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April 10th - Tuesday Memo


April 12 – Hot Lunch – Pizza! – $5 (Benefits 1/2 Class)

April 14 (SA) – April Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. (Postponed)

April 16- WASC/WCEA Initial Accreditation Visit

April 17 – Prom Deposit Due!

April 20 – Progress Reports Mailed Home

April 21 (SA) – Casino Night @ NV Distillery – 7:00 – 9:30


April 10, 2018

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Alleluia! Christ is Risen! May the joy of the Risen Christ fill you and your family during Eastertide and beyond. Due to last week’s break and my attendance today at a diocesan principals meeting in Ukiah, this week’s memo is in the short side. Hopefully I didn’t miss too many important things!


I hope you were able to take advantage of the Easter break to catch up on projects, spend some much-needed time with your children, and get some relaxation in as well. From this point until the end of the year, it will be busy, intense, hectic, and to add to the that, we won’t be having an additional day off until Memorial Day. So let’s all try to be mindful of budgeting our time properly so we can perform to our utmost and do all things in charity.


Week in Review (March 26-March 29)


Our last-minute Dine and Donate on Tuesday night, March 27th at The Habit Burger Grill was well attended. Thank you to junior Emily Carr for setting this up and to all you who bought dinner! We’ll hope to be able to provide you with the total next week.


We had perfect weather for our Jog-a-Thon and Wednesday, March 28th and it was a truly blessed day for all involved thanks to the hard work of the Jog-a-Thon coordinators (Mary Quinn, Toni Williams, and Anna Hickey) teachers, staff, parent guild social event coordinator Emily Arend for providing food, and most importantly the students who so far have raised over $15,000 (we hope to have a significantly higher final number to share with you next week) with the crucial help and assistance of their parents, who also played a significant part in the proceedings for the day. A big thank you to Hilary Haeuser, Cindy Mudge, David Montanez, Sergio and Maria Angulo, Koreen Immen, Katie Duncan, and probably others that I’ve forgotten. So many parents turned out to help, it was hard to keep track of them all! Thank you all again!


Upcoming School Events!


April 16- WASC/WCEA Initial Accreditation Visit


This coming Monday, April 16th, we will have our initial visit from representatives of both WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association).The visit will include interviews with the administrative team composed of Mr. Duncan, a board member, and myself, all-day observations of classes, concluding with a closed-door meeting exclusively with select parents. We hope to receive a stamp of approval as a candidate for accreditation to be completed within three years. Please keep the school in your prayers as it enters this important phase in its development.


News and Updates


Prom Deposit Due April 17


Attention all parents with high school students attending prom! Your deposit of $120 is due no later than 4:00 P.M. on Tuesday, April 17th. Another reminder that any Trinity Prep student who is being accompanied by someone outside the school community must meet with Mr. Duncansign the Code of Conduct form, and get his approval. If you have any questions, please contact prom chair Mary Birdsall at mbirdsall4@yahoo.com. Thank you.


Get Your Casino Night Tickets


Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Casino Night on Sat. Apr. 21, is fast-approaching. Tickets are $130. If you are paying by check, you will need to mail your check into the office or drop it off in person. 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.


Speaking of Casino Night, your child received an envelope containing information and instant wine-cellar tickets for our Easter Season 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 #3!


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!



Inquiries and Shadow Students


Due to the closure of St. Helena Catholic School, we are receiving a very large number of inquiries for next school year. Because of this, please note that the administrative and office staff will be busier than usual. If it takes a bit longer to receive an e-mail back, a phone call, or schedule a meeting, it is most likely due to this so uptick, so please bear with us.  Alongside inquiries, we are also anticipating a large volume of potential students spending “shadow” days in the classroom beginning this week and continuing 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 14 – Valley of the Sacred Heart Annual Wine Tasting Benefit– 5:30 P.M. – St. Mary’s Parish Hall – Vacaville.


Valley of the Sacred Heart Hybrid Academy located in Dixon will hold its Annual Wine Tasting event April 14th. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Vacaville. There will be food, wine tasting, beer, silent auction and more. We are pleased to welcome guest speaker Fr. Sean Sheridan, President of Franciscan University of Steubenville. Please come and support Valley of the Sacred Heart Academy and share in our exciting undertaking of opening a Catholic Chesterton High School and Montessori elementary. Tickets are available by calling Chris Simpson at 530-574-0804 to reserve your tickets. Tickets are one for $40 and two for $70. For more information about this event and Valley of the Sacred Heart Academy, visit www.valleyofthesacredheart.com


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