Bulletin # 30

Thank you to our Consultative School Board for hosting the Open School Board meeting last Wednesday. Many thanks also to the parents who were in attendance. I appreciate the open and candid conversations that took place that night, and since that meeting, all in an effort to ensure our school continues to move and improve to support our students and our community.
I am offsite this week leading a WCEA/WASC accreditation at St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This is always a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and grow as an educator.   The conversation and collaboration that occurs during this process continues to be enriching.
Thank you to those parents that have already returned the tuition contract for the 2018-2019 school year. Contracts are due by March 26. We appreciate your cooperation!
Next week is Holy Week
  • Our Easter vacation begins at noon on Holy Thursday
  • Panther House CLOSES at 9:30 am on Holy Thursday. 
  • School resumes Monday, April 9.
Heavenly Father,
As I enter the last week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you.
Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace
as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.
As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person,
let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you.
Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgment.
Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort,
solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.
Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving,
and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.

In your name I pray,

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, March 27
7th grade JHOP Food Drive Ends
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
Wednesday, April 11
Caritas Creek Preview for 6th grade students 1:15-3:00 pm
Caritas Parent Presentation 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Thursday, April 12
Spring Photos for all students
Monday, April 16
Music Program Recital Practice 10:00 - 11:45 am
Friday, April 20
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  Camp Panther Pride 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 21
Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Sunday, April 22
Music Program Recital ~ 3:00 - 4:30, Lafayette Christian Church
Monday, April 23
Author Visit ~ Grades 4 - 8
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
6th Grade at Caritas Creek Science Camp
Saturday, April 28
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, April 29
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Monday, May 1
Dress Rehearsal for Addams Family 3:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2 or Wednesday, May 3
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  "Tile Painting for Buddy Bench"
Thursday, May 3 - Friday, May 4
4th Grade to Gold Camp
Friday, May 4
Noon Dismissal 
Panther House Open
Addams Family Theatre Performance (evening)
Saturday, May 5
Addams Family Theatre Performance
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, May 6
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Tuesday, May 8
May Crowning Mass at 8:30 am
2nd Grade First Eucharist Group Photo
8th Grade Graduates' Group Photo
Wednesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 10
8th Grade Retreat
Thursday, May 10
ISP Night (3rd, 4th & 5th grade) 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  "PJ Pajama Party"
Friday, May 18
Special Persons Day
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students: 'Wild For Junior High"
Saturday, May 19
'Sign-Me-Up Event for Dads:  Dad's Game Night
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
Friday, June 1
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Memories Night for 8th Graders and their Parents
Saturday, June 2
8th Grade Graduation ~ 11:00 am
Thursday, June 7
Panther House CLOSES at 9:30 am
Field Day for Students
Noon Dismissal
Friday, June 8
Final Day of School
School Mass at 8:30 am
9:30 Dismissal
NO Panther House
Happy Summer!
'Sign-Me-Up ' Event for Parents:  "Texas Hold 'Em Tournament"
See the full school calendar here.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Yard Duty ~ We Need Your Help!
We still have over 20 unfilled yard duty slots for the months of April and May.  Once you have completed your two required 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! Click here for sign up link.
  • It is critical that you have your scheduled yard duty assignments on your calendar.  You receive a Sign-Up Genius email reminder and a backup office email reminder.  When we have 'no show' parents we have to scramble to cover the assignment with a staff member.
  • 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 volunteers need to be 'All Clear' to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.
2018 Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Started in 1978, this program helps put over 700 children into Diocese of Oakland schools with tuition assistance on an annual basis.  This year marks the 40th year since the inception of FACE, which remains firm in its unwavering mission to break the cycle of poverty in the East Bay, one family at a time, by helping provide access to quality education.  This year's Gala will be in honor of The Most Reverend John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, for his 90th birthday and his instrumental role in the founding of FACE.  Should members of the community be interested in joining the Diocesan community at large, click here to purchase tickets. 
2018 Yearbooks - Pre-Order Deadline Approaching!
Our 2018 Yearbooks are available by online pre-order only.
  • Do NOT order a yearbook for your 8th grader - cost is covered in your graduation fees
  • If you prepaid for a yearbook with your ONE Check payment you DO NOT have to place an online order.  
  • Click HERE to complete an online order.  
  • Ordering window will close on Friday, March 29th.
2018-2019 School Dates
As we look to the new school year, please note the first day of school for 2018-2019
school year will be August 20, 2018, and school will conclude on June 7, 2019.

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 new Request for medication to be taken during school hours form. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a physician's signature is also required on the form.
Did You Know...
DID YOU KNOW that our teacher and staff salaries are determined by the Oakland Diocese and we are bound to those salary schedules?  The Diocese administrators want to keep teacher and staff salaries consistent across all schools.
Our Weekly 'Shout Out'
A SHOUT OUT goes to Mr. Hauger who responded to my parent email to have a delicate issue addressed in his class from our field trip - He responded before the evening and clarified the issue with students the next day!  Thank you for your responsiveness, Mr. Hauger!
Mission Effectiveness 
Please join the 7th grade as they sponsor a school-wide food drive for the Monument Crisis Center.  The Center is looking for high protein items including:  bagged beans, canned beans, canned chicken, salmon or other meats, peanut butter, etc.  

Please drop off donations in the box outside your classroom door.  The 7th graders will gather and transport the items to the center on Tuesday, March 27.  The class with the largest number of donations will get a Popsicle Party!
Thank you for supporting this event!
Sign-Me-Up Parties!
Sign-Me-Up events are a beloved tradition at St. Perpetua!  Through our auction website you can sign up for a variety events for moms, dads, sons & daughters.  

Here is a listing of the upcoming events.  You can click on any event for more detail.  

To sign up for any event, click HERE for the auction website sign-up page.
  Our Community Is  'Being The Good'
4th Grade made Lenten rosaries for our school.  Thank you!
Cafe Perpetua

This Friday at Cafe` Perpetua we will be celebrating the beginning of spring and Easter!  

We will be featuring beautiful Easter decorationssuch as grapevine wreaths (made from the grapevines from the Garden of Learning!), wooden crosses, beautiful handmade indoor/outdoor hanging wood floral plaques, and darling bunny and chick stakes to name just a few of the wonderful items on sale at the cafe`!

We would love to see you this Friday, and as always, thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning.

Love, Monette Meo
Garden of Learning
Working with our marvelous Mrs. Meo, students get hands-on opportunities to experience the 'farm to table' concept!
4th Grade made 'Fun Fries' with the potato harvest!
5th grade made fresh-squeezed OJ!
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 a Room Parent for the 2018/19 school year! See the Room Parent Form for more information.
Contact Liz Mechelke liz_mechelke@me.com OR Monica Byers monicabyers@yahoo.comwith any questions.
Library News
36 St. Perpetua books to compete at Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire!
Our community is blessed with budding young authors.  36 Young Author books written by 41 authors and 5 classes from St. Perpetua School will be competing at the Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire.  The competition will take place later this week and Diocesan winners should be announced before Spring Break.  Books written and illustrated by St. Perpetua students will be on display at the Faire at Saint Mary's School, Walnut Creek on April 28th from 12-3pm.  Congratulations St. Perpetua Young Authors!  Click HERE for a full list of submitted books by our Young Authors.

St. Perpetua Award Winning Classes:  TK, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, and 5th Grade.

St. Perpetua Award Winning Authors:  Madeline H., Decker L., Matthew M., Jacob S., Sophie W., Jake O., Estelle H., Elena P., Julian D., Owen M., Jefferson B., Paul B., Charlotte T., Jonah M., Billy O., Maximus M., Kaitlin M., Kyra S., Gavin W., Milo M., Caden H., Matthew B., Tatum H., Beatrice R., Roisin M., Tyler B., Maddy J., Katie K., Marina C., Rowan M., Chloe S., Sierra P., Eliza H., Ellie S., Gillian D., Melissa K., Tommy W., Liv D., Maggie H., Kate S., and Anna P.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
There is still time to sign you child up for Tile Painting for a new Buddy Bench. It's your chance to leave your mark in St. Perpetua history! 
 to sign up.
Deadline is Wednesday March 28th
Spring classes will start after Easter break. Look at your child's Spring activities and see if they will work in their schedules.
Brick for Kids (Lego grades: TK - 4) (download flyer HERE)
Signup genius is open for Panther House snack donation..  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 the sign-up link.
  • DON'T FORGET: April calendars now due. We will jump right in after Spring Break!
  • Thursday, March 29 is Holy Thursday ~ Noon Dismissal & Panther House closes at 9:30 am
  • March 30 - April 8 is Easter break

Mrs. Kenney
SEEDs Enrichment Activities

Here are some March enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!

TK-5th Grade:    Literacy Night

Kindergarten:     LPIE "Senses and Observations" (on-site instruction)
                           LPIE "Ramps" (on-site instruction)

1st Grade:        "Pete the Cat" at Lesher Center for the Arts

3rd Grade:        LPIE "Motion and Levers" (on-site-instruction)
                         "Percussion Discussion" at Lesher Center                               

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

6th Grade:        Field Trip to Rosicrucian Museum
7th Grade:       "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Cal Shakes In-School Residency Program

8th Grade:      Shakespeare Appreciation Cal Shakes In-School Residency Program
Music Notes

During music classes on March 21-23, the  
3rd, 4 
th, and 5th grades students will have Performance Day

This in an optional activity when 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 or next week if they would like to participate and what they would like to perform.  
Counselor's Corner
I have been so impressed with the dedication and parent involvement at St. Perpetua School. Whether that involvement is volunteering at the school, on the school board or behind the scenes, we must partner together to help our students succeed. 

I thought this article was a wonderful reminder of how to strengthen respect, responsibility and relationships at St. Perpetua School.  As quoted in the article, "with respect and responsibility we open the door to what is called meaningful relationship". 

I would like to continue to build meaningful relationships between staff, parents and students, by planning a Parent Education evening this Spring. I have been communicating with other local school counselors, therapists and speakers to find an expert who will lead an event for our school. Continuing along the lines of collaboration and meeting the needs of our community, I would love to hear from you to hear what topics you would like to see at St. P's. Please complete this VERY short survey to help me meet your needs.

Thank you so much,

Kelli Bacher
7th Grade High School Placement Test - Prep Exam
SCRIP Fundraising Program
DID YOU KNOW?  If you have set up a Presto Pay account and are exclusively ordering 'Scrip Now!' (certificates that go right to your phone for activation), you can order at anytime and have it immediately delivered to your phone!  

This is a great option for on-the-spot shopping needs throughout the year and summertime purchases (when physical cards are not available for order).  You'll be amazed at how quickly your profit rebates can grow!
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! 
Scrip Ordering Schedule 
Since we have a low volume of weekly physical Scrip Card orders we are changing our Scrip ordering schedule to bi-weekly.  Click here for Scrip order Schedule for the balance of this school year. 
Click here for 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, 
Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org
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. Click here for details. 

Families (TK, K, and single parent-only families have a 15 hour requirement) are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. You should report your hours throughout the year to the volunteer chair, Ellen Drey ellen.drey@gmail.com

St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Violet deBorja, grandmother of Danica Duque, who is undergoing medical treatment
  • Melvin Ayers, grandfather of Alex and Grace Ayers
  • 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:
  • Thomas Bond, brother of Wendy Levich (parish staff)
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