Community e-News l 2.28.21
Senior Spirit
"Who's the Class that's tons of fun? They're the class of 2021!"
We celebrated seniors on Tuesday and Friday by wearing blue and giving out specially-made 2021 cookies.
The week ahead...

Mon. March 1
1/2/3/7 (G1) l 8:15 AM start
Lacrosse Tryouts begin | 3:45 - 5:15 PM (through Friday)
Rugby Tryouts begin | 3:45 - 5:15 PM (and Thursday)

Tues. March 2
4/5/6/0 (G1) l 8:15 AM start

Wed. March 3
'22 & '23 Class Spotlight | 8:15 - 11:00 AM
On-campus COVID test - registration required

Thu. March 4
1/2/3/7 (G2) l 8:15 AM start

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

Sat. March 6


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COVID & Hybrid Update

An update from the Principal
We are awaiting results on our latest round of testing but have had zero reports of new COVID-19 cases this week. We will have weekly testing on campus moving forward, and this Wednesday’s date is open to all in the community, including family members. 

Our student-athletes need to be tested weekly, so they all should be signing up or getting a test via our on-campus testing, county health, or your insurance provider. It is exciting to see our athletes begin to compete, but this also creates the need for the extra layer of protection that testing provides. We are working within guidelines tied to each athletic team and the season of the sport. We will continue updating based on new guidance that we receive.

I also want everyone to know that we are in the process of planning for next year in collaboration with De La Salle. While we do not know what type of restrictions and guidelines we'll encounter, we are proactively planning for next year. A key component of these plans is the understanding that our students have missed over an entire year of “normal” high school life. We are building in time to capture and recapture some of the things that are best experienced in a face-to-face environment in multiple areas of school life. We are also planning for our amazing Class of 2021 celebrations as we move into spring. We are committed to getting everyone safely back on campus as soon as we can. 

As we move forward together, I want to reiterate how thankful we are for the support from the entire community. We have been able to provide innumerable experiences for our young women that most other schools haven’t, and we will continue to explore and create as much as we can for them.

Kevin Cushing 
Principal
Weekly COVID Testing on-campus
The next upcoming test date is Wed. March 4 and testing will be available weekly through the rest of semester. Appointments are required.
Valedictorian: Lauren Rivera '21

Lauren Rivera was named Valedictorian for the class of 2021, Principal Kevin Cushing announced to the school this week. 

Lauren's extracurricular accomplishments include founding Adopt-a-Doll benefiting children facing tremendous hardship, joining a national teen advisory group with Food Allergy Research Education, and is class president of the National Charity League, Vista Oak. Within our campus community, she is an officer of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, member of Carondelet Ventures, and student-athlete on the Cross Country team.

Congratulations, Lauren! We look forward to hearing your speech at Graduation on Saturday, May 22.

The initial 11 candidates for Valedictorian are selected by virtue of being in the top 5% of the class academically. Ultimately, the Valedictorian selection is holistic, focusing on activities and accomplishments throughout high school, as well as how the student embodies Carondelet's mission. 
Student Life Updates
Class Spotlights
Sophomores and Juniors - Wed. March 3, 8:15-11:00 AM
We are continuing our DREAM Inclusive Community Conversations at this week’s class Spotlight. As the world looks to and hopes for a return to a more regular school, work, and social life, it is a perfect time for our student community to reflect and talk about who we are, who we aspire to be. It's also a chance for the community to celebrate our supportive and nurturing community and identify how we can continue to create a space where everyone feels that they belong. DREAM stands for Design, Reflect, Extend, Aspire, and Mobilize. 

Hybrid students from both ‘22 and ‘23 classes will be on campus in the morning and should bring their iPads. Students who are at home will participate on Zoom. The day begins by inviting all Spotlight students to reflect on our Carondelet community and Sisterhood. Students will have the opportunity to share feedback on the student experience. Then, the Spotlight ends with a Black History Month presentation prepared by the Black Student Union. This year’s theme for the Black Student Union presentation is “Reflections on Black Excellence.”    

Instructions: Students coming to campus should bring their iPads. Students at home will also be expected to participate on Zoom. Classroom locations and Zoom links will be communicated on Schoology.

Upcoming Class Spotlights
Our next class Spotlight opportunities are in April and May. Information will be shared before Easter Break. Please review the School Calendar for upcoming events.
Deans & Attendance:
A message about the "Assassins" game
Each spring, many high school seniors from around the Bay Area participate in a highly involved tag game called “Assassin.” In past years, this game has been played by seniors at Carondelet and De La Salle although it is not sanctioned, supported, or approved by either school.  

The game involves teams of seniors who are assigned “targets” they have to “assassinate” using toy Nerf-type guns that fire foam darts. After several rounds, often taking weeks, the winner is the last person or team standing. According to past rules that we are familiar with, the game cannot be played on either campus or during school hours. There are other rules regarding times and locations subjects may be fired at, as well as rules concerning the type of toy weapon used. Each year the details of the game can vary, but the intent remains the same. 

We urge our students to consider how their actions and behavior related to this game can be interpreted by community members who see students with potentially dangerous weapons, often chasing each other, and surprising their “targets” in public or in their neighborhoods. Non-participants can feel frightened or threatened as only participants are aware that the behavior is part of a game. We do not want the safety of our students, or the safety of those in the greater community, to be compromised during this annual tradition. We encourage parents to speak with their children to ensure that they are not compromising common sense and care for the thrill of the game.
Happening Now
Black Excellence assembly
This week, the Black Student Union hosted their “Reflections on Black Excellence” assembly. Students and staff shared personal stories and reflections on Black goodness, beauty, and truth. It was a beautiful and insightful way to celebrate Black History Month and the excellence of Black people, girls and women everywhere, and all people.
French exploration
In celebration of Black History Month, French 3 classes explored the artistic and social legacies of great African-American artists, many of whom escaped segregation, discrimination, and violence by relocating to France. In Paris, they found solace and inspiration. Students virtually visited Josephine Baker, Loïs Mailou Jones, and James Baldwin’s favorite neighborhoods, cafes, gardens, and clubs where they honed their art. 
Hackathon
A Hackathon is where crazy ideas become a reality. Carondelet is where incredible students go to nurture those crazy ideas. How students from across the school came together to answer important questions.
Senior Spirit
Who's the class that's tons of fun? It's the class of 20-21! This was the first of a few upcoming Senior Spirit days where we showed the seniors some extra love. Sweet Affair Bakery donated these sweet senior cookies to make the day delicious!
Carondelet Giving Day - March 16
We invite you to participate in our 24-hour campaign to support our students in a special way. For the first time, we will be hosting a phone-a-thon to encourage fellow parents, alumnae, friends, everyone! – to participate in this exciting event. Parents, you’re invited to join us with your daughters! Students can sign up on MobileServe and receive service hours. It’s a fantastic opportunity to come together as a community supporting the programs that set Carondelet apart. Shifts available on March 15 and 16 from 4-8 PM. Sign up now!

This year we have many generous donors that are offering $1 match for every $1 donated, so all gifts will have 2x the impact! Our goal is 350+ donors, and the class with the highest participation will get a pizza celebration.

Too excited to wait? Make your early bird gift now and be counted towards our goal of 350 donors. Give $50+ and we'll send you a Carondelet branded face mask!
Coming Up
Swing into Spring
Registration open

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. Registration and details to come in an email tomorrow.
Thu, Mar 18, 2021 7:00 PM PST
Ariam Mogos: Voices of the Future (Webinar)
Innovators@Carondelet
Thursday March 18, 7 PM

This talk with futurist and Stanford Design School Fellow covers real-world stories of how voice bots like Siri and Alexa are shaping our society. It will explore how race, gender, and ability impact the creation of emerging technologies like AI and machine learning. RSVP for this free webinar.
Camp Carondelet
Coed summer camp for 3rd-8th graders

We’re excited to announce registration is now open for Camp Carondelet for summer 2021! Your younger kids, nieces, nephews, or friends will love this camp with a balance of creative learning and outdoor play across our two campuses.

Register by March 12 to lock in a discounted rate of $400 for any of our June and July sessions.
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:
All Grades: Collegewise will be hosting a webinar series for Carondelet and De La Salle families. Workshop days, times, and topics are available on the flyer on the website. These webinars are open to any grade level. Registration is required.

Juniors: Carondelet will offer an official SAT test Tuesday, April 27 on campus. The fee is $54. If you are eligible for a discount, you have been sent a separate email with the Discount Code. Registration will close 8 AM on March 5. Register and pay for the SAT.

Juniors: College Preview Night will be held via Zoom on April 21 at 6:30 PM. Learn about the different admissions processes, how decisions are made, and review sample applications. Details will be emailed to families closer to the date.

Freshmen: This is a reminder to complete your Course Advising Form and schedule a Zoom course advising meeting with your College Counselor now through March 10.
 
Season Updates 
According to the CDPH, all in-season athletes and coaches must submit a negative COVID test, once every 14 days for purple tier sports (tennis, golf, swim, and dive) and once weekly for red tier sports (softball and lacrosse). High contact sports must test 24hrs from each competition.

Carondelet will host testing every school week for the rest of the semester. SIGN UP HERE
Dates are subject to change. 3/10 & 3/17 are only open to CHS students, faculty, staff, and coaches, not open to families.

Tryouts
Student-athletes must be registered on athleticclearance.com. If an athlete does not have a valid physical on file or is not cleared, they will not participate. Reach out to Jessica Rollins with any registration questions.

Lacrosse: March 1-5
Monday - Friday: 3:45 - 5:15 PM

Rugby: March 1 and 4
Monday and Thursday: 3:45 - 5:15 PM

Dates are subject to change. Any changes will be posted on Schoology or the school website. 
The Week Ahead

3/2 I Tennis Match vs. Dougherty Valley I @ CAC I 4 PM

3/3 I Swim Meet vs. Dougherty Valley I @ De La Salle 4 PM

3/4 I Golf Match vs. Monte Vista I 3 PM

Last Week Recap

2/23 I Tennis Varsity lost to SRV 2-7. Tennis JV lost to SRV 0-9. 

2/23 I Golf lost to Amador Valley 183-203. 

2/27 Cross Country Varsity placed 3rd with a score of 76, falling to Monte Vista and Dougherty Valley. JV placed 2nd with a score of 44, falling to Monte Vista.
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