Principal’s Letter December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014

Thursday, December 18 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Christmas Program in the Church at 6:00 PM.  Students must be in the classroom by 5:45 PM. Please dress appropriately.  For girls, no spaghetti straps or high heels and for boys, no athletic gear, sweatsuits, etc.  Please dress for the occasion.

Friday, December 19 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Morning extended care available.  No afternoon extended care. Office closes at 1:00 PM.

Looking Ahead

December 20 – January 2 – Christmas break.

Monday, January 5 – School resumes. 2:30 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Monday, January 19 – No school. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Sunday, January 25 – Family Mass at 10:00 AM in the Church.  Open house at 11:00 AM in the Parish Center.  All are welcome.

Monday, January 26 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Friday, January 30 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Fine-arts Performance. Grandparent’s/Special Person’s Day. The schedule:

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM – Classroom visit
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Fine-arts Performance
11:15 AM – Prayer Service

Message From the Principal

December 16, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of our school, faculty, staff, parish and pastors, we wish each of you and your family a Blessed Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Santa’s Workshop, Breakfast With Santa, and the Men’s Club Prime Rib events were big successes and enjoyed by all. We especially thank respective event coordinators, Heather Park, Elisenda Ros Clols, and Anton Bader for their leadership. Additionally, we thank our many parent volunteers from the Men’s Club, Lady Knights and Room Parent organizations. The wonderful Christmas decorations, the beautifully wrapped Christmas gifts, and delicious food were top notch. We have much to be proud of here. It’s our spirited community of like-minded Catholic educators, devoted parents, and supportive parishioners that make St. Dunstan School an enriched environment for student learning and success.

Thank you to Anton Bader for donating his time and sump pump used during last week’s heavy rains. This helped us avoid another flooding of the Parish Center. As it stands now, the CCD Office, Extended Care wall, and the Closet Room are being restored. It will be another week or so before the Parish Center restoration is completed and should be done prior to January 5, when classes resume.

Our lost and found barrel is overflowing. Please take a look when you visit school. Any items unclaimed will be stored for our next uniform exchange.

Holy Childhood Association boxes are due.  Please turn in the boxes by Friday, December 19.  Thank you for your service.

Christmas Program – December 18, 6:00 PM

The annual Christmas Program will occur, Thursday, December 18th starting at 6:00 pm. All students are expected to participate and arrive to their homerooms no later the 5:45 pm. Please dress appropriately.  For girls, no spaghetti straps or high heels and for boys, no athletic gear, sweatsuits, etc.  Please dress for the occasion.  Once the performance is completed, students will be escorted back and will be dismissed from their classrooms.

Student Council Toy Drive

Student council is hosting a toy drive this holiday season.  Please consider donating new, unwrapped toys for the less fortunate.  Toys are due by December 17, in the 4th grade classroom.  Thank you for your generosity.

Technology Update

In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14,), St. Dunstan students participated in the Hour of Code. This week-long, global initiative is designed to give students a one-hour introduction to basic computer programming.
The 8th Grade Students are wrapping up their poverty iMovie videos, which will be uploaded to their Spiritual Biographies and presented in class. Their final projects are a culmination of several weeks of research and time spent learning iMovie.  7th grade students in Mrs. Calaunan’s math class have been working with Educreations to create instructional math videos on the iPad. The Raz-Kids program, an educational reading app on the iPad, will start with the first grade class.  The rest of the primary grades will follow as soon as we get the id’s and passwords.

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 – January 9

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

December 19, 2014 No hot lunch.

January 9, 2015 Hot lunch supports the eighth grade class.

January 16, 2014 Hot lunch supports the school funds.

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.

Chinese Program

Dear Parents,

We still have a few spaces open and are accepting enrollment for the 2nd semester of our Chinese program.  In order to provide more opportunities for students who are interested in the Chinese language and culture, to experience the fun and rewarding of learning Chinese, we will be offering a one week free trial class. The students will study Chinese, do class activities together just as one of our Chinese students.

Detail information for the free trial classes are as follow:

Registration period:

12/08/2014 to 01/08/2015

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited to 8 students;

Class schedule:

3:00 to 4:00 pm. January 21, 22 & 23, 2015;


Free for the first week. We will provide books, stationary in the class as well.

*Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be pick up 2:25 pm to the Chinese class by Chinese teacher; 2nd to 8th grade students will go to Chinese classroom themselves.

Enclosed please find the Registration Form for the trial class.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you!



Jane Wong


CAM Ed. Services
St. Dunstan Chinese Program
Pancake Breakfast – January 11
Save-the-Date for our First Annual Pancake Breakfast at St. Dunstan School on Sunday, January 11, 2015.  The Millbrae’s Lions Club have generously donated their time and services towards helping our school raise much needed funds to support our technology program and to purchase permanent awnings in the south yard.  Millbrae’s Leos Club will also be on-hand to help serve and clean-up after the event.  All we need is your support.  For each family in our school, please consider purchasing a book of tickets for this event.
The breakfast includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausages, coffee and/or juice.  Tickets are $5 each.  Friends and family are welcome.  Tickets will be going home this Friday.  Please return your payment the week of January 5, 2015.  Additional tickets are available at the school’s office. Thank you for your support.

K-3 Fall Intramural Announcement:

Fall Intramural certificates (Boys’ Baseball and Girls’ Volleyball) will be sent home through school before Christmas Break. There will be an end-of-year celebration for all Intramural sports in the Spring.
Thank you!

Mixed Bag Sales

Mixed Bag Designs Fundraisers

There’s still time to raise additional funds for our school —just in time for the holidays! Love those Mixed Bags and wished you can order more?  Here’s your chance!  Order on-line and receive your bags delivered to your door.

To support us, click the website link or image below to shop with our unique fundraiser ID ( 54344) already entered for you! We get 40% of your purchase, PLUS get free shipping on orders $75 and up! Thank you for your support!
Mixed Bag Designs Online Fundraising
Happy Shopping,
St Dunstan Catholic School
Mixed Bag Designs: 877-520-2247


St. Dunstan’s Family Mass and Christmas Youth Choir

Youth Choir

 New members welcome!

Upcoming Family Masses:

December 7th at 5:00

December 24th at 4:30

January 4th at 5:00

Practices are at 6:30pm in the church on these dates:

Thursdays, Nov. 6 & Nov. 13 | Tuesdays, Nov. 18 & Nov. 25

Monday, Dec. 1 | Thursday, Dec. 11 | Monday, Dec. 15 | Monday, Dec. 22 | Tuesday, Dec. 23

Choir directors: Karen Bettucchi and Cindy Bruni

For questions contact Cindy at 650-697-1907

Please download the form below to sign-up to be part of the choir.

St. Dunstan Choir Sign-up 

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 2

Art in Action

Welcome back!  I hope all of you had a fantastic summer!  Are you ready for Art in Action?  This is such a fun way to get involved in your child’s class.  Without parent volunteers, our Art in Action program would not be a success.

AIA-Docents & Helpers list 2014-2015

For each grade, I need 1 – 2 docents and about 3 classroom helpers.  The docent is the volunteer who leads the initial discussion about a piece of art and then the docent guides the kids through creating their own artwork, step by step. Some parents double up and share the docent role.

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.

You need to create an an Art in Action account first, before you can access the videos, lesson plans, along with all the other helpful tools. Please let me know if you need one.

*Classes starts September 6th. (Please see the attached training schedule link)

Thank you parents for all your help!

Mrs. Analee Estrada

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

COMPANY DONATION MATCHINGScreen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.40.37 AM

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 performaned 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.

He Has Been Tempted as We Are

How many difficulties are present in the life of every individual, amount our people, in our communities; yet as great as these may seem, God never allows us to be overwhelmed by them.  In the face of those moments of discouragement we experience in life, in our efforts to evangelize or to embody our faith as parents within the family, I would like to say forcefully:  Always know in your heart that God is by your side; he never abandons you!

Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts!

-Homily, World Youth Day, July 24, 2013

Reflection: Where do you feel overwhelmed or discourages?  Scripture says that “we have not a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning” (Hebrew 4:15). Talk to Jesus about the challenges you face, knowing that he went through many trials himself.


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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