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Nov. 15th Tues Memo

Tuesday Memo


11/16 – HS (Boys Only) Basketball @ Golden Gate -San Francisco – 6:30 P.M.

11/18 – Christmas Wreaths Sales Due @ 3:00 P.M.

11/19 – Junior High Girls Basketball @ St. Apollinaris – 10:15 A.M.

11/21 – Junior High Girls Basketball @ vs St. John’s (Napa)                                                                          

             @ 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)

12/1 – 12/3 – Trinity Prep Basketball Winter Classic – Crosswalk Community

12/2 -First Friday: 11:40 Dismissal – School Mass: 12:00 P.M. @ St. Thomas Aquinas


Memorial of St. Albert the Great, Doctor of the Church


November 15, 2016


From the Desk of the Headmaster


I hope you and your family had an opportunity to relax and get caught up on various and sundry projects over Veterans’ Day weekend. Now that the first trimester exams are over, the teachers, staff, and yours truly will be working diligently to process report cards as soon as possible so that you can receive them shortly after Thanksgiving. Hopefully you will be receiving mostly good news and if you receive any less-than-welcome news, it should not come as a tremendous shock. Remember that our teachers are always willing and able to meet with you to discuss ways to collaborate in helping your child(ren) to continue to improve and perform well. If you have not reached an adequate resolution to your concerns after meeting with your child(ren)’s teachers, please feel free to call Dean of Students, Phil Duncan, to schedule a meeting at your convenience.


A special shout out goes to the always dependable and reliable Isidro Rodriguez who does such an excellent job maintaining the landscape of our campus. He spends many Saturdays at the school making it look great and keeping it that way. Thanks, Isidro!

Thank you also to Dennis Healey who took on the project of installing new doors for our wooden storage sheds in the gravel parking lot. Particularly since we have had an early rainy season and are nearing the coldest months of the year, this came just in time. Much appreciated, Dennis!


In regard to academics, particularly high school academics, I have some exciting news for parents of junior and/or senior high school students. In the second trimester, there will be three different academic seminar electives which will be offered beginning this Thursday, Nov. 17th on a once-a-week basis.


Our own Steven Silvagni will be conducting a seminar on East Asian history. Given our almost exclusive focus on western and American civilization, this will be an excellent opportunity for students to explore an area of history that they have likely only had a brief exposure to in 7/8 grade world history. Mr. Silvagni possesses a minor in history from University of Santa Clara, a masters degree in Asian studies from San Diego State University, and single-subject high school credential in social studies, not to mention 35 years of elementary school and even community college teaching experience.


Teaching a seminar on the American Civil War will be a familiar face to some: Mike Helmer. Mr. Helmer received his B.A. in government & international relations from the University of Notre Dame, spent four and half years in the U.S. Navy, and worked for thirty years in logistics for Chevron. More recently, Mike served as athletic director and taught high school history at Trinity Grammar and Prep in the early and mid-2000’s. He has lifelong passion for all aspects of American history.


Introducing a new face to most in our community, we are pleased to have Mr. Kevin Fitzpatrick,originally from the England, who will be teaching on the Gospel of Mark. Kevin studied theology and education, receiving his B.A. in education at Newman College in Birmingham, England. He taught theology for twenty years at schools in Swindon and Reading, receiving his masters in education from the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. He also possesses a juris doctorate from Empire College in Santa Rosa.


Christmas Wreaths Fundraiser Update!


Only 3 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.

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 school’s Facebook page. The class is also accepting $13.00 donations towards shipping.

For more information please visit: http://www.operationwithlovefromhome.org/


Upcoming Events!


Friday, Nov. 18th ……from Walt and Pam Birdsall


This Friday November 18th is a Date Night.  We will resume the Beloved Series with episode 5, "A Sacramental Bond".  Those of you who have been attending these sessions know how well done and inspiring they are, so please invite your friends.  We will have child care available as usual. Please RSVP for childcare to us at waltandpambirdsall@sbcglobal.net or 251-9226.


We will be meeting in the St. A's parish hall. Wine, beer and snacks will be served at 7:00 with the program starting at 7:30. Have a Blessed week, and we look forward to seeing you on Friday!


Tuesday, Nov. 22nd


Our annual Thanksgiving soup luncheon which is organized by the parents’ guild, will take please from 11:20 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. Please see the attached flyer for more information


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