Principal’s Letter May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017


Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have included in today’s communication a thank you letter from the TERESA Committee for your donations to the UCSF Neonatal Department. Please keep in your prayers a close friend of my family, Dr. Kurt Dietrich, a young medical doctor who is battling a serious medical condition. Thank you for your prayers.


Musical Theater Performance

It is another full week of curricular and extra curricular activities at St. Dunstan School. Tonight is our spring Musical Theatre Performance starting at 6:00 pm. Students (Grades 5-8) need to be in their respective homerooms by 5:45 pm. Tonight’s performance is a salute to Broadway entitled: Broadway 2K. All participating grades are expected to be present and on time. Unless otherwise required by Mrs. Lafon, students may wear appropriate clothing.  See below:

5th grade – Costume “Matilda” – full school uniform (girls- plaid jumper/ boys – khaki shorts or pants ok). 

6th grade – Costume “Shrek” – blue jeans and black tshirt, black shoes

7th grade – Costume “Aladdin” – black pants and solid black short sleeve tshirt, black shoes 

8th grade – Costume 1 “On Broadway” – Boys: black pants, white button up shirt, sunglasses, black shoes

-Costume 2 “Newsies” – Boys & Girls: white button up shirt, gray, black or blue baseball/softball pants, long black, navy or white socks, vest, newsboy cap, black shoes

***Please only bring costume pieces you may have at home from this list.  Mrs. Lafon will be providing costumes for those who may not have some of the items listed.


New Student and Kindergarten Orientation

Tomorrow, Thursday, May 18, we will host the Kindergarten Class of 2017-18 school year orientation. This begins at 7:00 pm in the kindergarten classroom. Also, tomorrow night there will be an orientation meeting for parents of transfer students starting at 7:30 pm in the 4th grade classroom.


Annual Walk Through

The annual and excellent spring Walk Through History performances occur this week. The Fifth graders perform on Thursday in the Parish Center starting at 8:20 am. The Fourth Graders perform Friday beginning at 8:30 am. The Sixth Graders performance begins at 11:45 am on Friday.


Lady Knights 80s Night

On Saturday the Lady Knights revive the 1980s with a fun evening of food and music. Also, on Saturday the Parish Youth Ministry program will host an afternoon hike starting at 2:00 pm at the Oak Cove Trail in Millbrae. For information and Evite for the hike contact

The culmination of Spirit Week is this Sunday with the exciting and competitive SPIRIT Track and Field Championship Festival at the College of San Mateo. Field events start at 10:00 am and the track events begin at 12:00 pm. The St. Dunstan highly competitive team has had an excellent and undefeated track season so far. We wish them well in Sunday’s competition. Go Knights! We will be collecting peanut butter and jelly donations for St. Vincent de Paul. See Charlene Calaunan or Dr. Colville at the event. Each student donating will earn a free dress pass for Tuesday, May 23.



Track News

Congratulations to the track team for their excellent effort at last weekend’s divisional championships. They took first place by 16 points.  This track meet qualifies student athletes for the Spirit Festival set for Sunday, May 21st at College of San Mateo. At the track meet, donations of peanut butter or jelly will be collected with free dress earned for Tuesday, May 23rd. The free dress is for those who donate and attend track meet only.

St. Dunstan – 238
St. Cecilia – 222
St. Catherine of Siena – 168
St. Pius – 100
Nativity – 93

Spirit Week

In honor of the Track Team Spirit Festival, we are showing our school spirit by celebrating each day with a theme!

Rules and Reminders

Students must dress appropriately and abide by rules stated in the Parent/Student Handbook. For example – no costumes, make-up, or hair dye.

If you do not want to participate in the theme for the day, you must wear your uniform.

If you come to school not dressed for the theme of the day, your parent will be called in to bring your uniform.


Monday, May 15 – Multiplicity Monday -Students can dress up as twinsies, triplets, quadruplets, etc. The entire class can dress up like each other if they want. Hey, why not just come in uniform?

Tuesday, May 16 – Sports Day – Represent your favorite sports team!

Wednesday, May 17 – Wacky Wednesday -Mix up your outfit today by mismatching your clothes, wear it backwards, wear your shirt inside out, or wear a wacky hat!

Thursday, May 18 – Character Day – Wear your favorite Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Anime, TV show, Pokemon character! Any animated character will do. No costumes please.

Friday, May 19 – St. Dunstan Spirit Day -Wear green, white, and/or gold to represent St. Dunstan! Go Knights!!!



Mass Times

St. Dunstan Feast Day Eucharist at 11:00AM in the Church.  Students must be in full uniform.  All are welcome.

Our last Family Mass for this school year will be Sunday, June 4 at the 5:00pm Pentecost Mass. We encourage students to dress in their native/cultural clothing and to join the procession into the Church. There will be a reception in the Parish Center after Mass.


Student Council Election Schedule

Students in 6th and 7th grade have had their informational meeting today for the 2017-2018 student council.  The schedule of events are as follows:

May 19 – Applications are due by 3:00pm. Applications must be filled out completely. No exceptions!

May 22– Speeches are due to homeroom teachers and Mrs. Calaunan to be checked and signed. If speeches are not signed, you will not be able to run.

May 30 – Each candidate may put up 3 posters in the hallways. Please check each day to make sure that posters are up in the hallways.

May 31 – Candidates give speeches to student body at 1:45pm in the Parish Center. Time subject to change.

June 1 – Primary Elections

June 2 – Final Elections


Important Dates for 2017-2018 School Year

I would like to announce important school calendar dates for next year as many of you need advance planning notice. Our full calendar will be posted after Easter break and after it is populated with key events for next school year.

  • First Day: Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Last Day: June 13, 2018
  • Parish Festival: October 13-15, 2017
  • Christmas Break: December 21, 2017 – January 2, 2018
  • Mid-Winter Break: February 19-23, 2018
  • Easter Break: March 30-April 6, 2018




Coco Needs a Home for for the Summer

Coco needs a home for spring break and for the summer.  If you are interested, please notify Ms. Muller with a letter that you can take Coco home.  Ms. Muller will provide the food and needs for Coco for the break.




Dr. Colville



Weekly Reflection

This week’s reflection comes from

Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections

Unreserved Readiness

We are called to open ourselves more and more to the action of the Holy Spirit, to offer our unreserved readiness to be instruments of God’s mercy, of his tenderness, of his love for every man and every woman and especially for the poor, the outcast, adn those who are distant.

Address, May 17, 2013

Reflection:What does it mean for you to open yourself more and more to the action of the Holy Spirit?  How can you develop a heart of “unreserved readiness”? Ask Jesus to help you understand his mercy, and give it to others.






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