Principal’s Letter May 13, 2015

May 13, 2015

Thursday, May 14 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Athletic Board meeting in the math room.

Friday, May 15 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available. All criterion for fully and partially participating family status must be completed.  Extended care payments have been sent and are due by May 15.

Saturday, May 16 – Clean-up Green up in the Parish Center.  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM for Team Green members and 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM for parent volunteers.  Contact Mrs. Calaunan at if you would like to come and help us out.

Sunday, May 17 – Spirit Festival at College of San Mateo.  Anyone participating in the field events needs to be on the field by 9:15 AM.  Field events begin at 10:00 AM.  Runners need to be on the field by 11:15 AM.  Races begin at 12:00 PM.

Also, if you go to the Spirit Festival at CSM and bring a donation of new baby items to support the T.E.R.E.S.A. committee students will get a free dress pass for Tuesday, May 19th.  Please scroll down in the Wednesday Communication to see what the T.E.R.E.S.A. needs as a donation.

Looking Ahead

Monday, May 18 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Tuesday, May 19 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Wednesday, May 20 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, May 21 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, May 22 – 3:00 PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Monday, May 25 – No school. Memorial Day.

Wednesday, May 27 – Spring Athletic Awards.  TBA.

Thursday, May 28 – Musical Theatre performance at 6:00 PM for grades 5 – 8.  Students need to be in their classroom by 5:30 PM.

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May is a busy month and this year is no exception.  We had our Walk Through History Program for our Middle Grades, First Communion, Mother-Son Obstacle Course, and the 4th grade Trip to the Gold Country.  Coming up we will have the 6th grade trip to CYO, Musical Theatre Performance, Athletics Awards Night, St. Dunstan Memorial Mass, Spirit Week and Festival, just to name a few of the numerous student-centered activities that mark May at St. Dunstan School. And of course at the end of the month we will have our wonderful, 8th grade dinner-dance, as our 8th graders begin their full week of activities, culminating in the commencement ceremony on June 5th.  Godspeed and joy in all these activities as we head into June.

For their efforts, I would like to thank the Mother-Son Obstacle Course organizer, Mrs. Solano, parent volunteers and Men’s Club President, Anton Bader for providing food. It was lots of fun for all involved. We shall do it again next year. We have Green-up Day this Saturday, May 16. See the information below for more details. Also, I hope to see everyone at the Spirit Festival Track Meet at the College of San Mateo on May 17.  Anyone participating in the field events needs to be on the field by 9:15 AM.  Field events begin at 10:00 AM.  Runners need to be on the field by 11:15 AM.  Races begin at 12:00 PM.

Enrollment Forms

Enrollment forms for 2015 – 2016 will be available on this website on May 20th.  We will be accepting forms starting Tuesday, May 26th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday, May 27th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Thursday, May 28th from 8:00 am to 8:00 pmYou will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader Software to access the required and optional forms. A parent/guardian is required to hand carry the forms into the school office and an office personnel will review the completeness of the forms. When deemed complete, a receipt of completeness will be issued. ALL required forms have to be submitted all at the same time and reviewed for completeness BEFORE a receipt of completeness will be issued out. Late enrollment forms will incur a $50 late charge. Please don’t forget to have a copy of your driver’s license for the volunteer form.  The office will not make any copies for you to fill out on site.

Lunchmaster Survey

Lunchmaster needs your input on how the lunch program is doing.  Please click on the link below and take some time to fill out the online survey.  We thank you for your participation.  We will have this survey up until May 22nd.


Spirit Week
In honor of Spirit Week we will be celebrating by having a theme everyday for the week of May 11.  The following is a list of each days’ dress. Students are not required to participate and may come in full uniform if they do not wish to participate. Students must be dressed appropriately for the day.  No coloring of hair, nail polish, make-up, etc. is allowed.  See the Parent/Student Handbook for what is acceptable.


Monday, May 11­ – Sports Day – Students can wear their favorite sport’s theme or sport uniform.


Tuesday, May 12 –  Toon Day – Students can wear their favorite cartoon, animated, Disney, etc. character.


Wednesday, May 13 – ­ Wacky Wednesday – Students can mix up their outfit today by mismatching your clothes, wear it backwards, wear your shirt inside out, or wear a wacky hat!


Thursday­, May 14 – Throwback Thursday – Students can wear clothing styles from the past­ anywhere from togas, bell bottom jeans, leather jackets, etc. that represents a past era.


Friday, May 15 – Spirit Day – Students can wear­ green, white, or gold to represent our school.  Go Knights!!!


Tech Update

2nd Grade has been working on a butterfly life cycle slideshow.

4th Grade is working on a California Missions podcast using GarageBand.

6th Grade is working on the Saving California projects using Prezi or power point presentations on the iPad.

8th Grade completed an investigation into the production of Nike shoes. They created a custom shoe online and conducted research on the manufacturing process. This was uploaded to their Spiritual Biographies.

8th Grade is now working on an internet safety public service announcement.

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 – June 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

May 15, 2015 Hot lunch provided by School Administration.

May 22, 2015 Hot lunch provided by the T.E.R.E.S.A. committee.

May 29, 2015 TBA

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.


T.E.R.E.S.A. Baby Item Collection

TERESA COMMITTEE NEWS… The TERESA Committee is collecting new baby clothes for UCSF Neo Natal Unit to give to low income families who bring their critically ill infants to them from all parts of California and have little means to purchase new clothes, car seats, etc.  They recently received the below email.  Please consider donating to this cause.  You may deliver items to the rectory between the hours of 8-4 PM during the week or at Masses the weekend of May 16th (see flyer on website for further information).
Thanks in advance for your kindness to us and our babies. We are grateful for all that you provide us so I almost hate to make a special request. We are always in need of additional boy clothing. I think it is so much more fun to shop for girls, so we end up a little short by the end of the year. I do have one very special need that maybe a member of your community would like to take on as a project. As you know, so many of our babies are critically ill with life threatening conditions. Consequently, we perform many baptisms under difficult circumstances. We often wish that we had some white clothing that would be appropriate for a baptism. I don’t think it necessary to purchase elaborate gowns and it is important to consider that many of the babies are connected to ventilators or other medical equipment that makes “ dressing” them difficult. Something that wraps around with a tie is really all we need. We need this type of item in sizes for babies weighting from one to ten pounds. Perhaps a seamstress is what we really need. The gift cards at Target have been very helpful and many families have used them to purchase car seats. Gas cards help our families get back and forth the long distances they travel to visit their babies and allow them to visit more often.

Once again, thank you ~ Suzanne McLennan,  UCSF Neo Natal Unit

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Lady Knights

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Men’s Club Update

If you would like to join Men’s Club, click on the link here.


Summer School Programs

St. Robert’s Summer School is getting ready and we welcome students from our neighboring Catholic schools! It is scheduled to begin on June 15th and end on July 10th, for students entering 1st through 5th grade in Fall 2015.

The program will begin each morning at 8:00am to 12:00pm. with extension services available until 5pm.  The curriculum at Summer School will emphasize language arts and mathematics with a central theme of “Summer School Around the World”.  Please go to our website at to get more enrollment information.  It promises to be a “World” of fun!  Thank you.

Junior Giants

Please download the flyer Junior Giants Flyer 2015 or go to their website for more information.

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CAM Summer Program

CAM Summer Program Enrollment Policy 2015

CAM summer program application form 2015-9W

CAM Summer program 2015 announcement-9W

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!

Summer Slam Program

2015_Registration Form – download

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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.

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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

It is hard to believe that we are now at the final month for this years My School’s Cool program. As a friendly reminder, the last day to turn in your Tanforan receipts will be Thursday 5/28 so we can submit the final report to the Mall Administrator on Friday 5/29.

Thank you parents to all your support this year. We have a great turn out. We’ll announce the winning class during first week of June.

In addition, we are looking for MSC school coordinator for the next school year. If you are interested in helping school with this program, please contact me directly with more details. Thank you!!

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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