Bulletin # 23

HAPPY CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK! It was wonderful to see so many of your at Mass and our Open House last Sunday! Our students sung beautifully at mass and it was wonderful to see some of our alumni students visit us during Open House!
2017 alumni guests!
We are looking forward to ourScience Nighttomorrow night where the Jr. High students will have their Science Fair projects on display and be available to answer questions about their learning.There are still a few volunteer opportunities available if you are looking for service hours ~ the sign up can be foundHERE.

All are welcome to come between 6-8pm tomorrow night to learn from our students!

Our Call to the Ministry of Catholic Education
Source of all Compassion and Knowledge, we recognize that through this ministry of Catholic education you call us to be your presence for the children you confide to our care.You continue to gift us with your wisdom and to bless us with knowledge and insights, which allow us to participate in the education and development of the whole child.We pray that we may recognize the power of our mission and that we may carry it out with humility, in faith and in a spirit of discipleship.We ask this through Jesus, our first teacher. Amen

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 31
Prospective Parent Evening ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1
Science Fair Dinner ~ 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Science Fair Night ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 2
NO Cafe Perpetua
Noon Dismissal ~ Panther House OPEN
'Sweetheart Dance' SMU Party
Thursday, February 8
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10
Prospective Kindergartener Testing (by appointment only)
Diocesan-Level Science Fair
Monday, February 12
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14
Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday Service ~ 11:00 am in the church
Thursday, February 15
School Spelling Bee
Prospective Student Testing, Grades 1-8 at 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19
Presidents' Day Holiday ~ No School
Friday, February 23
8th Grade Dance at CTK School
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
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Required
  • Our 2018 Yearbooks ware now available by online pre-order.
  • Do NOT order a yearbook for your 8th grader - cost is covered in your graduation fees
  • If youprepaid for a yearbook with your ONE Checkpayment youDO NOThave to place an online order.
  • ClickHEREto complete an online order.
  • Ordering window will close on March 15th.
Father-Daughter 'Sweetheart' Dance
Photo envelopes went home yesterday. Please remember to bring your envelope to the event on Friday evening if you'd like to have a photo taken.
Lost & Found
A pair of Invisiline retainers were found in the upper pavilion eating area. They are in the office.

Save The Date
Our 2018 Parent Party & Auction is Saturday, 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. Please review the uniform requirements in the parent handbook with your student.
Science Night ~ Dinner & Family Night

St. Perpetua Science Night is tomorrow night!
The Junior High students have been working hard on their projects and look forward to sharing their results with you. We will also have two 'hands-on experiment' stations for our younger students to enjoy!
Dinner catered by Lettuce (pre-order only): 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Junior HighPresentations / hands-On experiments: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Looking forward to seeing everyone

The St. PerpetuaScience Night team
School Auction / Parent Party
The auction team is hard at work planning "A Night at the Pub" party onMarch 10th. You won't want to miss this casual, fun-filled night of food, dancing and pub games with our parent community!
Our on-line auction beginsMarch 8thand there is still time to donate. We are in need of more items and all items are welcome.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.
Please also consider donating gift cards from Scrip - not only does the school benefit but you get Scripcredit toward your yearly goal. It is truly a win win!
Mark your calendar for the followingSign Me Up Parties- they are favorite events and are back by popular demand:
April 20: Camp Panther Paw with the Teachers of St. Perpetua
May 18:Wild for Jr. High
Look for more details in the coming weeks.

Get a fresh, healthy dinner on the table in less than 5-mins. $20 off first order, $20 donation to St. Perpetua School.

Are you tired of scrambling at the end of a busy day to get dinner on the table? Tired of take-out and restaurant delivery? `Want to just relax and connect with the family around a healthy meal, but without all the shopping, cooking, waste, mess and clean-up? Munchery may be your perfect solution.

Munchery's chefs cook fresh meals every day using locally-sourced seasonal and organic ingredients. You choose entrees, salads, kids' meals, desserts and drinks from the app or site-- and the Munchery team delivers fresh food to your door.
Munchery has offered $20 off the first order-- plus a donation of $20 to the School. ClickHEREand use the promo code STPS17.
If you have any questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
FACE Tuition Assistance Grants for 2018-2019 School Year
FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) provides need-based tuition grants to students who attend Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland.FACTS is the third-party vendor that FACE uses to process and analyze all applications.The online application process is now open, and thesubmissionDEADLINE is March 19th.
  • ClickHEREfor FACE application information.
  • The Application is filled out on theFACTS website.
  • Applications are required for ALL families requesting assistance,even if you received assistance for this current school year.
  • If you have trouble uploading a document or make a mistake on an application, those inquires need to be directed to FACTS either though their customer service line at866-412-4637or emailinfo@factsmgt.com
  • If you have a question regarding grant eligibility, please contact the FACE office at510-628-2169or emailPhil Toups.
Happening Around Campus
5th Grade's 'Walk Through the Revolution"
Sign-Me Up Party
Friday, February 2, 2018
'SWEETHEART' DANCE ~ 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Sign up Now for our not-to-be-missed annual Father Daughter Sweetheart Dance onFriday, February 2nd, at the Lafayette Community Center.This event always has 100% attendance so your daughters will not want to miss this great evening! Note, it is an early dismissal day.
  • Make your dinner reservations and then plan for some dancing, hosted beer and wine with other St. P dads, 8th grade tribute and a dessert bar for all.
  • Don't forget there will also be the veryexciting raffle basketswhich this year includes the American Girl Doll of the Year 'Luciana'; a huge Sephora makeup extravaganza (generously donated by alumni family, The Puhlmanns); Kindle Fire; Ivivva gear; Giant Teddy bears; Lego and Friends, and more!
  • Raffle tickets sold at the dance (cash or check only).
If you'd like to sign up for this event now, clickhere.
Hosted by: Ciara Mansour, Courtnay Miles, Jacki Motto, Julie Aguilera, Pam Cassidy, Holly Shea, Carrie Binney, Theresa Maloney, Ellen Drey, Suzzi Diaz, Sara Larose, Suzanne Kroger, and Christy Ingham and Lindsay Hanover

Price per couple: $85, and $45 per additional daughter
Library News

"Writing is its own reward." Henry Miller
The Young Authors Faireis a diocesan-wide program that celebrates the budding authors in our midst. All students ingrades 1-8are encouraged to participate by writing a book. Before you being writing, please fill out aYoung Author Planand give it to your teacher. When you finish your book, astudent checklistmust be submitted with it. More information about the Young Authors Faire and all forms are on our school websitehere.

Completed books are due to your teacher by Thursday, March 1st.
That means you have the entire month of February to write, edit, and "publish" your book.
Good Luck Writers!
Cafe Perpetua
Cafe` Perpetua will be opening onFriday, February 9th!We have missed our loyal customers and can't wait to be back in business!!! Please come by and celebrate the first cafe` of 2018!
Garden of Learning
There are many exciting projects happening in the garden in the near future! An amazing piece of art in the form of a cob bench will be created in the garden with the help of a cob builder and the students of St. Perpetua. A much needed and beautiful new fence will be built in February, and fiinally the arrival of new and some very rare breeds of chicks will be heading to their new home after their hatching dates in late February and early March!!!

If you are interested in helping in the Garden of Learning, it would be greatly appreciated and you can contact Monette Meo atmmeo@csdo.org. Thank you so much!

Love,Monette Meo
Music Notes from Mrs. Holmes
Attention Jr. High families ~ Performance Day is coming!!

It was a joy to meet several of you at Open House. Thanks for your continued support of music in our school.During music classes the week ofFebruary 12th-16th, the students will have Performance Day.This in an optional activitywhen they can play an instrument (I have a keyboard available), sing a song (they may bring a CD or load an audio file) or do a dance performance for their classmates. They need not prepare anything special and it need not be classical. It is intended to be a fun way to share music they know and love.Please have your students let me know this week if they would like to participate and what they would like to perform.
CYO Girls Volleyball (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball!
  • No experience is necessary and you do not need to attend all practices or games to participate!
  • The season runs March thru May
  • Clickherefor more information
  • Clickhereforregistration link
Counselor's Corner
"I can't"... "I'm not smart enough"... "I don't want any help"... "It used to be easy"... When many of us hit a frustration tipping point, we may feel like just giving up on things that seem too difficult.Students who appear to effortlessly do well in school may seem to be the ones who will easily lead a "successful" life. But really, kids who understand that their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and support from others) will likely be the ones who are more successful and fulfilled.
By now many of you may be near-experts on growth mindset (Dweck), but putting those theories into action can be difficult. Students are praised for high grades and for home-runs on the baseball field, even if those successes come easily. We don't need to stop celebrating strengths, but we need to be sure to continue to put more focus and praise on effort, positive attitude and openness to support.
Before Winter Break I led projects on Ability Awareness in grades 3-5. Students brainstormed about their strengths in four different areas: academic, physical, artistic and social-emotional. We then discussed how we all have "areas that are more difficult" for us. (Not "weaknesses!") The students wrote some strengths and areas of difficulty on their green handprints and we created Ability Trees. Just as we have "classroom trees," be sure to look within your family tree and discuss how you all have needed different supports throughout the years and you all continue to support each other.
We must help our kids transform their, "Ican't" into "Icanwith effort and support!"
For a quick reminder of some benefits of Growth Mindset clickhere.
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor

Link to my WebPage
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Love is in the air!
OnWednesday, February 7, join Mrs. Kenney in thisone time only workshopon how to create a love-filled, artistic gift. For an additional $25 fee, plus Panther House fees. SeeHEREfor sign up form and more details.
OnMonday and Tuesday, February 12 and 13, kids can makehomemade Valentines cardsfrom 3:30 to 4:00pm. We will include all the makings for the card and your child will add the love.Open to all registered, scheduled children.
OnWednesday, February 14, we willserve yummy chili,Valentines cookiesand hot chocolate. Come join us during this fun, relaxed day.Open to all registered, scheduled children.
Please send inFebruary calendarsnow.
Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months.We've got some February and March dates still available.Please fill them up!Remember that you gain service hours for your contribution.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.

  • For sick days: Please let Panther House know as well as the office when your child is out. We look for regularly scheduled children every day.
  • Friday, February 2 is noon dismissal. Panther House open; bring a bag lunch.
Enjoy this month of love!

Mrs. Kenney
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)
Walk Through the Revolution (on-site instruction)

6th Grade:Field Trip to Chabot Space & Science Center with "Challenger Mission to Mars" Workshop
S.T.E.M Workshop for Junior High Girls

Junior High Girls ~ Do you love Math & Science? Come to theS.T.E.M conference and workshoponSaturday, March 17th, at St. Mary's College Soda Center in Moraga. Registration opens January 19th. ClickHEREfor more information.
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

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:
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
  • Zilma Rodriguez, grandmother of Keilah and Tomas Ezaddin, who is ill
  • Mike Jerge, grandfather of Madeline and Z.K. Jerge, 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
We remember those who have died:
  • Bryan Vierengel, alumni student
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