Bulletin # 21 (1)

We are getting excited for ourOpen House on January 28!Beginning with the9:30 Mass, our students willparticipatein all aspects of the Mass and they have all been learning a song that they will sing as an entire student body.Students are encouraged to wear a school sweatshirt to highlight their school pride for that Mass.Following Mass, the school will be open for Open House until noon.Faith Families will be gathering next week to complete a special project that will be on display throughout the halls!Towards the end of Open Houseat11:45am there will be a Jr. High Informational meeting for parents and studentsto learn about the unique offerings in our Jr. High program.Please feel free to invite any friends or family that would like to learn more about our school.
Other important dates to note during Catholic Schools Week include:
Monday, January29th Toursfor Prospective Parents 9:30
Tuesday, January 30th$5 Free Dress day for students & Leadership Donut Sale
Wednesday, January 31st Prospective Parent Information Night 6:30
Thursday, February 1st Science Night 6-8pm
Friday, February 2nd Noon Dismissal and Sweetheart Dance
May everything we do
begin with your inspiration
and continue with your saving help.
Let our work always find its origin in you
and through you reach completion.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen

The Liturgy of the Hours, Week I

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 19
NO Cafe Perpetua
Taste of Kindergarten & TK ~ 8:45 - 10:00 am
Mother & Son Party ~ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
7th Grade Dance ~ QAS School
Saturday, January 20
8th Grade Placement Tests for De la Salle & Carondelet
Monday, January 22
Midpoint of Trimester #2
Friday, January 26
NO Cafe Perpetua
Donut Sale Pre-order Forms due to the office
Sunday, January 28
School Mass at 9:30 am
Open House 10:30 - 12:00 noon
Start of Catholic Schools Week
Monday, January 29
Prospective Parent Information Meeting & School Tour at 9:30 am
Tuesday, January 30
$5 'Free Dress' Fundraiser for Catholic Schools
Student Leadership Donut Sale at Recess (pre-order required)
Wednesday, January 31
Prospective Parent Evening ~ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 1
Science Fair Night ~ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday, February 2
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 am - 9:30
'Sweetheart Dance' SMU Party
Thursday, February 8
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 10
Prospective Kindergartener Testing (by appointment only)
Diocesan-Level Science Fair
Monday, February 12
'Preparing Our Hearts' First Eucharist Evening 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 14
Lent Begins
Ash Wednesday Service ~ 11:00 am in the church
Thursday, February 15
School Spelling Bee
Prospective Student Testing, Grades 1-8 at 3:30 pm
Monday, February 19
Presidents' Day Holiday ~ No School
Friday, February 23
8th Grade Dance at CTK School
Sunday, February 25
Rise & Shine Mass, hosted by 3rd grade
Tuesday, February 27
Sacrament of First Reconciliation (4th grade) 7:00 pm
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News

Welcome to Gretchen Trapp
Please welcome alumni parent, Gretchen Trapp, to our staff! Gretchen will be helping us in Panther House, the front office, and recess coverage on Wednesdays.

$5 Free Dress Fundraiser
We are having aFree Dress Fundraiser on Tuesday, January 30th. Proceeds will be donated to Catholic Schools in our area who are not as blessed as St. Perpetua.

Save The Date
Our 2018 Parent Party & Auction is Saturday, March 10th!
'A Night At The Pub',held at St. Mary's College,promises to be a great evening of socializing and fun for all of our parents.

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.
Panther House

Dear Parents,
Please send inFebruary calendars.
Can you guess this week's theme? It's all about workshops. Please do not wait to sign your child up or they may miss out.
SIGN-UP DEADLINE: Tuesday, Jan 23

Please consider signing your children up for after school enrichment classes. They will begin late January-early February. This is how it is shaping up so far.
Legos Bricks For Kids- grades TK- 5Clickherefor flyer
Guitar Stars- grades 1-8Clickherefor flyer
Chess Scholars-grades K - 8Clickherefor flyer
WorldCooking-grades K- 6Clickherefor flyer
Toyology- grades TK- 4Clickherefor flyer
Please see sign-up flyer links above to download or drop by Panther house for a hard copy.
After School on Wednesday, January 24 we will remind ourselves of one of our mission statements to be "Stewards of the Earth". We will provide recycled/ reused items which kids can build their own toys and artwork between 3:00 and 4:30. Last year, the event was a big success as the children were let loose and encouraged to create whatever inspired them. Just email Mrs. Kenney (lkenney@csdo.org) if you'd like to add this day to your child's existing schedule. We'd appreciate any plastic containers, boxes, etc. you save up to add for to the kids' masterpieces!

Signup genius is now open for Panther House snack donation during additional months.We've got some January and February dates still available.Please fill them up!Remember that you gain service hours for your contribution.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.

Mrs. Kenney
Cafe Perpetua
It was so wonderful to be back at school today teaching in the Garden of Learning after my recovery from a fall in early December. I've really missed my students, teaching in the Garden and ourFridaymornings at Cafe` Perpetua. Though I'm definitely on the road to recovery, I still need a bit more time before I open the cafe`.We will re-open onFriday, February 2nd,and I can't tell you how happy I will be to be back in business!!!

Love,Monette Meo
Happening Around Campus
Panther Cubs learning about Polar Bears and climate!

6th Graders preparing for their "Mission to Mars' fieldtrip!
4th Graders harvesting the Garden's potato crop!
Sign-Me Up Parties
Friday, January 19, 2018
MOTHER & SON PARTY ~ 5:30 - 8:30 pm
Hereis a video 'memory board' of last year's event!
Enjoy an evening with photo booth, raffle & games, and great Mexican food!
If you'd like to sign up for this event now, clickhere.
Hosted by: Ana Maria Berry, Staci Kramer, Jordan Rojas, Elizabeth Ward, Harumi Mendoza, and Marina Alessandrini.
Price per couple: $85, and $45 per additional son.
Friday, February 2, 2018
Sign up Now for our not-to-be-missed annual Father Daughter 'Sweetheart Dance' onFriday, February 2nd, at the Lafayette Community Center.This event always has 100% attendance so your daughters will not want to miss this great evening! Note, it is an early dismissal day.
  • Make your dinner reservations and then plan for some dancing, hosted beer and wine with other St. P dads, 8th grade tribute and a dessert bar for all.
  • Don't forget there will also be the veryexciting raffle basketswhich this year includes the American Girl Doll of the Year 'Luciana'; a huge Sephora makeup extravaganza (generously donated by alumni family, The Puhlmanns); Kindle Fire; Ivivva gear; Giant Teddy bears; Lego and Friends, and more!
  • Raffle tickets sold at the dance (cash or check only).
If you'd like to sign up for this event now, clickhere.
Hosted by: Ciara Mansour, Courtnay Miles, Jacki Motto, Julie Aguilera, Pam Cassidy, Holly Shea, Carrie Binney, Theresa Maloney, Ellen Drey, Suzzi Diaz, Sara Larose, Suzanne Kroger, and Christy Ingham.

Price per couple: $85, and $45 per additional daughter
Student Leadership ~ Donut Sale on January 30th
For our Catholic Schools' Week fundraiser, Leadership will be selling donuts for $1 each. Order forms can be downloadedhereor from the "This Week's Flyers" section on the schoolbulletin.
Orders are due to the office with payment byFriday, 1/26.We may not be able to fill late orders. Donuts will be passed out at recess onTuesday, 1/30. If there are extras, students may purchase adonut; however, there are usually very few left over, so be sure to order ahead of time!
Library News
Super Bowl Reading Challenge -- Last Chance!
This week is your child's last chance to turn in his/her Super Bowl Reading Log. Don't wait until the last minute and miss the due date.Allreading logs are due NOW, byJanuary 22ndat the very latest. At present, theFourth Grade Pugtatoshave pranced further into the lead, but its not too late for your class to win. 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.

Literacy NightMarch 7th-- Permission by email due this week

Literacy Night is an evening of poetry, puppets and reader's theater to celebrate student reading. It will take place on Wednesday,March 7thfrom 6:00pm - 8:00pm in the school library. All students are welcome to attend. Students in grades TK-5 are invited to perform. We are finalizing the cast and script of each performance this week. Rehearsals begin next week, during library class. If you have an elementary student, you should have received an email from our librarian, Mrs. Hinton, with more details. If not then check your spam folder or contact her directly atshinton@csdo.org. Thank you for supporting our students who enjoy "hamming it up" on the stage.
S.T.E.M Workshop for Junior High Girls

Junior High Girls ~ Do you love Math & Science? Come to theS.T.E.M conference and workshoponSaturday, March 17th, at St. Mary's College Soda Center in Moraga. Registration opens January 19th. ClickHEREfor more information.
School Auction / Parent Party
The parent party and auction are just two short months away!Please mark your calendars for "A Night at the Pub" on March 10th.

  • Our Irish-themed party will include food, drinks, dancing and fun in a makeshift Irish Pub.
  • Ouron-line auctiongoes live onThursday March 8thand the Procurement Team has been hard at work collecting some truly fantastic auction items.
  • Of course, our beloved St. P traditions will also be part of the on-line auction this year, including the Father John Dinner, Principal's Dinner, Principal for a Day and many other exciting items.
  • Our children and parent volunteers created some truly amazing Class Traditions which will be displayed beginning March 1st.
  • Look for more details in the weeks to come!
  • We welcome any donations big or small, and if you'd like to donate something please 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
Happy New Year! (Or so we hope...) For many, the beginning of a new year can be a cheerful time of renewal and anticipation. For others, the annual transition from one year to another can feel like a dullness or let-down after the excitement of a busy holiday season. No matter how we feel during this transition, it is important to recognize that our kids may be experiencing those feelings as well and may not be fully aware of their seasonal moods.
Whether they had a hard time getting back into the routine or they were jumping with joy about the new year, returning to school is another big transition on top of the post-holiday emotions. Continue to be patient and loving with your kids. Talk with them and listen to their opinions. It is much better to give them a safe space to talk about their feelings than to let those emotions bottle up, which can at times come out as negative behaviors.
Some fun ideas to help children transition into a positive 2018:
- Plan a family activity or trip with input from your children. Focusing on an upcoming event can help us move in a positive direction with something to look forward to.
- Reach out to a pastor, mentor, coach or a therapist to help you and your family as needed. Focus on supporting your family's social-emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
- Discuss new extra-curricular activities that your kids would like to try this year. Research how you can make those activities happen.
- Connect with friends or family you would like to spend more time with or get to know better. Maybe you received a holiday card from a long-lost friend who you realized you want to reconnect with. Maybe a new family moved to your neighborhood. Be the one to initiate contact.
- Brainstorm new concrete goals for the year as a family. You may have individual goals as well, but try to come up with some active ideas that are inclusive of every family member. Be sure the goals are realistic for your family. If everyone has different ideas, be open to the input and maybe calendar some throughout 2018 to spread them out. (A few ideas: A weekly game night. A monthly hike on new trails. Parent-child "date nights" - where each child receives quality time and individual attention. Hide random encouraging notes to each other throughout the year.)
- Come up with a simple family mantra or list of encouraging words. Create a banner with those words to hang above a calendar or doorway. A new banner for my family reads "2018: Positive Goals, Renewed Energy, Open Hearts, Strength!"
Many wishes for a Positive New Year to you all!
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua Counselor
Notes From the Music Room
Happy New Year and welcome back
to the Music Room!

In addition to their grade-specific music curriculum, all of the students are working on a special song to sing for you to help kick off Catholic Schools Week. They will sing it at the9:30mass onSunday, January 28thbefore Open House.

We live in one of the richest musical communities in the country. I have a page of links to many of the organizations in the East Bay and San Francisco (see the pull down menu on my St. Perpetua School page) to give you easy access to many local offerings. Please let me know if you would like to add a musical organization that you enjoy. As a reminder, I offer all of the students "extra credit" if they fill out a MUSICAL EVENT REPORT (available in the music room) after attending any live musical event. I have listed below a few special events coming up in the next couple of months. Happy listening!
Lisa Holmeslholmes@csdo.org

ClickHEREto view Local Student Events Coming Up!
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some January enrichment events sponsored by SEEDs!

1st Grade:LPIE "Lunar New Year/Asian Culture" (on-site instruction)

4th Grade:LPIE "Earthquakes" (on-site instruction)

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

6th Grade:Field Trip to Chabot Space & Science Center with "Challenger Mission to Mars" Workshop
SCRIP Fundraising Program
Final Scrip Commitment Reports for 1/1/17 - 12/31/17 will go out in early March, once we have final numbers from Scrip and e-Scrip. Shortfalls will be billed to May tuition statements.

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.

Scrip:www.shopwithscrip.com(Gift Cards)
- (St. Perpetua code:LC2D474L8876)
eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
- (St. Perpetua code:136913749)
Thank you,
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.Clickhereformore details and some revisions to the 2017-18 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.
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:
  • Eveline Adhiyasa, grandmother of Kyle Jones, who is ill
  • Chase O'Keefe's grandmother, who is ill
  • Zilma Rodriguez, grandmother of Keilah and Tomas Ezaddin, who is ill
  • Mike Jerge, grandfather of Madeline and Z.K. Jerge, 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
  • Alumni student who is ill
  • Warren Jones, parent of Kyle Jones
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