March 20, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Integrity - St. Patrick
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Spring has Sprung
Today is the official first day of spring! The change of season is welcome after the long, wet winter. With spring comes warmer weather, more daylight, and nature’s gorgeous display. It is as if the earth has awoken after a long slumber. 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. Take time to enjoy the peace and serenity that comes with this time of year.
 
I want to send out another thank to our amazing PTG for the fabulous job they did on our school auction. It was a wonderful evening and the change of venue was great. Thank you for taking the time away from your families to prepare for this event. We cleared over $280,000 for our school. This will cover the expenses for the fence and will supplement our current operating budget. Thank you for all your donations and for purchasing auction items. Yay, St. Isidore’s!
 
Mornings with Maria
To encourage open communication and build community, I will be holding a “Morning with Maria” on Friday, March 29, at 9:30am in the St. Isidore Room. These meetings allow the school and parent community to come together in a casual atmosphere to discuss topics of interest. Coffee and breakfast goodies will be provided. I hope to see you there!
 
2019–2020 Registration Happening Now
By now, you should have received an email prompting you to register for next school year, 2019–2020. If you did not receive one, please contact the office at (925) 837-2977 or email Mrs. Hawke at phawke@stisidore.org . Please print and sign the Tuition Agreement and return it to the office along with your FACTS Agreement. Currently, we have 118 students registered out of 628 students. Registration must be completed and fees paid by Friday, March 29. Please be sure to return the FACTS agreement (on the salmon-colored paper) to the school office as soon as possible.
 
Teacher Treats
Thank you to everyone who supported the auction by purchasing a “Teacher Treat”! Kindergarten through 7th grade “Teacher Treats” will take place this Friday, March 22. The TK Teacher Treat will take place on Saturday, March 30, and the 8th grade one will take place in May. Faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare and are excited to celebrate with their students.
 
Tickets for the annual Fish Fry are on sale now. This casual event is fun for the whole family and offers a great opportunity to catch up with fellow school families . Click here to purchase your ticket today!
 
I wish you a wonderful rest of the week and a fun weekend ahead!
 
God bless,

Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Thursday, March 21 - Grade 6-8 field trip (Fiddler on the Roof).
  • Friday, March 22 - All School Mass (led by grade 4).
  • Tuesday, March 26 - Reconciliation 3,4,5.
  • Wednesday, March 27 - Reconciliation 6,7,8.
  • Friday, March 29 - All School Mass (led by grade 3). Mornings with Maria at 9:30am in the SI Room.
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Book Fair Begins!
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Book Fair, One Room School House (Gerberich's class).
  • Thursday, April 4 - Book Fair, April B-day Free Dress, One Room School House (Goetze's class), Field trip to Balcutha (Donnelly's class).
  • Friday, April 5 - All School Mass (led by grade 8), Park & Pick Up at 2:50pm. Book Fair Family Event 3pm.
  • Saturday, April 6 - Book Fair open after 4pm Mass.
  • Sunday, April 7 - Book Fair open after all Masses.
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Rita Edwards. Please also pray for Brad Goforth: the Uncle
of the Vitzthum Family (Elena-7th, Katherine-6th and Luke-TK) who recently went to Heaven. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Sponsorship
Sponsor Shout Out: Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton thank you for sponsoring the auction end of the night ride service home. Our families truly appreciate your thoughtfulness of making sure everyone gets home safely from the event. Thank you for your generosity and for supporting our school!
Message from the Bookkeeper
FACTS Tuition
In today’s family envelope you will be receiving a Facts Tuition Agreement Form for 2019-20 (a salmon colored form) Make any changes to your agreement directly on the form.  If you have a new student coming in the fall, please write in the student’s name & the bookkeeper will add them to your existing FACTS agreement for you. Choose from 3 payment plans: Pay in full in June, 3-payment plan & monthly payments. We no longer have the two-pay or quarterly payment plans.  The form also allows you to indicate your donation to Mind the Gap, if you choose to do so using FACTS.  In mid-May, you will receive an e-mail from FACTS when your 2019-20 agreement is finalized & the new tuition rates have been added.     Please verify all information on this form, sign and return it to the office by March 29th !  Please direct any questions to our school bookkeeper, Melanie Fake, at 217-4038.
 
St. Isidore School Tuition Assistance Applications
Tuition Assistance applications for students, in Grades 1 through 8, for the 2019-20 school year are available. These are available on the school website & in the bookkeeper’s office. Please complete and return to the bookkeeper no later than Friday, April 20, 2019.
Did you Know?
SIS Annual Fish Fry tickets on sale now! Please join us on Friday, April 12th, 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. Test your luck and play a game or two of Bingo (Bingo cards will be sold at the event while supplies last). ADULTS $12 KIDS $6. Tickets on sale until 4/8, click here to purchase.

Looking for last minute PEP hours? Volunteer to help at this year's Fish Fry! Set up, check in, food prep and clean-up shifts available. Click here to volunteer.
Calling all interested room parents! Planning for next school year is in full swing. If you are interested in being considered for a room parent position for your child's class please email Rory Motas at rmotas@stisidore.org by Friday, March 29th with your name and grade of preference.
Alumni News
SIS Alumni love Science! Congratulations to SIS Alumni, Ben Deviney, Cooper Phillips and Colten May on their recent achievements at the County Science Fair. All three boys placed second in their categories. Good job guys!
Random Act 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.
Being kind is cool! There is a group of 8th grade girls that have formed a "Kindness Club." The goal of the club is to spread kindness and joy throughout the school. They make blankets for sick parishioners, put positive affirmations in lockers and recently surprised the 5th grade girls with friendship bracelets. Members of the club gather together every Thursday with Mrs. Devine to brainstorm ideas. The members of the club choose to remain anonymous. We applaud you, whoever you are!
SIS Family Highlight
Don't miss the show! SIS Eighth Grader, Sean Gin will be performing in Matilda the Musical at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek this spring (April 12th-May 12th) with Contra Costa Musical Theatre.
 Click here to purchase tickets.
Library Corner
Calling all Dino Dads!   Dad’s Breakfast is on Tuesday, April 9 th from 6:45- 7:50 am. Enjoy a light breakfast with your hatchlings before you dig up some Jurassic Classics in a land where reading rules! It will be t-riffic to skip the carpool line! And just think how happy Mommasaurus will be to have a morning off!
 
There is a roarsome-ly great new feature at this year’s book fair! EWALLET! SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS NOW OFFERING A SECURE, CASH-FREE WAY FOR YOUR CHILD TO SHOP AT THE FAIR! Simply set up an account online, authorize a spending amount for your child, and your child can choose the books they wish – without the hassle of checks, credit cards, and/or cash! How dino-mite is that!
 
Click here for the eWallet home page link.
 
Click here to learn how to set up an eWallet account.
 
Click here to see more information about Dad’s Breakfast.
 
Click Here to see the book fair class schedule
Stomp, Chomp, Read and Roar! Here come the dinosaurs!
Challenge Success
Technology Tips for Parents: Set a time in the evening by which all devices are out of the bedroom. Not only will your teenagers get more sleep, but this “curfew” will help support time management skills.
Choice Lunch Volunteer Opportunity
Choicelunch and SIS are looking for parents interested in volunteering at the lunch counter this school year! Volunteers are responsible for handing out lunches, and earn Choicelunch credits for every day worked. It’s a great way to get free lunch for your kids! (Hours are not PEP eligible since lunch credit is given). Click here for more information.
Scrip
Scrip News... Click here to order! Scrip is ready to assist with all your Lenten needs! Stock up on Easter goodies at Target and Safeway. Treat yourself to dinner out one night! Donate to Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen. Thank you for shopping Scrip!

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 .
San Damiano's Annual Auction
San Damiano's Annual Auction will be held on September 28th. Click here for information.
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School Sponsorships
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