January 15, 2020 - Anchored in His Love
Faith - St. John of the Cross & St. Teresa of Avila
Dear St. Isidore School Families,

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
 – Martin Luther King Jr.
What better way to honor this month’s gospel value, Faith, than quoting the great
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King will be remembered not only for his tireless commitment to civil rights but also for his inspiring words in tumultuous times. His resilient faith in the goodness of humanity inspired love and serves as a wonderful reminder of the powerful impact one person can have on the entire world. As mentioned previously, there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, January 17 , due to a Diocesan Staff day, and NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 20 , in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Auction 2020
Auction tickets are now on sale! The St. Isidore Gala, Forever Young, will take place on Saturday, February 29, at the San Ramon Marriott. The auction is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and an event you won’t want to miss. Your support is vital to the success of the night, so please click here to purchase your ticket. Also, make sure to check out the weekly auction correspondence every “Manic Monday” for the latest information.
Fund-a-Need: Educating students for success in a changing world
Preparing students for success in today’s digital world is an ongoing process as technological advancements continue to flourish. The need for resources is continuous. Because technology in the classroom encourages students to be more imaginative, productive, and collaborative, we are excited to announce that this year’s Fund-a-Need will be TECHNOLOGY ! Stay tuned for more details.
Catholic Schools Week coming soon
We are all excited that Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner! The week begins on Sunday, January 26, with a sneak-a-peek following the 9:00am mass. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools across the country celebrate by hosting community events such as open houses, special masses, and fun activities for students and parents. Click here to view SIS Catholic Schools Week Agenda. One of the staff’s favorite days during the week is the annual parent bake-off on Wednesday, January 29. If you are interested in participating, click here . Your love, support, and yummy treat is very much appreciated.
Have a great rest of the week and relaxing long weekend.
God bless,

Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Thursday, January 16 - 5th grade Colonial Days.
  • Friday, January 17 - Diocesan Staff Day, NO SCHOOL.
  • Monday, January 20 - NO SCHOOL in observance of MLK Day.
  • Tuesday, January 21 - TK Flip Flop.
  • Wednesday, January 22 - Progress Reports go home.
  • Thursday, January 23 - Faith Family Activity for students.
  • Friday, January 24 - TK, K, 1, 2 attend Mass.
  • Sunday, January 26 - Catholic Schools Week begins. Sneak-a-peek after 9am Mass.
  • Monday, January 27 - All school Mass 8:10am (led by student leadership). TK/K Testing. 1:50pm dismissal. Popcorn and punch in the courtyard after school (weather permitting).
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 and former SIS Band Teacher, Ms. Crossen who are both recovering from surgery. Please also pray for the great grandmother of the Mazzetti Family, the grandfather of the Loen Family and the grandmother of the McCall Family who all recently passed . May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Auction News
Auction tickets on sale now, click here to purchase. Make sure to check Monday's auction emails for the latest information. To streamline your purchasing, especially for when the online items go live on February 24th, make sure you have entered your credit card and stored it into the cc vault.

Classroom Contribution: Each family is asked to contribute to the class donation fund. We are asking for $30 per student. Donations are due by Tuesday, January 21. Click here for more information. Click here to donate online or drop a check by the office. We are incredibly grateful for your support and generosity.

Item donations needed: Please consider donating an item to this year's auction.
Click here for the donation form.

Ole! Ole! On May 1st, the Finan and Reid families are hosting a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for 20! Check out the video below! Check the auction catalog for further a list of available parties.
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: This week’s In-Kind Sponsor is Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton.  We’d like to thank them for their generosity in donating rides home from our school auction, allowing families to get home safely. They are a full service dealership that takes pride in providing the community with a variety of auto services. Considering a new car, please visit Mercedes-Benz of Pleasanton .
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Telles Family! The Telles Family is so excited to be back in the St. Isidore community! Tracey spent LOTS of time cheering on her nephews as they played basketball at St. Isidore’s during their time here. Tracey works as a physician at Kaiser in San Ramon, working in the Women’s Health department. Coleson (K- Miss Johnson) is loving school! His brother, Dominic (4) hopes join the SIS family for Kindergarten. When we have free time, we love to travel and to attend as many sporting events as possible! Coleson is a HUGE sports fan, gearing up for another Danville Little League season soon, following MLB closely, skiing, and cheering on the 49ers! Dominic loves spending time at car shows and playing with hot wheels. Mom Tracey used to be an avid cyclist and tennis player, and dreams of doing both again somewhere in the future.
Catholic School Week 2020 - Agenda
Catholic Schools Week 2020 Overview!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Mass to kick off CSW at 9am. Sneak-a-peek 10am-11am.
Students who attend Mass in their school uniform will get a free dress pass. Make sure your child’s teacher sees them and adds their name to the check off list.

Monday, January 27, 2020 Celebrating Our SCHOOL/PARISH COMMUNITY!
All School Mass at 8:10am led by Student Leadership.
Park & Pick Up at 1:50pm. We will be having Popcorn & Punch in the courtyard weather permitting.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Celebrating our NATION!
Donation Free Dress Day for a $1.00 or more. Donations will go towards the crisis in Australia.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Celebrating our TEACHERS!
6th Annual Parent Bake Off in the Faculty Lounge. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Celebrating GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP!
College Bowl, held in the Bensen gym: All students are allowed to wear a college jersey, sweatshirt or college color tops and jeans. Parents are welcome!
College Bowl Schedule:
8th vs 7th: 8:10am-8:40am
6th vs 5th: 8:45am-9:15am
4th vs 3rd: 9:20am-9:50am

Science Fair & Open House Hours:
4:30pm Food Trucks for Parents & Community!
5:00pm ALL 7th & 8th Grade students need to be in the Bensen Gym. 5:15pm Doors open. 5:15-5:45pm— The 7th and 8th grade will display their SCIENCE FAIR projects. Awards at 5:45pm. 6:00pm ALL classroom doors will be open for visits.

Friday, January 31, 2020 Celebrating our STUDENTS!
Students have FREE DRESS. School Rally at 2:00pm.
6th Annual Bake Off! It's time to figure out your favorite family recipes because it's time for the 6th Annual Catholic Schools Week Bake Off! To celebrate Catholic Schools Week and treat our outstanding faculty and staff to some delicious family favorites, please plan on bringing in something delicious to share and be judged on Wednesday, January 29th to the Faculty Room by 8:30 am. Not only is this a great opportunity to treat the staff, it's a fun and friendly competition that can earn your family Free Dress Passes if your dish is selected as one of two favorites! Click here for more info and to sign up!
Counselor's Corner
Great opportunity! Mindfulness based stress reduction classes for Middle-Schoolers with Kiara Curzi are starting in the end of February. Click here for further information.
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.
Sharing is caring! Thank you to all the parents that provided campus tours to potential families at last week's TK/Kindergarten Info Meeting. Also, a big thank you to the students that accompanied them. If you know someone interested in our school, please encourage them to take a tour!
After School Opportunities
Sarah's Science presents Toyology! In these exciting hands-on science classes students will build a variety of toys and use them to demonstrate major scientific concepts such as energy, electricity, light, gravity, motion, friction, magnetism and simple machines. Click here for information on how to register your child. Please note registration should be mailed to the address indicated.
AAUW STEM Conference for Middle School Girls! Do you have a daughter in grades 6-8 who is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? The American Association of University Women is hosting their annual conference on Saturday, March 21 at Saint Mary’s College. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to explore STEM-related careers, experience hands-on workshops, and meet STEM mentors and role models. The cost to participate is $25/student. Parents can also sign up for a complimentary parent education program to hear from a Keynote Speaker, Professional Educators, and participate in a discussion. Registration opens on 1/24 at 8am. Click here to register. If you have any questions please contact me at SIS Alumni, Chloe DeSmedt .
Challenge Success Tip of the Week
San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs is pleased to bring the "Challenge Success: A Well-Balanced Perspective on College Fit" presentation and interactive workshop to our community on Saturday, February 22nd. Click here for more information.
Science Fair - Volunteers Needed
Science Fair is coming soon! Please consider volunteering your time on Wednesday, January 29th from 8am-2:30pm as a Science Fair Judge. For more information or to volunteer, click here .
Scrip News... Click here to order! Have you packed away your Christmas ornaments or is your home still an image of Christmas past? Set your year off to a fresh start by buying SCRIP from The Container Store, Ace Hardware and Target. Stock up on plastic bins, big and small to put your treasured decorations away in an organized and safe manner. You will be so happy that you did, especially when you pull the bins down next year and find that your mantel decorations aren’t mixed in with your Halloween pumpkins.

Take the SCRIP New Year’s resolution challenge! Buy more SCRIP! Weekly, bi-monthly or monthly. Make your coffee, gas and grocery routine SCRIP purchases, and as you get the hang of it, add gift and wish list items such as travel, furniture, home improvement, movies and dining to your order. Soon you will be a happy SCRIP shopper.
Volunteer Opportunities- Week A
School Sponsorships