Faith, Academics, Service...We Make A World of Difference!  

Mission Statement
Event Schedule
Upcoming Meetings

School Board
6:30 PM
Important Dates
Candy Sale

Minimum Day
12:00 Dismissal
Teachers will be working on our upcoming accreditation visit in Spring of 2016.

Presidents' Day
No School
Thank you to our  Pasta Dinner &
Silent Auction Sponsors
Bishop O'Dowd
High School

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Knights of Columbus
February 11, 2015
Volume 9, Issue 19
logo School Front
Dear (Contact First Name), 

Candy Sale 
Our candy sale is in full swing!  The last day to turn in money is February 17th.  Please remember that this is a mandatory fundraiser for our school operating budget.  Every family is required to sell two boxes of chocolate.  Thank you for your support!  If you have not yet picked up your chocolates, please come to the school office ASAP.  You are still responsible for your two boxes.   
Prayer and Pledge 
We love our parents to join us for prayer and pledge, and ask that you stand back from the lines so that a smooth transition to the school day may begin. We want everyone to focus on prayer, not socializing, and for the students to be ready to proceed with their day. Stay with us, pray with us!

Please remember to be mindful and always follow safety laws.  Please use the crosswalks at all times, and do not double park to pick up or drop off your children for any reason.  Help us keep every child at St. Leander safe. 

Counseling Program 
We are excited to welcome our new counselor, Sade Luster.  She will be working with us on Tuesdays and Fridays.  Sade brings us a wealth of experience and great energy.  We are looking forward to introducing her to all of our students.  We would like to thank Chanel Aryasingha for working with us this year.  She will no longer be working at St. Leander,  but we wish her all the best. 

Attention all Students, Parents and Staff:
 Please bring in any photos from this school year that you would like to see in the yearbook.  The photos can be submitted on a flash drive, CD or emailed to Ms. Moore at or Ms. Martinez at

Parish Crab Feed 
Tickets are available at the parish office and after Masses for the St. Leander Parish Crab Feed February 14th. The cost is $40.00 per ticket. Our Eighth Grade students are always our favorite servers at this wonderful parish event. 

Capital Campaign Countdown

Help Us Make a World of Difference!

                           The classroom before . . .  
                       The classroom so far!
We expanded the size of the classroom by demolishing the closet and plan to replace that space with cabinets for storage and sinks. We have installed new flooring with electrical outlets, plumbing fixtures,  whiteboard, a new bulletin board and a fresh coat of paint.  We also upgraded our handrails to comply with accessibility requirements. We still need to complete the second phase of our project to purchase and install the cabinets and sinks along the back wall and purchase appropriate classroom furniture and supplies.

Please Help Us!
Pledge donations for one or two years are still an option
to help us reach our goal of completing our classroom! Please consider making a one-time donation or a pledge which can be paid by monthly check or charged to your credit card. Help us bring St. Leander School's Science Classroom into the future.  
Star Students

 The following students were recognized for being
"Responsible Citizens." Congratulations to them for
shining so brightly! All parents are welcome to join us
for morning prayer in the church on Tuesdays at 8:15
AM when we celebrate our stars!


Eighth Grade              Brenda Calhan 

Seventh Grade           Ava Arroy 

Sixth Grade                Jose Hernandez 

Fifth Grade                 Jazthiry Esquivel 

Fourth Grade              Gloria Romero 

Third Grade                Savannah Jones 

Second Grade            Angelina Zamora 

First Grade                 Liliana Martinez 

Kindergarten              Giannina Perez

Pre-Kindergarten        Fionn Simon 

Diocesan Science Fair

Three eighth graders represented us at the Diocesan Science Fair held at St. Joseph Notre Dame on February 7th! Nathaniel Tesfamariam investigated whether or not brain power correlates with age.  Reginald McKinnely, Jr. investigated how to display sound visually through water waves.   Jocelyn Salazar showed the rates of decomposition using different kinds of soil. 


All three eighth graders received 2nd place in their categories. Congratulations!




CYO News


The 6th Grade Boys Basketball Team will be playing in the National League Championships this Saturday (2/14/15) at St. Bede at 2pm. We would like to invite everyone to come support the team.

The 6th Grade Girls Volleyball Team won First Place in the CYO 2015 Metro League.  They won their game against Assumption G on Sunday, February 8th.  Their next playoff game will be Saturday, February 14th at 11:00am at St. Theresa in Oakland.  If they win, they will also play on Sunday at 12:30pm.   

Great Job!   Good Luck! 



The 7th grade Volleyball Team ended the season in Second Place. They came in Third Place for the tournament. We are so proud of you!  Great job Gaels!  Congratulations on a great season!   


Construction Update from Dave Nielsen, Vice President/Operations Manager


Cannon Constructors is building a 115 unit affordable apartments and 409 subsurface  parking spaces. Work started 12/7/15 and will be completed by December 2015. We will provide weekly updates of our construction activities through e-mail. Here is our 1st update:


1.       An existing 6" sewer line will be replaced with an 8" sewer line from San Leandro Blvd to SE corner of Carpentier and W Joaquin Ave. Work started at San Leandro Blvd on 1/30/15 and will be completed at Carpentier by 2/6/15. The east sidewalk at Carpentier will be closed Thursday and Friday this week.


2.       On site fabrication of shoring beams will occur this week with some welding and cutting of steel being performed.



Starting 2/10/15 shoring soldier beams will be installed with vibratory equipment to drive the 30 long piles into the ground. This work will be completed by 2/16/15. The equipment will create noticeable vibrations within 100 feet to of the equipment. Beyond 100' the vibrations should not be noticeable.   


Mrs. Mullen's note:  As we receive these updates, we will post them to our newsletter to keep you updated as to the progress and the details of the work. It looks like we can expect some noise in the next few weeks, but we will monitor its effect on our students and our program.
Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction
Happy New Year!  2015 brings us the the 5th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 18th.  Money raised at this event will be fully dedicated towards improving our students' educational experience, including helping to fund the new Science Classroom and contributing to the Tuition Assistance Fund.  It's a fun family event that benefits all of our children!
Event co-chairs are needed!  If you'd like to be involved in planning this event, please contact Patty Vecchiarello at, or 510-501-9508.

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