Community e-News l 10.25.20
Our campus is ready with distanced desks, marked walkways, increased cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer stations, more outdoor and large-area classroom spaces, extra monitors and computers for teachers, USB mics for Zoom, and daily health self-screenings. Masks and six feet of distancing will be required at all times. Students were back on campus last week for Orientation to get familiar with the new safety guidelines. 

School will look and feel different. Navigating our campus reopening is challenging and evaluating what works and what doesn't work is going to be a continuous improvement process. Our highest priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our students, families, faculty, and staff. We look forward to welcoming our students back to campus! 

The Week Ahead...

Mon. Oct. 26
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (A-K on campus)

Tues. Oct. 27
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (A-K on campus)

Wed. Oct. 28

Thu. Oct. 29
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start (L-Z on campus)

Fri. Oct. 30
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start (L-Z on campus)


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PSPS Power Outages

We are aware that a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) is scheduled to begin later today and last through at least Monday evening, affecting some of you, our families, and faculty and staff. If you are experiencing issues due to a power outage, please reach out to your teachers and contact the Attendance Office by email (preferred) or by calling 925.686.5353 x359 when you are safely able to do so. We do not expect the PSPS to impact the main campus or the CAC and both will operate as expected this week.
Uniform & Appearance Code for Hybrid

Students are encouraged to wear our Friday/Casual uniform while on campus. This includes blue jeans and any Carondelet-branded top. Pants should be capri-length or longer and free from rips and holes. Our regular, everyday uniform is also an acceptable option for students. Need more info on our school uniform? Review the school uniform here.

We are extending a special privilege to our Seniors! During hybrid, seniors may wear opaque black leggings, capri-length or longer free from rips, holes, and cutouts.

When we return to campus, the expectation is that hair is a natural color. Students should make any necessary changes to ensure that they are following our appearance code.
AP Test payments due this week

Payment for AP Tests is now available at a cost of $95 per exam. Payment is collected online with debit or credit. All students in AP classes are automatically enrolled to take the exam. If you choose to not take the exam, do not pay for it and an exam will not be ordered for you. The final day to pay is Friday, October 30.
National Merit Commended Scholars

Grace Baer, Elizabeth Chung, Brooke Kocher, and Lily Madrigal, all of whom are seniors, were named Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The distinction recognizes students with exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

“Of course we’re proud of all of our students,” Kevin Cushing said, “but this special recognition is a real testament to the hard work and the diligence that these seniors have put in throughout their time at Carondelet. This is fantastic recognition for the work they’ve done and we know they have much to contribute to their communities and our world in their years ahead.” Read the full story with student quotes.
Pre-order Lunches through Epicurean

This year, we are pleased to offer boxed lunches for those who pre-order through our online system.
Any student who would like a boxed lunch will need to pre-order by Thursday of the week before. To order learn more about the program, creating or updating your account, and ordering lunch, please visit the Cafeteria webpage.
Cougar Athletics Update

Athletics Lockers
In order to follow COVID safety protocols, all athletic gear/equipment must be placed in the locker room prior to the start of the school day. If gear/equipment is left in school hallways it will be removed. Repeat offenders will temporarily lose access to their gear and could be suspended from team activities for a week or longer. View full instructions.

Afternoon Shuttle to the CAC
Based on the dozens of sign-ups we received from our CAC Afternoon Shuttle Registration Form, the shuttle will run after school Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays starting at 3:05 PM. There is a max capacity of 14 athletes on the bus at a time, so multiple trips between the main campus and the CAC will likely be needed. Athletes with a camp start time of 3:45 PM will have priority and athletes with a 4:00 PM or later start time will go on the second trip if one is needed.

The shuttle will start running tomorrow, Monday, October 26. All the riders will meet outside of the locker room to grab any equipment they have stored there and all will walk over to the Winton Drive shuttle pickup site together at 3:05 PM with the designated adult supervisor. No student-athlete may head to Winton Drive directly, they must first meet at the locker room.  

If the athletes arrive at the CAC early for their camp they will do homework in the CAC courtyard behind the Cougar Lounge. They will all be expected to continue social distance, wear masks, and will be supervised while studying.

All student-athletes must register for the bus with the registration form. No unregistered student-athletes will be permitted to ride the shuttle. For any questions regarding the Shuttle Service to the CAC please contact Ms. Milano or Ms. Arroyo.  

Gatorade G-Week
"Athletes! Carondelet High School has been chosen to participate in "G-Week" this year. G-Week is an experience put on by Gatorade since we are a sponsored Gatorade school. Due to COVID, the experience is a bit different, but still amazing. We will have goodie bags for student-athletes starting on October 28, they will be first come first serve! Come by the athletic training room and get your goodie bag after your camp!" 

Student-Athlete College Information Night
Students interested in playing sports in college and learning more about the college recruitment process are invited to an informative presentation about college athletics. Speakers include:
  • Tom Bowen - President and Founder of Bellwether: an Athletic Leadership Strategy company; Former Director of Athletics at the University of Memphis, San Jose State University, and De La Salle High School
  • Karen Yoder - Director of Athletics and Physical Ed at Cal State Maritime Academy (NAIA)
  • Christine Worsely - Athletic Director at Diablo Valley College (NJCAA)
Monday, October 26 at 5:00-6:00 PM
More information and link to join at: DLS website/Athletics 

BSN Fan Gear has arrived
Families and athletes who ordered gear form the team store can pick up their orders at the CAC on Wed. Oct. 28 between 1-3 PM. Please contact Ms. Arroyo if you are unavailable at that time.

Athletic Cohorts
Now that we are moving into hybrid learning, we’re making some adjustments to athletics cohorts.
  • Basketball cohorts will begin in the Gym the week of October 26 and meeting T/Th.
  • Volleyball cohorts will complete Camp Session 4 at the CAC, then will start in the Gym M/W beginning November 2.
  • Student-Athletes will continue to be limited to two athletic cohorts per Camp. If they wish to switch cohorts at any point they will need to take a week off between finishing one cohort and beginning a new cohort.
  • Camp Dates
  • Camp #4 - October 12-November 1
  • Camp #5 - November 2-November 22
  • Camp #6 - November 30-December 12 (this end date is subject to change)

Cougar Light
This week's Cougar Light is sophomore Zoe Gregarious! Last year Zoe was one of a handful of Freshmen who made the Varsity Basketball team. Check out Zoe's Cougar Light profile on our Instagram @carondeletcougars or Twitter @go_carondelet feeds!  

Follow @Go_Carondelet on Twitter l @CarondeletCougars on Instagram l @CougarAthletics on Facebook for the latest Cougar Athletics news!
Visions of Christmas
Events coming to you virtually this year!

Get into the "Spirit of the Season" and join us for many events and opportunities during Visions of Christmas this year! Registration for the virtual event, Tea Box Orders, and Spirit Tree drawing are open now! Please visit our website for more information:

Visions of Christmas
Thursday, November 19, 6:30-7:30 PM
Virtual Event including performances by students, highlights from faculty and staff, fashion show, Sisterhood Fund support, and the drawing of our famous Spirit Trees.

Register today and be one of the first 300 people to be entered to win an iPad!

Tea for Two ~ Selling out fast, don't miss out!
Oct. 21 - Nov. 9
Pre-order your Carondelet gift box including scone mix, tea and strainer, lemon curd, cookies, jam, honey, candy, and a Visions recipe book for all you need to have your own tea party at home for our virtual event!

Spirit Christmas Tree Drawing
Oct. 21 - Nov. 18
When you make a donation to Carondelet you are entered into an overall drawing to win one of our fabulous Spirit Trees!

Spirit of Visions Registries
Please shop within these registries (Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Williams Sonoma) for items that will support our online auction and Spirit trees. If you can’t decide what to buy, gift cards are a great option. All items will be shipped directly to the school.

Got Wine and Whiskey?
We are going to auction off an instant wine cellar and whisky bar in our online Visions of Christmas auction, but need help stocking them! All items requested are listed in our volunteer website, Cervis. Please take a moment to look at the descriptions and sign up there. It’s easy! Just add your name and drop off the bottles to the Convent during school hours. Details are in the descriptions within Cervis. If you are new to Carondelet you will need to set up your account through the Cervis link.

Coming Soon...

Online Auction
Nov. 16-23
Bid on exclusive Carondelet packages, vacation getaways and much more.

Online Christmas Market
Nov. 16-23
Shop from home with more than 17 local and national vendors. A portion of the proceeds are donated back to Carondelet.
Campus Ministry Updates

Jefferson Awards Nominations - Open through Friday, November 6

The Multiplying Good, Students In Action Program seeks to empower students to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact. 

Through celebration, Multiplying Good grants Jefferson Awards that are meant to honor a person's commitment to service and inspire action in others to create positive change within their communities and the world.

Please nominate any Carondelet student, parent, teacher, or staff member who demonstrates extraordinary service. The nominee may qualify in one of two ways:
The Continuous Service Award - They have given an extraordinary amount of time to community service. 
The Special Projects Award - They have seen a need that was being neglected and created a service opportunity to take care of that need. 

Nominations are due by the end of the day on Friday, November 6. 
Nominate a Carondelet Community Member. 

Questions? Email Ms. Miranda at vmiranda@carondeleths.org.

Junior Liturgy - Wed. Oct. 28
We are so excited that you are the first group to celebrate a liturgy together on campus! We will begin Junior Spotlight in communal prayer this Wednesday at 8:15 AM. Since we cannot gather in large groups, even for liturgy, we will gather in smaller groups at various locations around campus. You will receive information on Tuesday about which location to go to when you arrive for liturgy. 

Our liturgy will focus on the All Saints and All Souls feast days, which kick off a month of remembering those who have died. During November, the church invites us to pause and recognize that our communion with those we love reaches beyond the confines of time and place. Juniors, to prepare for our Prayer Service, please find a photo of a loved one who has died and, either bring it to liturgy on Wednesday, or have it with you if you are participating in the prayer from home.
Student Activities Updates

ASB Update
This month is Hispanic Heritage Month, so make sure to stay tuned to Schoology and ASB’s instagram page for fun facts and ways to connect!
Senior Yearbook Ad Sales Extended!

Class of 2021 Families ~ Each year, the yearbook staff sells Dedication/Tribute spaces to senior families in the yearbook. This is a special section and many students flip here first when they receive their book. The deadline to create and purchase your space has been extended to December 1. Details can be found on our site. Ready to purchase, click here to get to the Ad Creation site.
Senior Council Updates

We are excitedly planning our senior class Flex Day and figuring out ways to make it safe and fun for hybrid and at home students! Thank you for all the seniors who helped film our senior skit! We are excited to show the final product at our senior flex day on November fourth!

Sophomore Council
Soph Council will be having Halloween Week! It will be like a countdown to spooky season dedicated to fun Halloween activities and competitions. Some activities will be baking vlogs, pumpkin carving, and many more fun ideas!
Student Life Updates

Junior Spotlight this week!
The day will begin with an All Saints and All Souls Day liturgy and continue with activities organized by Junior Council and the Student Life Team. You will receive information about which location you’ll be in for liturgy. Aslo, keep an eye out for a Signup Genius where you can choose which activity you’d like to participate in with your friends for the second half of the morning.

Upcoming Spotlights
11/4 Senior Spotlight
Senior Council and the Student Life Team are working on creating a special, meaningful on campus Spotlight for the Class of 2021. Seniors will also practice a mindfulness practice that they were introduced to at their last spotlight. Details soon!

11/18 Frosh Spotlight
Frosh Council and the Student Life Team with the help of the senior peer counselors are working on creating a fun, interactive on campus Spotlight for the Class of 2024. Details soon!

Main Campus Cohorts
Main Campus Cohorts will continue during hybrid model. There are some changes to cohort guidelines:
  • Main Campus cohorts can have up to 16 students, which is the maximum number of students we can have in a classroom socially distanced.
  • Students can participate in more than one main campus cohort.  
  • Students can participate in two athletic cohorts and main campus cohorts.
  • Main campus cohorts will begin shortly after the last class on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in most cases.

Class and club moderators are working with their groups to discuss cohort possibilities.

November Frosh Activity Hour Opportunity
We wrapped up the October Frosh Social Cohorts this past week. The students enjoyed making friendship bracelets, icebreakers, and Air Pictionary.
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:

College & Career Weekly Updates
  • Save the Date: Monday, October 26 at 5:00 PM will be the CHS/DLS Student-Athlete College Information Night for students who are interested in learning more about the recruitment process. Zoom Link
  • Hear from former deans and directors of admissions about different STEM majors and how to expand students’ STEM activities.
  • Participate in a Junior Achievement business program.
  • Apply to be considered for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
  • Apply for the Seattle University Sullivan Leadership Award to be considered for a full tuition scholarship!
  • Are you the first in your family to go to college? If so, Chapman University students have created a mentoring program to support students and help them apply to colleges.
  • Attend the Collegewise College Fair.
  • Real Talk is a virtual college exploration series designed to connect black students with admissions representatives from universities across the country. Join College Board for Real Talk: Ivy Edition to connect with Ivy League institutions.
  • Participate in an upcoming College Rep Visit: Fordham, University of Nevada Reno, Loyola University New Orleans, DePaul, Emmanuel College-Boston, University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Chico State, Rutgers, UC Merced, Saint Mary’s, Biola, and many more.
School Store
Direct Delivery to Your Home Available
Shop for home delivery for your student or yourself at the Carondelet online school store. Lots of new accessories and spirit wear available for your family!

Get an extra 10% off everything in the school store this month!

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Choose one Comfy Pant and one Spirit Tee, and get Cozy Cougar Socks and a Carondelet Flag for FREE!

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You can now shop Clearance items by size!
As many of us return to campus on Monday, we pray for a safe and successful first week back. God, we pray that we become acclimated to this new environment at school, and that we can feel comfortable when we return. We pray for the health and safety of our students, teachers, and families, as well as protection against sickness and stress. St. Joseph, Pray for us. God is my light. Amen. Follow Carondelet Spiritual Life Council @Carondelet_SLC
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