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March 20th - Tuesday Memo



Mar. 22 – Hot Lunch –Pizza ($5- Benefits High School Prom) – Fr. Gary Sumpter -Fathers of the Church- Lecture #7- 7:30 P.M.

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

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

Mar. 29 – Holy Thursday (Half-Day – 11:30 Dismissal – Office Closes @ 4:00 P.M.)

Mar. 30 – Good Friday (No School –Office Closed)

April 2 – Easter Monday (No School – Office Closed)

April 3-6 Easter Break Continues (No School – Office Open: 7:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.)

April 9 – School Resumes

April 16- WASC/WCEA Initial Accreditation Visit



March 20, 2018

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Tuesday in Passion Week (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


As we enter the fifth week of Lent and approach Holy Week, the Church offers us many reminders to prepare for upcoming liturgies of Holy Thursday, GoodFriday, and Easter Sunday. One tradition that has fallen out of practice in the last fifty years, but is still encouraged in the Roman Missal of 2011 and is now in its second year as a tradition at the school, is the veiling of statues and other sacred images beginning on Sunday of the Fifth Week of Lent and continuing until Good Friday when the body of Christ on the cross is dramatically unveiled at the Good Friday service before veneration. Other statues and sacred images remain veiled until Easter Sunday so that we can concentrate our focus on the image of Christ on the Cross as we mourn his death and await his triumphant Resurrection. As we approach Easter Sunday and a well-deserved Easter break, please assist us in reinforcing the sacredness of this season in your home by minimizing distractions, increasing time for prayer, and providing for periods of silent reflection.


Week in Review (March 12-16)


If you missed last Thursday’s annual State of the School meeting, you not only missed out on an opportunity to receive a $50 mandatory meeting fee credit, but you missed some important information and updates, most of it very positive and encouraging. Thanks to Gabriela Ramriez and Britney Herring who stepped in at the last minute to assist Emily Arend who needed to take care of her sick child, we had a wonderful beer/wine/appetizer reception from 6:30 – 7:00 P.M. followed by the main presentation which concluded exactly at 8:00 P.M.


The most important announcement I made at last Thursday’s meeting was that after decades as Kolbe Academy, Trinity Grammar & Prep, and now Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep, our school will be officially changing its name in time for the 2018-2019 academic year. Why the name change?


First of all, in 1980 when the founding families of Kolbe Academy wanted to name the school they were founding, they named it Kolbe Academy after then-Bishop Hurley recommended against their original name choice. In humble obedience to the bishop, they acceded to his recommendation and named it after the recently-beatified Maximilian Kolbe who was later canonized in 1982.


Secondly, both the names Kolbe Academy and Trinity Grammar and Prep have not always had the best reputation in the Napa Valley and within the Diocese of Santa Rosa for various and sundry reasons. Much of the poor reputation has been underserved, but some of it has not been.  A name change does not signify a departure from the core values of Catholic identity and a classical curriculum, but does signify an attempt to move on from some less-than-perfect elements in the past of both Kolbe Academy & Trinity Grammar and Prep.


Third, and finally, a name change will hopefully remove the confusion that many in both the local Catholic and larger worldwide Catholic community have regarding Kolbe Homeschool and Kolbe-Trinity. Although collaboration and crossover exist in many ways, the organizations are two separate 501c3 non-profit institutions with similar, yet different focusses, target audiences, etc…..The name change attempts eliminate much of the time spent by both organizations in re-directing phone calls, e-mails, etc. to the other institution and general confusion surrounding both entities.


The board of directors, headed by Tom Huss, hopes to continue analyzing potential new names and make an official announcement sooner rather than later.Please keep the leadership of the school in your prayers as we make this important decision.


Upcoming School Events!


Mar. 22 - Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #7 – 7:30 P.M.


The 7th session of a 10-part series on the Fathers of the Church will be given by our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter at 7:30pm in the hall. This month he will speak onSt. Hilary of Poitiers. There is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted. Please join us to be enlightened and inspired!

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


As I pointed out at last Thursday’s State of the School meeting, I have been very encouraged by the increased participation of students (and their parents) in all grades in recent fundraisers like the Christmas wreaths fundraiser and the upcoming Jog-a-Thon. We have almost doubled our business sponsorship totalsover last year’s Jog-a-Thon to bring in over $10,000 which means that we are very much in striking distance of reaching our goal of raising $25,000. All we need to do is equal or better the amount of money we raised last year of individual sponsorships totaling a manageable, but still challenging amount of $15,000. I want to continue to encourage students (and their parents), especially in grades TK-8, to use the last three days available to visit their neighborhoods, call parents’ friends and family, etc. to help us reach our goal. Remember that individual sponsorships can either be a flat-rate or on a per-lap basis. Thank you for your support!


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


As we continue to broaden our outreach and hope to attract more families to come to this wonderful school, it is more important than ever to keep our campus looking attractive, presentable, and professional. Since we rely on volunteers to maintain the campus, monthly Saturday workdays are crucial for repairing, beautifying, and maintaining our campus so that it always has a fresh look. Our monthly Saturday workday will occur this coming Saturday, Mar. 24thfrom 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. As usual, high quality coffee and donuts will be provided. Please see the attached updated maintenance list and take advantage of the opportunities offered to earn your required 30 service hours per family…..more on that to follow.


News and Updates


Get Your Casino Night Tickets Before the Price Goes Up!


Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Casino Night on Sat. Apr. 21, is fast-approaching and with it the deadline to purchase tickets at the $110 level before they go up to $130. You have until 11:59 P.M. on Holy Saturday March 31st to purchase your tickets at the $110 level. After that, the price will be $130 per ticket so buy them now and save money! If you are paying by check, you will need to mail your check into the office or drop it off in person by the previously mentioned deadline. If paying by credit/debit card, you can either reserve and pay online at kolbetrinity.ejoinme.org/casinonight2017or pay over the phone by calling the office @ 707-258-9030 before 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 29th.




Joan Andrego is the winner of our instant wine cellar raffle and will receive a $100 gift certificate towards a stay or spa treatment at the Indian Springs Resort and Spa in CalistogaThank you to all the parents who donated wine and to Eric Muth for securing this gift certificate for Joan to enjoy!


Service Hours Reminder!


As we begin to approach the end of the 2017-2018 academic year, I wanted to once again remind you that as part of the tuition contract you signed over the summer last year, you agreed to contribute 30 service hours. These service hours are crucial since, hard is it may be to believe, your tuition only accounts for a little over 60 percent of the cost it takes to educate your child(ren). Fundraising attempts to complete the rest of the required money needed, but even with our increasingly robust fundraising in 2017-2018 which began with our Thanksgiving Appeal, we don’t anticipate that fundraising will cover the difference entirely. This is why we rely on families to make up the difference with thirty service hours. There are less than 3 and ½ months to reach that number and report your hours to the office or your registration fees for 2018-2019 will increase substantially. There’s still ample time, but the window is beginning to close.  There are plenty of opportunities to serve!


Meals Still 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. The Buyarskis still need a meal on Friday, March 23rd and Monday, March 26th.  Please visit the following website to sign up! https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/205wke Thank you for your generous assistance!


Donations Still 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 yourdonations 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!


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!


Upcoming Community Events!


April 24 (SA) – “Dynamic Work/Life Balance & the Importance of Self-Care” @ St. Helena Montessori - 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.



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