Principal’s Letter October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Extended care bills are due today.

Thursday, October 16 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, October 17 – 12:00PM dismissal.  Office closes at 1:00PM. Morning extended care available. No afternoon extended care.

October 17-19 – Fall Festival. See Fall Festival page for more information.

Looking Ahead

Monday, October 20 – No school. Festival clean-up.

Tuesday, October 21 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Advisory Board meeting at 7:00PM.

Wednesday, October 22 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, October 23 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. School photo retake. Lollipop sales sponsored by the student council. Lollipops are $1 each and will be sold in the North Yard from October 23-30 while supplies last.

Friday, October 24 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, October 24 – Halloween Party in the Parish Center from 6:00PM-8:00PM. First quarter ends.

Sunday, October 26, 2014 – Confirmation II Mass at 8:30AM.

Friday, October 31 – 12:00PM dismissal.  Office closes at 1:00PM. Morning extended care available. No afternoon extended care.

Sunday, November 2 – Family Mass at 5:00PM.

Message From the Principal

October 15, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This Friday, October 17, is a 12:00 pm dismissal. There will be morning extended care but no afternoon extended care. The school office will close at 1:00pm.

There will be a campus clean-up day on Monday, October 20, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This is a school holiday. Junior High Students (7th and 8th grades) and volunteer parents need to sign up by this Friday if they will be helping out. Students should sign-up with Mrs. Calaunan and parents should sign-up in the school office. I would like to know by this Friday, how many participants will be showing up.

Parents, who will be volunteering at the Parish Festival, must sign-in and sign-out in the third grade classroom. A receipt will be given at the end of each shift.

I will see everyone this weekend as we follow the yellow brick road to the Land of Oz. Please take the time to review pertinent information related to the Parish Festival and to our school community in today’s communication.

Thank for all you do!

Dr. Colville, Principal


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

October 17, 2014 No hot lunch. Parish Festival.

October 24, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 3rd grade.

October 31, 2014 No hot lunch.  Halloween.

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.

Fall Festival Help

Dear Parents:
The Fall Festival Committee is in need of your help. Please find below a summary of open slots which they need your assistance in filling. If you could assist them by working an extra shift(s), it would be so greatly appreciated.  Family friends and relatives are welcome to help as well (though they are not eligible for service hours).
Please call or email the contact person listed.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Festival Chairs.
Bar – Parish Center
Saturday: 2-5 (chili cookoff)
Bar – Parish Center
Sunday: 4-6 PM & 6-8 PM (Pasta Feed)
Contact:  Tony Fabbi,
Fri: 7-10 PM
Sat: 12-3 PM
Sun: 12-3 PM (2 needed)
Sun: 3-6 PM
Contact:  Markus Hackenberg,
2nd Grade:
Sun: 7:30-8:30
Contact: Socorro Lapus ,
Sweet Tooth Booth:
Fri: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
5th Grade Booth:
Fri: 8:30 – 10:30 PM

Contact:  Amalia Solano,

Asian food booth:
10/17    3pm-5pm   3 people
           5pm-7pm     3 people
           7pm-10pm   5 people

10/18    1pm-3pm    3 people
           5pm-7pm     3 people
           7pm-10pm   5 people

10/19    11am-1pm   3 people
            1pm-3pm    3 people
            3pm-5pm    4 people
            5pm-7pm    4 people
            7pm-10pm   5 people
Sheryl Ronquillo
Team Green Booth
Friday: 6-8
Saturday: 2-4
Sunday: 2-4
Contact Mrs. Calaunan at

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

We will have a lot of entertainment at the festival.  Please see flyer below!

Entertainment Flyer

Fall Festival Chili Cook-Off

The Chili Cook-off on Saturday, Oct. 18 commences at 3:00 PM.  No entry fee and we have a special junior division for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students.  Prizes will be given for adult and junior division.  The entry form flyer is on the website. As with last year, all participants (parents or students) get a free dress pass.

St. Dunstan Halloween Party

Dear St. Dunstan Families,
Please find attached the Halloween Flyer and Reservation Form for this year’s Haunted House and Halloween party on Friday, October 24, 2014 in the Parish Center.  Feel free to share this flyer with your parents and parishioners. 
Thank you!
Millbrae Monster March
The Millbrae Lions Club and Leos club are hosting a Halloween party which includes carnival games, photos, food, and a clown performance.  The parade starts at 2:00PM in the former Kohl’s parking lot.  Merchants with signs down Broadway will also host trick-or-treating.  Please see the flyer for more details.

COMPANY DONATION MATCHINGScreen Shot 2014-10-08 at 7.40.37 AM

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 each penny and each volunteer hour count for our children! If you may have any questions, contact Dr. Bruce Colville at

Company Matching-1 – Updated October 15, 2014

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’s Children’s Choir

St. Dunstan is looking for children 6 years and older to join the St. Dunstan’s Youth Choir for the Family Mass on the first Sunday of every month at 5:00PM.  Practices are on Thursday evenings from 6:30PM – 7:10PM in the Church.  The first practice is October 9th and the first mass is November 2nd.  Please download the form and sign-up.  If you have any questions please contact Cindy Bruni at (650) 697-1907.

St. Dunstan Choir Flyer

St. Dunstan Annual Book Fair
The 2014 St. Dunstan School Annual Book Fair
November 2-7, 2014
Sunday 8:00am – 1:00pm
MondayThursday 8:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am -12:00pm

We are looking for volunteers for this year’s book fair.  All Book Fair volunteers will receive double service hours for their first 5 hours of service at this event.  We’re using VolunteerSpot this year to organize our upcoming event:

Please sign up to volunteer for the 2014 St. Dunstan Book Fair – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

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!

I will send more information regarding the book fair events next week.

Marilou Lafon

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 my fellow St. Dunstan families,
Hope everyone had a great weekend and had a chance to see the Blue Angels fly by San Francisco city ski.  We are now half way thru the first quarter (Sep 1 – Nov 30) for the My School’s Cool’s program.  As usual, we thank you for your continuing support.
Don’t forget to participate on the digital program to help us earn more points by:
1.  vote for our school on Facebook on The Shops at Tanforan’s page (see below links for instructions)
2.  send the code “MSC12” to 55800 monthly to earn 50 points
Please find below link for MSC October Newsletter.  Thank you.
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.

To Overcome Egotism – Pray the Rosary

Here I would like to emphasize the beauty of a simple contemplative prayer, accessible to all, great and small, the educated and those with little education.  It is the prayer of the Holy Rosary. In the Rosary, we turn to the Virgin Mary so that she may guide us to an ever closer union with her Son, Jesus, to bring us into conformity with him, to have his sentiments and to behave like him.

Indeed, in the Rosary, while we repeat the Hail Mary we meditate on the mysteries, on the events of Christ’s life, so as to know and love him ever better.  The Rosary is an effective means for opening ourselves to God, for it helps us to overcome egotism and to bring peace to hearts, in the family, in society, and in the world.

-Message, June 21, 2013

Reflection: Pray the rosary today, focusing on the mysteries and imagining each scene and what it must have been like to be there.  Pray for the wisdom to understand how these scenes relate to your own life.


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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