Principal’s Letter November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

Thursday, November 20 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Friday, November 21 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Turkey Trot.

Looking Ahead

Monday, November 24 – 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Extended care payments are due.

Tuesday, November 25 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Advisory Board meeting at 7:00 PM in the math room.

Wednesday, November 26 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Morning extended care available.  No after school extended care. Office closes at 1:00 PM.  Thanksgiving mass at 9:00 AM in the Church.  All are welcome.  Please be in full uniform. The Thanksgiving Feast begins at 11:15 AM.

Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 – No school. Thanksgiving break.

Message From the Principal

November 19, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Because of inclement weather, the Turkey Trot has been moved to this Friday, November 21st. Thursday, November 20th will be a normal uniform dress day. Friday, November 21st will be a free dress day only for those participating in the Turkey Trot.

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

We received a thank you letter from the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, the organization we recently sent 3 large boxes of travel-size personal care items for our troops. Your generosity is greatly appreciated! The letter is posted below.

Thank You Letter from Military Missions

Kindergarten Open House December 4th

We are targeting area preschools for a kindergarten only open house set for Thursday, December 4th starting at 6:30 PM. Information flyers and brochures will be delivered to respective area preschools. I would like you to announce this open house to your friends and work colleagues so that we can have a big turn out. The ultimate goal is to increase qualified enrollment applications for the coming year. We will still have our annual open house, January 25th, which marks the beginning of Catholic School Week and is open to all grades applicants (K-7). The kindergarten open house is focused on pre-school parents and children only. Please get the word out by downloading and posting the information flyer. Lastly, principal led tours occur each Thursday starting at 9:00 AM and by RSVP only. Share the good news of St. Dunstan Catholic School!

Kindergarten Open House

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, 12:00 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)

Fine Arts Auditions

Annually, we have a fine arts performance scheduled during Catholic Schools Week in January (January 25-30). This is not to be confused with the Musical-Theatre Performance coordinated by Mrs. Lafon, scheduled for January 22 (grades K-4).

Coordinators Ms. Pacheco and Ms. Muller are looking for talented individuals (and or groups) who are willing to share their gifts of singing, dancing, playing an instrument, or performing any particular skills to sign up for the fine arts auditions.

Fine Arts Audition Schedule:

  • Grades K-4: Monday, December 1st (Parish Center @ 2:45 pm)
  • Grades 5-8: Wednesday, December 3rd (Parish Center @3:15 pm)

Please note: Parents need to complete and return the sign-up form to Ms. Pacheco or Ms. Muller no later then Tuesday, November 25th. Be sure to bring music (If you are singing with a CD. It must be clear of words/only music)

Performing Arts Sign-Up

Ipads in the Kindergarten

This Friday, Nov. 21, 8th grade students will collaborate with Mrs. Rodgers kindergarten in an iPad driven activity. Kindergarteners with help of their 8th grade mentors will create a time line of major events in their lives including their “first toy”, “first vacation” and finally “first field trip”. Using the iPad Application, Timeline,

Kindergarteners will illustrate and annotate their time lines with pictures, images, and text sharing important events with their teachers, parents, and peers.

Student Council Notes

Thank you very much to all the families who sent in the toiletries for the Troops. We appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Each of us has something to be thankful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving we are collecting food donations for St. Vincent de Paul:

Grades K-2 (Peanut Butter and Jelly)

Grades 3-5 (Individually wrapped snacks)

Grades 6-8 (Individual drinks like Capri Suns).

Thank you for your generosity.

Message from the Advisory Board
Dear parents,

As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I would like to take this opportunity to:

  • thank Fr. Casey, Fr. Joe and Fr. Brendan for your support and guidance.
  • thank Dr Bruce Colville and the faculty for providing our children a wonderful Catholic education.
  • thank all parents for your support and participation in all school and parish events; especially the new family masses, the parish festival, and the new academic and activities fair.
  • thank all my teammates on the advisory board for your dedication and hard work.

I wish you all peace and happiness during this holiday season.
Ignatius Chan

Friday Coffee and Doughnut Social – December 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

November 21, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by student council.

November 28, 2014 No hot lunch.

December 5, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by fifth grade.

Please visit the Friday Hot Lunch Page 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.

Turkey Trot


13th Annual Turkey Trot FUNdraiser

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s Turkey Trot time! The purpose of this fun walk/run-a-thon is to promote health and fitness for our students and raise funds for our school. A designated route will be marked in the South Yard for students to walk or run laps around the course. Parent volunteers will stand around the track and cheer the students on and serve water and oranges at the finish line.

For your child to participate in the event, you can either elect a:

  • Flat Rate Donation ($5 minimum donation per student to participate; recommended donation of $25 per family)
  • Per Lap Donation (minimum $5 + $1 per lap walked over 5 laps)

The Sponsor/Pledge form can be downloaded from our school’s website. All forms are due by Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Students who participate have free dress on the day of the Turkey Trot!

Volunteers Needed: If you would like to volunteer to help with the Turkey Trot, please complete the form below and turn it in to the office as soon as possible. Volunteer hours will be from 8:00am – 11:30am in the South Yard. Service hours will be given.

Donations Accepted: If you would like to donate oranges and/or water for the event, please contact the organizers below. Your donations are always very much appreciated!

Questions or concerns?                                             

Please contact Una O’Brien at paulunaobrien@hotmail.comor Nivin Azar at

Turkey Trot Information and Volunteer Form 2014

Turkey Trot Pledge Form 2014

Breakfast with Santa

Please join us Saturday, December 13th at 9 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa.  Breakfast is $8 for adults and $6 for children and photos are $5 each.  There will a hot breakfast, entertainment, crafts, and of course a photo opportunity with Santa.  Please RSVP no later than Monday, Dec 1st.”

Breakfast with Santa Flyer

Secret Santa – December 10

Like the Three Wise Men brought gifts to baby Jesus, this year’s Santa’s Secret Shop is a program that makes it possible for children to experience the joy of giving their own special Christmas gifts for family and friends. This year, we will feature a new line of gifts that are moderately priced. Santa’s Secret Shop will be open on December 10 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

For more information, please contact Heather Park at

Cash or Check accepted (please make checks out to St. Dunstan School).

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Lady Knight’s Thanksgiving Potluck

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T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee Giving Tree

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Christmas Giving Tree Flyer 2014


St. Dunstan’s Family Mass

Youth Choir

 New members welcome!

Upcoming Family Masses:

December 7th at 5:00

December 24th at 4:30

January 4th at 5:00

Practices are at 6:30pm in the church on these dates:

Thursdays, Nov. 6 & Nov. 13 | Tuesdays, Nov. 18 & Nov. 25

Monday, Dec. 1 | Thursday, Dec. 11 | Monday, Dec. 15 | Monday, Dec. 22 | Tuesday, Dec. 23

Choir directors: Karen Bettucchi and Cindy Bruni

For questions contact Cindy at 650-697-1907

Please download the form below to sign-up to be part of the choir.

St. Dunstan Choir Sign-up 

Knights of Columbus Crab Cioppino

Knights of Columbus St. Dunstan Council 11041
Larry Bianchi & Lou Grech Memorial
Crab Cioppino Dinner
Saturday, December 6, 2014
St. Dunstan Parish Center
No Host Cocktails 6:00 PM
Dinner 7:30PM, Dancing following dinner
Featuring Johnny Midnight
$45 per person
(Chicken dinner available instead of crab)
For tickets and info call
Gabe: 650-692-6589
Jack: 650-952-8331

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 2

Art in Action

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a fantastic summer! Are you ready for Art in Action?
This is such a fun way to get involved in your child’s class. Without parent volunteers, our Art in Action program would not be a success.

AIA-Docents & Helpers list 2014-2015

For each grade, I need 1 – 2 docents and about 3 classroom helpers.  The docent is the volunteer who leads the initial discussion about a piece of art and then the docent guides the kids through creating their own artwork, step by step. Some parents double up and share the docent role.

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.

You need to create an an Art in Action account first, before you can access the videos, lesson plans, along with all the other helpful tools. Please let me know if you need one.

*Classes starts September 6th. (Please see the attached training schedule link)

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

Hello St. Dunstan families.
Hope everyone had a fun filled Halloween and kids have recovered from their sugar rush. We are now two third way thru the first quarter (Sep 1 – Nov 30) for the My School’s Cool’s program. Don’t forget to participate on the monthly digital program to help us earn more points by:
1.  send the code “MSC12” to 55800 monthly to earn 50 point
2.  (If you haven’t done so yet) vote for our school on Facebook on The Shops at Tanforan’s page
Thank you,
Anne Lam
MSC Coordinator

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.

How Can We Let Jesus Out?

But ask yourselves this question:  How often is Jesus inside and knocking at the door to be let out, to come out?  And we do not let him out because of our own need for security, because so often we are locked into ephemeral structures that serve solely to make us slaves and not free children of God.

-Address, Vigil of Pentecost With the Ecclesial Movements, May 18, 2013

Reflection: Where do you turn for comfort?  How can you move beyond comfort to seek out the plan Jesus has for you?  How can you let Jesus out?


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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