Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep A Catholic School for Grades TK - 12

Skip to main content
Mobile Menu
Please Create A Marquee

November 28th Tuesday Memo



Nov. 28 – Nov. 30 – 5-6 Grade Service Project – Operation with Love from Home (Flyer Attached)

Nov. 28 –– Christmas Wreath Sorting in the Fellowship Hall – 6:00-8:00 P.M.

Nov. 29 – Christmas Wreaths Available for Pick-Up @ 7:30 A.M. -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. 1 – FIRST FRIDAY -FULL DAY OF SCHOOL – HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Home (Crosswalk Community Gym) vs. Cristo Rey -6:00 P.M./7:30 P.M. (FLYER ATTACHED)

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

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

Dec. 6 – Culture Project Presentation on Human Dignity – 2:15 – 3:00 P.M. (High School Only) - Parents’ Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

Dec. 7 – Advent Women’s Day of Recollection -9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.-(Flyer Attached)– 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

Dec. 15 – Christmas Program @ St. Joan of Arc Parish Hall – 7:00 P.M.


November 28, 2017

Tuesday of the 34th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Catherine Laboure, Virgin (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


I hope you and your family enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and relaxed a bit before the mad rush towards Christmas accelerates. Please assist us in keeping your children and adolescents focused on their studies as much as possible during this hectic and often stressful period. Our board, staff, and faculty will be spending the next two-and-a-half weeks holding meetings and preparing paperwork to file by Dec. 31st to finalize details for our initial visit from the WASC/WCEA accreditation team which will take place on Monday, April 16th.



Week in Review (Nov. 20-22)


Thank you to Denise Davis, Tina Hill, Maureen Rowles, Joan and Peggy Larghi, Gabriela Ramirez, and Emily Arend for making delicious soups for our annual pre-Thanksgiving soup luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 21stThank you also to all the parents for providing bread and juice and to the high school student government under president Hallie Immen for all their hard work to pull off another wonderful luncheon. Thank you also to Koreen Immen, Sonia Campos-Balderas, and all others who assisted with set-up, serving, and clean-up.


School ended on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd with a half-day followed by a visit from our high school pro-life club to pray for the eternal life of the souls of the faithful departed at Tulocay Cemetery after school. Thank you to Daniel Arend for organizing this beautiful witness.


Upcoming School Events!

Nov. 28 – 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 are being held this 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.

My apologies for the erroneous schedule sent out. Please use the version attached to this e-mail or the one sent by Maria Cuevas at 4:00 P.M. this afternoon as the final version.

Nov. 28 – Christmas Wreath Sorting in the Fellowship Hall – TONIGHT! – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Thank you again for all your assistance with our most successful Christmas wreaths fundraiser ever. With 86 students, we netted over $6,000! Since space is at a premium at the school, we need to get these wreaths organized in the Fellowship Hall after hours and then picked up beginning at 7:30 A.M. tomorrow morning, Wednesday Nov. 29. Mr. Bob Quinn will be here at 6:00 p.m. tonight, Tuesday Nov. 28 and needs assistants with the project which is expected to conclude by 8:00 p.m. tonight. If you would kindly consider helping, we would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Nov. 29th – Christmas Wreaths Available for Pickup @ 7:30 A.M.

Christmas wreaths will be available for pickup beginning tomorrow, Wednesday Nov. 29th @ 7:30 A.M. in the Fellowship Hall. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR WREATHS WITHOUT FIRST VERIFYING WITH MRS. CUEVAS OR ANOTHER STAFF MEMBER. We have had numerous problems in the past with some families not receiving the proper amount and types of wreaths to distribute resulting in customer dissatisfaction. Please note: All wreaths must be collected by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, Nov. 30th since we are tight on space and the freshness of the wreaths lessens by the day inside of a warm building.

Nov. 30- Hot Lunch – Pizza -$5

First and second grade are providing hot lunch this week and pizza is on the menu. The price is $5 for a complete lunch. Seconds are included at no additional cost. All proceeds will go to benefit activities and supplies for the 1-2 class.

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.


Dec. 1 – First Friday – FULL DAY - HS Girls & Boys Basketball @ Home (Crosswalk Community Gym) vs. Cristo Rey -6:00 P.M./7:30 P.M. (FLYER ATTACHED)


Just a friendly reminder that this coming first Friday of the month, Dec. 1st, is no longer a half-day but a full day with dismissal at 3:00 P.M.


Our first high school basketball games begin on Friday, Dec. 1st with the Trinity Prep girls taking on visiting Cristo Rey @ 6:00 P.M. followed by the boys’ game @ 7:30. Both home games will take place atCrosswalk Community gym. Please see the attached schedule for the entire season.


Dec. 2 (SA) –DINE AND DONATE- Bruch w/ Santa @ Compadres Restaurant – 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.


Santa is back! This year he and Mrs. Claus have decided to move to a different venue featuring different cuisine. Please join us this coming Saturday morningDec. 2, @ Compadres Restaurant in Napafrom 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.  for the traditional pictures with Santa with a Mexican flavor! A significant portion of proceeds from breakfast and brunch will benefit our school. It will be a great way to raise the same amount of money as we have in the past (if not more) without having to do as much work. Please join us! See the attached flyer for more information.


Dec. 4 – Dec. 7 – Kolbe Homeschool “Two Crowns” Book Fair in the Hall 8:30 A.M. 4:00 P.M. – Special Evening Reception and Storytime on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)


It’s back! I am pleased to announce that we will once again be hosting a Kolbe Homeschool Two Crowns Book Fair in the Fellowship Hall beginning on Monday, Dec. 4 @ 8:30 A.M.  and ending with a special evening reception and story time on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.  Students will be able to browse during and after school all four days. The Two Crowns Book Fair is unique in thehigh quality and healthy diversity of its literature it offers for all ages and Kolbe-Trinity shares Kolbe Homeschool’s enthusiasm for cultivating the reading of good books of all types at a young age. Fortunately, this event comes just in time for those getting ready to shop for Christmas as these books make excellent gifts. And to top it off, a 20 percent minimum of all proceeds go to benefit our school! Let the shopping begin! See the attached flyer for more information.


Dec. 7 – Advent Women’s Day of Recollection – 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.


All ladies from the community are invited to attend an Advent day of recollection with Fr. Michael Liliedahl of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 7th from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. The day will include Masstwo talks, and opportunities for Confession. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be gratefully accepted. See the attached flyer for more information.


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.


Important Reminders


News and Updates


Beautiful Story Book/Advent Calendars for Sale – Only 16 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. Advent begins this Sunday!

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