Principal’s Letter October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Thursday, October 2 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, October 3 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Blessing of the Animals during morning assembly.  More information below. Lady Knights meeting.

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Looking Ahead

Safety Week

Monday, October 6 – 2:30PM dismissal.  Extended care available. 9:00AM to 9:30AM and 9:30AM to 10:00AM CA Operation Life Savers and Train Safety.

Tuesday, October 7 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. K to 2nd -11:00AM to 12:00PM, 3rd to 5th – 1:00PM to 2:00PM, 6th to 8th – 2:00PM to 3:00PM  Health & Nutrition by Lions Club, Dr. Eleanor Britter and Associates.

Wednesday, October 8 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. All grades – 10:00AM to 11:00AM fire safety by the Millbrae Fire House, Captain Spiteri and team.

Thursday, October 9 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.  8:30AM to 9:30AM General safety for K-4 and 9:30AM to 10:30AM Cybersafety for 5-8 grades by Deputy Young, Millbrae Police School Officer.

Friday, October 10 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. 9:00AM to 10:00AM and 10:00AM to 11:00AM First Aid and Preparedness by the American Red Cross.

Friday, October 17 – 12:00PM dismissal

October 17-19 – Fall Festival.

October 24 – Halloween Party in the Parish Center from 6:30PM-7:30PM.

Message From the Principal

October 1, 2014

Dear Parents,

Dylan Cappel, a 1996 graduate of Junipero Serra High School, will be posthumously inducted into their Athletic Hall Fame on October 11, 2014. Dylan is the late son of Larry and Barbra Cappel. He graduated from St. Dunstan’s in 1992 and was a 2004 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dylan was training for the 2004 Olympics when his life was cut short at the age of 23 by cancer. The Dylan Lawrence Cappel Memorial Scholarship award is given annually to a St. Dunstan 8th grade male and a female athlete who best demonstrates Dylan’s legacy of goal setting, competitive spirit, and selfless service to others. A quiet leader who modeled Christian character, Dylan embodied everything a student-athlete should represent. Dylan was the first St. Dunstan alumni to earn this award. We send our congratulations to Larry and Barbara, their extended family, and Dylan’s friends and classmates. Reservations to attend the event can be made through the following online link:

Thank You Parent Volunteers

We thank Marvin Laubacher and our parent volunteers, Paul O’Brien, Randy Ibay, for removing the old cable wires on the school roof and replacing it on Saturday. We thank Robert and Carol Eng for assembling our 2014-15 family directory, which is now available for pick up in the front office; one per family.

Thank you to Leta Labson for coordinating our Mixed Bag and Cookie Dough fall fundraiser, which supports our extra-curricular programs such as Art in Action and Musical Theatre programs. This year we netted $7,062.50. We thank our parents and friends of St. Dunstan School who contributed.

Students Who are Absent

If a student is absent, please notify the office by 9:00am (unless special arrangement is made with the teacher).

Family Mass

Our first Family Mass is being planned for this Sunday, October 5 at 5:00PM. Each family Mass will be celebrated the first Sunday of the month at 5:00PM. Students from our school and CCD programs will be participating as readers, servers, greeters and choir. Alumni are most welcome to join us. There will be a reception in the parish center following the Mass. Please helps us celebrate our first Family Mass by joining us on Sunday. For this first monthly family Mass only, and to encourage a good attendance, students attending Mass will earn a free dress pass on Monday, October 6.

Student Council’s October Service Project

This project will collect travel-size toiletries (only new) for our deployed troops. Please send your items beginning Oct. 1st and ending October 31st to the 4th grade.

Thank you for the support!

First Friday Coffee and Donuts

Please join us in the parish center for coffee and donuts this Friday after morning assembly. This reception will occur the first Friday of each month, sponsored by the school Advisory Board.


Each year, St. Dunstan School receives generous donations from families and parishioners. In the past, we have used these donations for new carpets, new water fountains, updated school security system, athletic program, partially funded our crossing guard, and technology upgrades. This year, our goal is to increase these 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 donations (money and some even match volunteer hours!) made by an employee to an eligible nonprofit organization like St. Dunstan School. You choose to donate to restricted funds (ex. scholarship programs for needy families, technology upgrades, athletic program, capital improvements, etc.) or unrestricted funds (general). A limited list of companies that offer this program is attached. Each company has its own guidelines – discuss this with your HR or check your company’s website. If St. Dunstan School is not on your company giving list, you can make a request to add. As a side note, some organizations like Kaiser and PG&E have an Oct. 31 deadline to submit pledges. Let’s take advantage of this opportunity! Let’s make each penny and each volunteer hour count! If you may have any questions, contact Dr. Bruce Colville at

SDS Company Donation Matching Sheet1

Blessing of the Animals – October 3

In honor of St. Francis, we are having a blessing of the animals on October 3, 2014 at morning assembly in the North Yard.  The Magnolia St. gate will be open.  All animals must be handled by an adult and are to be taken home immediately after assembly.  Please make sure that dogs are on a leash and animals are put in a proper cage.  Please have doggie bags on hand for any gifts our precious animals may leave behind.  Students that do no have a pet to bring may have a stuffed animal or a picture of their animal to be blessed.

Friday Coffee Social – October 3

At the Advisory Board meeting, it has been decided that the Friday coffee 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

October 3, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 6th Grade.

October 10, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by School Administration.

October 17, 2014 No hot lunch. Parish Festival.

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.

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

Fall Festival Performance

Dear K-4 Families,

Our musical theatre and dance classes have been going well, and it is wonderful to see all of the talent and enthusiasm in our K-4 classes.  We would like to invite students from our K-4 classes to join us on stage at our fall festival on Sunday, October 19th, for a performance of songs from The Wizard of Oz.  Kindergarten and 1st grade will perform “The Merry Old Land Of Oz” and 2nd, 3rd & 4th grades will perform “We’re Off to See the Wizard”   If your child would like to participate in this fun performance, please meet at the festival stage at 1:00pm. Students are welcome to wear their yellow festival t-shirts during our performance.

While this performance is not mandatory, this is a great opportunity for our students to take the stage and share their talents with our families and St. Dunstan community.   If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at


Mrs. Lafon

Musical Theater & Dance Instructor

Intramural Athletics

Welcome to St. Dunstan’s Intramural Program! The Intramural program is available for Kindergarten through 3rd of the Intramural program is for the children to have fun learning and playing a sport with their friends.
In the Fall, there will be Baseball for boys and Volleyball for girls. In order to participate, a permission slip for each participant must be filled out and turned in to the school office. Permission slips can be found on the St. Dunstan website under Athletics. The St. Dunstan Intramural Program is run with the help of volunteers. This means that we need parents to help coach. We anticipate needing 2-3 parent coaches/helpers for each grade level. You will receive service hours for coaching/helping.

Baseball will begin the week of September 22nd. Baseball practice for all grades (K-3) will practice from 5:00-6:15pm at Upper Green Hills in Millbrae. Please have your child bring a baseball glove and cap, and wear long pants (NO SHORTS), and an athletic cup.

Volleyball will begin Sept. 16 and run through Oct. Kinder and 1st grade will practice Tuesdays from 5:45 – 6:45 in the Parish Center. 2nd Center. For your daughter’s safety, we ask that they wear tennis shoes and athletic clothes for practice, knee pads are optional.

In the Winter, there will be basketball for boys and girls. Currently, we anticipate the Intramural Basketball program to run from the beginning of Jan to the end of Feb. Intramural Basketball will be held in the Parish Center. Practice days and times to be determined at a later date.

In the Spring, there will be Track for Kindergarten through 4th run in April and May. Track will take place in the North Yard of the school.

If your child is in Extended Care, you will need to write a note to Mrs. Anderegg informing her that your child will be participating in the Intramural Program. Mrs. Anderegg will then sign your child out of Extended Care when the Intramural practice begins.

If you have any questions about the Intramural Sports program, please contact Kevin O’Neil at for the boys, or Vivian Wallace at for the girls.

We look forward to a fun year in Intramurals and to see your child join us!

St. Dunstan Athletics

Kevin O’Neil, Boys Intramural Athletics Commissioner

Vivian Wallace, Interim Girls Intramural Athletics Commissioner

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

Dear St. Dunstan Families,
Wow, it is  hard to believe that we are now officially in October and the holiday season is about to start.  Although we have a slow start with collecting receipts for My School’s Cool program in the month of September, I’m sure things will pick up as the holiday season is quickly approaching.  We will also be starting with MSC digital program to earn extra points starting in October.  I will inform you of our text code as soon as I receive it. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  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.

Give Us This Merciful Heart

God always wants mercy and does not condemn it in anyone.  He wants heartfelt mercy because he is merciful and can understand well our misery, our difficulties, and also our sins.  He gives all of us this merciful heart of his!

-Angelus address, July 14, 2013

Reflection: Jesus said, “Judge not, and you will not be judges; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).  God establishes a relationship between our willingness to give mercy to others and the mercy he gives to us.  Who in your life needs forgiveness instead of judgment and condemnation?


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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