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January 9,2018 - Tuesday Memo


Jan. 10 – Parents Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

Jan. 11 – Hot Lunch – Pizza - $5 (Benefits 1/2 Class)

Jan. 12 – HS Girls and Boys Basketball Home Game vs. John Adams Academy @ Crosswalk – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

Jan. 13 (SA) – 7/8 Girls Basketball vs. St. Rose @ St. Helena Montessori – 12:15 P.M.

Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Day – No School

Jan. 16 – HS Girls and Boys Basketball Away @ New Life – 6:00/7:30 P.M.

Jan 20 – January Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)

Jan 25 – Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #5 – 7:30 P.M.

Jan 28 (SU) – Joe Scheidler (Anti-Abortion Activist) Talk @ 7:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)

Feb 3 (SA) – Open House for Prospective Parents and Students – 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Jan 9, 2018

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time

Feria of Epiphany (Old Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Happy New Year! I pray that your Christmas break was rewarding and relaxing and gave you the time to pause and enter into the beauty of this holy season. You may have noticed the wonderful facelift our front office received in the week following New Year’s Day. Thanks to Yul and Maria Vieyra, Maria’s brother, Rigoberto Hurtado and our own Maria Cuevas who spent the bulk of last Friday adding a new color of paint, new curtains, and re-arranging the furniture to give our office a more attractive and welcoming look. Please join me in thanking all of them for their hard work and dedication to this school.


As we approach the mid-point of the second trimester and the mid-point of the academic year, it bears reminding that the second half of the year has traditionally been a more challenging time of the year which can sometimes, unfortunately, bring more discord, tension, and shorter fuses among everybody in the school community. While some of this is unavoidable and expected due to the usual letdown after the holiday season, rainy weather, and the inevitable sacrifices and trials that we seem to face more intensely during the upcoming season of Lent, there are ways of mitigating these issues to maintain peace in our small community. I challenged our faculty and reminded them recently to set a positive tone for the second half of the year and I similarly challenge the parents to also do likewise so that we can all provide a good and loving example to the children and adolescents here at the school.


Our community was saddened by the recent passing of tk-kindergarten teacher Jennifer Warner’s father, John Mari, late last week. Before his untimely passing, members of our community quickly stepped up to provide meals to Sean and the Warner children so that Jennifer could spend time with her father and that the burden on Sean and his father, Warren, could be lightened. I was truly touched by the outpouring of support and I know the Warner family greatly appreciated it.


Upcoming School Events!


Jan. 10 – Parents Guild Meeting – 7:00 P.M.


Please join us tomorrow (Wednesday) evening in the X-Room for our monthly parents guild meeting at 7:00 P.M. The parents guild provides assistance to the faculty and staff at the school for all sorts of different projects which are important for building school unity and fellowship. Due to Burbank Housing using our hall downstairs for an affordable-housing presentation, there will be a large number of cars in our parking lot which may necessitate parking in the gravel lot or the dirt infield.


Jan. 11 – Hot Lunch – Pizza - $5 (Benefits 1/2 Class)


This coming Thursday’s hot lunch will be prepared by the 1/2 class with proceeds benefiting their future field trips, classroom projects, and other activities. Lunch will include pizza, a drink, and a side and/or dessert. Students may get second helpings at no additional charge if they are still hungry.


Jan. 12 - HS Girls and Boys Basketball Home Game vs. John Adams Academy @ Crosswalk – 6:00/7:30 P.M.


League basketball has begun! Come root on the Crusaders this coming Friday night at Crosswalk as both the girls and boys will host John Adams Academy. The girls will play at 6:00 and boys at 7:30.Go Crusaders!


Jan. 13 (SA) - 7/8 Girls Basketball vs. St. Rose @ St. Helena Montessori – 12:15 P.M.


Junior high girls basketball has begun! Our 7/8 girls, led by Coach David Hill with assistance from John Corrigan, will be taking on St. Rose School at the St. Helena Montessori gym this coming Saturdayat 12:15 P.M. Hope to you see you there!


Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School


There will be no classes and the office will be closed this coming Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday.


Jan. 20 (SA)– January Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Due to the very busy and hectic schedule in December, we had to cancel our workday last month which means we’ll need to make up for lost time. We’ll also need more help than usual since we’ll be sprucing up the campus for our upcoming open house in early February. Please make an effort to attend the January workday. I have a provided an updated maintenance list as an attachment to this memo.


Jan. 25 - Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #5 – 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.


Jan 28 (SU) – Joe Scheidler (Anti-Abortion Activist) Talk @ 7:00 P.M. (Flyer Attached)


The great pro-life hero, Joe Scheidler, is coming to Napa Valley to speak on Sunday, Jan. 28, 7pm. You are invited to join us for a powerful & inspiring talk by this man who has been called the "Godfather of Pro-Life Activism". 


The founder of Pro-Life Action League in Chicago in 1980, Scheidler has been on the front lines of fighting abortion, saving babies and helping mothers for 40 years. He won a landmark case at the Supreme Court against NOW, and has inspired countless young pro-life leaders everywhere to courageously stand up for the sanctity of life. Come be inspired! No charge. Donations gratefully accepted.


Flyer is attached. Please help spread the word on Scheidler's visit. Tell all your pro-life friends!


Upcoming Community Events!


Jan 26 – St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Dinner & Fundraiser – 6:00 P.M.


The St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Dinner and Fundraiser will be held on Friday, January 26 from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Dinner will include an entrée, salad, vegetables, coffee and dessert. Tickets are $15.00 per person. A silent auction and raffle will be held at dinner. Don’t wait – buy your tickets NOW before they run out. For more information, contact Bob Quinn 259-4800 or Ken Dumars at 255-4916No tickets will be sold at the door.


News and Updates


We Need Your Wine Donations!


We need 50 more bottles of wine for our instant wine cellar raffle (value of $20 and up) for our upcoming Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21st. Please be generous as this is our biggest and most important fundraiser of the year and we need it to be a success.


Two Crowns Book Fair Materials Have Arrived!


If you ordered books at December’s Two Crowns Book Fair, they are waiting for you in the office. Please inform Maria when you are taking your books and/or if you are missing any of the items you ordered. Thanks!


Monastic Wine Cozies for Sale….from Cindy Mudge


Have you seen the monk/nun wine cozies in the office? They are available for $12 per cozy. Purchase of these will help the new Catechism of the Good Shepherd program at Saint Mary's in Vacaville. Please see Maria in the office if you are interested. If paying by check, make it out to St. Mary’s Parish in Vacaville. Thank you for your support!


Cindy Mudge

Prayer Requests

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Jennifer Warner’s father, John Mari, who passed away last Friday, Jan. 5th. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace.

I was also informed over the break that Dr. Arthur (Art) E. Hippler, a former parent of students at Kolbe Academy in the 1980’s and 1990’s, died from injuries sustained in a car accident in early December. Although he was raised a Catholic in St. Louis, MO, he left the Church and remained away for thirty years. Upon returning to the faith of his youth, he became a shining light in the Napa Catholic community, particularly at his home parish of St. Apollinaris, and then in Alaska where he moved in the mid-1990’s and remained until his death. His son, Allen, was one of my best friends growing up in elementary school.  May his soul rest in peace.

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