Bulletin # 27

Can you feel the Auction Spirit????Class Traditionsare on display throughout theschool,Panther Prideis showing up in front yards all over the county, and ourauction team is busy finalizing the details for theparent party on March 10th.All theauction information is available on the auction website at

While Parent Association has been working diligently on the auction, theSchool Boardhas been preparing for theOpen School Board meeting on March 14 at 6:30in the library. All are invited to attend to learn more about the work of the board and future direction of our school. Your input on the parent survey that was emailed to you last week will also be reviewed and used to assist in planning for the upcoming school year.
I'd like to ask all parents to be aware and respectful of ourmorning carpool routines. As you enter the school grounds, please pull all the way forward and have the students exit the car only from the right side.If the car line stops at the bottom of the driveway, please proceed to the upper lot,where you can drive through and drop your student off at the edge of the parish office. A staff member is there to greet the students as they go down to the staff-monitored crosswalk.Your fellow parents and our Hamlin/Solana neighbors will thank you for not blocking the streets and causing unnecessary student tardies.

As we look to the new school year, please note thefirst day of schoolfor 2018-2019
school year will beAugust 20, 2018,andschool will concludeonJune 7, 2019.

As planning has begun for 2018-19, I want to let you know of a few staff changes.Mrs.
Karen Baileyhas decided to take a year off from teaching to spend more time with
her family. Mrs. Bailey joined our staff in October of 2012 and has done a wonderful
job preparing our 5th graders for Middle School.Mrs. Kathy Williamshas also
announced her retirement. Mrs. Williams joined the St. Perpetua Staff in November
of 1996 and has served in various capacities, most recently as our 2nd grade
teacher where she has prepared so many students for First Holy Communion.We
are thankful to Mrs. Bailey and Mrs. Williams for their years of service to our
community and wish them the very best!

your commandment of love is so simple
and so challenging.
Help me to let go of my pride,
to be humble in my penance.
I want only to live the way you ask me to love,
to love the way you ask me to live.
I ask this through your son, Jesus,
who stands at my side
today and always.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 1
Purchase Class Tradition Items,SMU Parties ~ Perpetua Room from 8:00-9:30 with coffee and treats, and again from 2:00-3:30
Young Author Book Submission Deadline
Sacrament of First Reconciliation for 4th Grade 7:00 pm
Friday, March 2
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
Purchase Class Tradition Items,SMU Parties ~ Perpetua Room from 8:00-9:30 with coffee and treats, and again from 2:00-3:30
Noon Dismissal
Panther House OPEN
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
Thursday, March 8
Online Auction Opens!
Saturday, March 10
Parent Party & Auction at St. Mary's 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday, March 12
Online Auction Closes at 8:00 pm
Wednesday, March 14
Report Cards Issued
Open School Board Meeting ~ 6:30 pm in library
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
Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks (Online Link)
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 8
Easter Break
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Deadline Approaching!
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 Friday, March 29th.
Yard Duty
We still haveopen 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! Clickherefor sign up link.
  • 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.
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 Auction / Parent Party
It is finally here! All things "auction" have begun. Are you feeling thePRIDE? Be on the look-out -thePantheris on the prowl and has been spotted all throughout our community.
Theclass traditionsare on full display in the hallway. If you haven't had the chance, please stop by and take a look at the treasures our children have created!
  • All individual class traditions can be purchased in the St. Perpetua roomtomorrowfrom8 - 9:30and2 - 3:30, andFridayfrom 8 - 12.
  • You can also sign up for Parties and purchase raffle tickets during those same times in the St. Perpetua room, or on-lineHERE.
  • All group class traditions will be auctioned off during the on-line auction March 8 - 12th.
We have two amazingrafflesand you can purchase your ticketsHERE. Don't miss your chance to win a 7 day excursion to Ireland for the entire family! Or the chance to win 2 up-close tickets to the red-hot Warriors! Only100 ticketsfor each raffle will be sold. The winners will be announced at the Parent Party, but you do not need to be present to win.
Theon-line auctiongoes live one week fromtomorrow!! There are too many fantastic items to list. Be sure to log on March 8thand see all the exciting things the auction team has been hard at work putting together. You won't be disappointed! Online auctionends at8:00 p.m.on March 12th.It's not too late to donate to the auction ~ online donations will be accepted through March 7th.
Finally, theparent partyis next Saturday, March 10th. You won't want to miss "A Night at the Pub" - it will be a casual, fun-filled night with great food and great friends. Get your ticketsHERE.

If you have any auction questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Cafe Perpetua
Come in out of the cold and join usthis Fridayat Cafe` Perpetuawhere you can warm up while drinking a yummy latte, mocha or hot cocoa! We have heaters and inside seating, and we'd love to see you at the cafe`!

Thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!
Love, Monette Meo
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Yikes!TomorrowisMarch 1stand we have very few calendars.
Please make an effort to get them in.
This is thelink.
Thank you.

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.
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
Literacy Night

Literacy Night is an evening of poetry, puppets and reader's theater to celebrate student reading. It will take place onWednesday,March 7thfrom 6:00pm - 8:00pmin the school library. All students are welcome to attend. Participants in grades TK - 5 have been practicing their parts and are looking forward to a fun family evening!

Volunteers are needed to provide and serve refreshments. To volunteer to provide refreshment, clickhere. To help serve refreshments, clickhere.
Garden of Learning

Our new adobe bench is almost completed,
and students are enjoying a great learning experience
while working on the finishing touches with Mrs. Meo
and Miguel Elliott.
Room Parents for 2018 - 2019 School Year

Are you looking for a fun way to become more involved in your child's classroom while earning your volunteer hours? Please consider becoming aRoom Parent for the 2018/19 school year!See theRoom Parent Formfor more information.
Contact Liz Mechelkeliz_mechelke@me.comOR Monica Byersmonicabyers@yahoo.comwith any questions.
Music Notes

During music classes the week ofMarch 21-23, the3rd,
4th,and5thgrades students will havePerformance Day.

This in anoptional activitywhen they canplay an instrument(I have a keyboard available),sing a song(they may bring a CD or load an audio file) ordo a dance performancefor 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 or next week if they would like to participate and what they would like to perform.
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.
Counselor's Corner
Imagine the ideal playground setting. Kids are healthy, happy and feel good about themselves. Carefree children run, play and enjoy their unstructured time. They aren't worried about being bullied or being treated poorly by other kids.
Many experts believe the word "bullying" has been overused and misused. It is hard to admit that our children have some behaviors that could be considered bullying. My plea to you is to not worry so much about the label, but to focus on helping all of our children take responsibility for their behaviors and words.

We must look at negative behaviors in our children and help them learn to act/ react appropriately to others. We all have children who at times make poor social choices. Negative behaviors could be spur of the moment behaviors, but can come off to others as bullying. Other times, kids are purposely excluding others as they prefer a certain group of friends. Sometimes those behaviors or words are subtle. None of us are perfect in our interactions. Your child is learning how to behave in social settings that are constantly changing. Not an easy task! Yes- kids need consequences, but also, please be sure to pair a learning experience with their consequences.

The best thing we can do to help our own kids learn to work through these tough social interactions is to consistently remind them to focus on their own behavior. Kids cannot control the behavior of other kids... we need to continue to help children focus on taking responsibility for their own words or behaviors (whether they are actions or reactions). Keep asking your kids, "How can you be a part of the solution?" If they complain about other kids' behaviors, please ask them how they react in those situations. Give them the power to take responsibility for their actions and always be a part of the solution. Try not to punish them for being open with you about making social mistakes... if they can take responsibility they will learn that they can become a part of the solution. They can BE THE GOOD!

Please know that I do not consider your child to be a bully, but I am sharing this article with you, as I love the way it focuses on teaching children to take responsibility. Please read this and feel free to substitute in the words "negative behaviors" for "bullying".This articleis such an important read for all parents K-8! We must be proactive!

Kelli Bacher
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!
SEEDs Enrichment

Here are some
February 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
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.
Summer Camp Opportunities
TheBerkeley'Girls in Engineering' programis a week-long, non-residentialsummer camp for San Francisco Bay Area girls entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to explore different aspects of what it means to be an engineer in a fun, hands-on environment. Girls will learn leadership skills such as goal setting and effective communication, and engage in activities that showcase different engineering disciplines. Participants will also design and create engineering projects throughout the week under the guidance of Berkeleyfaculty, staff, and students. Clickherefor application information.
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Year-end reports for Scrip participation went home with your youngest child last week. 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 will be applied as you directed. 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.Clickherefor details.

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
  • A member of our community going through medical treatment
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
We remember those who have died:
  • Rueywen Liu, grandfather of Donovan and Marina Castilla-Liu
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