Bulletin #40 June 6, 2018


Congratulations to our Class of 2018! We celebrated a beautiful Mass on Saturday with the graduates and their family and friends! We know they will continue to be successful as they continue their educational journey into high school and we look forward to hearing about all they achieve!






Congratulations to Pierre Jolin and Caroline Kemner, recipients of the 2018 Lyons Club Award for outstanding achievement in academics and community service!
I am excited to share with you that Mrs. Jennifer Heiskell has accepted the second grade teaching position for the 2018-2019 school year. Jen earned her California Teaching Credential from St. Mary's College. She taught for three years at Christ the King and has served as classroom assistant at St. Perpetua since 2014.      I know she is looking forward to her new role here!
Gretchen Trapp has accepted the third grade instructional assistant position for the upcoming school year. Gretchen's two children graduated from St. Perpetua and she began working here earlier this year in Panther House and with our Panther Cubs. She has filled in whenever there was a need through out the school and she is excited to join our staff full time.
I am continuing to finalize the other open positions and I will share with you once they are filled.
An exciting update from the Oakland Diocese...  If a child turns four years old by September 1st, they are able to join our TK program on August 20th!
As we are all making plans for the summer, please note that beginning Monday, June 11until the end of June the school office will be open from 8am until 1pm. During July, the best way to get a hold of any of us in the office is via email and we will be checking that regularly but not daily. Beginning August 1, the office will again be open from 8am-3pm and our first day of school is August 20.
 
 
Father, Creator of all, thank You for summer! 
Thank you for the warmth of the sun and the increased daylight. 
Thank You for the beauty I see all around me and for the opportunity to be outside and enjoy Your creation. 
Thank You for the increased time I have to be with my friends and family, and for the more casual pace of the summer season. 
Draw me closer to You this summer. 
Teach me how I can pray no matter where I am or what I am doing. 
Warm my soul with the awareness of Your presence and light my path with Your Word and Counsel. 
As I enjoy Your creation, create in me a pure heart and a hunger and a thirst for You. 

Amen.


Upcoming Events
TODAY
Last Day to Report Parent Participation Hours to Ellen Drey
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
10:00 Dismissal
NO Panther House
Happy Summer!
'Sign-Me-Up ' Event for Parents:  "Texas Hold 'Em Poker Party"  6-11 PM
See the full school calendar here.

This Week's Forms & Links
Office News

Transition Kindergarten ~ new entry dates
An exciting update from the Oakland Diocese...  If your child turns four years old by September 1st, they are able to join our TK program on August 20th!  

School Supplies for 2018-2019 School Year
It's time to start thinking about school supplies for next year...  
  • Families have the option to order  packaged school supplies for each grade (K-8) through School Tool Box!  You can order online and it will be sent directly to your home.  Go to www.schooltoolbox.com to order and customize your school supply list.  See the flyer for more information.  Deadline for orders is August 1st!
  • School Toolbox is an optional program.  If you would like to purchase your own supplies, you can find the class supply lists for grades K thru 8th HERE on the school website in the 'forms & documents' section.  TK students do not need to purchase any supplies.
School Outerwear
School outerwear may be ordered online through Gryco Sportswear. If you would like to order outerwear for your student, click on this linkOrders placed by July 30th will be delivered on August 20th, the first day of school.
Dennis Uniforms is offering a
Medications at School
ALL medications stored in the office will be returned via your student on Thursday, June 7th.  Current medication for your child needs to be brought to office, along with the completed medication form, when school resumes on August 20th.
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Did You Know...  
#1:    Our students in grades 1-8 just completed the final STAR assessment in Math and English Language Arts.  All classes scored at or above the 64th percentile rank and 4 classes scored above the 75th percentile in Math and 4 classes scored above the 75th percentile in ELA.  Great job teachers and students!
 
#2:   On averagestudents lose about two months of grade level equivalency in math and reading during the summer months if no active learning in incorporated into the summer months!
Studies show that reading four to five books over the summer has a positive impact!  Summer Reading Program details are HERE!

Returning students going into 5th - 8th grade will receive an IXL code for online math practice throughout the summer ~ keep your math skills strong!
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Our Weekly 'Shout-Out'
A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO THE CASTILLA-LIU FAMILY 
for stepping up to sponsor Juan Bedoya, the 8th grade class' adopted 'World of Change' student, through his high school years.  Thank you so much!



A Second SHOUT OUT to All of our awesome students! 
Together, our TK - 8th grade students raised $777.63 in May for our adopted 'World of Change' students.  Thank you so much!

 
A Final SHOUT OUT to Mrs. Schwarck and Mr. Hauger for all of their 'above and beyond' efforts with our 8th graders as they finished their year and prepared for all of the graduation ceremonies and celebrations, and to Jamie Smith & Don James, who worked with their team to orchestrate a beautiful 'Memories Night' for the eighth graders and their parents!
Summer Reading Program
Exercise Your Mind - READ!


All students at St. Perpetua School are encouraged to participate in the summer reading program to maintain their reading skills.  Summer is a time for fun reading and relaxation, so let's encourage these children to read what they love.  Summer Reading BINGO cards were handed out last week to all students. Incoming students are also invited to participate, all grades from TK to Jr. High. You can use the website to download and print replacement BINGO cards or to look up information about other reading programs available in the Bay Area.
Contact Stacey Hinton at shinton@csdo.org with any additional questions.

All the information you need about the Summer Reading Program is available from our school website.

Summer Reading BINGO cards are due the first week of school, August 20 - 24, 2018.  Late entries are not accepted. 

If you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact our school librarian, Stacey Hinton, at  shinton@csdo.org.  She checks emails regularly, even during summer break.  

Enjoy summer break and Happy Reading!

Click here for the TK-3 summer reading flyer.
Click here for the 4th-8th summer reading flyer.
Field Day ~ Thursday, June 7th
Field Day is held on June 7th ~ a NOON DISMISSAL day.  Classes, representing various countries, compete in fun games during the morning and it's a wonderful way to wrap up the school year!  Here are the colors for each class.  Students have free dress (comfortable clothing and athletic shoes) for games, and each class has a designated t-shirt color:

TK & Kinder: Red (England)
1st: White (USA)
2nd: Black (Germany)
3rd: Orange (Holland)
4th: Light Blue (Argentina)
5th: Green (Mexico)
6th: Yellow (Brazil)
7th: Royal Blue (Italy)
Instrumental Music Program
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SUMMER INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC LESSONS

The St. Perpetua Instrumental Music Program continues in the summer!  The summer lessons are open to returning students as well as new students and are taught in your home.  Private lessons are offered on various instruments and are scheduled around your summer vacations and your child's summer activities.  If you are interested in more information, click HERE or contact Ryan Habegger at ryan@imcmusiclessons.com.
Save the Date ~ Monday, September 17th!
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Our 15th Annual 'Tee-Off Fore Technology' will be on Monday September 17th at the  Moraga Country Club

There are four ways to get involved.. 
Play ~ Sponsor ~ Raffle  ~ Volunteer! 
 
We are currently looking for raffle prizes. We need  tickets to sporting events, trips, restaurant gift certificates, technology prizes (examples IPAD, GoPro, portable speakers, Apple Watch), golf prizes (examples clubs, wedges, balls)
Please email Sean Sabarese sean.sabarese@colliers.com If you are interested assisting with raffle prizes.  
Save the Dates!
2018 - 2019 Performing Arts opportunities for St Perpetua students
Fall 2018 Musical: TK - 3rd Grade

REGISTER for FALL HERE

Rehearsals on Thursdays (TK/K 3-4:30pm, 1st - 3rd 3-6pm) September - December






Spring 2019 Musical: 4th - 8th Grade

Thursdays (3-6pm) January - May

Registration coming soon!
SEEDs Enrichment Activities
Here is the June enrichment activity sponsored by SEEDS!
                      
4th Grade:  Field Trip to the Marine Mammal Center
Panther House

Dear Parents,
 
This fabulous year is coming to a close! Can you believe that we are down to last few days? It has been a fun year full of learning, sharing and joy. I want to thank all those who shared my year with me and fostered such a positive environment.



FUTURE DONATIONS
As you begin to shift your attention to the fun of summer and purchasing new sports equipment or action toys, please think about donating gently-used items to Panther House for use next year. Things like scooters and balls would be greatly appreciated!
We will also LOVE new markers, colored pencils, Number 2 pencils, and glue sticks for next year!
REMINDERS                                     
  • Thursday, June 7Noon Dismissal, Panther House CLOSED at 9:30 am
  • Friday, June 810:00 am Dismissal, Panther House CLOSED 
Have a Happy and Safe Summer!
                                                                 
Warmly,
Mrs. Kenney
Counselor's Corner
 
Growth!  As the transition to summer approaches, it is a wonderful time to reflect with your student(s) about the growth they made this school year. Not just academically, but be sure to recognize the progress they have made socially, emotionally and behaviorally.  

It is also important to be able to discuss any mistakes that were made along the way and in what ways those mistakes have actually helped them with their growth.  Maybe they had a low grade, a disagreement with a friend, ended up on the Blue Couch a couple times?  Hopefully they can discuss some mistakes (and/or poor decisions) with reflection, logic and a different understanding. Instead of sweeping problems under the rug, it is a great time to be able to admit that we all make mistakes and that it is important to take responsibility and learn from those mistakes. 
 
It is important to discuss challenges and successes with a open minds and let your student know they can speak with you about these things without being judged or reprimanded. They need to realize they have learned from consequences (whether the consequences were natural or imposed) and you are there for them unconditionally.  I often start those conversations with an example of a mistake I made and ask them for examples of mistakes they have made.  Or I tell my children how proud I was when they learned from a specific mistake.
 
Lastly, If you have a moment - please show the below picture to your student(s) and ask them which of the two orange dots are larger. 

Then bring out a ruler to measure the orange dots.  Although I am sharing a visual illusion here, this is a metaphor for how we often compare ourselves (our success, our happiness, our beauty, etc.) to others who are nearby (or stars we see on screens and media).  We need to consistently remind ourselves and our kids that we should not be comparing.  Our own unique experiences and qualities shape us - and we must remember to focus on our personal growth.  Even through the end of the school year and the summer. 
 
 
Kelli Bacher
St. Perpetua School Counselor
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!

You can also automatically earn Scrip profit when you register your credit cards with the wide variety of vendors participating in the e-Scrip program.  You earn credit automatically when you pay for dining, shopping, etc. with the e-Scrip vendors.
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
St. Perpetua Parish
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Special Intentions
 We remember those in need of our prayers:
  • Annie Sena, who will undergo reconstructive surgery this summer
  • Sam Travale, grandfather of Cole, Paxton and Pierce Travale 
  • 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
  • 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:
  • Gene Voltattorni, father of Brian Voltattorni and Grandfather of Santino Voltattorni
  • Joan Wetmore, Great Grandmother of Daniel Khammanivong
  • Michelle Paonessa, mother of Vinnie and Sam Paonessa
  • Kip Wilson, grandfather of Kippy & Elsie-Jane Clemens, and great-uncle of Delaney Mein and Wyatt & Cade Winter
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