Bulletin # 35 (1)

During the month of May, we honor Mary. Next Tuesday we will celebrate Mass in the Amphitheater at 8:30 am and at the conclusion of Mass, our 2nd and 8th graders will assist with crowning Mary. Our 2nd graders will also be receiving communion as a class for the first time with the school community. All are welcome to join in this celebration!
Please keep our 4th graders in your prayers as they leave tomorrow morning for their Gold Camp adventure!

Special Persons' Day is just 2 weeks away! The students have been practicing their performances and we are looking forward to recognizing the graduating class of 2018

  • This year, we will gather on the upper lot for the festivities, but parents of TK-4th grade students are asked to meet their students in front of the classrooms (where we line up in the morning) so that students don't need to search for their special people!  This afternoon is always memorable and shouldn't be missed!
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known 
that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought 
thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, 
I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; 
before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, 
despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. 


Upcoming Events
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'!
Spring Photos Payment / Returned Photo Sheets Due Today
NO Cafe Perpetua
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
Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11
Teacher Appreciation Week
Tuesday, May 8
May Crowning Mass ~ amphitheatre 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
Deadline to order Special Persons Day Lunches
Monday, May 14
  'Hero" Free Dress for Spirit Week
Tuesday, May 15
 "Wacky Tuesday" Free Dress for Spirit Week
Wednesday, May 16
'Sign-Me-Up' Event for Students:  "PJ Pajama-Party Day"
"Pajama" Free Dress for Spirit Week
Thursday, May 17
"Class Spirit" Free Dress for Spirit Week
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 28
Memorial Day Holiday
Thursday, May 31
'Move-Up' Ceremony
8th Grade Farewell at 12:00 noon
Friday, June 1
Noon Dismissal
Panther House Open
Memories Night for 8th Graders and their Parents ~ 6:00 pm
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.

Spring Photos
Last week your child brought home their Lifetouch envelope with spring photos.  It is your choice if you wish to  purchase some or all of these photo sheets.  However, you need to return the envelope with all unwanted photo sheets and/or payment for the photo sheets you want to keep.  Payment and/or returned photo envelopes are due by this Friday, 5/4.

Used Uniforms
We are delighted that so many parents have taken uniform items from our 'gently used' uniform boxes.  The clothing will be available until Friday, May 4.  Any remaining items will be donated.

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 May 1st 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.

Sign-Me-Up Parties!
Here are a few upcoming Sign Me Up Parties you Don't want to Miss!  For a full list of upcoming parties, click HERE.

PAJAMA PARTY DAY ~ Wednesday, 5/16! 
Don't miss out on PJ Party Day at St. Perpetua!  Enjoy wearing PJ's all day while lunchtime party awaits! We are striving for 100% student participation for this event!  Be sure to sign up HERE. Music, party favors, special T-Shirt and surprise treats all come together to for a VERY SPECIAL Wednesday!  
Details:  Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at lunchtime Price: $40 per student

Hosted by: Harumi Cruz, Kellianne Gillette, Christy Ingham, Rene O'Neill, Margaret Schultz, Tina Hall and Jenni Tomich 

WILD FOR JR HIGH ~ Friday, May 18!
Jr Highers, are you ready? Spinmaster "DJ Coco" will rock the wildest event this side of the Pacific on this special night JUST for Junior High!  Bust out your wild tropical attire and be game for delicious dinner, sundae bar, roarin' music, photo booth fun, raffle prizes, and games like Limbo...how low can you go? No swimming; lifeguard presentSleepy Hollow Swim and Tennis Club, Orinda.  Click HERE to register.

Details:  Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:30-9:30 pm   Price $50 per per student
Hosted by: Mark and Christine Ayers, Dan and Lisa Hoskins, Zion and Heidi Jerge, Kevin and Allison Mein, Josh and Jacki Motto, Kris and Mollie Van Stralen, and Blake and Kendall Tuffli
Did You Know...
DID YOU KNOW we have weekly Junior High Technology classes taught by our awesome Mr. Hauger!  

Topics include... Graphic Design, Basic Coding & Webpage Design, Webquests, making GIFs, Garageband, and much more.  
Our Weekly 'Shout-Out'
A  SHOUT-OUT to our wonderful students from Mrs. Kozel!  "When a prospective family was on a school tour, they commented on the friendliness of our students!"
A  GRATEFUL SHOUT-OUT to Mrs. Kozel and Mrs. Goodshaw for generously offering their time to be our Caritas Creek Camp leaders last week!
Special Person's Day ~ Class Attire by grade
All kids should have shorts/pants (jeans or neutral color pants) so they can move freely in and CLOSED-TOE  shoes. Below is what they should wear on the top:

TK - solid yellow t-shirts 
Kindergarten- solid white t-shirts (Renee provides bandanas and/or cowboys hats)
1st grade - yellow/orange t-shirts and fun sunglasses
2nd grade - brown/tan/yellow t-shirts (Renee provides Lion manes)
3rd grade - Any shade of blue t-shirt
4th grade - any color t-shirt (Renee provides leis)
5th grade - Jewel tone t-shirts (dark blue, purple, emerald green)
6th grade - Tropical/Island themed shirts
7th grade - white t-shirts (Renee provides newsboy caps)
8th grade - black and white clothing
Special Person's Day
The Class of 2018 would like to invite you to our annual 
 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.
  • 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's our next Free Dress Fundraiser:  Thank you for your continued support!
  • Friday, May 4:
    • $2 Star Wars Free Dress for 'May the Fourth Be With You'  
      (turn $ into your homeroom teacher)
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.  

To sign up for any event, click HERE for the auction website sign-up page.

Here is a listing of the upcoming events.  You can click on any event for more detail.  
  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!
Cafe Perpetua
Cafe` Perpetua will be closed until Friday, May 11th when we will be honoring all of the amazing women in our lives with a Mother's Day cafe!!! We can't wait to celebrate all those special women in your life with beautiful one-of-a-kind gifts!  Please stop by the office the week of May 7th to see samples of the items we will be selling at the Mother's Day cafe`.

Monette Meo

Garden of Learning
Panther Cubs learned about insects last week. Mrs. Meo  showed how insects can "Bee the Good" by releasing ladybugs into the garden of learning.-

Warren W.  Eukel Teacher Trust 2018 Nominations
The Warren W. Eukel Teacher Trust is seeking nominations for its 2018 awards to outstanding Contra Costa County K-12 teachers.  Each of the three winning teachers selected this year will receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000 at an awards dinner to be held at the Diablo Country Club November 15, 2018.  Anyone can submit a nomination.  Nomination forms are available at www.eukelteachertrust.org - click on "Nominate a Teacher." 
The deadline for nominations is May 31, 2018.  Call Kristine Kahey of the Eukel Teacher Trust at (925) 945-0200 should you have any questions. 
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here are some May enrichment events sponsored by SEEDS!

  • TK:  DLUX Puppets  "Alice in Wonderland" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
  • K:  "Robin Hood" at the Lesher Center for the Arts
  • 4th Grade:  LPIE "Optics/Eye Dissection", "Brain Perceptions" and Life in a Drop of Pond" (on-site instruction)
  • 5th Grade:  LPIE "Weather" (on-site instruction)
  • 5th grade: Field Trip to Sacramento
  • 8th Grade:  Civil War Demo (on-site instruction)
Armand Baltazar's visit to St. Perpetua

Last week, debut author, Armand Baltazar, visited our school.  His debut novel, "Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic" is the first installment of the new Timeless series.  Students enjoyed seeing his artwork and learning how his son, Diego, inspired the book.  To add to the fun, Mr. Baltazar challenged the students to find an illustration in the book of himself and his wife.  Winning students in third and fifth grades were given a signed art print to display, in their classroom. Timeless is high-paced adventure, similar in length and content to Harry Potter, with 200 full color paintings included.  Mr. Baltazar shared with us that his book will be made into a movie.  Thank you Susan Reckers from Orinda books for making this visit possible!
Panther House

Dear Parents,
It's hard to believe that it is time to think about your family's activities for the remainder of the year and submit your calendars for May and June. I realize it's a busy time of year and schedules will change, and then change again, as we wrap things up for the year. Just give the calendar your best shot, and email me when your plans change. lkenney@csdo.org
There are only 10 remaining slots for donation. If you are still looking for easy service hours, I'd suggest you sign up soon. 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!  Sign Up Here
  • DON'T FORGET: May /June calendars now due
  • Friday, May 4th: Noon Dismissal Panther House OPENpack a lunch
  • Friday, May18th: Special Persons Day; Panther House CLOSED at 9:30 am
  • Friday, June 1: Noon Dismissal, Panther House OPEN
  • Thursday, June 7: Noon Dismissal, Panther House OPEN before school; CLOSED at 9:30 am
  • Friday, June 8: 10:00 am Dismissal, Panther House CLOSED
Mrs. Kenney
Counselor's Corner

I was so grateful to be able to host a wonderful Parent Ed Night led by local mindfulness expert Betsy Shandalov. Thank you to Kim, Suzanne, Linda and Karen for helping me with the logistics and planning. 
As a part of her event, Betsy led the attending students and parents in a few activities including some yoga stretches and helpful tools (such as learning to "Take 5"). She gave us some wonderful tips on how to incorporate mindfulness in our everyday lives to help kids (and adults) deal with stress, anxiety, self-regulation and more. We were unable to see her slideshow presentation due to a power outage, but I will be sure to share that when I receive it. 
Here are a few helpful links related to Mindfulness and Happiness that Betsy referenced:
As we all want a deep happiness in life for our kids (and ourselves), I researched the Yale class a bit more. It turns out Yale Professor Laurie Santos is offering a course similar to Psych 157 called "The Science of Well-Being" FREE to the public through Coursera - . I just signed up to take this course and I would love to hear from other parents or teens who also decide to sign-up.

Thank you!
Kelli Bacher
School Counselor
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.
SCRIP Fundraising Program
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. 

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
We remember those who have died:
  • Florence Rachlin, Great Aunt to Kiyah, Tyce and Mahri Watenmaker
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