Principal’s Letter October 8, 2014

October 8, 2014

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.

Looking Ahead

Monday, October 13 – 2:30PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Tuesday, October 14 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. School photo retake.  Sports photos start at 6:00PM.  See Athletic page for more detail.

Wednesday, October 15 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Festival meeting at 7:00PM in the Convent. Extended care bills are due.

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

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

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

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

October 31 – 12:00PM dismissal.  Morning extended care available. No afternoon extended care.

Message From the Principal

October 8, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our first Family Mass last Sunday was a success. Thank you to everyone involved with it. The next Family Mass is scheduled for Sunday, November 2, at 5:00pm. For this Mass, we will again be asking for student participation in the different parts of the liturgy. More information will follow next week. For now, students can sign up for the student choir, coordinated by parish liturgical director, Cynthia Bruni. For specific choir information, you can reference the choir announcement in today’s communication below.


  • Extended care invoices have been sent out. Payments are due by October 15th.
  • Friday, October 17 (First Day of Festival) is a 12:00 dismissal: no afternoon extended care; only morning extended care.
  • Friday, October 31 (Halloween) is a 12:00 dismissal: no afternoon extended care; only morning extended care.
  • Keep sick children at home. A child cannot come to school until fever free for 24 hours.

Chili Cook Off, Saturday, October 18

This popular event starts at 3:00pm and includes a junior division for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. There is no entry fee. Prizes will be given for both adult and junior divisions. The entry form flyer is on the website. As with last year, all participants (parents or students) earn a free dress pass. In addition, we have loads of entertainment for the festival. See the entertainment flyer on the website for a listing.

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 10, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by School Administration.

October 17, 2014 No hot lunch. Parish Festival.

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

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.
Kindergarten Booth (pumpkin decorating)
Sat. 10/18: 8-10PM – 1 person needed
Sun. 10/19: 6-8PM – 2 people needed
Contact: Una O’Brien,  (646) 805-8770
1st Grade (bean bag throw/horse shoes)
Fri. 10/17: 6:30-8:30 –  1 person needed
Sun 10/19 – 6 – 8 PM – 2 people needed
Contact: Margaret Khoury,
2nd Grade (Ring Toss)
Sat. 10/18: 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM – 1 person needed
Sun. 10/19: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM – 1 person needed
Contact: Socorro Ramilo,
6th Grade (wine booth)
Friday, 10/17: 4:30 – 6:30 PM – 1 person needed
Sun. 10/196:00 – 8:00 PM – 1 person needed
Contact: Leta Labson, (650) 678-0285,  

7th Grade (Bingo)
Sun. 10/19: 6-9 PM – 3 people needed
Contact:  Rudith Cordero (650) 867-8755
Sat. 10/18: Parish Center (Chili Cookoff) : 2-5 PM – 2 people needed
Sun. 10/19: Outside Bar: 2-4 PM / 4PM – 6PM / 6 -8 PM – 2 people needed each shift
                   Parish Center (Pasta Feed): 4-6PM; 6-8 PM – 2 people  needed each shift
Contact:  Tony Fabbi,
Fri. 10/17: 7-10 PM – 2 people needed
Sat. 10/18: 12-3 PM – 2 people needed
Sun. 10/19 – 11-2 PM – 1 person needed
                     12-3PM – 3 people needed
                      3-6 PM – 2 people needed
                      6-9 PM – 1 person needed
Contact:  Markus Hackenberg,  (650) 208-8762
Asian Food Booth
Fri. 10/17     3 – 5 PM  5 people needed
         5 – 7 PM  5 people needed
         7 –  10 PM 5 people needed
Sat.10/18    1 – 3 PM   4 people needed
                   5 – 7  PM  3 people needed
        7 – 10 PM  5 people needed
Sun.10/19  11 -1 PM   4 people needed
         1-  3 PM   3 people needed
         3 –  5 PM   4 people needed
         5 – 7  PM   6 people needed

7-10 PM   4people needed

Contact: Sheryl Ronquillo, C: (650) 455-6066;

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.

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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 some organizations like Kaiser and PG&E have an November 30 deadline to submit pledges.

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

SDS Company Donation Matching Sheet1

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

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 All St. Dunstan Families!!  As mentioned in last week’s Wednesday communication, we are excited to inform you that the digital program for My School’s Cool begins again on October 1st.  There are several ways to participate in the digital program and they are SUPER easy. 
(1) Vote for our school on The Shops at Tanforan’s Facebook page and receive 500 points each vote! Click on the My School’s Cool app to submit your vote. Only one vote per person.
(2) Become an Insider and register on The Shops at Tanforan’s website and receive 500 points when you select your school in your profile settings! To register now, click here. Already registered? Simply access your profile to select your school.
(3) Text our school’s code (MSC12) to 55800 every month and receive 50 points per monthly vote! Only one text vote per phone number, per month. 
Lastly, don’t forget to send in your mall receipts dated Sept. 1, 2014 – May 29, 2015 to school.  Or if you prefer to drop the receipts while you are at the Mall, the Redemption Lockers are located by JCPenney on the lower level.  Simply write our school’s name on the back of the receipts and drop them in our locker. 
As usual, we thank you for your support and please feel free to contact me at any time should 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.

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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