February 24-28 -Second Trimester Tests/Exams
Feb. 26 – Ash Wednesday – All School Mass @ 7:45 – Hot Lunch – Cheese Enchiladas – Day of Abstinence from Meat (Ages 14 & Above) – Day of Fasting (Ages 18-59)
Feb. 27 – Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 8:15 – 12:00 – Benediction @ 12:00 P.M. – Mark Brumley Series on Benedict XVI’s The Spirit of the Liturgy Session 5 @ 7PM
Feb. 28 – Free Dress Day (Lenten Theme of Purple/Pink)
Stations of the Cross @ 2:30 -
March 3 – Jog-a-Thon Kick-Off! – 8:00 A.M.
March 6- First Friday Minimum Day – 11:30 Dismissal
March 11 – Parents Guild Meeting – 3:00 P.M.
March 13-Diocesan Professional Development – No School -Office Open
March 16 –Financial Aid Application Deadline!
March 24-26- Terra Nova Standardized Testing for Grades 1-8 (TU–TH)
March 21 (SA) -Saturday Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
March 26-State of the School– Mandatory Meeting -6:00 – 7:30 P.M.
March 27 –Early Registration Discount Deadline (Extended!)
April 3 – Jog-a-Thon
Feb 24, 2020
Monday of the 7th Week in Ordinary Time
Quinquagesima Feria (Traditional Calendar)
Second trimester tests and exams are upon us this week! Parents in grades 7-12 should have all received a schedule by now so that you can better assist and stay on top of studying for these assessment. It is important to remember, particularly for parents of high school students, that the final major exams in religion, history, and literature, while they constitute anywhere between 20-30 percent of the total grade, that the best form of preparing for these exams is consistently strong performance throughout the trimester. In other words, pulling an all-nighter studying for a final exam will not make up for an entire trimester of inconsistent and lackluster performance. Nevertheless, it would be a good idea for students to find some extra quiet time in the evening away from the usual distractions to facilitate better study habits and increase the chances of success on final exams. Thank you for your assistance in this matter!
We had a very busy weekend, beginning with the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Social on Friday evening in which many of our students helped to serve the dinner. Thank you, Christa, Alyssa, and David Hill, Josie and Luke Haeuser, Matthew Amador, Duncan Hickey, Michelle Friedlander, Jessica Duncan, Joe Quinn, Noey Greger, and Alex Montiel.
Thanks to Janet and Chrissy Bakh, Dominic and Gianna Bertolini, Ricardo and Maria Cuevas, and Nate Wentzel for showing up and helping us with some important landscape maintenance and basis repairs at our monthly Saturday workday.
That same afternoon, five our students participated in a seminar on Plato’s Republic with homeschooled students from the Bay and Sacramento areas @ St. Apollinaris Church Hall. Thank you to Isaac Kelly, Dan Arend, Anita Rono, Andrew Mudge, and Sophia Haeuser for taking time out of their weekend to attend and represent our school so well!
That same evening, we had our annual development dinner featuring a talk by Dr. Arthur Hippler of Providence Academy in Minnesota and a board member of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education. A big thank you to Chef Bob Quinn and his wife Mary, his two amazing assistants, Yul Vieyra and Carlos Uribe, who generously agreed to help out on short notice in the kitchen for the bulk of the afternoon and evening, to Amy Spain for providing desserts, and to Anita Rono, Duncan Hickey, Isabella Spain, Veronica Kelly, Christa Hill, Clare Huss, Noey Greger, Elena Reyes-Mendoza, Guadalupe and Cristina Angulo, Liana Meyer, Joe Quinn, Michelle Friedlander, Alex Montiel, Chrissy Bakh, and Nico Muth for all their help with serving the dinner. Thank you to William and Odemaris Flores-Aparacio, Jorge, Isabel, and Isabella Ayala, and Maria Cuevas for showing up late to help with cleanup so we could all take a well-deserved day off on Sunday.
So far we have received over $17,000, along with the promise of future donations to come that could substantially raise that total. Thank you all again for your hard work, prayers, and sacrifices over the weekend.
Upcoming School Events
Feb. 27 - Mark Brumley Series on Benedict XVI’s The Spirit of the Liturgy
Session 5 @ 7PM
What does it mean to worship God? How ought we to understand the Liturgy? If Jesus came to bring “worship in Spirit and truth”, why do so many Christians worship in a particular place (church), at a particular time (Sundays), following a particular pattern of worship (liturgy and ritual)? Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI answers these and other important questions in his classic work, The Spirit of the Liturgy. Explore his answers as Mark Brumley leads a nine-session course based on The Spirit of the Liturgy. Classes continue on Thursday, Feb 27, and will also be held on March 5, 12, and 19.
Sessions will begin @ 7:00 P.M. and will take place at the school. No charge. Donations gratefully accepted.
Upcoming Community Events
Feb. 29 (SA) – Acclaimed Catholic Novelist, Ron Hansen, @ St. Thomas Aquinas Hall – 7:30 P.M.
Please join us for an evening of deep inspiration and illumination with NY Times best-selling Catholic novelist Ron Hansen, on Saturday, Feb. 29, 7:30pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 2725 Elm St., Napa.
Professor Hansen is the author of ten acclaimed novels including Mariette in Ecstasy, Exiles, Atticus, and The Assassination of Jesse James which was made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.
Hansen has taught fiction and screenwriting at Stanford, Michigan, Cornell, Iowa and is currently the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor in the Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara University, and is also a Permanent Deacon.
He will speak on the subject of "Hotly in Pursuit of the Real: The Role of the Catholic Writer."
No charge. Donations gratefully accepted.
March 1st (SU) – Jason Evert “Purified” Chastity Discussion– 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ St. Patrick’s-St. Vincent’s High School in Vallejo
There is NO MORE important message for our lonely, stressed, and low human-dignity ridden youth culture we're ministering too. Tickets can be purchased via this link - https://chastity.com/seminars/events/
Suitable for students aged 13+
March 5 – Author Meghan Cox Gurdon (The Enchanted Hour) -@ St. Helena Montessori – 6:00 P.M.
The St. Helena Montessori School Parents’ Guild is sponsoring what should be a wonderful and inspiring evening with Meghan Cox Gurdon, author of The Enchanted Hour! She will be speaking on the great benefits of reading aloud for all ages (from in utero through the golden years) on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-power-of-reading-aloud-with-meghan-cox-gurdon-tickets-89135479619?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Our unique environment and all its loose parts provides spontaneous opportunities to learn from what “just happened”; allowing children to become dynamic learners, divergent thinkers and mindful leaders.
Easter Break Camp is open to children Kindergarten through 5th grade and runs from 8:30 - 3:00 pm with the option to register for aftercare until 5:00 pm.
Here is the link to registration.
Thank you so much for your support!
Connolly Ranch Education Center
510- 672-5874 (cell)
Please pray for former Kolbe Academy student (and my classmate) Michael Arribage who is currently battling stage-4 kidney cancer and don’t forget to remember John Carr who is hoping and praying for a full recovery from cancer.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam