Principal’s Letter November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

Monday, November 3 – Thursday, November 6 – Parent/Teacher Conferences. 12:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, November 6 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Athletic Board meeting at 7:00PM in the math room.

Friday, November 7 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Academic awards in the Parish Center at 11:30AM All are welcome. Coffee and doughnut social in the Parish Center after morning assembly.

Saturday, November 8 – Academic Children’s Fair from 10:00AM – 2:00PM in the Parish Center.  Open and free to the public.  All are welcome.  More information is posted below.

Looking Ahead

Monday, November 10 – 2:30 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Tuesday, November 11 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Wednesday, November 12 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Thursday, November 13 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Friday, November 14 – 3:00 PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Monday, November 17 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Tuesday, November 18 – Advisory Board meeting at 7:00 PM in the math room.

Wednesday, November 19 – Turkey Trot in the South Yard starting at 8:30AM.

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

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

Message From the Principal

November 5, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that your teacher-parent conferences were productive this week. Thank you for all you do and for your partnership in Catholic Education. Sunday’s Family Mass was another success with a full Church and reception. Our next Family Mass will be scheduled for Sunday, December 7th. We can use more students for the Family Mass Choir. Please see the memo and information flyer below.

This Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, St. Dunstan School will host our first annual St. Dunstan School “Children’s Activity and Academic Fair.”This will occur in the Parish Center. We expect to have 25 or more Exhibitors and Programs in the Parish Center. See the list below. There will be children’s activities. It is free and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend! Lastly, St. Dunstan students who will attend will earn a free dress pass for Monday, November 10. Whisk on Wheels will be selling food.  See the menu below for more information.  See you at the fair!

Principal’s Letter

St Dunstan Childrens’s Activity and Academic Fair – Registration form (1)


Menu Whisk on Wheels Menu

List of Vendors for the Children’s Activity Fair:

Uptown Music
Cam Ed
Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA
Mariati Paham Photographer
Millbrae Girls Softball
Think Tank Learning
Star Valley Choir Center
Tutoring Club of Millbrae
Comic Jump/Jump house
Enopi Millbrae/Eye Level Millbrae
Stella and Dot
One Martial Arts
C2 Education
Sparks of Creation Studio
Betty Cake
Whisk on Wheels
The Math Workshop
Sing a Song with Passion
Bay Point Ballet
Wills and Trust – Catherine Law
Edu Therapy Learning Center
Millbrae LibraryDr. Nick Bronzini


PPSL Zero Tolerance Policy

This year, PPSL has emphasized the importance of behavior and sportsmanship.  PPSL has adopted a “no-tolerance” stance against violations such as confrontations by coaches, parents, and, or spectators with student-athletes and officials, fighting among participants, and the presence of alcohol.  A violation will result in the suspension of participants, parents, or spectators from future PPSL events.  There will be NO warnings.


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.

Friday Coffee and Doughnut Social – November 7

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 7, 2014 No hot lunch. 12:00PM dismissal.

November 14, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by the school administration.

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

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.

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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

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 the 8th grade and Mrs. Aveson for communicating all of the great things our students do throughout the year.

Pen With No Ink – Volume 5, Issue 1

St. Dunstan Annual Book Fair

Sir Readalot’s Castle – Enter the Kingdom of Books

November 2nd – November 8th

Sunday – 8:00 am – 1:00 pm: St. Dunstan Families & Friends Event

MondayThursday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday – 8:00 a.m. – 12 Noon


Saturday, November 8th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm:  Children’s Activity Fair Event

All book fair volunteers will receive double service hours for their first 5 hours of service.

We are still looking for volunteers to help with set-up/breakdown

and on Saturday November 8th for our Children’s Fair event.

Please sign-up via the following link:

Sneak Preview pages will be sent home with students this week.

Shop online using this dedicated link:

Book Fair Weekly Events:

Sunday, November 2nd – St. Dunstan Families & Friends Event

Monday, November 4th – Book tour for teachers with lunch

Class Competition – Coin Contest for class library and ice cream party

Monday: Pennies

Tuesday: Nickels

Wednesday: Dimes

Thursday: Quarters

Saturday, November 8th : Children’s Activity Fair

Daily drawings for prizes (based on Teacher Award Tickets for Good Reading)

Book recycle program – Bring gently used books for teacher/school library and surplus will be donated to the Millbrae Library

Daily activities and contests at the book fair to win posters/prizes

List of Vendors

Uptown Music
Cam Ed
Peninsula Humane Society/SPCA
Mariati Paham Photographer
Millbrae Girls Softball
Think Tank Learning
Star Valley Choir Center
Tutoring Club of Millbrae
Comic Jump/Jump house
Enopi Millbrae/Eye Level Millbrae
Stella and Dot
One Martial Arts
C2 Education
Sparks of Creation Studio
Betty Cake
Whisk on Wheels
The Math Workshop
Sing a Song with Passion
Bay Point Ballet
Wills and Trust – Catherine Law
Edu Therapy Learning Center
Millbrae Library
Dr. Nick Bronzini

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

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

Athletic’s Basketball Schedule

St. Dunstan Basketball Practice Schedule
4th Grade – starting week of October 20th in the Parish Center
Monday/Wednesday –Girls- 6:00-7:00 (until Christmas break. After the 1st of the year -6:45-7:45)
Tuesday/Thursday – Boys -6:00-7:00 (until Christmas break. After the 1st of the year – 6:45-7:45)
Starting when school starts back after Christmas break
Monday/Wednesday – Girls – Parish Center – 5:45-6:45
Tuesday/Thursday – Boys – Parish Center – 5:45-6:45
Monday October 27th, Burlingame HS
6:00-8:00 – Boys 8th gr.
7:00-8:30 – Boys 6th gr
Tuesday October 28th, Peninsula HS (Crestmoor HS)
6:00-7:30 – Girls 5th & 6th gr –Open Gym
7:30-9:00-Girls 7th gr
Wednesday October 29th, Peninsula HS
6:00-7:30 – Boys 5th gr – Open Gym
6:00-7:30 – Boys 6th gr
7:30-9:00 – Boys 7th gr – Open Gym
7:30-9:00 – Boys 8th gr.
Thursday October 30th, Peninsula HS
6:00-7:30 – Girls 5th & 6th gr – Open Gym
7:30-9:00 – Girls 7th gr.
Monday November 3rd, Peninsula HS
Girls Evaluations –
5th Grade – 6:00-7:30
6th Grade – 7:30-9:00
Wednesday November 5th, Peninsula HS
Boys Evaluations
5th Grade – 6:00-7:30
7th Grade – 7:30-9:00
Regular Practice Schedule Grades 5th – 8th:
Starting week of November 10th, Peninsula HS (Main gym)
(two courts side by side. A 20 minute rotation will be in effect. 1 team has full court and 2 teams share ½ court each. After 20 minutes the full court team will shift to a ½ court and one of the ½ court teams becomes full court for next 20 minutes, then shift one more time)
6:00-7:30 –Girls 5th gr Cubs/Girls 5th gr Lions/Girls 6th Lions
7:30-9:00 – Girls 6th Eagles/Girls JV/Boys JV D2
Boys: Tuesday/Thursday:
6:00-7:30 – Boys 5th Cubs/Boys 5th Eagles/Boys 6th Eagles
7:30-9:00-Boys 7th Sharks/Boys Varsity

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

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)

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



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.

Sterile and Incomplete Prayer

In our Christian life too, dear brothers and sisters, may prayer and action always be deeply united.  A prayer that does not lead you to practical action for your brother – the poor, the sick, those in need of help, a brother in difficulty – is a sterile and incomplete prayer.

But, in the same way, when ecclesial service is attentive only to doing, things gain in importance, functions, structures, and we forget the centrality of Christ.  When time is not set aside for dialogue with him in prayer, we risk serving ourselves and not God present in our needy brother and sister.

-Angelus addres, July 21, 2013

Reflection: Does your prayer involve both dialogue and practical action?  Talk to Jesus.  Listen to him.  Write down what he is asking you to do and then live it out.


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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