November 26, 2014
Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 – No school. Thanksgiving break.
Monday, December 1 – 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Tuesday, December 2 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Wednesday, December 3 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available. First communion parent meeting.
Thursday, December 4 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Friday, December 5 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Saturday, December 6 – Knights of Columbus crab cioppino.
Sunday, December 7 – Family Mass at 5:00 PM. All are welcome.
Monday, December 8 – Immaculate Conception Mass at 11:00 AM. All are welcome.
Thursday, December 18 – Christmas Program in the Church at 6:00 PM.
Friday, December 19 – 12:00 PM dismissal. Morning extended care available. No afternoon extended care. Office closes at 1:00 PM.
December 20 – January 2 – Christmas break
Monday, January 5 – School resumes. 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Message From the Principal
November 26, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
On behalf of our parish and school, I wish all of our St. Dunstan families, extended families and friends, a most blessed and heartfelt Thanksgiving. For those of you on the road during the Thanksgiving break, I wish you safe travels and safe returns. I am forever grateful to our hardworking school and rectory staff, to our dedicated and experienced faculty, to our Holy Ghost Fathers, generous parishioners, our supportive and generous parents and guardians, and finally to the most precious gifts of our community, our children. St. Dunstan School is a very special place to serve and I am most grateful to be a part of it. May the good Lord continue to bless us, keeping our spirit strong, our faith steadfast and always, in His guiding light. Enjoy the Thanksgiving break. May it be most restful and prayerful, as we give thanks for all that we have and for the gift of life. For our God is kind, our God is loving, our God is merciful, our God is forgiving, and our God is generous. So must we.
Christmas Program – December 18, 6:00 PM
Students to represent their cultural heritage or native homeland are needed for the Christmas Program. If your child has a costume or cultural clothing and would like to be part of the “Procession of Nations” please let Ms. Pacheco know.
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!
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: Be sure to bring music (If you are singing with a CD. It must be clear of words/only music)
Message from the Advisory Board
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.
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.
November 28, 2014 No hot lunch.
December 5, 2014 Hot lunch supports the fifth grade class.
December 12, 2014 Hot lunch supports the home room parents.
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.
K-3 Fall Intramural Announcement:
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.”
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 email@example.com.
Cash or Check accepted (please make checks out to St. Dunstan School).
Please sign up to volunteer for Santa’s Secret Shop!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
T.E.R.E.S.A. Committee Giving Tree
St. Dunstan’s Family Mass and Christmas 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.
Knights of Columbus Crab CioppinoKnights 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.
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.
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)
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
My School is Cool
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 BoxTops4Education.com (BTFE.com). 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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 BTFE.com or check the school website; go to “Parents”, then “School Fundraisers”
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: http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/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: http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Get-Offers/Coupons.
If you have any question, please email me at email@example.com.
This week’s reflection comes from Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections.
Even If We Observe All of His Precepts
If in our heart there is no mercy, no joy of forgiveness, we are not in communion with God, even if we observe all of his precepts, for it is love that saves, not the practice of precepts alone. It is love of God and neighbor that brings fulfillment to all the commandments. And this is the love of God, his joy: forgiveness. He waits for us always! Maybe someone has some heaviness in his heart: “But, I did this, I did that…” He expects you! He is your father: he waits for you always!
-Angelus address, September 15, 2013
Reflection: It is good to do the right thing, but ultimately God wants your heart. Think about the upcoming week. Where is God calling you, not only to do the right thing but to do it with love as well?
Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Bruce Colville
Principal, St. Dunstan School