Principal’s Letter September 24, 2014

September 24, 2014

Thursday, September 25 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Mixed Bag/Mrs. Field’s Cookie Fundraiser ends.  Please send orders to the office.

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.

Looking Ahead

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

Tuesday, September 30 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Wednesday, October 1 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Rosary Prayer in the Church from 2:15PM.

Thursday, October 2 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available.

Friday, October 3 – 3:00PM dismissal.  Extended care available. Blessing of the Animals during morning assembly.  More information below.

October 17-19 – Fall Festival.

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

Message From the Principal

September 24, 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Family Mass Set for Sunday, October 5th, 5:00pm St. Dunstan Parish will celebrate a monthly Family Mass on the first Sunday of each month, commencing on Sunday, October 5 at 5:00pm. Families with children attending St. Dunstan School and the Parish CCD program are particularly welcome, as well as young parishioners attending high school. All ministries: lectors, servers, musicians, choir, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers—will be performed by the young people attending. Should you wish to be involved in any of these ministries, please let us know: we would welcome your help. Refreshments will be provided after the Mass in the Parish Center. We look forward to meeting you on October 5th. If you, or your child, seek to be involved in the family Mass, communication and questions can be brought to school office or the parish rectory addressed to Dr. Colville or Fr. Brendan.

Family Directory Available
The 2014-15 family directory is available in the school office. One per family.

Mixed Bag and Mrs. Field’s Cookie orders due Thursday, September 25.
Thank you for supporting our fall fundraiser and for Mrs. Leta Labson for coordinating it. Your orders are due, tomorrow, Thursday, September 25th and can be left at the school office.

Matching Funds
The school advisory board is currently making an analysis of matching funds wherein parents and their workplace companies combine financial contributions (matching funds) for the benefit of our school. We have several parents who do this and we are requesting current families to consider doing this, if it is possible to do. In next week’s communication we will elaborate on the process and benefits of matching funds.

Parish Festival Raffle Tickets
Mr. Marvin Laubacher spoke to our morning assembly regarding the parish festival raffle. Raffle tickets have been sent home. We are asking each family to sell 2 books. Additional books can be picked up in the school office. Lets get behind our festival raffle ticket efforts and make it the best so far! Besides incentives for classes and students the first place winner gets $2,000.00, second place gets $1,000.00 and third place gets $500.00. Thank you.

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.

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

Blessing of the Animals – October 3

In honor of St. Francis, we are having a blessing of the animals on October 3, 2014 at morning assembly.  All animals must be handled by an adult and are to be taken home immediately after assembly.  Please make sure that dogs are on a leash and animals are put in a proper cage.  Please have doggie bags on hand for any gifts our precious animals may leave behind.  Students that do no have a pet to bring may have a stuffed animal or a picture of their animal to be blessed.

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

October 3, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 6th Grade.

October 10, 2014 Hot lunch is sponsored by 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.


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

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

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.

Gentleness is somewhat forgotten virtue: being gentle, making room for others.  There are so many enemies of gentleness, aren’t there?  Starting with gossip.  When people prefer to tell tales, to gossip about others, to give others a few blows.  These are daily events that happen to everyone, and to me too…They are temptations of the evil one, who does not want the Spirit to create this gentleness in Christian communities.

-Homily, Domus Sanctae Marthae, April 9, 2013

Reflection:  Once we gossip, our words are out there, never to be collected again.  Take some time to examine your conscience and recall the times you have spoken poorly of others.  Resolve to root out this temptation of the evil one and grow in the virtue of gentleness.


Sincerely in Christ,

Dr. Bruce Colville

Principal, St. Dunstan School

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