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November 21st Tuesday Memo


Nov. 22 – Half-Day 11:30 Dismissal – Pro-Life Club-Sponsored Rosary @ Tulocay Cemetery for the Holy Souls at 12:00 P.M.

Nov. 23-24 – Thanksgiving Break – No School

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 (Flyer Attached)

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

Nov. 29 – Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. (Flyer Attached)

Nov. 30 – Hot Lunch – Pizza- $5 (Proceeds Benefit 1-2 Class) -Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached) – 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

Dec. 4- Dec. 7 – Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair in the Hall 8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M.

Dec. 7 – Advent Women’s Day of Recollection -9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.- – Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair Evening Reception, Refreshments, and Storytime – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

Dec. 8 – Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation – No School

November 21, 2017

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much for which to be thankful, particularly on the financial front at the school. With only 86 students, we had our most successful Christmas wreaths sale ever and netted over $6,000! Yesterday, I announced that we have not only reached, but surpassed our Thanksgiving Appeal goal of $50,000I am so grateful to our community and all of those who stepped up to make this happen either by helping to introduce others outside of our community to the school, finding creative ways to generate cash from within our community, or personally making a sacrifice to donate of your own limited resources. We are now trying to hit $60,000 by Thanksgiving Day and have less than $8,000 to raise! If you haven’t made a donation yet, please prayerfully consider making one by Thanksgiving Day either by donating online at www.kolbetrinity.org and clicking on the “DONATE” button in the top right corner or by sending a check in the mail. Since Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, if your check is put in the mail on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday, if it is postmarked by Friday, November 24th, it can still count towards the Thanksgiving Appeal. May God bless you for your generosity to this apostolate. On behalf of the board, faculty, and staff of Kolbe-Trinity, I wish you and your family a very blessed and fulfilling Thanksgiving.


Week in Review (Nov. 13 – Nov. 18)


We had a solid, productive, and relatively quiet first week back as we began the second trimester. Our workday on Saturday, Nov. 18th was lightly attended, but still productive. Thank you to Jack andPhil Duncan for hauling the garbage trailer to the dump and to Allison Bertolini for planting new flowers in the boxes outside the front office and upstairs along the walkway in the main building. Majorkudos to Yul and Maria Vieyra for spending their weekend selling the remainder of our goods from the rummage sale and netting an additional $362.10 to our rummage sale from last weekend for agrand total of $1,445.10!


Upcoming School Events!


Nov. 22 – Half-Day – 11:30 Dismissal - Pro-Life Club-Sponsored Rosary @ Tulocay Cemetery for the Holy Souls at 12:00 P.M.


Tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 22, will be a half-day of school with dismissal @ 11:30 A.M. There will be no Mass tomorrow, but we will have morning prayer at 7:55.  At 12:00 P.M., you please join the High School Pro-Life Club at Tulocay Cemetery to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory as we continue to keep our focus on them during the month of November.


Nov. 23-24 – Thanksgiving Break – No School


In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, classes will not be held and the school office will be closed on both Thursday, Nov. 23rd and Friday, Nov. 24th.

November 27 – Sung Traditional Requiem Mass for the Victims of the Recent Wildfires – 7:55 A.M.

As November is the month of the Holy Souls, Fr. David Jenuwine will be offering a sung traditional Requiem Mass for the souls of the faithful departed. Given the recent wildfires in October, the Mass will be offered up for the souls of those who lost their lives and for their family and friends. Mass will be held on the Mondayafter Thanksgiving at the usual time of 7:55 A.M.

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.

Nov. 28 – Nov. 30 – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Begins @ 3:30 Each Day)

Parent-teacher conferences which were originally scheduled for Oct. 11-13th will be held next week beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 28th @ 3:30 P.M. You will have received your student(s)’ report card either in the mail or in person by that point. Please bring the report card(s) with you to discuss with the appropriate teacher. Although it requires taking time out of your busy schedules, parent-teacher conferences are very important for establishing and continuing a positive line of communication between parent and teacher to help ensure the success of the student.

Nov. 30 – Fr. Gary Sumpter “Fathers of the Church” Series – Lecture #3 – 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.


Upcoming Community Events


Sun. Dec. 3 (St. Dominic’s Parish - Benicia) & Sun. Dec. 10 (Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish – Calistoga – 7:30 P.M.


To celebrate the beginning of the Advent Season, the choir of Holy Family Mission Parish in Rutherford will be presenting a service of Carols & Lessons two times: at St. Dominic's Parish in Benicia on the First Sunday of Advent, December 3rd at 7:30pmand at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Calistoga on the Second Sunday of Advent, December 10th, also at 7:30pm.  This is the fourth year the choir has presented the Carols and Lessons service.  Please come and enjoy it with us.


The service includes an opening and closing prayer, and nine short Scripture readings, from Genesis to the Gospel of John. Between the readings there will be Christmas motets sung by the choir and familiar carols for the congregation and choir to sing together.


Carols and Lessons is an English tradition dating to King's College, Cambridge, in 1918.  It's a start on getting ready for Christmas, a way to go caroling without getting cold and wet, and, the choir hopes, a bit of a cultural up-tick from Christmas Musak in the shopping mall.


News and Updates


Beautiful Story Book/Advent Calendars for Sale – Only 19 Left!


Thanks to Cindy Mudge, we are selling some beautiful story book/Advent calendars. 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


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,


John Bertolini


Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep