ST. ISIDORE SCHOOL
ALUMNI NEWSLETTER
May 17, 2019 Volume 2
Welcome....
Dear St. Isidore School alumni, parents, and friends:

I hope this letter finds you well!

The first SIS Alumni Newsletter, sent in January, was exciting new territory for us! This program has been long in the making and seems more attainable due to modern modes of communication. Long gone are the days of binders full of contact information and snail mail. Though we may sometimes miss the old ways of doing things, we are grateful to be able to connect with you on so many levels. Email, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... we even launched an SIS blog. I sincerely thank those who took time out of their busy schedules to read our first newsletter, and also thank those who reached out after reading. It felt wonderful to be reacquainted. Every response was celebrated!

The faculty and staff at St. Isidore School are busy putting the finishing touches on another school year. The close of yet another year serves as a great opportunity to celebrate our students and their accomplishments as well as those who are graduating. Welcome Class of 2019 to the SIS Alumni family! The year’s end also serves as a reminder that people move on. It is always difficult to say goodbye to students and families whom we have grown to know and love, but we rest assured that we will see them again. Graduates of all ages occasionally return to campus, and their visits brighten our days. Believe it or not, we remember you and speak of you often. If you have yet to visit, please know you are welcome anytime!

The effort to grow and strengthen the SIS Alumni Program continues. I hope that you enjoy this latest newsletter and will take a moment to respond. Please also help us by forwarding the letter to family and friends who might also enjoy it. As always, thank you for your time and your love. Yay, St. Isidore!

Have a wonderful summer,

Maria Ward
Principal
St. Isidore School
Where are they now. .
Tell us what you've been up to! We're eager to hear and share your stories of life, love, happiness, service, and adventure. Email alumni@stisidore.org to share!
Class of 2000
Jalina Porter
J. Jalina Porter is the daughter of Tracy and Terri Porter, and a 2000 graduate of St. Isidore School. After graduating from Carondelet High School and Howard University, Jalina went onto serve in the Peace Corps in Cambodia.
Jalina is currently a Communications Director at the United States Congress and pursuing her
masters degree at Georgetown University.

Jalina’s passion of performing, politics, and peace has allowed her to work with a plethora of think tanks, advocacy organizations, publicly traded companies, and sports and entertainment powerhouses, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, National Lacrosse League, and Viacom Media.

She was recently accepted as a part of the 2019 Hoover Institution Stuart Family Congressional Fellowship program at Stanford University. Outside of the office and school, Jalina enjoys adventurous travel, practicing yoga, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. Connect with Jalina on Twitter: ​@justjalina.

Favorite SIS Memory: School Families and Mrs. Grubb.
Taking time to give back...
We look forward to visits from our alumni after they graduate. They return to visit with staff, see campus updates, and volunteer at our school. Several SIS alumni volunteered their time to help judge the annual SIS Science Fair. Pictured is alumnus Paul Wolfert, class of 2011. We truly appreciate them sharing their love for science with our students.
Thank you for your years of service..
This year, we fondly say farewell to several longstanding faculty and staff. We are grateful for the years of service they have given to this community. Please join us in wishing these fabulous women the best on their future endeavors.

Please join us in honoring our retirees in a celebration after the 4 o’clock mass
on June 1st. Click here to RSVP!
Mrs. Kittie Bobich
Mrs. Bobich will finish her 25-year association with St. Isidore School when she retires this June. She became a St. Isidore parent when her son, Michael, was admitted to the first doubled kindergarten in 1994. Over the next three years, she watched SIS grow into the doubled classroom school that it is today. Ellen followed two years later, and Laura, four years after that. After 15 years of driving through carpool, serving as room mom, decorating for Grandparents Day, baking apple pies and Agape bread, and partnering with her husband as PTG presidents, Mrs. Bobich answered Mrs. Schroeder’s call and joined the staff in 2007 to assist Ms. Clary in first grade. After four years of supporting teachers, she was ready to jump back into the career she began in 1980 as head teacher in second grade. While there is so much about second grade to love—Flat Stanley, Pigs, Winchester the Birthday Bunny, and the Oakland Zoo—her passion has always been teaching children about a forgiving and loving God through the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. While it has been her joy to see children learn to read, it has been a greater honor to witness them receiving Jesus for the first time.

In retirement she plans to sleep past 5:15 a.m. every day and spend as much time visiting her son Michael (class of 2003), his wife Molly, and grandson Henry in Boston; her daughter Ellen (class of 2005) and her husband Sean in Atlanta; and her daughter Laura (class of 2009) in Chicago.
 
While she is leaving the school, Mrs. Bobich will still be a regular at 12:15 Mass. Please never hesitate to come by and catch up.
Ms. Pat Crossen
Ms.Crossen has been part of the St. Isidore School for 41 years. She has served the school well as the school Band Director and as an Office Staffer. Her deep love of music has inspired thousands of kids to read and play music. She has led countless band concerts and has personally played at numerous Veterans Day ceremonies. Ms. Crossen is known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and love of all things Oakland A’s.

All are welcome to join us for Ms. Crossen's last band concert on Wednesday, May 22nd at 6pm in the Bensen Gym. Please help us spread the word to other alumni.
Mrs. JoeAnne Doyle
Mrs. Doyle has been a dedicated member of our Resource Department for 15 years. She has helped countless students develop and progress academically. She has brought heartfelt passion and commitment to our program, and she is a wealth of knowledge with her extensive background. Mrs. Doyle was originally a school parent at SIS. Her son and daughter started SIS when it opened in 1962. Several of her grandchildren have also attended.
Mrs. Susan Esposito
Our wonderful Mrs. Susan Esposito began her teaching career in 1975. Over 44 years, Mrs. Esposito has helped thousands of children learn and grow. She has taught students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade in both private and public schools. She has taught in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and California. Her career at St. Isidore School began in 1996 as a Kindergarten teacher. In Kindergarten, Mrs. Esposito found her forever home. She is our “Queen of Kindergarten”. Those students she has taught are better for it, as she loves teaching children about their faith and watching them grow in their "Love for God", "Knowledge of God", and "Service to God".
 
In retirement, Mrs. Esposito plans to embrace her inner "Suzy Homemaker". She enjoys being home, cooking, cleaning and gardening. She can’t wait to visit her children. Daughter Gina was married in September 2018 and is a news reporter. Gina lives with her husband in Charlotte, North Carolina. Susan’s son, Rob, is graduating from medical school this May. He attends University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical School. He will go on to residency (he finds out in March where he will go) for six more years, specializing in interventional radiology. Susan says "The best is yet to come!” We will miss Susan’s kindness, love and gentle demeanor.
Mrs. Bonnie Kilzer
Mrs. Kilzer is known to many as the lady who knows it all. She came to SIS 22 years ago as a 1st Grade Instructional Assistant. After a few years, she found her home in the office as the SIS Plant Manager. She is known to many as the key master, the closet keeper, and the room booker. She has handled an endless list of responsibilities.
Welcome New Alumni...
As the class of 2019, you have made your mark on our school. Take with you our best wishes, our affection, and hopefully something of the lessons we have tried to impart. Remember St. Isidore School will always be a safe harbor for you. Bon voyage, Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019
Laine Ahern
Sean Ahern
Shelby Anderson
William Andrews
Brandon Babby
Michael Barsi
Spencer Biles
Robert Cabeceiras
James Carney
Jacqueline Carney
Alida Carpenter
Jack Christensen
Christopher Coleman
Olivia Connell
Ava Conte
Ava DeGracia
Mary DeMartini
Cole Deviney
Emma Donnelly
Nora Downey
Lindsay Dublin
Logan Dunn
Alexander Favorito
Chance Frost
Samantha Gibson
Sean Gin
Michael Giorgi
Jack Jacobson
Nicholas Johnson
Cooper Kennedy
Ashley Koeltl
Charles Kratus
Jack Kuiper
Lucy Lendall
Shelby Lew
Kristen Lyons
Robert Malnight
Sarah Martinez
Jack Mazzetti
Kaylan McCormac
William McNamara
Gabriella Melean
Danielle Michiels
Hayden Motas
Atticus Novak
Hannah Ormsby
Gianna Pacas

Juan Pablo Perez
Giulia Piombo
Cooper Powers
Aiden Pregenzer
Ava Pulsifer
Helen Rago
Ronald Rosaia
Audrey Ross
John Rossi
Emma Rusnak
Luisa Sandbergen
Ella Schock
Alejandro Stapleton
Erin Stein
Ashlyn Storey
Jenna Storey
Cameron Sumaquial
Natalie Suryan
Megan Terry
Lauren Torneros
Elizabeth Vranesh
Gracie Waizenegger
Stephanie Wong
We are all connected...
After spending the past year battling breast cancer, Teresa Bowes (Peinado), Class of 1986 Alumna and SIS staff member, is excited to announce that she is in remission! Teresa has been supported throughout her illness by Jim, her husband of 22 years, as well as her five daughters, family, countless friends, and the SIS Community. Her journey ultimately took her to France for the annual Lourdes pilgrimage. During her pilgrimage, Teresa participated in the ceremonial washing of the feet. The Order of Malta volunteer assisting Teresa turned out to be SIS Alumna Catherine Phillips. The moment Teresa and Catherine shared reminds us that, ultimately, we are all connected.
Alumni Achievements...
Congratulations to the following alumni on their recent achievements. If you have an achievement you would like to share please email us at: alumni@stisidore.org .

Stephen M. Dougherty:
Congratulations to SIS Alumni, Stephen M. Dougherty on recieving the George R. Mckeon Male Scholar-Athlete Award from St. Mary's College.

Erica Miller:
Congratulations to SIS Alumni, Erica Miller for signing her National Letter of Intent to play basketball at New York University.

Alexandra Schwenger:
Congratulations to SIS Alumni, Alexandra Schwenger for signing her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Eastern Nazarene College.

Angelina Scoma:
Congratulations to SIS Alumni, Angelina Scoma for signing her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at St. John's University.
A snapshot in time...
Going through old photos allows us an opportunity to take a look back. It may seem like just yesterday or it may seem like a lifetime ago that you walked the halls on La Gonda Way. Take a minute to travel back in time and enjoy a few fun photos from the past. Who knows? You may even see yourself. Alumni photos are always welcome. Please email photos to alumni@stisidore.org .
Help us continue to grow...
Be sure to follow St. Isidore School on social media to get glimpses into campus life and to connect with other SIS family and friends. Facebook , Instagram , Twitter and our SIS blog !
Make a gift online...
Thank you for supporting the SIS Alumni fund! Your donation,
large or small directly impacts the growth and success of
St. Isidore School. The campaign assists with our continuing efforts of keeping tuition cost low and accessible to our school families,
despite the reality associated with the growing costs of a
Catholic education at St. Isidore School!
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