Principal’s Letter March 4, 2015

March 4, 2015

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

Friday, March 6 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Parent coffee and doughnut social after morning assembly.

Saturday, March 7 – 11:15 AM 6th Grade Girl’s basketball championship against St. Veronica’s at Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame.

Looking Ahead

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 14 – Lobster Dinner.

Monday, March 16 – 12:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Extended care payments due.

Monday, March 23 – No school. Local Holiday.

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.

Message From the Principal

March 4, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Lobster Dinner is coming soon! As we finalize plans and get ready, I want to thank the leadership team and parent volunteers for their efforts of time and talent.  Extra raffle tickets for the Lobster Dinner can be picked up at the school office.

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

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

Let’s give our full support to the 6th grade girl’s basketball team this Saturday, March 7 at 11:15 AM at the OLA gym. They have had a great season and play St. Veronica’s in the championship game. Go Knights! Additionally, students who bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to be donated to St. Vincent de Paul’s soup kitchen will earn a free dress pass for Monday, March 9.

I remind players, coaches, parents, and students to cheer and support our teams in a respectful manner upholding PPSL policies and our Christian Code of Conduct.  Any concerns are to be brought up to respective coaches, sports commissioners, athletic board chairperson or principal in a timely and responsible manner. Go Knights! Have fun, compete well, and be good sports.

I want to remind parents to continue monitoring their children for head lice. If lice are detected, please notify the school immediately so we can inform classmates’ parents. We require proof of treatment at their return to school.  Please download and read the letter for more information.

St. Dunstan Letter about head lice

Chocolate Sale Update

If you haven’t turned in your money from the chocolate sale, please turn it into the office as soon as possible.

Tuition Contract for 2015-2016

Parents of students, who are returning next year, please complete the 2015/2016 Tuition Payment Contact and return to the office by Friday, March 6, 2015. Your FACTS agreement will be renewed when the contract has been received. Please call Louise Cordova if you have any questions. The tuition contract link is:

The tuition will increase a modest 3% over this current year.

Tuition Payment Contract 2015-16

Knights of Columbus Annual Tootsie Roll Drive for the Mentally Challenged

This event occurs March 7 and at all the Sunday Masses on March 8. The Knights are seeking volunteers from our 8th grade class and CCD 8th grade class. Please see Mr. Cosgriff for sign-ups.

Update on the Lobster Dinner

A big thank you to everyone that has turned in your reservation for our Lobster Dinner.  Please note that reservations were due February 27.  If you have not turned your form and payment in, please do so ASAP!

We will have fun opportunities to win prizes at the dinner, including a raffle, silent auction and a 50/50 card draw.

  • The silent auction will include class baskets containing special artwork, hotel accommodations, summer camps and classes, Principal for the Day, front row seats for graduation and lots of other fun services and activities for the family.
  • The raffle prizes are a desktop computer with a touchscreen monitor, a Microsoft Surface RT laptop, and a set of Bluetooth stereo headphones.
  • This year we will include a fun new raffle, called a 50/50 card draw.  This raffle will be $10 to join and you will pick 1 card from the deck.  We will tear the card in half and you will keep half and put half in a draw bag.  One winner will be drawn and keeps half the pot.  Fun!  Bring those $10 bills!

For more information, please go to the Lobster Dinner Webpage. The reservation form is available there for download.

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.

School Office Reminders

  • 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.

Extended Care

Extended care invoices have been sent out, payments are due Monday, March 16th.

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

Track season begins next week.  The first practice is Tuesday, March 10th.  Practices will be at Mills High School on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.  Please submit your permission slips to the office as soon as possible.  First track meet is Sunday, March 22nd.

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!

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 – March 6

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 6, 2015 Hot lunch sponsored by the School Administration.

March 13, 2015 Hot lunch supports the St. Dunstan Cheerleaders.

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

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.

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

The Dynamic of Hope

Anyone exercising a role of leadership – allow me to say, anyone whom life has anointed as a leader – needs to have practical goals and to seek specific means to attain them.  At the same time, there is always the risk of disappointment, resentment, and indifference if our plans and goals do not materialize.

Here I would appeal  to the dynamic of hope that inspires us to keep pressing on, to employ all our energies and abilities on behalf of those for whom we work, accepting results, making it possible to strike out on new paths, being generous even without apparent results, yet keeping hope alive, with the constancy and courage that comes from accepting a vocation as leader and guide.

-Address, July 27, 2013


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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