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November 7th Tuesday Memo



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

Nov. 8 – Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M. in the X-Room

Nov. 10 – 1st Trimester Break (NO SCHOOL) – Professional Development for Teachers- Copperfields Book Promotion (Flyer Attached)

Nov. 11 (SA) –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. –Copperfields Book Promotion (Flyer Attached)

Nov. 15th – Christmas Wreaths Sales Forms and Money Due

Nov. 16 – Hot Lunch - $5 - Tacos

Nov. 18 (SA) – November Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M.


November 7, 2017

Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Most of you received the good news last week that Mr. Steven Silvagni has issued a matching donation challenge of up to $4,000 to be applied to money raised exclusively within our school community to help us reach our goal of $50,000 by Thanksgiving Day to make up for the money we expected to bring in at our Casino Night fundraiser originally planned for Sat. Oct. 21stSo far we have raised over $800 which is a great start! If you can’t afford to contribute monetarily, perhaps you can find some goods to sell at the yard sale this coming Saturday, Nov. 11th, from 8:00 A.M. -2:00 P.M. All proceeds from the yard sale go to the school and it would be a good way to clear out items from your house or storage area, turn them into cash, and then have that cash doubled!


First trimester final exams began yesterday and continued today. 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. 30 – Nov. 4)


We started the week off on Monday, Oct. 30th with our annual 1-2 grade saints presentations in the chapel. Congratulations to all the students who participated and to Miss Wilson for pulling off another successful event in preparation for the Solemnity of All Saints. Thank you also to the parents who made time out of their busy schedule to attend.


A big thanks to the student government led by Hallie Immen for organizing our afternoon activities on Halloween and to Melissa Buyarski for organizing and coordinating participation in the Trunk-or-Treat. Let’s not forget Koreen Immen and Katie Duncan for providing a free hot lunch of chili dogs and a big thank you to the entire student body and parents for collaborating to make this a truly memorable, well-organized, and fun afternoon. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Halloween party!


I hope you took some time to relax and enjoy All Saints Day with your family and get to Mass on Wednesday, November 1st. I know your children and adolescents certainly appreciated the day off after a late night of parties and candy. Hopefully you appreciated it too.


On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, the Feast of All Souls, I encouraged our students to truly make a difference by going to a cemetery to pray for the poor souls in Purgatory, reminding them of the plenary and partial indulgences that can be gained by this pious act accompanied by Confession and the reception of Holy Communion within eight days. The students also submitted the names of their faithful departed relatives and friends on index cards which were enclosed in an envelope and placed on our altar during the entire month of November.


On Friday afternoon, Nov. 3rd, Mr. Bob Quinn kicked off our annual Christmas wreaths fundraiser. Hopefully you took some time over last weekend to get your children and adolescents out to sell Christmas wreaths. Our students are our best fundraisers thanks to the collaborative efforts of you, the parents, and their teachers. If you haven’t had a chance to get out there and sell, the upcoming three-day weekend on Friday Nov. 10 – Sunday Nov. 12th is a great opportunity to help us bring in some much-needed money. Thanks for all your help! We can’t do it without you.



Upcoming School Events!


Nov. 8-9 Trimester Exams (NOTE: SPECIAL DISMISSAL TIME OF 12:30 P.M.) Schedule Attached


Final exams which began yesterday and continued today will continue to take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Nov. 8th and Thursday, Nov. 9th which will be half-days with a special 12:30 P.M. dismissal.


Nov. 8th – Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M. in the X-Room


Please join us tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 8th, for our monthly parents’ guild meeting at 7:00 P.M. in the X-Room. Just a reminder that all parents pay a $40 parents’ guild fee at registration so this is a good way to be sure that you can give your input and help to make sure that your money is well-spent on school activities throughout the year. See you Wednesday night!


Nov. 10-11 – Cooperfields Book Promotion


Thank you to Paul and Diana Woodward for signing up our school to receive 20 percent of all sales when you shop at Copperfields Books in Napa and mention Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep at the register this coming Friday, Nov. 10th and Sat. Nov. 11th. Christmas is just around the corner so this is a great opportunity to purchase gifts for friends and family, help Kolbe-Trinity, and support your local independent bookstore. See the attached flyer for more information.


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

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.

Nov. 11 (SA) –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


  • 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.
  • I am pleased to announce that Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prepwill 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 (today!) please visit https://www.cltexam.com/register.  

Upcoming Community Events


Nov. 11 & 12 (SA-SU) – Angel Christmas Bazaar and Craft Faire @ St. Apollinaris Parish


St. Apollinaris’ 23rd Annual Angel Christmas Bazaar will take place at the St. Apollinaris parish hall this coming Saturday, Nov. 11th from 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. and on Sunday, Nov. 12th from 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. featuring handcrafted gifts, a raffle, silent auction, and sweet shoppe. All proceeds go to support religious education at St. Apollinaris Parish.


Nov. 18 – (SA) - 3rd Saturday Speaker Series @ St. Apollinaris Parish

Evangelization and the Movies

with professor, retreat-master and speaker, Margaret Turek.

Saturday November 18 at 9:30 am

St. Apollinaris Church, 3700 Lassen St.

All are welcome free of charge

Sponsored by the St. A’s Evangelization Team



News and Updates


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 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 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 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, 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