Oct. 6, 2019
Alpha Frosh Retreat Team Bonding Activity Last Weekend
Alpha is an overnight retreat for the entire Frosh class that welcomes students into the Carondelet Sisterhood and CSJ tradition. Students are introduced to the idea of becoming women of Faith,
Heart, and Courage during their years at Carondelet, are given the opportunity to begin
new friendships, and develop a sense of community and belonging.
The Week Ahead...
Mon. Oct. 7
0-7 | 8:05 am start
College Financial Aid Night 
7:00 pm | Garaventa Center 
Tue. Oct. 8
0-7 | 8:05 am start
Corozon Retreat | All Day
Wed. Oct. 9
X/1/3/5/7 | 8:50 am start
HOWL (Here on Wednesdays Late) | 2:00-5:00 pm | C&C Office
Parent Ed Night - Like Documentary + Panel  |  7:00 pm |
Garaventa Center | Register Below
Thu. Oct. 10
6/CM/2/4/X | 8:05 am start
Class Meetings 9:25-10:10  am | Garaventa Center ---->  View Special Schedule 
Father's Club Meeting  |  6:00-7:30 pm | Convent - Community Room
Fri. Oct. 11
0-7  |  8:05 am start
If you haven't yet, bookmark this page ----> CarondeletHS.org/Calendar 
 Know Your Department:
Science Department
Students in AP Environmental Science Simulating Different
Ecosystems in a Bottle Biology Project
The Science Department strives to ignite a desire to explore the unknown. Our courses are designed to cultivate intellectual independence through inquiry, direct experience, and collaboration to prepare responsible citizens to innovate in an increasingly complex world. The program begins with Physics in the freshman year. This "active physics" curriculum serves to introduce students to phenomena and lead them through investigations that help them construct explanations using data analysis. Students have a chance to explore motion through the lens of sports examples, waves through the study of sound, and electricity through the study of household appliances. Sophomore year continues with study of the physical world through Chemistry. Beginning with an understanding of atoms and the organization of the periodic table, students then move to a deeper analysis of chemical reactions. Extensive experimentation in the lab allows the students to connect the theoretical concepts with practical analysis. The third required year in science allows students to apply the background in physical sciences to the life sciences by studying Biology. Typically in the junior year, students are challenged to ask questions about the world around them and investigate concepts ranging from Ecosystem biology, organismal biology, cellular biology, and molecular biology. At all levels, the department strives to integrate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and within each of the core disciplines, teachers stress connections to engineering and scientific skills.
Most Carondelet students opt to take more science classes than required. There is a full year Marine Biology elective in which Ashley Mangini integrates field trips around our unique Bay Area Ecosystem. Additionally our AP Science classes and Electives showcase the experience of some of the teachers in the departments. Many of the faculty have been involved in science careers before they embraced high school education. For example, students can take Anatomy and Physiology with Janine Orr, who worked with patients in a variety of clinical settings; AP Biology and Biotechnology with Susan Domanico who completed post-doctoral research in Breast Cancer biology; or Forensics with Katie Hutches who was a Forensic Chemist with the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms.
The department is excited to welcome new faculty this year including: Ian Buckles, an avid "birder" and baseball player who grew up in Oregon; Tom Clark, a conceptual physics teacher with a love for integrating engineering projects; Katie Hutches, PhD, a forensic chemist who brings a deep understanding of chemistry along with a career in understanding explosives; Mario Mihalik, a physical science teacher with a passion for Geology; and Chris Murphy, PhD, an organic chemist who was recently teaching Introductory Chemistry at Monterey State University.
The Carondelet Science Department Faculty
RSVP for the Parent Ed Night This Wednesday
Hosted by Carondelet, DLS, and Fusion Academy
October 9th | 6:30-8:30 pm | Garaventa Center
This Parent Ed night will include a viewing of the documentary  Like,  which focuses on the impact of social media on our lives. Along with the screening we will have a panel discussion.

LINK to the Film Trailer | FLYER with Parent Ed Night Information and Panelist Bios | RSVP HERE!
Winter Sport Registration
Register your student for a winter sport HERE .   Tryouts begin Monday, November 4th. Attend the w inter sports parent meeting November 12th at  7: 00 pm in the Garaventa.

Soccer Tryout Schedule* -  These are closed tryouts and only the soccer staff, student-athletes, and members of the Athletic Department are permitted to attend.

11/4 | 5:30-700 pm Varsity Tryouts | CAC
11/5 5:30-7:00 pm Varsity Tryouts | CAC
11/6 5:30-7:00 pm All Levels | CAC
11/7 5:30-7:00 pm CAC | A ll Levels (Varsity roster announced later that night)
11/8 5:30-7:00 pm | CACJV & Frosh (Varsity off)
* All fall sport athletes must complete fall sport prior to trying out for a winter sport.  The rosters announced are pending until those athletes are able to tryout.

Basketball Tryouts These are closed tryouts and only the basketball staff, student-athletes, and members of the Athletic Department are permitted to attend.
Varsity Tryouts
11/4 | 7:45-9:00 pm | Gym
11/5 | 7:45-9:00 pm | Gym
11/6 | 7:45-9:00 pm | Gym

JV/Frosh Tryouts
11/4 | 3-5:00 pm | Gym
11/5  | 3-5:00 pm | Gym
11/6  | 3-5:00 pm | Gym
* All fall sport athletes must complete fall sport prior to trying out for a winter sport.  The rosters announced are pending until those athletes are able to tryout.

Questions? Please contact Cat Arroyo.
Uniform Policy Reminders
As students have settled into the year, the dean's office has noticed an increase in students out of uniform. As we bring this first quarter to a close, it is a good time for the whole community to review the uniform policy. These notes were shared with your student via Schoology last week. Here are some specific items to note:
  • Sweatshirts and outerwear must be Carondelet branded (Carondelet sports, club sweatshirt, sweatshirt/jacket bought from Mills, the school store, the uniform sale/exchange organized by the Parent Association). De La Salle, college, outside team/club, plain sweatshirts/outerwear are out of uniform.
  • Carondelet spiritwear, club/sport T-shirts are for Friday Casual dress only.  From Monday to Thursday, students must be in a white or navy polo and Carondelet outerwear/sweatshirt.
  • All pants (khaki, blue jeans, black pants for seniors) must be free from rips.
  • The khaki and blue skort are not currently nor have they been a part of the Carondelet uniform.
  • Uniform skirts should fall mid thigh or longer.  
  • Shoes must be flat and have a closed toe and heel. Crocs, open back slippers, Birkenstock sandals, and like shoes are not uniform appropriate.
Consequences for being out of uniform:
  • Students found to be out of uniform are issued uniform pieces to wear and the non uniform piece is held by the dean of students until the uniform piece is laundered and returned.  
  • Non uniform shoes are a safety issue. Parents/guardians will be called to bring their students uniform appropriate shoes.
  • Starting on Monday, parents will be notified via email if their student is found out of uniform.  
  • A family meeting will be called for students who are repeatedly found out of uniform. The goal of this meeting is to reinforce school policy. If this meeting does not produce a change in a student's ability to follow school dress code policy, community service on campus (which may include projects after school and/or weekend service) may be implemented.
The purpose of the uniform as stated in the student handbook is as follows:

Our uniform guidelines ensure that all of our students feel comfortable, ready to learn, and united as a community. In addition, our professional dress code on campus prepares our students for professional careers later in life and honors our Catholic traditions. Students who attend Carondelet are expected to adhere to the following uniform policies for the entire school day at Carondelet and De La Salle including exam days and field trips (unless students are otherwise instructed by a teacher). 

The uniform policy can be found  HERE .
Invite 8th Grade Families to Info Night | Oct. 16th
Tell prospective families these ways to visit campus - sign up for Info Night  on Wednesday, October 16 at 6:30 pm and Open House  on Sunday, Nov. 17 from 1:00-3:00 pm, which are open to all middle school aged girls and their families.

Our shadow visits for eighth grade students have booked up in record time - even with the addition of an extra 30 spots for the fall! Due to the high demand, we have opened two additional dates in February that families can sign up for on our Admissions Inquiry Form, and they can call or email us to be put on the waitlist for a fall shadow date.
Parking Lot Safety Reminders

Here at the end of the first quarter, it is a good time to review parking lot protocols and safety. Please note the following:

For Parents/Guardians:

  • Please drop off students in the drop off lane towards the rear of the school by the entrance to the Art rooms/Back 40 classrooms. This is the safest and quickest place to drop off students. Do not pull to the side just after entering the school. It is dangerous for students and causes a back up onto Winton Drive.
  • If you need to park to drop something off in the main office or in attendance, please park in a guest parking space. These parking spaces are the spaces past the flagpole, facing the side of the academic building. Do not park in any other parking spaces as each belongs to a student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Do not pull into the Convent parking lot to drop off your student. If your student has an injury or you are dropping off something at school, you may park in a visitor's parking space. If you do not need to park, please drop off students in the drop off lane.
  • Do not park in the red zones on Winton Drive to wait for a student.

For Students:

  • Once you have parked in your spot, if you need to readjust, be sure to check all mirrors and look around you before backing up. Cars are coming onto campus, and driving in all lanes to park or drop off students. Your fellow students are also walking to class. It is important to be sure that you and other members of the community are safe.
  • Use your turn signal to let those around you know you are going to turn and park.
  • If someone has parked in your spot, park in a visitor spot, and tell Ms Duffey.  
  • Students are not to hang out in cars during break, lunch, or during blended classes.
For All:
  • Please drive slowly through the lot and follow any instructions given by security, faculty, and staff.
New PIP Opportunities for October 2019
PIP opportunities are now on line in CERVIS for:
Parent Education Night | Wednesday, October 9
Junior Ring Ceremony | Sunday, October 20
College & Career Updates
Don't Miss College Financial Aid Night on Monday Open to All Grade Levels 
Carondelet and De La Salle will be hosting a Financial Aid Night on Monday, October 7 at 7:00 pm in the Garaventa Center. An assistant director of financial aid from Saint Mary's College will be presenting information about the different types of financial aid, the financial aid application process, how financial aid is awarded, and different tools to use throughout the financial aid process.  

Spring Break College Tour Information Session
Also happening on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 pm, Athens Advisors will be holding an information session for families interested in learning more about the spring break Midwest college tour trip. Visiting colleges is an ideal way to learn more about schools and help students with developing the college list. Please 
RSVP for the information session so that we know how many people to expect. If we only have a couple families registered, we will cancel the
presentation and make alternate arrangements for families to speak with Athens Advisors.

The trip will run Sunday, April 12 - Saturday, April 18, 2020 and will tour the following schools:  Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, DePaul University, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan.
The priority registration deadline is November 14 , however space is limited so sign up early. Late registration is subject to actual cost of airfare at the time of booking.  To register for the tour, please  HERE .
Juniors and Seniors: Sign up for College Rep Visits Learn How to Register 
Who's visiting this week?
Monday : Dartmouth College, Western Washington University, Notre Dame de Namur University, SUNY Stony Brook, University of Michigan, Northern Arizona University
Tuesday : Boston College, Merrimack College, Purdue University, University of Portland, Loyola Marymount University, Southern Methodist University
Wednesday : University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Florida, University of San Francisco
Thursday : Arizona State University
Friday : Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne - Switzerland, Pacific University, Saint Mary's College of California, John Cabot University, UC Santa Cruz
Toni Melvin '20 Receives Youth Volunteer of the Year Award
Special Olympics Northern California
From Toni's SONC Nominations: "Toni is a 16-year-old who will wake up at 5:00 am without complaint to drive from Concord to San Jose to make a GMT reporting time of 6:30 am. She will do her homework in a car or plane going to San Diego to referee Special Olympics Southern California floor hockey. She has trained and supervised adult and youth volunteers since she was 12 years old. She's had the courage to step in and sing the National Anthem when a singer did not show and she has had the courage to have one-on-one discussions with adult basketball referees about their performance. Toni supports Special Olympics sports year round (basketball, track & field, softball, soccer, flag football, and floor hockey)."
Sister Bonding at the Kairos Senior Retreat This Week
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:
  • 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 eight 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,  lbarbano@carondeleths.org  
Visions of Christmas Sponsorships and Donations
Secure your tickets now for Visions of Christmas by becoming a sponsor. O ur new sponsorship benefits include VIP seating, reserved parking, premium champagne, and brand-name exposure to more than 3,000 attendees and the entire Carondelet community.  View our s ponsorship 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 and thank you for your donation!
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