Sept. 22, 2019

Carondelet 2019 Homecoming Court & Nominees

Wednesday at lunch, we crowned the 2019 Homecoming Court, honoring students for
faith, spirit, service, leadership, humanitarianism, character, and Cougar Pride!
Congratulations to all of the seniors who were honored! 
The Week Ahead...

Mon. Sept. 23
0-7 | 8:05 am start

Tue. Sept. 24
0-7 | 8:05 am start
Grandparents Club Meeting & Lunch | 10:30 am-12:00 pm |  Fontbonne Room
Register  HERE

Wed. Sept. 25
X/1/3/5/7 | 8:50 am start
Club Fair | 11:50 am-12:30 pm |  Garaventa Center

Thu. Sept. 26
6/CM/2/4/X | 8:05 am start
Class Meetings  |  9:25-10:10 am  --->  See below for location and activity information
Picture Retakes (see below for more information)

Fri. Sept. 27
0-7  |  8:05 am start
Alpha Retreat | 3:00 pm on the 27th - 10:00 am on the 28th
Last Chance to Buy VIP Tickets (see purchase information below)

If you haven't yet, bookmark this page ---->
Class Meeting Locations on 9/26

On Thursday, Sept. 26, all students will attend a meeting with their class from 9:25-10:10 am. 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

 Know Your Department:
English Department
A Student-centered Discussion in A.P. Language and Composition

The English Department provides Carondelet students with engaging learning experiences while building core skills that they will need to be successful in college and beyond. Our courses allow students to develop a better understanding of the world beyond the classroom through authentic reading experiences that encourage an empathic perspective. With a curriculum grounded in canonical as well as contemporary texts, students are exposed to a variety of viewpoints and experiences. Our focus on writing as a craft teaches students to write with precision while cultivating the power of their own unique voices.

During their freshman and sophomore years, our students develop foundational reading and writing skills that can be applied to all of their academic classes. The freshman Big Voices class works in conjunction with the Big History class and culminates with an extensive cross-curricular research project at the end of the year. The sophomore English 2 course takes students into a deep-dive of the writing and revision process to instill confidence and self-awareness as writers.

Honors distinction can be earned at the freshman and sophomore level, and we offer two A.P. classes to upper division students. A.P. Language and Composition focuses on analysis and argumentation, while A.P. Literature is grounded in literary analysis and an exploration of the human condition. Both of these classes provide a college-level English experience to prepare our students for the rigor of college coursework.

Seniors have the option of choosing from our broad range of semester-long classes. One of the highlights is a Dystopian Literature course taught by department member Jenny Lambert, whose own dystopian novel, The Memory Visit , was published in 2018. Another offering, Podcasting and Storytelling, gives students the opportunity to write and produce their own podcasts, which are then made accessible to the Carondelet community.

This year we have a new department member, Leila Campbell, who is teaching English 2 and A.P. Language and Composition. Leila comes to us from Lionel Wilson Prep in Oakland, where she taught English for ten years and served as a mentor teacher. She brings a data-driven approach to our English Department, and it has quickly become evident that inspires joy in both her students and colleagues.

English Department (from left to right): Jenny Lambert, Lisa Xavier, Tiz Woo, Leila Campbell, Kate Cutright, Michael Schooler, and Jeff Sutton
Picture Retakes | Thursday, September 26

Creative Imaging will be back on campus this week on Thursday to retake photos of any student who missed photos at Orientation or would like a retake.

Students need to go to the SAC at lunch (11:50-12:30) or during x-block (1:55-2:40), and s tudents should be wearing their school uniform for the pictures.

Questions? Contact Ms. Koski at
Frosh and Soph Community Reminder!

On Thursday, 9/26, Frosh and Soph Community will be meeting during X block from 1:55-2:25 pm. Sophomores will receive an email with information on where to go for this meeting. Frosh will find information on their groups and Community location via Schoology.

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. 

Please note these future Community dates: 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:
VIP Ticket Deadline | Friday, Sept. 27!

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(s) today!
PIP Opportunities for Alpha Frosh Retreat | This Friday

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
Blood Drive | Thursday, Oct 3

Carondelet and De La Salle High Schools will be hosting a Blood Drive on Thursday, October 3 from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm in the CHS Gym. Parents, alumnae, family, and friends are invited to come and donate either whole blood or a double red unit. Sign up using this LINK.

Students who are 16 or 17 years old are welcome to donate with a signed parental consent form. Do not sign up online: CHS students please see Mrs. Dittrich and DLS students see Dr. Berkes to sign up. HERE is a flyer with more information.

Questions about eligibility? Check eligibility requirements or call 877.258.4825.
Homecoming Court Winners Announced

LEADERSHIP - Winner: Sophia Riva; Nominees:  Lindsey Huguet,  Natalie Ionescu
These candidates demonstrate a commitment to others, recognize their needs and encourage their endeavors. They serve as role models, influencing their peers through their promotion of school activities and their upholding of school ideals.

CHARACTER - Winner: Mykenzie Clark; Nominees:  Megan Anton,  Claire Halim
These candidates demonstrate the highest standards of honesty and reliability, guiding themselves by moral and ethical principles. They exemplify cheerfulness, friendliness, poise and stability. Accepting constructive criticism graciously, they are courteous, caring and respectful toward others.

SERVICE - Winner: Jackie Brown; Nominees:  Taylee Carscadden,  Francella Valera
These candidates have a strong sense of duty and determination. They work well with others, take on difficult tasks and complete all undertakings. They represent what it means to be "selfless" in providing service to family, school, and community.

SPIRIT - Winner: Veronica Tagaloa; Nominees:  Angeleeka David,  Journee Harvey
These candidates demonstrate energy, enthusiasm, and support in all school-related activities. Possessing a strong sense of pride in their school, their vitality and school spirit generate an exciting atmosphere inspiring others to participate.

FAITH - Winner: Grace McDonaldNominees:  Halle Canon,  Natalie Goodwin
Candidates in this category promote responsible living based on informed Christian conscience by modeling the Gospel message of love, forgiveness, charity, and peace. This individual recognizes the dignity and goodness of others and responds to them respectfully and lovingly.

HUMANITARIAN - Winner: Megan Anton; Nominees:  Daniela Ortiz,  Veronica Tagaloa
Candidates in this category possess characteristics that promote a strong sense of friendship and sisterhood. This candidate is a friend to all and actively includes and supports classmates on a daily basis. This candidate shows a very real dedication to her school and community.

COUGAR PRIDE - Winners:  Lindsey Huguet an d Natalie Ionescu
Candidates in this category embody the very spirit of Carondelet. They model all that women are capable of and model the mission of our school daily through service, leadership, and compassion. This senior is well respected by their classmates.
College & Career Updates

Juniors and Seniors: Sign up for College Rep Visits

Who's visiting this 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

Who's visiting next week?
Dominican University of California, US Military Academy West Point, University of Vermont, Elon University, Marquette University, Chapman University, Oregon State University, Fairfield University, Clarkson University, the University of Chicago, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Whittier College, Creighton University

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 Information and Panelist Bios | RSVP HERE!
STEM Trip to Switzerland and Germany 2020

Ms. Levesque and Mrs. Schooler are planning another STEM trip to Switzerland and Germany from April 2-10, 2020.

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" program we chose begins in Lucerne and visits Freiburg, Munich, Zurich, Vauban, and Salzburg. 

We will see how the Alps formed and the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands. We'll learn about green technology and environmental advances within urban living of the plus-energy town of Vauban. We'll look at the research, technology and production processes of the Auto industry with a BMW Factory Tour and the salt mines where Salzburg gets its name. And we'll celebrate our learning with delicious local foods! If you are interested in the trip or have questions, please contact Mrs. Schooler at .
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.
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. 
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)
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 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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