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November 14th Tuesday Memo


Nov. 15– 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.

-5/6 Boys Basketball vs. St. Vincent’s @ St. Apollinaris

Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving Soup Lunch 11:15-1:00

Nov. 22 – Half-Day 11:30 Dismissal

Nov. 23-24 – Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 27 – Classes Resume – Sung Traditional Requiem Mass – 7:55 A.M.

Nov. 27 – Nov. 30 – 5-6 Grade Service Project – Operation with Love from Home

Nov. 28 – 5/6 Field Trip – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 P.M. – 6:15 P.M.

Nov. 29 – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.

Nov. 30 – Hot Lunch – Pizza- $5 (Proceeds Benefit 1-2 Class) -Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. – Fr. Gary Sumpter “Fathers of the Church” Lecture #3 – 7:30 P.M.


Dec. 2 (SA) – Brunch with Santa @ Compadres Restaurant – Portion of Proceeds to Benefit Kolbe-Trinity


November 14, 2017

Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time

St. Josaphat (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


I am pleased to announce that we have met and surpassed our matching challenge of $4,000 offered by Mr. Steven Silvagni! Thank you so much to all of you who donated of your first fruits and, in particular, to Mr. Silvagni for his generous matching contribution. For those of you who haven’t given yet and would like to maximize your donation, let me give you some more good news. An anonymous donor in our community has stepped up to offer to match up to $5,000 more of all contributions raised within the school community! So far we have raised over $25,000 which included money donated from our both our extended network of outside benefactors and members of our community along with our immediate community of parents of currently-enrolled students. We are more than halfway to our goal of $50,000 by Thanksgiving Day! Let’s keep it going!


Just a friendly reminder that we will be having school next week with full days on Monday and Tuesday and a half-day with 11:30 A.M. dismissal on Wednesday.



Week in Review (Nov. 6 – Nov. 11)


Despite having only full day of school last week, it was certainly a full week into terms of the intensity and activity around the school. We had our first trimester exams beginning on Monday and lasting through Thursday. Although there were no classes on Friday, November 10th, our teachers and staff (along with three members of the Kolbe Academy Homeschool) spent the morning being instructed by Linda Norman, Santa Rosa Diocese Superintendent of Schools about the process of beginning WASC/WCEA accreditation. Following Linda’s presentation, our teachers broke into groups to begin preparing paperwork to submit in anticipation of our initial visit from the WASC/WCEA team in the spring.


Saturday, Nov. 11th was a busy day on the grounds of 2055 Redwood Rd. Our long-delayed rummage sale finally took place and it was a resounding success. We raised $1,083 which was then doubled to $2,166 thanks to the aforementioned dollar-for-dollar match by Mr. Silvagni towards our goal of $50,000 by Thanksgiving.


A lot of people contributed numerous hours towards making this a success, first and foremost Melissa Buyarski who spearheaded the entire event and put in more time and effort than anyone else. Thank you so much, Melissa! Maria Angulo, Leticia Solorio, and Maria Vieyra helped to go through our kitchen to collect a few boxes of goods to sell in advance of the yard sale. Art, Eleanor, andAnita Rono helped out both on Friday afternoon and almost all day Saturday setting up, manning sales, and closing up. Rod and Joe Thoits, Allison Bertolini, Andrew and Denise Davis, Dennis and Lauren Maykowski, Sonia Campos-Balderas, Brigitte Wilson, Yul and Maria Vieyra, and our administrative assistant Maria Cuevas all volunteered their time, talent, and treasure on Saturday as well by bringing their items to sell and manning their own booths. A big thank you to Yul Vieyra for hauling away old electronics to the dump and for also loading up an entire trailer filled with items to donate.



Upcoming School Events!

Nov. 15 – Christmas Wreath Sales Forms and Money Due

One final evening left to sell Christmas wreaths! Please bring your order form(s) and money tomorrow (Wednesday) to the office so that we can order our Christmas wreaths ASAP and have them in time to distribute during the last week of November. Thank you all for your help and participation!

Nov. 18 (SA) – November Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. - Our November workday will take place this Saturday, Nov. 18th, from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Since we have no full-time paid plant manager or maintenance staff, we rely on our parent volunteers to help keep this place looking attractive and running smoothly. Coffee and donuts will be provided, as usual, and I have attached an updated maintenance list to this memo. NB: December’s workday on Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled so we’re trying to get as much done in three hours this coming Saturday to tide us over until our January workday.

Nov. 21 – Thanksgiving Soup Luncheon – 11:15 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

Thanks to high school student government, we will once again be having a Thanksgiving soup luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 21st. The student government is requesting six parents to make enough soup to feed 20 people each for a total of 120 peopleParents with last names ending A-H are kindly asked to bring bread while parents with last names ending I-Z are kindly asked to bring juice. Please contact Maria in the office if you can help with making soup, providing bread, or bringing juice. Thanks!

Nov. 27 – Nov. 30 – 5-6 Grade Service Project – Care Packages for Our Troops – Operation With Love From Home

As we approach Advent and the upcoming Christmas season, it is important for us to remember our armed forces who are often spending the Christmas season far away from their families and friends in hostile environments around the globe. Mrs. Fidler’s 5-6 grade class will be participating in “Operation With Love From Home” and will be collecting various items to shipped overseas to our brave men and women in uniform. Please see the attached flyer for more information including a list of requested items for donation. All items must be turned by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 30th.

Upcoming Community Events


Nov. 17 – Date Night @ St. Apollinaris Parish


The topic for this coming Friday’s Date Night will be Part One of Familiaris Consortio, "Bright Spots and Shadows for The Family Today".  At our last session we had a wonderful turnout and discussion of the Introduction to FC which was a great beginning to our review and study of this important document on the family left to us by our beloved Pope St. John Paul II.


For those of you who want to prepare for the discussion we have attached the outlines from the study guide.  We want to emphasize that it is not necessary to prepare for the meeting, but for those who wish to it will be on articles 4 through 10, pages 3 through 8 of FC and Sessions 2 and 3 in the Study Guide.


Once again we will gather at 7:00 in the Youth Room at St. A's and begin the conversation at 7:30. Wine, cheese, etc. plus child care will be available as always.


We look forward to seeing you on November 17th!


Walt and Pam Birdsall


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


Beautiful Story Book/Advent Calendars for Sale – Limited Quantity Available!


Thanks to Cindy Mudge, we will be selling some beautiful story book/Advent calendars beginning on Wednesday, November 15th. The cost is $20 and half of all proceeds go to the school. There is a limited quantify available so please purchase one in the office from Maria before they sell out!

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