Bulletin # 33 (1)

Thank you to our 5th grade students who planned our beautiful liturgy yesterday. The Amphitheater was the perfect setting for our Mass on sharing God's light and being good stewards of the Earth!
 
As we continue to plan for next school year, I want to share a few staffing changes that will be taking place for the upcoming school year.  Mrs. Mary Dyer, our 6th grade Language Arts and Religion teacher, has decided to join her husband in retirement. Ms. Marcella Egan, our Spanish teacher, also will not be returning next year. We appreciate both these teachers for their years of service to our school!  Mrs. Jennifer DeLaPlane, our Jr. High Science teacher will be switching roles and teaching Jr. High Religion next year.  Mrs. O'Brien and I are continuing to interview teacher candidates, and I look forward to sharing information on new hires soon!
 
Blessings on our 6th graders as they depart for the five-day Caritas Creek Camp on Monday.  This camp is always a wonderful experience and priceless memory!

At the open School Board meeting last month, questions were raised about the Math program here at St. Perpetua. Mrs. Marchetti and Mr. Howard created this documentthat outlines the 4th-8th grade Math program

We are working with our local high schools to gather additional data regarding content and course offerings and we will share that information once it has been compiled.
 
 
 
An Easter Prayer
May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
bring peace
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear.
 
And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
to bless you
most abundantly a
and be your loving guide.


Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 19
Special Persons Day dance practice
7th Grade Cal Shakes 'Shakespeare' Performance 1:40 - 2:30 pm
Friday, April 20
Cafe Perpetua ~ 7:30 - 9:30 am
'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
Armand Baltazar author visit ~ Grades 3 - 8
Deadline to submit art for Winton Arts Festival
Tuesday, 4/24
$2 Free-Dress Fundraiser ~ Warriors Basketball Playoffs!
Monday, April 23 - Friday, April 27
6th Grade at Caritas Creek Science Camp
Friday, 4/27
Town Hall for Students at 11:00
Saturday, April 28
First Eucharist ~ 5:00 Mass
Sunday, April 29
First Eucharist ~ 9:30 & 11:30 Mass
Tuesday, May 1
Dress Rehearsal for Addams Family 3:00 - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, May 2 or Thursday, May 3
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  Tile Painting for Buddy Bench
Thursday, May 3
Special Persons Day dance practice
Thursday, May 3 - Friday, May 4
4th Grade Trip to Gold Camp
Friday, May 4
$2 Free Dress Fundraiser ~ Star Wars 'May the Fourth Be With You'!
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 ~ amphitheater 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
Monday, May 14 - Friday, May 18
Spirit Week
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  "PJ Pajama-Party Day"
Thursday, May 17
Special Persons Day dance practice
Friday, May 18
Special Persons Day ~ Dismissal at 2:30 pm
'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 calendar here.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News
2018-2019 School Dates
As we look to the new school year, please note the first day of school for 2018-2019
school year will be August 20, 2018, and school will conclude on June 7, 2019.

Used Uniforms
It's springtime, and our students are growing like weeds!  Does your daughter need a longer skirt?  Are your son's shorts or pants worn out?  We have a plentiful supply of used uniforms that have been donated by our wonderful families.  Please come the display table located right outside the school office and do some 'no-cost shopping' for your child!

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), but effective 5/1/18 the 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.
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 new Request for medication to be taken during school hours form. 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 KNOW that we conduct benchmark testing in math and reading FOUR times a year?  This information gives our teachers frequent progress monitoring and ability to step in as needed!  

We are very proud of the fact that all grades consistently score above grade level in reading and math scores!
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Our Weekly 'Shout-Out'
A PARENT SHOUT-OUT to Mrs. Kelli Bacher for organizing an amazing Parent Ed Night this week with local expert Betsy Shandalov as she presented life-tools for Mindfulness.  We learned new tools to help our children,  teens, and ourselves in our daily lives with mindfulness.  We practiced different techniques and approaches and Betsy shared a plethora of wonderful resources to further our development of mindfulness.  Time well spent!   
Kelli, Thank you for coordinating the Parent Ed Night as well as sharing useful links to tips and info for parenting in our school's weekly bulletin and your website.
Special Person's Day
The Class of 2018 would like to invite you to Save The Date  
for Special Person's Day Lunch and Performance, Friday, 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 invite a special person (or people) such as grandparents, aunts, uncles or a dear family friend to this fun afternoon. 
 
The 8th grade class will be selling lunch options for this event, with proceeds going to help offset many of the memorable 8th grade activities throughout the year, such as Retreats, Memories Night and Graduation. Thanks to Lunch-In, you can order several items that will be boxed up and ready to go for your family. Lunch-In provides tasty and nutritious hand-made food, with an emphasis on quality ingredients.  
 
Order lunch here:  Lunch Order Form
Lunch orders are due Thursday, May 10.
 
RECAP:
  • When:  Friday, May 18th @ 12:30
  • Where: The event begins with lunch near the Garden of Learning.  Pick up your lunch near the Garden of Learning at 12:30.  Performance will follow shortly after.
  • Why: To kick off the many fun-filled end-of-the-year school events, enjoy a dance performance by each class, watch a ceremonial pinning that honors each 8th grade student, honor those 8th grade families that will have their last child graduate from St. Perpetua, and hear the announcement of our yearbook teacher dedication.  
  • What to Bring:  There will be seating & umbrellas provided for the event, but we highly recommend bringing a picnic blanket, sunscreen & hats.
      
Lunch Orders Due by Thursday, May 10 (no later orders accepted).


Thank you!
St. Perpetua Class of 2018
Special Person's Day - Volunteers Needed!
St. Perpetua's Special Person's Day Lunch and Performance will take place on Friday, May 18, 2018.
  • We are in need of volunteers from set-up to clean-up and more!
  • click HERE to sign up
  • For over 20 years, St. Perpetua has celebrated this wonderful tradition that involves a performance from every class and honors 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
Student Leadership
Here are upcoming Student Leadership Fundraisers!
  • Tuesday, April 24: 
    • Donut Sale at snack recess.  Pre-Order Forms Due by 3pm on Friday, April 20, at 3pm.  Click HERE for order form.
    • $2 Free Dress for Basketball Playoffs  (turn $ into your homeroom teacher)
  • Friday, May 4:
    • $2 Star Wars Free Dress for 'May the Fourth Be With You'  
      (turn $ into your homeroom teacher)
  • Tuesday, May 15:
    • Otter Pop Sale at snack recess
Happening Around Campus
Our Community Center walls 
started going up this week!

7th and 2nd grades had a fun buddy activity!
Sign-Me-Up Parties!
Sign-Me-Up events are a beloved tradition at St. Perpetua!  Through our auction website you can sign up for a variety 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, click HERE for the auction website sign-up page.
  Addams Family, The Musical
Performing Academy & St. Perpetua School presents ADDAMS FAMILY, The Musical!

WHEN: Friday, May 4th @ 5pm and Saturday, May 5th @ 5pm
WHERE: Stanley Middle School

Here is a link for online ticket sales: BUY TICKETS HERE
Online: General Admission: $10
At the door: General Admission: $11 CASH ONLY

18 talented St. Perpetua students (4th-8th grades) have been rehearsing since January to present this mysterious and spooky, altogether ooky show! 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
Library News

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 forms for his new book are available.  Pre-orders are due tomorrow, April 19th.  Please don't delay reserving a copy of this thrilling new Fantasy/Science Fiction series.  Visit our website for more information about the author and his new book, "Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic".
Cafe Perpetua
We had such a nice, big crowd at Cafe` Perpetua last week and it was wonderful to see so many of you! 
Please join us again this Friday for a yummy cinnamon roll, a piece of asparagus bacon fritatta, or your usual favorite breakfast treat.
 
We are looking forward to seeing and as always thank you for supporting your children's Garden of Learning!
Love,
Monette Meo
Panther House

Dear Parents,


SNACK DONATION
If you are still looking for easy service hours, I'd suggest you sign up soon. The remaining slots fill up quickly as the school year begins to wind down. 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! Here is the sign-up link.
REMINDERS:
  • DON'T FORGET: April calendars now due!  May/June calendar available.
  • Tuesday or Wednesday, May 2nd or 3rd: Tile Painting for Buddy Bench after school
  • Friday, May 4th: Noon Dismissal Panther House OPEN; pack a lunch
  • Friday, May18th: Special Persons Day; Panther House CLOSED at 9:30 am

Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
lkenney@csdo.org 
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 use Common Sense Media website to 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 page has 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" in this guide for 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
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
  • Click here for 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 at 7 p.m. in the Carondelet Gym
  • April 26-May 5 - Company presents Little Shop of Horrors (https://www.dlshs.org/arts/company) in the De La Salle Theater
  • April 27 - Art Show opening at 6 p.m. at De La Salle (view the art before and after Little Shop of Horrors)
  • May 11 - Concert & Jazz Band Concert at 7 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,

Amy Way 
Chair, Visual and Performing Arts
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Carondelet's Summer School Opportunities
Carondelet High School is offering some great summer programs!  Click here for flyer.

Program Dates: June 4 - August 3, 2018
  • Girls Leadership
  • Co-Ed Middle School
  • Co-Ed High School
  • Sports Clinics
  • Coding & Tech Classes
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.

Click here for information flyer.  Click here for website registration.
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 a Presto Pay account 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 year and summertime 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), but effective 5/1/18 the 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 to bi-weekly.  Click here for Scrip order Schedule for the balance of this school year. 
 
Click here for 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, 
Kim Fogarty kfogarty@csdo.org
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. Click here for details. 

Families (TK, K, and single parent-only families have a 15 hour requirement) are required to complete 35 volunteer hours. You should report your hours throughout the year to the volunteer chair, Ellen Drey ellen.drey@gmail.com

St. Perpetua Parish
The TIMELY PERPETUAN is a monthly e-newsletter that keeps you informed about the many things happening at St. Perpetua. If you don't receive it please visit the Parish website and 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
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