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May 29th - Tuesday Memo


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 – Last Day of School – Field Day – 12:15 Dismissal – Hot Lunch Provided! Graduate Baccalaureate Mass 7:00 P.M. @ St. Apollinaris

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

Jun 4 – Regular Office Hours All Summer! 7:30 – 4:00

July 2 -6 – Office Closed

Aug 22- First Day of School!



May 29, 2018

Tuesday of the 8th Week in Ordinary Time

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini

Hard to believe it, but the last week of school is here! Exams already began today and will continue tomorrow through Friday. We have a very busy Friday and Saturday planned with the final day of school field day, Baccalaureate Mass at St. Apollinaris, and graduation the next morning here at the school. Please pay very careful attention to this Tuesday Memo as it will contain important details regarding of the end-of-the-year activities.


Week in Review – May 21-26


Last week contained two very special events. On Tuesday evening, May 22nd, the 3-4 grade presented and displayed their California mission projects followed by the 5-6 grade display of their end-of-the-year writing portfolios. We had a phenomenal turnout and it was wonderful to see the collaborative efforts of student, teacher, and parent in all presentations. Thank you very much for taking the time to be there!


Our annual academic awards night was held on Thursday evening, May 24th. Any student who received a school-wide award, individual subject award, or honor role in either the first or second trimester, were presented with a certificate and were recognized for their academic effort and success. We had a standing room-only crowd which evidences the large amount of widespread academic success across all grade levels in the school. Thank you to the parents and teachers for their collaborative efforts to educate the wonderful children and adolescents of Kolbe-Trinity!


Despite (or perhaps because of) the long Memorial Day weekend, we had an excellent turnout for a very crucial May Saturday workday on May 26thAndrew and Denise DavisArt and Eleanor Rono, and Cindy Mudge, Allison, Gianna, and Dominic Bertolini all assisted with critical weeding tasks in anticipation of the upcoming graduation ceremonies. Isidro Rodriguez also made his weekly rounds at the school, mowing lawns, killing weeds, and raking up yard waste debris for removal. A big thank you also to Olivia Davis for cleaning the 3-4 grade classroom, cleaning off picnic tables, and sweeping the top floor and stairways of the main building with assistance from Eleanor Rono. Finally, a big shout-out goes to board member Sean Warner for supervising the second half of the workday, and loading debris into the trailer for removal to the dump with assistance from his sons Ivan and Tommy Warner. It’s truly a blessing to work alongside such dedicated parents and students.


Upcoming School Events!



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


Final Exams began today and will continue tomorrow, May 30th and conclude June 1stDismissal will be at 12:15 tomorrow-Friday. Final exams should only be major causes for stress and anxiety if the student has not done his/her due diligence in terms of consistently attending classes, doing assigned homework in a timely fashion, etc…. Most final exams, even in the upper grades, comprise less than 25 percent of the total grade. While the final exam is an important assessment of cumulative knowledge, it does not usually impact the final grade in a major way – positively or negatively.Therefore, students who have performed very well throughout the trimester and expecting a poor final exam to ruin their final grade should find some consolation. Conversely, students who have performed very poorly throughout the third trimester and hope to cram for final exams in the hopes of significantly bossing their grade will often be disappointed in their final grade. With that being said, it certainly will moderately help their final grade by turning on their jets at the end and studying hard for their finals. Please assist us in ensuring the best possible exam week for your child(ren) by providing plenty of quiet time and space in your home for studying.


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


Don’t miss Fr. Gary’s second-to-last program on the Fathers of the Church. Fr. will focus on the great St. Ambrose of Milan whose many amazing achievements for the Church include playing a major role in helping to converting Saint Augustine of Hippo. Although we are all very busy, particularly at this time of the year, this talk is one not to be missed.


Jun 1 – Last Day of School – Field Day – 12:15 Dismissal – Hot Lunch Provided! – Baccalaureate Mass @ St. Apollinaris – 7:00 P.M.


On Friday, June 1st, we will have our annual field day beginning at 10:30 A.M. following the last exams and classroom cleanup. The high school student government have spent a lot of time putting together a very enjoyable program of events last a little over an hour and it will include water! So when you come to school in your free dress for the day, be sure not to wear white. Also, bring your appetite for a special complimentary end-of-the school year hot lunch at 11:45 A.M. cooked one last time by Emily Arend who will be moving with her family to Texas this summer.


That evening, Fr. David Jenuwine will be celebrating our annual baccalaureate Mass to adore, praise, and thank God for the blessings he has showered upon our senior and eighth-grade graduates. This year, at the request of the senior class, the Traditional Latin Mass of the 1962 will be offered. Our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter, will give the homily. Graduates should plan to arrive at6:30 P.M.


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


Our 32nd annual high school and junior high commencement exercises will take place with the traditional ceremony including presentation of special awards and scholarships, salutatorian and valedictorian addresses, a keynote guest commencement speech given by Deacon Dance Farrell of St. Bernard’s, Eureka, and the conferring of diplomas. Graduates should plan to arrive at 9:30 A.M. Punch and cake will be served immediately following the reception. Please make every attempt to arrive early to guarantee yourself a convenient parking place and seat.


News and Updates


Golf Tournament Update


The totals for our golf tournament are in and we raised over $2,300! Thanks again to Bob Quinn Ken Dumars for all their hard work. See you on the course next year!


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