Principal’s Letter March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015

Thursday, March 19 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, March 20 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Looking Ahead

Monday, March 23 – No school. Local Holiday.

Tuesday, March 24 – 3:00 PM dismissal.

Wednesday, March 25 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, March 26 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, March 27 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Saturday, March 28 – Father/Daughter Dance.

Thursday, April 2 – 12:00 PM dismissal.  Morning extended care available. Holy Thursday. Mass TBA. Office closes at 1:00 PM.  No afternoon extended care.

Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 12 –  No school.  Easter Break.

Wednesday, April 15 – Financial Assistance Application due.

Message From the Principal

March 18, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I extend our gratitude to Shalimar Paguia and her leadership team for their outstanding preparation and work on last Saturday’s Lobster Dinner and Dance. We seated 420 guests. This was our annual and largest spring fundraiser for our school. We will have a financial update next week, once the final numbers come in.  Preliminary results indicate that we exceeded our expectations. Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoyed yourself. Tonight there will be a follow-up meeting to discuss, review, and to recommend changes for next year. If you have any suggestions, kindly email them to Mrs. Paguia. Her email is The follow-up meeting will start at 7:00pm tonight in the math room.

Ms. Dorice Mallia, our morning kindergarten aide, has accepted a full time position. Her last day will be this Friday, March 20. As a graduate of St. Dunstan and loyal alumni, we thank Dorice for her dedication given to our littlest angels in the kindergarten and for the valuable support given to Mrs. Rodgers. We wish her good luck and hope to have her visit us in the future.  Letty Santa Cruz, extended care staff and kindergarten substitute teacher, will be a temporary substitute until we hire a replacement for Dorice.

We congratulate our 8th graders and parents on receiving acceptance letters from local secondary schools including: St. Ignatius College Prep, Archbishop Riordan High School, Mercy High School, Burlingame, Juniper Serra High School, and Notre Dame High School. This continues a strong pattern of acceptance letters sent to our 8th graders. This is a testament to their hard work, excellent teacher preparation and supportive parent partnership. St. Dunstan strong!

Our first track meet commences this Sunday, March 22 starting at 12:00 noon at Mills High School. Lets give them our full support. Go Knights.

The will be a schedule change for May. The Musical Theatre Performance (grades 5-8) is changed from May 21 to May 28, starting at 6:00pm. Mark your calendar.

Reminder: On Monday, March 23rd, there is no school. This is a scheduled local holiday. Enjoy the three-day weekend.

Tech Update

Students are doing some exciting things in the computer lab and with the iPads.  Here are some of the projects and apps students are working on:
1st Grade- using BrainPop site to watch educational videos and take quizzes
5th Grade – created Blabberize videos about endangered species please visit Mrs. Calaunan’s website
6th Grade- creating parody songs using GarageBand for science class
7th Grade- Working on Keynote assignment on famous African American figure
               -Tape Diagrams and Algebra using Educreations link to Mrs. Calaunan’s website to watch the videos
Parent Survey

I am extending time and inviting you to complete a parent survey. This is a vital part of the process of WASC school accreditation, which we do every six years. This survey is anonymous. If you have not done so already, please do your part and complete a survey. Your constructive input is important as we develop and write our school report. This report, including an action plan, will be given to the WASC visiting team who will be on campus March 16-18, 2016.  Please click on the link below to the survey.

Parent Survey

Staff Email

To assist you in contacting teachers, administration, and school staff, I have posted an updated list of email addresses in today’s communication. It includes a bulleted list of policy expectations associated with email communication within our St. Dunstan School Community. Please review these important expectations and use them as matter of habit in all your email communications.

Staff Email Form 2015

School Office Reminders

  • Please understand that students can only return to the classroom to retrieve items 15 minutes after dismissal as stated in the Parent/Student Handbook.
  • Please check Lost and Found in lobby. Please check the lost and found for any items you may have lost located in the hallway. The lost and found will be emptied out at the end of the day on Friday. 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.  Do not report absences via email.
  • If you have questions regarding your Parish Festival Service Hours, please make copies of your receipts and submit your questions to the office.

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.

Athletic Update

First track meet is Sunday, March 22nd at 12:00 PM at Mills.

Please see the Athletics page to order St. Dunstan athletic apparel.  Orders are due by March 30, 2015.

The K-3 Intramural coaches invite participants and their families to celebrate the Fall and Winter sports programs! Please join them in the Parish Center on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:45-7:30pm. Popsicles will be served, and certificates for participation will be handed out. We hope to see you there!

Art in Action Update

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!

Father/Daughter Dance – March 28, 2015

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Download the Father/Daughter Dance Reservation here

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 – April 3

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

March 20, 2015 Hot lunch supports the 8th grade.

March 27, 2015 Hot lunch supports the 7th grade.

April 3, 2015 No hot lunch.  Good Friday.

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.

Lady Knights

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Blood Drive


St. Dunstan’s Men’s Club and TERESA Committee
Are sponsoring a Blood Drive for Blood Centers of the Pacific
Sunday, March 29, 2015 (Palm Sunday)
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the St. Dunstan Parish Center, 1133 Broadway Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030.
Please consider giving this gift of life.  Our goal is to get at least 34 donors.
You may make a reservation to donate blood online by going to and clicking on the ‘Donate Blood’ tab on the right hand side. Then enter the Sponsor Code Name ‘dunstan’ in the first box or you may contact Michelle Jackson (650) 303-4874 or

Chess Club

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St Dunstan Spring 2015 Chess flyer

Knights of Columbus Coat Drive

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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

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.

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 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

No Longer Attentive

How many of us, myself included, have lost our bearings; we are no longer attentive to the world in which we live; we don’t care; we don’t protect what God created for everyone, and we end up unable even to care for one another!

-Homily, July 8, 2013

Reflection: Where has our culture gone wrong in caring for one another?  Where have you taken on some of this culture in your own life?

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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