March 25, 2020 - Anchored in His Love
Integrity - St. Patrick & St. Bridget
Dear St. Isidore School Families,

“Some old-fashioned things like sunshine and fresh air are hard to beat.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Last Thursday marked the first official day of spring! The change of season couldn’t have come at a better time as we could all use a little bright spot about now. With spring comes the promise of warmer weather, more daylight, and nature’s gorgeous display. Flowers and trees begin to bloom, birds can be heard chirping, and everyone seems to have a little more pep in their step. This new beginning is one of God’s greatest gifts, and His presence can be felt deeply while we enjoy the beauty of it. I encourage you to break up your day by taking a walk, going for a bike ride or sitting outside for a moment. The fresh air can provide a much-needed reset.
 
You’re Off to Great Places
I offer my congratulations to our eighth graders who were accepted to De La Salle and Carondelet High School. They worked hard to prepare for the exam, and I am confident that an exceptional educational and spiritual journey lies ahead of them. We are blessed to live in an area that offers many wonderful high school options for our children. Wherever our eighth graders end up, I know that the foundation they received at SIS will serve them well. They are amazing children, and they will do amazing things!
 
Registration for the 2020–2021 School Year
Registration for the 2020–2021 school year is due this Friday, March 27. If you are able to do so, please register by that date. To provide flexibility during this time, I have issued an Intent to Return Form . Please submit this form only if you have not yet registered for the next school year but plan on returning. This form is an important tool that helps us gauge next year’s enrollment numbers. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at mward@stisidore.org .
 
Principal Search Committee
As mentioned earlier in the month, I will not be returning as principal next school year. I have decided to return to New Orleans and will be serving as principal at my alma mater, St. Catherine of Siena School. I wanted to inform you that a search committee has been appointed to help find a new principal for the 2020–2021 school year. The committee, overseen by Father Moran, includes representatives from the school board, parent and alumni community, parish staff and current faculty. The committee met earlier this week to discuss the best way to assist with this process. Please know that I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition, and I will keep you informed of updates as they unfold.
 
Consent for Video Conferencing
Monday’s communication stated many teachers are utilizing video conferencing. Please take a moment to complete the SIS Parent Consent for Video Conferencing Form . Please ensure students are in public places within your home during live chats and not in their bedrooms. It is also best that a parent or sibling is present when students are participating in a one-on-one video conference or online class.
 
#Sunshine Spirit Week
To introduce a little sunshine into the SIS Community, Mrs. Devine and Mrs. Lettire have partnered with Student Leadership to provide students, staff, and parents a virtual Spirit Week, starting this Monday, March 30. Each day, students will have the opportunity to show their spirit by participating in a different activity. Click here to view the week’s events. Please note that this is optional; students choose if they would like to participate. Photos of your child participating in Sunshine Spirit Week can be sent to mdevine@stisidore.org . Photos may be featured on our SIS social media platforms. Social media provides a fun way to keep us connected during this time. Please take a moment to follow SIS on Instagram and Facebook .
 
We are aware that it was announced earlier today that six Bay Area counties have extended school closures through May 1. We are consulting with the diocese on this recent announcement and will keep you updated if things change for our school.
 
Keep learning, keep smiling and keep praying! Easter break is on the horizon, SIS.
 
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
 
PS. Dad’s Dodgeball and the Father–Daughter Dance have been postponed. If you purchased tickets at the auction, stay tuned for new event dates. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering or in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle and Mrs. Koskowich's sister who are both ill. Please pray for the grandmother of the Chatman Family who is recovering from surgery and all those affected by the Coronavirus across the globe. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
Calling all interested and energetic families! Do you want to be more involved in the school? Do you have ideas on how to make our school even better? Here’s your chance!  We are in the process of accepting nominations for the 2020-2021 PTG Board President, as well as Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary positions to shadow for ‘20-‘21 and continue on for the ‘21-‘22 school year. Other fantastic opportunities available are Sip & Shop Chair and Auction Committees. Please contact ptg@stisidore.org if interested or would like to make a nomination.
Counselor's Corner
Lean on me! Please know that as the school counselor I am here to support you and your children during this time. Please feel free to contact me directly at Michelle Devine . Together we will thrive! Take a moment to check out the tips below.
  • How to keep your kid on a schedule during coronavirus school closings: Click here.
  • How School Closures Can Strengthen your Family by Christine Carter: Click here.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems (Author) Something fun for TK-Grade 5: Click here.

SIS Virtual Sunshine Spirit Week! Kicks off Monday, March 30th! Send pictures of your spirit to Mrs. Devine .
Support School Family Businesses
Stock the pantry with Choicelunch ! Choicelunch is offering drive-through groceries in the San Ramon Valley! Place your order online at pantry.choicelunch.com and pick it up from our Danville kitchen without leaving your car. For more information, click here .

Let Clementine's do the cooking! Treat yourself to a night off from cooking by ordering to go. Clementines is open for takeout or delivery from 9am-8pm.
SIS Family Highlight
Charlie is home! At last month's "Forever Young" school auction, Charlie, the adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, found his forever home with the Murray Family - Tadhg (7th grade) and Stella (5th grade). As you can see, he fits in perfectly and is getting lots and lots of love. Thank you Murray Family for supporting SIS!
Sponsorship
The SIS Sponsorship Team extends well wishes to the SIS Community!
Stay healthy and safe SIS! Our thoughts are with you during this time. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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.
Share a happy message in your neighborhood! Last week students were encouraged to spread cheer and support by writing a positive message in chalk for neighbors and friends. Pictured is a sweet message written by Ava and Reese Merritt in 2nd grade. Great job ladies!
Support those in need! The American Red Cross strongly urges healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of COVID-19 rise in the U.S.
Message from the Bookkeeper
St. Isidore School Tuition Assistance Applications: Tuition Assistance applications for students in Grades 1 through 8, for the 2020-21 school year are now available on the school website, click here . Please complete and return to the bookkeeper no later than Monday April 20, 2020. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Melanie Fake at mfake@stisidore.org .
Room Parents Needed
Calling all interested room parents! Planning for next school year is already in full swing. If you are interested in being considered for a room parent position for the 2020-2021 school year, please email Rory Motas at rmotas@stisidore.org by Friday, April 3rd with your name and grade of preference. Click here for the Room Parent Job Description.
Parish News & Notes
SIS Community, please pray the rosary tonight! Let's answer Pope Francis' call for the rosary tonight. Go to Zoom .us and click join meeting. Meeting ID is 981-550-991.
Join us for Mass! St. Isidore posts Mass at 3 PM daily on the Facebook account (St. Isidore Church Danville - https://www.facebook.com/StIsidoreDanvilleCA/ ). It will be on there until 3 PM the next day when the new video of the mass will be posted.
Receive Parish Updates! If you would like to receive updates from St. Isidore Parish, please follow the directions below to sign-up for Flocknote. 
  • Option 1 - To sign up via a text, just text SIFN to this number 84576 and the reply text will share the link to sign up. 
  •  Option 2 - To sign-up via the web, click here. .
ALL ABOARD the SIS Summer Faith Camp! Don't miss the Rocky Railway 2020 where Jesus’ Power pulls us through! Click here for more information. Please note teen volunteer sign-ups will open after Easter.
Scrip
Scrip News! Unfortunately, due to the current social conditions, offering Scrip to all St. Isidore Families is not possible at this time. The best solution for our families to remember is that Scrip is also easily available Online . Getting ecards or reloadable cards is an easy way to support SIS. Stores like Safeway and Target have printable or downloadable ScripNow cards and gas stations like Chevron, Arco, and Shell have reloadable cards if you still have one from a previous purchase. The Scrip Team will resend the Scrip Online link in a separate email for your convenience. 

Praying that we can all come together again soon safely and healthy!Stay well!
The St. Isidore Scrip Team
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