October 22, 2014
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.
Monday, October 27 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Tuesday, October 28 – 3:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Wednesday, October 29 – 3:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.
Thursday, October 30 – 3:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.
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.
Sunday, November 2 – Friday, November 7 – Scholastic Book Faire. Please see more information below.
Monday, November 3 – Thursday, November 6 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, November 3 – Friday, November 7 – 12:00PM Dismissal. Extended care available.
Wednesday, November 5 – Holy Childhood Association Mass at 9:00AM in the Church lead by Father Mejia, MM. All are welcome.
Saturday, November 8 – Academic Children’s Fair from 10:00AM – 2:00PM in the Parish Center.
Message From the Principal
October 21, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please keep our Wondany family in your prayers on the recent passing of Mr. Wondany’s mother. May she rest in peace and may her loving memories sustain both family and friends.
We thank our parent volunteers who helped make last weekend’s annual Parish Festival a success, as we journeyed down the Yellow Brick Road. We especially thank our organizing team of Michelle Jackson, Ann Woolen and Marvin Laubacher for keeping everyone focused and informed. If you have suggestions for improvement (s) please share your thoughts in writing to the rectory or to the school. These will be considered when we have our wrap up meeting to be held in a few weeks. As always we appreciate the contributions and partnership of our parents and guardians. Among the many highlights included your children and the main characters of the Land of Oz singing and dancing to Follow the Yellow Brick Road and Over the Rainbow. Magical.
Our annual Halloween Party and Haunted House will happen this Friday at 6:00 pm in the Parish Center. Get your boo and howl on, especially if we celebrate a Giants World Series win.
November 2 Family Mass 5:00pm
A Family Mass will be held November 2. This is also All Souls Day. A form will be sent home with students asking families to name loved ones you would like to be remembered in prayer at the 5:00pm Family Mass. Please return with your student by Wednesday, October, 29th.
First Friday Coffee and Social, November 7
After morning assembly there will be coffee, tea, donuts and other homemade goodies hosted by Advisory Board Community Spirit Chair, Amelia Solano. Please plan on joining us.
November 8, Children’s Academic and Activity Fair.
St. Dunstan will be hosting a Children’s Academic and Activity Fair, Saturday, November 8 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Please announce this fair and post a flyer. Also, invite and share with potential exhibitors that you may know or have had experience with in the past. A flyer to post and a pre-registration form is included in today’s communication. This fair, which we hope to do annually, is a service to our community and an opportunity to market our wonderful school. Thank you to organizers Advisory Board Member, Ruthy Octavia Huang and Parish Council Member (and parent), Marvin Laubacher. For further information contact Ruthy via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yard Duty Responsibilities
When a parent is unable to fulfill yard duty during lunch recess that they’ve scheduled, please call a respective parent for a replacement. The office staff is not responsible for finding last minute replacements, although a courtesy call ahead of time is better then a no show; which fortunately does not happen often.
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.
October 24, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 3rd grade.
October 31, 2014 No hot lunch. Halloween.
November 7, 2014 No hot lunch. 12:00PM dismissal.
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.
St. Dunstan Halloween Party
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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:http://www.
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.
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)
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.
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