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June 6th Tues. Memo


Tues Memo

June 7-9 – Third Trimester Exams – Dismissal @ 11:40

June 9 – Last Day of School –Field Day Game Activities @ 10:00 A.M. followed by All-School Lunch @ 11:00 A.M – Final Workday 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. Baccalaureate Mass @ St. Thomas Aquinas Church – 7:00 P.M.

June 10 – Graduation @ Kolbe-Trinity – 10:00 A.M.


June 6, 2017

St. Norbert, Bishop

Tuesday after Pentecost (Traditional Calendar)


We made it to the last week of school, folks! As is typical at this time of year, we have a flurry of events so please be sure to check your e-mail more often than usual so that you don’t miss any important addendums or updates following this memo.


On Thursday, June 1st, our seniors were honored at the last hot lunch day of the year with their own made-to-order requests from In-N-Out Burger. Not only the seniors benefited, however; the entire student body was given the opportunity to order food from In-N-Out and all ate together from 11:30 – 12:00 P.M. It was one of the many wonderful ways in which we honor and appreciate our seniors who have contributed so much to this wonderful school.


In the evening, we had our annual academic awards ceremony in which we honored all honor roll recipients from the first and second trimester, single-subject award winners, and special schoolwide academic (and non-academic) awards such as the Jean Baptiste de la Salle Award for Academic Excellence and the Trinity Exemplar Award for Academic Excellence. These two awards, which are the most prestigious awards given out @ Kolbe-Trinity, went to two individuals from the same family: high school junior Jeffrey Healey and seventh-grader Eileen Healey. Congratulations, Jeffrey and Eileen, and all the students in grades TK-12 who worked so hard this year to achieve these awards.


Our workday on Friday afternoon, June 2nd was attended by the always dependable Andrew Davis, and Kolbe-Trinity alumni Ben Hickey and David Thoits.  Supervising and working alongside was Dean of Students, Phil Duncan. Our crew was able to spread new bark around the recently-rebuilt stage and ground cover over the new drought-tolerant plants. We weren’t able to complete all of the tasks on our list, so we’ll do our best to finish it up on our final workday on Friday, June 9th from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. If you are available and could give us a hand, we would really appreciate it! An updated list is attached to this e-mail.


Our annual golf tournament, held on Sat., June 3rd and headed once again by Bob Quinn with help from longtime friend of Kolbe-Trinity, Ken Dumars, was a resounding success, aided significantly by a very generous sponsorship of $1,000 from Judy Barrett @ Chateau Montelena Winery and $750 Roger Kesteloot from our sports uniform company, Star Sports. All together we raised over $3,500 for the sports program! Thank you to all those who helped out by golfing, sponsoring, or helping out behind the scenes in coordinating the event.


Fr. David Jenuwine celebrated a Traditional Sung High Mass yesterday in honor of the Holy Spirit for Monday after Pentecost in the traditional Roman calendar. It was a beautiful and moving liturgy and a fitting way to end the school year on a liturgical “high” note. 😊 Our next Mass in the chapel will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 23rd, the first day of school for the 2017-2018 academic year, and the memorial of St. Rose of Lima, Patroness of the Diocese of Santa Rosa.


New Teachers for Next Year!


I am pleased to announce three new teachers for next year: Kevin Fitzpatrick, Maureen Rowles, and Amy Thoits.


Kevin Fitzpatrick will be our new 7-12 grade theology and Latin teacher. Kevin hails from the United Kingdom originally where he received his bachelor of education in theology from Newman College in Birmingham, U.K. He later received his advanced diploma in applied education studies and master of education in theology/catachesis from the Maryvale Institute @ the University of Hull also in Birmingham. He has taught theology at a number of Catholic schools in the United Kingdom and has also taught at Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa and St. Helena Catholic School. He is also currently the organist at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Calistoga and volunteered to teach a 10-week seminar course on the Gospel of Mark to juniors and seniors here at Kolbe-Trinity last winter.


Maureen Rowles will be our new 3/4 grade teacher. Maureen received her B.A. in elementary education at the University of Dallas and taught for several years in public schools in the Dallas area before teaching at Mount St. Michael School in Dallas, a Catholic school with a classical curriculum. Maureen possesses a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and has been working recently as a substitute teacher in the Napa Valley Unified School District.


Amy Thoits will be teaching Algebra II-Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus next year in the high school. Amy received her B.S. in Mathematics from Sonoma State University and is looking forward to joining her mother, Maureen, on the staff at Kolbe-Trinity and putting her mathematical knowledge to good use.


Please join me in welcoming Kevin, Maureen, and Amy to our community!


Car for Sale!


The Badleys are moving to Virginia and need to sell one of their cars. They are selling their 2000 Toyota Camry with 150,000 miles for $1,500 OBO. If interested, please call Matt or Heidi soon at 320-2429 or 815-8904.


Upcoming Events



June 7 –9: Third Trimester Exams

It’s hard to believe, but the third trimester exams began today!  Final exams are an essential component of Ignatian classical education and constitute a significant, but not disproportionate component of the final grade. As with any kind of test, the better students have prepared over the trimester in attending classes, taking good notes, and staying on top off all homework assignments, the easier a final exam will be. That being said, even the most diligent students will need to spend a significant amount of time studying for each exam. Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 9th will be half-days with dismissal at 11:40 A.M. The 7-12 grade exam schedule is attached.


June 9 – Final Day of Exams and School – Field Day & End-of-the-School Year Lunch – 11:40 Dismissal – 7:00 P.M. Baccalaureate Mass @ St. Thomas Aquinas Church


Friday, June 9th will be the last day of school. Students should plan to show up in uniform and school will begin at the normal time with one last final exam ending at 9:15. Students will then be able to change into free dress clothes and will help to clean out their desks, cubbies, lockers, and return all books. Any lost or damaged books will be billed to the corresponding family so if you have any text books at home, please do make an effort to have your child(ren)/adolescent(s) return them to the appropriate teacher. Following class clean-up, there will be outdoor games put on by the student government followed by one last hot lunch served by the parents’ guild to the entire student body at no charge. Parents’ Guild social coordinator Maureen Rowles is requesting help with set-up and clean-up. To sign up please visit the following website: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c49adaf2fa0fe3-field. Dismissal will occur at 11:40 A.M.


In the evening @ 7:00 P.M. our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter, will celebrate our annual Baccalaureate Mass for the eighth grade and senior graduates along with their family and friends at St. Thomas Aquinas Church. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


June 10 – Graduation – 10:00 A.M. @ Kolbe-Trinity


Our annual commencement exercises, utilizing our newly-built stage will take place on Saturday morning, June 10th @ 10:00 A.M. Please join us as we honor our eighth grade and senior graduates. Our commencement speaker will be Linda Norman, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

News and Updates!

Meal Train for the Chris and Emily Arend Family

Congratulations to the Chris and Emily Arend family on the birth of their newest child, Henry, born yesterday morning! Lauren Maykowski has generously offered to spearhead a meal train for the next few weeks. Emily has spent countless hours donating her time, talent, and treasure to the school over the last two years as parents’ guild president, assisting with fundraisers, or doing whatever has been asked of her so please do prayerfully consider making her family a meal. Please visit the following website https://mealtrain.com/0n8dvv. to sign up.

Vacation Bible School @ St. Apollinaris – June 19-June 23

Youth Minister, Dominic Figueroa, with help from Fr. David Jenuwine, will be spearheading Vacation Bible School at St. Apollinaris from June 19-June 23 from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. See the flyer for more details.


Final Vows for Sister Maria Faustina

Sister Maria Faustina of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa will be making her final vows on Friday, June 23rd and would like to extend an invitation to the Kolbe-Trinity community. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

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 Evening Latin Course

Greg Williams will be offering an evening Latin class in July for any 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.

Summer Evening 20th-21st Century European History Class

Have you ever wondered about what contributed to the rise of Communism, Fascism, the European Union, and Islamic terrorism in Europe? Interested in discovering the causes and consequences of World War I and World War II? Study European history with yours truly, John Bertolini, on select evenings from the middle to the end of July. Parents, members of the community, and incoming seniors are welcome to attend. A small fee will be charged. If you are considering taking the class, please contact Emily in the office to express your interest. More details will be forthcoming.

Summer School – July 17-20 July 24-27 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – SAVE THE DATES!

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.



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
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.

Prayer Requests

Catherine Audrey-Quinn was recently admitted to the hospital and her family is asking all of us to re-double our prayer efforts.  Catherine is currently suffering from a very aggressive stage-4 cancer. If you aren’t in the regular habit of praying the rosary in the evening, (or if you’re like me and often finding excuses not to say it), please make an effort to spend some time in prayer asking Our Lord and his Blessed Mother to surround Catherine with their love and consolation.  

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