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Nov. 8, 2016

Tuesday Memo 

11/7-11/10 – First Trimester Exams – 11:40 Dismissal on All Days EXCEPT MONDAY, Nov. 7th – NO MASS on Wednesday, Nov. 9th

11/11 – Veterans Day (No School- Trimester Break)

11/12 – 7/8 Girls Basketball Game vs. St. John’s Napa @ St. Helena Catholic – 10:15 A.M.

11/14 – 7/8 Girls Basketball Game vs. Blue Oak @ St. Helena Montessori – 4:30 P.M.

11/22 – Thanksgiving Soup Lunch 11:20 – 12:25

11/23 – Half Day Schedule – 11:40 Dismissal – No Mass

11/24-11/25 – Thanksgiving Break (No School)


November 8, 2016


From the Desk of the Headmaster


Despite having only 3 and ½ days of school last week, a lot happened! Halloween festivities went off without a hitch and the turnout from parents, grandparents, etc… for the trunk-or-treat was phenomenal! Thank you to all the parents, teachers, volunteers, and students for their excellent cooperative attitude to make Halloween a smooth and fun-filled day.


On All Saints Day, Nov. 1st, our H.S. ladies volleyball team travelled to the Sierra foothills for a playoff game against Foresthill High School. Although they came up short, but once again can be proud for another highly competitive season of Trinity Prep girls volleyball. Thank you to the high school ladies, head-coach Tonja Dilly, assistant coach Everett Buyarski, and athletic director, Jim Klaczak for all their hard work and dedication.


Speaking of sports, thank you to all the fans who showed up to attend our first ever home flag football game. Our high school gentlemen were victorious over the Marin School by a score of 50-12 to finish an undefeated 3-0 season. A big thank you to all the young men who practiced and played so well, head coach Jim Klaczak, and the Parents Guild for undertaking concession sales. It was a blast!


Although turnout was exceptionally light for our November Saturday workday, much was accomplished with few hands. The ever-reliable Dennis Maykowski sawed small slits on the wooden deck in front of the 5/6 and 7/8 modular classrooms to provide better drainage for the upcoming rainy season, and fixed the door between the 1/2 and 3/4 classrooms.


John Carr spent the entire morning assisting yours truly with chopping down a dead palm tree in the front of the building and doing some much-needed and long-overdue trimming of trees behind the modular classrooms.


Thank you, gentlemen!


Christmas Wreaths Fundraiser Update!


10 days and counting until our Christmas Wreath Fundraiser ends. Remember that our goal is 100% participation in this easy way to provide a bit of Christmas cheer and spread awareness of our school to people who are outside of our normal circles.

If you son or daughter is a high-school student, please remind them about the special challenge that, if accomplished, should help them act as a unified team.  If each of the 25 students sells just 3 wreaths, Bob Quinn has agreed to given them all a pass to the local movie theater. Here’s the catch….. They must ALL participate (69 wreaths from the high school).  If, as an aggregate, they sell 5 wreaths per person, he has agreed to provide the soda and candy (115 Wreaths from the high school).  Last year only 6 high school students participated.

Wreath orders must be to the school no later than close of business on Friday, November 18th . The wreaths will be delivered to the school and available for pick up no later than November 30th.

This upcoming three-day weekend is a perfect opportunity to rack up some good sales. Not only are there minimal athletic activities, but due to the trimester break, there will no be homework, essays, studying for tests etc……so that everyone will have plenty of time knock on some doors, call up relatives and friends, our position yourself in front of a grocery or megastore (with permission of the manager, of course). This is the last weekend left to sell so make the most of it!

Please take time to encourage your students to participate in this fun fundraiser and spread the word about Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep. Those who sold wreaths last year were given copies of those order forms so they can garner return sales.  Hopefully it’s not too early to say Merry Christmas – Here’s to keeping Christ in Christmas !!!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Bob Quinn:  bob@rfquinn.com.

5/6 Grade Service Project

The 5/6 class is collecting items for Operation with Love from Home until Dec. 9. There is a collection box in the fellowship hall and an item list in the office and on the schools Facebook page. The class is also accepting $13.00 donations towards shipping.


Upcoming Events!


Tuesday, Nov. 8 – Thursday, Nov. 10 – Our experiment with the new trimester system with exams for most students began today, Nov. 8th and will conclude on Thursday, Nov. 10th. Final exams, in most cases, do not constitute an overwhelming portion of the student’s final grade, but they are an essential component of classical Ignatian education. To facilitate studying for finals, students will be  will be dismissed at 11:40 A.M. Be sure that your child(ren) get plenty of quiet time, good nutrition, and, most importantly, sleep.


Wednesday, Nov. 9 ……………from Board President Walt Birdsall –

Natural Family Planning (NFP) classes begin in Napa on November 9th.  Whether your goal is to postpone a pregnancy or to get pregnant, NFP provides a safe, natural, and cost effective way to do so.  Register at www.ccli.org or contact waltandpambirdsall@sbcglobal.net.  


Sunday, Nov. 13……………from former Board Member & St. Thomas Aquinas Parishioner, Tony Ryan


St. Thomas parish is having a Special Year of Mercy Holy Door Pilgrimage this Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:00 pm (the "Hour of Mercy"). Pope Francis has strongly encouraged all Catholics to make a pilgrimage to their diocesan Holy Door site in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, to receive the special graces offered in this Jubilee Year, which concludes on the 13th. Our designated Holy Door site is St. Joan of Arc Church in Yountville. So please join us this Sunday, Nov 13 as we meet at 3:00 pm at The Smith Ranch, 5390 Washington St., Yountville, and we will process two miles to St. Joan of Arc Church, saying prayers and singing hymns. 


We will have a special Year of Mercy prayer service at the Church, including Confessions. Shuttle vehicles will return people after the service to their cars at Smith Ranch.


Hope to see you this Sunday at 3:00pm, for this special pilgrimage to close out the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


Athletics Update – Check your e-mail soon for the Wednesday sports bulletin!


Announcement – FREE Car Seat Inspection from AAA!


Please see the attached flyer for an opportunity to schedule a FREE car seat inspection courtesy of the Napa AAA office. Thank you to Bob Quinn for letting us know about this great opportunity.



Fingerprinting for Volunteers

Anybody who wishes to volunteer to earn requisite service hours and assist in whatever capacity next year (athletic coaching, field trips, driving for sporting events, lunch duty, etc.) MUST have been fingerprinted and needed to have this information submitted to the diocese ASAP. Please contact Emily in the office immediately to begin the process if you have not done so.

Prayer Requests


Please pray for Sabine Krygier, co-founder and teacher at Trinity Education Center who is battling late-stage cancer. Please continue to offer prayers for Audrey-Quinn (Andrego) family, particularly for Catherine Audrey-Quinn who is fighting cancer.


Meal Train for the Mudge Family


Lauri Kalinowski, has set up meals for the Mudge family through next year. Please consider assisting with this very important charitable activity for a family in need. For more information or to sign up, please visit: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/y6961k.



Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

Mr. Bertolini