Community e-News l 9.13.20
Thank you to all the seniors who submitted car decorating pictures! Since we cannot see each other's cars around campus, check out the video to see your classmates' cars!

Also, the winners of the car decorating contest are:
  • Coolest handwriting: Melissa F.
  • Neatest Handwriting: Alexa G.
  • Most creative: Maddie W.
  • Most colorful: Trinity E.
  • Best senior slogan: Ava A.
  • Most spirited: Nora S.
The Virtual Week Ahead...

Mon. Sept. 14
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start

Tues. Sept. 15
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start

Wed. Sept. 16
Flex Day l Spotlight: 10th
11th Grade Pick-Up and Junior Ring Order l 9:00 AM to 12 PM l Main Campus
9th & 10th Grade Supply Pick-up l 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM l CAC
12th Grade Supply Pick-up l 2:00 - 4:15 PM l Main Campus

Thu. Sept. 17
1/2/3/7 l 8:15 AM start
Fri. Sept. 18
4/5/6/0 l 8:15 AM start

If you haven't yet, bookmark these pages:
School Pick-Up by Grade Level
Wednesday, Sept. 16

We will be offering grade-level specific pick-ups this Wednesday for course supplies and spirit items. Please view the pick-up details below and note that 9th and 10th grade pick-ups will be at the CAC and 11th and 12th grade pick-ups will be at Main Campus

If you cannot make it to your class pick-up on Wednesday, we will have items available the following Wednesday, Sept. 23. Please contact Caitlin Main for more information. 

9th and 10th Grade Drive-Thru at Carondelet Athletics Complex (11:30 AM - 3 PM)
Please drive the speed limit through the residential neighborhood.
Class Spotlight Supplies & Sisterhood Bracelet (9th grade only)
Free Class T-shirt 

11th Grade Drive-Thru at Main Campus (9 AM - 12 PM)
Junior Ring sizing
Free Class T-shirt
2020 Yearbooks

12th Grade Drive-Thru at Main Campus (2 PM - 4:15 PM)
Senior Shirts and Sweatshirts
Free Class T-shirt
2020 Yearbooks
World Religion Text (Miller)
Forensics Lab Supplies (Hutches)
Main Campus Cohorts

A student interest survey was sent out to all students through Schoology last week to determine interest and availability for Student Life cohorts on our main campus. This feedback is invaluable as we work on planning these cohort opportunities. More information on opportunities and protocols to follow as we finish working out the details. We anticipate Main Campus Cohorts to begin in early October once club rosters are finalized.

Have a question? Contact Jennifer Reinwald, VP of Student Life and Mission.
Student Life Frosh/Soph Town Hall
Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 PM

Hear from the Student Life team about the extracurricular opportunities and support systems for students. We’ll cover the entire Student Life Department, which offers support for all students. Offices presenting include: Campus Ministry, Student Activities, Deans and Attendance, and Wellness Counselors.

This presentation is for families and students in the classes of 2023 and 2024. Attendees must register in advance.
Senior and Junior Town Halls are coming in October! Dates TBA
Kelly Sopak named Basketball head coach

In the CIF, Coach Sopak has secured a record of 398-45 (.898) and garnered sustained postseason success, as well. His postseason accomplishments include 1 CIF Open Division NorCal Championship (2016), 6 CIF NorCal Finals appearances, and 4 NCS Section Championships.

While at Miramonte HS, Sopak coached Sabrina Ionescu who is now one of the most well-regarded athletes in basketball. Ionescu set national records while at the University of Oregon and was drafted #1 overall by the New York Liberty in the WNBA.
Athletics Town Hall Recording

Athletics staff hosted a virtual Town Hall on Thursday, September 10 discussing ongoing camps and cohorts, anticipated tryout dates, and sport-specific information based on schedules from NCS. If you missed it or want to rewatch this recording, visit our Town Halls webpage.
Follow @Go_Carondelet on Twitter l @CarondeletCougars on Instagram l @CougarAthletics on Facebook for the latest Athletics news!
Student Activities Update

So far, for the Class of 2021, we have hosted and are planning to host the following events and initiatives. We have even more ideas that we cannot wait to share once confirmed!

In August, we hosted/began: 
  • Welcome to the Sisterhood prayer service
  • Wrote letters and created Flipgrids for Frosh
  • Virtual car decorating contests
  • Free spirit shirt sign-ups
  • Senior portraits for yearbook and graduation
  • Senior Spotlight with Senior class meeting
  • Planning the Senior skit
  • Athletic cohorts with more Senior access

Future Plans:
  • Collaboration with De La Salle on senior-specific events, currently planning and hoping to provide a Senior Ball this spring
  • Class of 2021 capsule
  • Senior t-shirt and sweatshirt pick-up day on September 16
  • Senior-specific on-campus cohorts
  • Senior-specific Flex Day offerings
  • On campus SAT on October 14
  • Senior Spotlight events, the next one on October 7
  • Schoolwide initiatives
  • And more!

We are hoping to continue to create initiatives and events that celebrate the hard work and effort of the Class of 2021!

Class of 2022:
Please see the item in this e-news concerning the drive through junior ring sizing/ payments on 9/16. Plans for a Junior Ring Ceremony in a format following public health guidelines in November, date to be announced soon.

Student activities updates for all classes!
  • Interactive club website launched 9/8
  • Virtual club fair 9/23 from 11:15 AM -12:15 PM
  • Distribution of free spirit shirts at the 9/16 supply pick up
  • Class specific Spotlight events, Sophomores on 9/16
  • Main Campus Cohorts are in the planning phase
  • Opportunities for students to run their own exploratory, ran first successful training workshop on 9/10
  • And more to come!
Frosh Day of Service

This year’s Frosh Day of Service on Wed. Oct. 14 will be a virtual experience! Students will learn about Catholic Social Teaching, engage in a poverty simulation, and learn what it means to care for the dear neighbor without distinction, one of our CSJ charisms.
Ven a Ver DC - Application Coming Soon!

This year, Ven a Ver DC will be a virtual immersion experience! (Juniors and Seniors may apply) We will have 4 sessions during the exploratory period (from 2-4pm) on Flex Days starting on October 21st. We’ll be incorporating elements from the Ignatian Family Teach in, whose theme for the year is "Prophetic Resilience: Breaking Down, Building Up." We'll share more details in next week’s newsletter, including the application! Contact Ms. Miranda, Campus Minister for Community Service and Social Advocacy, with any questions.
Spiritual Growth Opportunities in
Upcoming Class Spotlights

September 16 - Sophomores: “Unifying Love - Building Community with Our Gifts”
  • During the Sophomores’ Christian Living religion class on Mon., Sept. 14 and Tues., Sept. 15, we will spend some time learning about the CSJ charism of “Unifying Love.” They will also discover the spiritual gifts they possess and what each gift means.
  • This experience will culminate in a liturgy on Wednesday. 
September 23 - Juniors: “Eyes Open, Ears Attentive, Sleeves Rolled up for Ministry”
  • Juniors will explore citizenship, civic engagement, inclusion, and equity. The day will begin with prayerful reflection led by Campus Ministry. 
September 30 - Freshwomen: “CSJ Women of Heart” 
  • Frosh students will be introduced to the rich tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the call to become Women of Heart, Faith, and Courage.
  • Campus Ministers will visit all Frosh Mind, Body, Spirit classes on Mon. Sept. 28 and Tues. Sept. 29 to facilitate special activities, which will culminate in more activities and communal prayer on Wed. Sept. 30. 
  • This week, students will receive important information in their religion class about the supplies they will need to pick up at school for the activities that will take place Sept. 28-30.

Senior Retreat ~ Journey

  • Though we cannot use the name Kairos for proprietary reasons, we are happy to provide Seniors with a Kairos-inspired retreat that incorporates many aspects of Kairos to create a similar experience for our students. 
  • We are lucky to be able to provide an in-person retreat for our seniors during such uncertain times. Journey is a three-day retreat, held on campus and at the San Damiano Retreat Center. Although we cannot provide the overnight component, seniors will experience many of the long-awaited Kairos traditions such as small groups, leader talks, and other special gifts/surprises.
  • Students must register for Journey by Sept. 30, 2020. The sooner seniors attend, the sooner they will be able to apply to lead a Journey retreat in the spring. If we are still in Distance Learning, Journey will be a cohort and the school policy for cohorts will apply and a “cooling off” period from other cohorts may be required.
Do you love reading books?

Carondelet Parents/Guardians, Aunts/Uncles, & Grandparents ~ Want to connect with new people? Have you considered joining a book club before but never did? Then join Carondelet’s Virtual Book Club led by Dr. Chaponot! Starting on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:00 PM. All meetings via Zoom.

Join our first meeting to learn more about it. Register Here
College & Career Connections

A new program sponsored by the Alumnae Association and College & Career Counseling for our students.

Join us weekly during Flex Days, Wednesday 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, to hear from guest speakers about life from high school to college to a career. Ask questions about the path they took to get there and what advice they have for you.

Trying to figure out everything about college? Listen to recent college graduates talk about what college life is like at their alma mater. Ask them questions and get advice on how to make your college experience rewarding.

Sept. 16th - Career Exploration: Marketing Industry
Join our guest panelists to hear their stories and ask questions about working in the marketing industry.

  • Michelle Martin '84 | Sr Director Marketing, Aerin Medical
  • Staci Maher Ball '87 | Director, Innovation Insights & Consumer Affairs, The Clorox Company
  • Kelsey Dempsey '18 | Marketing Intern, Glint

Sept. 23rd - College Connections: UCLA & Loyola Marymount
Considering applying to one of these colleges? Hear directly from recent graduates about attending school there and ask questions.

  • Katie Molyneux '14 - Graduated UCLA '18 | Major: Political Science & Communications
  • Jordan Pittsey '15 - Graduated Loyola Marymount '19 | Major: Finance

Sept. 30th - Career Exploration: Mental Health/Social Work
Join our guest panelists to hear their stories and ask questions about working in the
mental health industry.

  • Jonna Hall '98 | Child Welfare Worker/Child Protective Services, Alameda County
  • Andrea Garcia Pezel '99 | Medical Social Worker, Sutter Care at Home
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:

  • Senior families, plan to attend (virtually) Financial Aid Night on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 PM
  • Register online for the SAT at Carondelet on Wednesday, Oct. 14 (open only to seniors). The final day to register is Sept. 28
  • Become an election worker
  • Attend a UC for You event
  • Good Tidings Community Service Scholarship application is now open.

And much more!
Broadcast to 8th Grade families!

The Admissions portal has opened for the class of 2025! Tell your friends and families with students in 8th grade that they can now sign up for Virtual Town Halls, Student Ambassador Video Calls, and School Tours.
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!
Carondelet Car Magnets
Carondelet Car Window Decal
You can now shop Clearance items by size!
Friday's Morning Prayer
On Friday, at the end of a week full of dark skies, we remembered the darkness and suffering of September 11, 2001. Let us call upon the Light of God to fill our world and our hearts with hope. St. Joseph... Pray for us. God is my light! In the name of the Creator, of the Redeemer, and of the Sustainer. Amen. Watch the September 11 prayer video.
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