January 22, 2020 - Anchored in His Love
Faith - St. John of the Cross & St. Teresa of Avila
Dear St. Isidore School Families,

Catholic School Week, one of my favorite weeks of the year, is right around the corner. The week offers an opportunity to celebrate together our faith, community, and Catholic education. Much has changed in Catholic schools since I wore a uniform, but much remains the same. Catholic schools encourage students to live their faith and reach their full academic potential. I am proud of our rich history, and believe the future offers great things.
The faculty and staff are hard at work preparing for the week’s events. The observance kicks off Sunday, January 26, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Students are encouraged to come to Mass in full uniform and will receive a free dress pass for doing so (just make sure they check in at the office and put their name on the free dress list). After Mass, the school is open for Sneak-A-Peek. It’s an exciting opportunity to show off to our parishioners and potential new families what our students are learning and what they have accomplished. I invite you to bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering a Catholic education for their children. Click here or scroll down to view the week’s agenda. I am excited to announce that a Taco Truck and Pizza Guys will once again be available on Thursday evenings at the Open House Event starting at 4:30 p.m .
I encourage you to come for dinner, mingle with friends, and check out our new SIS Spiritwear prior to the doors opening at 6 p.m.
Give to the Gala—Please Support Classroom Donations!
The planning for this year’s auction is in full force! Your support is needed to ensure the success of the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Please help us secure the class donations listed here by donating to your class donation fund. We are asking for $30 per student, but if you are able to give more, please do. Click here to donate, or submit a check to the front office or to your classroom teacher. Further information on class funds can be found in today’s Family Envelope. Please have donations in by Wednesday, January 29 . As always, we are incredibly grateful for your support and generosity.
Forever Young Auction
If you haven’t yet bought your ticket for this year’s auction, Forever Young, now is the time. The event is going to an absolute blast and will sell out, so don’t hesitate. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Progress Reports
Progress reports will be sent home today for grades TK–4; grades 5–8 will bring home a progress report form. Depending on the grade, please return either the signed progress report or the orange form tomorrow . Progress reports allow parents the opportunity to check in with their children and see how they are doing in each area. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
A Trip Back in Time
Our fifth-graders had a wonderful time at Colonial Days last week! They spent their morning practicing tin art, quill writing, cross-stitch, and other activities from that era. We want to thank the teachers and the many volunteers who came to help. A special thank-you to Mrs. Anne Angstenberger and Mrs. Michelle Estabrook for their hard work and dedication, ensuring a fun day of learning for all!
I look forward to seeing you at next week’s events and celebrating together with our awesome school and fabulous community. Have a great rest of the week!
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Wednesday, January 22 - Progress Reports go home.
  • Friday, January 24 - TK, K, 1, 2 attend Mass.
  • Sunday, January 26 - Catholic Schools Week begins. Sneak-a-peek after 9am Mass.
  • Monday, January 27 - All school Mass 8:10am (led by student leadership). TK/K Testing. 1:50pm dismissal. Popcorn and punch in the courtyard after school (weather permitting).
  • Tuesday, January 28 - Donation free dress. Proceeds benefit Australia.
  • Wednesday, January 29 - 6th Annual Parent Bake Off.
  • Thursday, January 30 - Students may wear a college jersey, sweatshirt or college colors and jeans. College Bowl in the Bensen Gym. Parents welcome, see schedule below.
  • Friday, January 31 - Students may wear free dress. 8th grade vs. teacher volleyball game.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle and Mrs. Koskowich's sister who are both ill. Please pray for the grandmother of the Chatman Family and former SIS Band Teacher, Ms. Crossen who are both recovering from surgery. Please also pray for the grandmother of the Whitis Family - Rosalie Anelli Yerby who recently passed away. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Auction News
Auction tickets on sale now, click here to purchase. Make sure to check Monday's auction emails for the latest information.

Online Auction will take place Monday, February 24th through Friday February 28th!

Teacher Treats are themed student parties hosted by the teachers. Due to there popularity and limited number of spots available, they SELL OUT quickly ! Be sure to log on early, vault your credit card and be ready to click and buy!

Don't miss out on the popular Teacher Treats!
K-6 Friday, March 6th!
TK Saturday, March 7th!
7-8 TBA!
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’d like to recognize Auburn James for their ongoing support and donations to our annual Gala Auction, helping to make it a fun event! Auburn James , located in the heart of St. Helena is a wonderful place to visit with friends and taste some amazing wine.
Catholic School Week 2020 - Agenda
Catholic Schools Week 2020 Overview!

Sunday, January 26, 2020
Mass to kick off CSW at 9am. Sneak-a-peek 10am-11am.
Students who attend Mass in their school uniform will get a free dress pass. Make sure your child puts their name on the sign-in sheet in the office.

Monday, January 27, 2020 Celebrating Our SCHOOL/PARISH COMMUNITY!
All School Mass at 8:10am led by Student Leadership.
Park & Pick Up at 1:50pm. We will be having Popcorn & Punch in the courtyard weather permitting.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 Celebrating our NATION!
Donation Free Dress Day for a $1.00 or more. Donations will go towards the crisis in Australia.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Celebrating our TEACHERS!
6th Annual Parent Bake Off in the Faculty Lounge. Click here to sign up.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 Celebrating GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP!
College Bowl, held in the Bensen gym: All students are allowed to wear a college jersey, sweatshirt or college color tops and jeans. Parents are welcome!
College Bowl Schedule:
8th vs 7th: 8:10am-8:40am
6th vs 5th: 8:45am-9:15am
4th vs 3rd: 9:20am-9:50am

Science Fair & Open House Hours:
4:30pm Food Trucks for Parents & Community!
5:00pm ALL 7th & 8th Grade students need to be in the Bensen Gym. 5:15pm Doors open. 5:15-5:45pm— The 7th and 8th grade will display their SCIENCE FAIR projects. Awards at 5:45pm. 6:00pm ALL classroom doors will be open for visits.

Friday, January 31, 2020 Celebrating our STUDENTS!
Students have FREE DRESS. School Rally at 2:00pm.
6th Annual Bake Off on Wednesday, 1/29! Do you have a signature casserole? A delish quiche? A heavenly coffee cake? Family favorite cake or muffins? Make It and Share It! Our teachers and staff will sample and vote on their favorites throughout the day, and the 1st and 2nd Place Winners will win FREE DRESS PASSES for their entire family! All participants will automatically earn ONE PEP HOUR.  Click here for more info and to sign up!
SIS Family Highlight
Congrats to the Cox Family! The Cox Family welcomed a new baby boy into the world on December 23rd. Little Jason Michael is doing great and getting plenty of love from his big brothers, Nathan (Kindergarten) and Lucas.
Did you know?
Twenty- five of our current SIS parents used to wear the SIS uniform! Alumni shout out: Robbie Anderson, Tara Beane, Nicole Berglund, Teresa Bowes, John Brychel, Adrienne Feyock, Monica Fonseca, Rick Freeman, Christine Gaber, Justin Gagnon, Tracy Geddis, Allison Hickinbotham, Laura LaPorte, Tom Lickiss, Kathleen Litvinenko, Andreana Lupo, Jenny Lyons, Bob Marx, Mike Palm, Erica Perez, Ali Rago, Laura See, Sally Swartz, Jill Tripaldi and Justin Walsh. Thank you for sending your children to SIS!

 If you are alumni but not listed, please click here to update your information.
2nd Annual STEAM Night
Save the date for the 2nd Annual SIS STEAM Night!
SIS will be holding Family STEAM Night on Thursday, February 20, from 6pm to 7 pm in the Bensen gym! It will be an evening of hands-on science, math, engineering and art activities for students and families to complete together. More details to follow.
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.
Miss Joseph to the rescue! What happens when you can't open your thermos? You head to the office to see if they can help. After several attempts Miss Joseph managed to pry open Elynn Schmidt's thermos. Going above and beyond to help each other is the SIS way. Way to lead by example Miss Joseph.
After School Opportunities
Parent Volunteers are needed for grades 6,7,8 CYO Girls Volleyball!
A Program Coordinator is needed to oversee this year's SIS CYO Volleyball season. Teresa Bowes will be available to advise you on the specifics of the position and program. A Team Parent per grade level is also needed. Please contact Teresa Bowes at bowesfamily7@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of the above.
Sarah's Science presents Toyology! In these exciting hands-on science classes students will build a variety of toys and use them to demonstrate major scientific concepts such as energy, electricity, light, gravity, motion, friction, magnetism and simple machines. Click here for information on how to register your child. Please note registration should be mailed to the address indicated.
AAUW STEM Conference for Middle School Girls! Do you have a daughter in grades 6-8 who is passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? The American Association of University Women is hosting their annual conference on Saturday, March 21 at Saint Mary’s College. This is a great opportunity for your daughter to explore STEM-related careers, experience hands-on workshops, and meet STEM mentors and role models. The cost to participate is $25/student. Parents can also sign up for a complimentary parent education program to hear from a Keynote Speaker, Professional Educators, and participate in a discussion. Registration opens on 1/24 at 8am. Click here to register. If you have any questions please contact me at SIS Alumni, Chloe DeSmedt .
Common Sense Media Tip of the Week
Enable privacy settings on apps you download . Make sure your teens are using strict privacy settings on services such as Instagram and Facebook .
Science Fair - Volunteers Needed
Science Fair is coming soon! Please consider volunteering your time on Wednesday, January 29th from 8am-2:30pm as a Science Fair Judge. For more information or to volunteer, click here .
Scrip News... Click here to order! If you step outside in the sunny afternoon, especially after the rain, it is not difficult to imagine that spring is right around the corner. With spring we are blessed with beautiful flowers, vegetable gardens, spring sports, hikes and so much more. This time of year we also get busy shopping for special events such as our school auction, First Holy Communion, 8th grade and high school graduations, junior prom and senior ball just to name a few. Consider stocking up on the follow.
Home and garden: ACE Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Home Depot, Home Goods, and Pottery Barn.
Apparel : Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Marshalls, Macy’s, J. Crew and Gap.
Gifts, Entertainment & Sports:  Amazon, Cinemark, Regal, Dick’s Sporting Goods.
There are so many ways you can incorporate Scrip into your daily life. You'll be happy you did! Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
Volunteer Opportunities- Week B
School Sponsorships