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October 26th Tuesday Memo

Nov. 1 – All Saints Day – NO SCHOOL

Nov. 2 – 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. 3 – FULL DAY

Nov. 6 – 1st Trimester Exams Begin (FULL DAY) -Schedule Attached

Nov. 7-9 – 1st Trimester Exams Continue (NOTE: SPECIAL DISMISSAL TIME OF 12:30 P.M.)

Nov. 10 – 1st Trimester Break (NO SCHOOL) – Professional Development for Teachers

Nov. 11 –School Yard/Rummage Sale – 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. (See Attachment) – Classical Learning Test 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.


October 31, 2017

Tuesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time

All Hallows Eve


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Happy All Hallows Eve! Given the amount of confusion surrounding the origin and traditions surrounding Halloween, I have attached an informational flyer that was given out at St. Apollinaris Parish this past Sunday discussing Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day. I hope you will find it as concisely informative as I have.


Most of you should have received a letter yesterday sent to our benefactors’ mailing list containing an urgent appeal for funds required for us to solve what we hope to be only a short-term, but serious cashflow issue during the next few weeks. If you would be so kind as to send this letter to three of your friends/family members outside of our community who might be able to assist, I would greatly appreciate it. We will be passing it out to all families beginning on Thursday, Nov. 2nd.  I would be happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you have about this situation. Thank you for your assistance in helping to keep this school up and running!


Hard to believe it, but first trimester exams begin next Monday, Nov. 6th! Final exams are an important and integral element of classical education based upon the Ignatian model. Given the fact that the recent wildfires disrupted a significant portion of instruction and threw off the students’ routine, I have instructed our teachers to bear this in mind when reviewing material and writing their exams. They have also been instructed to keep their expectations reasonable when grading these exams.


Week in Review (Oct. 23-Oct. 28)


It felt like we packed almost three weeks into last week which isn’t surprising given that we were out of school for almost two weeks. We hit the ground running on Monday, Oct. 23rd with an outstanding presentation by the San Francisco Opera Company in this year’s Opera a la Carte production of La Cenerentola (Cinderella), ably assisted by Mrs. Fidler’s 5/6 graders. Our students did an outstanding job, particularly given the almost two-week interruption which caused them to miss a fair amount of time to prepare.

Fr. Gary Sumpter resumed his series on the Church Fathers on Thursday, Oct. 26th, presenting the second of ten lectures focusing on St. Justin, Martyr and St. Irenaeus. We had another great turnout, mostly consisting of those outside of our community. Fr. Gary returned on Friday morning, Oct. 27th to celebrate a special Mass of Thanksgiving which began with a procession of our 1-6 graders to present flowers to Our Lady of Fatima dressed in their Sunday best. We also celebrated Emily LaRochelle’s last day of work after school with drinks, snacks, and a cake.

Our monthly Saturday workday on Oct. 28th was very lightly attended, but thank you to Mary Quinn who cleaned off our picnic tables and to her son Joe Quinn for assisting me in moving them into the sun. Lauren Maykowski also showed up and assisted with raking up yard waste near the modulars. Thank, Lauren! Gratitude to Isidro and Anna Rodriguez for continuing to keep our property looking so great!


Upcoming School Events!


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


Since tomorrow 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


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.


Monday, Nov. 6-Thursday, Nov. 9 – 1st Trimester Exams – See Attached Schedule


First trimester exams begin this coming Monday, Nov. 6th which will be a full day of school. Exams continue on Tuesday, Nov. 7-Thursday, Nov. 9th which will be half-days with a special 12:30 P.M. dismissal.


Friday, Nov. 10 – 1st Trimester Break – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development for Faculty & Staff


In order to provide the students with a short break after final exams and to give the teachers some extra time to grade exams, there will be no school on Friday, Nov. 10th. Dr. Linda Norman, superintendent of the department of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Santa Rosa will be conducting a professional development workshop in the morning for our faculty and staff to give us a crash course in WASC/WCEA accreditation and all that it entails for our community for the next three years.


Saturday, Nov. 11 – School Rummage Sale 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. – Classical Learning Test – 9:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.


  1. Clear out your homes, storage areas, closets, and garages! We’ll be hosting a yard/rummage sale at the school on Saturday morning, Nov. 11, from 8:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.  We need your help running the event and since all proceeds will go to the school, all parents and students who attend to assist will receive valuable service hours. Please see the attached flyer for more information.


  1. I am pleased to announce that Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep will once again be hosting the Classic Learning Test (CLT). As a classical alternative to the SAT and the ACT, the CLT is much more reflective assessment of the curriculum we offer our students. Students also receive same-day test results as the test is taken online (on a laptop or tablet). The test costs $49, but there are no additional fees to send scores to colleges. To register by the November 7 deadline please visit https://www.cltexam.com/register.  




Upcoming Community Events


Nov. 3 – Zaza Fetterly’s Art Exhibition Opening Reception – 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.


Our very own Zaza Fetterly will be exhibiting her new artwork inspired and in response to the recent wildfires. Proceeds from sales will go to benefit first responders in Sonoma and Zaza’s friends who lost their homes in the fire. The exhibition will be held at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, 140 E. Napa St. in Sonoma on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.


Nov. 4 – Theology of the Body Workshop @ St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, Vallejo

9:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. – See Attachment


St. Vincent Ferrer Respect Life Ministry is hosting a workshop on the beautiful writings of St. Pope John Paul II on the Theology of the Body. We respectfully request your consideration in disseminating the following information on the event to your Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep School families, faculty, staff, and friends.


Please see the attached flyer on the upcoming Theology of the Body Workshop event to be held at St. Vincent Ferrer, Vallejo on Saturday, November 4, 9:30a.m.-1p.m. in the St. Paul Conference Room. The speaker and presenter will be author and educator John Hamlon, M.A. He will be giving an overview of the work of St. Pope John Paul II on the meaning of love, family and the gift of sexuality. This workshop is open to all engaged, married and singles, 16 years of age and above.


There is no charge to attend and light refreshments will be served.


Kindly share this informational flyer with family, friends, and fellow ministry members! 


Your help in promoting this event via Facebook, Twitter or other forms of social media is greatly appreciated.


Thanks and blessings,

Ana Jaime

SVF Respect Life Ministry


Important Reminders!


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 injured her elbow. Her sister Emily is organizing a meal train for her. Please visit this website https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/129gzz to sign up.


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 the repose of the soul of Danford Clark, Cindy Mudge’s father. His funeral will be Friday, Nov. 3rd. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.

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 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