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

Mission Statement
Event Schedule
Upcoming Meetings
Bishop Barber Visits St. Leander Parish

Bishop Barber will be in our gym next Wednesday evening, March 4 at 7:00 PM to discuss his vision for the future of the Diocese of Oakland and the Diocesan Capital Campaign. All parents/caregivers
 and parishioners are invited to attend this important meeting.
Light refreshments will be served.

Room Parent Meeting
3:15 PM
3/9/15 in the T-Room
(under the auditorium)

Room Parent Meeting
6:00 Pm
(in the computer lab)

6:30 PM

School Board
6:30 PM
Important Dates
Spring Conferences
March 11th-13th

Minimum Day
Noon Dismissal
March 12th & 13th

Thank you to our  Pasta Dinner &
Silent Auction Sponsors
Bishop O'Dowd
High School

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Knights of Columbus
February 25, 2015
Volume 9, Issue 21
logo School Front
Dear (Contact First Name), 


I will be away Thursday through Sunday at a conference "Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Common Core Era" presented by the California League of Schools. I am excited to bring back information about and more strategies for supporting your children's learning. I will give you a little report next week!


Happy Lent!

We were blessed this week by the music and prayer ministry of Jesse Manibusan, who led us in prayer and song on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. He also led evening sessions each of these days. He is an incredibly gifted and spiritual artist whose work is available on CD and online.


Many thanks to our Third Grade who did a wonderful job leading us through the Stations of the Cross last Friday. They were the first group this year, and their reading was phenomenal! Mr. Silva, our music teacher, and Mrs. Young, our parish accompanist, complemented the reading with their musical gifts. We will continue this special Lenten tradition this Friday at 11:00 AM with our Fifth Grade leading us. All are welcome to join us.


Your children are bringing home cardboard boxes for our annual Lenten collection for Operation Rice Bowl. Families are encouraged to make small sacrifices during this Lenten season and contribute to this important collection. Operation Rice Bowl is a project of Catholic Relief Services, which coordinates projects all over the world for people in need, including those in our own area. Last year, our parish donated over $2,000. You are invited to participate and make this Lenten season one of sharing with those in need. It is an important lesson for our young people.


Financial Assistance

All PSAS forms must be completed and postdated no later than March 4th.  Please be sure to include a $30 check with your application and all requested tax information.  Please mail your paperwork directly to the address provided on the back of the form.   


Lillian Black Festival of the Arts

Congratulations to Jessica Moore, our wonderful Art teacher, and our talented students for a wonderful display at the Diocese of Oakland's Lillian Black Festival of the Arts. I was so proud to see such wonderful work by our students.


Social Media

We strive to educate our students on the power of social media, reminding them that what they post online is never private and can be very hurtful. This is an important reminder for adults as well. Please also remember that pictures of students other than your own child taken at a school event may not be posted online without permission from the parents of those students.


Moms Club

We would like to say a big thank you to our Moms Club for a wonderful daughter dance event and a very successful raffle.  The Moms Club donated $500 to our science classroom.  Thank you so much for your support!  

Enrollment Task Force

Looking for a way to get more involved in long-range planning for St. Leander School? We are currently soliciting parents and parishioners to create an Enrollment Task Force. This purpose of this committee will be to create a plan for maintaining and building enrollment at St. Leander School. We ask that those who are interested be able to meet monthly to develop a plan and monitor implementation, and for one member of the committee to report to the School Board once per month. If you are interested, we have a detailed description of our goals for this committee in the office or you may contact Tim Chasteen, School Board President, at for more information. We hope to have a committee of 6-8 to help with this important work.


Volunteer Opportunities

We are hosting Doughnut Sunday at the church after Masses on  March 15th.  We are still in need of volunteers from 7:30am-12:30pm.  Please contact Dan Lucero by email at if you would like to sign up to volunteer. 


One of our largest fundraisers of the year is coming soon!  We will need volunteers for our Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction event on April 18th.  The volunteer sign up sheet is provided in a link under the Pasta Dinner section of this newsletter listed below.  


Special Persons Day is another opportunity to earn parent service hours.  That event will take place on May 1st.  Please save the date on your calendars.  More information will be available soon.   


Candy Sale 
We are extending our candy sale for two more weeks!  Anyone who would like to sell another box of candy can still come and pick one up at the school office.  To meet our fundraising goal, and sell all boxes of chocolate with our St. Leander printing on the front, we still need to sell 40 more boxes of chocolate.   If you have outstanding money, please send in all candy payments no later than Friday, March 6th.  
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               David Harrell Jr. 

Seventh Grade            Russell Kim 

Sixth Grade                 Christine Belenson   

Fifth Grade                  Jacob Padilla 

Third Grade                Jessie Cerna 

Second Grade            Alexander Sanchez

First Grade                 Alana Carranza 

Kindergarten               Lucas Cabrera 

CYO News


  The 5th grade St. Leander boys basketball team won a trophy for receiving 3rd place in the Tommy Smith Basketball Tournament.  Job well done!  Congratulations to our coaches and our players!



The combined 3rd/2nd Grade Girls Basketball played in the first 2 games of their first Jamboree this weekend!  The girls did great and are looking forward to their next game on Saturday!  

The 8th Grade Boys Basketball team heads to the Tournament of Champions this Saturday, February 28th.  Game time is 1pm at Adams Middle School
, 401 American Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513. Come out and cheer them on!    
Construction Update from Dave Nielsen, Vice President/Operations Manager

1.       Tucker Engineering has completed sewer installation in the street at San Leandro Blvd and is half way complete with the sewer work on site. The sewer line will be completed at Carpentier Street on 2/23/15


2.       Installation of the solider beams will start today with our vibratory equipment. It is expected that we will install 24 beams a day and be completed with beam installation by 2/23/15.


3.       Wood Lagging for the shoring system will start 2/23/15


4.       Mass excavation will start 2/25/15.


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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
Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction tickets are on sale now!  $20 for adults, $12 for Seniors and children. Sponsor a table for 10 for $240- price includes 2 bottles of wine, and a half page ad in the event program. Invite your friends and family! Tickets are available at the school and parish offices.  You can also purchase them directly from event committee members:  Sandra Kelinpeter-Douglas, Lili Harrell, Angie Lucero, Patty Vecchiarello, and Theresa Velarde. 

Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction Volunteer sign-ups are open now! Please use the link below to sign up and help make this the best Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction yet.
You can view the complete sign up sheet here: 5th Annual Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction If you have any questions contact me at or 510-501-9508.
The 5th Annual Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction will be 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!
Thanks! Patty Vecchiarello, Event Chair




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