October 15th - Tuesday Memo


Oct. 15 – Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences – 3:00 – 5:30 P.M. – HS Girls Home Volleyball @ 4:00 P.M. at Crosswalk

Oct 16 – PSAT for Grades 10 & 11 – No Classes for Grades 9 & 12

Oct. 16-18 – 1-12 Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences – 12:15 Dismissal

– HS Retreat – NO HOT LUNCH

Oct. 17 – No Morning Mass

Oct. 18 – No Morning Mass

Oct. 19 (SA) – Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Oct. 26 (SA) – Kevin Fitzpatrick Talk on St. John Henry Newman – 7:00 P.M.

Oct. 28 – Opera a la Carte – 1:45 P.M.

Oct. 29 – 1/2 Grade All Saints Presentation – 2:00 P.M.

Oct. 30 – 3/4 Grade Field Trip to Fort Ross

Oct. 31 – Halloween – 2:30 Dismissal


Nov. 1- All Saints Day – Holy Day of Obligation – No School – Office Closed

Nov. 2 (SA) – Joseph Pearce Talk @ KT – 7:00 P.M.

Nov. 11 – 49ers/Seahawks Monday Night Football Party – 5:00 P.M.

Nov. 13 – Parents’ Guild Meeting – 3:00 P.M.

Nov. 15 – Fr. Daniel Roa Talk (En Espanol) on Purgatory – 7:00 P.M.

Jan 25 – Crab Feed Fundraiser @ Napa Golf Course – 6:00 – 9:00 P.M.


October 15, 2019

St. Teresa of Avila


As I mentioned last Monday, today, Oct. 15th, is Mrs. Warner’s last day teaching kindergarten at Kolbe-Trinity. Beginning tomorrow, Mrs. Allison Bertolini will be teaching kindergarten, with assistance in the religion classes from Mrs. Cindy Mudge. I am very grateful to Mrs. Warner for the countless hours she has spent serving the kindergarten children at Kolbe-Trinity and ask you to join me in expressing your appreciation to her.


Please be sure to pick up an important packet today after school in the office containing progress reports for your child(ren), a slightly updated and revised parent-teacher conference schedule, and an important communication regarding a personnel issue.


Last week’s parents’ guild meeting with our new presidentColleen Roche, was very productive. Thank you to Bob and Mary Quinn, Sophia Castańeda. Natividad Zetina, and Maria Cuevas for attending and assisting. We discussed upcoming talks by Mr. Fitzpatrick and Joseph Pearce, and began to discuss our upcoming crab feed fundraiser, now planned for Sat. Jan 25th @ Napa Golf Course. More on that later. Our next meeting will take place on Nov. 13th @ 3:00 P.M. Please join us!


Upcoming School Events


Oct. 15 – Kindergarten Parent-Teacher Conferences – 3:00 – 5:30 P.M.


This afternoon, all parents of kindergarten students are scheduled to meet with both Mrs. Warner and Mrs. Bertolini to discuss student progress and the transition from one teacher to the next. The conferences will take place from 3:00 – 5:30 P.M. Please see that attached schedule.


Oct 16 – PSAT for Grades 10 & 11 – No Classes for Grades 9 & 12 – 12:15 Dismissal


The annual PSAT for students in grades 10 & 11 will be administered tomorrow morning. There will be no school for students in grades 9 & 12. Students are expected to arrive in your uniforms as usual.


Oct. 16-18 – 1-12 Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences – 12:15 Dismissal

– HS Retreat


Parents of students in grades 1-12 are scheduled to meet with teachers beginning tomorrow at 3:00 P.M. In order to have the most productive possible parent-teacher conferences, school will be dismissed at a special time of 12:15 from Wed, Oct. 16 – Fri., Oct. 18.


There will be no regularly-scheduled high school classes from Wed-Fri of this week due to the PSAT on Wednesday and the high school retreat from Wed-Fri. All students attending the retreat must have turned in a permission slip with an additional check for $50 since the retreat is now 2 nights instead of 1.


All students are required to bring an overnight bag with clothes and toiletries and all girls must bring a pillow and sleeping bag. Girls and chaperones will be sleeping in one large dormitory-style room which boys and chaperones will have individual cell-style rooms with chaperones in separate rooms at the front and back entrance of the retreat house respectively.


I would like to remind parents that since this is a school-sponsored event, usage of cell phones for any reason whatsoever is forbidden. If parents and students must reach each other by phone in an emergency, they are welcome to call either Mrs. Cindy Mudge (Wednesday-Thursday), Mrs. Mary Quinn (Wednesday), and Mrs. Kirsten Kelly (Thursday)Mrs. Maria Angulo will be providing meals for the girls and will serve as an additional chaperone.


For the boys retreat, all meals will be prepared by the Monks of Mt. Tabor and Mr. Pat Arend and I will be chaperoning.


Phone numbers for chaperones and a retreat schedule will be e-mailed to parents separately. 


Oct. 19 (SA) – Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


This coming Saturday is our monthly workday. Due to understandably poor attendance at last month workday which was the day before our international food festival fundraiser, we are now running behind on getting the campus ready for the upcoming winter rains. Please make the effort to attend this Saturday. Coffee and donuts, as usual, will be provided.


Oct. 26 (SA) – Kevin Fitzpatrick Talk on St. John Henry Newman – 7:00 P.M.

Our own Kevin Fitzpatrick will speak on his conversion to the Catholic Church through the influence of the recently-canonized St. John Henry Newman. Kevin holds a masters in catechesis from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, U.K.  The talk will take place on Sat. Oct. 26th @ 7:00 P.M. Please join us!  


Nov. 2 (SA) – Joseph Pearce Talk @ KT – 7:00 P.M.


Joseph Pearcebest-selling author of numerous literary biographies and other works, will speak on the intriguing topic from his most recent work, Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know. He will present an insightful overview of many important literary works which all Catholics should be familiar with, and why. He will also sign copies of his many books sold at the event. No charge, donations gratefully accepted.


Upcoming Community Events


Oct. 19 (SA) – 9:30 A.M.


Dana Gioia, author and poet laureate for California, will speak on Catholic writing and poetry, Saturday October 19, 9:30 am St. Apollinaris Church Hall, 3700 Lassen St, Napa, CA.  This presentation is part of the Faith and Culture series.

Dana Gioia is an internationally recognized poet, critic, and former Poet Laureate of California.  He is the author of five collections of verse, including Interrogations at Noon (2001), which won the American Book Award, and 99 Poems: New & Selected (2016), which was awarded the Poets’ Prize. His critical collections include Can Poetry Matter? (1992), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Award, and The Catholic Writer Today and Other Essays (2019) whose title essay started an international debate about the role of faith in contemporary literature.


Gioia has also written four opera libretti and edited over twenty anthologies.  For six years he served as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Gioia has been awarded 11 honorary doctorates. He has also received the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame, Aiken-Taylor Award in Modern Poetry, and Presidential Citizens Medal. He is currently the Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at the University of Southern California. 

No charge but donations are appreciated.


Help Support Kolbe-Trinity Graduate Michael Rowles!


Kolbe-Trinity alumnus Michael Rowles is doing fundraising for a service trip to Guatemala to provide medical support and build homes for the less fortunate. This trip is organized through the University of Mary Physical Therapy program and provides outreach for underprivileged farming communities in Guatemala. He is looking to raise money for the travel expenses and to be able to donate supplies to the families in need. Any support that you can provide for this trip will be greatly appreciated! If you would please share his GoFundMe page on Facebook and spread the word that would be amazing! If you are interested in donating, the GoFundMe link is https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-me-pay-for-a-service-trip-to-guatemala?rcid=r01-156951904335-04d77f83b8804825&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w . If you would like to send a check his address is 1214 E Ave C, Bismarck, N 58501. Thank you so much for the support and God Bless!


Athletics Update! From the Desk of AD Kara Gittings….


Volleyball is half-way over. With a record of 3-3, this afternoon’s game against New Life @ 4:00 P.M.  home game should be exciting. Don't forget about Senior Night on the 24th at 4pm.


Come cheer on the 5th grade boys basketball team in their scramble at 11:30 A.M. on Sat., Oct. 19th at St. A’s!


Speaking of basketball, another reminder that varsity girls & boys basketball starts Nov. 4th.  If interested, please see Coach Gittings.


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam


John Bertolini