Bulletin # 32 (1)


Welcome Back and Happy Easter! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter vacation!
Thank you again to our School Board for all their efforts to facilitate theOpen School Board meetinglast month. In addition to sharing their committee accomplishments, the results of the parent survey were shared. Somekey takeawaysfrom the survey include:
Strengths of our School(Sense of Community/Parent Involvement, Faith based education, Teachers and Office Staff, Panther House, Environment/Safety of the School) andAreas to Address(Communication, Discipline, Curriculum, Teacher Turnover, Class Size).
I wanted to share with you some of the work that has already taken place as a result of the survey and the open meeting.
  • Mrs. O'Brien, our Kindergarten teacher is beginning an Administrative Credentialing Program this summer so I have asked her to assist me with teacher interview for our open positions. We began interviewing prior to vacation and continue to interview candidates this week and next.
  • I met with the 2nd grade staff and brainstormed ways to support the students and a signup for additional parent assistance in the morning and afternoons was created and sent out before Easter.
  • Included in our school handbook is a detailed section on the school discipline policy including a chart of infractions and consequences.
  • Three FOSS kits aligned with the NGSS Science Standards were ordered and delivered this morning, one for each 6th, 7th, and 8th. These kits provide textbooks and hands on learning materials for these topics: Diversity of Life, Human Systems, and Chemical Interactions.
  • This is just a start so look for more good news to come!!!
Please be on the lookout later this week for anemail from Suzanne Kozel regarding registration for the 2018-2019 school year. The information your provide through this process is integrated into our student information system and used for all school and classroom data so your thoroughness and attention to details is critical.Thank you for your assistance!
Our construction project is progressing on schedule. Walls are being delivered and you will soon start to seek the skeleton of our Community Center. As you know, all ministries in our parish have had to modify their activities due to this project. Because of facility limitations, the one event that we will not be able to offer this school year is our Talent Show. Without access to the church, we were not able to calendar a date and due to the uncertainty of weather and the incredible amount of advance planning necessary we are not able to use our outdoor venues. We will be sure to calendar this event for next year when we have the full compliment of spaces.Thank you for your understanding!
Easter Prayer
Lord, as we continue our celebration of Easter,
help us to walk with the early disciples along the path of faith.
Lead us through whatever pain, confusion, and doubt we may be experiencing to spiritual growth and ultimate joy in the full realization of the message of the Resurrection.
May the consolation experienced by the first disciples be ours again today,
as we share the joy of new life in Christ with all whom we encounter.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen
Thomas J. Massaro, SJ


Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 11
Caritas Parent Presentation 6:00 - 6:45 pm
Thursday, April 12
Spring Photos for all students ~Free Dress
Special Persons Day dance practice
Friday, April 13
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
Monday, April 16
Music Program Recital Practice 10:00 - 11:45 am
Parent Education Night ~ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, April 17
School Mass in Amphitheatre at 11:00
Wednesday, April 18
Pre-Orders for Armand Baltazar author visit due
Thursday, April 19
Special Persons Day dance practice
7th Grade Cal Shakes 'Shakespeare' Performance 1:40 - 2:30
Friday, April 20
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students: Camp Panther Pride 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 21
Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Sunday, April 22
Music Program Recital ~ 3:00 - 4:30, Lafayette Christian Church
Monday, April 23
Author Visit ~ Grades 3 - 8
Deadline to submit art for Winton Arts Festival
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
6th Grade at Caritas Creek Science Camp
Saturday, April 28
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, April 29
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Monday, May 1
Dress Rehearsal for Addams Family 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 2 or Wednesday, May 3
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: "Tile Painting for Buddy Bench"
Special Persons Day dance practice
Thursday, May 3 - Friday, May 4
4th Grade Trip to Gold Camp
Friday, May 4
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Addams Family Theatre Performance ~ 5pm at Stanley MS
Saturday, May 5
Addams Family Theatre Performance ~ 5pm at Stanley MS
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, May 6
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Tuesday, May 8
May Crowning Mass at 8:30 am
2nd Grade First Eucharist Group Photo
8th Grade Graduates' Group Photo
Wednesday, May 9 - Thursday, May 10
8th Grade Retreat
Thursday, May 10
ISP Night (3rd, 4th & 5th grade) 6:00 pm
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: "PJ Pajama Party"
Thursday, May 17
Special Persons Day dance practice
Friday, May 18
Special Persons Day
'Sign-Me-Up'Event for Students: 'Wild For Junior High"
Saturday, May 19
'Sign-Me-Up Event for Dads: Dad's Game Night
Monday, May 21
Lafayette Library visitor ~ Summer Reading Program
Friday, May 25
ALL library books due back to library
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 31
'Move-Up' Ceremony
Friday, June 1
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Memories Night for 8th Graders and their Parents
Saturday, June 2
8th Grade Graduation ~ 11:00 am
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 Tournament"
See the full school calendarhere.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
Yard Duty ~ We Need Your Help!
We still haveunfilled yard duty slots in April and May.Once you have completed your two required shiftsyou can earnone hour of volunteer timefor every additional shift you work.Please consider signing up for our open yard duty shifts!Clickherefor sign up link.
  • It is critical that you have your scheduled yard duty assignments on your calendar. You receive a Sign-Up Genius email reminder and a backup office email reminder. When we have 'no show' parents we have to scramble to cover the assignment with a staff member.
  • 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 volunteers need to be 'All Clear' to do yard duty or any other volunteer functions.

March Madness Results
Thank you to everyone who participated in the2018 March Madness Charity Pool! Congratulations to Mrs. Karen Baileyfor successfully picking Villanova to win the NCAA National Championship. Mrs. Bailey has chosen to donate 100% of the proceeds from the Charity Pool to theCarondelet High School Athletic Complex Campaign. Congrats Mrs. Bailey and again thank you to everyone who participated and supported this event.

And congratulations toSt. Perpetua Alumni Gus Argenal (Class of 1995)and the Nevada Wolf Pack Basketball team. Nevada had a historic season and reached the Sweet 16!!!

2018 Oakland Diocese FACE (Family Assistance for Catholic Education) Auction
Started in 1978,this program helps put over 700 children into Diocese of Oakland schools with tuition assistance on an annual basis. This year marks the 40thyear since the inception of FACE, which remains firm in its unwavering mission to break the cycle of poverty in the East Bay, one family at a time, by helping provide access to quality education. This year's Gala onSaturday, April 21stwill be in honor of The Most Reverend John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, for his 90thbirthday and his instrumental role in the founding of FACE. Should members of the community be interested in joining the Diocesan community at large, clickhereto purchase tickets.
2018-2019 School Dates
As we look to the new school year, please note thefirst 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.
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Did You Know...
DID YOU KNOW
Did you know ourAuction already met the goal for raising over $140,000 thus far? Ourfundraising for STEM materialsprompted immediate purchase of Science Materials for hands on learning. Thecurriculum materials arrived today!
Thank you, Families!
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Our Weekly 'Shout-Out'
A PARENT SHOUT-OUTtoMrs. Karen Bailey! She impressed both the parents and docents with how prepared the 5th grade was for their field trip to the De Young Museum. The students were extremely well-behaved and asked questions that showed they had studied the paintings. One docent remarked, "we've never had a class this interested or prepared. The teacher must be a gem!"
Sign-Me-Up Parties!
Sign-Me-Up events are a beloved tradition at St. Perpetua! Through our auction website you can sign up for avariety events for moms, dads, sons & daughters.

Here is a listing of the upcoming events.You can click on any event for more detail.

To sign up for any event, clickHEREfor the auction website sign-up page.
Winton Arts Festival
As the Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair of Carondelet High School, I am writing to share information about an exciting opportunity for your current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students ~ an invitation to submit work to our 1st annual Art Contest .

We are currently accepting student entries (grades 6-8) for our first annual Art Contest! If your work is chosen, it will be displayed during our 2018 Winton Arts Festival.
  • The criteria for selection will be: relevance to theme, originality, and evident effort to produce a developed work.
  • Theme of the show: I think it is amazing when...
  • Deadline to submit work is 4/23
  • Clickherefor event details
This event is part of our annual "Winton Arts Festival"- a celebration of the artistic programs at both Carondelet and De La Salle High Schools. We invite you to attend any (or all!) of these events which both highlight and showcase student work.

Our events include:
  • April 20- Choir Concert & Dance Showcase at7 p.m.in the Carondelet Gym
  • April 26-May 5-Company presentsLittle Shop of Horrors(https://www.dlshs.org/arts/company) in the De La Salle Theater
  • April 27- Art Show opening at6 p.m.at De La Salle (view the art before and afterLittle Shop of Horrors)
  • May 11- Concert & Jazz Band Concert at7 p.m.in DLS Theater

We look forward to welcoming you at our Winton Arts Festival events. Let's celebrate the artistic efforts of these fine students!

Sincerely,

AmyWay
Chair, Visual and Performing Arts
925.686.5353 x 334
Addams Family, The Musical
Performing Academy & St. Perpetua School presents ADDAMS FAMILY, The Musical!

WHEN: Friday, May 4th @ 5pmand Saturday, May 5th @ 5pm
WHERE: Stanley Middle School
18 talented St. Perpetua students (4th-8th grades) have been rehearsing since January to present thismysterious and spooky, altogether ookyshow! One hour, no intermission, suitable for the whole family. Come support these amazing performers!
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some April enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!
  • 3rd Grade: Field Trip to Chabot Space and Science Center with "Astronaut Training" Workshop
  • 5th Grade: Colonial Day (on-site instruction)
  • 7th Grade: Field Trip to Chinese Cultural Center
Cafe Perpetua
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Easter break!

2nd Graders taking care of Oreo!
Please join usthis Fridayat Cafe` Perpetua where we will be featuring yummy spring goodies such as strawberry shortcakes and carrot cakes along with our regular breakfast goodies .

We look forward to seeing you and as always, thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!


Love, Mrs. Meo
Library News
St. Perpetua wins BIG at Oakland Diocese Young Authors Faire
Kudos to our student writer's in the Young Authors competition. Our school has been blessed with great writers and illustrators who work hard and understand the value of the effort they put into their work. Of course, I thought every book submitted was wonderful! The judges from the Oakland Diocese agree and awarded the following young authors:

St. Perpetua school was awarded two grand prizes. Two! A new record for our school.
  • TK's class book "TK's Construction Site" won a grand prize!
  • 5TH grade class book "Writing the Way to Freedom" won a grand prize!
First Place Winners from St. Perpetua
  • Jake O.(poetry) "The Best Book of Sports Poems"
  • Charlotte T.(special genre) "10 Things to do When You Are Bored"
  • Jonah M.(graphic novel) "The Stellar Ring"
  • Billy O.(fiction) "Super Cookie 3: Cookie Gone Bad!!?"
  • Beatrice R.(biography) "St. Francis of Assisi"
  • Marina C.(children's book) "Benny Next Door"
  • Katie K.(children's book) "A Day at the Zoo"
  • Maddy J.(religious theme) "Prayers for Support"
Second Place Winners from St. Perpetua
  • Madeline H. & Decker L.(fiction) "The Two Princesses and the Dragon"
  • Kate S. & Anna P. (children's book) "The Unwanted Pencil"
Honorable Mentions from St. Perpetua
  • Matthew M.(special genre) "What Was Dunkirk?"
  • Jacob S.(fiction) "The Medallion Mystery"
  • Matthew B.(religious theme) "Outside the Lines"
Awards Ceremony onApril 28, 2018
The winners are invited to attend anAwards Ceremony at St. Mary's School in Walnut Creek onSaturday, April 28th at 1:00 - 3:00pm.Arrive early for parking and to shop with your Scholastic prize money.

More information about the Young Authors program is availablehereon our school website.
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Armand Baltazar coming to St. Perpetua School

Armand Baltazar, debut author of the new science fiction/fantasy series, "Timeless", is coming to St. Perpetua School on
Monday, April 23rd. He will talk with students and sign books.

Pre-order formsfor his new book are available.Pre-orders are due by next Wednesday,April 18th. Please don't delay reserving a copy of this thrilling new Fantasy/Science Fiction series. Visitour websitefor more information about the author and his new book,"Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic".
Counselor's Corner

Welcome back from Spring Break! I have enjoyed seeing the refreshed faces of so many students this week!

In March I was able to attend three events related to technology that have helped me continue to grow as an educator and as a parent. I am by no means an expert in this area, but as a parent myself, I know I need to keep researching how technology is changing and is affecting kids (positively and negatively). I need to be sure to continue to communicate with my kids, with other parents and with school employees about technology- related to screen time, video games, social media, smartphones, texting, etc.. It is critical that we not turn a blind eye to what our kids are doing online, on iPads or on computers. We all need to be sure we are making informed decisions for our kids, as the technology is growing at a rate that most of us can't keep up with.

Many of you may useCommon Sense Media websiteto read reviews of movies or shows that your children want to watch. (If you have not yet- please do.) There are also so many other resources on the Common Sense Media website that are helpful as we try to navigate this always-evolving world of technology.This pagehas so many answers to questions I have had about screen time and social media.

One wonderful way to keep open communication with our kids is to have "Tech Talk Tuesdays"every week. Talk to your kids about technology OFTEN. Learn about the games they are playing or the problems that they have seen with texting. Let them teach you things they love about technology. Be open-minded, but also discuss any concerns you have. During your family talks, you can also use some of the age-appropriate "Digital Dilemmas" inthis guidefor educators.

I am searching for an expert speaker on the topic of "technology and our kids" to lead a Parent Ed night in the Fall. I have reached out to a few local experts, with no luck so far. I will continue to search, but if you have any leads, please let me know.

Thank you!
Kelli Bacher
School Counselor
Panther House

Dear Parents,

SNACK DONATION
Signup genius is open for Panther House snack donation.. 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.
REMINDERS:
  • DON'T FORGET:April calendarsnow due!
  • Friday, May 4th is NOON DISMISSAL, and Panther House is OPEN

Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org
7th Grade High School Placement Test - Prep Exam
8:30-11:30am.
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!
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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eScrip:www.escrip.com(On-line Mall)
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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.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
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:
  • Raymond Nicholas Adler, grandfather of Alessandra Adler
  • Melvin Ayers,grandfather of Alex and Grace Ayers
  • Thomas Bond, brother of Wendy Levich (parish staff)
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