October 16, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Peace - St. Francis & St. Clare
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Let Go and Let God
October is moving right along! Believe it or not, we are already halfway through the month. The life of a parent is definitely busy, and at times it can seem as if life is moving at light speed. During hectic moments, I encourage you to reflect on October’s Gospel Value: Peace, or more specifically, peace of mind. As parents, we are faced with many challenges and pressures; we make critical decisions and important changes when need be. We do our best in every situation, and sometimes things work out great. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate, and there are moments of failure and disappointment. During challenging moments, remember that God has a plan for each of us, and it’s okay to let go and let God.
Halloween Kids Konnection Correction
Please note that last week’s newsletter incorrectly stated that KK would be open in the afternoon on Halloween. I apologize for the confusion, but KK will be closed on Halloween after 12pm dismissal. Thank you for your flexibility. Friday, November 1, will be a late start, 8:50am, due to All Saints Day Mass. KK will be open as normal, starting at 7am.
Mind the Gap
October is Mind the Gap Push Month! I want to thank the many families that have already donated to our school-wide campaign, Mind the Gap. The campaign was created seven years ago to help fill the gap between what tuition dollars cover and what it actually costs to educate a child. We ask that each family donate the recommended $500 per student. See the Mind the Gap push month information in today’s family envelope, and please know that your generosity and support make a difference and benefit the students and staff directly.
Emergency Drill Tomorrow
Tomorrow we will run our biannual emergency evacuation drill. The drill will start promptly at 12:45pm; see student dismissal schedule below. As mentioned previously, students will be released only to those listed on their emergency forms, and photo identification is required. Students should wear their uniforms or uniform tops with jeans, bring a bottle of water and an SSR book, and wear sunscreen and a hat or sunglasses. They are also allowed to bring in a deck of cards. This drill serves as a great opportunity for us to prepare and better acquaint ourselves with school emergency procedures.
12:45 T–Z
1:15 N–S
1:45 H–M
2:15 A–G
TK–8 Information Meeting Friday
Our current school families are our best marketing! We will be hosting a TK–8 Information Meeting this Friday, October 18, at 10am. Please spread the word to neighbors and friends who may be interested in seeing what our great school has to offer. If you know someone who is interested but unable to attend, please encourage them to contact the office to set up a tour. Thanks for helping us get the word out!
Parish Fall Festival
Come celebrate the season of fall with me this Saturday, October 19, from 10am to 4pm at the Parish Fall Festival. The festival will be fun for the whole family and will feature food, drink, an assortment of carnival games, music, face painting, and a pumpkin patch. Gather your friends and family and head on down for some fun.
Thanks to everyone that attended the Foundation Oktoberfest last Saturday night! It was great to see so many dressed in costumes enjoying themselves. Thank you to the awesome Foundation Board Members for making this night happen. Have a great rest of the week!
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
P.S. Check out the Save the Date for the Auction in today’s family envelope as well as the fun video on our social media feeds.
Important Dates
  • Thursday, October 17 - Halloween Boos on sale. Disaster Drill starting at 12:45pm.
  • Friday, October 18 - Mass for grades 6,7,8 (led by 8). TK-8th Info Meeting 10am.
  • Saturday, October 19 - Parish Fall Festival.
  • Monday, October 21 - Red Ribbon Week begins. 8th Grade goes to Caritas. 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Tuesday, October 22 - Halloween Boos on sale.
  • Thursday, October 24 - Halloween Boos on sale.
  • Friday, October 25 - Mass for 3,4,5 (led by 4). 7th grade dance at St. Raymond. Afternoon carpool is park & pick up.
  • Monday, October 28 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Thursday, October 31 - Halloween Parade at 11am. 12pm dismissal. NO KIDS KONNECTION.
  • Friday, November 1 - Late start: 8:50am. All school mass in honor of All Saints Day at 9:10am.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle who is ill and Mrs. Koojoolian's son in-law who is undergoing surgery. Let's also pray for the Piombo Family who recently lost their Aunt, Gina. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
It's Mind The Gap Push Month!
In the next few weeks, through our Annual Fund, help fill the "gap" in our operating budget. Literature details in your family envelope today!
As always, thank you to those that have donated thus far, every dollar counts in your child's education. Click here to donate.

***New Family Directories are here!** Check your family envelope.
If you are interested in becoming a School Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year please reach out to the sponsorship team at sponsorship@stisidore.org . Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities. Click here for the Sponsorship Commitment Form.
Sponsor Shout Out: Looking for a dedicated law firm to help with your Trusts & Estates, tax planning or real estate, call Syntero our Bronze level sponsor! They have a been a supporter of St. Isidore School for years and we value their generosity! Thank you Syntero!
Common Sense Tip
Tip of the week : If kids feel like they might have trouble removing themselves from digital drama, experiment with some different ways they can make a graceful exit. Talk through words they can use, ways they can steer conversations in positive directions, etc.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Leypold Family! Andreas, Inna and their 2 children Michael Vayner (3-Gerberich) and Anna Vayner (1-Hutchinson) recently relocated from San Jose to Danville. They are enjoying getting settled in their new community. Andreas and Inna are both high tech sales executives working for Intel Corporation. In their free time they enjoy family vacations, flying, sailing and playing tennis.
Veterans Day
Please Join St. Isidore School for our Annual Veterans Day Ceremony! The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 8th at 10am in the Msgr. Cardelli Center. If you know a Veteran that will be attending, Click here to RSVP online. If you prefer a handwritten form click here, complete information and return it to the office. Please RSVP by November 5th. We ask that Veterans arrive at 9:40am the day of the event. Refreshments will be served to the Veterans after.
Halloween is right around the corner! Please consider the age of our student body when choosing a costume. Costumes should be modest and not too scary, no weapons. The costume must allow the child to function as a student while in class. Please remember to go light on the face paint and that masks may be worn only during the parade. We want to be able to recognize our students to help ensure safety for all. On Halloween, please join us for our parade in the courtyard at 11:00am . Following the parade, students will go back to their classrooms to pack up. School will be dismissed at 12:00pm; There will be NO KIDS KONNECTION AVAILABLE AFTER SCHOOL. Thank you.
Boos on Sale
Boos are back by popular demand! Boo candy grams are a spooktacular way to surprise a friend or teacher with a delicious treat. They will be sold for a $1 at morning carpool on : 10/17, 10/22, 10/24. Proceeds will go towards the SIS Student Leadership fund. Than you for supporting this fun and festive fundraiser.
Random Acts of Kindness
Random acts of kindness are deliberate attempts to brighten another person's day by doing something thoughtful, nice, and caring. Go out and spread kindness SIS. Please let the office know if you do or witness a RAOK.
Everyone needs a friend! It is always heartwarming to see students helping students. At SIS the act of friendship is on display daily in the nurses office, on the playground and in the classroom. They truly take care of each other. Good job!
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is next week, 10/21-25 . This year's theme is: “WE CAN make a DIFFERENCE with GOOD CHOICES.”

Monday, 10/21 KICKING OFF RED RIBBON WEEK!  Student Leadership will go into the classrooms with a jar filled with RED Sweedish Fish . The class that guesses the correct amount will win the jar and a few more surprises.
Students can wear RED shirts, red socks, and red shoes with jeans for a $1.00 or more donation to support Mario Perez Sr. Educational Fund.
It’s a WACKY WEDNESDAY . Students can wear their favorite Wacky Shirts, Wacky Socks, Wacky Hair with their uniform bottoms if they bring in TWO CANS of hearty soup!
Thursday, 10/24, WE ARE A TEAM!
Students can wear their favorite SPORTS TEAM SHIRT/JERSEY with their uniform bottoms for TWO CANS of tuna or chicken! WE CAN DO IT!

Students can wear their CLASS COLOR T-SHIRT with uniform bottoms if they bring in TWO CANS of colorful food. We will wrap up the week with a Spirit Rally in the Gym at 2:00pm. Carpool will be Park & Pick Up.
Class Shirt Colors:
TK & Kindergarten: PINK
1 st Grade : RED
2 nd Grade : YELLOW
3 rd Grade: ORANGE
4 th Grade: GREEN
5 th Grade: BLUE
6 th Grade: PURPLE
7 th Grade: BLACK
Office : STRIPES
Specialties: FLORAL
Student Leadership
Written by: Gabrielle Navarro - Two weeks ago, I attended the Challenge Success conference at Stanford University. There, I learned about various school- and health-related topics. One of the reiterated ones was sleep. We learned about why it’s necessary to receive enough sleep and how lack of it can lead to severe consequences. Stress and anxiety were also addressed. Although the world views these as horrible and uncommon, psychologists see them as natural. They focused on ways to handle them instead of avoiding them. Additionally, the speakers discussed the importance of a well-balanced student and how to balance school, extracurricular, and other responsibilities. Another session I attended was about youth advocates, in which students from other schools and myself brainstormed leadership strategies and ideas. Finally, we redefined what success truly means and how motivation and engagement are essential to it. Overall, I enjoyed learning about them and listening to the fascinating speakers.
Parent Education
SRVUSD & SRV Council of PTAs Present, the "Truth About Vaping" Education Nights! The SRVUSD and San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs have partnered to present three consecutive education events at Cal High, Dougherty Valley High and Monte Vista High, on October 28, 29 and 30 at 7pm , respectively. Please register below for the event that best suits your schedule. This is a parent-only event, no students please. Click here for further information and to register.
Carondelet Admission Information
Check out Carondelet's Upcoming Admission Events!
Admissions Info Night (6-8th grade) - October 16th at 6:30 pm.
Open House (all grades) - November 17th at 1:00 pm.
HSPT Prep Course (8th-grade only) - December 14th at 9:00 am ($75 registration will close as soon as max capacity is reached).
Our fall Shadow visits are completely booked, but we are taking a wait list at this time. We have opened two new dates in February to try to accommodate all those that are interested! Tours are also available for families on a monthly basis at 3:00 pm.
De La Salle Open House
Save the date! DLS High School's Open House will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 10am-12pm. Click here to RSVP.
Scrip News... Click here to order!
We are halfway through October and just starting to feel the change of seasons and the beginning of the holidays. If you are planning on getting away for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just a fun weekend, keep in mind that we have SCRIP cards for Clarion, Fairmont, Disney and Conrad hotels, and Budget car rentals. Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun and uplifting when you shop for the latest trends at
Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, and Home Goods. While you are shifting gears into autumn, pack your summer treasures away in those smart containers from The Container Store.

Thank you to all the families who participate in SCRIP. It is an easy fundraiser for our school, and the bonus is that you always get exactly what you paid for. We continue to strive for 100% participation and do hope that if you haven’t purchased SCRIP yet, you will start now! There truly is a SCRIP card for everyone in your family. We all buy groceries, gas and maybe a latte here or there, and ordering your cards at school is easy.
Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
Volunteer Opportunities- Week B
School Sponsorships