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March 13th -Tuesday Memo

Mar. 15 – Hot Lunch- Breakfast for Lunch! $5 – State of the School Meeting 6:30 – 8:00 (Mandatory Attendance for Parents)

Mar. 18 –(SU) – Aaron & Laura Fidler Benefit Concert 2:00 P.M.

Mar. 19- Traditional Latin High Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph – 7:55 A.M. – Donuts after Mass

Mar. 20-22 – TERRA NOVA STANDARDIZED TESTING – GRADES 1-8 Postponed until Apr. 24-26

Mar. 23 – Jog-a-Thon - 12:15 Dismissal (NO MASS)

Mar. 24 (SA) – Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Mar. 29 – Holy Thursday (Half-Day – 11:30 Dismissal)

Mar. 30 – Good Friday (No School)

April 2-6 – Easter Week Break (No School)

April 9 – School Resumes



March 13, 2018

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


One of the increasingly-positive elements at the school has been the increased participation of students in fundraising activities. We saw that last November when we had our most successful Christmas wreaths fundraiser ever and preliminary numbers for this upcoming Jog-a-Thon on March 23rd indicate that we have reached our highest amount ever in business sponsorships by doubling the amount of money raised from business sponsors over last year’s total for grand total of $10,150!  Both of these are even more noteworthy since we have twelve fewer students enrolled here than we did last year. I want to thank not only the students, however, but the parents for their support in assisting the students in acquiring these donations.


Speaking of the Jog-a-Thon, we are within reasonable striking distance of reaching our goal of $25,000 if we can equal or better last year’s individual sponsorships….which means we need your help now more than ever! All we need is a little less than $200 per student and we will reach that goal. The more individual donations students get from their neighborhood and community, the less excuse they have to ask you!


Week in Review (March 5-10)


We began the third trimester with a very successful development dinner on Saturday night, March 10th. Our dinner with Robert Royal, president and founder of the Faith and Reason Institute, author, and frequent contributor to EWTN’s “The World Over with Raymond Arroyo” as part of the so-called “papal posse” was a resounding success. Preliminary reports indicate that we have substantially exceeded the total from last year’s development dinner with Patrick Coffin.

Once we have a final net amount to announce, we will certainly do so.


Thank you to Anna Hickey for spearheading this event, to Bob Quinn (assisted by local food specialist Kelly Fong) and Emily Arend for providing delicious appetizers, a main course, and wonderful desserts, to alumna Brianna Hickey and her boyfriend Marc Rensburger for tending bar, to our high school student volunteers organized and supervised by former teacher and vice-principal, Nancy Jaminet, and thank you to alumna Anna Arend for inspiring our potential donors to give through her heartfelt request. Thank you also to board members Mary Quinn and Eric Muth for many hours of work behind the scenes to make this event happen.  And thank you all for your ongoing support and prayers!


Upcoming School Events!

Mar. 15 – State of the School Meeting (Mandatory Attendance for Parents) – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.


As we are roughly two-thirds of the way through the school year, we are provided with a great opportunity to reflect on the situation of the school: where it stands and what lies ahead. This is the second of two mandatory meetings held at the school and it is VERY important for all parents to attend and sign in to receive a credit of $50 to your “mandatory meeting fee” account. Proceedings will commence on Thursday, March 15th with a social half-hour from 6:30 – 7:00 P.M. followed by the main presentation from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. Please mark this calendars and make every effort to attend.


Mar. 18 –(SU) – Aaron & Laura Fidler Benefit Concert 2:00 P.M.


Come enjoy an afternoon of music benefitting Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep. Classically-trained soprano Laura Fidler will be singing works by Brahms, Berlioz, Argento, Arne, and Verdi. Professional violinist Aaron Fidler will play Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 5. Accompanying them both on piano will be John Simon. 
The recital will take place in the Fellowship Hall, and doors will open at 1:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided by Emily Arend.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Childcare is available at no additional chargeCall 707-258-9030 for tickets. There are a limited amount of tickets available so don’t wait till the last minute to reserve your spot!  See the attached flyer for more details.


Mar. 19- Traditional Latin High Mass for the Solemnity of St. Joseph – 7:55 A.M. - Donuts after Mass


Since we encourage our students to take the Lenten season seriously, we also encourage them to enjoy a day off of Lent. This will occur this coming Monday, March 19 with a Traditional Latin High Mass for the Feast of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. David Jenuwine, with our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter giving the homily. Following Mass, we will have coffee, juice, and donuts for all students and parents. Please join us in celebrating St. Joseph and a day off of Lent!


News and Updates


Meals Needed for the Buyarksi Family!


Congratulations to Everett and Melissa Buyarksi on the early and healthy birth of their fifth son, David Joseph Buyarksi. Fortunately, both Melissa and Everett’s parents have been around to assist with things, but now that they are leaving, we need the Kolbe-Trinity community to provide some assistance. And there’s no better way to do this than providing meals for them beginning this Friday, March 16th and continuing until Wednesday, March 28th. Please visit the following website to sign up! https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/205wke Thank you for your generous assistance!



Donations Needed for Easter Egg Hunt on Wednesday, March 28th


High school student government is organizing an Easter egg hunt for the younger students on Wednesday afternoon, March 28th. We are kindly requesting your donations of wrapped nut-free candy, small novelties, and plastic eggs. Please turn in your donations by 4:00 P.M. on Monday, March 26th. Thank you for your generosity!


Report Cards Mailed Out on Friday


Second Trimester Report Cards will be mailed home this coming Friday, March 16thIf you have not received your report card by Wednesday, March 21st, please contact the office. If you have received your report card and have questions or concerns, please contact me and I will be happy to direct you to the corresponding teacher and Mr. Duncan. Thank you.


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!


Thank You for Your Wine Donations!


One last 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, Chris and Maureen Rowles, Gabriela Ramirez, Ricardo and Maria Cuevas, Rod and Maureen Thoits, Eric Muth, and Chuck and Hilary Haeuser for generously donating wine for our instant wine cellar raffle (value of $20 and up) for our upcoming Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21stOur instant wine cellar is now completely stocked thanks to your generous donations! God bless you!


Upcoming Community Events!


March 14, 2018 – Informational Evening with Dr. Leonard Sax MD, PHD  – 6:30 P.M. – St. Helena Montessori School


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Please join us for a thought-provoking evening with Leonard Sax MD PhD, a physician, psychologist and author of four best-selling books for parents.  Dr. Sax will raise and answer important questions such as:
Why are American kids so much more likely to be anxious or depressed compared with American kids from the same demographic just twenty years ago? (hint: there are multiple factors in play)

What can parents do to greatly improve the odds that their child will grow up to be healthy, happy, and successful? (this isn't a guess; it's a robust empirical finding based on multiple longitudinal cohort studies)

What is the most important virtue American parents must teach their children? (hint: this virtue is downright un-American)

What important message for American parents did we learn at the Grammy Awards, January 28 2018?

What are some key tips for parents in planning a family vacation - in order to strengthen the family?(no, you don't have to go camping)

What is the meaning of life? (no, that's not a joke - the answer comes at the end of the talk)

The focus of the evening will be on practical, concrete strategies that parents can begin deploying immediately, at zero cost (zero monetary cost, that is).  These strategies are proven to improve the odds for children and for teens!

















March 16 – Date Night @ St. Apollinaris – 7:40 P.M.

We will once again have Date Night on Friday, March 16th continuing our review of Familiaris Consortio.  This week the subject will be a continuation of "Forming a Community of Persons" which we began last month and which continues with JPII's discussion on the role and dignity of women, the role of men as husbands and fathers, and the rights and dignity of children and the elderly (Familiaris Consortio Articles 21 through 27).  Good and important and relevant stuff!


We will do our Lenten "late start" again to allow you all time to attend the Stations of the Cross at 7:00, so plan on meeting in the Youth Room right after and we will begin by around 7:40.  Plenty of snacks, wine and beer (for those who haven't given them up:() and child care available as usual.


We look forward to seeing you all there!


Walt and Pam Birdsall


April 27-29 – Maris Stella Institute Weekend Retreat w/ Fr. Gary Sumpter


Fr. Gary Sumpter is leading a silent retreat the last weekend of April at San Damiano in Danville for the Maris Stella Institute.  Anyone from the school community is welcome to attend. The theme of the talks is following in the footsteps of St. Joseph and there will also be Mass, adoration, confession, and Liturgy of the Hours. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Buyarski at mebuyarski@gmail.com . See the attached flyer for more information.

Prayer Requests

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