May 8, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Compassion - Our Lady of Fatima
Dear St. Isidore Families,

­­ “Motherhood is a million little moments that God weaves together with grace, redemption, laughter, tears and, most of all, love.” – Lysa TerKeurst, author
Happy Mother's Day! Mothers are the women who guide you, encourage your dreams, and believe in you even when you don’t believe in yourself. They inspire you and love you unconditionally. A mother can take many forms: some are given to you at birth, and some come into your life just when you need them most. All are equally amazing. I wish all moms a wonderful and special day!
Teachers are ROCKSTARS
This week is Teachers Appreciation Week! SIS is truly blessed to have so many fantastic teachers and staff who come to school each day with the primary goal of helping your children grow and learn. I know firsthand that teaching is more than a job—it is the desire to help children be the best they can possibly be. Teachers, I truly appreciate all you do!
Staff Updates
It is the time of year when changes in our faculty and staff for next year are announced. Change is inevitable every year and in every school. Some of these changes are sad, but others are very exciting. Ultimately, I support my staff in their decisions and wish them the very best of luck and the greatest of success in all their endeavors. I will keep you informed if any other changes occur.
Several of our long-standing staff members are leaving to embark on the next step of their journey: retirement. I am extremely grateful for their many years of service to
St. Isidore School.
The following staff members are retiring:
Mrs. Kittie Bobich: Mrs. Bobich’s journey at SIS began as a school parent 25 years ago as her son, Michael, entered Kindergarten, followed by her daughters, Ellen and Laura. After 15 years as a school parent, she joined the SIS staff in 2007. After four years as an IA, she jumped back into the career she began in 1980 as a 2nd Grade teacher. She has served SIS as a 2nd Grade teacher for eight years. Her passion has always been teaching children about a forgiving and loving God through the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
Ms. Pat Crossen: Ms.Crossen has been part of St. Isidore School for 41 years. She has served the school well as the school Band Director and as an office staffer. Her deep love of music has inspired thousands of kids to read and play music. She has led countless band concerts and personally played at numerous Veterans Day ceremonies. Ms. Crossen is known for her quick wit, sense of humor, and love of all things Oakland A’s. Her last band concert will take place on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:00 p.m. We hope you can join us and invite any previous band members.
Mrs. JoeAnne Doyle: Mrs. Doyle has been a dedicated member of our Resource Department for 15 years. She has helped countless students develop and progress academically. She has brought heartfelt passion and commitment to our program, and she is a wealth of knowledge with her extensive background. Mrs. Doyle was originally a school parent at SIS. Her son and daughter started SIS when it opened in 1962. Several of her grandchildren have also attended.
Mrs. Susan Esposito: Our wonderful Mrs. Susan Esposito began her teaching career in 1975, 44 years ago! Her career at SIS began in 1996 as a Kindergarten Teacher. In Kindergarten, Mrs. Esposito found her forever home. She truly is our “Queen of Kindergarten.” She loves teaching children about their faith and watching them grow in their  "Love for God", "Knowledge of God", and "Service to God". Mrs. Esposito also spent time as a parent at SIS as her son, Rob, and daughter, Gina, are SIS alumni.
Mrs. Bonnie Kilzer: Mrs. Kilzer is known to many as the lady who knows it all. She came to SIS 22 years ago as a 1st Grade Instructional Assistant. After a few years, she found her home in the office as the SIS Plant Manager. She is known to many as the key master, the closet keeper, and the room booker. She has handled an endless list of responsibilities.
We will be honoring our retirees in a celebration after the 4 o’clock mass on June 1. Look for more information to come.
The following staff members will be moving on to different opportunities. I am grateful for their service to our school and will miss their smiling faces: Mrs. Karin Boyle, Kindergarten Teacher; Mr. Miller, 7th Grade Teacher; Ms. Ellis, 6th Grade Teacher/Instructional Assistant; Mr. Pringle, PE Teacher; Mr. Roman, Instructional Assistant.
The following changes have been put in place for next school year: 4th Grade teacher Miss Johnson will move to Kindergarten; Mrs. Phillips will succeed Miss Johnson in 4th Grade; Mrs. Downey will succeed Mrs. Bobich in 2nd Grade; and Ms. Jaskot will succeed Mr. Miller in 7th Grade. I will keep you updated about any future changes.
Fun Run
You could clearly see the excitement on the students’ faces at Monday’s morning assembly as the Fun Run team explained how the event works and what prizes can be won. The students also found out their class theme for the day of the run (details below in the Fun Run section) . As mentioned last week, proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards courtyard/playground updates. Thank you for your support!
Allergy Awareness
The FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team) estimate that as many as 15 million Americans, including 6 million children, are affected by a food allergy. Many in our community are personally affected by allergies. Allergy Awareness Week is 12–18 May. In honor of Allergy Awareness Monday, May 13 will be a Free Dress Day for students. Students should dress in teal/free dress bottoms (NO sports shorts/leggings).
Please join us at an all-school Mass this Friday, May 10, at 8:10 a.m., as we celebrate our second graders who recently celebrated the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. It is always heartwarming to see the excitement on their sweet faces as they celebrate Communion with the school community for the first time.
Have a wonderful rest of the week and a lovely Mother’s Day weekend!
God bless,

Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Monday, 5/6 - Friday, 5/10 - Teacher Appreciation Week.
  • Thursday, May 9 - 3rd Grade A's Game.
  • Friday, May 10 - All school/Communion Mass 8:10am, 8th Grade Loaves & Fishes, Drama Performance 7pm in the Cardelli Center.
  • Saturday, May 11 - Drama Performance 2pm in the Cardelli Center.
  • Monday, May 13 - Allergy Awareness Free Dress Day. Students should wear teal tops with free dress bottoms (No leggings/sports shorts).
  • Tuesday, May 14 - Newcomer Meeting 6pm in the Bensen Gym.
  • Wednesday, May 15 - Feast of St. Isidore, All School Mass 8:10am.
  • Thursday, May 16 - Spring Concert rehearsal 1pm/Spring Concert 7pm in the Cardelli Center.
  • Friday, May 17 - Fun Run.
  • Wednesday, May 22 - Band Concert 6pm.
  • Friday, May 24 - K, 1, 2 attend mass at 8:10am. 8th Grade's last carpool. Noon Dismissal.
  • Monday, May 27 - No School in observance of Memorial Day!
  • Tuesday, May 28 - Sponsor Family Info Meeting at 8am in the Hospitality Lounge.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Rita Edwards. Lets also pray for the students and families affected by yesterday's tragedy in Denver., CO. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
Give Back Day: Tuesday, May 14th at Los Panchos Mexican Restaurant!
 Located at 480 San Ramon Blvd.
St. Isidore will receive 10% back from food sales, dine in and carry out.
Our school supply kits are ready to go for next year! 1st Day School Supplies has all the name brand school supplies you need. Click here to order the exact supplies your teacher requested. Not bargain brands, the exact supplies from your teacher’s list! The deadline to order is June 30.
Please check your Family Envelope this Wednesday for sponsorship opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year. Please reach out to the sponsorship team at if you have any questions.
Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities. Click here for the Sponsorship Commitment Form.
Spring Concert
The Annual Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, May 16th at 7PM in the Cardelli Activity Center. There will be an open dress rehearsal that day at 1:00 p.m. Ms. Groman has provided a diagram showing where students will perform the night of the show. Click here to view.
Concert attire:
Jeans and a white t-shirt (plain preferred/no logo) with 50's style accessories. Example: black leather jackets, sunglasses, scarfs, letter-men jackets, bobby socks, etc.
Fun Run
The annual SIS Fun Run i s up and RUNNING! The students will run/walk on Friday, May 17th. Parents are welcome to attend to cheer on the runners, please swing by the office prior to print a name badge. Click here for the class schedule. Each grade level was assigned a FUN theme for the day of the event (SEE BELOW) . The day of the run students can wear athletic gear, long basketball shorts are okay (no leggings) and accessorize with their class theme. Thank you!!

2019 Fun Run Class Themes:
TK/ Kindergarten: Rainbow Runners
1 st : Happy Hippies – Peace out!
2 nd : Crazy Campers
3 rd : Monster University
4 th : Let the Fourth Be With You! All things Star Wars!
5 th : Nifty Nerds
6 th : The Avengers
7 th : Beach Bums
8 th Grade: Caritas Free Dress
Did you know?
Happy news deserves to be shared! Congrats to our 4th grade teacher and SIS Alumni, Miss Johnson on her recent engagement. Miss Johnson got engaged over Easter Break. We are so excited for her and wish her and her soon to be husband a lifetime of happiness!
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.
Mr. Miller has a heart of gold! Over the weekend our 7th grade teacher,
Mr. Miller noticed a seagull with a broken wing struggling on the beach. He immediately contacted Animal Control Services and was put in contact with an animal hospital that could help. Mr. Miller picked up the bird, wrapped it in his sweatshirt, walked two miles back to his car with the bird in his arms, and then drove the bird to the animal hospital. Mr. Miller, thank you for going above and beyond to help this poor little bird.
SIS Teachers Rock! Thank you for making our AWESOME teachers feel so special this week!
Scouting Information
Please consider supporting the 5th Grade Girl Scouts Service Project by donating to the COVENANT HOUSE OF OAKLAND: TOILETRY DRIVE!
COLLECTION DATES: Thursday, 5/2 - Friday, 5/10.


*There will be bins labeled in each class for the items.
THE GIRL SCOUTS are also donating 350 recycled water bottles for clients at Covenant House and 10 cases of cookies. QUESTIONS: SUSAN KELLY 415-225-6052 or 5CAKELLYS@GMAIL.COM. Thank you for your support!
Challenge Success
Tips for Parents: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not specialize in a single sport before adolescence, lest they be denied the benefits of varied activity while facing additional physical, physiological, and psychological demands from intense training and competition.
Uniform Exchange
The Uniform Exchange could use some extra storage space for the summer. If you have room to store five or more boxes of clothes in June and July, please contact Sally Daly at
Also, the Uniform Exchange would appreciate your donation of any new or used document storage boxes or paper boxes with lids.  If you can donate these types of boxes, please drop them off at the school office.
Please hang on to your gently used uniform items to donate to the Uniform Exchange. More information will follow as to when we will start collecting and which items will be accepted.
Field Day
Field Day is Coming – June 6th, 2019!
 Field Day on Thursday, June 6th, is the end of year celebration with lots of fun, sun and activities for the kids! Help us celebrate by volunteering your time while earning PEP hours for the 2019-2020 school year! 
Please click here to sign up. Make sure to sign up for your child's grade so we can ensure you will be placed in their area. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call, text or email the Field Day Chairs.
Theresa Vodopich or 925.895.4527
Paula Dalmada or 760.415.0350
Please have your students wear their class color shirt. This enables volunteers, faculty, and staff to easily locate them throughout the festivities!

Kindergarten: PINK
1st Grade: RED
2nd Grade: YELLOW
3rd Grade: ORANGE 
4th Grade: GREEN
5th Grade: BLUE
6th Grade: PURPLE
7th Grade: BLACK
Summer Fun
Click here to view the all summer programs being offered at Carondelet High School.
Don't miss out on the fun! De La Salle High School will be offering sports camps/theatre camp this summer.
Scrip News... Click here to order!
Classic Designs is gearing up for 2019-2020 uniform needs. When you purchase $100 in Classic Designs gift cards, Classic Designs will donate 10% back for every $100 card sold. Order your cards now and you don’t have to think about uniforms again until Uniform Day on Tuesday August 6, 2019. Click here to view the flyer in the family envelope today!

Calling all Amazon shoppers! St. Isidore School is excited to now be participating in the AmazonSmile Account Program. The AmazonSmile Foundation kindly donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. To designate SIS as the organization of your choice please click here .
Volunteer Opportunities- Week B
Sponsor families are still needed for the 2019-2020 School year. Please contact the Newcomers Committee at if interested.
School Sponsorships

The Brown Family