Bulletin # 25

This morning we gathered to begin our Lenten journey together with an Ash Wednesday prayer service. Fr. John encouraged us all to reflect on how we can "be the good" and improve ourselves in terms of our prayer life and our outward actions toward other.

If you are looking for ways to have a more meaningful lent, there are resources located at the back of the church, and here are a few websites that I have found to be inspiring:


Congratulations to our students who participated in the diocesan Science Fair last Saturday!

Rhys Roberts and Rowan Moffett
Donovan Castilla-Liu-Finalist
Ellie Scheberries-Finalist
Mike Kostolansky and Pierre Jolin -Grand Champions!

If you are looking for a noblevolunteer opportunity,Mrs. Meo is looking forsix strong bodies(junior high and/or adult) to help in theGarden of Learning at 10am on Saturday, 2/17. ContactMrs. Meoif you can help!

I hope you have marked your calendar for our annual auction party! Invitations were sent home last week to all families. All auction information, including tickets to the event, can be found at our auction website:www.stperpetuaauction.com

Gracious God, today begins a period of inner reflection and examination. The days stretch before me and invite me inward to that silent, holy space that holds your Spirit. This special time beckons me to see my life through Christ's eyes and the truth and reality of your love incarnate. Give me the grace to enter the space of these days with anticipation of our meeting. And, when I open my soul to your presence, let your loving kindness flow over me and seep into the pockets of my heart. I ask this for the sake of your love.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 15
School Spelling Bee 11:00 in the library
Prospective Student Testing, Grades 1-8 at 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19
Presidents' Day Holiday ~ No School
Panther House Closed
Friday, February 23
8th Grade Dance at CTK School
Saturday, February 24
Grateful Gatherings Event
Sunday, February 25
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 3rd grade
Tuesday, February 27
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th grade 7:00 pm
Thursday, March 1
Young Author Book Submission Deadline
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th Grade 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3
First Eucharist Retreat 9:00 - 11:30 am
Tuesday, March 6
Trimester 2 Closes
Wednesday, March 7
Literacy Night 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 10
Parent Party & Auction at St. Mary's 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday, March 15
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks (Online Link)
Friday, March 16
Staff Day ~ no school for students
Panther House Closed
Sunday, March 18
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 2nd grade
Monday, March 19
Deadline for FACTS submission for 2018-2019 Tuition Assistance
Thursday, March 29
Holy Thursday ~ Noon Dismissal
Panther House closes at 9:30 am
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8
Easter Break
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Required
  • Our 2018 Yearbooks are now available byonline pre-order only.
  • 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.
Final Year-End Scrip Reports for 2017
Year-end reports for Scrip participation are going home with your youngest child today. Please review the report which shows e-Scrip/Scrip Card profit, any shortfall which will be added to your March Tuition Statement, and any profit credit earned in excess of your commitment. Please contact Kim Fogartykfogarty@csdo.orgwith any questions.
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.
Yard Duty
Clickherefor the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
We still have open yard duty slots. Once you have completed your two mandatory shifts
you can earn one hour of volunteer time for every additional shift you work.Please consider signing up for our open yard duty shifts!

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.
School Auction / Parent Party
You should have all received your invitations to "A Night at the Pub" last Friday. If you haven't already, please check outhttp://www.stperpetuaauction.comand buy your tickets!
  • Please also take some time to look at the many exciting parties and raffles.
  • Ifanyone is looking for volunteer hours outside of regular school hours, we are in need of additional "Panther Wranglers". If you have a large car and are willing to help, please contactStaci Kramer.
  • We also have some sponsorship opportunities - if anyone is interested please contactCary TschannorLucy Mason.
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 auction questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Mission Effectiveness
Grateful Gatherings Event
We hope you can participate with us and our next Grateful Gathering onSaturday, February 24, 2018!If you didn't participate with us last year we hope you will this time around.
Grateful Gatherings is a non-profit co-founded by St. P's parent, Chris Flitter, and they identify low-income families who have transitioned from homelessness or crisis, collect furniture and household items they need and deliver them to their homes the same day.In one day, changing lives.
This time we arehelping three families. One is aDesert Storm Veteranand his family, and the other two are two single momswho haveescaped from abusive relationships.Please clickhereto read their stories, volunteer or help with donated items.
Thank you for your assistance, we hope you can join us!- Chris Flitter
Spelling Bee News
Congratulations 2018 ClassSpellingBeeChampions!
1stGrade:Hudson Brown, Krystina Patskevich
2ndGrade: Alex Bellusa, Estelle Hall
3rdGrade:Megan Ingham, Ava Wooler
4thGrade:Shane Petierre, Gavin Wang
5thGrade:Cooper Cassidy, John Kemner
6thGrade:Katie Kostolansky, Liam Nagel
7thGrade:Eliza Hall, Peter Heiskell
8thGrade:Liam O'Shea, Tommy Welch
The class championsfrom 3rdthrough 8thgradeswill go on to compete in the School SpellingBeeThursday, February 15 at 11:00 a.m.in the school library. Families of class champions are welcome to attend!
Cafe Perpetua & The Garden of Learning
Cafe Perpetua
It was so lovely to see so many of you at Cafe` Perpetua, and we are looking forward to seeing you againthis Friday. We'll be featuring your breakfast favorites along with a triple berry cobbler and veggie frittata!

Thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!
Garden of Learning
A very exciting project has been happening in the garden during the last two weeks! Miguel Elliott, a cob specialist, has beencreating a beautiful bench with the help of the students. In all my years in the garden these were some of the happiest faces I've ever seen!

The children delighted in getting their feet and hands dirty while making the cob. It was a great learning experience for all! If you wish to check out the amazing things Miguel has created you can visit his website atlivingearthstructures.com. Pop in the garden to see it's progress!
Love,Monette Meo
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.
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!
Panther House

Dear Parents,
If your family needsservice hours, this is the place to go.We need snack and plate/paper cup donations for many days in March.
Email Mrs. Kenney for paper product needs.
Please submitMarch Calendars.
Signup genius is open for Panther House snack donation..We've got some March dates still available.Please fill them up! Remember that you gainservice hoursfor 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.
Mrs. Kenney
SEEDs Enrichment

Here are someFebruary enrichment eventssponsored by SEEDS!
  • 1st Grade: LPIE "Biomimicry" (on-site instruction)
  • 2nd Grade:"Pete the Cat" at the Lesher Center for the Arts and LPIE "Volcanoes and Stream Erosion" (on-site instruction
  • 7th Grade:Field Trip to Lawrence Hall of Science with "Fantastic Gasses" Workshop
CYO Girls Volleyball (6th, 7th, and 8th grade)

Attention all 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing volleyball!


  • Clickhereforregistration link
  • Clickherefor tentative game schedule
Counselor's Corner
I have really enjoyed my first two weeks of working onNo-Sew Blankets with 7thgraders on Thursdays at lunchtime!If your 7thgrader hasn't joined us yet, please remind them that they are invited to help out anyThursday12:35-1:10in Room 7. So far our groups have been small with just 3-5 students. We would love more help! The products of our work will be donated toProject Linus, an organization that distributes blankets to children in shelter and hospitals.
In school, church and many of our local organizations we are encouraged to get involved in community service. While we clearly recognize the importance of helping others, often we are so busy with work (or homework), raising kids (or being kids), housework, sports, family commitments, etc. It is hard to actually schedule and go to organized volunteer opportunities, when we are pulled in so many directions to even take care of ourselves. An ideal way to help others is to carve out even just one hour every 1-2 weeks to work on projects at home with your kids. In addition to having quality family time while helping others, working on community service projects will give children a sense of responsibility, help them realize they can make an impact and can help kids learn new skills.
Be sure to research projects or opportunities that your family would enjoy. There are many other ways to help others besides the ideas I am listing, but here are a few ideas that you could work on right away as a family:
  • Valentine cardsfor a local Retirement or Senior homes
  • Easter Projectsto do with seniors or to donate to shelters/ homes
  • Blankets: Many different types depending on how crafty your family is.If you and your family would like to make a blanket at home, I would be happy to add them to our blanket donations before Spring Break. (Note: Single layer blankets only according to our local Project Linus Rep- due to storage space and warm weather).
Here is a wonderful article highlighting benefits and sharing tips ongetting involved in community service:
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor

Link to my WebPage
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
Year-end reports for Scrip participation are going home with your youngest child today. Please review the report which shows e-Scrip/Scrip Card profit, any shortfall which will be added to your March Tuition Statement, and any profit credit earned in excess of your commitment. Please contact Kim Fogartykfogarty@csdo.orgwith any questions.

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.
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
  • Zilma Rodriguez, grandmother of Keilah and Tomas Ezaddin, 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:
  • Mike Jerge, grandfather of Madeline and Z.K. Jerge
  • Karen Ann Zapotowski, grandmother of Chase O'Keefe
  • Lou Pioli, great-grandfather of Grace Stangl
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