August 28, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Hospitality - St. Isidore the Farmer
Dear St. Isidore Families,

We’re all in this together
As of today, we have officially been back in school for two weeks. The start of the school year can be hectic for teachers and parents—lots of to do’s and several school events make for a busy couple of weeks. With Back to School Night behind us, students and teachers are beginning to settle into a routine, learning new schedules, getting organized, and exploring together the joy of learning. As mentioned at last week’s Back to School Night, we’re all in this together. Education is a partnership, and children flourish when parents and teachers communicate and work together effectively.
SIS Golf Classic
Tickets are now on sale for the SIS Golf Classic! This year’s Golf Classic will be held on Monday, September 30, at the beautiful Round Hill Country Club. This annual event offers an array of options including golf, tennis, and dinner. If golf and tennis aren’t your thing, please consider joining us for dinner. It’s a fun night and a great opportunity to mingle with fellow SIS parents. New families will be paired with a host family, sat with other new families, and introduced to parents who have students in the same grade. Don’t miss the fun! Click here to purchase. Volunteering for the Golf Tournament is a great way to start earning your PEP hours, so click here to volunteer.
Carpool Update
As mentioned previously, in an effort to help teachers and instructional assistants start instruction on time, we kindly ask that your children arrive to school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. Children should be in their seats and ready to learn by 7:50 a.m. Carpool will end and cones will be in place at 7:55 a.m. Safety is our number one concern; therefore, if you arrive after carpool has ended, please PARK AND WALK YOUR CHILD into the school office. Parents are required to sign in students who are tardy. As a reminder, there is no left turn into the church parking lot and all must utilize carpool, unless you have made the administration aware of a special circumstance. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ward or Mr. Keane. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support!
We are rolling out a new system for checking students in and out of Kids Konnection called Kinderlime! You should receive a letter explaining how to create your account with your parent code. Every family should create an account in case your child is ever sent to Kids Konnection. Once you make your account, you can add other people who have your permission to check out your child from KK using the app. Billing will still be done through FACTS. If you need help with your account, please contact Nathan Darnell or Melissa Durkee. For issues with check-in/out times, please contact Carol Bevilaqua.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, we will have a 12:00 p.m. dismissal on Friday, August 30, and NO SCHOOL on Monday, September 2 . Kids Konnection will be open Friday, normal hours. If your child is going to KK, please send them with a lunch, as Choicelunch will not be available. I wish you a wonderful holiday weekend!
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Friday, August 30 - 12pm dismissal.
  • Monday, September 2 - No School in observance of Labor Day.
  • Thursday, September 5 - Aug/Sept B-day Free Dress.
  • Friday, September 6 - All school Mass 8:10am (led by 8th). Family Bingo Night 5:30pm-7:30pm.
  • Monday, September 9 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Friday, September 13 - Mass for grades 3,4,5 (led by 5). 8th grade Loaves and Fishes. 8th grade dance at SIS.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle who is ill. Please also pray the for the grandfather of the Haberstroh Family - Mike Socash who has passed away. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
Please update your My School Anywhere Information ASAP! Make sure your name, email, phone numbers and child's class information is correct!  All information will be going to print the second week of September. See My School Anywhere section below for detailed information.

If you would like your 7th or 8th grader to be included in the school directory's babysitting list, please click here . The form is due by September 13th.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to Mind the Gap. Please remember that we need everyone to donate $500 per student to close this year's gap in our operating budget. Every dollar counts and your donation is 100% tax deductible. If you are employed by a company that supports matching dollars, we encourage you to use this benefit to help make a difference for the school. For more info or to donate, please click here.   Thank you again for your support!
My School Anywhere (MSA) - Online Directory
New Families: please sign up by visiting MySchoolAnywhere and use Join Code: sisdirectory . PTG will be using this information to print our directories.

Returning Families : please login to your account by visiting MySchoolAnywhere .
If you are interested in becoming School Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year please reach out to the sponsorship team at . Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities. Click here for the Sponsorship Commitment Form.
SPONSOR SHOUT OUT: Challenge Butter! This week we’d like to recognize Challenge Butter for their Diamond Level Sponsorship and ongoing support of SIS. Challenge Butter has been a quality staple in kitchens since 1911. Let’s help continue to support them by looking for their products in your local grocery store.
Foundation News
Join us for OktoberFest on Saturday, October 12th from 6pm-10:30pm, at Round Hill Country Club! Click here to purchase.
Celebrate with great friends, great food and great bier while supporting the St. Isidore School Foundation and its mission to provide tuition assistance for families in need.

The event includes complimentary beer flights and snacks during cocktail hour followed by an OktoberFest dinner. A no-host bar will be available during the event. The DJ will provide music and dancing until 10:30 pm. Attire is Country Club Casual or OktoberFest theme (put on your Dirndls and Lederhosens!). We hope you enjoy the casual event and networking with the School and Church community.

The St. Isidore School Foundation was established in 1983 and its primary focus is to benefit St. Isidore School families who need temporary tuition assistance due to significant hardship such as job loss or serious illness. Our Annual Event helps raise funds for the Foundation.
Library Corner
Take Me out to the Book Fair…
You will have multiple at bats at this year’s Scholastic Book Fair, opening September 24 th to October 2 nd .
  • Enjoy “Books and Balls” at our annual Family Event on Friday, September 27th from 2:50 – 5pm. With NO PM carpool and free dress passes with book purchases, you’ll feel like an MVP!
  • Hey dads! Visit the concession stands with your sluggers at “Batter Up” Dad’s Breakfast on October 2nd from 6:45 – 8:00 am. Don’t balk!
  •  Lastly, our ballpark will be open after all weekend masses on September 28 and 29th. Come visit so you are not behind in the count!
Click here for more details about book fair and its events. Click here to see the book fair class schedule.
We need many players to break open this game! Please pinch hit and earn PEP hours (including student service hours) - any inning that works for you works for us! Click here for parents PEP Hours and/or 5 th – 8 th grade service hours:
Score with reading!
SIS Family Highlight
St. Isidore School loves welcoming new families into our community! We are thrilled to have over 40 new families starting school this year. If you see a new face on campus, please take a moment to introduce yourself.

Welcome Reid Family! Sean, Julie, Emmy (4th grade - Trujillo) and Tucker (Kindergarten - Johnson) recently moved to Alamo with their 100 pound Goldendoodle, Meadow. Their new home sits on over an acre providing adventure and exploration for Emmy, Tucker and Meadow. The family also enjoys traveling, snorkeling, deep sea fishing and skiing.
Happy News! Mrs. Peggy Hawke is thrilled to welcome another
grand baby to her family, this time a girl! Avery Rita Hawke was born Saturday, August 24th weighing 8lbs. 13oz. Everyone is doing great!
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.
Local Business with a big heart! The owner of Smallcakes Bakery loves surprising SIS teachers with sweet treats throughout the year. We appreciate their kindness and delicious cupcakes.
Student Leadership News
Leadership News: Last Friday, Student Leadership held their 6th grade class representative elections. It was wonderful to see so many students running for positions. Listed below is the 2019/2020 Student Leadership Team.
Facilitators: Mrs. Devine & Mrs. Lettire
8th Grade
President: Leo Gallagher
Vice President: Kayven Upadhyay
Secretary: Sasha Kozimor
Publicity Leader: Gabrielle Navarro
Service Leader: Ava Reid
Spirit Leader: Manfredo Giammona
Ecology Leader: Audrey Bowes
Class Representatives: Fran de Melo, Kaya Durkee, Buddy Smith, Dominic DeSmedt.

7th Grade
Service Coordinator: Alexander Ortiz
Spirit Coordinator: Madden Kratus
Ecology Coordinator: Allison Bowes
Class Representatives: Ana Senn, Samantha Pera, Murdoch DeLong, Amelia Bowes.

6th Grade:
Class Representatives: Grace Gagnon, Kellen Dunn, Mackenzie Geddis, Calvin McCall.
Flag Officers: Brady Lyons, Aidan Wong, Nicholas Parker, Johnny Kirkman.
There is now a Carpool Finder group. The join code is
HKBB-SWJV-4RR68 .  Please use the Discussions feature in the group to find carpools. Please click here to see a list of all group join codes.
Scrip News... Click here to order!
A BIG thank you to all participating families! We have been off to great start and I am confident that together, we are headed for a successful Scrip year!
Labor Day is this weekend! If you have plans to drive out of town, stock up on gas cards. Scrip carries Arco, Chevron and Shell gas cards in $50 and $100 denominations. It's a great way to prevent identity theft and keep your getaway on budget! 

We love to hear your ideas and suggestions to make our Scrip Program even better so if you don't see a vendor you really LOVE, reach out to Rory Motas at and maybe she can add that vendor.  Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
Alumni News
Adopt-a-Doll Program: American Girl Doll Seeking New Home!
Is your special American Girl doll hidden away in a closet or garage, collecting dust and taking up space? I can help her find a new home by adopting her out to a child who is currently receiving long-term treatment at Oakland Children's Hospital.

My name is Lauren Rivera and I graduated from St. Isidore in 2017. I loved playing with American Girl dolls when I was younger. I recently started Adopt-a-Doll in order to share this happiness with young girls who are in a very difficult time in their lives and would be thrilled with the idea of loving and caring for an American Girl doll.

If you'd like to place your doll up for adoption, here's how it works:
Each doll placement is very personal. I pick up the doll at your home or business, clean her up and make her a custom Family House at Oakland Children's Hospital t-shirt. I personally present the doll to her new "mom" at Family House at Oakland Children's Hospital, and then facilitate a thank you note so that you, the original owner, can be assured that your special doll has safely ended up in a loving home. If you have a doll that you would like to donate, please contact me at  to arrange for an adoption. Thank you for your help!
Boy Scouts
Hello Pack 804, returning and new Cub Scout families! We are eager to get going with lots of great scouting adventures for the 2019-2020 school year. 
Please join us for our Back to School Registration BBQ on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 at Hap Magee Park. Click here for more info.

Pack 804 is now on Schoology! Please add our group to your family’s account. This will allow much more streamlined communication between the Pack and your family. Our Schoology code is: ZWPR-NXFC-B4DW2
Parish News & Notes
If your child is not Catholic or still needs to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion (Grades 3-8), please refer to the information below if you are interested in starting the process. We are excited to support your family! 

The Sacrament of Baptism 
If your child is under seven years of age and you are hoping for them to be baptized, please call the parish office and ask for Rose to make a date for a Baptism class…before your child turns seven years old.

If your child is seven or older, and you are hoping for your child to be baptized, please email Mrs. Tracey Schmidt who will be the liaison for the parish Baptism Class. The next Baptism class for children 7 and older will be on Sunday, September 29th from 9-11 A.M. This is two classes condensed into one class and given by Mrs. Jean Schroeder. Please contact Mrs. Schmidt no later than September 23 to sign up for this family class. Godparents should attend as well.

Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion
If your child has been baptized, is in grades 3-8, and still needs to receive these two sacraments, please contact Mrs. Tracey Schmidt to be sure you are included in Sacramental Meetings coming right up! Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs. Schroeder, along with our teachers and parents will help prepare the students for their sacraments.
Rakestraw Books Presents
Rakestraw Books is very fortunate this season to be presenting an evening with Sister Helen Prejean. During her visit on Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 7 PM. Sister Helen will be joined in conversation with Kathy Gannon Briggs and attorney Bill Gagen. The evening will benefit CASA of Contra Costa. Tickets are $40 (admits one and includes a signed copy of Sister Helen's new book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey ). For more information on this event, click here .
Volunteer Opportunities- Week A
School Sponsorships