Bulletin # 19

Happy New Year! It was so wonderful to see so many of you at our Christmas Sharing morning just before vacation. Our students did a lovely job of singing and spreading holiday cheer!Many thanks to Mrs. Holmesfor her creativity, direction and guidance for this performance. Also,thank you to Mr. Haugerfor sharing his technological expertise and simulcasting the performances to each of the classrooms!
As we begin the new year, we are also beginning to look at the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Applications forNEW STUDENTSapplying to the school for the first time are available onlinehere.
  • Registration forreturning studentswill begin at the end of February.
Thank you to all who supported our Tuition Assistance/Annual Fund. Through your generous contributions, we have raised $31,635 to date.
If you have an incoming TK or Kindergarten student, or if you know of a family interested in joining our school, you won't want to miss our upcoming 'Taste of Kindergarten & TK'event onFriday, January 19th. Clickherefor the registration link.
This Fridaywe have annoondismissal. Our staff will be meeting in the afternoon to discuss several topics including Catholic Schools Week, Science curriculum and STAR data analysis.Friday, January 12th, is a student holidayand our staff will be gathering for a diocesan professional staff day with teachers from the 38 other Catholic schools. Presentation topics for that day are "Growth Mindset - Good to Great", "Social Emotional Needs in the Classroom", and "Teaching for Mastery Not Test Scores".
A New Year's Prayer

Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 5
NO Cafe Perpetua
Panther House Open
Amphora Ladies Night SMU Party
Thursday, January 11
First Reconciliation Parent Meeting at9:30 am
Friday, January 12
NO Cafe Perpetua
No School
Staff / Professional Development Day
Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King Holiday ~ No School
Tuesday, January 16
First Reconciliation Parent Meeting at7:00 pm
Friday, January 19
Taste of Kindergarten & TK ~8:45 - 10:00 am
Sunday, January 28
School Mass at9:30 am
Open House10:30 - 12:00 noon
Start of Catholic Schools Week
Monday, January 29
Prospective Parent Information Meeting & School Tour at9:30 am
Wednesday, January 31
Prospective Parent Evening6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1
Science Fair Night ~6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 2
Father-Daughter 'Sweetheart Dance' SMU Party
Thursday, February 8
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10
Prospective Kindergartener Testing (by appointment only)
Valentines Cocktail Party SMU Party
Monday, February 12
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14
Lent Begins
Thursday, February 15
School Spelling Bee
Prospective Student Testing, Grades 1-8 at3:30 pm
Sunday, February 25
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 3rd grade
Tuesday, February 27
Sacrament of First Reconciliation (4th grade)7:00 pm
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Save The Date
Our 2018 Parent Party & Auction isSaturday, March 10th!
'A Night At The Pub',held at St. Mary's College,promises to be a great evening of socializing and fun for all of our parents.

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.
Sign-Me Up Parties

Friday, January 5, 2018
After the tree has been taken down and the decorations are all put away it is now your turn (ladies) to sit back, cocktail a little, eat and socialize while learning a little about something we all love : Olive Oil and Vinegar. Join your St. Perpetua friends to socialize & t
aste and sample the largest, freshest selection of single varietal extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars on tap!With over 80 unique products on tap you're sure to have a flavorful evening.
Champagne, beer & wine will be served along with a dinner of salad & sliders.If you'd like to sign up for this event now, clickhere.
Hosted by : Allison Mein, Mollie Van Stralen
Price per guest: $60 Limited to 40 Ladies.
Friday, February 2, 2018
FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE ~7:00 - 10:00 pm
Don't miss out on this fantastic St. Perpetua tradition, where generations of St. Perpetua girls have grown up with their friends on the dance floor and danced with the special men in their lives.Even dads have forged friendships with other dads and shared laughs while enjoying a special evening with their girls. It's a fun-filled evening of dancing, awesome raffle baskets, Dad's Raffle, a dynamic DJ, our favorite photographer, and the ever-popular sundae bar! Once again we will be honoring the 8th grade girls and their sweethearts.If you'd like to sign up for this event now, clickhere.
Hosted by: Holly Shea, Jacki Motto, Julie Aguilera, Pam Cassidy, Theresa Maloney, Ellen Drey, Carrie Binney, Suzzi Diaz, Gabriela Suko, Ciara Mansour, Sara Larose, Cyndi Batson Suer, Suzanne Kroger, and Christy Ingham.

Price per couple: $85, and $45 per additional daughter.
Library News
Super Bowl Reading Challenge -- 3rd Grade Koalas climb into the lead!

TheThird Grade Koalashave climbed into the lead of our school-wide Super Bowl Reading Challenge.First Grade Panthersare close behind, in second place.Make sure to help your class take the lead by turning in your Reading Log. 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.
Lamorinda Performing Academy
Last chance to sign up for the spring 2018 musical:The Addams Family

Grades: 4th - 8th
Days/Times: Thursdays3-6pmin the RRC
REHEARSALS START nextThursday January 11th!
CLICK HEREfor more info and registration.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
I hope your family's celebration of the birth of Christ was filled with love, and everyone's vacation was thoroughly enjoyable.With renewed hope for a loving and positive new year,I wish you and your family a wonderful year ahead. I hope that you will be graced with many blessings in the year to come.
Happy New Year!
Please send inJanuary calendars.
Please consider signing your children up for after school enrichment classes. They will begin late January- early February. This is how it is shaping up so far.
Legos Bricks For Kids- grades TK- 5Clickherefor flyer
Guitar Stars- grades 1-8Clickherefor flyer
Chess Scholars-grades K - 8Clickherefor flyer
WorldCooking-grades K- 6Clickherefor flyer
Toyology- grades TK- 4Clickherefor flyer
Please see sign-up flyer links above to download or drop by Panther house for a hard copy.
After School onWednesday, January 24we will remind ourselves of one of our mission statements to be "Stewards of the Earth". We will provide recycled/ reused items which kids can build their own toys and artwork between3:00 and 4:30. Last year, the event was a big success as the children were let loose and encouraged to create whatever inspired them. Just email Mrs. Kenney (lkenney@csdo.org) if you'd like to add this day to your child's existing schedule. We'd appreciate any plastic containers, boxes, etc. you save up to add for to the kids' masterpieces!
  • This Friday, Jan 5 is the firstFridayof the month. That meansnoondismissal and Panther House is OPEN. Please pack a lunch.
  • Friday, Jan 12 and Monday, Jan 15there is No School, so Panther House is CLOSED.
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.

Mrs. Kenney
Counselor's Corner
Happy New Year! (Or so we hope...) For many, the beginning of a new year can be a cheerful time of renewal and anticipation. For others, the annual transition from one year to another can feel like a dullness or let-down after the excitement of a busy holiday season. No matter how we feel during this transition, it is important to recognize that our kids may be experiencing those feelings as well and may not be fully aware of their seasonal moods.
Whether they had a hard time getting back into the routine or they were jumping with joy about the new year, returning to school is another big transition on top of the post-holiday emotions. Continue to be patient and loving with your kids. Talk with them and listen to their opinions. It is much better to give them a safe space to talk about their feelings than to let those emotions bottle up, which can at times come out as negative behaviors.
Some fun ideas to help children transition into a positive 2018:
- Plan a family activity or trip with input from your children. Focusing on an upcoming event can help us move in a positive direction with something to look forward to.
- Reach out to a pastor, mentor, coach or a therapist to help you and your family as needed. Focus on supporting your family's social-emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
- Discuss new extra-curricular activities that your kids would like to try this year. Research how you can make those activities happen.
- Connect with friends or family you would like to spend more time with or get to know better. Maybe you received a holiday card from a long-lost friend who you realized you want to reconnect with. Maybe a new family moved to your neighborhood. Be the one to initiate contact.
- Brainstorm new concrete goals for the year as a family. You may have individual goals as well, but try to come up with some active ideas that are inclusive of every family member. Be sure the goals are realistic for your family. If everyone has different ideas, be open to the input and maybe calendar some throughout 2018 to spread them out. (A few ideas: A weekly game night. A monthly hike on new trails. Parent-child "date nights" - where each child receives quality time and individual attention. Hide random encouraging notes to each other throughout the year.)
- Come up with a simple family mantra or list of encouraging words. Create a banner with those words to hang above a calendar or doorway. A new banner for my family reads "2018: Positive Goals, Renewed Energy, Open Hearts, Strength!"
Many wishes for a Positive New Year to you all!
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
Science Night

School Auction / Parent Party
It's beginning to look a lot like. . . .Auction!!
Save the Date ofMarch 10for the Parent Party. It'll be just that! No Live Auction, just a fun St. Patricks Day themed party.
There will be an On-Line Auction beginningMarch 8thand we need your help! It takes all of us asking our favorite gymnastics studios, hair salons, restaurants, and shops we frequent if they are willing to donate. Your company, friends and family who have season tickets to the Sharks, Warriors, or the Giants are a great ask too! All of these items are needed to have a successful on-line auction and make money for our school to bridge the gap between the tuition we pay and the actual cost to educate each of our children (~$3k).
Clickherefor donor form and letter. There are also copies available in the office for you to pick up.If you have any questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some January enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

1st Grade:LPIE "Lunar New Year/Asian Culture" (on-site instruction)

4th Grade:LPIE "Earthquakes" (on-site instruction)

5th Grade: LPIE "Kinetic Energy" (on-site instruction)

6th Grade:Field Trip to Chabot Space & Science Center with "Challenger Mission to Mars" Workshop
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Final Scrip Commitment Reports for 1/1/17 - 12/31/17 will go out in early March, once we have final numbers from Scrip and e-Scrip. Shortfalls will be billed to May tuition statements.

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,
2017-18 Family Participation Program / 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 2017-18 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.
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

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Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • 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
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • Larry Perkins, grandfather of Rylan Buehler
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