February 26, 2020 - Anchored in His Love
Love - St. Monica & St. Teresa of Avila
Dear St. Isidore School Families,

“Lent is the Autumn of the spiritual life, during which we gather fruit to keep us going the rest of the year.” – St. Francis de Sales
 
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The purpose of Lent is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ, his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, and resurrection. This special time of prayer and reflection ultimately brings us closer to God. Please join us during the Lenten season for all-school Mass every Friday at 8:10 a.m.
 
STEAM Night Success
A big thank you to everyone who attended last week’s STEAM Night! It was absolutely wonderful to see over four hundred people enjoy a night out centered around learning and fun. Over eighteen stations were available for students to explore. I am extremely grateful to our amazing STEAM Team and appreciate the time and expertise they lent to the event.
 
Show your spirit
The first batch of SIS Spirit Wear arrived this week! Orders were distributed directly to the students. As mentioned previously, students will be able to wear their Spirit Wear on free dress donation days and the first Mondays of the month with jeans, khakis or uniform bottoms. The first day to wear SIS Spirit Wear will be this Monday, March 2. If you are yet to order and would like to do so, please click here .
 
Bring on the Auction!
Auction 2020 is now only days away! I am looking forward to spending Saturday night, February 29, with all of you at the SIS Gala. The auction is our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we depend on your presence and support to make this event a success. I want to take a moment to thank this year’s auction chair, Amy Barmby, for her hard work and dedication, making this year’s auction totally radical. It is a huge undertaking and she has worked tirelessly to transport us back in time to the ’80s. I would also like to thank the many volunteers who have played a crucial role. It is going to be a fantastic evening!
 
Here is a rundown on the big night:
Fund-a-Need : Raise your paddles high in support of this year’s Fund-a-Need, TECHNOLOGY. Every donation, large or small, will directly support St. Isidore School.
I thank you for your generosity. Click here to donate.
 
F ree tuition draw : Who doesn’t want free tuition for the year? Raffle tickets can be purchased prior to the event or on the night for $100 each. The winner will receive free tuition for one child for one year. You do not need to be present to win. * Minimum of 100 tickets must be sold for drawing to be valid.
 
Puppy love : This year’s auction puppy is an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This little guy is absolutely adorable and is sure to make one family very happy. Don’t miss this opportunity to be your child’s hero by bringing home a new puppy!
 
Cruise the catalog: Click here to check out the amazing items being offered at this year’s live and silent auctions. If you are unable to attend but see an item you can’t live without, consider placing a proxy bid. Click here for the Proxy Bid Form.
 
Volunteers needed: Need PEP hours? If you can help on the night of the event,
 
S aturday’s schedule:
5:15 pm       8th Grade Parents Party
6:00 pm       Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:30 pm       Silent Auction last call and dinner seating
8:00 pm       Live Auction, Fund-A-Need, and drawing   
9:45 pm       Music, dancing and check-out begins
 
Lastly, I want to sincerely thank those who give so freely and abundantly of their time, energy, and contributions. I feel truly blessed to be part of such an amazing community, and I know we could not accomplish all that we have without your support.
I raise my glass to you! Cheers!

God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal

PS. Our music teacher, Miss Groman, is looking for parent musicians to be in this year’s parent band. We are looking for a drummer, a pianist, a bassist, and guitarists to play along with the students at this year’s spring concert. Participants will need to be available for a few rehearsals after school and the SIS Spring Concert on May 16. Thank you for your consideration! Email Miss Groman i f you are interested.
Important Dates
  • Friday, February 28 - All school Mass (led by 7) at 8:10am.
  • Saturday, February 29 - SIS Gala, Forever Young at 6pm.
  • Monday, March 2 -Spirit wear day! 5th grade celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday. 2nd grade Communion Meeting for parents 9:30am and 6pm in the St. Isidore Room.
  • Wednesday, March 4 - Report cards go home.
  • Thursday, March 5 - March b-day free dress. Fr. Moran's birthday.
  • Friday, March 6 - All school Mass (led by 4) at 8:10am.
  • Sunday, March 8 - Daylight Savings.
  • Tuesday, March 10 - Lent Reconciliation for grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 (Lettire).
  • Wednesday, March 11 - Lent Reconciliation for grades 5 (Emery), 6, 7, 8.
  • Friday, March 13 - No School due to Diocesan Staff Day.
  • Monday, March 16 - No School due to Pastor Holiday.
  • Tuesday, March 17 - Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Auction News
Our online auction is in full swing! If you haven’t already, take a look at all of the amazing items offered! Thank you to those who have already purchased items. Click here to browse the online catalog. Online bidding closes this Friday at 9pm.

See you all at the Forever Young Gala this Saturday!
8th Grade Parents Party begins at 5:15pm at the Spicoli’s Bar. Doors open at 6pm for the Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction. Click here to view the Auction Gala Program.
Sponsorship
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: Our Forever Young Auction is finally here! We’d like to give one last shout out to our wonderful sponsors: Compass Realty, Bishop Ranch City Center, Auburn James, Mercedez Benz of Pleasanton, Bishop Cut & Color and Tampico Terrace! We hope everyone has a totally rad evening!
Message from the Bookkeeper
FACE (Family-Aid Catholic Education) Tuition Application for the 2020-21 school year is now available! FACTS is now the third party vendor used to process and analyze all FACE applications. When you go to FACTS online (if you have not created an account you will need to do so) you will opt in for your school and FACE for “Other organizations”. You will also need to check the box to select FACE. By checking the box, FACE will see your application.   On-line applications need to be submitted to FACTS by March 15, 2020.  
 
The BASIC fund also offers financial assistance! The Basic fund is open to families with at least one child who is attending private school for the first time. The earlier you apply the better your chances are of receiving a scholarship. Families applying for new siblings for the first time, must submit an application by March 18, 2020. 
 
St. Isidore School Tuition Assistance Applications now available! Tuition Assistance applications for students, in Grades 1 through 8, for the 2020-21 school year will be available Wednesday, March 18 th . These are available on the school website and in the bookkeeper’s office. Please complete and return to the bookkeeper no later than Monday, April 20, 2020.   
Annual Lenten Fish Fry
It's time for the annual St. Isidore School Fish Fry/Pasta Dinner and Bingo Night ! Please join us on Friday, March 27th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Cardelli Gym. This event is fun for the whole family and includes dinner and refreshments. Click here to purchase a ticket.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Walterhouse Family! Ryan and Teri have two daughters, Kassidey, who is in first grade (Mrs.Hutchinson's class) and Kenzley who is two years old. They have lived in Danville since 2015. Teri is a third grade teacher at a private school in Fremont and Ryan is a police officer who is currently in the process of transferring to a new agency. The Walterhouse family is enjoying the community feel SIS offers. They love to travel and enjoy seeing the girls explore new surroundings with friends and family. If you see them on campus please take a moment to introduce yourself.
Did you know?
SIS is the Best! SIS is the truly the best place for children to grow and learn. Please help us spread the word by taking a moment to vote for SIS in the 2020 Best of Parents’ Press Guide . Click here to vote.
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.
We couldn't do it without you! Thank you to everyone who supported this year's auction. Whether you donated an item, solicited an item, helped with decorations or other event logistics your support is appreciated. Thank you to everyone who plans on attending, it's going to be a fabulous night for our school!
After School Opportunities
Crumb Baking Company! St. Isidore mom and CRUMB owner Nancy Phillips is pleased to offer a six-week baking class. Each week your child will learn a new baking technique and bring home treats to share. The fourth session begins the week of 3/3/20, space is limited, so get your registration in
ASAP. Click here for further information.
Common Sense Media Tip of the Week
Tip of the week: Check out the screen name tips for children listed below!
  • Avoid using your real name.
  • Skip personal details (no ages, addresses, or jersey numbers, for example).
  • Consider a screen name's effect on others (make sure it's readable and inoffensive).
  • Keep it clean.
St. Joan of Arc Information
St. Joan of Arc Church will be holding a grief workshop April 7 - May 19th from 7pm-9pm. For more information on this workshop click here .
Scrip
Scrip News... Click here to order! Did you know that today is Ash Wednesday? Let’s not sacrifice SCRIP during the season of Lent. Maybe even add Soup Kitchen to your list. Meatless Fridays are easy with Chipotle-veggie bowls and burritos. Norm’s, Cheesecake Factory and California Pizza Kitchen have pages of options. Safeway and Lunardi's have a whole grocery store full of options. Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
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