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November 6th - Tuesday Memo


Nov. 6 – High School Basketball Meeting – 6:00 P.M. – Parents’ Guild & Fundraising Meeting – 7:00 P.M.

Nov. 7-8 – Final Exams– 12:15 Dismissal (Aftercare Available)

Nov. 8 – Book Fair Orders Due! See Attached Teachers’ Wish List

Nov. 9 – First Trimester Break – Faculty Professional Development (No School) – Movie Night – Seraphim Falls @ 7:00 P.M.

Nov. 9-11 – Box of Joy Drop-Off

Nov. 12 – Second Trimester Begins

Nov. 14 – Christmas Wreaths Sales Due!

Nov. 17 (SA) – Crusader Cooking Class! – 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.- See Attached Flyer!


Volleyball Sports Bulletin Attached


Nov. 6, 2018

Tuesday of the 31st Week in Ordinary Time


From the Headmaster, John Bertolini


You might wonder why final exams are an essential component of our educational philosophy. Since we are teaching students to master certain fundamental components of a subject, one of the best ways in which we as teachers can assess learning (particularly in grades 7-12), is by asking students to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the material they have covered in a given span of time. Exams are not intended to be intimidating, but as is the case with most people, exams can often be stressful and even downright scary.


Given consistent attendance at school, regular completion of assigned homework, paying good attention in class, attending all review sessions that take place during the school day before the exams, and spending at least one hour a night per subject, students can reduce their stress levels going into exams. Even if students struggle with tests in general, final exams do not comprise more than 25 percent of the total grade.Please help us to facilitate good study habits at home during exam week by minimizing distractions, eating well, and getting as much rest as possible.


A big thank you to two individuals who assisted with our mailing last Tuesday evening whom I forgot to credit: Christina Uribe and Blanca Garcia,friend of Maria Cuevas. Thank you also to Steve Muth, Xochitl Martinez, Sue Arend, and Glynna DeCicco who finished up the mailing on Halloween morning. We couldn’t have done it without you!


Bob Quinn kicked off our annual Christmas wreaths fundraiser on Halloween as well. We are hoping to beat our record-breaking total from last year and with the increased enrollment, we have no excuse! Gianna Bertolini has already sold 14 wreaths and Ivan Warner and Joe Quinn are in hot pursuit. It’s not too late to catch any of them, though. Remember that your children are our best salespeople.


Thank you also to all the parents and students who helped to make our Halloween afternoon festivities one of most organized, smooth, and fun Halloweens ever!


Upcoming School Events


Nov. 6 – High School Basketball Meeting – 6:00 P.M. – Parents’ Guild & Fundraising Meeting – 7:00 P.M.


There are two important meetings tonight:


At 6:00 P.M., there will be a meeting with potential high school boys and girls basketball players and their parents hosted by Coach Ken Franklin and AD Jim Klaczak. If you have a high school student(s) interested in playing, please make every effort to attend.


At 7:00 P.M., parent’s guild president Susanne Madigan-Heun will be hosting November’s parents’ guild meeting. Also in attendance will be Anna Hickey, development committee chair. Anyone who is interested in discussing ways in which we can make our successful international food fundraiser even more productive next year should attend.


Nov. 9 – Friday Movie Night – Seraphim Falls @ 7:00 P.M.


2006's Seraphim Falls (Directed by David Von Ancken) is a story of revenge and mercy set in the untamed, wild, west. Gideon (Pierce Brosnan), a former Union captain, is traveling west to escape his past, and find a life of peace, a struggle for a man who embraces violence like an old friend. Carver (Liam Neeson), a confederate colonel, has hired a posse of men to hunt down and kill Gideon, in revenge for actions taken after the war. Both men meet in an inevitable showdown where they are forced to decide if these men of war are who they truly are, and who they want to be.


Since this film is Rated R for violence, children under 18 will not be admitted without their parent or guardian in attendance.


Nov. 9-11 – Box of Joy Drop-Off


Kolbe Academy and Trinity Prep is joining other sites across the country as a Box of Joy drop-off center this year. In partnership with Cross Catholic Outreach, the program intends to assemble and ship 150 “boxes of joy” filled with gifts and necessities for children in developing countries.


A Box of Joy is simple and quick to put together. Choose a gender and age range between 2 years and 14 years of age, select a standard sized shoe box, then go shopping and personally select gifts to bring joy to a child – small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, hard candy, etc.


Once packed, label your box with the age and gender of the intended recipient and enclose $9 to cover the shipping, handling and support the ministries of those working with the children.


Kolbe/Trinity students and volunteers will be on hand Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 11 at various times to receive the packed boxes.

For more information on Box of Joy, to schedule a time to pick up pre-fabricated boxes for filling or to inquire on the times for delivery of the boxes, contact Mary Quinn at 707-337-1158 or Denise Davis at 707-333-6013.


Important Reminders


Holy Souls Mass Intentions for November


Since we are in the month of November in which the Church reminds us of our important role in praying for the souls of the faithful departed, we will once again be taking written names of your family and friends to include on the altar this month to be prayed for in all Masses celebrated at the school. Attached are two forms: one in English and one in Spanish for you to fill out and return to the office. Thank you for your prayers for the holy souls in Purgatory.



Nov. 8 – Book Fair Orders Due! See Attached Teachers’ Wish List


Book fair orders from the Kolbe Homeschool are due no later than this coming Thursday. If you didn’t purchase any books for your own children, but would like to help the TK-6 teachers grow their own library, please see the attached wish lists and consider making a donation. Please fill in your name in the required slot and bring it to the office when you make your order.

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. Please continue to pray the St. Peregrine Novena found below as well.

St. Peregrine Novena



Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam,


John Bertolini

Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep