Principal’s Letter October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

Thursday, October 30 – 3:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Friday, October 31 – 12:00PM dismissal. Morning extended care available. No after school extended care.  Office closes at 1:00PM. Halloween parade at 11:30AM.  Please meet in the North Yard.  All are welcome.  Please read the communication below about Halloween attire.

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. 12:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Looking Ahead

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

Tuesday, November 4 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.

Wednesday, November 5 – 12:00PM dismissal. Extended care available.  Holy Childhood Association Mass in the Church at 9:00AM.  All are welcome.  Room Parent meeting at 6:30PM in the math room

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.

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.

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

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

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

Wednesday, November 26 – 12:00PM 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.

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


Message From the Principal

October 29, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to our 8th grade parents, Men’s Club members, as well as parent volunteers who planned and supervised last Friday’s Halloween Haunted House and party. It was lots of fun.

This Friday is Halloween. It is a 12:00PM dismissal. There is no afternoon extended care. The school office will close at 1:00PM. The costume parade starts at 11:30AM.

Please review the costume protocol below. Students and parents are to be thoughtful and respectful in costume selection and wear. The Halloween Trick or Treating to Green Hills Retirement Center (K-5th grade) will commence at 11:00AM.

We will have a Candy Buy-Back Program this year. We thank Vivian Wallace for organizing this. Simply return and unused/unopened candy back to school on Monday, November 3rd. Money collected from the buy-back will be directed to our Athletic Program.

Please join us for our second Family Mass scheduled for this coming Sunday, November 2 at 5:00PM. There will be a reception on the Parish Center afterwards.

November 8 Children’s Academic and Activities Fair

This event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We will have vendors and organizations that serve families and children. It is open the public and is free. There will be food, games, and activities for children. Plan to join us and bring some friends. Parents can visit the exhibits and learn about the many children’s activities available. At this event we will be marketing our school, offering a tour with tables and information on school organizations. For more information please contact Ruthy Octavia Huang via email

Principal’s Letter

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

St Dunstan CAAF flyer 110814 (1)

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.

Mixed Bag/Cookie Sale Update

Mixed bags orders are in and will be handed out on Friday, October 31.

Halloween Reminders

October 31st is a 12:00PM dismissal.  There will be no extended care after school.  The Halloween parade will be at 11:30AM.  Parents and guardians are welcome to watch the festivities.  Please be advised that costumes need to be appropriate.  No weapons, no excessively gory or bloody costumes and/or make-up, no risque costumes with bare-midriffs, spaghetti straps, short skirts.  Please see the Parent/Teacher handbook for more information about appropriate wear.  In short, be appropriate and use good judgment.

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 31, 2014 No hot lunch.  Halloween.

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

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

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’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

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

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 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.

Faith is Strengthened by Proclamation

Are we capable of bringing the Word of God into the environment in which we live?  Do we know how to speak of Christ, of what represents for us, in our families, among the people who form part of our daily lives?  Faith is born from listening and is strengthened by proclamation.

-Homily, April 14, 2013

Reflection: Do you know how to speak of Christ?  To proclaim the Gospel with actions and words?  Who in your life can help you learn to proclaim Christ to others?


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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