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May 17th Tues Memo

Tues Memo

May 18 –  Hot Lunch – BBQ Chicken - Alumni Softball Showcase – 5:00 P.M. @ Kolbe-Trinity (Flyer Attached)

May 20 – (SA) – Classical Learning Test – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

May 22 – Traditional Latin Rogation Day Mass – 7:45 A.M.

May 24 – Sports Banquet – 6:00 P.M. – Fellowship Hall

May 25 – Academic Awards Night – 7:00 P.M. Postponed to Thursday, June 1st @ 7:00 P.M.

June 2 –Friday Afternoon Workday 2:00 – 5:00 P.M.

June 3 (SA) –June Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. SAVE THE DATE -Golf Tournament @ Vintners’ Golf Course in Yountville – 8:00 A.M. (Flyers Attached)


May 16, 2017

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

St. Ubaldus (Traditional Calendar)


The month of May marches on following what I hope was a very fulfilling Mother’s Day weekend. We had another busy week, highlighted by our annual May Crowning and Marian Raffle on Wednesday, May 10th. Our students processed in with roses to present to Our Lady, led by recent first communicants dressed in their First Communion dresses and suits. Our high school senior boys carried the statue of Mary who was crowned Queen of the May by senior Regina Muth. The festivities included a special votive Mass of Our Lady during the Easter season celebrated by our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter and a reception prepared and served by our high schoolers. The Marian festivities concluded with annual Marian Raffle during a double-lunch period which raised $274 for our sacristy fund. Thank you for your support!


Given that the year is winding down and that May is very busy month for all our families at the school, it wasn’t terribly surprising to see that nobody showed up for our monthly May workday. Mr. Duncan and myself managed to avoid the temptation of consuming multiple donuts and were able to replace our old mailbox, clear out debris from behind the new stage area, bury and encapsulate the dead electrical wire next to the stage, install a new toilet paper dispenser in the 7-12 ladies’ restroom, clear out old motor oil and paint from the 2033 Redwood Rd. property, and shovel and transfer surplus bark from the middle of the playground to the area underneath the swings. Due to the newly-announced golf tournament taking place on Saturday, June 3rd, our next regularly-scheduled Saturday June workday will be moved to Friday afternoon, June 2nd from 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.


Upcoming Events


May 18 – Alumni Softball Showcase – 5:00 P.M. @ Kolbe-Trinity


This coming Thursday, May 18th (yes…..two days from today!), we will be having an alumni/faculty vs. current baseball team softball game at the school at 5:00 P.M. Similar to the home flag-football game and the alumni basketball showcase, the alumni softball showcase will feature food, music, and the aforementioned  epic clash between the young and old. We will also honor our seniors who never received their proper accolades due to their final home baseball game being moved to a road game. It promises to be a good time for all. Men and women alumni/faculty are all invited to play and all interested parties are encouraged to attend!


May 19 – Star Party @ Skyline Park – 9:30 P.M.

…..from Star Man, Prof. John Charlesworth (Napa Valley College – Semi-Retired)


You and your family and friends are invited to a star-party on Friday evening, May 19, 2017, at Skyline Park – beginning at 9:30 p.m.


Skyline Park is on Imola Avenue 1.6 miles east of the intersection of Imola Avenue and the Napa-Vallejo Highway (Soscol Ave).  This intersection is just north of Napa Valley College.  The park is where Imola Avenue makes a 90-degree turn.  The park gate will be open; there will be NO entrance fee.  Please park in the paved lot to the right (west) of the entrance kiosk.  Then walk to the restroom area--just south of the entrance.  A series of small red lights will be set up to lead you to where the telescopes will be set up (which is about 75 yards to the south-east of the restrooms).  It is a good idea to bring a flashlight to help you get to and from the scope area and the parking area, but please turn off all lights (except small red lights) when you are near the telescopes so that we don’t lose the dark-adaptation of our eyes.


We will have some good-sized telescopes set up to show you beautiful and interesting celestial objects.  We will also look at the bright planet Jupiter.  Though it is more than 350 million miles away we will be able to see cloud belts in Jupiter’s atmosphere as well as its four Galilean satellites.  Bring the kids (from 1 to 101).  Jupiter is an impressive sight through a telescope. 


Then we will look at deep-sky objects, including beautiful double stars, both open and globular star-clusters, exploded stars (planetary nebulae), and the most distant of all kinds of celestial objects, galaxies, which are millions of light-years away!  Most people seldom have the opportunity to see such interesting celestial objects. 


We will probably also have the opportunity to look at the asteroid Vesta, and there is even a chance we will be able to spot comet Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak.


Everyone is welcome to attend, including non-students and children.  We will provide step-stools for those too short to reach the eyepieces.  Dress warmly.  It is often colder than you might expect for this time of year.


Star Man


May 20 (SA) – Classical Learning Test -9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Kolbe-Trinity is proud to host a new standardized test specifically designed for students entering four-year classically-based liberal arts colleges. Although these colleges still use the SAT and ACT as one of their factors to decide admission, more and more four-year liberal arts schools are using the classical learning test to more accurately assess readiness for the type of curriculum taught at these institutions. Any high school student considering going to a four-year liberal arts school should strongly consider taking the test this coming Saturday, May 20th @ 9:00 A. M. To sign up or get more information, please visit the following website: https://www.cltexam.com


May 20 (Sa) & May 21 (Su) – Lake County Passion Play – 4:00 P.M.


If you’re like me and often looking for an excuse to get out of the Napa Valley on the weekend, may I recommend a drive through scenic Lake County to view one of the best Passion plays in the United States, if not the world. For decades, the Lake County Passion Play, organized by retired diocesan priest Fr. Philip Ryan, has provided a spiritually uplifting dramatization of the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, amidst the scenic backdrop of the Lake County countryside. The play is presented in its entirety on both Saturday, May 20th and Sunday, May 21st at 4:00 P.M. There is no charge for the play, but donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.lakecountypassionplay.org/


May 22 – Traditional Latin Rogation Day Mass – 7:45 A.M.


Fr. David Jenuwine will be celebrating a Traditional Rogation Day Mass at the regularly scheduled time of 7:45 A.M. on Monday, May 22nd.  Before the Mass begins, the priest leads the congregation in a procession with the choir chanting the Litany of the Saints imploring their intercession against future calamities and to obtain God’s blessings over the crops during the growing season. This tradition dates all the way back to 5th century France and became a tradition in the Roman Church by the 9th century. Please join us!


May 24 – High School Sports Banquet – 6:00 P.M.


If you have a student who played high school sports in the 2016-2017 academic year, mark your calendars for next Wednesday, May 24th as we honor all our high school athletes who played volleyball, basketball, and baseball.


June 3 (SA) – Annual Golf Tournament at Vintners’ Golf Course in Yountville


Better late than never, we are proud to present our annual golf tournament on Saturday, June 3rd at Vintners’ Golf Course in Yountville. Tee time is at 8:00 A.M. All proceeds go to support the Kolbe-Trinity sports program. If you own a business or know a business who would interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Bob Quinn at 707-227-7299 or A.D. Jim Klaczak at 214-907-4343. See the attached flyers for more details.

News and Updates!

Teachers-Staff Leaving and Returning

It’s that time of the year when we begin to announce our roster of teachers for next year. I already announced to you that Matt Badley, who has taught at Kolbe-Trinity for 17 years, will not be returning next year. The Badleys will be moving across the country where Matt will be accepting a full-time teaching position at Veritas Preparatory School in Williamsburg, VA.  Karen Schindler, our 3-4 grade teacher, will also not return next year and will be pursuing a masters degree in theology at the Pontifical Institute of John Paul II, not too far from Matt in Washington, D.C. Sam Mota-Martinez (high school math and science) will be departing at the end of the school year and has been accepted into two medical school programs so far, from which he will make his final decision.

Due to a family move back to Washington state, P.E. teacher and HS girls’ volleyball coach Tonja Dilly will be also moving on from Kolbe-Trinity to return to full-time mother duties and pursuing a new venture in antiques retail. Cathie Schmitgal will then be moving on from Kolbe-Trinity to help care for her live-in father. Cathie has been a part of Kolbe-Trinity for the last few years beginning as a kindergarten teacher, full-time administrative assistant, and recently, part-time administrative assistant and registrar. She has also generously given of her time and culinary talents to numerous fundraising dinners and is always willing and able to lend a hand for any and all occasions.

I want to thank five of these staff member for their hard work, dedication, and service to the school, whether over decades or just one year. You all possess unique gifts, talents, and expertise that have helped to shape and form the students in your charge and although you will all be replaced, you are all, in a sense, irreplaceable. I am pleased to announce that Jessica DeGrange, Jennifer Warner, Brigitte Wilson, Laura Fidler, John Haeuser, Steven Silvagni, Maureen Thoits, Pam Birdsall, Blaise Hockel, Greg Williams, Zaza Fetterly, Phil Duncan, Sandra Duong, Aaron Fidler, Emily LaRochelle, Toni Williams, Jim Klaczak, and yours truly will all be returning in similar capacities for the 2017-2018 academic year. I have already started conducting interviews for next year’s open positions and I will be announcing new hires as soon possible in future Tuesday Memos.

Teacher Looking to Rent 1 Bedroom Apt/Studio

Greg Williams is looking to rent either a 1 bedroom apartment or studio in the next couple of months. If you know anybody who has one available, please contact Greg directly at gwilliams@kolbetrinity.org

Summer Latin Course

Greg Williams will be offering an evening Latin class in July for any and all interested parents or members of the community for a small fee. If you are considering taking the class, please contact Emily in the office to express your interest. More details will be forthcoming.

World War I Film Festival

Since 1917 is the 100th anniversary of the entrance of the United States in World War I, I have decided to institute a summer film festival in July featuring three World War I movies: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Sergeant York (1941), and Paths of Glory (1957). There will be a short introduction to the film, followed by a viewing of the film, and a short retrospective afterwards. All films will be shown in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday(s), July 15th, July 22nd, and July 29th at 7:00 P.M. There will be no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Office Situation: Emily LaRochelle is back! Thank you to Cathie Schmitgal for jumping back into her full-time role and doing an amazing job holding down the fort in this incredibly busy time of the year. Cathie will be in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Her unique talents and gifts will be greatly missed at Kolbe Trinity.



Transitional Kindergarten


We have a great TK curriculum and an amazing TK teacher, Jessica DeGrange, but we need more students to have a separate TK program next year. We are now up to four potential students, and we only need one more to offer a separate TK program. TK will be scheduled for five days-a-week tentatively taking place from 7:50-12:10. After consulting with Linda Norman, Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, it appears that we are allowed to accept students younger than four years and nine months old. If your child will turn four by Sept. 1st, they are eligible for TK. If you are interested in enrolling your child in transitional kindergarten next year or if you know of anyone who has a child at that age, please contact the office ASAP

Tuition Contracts for 2017-2018

…….from bookkeeper Toni Williams


By now everyone should have received their Family Tuition Contracts in the mail.  Contained in the mailing is a letter from Board President Walt Birdsall, a quick information sheet from me (Toni) two copies of the Tuition Contract and two copies of the Policy Overview page. One copy is for you to keep for your home records and one copy is for you to sign, date and return with your registration payment by June 1st.  A late fee of $50 will be attached to any registration payment that comes in after the June 1st deadline.  If you are interested in receiving financial aid, and you have not submitted your financial records and application to FACTS Grant & Aid, I urge you to do so as soon as possible.  The direct link to apply is here:  https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3GM9T


Details on the financial aid application process can be found on our school website: www.kolbetrinity.org go to admissions tab – then tuition assistance.  I am always available for questions so please call me, Monday – Thursday at 707-690-9262 or Friday’s at 707-258-9030.  My email is bookkeeping@kolbetrinity.org and I view my email every day.


God Bless,


Toni Williams

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 Cathie in the office immediately to begin the process if you have not done so.

Prayer Requests

Urgent prayers are needed for Catherine Audrey-Quinn, who has an aggressive stage 4 cancer. Catherine was very blessed to have travelled to Lourdes recently with the Knights of Malta. She received numerous spiritual benefits by attending and is hopeful for a full recovery.

Recent CT scans indicate that Chuck Rowles’ health continues to show dramatic and unexpectedly strong improvement that is nothing short of miraculous. Please continue to keep Chuck and his entire extended family in your prayers so that he will be ultimately cured of his stage-4 colon cancer, and that he can return to enjoying a full and active life with his family and friends. 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


Ad majorem Dei gloriam!

Mr. Bertolini