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April 24th - Tuesday Memo


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

April 26 – Student Government-Sponsored Hot Lunch –Mac N’ Cheese w/ Bacon! -$5 - Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church – Lecture #8 – 7:30 P.M.

April 27 – Yearbook Orders Due

April 28 – April Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. CANCELLED

May 3 – 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 24, 2018

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, Martyr


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


It was great seeing many of you at Casino Night at the Napa Valley Distillery last Saturday, April 21st. A fun night of eating, drinking, and gambling (all for a good cause, of course) was had by all. More on that later.


By now you should have received third trimester progress reports in the mail. If you have any questions or concerns, please follow up with the teacher(s) in question or, if you believe necessary, don’t hesitate to make an appointment to see Mr. Duncan and myself.


Week in Review – Apr. 16-21


Last Monday, April 16th, we were visited by representatives from both the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), who interviewed Mr. Duncan and myself, representatives from the board, and parents. They also observed a number of classes as part of their process to determine whether they will grant us candidacy status towards accreditation. We hope to hear from them soon and will share their findings with you as soon as possible.


Our Casino Night fundraiser at the Napa Valley Distillery on April 21 was a blast thanks to the following people.


Thanks, first of all, to all parents and supporters of the school who purchased tickets and attended the event.


Thank you, first and foremost, to Emily Arend for chairing the event. Thank you also to Katie Ferrigan for co-chairing and to John Ferrigan and Anna Arend for designing signs, posters, and invitations.


A big shout out to Colleen Roche and the Roche family for soliciting many donations and donating thousands of dollars in silent auction items and pouring wine, not to mention tying those beautiful ribbons around the small champagne bottles.


Thank you to Cindy Mudge for soliciting donations, marketing the event to the Napa hotels and B&B’s, and for assistance with childcare, with help for Mara Montanez, for the event itself.


Many thanks to Gabriella Ramirez, Brittany Herring, Sonia Campos-Balderas, Megan Quinn, Ashley Huss who helped set up the event, to Sonia Campos-Balderas, Ashley Huss, Megan Quinn, Katie and John Ferrigan, Mike and Adrianna Mautner, and David Montanez for working the eventand to Walt and Pam Birdsall, Jay Hipolito, Gabriella Ramirez, Brittany Herring, Wendy and Tom Huss, Ashley Huss, Megan Quinn, Sonia Campos-Balderas, Mary Birdsall for cleaning up after the event.


Thank you also to Pat and Sue Arend, Anna Hickey, Carole Duncan, Hilary Haeuser, Denise Davis, Sophia Castaneda, Eric Muth, Pam Birdsall, Susanne Heun, Maria Cuevas for all of their help in multiple capacities.


Finally, gratitude to Bob Quinn who provided a sound system at the event to Mary Rowles who got Steltzner pouring wine and to Jennie Alba for making beautiful cookies for dessert.


God bless you all!


Upcoming School Events!



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


This morning students in grades 1-8 starting taking the Terra Nova standardized tests to assess performance in math, language arts, science, and social studies. These standardized tests will assist us inevaluating 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.


April 27 – Yearbook Orders Due!


Our yearbook club students, headed up by the ever-capable Hilary Haeuser, have been taking 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 this Friday, April 27th Don’t wait to the last minute! Secure your yearbook now!


April 28 – April Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. CANCELLED


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


If you are a parent and have volunteered at the school this year, you are very much in the majority. If you are one of these parents, watch your mailboxes for an invitation to arrive soon. The faculty and staff will be cooking and serving you dinner and drinks in appreciation for all the hard work you do for this wonderful school. Dinner will be served on Thursday, May 3rd @ 5:30 P.M. Your children, of course, are invited, but you must RSVP to Maria in the office by Tuesday, May 1st at 4:00 P.M.


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


Come join us for an inspirational and informative talk on St. Paul by former Evangelical Protestant, Catholic author and president of Ignatius Press Mark Brumley at 7:30 P.M. on May 10thLearn why Paul seems Protestant to many Christians, explore the Catholic teachings of Paul, examine what Paul really taught about justification by faith, and discover how Paul can help bring Protestants and Catholics closer together in pursuing the fullness of truth found within the Catholic Church. There is no charge for this event, but donations will be gratefully accepted.


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


I promise….this is the last fundraiser of the year….and it’s going to be blast! Our annual golf tournament to support our sports program is scheduled for Saturday, May 19th Vintner’s Golf Club inYountville. See the attached flyer for more details. 


News and Updates


Staff Changes for Next School Year


I am pleased to announce that all of our current teachers (with the exception of two) will be returning next year to teach for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Greg Williams, who has taught high school and junior-high science, geometry, Latin, history, seminar, rhetoric, and literature for a total of four years in two, non-consecutive two-year stints, will be moving on to pursue other employment opportunities. Maureen Thoits, who is finishing up her eighth year teaching 7th grade math, will be transitioning into a more flexible position as a resource teacher/tutor at the school for the 2018-2019 school year. I want to thank both Greg and Maureen for their many years of service to the students and parents of Kolbe-Trinity and ask you all to keep them in your prayers as they assume their new roles in the future.


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 from now until the end of the school year. Thank you for your understanding.


Upcoming Community Events!


April 25 – Protest, Prayer, and Rally Against CA Assembly Bill 2576 @ Capitol Building in Sacramento – 1:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.


If you have homeschooled children, this directly affects you! The California State Assembly is currently debating and considering AB 2756. (We received good news recently that AB 2926 has been scrapped for now.) This bill will have exceedingly negative consequences for parents with homeschooled students and has the potential to effect 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 nextWednesday, April 25th 1:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. Everett Buyarksi from the Kolbe Academy Homeschool will be attending this function and has room for three if you are interested in riding up with him. Pleasemeet him at the Kolbe Homeschool – 1600 F. St. at 11:45 A.M. tomorrow Wednesday, April 25th to carpool to this important event. Please e-mail Everett -ebuyarski@kolbe.org- 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.


May 5 – Baptism of Genevieve Deléon Flannery Callistus Hockel – St. Dominic’s Parish – Benicia – 2:00 P.M. – All Are Invited!


Lord Blaise and Lady Kristen Hockel cordially invite any and all to the Christening of their first daughter, Genevieve Hockel. To any who wish to celebrate the loss of a pagan and acquisition of a new Catholic at the hands of our own Fr. Gary Sumpter, please join us at 14.00 on May 5th, 2018 at St. Dominic's in Benicia. A pot luck reception is to follow.

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