Principal’s Letter April 29, 2015

April 29, 2015

Thursday, April 30 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, May 1 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Saturday, May 2 – Clean-up Green-up – CANCELLED. Moved to May 16, 2015

Sunday, May 3 – First Communion during all Masses.  Family Mass is at 5:00 PM.

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 4 – 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Tuesday, May 5 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Wednesday, May 6 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.  Vision screening for K, 2, 4, 6, 8, and new students.

Thursday, May 7 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, May 8 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, May 15 – All criterion for fully and partially participating family status must be completed.

Monday, May 18 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Monday, May 25 – No school. Memorial Day.

Message From the Principal

April 29, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We pray especially for our Second Graders, their parents, and their teacher, Ms. Sandoval, as they receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 3rd. We wish them well and ask God’s many blessings as they encounter Jesus at his table of fellowship and love. Please pray for the people of Nepal during this time of recovery from the devastating earthquake. I have asked each student to bring in a dollar to go towards earthquake relief through Catholic Relief Services. Checks can be made to St. Dunstan School. Give what you can. On Friday we will collect all donations and send one check to Catholic Relief Services. Thank you.

Lets us pray for Nicole Lucero, St. Dunstan Graduate and current Mercy student, who is under medical care.

Green-up Day Rescheduled

Because there will be a large funeral and reception held in the Parish Center this Saturday, May 2, Green-up Day has been moved to Saturday, May 16 from 9:00 until 2:00 pm. Ecology students (grades 6-8) will end at 12:00 pm. Please make a note of this change.

Also, thank you to Team Green and parent volunteers for helping out at the Millbrae Arbor Day and Earth Day Clean-up.  Environmental programs manager, Shelly Reider, the city of Millbrae and city council is very appreciative of all the work St. Dunstan does to help keep our city clean.  Please take a moment to read the thank you letter from our very own Mayor of Millbrae, Robert G. Gottschalk.

Arbor & Earth Day-St. Dunstan School

Alumni Notes

Isaiah Salinda, a 2011 graduate of St. Dunstan, will graduate from Junipero Serra High School in June and will enroll at Stanford University in the fall. Isaiah recently gave an excellent keynote address at our third quarter honors assembly. His full speech is posted on the front page of the website. I encourage you to read it.

Diyala Shihadih, a 2007 graduate from St.Dunstan, just graduated early (less than 4 years) from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  Although she’s already done, she will wait until June to receive her diploma on stage. She has been published twice in a Science journal for her research work. Currently, she’s working on submitting her 3rd publication. Diyala has been admitted to the Metabolic Biology Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley with the prestigious Chancellor’s Fellowship (5 year scholarship)!  She will start her doctoral study in August 2015.

We are very proud of our graduates. We fully expect them to excel at the secondary and university levels. Diyala and Isaiah are both exemplary of the spirit of excellence instilled by our faculty in partnership with our parents and guardians. Keep up the good work!

Box Top Update

Each box top matters! This week we received a check for $207.70 from Box Tops for Education. Your contributions, no matter how small, are appreciated and help support our curricular programs like Accelerated Reading, Spanish (K-8) and our Musical Theatre. We especially thank Mrs. Irma Custodio, Box Top parent coordinator, for her efforts. Keep those tops coming!

2015-16 FACTS Agreements

On April 30, 2015 the FACTS re-enrollment fee of $38.00 will be debited from your account. The payments will begin on May 5th or 20th as you selected. Please call Louise Cordova if you have any questions.

Holy Childhood Association Collection

During the Easter liturgical season, we distribute and then collect coin boxes. All profits made supports the work of the Holy Childhood Association. A check is given at the Missionary Mass we will have later in the year. Please have your child turn the boxes, as well as any other coin containers, to school by Friday, May 1. We actively support the overseas educational mission of the Catholic Church. Please give what you can. Every coin counts. Thank you.

Extended Care Pick-up on Tuesdays

On Tuesdays, parents picking up children in extended care are required to park on Broadway Avenue or in the upper yard. We have CCD classes on Tuesday afternoon and cars turning into, and then parking inside the cones by the stairs, is a safety concern for entering CCD students, parents and teachers. Also, it interrupts the flow of CCD cars entering and leaving the yard. Thank you. Safety first and safety last.

Message from the Office

  • Please make sure students that require utensils for lunch, provide their own.
  • Per policy, nail polish is not allowed.  Please check the Parent/Student handbook.

Athletic Update

Congratulations goes to our 5th grade track team. They earned 8th place out of 16 teams.

The track team earned 2nd place, 10 points, behind St. Gregory’s at the Sunday, April 19 track meet.

Tech Update
2nd Grade has been working on a butterfly life cycle slideshow.

4th Grade is working on a California Missions podcast using GarageBand.

6th Grade is working on the Saving California projects using Prezi or power point presentations.

8th Grade completed an investigation into the production of Nike shoes. They created a custom shoe online and conducted research on the manufacturing process. This was uploaded to their Spiritual Biographies.

8th Grade is now working on an internet safety public service announcement.

Track Divisional Update

Divisional track meet is on Sunday, May 3 for grades 6, 7, and 8 at San Mateo High School.  Athletes need to be there by 12:00 PM.

Blackberry Farm – June 11

Blackberry Farm will be scheduled for Thursday, June 11. It is the only date available suitable to our school needs. Kindergarten graduation will be moved to Wednesday, June 10. Please note the adjusted schedule for the last week of school. These changes will be noted on our website calendar.

  • Monday, June 8 – 2:30 pm Dismissal
  • Tuesday, June 9 – 3:00 pm Dismissal
  • Wednesday, June 10 – 12:00 pm Dismissal (Kindergarten Graduation 9:00 am)
  • Thursday, June 11 –  Blackberry Farm
  • Friday, June 12 – 10:00 am dismissal (last day)

Friday Coffee and Doughnut Social – May 1

At the Advisory Board meeting, it has been decided that the Friday coffee and doughnut social will be every first Friday of the month. There is no agenda.  Just come by after assembly to the Parish Center to enjoy a cup of coffee before you go to work or run your errands.  All are welcome.

Friday Hot Lunch

May 1, 2015 Hot lunch supports 4th grade.

May 8, 2015 Hot lunch supports Student Council.

May 15, 2015 Hot lunch provided by School Administration.

Please visit the Friday Hot Lunch Page and click on the 2015 tab to download the forms. Please remember to bring a lunch in the morning if you have not purchased a hot lunch.  Please see the 2014-2015 for clarification.  Reminder – You must submit an order form for Friday lunches. Order forms cannot be written on pieces of paper.  Please do not combine checks for multiple Friday lunches. The money goes to different sponsors and cannot be included in the same check.

Mother and Son Dance

Download the Mother and Son flyer here and turn into the office.

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Men’s Club Update

If you would like to join Men’s Club, click on the link here.

The Men’s Club is sponsoring the mother-son dance on May 8th, which includes a BBQ dinner.
The Men’s Club just funded the father-daughter dance and are planning a fundraiser and social for the 16th of May. Check out the details and join the Facebook page.  We are trying to raise funds to give two 8th graders $500 in scholarships to get ready for high school.

T.E.R.E.S.A. Baby Item Collection

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Knights of Columbus logo
St. Dunstan Council 11041 of the Knights of Columbus would like to thank the school families for making our third annual Coats for Kids Campaign another success. During the Easter break the coats collected were given away to our local St. Vincent de Paul Society and Catholic Charities.

The council would also like to take the time to thank Dr. Bruce Colville, and Mr. Cosgriff’s 8th Grade class in making our annual drive for the Intellectually Challenged once again another success. Monies collected were given away to local community programs, Parca, Kainos, the Janet Pomaroy Center, and Special Olympics.

Thank You,

Jack Cardon
Program Director

Summer School Program

St. Robert’s Summer School is getting ready and we welcome students from our neighboring Catholic schools! It is scheduled to begin on June 15th and end on July 10th, for students entering 1st through 5th grade in Fall 2015.

The program will begin each morning at 8:00am to 12:00pm. with extension services available until 5pm.  The curriculum at Summer School will emphasize language arts and mathematics with a central theme of “Summer School Around the World”.  Please go to our website at to get more enrollment information.  It promises to be a “World” of fun!  Thank you.

Junior Giants

Please download the flyer Junior Giants Flyer 2015 or go to their website for more information.

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CAM Summer Program

CAM Summer Program Enrollment Policy 2015

CAM summer program application form 2015-9W

CAM Summer program 2015 announcement-9W

Hello Parents,

CAM Summer Program is back! CAM Summer Program is academically based. It is a great opportunity for the students to prepare themselves for a more successful transition to the next grade. It is also a good opportunity for those who fall behind during school year to catch up, and also for those who are advanced in school to keep up the momentum and reach their highest potential.  Students will blossom and gain confidence intellectually and socially by making new friends and learn to appreciate friendship through activities.

Our Summer Program will cover: Immersed Chinese, Chinese Culture/Art, Individualized Mathematics and English Enhancement sections. Students’ levels will be assessed and the teaching content planning will be tailored to meet individual requirements. Our summer program includes review, reinforcement, and advancement.  Please download the flyers below for more information.

-Mathematics Enhancement class: The students will work on the problem solving as well as gaining speed in math fact and become confident in math.

-English Enhancement class: According to different grade level, students will enhance their reading comprehension, critical thinking and writing skills through reading, vocabulary development, and spelling as well as participating in interactive activities and project based learning;

-Chinese Culture and Art class:  Most importantly, we would like to expand student’s interest and appreciation for Chinese language and Culture through many fun and meaningful topics such as: introducing the China overview- Ethnic, history, monuments, Geography, traditional Chinese culture, Festivals and learn how to prepare special foods to celebrate Chinese traditional holidays, such as: learn how to make paper lantern, make dumplings, taste moon cake, glutinous rice and etc.  The students also practice Chinese calligraphy at class.

Our summer program is open to everyone from K-8th grade. Please feel free to spread the words and invite your friends and other families to join us at the educational, fun-filled summer program!

Pen with No Ink – Fall Issue

The eighth grade class would like to inform you about all the great things happening at St. Dunstan School through the eyes of the students. This is the last issue of the year.  We would like to thank editor, Maddie H., the 8th grade class, and Mrs. Aveson for communicating all of the great things our students do throughout the year.

Pen with No Ink Volume 5 Issue 3

Art in Action

Come and visit our 3rd graders’ Vincent van Gogh and 8th graders’ Roy Lichtenstein masterpieces at the Millbrae Library. Come support our students and the wonderful Art in Action program by visiting the children’s section of the library! Thank you to our third grade and eight grade Art in Action docents, Sheri Carter and Cissy Sherr.

We also have artwork on display at Bagel Street Cafe on Broadway Street in Millbrae.  Pop in, grab a bagel, and thank them for hosting our kids’ artwork!

AIA-Docents & Helpers list 2014-2015

Art in Action publishes a series of books, grade by grade. They provide detailed, recipe-style directions for guiding successful discussions and projects, while still allowing the flexibility to ensure that each project will complement any classroom environment.

The online tools, in addition, are terrific. You’ll find step-by-step guidance through video tutorials, discussion points, other lesson-planning resources, and more.

Thank you parents for all your help!

Mrs. Analee Estrada

(Mom of Xander, 2nd and Logan, 5th)

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In previous years, St. Dunstan School receives generous donations from families and parishioners. We have received donations for our technology fund, athletics, art-in-action, safety upgrades (video cameras and walkie-talkies), improvements (like new carpet and tents) and scholarship for needy families.

This year, we would like to purchase additional iPads, expand our bandwidth and buy a new slide for the playground as well as an awning structure in the South Yard. Our goal is to increase donations by tapping FREE money sources. One of which is the Company Gift and Volunteer Matching Programs. These charitable giving programs are set up by corporations in which the company matches employee donations (monetary and some companies even match volunteer hours!) to eligible nonprofit organizations like St. Dunstan School. Each company has its own guidelines that may be discussed with HR or check company’s website. Some companies may have employees choose to donate to particular funds (ex. technology, playground, etc) or general funds (school will choose a particular area to use the donation). Other companies provide matching for retirees as well. For example, if a grandparent worked for PG&E, their donations are also eligible for matching gifts, too.

A limited list of companies that offer these programs is attached. Please let us know if your company has a matching program and is not in our list. We will update the list accordingly. If St. Dunstan School is not on your company-giving list, you can make a request to add our school to the list. You may contact St. Dunstan office if you need additional information. Note that there’s a time period for Community Giving Campaigns for some organizations. PG&E’s campaign is from September through October 31 and Kaiser is from November 1 – 30 while other companies are year round.

Let’s take advantage of this opportunity! If 20 families agree to donate $500 each with company matching program, we double the amount from $10000 to $20000 almost instantaneously.Let’s make

List of Companies with Donation Matching – October 29

My School is Cool

As we begin December and ready for the holidays, please see below for upcoming MSC December Events and updates:
Please text “MSC12” to 55800 in December and earn 50 points for each text
We had a wonderful performance at the Tanforan Mall on past Friday evening. Many students from K-4th grades came with their parents to support and performed beautifully. In addition, our beautiful cheerleaders came and showed everyone their talents. Special thanks to our St. Dunstan alumini Alyssa Mercado and Alexandria Saenz who helped choreographed this year’s holiday cheer. Lastly, a huge THANK YOU to Ms. Lafon and Ms. Saenz.  Our performance would not be possible without their support!!
Anne Lam

MSC December Events Flyer

Box Tops Fundraiser

Welcome back to school! I’m thrilled to be the Box Tops for Education Coordinator for St. Dunstan School. Box Tops is such an easy way for parents to get involved in their child’s education. Just by purchasing Box Tops products, clipping the coupons and sending them into school, we earn cash that can be used to buy anything we need. You can find Box Tops on thousands of your favorite products, from Big G cereals to Avery office supplies to Hanes T-shirts to Boise printer paper.

Last year we earned $596.60! This year we are hoping to earn $1000! To learn more and track our school’s progress, log in at ( Please print out some of the collection sheets online. They are easy to use and lots of fun for the kids.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at I’m here to make our school’s Box Tops program a huge success!


Ms. Irma Custodio

To see a complete list of participating products, please visit or check the school website; go to “Parents”, then “School Fundraisers”

Participating Products Flyer

Labels for Education

St-Dunstan has participated in “Labels for Education” program since year 2000. “Labels for Education” has been awarding free educational equipment/supplies to schools in exchange for proofs of purchase from Campbell’s family of brands, Pepperidge Farm selected products, Prego, Swanson….etc. Below is the link for participating products: Please look for the UPC of “Labels for Education” on the product package, cut and bring it to school. It will allow us earn points and redeem whatever our school front office. We want to say big “Thank you” for those parents and students for turning in your UPC labels at the end of last school year. Let’s all continue to look out, cut and collect these labels.  To help us, we are offered the September 2014 special bonus point offers from them. If you have the UPC of Labels for Education for Campbell and Pepperidge Farm, kindly submit by September 30, 2014 to front office. Please put the UPC in an envelope or zip lock bag with your child grade. At the end of school year, we will have an ice cream party for the top label for education earning point class. Results will be updated and released every quarter. Coupon link for selected products:

If you have any question, please email me at

Weekly Reflection

This week’s reflection comes from Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections

Never Give Up

Dear brothers and sister, let us not be closed to the newness that God wants to bring into our lives!  Are we often weary, disheartened, and sad?  Do we feel weighed down by our sins?  Do we think that we won’t be able to cope?  Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose confidence, let us never give up;  there are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him.

-Homily, Easter Vigil, March 30 2013

Reflection: What new things is God doing in your life? How can you open yourself up more to what he wants from you?

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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