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June 5th - Tuesday Memo


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

June 8th – Tuition Contracts Due – FINAL DEADLINE TO AVOD LATE FEE!

July 2 -6 – Office Closed

July 17-19/July 24-26 – Music Camp (SAVE THE DATES!)

Aug 22- First Day of School!


June 5, 2018

St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Thank you, parents, friends, and benefactors, for another successful school year at Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep. I am deeply grateful for your support throughout this particularly trying school year, a year of unexpected natural disasters requiring almost two weeks of school closure, a year of transition where we said goodbye to longtime parents and students who moved out of state, a year where we received a tremendous outpouring of financial support from our extended community, and a year in which we received an unprecedented amount of inquiries into our school due to the closure of St. Helena Catholic School, and accepted transfer students from other schools throughout the diocese. Next year looks very promising and very challenging which will necessitate a great amount of work by our faculty and staff to prepare our school to welcome a large number of new students with different educational and cultural backgrounds. I am confident that if we all focus on the essentials that unite us, our Catholic faith and family values, we will grow and thrive like never before.


Week in Review – May 29-June 2


Last week was short and contained mostly minimum days, but it was jam-packed with all sorts of events!


The entire week consisted of final exams in which our students attempted to synthesize and demonstrate what they learned in the third trimester and throughout the entire academic year. In my over ten years of experience on this campus as a teacher and now an administrator, I can say that I was very pleased with the behavior and focus of all of our studentsThank you to the parents for helping to facilitate such a peaceful end-of-the-year exam week.


Fr. Gary Sumpter spoke on St. Ambrose of Milan last Thursday, May 31st in his second-to-last presentation on the Fathers of the Church. Despite the very busy final week of school, there was a decent turnout. Don’t miss Fr. Gary’s last talk of the Fathers of the Church scheduled for Thursday, June 28th @ 7:30 P.M.


Friday, June 1st was our final day of school and we had a wonderful end-of-the-year field day put together by the high school student government, headed by Hallie Immen and advised by Koreen Immen and Katie Duncan.  Mr. Duncan and myself kicked off the proceedings by dressing up as Elsa and Anna from the movie “Frozen” to make good on our bet to wear costumes of the students’ choosing since the students raised over $25,000 in the Jog-A-Thon. We were sufficiently humiliated! Students played on a slip-and-slide, had water fights, and even got to throw pudding in the faces of Mr. Duncan, Mrs. Cuevas, Mr. Hockel, Mrs. Fidler, Mr. Hipolito, and yours truly. We ended the festivities by enjoying, for the very last time, Chef Emily Arend’s hot lunch and we presented her with a going-away present of a student-decorated apron.  Thank you to President Hallie Immen and the student government for a great ending to our school year and thank you to Chef Emily Arend for all her years of service to the school. We’ll miss you!


In the evening at St. Apollinaris Parish, 8th and 12th grade graduates, along with their family, friends, faculty, and board members gathered to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered in the extraordinary form by Fr. David Jenuwine assisted by our chaplain, Fr. Gary Sumpter. Thank you to the Fr. Jenuwine, Fr. Gary, the altar boys, the high school choir, and Mary Rowles (programs) for all of their hard work to put the baccalaureate Mass together.


The following morning, June 2nd, we held our 32nd annual commencement exercises. Seniors Daniel Salinas and Jeffrey Healey gave truly inspiring salutatorian and valedictorian addresses and we were deeply honored to have our 8th and 12th grade graduates receive such a challenging and faith-centered commencement address by Deacon Dance Farrell from St. Bernard’s in Eureka.


Thank you to all of the individuals responsible for helping to put this together: Isidro Rodriguez for hand-mowing the lawns the night before he left for Mexico with his family, to the 7th grade parents for setting up chairs and readying the campus, to Bob Quinn for providing the sound system and music, to Marissa Amador, Sophia Castańeda, and the parents guild for purchasing and serving cake and punch and also assisting the 11th grade parents with breakdown and cleanup. Thank you also to board member Sean Warner for helping Mr. Duncan to transport our rented plants back and forth from Orchard Supply Hardware. It was truly a team effort and I am most grateful for all of your assistance.


Important Items for Summer


Summer Office Hours


This summer, the office will be open from Monday-Friday from 7:30 – 4:00 P.MMr. Duncan and I are planning to be in the office from Monday-Thursday only from 7:30 – 4:00 P.M. Please note the office will be closed from July 2-6.


June 8th – Tuition Contracts Due – FINAL DEADLINE TO AVOD LATE FEE!


Signed tuition contracts with full payment of registration and fees was due last Friday, June 1st. If you have already turned in your signed tuition contract with payment, thank you! If not, you have until4:00 this coming Friday, June 8th to avoid being assessed a $50 late fee on your registrationNOTE: This only affects parents who have not requested financial aid. If you have requested financial aid, you still have an additional week to turn in your registration payment, fees, and signed contract to allow time to process your applications.


News and Updates


Unique Opportunity for College-Bound Students


Grow in your Catholic faith while receiving a premier college education. Northeast Catholic College, located in beautiful New England, is committed to making it possible for all eligible students to finance their education.  The college goes to great lengths to make our education affordable to families who feel it is out of reach.  We have a rolling admissions policy and still have scholarship money available.  Let us build a financial aid pathway for your graduate and your family.  Also, this fall Fr. Michael Gaitley (author of “33 Days to Morning Glory”) will be leading the spiritual formationof our students.  Please visit our website www.northeastcatholic.edu and for more information send an e-mail to gharne@northeastcatholic.edu with “Kolbe-Trinity” in the subject line.


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

Attached Files