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March 27th -Tuesday Memo


Mar. 27 – Dine & Donate to Benefit HS Prom @ The Habit Burger Grill (Trancas St. Location) – 5:00 – 10:00 P.M. – TONIGHT!

Mar. 28 – Jog-a-Thon 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Confessions: 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M. – Full Day of School

Mar. 29 – Holy Thursday (Half-Day – Confessions: 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M. -11:30 Dismissal – Office Closes @ 4:00 P.M.)

Mar. 30 – Good Friday (No School –Office Closes @ 11:30 A.M.)

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 27, 2018

Tuesday in Holy Week


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


As we approach the most important time of the liturgical year with the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter solemnity which begins on Holy Saturday evening with the Easter Vigil and continues through Easter Sunday, I want to encourage you and your family to take full advantage of all of the beautiful upcoming liturgies as well as to take advantage of opportunities for confession. Just a friendly reminder that every Catholic is required to make a confession at least once a year (if not in the state of grace), and to then receive Communion while in the state of grace at least once during the upcoming Easter Season which lasts 50 days through the Solemnity of Pentecost.


Hopefully our practices of self-denial during Lent have drawn us closer to Our Lord and have made us aware of the role each and every one of us has played in nailing Christ to the Cross. At this time of the year, confession lines in parishes are very long on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, so I am happy to announce that you can avoid the lines and crowds by taking advantage of our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter’s, generous offer to hear confessions this Wednesday and Thursday morning from 10:00 – 11:30 A.M.


I pray that you and your family have a very rewarding Triduum, a glorious Easter, and a that your children enjoy some well-deserved time off during Easter week before we head into the home stretch.


Week in Review (March 18-March 24)


Last week was very busy and began with a rare Sunday event on March 18th featuring two of our teachers, Aaron and Laura Fidler, who generously offered their musical vocal and violin talents at anafternoon concert, to help raise money for the school. A big thank you to all those who showed up, to Laura and Aaron, and to Emily Arend for spending her Sunday preparing delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy following the concert.


Monday March 19th, was the Solemnity of St. Joseph and we were very blessed to have Fr. David Jenuwine from St. Apollinairs offer a sung Traditional Latin Mass, with a beautiful homily provided by our chaplain Fr. Gary Sumpter. Our high school choir, accompanied by Mr. Fitzpatrick on the organ, provided some very beautiful music to add the festivities honoring the Patron of the Universal Church. Following Mass, the entire student body, teachers, and guests enjoyed donuts. It was a truly wonderful day off of Lent!


If you weren’t in attendance for Fr. Gary Sumpter’s talk on St. Hilary of Poitiers last Thursday, March 22nd, you missed a good one! Don’t worry….you still have three opportunities to learn more about the Fathers of the Church from Fr. Gary, starting again on Thursday, April 26th @ 7:30 P.M.  Mark your calendars now and don’t miss it!


Thank you to Cindy Mudge, Eric Forestall, and Gianna and Dominic Bertolini for attending our March workday on Saturday, March 24th. Workdays provide ample opportunity to complete your required 30 service hours and avoid a higher registration fee next year. There are only two workdays left, but plenty of opportunities to volunteer in other ways.


A big thank you to Bob and Mary Quinn, Anna Hickey, and Allison Bertolini, who took time the same Saturday morning to debrief regarding this year’s successful development dinner and find ways to make it even more successful next year.


Upcoming School Events!


Tuesday – March 27th – TONIGHT – Dine & Donate @ The Habit Burger Grill -5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.


Thanks to junior Emily CarrThe Habit Burger Grill (Trancas Street Location Only!) has agreed to host a Dine & Donate to help raise money for the upcoming high school prom. Tonight, beginning at 5:00 P.M. and continuing until 10:00 P.M, when you purchase dinner with your family and friends, the school will receive a generous 20 percent of your total bill. You MUST bring your flyer with you when you order and this Dine & Donate is only valid at the Trancas Street location. See you tonight!


Mar. 28 – Jog-a-Thon 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Confessions: 10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M. – Full Day of School


Due to the torrential rains last week, we had to postpone our Jog-a-Thon until tomorrow, March 28th. We are very much within 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. Hopefully, you were able to make use of the extra weekend to round up more sponsors. If not, you still have one more night to do it!  Remember that individual sponsorships can either be a flat-rate or on a per-lap basis. Thank you for your support. Happy jogging!


News and Updates


Get Your Casino Night Tickets Before the Price Goes Up…Only FIVE DAYS LEFT TO LOCK IN YOUR LOWER PRICE!


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 only five daysuntil 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 11:30 A.M. on Friday, March 30th.


Speaking of Casino Night, your child will soon be receiving an envelope containing information and instant wine-cellar tickets for our Easter Break Family Challenge. The family that sells the most tickets and submits the money and ticket stubs by 4:00 P.M. on Friday, April 20th will win a magnum of Hess Cabernet valued at $120! Our Casino Night is our biggest fundraiser this year and we are aiming toreach our budgeted goal of $50,000!  A crazy and unrealistic goal? Perhaps, but given the way we’ve all stepped up to increase our funds this year, I know we are capable of making this happen. Let’s do it!


Service Hours Reminder #2!


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 tocontribute 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 make up 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 is only a little more than 2 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!


No Tuesday Memo Next Week


Due to the Easter Week break, there will be no Tuesday Memo on April 3rd. The Tuesday Memo will resume on April 10th.


Inquiries and Shadow Students


Due to the closure of St. Helena Catholic School which was made official recently, we have been receiving a very large number of inquiries for next school year. Because of this, please note that theadministrative and office staff will be busier than usual. If it takes a bit longer to receive and e-mail back, phone call, or schedule a meeting, it is most likely due to this so please bear with us.  Alongside inquiries, we are also anticipating a large volume of potential students spending “shadow” days in the classroom beginning the week after Easter until the end of the school year. Thank you for your understanding.


Now Taking Orders for 2017-2018 Yearbook!


Our yearbook club students, headed up by the ever-capable Hilary Haeuser, 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 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