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 tonight, Wednesday evening,  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
March 4, 2015
Volume 9, Issue 22
logo School Front
Dear (Contact First Name), 


Lenten Prayer

your commandment of love is so simple
and so challenging.
Help me to let go of my pride,
to be humble in my penance.
I want only to live the way you ask me to love,
to love the way you ask me to live.
I ask this through your son, Jesus,
who stands at my side
today and always.



Construction Obstruction!
While the trucks are coming to and from the work area during the soil removal phase, please be extra careful and safe. If you are delayed because of construction traffic, let us know and we will excuse any tardies. Please drive and park very safely!


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.


Financial Assistance

All PSAS forms must be completed and postdated no later than today, 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.   


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.


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.   


Candy Sale 
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 31 boxes of chocolate.  Thank you to the families who came in last week to sell extra candy.  We appreciate your help.  If you have outstanding money,  send in all candy payments to the office 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
"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            Catalina Ortiz    

Seventh Grade         Perla Ceja    

Sixth Grade              Matthew Getachew     

Fifth Grade               Maribel Romero   

Third Grade              Bella Torrance   

Second Grade          Jayden Lucas 

First Grade               Dylan Poole     

Kindergarten             Jaden Sosa    

Mathletics News
Congratulations to our fourth grade students for a job well done!
Eugene Elendu, Hailey Miller, Colleen Rusting, Savannah Jasper and
Adan Esparza Carrillo are being recognized for their superior performance in Mathletics. 

Mathletics is an online math program that allows students to work at their own level continuing to improve their skills and advance to more difficult levels.  Every student has a Mathletics account and can play math games to improve their math skills.  Ask your child about Mathletics, and have fun playing math games at home!
  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 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 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.
CYO News
The combined 3rd/2nd Grade Girls Basketball team played in the last Jamboree this weekend!  Great looking Jamboree shirts! The girls did great and are looking forward to the season that starts on Saturday.   


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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