need.There is no limit to the number of items you can donate, so please be as generous as possible.Items will be collectedthroughDecember 14.
Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund 2016
The Faculty and Staff at St. Perpetua make our special school
an amazing and enriching place for our children.
They go beyond teaching academics.
They teach our children to care for each other and to care
for their communities and their world.
They inspire our children through their guidance,
growing closer to God and becoming the best of themselves, every single day.
Please consider donating to our Teacher/Staff
Christmas Fund of 2016
So we, as parents, can go beyond in appreciation for them.
*each teacher/staff will receive a cash gift and a letter including the names of all participating families.
Please consider contributing as a group gift of appreciation
*Checks (made out to St. Perpetua) or Cash
can be brought to office attention Rene O'Neill
Write Teacher Christmas Fund on memo or envelope
Annual Tuition Assistance Campaign
Our10thAnnual Tuition Assistance Fundcampaign(Formerly the Annual Fund)concludes onDecember 12.

100% of donationscollected are designated to supportSt. Perpetua tuition assistance.You should have receivedthe annual letter and donation form in your mail.Extra copies are available in the office.Your participation, whether through prayer or donation, will be truly appreciated by our school community family.
"To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us."
Pope Francis
Panther House
Dear Parents,
OnWednesday Dec 14, Panther House will have aChristmas partyduring the after-school session.Children will enjoy Christmas bingo, snowball toss, and snowman bowling, with snacks of gingerbread cookies, peppermint cocoa for students signed up to attend this after-school Panther House session on the 14th.
The Christmas season is upon us and we at Panther House have some fun things in store for your children.We still have a few spaces for the wonderful afternoonworkshopsbelow!
December Christmas Workshops
A few spots left, BUT YOUR CHILD MUST BE SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE. Please don't wait.Seeflyerto signup.
Christmas Gift & Wrap Making Workshop
Your very own Mrs. Kenney will show the kids how to make a Christmas themed5" X 7" matted and framed unique gift.On the secondTuesdayyour child will make wrapping paper and gift card to create the perfect present!
Materials Fee: $25, plus normal PH fees apply
This is a2-day workshop onDecember 6th & 13th,3:30 - 5:00 pm
Maximum: 24 children
Christmas Cookie Decorating Workshop
Our favorite Mrs. M is making all the classic Christmas sugar cookies, including the annual favorite, gingerbread man. Come decorate with homemade frostings and sprinkles galore! Bring home your creations in a holiday bag.
Materials Fee: $15, plus normal PH fees apply
EitherTuesday:Dec 8~ OR ~Dec 15, from3:30 - 4:30
Maximum: 24 children
Please send inDecember calendarsNOW! A new month startstomorrow.
Dates to Remember:
Dec 2(FRI):Noondismissal. Panther House open. Make sure your child brings a bag lunch.
Dec 6(TUES): Christmas gift workshop Part A
Dec 8(THURS): Christmas cookie workshop 1
Dec 13 (TUES): Christmas gift workshop Part B
Dec 14(WED): Christmas Games, gingerbread cookies and peppermint cocoa. Available to all registered children.
Dec 15(THURS): Christmas cookie workshop 2
Dec 16 (FRI): Panther House is closed following Christmas Sharing.
Wishing you and your family a joy-filled, blessed Advent Season.
Mrs. Kenney
Director, Panther House
Science Fair Judges Needed!

St. Perpetua's junior high students are hard at work experimenting for their science fair projects. We needvolunteers to judgethese students from7:40-11:30onJanuary 23-26, interested people can sign up for just one time slot or multiple! Those who are interested should have a science background and/or work in a scientific field and should not be related to a child in the class presenting.
If you, or someone you know, may be interested, please email Natalie Deininger atndeininger@csdo.org. Thank you!
Parent Volunteer Opportunities
NeedVolunteer Hours?Double Volunteer hours?

Science Nightneeds volunteers for ourJanuary 26event.You can sign up on your classroom's room parent sign up or email Anne Marie Moggan. Science Night requires 70 parent volunteers so your help is hugely appreciated! Opportunities for set up, event help, and clean-up at the end of the evening.Clean-up crew gets double hours!Emailamoggan100@gmail.com.
Lamorinda Theatre Academy

Lamorinda Theatre Academyis our after-school partner for ourSpring '17 Musical performances.There are 4 spots remaining for the 3rd-8th grade Spring Musical.Clickherefor the registration link or find it in 'This Week's Flyers' section.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
32 St Perpetua students (3rd - 8th grade) bring you this comedic and fantastical show based on thebeloved classic by Roald Dahl.Show is 75 minutes with no intermission, appropriate for the whole family. Seating is general. Get your tickets in advance or with cash at the door.Performances at Stanley Middle School's MUR.
Taste of St. Perpetua
Save the date! Taste of Perpetua is comingJanuary 20th, 2017!
Get ready for a night of delicious food, wine and hand-crafted beers!

Calling all cooks!If you want to express your cooking talents and participate in this year's event, contact Julie Aguilerajka1223@att.netor Marina Alessandrinimarocena1@yahoo.com.No prior'food network'experience required!Clickherefor more information.
Hello Families,

Holiday shopping is a great way to earn your profit requirement by using Scrip gift cards. Make sure you sign up for PrestoPay so you can get your e-cards downloaded immediately. You can also make on-line purchases through Escrip.com web portal. Earn extra rebates by purchasing on theescrip.comportal with gift cards and e-cards.Scrip commitments are dueDec 31st.

Stop by theHoliday Peppermint ShoppeDec 3rdto pick up your Scrip orders. Please purchase the gift cards we have on hand for Holiday Shopping and stocking stuffers.

AScrip commitmentreportwill be coming home this weekto highlight where you stand with your Scrip Quota and tuition credit goals.

Our school community works diligently to generate Scrip profit.We are asking that purchases bepaid by check or cash whenever possibleto avoid credit card fees.
For your convenience, we carry the following Scrip Cards in the front office:

Amazon ChipotleCooperageCVS Diablo FoodsLunardi's

Mangia RistoranteMetro LafayettePeets CoffeeSafeway

SproutsStarbucksWhole FoodsYogurt Shack
Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code:LC2D474L8876)
eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code:136913749)
Thank you,
St. Perpetua Scrip Team
Sarah Arnold and Jamie Galloway
Sarah Cell:925-330-4257
Library News
Read to Succeed - St. Perpetua Reading Challenge
November 1, 2016 -January 25, 2017

Students in grades K-6 are challenged to read six (6) hours over the next three months. Any type of reading counts, except for school work.Please encourage your child(ren) to participate!Student Reading Logs are available on the school website athttp://www.stperpetuaschool.org/programs/library/_read_to_succeed_2016-2017 and should be coming home soon. Return the Student Reading Log to Mrs. Hinton as soon as your child is done reading. The Library bulletin board will track classes progress, during the month of January. We would like to see 100% participation from every class. Each student in grades K-6 who completes a Reading Log will receive a free ticket to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for Summer Break. Classes with 100% participation will receive an extra bonus. Please direct all questions to Mrs. Hinton atshinton@csdo.org. Let's all Read to Succeed!
Family Participation Program
Are you an 'All Clear' Volunteer?
As a reminder, youcannot volunteerfor any school or class activities (including yard duty)until your are placed on the "all cleared" list by completing three items for the office.Clickherefor information on LiveScan fingerprinting, Safe Environment Training, and TB Clearance.
Yard Duty
Each family has received an email to sign up for yard duty shifts onSign-Up Genius.
Clickherefor link to Sign-Up Genius.
Yard Duty Requirements:
- all families (Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten-only families are exempt)are
required to sign up for two Yard Duty slots
- any additional sign-ups will go towards your family participation hours.

If you would like tobe placed on the Yard Duty Sub list, contact the office and your name will be added to the list.You must be an 'All Clear' volunteer to be a substitute.
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 the Parish websiteand click on "Join Our Mailing List."

Advent By Candlelight, an annual event of friendship, faith and festivity, isFriday, December 2nd at 7pm.Seeflyerfor additional details.
Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, Kyle Jones' grandmother, who is ill
  • Rita Jurin, Lauren Puhlmann's grandmother who is ill
  • members of our parent and alumni community going through medical treatment
We remember those who have died:
  • Margaret Mary Jones Johnson, grandmother of Olivia and Rhys Roberts

If you would like an entry to go in the bulletin, please email it to Kim Fogarty, Administrative Assistant byTuesdayof each week: kfogarty@csdo.org
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