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February 27th -Tuesday Memo


Feb. 28-March 1- Final Exams Continue (12:15 Dismissal)

Mar. 1 – High School Business Sponsorship Solicitations for Jog-a-Thon – 12:15 – 2:00 P.M. (Lunch Provided)

Mar. 2- NO SCHOOL – Lenten Day of Recollection for Faculty and Staff

Mar. 5 – Jog-a-Thon Business Sponsorships Due

Mar. 10 (SA) – Robert Royal Luncheon with Faculty & Parents – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.

Mar. 15 – State of the School Meeting (Mandatory Attendance for Parents)

Mar. 23 – Jog-a-Thon - 12:15 Dismissal


Feb 27, 2018

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Congratulations to our 3-4 teacher, Maureen Rowles, on the birth of her daughter Fiona born on Sunday, Feb. 25th! Mom and baby are doing great and dad, brothers, and sisters are very proud!


By the time you receive this memo, second trimester exams will have been underway for two days. To repeat what I said last week, final exams should only be major causes for stress and anxiety if the student has not done his/her due diligence in terms of consistently attending classes, doing assigned homework in a timely fashion, etc…. Most final exams, even in the upper grades, compose less than 25 percent of the total grade. While the final exam is an important assessment of cumulative knowledge, it does not usually impact the final grade in a major way – positively or negatively. Therefore, students who have performed very well throughout the trimester and expecting a poor final exam to ruin their final grade should find some consolation. Conversely, students who have performed very poorly throughout the second trimester and hope to cram for final exams in the hopes of significantly bossing their grade will often be disappointed in their final grade. With that being said, it certainly will moderately help their final grade by turning on their jets at the end and studying hard for their finals. Please assist us in ensuring the best possible exam week for your child(ren) by providing plenty of quiet time and space in your home for studying.


Due to my presence at the upcoming Santa Rosa Diocese retreat for school principals from Monday afternoon, March. 5-Wednesday afternoon, March 7, theTuesday Memo will be sent on Monday morning, March. 5th.  If you have anything that needs to be included in it, please send to the office by Friday, March 2nd @ 4:00 P.M.


Week in Review (Feb. 20- Feb. 24)


Last week may have been short on days, but it was sure busy!


On Tuesday, Feb. 20th we were very blessed to have one of our former teachers, Mr. James Bogowith, along with his wife, Lynn, return to Kolbe-Trinity for the first time in almost 27 years to catch up with old friends, enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner (thanks to Janet Bakh!), and then be regaled by Mr. Bogowith’s presentation which began with karaoke and ended with T.S. Eliot. How’s that for a combination!


Dianne Muth, Francis and Marge Crotty (founders of Kolbe Academy) were in attendance along with former board members and longtime supporters of the school Tony Ryan and John Charlesworth (accompanied by their wives Marcia Ryan and Mary Ann Charlesworth respectively). Some of Mr. Bogowith’s former students (including yours truly, Rebecca Feeney (Crotty) with husband Jeff Feeney, Eric Muth, and Molly Francisco (Crotty) with husband MichaeFrancisco. A number of current parents and staff members were also in attendance. It was a truly blessed and delightful evening.


Our workday on Sat., Feb. 24th was well-attended. Thank you to Maria Angulo, Mary Quinn, Sonia Campos-Balderas (accompanied by her helpful childrenWyatt and Whitney) and Cindy Mudge for taking time out of their busy weekend to take the time to keep our campus looking great inside and out.


Upcoming School Events!


Feb. 28-March 1- Final Exams Continue (12:15 Dismissal)


Mar. 1 – High School Business Sponsorship Solicitations for Jog-a-Thon – 12:15 – 2:00 P.M. (Lunch Provided)


Our high school students will once again by soliciting business sponsorships for the Jog-a-Thon this coming Thursday, March, 2nd immediately after school at12:15 P.M. Lunch will be provided followed by follow-up visits to shopping centers within walking distance of the school as well as additional visits to other businesses in Napa. Due to last year’s success, I am confident that this year’s high school students will meet and exceed the business donations raised by the last year’s high school students.



Mar. 5 – Jog-a-Thon Business Sponsorships Due


Although the Jog-a-Thon is not until Friday, March 23rd, there’s less than a week to go to get business sponsorships. Why the fast and hard deadline? Our t-shirt manufacturer leads enough lead time to make us t-shirts with the businesses featured on the back so let’s get moving! Remember that for every sponsorship a student obtains, he/she will be entered into a raffle to win a gift card on Tuesday, March 6th.


Mar. 10 (SA) – Robert Royal Luncheon with Faculty & Parents – 12:00 – 1:00 P.M.


We are very pleased to have Dr. Robert Royal, president of the Faith and Reason Institute, and regular commentator on EWTN’s popular news program “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” who will be the keynote speaker at our annual development dinner. The purpose of our development dinner is to grow our network of potential donors to introduce Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep to people outside our community.


Since this dinner is an invitation-only affair, some parents have expressed feeling out of the loop and disconnected with this event. I am happy to announce that for the first time, we will be hosting a complimentary luncheon for any interested parents and staff members who wish to meet Robert Royal and hear what he has to say about the importance of classical education in 2018.  The luncheon will take place the same day Sat., March. 10th, from 12:00 – 1:00 P.M. If you are planning to attend this event, please RSVP to Maria in the office (office@kolbetrinity.org) by Wednesday, March. 7th @ 4:00 P.M.


For more information about Robert Royal, see the attached biography.


News and Updates


Jog-a-Thon Business Sponsorships – WE NEED YOUR HELP!


Do you make large payments to your dentist, car mechanic, tire shop, orthodontist, CPA, etc. on a regular basis? Odds are that you are doing so more than you’d like, but there’s a silver lining in all of this. Given the amount of business you provide them, there’s a good chance they’d be much more receptive when you solicit them for a business sponsorship for our upcoming Jog-a-Thon on March 23rd.


We had one of our most successful Jog-a-Thon’s ever last year, mostly because we were able to pull in a large number of business sponsorships. Due to our success last year, we’re raising the goal from $20,000 to $25,000. I wouldn’t have raised this goal if I didn’t think this community was able to do so. In an era where schools are closing around the Bay Area, fundraising is more important than ever and some of our best fundraisers are your children! 


Thank you to Dan Arend, Joe Quinn, and Christina Angulo for bringing in the first three business sponsorships for our upcoming Jog-a-Thon on Friday, March. 23rdThey won gift cards from Dutch Bros., ITunes, and Jamba Juice and more students will have an opportunity to win more this coming Monday, but you’ll need to get at least one business sponsor to qualify. Given that there is no school this FridayMarch. 2nd, this would provide a perfect opportunity to solicit business sponsorships. Please bring the attached forms with you. You are more than welcome to get additional copies from the office.


Now Taking Orders for 2017-2018 Yearbook!


Our yearbook club students, headed up by the ever-capable Hilary Haesuer, are ready to take orders for this year’s yearbook which will be distributed in late May. Orders can be submitted to the office using the attached forms and are due no later than Friday, April 27th Don’t wait to the last minute! Secure your yearbook now!


We Still Need Your Wine Donations!


Thank you to Mary Quinn, Debbie Brumley, Joan Andrego, Lorena Herrera, Denise Davis, Susanne Heun, David Hill, Art Rono, Laura Fidler, Pam Birdsall, Emily Arend, Katie Ferrigan, and Chris and Maureen Rowles who have already generously donated wine. We still need more bottles of wine (ESPECIALLY WHITE 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. And to provide an extra incentive, you will receive a raffle ticket for every bottle donated for a $100 gift card towards a stay or spa treatment at the resort at the Indian Springs Resort and Spa in Calistoga. The more you donate, the better chance you have to win!

Prayer Requests

James Bogowith, one of our former teachers, called us last Friday to ask for prayers for the peaceful repose of his mother, Cecilia, who passed away late last week. I told him we would announce her death to the community and request prayers. Mass will be offered for the repose of her soul on Monday, March 5th.

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