September 4, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Empathy - St. Peter & St. Paul
Dear St. Isidore Families,

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler
 
Throughout September, St. Isidore School will celebrate the monthly gospel value of EMPATHY. Empathy is the experience of understanding another person’s thoughts and feelings. It’s choosing to see another person’s point of view, rather than one’s own. Today’s world is complicated and many feel overwhelmed at times, so choosing to withhold judgment and offer kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.
 
Let’s PAR Tee
The annual the SIS Golf Classic on Monday, September 30, is less than a month away! If you are yet to register, now is the time. We hope that if you are not participating in golf or tennis, you will join us for dinner. It offers an excellent opportunity to mingle with fellow SIS families. Get your tickets now! Registration ends on September 23. C lick here to register. I would like to extend a big thank you to this year’s chairs, Michelle Czarnik and Katie Merritt, for all their hard work and dedication. They have spent countless hours ensuring an amazing event for us all to enjoy.
 
Challenge Success
SIS will once again be partnering with Stanford’s Challenge Success Program, hoping to help students with coping strategies, communication, and life balance skills. Challenge Success works closely with schools, families, and communities to embrace a broad definition of success and to implement research-based strategies that promote student well-being and engagement with learning. This school year, the staff has chosen to focus on Classroom Mindfulness. Mindfulness is about learning to train your attention to the present moment without dwelling on what has happened in the past or worrying about the future. Teachers will be incorporating different mindfulness techniques into their routine, giving students a chance to develop an understanding and appreciation of health of mind and body. They will also learn about the Catholic Christian faith tradition, including spiritual meditation.

Bingo Night
Unfortunately, Family Bingo Night this Friday, September 6, has been cancelled. Sorry to disappoint everyone who planned to attend. We will reschedule the event and announce a new date soon. Thank you for your flexibility.
 
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Thursday, September 5 - Aug/Sept B-day Free Dress. New Kids on the Block Luncheon.
  • 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.
  • Monday, September 16 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Thursday, September 19 - Faith Family Activity
  • Friday, September 20 - NO SCHOOL due to Diocesan Staff Day.
  • Monday, September 23 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Tuesday, September 24 - Book Fair opens.
  • Friday, September 27 - Mass for grades 6,7,8 (led by 7). Park & Pick up due to Books & Baseball Event 2:50pm-5pm.
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering or in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle who is ill. Please also pray the for the grandmother of the McNamara Family - Biba Caggiano and the grandmother of the Finan Family - Ethel Huser who have both passed away. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
My School Anywhere: 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.

Babysitting List: 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.

SIS Golf Classic: Don't miss the fun! Register for the SIS Golf Tournament today.
Mind the Gap: 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!
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 .
Sponsorship
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 we would like to recognize Choicelunch for their Diamond Level sponsorship and continual support of our school. Choicelunch is an easy and convenient way to provide your child with a well balanced lunch. Sign Up today and let Choicelunch make your weekly lunch planning easier!
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!). 
Library Corner
Take Me out to the Book Fair…
It’s time to play ball! Our annual Family Event , “Books and Baseballs,” will be arriving at our ballpark on Friday, September 27 th from 2:50 – 5pm! General Manager Ward has announced that students can wear their favorite baseball jerseys with their uniform bottoms that day! For our veteran middle schoolers, please wear your SIS sweatshirt over the jersey for Mass only. With no PM carpool and free dress passes with book purchases, you’re likely to hit for the cycle!
 
Our family event puts you in the ideal position to rally and knock those classroom libraries out of the ballpark. The teachers feel like hall of famers when books land in their classrooms. We don’t want them to miss a pitch! Score with reading!

Click here to see more “Books and Baseball” info.
Click here to see the book fair class schedule.
Click here for parents PEP hour oppertunities/5 th – 8 th grade service hours.
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 Holquin Family (David, Danielle, Jackson, and Sloane) to the SIS Community! Jackson (4 th - Mrs. Trujillo) and Sloane (K-Ms. Camenson) previously went to school in San Jose where Danielle has worked for over 15 years. They have been residents of San Ramon since 2006—the halfway point between Danielle’s work in San Jose and David’s in Napa. The Holquin family loves college football (especially cheering on the Fightin’ Irish), the Giants and Warriors. Jackson has an affinity for trains, planes, and sports, and Sloane loves animals, ponies, and the Girl Scouts. The Holquin family can’t wait to get to know more SIS families. Go Bulldogs!
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.
Kindness matters: 6th grader, Nicholas Parker has been spotted multiple times opening the office door for teachers as they arrive to school. His kindness warms our hearts and brightens our day.
Student Leadership News
New Kids on the Block: The New Kids on the Block luncheon is on Thursday, Sept. 5th from 11:30 -12:30 in the St. Isidore room. Student Leadership, Mrs. Devine & Mrs. Lettire will be hosting. If your child will be attending there is no need to send a lunch on that day. Pizza, games & LOTS of fun!
Schoology
  • Have you signed up for an account with your Parent Access Code yet? If not, please email Melissa Durkee to obtain your code/s. For detailed Parent Schoology Directions, click here.
  • Have you joined your groups? SIS Parents, Newcomers, Class Parent Group, ie: Gr. 1 - Hutchinson Parent Group 19/20, Gr. 8 - Carter Parent Group 19/20, etc... Click here for the Join Codes.
  • Can't find your other students on your mobile device? Please reference pages 5-7 in the Parent Schoology Directions document.
Scrip
Scrip News... Click here to order!
From top to bottom Scrip has it all. Locally owned businesses Norm's, Chamois, Domenico’s , and Yogurt Shack are all generous with their donations to St. Isidore School. Keep your SCRIP cards handy when you are working on a weekend home project, picking up lunch or taking the kids out for a treat after school, a game or a school dance. Conrad Hotels are available as a Special Order (found on the back of the green form). Conrad Hotels consist of Hilton Hotels, Waldorf Astoria, Embassy Suites and Double Tree. They are available in $100 denominations and a give back of 2% to the school. If you have future travel plans, consider staying at a Conrad Hotel.
Accordion gift card holders are also available on the Special Order form too. They are $3 each and are listed under Cascading Card File. They are the perfect vehicle for keeping track of all your SCRIP cards and make nice little gifts for anyone needing a little help with organization. Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
After School Opportunities
Calling all Bakers! St. Isidore mom, teacher and CRUMB owner Nancy Phillips is pleased to offer a six-week baking class. Each week your child will learn a new baking technique and bring home treats to share. The first session begins the week of 9/24/19, space is limited, so get your registration in ASAP! Click here .
Performing Academy in partnership with St. Isidore presents  The Wizard of Oz — Young Performers’ Edition
Our production program is designed to give students the full experience of rehearsing and performing in a musical. Each week students participate in a rehearsal process that includes technique based training and application. Students are taught key concepts in the theatre that include but are not limited to music theory, dance technique, and the actor’s tool kit. At the culmination of the process students perform at the state of the art Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek with costumes, sets, and state of the art lights and sound!  Join us on the classical journey, in which a Kansas farm girl travels over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home! Click here to register.

Mondays: Oct. 21-March 16
TK-2nd: 1:50-3:30pm
3rd-8th: 1:50-5:00pm
Performs: Saturday, March 21 @ 12pm & Sunday, March 22 @ 2:30pm
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 Wed. 9/11 at 5:30 at Hap Magee Park. Click here for more info.
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 experiencing 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 have a doll that you would like to donate, please contact me at  laurenrivera365@gmail.com  to arrange for an adoption. Thank you for your help!
Parish News & Notes
Join Bible Study : St. Isidore's Women's Bible Study, Walking with Purpose, meets on Thursday Mornings beginning September 12th. The 2019-2020 study is titled "Discovering our Dignity", an in depth look at Women in the Bible. 

Come and enjoy spiritual growth and much needed social time/fellowship!  Click here  for further information.  Click here  for registration form.
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School Sponsorships
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