Aug. 25, 2019
Welcome Rally 2019

Welcome Rally 
We capped off a fun Welcome Week with Friday's rally. 
No food services in Garaventa Monday

On Monday, August 26, t here will be  no breakfast or lunch services available for students in the Garaventa.

Families should make plans to have students bring a lunch or buy lunch at De La Salle. Food deliveries from families or services like Door Dash are not allowed

Power has been restored to the Garaventa after a new transformer was installed this weekend. But food and supplies needed to be removed during the switchover and will not available for use on Monday.
The week ahead...

We have a special schedule and 8:05a start on Thursday for our first Liturgy of the year, Mass of the Holy Spirit. Formal dress uniform on Thursday for liturgy.

Mon. Aug. 26
0-7   8:05a start
**No food in Garaventa Center. Bring a lunch or order at De La Salle

Tue. Aug. 27
0-7   8:05a start
SOS Game! VB vs. Monte Vista 6:30p

Wed. Aug. 28
X/1/3/5/7   8:50a start
Senior College Mtg 8:00a (attend Wed. or Thu.)

Thu. Aug. 29
6/L/2/4/X 8:05a start
Mass of the Holy Spirit  9:25-10:45a*
Senior College Mtg. 2:30p
*Dress uniform

Fri. Aug. 30
0-7  8:05a start

Mon. Sep. 2
No School - Labor Day

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Each week in the newsletter, we'll highlight a department on-campus, sharing what they're up to and how they're making a difference with your child and our school.
Know Your Department: Religious Studies
Our religious studies course revitalization is part of a larger three year plan to ensure that our faith based curriculum is relevant and actionable for our students.  Embedding the charism and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph as contemplatives in action who serve the dear neighbor, religious studies content will build each year towards helping develop women of heart, faith, courage and excellence who graduate Carondelet and bring strong values into everything they do.

Updates to the program include:
  • Focus on Catholic Social Teaching and faith in action
  • Spiritual growth through integration of mindfulness practices and social emotional learning
  • Connections of Catholic teaching to their lives and increased opportunities for reflection
The Religious St udies Department aims to meet the needs of the student and model what it means to be a loving Gospel-valued human being through the following courses throughout the students' four years at Carondelet:

Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit
This course students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the health of mind and body, as well as the Catholic Christian faith tradition. Students will also be introduced to the contemporary mission and charism of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph. 

Christian Living: Who Am I Called To Be?
This course builds on the foundational Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit but is a stand-alone yearlong religious studies course focusing on Christian Community, Prayer and Spirituality, and building virtue.

Symbols & Ethics (Junior class will be refreshed for 2020-2021 school year)

Senior Course Offerings
  • World Religions
  • Spiritual Journey
  • Gospels in Acton: Blended
    • This course empowers seniors to explore how Gospel values can inform and lead action to bring about a more just world. This class will meet two days a week in the classroom to inquire and analyze social justice issues in today's world through the lens of Catholic Social teaching. During the other two class periods, students will use the time to complete class assignments and other coursework to free up time for after school service.  
  • Introduction to Philosophy
Ms. Roddy (Dept. Chair), Mrs. Matthews, Mrs. Castillo

Our religious studies department had additions this year!

Lacy Matthews , former Director of Campus Ministry, has joined the department full-time teaching Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit and Symbols & Ethics.

Jasmine Castillo , former department member of Kinesiology, has joined the department teaching Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit.

Mary Marsella joined the department as a long-term substitute last school year and has graciously joined us this year as a long-term substitute teaching the class, Introduction to Philosophy and Christian Living: Who am I Called to Be?

Mandatory Senior College Workshop

Wed. Aug 28 - Morning X Block - 8:00 a.m.  
or  Thu. Aug 29 - Afternoon X Block - 2:30 p.m.
Seniors must attend this workshop on either Wednesday, August 28 during morning X block or Thursday, August 29 during the afternoon X block in the Garaventa Center. We will cover important information about letters of recommendation, transcripts, and college lists. Attendance is mandatory and will be tracked. 
SOS! Game Tuesday

OS means Support Our Sisters! And we call it out when one of our teams has a big game and we want loud, proud support from the stands to back our student-athletes. We'll call out an SOS game throughout the year and our first is this Tuesday.

Volleyball vs. Monte Vista
Tuesday, August 27 
Carondelet Gym
Varsity 6:30p,  JV 5:00p,  Frosh 4:00p
Yearbook family ads for seniors

Senior Yearbook ad dedication sales are now open!  You can find information on ad sizes and costs . Any questions can be directed to
New - Fathers Club

Introducing The Carondelet Fathers  Club! This new social  club and community service organization is created to promote the spirit of volunteerism with dads and their daughters. Getting involved provides you with the opportunity to meet new friends, share laughs, and serve side-by-side with other  fathers to assist in community service events, school events and further strengthen the CHS community.

Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6:00 p.m. 
Convent - Community Room

Learn more about it and get involved. Dinner and refreshments will be served. 
Athletics this week

The Athletics Calendar webpage is now updated. Click on each event for details. You can subscribe to the feed and have it fill your personal calendar. 


Monday 3:30pm vs Livermore @ The Course at Wente Vineyards

Tuesday 3:30pm vs San Ramon Valley @ Boundary Oaks Golf Course

Thursday 3:30pm vs Dublin @ Boundary Oaks Golf Course


Tuesday - home
vs Monte Vista
Varsity 6:30p **SOS! Game;   JV 5:00p;   Frosh 4:00p

Thursday - home
vs Amador Valley
Varsity 6:30p;   JV 5:00p;   Frosh 4:00p

Water Polo
Thursday - home
vs Encinal

Varsity 5:00p;  JV 4:00p

Cougar Swag - Team Stores

The Carondelet Apparel Team Stores are open for business for 24 hours only.  Get your team gear ordered so you can support your favorite cougar! See below for team specific gear.
The stores will close tomorrow, Monday, August 26th at 11:59 p.m.!  
College & Career updates

Juniors and Seniors: Sign up for College Rep Visits
This fall, representatives from over 125 colleges will visit Carondelet and De La Salle.  Attending a college rep visit is an excellent way to learn more about an institution and to demonstrate your interest in the college. Sign up on Naviance. Students must receive teacher approval at least one day in advance. Learn how to register.

Who's visiting this week?
Pepperdine University - Wednesday.

Who's visiting next week?
Grand Canyon University, Lynn University, University of the Pacific, Vanderbilt University, The University of Alabama, Johns Hopkins University, and Saint Mary's College of California.

One-day STEM program for young women
We're very excited to introduce you to a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering with The Perry Initiative on Saturday, October 19 at UCSF.  
Applications are open to current 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. Apply by September 19.

Our calendar is online
We update it regularly with college events happening throughout the Bay Area like the upcoming Coast to Coast College Tour on Sunday, September 8Bookmark our calendar at the bottom of the page  and stay in the know.
Visions of Christmas sponsorships and donations

Secure your tickets now for Visions of Christmas by becoming a sponsor.  

Our new sponsorship benefits include VIP seating, reserved parking, premium champagne, and brand-name exposure to over 3,000 attendees and the entire Carondelet community.  View our sponsorship levels and make your contribution online today.

Donate to Visions
Gift-in-kind donations from our community are essential to the success of Visions of Christmas.  Your generous donations are used in our silent auction.

A few gift ideas:
* Vacation home or travel experiences
* Tickets to concerts or sporting events
* Fine wine
* Ask your favorite restaurant to donate a gift  certificate
* Visit one of our registries to donate a gift at Amazon , Crate & Barrel , Macy's , Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma .  

Please inform us of your Gift-in-Kind donation.
Volunteering at Visions of Christmas

It takes the power of more than 600 volunteers to make Visions a success, which means we NEED you. The greatest number of PIP hours are provided during Visions, so don't miss this opportunity.

Volunteer Opportunities   View all job openings  
  • Create gift baskets
  • Join a committee
  • Work in the kitchen or silent auction
  • Help with set-up or take-down
  • Sell raffle tickets 
Freshman Families
You are required to participate in Visions of Christmas with a minimum of 8 hours of service or through a gift-in-kind donation. Please click here for specifics. 
*Gift donation deadline is Oct. 31, 2019

For questions, please contact:  Lauren Barbano '99  
Early College Credit

Over the past few years, 402 Carondelet students have earned college credit for free through the Early College Credit program. In partnership with the College of the Siskiyous, Carondelet students can take online courses that count for college and high school credit at no cost. This remarkable program saves families money in the years ahead and prepares students by enhancing their college application and instilling soft skills like time management. Read full article.

Enrollment for the fall courses closes on August 26. Please see Mr. Cushing for details. Enrollment will open again in January and May.
Service Opportunities

Throughout the year many organizations in our community provide service opportunities for our students. You will always be able to find a link in our e-newsletter to a list of current opportunities which will be constantly updating. 

Did you do service over the summer? If you did, we would love to hear about it. You can log your service hours and tell your service story through our new online platform, Mobileserve. Find out how to create an account

If you have questions about finding a service opportunity, logging your service hours or want to chat about social justice issue you're passionate about, visit Ms. Terry in Campus Ministry!  (  or 925-686-5353 x141)
Student travel opportunities

Yosemite - April 2 - 5
Spend 4 days and 3 nights in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world. Embrace the outdoor wonders with hiking, biking, rafting, and learning about the Yosemite Valley.

STEM in the Alps - April 2 - 10
As the world becomes more connected, it is important to increase our global perspective and cultural awareness so we reflect a greater worldview to our students. The "Discovering  STEM  in Switzerland and Germany" takes students to alpine peaks, subterranean salt mines, and to the plus-energy town of Vauban.

France - Dates TBD
Student can embark on an exhilarating journey of culture, language and history through Northern France, visiting opulent castles, enchanting Parisian neighborhoods, and more.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

Parent Involvement Program (PIP) opportunities are available for families to sign-up on the Parent Volunteer page

Keep in mind that before parents can sign up for a volunteer position, they must first clear all requirements. Details are listed on the page above.

Positions available
- Visions of Christmas 
Some positions are posted now. Others will be added over the next few weeks.
Mills Uniform Summer Store 

Mills Uniform Summer S tore
closes Sept. 14
Tue.-Thu. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

5741 Christie Ave., Suite 11
Emeryville, CA
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