2018-2019 Bulletin #2


We are having a wonderful week preparing for the first day of school! The staff has been meeting every day to pray, prepare, plan, and learn to ensure we have a strong beginning of the school year! We are ready and excited to greet everyone on Monday morning!
 
I am excited to share with you some staff updates! Hifumi Ogowa will be teaching Art for us this school year. Hifumi stepped in last spring when Laura Tehrani was unable to teach and she is looking forward to teaching your students again this school year. Dave Briccetti will be teaching a 10 week 3-D graphics course to our Jr. High students this fall during their scheduled technology time. I know you join me in welcoming them in their new role at St. Perpetua!
 

Upcoming Events
Monday, August 20 ~ 11am Dismissal
First Day of the 2018-2019 School Year!
'Nice Free Dress' for all students
Parent Coffee 7:45 am - 8:30 am in school plaza
Prayer Service 10:15 am 
 Panther House CLOSED
Tuesday, August 21~ Noon Dismissal
Panther House opens at 7:00 am
'Back-to-School' Night at 7:00 pm General Session & TK-5
Wednesday, August 22
Hot Lunch Program Begins ~ Food For Thought
'Back-to-School' Night for Jr. High at 7:00 pm
Friday, August 24
Last day to turn in Summer Reading Bingo Sheets
Sunday, August 26
Back to School Mass and BBQ at 4:00 pm in upper pavilion
Thursday August 30
LiveScanFingerprinting 7:30-9:00 am ($34 cash/check)
VNA (TB screening) 7:30-9:00 am ($10 cash/check)
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Monday, September 3
Labor Day Holiday ~ No School
Thursday, September 6
Picture Day (school uniform)
Friday, September 7
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Friday, September 14 
8th Grade Dance at St. Raymonds
Saturday, August 15
4th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, September 16
Rise & Shine Mass 9:30 am
Monday, September 17
'Tee-Off For Technology' Golf Tournament Fundraiser
Saturday, September 22
Parent Ping-Pong Party (SMU event)
Friday, September 28
LiveScanFingerprinting 7:30-8:30 am ($34 cash/check)
VNA (TB screening) 7:30-8:30 am ($10 cash/check)
VNA Flu Shots (regular $32, preservative free, $35 / cash or check)
2nd Grade Parent Social
Saturday, September 29
7th Grade Parent Social
Sunday, September 30
Parent-Son Party (SMU event)
See the full school calendar here.
This Week's Flyers
Office News
Important 2018-2019 St. Perpetua School Handbook Updates
There are two important Oakland Diocese updates to our 2018-2019 SchoolHandbook.  The complete handbook can be found here on our school website.
Click here for the Maintaining a Positive Home-School Partnership' update.  
Click here for the 'Code of Conduct Involving Interactions With Minors' update.
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 the ' Request for medication to be taken during school hours' form on the school website on the first day of school. Please be aware that if the medicine is a prescription, a doctor's signature is also required on the form.  If you want your student to carry their epi-pen, you will need to also complete the 'Permission To Carry' form, which also needs a physician's signature.
Virtus 'Safe Environment' Training
The Oakland Diocese has set up a new tracking procedure for Virtus 'Safe Environment' training.  Your certificate is good for three years from the date of completion.  If you need to renew your clearance, you received an email on 8/3 from Kim Fogarty with a link to the Virtus online program site.

'All Clear' Status for Yard Duty & Parent Volunteering
In order to fulfill your yard duty assignments, go on class field trips, or volunteer in the classroom, you need to have an 'All Clear' status.  'All Clear' requires three clearances:
  • fingerprinting clearance ~ click here for Oakland Diocese form
  • Virtus 'Safe Environment' online class completion (good for 3 years) ~ Click here for link
  • TB clearance (good for 4 years) ~ Click here for clearance form
Student School  
Supplies
If you did not order a SchoolToolBox student supply kit (order deadline has passed), you can find the supply lists for Kindergarten - 8th Grade on our school website.  Click here for link.  No student supplies are needed for TK.
Uniforms
We have a selection of 'gently used' uniforms outside the front office.  Come by and help yourself!


Safety Reminder
Each year we are required by the Environmental Protection Agency to inform the school community of the presence of asbestos containing materials in the school building.  Our asbestos consultant, in accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency's Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA), inspects annually all asbestos-containing building materials within St. Perpetua School.  No asbestos abatement occurred during the 2016-2017 school year.  All of our maintenance repair activities are conducted in accordance with E.P.A. guidelines throughout the year.  Asbestos-containing building materials (ACBM) within the school's facilities are in good condition and pose no threat to the health and safety of our students and staff.  All of the ACBM is addressed under a comprehensive Operations & Maintenance Program. 
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Back-To-School Mass & BBQ
Please join us for the Annual St. Perpetua
Back-to-School Family Mass and BBQ
Sunday August 26th  4pm - 6pm

 

 

  • Mass will be held at 4pm at the upper lot near Garden of Learning
  • BBQ immediately following
  • Burgers, hot dogs, fruit and drinks
  • Volunteer slots are on the RSVP link
Hosted by the St. Perpetua School Parents Association

Please RSVP HERE by August 20th
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St. Perpetua 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' Tournament
Our 15th Annual 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' will be on Monday September 17th at the  Moraga Country Club

There are four ways to get involved.. 
Play ~ Sponsor Raffle Volunteer

This tournament is the major fundraiser for all of our school's technology needs.  Help us provide the tools for your children to excel in technology!
 
We are currently looking for raffle prizes. We need  tickets to sporting events, trips, restaurant gift certificates, technology prizes (examples IPAD, GoPro, portable speakers, Apple Watch), golf prizes (examples clubs, wedges, balls)

Please email Sean Sabarese sean.sabarese@colliers.com If you are interested assisting with raffle prizes.  
Many thanks & please contact any one of us with any questions!
Sean Sabarese sean.sabarese@colliers.com; Kelli Wynne kelli.wynne@gmail.com;       Stephen Shea shea@viipeakscapital.com
-Golf Committee Team
St. Perpetua Student Leadership
 
Are you a 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grader interested in joining Student Leadership? The elections and application processes will begin the first week of school! Here's what you need to know:
 
Any 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade students interested in running for Student Government office OR joining Leadership must attend an informational meeting the first week of school at snack recess in the 8th grade classroom (date TBA). Attending this meeting will be the only way you can get the forms you will need to run or apply. Be sure to listen to morning announcements to hear when the meeting will be!
 
8th grade* students with Leadership experience may run for President. *If there are no 8th grade candidates, the position will open to 7th grade.
7th or 8th grade students with Leadership experience may run for Vice President. 
6th, 7th, or 8th grade students may run for Treasurer**, Communications, Spirit, Athletics, or Ecology. **The office of Treasurer does additionally require prior Leadership experience.
Students in 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade may also choose to apply to join Leadership.
 
All students who run for office or apply to join Leadership will also need to meet certain academic and conduct requirements. 
 
For more info, download 2018-2019 Student Leadership Info here or in This Week's Flyers. Keep your eye out for potential updates in next week's bulletin. Contact Ms. Schwarck at hschwarck@csdo.org if you have any questions.
Food For Thought
Our Hot Lunch provider, Food For Thought, will start service on 8/22, the first full day of school.  
Click here program information.  Click here for hot lunch ordering.
Panther House
Dear Parents,
 
We look forward to seeing you at Panther House starting Tuesday, August 21st. Remember all the forms you need to get started:
  • Registration needs to be completed prior to your child's attendance.  
  • Click here for the Panther House Family Registration   
  • Click here for Junior High Organizational Class
  • Here are links for August and September parent calendar links 
We are here to support your family and its busy life. There are only eight days when we are not open during the school year. I suggest jotting them down on your personal calendar now, so you know when we are open. Panther House Closures link.
 
Rates
Due to rising costs, we will need to take a rate increase. Rates have not increased in almost a decade, and our childcare fees are still a bargain. New Rates: $6/hour with a monthly scheduled calendar; $9/hour for drop-ins.
 
6th Grade and New Junior High Families
We encourage you to sign up for our Organizational Skills Class with Ms. Schwark, our 8th grade teacher. It is an excellent chance for Junior High students to learn how to juggle multiple teachers and subjects, while brushing up their organizational skills at the beginning of the brand new school year. The class will begin with two classes during the first full week of school (Monday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 29). Download here, print, and send into the office. Don't miss out! It will be a fun way to kick-start a successful school year.
 
After-School Classes
Here is the Fall selection of classes: Computer Programming, Chess,  Science of Toys, Snapology (Lego  & computers), Junior High Organization.

MONDAY Class:  Science of Toys ~ click here for flyer
TUESDAY Class:  Chess ~ click here for flyer
WEDNESDAY Class:  Computer Coding ~ click here for flyer
THURSDAY Class:  Creative Arts ~ click here for flyer

Junior High Organization Class ~ click here for flyer
 
Snack Donation
The link is up for you to sign up for your snack donation. Do it now and get your pick of the days you want to volunteer. Remember that Family Service Hours (2 hours) are available by donating one day's worth of snack for up to 60 afternoon students. The food can be reheated in the microwave and should be dropped off at 8 a.m.
Click here for sign-up link.
Panther House 2018-2019 Handbook
All 2018 - 2019 Policies & Procedures are covered in our handbook.  Click here to view.
 
 
Sending blessings for a rewarding year for you and each of our school's children.
 
Warmly,
Mrs. Linda Kenney
2018 Family Participation Program / Parent 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 ensures the success of social events and school programs as well as nurturing the opportunity make new friendships.  Click here for more details. 

  • TK-only, Kindergarten-only, and single parent families have a 15 hour requirement) 
  • All other families are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. 
Library
Summer Reading was BIG FUN!
Summer Reading ends on August 19th, 2018.  
Please make sure to submit your student's Summer Reading BINGO cards ASAP, no later than August 20 - 24, 2018.  Extra copies are available on our school website.  Late entries are not accepted. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Hinton at  shinton@csdo.org.
Gryco School Outerwear
School outerwear may be ordered online through Gryco Sportswear. If you would like to order outerwear for your student, click here for order link.  Orders placed by August 31st will be delivered the week of September 11. 
Yard Duty
Click here for the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
Yard Duty Requirements:
*Transitional Kindergarten-only and Kindergarten-only families are not required to sign up
   for yard duty shifts.
* All other families are required to sign-up for two yard duty slots 
Please complete your sign-up before September 15th
Please initially sign up for ONLY TWO yard duty slots.  Once families have signed up     for their two slots, the Sign-up Genius will be reopened for families to sign up for additional       shifts that can count toward volunteer hours.
Sign-Me-Up Events
Sign-Me-Up events are part of our annual school Auction.  It's a great way to support your school while having a fun evening with old or new friends!  Click here to sign up for our two 'Fall' parties!

PING-PONG PARTY!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Game on for some ping pong. Instead of date night at a restaurant and the movies, grab a paddle and enjoy an evening of ping pong, round robin style, tasty food with amazing side dishes made by your hosts. You will leave feeling satisfied after playing lots of ping pong or being sent to the beer pong table after losing during regular play. Tournament ping pong rules will apply. Play takes place at the Haggerty home in Lafayette. Bring it on!
Limited to 12 couples.
Hosted by :Monica & Keb Byers, Steve & Liz Haggerty, Kevin & Liz Mechelke and Kevin & Allison Mein
 
Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 - 6pm - 10pm
Price : $200 per couple

"GET YOUR GAME ON" SON PARTY!
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Calling all sons for an all-out day of fun! Put away the devices! Get your game on with your special son or sons and enjoy a fun outside day of park play, ball game, scavenger hunt maybe?..,You never know,  but tons of outside fun and a afternoon yummy "son kind of cook out dinner" hosted by our awesome St. P parents!
Hosted by:  Ana Maria Berry, Charlie Gaulke, Heather White and Lilly Voltattorni
Sunday, Sept 30, 2018 - 2pm - 6pm
Price: $85 for initial parent & son pair,  $45 per additional son
Parent Socials
Our parent socials are a great way to reconnect with other class parents and meet our new families, so be sure to book your babysitters now!  Here are the dates for each class social:
TK:   (date to come)                     4th:   September 15th
K:     (date to come)                     5th:   October 6th                         
1st:   October 5th                         6th:   October 13th
2nd:  September 28th                  7th:   October 27th
3rd:   October 12th                       8th:   October 12th
Lamorinda Theatre Academy

Fall 2018 Musical with Performing Academy: 
TK - 3rd Grade St. Perpetua Students

Thursdays (TK/K 3-4:30pm, 1st - 3rd 3-6pm) 
Sept 6 - Nov 29 (Performances 11/30 & 12/1)
 Instrumental Music Program
Our young musicians gave a wonderful recital in the spring and the Instrumental Music Program is now going into its 25th successful year!  If you would like to have your child learn to play a musical instrument at school (or possibly in your home), the registration form can be found on the school website, here, or under "This Week's Flyers."  Lessons at school will begin mid-September.  Please send registration forms or questions about the Music Program to Ryan Habegger at ryan@imcmusiclessons.com.
SCRIP
Hello Families,
Welcome to to 2018-19 school year!  
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! 
  • Our Scrip tracking year is January 1st - December 31st.
  • All Families will receive a 'profit-to-date' recap in mid-October
  • New families entering school in the fall have a $100 PROFIT requirement for the August-December timeframe of their first year.  If you reach a $200 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you.
  • Returning families have a $250 PROFIT requirement.  If you reach a $350 profit level, all profit above that amount results in a school credit for you. 
  • Payment for scrip purchases can be made by check (preferred) or credit card.  If payment is made by credit card, associated bank service charges will be deducted from your scrip profits.
  • Families can choose to do a 'buyout' to fulfill their requirement.
We follow a  bi-weekly ordering schedule.  Here is the order & delivery schedule dates.

We carry four local merchant cards in the office for convenient pick up:  Diablo Foods, Lunardi's, Mangia Ristorante, and Cooperage.  The full roster of scrip cards (literally hundreds!) can be found on the ShopWithScrip site.

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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
St. Perpetua Parish

Becoming Catholic
Are you or someone you know interested in becoming Catholic?  Reach out and invite a friend or neighbor to explore membership in the Roman Catholic Church. 
On Monday, August 20, from 7-8 pm, in the parish office, we are going to offer an Inquiry Evening for people who would like to consider membership in the Church. It will be an informal session providing information about contemporary Catholicism and explaining the process by which an adult can become a member of the Church. It is intended for those who were baptized in another Christian denomination, but who are no longer formally affiliated with it, and for those who are not baptized, but are seeking answers to life's important questions. Please contact Christoph at 283-0272 ext. 203 for more information.


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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Alumni parent of St. Perpetua School who is undergoing medical treatment
We remember those who have died:
  • Peter Kozel, brother of Kim Fogarty and brother-in-law of Suzanne Kozel
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