Principal’s Letter September 17, 2014

September 17, 2014

Thursday, September 18 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, September 19 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Looking Ahead

September 22-26 – IOWA Standardized Testing.

Monday, September 22 – 2:30PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Tuesday, September 23 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Wednesday, September 24 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Thursday, September 25 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, September 26 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Fall dance for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades only at 7:00PM. First quarter progress reports.

Monday, September 29 – 12:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

October 17-19 – Fall Festival.

Message From the Principal

September 17, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you Gabrielle O’Neil and the other volunteer parents who organized last Friday’s annual movie night. It was a wonderful family activity and was enjoyed by all who attended. Also, we are grateful to Men’s Club President, Anton Bader, and his officers and volunteer cooks for a terrific meal on Monday night. The Men’s Club is open to our school dad’s, grandparents, guardians and alumni.

Next week will be IOWA testing. Please be sure your child has a good night’s sleep. Homework will be minimized to allow students to focus on their test taking. Results of the tests will be shared at November parent conferences. First quarter progress reports will go home Friday, September 26th.

The fall Chess Class will be taking registrations over the next two weeks and will begin classes in early October. Also, our fall Chinese Class is currently taking registrations. See below for further information.

CCD started yesterday and will be Tuesdays from 3:45pm to 5:00pm. Parents picking up their children from extended care are asked to park behind the cone line when picking up your child.

If you and your child have an interest in the San Francisco Archdiocesan Children’s Choir you will find a brochure in the school lobby or you can contact Director Dr. Christoph Tietze, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA. 94109. Phone: 415-567-2020 ext 213. Website:

Last week I received confirmation that another St. Dunstan graduate earned acceptance to Stanford University. Isaiah Salinda, currently a senior at Juniper Serra High School, will be attending Stanford next fall. We congratulate Isaiah and his family for this high achievement. For more information on St. Dunstan graduates please read the website letter I wrote in August. It is posted in today’s communication. Scroll down to the last several paragraphs. As you will see, St. Dunstan School boasts a proven track record of successful graduates who matriculate to both private and public secondary schools and to major universities in California and through out the country. This is a testament to our fine teaching faculty, who in partnership with our dedicated parents, establish a solid foundation for future student success.

Principal’s Letter

Office Notes

For those students needing rescue medication dispensed from school parents need to provide:

  • Note from doctor with instructions in use.
  • Medication in original box/bottle.
  • Note from parent requesting us to dispense. [This goes for both prescribed and over the counter medications]

Please label all outerwear, lunch boxes, and water bottles—so if left outside on yard can be returned to student.

Counselor Letter

Mr. Steve Abrams, our school counselor, provides counseling service for our school community. A letter of introduction describing his service is posted in today’s communication. We are most grateful for his counseling expertise provided to St. Dunstan School.

From Steve Abrams

Email Communication and Policy

If you have a quick question or clarification you may email your teachers. For any other concerns, please call school and ask for a call back or an appointment to meet to speak directly with your teacher. Thank you.

After School Programs

Registration information for our popular after school programs including: Chess Club, Chinese Class and Instrumental Music Class have already gone out. Please sign up!

Chinese Program Description

Chinese Program Registration Form and Policy 2014-2015

Chess Program

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

September 19, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 8th Grade.  Bake sale during lunch recess and after school.

September 26, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 7th Grade.

October 2, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 6th 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.


Mixed Bag Design/Mrs. Field’s Cookie Dough Fall Fundraiser

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.29.55 PMMixed Bag Design and Mrs. Fields Cookie catalogs will be going home with your children today. All order forms and money are due on or before Thursday, September 25th. Please be sure to add 9.75% Sales Tax to Mixed Bag orders but do not add sales tax to the cookie dough orders. Checks can be made payable to St. Dunstan School. Extra order forms are available at the school’s office.

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 6.31.33 PMShare the catalogs with your co-workers, neighbors and friends. Out-of-town friends and family can also support our school by shopping on-line at and add our fundraiser ID number 54344 at checkout.

Prizes: The more you sell, the bigger the prize! Prize sheets are included with every catalog. In addition to the prizes, the top seller from each class WINS a free lunch with Dr. Colville at Round Table Pizza.

Delivery Date: Mixed Bags and Cookie dough orders will be delivered the week of October 27th. The exact date will be announced prior to delivery.

If you have any questions about the products or the fundraiser, please contact Leta Labson at or at (650) 678-0285.

Mixed Bag Designs Flyer

Used Uniform Store Update

Thank you so much for your support and generosity during our first Uniform Sale this year. We had a lot of gently used uniforms donated and we raised $505.00 in one day!!! This is a fantastic way to start our fundraising this year.  This money will be used for our Art in Action program.

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

Welcome Back St. Dunstan Families.  Hope everyone had a awesome and exciting summer.  As we begin another busy but fun-filled school year, I’m very excited to share that we are once again enrolled in the Tanforan
Mall’s My School’s Cool (MSC)  Program.  With all your support and participation last year, we had a very successful year and received a total of $1,600!!   It is super easy to participate in MSC program.  Simply turn in your receipts from Tanforan Mall to school and we can turn them into CASH.  To learn more details, please refer to the attached document or contact me at any time.  Thank you again.
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

Weekly Reflection

This week’s reflection comes from Through the Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections.

Rebel Against the Culture

Today, there are those who say taht marriage is out of fashion.  Is it out of fashion?  In a culture of relativism and the ephemeral, many preach the importance of “enjoying” the moment.  They say that it is not worth making a lifelong commitment, making a definitive decision, “forever,” because we do not know what tomorrow will bring.

I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel against this culture that sees everything as temporary and that ultimately believes you are incapable of responsibility, that believes you are incapable of true love.

-Address, World Youth Day, July 28, 2013

Reflection: What commitments have you made to your family, parish, vocation, and friends?  Make a firm resolution to stick to the commitments regardless of the cost, and ask God for the strength to do so.

Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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