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

Mission Statement
Event Schedule
Upcoming Meetings

School Board
6:30 PM
Important Dates
Italian Ice Sale
12:00 PM
Main School Yard
($4, $5, or $6)

Spring Conferences
March 11th-13th

Minimum Day
Noon Dismissal
March 12th & 13th

Dress Rehearsal
for the Talent Show
3:00-4:00 PM
in the Auditorium

Talent Show
1:30 PM
in the Auditorium
All are Welcome!
Thank you to our  Pasta Dinner &
Silent Auction Sponsors
Bishop O'Dowd
High School

St. Joseph Notre Dame High School

Knights of Columbus
March 11, 2015
Volume 9, Issue 23
logo School Front
Dear (Contact First Name), 

Lenten Prayer 

God of all people,

We offer you our Lenten journey.

May we learn to walk as one human family,

remembering in a special way those who are poorest  

and most in need. Bless our prayers, our fasting and  

our Lenten gifts. Through these actions, we show our love for your Son, Jesus, and answer your call to love one another.



Pastor Fr. Paul Vassar to Retire

May 31, 2016 will be Fr. Paul's last day at St. Leander Parish. We will celebrate him at a fiesta on Friday, May 29th in the gym and he will be blessed at the Masses that weekend. More details will be forthcoming as plans are firmed up, but save the date! Fr. Hugo Fran´┐Ża has been appointed Parochial Administrator and will begin in June.   


Happy Lent!

  Your children brought 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.


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 (service hours) 

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.    


St. Leander Parish Festival 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Planning will soon be underway for our annual Parish Festival. Help will be needed to plan this wonderful annual event. If you are interested in being on the planning committee, please contact the school office or the parish office at (510) 895-5631.  


Candy Sale Reminder
We need to sell 25 more cases of chocolate!  Please help us reach our fundraising goal.  If we are able to sell the remaining boxes, we will have a school wide popsicle recess  for everyone!  If you have outstanding money,  please send in all payments for chocolate to the office.   
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
"Committed Christians." 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            Ricky Vecchiarello    

Seventh Grade         Joshua Gamez 

Sixth Grade              Colin Chasteen      

Fifth Grade               Julian Douglas 

Third Grade              Sophie Ramirez   

Second Grade          Zarahana Kargbo

First Grade               Kylie Villagomez    

Kindergarten            Emilio Merino 

  8th Grade Fundraiser

The 8th Graders are having a fundraiser on Friday, March 13th. Help them by purchasing a Pizza Lunch for $5.00. Lunch includes a slice of pizza, water, and a yummy treat!


Please mark your student's preferences and return this form with payment in an envelope to the school.


Orders must be turned in by today, Wednesday, March 11th!

Thank you in advance for your support from the Class of 2015!

Construction Update from Dave Nielsen, Vice President/Operations Manager

  1. Tucker Engineering completed the sanitary sewer work in Carpentier on 2/23/15.
  2. Solider beam installation was completed 2/20/15.
  3. Wood Lagging being installed in the soldier beams at W. Juana and San Leandro Blvd.
  4. Mass excavation off haul began 2/27/15. Tucker is running 39 trucks with a total of 190 loads. 2,300 cyds of soil is being removed from the site every day. There is a total of 38,000 cyds of soil to remove from the site.

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.
St. Leander Gaels have been Busy!
Congratulations to the following teams!

The St. Leander 6th Grade Girls Volleyball Team won
First Place in the Metro CYO League

The St. Leander 8th Grade Boys Basketball Team won
First Place in the SAC CYO League

The St. Leander 6th Grade Boys Basketball Team won
First Place in SAC CYO League

The St. Leander 5th Grade Girls Basketball Team
Play in Memory of Frank Kemp

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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