Bulletin # 14 (1)




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You have seen all the activity and changes happening in our construction zone, now be a part of the celebration! All school families are invited to attend the9:30 Rise and Shine Mass this Sundayand following the liturgy, we will gather forthe official ground breaking ceremony for our new community center!I hope you can join us!
OurAnnual Tuition Assistance Campaignis in full swing! Please consider pledging prayer or a donation of any size to this vital campaign.
Our Mission Effectiveness Committee is facilitating ourannual Thanksgiving basket collection for Monument Crisis Center. Please see theMission Effectiveness sectionbelow my letter to see whateach grade is supplying along with their $3 donationtowards turkey purchases. Through your effort and generosity, we are able to provide Thanksgiving dinner to over 30 families that otherwise would go without. If you have not already brought your donation in, please do so byMonday, November 13.
Next Wednesday, St. Perpetua School officially kicks off the holiday shopping season with ourLadies Night Out!This lovely evening is filled with friendship, laughter and a chance to make a dent in your Christmas shopping list. For tickets and more information clickhere.

Cafe Perpetua's Annual Holiday Boutique is on December 1st & 2nd!
This event is a wonderful opportunity to shop for holiday decorations, unique gifts, and delicious treats!

Peppermint Shoppeis on December 2nd!
This event is an opportunity for your students to shop for family and loved ones. Look for more information on that event in our next bulletin.
Please note thatFriday is a school holiday for Veterans Dayand Panther House is also closed.
Bless the Veteran
Dear God, Please bless the veterans who wore the faded uniform. May they know the peace of a career well-served, and service completed. Give them our thanks for the doors opened, paths paved, and battles fought. Give them our thanks for the freedom preserved, future defended, and the ideals embodied. Bless the veterans who defended our country with strength and selfless devotion. Amen


Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 9
Last Day To Order School Outerwear From Gryco Link
Friday, November 10
Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
NO Cafe Perpetua
Sunday, November 12
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 4th grade, at 9:30 am
Monday, November 13
Donut Order Forms Due (for 11/16 sale)
Class Items Due ~ Mission Effectiveness Thanksgiving Outreach
Wednesday, November 15
1st Trimester Ends
'Ladies Night Out' FUNdraiser ~ 6:00-9:00 pm at Orinda Country Club
Thursday, November 16
Student Leadership Donut Sale (advance orders only)
First Eucharist Parent Meeting 7:00 pm in RRC
Friday, November 17
NO Cafe Perpetua
Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24
Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, December 1
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique 7:30 am - 10:30 am
Taste of Kindergarten 8:45 am - 10:00 am
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Saturday, December 2
Peppermint Shoppe & Cafe Perpetua Boutique
Sunday, December 3
'Rise & Shine" Mass, hosted by Kindergarten & 1st Grade at 9:30 am
Friday, December 15
Christmas Sharing
Noon Dismissal
Panther House CLOSED after 9:30 am
Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1, 2018
Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
School Resumes
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
2017Ladies Night Out
Please join us!

5th Annual Ladies Night Out and Holiday Boutiqueto benefit St Perpetua School's SEEDs Program

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
6pm - 9pm
Orinda Country Club
To purchase tickets and see participating vendors, please clickHERE
Don't miss your chance to enjoy drinks & appetizers with friends while gettinga head start on holiday shopping from an amazing array of local vendors.
Tickets include admission, appetizers and drinks
*Cocktails available for purchase
$75 advance sales / $90 at the door
$25 teen ticket
Annual Tuition Assistance Campaign
Tuition Assistance Reminder -We can help you with corporate matching if your company offers this benefit.Please contact Karen Goodshaw for more information.
Office News

Gryco School Outerwear(uniform wear for students)
School outerwearfor your students, along withadditional Spirt Wearfor adults, may be ordered online throughGryco Sportswear. If you would like to order outerwear for your student,clickherefor order link.The link will be open through Thursday, November 9th.

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.Staff members will begin to enforce the uniform policy and will send home written warnings to students who are not in uniform. Please review the uniform requirements in the parent handbook with your student.
Mission Effectiveness ~ Thanksgiving Outreach
Each year, St. Perpetua donates Thanksgiving baskets to theMonument Crisis Centerto help local needy families enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.
In order to help those families, we ask that each student bring inone itemaccording to theclass assignments below, as well as$3 towards the turkey gift cards.
All classes are collecting the following food items for Thanksgiving "Baskets":
TK & Kindergarten-16 oz. can cranberry sauce (2 cans)
First Grade-15 oz. can whole kernel corn (2 cans)
Second Grade-12 oz. can of evaporated milk (2 cans)
Third Grade-Instant mashed potatoes
Fourth Grade-Stove top stuffing mix (for turkey) (2 packages)
Fifth Grade-Pumpkin Pie Mix (make sure it's thepie mix)
Sixth Grade-Ready crust graham (not frozen)
Seventh Grade-14 oz. can whole green beans
Eighth Grade-Large rectangular roasting pan (big enough for a turkey)(1 or 2)
Faculty-Instant gravy
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Students can bring their donations directly to their classrooms.

ALL ITEMS ARE DUE byMonday, November 13th
Student Leadership
Donut Sale - Thursday, November 16
For our November fundraiser, Leadership will be selling donuts for $1 each. Order forms can be downloadedhereor from the "This Week's Flyers" section on the school bulletin.

Orders are due to the office with payment by Monday, 11/13. Donuts will be passed out at recess onThursday, 11/16. If there are extras, students may purchase a donut; however, there are usually very few left over, so be sure to order ahead of time!
Taste of Kindergarten
Our Taste of Kindergarten event isFriday, December 1st, 8:45am - 10:00am!

Incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten age children and their parent(s) are invited to get a taste of Kindergarten for a morning! Enjoy a casual conversation with the school principal and staff, discussing our kindergarten program and common topics including kindergarten readiness, emotional maturity, creating smooth transitions and more.
Parents will then accompany their children into the kindergarten classroom to experience a short lesson and project,supervised by our teaching staff. You are invited to visit Cafe Perpetua and enjoy fresh baked goods, made from our local garden ingredients, and freshly brewed coffee. School tour provided and parents are given time to socialize. Parents must remain on campus during this event.
You need toregisterfor this free eventhere.
Questions? Please call the school office(925) 284-1640or email Suzanne Kozel atskozel@csdo.org.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Don't forget to send in yourNovember calendars.Please remember that we are at full capacity some days and can't accept same-day drop-ins. If you know your child's schedule, let's reserve a space for them. Here is theDecember calendaras well.

Sixth Annual Panther HousePumpkinRelayRun
Join us as we continue this annual tradition of keeping fit and having fun!We'll run a relay, up on the grass hill, on Wednesday, November 15. Kids will pass a pumpkin between themselves as they compete for bragging rights. Open to all registered Panther House students.Come over to Panther House at3pm.Then we'll do the runfrom3:30-4pm (weather permitting).If your child would like to participate, please make sure they are signed up in advance.A quick email is all it takes.No drop-ins for this event.
December Christmas Workshops
Time to think about December! We've got fun workshops lined up BUT YOUR CHILD MUST BE SIGNED UP TO PARTICIPATE.These workshops are very popular and fill up very quickly, so please don't wait.First come, first served.Download flyerhere.
Your very own Mrs. Kenney, and Santa's helpers, will show your children step-by-step how to make a Christmas themed gift for an adult in their life-Mom and Dad, Grandparents, etc. On the second Thursday, your child will make wrapping paper and gift card. Lastly they then will wrap it all up.
Dates:Thursdays, Dec 7 & 14Day 1: gift making; Day 2: gift wrapping
STUDENT MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS
Times:3:00-5:00pm, kids come to Panther house for snack first
Materials Fee:$25 materials fee, plus normal PH fees apply
Maximum size:20 children
Deadline:Wednesday, Nov 29
SNACK DONATION
Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months. 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.Clickherefor sign-up link.
REMINDERS
  • Same-Day/drop-in requests are subject to capacity restrictions, so we may not be able to take your child on some days without prior a reservation.
  • November 10:Veteran's Day. School Holiday
  • November 15:6th Annual Pumpkin Relay Run
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org
Counselor's Corner
While some of you are still acclimating to your first experiences as parents of elementary school children, many of you have kids in their teens or approaching their teen years. No matter where you are in the parenting spectrum, I often feel that the online articles related to teens can help prepare all of us for creating lasting bonds with our kids. I am not sharing this article because I want our kids to grow up too quickly. On the contrary, I attempt to fully appreciate each stage that kids are in and hope to foster strong stable connections with kids.
I recently came acrossTHIS ARTICLEthat I felt was helpful for parents with kids of all ages. Whether you have a little one who still sits on your lap while holding your hand or you have a pre-teen who doesn't seem to recognize you at a grocery store, I believe that reading articles about teens is helpful for us all. If you continue making efforts to connect with your children on deep levels at all ages, you may be more likely to continue that connection through the teen years. It is essential to be a consistent parent (giving kids structure with unconditional love, consequences with learning experiences and at times guiding your child with tough love). But- it is also important to continue to find new ways to connect with your kids. Although this article is specifically about parents bonding with their teenagers, the ideas listed are insightful and straightforward- AND can be adapted for all ages.
Read the article and decide which ideas could work with your kids now and which ones you will adapt.Instead of asking yourchild to "teach you how to produce an online photo gallery", you may ask your Kindergartener to teach you how to draw a rainbow. Instead of letting your 3rd grader child "drive on a road trip", let your child try to help you navigate with a map of their own. Remember to save or print this article for future reference when you feel that parent-child bond faltering.
Thank you,
Mrs. Kelli Bacher
Library News
Super Bowl Reading Challenge -- Kick-off Next Week!
Next week, we kick-off our Super Bowl Reading Challenge. Be on the lookout for a Reading Log that will be coming home with your student(s). The goal is for each student to complete six (6) hours of pleasure reading. Students should turn in their Reading Logimmediately, as soon as they finish reading for six hours. Let's all meet our goals and score a winning touchdown! More information coming soon.
Hot Lunch Program
Food For Thought, our hot lunch provider, has anew ordering system.Boonliis now the software system you will use for placing orders.You will now be able to place your orders on your phone, tablet, or computer.Clickhereto register at new Boonli site.Password is Perpetua2.
Clickherefor a letter from Boonli and Food For Thought.
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Our scrip tracking period isJanuary 1 thru December 31.Each school family has a anannual profit commitment from Scrip and e-Scrip purchases,per our school contract.

Each family has received a 'profit earned to date' statement which shows Scrip card purchases through 9/30 and e-Scrip purchases through 8/31.
  • Safeway scrip cards are unavailable for the foreseeable future (a Safeway issue)
  • We are now stocking Metro Lafayette (10% rebate) scrip cards in the office
  • We also carry Cooperage, Mangia Ristorante, Lunardi's and Diablo Foods in the office
  • In addition, you can order cards from over 100 vendors with your weekly online order.
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.

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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,
2017 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 also ensures the success of social events and sustains school programs.Clickhereformore details and some revisions to the 2017 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.
Yard Duty
Clickherefor the Sign-Up Genius link for yard duty sign-ups.
All families have now signed up for their two required shifts.Parents can now sign up for additional shifts which will count towards additional volunteer hours.

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.
Catholic High School News
CarondeletHigh School
'Shadow' visitswill be available most Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays October 2 -November 27. Parents should registerhereto schedule a shadow visit.The online application is now open. Deadline for early bird registration and pricing is November 8.All applications for the class of 2022 are due by December 1.Carondelet Open Housewill take place on November 5th from 2 pm - 4pm.

De la SalleHigh School
Clickherefor a flyer regarding Fall Events for Prospective Families.Open Housewill take place on November 5th, 10am - 1pm.Families are encouraged toregister herefor the Open House.Applications and Entrance Test registration can also be foundhere.

Holy Names High Schoolis having an Open House on Sunday, November 19th at noon.Clickherefor more information.
St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • 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
  • Victims of the Northern California Wildfires
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
We remember those who have died:
  • John O'Neill, grandfather of Ryan and Faye O'Neill
  • Mary Louise "Mimi" Duffy, great-grandmother of Hunter & Campbell Sabarese
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