March 6, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Integrity - St. Patrick
Dear St. Isidore Families,

“Whoever walks with integrity walks securely” – Proverbs 10:9
Today is Ash Wednesday, marking 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. Also this month, we celebrate the Gospel Value of INTEGRITY. Living with integrity is to connect with one’s moral compass. It is choosing what is right, honest and true, regardless of the outcome or the benefit.
 
Bring on the Auction!
Auction 2019 is now only days away! I am looking forward to spending Saturday night, March 9, with all of you at the SIS Gala. The auction is our school’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and your presence and support is crucial to its success. I want to take a moment to thank this year’s PTG for chairing the auction. It is a huge undertaking and they are doing a fabulous job. I truly appreciate your hard work and dedication. It is going to be a fantastic evening!
 
Here is a rundown on the big night:
Puppy love : This year’s auction puppy pays homage to our beloved school mascot, the Bulldog. 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!
 
Fund-a-Need : Raise your paddles high in support of this year’s Fund-a-Need, campus security. Every donation, large or small, will directly support St. Isidore School and the safety of our students. I thank you for your generosity. Click here to donate.
 
Free 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. Click here for the Free Tuition Form.
 
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 clean up on the night of the event, click here .
 
2019–2020 Registration
Registration begins next week, Wednesday, March 13 . A registration link will be emailed to you and registration should be completed by Friday, March 29. The fee will be $465 a child. If you do not receive an email, please contact the office at (925) 837-2977.
 
SIS is the Best
I want everyone to know that 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 2019 Best of Parents’ Press Guide . Click here . Thank you for your help.
 
Spring Forward/Calendar Information
This Sunday, March 10, we will “Spring Forward!” Let’s hope this means sunshine is around the corner. Please note that there will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, March 15, due to a Diocesan Staff Day, or on Monday, March 18, in observance of Pastor’s Holiday. Also, Friday, May 31 was originally scheduled to be a 12pm dismissal, but that has been changed to a regular day, with a 2:50pm dismissal.
 
Believe it or not, planning for the next school year is in full swing. The first day of the 2019–2020 school year will be Wednesday, August 14 . It will be a noon dismissal. Uniform day will be Tuesday, August 6. Thanksgiving break will be November 25–29, and Christmas break will be December 20–January 5.
 
L astly, 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
Important Dates
  • Thursday, March 7 - March B-day free dress.
  • Friday, March 8 - All School Mass (led by grade 5). Talent Show at 1:15pm in the Cardelli. Parents are welcome to attend.
  • Saturday, March 9 - Auction, SIS Gala at 6pm.
  • Wednesday, March 13 - Wacky Wednesday, jeans & green top for $1 donation. Registration begins.
  • Thursday, March 14 - Band Concert 6pm.
  • Friday, March 15 - NO SCHOOL due to Diocesan Staff Day.
  • Monday, March 18 - NO SCHOOL due to Pastor Holiday.
  • Friday, March 22 - All School Mass (led by grade 4).
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially the Vitzthum Family's uncle - Brad Goforth and Rita Edwards. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities for the St. Isidore Gala are still available.  Please contact the sponsorship team if you are interested. Thank you for all those who have already sponsored our school. More information and forms can be found here. Click here to view current sponsors.
Our sponsor of the week is The Endodontic Center of Pleasanton ! The Endodontic Center of Pleasanton is committed to saving the natural dentition. They have been a consistent supporter to St. Isidore School for many years. We are blessed to have them as a Copper Sponsor!
Message from the Bookkeeper
FACE (Family-Aid Catholic Education) Tuition Applications
FACE applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available and can be filled out on-line by going to www.faceofoakland.org
and clicking on “Interested in Applying for a Grant?” You will see the FACE guidelines and a link that will take you to the FACTS website to fill out the application. FACTS is now the third party vendor used to process and analyze all FACE applications.  On-line applications need to be submitted to FACTS by March 8, 2019. 
 
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 15, 2019. Applications are available in the bookkeeper’s office or can be downloaded at : www.basicfund.org/apply 
Did you Know?
St. Isidore School will once again be participating in the annual Fun Run on Friday, May 17th . The Fun Run offers a great way for students to learn about a healthy lifestyle, earn cool prizes and support SIS! Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their little runner!
Carpool Safety
Please remember, parents are not allowed to park, drop off, or pick up students in the Ministry Center parking lot, on the street or in the TK/KK area. The Ministry Center parking lot is available to parent volunteers during the day. As always, student safety is our top priority, and your patience is appreciated.
Library Corner
You will have so many opportunities to enjoy a stomping, chomping, reading good time at this year’s Scholastic Book Fair open April 2 - 10! 
 
  • “Party Like A Dinosaur” at our annual Family Event on Friday April 5th from 3-5 pm. With no PM carpool and free dress pass with book purchases, please STOMP on by!

  •  Enjoy some dinomite donuts with Dad at Dad’s Readasauer Breakfast on Tuesday April 9th from 6:45-7:50 am.
 
  • Lastly, our totally roarsome book fair will be open after all weekend masses, April 6 - 7.
Click here for more details about book fair and its events!
Click here to see the book fair class schedule (PDF-Roar into Reading Schedule).
 
We need lots of help to make this year’s fair a t-riffic event. Don’t forget that the book fair has many different ways to earn PEP hours (including student service hours). 
Click here to view or parents volunteer opportunities.
Click here to view 5 th Grade volunteer opportunities.
  STOMP, CHOMP, READ, AND ROAR! Here come the dinosaurs!
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.
STEAM Night was AWESOME! We had over three hundred families attend. Thank you to the dedicated team that made the event happen! STEAM Team : Mrs. Castillo, Mrs. Bowes, Mrs. Gilchrist, Mr. Darnell, Mrs. Koskowich and Ms. Moore.
Challenge Success
Technology Tips for Parents: Talk with your children about appropriate online conduct. Many adults are naive about their children’s exposure to harmful online behavior. Even if your own children’s usage is benign, it’s likely that they have observed poor behavior by others.
Scrip
Scrip News... Click here to order! Happy Ash Wednesday! Lent is a wonderful time give and Scrip is available for all your gift giving needs. Consider stocking up on all your favorites for Spring Break. Thank you for you continued support.

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 .
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