Dec. 1, 2019
Scrubs and Surgical Nursing

Earlier this month, 33 students donned hospital scrubs and learned about surgical nursing and the thousands of instruments used during operations. It was part of a "Peri-operative Nursing and more" field trip to John Muir Hospital organized by our College and Career office. Students had a hands-on opportunity to drill into fake bones and see the metal components used in orthopedic surgery. Students were also introduced to and tried out the two million dollar Da Vinci surgery robot and learned of this cutting edge field. Most importantly, they engaged with surgery nurses and the Zimmer Biomet personnel who shared what they do on a daily basis and their academic journey to achieve their present positions. See full photos
The Week Ahead...

Mon. Dec. 2
0-7  |  8:05 am start
Garaventa Closed
Tue. Dec. 3
X/6/2/4/7  |  8:50 am start Special Schedule
Garaventa Closed
Wed. Dec. 4
1/3/5/X  I  8:05 am start Special Schedule
Visions of Christmas Tea Party  3:00-5:30 pm  Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation
Garaventa Closed
Thu. Dec. 5
X/6/2/4/7 I 8:50 am start I Special Schedule
Visions of Christmas Bubbles & Brews  I 6 :30-8:30 pm  Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation
Garaventa Closed
Fri. Dec. 6
1/3/5/7  I  8:05 am start
Visions of Christmas High Tea & Fashion Show 3:00-6:00 pm Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation & Garaventa
Class of '24 Applications Due
Garaventa Closed
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Garaventa Center closed Dec. 2-6

The Garaventa Center will be closed during December 2 - 6, during the week of  Visions of Christmas . No food will be sold before school, break, lunch, or after school during this week.

Students should plan on bringing lunch from home or bring money to buy food at De La Salle . Please remember that food delivery from services such as DoorDash and Uber Eats are not permitted.
Visions of Christmas Auction is Open!
Don't miss this opportunity to win spectacular items just in time for the holidays including getaways,
sports packages, Carondelet exclusive experiences and much more. Bidding is open now and will close Sunday, December 8 at 10:00 p.m.

Click here to view our auction catalog and start bidding now! 

Below are a few examples of the fabulous and unique items and experiences you'll find in our online auction:

Immaculate 5BR Lake Tahoe Estate w/ Hot Tub, Sauna, Outdoor Kitchen & Epic Panoramic Lake Views
Panoramic, breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe steal the show at this gorgeous 5BR/5.5BA estate.

Reserved Front Row Seating for the Class of 2020 Graduation
Includes a total of eight (8) reserved front row seats for the class of 2020 graduation on Sunday, May 24th, and reserved parking for two vehicles near the front entrance to the Carondelet Gymnasium.

Courtside Golden State Warriors vs New York Knicks 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:30 pm.

On-Campus Parking for the Remainder of 2019-2020 School Year
We are offering one parking spot on campus for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Yacht on the Bay
Set out on the bay with 10 guests March 28 th on a 53 foot yacht, sipping champagne and enjoying the sites like McCovey Cove, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Pier 39.
Carondelet's Annual Advent Project

Our annual Advent Project will begin on Monday, Dec. 2. Each year we choose local organizations to support during the season of Advent by collecting items they need. This is part of our on-going mission to help the dear neighborhood by assessing and responding to the needs of our community.

This year we will support Friendly Manor in Oakland. This drop-in center for homeless women was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and offers a safe and supportive environment where women experiencing homelessness can eat, do laundry, and shower. 

Each class will be collecting different items for a Friendly Manor:

Freshman - Sports bras and deodorant
Sophomores - socks and twin bed sheets
Juniors - pillowcases and pillows
Seniors - washcloths or hand towels and pads and tampons

All items can be delivered in the Inner Court by Friday, December 13. Thanks for your support of the Advent Project and contact  Natalie Terry  if you have any questions. 
Model United Nations Club attends both Stanford and DVC conferences in November

Model UN at Stanford
Carondelet students attended two Model United Nations Conferences this past month. These conferences attract high school students nationwide to participate in simulations of the actual United Nations. Carondelet students step into the shoes of ambassadors from member states to resolve global issues through debate and negotiation. Our students spent November 8-10 as delegates at the Stanford Model United Nations Conference at Stanford University. Nicole Abudayeh earned a Verbal Commendation Award for her role as Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes during a crisis simulation of the Truman 1945 Cabinet. Best Delegate, the most prestigious Model United Nations award, was earned by Laura Bocek and Eva Eleftheriadis for representing Estonia in the UN Legal Committee. 

Nicole Abudayeh reflected on her experience at Stanford: " I loved being at Stanford for a weekend to be able to explore the beautiful campus and to represent the Secretary of the Interior in Truman's Cabinet. It's safe to say that this year's Stanford Conference was the best Model UN experience I have ever had, and I highly encourage it for any student at Carondelet."

Model UN at DVC
Delegates from Carondelet also participated in the Contra Costa County Model United Nations at Diablo Valley College during November 16-17, where our students represented Russia, Israel, Honduras, and Tanzania. Both Laura Bocek and Lucie Labrecque won the Outstanding Delegate Award for their role as Russian delegates in the UN Security Council. All together, Carondelet students tied for the award of Best Small Delegation.

"Model UN is an amazing experience that has influenced me in many aspects of my life. It provides an avenue for me to learn about world issues. Additionally, Model UN assists us in growing in our public speaking, negotiation, and communication skills. The experience of working with peers on current impactful world issues is irreplaceable and priceless." - Eva Eleftheriadis '20

If you have any questions about participating in Model United Nations, then please contact our MUN Club Moderator, Phil Miller, at
College & Career Counseling for Freshman

On Thursday and Friday this week, the College & Career Counselors are meeting with freshmen during their Big History classes. The purpose of the sessions is fourfold: to better acquaint students with their college counselors (assigned by alphabet), to explore the course catalog and 4-year plan, to introduce Naviance , our online college and career platform, and to complete an exploratory career inventory. The career exploration and subsequent self-discovery are meant to offer students clues to their innate abilities and to expand the possibilities of future paths. The results of each student's Career Interest Profiler and corresponding assignment will provide the counselors with valuable information that will be used during the academic advising process next semester.

Ask your daughter to share her results (and her Holland Code) with you! Students' career exploration assignments are due December 13.
Holiday Dinner & Dance for Fathers and Daughters
Save the date for a new tradition, the Carondelet Holiday Dinner & Dance for Fathers and Daughters on Friday, December 13 from 7:00-9:30 PMAll Carondelet students and alumnae are welcome with their father, stepfather, uncle, and/or grandfather.

Cost is $30/person  (includes a small gift for each daughter) Purchase your  tickets before registration closes on December 3.

Carondelet Holiday Dance for Fathers and Daughters hosted by the Fathers' Club I Dinner and Dancing I Jean Hofmann Center for  Innovation I 7:00-9:30 PM
Lauren Rivera '21 Presents at FARE
Lauren Rivera '21 presented at the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) National Conference in Washington DC for a second year. She is a member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group and led another project this past summer. The goal of the project was to identify the best tasting, food allergy friendly snacks on the market, from a unique teen perspective.
Lauren stated, "It can be challenging to find granola bars/snacks that are both food-allergy safe AND taste good. Fortunately, more companies are getting into this market. I organized a Teen Taste Test Panel, where I reached out to companies that produce food allergy-friendly granola bars/snacks, requested free samples, followed up on many of the companies, sent the samples out to my team members who are located across the US, set up an online survey to collect the reviews, ran the taste test, and then summarized the results."
Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation 
Community Open House
Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:00 PM 

A time when families, along with alumnae and friends, can explore and experience the new space firsthand.
Athletics Update

Soccer has begun with their first games in early December:
JV and Frosh will start with games on Dec. 5 and Varsity on Dec. 13! 
Frosh 12/5 - 12/7 will be at the Liberty Tournament
JV 12/5 vs Castro Valley 5:00 pm @Castro Valley HS
Varsity 12/13 - 12/14 @the Madera Showcase in Madera
Secure your Bubbles & Brews tickets
Two of the four Visions events are already sold out!

Join us at Bubbles & Brews, a fun-filled cocktail party featuring hand-crafted beer from local breweries, champagne, wine, and food stations from Scott's Seafood on Thursday, Dec 5 at 6:30 pm. Bubbles & Brews  is the perfect opportunity to spend the evening socializing with fellow alumnae, parents, and the greater Carondelet community.

Tickets are available now, and are open to all that are over 21.
Purchase Tree Raffle p resales now

Would you like a beautifully adorned Christmas tree including gifts valued at $10,000 for each tree? Purchase tree raffle tickets for your chance. The funds we raise from this raffle benefit all Carondelet student programs.

This year, we are introducing presales for those who are not attending a Visions event and those who want to buy tickets early. Now everyone has a shot at winning one of the fabulous trees!

Our new Visions of Christmas sponsorship benefits include VIP seating, reserved parking, premium champagne, and brand-name exposure to more than 3,000 attendees and the entire Carondelet community. Secure sponsorships!

Visions of Christmas -  Visit with  Santa I   Tickets Available
Sunday, December 8 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

Sports Basement 20% off Holiday shopping days 
On Dec. 3-9, 2019, shop online or at Sports Basement for the holidays and receive 20% off your whole purchase if you are part of the Basementeers program and 11% if you are not (some exclusions apply).

*Please note this special discount is good at all 10 locations and online.

Simply show the flyer at checkout or enter the discount code online to apply the discount.

Sienna Coward '22 singing Mexican traditional mariachi songs that have been passed down for generations for Dia De Los Muertos.
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