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October 24th Tuesday Memo


Oct. 24 – 7-12 Grade Boys and Girls Open Gym & Conditioning 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. @ Crosswalk Community Gym (See Attachment)

Oct. 25 – PSAT – Grades 10-11 7:50 – 12:30/ No School for Grades 9 & 12 – 7-12 Boys and Girls Open Gym & Conditioning 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. @ Crosswalk Community Gym (See Attachment)

Oct. 26 – Hot Lunch – Pizza - $5 -Fr. Gary -Fathers of the Church Lecture #2 – 7:30 P.M. (See Attachment)

Oct. 27 – Mass of Thanksgiving – 7:55 A.M.

Oct. 28 – (SA) – October Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (See Attachment) 5-6 Boys Basketball Scramble – 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. @ St. Helena Montessori (See Attachment)

Oct. 31 – Halloween – Carnival Begins at 1:30 P.M.

Nov. 1st – All Saints Day – NO SCHOOL

Nov. 2nd – Hot Lunch – Chicken Nuggets - $5 -7-12 Boys and Girls Open Gym & Conditioning 4:00 – 5:30 P.M. @ Crosswalk Community Gym (See Attachment)

Nov 3rd – FULL DAY



October 24, 2017

St. Anthony Mary Claret, Bishop

St. Raphael, Archangel (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


A lot of students and parents have recently inquired whether we will have additional school days and if so, when. You may have heard that in the Napa Valley Unified School District, public school will not be required to make up the ten days of school that they lost due to the wildfires. Since we are not bound by NVUSD policy in general (for better or for worse, according to your opinion) we are not obligated to follow their standard in this matter. I have made a decision, with considerable input from the faculty, to try to recover some of the lost instructional days. Why? Simply put, we have less days to waste since we started a week later than the public schools and are ending a little less than a week earlier.

Rest assured, we will NOT be going further into June to make up these days. Instead, we will be doing the following: All previously scheduled First-Friday half-days will now become full days. That means that Friday, Nov. 3rd, Friday, Dec. 1st, Friday, Feb. 2nd, and Friday, May 4th will now be full days of school with 3:00 P.M. dismissal. Fr. Gary has graciously offered to celebrate Mass for us at the usual time of 7:55 A.M. on those days so we will not be attending Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas at noon for the rest of the school year. Additionally, there is a very good chance that the diocesan professional development day and formerly a day off for the students originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16th will now be a regular school day. Finally, Holy Thursday, March 29th, which was originally scheduled to be the first day of Easter break will now be a half-day of school with 11:30 dismissal. All holy days of obligation and federal holidays (MLK Day, President’s Day, and Memorial Day) will all remain as days off from school.


Emily LaRochelle’s last day in the office will be this Friday, Oct. 27th. I want to thank Emily for her service to the school, particularly in assisting in training our great new administrative assistant, Maria Cuevas, as well as keeping us all in the loop regarding the status of school being opened or closed during the almost two weeks effected by the wildfires. Thanks, Emily! We’ll miss you (and Liam, of course.)


Week in Review (Oct. 16-Oct. 20)


Although we only had one day of school last week (Tuesday Oct. 17th) due to the ongoing poor air quality caused by the recent wildfires, we were able to get in one last rehearsal for Opera a la Carte which was tremendously beneficial and had a very positive impact on yesterday’s performance by the 5-6 graders of “La Cenerentola” (Cinderella) with assistance from the San Francisco Opera Company. A big thank you to Paul and Diana Woodward who provided us with N95 masks for the students to wear due to the hazardous air quality experienced both outdoors, and to a lesser extent, indoors.


Some of you might notice that our front office and carport are now much better illuminated. Thanks to Yul Vieyra for fixing this longstanding electrical problem!


Upcoming School Events!


Oct. 25 – PSAT for Grades 10-11 – 7:55 – 12:30 – No High School Classes or School for Grades 9 & 12


Just a reminder that the PSAT that was supposed to be administered on Oct. 11th will now be administered tomorrow, Oct. 25th from 7:50 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. There will be no high school classes tomorrow and grades 9 & 12 will have the day off from school.


Oct. 26 – Hot Lunch – Pizza - $5


Hot lunch resumes this Thursday with pizza, cookies, and a drink for $5. Students may return for an additional piece of pizza at no additional cost if they so desire.


Oct. 26 – Fr. Gary Sumpter “Fathers of the Church” Series – Lecture #2 – 7:30 P.M.

Who were the early Christians? What did they believe, teach, and often die for? Is our faith today the same as the faith they professed? These themes and more will be covered in a 10-part series on the Fathers of the Church given by our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter. Church Fathers discussed include St. Clement, St. Justin, St. Cyril, St. Ignatius, St. Athanasius, St. Irenaeus and many more 7:30pm in the hall. There is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


Oct. 27 – Mass of Thanksgiving – 7:55 A.M.

Our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter, will be offering a votive Mass of Thanksgiving in gratitude to Our Lord for his protection during the recent wildfires. Mass will be offered at the usual time of 7:55 A.M.


Oct. 28 – October Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Our monthly Saturday workday will take place this coming Saturday, Oct. 28th from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Coffee and donuts will be provided and I have attached an updated maintenance list. See you on Saturday and thanks for all you do to keep this campus looking great!


The same morning, our 5-6 grade boys basketball team will be playing a scramble tournament at St. Helena Montessori from 9:00 – 10:00 A.M. See the attachment for more details.


Oct. 31st – Halloween – Carnival Begins @ 1:30 P.M.


Tuesday, Oct. 31st will be a normal full day of school, but we will spend the last hour and half of the day on a school carnival. Students are to all arrive at school in their uniforms and will change into their costumes after lunch. Note: Halloween is not a free dress day. If you do not have a costume, you must remain in uniform. All costumes are to be worn in good taste, must be modest (appropriate) and should avoid gory or disturbing imagery that might frighten younger students. Additionally, parents and their young children are invited and encouraged to bring their younger children and set up a “trunk-or-treat” decorated station in the parking lot beginning at 1:00 P.M.


Nov. 1st – All Saints Day – Holy Day of Obligation – NO SCHOOL


Since Wednesday Nov. 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, there will be no school. Use this opportunity, if possible, to take the day off of work with your family and treat it like you would a Sunday by avoiding any unnecessary servile work, shopping, etc…..and most importantly, don’t forget to attend Mass!


Nov. 3rd – First Friday – FULL DAY


As previously mentioned, Friday, Nov. 3rd will be a full day of school. Mass will be offered at the school at the usual time at 7:55 A.M.


Upcoming Community Events


Oct. 27 – Date Night @ St. Apollinaris – 7:00 P.M.


Date Night returns this Friday October 27th.  The schedule and format remain the same, gathering at 7:00 pm in the Youth Room at St. A's for wine, cheese, etc. and then the program at 7:30.  And of course child care is available as always. 


This month we are beginning our study of Familiaris Consortio (FC) by reviewing the Introduction and Part 1 of FC, Bright Spots and Shadows for the Family Today.  This includes Articles 1 through 10. 


Have a Blessed week, we are looking forward to seeing you this Friday.


Walt and Pam Birdsall



Important Reminders!


Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1st. Dates and times will be confirmed soon.


Immunization Forms Still Needed


We need to file compliance with the state of California by the middle of October. Parents with children in grades TK, K, and 7th need to supply the front office with immunization records. You can look on the website http://www.shotsforschool.org/ to see which doses are required for each grade level or talk to your doctor. 7th grade students need to have the Tdap booster prior to entering 7th grade. This is a nationwide requirement and it can only be excused by a medical exemption form that is issued by a medical professional. Unfortunately, religious exemptions are no longer excepted unless your religion forbids immunizations on moral grounds. Thank you so much!


News and Updates


Meal Train for the Ferrigan Family


Please pray for Katie Ferrigan who broke her elbow last week. Her sister Emily is organizing a meal train for her. Please visit this website https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/129gzz to sign up.


Candy Guessing Contest


Student government will have a large container of candy to give away on Halloween to the student who either guesses the exact amount or closest to the exact amount. Each guess requires a ticket for purchase @ 10 cents each. Tickets will be sold after school starting this Thursday, Oct. 26 - Monday, Oct 30th and also during the day on Halloween. All proceeds will go to the mission jar.



High School Program Coordinator Needed

We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate prom this year.  I know it seems early to be asking this but we live in a popular wedding destination and venues are already booking up.  The coordinator will need to help research and pick a venue in coordination with the student body president Hallie Immen. Once the deposit is made and the date is secure, there is not much to do until after January.  Eventually, the Prom volunteer will need to set the menu, theme, organize a prom set-up committee and decorations. The date is flexible. Prom could be either the last Saturday of April or any Saturday in May. Anyone can volunteer for this; you do not need to have a child in high school. Please contact Emily or Maria in the office if interested.

Lunch Duty Volunteers Still Needed!

Thank you to Diana Woodward, Tina Hill, and Wendy Huss for signing up for lunch duty to assist our teachers. Although our 1-6 grade teachers will get assistance for their lunch twice a week, we need many more volunteers for all lunches, particularly for Jennifer Warner’s TK-K lunch, and 7-12 grade lunches. Lunch duty volunteers provide an essential service of relieving our teachers so that they can have some down time, grab their lunch, and do a better job of instructing your children and adolescents. Please see Emily or Maria in the office to sign up. It’s an easy way to earn service hours.

Prayer Requests

Please pray for all of those inside and outside our community who have been affected by the recent wildfires last week and into this week, especially for Carl and Barbara Sciambra, parents of our bookkeeper and longtime employee Toni Williams, and grandparents to Trinity Prep alumni Bailey Sciambra and Patricia Williams and former Trinity Prep students Michelle and Michael Sciambra. Carl and Barbara lost their home due to the fire on Atlas Peak and Carl’s already fragile health has worsened.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. James Lantsberger who departed this world on Monday, October 9th. Fr. Lantsberger served as chaplain at the Napa State Hospital for over four decades, offered Mass at both Kolbe Academy and Kolbe-Trinity when needed beginning in the 1980’s, and more recently offered the Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Family Mission in Rutherford on Sundays up until this past April. Fr. died surrounded by his brother priests of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Belleville, Illinois. May his soul rest in peace.  

Please continue to keep Chuck Rowles 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. Chuck’s son, Chris, posts updates on the websites listed below. Please continue to pray the St. Peregrine Novena found below as well.

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,


John Bertolini


Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep