Sept. 8, 2019

Carondelet Student Leadership Commissioning

Thursday was the Student Leadership commissioning with more than 90 student leaders on the staircase while the student population and faculty did a blessing over them for the year. 
Back to School Night for Parents!
Thursday, Sept. 12th | 6:30 PM

Carondelet faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 pm. The evening begins in the Garaventa Center. Then you'll visit each of your daughter's classes.

Remember that traffic/parking can be difficult on this night, so please plan accordingly. T here are new signs in the neighborhood surrounding Carondelet prohibiting parking from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on school days from Arkell to Winton Drive, which means that parents should not park in the neighborhood.  The deans will be directing cars to available parking spaces before classes begin and, afterward, will help cars and pedestrians leave campus safely.

Below you will find links for an evening schedule. Your daughter can fill in the evening schedule with her courses or you can access her schedule via PowerSchool.

If you need to visit a class at De La Salle, wear comfortable shoes as you only have seven minutes between classes and will have to walk quickly.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone September 12!

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The Week Ahead...

Four days of classes this week (students are off on Friday)! Coffee with the President and Principal in the morning and the Freshman Road to College in the evening on Wednesday, Back to School Night on Thursday,  and no classes on Friday for a Faculty/Staff Professional Day.

Mon. Sept. 9
0-7 | 8:05 am start

Tue. Sept. 10
0-7 | 8:05 am start
Corazon Retreat
Jesuit College Fair | 2:00-4:00 pm

Wed. Sept. 11
X/1/3/5/7 | 8:50 am start
Coffee with the President and Principal | 9:00-10:30 am | Athletics Complex
Freshman Road to College Information Night  7:00 pm | Garaventa Center

Thu. Sept. 12
6/2/4/X | 8:05 am start
Back to School Night | 6:30 pm

Fri. Sept. 13
No School for Students | Faculty/Staff Professional Day

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Know Your Department: Kinesiology Is on the Move!
A Student Scaling an Exercise to Maintain Proper Technique in Soph Wellness

Kinesiology faculty are excited about the department's recent curricular changes and additions. Beginning last year, the Kinesiology department has been collaborating with the Religious Studies department to design a yearlong Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit course. The main goals of this course is to help students establish a sense of community, explore how spirituality fits into wellness
and to teach skills that help our students know themselves, their ideals and values in order to lead a life of heart, faith, courage, and excellence.  

This year, to build on this foundational emphasis of wellness, the Kinesiology Department created Soph Wellness: Kinesthetic Practices. This is an activity-based course designed to introduce students to the latest research and trends in fitness, nutrition and wellness. From stress management and sleep to overall wellbeing, students explore personal health and individual behaviors. Units of study include the components of fitness, development of an exercise plan, posture screening, fueling the body for energy, stress management, self-defense, and CPR training. Utilizing an online fitness platform, students are taught the foundational techniques of strength training that will allow them to progress to more advanced levels. Our goal is that students will gain the confidence and skills necessary to maintain their health and fitness for life.

New on the Sports Medicine front is the addition of student-athletic trainers to Carondelet athletic events. Students enrolled in the Sports Medicine Internship program work directly with CHS certified athletic trainers to gain practical insight and knowledge of the sports medicine field in order to prepare them for potential future opportunities.

Welcome Coffee with President and Principal

Join the Parent Association Board, President Bonnie Cotter and Principal Kevin Cushing to hear about the state of the school and ask questions in an open forum.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 9:00-10:30 am
Carondelet Athletics Complex 3737 Valley Vista Road Walnut Creek
Upcoming Homecoming Dances

T he Frosh/Soph Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, September 21 from 6:30-9:30 pm in the Carondelet Garaventa Center. Guest passes are available in Ms. Duffey's office and are due on Thursday, September 12. 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. Guest passes are available in Ms. Duffey's office and are due on Thursday, September 12. The link will go live this week. 

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.
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. 
Apply for California Scholarship Federation

CSF  fall membership drive is now underway!  You can find our club description and application HERE (student gmail required).  If your daughter has an Honor Certificate from her previous middle school, there is a location to upload the certificate on this form. 

The drive ends on September 9th at 3:00 pm. No applications will be considered after this time. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Silveira
Ven a Ver  DC Immersion Experience
Applications Due Sept. 10th

Ven a Ver DC (November 15th - November 18th) is an immersion into the reality of social injustice and political advocacy. During this experience we will participate in a social justice teach-in with more than 1,700 students from high schools and universities around the country. We'll hear from experts about our responsibility to the needs of our time and have the opportunity to advocate on Capitol Hill. This year our advocacy priorities are humane immigration reform and care for creation. Interested in learning more about these issues and advocating for change? Apply to be part of the group! (Juniors & Seniors may apply.)

Click HERE to download an application or pick one up in the Campus Ministry office.

NOTE: Our application process for Ven a Ver has changed this year and we will have a separate application process for each immersion experience. Find out more about the program 
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
College & Career Updates

Many amazing college events are happening throughout the Bay Area this week including:  Yale Science & Engineering Forum in San Francisco , An Evening with Bates, Carleton, F&M, Oberlin & Whitman Colleges 8 of the Best Colleges Information Night . For more details, check out our  College & Career Calendar .

Jesuit College Fair This Week!
All students are encouraged to attend the Jesuit College Fair on Tuesday, September 10 from 2:00-4:00 pm in the DLS Quad.  

College and Career is Here On Wednesdays Late (HOWL)
Parents of seniors, encourage your students to drop by the College and Career Center on Wednesday afternoons. The college counselors will answer questions, review essays, and help students with their applications. HOWL Wednesdays are a fun tradition that we're excited to bring back this year.  

Juniors and Seniors: Sign up for College Rep Visits

Who's visiting this week?
Ohio Wesleyan, Colgate, Villanova, Hofstra, Santa Clara, Gettysburg, University of Richmond, Sacred Heart, Savannah College of Art and Design, Lehigh, Portland State, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Seton Hall, University of Nevada Reno.

Who's visiting next 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

Freshmen Road to College Information Night   
Wednesday, September 11 at 7:00 pm in the Garaventa Center

Parents and students are invited to attend this special presentation together. You will gain many insights and great tips including the top five things colleges really care about for college admissions, plus helpful timelines of what to do when.
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)
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.
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.
Mills Uniform Summer Store Closes Sept. 14! 

Tues.-Thurs. | 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri.-Sat. | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

5741 Christie Ave., Suite 11 | Emeryville, CA
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