Community e-News l 2.14.21
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The week ahead...

Mon. Feb. 15
School Holiday - Presidents' Day

Tues. Feb. 16
1/2/3/7 (G1) l 8:15 AM start

Wed. Feb. 17
Ash Wednesday
4/5/6/0 (G1) l 8:15 AM start

Thu. Feb. 18
1/2/3/7 (G2) l 8:15 AM start

Fri. Feb. 19
4/5/6/0 (G2) l 8:15 AM start

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COVID & Hybrid Update

A Message from the Principal

We just completed our 12th week with students on campus with no on-campus spread. As our sports seasons begin to ramp up, we will increase our testing. Our next on-campus Covid test date is February 24th, and that registration link is now open. Our last round of testing had zero positive responses out of 128 tests. 

The new break guidelines that Mrs. Main implemented have been working very well. With this success, we do truly appreciate everyone’s cooperation and teamwork. We still have a ways to go, and we will continue to message the importance of the protocols we have in place. 

Kevin Cushing 
New, weekly COVID Testing on-campus
Carondelet has scheduled additional COVID-19 testing dates on-campus for the remainder of the semester. The next upcoming test date is Wed. Feb. 24 and will be available on-campus weekly for all following weeks through the school year. Testing is recommended and voluntary for most, but in-season student-athletes will be required to take tests every other week.
Changing between Hybrid and Distance Learning
Requests due Friday
We have created a Hybrid Management Portal on our website so that requesting a change between hybrid and virtual status is easier for your family. Any status change requests are due by noon on Friday, February 19. This should allow for a return to hybrid reintegration start date of February 22.
Yearbook / ID Photo Retakes
The last chance to make up or re-take yearbook/ID photos is this Wednesday, Feb. 17 from 1:45-3:15 PM. If this is a re-take, please bring your photo package. Sign-up required
Schedule updates
There have been two updates to the school calendar for this semester.
  • Friday, March 12 is now a school holiday. That week will no longer have a Flex Day and classes will meet on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Tuesday, April 27 will now be a Flex Day to accommodate Juniors who choose to take the SAT. 4/5/6/0 classes will meet on Wednesday, April 28 that week.
2021-22 Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications are now open in FACTS for families requesting tuition assistance at Carondelet for the 2021-22 school year. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 15. 
All families must apply each year aid is requested. Access the FACTS website, or you can also find the application on our Tuition Assistance page along with information on the process. Our funds are finite and we try to help as many families as possible. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered and may miss out on available funds so start the process now. Please contact Terri Meehan with any questions.
Student Life Updates
Ash Wednesday
Since we are not able to gather and distribute ashes this year in observance of Ash Wednesday, we are encouraging students to attend liturgy and receive ashes at their parish on Wednesday, Feb. 17. View local parish schedules. Prior to Ash Wednesday, our student body will watch a video produced by Spiritual Life Council that will help prepare us for the observance of this important day and give students information about local parish celebrations. This video is being shared on Feb. 10 and Feb. 16 in order to assist students in planning ahead. There will also be a special morning prayer video on Feb. 17 in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Class Spotlights
Freshmen and Seniors: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8:30-11:00 AM
Hybrid students will be on campus in the morning and should bring their iPads. Students at home will participate on Zoom. The day begins with a reflection on our Carondelet community and Sisterhood. The spotlight ends with a Black History Month presentation prepared by the Black Student Union: “Reflections on Black Excellence.”    

Sophomores and Juniors - Wednesday, March 3
More information on the upcoming Class Spotlights will be shared soon. Please review the School Calendar for upcoming events.
Happening Now
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Celebrating Black History Month
Black history is excellence. Black history is American history. Black history is important. Read about all the ways we are celebrating Black history this month.
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I’m not invisible, I’m simply wonderful... I feel alive, I feel so amazing. How RISE Week reminds us to call for Respect, Inclusion, Solidarity, and Empowerment this and every week.
Filling the White House
Isabella Blecha ’13 was sworn into office as Associate Director in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. “There are still so many glass ceilings to be broken and I know we can shatter them if we continue to uplift and support those around us.” Read about Bella's position in the Administration.
Coding Cougars Lead the Way
Carondelet is among only 4% of schools worldwide recognized for outstanding representation of girls in AP Computer Science by the College Board. How our school is leading the way for women in Computer Science
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Coming Up
Save the Date:
Swing into Spring, May 3rd

The Carondelet Fathers Club is excited to announce its first ever “Swing into Spring Golf Tournament,” Monday, May 3rd, at Crow Canyon Country Club. Enjoy a day on the green with old friends, and meet new ones as you support the women of Carondelet and the Fathers Club Scholarship Fund.

Tournament entry includes a round of golf with cart, tee prizes, and food and beverages on course. Early Bird pricing is $275 per player and $1,000 per foursome. Registration and details to follow.
Faith study group
Please join us for our first ever faith study group. All are welcome, including your friends and family members. Our first meeting is this Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 PM.
As we navigate our daily life and sometimes challenging times, we can lose sight of our faith as our anchor. Lent provides us a beautiful opportunity to carve out important time for reflection. 
As a guide for our discussion, we've selected “Let us Dream: The Path to a Better Future" by Pope Francis. "In this uplifting and practical book, the preeminent spiritual leader explains why we must—and how we can—make the world safer, fairer, and healthier for all people now." Sign up to join
Drive Thru Crab Feed orders now open

We are maintaining this fun annual tradition despite extraordinary circumstances. Meal pick up will be on campus on Saturday, March 6. All food will be prepared, packaged, and delivered to your car in strict compliance with all COVID-19 safety measures and guidelines. Bring your feast home for the family to enjoy! 

Place your order! $60 per meal includes succulent crab, famous tri-tip, penne with marinara sauce, Caesar salad, and a dinner roll. There will also be an option for tri-tip only. All orders must be placed by February 26.

Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will assist in funding activities for the graduating class of 2021 as well as various activities that support all students and staff throughout the year.

This talk with futurist and Stanford Design School Fellow will cover real world stories of how voice bots like Siri and Alexa are shaping our society, and how some are left out of the conversation.

Calling all Creatives

Check out the Cougar Tales literary and art magazine! Thank you to students Rena Bernardino, Mia Brinker, Amber Capinpin, and Branna Sundy for contributing! If you would like to submit your creative work (it can be anything!) to the next edition of Cougar Tales, please email Branna Sundy '22.
College & Career Updates

Each week, your College & Career counselors will share updates for students and families about upcoming opportunities for your road to college. In this week's edition, here are some of the highlights:
Seniors: If you have not completed your FAFSA, please click here. For help on how to start, contact Mrs. San Miguel.

The National Catholic College Admission Association (CCAA) Scholarship is offered to college-bound high school seniors attending a CCAA institutions. Winners are selected by a random drawing. Apply by April 1.

If interested in attending DVC, you must attend the DVC Application workshop (Feb 22, 1:30 PM) and Assessment workshop (March 1, 1:30 PM). Zoom Links will be posted on Schoology and emailed to families.

Juniors: Carondelet will offer an official SAT on Tuesday, April 27. Please complete this form by Friday, February 19 to express your interest in taking the exam. An official registration form will be sent in the upcoming weeks..

FreshmenThis is a reminder to complete your Course Advising Form and schedule a Zoom course advising meeting with your College Counselor Feb. 24 - March 10.

ALL: Learn about the SAT and ACT Thursday, February 18, 5:00 PM. Understand the differences between the tests, how to decide which one is better for your child, when to take them, how to prepare for them, and more. RSVP required.
Cougar Athletics Update
Season Updates 

The CIF has released new cohort guidelines for athletes playing high school and club sports. For any questions or clarification please reach out to Cat Arroyo.

Our athletics Fan Wear ordering deadline is February 22. This is fan apparel and is open for all to purchase in order to support your favorite team or teams! Order your fan gear!

Tryout Schedules 

Student athletes must be registered on Home Campus. If an athlete does not have a valid physical on file or is not cleared, they will not be allowed to participate. If you have any questions about registration please reach out to Jessica Rollins.

Cohorts for softball and lacrosse will begin the week of February 22nd. These cohorts are not tryouts, but we will continue to run these incase we are not in the red tier by the March 1 start date.  

Tuesday & Thursday: 3:45 - 5:15pm 

Monday & Wednesday: 3:45 - 5:15pm 

Register here if you are interested in participating in lacrosse or softball.
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Student Wellness
Carondelet values student social emotional health at its highest level and this can be seen in its clear support of our counseling department. As Wellness Counselors your daughters mental health and well-being is at the forefront of what we do. Learn about on campus wellness resources.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24, but it is preventable. We encourage families to keep the lines of communication open around this important topic, and to engage in regular conversation regarding mental health and well being. 

RISE week centers on Respect, Inclusion, Solidarity, and Empowerment toward women as well as a call to stop violence against women. We have resources available in person and online for those who may be experiencing violence or harm.

Wellness counselors are available to support students and families in navigating these issues and developing strategies that foster social emotional health. Please reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or are in need of any referrals.

Suicide and Crisis: 1-800-833-2900

Attendance Reminders

If a student will miss class, for any reason, a parent/guardian must notify Ms. Malisa in the Attendance Office as soon as possible. Additionally, if a hybrid student will be absent from school, but intends on participating online, a parent/guardian must also notify Ms. Malisa. Missing class and/or being physically absent from school without parent/guardian notification may result in an unexcused absence. After any medical appointment, please email a photo of the school excuse note or appointment verification notice.

Email is the preferred method of communication with Ms. Malisa ( She can also be reached via the Attendance Hotline at (925) 686-5353 ext. 359. In addition to notifying Ms. Malisa, students are always expected to directly connect with their teachers.
Perfect Valentine's Day Presents

Get comfy and stay warm this Valentine's day with favorites from our Carondelet School Store
All expired scratch-off ticket codes have been extended through the end of February. 
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