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April 17th - Tuesday Memo


April 20 – Progress Reports Mailed Home

April 21 (SA) – Casino Night @ NV Distillery – 6:30 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

April 24-26 – Terra Nova Testing (Grades 1-8) in the A.M.

April 26 – Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #8 – 7:30 P.M.

May 3 – Parent Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

May 5 (SA)– High School Prom

May 10 – Mark Brumley Lecture “An Evangelical Protestant Discovers the Catholic St. Paul” (FLYER ATTACHED) – 7:30 P.M.

May 19 (SA) – Golf Tournament @ Vintner’s Golf Club in Yountville – 8:00 A.M. (FLYER ATTACHED)



April 18, 2018

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


This has been a miraculous year in many ways, particularly in regards to how we have met and exceeded our ambitious fundraising goals. The most recent example of this occurred last Friday when I announced to the entire student body that we met and exceeded our goal of raising $25,000 for the Jog-a-Thon making it our most successful Jog-a-Thon ever! This is even more amazing given that we did this with 10 fewer students than last year. Thank you again to all of the students and parents who worked so hard to make this happen. I am humbled and blessed to serve you as headmaster.


Also, thank you to those who went to The Habit Burger Grill for a dine and donate on Tuesday, March. 27thWe received almost $100 to help finance high school prom.


Upcoming School Events!


April 20 - Progress Reports Mailed Home


This coming Friday, April 20th marks the half-way point of the third trimester which means you should be receiving progress reports in the mail beginning Monday, April 23rd at the earliest. Progress reports can often be misleading, particularly for students in grades 7-12, since not all teachers have issued and graded major assignments like mid-terms and essays which count for a significant percentage of the grade. On the 7-12 progress reports, all assignments and their grades will be listed, along with missing assignments which can still be completed for partial credit. Any student receiving a C- or below in any class will also receive an informative and constructive comment detailing the reasons for the deficient performance and ways in the which the student can improve. Ialso recommend making an appointment to speak with the appropriate teacher(s) to discuss the deficiency comments in more detail.


April 21 (SA) – Casino Night @ Napa Valley Distillery – 6:30 – 9:30 P.M.


Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Casino Night this Sat. Apr. 21, is only days away! 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. Our Casino Night is ourbiggest fundraiser this year and we are aiming to reach 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!


Since the Napa Valley Distillery only has enough parking for their employees or handicapped individuals, the best way to get to the event is to take the free shuttle from the school beginning at 6:15 P.M. and will run continually from both the school and the Distillery for your convenience. Please do 


Don’t forget that babysitting will be provided at the school beginning at 6:00 P.M. and will include both adult and high school supervision. Please consider making a donation to our high school volunteers who will use a portion of the proceeds to help fund their upcoming prom on May 5th.  If you are going to be using babysitting services, please e-mail Katie Ferrigankathrynferrigan@gmail.com to RSVP.


Please keep selling 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 willwin a magnum of Hess Cabernet valued at $120! (If you can’t make that deadline, please do bring whatever you’ve sold to Casino Night the following evening.)



April 24-26 - Terra Nova Testing (Grades 1-8) in the A.M.


Beginning next Tuesday morning, April 24th, students in grades 1-8 will take the Terra Nova standardized tests to assess performance in math, language arts, science, and social studies. These standardized tests will assist us in evaluating not only the students’ academic progress, but will also help us identify strengths and challenges in our curriculum and among our faculty. Students in grades 1-6 will not have any of their regularly scheduled classes on Tuesday-Thursday (grades 7-8 will only have one of the their regularly-scheduled morning classes) which will result in a smaller homework load and, hopefully, more rest and relaxation going into these tests.


News and Updates


Service Hours Reminder #4!


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 20 – Date Night @ St. Apollinaris – 7:00 P.M.


Happy Easter to all of you!  We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Easter season and its abundant Graces.  Our next Date Night is this Friday and we hope you will be able to join us as we continue our study of Familiaris Consortio with sessions 8 and 9 (FC articles 28-35) in the "Call to Families" workshop, The Role of The Christian Family Serving Life".  We hope you will come and hang out with some great couples and maybe take something away that will benefit your marriage and family.


Once again we will be in the Youth Room at 7:00 for wine, beer and appetizers and the program will follow at 7:30.  As always, child care is available but if you are bringing your kids let us know so we can have an idea of how many we will have.


We look forward to being with you all and have a Blessed week!

Walt and Pam Birdsall


April 25 – Protest, Prayer, and Rally Against CA Assembly Bills 2576 & 2926 @ Capitol Building in Sacramento – 1:30 P.M. (Education Committee Hearing)


If you have children enrolled here, at other private schools, or homeschooled, this directly affects you! The California State Assembly is currently debating and considering two bills (AB 2756 and AB 2926) that will have exceedingly negative consequences for parents with homeschooled students or students enrolled in private Catholic schools such as Kolbe-Trinity. Regina Caeli Academy, a private school satellite program for homeschoolers in California, will be coordinating a protest, prayer, and rally at the capitol building in Sacramento next Wednesday, April 25th beginning at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Duncan will be attending this function and we would like to see as many parents from our school attend, if possible. Please meet in the gravel lot at the school at 11:45 A.M. on Wednesday, April 25th to carpool to this important event. Please call Mr. Duncan at the school if you are planning to attend.


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