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May 2nd -Tuesday Memo

May 3 – Hot Lunch – Ricardo Cuevas’ Tacos! - $5 -Volunteer Appreciation Dinner – 5:30 – 7:00 P.M.

May 5 (SA)– High School Prom

May 9 – May Crowning and Marian Raffle

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

May 16 – High School Fine Arts Showcase – 7:00 P.M.

May 17 – Sports Banquet – 6:00 P.M.

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

May 21 – Pentecost Monday Traditional Latin High Mass

May 22 – 3/4 Grade Mission Projects & 5/6 Writers’ Night – 7:00 P.M.

May 24 – Academic Awards Night – 7:00 P.M.

May 26 (SA) – May Saturday Workday – 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

May 28 – Memorial Day (No School)

May 29- Final Exams Begin (Full Day)

May 30-Jun1 (Final Exams Continue – 12:15 Dismissal)

May 31 – Fr. Gary Sumpter – Fathers of the Church- Lecture #9 – 7:30 P.M.

Jun 1 – Graduate Baccalaureate Mass 7:00 P.M.

Jun 2 (SA) – Graduation Ceremony – 10:00 A.M.


May 1, 2018

St. Joseph the Worker


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


The month of May is referred to as the “90 Days of May” in the educational profession and it’s easy to see why! As we approach the end of the school year, we have multiple evenings of end-of-the year events on top of the already busy schedules we all keep. I have included (subject to change, of course) a schedule above for the entire month of May and into early June so that you can do your best to block of these dates.


This morning on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, I reminded all the students of the dignity of work and its essential goodness in God’s plan. I encouraged all of the students to put their heads down and work hard for the last month of the school year so that they can finish strong and have no regrets over the summer. I would kindly request your cooperation in this matter as primary educators to make sure that your children and adolescents are receiving adequate rest and quiet time and space to complete all homework assignments.


Week in Review – Apr. 23-28


Although last week was busy, in comparison with what is about to come, it will seem quiet in retrospect once we reach the middle of May. Students in grades 1-8 spent Tuesday-Thursday morning taking 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. Thank you very much to Dianne Muth for her volunteer assistance in administering the tests to the first graders.


Fr. Gary’s lecture last Thursday evening on the Cappadocian fathers was better attended than prior presentations. Thank you for your interest and support. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Fr. Gary’s lecture on May 31st covering St. Ambrose.


Thanks to attorney, parent, and economics teacher, John Carr, we received an opportunity to benefit from an estate sale this past Saturday, April 28th, for one of his clients. I want to take time to thank John for taking the initiative and time during the week and over the weekend for the benefit of the school. We also received the generous help of a number of high school students. Thank youJoe Thoits, Rachel Kelly, Emily Carr, and Andrea Rodriguez spent multiple hours setting up and managing the sale. Thank you also to David Solorio, Sebastian Arellano, Jeffrey Healey, Sergio Angulo, and Guadalupe Angulo for assisting as well. A big thank you to Bob and Mary Quinn (and son Joe) for dropping their normal Saturday routine to help out in a pinch, and to Maria Angulo and herdaughters Cristina and Ashely, for their help as well. A big thank you to Yul Vieyra for hauling a trailer of items to the dump that were left over from the sale. Board member Eric Muth was also a big help. Thanks to your generous assistance, we were able to raise almost $1,100 for the school.


Upcoming School Events!


May 9 – May Crowning and Marian Raffle


Our annual May Crowning will take place next Wednesday, May 9th during the procession before Mass. Students and parents are asked to bring flowers to present to Our Lady during the procession. Recent first communicants are encouraged to come dressed in their First Communion dresses and suits. Following a Votive Mass of the Blessed Mother, we will have a reception of donuts, juice, and coffee. At 11:30 A.M., we will have our annual Marian Raffle in which students can purchase raffle tickets ($.25 a ticket or 5 for $1) and enter to win various items of a religious nature. Tickets will be on sale in every homeroom by the end of this week. All proceeds go to benefit the sacristy fund. 


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)


Only 18 days left until our 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. There are limited spaces for this tournament and all proceeds go to benefit the athletics program.


We are also looking for business sponsors. Attached you will find an additional informational flyer listing all of the different levels of sponsorship.


News and Updates


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!


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