Bulletin # 36


This week we are celebratingTeacher Appreciation Week! Many thanks to all the room parents for their amazing door decorations that welcomed the teachers on Monday morning!Parent Associationhas done a lovely job of providing special treats each day to show gratitude and appreciation for all our staff members!
Congratulations to our 2nd graderson receiving First Holy Communion! We were excited that they were able to fully participate in our liturgy on Tuesday while we honored Mary!
Please keep our8th gradersin your prayers as they are on theirovernight retreat.This special time prior to graduation allows the students to reflect on their faith journey, peer relationships, and the transition to high school.
We are looking forward toSpirit Weeknext week which culminates with ourSpecial Persons' Day on Friday!
  • All are welcome to join in Special Persons' Day beginning at 12:30 on the upper lot. Parking will very full, so carpool if you can
  • Per Diocesan rules,NO DOGSare allowed on campus and should not be brought to our Friday event.
  • We ask that if you are having lunch with a student inTK-4th grade that you come down to the school building to meet your student and escort them across the street.
Almighty God,
We come to you today and give thanks for all our teachers.
Thank you for the way in which they give of themselves each day in the classroom,
Serving and instructing the next generation of this land.
We thank you for them all now.

Father, please fill their hearts with courage now by your mighty Spirit.
Fill them with your strength, so they may rise to every challenge and not grow weary.
Fill them with your wisdom, so that they may be able to make good judgement when guiding and helping others.
Fill them with your peace, so that when stress and anxiety comes it would not overwhelm them.
Fill them with your joy, so that the passion they have for their subject may become a infectious passion that spreads.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus.

Amen.

(a short prayer for teachers fromwww.lords-prayer-words.com)


Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 10
ISP Night (3rd, 4th & 5th grade) 6:00 pm
Deadline to order 'Special Persons Day' Lunches
Friday, May 11
Last Cafe of the School Year! ~ 7:30 - 10:00 am
Monday, May 14
'Hero"Free Dressfor Spirit Week
Tuesday, May 15
"Wacky Tuesday"Free Dressfor Spirit Week
Otter Pop Sale at Recess
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: "PJ Pajama-Party Day"
"Pajama" Free Dress for Spirit Week
Thursday, May 17
"Class Spirit" Free Dress for Spirit Week
Special Persons Day dance practice
Friday, May 18
Special Persons Day ~Begins at 12:30,Dismissal at 2:30 pm
NO After-School Panther House
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: 'Wild For Junior High"
Saturday, May 19
'Sign-Me-Up Event for Dads: Dad's Game Night
Sunday, May 20
Knights of Columbus 'Texas BBQ' Fundraiser after 9:30 & 11:30 masses
Monday, May 21
Lafayette Library visitor ~ Summer Reading Program
Friday, May 25
ALL library books due back to library
Monday, May 28
Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 31
'Move-Up' Ceremony &8th Grade Farewell at 12:00 noon
Friday, June 1
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Memories Night for 8th Graders and their Parents ~ 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 2
8th Grade Graduation ~ 11:00 am
Tuesday, June 5
Last Day for 'Farewell Gift' Donations for Teachers
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 Poker Party"
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Farewell Gift for Departing Teachers
It is in keeping with tradition that the St. Perpetua community likes to say goodbye and show our appreciation to our departing teachers by giving them a cash gift. Your contribution is voluntary, and very appreciated. ClickHEREfor the form.
2018-2019 School Dates
As we look to the new school year, please note the
first day of schoolfor 2018-2019
school year will beAugust 20, 2018,andschool willconcludeonJune 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 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.An individual form is needed for each medication and each child to take the medication.
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Did You Know...
DID YOU KNOWthat St. Perpetua students participating in ourMathleticsprogramhave shown a41% improvementover the course of this year? St. Perpetua has received aPlatinum School Award for 2018!

Congratulations toMs. Grace Ganeywho received aMathleticsChampion Teacher Award! Congratulations toDaniel Khammanivong(1st), andKrystinaPatskevich(1st), who each received aMathleticsTop Student Award!
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Our Weekly 'Shout-Out'
A SHOUT-OUTtoMrs. Stacey Hintonfor offering to conduct a prayer service for our first grade students during the time of our May Crowning Mass!
A second SHOUT-OUT toMrs.Suzzi Diaz, for stepping in without hesitationto help out another parent in need!
A third SHOUT-OUTtoMr. Oscar Jovelfor coordinating the installation of all of our new soap, paper towel, and hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the school!
Cafe Perpetua and our Garden of Learning
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Cafe` Perpetuawhen we will be honoring all of the amazing women in our lives with aMother's Day cafe!!! We can't wait to celebrate all those special women in your life with beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts!

Please stop by the office to see samples of the items we will be selling at the Mother's Day cafe`.

Love,
Monette Meo


Garden of Learning
Our 4th graders harvesting the Garden of Learning's bounty for the Monument Crisis Center!
Sign-Me-Up Parties!
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LAST CHANCE TO SIGN UP!ThisFriday May 11this theLAST CHANCEto sign up for the following Sign-Me- Up Parties:
  • PJ Day-Wed. May 16th
  • Wild For Jr High-Friday May 18th
  • Dad's Game Night- Saturday May 19th
Please clickHEREto sign up.Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far!
Theend-of-the-year Texas Hold 'Em Poker Partypromises to be the most fun you've ever had on the school campus!TheLAST DAY to sign up for this great event is Wed. May 23rd. You won't want to wait until then - there are only 50 spots available. ClickHEREto sign up!

Don't miss out on thePing Pong Party on September 22nd!Instead of date night at a restaurant and the movies, grab a paddle and enjoy an evening of ping pong, style, tasty food with amazing side dishes made by your hosts.TheLAST DAY to sign up for this great event is Thursday. May 31st. You won't want to wait until then - Party is limited to 12 couples. ClickHEREto sign up!


Here is a listing of the upcoming SMU events.You can click on any event for more detail.
Student Leadership
Here are the Details for Spirit Week!

Spirit Week 5/14-5/18
Leadership and staff have planned some special ways to show our school spirit this week!
Officers will be coming around to award classes that show the most spirit!

Monday, 5/14- Hero Day
Wear clothes to represent your favorite superheroes, sports heroes, literary heroes, etc.

Tuesday, 5/15- Wacky Day &Otter Pop Sale
Otter Pops will be sold at the cafe at recess. They cost $0.50 apiece. Limit of 2 per person. No preorder necessary. Any left-over may be sold again at lunch and/or recess the next day.

Wednesday, 5/16- Pajama Day & 'Sign-Me-Up Pajama Day Party'
All students can come in pajama attire. Closed-toe shoes required (no slippers).
Sign UpHEREfor the PJ Party fun during lunchtime!

Thursday, 5/17
Classes have selected their themes and will show their class spirit by dressing up.
TK - Golden State Warriors
K - USA (Red, White, & Blue)
1 - Star/Celebrities
2 - Western/Cowboy
3 - Baseball (any Team)
4 - Star Wars
5 - Crazy Colors
6 - Mix & Match (Stripes w/ Polka Dots, etc.)
7 - Athletic Free Dress
8 - Hawaiian/Beach wear
Friday, 5/18- Special Person's Day
Classes wear their assigned clothing for their dance.
Special Person's Day ~ Class Attire by grade
All kids should have shorts/pants (jeans or neutral color pants) so they can move freely in and CLOSED-TOE shoes. Below is what they should wear on the top:

TK- solid yellow t-shirts
Kindergarten- solid white t-shirts (Renee provides bandanas and/or cowboys hats)
1st grade- yellow/orange t-shirts and fun sunglasses
2nd grade- brown/tan/yellow t-shirts (Renee provides Lion manes)
3rd grade- Any shade of blue t-shirt
4th grade- any color t-shirt (Renee provides leis)
5th grade- Jewel tone t-shirts (dark blue, purple, emerald green)
6th grade- Tropical/Island themed shirts
7th grade- white t-shirts (Renee provides newsboy caps)
8th grade- black and white clothing
Special Person's Day
You are invited to our annual
Special Person's Day Lunch and Performance, onFriday, May 18 2018!
For over 20 years, St. Perpetua has celebrated this wonderful tradition that honors our 8th grade graduates and involves a performance from every class. Each child is welcome to invitea special person (or people) such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or a dear family friendto this fun afternoon.
  • When:Friday, May 18th @ 12:30
  • Where:The event begins with lunch near the Garden of Learning.Students in grades TK - 4th should be picked up at their OUTER CLASSROOM DOOR.
  • Pick up your lunch near the Garden of Learning at12:30. Performance will begin at approximately 1:10 pm.
  • What to Bring:There will be seating & umbrellas provided for the event, but we highly recommend bringing a picnic blanket, sunscreen & hats.
Thanks toLunch-In, you can order several items that will be boxed up and ready to go for your family.Lunch-Inprovides tasty and nutritious hand-made food, with an emphasis on quality ingredients.
Order lunch here:Lunch Order Form
Lunch Orders Due byThursday, May 10(no later orders accepted).
Special Person's Day - Volunteers Needed!
St. Perpetua's Special Person's Day Lunch and Performance will take place onFriday, May 18, 2018.
  • We are in need of volunteers from set-up to clean-up and more!
  • clickHEREto sign up
  • For over 20 years, St. Perpetua has celebrated this wonderful tradition that involves a performance from every class andhonors our 8th grade graduates, graduating families and our yearbook dedication.
Thank you in advance for volunteering to help us!
Brenda LaPlante, Lucy Mason and Mollie Van Stralen
Counselor's Corner

"Positive psychologists contend that gratitude is more than feeling thankful for something, it is more like a deeper appreciation for someone (or something,) which produces longer lasting positivity."*
In our busy lives, we sometimes forget to even think about all we are grateful for. Some of us have a certain time of day when weconsistentlythink about or prayabout our all we are thankful for, but we don't always express those thanks to others. This week I have seen and felt so many gratitudes from the community. It is clear that your thoughts, organization and hard work that you put into making this week special is so heartfelt.
So-THANK YOUfor the "thank you"s and for all of your efforts & love! You have brightened our school and our spirits in many ways. And please know that I truly appreciate you - in all you do for the school and for your kids.
Gratitudes,
Kelli Bacher
School Counselor
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some May enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!
  • TK: DLUX Puppets "Alice in Wonderland" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
  • K: "Robin Hood" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
  • 4th Grade: LPIE "Optics/Eye Dissection", "Brain Perceptions" and Life in a Drop of Pond" (on-site instruction)
  • 5th Grade: LPIE "Weather"(on-site instruction)
  • 5th grade:Field Trip to Sacramento
  • 8th Grade: Civil War Demo (on-site instruction)
Panther House

Dear Parents,
CALENDARS
As schedules change, during this fun time of year filled with parties and celebrations, email me when your plans change. THANKS!lkenney@csdo.org

SNACK DONATION
COMPLETE YOUR SERVICE HOURS NOW! There are only 10 remaining slots for donation. And a HUGE thank you to all the people who stepped forward to sign up for snacks for our after school kids this year!!! We so appreciate it!ClickHEREfor link.
REMINDERS:
  • DON'T FORGET:May /June calendarsnow due
  • Friday, May18th:Special Persons Day;Panther HouseCLOSED at9:30 am
  • Friday, June 1: Noon Dismissal, Panther HouseOPEN
  • Thursday, June 7: Noon Dismissal, Panther House OPEN before school;CLOSEDat 9:30 am
  • Friday, June 8: 10:00 am Dismissal, Panther HouseCLOSED
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust 2018 Nominations
The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust is seekingnominations for its 2018 awards to outstanding Contra Costa County K-12 teachers. Each of the three winning teachers selected this year will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 at an awards dinner to be held at the Diablo Country ClubNovember 15, 2018.Anyone can submit a nomination. Nomination forms are available atwww.eukelteachertrust.org- click on "Nominate a Teacher."
The deadline for nominations isMay 31, 2018. Call Kristine Kahey of the Eukel Teacher Trust at (925) 945-0200 should you have any questions.
SCRIP Fundraising Program
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DID YOU KNOW? If you have set up aPresto Payaccount 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 yearandsummertime 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!
As a reminder,we carry FIVE scrip vendor cards in the office: Diablo Foods ($250), Lunardi's ($100), Mangia ($50), Cooperage ($50), and Metro Lafayette ($50)
Scrip Program Rules Update
  • As you know, the scrip program is a Parent Association fundraising requirement. We rely on the scrip profit (or buy-out) funds to help bridge the gap in school operating costs vs. tuition revenues.
  • We are happy to continue to take scrip purchases via credit card (has to be run in the office), buteffective5/1/18the credit card fees associated with the scrip purchase via credit card payment will be deducted from the family profit tally. We will continue to offer tuition credit above the designated profit level.
Scrip Ordering Schedule
Since we have a low volume of weekly physical Scrip Card orders we are changing our Scrip ordering schedule tobi-weekly.ClickhereforScriporder Schedulefor the balance of this school year.
Clickherefor an overview/details of our Scrip program.

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Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
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eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
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Thank you,
Carondelet's Summer School Opportunities
De la Salle Summer Summer Camp
De la Salle offers a variety of summer camps for incoming kindergarten through 9th grade boys and girls!

Options include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, conditioning, track & field, wrestling, lacrosse, volleyball, and theatre/broadcasting.

Clickherefor information flyer. Clickherefor website registration.
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
TheKnights of Columbusare hosting a genuineTexas Barbecue Lunch onSunday, May 20thafter 9:30 & 11:30 masses. The Knights are cooking up delicious lunchesTO-GOwith smoked beef brisket and sausage links and your choice of two sides. The meals are available at the gathering area in front of the school and are $12 each. Pre-orders are welcome Mothers day after mass orSunday the 20thbefore mass.Proceeds benefit the Parish Hall construction fund. Don't miss out - first come, first served while supplies last!
TheTIMELY 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 theParish websiteand click on "Join Our Mailing List."
Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Violet deBorja, grandmother of Danica Duque, who is undergoing medical treatment
  • 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:
  • Florence Rachlin,Great Aunt to Kiyah, Tyce and Mahri Watenmaker
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