Feb. 7 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ New Life (Olivehurst) - 5:30/7:00 P.M.
Feb. 9 – Hot Lunch – Tacos!
Feb. 10 – 2nd Trimester Progress Reports Sent Home – HS Girls and Boys Basketball @ Crosswalk vs. Sacramento Lutheran (LAST HOME GAME OF THE YEAR - WHITE-OUT!)
Feb. 11–(SA) – February Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (See Attachment) – 5/6 Boys Basketball vs. St. John’s Healdsburg @ St. Apollinaris (Napa) – 11:00 A.M.
Feb. 13 – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Leroy Greene (Sacramento) – 6:00/7:30 P.M.
Feb. 16 – Hot Lunch – Chili!
Feb. 17 – Half-Day – 11:40 Dismissal – K-2 Dental Presentation by Dr. David Suttie
Feb. 18 – 5/6 Boys Basketball vs. St. Apollinaris @ St. Apollinaris (Napa) -12:00 P.M.
Feb. 20 – Presidents Day (NO SCHOOL)
February 7, 2017
Feast of St. Romuald, Abbot (Traditional Calendar)
From the Desk of the Headmaster
The highlight of Catholic Schools Week was Wednesday’s Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom celebrated by Fr. Anthony Hernandez of St. Basil the Great Church in Los Gatos. Fr. took some time before Mass to explain to the entire TK-12 school the many different and unique elements of the eastern Catholic liturgy. The liturgy itself was a beautiful and for most, completely new experience which enriched and delighted the entire student body. This was evident by the vibrant participation of our students (something for which Fr. Anthony explicitly praised the students) and the large number of interesting and well-thought out questions asked by students of all ages following liturgy during the wonderful coffee, juice, and donut reception put on by high school student government. Special thanks to Bill Martinez who took the initiative not only to set this up, but to assist, along with his sons Boniface and Joseph, with the liturgy. It was a spiritually and educationally uplifting experience!
On Thursday, I passed out goody bags to the entire student body including some beautiful holy cards featuring an icon commemorating the Feast of Presentation along with a special message to each student. On Friday, students came to school decked out in school colors and/or their favorite athletic teams or sports apparel followed by a well-attended First Friday Noon Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas. I want to thank the parents, students, teachers, and staff for all the hard work they put into a very successful Catholic schools week.
This past Sunday, the school hosted a Super Bowl party in the hall which featured Bob Quinn’s famous tri-tip, salad, beans, and mashed potatoes. We had a good turnout and raised over $2,500 to help defray the costs of our new basketball uniforms. Thank you to all those who supported this event by either buying squares, attending, or donating items for the dessert auction. A big thank you to A.D. Jim Klaczak for reviving the event and to Bob Quinn and his son Sean for spending the better part of two days preparing for and serving food for this event. Oh, and I also forgot to mention, that it was the biggest Super Bowl comeback in history featuring the very first Super Bowl overtime game! Good times!
On a more serious note, our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter has been in the ICU for almost a week and a half after suffering a stroke involving a blood vessel bursting in his brain. I am happy to report that Fr. Gary has been making considerable, yet slow improvement every day and his prognosis for a complete and full recovery is good. If you wish to receive more frequent updates, please visit the following website: https://www.caringbridge.org. Thank you to Debbie Brumley for setting this up!
Since Fr. Gary will not be able to offer Mass or teach his 9/10 grade religion class, I have lined up priests for almost the entire month of February. Fr. David Jenuwine of St. Apollinaris, Fr. Thomas Kyallo of St. John’s, and Fr. Eliseo Avendaño of St. Joan of Arc have all generously agreed to offer multiple Masses to help. I have also brought in a long-term substitute teacher, Mr. Joe McGinty, who possess a B.S. from Texas A&M and has a passion for theology. Welcome aboard, Joe!
Friday, Feb. 10th – White-Out Free Dress Day
To celebrate our last home basketball game of the year and honor our seniors, we will be having a white-out day at the school. Students may wear different color pants, but must wear a white-shirt. If you have white pants AND a white shirt, even better. And please come to the game decked out in white as well!
Saturday, Feb. 11th – February Saturday Workday
Since we always have plenty of work and maintenance to do around campus, both indoors and outdoors, and since you all have service hour requirements to fulfill by June, I would like to once again give you, the parents, an opportunity to fulfill those hours at our monthly workday. Once again, I will be providing donuts and coffee to entice you to participate. Please see the attached document for a list of items that need attention. We will commence work at 9:00 A.M. and finish around 12:00 P.M. this coming Saturday, Feb. 11th. See you there!
Saturday, Feb. 18th - "The Way of Beauty" Faith and Culture Speaker Series at St. Apollinaris Parish…..from Piera Dermody
Join us at the crossroads of Faith and Culture Speaker Series. David Clayton will be speaking on “The Way of Beauty”, Saturday Feb 18th at 9:30 A.M. St Apollinaris Parish Hall. For more information visit our website at www.stapollinarisparish.org or call 257-2555.
Progress Reports…Coming Soon!
The office will be mailing home progress reports this Friday for all students in grades 1-12. Hopefully you will receive mostly good news and if you receive disappointing news, it won’t come as a shock. Any students receiving a C- or below should have a comment from the teacher explaining why the grade has reached this level and the steps that be taken to improve before the second trimester ends on March 9th. I would also like to remind you that a progress report does not always give an accurate picture of a student’s progress as it can often either give a parent a false sense that everything is going well or, alternately, that there is no hope for improvement. If you have any additional questions or concerns, I would encourage you to schedule a one-on-one meeting you’re your child(ren)’s or adolescent’s teacher.
Service Hours Opportunity!
Board Member and Fundraising Chairman Pat Arend is in need of someone to populate our Greater Giving software with an updated list of donors. Having an updated donor list will better our chances for an even more successful 250/200 campaign and all future fundraising campaigns. The Board will be reviewing the current donor list so that the person performing the data entry will have up to date information. If you are available to help with this crucial task, particularly if you are computer-savvy, need service hours, and have a flexible schedule, please contact Emily in the school office.
Athletics Update! – Coming Soon to Your E-Mail!
Meals for the Joe & Katie Duncan Family
Joe, Katie, Jess, and Allie Duncan have just welcomed baby Isabelle into their family and we would love to show them support in this beautiful (and hectic!) time of transition by providing dinners for their family over the next few weeks. Joe has recently done countless hours of volunteer work for this great school coaching 7-8 girls and 5-6 boys basketball, and substituting for P.E. If you can be so kind as cook and deliver them a meal, they would be thrilled! It’s the least we can do for them. For more information or to sign up, please visit the following website: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/e773ry
from Yearbook Coordinator, Hilary Haeuser……
2016-2017 yearbooks can be ordered in advance by visiting the following website https://link.entourageyearbooks.com/YBStore/yearbookStoreMain.asp?yearbook_id=25183&product_id=13637
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.
Please keep Catherine Audrey-Quinn and the extended Andrego family in your prayers.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam!