Principal’s Letter February 4, 2015

February 4, 2015

Thursday, February 5 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, February 6 – No school.  Archdiocesan Professional Development Day for faculty.

Looking Ahead

Monday, February 9 – 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Tuesday, February 10 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Wednesday, February 11 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, February 12 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, February 13 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

February 16 – February 20 – No school. Mid-winter break.

Monday, February 23 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Message From the Principal

February 4, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

February 3 was the feast day of St. Blasé, patron Saint of throat illnesses. Traditionally, as many of you have experienced, throats are blessed on this day. Yesterday, Father Brendan visited each classroom. He gave a short historical background on St. Blasé and described the Catholic tradition of the blessing of throats. Each child of the school had their throat blessed. Hopefully, each of you had the opportunity to do so as well.

I want to thank the St. Dunstan community for your comportment and constructive attitude related to our athletic games. May this continue and may you continue to support each other as we go forward. Adults should be models of sportsmanship in all that we say and do. If you have concerns related to your child’s particular sports participation, the line of communication is as follows: head coach, sports commissioner, athletic director, and principal. As always, our communication is respectful of place, tone and content.

World’s Finest Chocolate

Ends February 13. All money is due on this day to qualify for prizes. Additional boxes can be picked up before school in the lobby or after school in the lobby and/or south yard.

Service Hour Reports

If you have questions regarding your Parish Festival Service Hours, please make copies of your receipts and submit your questions to the office.

Measles Information

As most of you know there is a plethora of media attention regarding measles. Included in today’s communication is information from the Mayo Clinic. It is well written with additional links for more information. We have had no cases of measles reported to the school this year. Having said this, please make sure your children’s immunizations are current. If your child comes down with any communicable illness please notify the school office immediately. Thank you.

School Office Reminders

  • Please check Lost and Found in lobby. Items not retrieved will be used for the next uniform and used uniform sale.
  • Please keep ill students home. Any student with a fever must be kept home until fever free for 24hrs without medication.
  • Please remember to call school to report any absence by 9:00 am in the morning.

St. Dunstan Athletics Apparel

You’ve seen the items around school and at events. Now is your chance to place an order!
All items will read “St. Dunstan Athletics” across the chest, and differ in color and style
as noted below.
TO ORDER: Fill out the order form below and turn into the school office by 3:00pm on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5th

Your item(s) will be delivered through your child when the order is filled.

Thank you for supporting St. Dunstan Athletics!

SD_2015 Athletics Order Form

Lobster Dinner Dance- March 14, 2015
Our annual spring fundraiser Lobster Dinner Dance this year will be on Saturday, March 14, 2015.
SAVE THE DATE! More details to follow.

Millbrae Lion’s Club Used Glasses Collection

The Lion’s Club asked if we would help them in their efforts to collect used glasses for those in-need.  A collection box will be placed in the school lobby on Friday. The “Used Eyeglass Collection” is one of the Millbrae Lion’s Club activity projects. This project can actually change someone’s life.  Millions of people in developing nations and in the U.S. are in need of eyeglasses, which they cannot afford.  For children, clear vision means a better education, healthier development and a better quality of life.  For adults, it means greater employment opportunity, and economic strength. For seniors, it means less dependence on others.

Chinese Class Update

We are considering having the Chinese Class on Saturday mornings instead of after school during the week, which seems to conflict with the schedules of both student and families. If this is the case, and there is enough interest to do so, then we will consider a Saturday morning class on campus. Interested parents are asked to contact Chinese School Director Jane Wong indicating you would enroll your child in a Saturday morning program if it were available. Her email address is: If enough students are interested, then we will begin setting up the registration and classes for Saturday mornings. Thank you.

Financial Assistance Application

Families who are interested in applying for financial aid please go to our school website and link to Admissions/Tuition Assistance. Complete the procedures for applying for financial aid by April 15, 2015. Please contact school bookkeeper, Louise Cordova, if you have any questions.

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 – February 13

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

February 6, 2015 No hot lunch.

February 13, 2015 Hot lunch supports the second grade class.

February 20, 2015 No hot lunch. Mid-winter break.

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.

Chocolate Sale Fundraiser

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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

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:
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 Sunday Prayer for Catechists – 2011-2012

Gospel – Mark 1:32-39

When it was evening, after sunset, they brought to [Jesus] all who were ill or possessed by demons.  The whole town was gathered at the door.  He cured many who were sic with various diseases, and he drove out many demons, not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.  Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”  He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages that I may preach there also.  For this purpose have I come.”  So he went into their synagogues, preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.


Simon tells Jesus that “everyone is looking for you,” something that our Lord surely knew and to which he offers a clear and immediate response: throughout the region, go out to the people to preach and touch those who seek him.  This “everyone” whom Jesus knows to be seeking and needing him is different from the “everyone” Simon intended, to be certain!  Jesus is prepared go out in the mission for the sake of the people, rooted in prayer, always in communion with God the Father and the Holy Trinity?  How do we preach and reach out to those who seek our Lord and those who do not know for whom they seek?

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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