Community e-News l 5.31.20
Ashima Dhawan waves at the Senior Parade; Photo: Santiago Mejia/The Chronicle

SF Chronicle features our Senior Parade in its roundup of " high school seniors  throughout the Bay Area (who) find themselves navigating a swirl of emotions as they finish a final semester unlike anything they imagined."
This is the last week e-News for the school year. We will send occasional mid-summer updates as needed. Blessings to you and your family for a relaxing, safe, memorable summer season.

Graduates and Families, You will receive important messages from the school, including about Graduation, from this account. Please do not unsubscribe . We ask you to stay subscribed so we can be in touch.

Be sure to follow Carondelet on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter as we share stories about students, classes, and activities beyond the school all summer long.
Standing up for Our Dear Neighbor

As the Sisters of St. Joseph's recently posted, "Even when we say all the right things," we must remember that change happens slowly.

"Most people take small steps and don't change their belief systems overnight. But that doesn't diminish the purpose of speaking out."

We pray for George Floyd's family and friends. We pray for our nation that discourse is civil and creates needed discussion and unity rather than further hostile division and lost lives.

Our Carondelet community is committed to justice. Hate, racism, and bias treatment are not okay in our community, our nation, our world. Speaking out and protesting in a peaceful and non-violent manner should be the path to follow with safety and care in mind.

Go forth with heart, faith, and courage to serve the needs of the times today.
A message from Principal Kevin Cushing:

Dear Carondelet Families,

After holding a moving and special parade for the seniors in the Class of 2020, we are actively continuing to plan our Graduation weekend for August 1-2. This special group of young women has shown so much perseverance and grace in the face of the fallout from this virus, and we want to provide them the celebrations and cherished traditions they have earned during their four wonderful years with us. We will have more information as we progress through the summer.
 
I also wanted to share an update with our proactive planning for the summer and beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
 
As I stated in the message sent out on April 30, we fully intend to begin classes on campus in August, following the current calendar we have in place.  
 
We are actively working with De La Salle on different bell schedule options based on the possibility of having a restricted number of students on campus at a time. We are hopeful to have more specifics in place by late June, and our planning absolutely involves our students' return to campus.
 
We are also reviewing our extracurricular events, including athletics, campus ministry activities, liturgies, student government, clubs, etc. and how we can continue those safely in a face-to-face format. These may involve a combination of partial virtual and smaller gatherings. We are preparing for the possibility of moving some of these events to spring, but it is our intention to keep in place all of those wonderful, community-building opportunities that make Carondelet so unique and special.

As we work through these scenarios we will keep you updated, and remember that August, September, and October do not comprise the entire school year, nor do they encompass your daughter's four-year experience at our school.
 
We know that our online offerings have created clear and tangible learning outcomes, allowing us to provide accurate and realistic assessments of student learning for each subject area and class as reflected in the grades students have earned. We also know that as well as we have done, this is not an optimal environment for students nor faculty, and we will continue to work on options that create that very real, human connection that takes place in our on-campus learning environments.
 
We are moving forward with our summer camps and sports clinics for middle school and elementary aged students. And our math summer program will be in place for rising sophomores and juniors and will include on-campus meetings in smaller groups spread out over different time periods, which actually is ideal for this specific program.

Know that as we receive new guidelines that allow us to gather, we will create safe environments that will emphasize social distancing and use of hygienic techniques, and will also allow us to gather together to experience Carondelet in an on-campus environment.
 
Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and thanks for your recognition of what we have been able to do with our online learning platform. Know that we are working diligently as we prepare for the beginning of our next school year.

Best to all,

Kevin Cushing
Principal
Yearbooks, Locker Items, Library Books

Our 2019-20 yearbooks are scheduled to arrive on campus in late June. We will be closely monitoring county health orders and re-openings throughout the summer with the hope of scheduling a day to pick up yearbooks, items left in student lockers, and to return library books and textbooks . We will update students and families as soon as we have more information to provide. If you have any questions, please reach out to Caitlin Main , Dean of Students. 
Academic Calendar 2020-21

The 2020-21 Academic Calendar is available online. Some of the dates may change based on state and county mandates and guidance. All changes will be communicated by email.

Key start of the year dates as currently scheduled:
  • Mon. Aug. 10 - Frosh. & Soph. Orientation
  • Tue. Aug. 11 - Jr. & Sr. Orientation
  • Wed. Aug. 12 - First Semester begins
Math Summer Session

Get ahead on your math coursework this summer with our teachers! '22 and '23 students may sign up to complete topics in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry and can complete up to 8 topics during the summer. Most of the coursework will be completed at home with some in-person testing.  Summer School Registration is now open.
College Chat on KTVU

Alexia Martinez '21 joined a panel of HS juniors talking about their college search with KTVU Fox 2 News. She gave a special shoutout to our upcoming virtual College Kickstart this week! Watch the full interview on Facebook.
PowerSchool Portal reopens June 4

As you may know, PowerSchool Portal closed Tuesday, May 26 and will reopen on Thursday, June 4 after the final semester grades have been stored. The portal closes the last week of each semester to allow for the final grading and storing of grades without interruption. Any questions and concerns about semester grades can be discussed with teachers directly. Please contact Katie Almonte with any questions or concerns you may have about accessing PowerSchool.
Serving Community Needs

We recognize that many of you may be feeling a desire to do more and help the especially vulnerable populations during this time of uncertainty. We are working with several organizations who are serving those most affected. Please view the opportunities on our Community Service webpage , if you are able and desire, please sign up to help.
College & Career Updates

Class of 2020
For our departing seniors who will be attending DVC or another California Community College in the fall, we want to highlight Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) . EOPS is a state- and college-funded support program available at all California community colleges, designed to assist students facing economic and educational disadvantages, to help achieve their educational and career aspirations.

EOPS services and support provided are above and beyond those offered by the college to eligible students and can include free money for books, priority registration, tutoring, UC/CSU application fee waivers, educational planning, dedicated counselors and workshops. EOPS is now accepting applications for Fall ‘20. There will be an information session next month for those who would like to learn more about the program.
 
To all our Seniors , we are so very proud that you are valiantly moving in the direction of your dreams. It has been an honor and a privilege to get to know you and to help you along with this next chapter of your life. A dream will test your resolve. A real dream will power you through the obstacles you may encounter. Believe in yourself and know that sometimes things might not go your way. "Take every knock as a boost and every stumbling block as a stepping stone." This moment is teaching all of us to use our imagination and innovation to help create a better future. We are excited about your future! We know you will help make it wonderful. ~ Your College & Career Team

Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023
This week, the UC system announced historic changes to its standardized testing policy, suspending a required ACT/SAT test for applicants. Learn more about the decision. 
Journee Harvey has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of California, Irvine to run track!

Journee has been a four year varsity athlete as a member of the Track team and the Dance team.

We know she will do amazing things down South and her contagious smile and electric personality will be sorely missed next year along with what she brings to the track, classroom, and dance team!
Follow   @carondeletcougars on Instagram to continue your journey of maintaining your healthy mind, body, and soul!
Last Chance: Photo Request

What does your daughter’s online learning setup at home look like? We’re collecting photos of students with their computer or iPad during this phase of Online Learning.

Please send a photo of your daughter in her workspace to Bryan Navarro , Director of Digital Media , or as a message on Carondelet's Instagram or Facebook Submitted photos may be published in stories on our website, social media, and in the Carondeletter .
Website Survey

Earlier this year we redesigned our school website, CarondeletHS.org. To help us understand what you think of the new website and how it's working for you now.  Families, students, alumnae, and friends are all welcome to offer their feedback!

Please take 1-2 minutes to fill out this  brief website survey !
Staying Connected through Prayer
Daily Prayer for Thursday, May 28

Good Morning, everyone!

Congrats on finishing your last day of school! Here is a prayer for the summer:

Take time to claim your strength; they are gifts of God.
Take time to have fun; it's God's way of teaching you your strengths.
Take time to grow yourself; only you can grow you.
Take time to trust yourself; God trusts you.
Take time to be self-reliant; it is better than being dependent.
Take time to share with others; they will bless you, and you will bless them.
Take time to have hope, you are a child of God.

Let's put ourselves into the hands of the Lord, and pray that God will bless us and our families during the wonderful months of summer. May we all help make our home a place of relaxation, joy, love, peace, and safety. May we be generous and considerate, not thinking only about ourselves, but helping others enjoy the blessings of summertime. Lord God, Creator of all things, guide our steps and strengthen our hearts, during these months of summer and vacation days. Grant us refreshment of mind and body. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Joseph... Pray for us, God is my light.

In the name of The Creator, The Redeemer, and of The Sustainer. Amen.

Have a great morning and be love in someone's life today!  
Wellness Resources

Student Wellness counselors, Stacie Besagno and Sarah Alpert, have collected wellness resources for teenagers and families t o support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together . View the articles and videos on the Student Wellness webpage .
Free Ebooks and Audiobooks

Carondelet students have access to digital books through Sora, the student reading app, which provides free 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks . What better way to engage your student’s mind than through reading? Get access to Sora's online books !
Morning Shuttle RSVP for Fall 2020

The morning shuttle RSVP for fall 2020 is now available on the Shuttle page on our website. Bus reservations are first come, first serve, and if families are interested in the bus for this fall they should sign up now . The complete registration and payment for the services will come closer to the start of the fall semester.
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 .
Camp Carondelet & Sports Clinics Update

At this time, we are still planning to run four sessions of Camp Carondelet throughout the months of June and July and are still accepting registrations. Our no-risk financial policy guarantees families a full refund if a camp session is canceled for any reason. Spread the word!
Camp Carondelet
New Plans Coming...
 
We are still planning to move forward with all four sessions of Camp Carondelet and looking forward to seeing your families on-campus very soon. Over the next week, we will be finalizing all of our activities in conjunction with Contra Costa Health Services to ensure the implementation of newly released guidelines on social distancing and ongoing wellness protocol in preparation to welcome campers from mid-June. During this short transition period as we finalize all of our camp offerings and protocols with CCHS, registration for Camp Carondelet will be temporarily closed online. If you would like to receive a notification once registration has reopened in early June or if you have additional questions about Camp Carondelet, please contact Kimber Powers, Director of Community Relations at  kpowers@carondeleths.org
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 July. (S trength and conditioning cub camps also available for incoming 2nd-5th grade girls .)

  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Strength & Conditioning
School Store
Father's Day Specials & Direct Delivery to Your Home
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!

Alumnae Items (celebrate your 2020 graduate!)
Cougar Cubs Items
Clearance Items
Tech Items 
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