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July 17th - Tuesday Memo


July 21 (SA) - Saturday Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

July 30-Aug 2/Aug 7-9 – Music Camp

August 7-9 – High School Retreat (Tentative Dates) Rescheduled for Oct 10-12 (Tentative)

August 11 – New Parent Orientation – 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.

August 12 (SA) – Back to School Picnic @ Kolbe-Trinity – 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Aug 22- First Day of School!


July 17, 2018

Tuesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Alexius, Confessor (Traditional Calendar)


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


Thanks to the Kelly family, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Haeuser, and myself have been taking advantage of a wonderful opportunity to participate in a week-long seminar on prophecy in Shakespeare’s Hamlet being held at St. Helena Montessori School. The seminar is being led by Dr. Kathleen Marks (John Kelly’s sister) from St. John’s University in New York City. I will be in the office today-Thursday from 7:30 – 8:30 and then from 1:00 – 4:00. Mr. Duncan will be in the office from 1:00 – 4:00. Mrs. Cuevas (fresh from her well-deserved two-week vacation) will be in the office all week from 7:30 – 4:00.


I wanted to personally thank John, Katie, Patrick, and Declan Ferrigan, David and Tina Hill, Bob and Mary Quinn, Cindy and Andrew Mudge, Sophia, Sebastian, and Mick Haeuser, Duncan Hickey, Matthew Amador and Tom Huss for all of their assistance to Andy and Marissa Amador for the very successful fundraising event held on Saturday, July 9th. Thank you all for taking time during the summer to help our school!


Many of our young men and boys assisted in serving Mass at last week’s Napa Valley Institute held at the Meritage. Thank you to Matthew Amador, Luke Haeuser, Caleb Herring, Patrick Ferrigan, Nathaniel Buyarski, and Nico Muth for their service and to their mothers Marissa, Hilary, Gabriela, Katie, Melissa, and Cathy for their time.


Board President and Foreman Tom Huss, reports that we had an absolutely amazing turnout for our workday last Saturday, July 14th In the gravel parking lot, bushes and trees were chopped down and/or pruned and the old chain-link fence was dismantled. This will provide more space in our gravel lot which is sorely needed. All of the bricks at the front of the campus were removed, trees were trimmed in the lawn area, and the wood pile was removed from the side of the modular. The garden area was cleaned up, and scattered tires & concrete spoils were removed, not to mention the three loquat trees parallel to the old 11/12 and 9/10 classrooms which were chopped down.


A big thank you to Art and Anita Rono, Ramiro, Rosalba, Ramiro Jr. and Crystal Cendejas, Cindy and Andrew Mudge, Susana de la Cruz, Victor Martinez, Sonia, Wyatt, and Whitney Campos-Balderas, and Dennis Healey for all of their assistance.


A friendly reminder that students in grades 5-12 have a mandatory summer reading assignment which you should have received in the summer packet sent out in late June. Students in grades 7-12 have specifically-assigned reading which is available for borrowing in the office. Some students have already picked up their books, but there are still a lot of them that have yet to be signed out with little more than a month to go before we start school on August 22nd. If you haven’t done so, please pick up your assigned reading text ASAP.


Upcoming School Events


July 21 (SA) – Saturday Workday – 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


This coming Saturday, July 21st we will be having another workday from 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. headed up by a foreman to be named later. We have the following items on the agenda for completion:


  • Other half of play structure brought into the T/K play area and assembled (brown paper bag of hardware are above cabinets in T/K room).
  • A/C lines secured outside of T/K.
  • Replace or repair lattice panels around base of modules.
  • Dirt leveled(10’x20’), weed barrier re-laid, and bark replaced in T/K play area.
  • Yardwaste debris processed through wood-chipper in the lunch area


In order to complete the aforementioned tasks, we will need the following:


  • Somebody to purchase 8-2’x8’ lattice panels for the modules.
  • Somebody to purchase 4- 1-1/8” Unistrut insulated clamps for securing the hanging A/C lines ousted of T/K room.


If you can assist with any of these, please e-mail me (jbertolini@kolbetrinity.org) to let me know that you are coming. Our new maintenance director, Sean Warner, is on vacation.


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 – 3:00 P.M.


News and Updates




We have started a uniform swap in the school and if you wish to come by and drop off your gently used uniforms that your children have grown out of, please feel free to do so. Mrs. Cuevas has displayed all of the used uniforms we currently have inside the front office so please feel free to pick up some free uniforms!


Young Christian Lady Looking to Rent a Room (Short-Term)


Emma Cheyne, who currently lives in south-eastern Michigan recently accepted a harvest winery position with Jackson Family Wines at the Cardinale estate in Oakville and is looking for housing. Her upcoming employment is seasonal, so she needs housing from early/mid-August through late November (possibly early December) for the harvest season. She’d be happy to rent a room from someone or rent a place with roommates.


Emma was homeschooled K-12 in Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID (2016).


Please send me an e-mail if you are interested.


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 formation of our students.  Please visit our websitewww.northeastcatholic.edu and for more information send an e-mail to gharne@northeastcatholic.edu with “Kolbe-Trinity” in the subject line.


Also, please consider sending your sophomore-senior high student to NCC’s summer program from July 22 – August 4. See the attached flyer for details.


July 30-Aug 2/Aug 7-9 – Music Camp – 9:00 – 11:30 A.M.


Kolbe-Trinity’s first ever summer music camp is coming in late July.  It is open to all students from K-4. Unfortunately, we only have two students signed up and we need more! For more information, see the attached informational flyer.

Prayer Requests


Please pray for Cathie Schmtigal’s husband, Jim, who had open-heart aortic valve replacement surgery yesterday (Monday) July 16th.  

Cathie taught TK/Kindergarten and was the administrative assistant as well.

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