Community e-News l 11.22.20
Gratefulness is Good for the Soul

As many of us celebrate Thanksgiving, we may be missing the togetherness and traditions we’ve shared in seasons past. But Thanksgiving provides the opportunity for all of us to be reminded that no matter our differences, we are still one people and part of something much larger than ourselves. We are all being asked to make sacrifices for the good of our “dear neighbor” and to protect loved ones near and far. While it would be easy to focus on threats and worries, adopting an attitude of gratitude can help us nurture positive emotions like joy, love, and contentment.

Gratefulness is good for the soul. With it, we can sustain optimism and unlock the fullness of our lives, turning what we have into enough. At this time of reflection, let us open our hearts and remember those who are sick, suffering, and making sacrifices much greater than our own. May we appreciate those who are near, those who are in our hearts, recognize our abundant blessings, and be always ready to share them with others whenever and wherever opportunities arise.

With deep gratitude and warmest wishes from our Carondelet family to yours, happy Thanksgiving,

Annette Richardson Eros ‘85
The two weeks ahead...

Mon. Nov. 23
Thanksgiving Break begins
Visions Online Auction and Online Marketplace closes

Thu. Nov. 26
Happy Thanksgiving full of blessings and gratitude
Last day to schedule On-Campus COVID-19 Test appt.

Mon. Nov. 30
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (A-K on campus)

Tues. Dec. 1
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (A-K on campus)
School Pictures for A-K Hybrid students | Make your appointment

Wed. Dec. 2
Flex Day (No Spotlight)
On-Campus COVID-19 Testing by appointment only

Thu. Dec. 3
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (L-Z on campus)

Fri. Dec. 4
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (L-Z on campus)
School Pictures for L-Z Hybrid students | Make your appointment

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COVID Update

Holidays in the COVID-19 world are going to be a challenge for all of us. To keep our community safe and our school open, it is as much about what happens off campus, as on campus. Though we have no desire to intrude on a family's personal plans and interactions, we remain concerned about our return to campus after Thanksgiving break, knowing that there is an inevitable increase in travel and social interaction. As messaged  last week, if your family is in a situation where they are not able to consistently follow social distancing and masking protocols, please move to distance learning until your family has taken a COVID-19 test and received negative results. This is not intended as punishment or a negative request, we want to be able to continue with hybrid learning up to Christmas break and create as safe an environment as possible for our students, families, and our employees. Families who intend to move to distance learning the week after Thanksgiving should alert Malisa Meemari in the Attendance Office.

As the county has moved back to the Purple/Widespread designation and the spread of COVID-19 is increasing, know that we are prepared to adapt our learning environments as needed. The reason that we are able to remain open even though we are in the purple designation is that we have shown an ability to create a safe environment and to control the spread of COVID-19 through those protocols. This was messaged by County Health in advance of our opening in the hybrid and we are grateful for all the help from everyone on campus in enforcing the necessary steps that allow us to keep our hybrid learning in place. We will keep you posted as we receive information moving forward.

As a reminder, we will host free on-campus testing for students on Wednesday, December. 2 by appointment only. Schedule your appointment by this Thursday, Nov. 26. We strongly encourage those students in our hybrid program to be tested on this date or with your medical provider or through the county. Know that we are looking into creating more frequent testing for spring semester, working within the stipulations that the company we work with has in place.

Our students are doing a great job in the use of masks and our distancing in classrooms is excellent. Lunch is the most difficult time to ensure separation, but our students have been cooperative when we have reminded them to create that 6 feet of distancing. It is this area that concerns us most in terms of travel and interaction with others over Thanksgiving as students have to unmask while eating and drinking.
Carondelet received notification of a student's positive test on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The student was last on campus the previous Thursday, Nov. 12. Working with Contra Costa County Health, contact tracing showed that distancing and masking protocols were followed and there was no need for other students to quarantine. Messaging in a case like this is sent to students in a shared classroom and it's through the contact tracing that we determine the need for other students having to quarantine and possibly stay home from school. Again, this emphasizes the importance of masking and distancing with all students and faculty participating while in the hybrid environment.
Seniors - Yearbook due dates coming

Class of 2021 Seniors & Families,
Yearbook has several important items that are all due to us by December 1.

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know:
Early College Credit - new courses available

Enrollment for Early College Credit classes through the College of the Siskiyous for spring is now open. Visit our Early College Credit webpage for class schedules and registration forms. These classes are available for sophomores, juniors and seniors, but make sure you are not overloading yourself with too much work. These classes are entirely online and do require 3-5 hours per week of dedicated time. Please reach out to Mr. Cushing if you have questions or for more information. Return registration form to Mr. Cushing via email or you can drop forms off in his office on his desk if you are on campus.
School Pictures

Freshmen, sophomore, and junior hybrid students will take their school photo the week after Thanksgiving break. Creative Imaging will be on campus from 1:30-3:30 PM on:
  • December 1 for Mon./Tue. hybrid students
  • December 4 for Thu./Fri. hybrid students
Sign up for appointments now!

Ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students who are in our distance learning model will have their school photo day in January. More information to come. Seniors, we will use your senior portraits for your ID card. More information on distribution to come.
Jefferson Awards

The Jefferson Awards are granted by Multiplying Good, a national organization which supports, encourages, and recognizes high school students who contribute extraordinary service to their community. This year, Multiplying Good was able to award five students for their service! The recipients were interviewed by Ms. Miranda, one of the moderators for the Multiplying Good club on campus. See the recipients below, and check out their video interviews on the Carondelet Youtube page.

Shaila Santos - Recipient of the Continuous Service Award for her service with Para Ti Global.
Mary Saunders - Recipient of the Continuous Service Award for her service with the Lindsay Wildlife Museum.
Paige Pearson - Recipient of the Special Project Award for her project, Letters of Mercy.
Maddy Wilson - Recipient of the Special Project Award for her service with Curvy Girls International and the scoliosis community.
Jordyn Young - Recipient of the Special Project Award for her service with the Contra Costa Juvenile Hall Hall Closet.

We would also like to recognize the students who were nominated for Jefferson Awards! View their bios and information.
Ordering lunch at school is now easier and cheaper!

Our food vendor, Epicurean, has cut their prices and now allows pre-orders up to the 4 PM the day before.
Women of Will!

Margaret Gallagher '22 produced this video featuring Cougar student-athletes as part of Under Armour's Women of Will day last week, celebrating women in all levels of sport.

During the Women of Will event, we had the opportunity to e-connect with female athletes across the country. What a phenomenal experience. It was so inspiring and gave us hope for the future. We are #CougarStrong!
Cougar Athletics Update
Important Upcoming Dates

November 20 - Last day of fall camps
December 7 - Winter sports tryouts start 
Cross Country - December 7-11 - 3:30-5:00 PM @ Carondelet (meet outside the locker room)
Rugby - December 8 and 10 - 3:45-5:15 PM @ the CAC
Volleyball - December 7-11 *Coaches can adjust groups after the first day depending on level of play* @ Carondelet Gym
  • Freshman tryouts 3:30 to 5 PM
  • Sophomores 5:15 to 6:45 PM
  • Juniors and Seniors 7 to 8:30 PM
Water Polo - December 7, 8, and 9 - 3:45-5:45 PM @ the CAC
Fall Camps
As our fall camps come to a close we would like to recognize all of our amazing coaches. Even though this was their typical season of play for many of them, they didn't hesitate to adjust their schedules to give our girls these opportunities to train. More importantly they gave them the ability to have a mental break from Zoom school and a chance to interact with their sisters. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

We will be taking a break from camps following Thanksgiving Break and are hoping to restart them once we return to school in January. During this time we will be working to ensure that the winter sports are running smoothly and safely (see tryout schedule above).
This Week's CougarLight

We will be highlighting dual sport athlete Emma Semansky (Water Polo and Lacrosse) as our Cougar Light this week. Check out our Instagram @carondeletcougars or Twitter feed @go_carondelet to find out more about Emma!

Follow @Go_Carondelet on Twitter l @CarondeletCougars on Instagram l @CougarAthletics on Facebook for the latest Cougar Athletics news!
Our first-ever virtual Visions of Christmas and Spirit Tree Drawing was an evening of celebration, gratitude, friendship, and generosity. We are thrilled and humbled by the dedication and love of our Carondelet family!

If you missed the event, we invite you to watch the full program video anytime. The holiday spirit, participation and support of our virtual guests made it a night to remember. We are deeply grateful for your investment in Carondelet. Together, we raised $56,085 for the Sisterhood Fund - a newly established fund benefiting our students by removing obstacles to inclusion in the full Carondelet educational experience - and $30,200 through our Spirit Tree Drawing.

Online Auction closes tomorrow at 10 PM! Bid on getaways, gifts for your home, and exclusive CHS prizes like parking spots and extra Graduation seats.

Online Christmas Market closes tomorrow Monday. Shop online from local businesses with a portion of proceeds benefiting Carondelet.
THANKS for GIVING food Drive
Update & Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who participated in our THANKS for GIVING food Drive. With your generosity, we were able to donate 400+ food items to Monument Crisis Center!

We want to give thanks to those who helped publicize, organize, and count items during the drive: thank you to students from SLC, ASB, Kids Against Hunger, Multiplying Good, CSF, and NHS. We also want to give a special thank you to Gaby de Luca ‘24, for coordinating and spearheading the food drive. You all were invaluable to the drive’s success!
Student Life Updates

Class Spotlights after Thanksgiving Break
When we return after Thanksgiving break, on-campus Class Spotlights will resume on Wednesday, 12/9. Two classes will have spotlights that day: sophomores in the morning, and juniors in the afternoon. More information on activities and times will be announced towards the end of Thanksgiving Break.
College & Career Updates

Each week, your College & Career counselors will share updates for students and families about upcoming opportunities for your road to college. In this week's edition, here are some of the highlights:
  • Sophomore and Junior families: Save the Date! Road to College will be held (virtually) on January 19 from 6:30-8:45 PM. Families will have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics such as standardized testing, UC admissions, community college opportunities, selective college admissions, attending college as a first-generation student, developing a college list, applying to nursing programs, honors colleges, and more! 
  • Seniors: We want to remind you that UC Applications are due on November 30 and CSU applications are due on Dec. 4. Do not wait until the last minute to apply!
  • Watch a Coalition for College video about how to effectively communicate with colleges.
  • Attend an information session Dec. 1 with Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science
  • Participate in a live virtual tour and student panel with UC San Diego.
  • Love traveling the world? Consider starting your first year or semester of college earning college credits while living in another country. Learn more about Verto Education opportunities.
School Store

Black Friday specials coming Friday to the School Store!
Our most popular student-designed tee
Bella+Canvas® Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee
On sale now for $18
The North Face fall fave
The North Face® Mountain Peaks 1/4-Zip Fleece Jacket
On sale now for $102.50
That Fall Feeling! Best Overall
Photographer: Kamari Thomas '24

Thanks to everyone who joined Photo Walk #6: Autumn with Chris Walsh, Director of the Center for Innovation. Great color contrast and composition. You can almost imagine hearing the leaves crunch as the bike rolls through them. And it looks like the bike is just floating on a bed of leaves. Nice work!
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