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March 7th Tues. Memo

Tues. Memo:

March 6-9 – Second Trimester Exams –11:40 Dismissal

March 7 – Fr. Thomas Loya Talk – Fighting the Culture of Lust and Pornography @ 7:00 P.M.

March 8 – Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

March 10 –2nd Trimester Break -NO SCHOOL

Mar. 11 (SA) – Spaghetti Dinner and Family Game Night – 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)

March 14 – Pizza Hot Lunch

Apr. 5 – Special Screening of Ignatius of Loyola: Soldier- Sinner- Saint @ Century-Cinemark Theatre – 7:00 P.M. – SAVE THE DATE!


March 6, 2017

Feast of Sts. Perpetua & Felicity (Traditional Calendar)


From the Desk of the Headmaster


You’re probably surprised to find the Tuesday Memo in your inbox ahead of schedule, but since I will be spending tonight and most of tomorrow on retreat with my fellow principals at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, I figured sooner information is better than later information.

In the beginning of our journey with Christ during these 40 days of Lent, I would like to begin by thanking you all for the tremendous sacrifice you all make to send your children to Kolbe-Trinity. It requires a heroic effort to pour out your blood, sweat, and tears to help keep the doors of this great school open and I appreciate your steadfast dedication.

Speaking of sacrifice, thank you to all the people who sacrificed their Mardi Gras evening to be with us in the Fellowship Hall as we kicked off the 250/200 campaign. We were joined by Brendan & Colleen Roche, Pat & Sue Arend, Jim Klaczak, Bob & Mary Quinn, Joe Duncan, David & Tina Hill, Lowell Stalbaum, Brigitte Wilson, Karen Schindler, Tom & Wendy Huss, Gabriela Ramirez, Sean & Jennifer Warner, Carole Duncan, and Anna Hickey. We all took time to share what we valued about this school and Anna Hickey introduced and explained the 250/200 fundraiser campaign.

I am pleased to report that Fr. Gary Sumpter, our chaplain, continues to make steady recovery as he convalesces back home at the St. Thomas Aquinas rectory. Thank you to all the people who pledged their prayers for Fr. I presented him a spiritual bouquet last Friday and he was most grateful.


Upcoming Events!

Tuesday March 7 – Thursday, March 9 – Second Trimester Exams

It’s that time of the year again. Exams began today and will end Thursday, March 9. Tuesday-Thursday will be half-days with 11:40 dismissal. Exams are a key element of classical education as it prompts the student to synthesize the key aspects learned during the trimester. Be sure that your children and adolescents get plenty of good food and rest to ensure optimum performance. If a student has been consistently diligent in regards to regular classroom attendance, homework, classwork, quizzes, and tests, a good barometer for studying for exams is 1-2 hours for each exam. If said consistent diligence has not been done, longer periods of study time will be needed.

Tuesday, March 7 - Fr. Thomas Loya Talk

Fr. Thomas J. Loya, STB, MA will be giving an informative and engaging talk: “Fighting Fire with Fire: Confronting the Pervasive Culture of Lust & Pornography” Tuesday (tomorrow) evening at 7:00 P.M. in the fellowship hall at the school. Fr. Loya is currently the pastor of Annunciation Byzantine Catholic parish in Homer Glen, IL and holds degrees in Fine Art, Theology and Counseling. He also hosts a radio program called “Light of the East Radio” which can be heard on EWTN Radio affiliates across the country and is also a conference speaker for the Tabor Life Institute. There is no charge for the talk, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

March 8 – Parents Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

Please join us upstairs in the X-Room for the monthly Parents’ Guild Meeting this coming Wednesday at 7:00 P.M! Engaged and involved parents are crucial to the success of this school and your presence is greatly valued and appreciated. Remember that attendance at these events counts towards your service hours requirement.

March 10 – Second Trimester Break – NO SCHOOL

To give the students a break after almost a week of exams and to allow our teachers time to get all their exams graded, there will be no school on Friday, March 10th. Classes will resume as usual on Monday, March 13th.

March 11 – Spaghetti Dinner and Game Night – Fun for the Whole Family!

Please join us as the parents’ guild presents a spaghetti dinner followed by a scavenger hunt, activities involving riddles and coloring pages, and games like  corn hole and hot potato on Saturday night, March 11th from 5:30 – 8:00 P.M. Emily Arend will be tapping into her Italian roots so her already awesome cooking will be transcendent. But I’ve never been one for hyberbole…….:) See the attached flyer for more information.

250/200 Update……from Chairwoman Anna Hickey

I will be available at drop off and pick up this week to give you your 250/200 packetPlease make arrangements with the office ASAP to get your packet this week as this is our largest fund raiser of the year!  There are great incentives and exciting news about this campaign.  On behalf of the entire 250/200 team, I look forward to sharing this with you.

Prayer Requests

Please keep Catherine Audrey-Quinn in your prayers as she continues to battle cancer and prepare for her upcoming trip to Lourdes in May. Also keep Chuck Rowles and his entire extended family in your prayers. Chuck is currently battling stage 4 colon cancer. In this season of Lent, I would like to ask you to re-double your efforts towards prayer, sacrifice, and almsgiving for his intentions. Please see the message below from Chuck’s eldest son, Chris.


Please pray for us; masses, novenas and prayers of support are what we really need now as we are still discovering what treatment options are available to him at this time. 

Donations are also welcome. We are hoping to have a consultation with MD ANDERSON CANCER CLINIC in Houston TX, and all proceeds will help to supplement Mary and Chuck’s trip to Houston. Thank you everyone for your support and let’s pray that God intercedes for us.

Caringbridge: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/charlesrowles


(Donations should go through WonderWe, donations through Caring Bridge do not help Chuck)

St. Peregrine Novena


News and Updates!

Lenten Mission Jar

Due to Fr. Gary’s extended absence, our high school student government has decided to take on the task of collecting money for the missions this Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, mission jars were placed in every homeroom and students are being encouraged to bring their spare change (or more) from home to help us raise money to provide food, clothing, medicine, and shelter for those less fortunate, particularly in third-world countries. The money will be collected on April 13th (Holy Thursday).




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 (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.


Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

Mr. Bertolini