Bulletin # 17 (2)


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Thank you for all you do to support our school and our various projects! Before the Thanksgiving break, the 7th graders gathered all the donations forMonument Crisis Centerand helped to deliver40 mealsfor those who are less fortunate.

Several of our families participated in the annual Turkey Trot at the Lafayette Reservoir during the Thanksgiving break. It was a fun time for a good cause!


As we move into the Christmas holiday, I want to share with youour plan for Christmas Sharing. Although this event traditionally takes place in the church, that is not an option for us this year. But do not fear...... the show must go on! After much input from various groups, the staff has brainstormed and come up with a solution to allow each class to share their song with the community and help spread holiday cheer before our Christmas vacation. Friday, December 15th is a noon dismissal and students may come to school in "Fancy Free Dress". Many classes plan to host holiday parties in the morning before recess at 10:20.After recess, at 10:40, each class will be scheduled a time to perform for parents in our library. Students will use the stage area and parents will be able to sit and gather to see their child perform. The rest of the school will also be able to see each performance thanks to the technology wisdom of Mr. Hauger who will help us simulcast the production to each classroom. Parents can watch their student(s) performance from the library and enjoy the other classes from any classroom or the RRC.
Yesterday wasGiving Tuesday. It is not too late to contribute to ourTuition Assistance Fund. This fund provides tuition assistance to qualifying families who desire a Catholic education for their children. This year, 32 students benefit from this assistance, and each year the number of requests increases.If you can make a financial donation or a pledge of prayer, your participation will be very much appreciated!

I am excited to share that Kim Fogarty has formally accepted our bookkeeping position.She will split her time in the front office with bookkeeping duties.Kim has worked diligently to ensure all accounts are current and correct and I appreciate her efforts to work with our families during this transition time.
Finally, it will be a busy weekend at St. Perpetua!
  • ThisFridayis theChristmas Boutique at Café(7:30 - 10:00), followed by aTaste of Kindergarten & TK(8:45 - 10:00) for prospective students and families for next year.
  • Saturday is Peppermint Shoppe(9:00 - 11:00), my favorite event of the school year! Younger students are paired with Jr. High elves to shop for loved ones. Watching our youngest students carefully select gifts and learn the joy of giving fills my heart!The Cafe's Christmas Boutique will also be open (9:00 - 11:30).
  • Sunday is our Rise and Shine Mass at 9:30amwith Kindergarten and First Grade helping us welcome St. Nicholas during Mass!

Dear Heavenly Father,
Help me to hear your voice.
Touch me once again.
Give me the courage to be your beloved.
Give me courage to choose joy.
I need you now this Christmas.
Be born in me again. Today.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
~Bonnie Gray, from "Why it Takes Courage to Choose Joy"


Upcoming Events
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 9:00 - 11:00 am
Sunday, December 3
'Rise & Shine' Mass, hosted by Kindergarten & 1st Grade at 9:30 am
Holiday Shopping Day at Sports Basement (see flyer)
Wednesday, December 6
Report Cards go home
Wednesday, December 13
Last day to bring wrapped gifts for Samaritan House
Last day to bring socks for our Monument Crisis Center Sock Drive
Friday, December 15
Last Day to Contribute To Teacher & Staff Christmas Fund 2017
Christmas Sharing 10:45 - 12:00
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
Office News
Scrip News
Safeway RELOADABLE Cards are back! You can order them online.

Welcome to our New Families!
We are excited to welcome theClark family (Tyler in 2nd, Ryan in 3rd and Lauren in 5th), who started last week, andJay Hawkins (8th grade)who joined us on 11/27. Please welcome our new families to our St. Perpetua community!

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 be enforcing 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.
Annual Tuition Assistance Fund Campaign
For the 2017-2018 school year,St. Perpetua has already granted assistance to 30 students totaling $97,000. As the school year progresses, additional families are often faced with obstacles and request financial assistance. During this 11th Annual Tuition Assistance Fund campaign, we have two goals:
1.100% pledge and/or prayer participation from school families
2. Raise $50,000 for the Tuition Assistance Fund at St. Perpetua

To date, we have raised $12,185 toward our goal. We hope to you are able to help us help other families in need with your pledge of prayer or financial donation at any level.
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.
Mission Effectiveness
We sponsor two Christmas Outreach programs during the month of December.
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Samaritan House - wrapped items due by Wednesday, December 13th.
This is a day care for inner city youth, ages 3 yrs through 14 years. All participation is voluntary but we hope you can help in some way. We have ornaments on our Christmas Giving Tree in the office to be taken home and attached to the gifts that you purchase and wrap for a needy child(ren). Please also include the age of the child the gift is intended for. Thank you in advance for your generosity!



Give the gift of happy feet this holiday by donating new socks to our SOCK DRIVE.During the month of December, we are partnering withMonument Crisis Center, andwe ask that each student bring in a pair ofnew, unused socks for infants, children, or adults. In addition, students will also gather as Faith Families on December 14thto make Christmas cards for the Monument Crisis Center's Senior Christmas party.
Thank you in advance for your generosity! Students can bring their sock donations directly to their classrooms.Please bring socks to school by Wednesday, December 13th.
Peppermint Shoppe
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PEPPERMINT SHOPPE IS ONDECEMBER 2nd!
Our annual Peppermint Shoppe returns onSaturday, December 2nd, from9:00 am-11:00 amat St. Perpetua School. This is a sweet opportunity for children to shop for Christmas gifts for their parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, teachers and pets. All gifts are priced at $2.00 each. Bring the kids and enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee and treats sponsored by the St. Perpetua School Parent Association. Watch for an early appearance by St. Nicholas! Gift labels are available at front office and on the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Damhesel atndamhesel@gmail.com.
PEPPERMINT SHOPPE ELF VOLUNTEERS!Calling all Elves! 6th, 7th, and 8th grade elf volunteers...you are needed to staff this fun event onSaturday, December 2nd.This is a great way to earn volunteer hours. Shifts run from8:45AM-11:15AM.Parent agreement form and permission slip are required to participate.Sign up usingthis link.Downloadpermission slip here.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: What better way to get into the holiday spirit! Volunteers are needed to staff the event onSaturday, December 3rd. This is a fun way to earn volunteer hours and catch some Christmas spirit. Volunteer shifts run from8:30AM-11:30AM. If you would like to volunteer at the most festive and fun event that St. Perpetua has to offer,sign up usingthis link:You must be an'All Clear' volunteerto participate.
Cafe Perpetua Christmas Boutique
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Cafe Perpetua's Christmas Boutique Will be held onFriday, December 1st, from 7:30 am to 10:30 am and on Saturday, December 2nd from 9:00 until noon.

You can pick up the perfect hostess, teacher, neighbor, co-worker, best friend, gardener, or that someone-special-on-your-list present!

We will be featuring homemade culinary delights such as truffles, Kahlua cakes, peppermint barks, chili pepper oils, hot cocoa sets, and organic strawberry, red raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, peach, apple pie, and spice cranberry jams.

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We have many fabulous holiday decorations for inside the home and amazing centerpieces, gorgeous wreaths, beautiful floral arrangements, lavender bath sets and gifts for the garden.

All items are festively wrapped and ready to give!All proceeds directly benefit the Garden of Learning.
Teacher & Staff Christmas Fund 2017
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Parents,
The Faculty and Staff at St. Perpetua make our special school
an amazing and enriching place for our children.

They go beyond teaching academics.
They teach our children to care for each other and to care
for their communities and their world.
They inspire our children through their guidance,
growing closer to God and becoming the best of themselves, every single day.
Please consider donating to our Teacher/Staff
Christmas Fund of 2017
So we, as parents, can go beyond in appreciation for them.
*each teacher/staff will receive a cash gift and a letter including the names of all participating families.
Please consider contributing as a group gift of appreciation
*Checks (made out to St. Perpetua) or Cash
can be brought to office attention Rene O'Neill
Write Teacher Christmas Fund on memo or envelope
Deadline12/15/2017
Panther House

Dear Parents,
The Christmas season is upon us and we at Panther House have some fun things in store for your children.
OnThursdays, Dec 7 and Dec 14,Christmas gift workshops. Mark you calendars if you have signed up. We are now full.
OnWednesday Dec 13, Panther House will have aChristmas party. We'll play Christmas bingo, snowball toss, snowman bowling, and card making. And we'll snack on gingerbread cookies, peppermint cocoafor all who are registered. No homework on this day.
Christmas Wish List
With so many children attending our programs this year, the kids have gone through many of our supplies.Dear Santa, Could you please bring lots of Crayola markers (fat ones), colored pencils, regular pencils, more puppets, and used Christmas cards.
Love, your Panther House Kids.
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. Here is thesign-up link.
CALENDARS
Please send inDecember calendarsnow! The new month starts on Friday.
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.
  • Dec 1 (FRI): Noon dismissal. Panther House is open. Make sure your child brings a bag lunch.
  • Dec 7 (THURS):Christmas gift workshop Part A
  • Dec 13 (WED):Christmas Party: holiday games, gingerbread cookies and peppermint cocoa. Available to all registered children.
  • Dec 14 (THURS):Christmas gift workshop Part B
  • Dec 15 (FRI):Panther House is closed at 9:30 am
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org
Library News
Super Bowl Reading Challenge -- Let the games begin!

TheFirst Grade Panthersare in the lead, this first week, after kick-off. Make sure to help your class take the lead by turning in your Reading Log. 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 details and extra Reading Logs on ourschool website.
Contact Stacey Hinton atshinton@csdo.orgfor more information.
School Auction / Parent Party
It's beginning to look a lot like. . . .Auction!!
Save the Date ofMarch 10for the Parent Party. It'll be just that! No Live Auction, just a fun St. Patricks Day themed party.
There will be an On-Line Auction beginningMarch 8thand we need your help! It takes all of us asking our favorite gymnastics studios, hair salons, restaurants, and shops we frequent if they are willing to donate. Your company, friends and family who have season tickets to the Sharks, Warriors, or the Giants are a great ask too! All of these items are needed to have a successful on-line auction and make money for our school to bridge the gap between the tuition we pay and the actual cost to educate each of our children (~$3k).
Clickherefor donor form and letter. There are also copies available in the office for you to pick up.If you have any questions, please contact Cary Tschanncatschann@gmail.comor Lucy Masonlucy.masonsena@yahoo.com
Counselor's Corner
One of my classroom visits this week was to meet with 6thgraders to begin a Second Step unit on bullying. Although the 6thgraders have already learned so much over the years about the importance of being kind and empathetic to others, we are delving into different types of bullying and how to respond to bullying. We all want to be sure students feel safe and happy at school.
Students at St. Perpetua are so fortunate to be in an environment where not only the adults forbid bullying, but many students openly condemn bullying as well. It is important to note that often behind-the-back bullying occurs more than face-to-face bullying. Sometimes behind-the-back is harder to recognize and to discuss, but any type of bullying needs to be taken seriously and addressed by adults.
In the Second Step lesson, we discussed this definition of bullying:Bullying is when one or more people repeatedly harm, harass, intimidate, or exclude another person. Bullying is unfair and one-sided.
For 6thgraders (and for any grade level) discussions about bullying need to happen at home as well. It is important for students to know that many adults in their lives are looking out for behavior patterns and looking out for all kids.
Here is one simple piece of "homework"you can do with your children to assist them in recognizing bullying and to open up honest discussions.
1.Have your child pay attention to unkind or mean behaviors that occur between characters in a book, TV show or video game.
2.Ask your child to describe the mean behavior.
3.Have him or her use the definition of bullying to say whether the behavior is bullying.
4.If it is determined that there is bullying occurring, ask:
  • Do any of the characters bully others face to face?
  • Do any of the characters bully others behind their backs?
  • What kind of message do you think this sends to kids who read this book (or watch this show/ play this game?)
For more parent resources and activities related to Bullying Prevention, feel free to log in tohttp://www.secondstep.org/bullying-preventionwith the activation key SSP6 FAMILY12
Mrs. Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
SEEDs Activities
Here are some November enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

1st Grade: LPIE "Reflection" (on-site instruction)

4th Grade: SF Symphony and Mission Dolores
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.
  • Safeway Scrip Cards are available once again!


We're inviting everyone at St. Perpetua (that's you) to a very special shopping day, where you'll receive20% off your entire purchaseall day long.
Sports Basement was a donor for the 2017 St. Perpetua Auction and is offering to support our school again. Sports Basement willdonate 10% of the profits on items that are bought under the St. Perpetua account throughout the year. Mention your Basementeer account "St. Perpetua" at the register, so your purchase supports St. Perpetua.
Date:December 3, 2017
Time:All day long!
Location:Every Sports Basement store! And online (code:2050008416875)

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.
St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Larry Perkins, grandfather of Rylan Buehler, 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
  • 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:
  • Howard Watenmaker, grandfather of Kiyah, Tyce and Mahri Watenmaker
  • John O'Neill, grandfather of Ryan and Faye O'Neill
  • Kit Wiggins, Alumnae parent
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