Community e-News l 4.19.20
For our Good Friday virtual liturgy, students performed "Beautiful Things" by Gungor. In case you weren't able to watch live, you can rewatch the entire Stations of the Cross liturgy.
The Virtual Week ahead...

Mon. April 20
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 1/3/5/7
Office Hours and Check-ins (Counselors and Student Life) | 3:00-3:30 PM
Tue. April 21
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 2/4/6/0
Clubs, Activities, and Community Group meetings l 1:30-3:30 PM
"Creating Superhumans" webinar with futurist Jody Medich | 7:00-8:30 PM | RSVP
Wed. April 22
Flex/Connection Day
  • Allow students time to connect with teachers and counselors
  • Allow students to connect with peers for club and council meetings, peer tutoring, social connections
  • Allow teachers to reach out to students
  • Allow teachers to provide tutoring for student and to plan and assess
  • Allow both to have time off-screen
Thu. April 23
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 1/3/5/7
Office Hours and Check-ins (Counselors and Student Life) l 3:00-3:30 PM

Fri. April 24
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 2/4/6/0
Clubs, Activities, and Community Group meetings l 1:30-3:30 PM

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You can also view the week-by-week view on the Online Learning webpage and as a Printable PDF.
Dear Carondelet Families, 
I hope that everyone was able to find a sense of peace and renewal and was able to rest over the Easter break. I wanted to send a reminder to all families that school resumes tomorrow, Monday, April 20, with a new Carondelet/DLS  Flexible Learning Schedule  that will extend to the end of the academic school year.
I would like to draw your attention to important aspects of the new schedule:
  • All AP exams are listed and will occur from May 11-22. The College Board will be working with a new format, all AP teachers have information on their Schoology pages, and you can find information about AP exams on both schools’ websites.
  • The last instructional day for Seniors will be Friday, May 15. Those seniors who are signed up for AP exams during the second week of AP testing will still take their exams. Senior students and families received a message on Friday with information on end-of-year celebrations, in particular regarding Baccalaureate and Graduation. 
  • There is no special schedule dedicated to a “Final Exam Week.” End of year assessmentswhether tests, projects, or essayswill be spread out over the final weeks of instruction.
As we move forward with learning online, know that we have asked for input from both faculty and students as to what is working best and how we can create the most effective online environment possible. Online learning has proven to be as effective as face-to-face learning when class design, content resources, and student-teacher connection are implemented well. Know that the learning environment we are providing is focused on best practices and that we are most confident that our students continue to learn and be challenged in their course work.

We also know that our students miss in-person contact with their friends, their peers, their teachers, and the safety and comfort of our campus, as do our faculty and staff, and Principal. I would like to remind everyone that we also continue to provide the unique resources that are available to all students through our student life team, campus ministry, wellness counselors, athletics staff, and business office.
I want to thank everyone for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. As we live our CSJ mission, as we live Carondelet's focus on the wellbeing of our dear neighbors in the rich tradition of our founding Sisters of St. Joseph, know that we appreciate the partnership we have formed and that we will continue the care for your daughters they are our shining light.
We look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow.


Kevin Cushing
We’re excited to share that  our next evening speaker is futurist Jody Medich —who will share her insights on how emerging technologies have the potential to turn us all into superhumans. Since we can’t all be together in person,  we’ve arranged to bring Jody to your living room via a live, online webinar.  The webinar is this Tuesday, starts at 7 PM and will wrap-up Q&A by 8:30 PM.

Jody’s presentation could not be more timely. As we spend more time at home, technology is helping us stay connected, supporting new ways to work and learn, and allowing us to share our creativity. It’s fascinating to imagine how artificial intelligence, robots, virtual reality, and other new technologies can help us be better prepared for future challenges like this—giving us the very real potential to be superhumans.

Last chance to sign up for this engaging presentation and conversation happening virtually this Tuesday.
 RSVP today for this FREE webinar open to all!
College & Career Updates

Timely college planning webinars, just for Carondelet Students
The College and Career team has put together a series of timely, expert-led webinars to equip students with the tools and knowledge to research colleges, navigate the application process, and craft a balanced college list. The webinar dates and topics are below, and registration information has been posted to Schoology. 

Virtual College Exploration hosted by Strive Scan | April 20 - May 8
Researching Colleges and Applying to Nursing, Pre-Med, and Pre-Health Programs | Wed., April 22, 12 PM
Highly Selective College Admissions | Wed., April 22, 4 PM
Coalition for College Virtual College Panel and Fair | Thurs., April 23, 1 and 3:30 PM
Scoring an Athletic Recruiting Offer for College | Wed., April 29, 12 PM
UC Santa Barbara Virtual Rep Visit | Wed., April 29, 3:30 PM

Updates for the Class of 2021
This week, the College Board announced that they are canceling the June SAT.  Rest assured, many colleges, including the UCs, University of Oregon, and Penn to name a few, have modified their testing policies in light of COVID-19, and will be test-optional for the Class of 2021. 

The College Board is adding a SAT test date in September, so students will have the opportunity to take the test in August, September, October, November, and December. Registration for the fall tests will open in May and priority will be given to those who were registered for the June test, seniors who have not tested before, and students using a fee waiver. This helpful article breaks down the changes in more detail.

College Kickstart will be conducted virtually from June 1-5. During this application bootcamp, students will write the first draft of their college essay, begin their Common Application, create their activities list, narrow their college list, and more. It’s a week of hard work that reaps great rewards.

We are adding two in-person days to Kickstart on Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4.  We will use these days to build upon the work we complete virtually in June.  

Students, we created a Schoology Course that will serve as your hub for all things college. Log into Schoology and click on the course “ Class of 2021: College Hub” to find all the information we have sent lately in one place.

Sophomores and Juniors
Applerouth Tutoring is offering free, full length online practice ACT or SAT exams. The exams will be offered April 25 and 26 for the ACT and May 2 and 3 for the SAT. Details .
Parking Permits

Parking permit requests will go live on Monday, April 27. Rising juniors and seniors will be able to access the permit request link via our Parking Permit webpage

On-campus parking is a privilege for many of our juniors and seniors. For the 2020-21 school year, we will be giving priority to our senior students with carpools, followed by single-rider seniors, juniors with carpools, and single-rider juniors, in that order. This system is in place so that we can accommodate as many students as possible in our parking lot. 

Please note this is not a first-come, first-served application process. All applications before the deadline will be considered.

Please send any parking questions to Caitlin Main , Dean of Students. 
President's Volunteer Service Award

President’s Volunteer Service Award - Log service hours by April 22 to be eligible. The President’s Volunteer Service Award honors the most outstanding volunteers and recognizes the impact they make. The award is granted to students of any class year by the Corporation for National & Community Service through Carondelet High School, as a certifying organization. 

To be eligible, students should log their service hours on the MobileServe platform throughout the academic year. Visit our MobileServe webpage to find specific instructions about eligibility requirements for each class year and information about mobileserve. For the 2019-2020 academic year, the deadline to log service hours is this Wednesday, April 22!
Islay Morrison '22 has been chosen to be included in a KQED Youth Perspective on Covid-19. This originated through an assignment from Ms. Koski's yearbook class. Read the highlight article and listen to Islay's commentary .
NLI's Signed

While we have all been at home, a couple of our Cougar student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiately next year.

In this issue, we are thrilled to announce that : Ella Romero '20 signed her NLI to play softball at Santa Clara University next year.

Congratulations, Ella! This is an amazing accomplishment and a testament to all of your hard work and perseverance. We look forward to watching you flourish at the next level!

The Concord-Clayton Pioneer featured Carondelet student-athletes among all in the area who signed NLIs.
Attention Dancers

Interested in trying out for the Carondelet JV or Varsity Dance Team? We will be moving our tryouts to video auditions this year! If you are interested in auditioning, please submit  this interest form  by Sunday, May 3. Those who have completed the form will receive an email on May 4 that will include detailed information about the tryout process, all demo videos for the auditions, and program requirements/costs. Video auditions will be due on Thursday, May 7. We look forward to meeting you!

In other news, Coach Dani continues to post her daily athletic workouts on Instagram for all students, families, faculty and staff. Our athletic trainer, Jessica, has also been posting various rehab exercises for common ailments/injuries there as well.

Follow  @carondeletcougars on Instagram to continue your journey of maintaining healthy minds, bodies, and souls!
Carondelet Lacrosse and Swim teams were recently highlighted in this All Star Athletic LineUp Series by Visit Concord !
Support Our Local Restaurants

Many local restaurants and caterers have supported Carondelet this past year, we hope that you will support them in the weeks ahead during this challenging time. Many of the restaurants on this list are offering take-out, pickup, or delivery. Now is the time to show them how much we appreciate their support!
Technology Support - Students may submit a ticket and request support with resources such as their iPads, software systems like Schoology, Google Suite, etc.  Request tech help.
Staying Connected through Morning Prayers
Our daily rituals continue to foster our strong schoolwide community. Here's a morning prayer that your student is receiving each morning on Schoology.
Get access to Sora Sweet Reads online books !
Parking Permits for 2020-21

We will be releasing information on 2020-21 parking permits after the spring break.

On-campus parking is a privilege for many of our juniors and seniors. For the 2020-21 school year, we will be giving priority to our senior students with carpools, followed in order by single-rider seniors, juniors with carpools, and single-rider juniors. This system is in place so that we can accommodate as many students as possible in our parking lot.

Please note that we will not be able to accommodate all of our driving students.
A peak into Coug Nation's morning announcement including updates about office hours with Student Life staff members.
Camp Carondelet & Sports Clinics Update

At this time, Camp Carondelet and Cougar Athletics Girls' Sports Clinics are still scheduled to run for all previously planned sessions in June and July. Our activity leaders, counselors, and coaches are eagerly anticipating the arrival of all the campers and are all working hard to build a fun, enriching, and memorable experience for this summer. We are also currently exploring virtual options should social distancing policies remain in place and will be in touch with updates on changes as they are available.
Camp Carondelet
Registration Still Open
Camp Carondelet is an enriching, fun, coed summer camp for incoming 3rd-8th graders . Kids explore a balance between creative learning and outdoor play across two campuses.

  • Week 1 - June 15-19
  • Week 2 - June 22-26
  • Week 3 - July 13-17
  • Week 4 - July 20-24

Offerings include: Coding, Drones & Robotics, Entrepreneurship, 3D Printing, Videography, Wacky Science, Escape Room Adventures, Podcasting, Drama & Acting, Sports Broadcasting, and Zumba.
Sports Clinics
Registration Still Open
Middle school girls (including incoming freshman) are invited to our campuses to train with Carondelet coaches, improve their skills, and have fun playing their favorite sport!

Choose from seven sports this June-July. (S trength and conditioning cub camps also available for incoming 2nd-5th grade girls .)

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Strength & Conditioning
Athlete Profile: Ellie Ospeck '20
There is another Golden Domer in the family! Ellie will play soccer at the University of Notre Dame, where her sister, Erin, also plays for the Irish. Congrats, Ellie!
School Store - new Online Learning Bundle
Shop for home delivery for your student or yourself at the Carondelet online school store. Lots of new spirit wear and accessories available for your family!

Additional Alumnae Category Items
Additional Cougar Cubs Items
Additional Sweatshirts on Clearance
Tech items 

New in April - special Online Learning bundle of comfywear on sale now (a $70 value for $60).
Cleaning your closet? Got uniforms?

Senior families, save your used uniforms so you can donate them to the Carondelet Parent Association . We hope to have a sale at the end of summer, but the date is yet TBD. As soon as the “Shelter in Place” is over, we will send out a message telling you which office at school you can drop off your uniform donations too. If you have uniform donation questions, please call (925.787.7989) or email Susan Smith .
Wellness Resources

Mental Health Wellness Tips during Shelter in Place by Eileen Feliciano, NYS Psychologist

Building Resilience in the Era of Covid-19, Psychology Today, Jordan D. Snyder, Psy.D.

Dealing with the Emotional Stress of the Coronavirus Pandemic, Blaise Aguirre, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus , (Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley) - A comprehensive guide with articles, podcasts, and audio/video resources (anxiety and stress management, mindfulness practices, etc.) for families and educators. 

Kaiser Permanente Wellness Resources

Panorama SEL & Self Care Resources

Mindfulness Apps (i.e., Headspace, Calm, Colorfy, Breethe, Happify)
Many of these apps are free or are currently offering free features.

Podcast - Meditative Story
Staying Connected through Daily Sendings

Check out this message regarding how to be an ethical consumer. Follow Green Team on Instagram @carondelet_greenteam for tips on how you can care for our creation and practice sustainability at home. 
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