Sept. 15, 2019

Parents Experience Physics at Back to School Night

Parents filled the Garaventi Center and halls of Carondelet for Back to School Night on Thursday.
The Week Ahead...

Mon. Sept. 16
0-7 | 8:05 am start
PAB Meeting 6:30 pm | Faculty Lounge

Tue. Sept. 17
0-7 | 8:05 am start

Wed. Sept. 18
X/1/2/3/7 | 8:50 am start

Thu. Sept. 19
4/5/PP/6/X | 8:05 am start ---> LINK to the Special Schedule
PowerPuff Game  |  11:30-12:10 pm

Fri. Sept. 20
0-7  |  8:05 am start
Homecoming Rally | 11:40-12:20 pm

Sat. Sept. 21
Homecoming for 9th + 10th Graders | 6:30-9:30 pm | Garaventa Center
Homecoming for 11th + 12th Graders 7:00-10:00 pm | De La Salle
(Purchase tickets from the LINKs below in the e-News)

If you haven't yet, bookmark this page ---->
Know Your Department:
Visual + Performing Arts and Computer Science
Students use Tinkertoys to engineer a product that demonstrates balance.

The department strives to make learning visible, inspiring students to be creative, risk-taking thinkers and makers. Our goal is to guide and inspire students to be both intentional and reflective with their artistic choices. We provide a space for students to share their thoughts about how art helps them understand and interpret the world. 

Our Visual & Performing Arts and Computer Science (VPA + CS) department has been a leader in curricular innovation and design. The department is in their second year of their new course  "Frosh Creation: Think, Make, Share." In this class, the worlds of art, computational thinking, music, and computer science fuse together and provide students opportunities to develop their teaming and design thinking skills while incorporating key elements from each discipline. 

In conjunction with our VPA colleagues at De La Salle, we are able to offer our students over 20 different course options! These range from beginner to AP course work with classes that are sure to appeal to the artist that resides in each student. The department is committed to meet the needs and interests of our students and continually revises, revamps, and creates new courses.

One of the department's biggest collaborations is the annual Winton Arts Festival - a multi-day celebration of student work and performances. This takes place each spring on the campuses of both Carondelet and De La Salle. Be sure to watch for more information in the spring!

Joining the department this year are two Computer Science teachers, Victoria Petty and Sarah Gilbert. Victoria is an alumna of Carondelet and a recent graduate of St. Mary's College. She is currently working on her Masters in Business Analytics, and in her spare time she loves to draw and paint. Sarah is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education. Outside of school, she enjoys hanging out with her dog, camping, sewing, and making crafts.

Upcoming Homecoming Dances
Purchase Your Tickets Today!

T he Frosh/Soph Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, September 21 from 6:30-9:30 pm in the Carondelet Garaventa Center. Tickets are $10 and are available through this  LINK

The Junior/Senior Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, September 21 from 7:00-10:00 pm at De La Salle. Tickets are $10 and are available through this  LINK .

The dress code for both Homecoming Dances is as follows:
  • Skirts must be mid-thigh, or longer, including any slit in the skirt, as in the school uniform dress code.
  • Spaghetti straps and halter tops will be acceptable. Strapless, off-the-shoulder, and/or backless dresses and dresses with plunging necklines are NOT permitted at Homecoming. Your mid-drift should not be exposed.
  • Dress pants and jumpsuits are also permitted.
College & Career Updates

Juniors and Seniors: Sign up for College Rep Visits

Who's visiting this week?
University of Rochester, University of Oregon, Mills College, Lewis & Clark, College of the Holy Cross, Maryville University, University of Kansas, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Connecticut, Northwestern, University of Colorado Boulder, Pacific Lutheran, Whitman College, Bryant University, Gonzaga University, Boston University, University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicago

Who's visiting next week?
Fordham University, Biola University, Texas Christian University, Michigan State University, High Point University, Westmont University, University of Puget Sound, Point Loma Nazarene, University of South Carolina - Columbia, Multnomah University, Concordia University, St. Edward's University, California Lutheran University, Cal Maritime University, Indiana University - Bloomington, Pitzer College.

Spring Break Midwest College Tour  | Learn more on Oct. 7 at 6:00 pm

Athens Advisors will be providing 10th and 11th graders a spring break college tour of midwest schools. 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.

This promises to be an exciting and informative trip! The tour cost is $2,600 and includes airfare, coach bus transportation between schools, lodging, and breakfast each day. Counseling staff from CHS and other local schools will be on the trip. An information session will be held at Carondelet on Monday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 pm for families interested in talking further with Athens Advisors. The priority registration deadline is November 14 , however space is limited so make sure to sign up early. Late registration is subject to actual cost of airfare at the time of booking. To register for the tour, please  visit the Athens Advisors' website . For any questions, please reach out to your College Counselor.
Save the Date ~ Parent Ed Night
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 Details | RSVP HERE!
Yearbook Business Ads on Sale Now!

Do you have a business that you would like to make known to the Carondelet Community? Purchase a business ad in the yearbook. See FLYER for all details. Deadline to purchase is November 1.
Frosh and Soph Community Dates

All Freshmen and Sophomores will be participating in a program called Community beginning this month. The Frosh Community program is developed to welcome freshman into the Carondelet school community through monthly activities led by senior peer counselors. The Soph Community program is developed to provide a space for students to talk about life at school, participate in community service projects, build class community, and develop a connection with a faculty/staff mentor during regular monthly meetings.  

These mandatory meetings occur once a month on Thursdays during the first 30 minutes of the afternoon X block.  

Please note these Community dates: September 26, October 24, November 21, December 12, January 23, February 20, March 26, May 7

Questions? Frosh Community, please contact Stacie Besagno or Sarah Alpert: ,

Soph Community, please contact Jennifer Reinwald:
Tell an 8th Grader!

The Admissions portal has opened for the class of 2024! Tell your friends and families in 8th grade that they can now sign up for Shadow Visits - which booked up fully in about one week last year - and events like 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. 
VIP Ticket

Get your  tickets to the hottest events of the year, including the Visions of Christmas High Tea and Fashion Show, which sells out in minutes. 

Our  VIP  Ticket allows access to three of Carondelet's most popular events:
*Visions of Christmas High Tea and Fashion Show 
*Bubbles and Brews 
*Crab Feed

Our  VIP  Ticket is $350 per person. Only 100  tickets will be sold.  Deadline to purchase is Friday, September 27.  Purchase   your VIP Ticket today!
One-Day STEM Program for Young Women

College & Career is 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 Sept. 19!
Meetings on 9/26

On Thursday, Sept. 26, all students will attend a meeting with their class during the school day. View the special schedule for the day. Meeting details below.

Inner Court
Introduction to Frosh Day of Service + CSJ Mission & Serving Our Dear Neighbor
Sophomores & Juniors
PSAT Strategies with Guest Speaker Michael Brun
College Career Workshop
on the 26th

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
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 updated. 

Service Highlight: 

Walnut Creek Community Service Day
The city of Walnut Creek will be hosting a day of service with more than 50 community organizations. The day kicks off with a free pancake breakfast at Heather Farm Park!
When: Saturday, October 12th
Time Commitment: Opportunities are available all day! Sign up for a shift and volunteer site with the link below.
How to Sign Up: Sign up online  HERE.

If you have questions about finding a service opportunity, logging your service hours or want to chat about social justice issues you're passionate about, visit Ms. Terry in Campus Ministry! (  or 925.686.5353 x141)
PIP Opportunities for Alpha Frosh Retreat

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.
  • Register on CERVIS for the Alpha Frosh Retreat Hospitality/Refreshments
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,  
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 more than 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.
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