Principal’s Letter December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014

Thursday, December 4 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Kindergarten Open House for the 2015-2016 school year at 6:30 PM.

Friday, December 5 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Saturday, December 6 – Knights of Columbus crab cioppino.

Sunday, December 7 – Family Mass at 5:00 PM. All are welcome.

Looking Ahead

Monday, December 8 – 2:30 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Immaculate Conception Mass at 11:00 AM.  All are welcome.

Tuesday, December 9 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Wednesday, December 10 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. First communion parent meeting.

Thursday, December 11 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, December 12 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Monday, December 15 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Thursday, December 18 – Christmas Program in the Church at 6:00 PM.

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

December 20 – January 2 – Christmas break.

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

Message From the Principal

December 3, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Advent season has begun. This Sunday, December 7, we will have our monthly Family Mass at 5:00 PM, followed by a reception in the Parish Center, hosted by the Men’s Club. For the Family Mass each family is asked to bring a canned item for St. Vincent de Paul. Please plan on joining us as we welcome and embrace the beautiful Advent Season. Also, next Monday, December 8, there is an 11:00 AM Mass, as we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, along with parishioners of St. Dunstan Parish.

Kindergarten Open House December 4th

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 pm we will host a Kindergarten Only Open House in the Parish Center. We are targeting area preschools for a kindergarten only open house. Information flyers and brochures will be delivered to respective area preschools. I would like you to announce this open house to your friends and work colleagues so that we can have a big turn out. The ultimate goal is to increase qualified enrollment applications for the coming year. We will still have our annual open house, January 25th, which marks the beginning of Catholic School Week and is open to all grades applicants (K-7). The kindergarten open house is focused on pre-school parents and children only. Please get the word out by downloading and posting the information flyer. Lastly, principal led tours occur each Thursday starting at 9:00 AM and by RSVP only. Share the good news of St. Dunstan Catholic School!

Kindergarten Open House

Knights of Columbus and Men’s Club Dinners

There are many opportunities for parental involvement and fellowship during the month of December. The Knights of Columbus will host a Crab Cioppino Dinner and Dance on Saturday. Tickets are limited. Contact Gabe Maldonado if you’re interested in purchasing tickets ($45.00). Gabe’s email is or by phone (650) 692-6589.

On December 15th, the St. Dunstan Men’s Club is pleased to invite you and your spouse to our annual Christmas Season prime rib dinner event Monday, December 15 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center.  Please RSVP by Friday, December 12 either by notifying us on Facebook (HTTPS:// or e-mailing both Anton Bader ( and Tony Fabbi (  Guests are also welcome!

We hope you can all join us for an enjoyable evening filled with great food, Christmas cheer and raffle prizes!

Please see the attached flyer for more details.


Men’s Club Meeting Dec 2014

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. Once the performance is completed, students will be escorted back and will be dismissed from their classrooms.Students to represent their cultural heritage or native homeland are needed for the Christmas Program. If your child has a costume or cultural clothing and would like to be part of the “Procession of Nations” please let Ms. Pacheco know.

Reconciliation – December 10 and 11

We will have the Sacrament of Reconciliation for grades 3-5 on Wednesday, December 10 and Thursday, December 11 for grades 6-8. Please encourage your children to anticipate and approach Reconciliation positively. The desire to acknowledge our human failings and to ask for forgiveness is a truly divine and freeing experience. It prepares children for the birth of Jesus.

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 – December 5

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 5, 2014 Hot lunch supports the fifth grade class. Please note that the menu has changed due to the rain damage in the Parish Center.  Please check the new flyer below.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

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December 12, 2014 Hot lunch supports the home room parents.

December 19, 2014 No hot lunch.

Please visit the Friday Hot Lunch Page 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.

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!

Breakfast with Santa

Please join us Saturday, December 13th at 9 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast is $8 for adults and $6 for children and photos are $5 each.  There will a hot breakfast, entertainment, crafts, and of course a photo opportunity with Santa.  Please RSVP no later than Monday, Dec 1st.”

Breakfast with Santa Flyer

Secret Santa – December 10

Like the Three Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus, this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop is a program that makes it possible for children to experience the joy of giving their own special Christmas gifts for family and friends. This year, we will feature a new line of gifts that are moderately priced. Santa’s Secret Shop will be open on December 10 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact Heather Park at

Cash or Check accepted (please make checks out to St. Dunstan School).

Please sign up to volunteer for Santa’s Secret Shop!

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: 
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy! 

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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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

T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee Giving Tree

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Christmas Giving Tree Flyer 2014


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)

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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:
1) Please text “MSC12” to 55800 in December and earn 50 points for each text
2) Gift wrapping in Tanforan Mall – Friday 12/5 from 10am-2pm.
*  1-2 volunteers needed, service hours will be granted.
*  Wrapping supplies will be provided
*  Monetary donations towards wrapping supplies is greatly appreciated
*  For additional information, please email me at anytime
3)  Student Holiday Performance at Tanforan Mall – Friday 12/12 at 5pm
Calling all K-4th grade students!!  Once again, we are performing in Tanforan during this holiday season.  We will be performing the dance learned during Music class. Students who join us for this funfilled event will receive a FREE DRESS PASS. Please come, have fun and show them our talents!!!
As usual, we thank you for your continuous support by sending in your Tanforan receipts.  The gift wrap service and student performance at the mall listed above give us the opportunity to earn extra points for cash.  We look forward seeing you all at these events.
Thank you and wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!!
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.

The Latest Smartphone

Some will say: Joy is born from possessions, so they go in quest of the latest model of the smartphone, the fastest scooter, the showy car…but I tell you , it truly grieves me to see a priest or sister with the latest model of a car: but this can’t be!  It can’t be.  You think: “So, do we now have to buy a bicycle, Father?  Bicycles are good!  Monsignor Alfred rides a bicycle.  He goes by bike.

I think that cars are necessary because there is so much work to be done, and also in order to get about…but choose a more humble car!  And if you like the beautiful one, only think of all the children who are dying of hunger.

-Address, To Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

Reflection: Scripture says, “For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34).  What is your ultimate treasure, and where is your heart right now?


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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