September 12, 2017
Thank you for joining us for Back-to-School Night last week. We enjoyed having you on campus! For more fun pics of parents in the classroom, click here.
Club Fair is Coming Sept. 18!

High school is so much more than academic courses. Whether our students are into sports, the arts or community service, we are so proud to offer something for everyone. Did you know we have more than 40 student-run clubs?

Our annual club fair is next Monday, Sept. 18 during lunch and students will have an opportunity to learn more about what each of these clubs offer. One club that is particularly interested in recruiting new members is the De La Salle/Carondelet Robotics Club.

"It is important for girls to participate in STEM and robotics because those are very male-dominated fields," said club member Adriana Gavidia '18. "Girls need to take all the resources they can get when it comes to STEM. It is so important to have female representation in the hard science fields."

During the first semester of the school year, the DLS/CHS Robotics Club meets twice a week to train new members and work on small projects. In second semester, the Robotics team gears up for "build season" - a six-week period where the club meets every day to build a robot for the FIRST Robotics Competition at UC Davis.

Last spring, the team robot placed 9th overall out of about 60 teams! They made it to the semifinals, losing only by a few points. They're eager to recruit new members and possibly take the top spot this year!

Whether it's Robotics or Model UN, French or Social Justice, encourage your daughter to see how she can pursue her passion this school year!

Earn PIP Hours & Enjoy Coffee!

All Carondelet parents are welcome to attend a casual coffee reception tomorrow morning to get to know each other and school leaders at  the home of Parent Association member Tami Lightle.  Parents who attend will earn two PIP/volunteer hours.

President Bonnie Cotter and Principal Kevin Cushing will be on hand to answer your questions and provide more information about the exciting school and campus developments that are currently in the works. 

Coffee Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 13 
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
2897 Spring Creek Lane
Walnut Creek, CA  94598

ACT On-Campus Class Series with East Bay Prep

Is your daughter taking the October 28 ACT? East Bay Prep is offering an "8 in-class" weekend series to prepare seniors for the October 28 ACT. Carondelet and De La Salle students are invited to register. 

If your daughter is a recruited athlete, please consult her College Counselor about taking this test. Contact Mrs. Simonelli in College and Career with any questions.

For more information, visit East Bay Prep.
College Application Transcripts
The Class of 2018 has recently been trained on Naviance as they begin the college application process. One of the steps in applying for college is requesting a transcript be sent with the application. All transcript requests specifically for college applications must be done through the online tool, Naviance.
Requests for all other types of transcripts (official and unofficial) can be done through the Carondelet website by clicking this link
Please see your daughter's College and Career Counselor if you have any questions.

Class of 2018 Shirts on Sale

Seniors are invited to show off their class pride with special  long-sle eve shirts are  available for order now. Shirts come in black and bright blue with the crown design on the front. Shirts are $15 each and orders are due by Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Textbook and Course Fees

Please visit our online bookstore  to confirm that your student has the textbooks she needs for the school year.

If you student has a class with a "Required Course Fee," it must be paid. Any unpaid fees (plus $5 handling fee) will be charged to your SmartTuition Account beginning on  October 15 . If your student paid for her books in the library, she has been cleared.

If you have any questions, please c ontact Mrs. Tracy.
Mark Your Calendar for Junior Ring Ceremony
Junior families: Please join us as we celebrate Junior Ring Ceremony on Oct. 22. This ceremony symbolizes the Class of 2019's transition to becoming upper class women and their commitment to Carondelet's mission and serving as role models for the school and community. 

Junior Ring  Ceremony
Sunday, October 22, 12-1 p.m.
Carondelet High School
Garaventa Center

Please stay after the ceremony for dessert and refreshments!

Juniors and Seniors! Interested in Experiencing Washington, D.C.?
Is your daughter interested in getting a front-row seat to witnessing democracy-in-action in the halls of Congress as well as in meetings with Washington insiders and members of the media? Our Close Up trip this year on Feb. 11-17, 2018 is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for her to experience government in action through the Close Up Foundation. 

It is all designed to help your daughter make a personal connection to her role as a citizen and the issues that churn debate in Washington, D.C. Each night, student participants and their teams comprising other high schoolers from around the nation will take part in activities, discussions, and debates to reinforce what they learned and experienced that day. If your daughter is interested, please join us for our parent meeting in Room 1 at Carondelet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21. Please email  Ms. Gaeby Todesco '07 for further information.

Cross Country Team Has Solid Showing at Ed Sias Invitational

The Carondelet varsity cross country team posted a fourth place finish at last week's Ed Sias Invitational, putting the Cougars on the medal podium. Pictured L-R: Taryn Cunningham '19, Dana Cross '19, Liza Richards '18, Clare Schumann '18, Sophia Green '19 and Jillian Trilevsky '20.

Last week the Carondelet cross country team competed in a pair of events, first at the Monte Vista Invitational on Tuesday, then the Ed Sias Invitational on Saturday. The Cougars had a solid performance at both events, as the senior class took home first place at Monte Vista, while the varsity squad posted a fourth place, and podium finish, at the Ed Sias Invite.   

At the Monte Vista Invite, the Carondelet senior runners finished first overall, as Clare Schumann '18 finished 12th with a time of 13:55.65. Kelsey Dempsey '18 finished 16th (14:12.82), and Kasey DeMaria '18 (14:45/05) and Liza Richards '18 (14:48.96) finished 19th and 20th, respectively. 

Read more in our weekly Athletics e-newsletter - and be sure to sign up to receive it in your mailbox every Monday!

Congratulations to our Athlete of the Week


Catherine Vaccaro '19
Varsity Volleyball

Junior Catherine Vaccaro helped the Carondelet varsity volleyball team post a pair of EBAL wins last week. In the Cougars win over Dublin, Catherine had seven kills and 11 digs in a 3-0 victory over the Gaels. In Thursday's match against Granada, she posted a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs, while posting a .343 hitting percentage.

Go, Cougars!

Keep up with all the action by following us on Twitter  @Go_Carondelet or liking us on our  Athletics Facebook page.  

Community Service Opportunities

Please have your daughter come to the Community Service Office to sign-up for the following service opportunities:

Tutor and mentor children at the Monument Crisis Center on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. You must fill out a volunteer application and attend one of the mandatory training sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 13 or Thursday, Sept. 14 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

You can make a difference by helping students with their homework at Walnut Creek Intermediate School and Foothill Middle School. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:00 p.m. Pick the day and time that works best for you.

The Monument Crisis Center's Senior Moments Program needs homemade cookies for Friday, Sept. 22 . Your scrumptious cookies are the highlight of this program!

Save the Date: The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's is on Saturday, Oct. 21  at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek. Volunteers are needed to help at various stations.  More information to follow.

PIP Hour Opportunities

Looking for a way to get involved and earn your 20 PIP hours?  Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page of the website for a list of available opportunities. 

Frosh Alpha Retreat - Goodies Needed

Food and beverage items are needed for the Alpha Retreat this Friday, Sept. 15. Please deliver items to the Garaventa Center's back bar area between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept 15. Refrigerators are available. Please label each item with your daughter's name and ID number to receive PIP credit.

If you have any  questions  regarding your volunteer  requirements and  clearance, contact our  Volunteer Coordinator Ms. Renee Gistand.
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Upcoming Events & Special Schedules

Tuesday, Sept. 12 - Thursday, Sept. 14 Kairos Retreat for Seniors
Please keep them in your prayers!
Wednesday, Sept. 13 Parent Association Welcome Coffee
2897 Spring Creek Lane, Walnut Creek
9 a.m.

Parent Association Board Meeting (all welcome)
Faculty Lounge
6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 15 Alpha Retreat (for Frosh)
3 p.m. 
Monday, Sept. 18 Club Fair
Lunch time
Wednesday, Sept. 20 Frosh Road to College
Garaventa Center
7 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 21 Peace Liturgy - special schedule
9:25 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 22 Jesuit Excellence Tour (JET) College Fair
1-5 p.m.