Community e-News l 4.26.20
Morning reflection : During this unprecedented time in our life, the antidote lies in love. May we be gentle with ourselves, may we share our love, and may we continue to dream.
The Virtual Week ahead...

Mon. April 27
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 1/3/5/7
Office Hours and Check-ins | 3:00-3:30 PM
Tue. April 28
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 2/4/6/0
Clubs, Activities, and Community Group meetings l 1:30-3:30 PM
Wed. April 29
Flex/Connection Day
Thu. April 30
Online Learning I 8:30 AM start l 1/3/5/7
Office Hours and Check-ins l 3:00-3:30 PM

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

If you haven't yet, bookmark these pages:
You can also view the week-by-week view on the Online Learning webpage and as a Printable PDF.
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.

Scoring an Athletic Recruiting Offer for College | Wed., April 29, 12:00 PM | Register
UC Santa Barbara Virtual Rep Visit | Wed., April 29, 3:30 PM | Register

In case you missed the Collegewise presentation about Highly Selective College Admissions , led by a former admissions officer at Cal Tech, University of Chicago, and UCLA, here is a link to the very informative webinar (password is westlakehsc) .

Important Updates and To-Do Items for the Class of 2020
There are several items that you must complete prior to graduating!

Complete the Grad Questionnaire and Final Transcript Request, located in Naviance under “My Surveys.” Final transcripts will not be sent to colleges until this step is finished.  Final transcripts will be sent after the end of the semester to the one college on this survey that you indicate that you plan to attend. In addition, you may request a final transcript to be sent to a college you are waitlisted at. If you are admitted off the waitlist from a college and plan to attend, you must notify your College Counselor, even if this happens during the summer.

Complete the Merit Aid Form . Please fill this out for ALL colleges that awarded you scholarship/merit money. If you did not receive merit money from any colleges, we still need for you to complete this survey and check the box that you didn’t receive any scholarship money.

Complete the College Counseling Feedback Survey . Having feedback from you will be helpful to College Counselors as we work with future Carondelet seniors.

Questions About Admission Decisions
Your College Counselor is still available to help you as you make your final college decision. If you have any questions about being waitlisted, when to deposit at a college, or are anxious about college given the pandemic, please reach out to your College Counselor. Please refer to this helpful FAQs document for issues to consider during the COVID-19 times.  

Say Thank You
Teachers spent many hours writing personalized letters of recommendations for seniors.  Please make sure that you have thanked your teachers and provide them with an update on where you will be attending. They are eager to share in your exciting news!

Updates for the Class of 2021
We hope this letter from the Dean of Admissions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute brings you comfort. We couldn’t agree more with his message, especially the following excerpt:

“Take care of yourself. Do everything in your power to eat well, exercise, get the rest that you need and, of course, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Keep up with the passions that make you who you are. While colleges need to see your transcript, your essay, and letters of recommendation, we’re not admitting a collection of credentials, we’re seeking out the people who we want to welcome into our community. Look out for your friends and family... Support those who you are living with and be sure to reach out to friends and family who are remote... Do your best to focus on your education. I mean what I say: do the best that you can given the circumstances. But don’t try to do more than that."

In collaboration with Castilleja School and the Bay Area Independent School College Counselors (BAISCC), we put together a list of FAQs that will help juniors navigate the many changes to the college admissions landscape, including testing, during this unprecedented time.  

SAT/ACT Updates
The College Board added a new test date, September 26, to its existing lineup of dates in August, October, November, and December. Registration for the fall test dates begins during the week of May 26.

Additionally, ACT is offering free practice tests as well as free webinars to help students prepare for the ACT.  

The CSU system announced this week that they will not consider SAT/ACT scores for the Class of 2021. This follows on the heels of the UCs making the same announcement .  

College Kickstart
Juniors, don’t forget to register for College Kickstart by May 15! In addition to helping students with college applications, we are excited to announce that we have partnered with nationally recognized college essay expert, the College Essay Guy , who will be providing an essay bootcamp to students. It should be an information packed week!

College Counseling Meetings
It is critical that juniors meet with their College Counselor before May 1 so that we can stay on track with the college counseling process. Visit the College and Career homepage for each College Counselor’s calendar link.
Free online classes to earn college credit this summer

Carondelet has partnered with College of the Siskiyous to give students an incredible advantage for FREE.

This summer, as part of the Early College Credit program, students may enroll in online courses that will fulfill GE requirements for UC and CSU schools. There is no tuition cost for these courses ! The only cost is for required textbooks.

View  courses  that are offered this summer. Registration opens this week. Please email  Mr. Cushing  for more information.
Wellness Resources, April 2020

We have added the following resources to support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together. 

The Wellness Counselors are available throughout the school day to support students and families through phone or Zoom meetings. Please don’t hesitate to reach out by email if you have any questions, concerns, need referral information, or would like to schedule a meeting. 

Stacie Besagno, x158,
Sarah Alpert, x156,

Helping Teens Cope with ​Grief & Loss During COVID-19, ​April 28

Comprehensive Guide from National Alliance on Mental Illness
Lisa Damour, NY Times
Tara Parker-Pope & Lisa Damour (pre-recorded audio call), NY Times

Jill Suttie, Greater Good Science Center

Christine Carter, Greater Good Science Center
Solar panels to be installed on campus

Carondelet is pleased to announce that the school will be installing solar panels on our campus. The project will include installations on rooftops, carports, and deck canopies. This is an important step in Carondelet's green initiative and the campus master plan. There will be no upfront costs for the school and it is expected to generate utility cost savings in year one. The preparation work could start as early as this week and the project is expected to be completed before the start of next school year. Given this project is considered essential business, we are able to stay on schedule and hopefully exceed our timeline since the campus is closed.
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.
Applications open for Spiritual Life Council

Carondelet Campus Ministry is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Spiritual Life Council. The Spiritual Life Council spearheads the planning of all spiritual life events at Carondelet – this includes liturgies, prayer services, our Lenten and Advent projects, and many other things throughout the school year.

Not only is SLC is an amazing opportunity for your daughter to grow in her faith and spirituality , but it is also an opportunity for her to grow as a leader within our amazing community. She will also learn about social advocacy and service , the processes involved in creating a school-wide project, and ultimately teach others the mission handed down to us from the Sisters of St. Joseph – the mission of unifying love and serving our dear neighbor without distinction .

Below, you can find a link to a promo video the current SLC team created which includes testimonials about their own experiences in SLC. You can also find a link to our packet. In that packet, you can find more detailed information about our role within the Carondelet community as well as the expectations of your student for SLC.

If your student is interested, please take some time to read through the packet as it fully explains the application and interview process. You’ll also find a link to the Application below. Applications are due on Friday, May 1 at 4:00 PM . If you or your student have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Edie Payne or Rick Grand-Lejano

Many Blessings,
The Campus Ministry Team 

P.S. Please let your student know about our new Spiritual Life Council Instagram! You can follow us @carondelet_slc
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 : Sarah deBack '20 signed her NLI to swim at the University of Puget Sound next year.

Congratulations, Sarah! 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!
Stunt Senior Recognition

Congrats to the four seniors on our Stunt Team who will be graduating, Emily Brodt, Maddie Johanson, Jordan Peters, and Kat Tilton ! Since we can't host a Senior Night, we created this collage honoring the seniors !

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!
Visit Concord featured Carondelet Softball players Gabriella Williams '20 and Ella Romero '20 in their All-Star Lineup Series: Concord's Class of 2020 Top Athletes Week 4 .

Follow  @carondeletcougars on Instagram to continue your journey of maintaining your healthy mind, body, and soul!
Staying Connected through Morning Prayers
Our daily rituals continue to foster our strong schoolwide community. Here is a recent morning prayer that focuses on staying connected with friends from afar.
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.
Loaves and Fishes Food Drive - Thursday, April 30

Food banks, shelters, and soup kitchens across the nation are serving more people than ever right now. An organization in our neighborhood needs our support to ensure they are able to provide food to all who need it.
Who needs our help?

How can you help our dear neighbor?
Drive through and drop off needed items to the Compass Reality parking lot at 590 Ygnacio Valley Road on Thursday, April 30 from 12-2 PM.

Items Needed:
  • Non-perishable canned and boxed foods 
  • Pasta and pasta sauce 
  • Rice and beans 
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Snack cups and pudding 
  • Snack bars and snacks

For more info check out the flyer or contact food drive host, Sheila Gilchrist .
A peak into Coug Nation's daily announcement including students' perspectives on their involvement in Spiritual Life Council.
Support the restaurants that support our students

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!
Get access to Sora Sweet Reads online books !
Camp Carondelet & Sports Clinics Update

At this time, we are still planning to run all four sessions of Camp Carondelet throughout the months of June and July and are still accepting registrations. Our no-risk policy also guarantees families a full refund if a camp session is canceled for any reason. We look forward to seeing your family this summer! 
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: Kiki Mein '20
Samantha "Kiki" Mein sets her sights on new goals and will head East to play water polo at the University of Indiana. Congrats, Kiki!
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 

Special April 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 .
Staying Connected through Daily Sendings

Check out this message regarding how to stay connected from afar. Follow the SLC Team on Instagram @carondelet_slc and remember to be love in someone's life today.
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