Community e-News l 1.17.21
Welcome back! We are so excited to have students back on campus this week!

Please note that this week is a four day week as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. Since it is a four day week, Wednesday is not a Flex Day. G1 hybrid students come to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. G2 students come to campus on Thursday and Friday.
The week ahead...

Mon. Jan. 18
School Holiday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tues. Jan. 19
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (G1 on campus)
Road to College l Sophomores and Juniors l 6:30-8:45 l Virtual

Wed. Jan. 20
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (G1 on campus)
Deadline for Juniors to sign up for the PSAT

Thu. Jan. 21
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (G2 on campus)
Class of 2021 virtual Town Hall with Student Life | 6:30 PM | Register

Fri. Jan. 22
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (G2 on campus)


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Innovators@Carondelet presents Sonya Childress, Online Speaker
Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:00 PM

Art is a powerful tool to change hearts and minds, and there are few art forms as powerful as film. Veteran cultural strategist, Sonya Childress, will reflect on her twenty-year career as a social impact producer and share lessons about the catalytic power of documentary film to spark change in beliefs, actions, relationships, and institutions.

Sonya's presentation will be followed by moderated Q&A.
Important Student Life Updates
 
Welcome back! We are so excited to have students back on campus this week!

Please note that this week is a four day week as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. Since it is a four day week, Wednesday is not a Flex day. G1 hybrid students come to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday. G2 students come to campus on Thursday and Friday.

We will begin our Class Spotlight programming on Wednesday, February 3 for freshmen and seniors. Information on this Spotlight will be communicated soon.

Picture Day for distance learners and make-ups
On Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 1:30-4:00 PM, our photography vendor, Creative Imaging, will be on campus taking photo IDs for Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. Distance learners who wish to take their ID card photo can come in as well. 

Senior ID Cards are in
This year, Senior Portraits were used for ID Cards, and they are finally ready to be picked up. Distance and Hybrid Students can go to Ms. Malisa’s office to pick up their ID Card.

Class of 2021 Town Hall
Thu. Jan. 21 at 6:30 PM
On Thursday, Jan. 21, the Student Life Department will hold a town hall for the Class of 2021 families. At this town hall we will update everyone on this spring’s senior events and celebrations. The town hall will also be recorded and posted on the website for all who are unable to attend.
Seniors ~ Have You Signed up for the Journey Retreat?
Our Senior Retreat, Journey, is a huge success and students are coming back from the experience with a new depth of faith and friendship. Please note: There’s still time to register for JOURNEY. If your student has not yet registered, please assist her in signing up ASAP. Your student may not get to attend if you wait any longer. Because of COVID protocols, we need to plan these retreats with precise and stable registration numbers, which makes last-minute registration and/or cancelation within one month of the retreat date problematic. It only takes 2-3 minutes to register!
Is your Junior signed up to take the PSAT?
 
Who: Juniors, Class of 2022
What: PSAT
When: Tuesday, January 26 (roughly 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Where: Carondelet Campus (test will be in assigned classes in very small groups to ensure that proper social distancing is respected at all times)

You do not have to be signed up for hybrid to take the test. Group 3 students are welcome to sign up.

This test is an important step in the college process. It provides access to scholarships and gives you a unique opportunity for a practice run so we hope that you will be able to participate.

Sign up for the PSAT! The deadline is this Wednesday, Jan. 20.
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 at tmeehan@carondeleths.org with any questions.
Lunch service on hold during Hybrid

Epicurean has informed us that lunch service demand has not been sustainable enough for their business during hybrid. They did inform us that they will return when we are able to be 100% back on campus. All students should plan to bring their own lunch and snacks to campus starting next week.
Reserve a spot on the Morning Shuttle!

Taking reservations for the shuttle service. Reserve your student's spot for when the shuttle service resumes. The shuttle will run M-T-Th-F. Due to COVID regulations and guidelines the bus company will only allow 14 passengers on the bus at any given time and all passengers must wear a mask at all times when riding the bus. The shuttle makes three stops along the route for communal pick-ups - in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Danville - before arriving on campus. View the schedule details on the Transportation webpage.  

If you would like to reserve your daughter's spot on the morning shuttle, please fill out the reservation form. First come, first serve! Cost is $500 for the semester or $125 per month. Contact Diane Milano with questions.
Seeking Conference Room Furniture
Seeking: mobile tables or chairs in black or white
Carondelet is looking to furnish a conference room with matching black or white mobile tables, up to 20, and matching stackable or rolling chairs with approximate measurements of 2' 4.5" H, 5' W, 2' D. We want to be able to move the tables for small to large meeting formats while easily storing those not needed. With the recent evolution of office space usage due to the pandemic, we thought there may be a community member looking to donate such items for a tax-deductible donation. If you know of anyone, please send pictures to Terri Meehan at tmeehan@carondeleths.org.
Cougar Athletics Update
New seasons of sport
Our athletics staff has been working closely with EBAL schools in preparation for guidelines from CIF and NCS to start seasons of sport. EBAL has been cleared to create seasons of sport based upon tier guidelines provided by county health departments. Details can be found in the resources below.

We have created a tentative plan for our athletes to return to play and will, of course, be sending out more detailed information as we work with NCS on finalizing our league plan. Our primary goal is to create as many playing opportunities as we possibly can for all our athletic teams and that we are working on creating as viable an offering as we can. When tryout information is set, it will be posted on Schoology first, and later announced in this weekly e-newsletter, and posted to the Athletics webpage.

Below are the updates that have been issued by our league and section. Both entities have agreed to adjust the seasons of sport to mirror what is allowable within the state's COVID color-based tier system. The goal of both NCS and EBAL is to get the student-athletes back to playing safely. There will not be any postseason play for any sports. 


Sport-specific camps/cohorts
Sport specific camps are on hold until we have more direction from the CIF/NCS offices.  

Dance and Cheer start seasons
We are excited to announce our Dance and Sideline Cheer teams will be starting their limited seasons within the County Health Department guidelines the week of January 18. They will be working towards competing in season ending virtual competitions. Please note that due to low ridership for the morning shuttle, we have had to place the shuttle to the CAC on hold for now. We will let you know when it is available again. If you have any other questions, please reach out directly to your specific coach.
This Week's CougarLight 

We are highlighting soccer Alumna Kaylie Collins as our CougarLight this week. Kaylie was drafted by the Orlando Pride in the 2021 NWSL Draft. Kaylie is currently finishing up at USC and will head to Orlando to start training with the Pride. Congratulations Kaylie! Your Carondelet family is so proud of all you have accomplished and are looking forward to watching you dominate the NWSL. Check out this News Release on Kaylie and our Instagram @carondeletcougars or Twitter feed @go_carondelet to find out more about Kaylie!

Follow @Go_Carondelet on Twitter l @CarondeletCougars on Instagram l @CougarAthletics on Facebook for the latest Cougar Athletics news!
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:
  • Sophomore and Junior Families: Attend Road to College (virtually) on January 19 from 6:30-8:45 PM. Zoom links have been provided via email and Schoology. 
  • Juniors: On January 26, CHS will be offering the PSAT. The PSAT is a practice SAT and also is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Make sure to sign up for this test by January 20
  • Juniors: Make sure to complete your Course Advising Form and schedule a Zoom meeting with your College Counselor, Jan. 19-Feb. 2.
  • Join Sustainable Leaders in Action for their second Climate Careers Chat on Thursday, January 28th at 5:30 PM. This youth-produced live interactive panel will feature two professionals in sustainability and conservation who will share their education and career pathways. Register today!
  • Junior Achievement and John Muir Health are hosting the Young Healers Career Speaker Series, a monthly healthcare career speaker series. The next session is January 20, 3:00-4:00 PM. Registration is required. 
  • Seniors: The Professional BusinessWomen of California (PBWC) Scholarship is still accepting applications from graduating seniors. Amount: up to $15,000 each. Deadline: January 31, 2021. A list of scholarships for California seniors is available on ScholarsApp
  • Seniors: Attend the virtual Black College Expo, February 19 and 20. Students can get accepted on the spot, college application fees waived, and receive scholarships.
  • Interested in volunteering? Check out this new website, TeensVolunteer, created by Berkeley High School students.
  • College Board is hosting their first-ever series of virtual college fairs called BigFuture Days in February and March. This is a great way to learn more about an array of different colleges.
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.
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