Principal’s Letter March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015

Wednesday, March 25 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Athletic Awards Night for baseball, basketball, and volleyball at 6:00 PM in the Parish Center.

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.

Sunday, March 29 – Blood Drive.  Free dress for students on Monday, March 30 for students whose parents that volunteer to give blood.  Scroll down for more information and how to sign up.

Looking Ahead

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

Tuesday, March 31 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Wednesday, April 1 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, April 2 – 12:00 PM dismissal.  Morning extended care available. Holy Thursday. Prayer service and Passion play at 11:00 AM. All are welcome.  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 25, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have many announcements, updates, and reminders in today’s communication, covering a wide variety of campus and parish life. Please read and review what is written and posted.

Track Notes
The track teams earned a second place finish behind St. Cecilia’s (by two points) and above third place OLA (by five points), in an evenly matched competition last Sunday. It was fun to watch and admire the efforts of our team and their coaches. Track requires lots of teamwork! Moreover, at times athletes have to sacrifice their particular individual event(s) to compete in other events, when asked to do so by coaches. Or they have to
do extra events. These athletes do this for the better good of the team in order to earn team points. So, congratulations to those track athletes who “took one for the team” on Sunday to make the team competitive and help earn team points. In close matches, this often makes a difference in the final placement. Keep up the good work Knights!

The Fall Sports Awards are tonight at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center. We thank our fall athletes, coaches, and parents for their participation and support. Go Knights!

Dance and Make A Wish!

Tiffany’s Dance Academy, a local dance company, is having a talent show called TDA’s Got Talent.  They need young participants that want to show off their talent.  The point of this show is to raise money for The Make A Wish Foundation. If you win, you will be able to attend the Grand Gala at the end of the year.  Not only will you attend, but you will share your talent as well!  The show will be on April 24 at Tiffany’s Dance Academy in South San Francisco. If you would like to sign up here, is a link below.

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.

Lobster Dinner Update

We would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped with the Lobster Dinner.  We truly appreciate your attendance, time volunteered and donations!

And an even BIGGER THANK YOU to SHALI PAGUIA for organizing the event!

We thank the following people for their time, energy, and support:

  • Dr. Colville and the staff, faculty, priests and parish for their support and guidance.
  • Event advisers Leta Labson and Marvin Laubaucher.
  • All event chairs and committee leads who coordinated the event: Karen Ryzinga, Dave Shapona, Gabrielle O’Neil, Shon Simmons, Jennifer Gaspar-Santos, Garrett Chan, Anna Vilchez-Ruiz, Amalia Solano, Steve Almes, Anton Bader and Rudith Cordero.
  • The cooks, particularly Bob Disco and Kamal Naser, who led the effort of cooking the lobster and the chicken dinners.
  • .All the parent volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to help the event run smoothly.
  • Art in Action docents who assisted with the decorations.
  • Room Parents who coordinated the donation of the class baskets.
  • DMP Executive DJ services who rocked the house with his DJ services.
  • New England Lobster Co. for the delicious lobster.
  • South San Francisco Scavenger for providing waste bins.

Also, there is no way we could have made the event a success without the kind donations of the following:

  • Steve Almes and the Well Connected Office who printed raffle tickets, invitations, and donated first prize for the raffle.
  • Parkview Produce for their generous vegetable donation.
  • Cas & Gigi Costa c/o Heather Parks who kindly donated chairs.
  • A&B Produce c/o Peter Ingargiola who provided us with vegetables.
  • Evergood Hotlinks
  • South San Francisco Center Catering for providing the bread and butter.
  • Toast Eatery/Grub and Kamal Naser for donating the chicken dinners.
  • Men’s Club who generously donated all drinks.
  • Philz Coffee for providing the coffee.
  • Anton Bader who provided lemons.
  • The generous donations to our Wall of Fame from Mrs. Calaunan, the Lucero Family, the Sherr Family, the Naser Family and the Hackenberg Family.
  • Everyone who donated items to our Silent Auction.
  • Parents who donated gas tanks.

Again, thank you sincerely to everyone for making this year’s event successful!

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

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!

Sandwich Sunday by the T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee

Time to get sticky! Sandwich Sunday is coming Sunday April 12th, sponsored by the St. Dunstan’s T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee.  Members of our Parish and School Community will be assembling bag lunches after the 10:00AM Mass in the Convent to donate to the Samaritan House of San Mateo, an organization who provides meals for those in need. Please join us by either donating food items (see list below) or help put together the lunches. We will be making 200 sandwiches and would love to have your participation.
Please contact Lia Whitehead at 650-697-4889 ( for more details on how you may participate.  You may also call/text Cissy Sherr at 415-378-3635 with any questions.
Items needed
20 loaves White or Whole Wheat Bread
Lunch size oranges or apples
100-200 Granola Bars or Power Bars
100 Brown Sandwich Bags
Home made or small packaged cookies
Donated items may be brought to the Parish Rectory Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm and no later than

Friday, April 10, 2015.

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

CAM Summer Program

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!

CAM Summer Program Enrollment Policy 2015

CAM summer program application form 2015-9W

CAM Summer program 2015 announcement-9W

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 – TBA

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 27, 2015 Hot lunch supports the 7th grade.

April 3, 2015 No hot lunch.  Good Friday.

April 10, 2015 No hot lunch. Easter Break.

April 17, 2015 Hot lunch supports Kindergarten.

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


Free dress for students whose parents volunteer!  Free dress will be on Monday, March 30.

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

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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