Community e-News l 2.7.21
Warmer weather at the end of last week meant we could take advantage of our beautiful campus and hold classes outside.
The week ahead...

Sun. Feb. 7
RISE week - All week we RISE for respect, inclusion, solidarity, and empowerment of all women. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear pink. 

Mon. Feb. 8
1/2/3/7 (G1) l 8:15 AM start
Golf and Tennis Tryouts begin (details below)

Tues. Feb. 9
4/5/6/0 (G1) l 8:15 AM start
RISE: We dance to Break the Chain of violence against women

Wed. Feb. 10
1/2/3/7 (G2) l 8:15 AM start

Thu. Feb. 11
4/5/6/0 (G2) l 8:15 AM start
RISE: We dance to Break the Chain of violence against women

Fri. Feb. 12
No classes - Professional Development Day

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COVID & Hybrid Update

A Message from the Principal

As we complete another week in our hybrid environment, we are thrilled to have some of our sports programs beginning to practice and gearing up for competitions. It is also good to see some of the metrics moving down in terms of hospitalizations, case positivity rates and cases per day in the county.

That said, we also saw more positive case activity this week from after-school interactions. We have to stay vigilant and practice the safety protocols in place even though we are all tired. We will be in restrictive tiers through much of the spring semester, and I know it sounds redundant, but masking and distancing is working. We just have to get used to this as part of our daily life for the time being. This has been a long haul, and there is certainly light at the end of the tunnel, but we are still in that tunnel.

We had four positive cases due to off-campus activity with upperclasswomen over the past week and a half. Please talk to your students about being diligent about wearing a mask, washing their hands, not riding in others’ cars, and keeping their distance with those outside their immediate household so we can continue to keep campus open as these new COVID-19 strains become more virulent. Sign up for upcoming on-campus COVID-19 testing.

Starting this week, all students must be seated or standing next to a chair or desk (one person per chair) during morning and afternoon breaks in addition to lunch. This strategy has worked well for us, and we think that it will help to maintain safety during both breaks and lunches when students are eating and drinking.

Continued thanks to the students, faculty, staff, and families for your perseverance, faith, and courage this school year. This has been an amazing community effort, and we should all be proud of what we are accomplishing.

Kevin Cushing 
Principal
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

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.
Student Life Updates
Black History Month
Throughout the Month of February, we will be celebrating Black History Month in a variety of ways. Our Black Student Union is updating their Instagram daily with new content to celebrate and is also planning their bi-annual Black Student Union Assembly to take place during the Flex Days of Feb. 24 and March 3

We will also be featuring artwork throughout campus for all students, faculty, and staff to enjoy! 
RISE Week: Feb 8-11
The week of February 8-11th is the 9th annual RISE week. RISE stands for Respect, Inclusion, Solidarity, and Empowerment. 

On Monday and Wednesday, we will be hosting Kahoot in grade level zones at lunch. On Tuesday and Thursday, we will be "Breaking the Chain," by dancing outside in solidarity throughout campus. Students will also be invited to their grade level zones to enjoy class council sponsored activities.

Ven a Ver Salinas - Applications due Tuesday
Apply and learn more about the Ven a Ver Salinas exploratory. Applications due Feb. 9th. Contact Ms. Miranda, Campus Minister for Community Service and Social Advocacy with any questions.

Ven a Ver Salinas is a virtual immersion experience in which we will explore issues farmworkers face locally and globally. We will have three sessions (2/24, 3/3, 3/11), each one focusing on a different theme: climate disasters, migration, and youth farmworkers. Freshman and Sophomores may apply. 

Ash Wednesday
The beginning of Lent is fast approaching. While we cannot gather and distribute ashes this year in observance of Ash Wednesday, we encourage students to attend liturgy and receive ashes at their parish on Wednesday, Feb. 17. There will also be a special morning prayer video that day. Before Ash Wednesday, students will watch a video by Spiritual Life Council to help prepare us for the observance of this important day and give students information about local parish celebrations. The video will be shared on Wed., Feb. 10 and Tues., Feb. 16.

Journey Retreat
All seven Journey Retreats are now full, so Campus Ministry has opened up an additional date! The new retreat, Journey+ (plus), is scheduled for March 28- 30. In order to secure our facility, we need to fill this retreat by next week. Please do not hesitate to register today by completing the Journey Retreat Registration form. Once Journey+ is full, the form will be disabled.

Please note: this retreat takes place at the beginning of Holy Week (Sunday - Tuesday) and that Easter Break begins on Wednesday, March 31. Attending this retreat means students will need to complete make-up work during the first few days of Break.
Coming Up
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.
Speaker Series


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 communities are left out of the conversation.

Participants will be engaged in issues related to race, gender, and ability in the creation of emerging technologies like AI and machine learning, and consider how K-12 communities can fight oppressive design practices to advance social justice.
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 are interested in attending DVC next year, plan to attend an Enrollment Workshop on Thursday, February 11 or Wednesday, February 17. Registration is required.
  • Juniors: If you missed the College presentation during Flex Day this week, please make sure to watch a video recording of the event.
  • SophomoresThis is a reminder to complete your Course Advising Form and schedule a Zoom course advising meeting with your College Counselor bewteen Feb. 5-19.
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.
Cougar Athletics Update
Season Updates 

As sport seasons start back, students participating in athletics at Carondelet High School must be in compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines to be eligible.

If you missed the athletics town hall on February 3rd, you can watch and read a summary of the presentation.
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.

Golf: Monday 2/8 - Thursday 2/11 
Monday 2/8 tee times: 3:15 PM, 3:22 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:37 PM
Tuesday 2/9 tee times: 3:00 PM, 3:07 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:22 PM 
Wednesday (flex day) 2/10 tee times: 11:30 AM, 11:37 AM, 11:45 AM, 11:52 AM
Thursday 2/11 tee times: 3:15 PM, 3:22 PM, 3:30 PM, 3:37 PM
Coach Rick will reach out with your designated tee time and foursome.  
*All tryouts are 9 holes located at Diablo Hills Golf Course*
For any questions please reach out to Coach Rick

Tennis: Monday 2/8 - Thursday 2/11 at 3:45 - 6:00 PM 
Tryouts will be divided into groups to provide social distancing. The athletics department will reach out to you with your designated times.  
*All tryouts will be located at the Carondelet Athletic Complex* 
For any questions, please reach out to Cat Arroyo 
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Happening Now
Harnessing the Power of Film
Veteran cultural strategist Sonya Childress reflects on her twenty-year career in impact production, and shares lessons in the catalytic power of documentary film. Full video and recap coming this week!
Investigate like a CHS Student
Carondelet students are splitting up and looking for clues in this hands on lab. They are tagging and bagging evidence to figure out "who done it" in this collaborative science lab. 

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, something you don’t often find in the landscape of high schools across the country. As Wellness Counselors your daughters mental health and well-being is at the forefront of what we do. Learn about on campus wellness resources.

These are especially difficult times and careful attention to everyone’s mental health continues to be a priority. 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. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24. Suicide is preventable, and talking about it is our best defense. Our communities have been impacted by both past and present loss.

Suicide and Crisis: 1-800-833-2900

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.

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 (mmeemari@carondeleths.org). 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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