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May 22nd - Tuesday Memo


May 22 – 3/4 Grade Mission Projects & 5/6 Writers’ Night – 6:30 P.M.

May 24 – Hot Lunch – French Toast & Sausage! - $5 – (Benefits Student Government) 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) Schedule Attached

May 30 – Jun 1 (Final Exams Continue – 12:15 Dismissal) Schedule Attached

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

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

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



May 22, 2018

St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

Tuesday of Pentecost Week (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


If you visit the lunch area, you will find some new picnic tables that have been gifted to the school by this year’s high school student government. A big thank you goes out to the student government headed by Hallie Immen and to parent representatives Koreen Immen and Katie Duncan for coordinating the purchase, shipping, and assembly of these new picnic benches. We are truly blessed and grateful for your efforts.


By the time you receive next week’s Tuesday Memo, final exams will have begun. Final exams are a crucial component in assessing overall comprehension of fundamental concepts and ideas in all subjects, particularly in junior high and high school.  Teachers in grades 7-12, in particular, will be passing out review sheets beginning tomorrow in order to facilitate review for the exams.



Week in Review – May 14-19


Events at Kolbe-Trinity were practically non-stop from last Wednesday-Saturday as we approached the last two weeks of school.


Our annual May Crowning of the Blessed Mother took place last Wednesday, May 16th. It began with a Votive Mass of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles, followed by a rosary procession around the campus, and finished up with the crowning of Our Lady and a donut reception in the hall. Thank you to all of our parents and children who brought beautiful flowers to give to Our Lady.


Our annual Marian Raffle also took place the same day at lunchtime. A big thank you to longtime supporters Tony RyanDebbie Brumley, and Cindy Mudge for dropping off some wonderful gifts to make our Marian Raffle its classiest and most successful in recent years.


We had our annual sports banquet last Thursday evening to honor and appreciate our high school student athletes who played flag football, basketball, and track & field. Koreen Immen and Katie Duncan prepared a delicious pasta and chicken dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you Koreen and Katie for your time and effort!


AD Jim Klaczak, Coach Ken Franklin, and Coach Joe Duncan were all in attendance and paid tribute to our student athletes both as a group and individually. I recognized the tremendous sacrifice that both parents and students made to spend hours on the road, compete against larger teams, and have to balance this was a very challenging academic curriculum. Thank you again for your dedication and spirit.


Last Friday, May 18th was a day off of school for both our junior-high and high school students. Our junior-high students spent the day at Six Flags in Vallejo riding rollercoasters and enjoying other various activities. Thank you to Anna Hickey, Xochitl Martinez, and Wendy Huss for driving and to Ashley Huss for chaperoning. Our high-school students hiked the Oat Hill Mine trail in Calistoga up to the Palisades on the same day. Thanks to Coach Klaczak for driving and to Hilary Haeuser for chaperoning.


Our annual golf tournament on Saturday, May 19th was a phenomenal success and we are confident that this will turn out to be the most financially successful golf tournament ever. A big thank you toBob Quinn for once again spearheading this event with lots of assistance from Ken Dumars. Thank you also to our corporate sponsors, especially our biggest sponsors Chateau Montelena, Market Restaurant, and Star Sports.


Upcoming School Events!


May 22 – 3/4 Grade Mission Projects & 5/6 Writers’ Night – 6:30 P.M. NOTE NEW TIME!


All parents are invited, but parents of students in grades 3-6 are strongly encouraged to attend to watch the 3-4 grade students make their individual California mission presentations and the 5-6 grade present their quality written work. These presentations are the fruit of an entire year’s work on the part of the students under the direction of Mrs. Rowles and Mrs. Fidler. Please make every effort to attend.


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


Next Thursday, May 24th at 7:00 P.M. is our annual academic awards night. If your child has received an individual subject award, honor roll in either or both of the first two trimesters, or a school-wide award, you will receive an e-mail notification by this Thursday, May 17thPlease make every effort to have both parents and children in attendance.


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


Our final workday of the school year is next Saturday, May 26th. This is our last workday before our graduation ceremonies so we will focus on making the campus as attractive as possible so that our seniors and eighth-graders will have a venue worthy of their accomplishments. Please see the attached document for a list of chores. As usual, coffee and donuts will be provided.


May 29- Final Exams Begin (Full Day) May 30 – Jun 1 (Final Exams Continue – 12:15 Dismissal) (Schedule Attached)


Final Exams will begin on Tuesday, May 29th with a full day of school. Final exams will continue May 30th and conclude June 1stDismissal will be at 12:15 on those days.


News and Updates


New Teacher Hired!


I am proud to announce that we have hired Gabrielle Aranas to teach in grades 7-12 next year. Gabrielle is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College (Class of 2017) and is currently an instructional aide at John Adams Academy in Roseville. Gabrielle will be teaching multiple sections of Latin in both junior high and high school, high school literature and geometry, and other duties as assigned. I am very happy to have her join our team and I am confident that she will do an excellent job educating the adolescents you have entrusted to us.


Prom Pictures Available!


Professional photographer Natalie Syverson took some wonderful pictures of the students at the high school prom that was held on Sat. May 5th. You can view and purchase pictures by visiting the following website:




You MUST view and purchase photos no later than Sunday, May 27th.


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


June 18-22 – Vacation Bible School @ St. A’s


See the Attached Flyer for 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