September 11, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Empathy - St. Peter & St. Paul
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Together we remember
Today, on the eighteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, I ask that we pause for a moment to observe that tragic day. Let's remember those who were lost and injured. Let's remember the first responders who arrived bravely at the scene, many of whom lost their lives helping fellow Americans. Let’s remember those who stepped up to volunteer and donate funds and supplies. Let’s remember the hopelessness we felt seeing our fellow citizens suffer. Let’s remember the pride we felt when our country bonded together in unity. For it is when we come together that we find love, strength, and the power to heal and move forward.
Digital citizenship
Let’s face it: today’s world is different from the world we grew up in. Our children have the benefit of growing up in a fast-paced digital world, but with that advantage come tough decisions and sometimes hardship. Our role as parents and educators is to provide guidance and information, helping our children navigate the digital world and understand the importance of making safe decisions while on the internet and participating in social media. As previously mentioned, SIS is partnering with Common Sense Media to provide valuable information and tools for parents, educators, and students. Click here to view the advice and tips that Common Sense Media recommends—and remember, we’re all in this together.
SIS Book Fair swings for the fences
Together with their line-up of dedicated volunteers, our fabulous library team has worked tirelessly to prepare for this year’s book fair, transforming the Bensen Gym into our very own field of dreams. Step up to the plate and visit the book fair anytime between Tuesday, September 24 and Wednesday, October 2 . As usual, our amazing librarians have hit it out of the park, planning several fun events for us fans to enjoy, including the Family Event on Friday, September 27, from 2:50pm–5:00pm, and the popular Dads’ Breakfast on October 2 from 6:45am–7:50am.
If you haven’t yet signed up for the annual SIS Classic on Monday, September 30, I encourage you to do so. The last day to register for this fun event is Monday, September 23.
Please also note that a change has been made to the school calendar: there will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 6 . Students will return from Christmas break on Tuesday, January 7. Have a wonderful rest of the week!
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • 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 - Donation Free Dress - wear jeans for $1, all donations will go to those affected by Hurricane Dorian. 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.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Will Pringle who is ill. Let's also pray for Mrs. Oswald's friend - Eileen Appleget who was recently in an accident, the close friends of the Enright Family - the Crocketts and former staff member - Rita Edwards who is in the hospital recovering from a fall. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
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!
SIS Golf Classic: Don't miss the fun! Register for the SIS Golf Tournament today. Last day to register is 9/23.
If you are interested in becoming a School Sponsor for the 2019-2020 school year please reach out to the sponsorship team at . Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities. Click here for the Sponsorship Commitment Form.
Sponsor Shout Out: Fremont Bank
This week's shout out goes to Fremont Bank for their gold level sponsorship! Fremont Bank has been a long and loyal supporter of SIS! We encourage you to visit them for all your banking needs.
Library Corner
Take Me out to the Book Fair…
Dad’s Breakfast is on deck! On October 2 from 6:45-7:50, dads and their sluggers can enjoy a light breakfast while scoring with books that are out of the ballpark! Take a 7 th inning stretch by skipping the carpool lane! It is going to be a bench clearing event! Click here to see more info about Dad’s Breakfast.
Back by popular demand, eWallet is making a repeat appearance at this year’s book fair. SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS AGAIN 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, or cash! Way to score!
Click here to learn how to set up an eWallet, c l ick here for the eWallet link. Click here to see the book fair class schedule. Score with reading!
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Dunn Family! Hayden (5th- Miss Emery), Christian (5th-Miss Emery) and Mateo (2nd - Mrs. Downey) come to us from
St. Vincent DePaul in San Francisco. The Dunn Family lived in San Francisco for 12 years with a 4 year stint in Sydney, Australia in the middle, where Mateo was born. Stephanie from San Jose, is a personal trainer and soccer coach currently getting her Masters in Nutrition Therapy. Steve currently works for Visa in Foster City. The Dunns love soccer and going to Sharks and Giants games. All of the boys play soccer for Danville Mustang. 
They look forward to making many new friends at SIS!
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.
Lending a helping hand: SIS Parents - Denise O'Riordan, Meredith Norrett and Sam Moussavi have pitched in multiple times to help with afternoon carpool. They assisted with lining up cars and directing new families. Thanks ladies, we appreciate your help.
Did you know?
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Have an old iPhone 7 or newer model that you are not using?  Yearbook students would love any iPhone donations to take pictures for our yearbook. Please send your donated phones to the office ASAP attention Melissa Durkee. 

We are also looking for parents to volunteer to take pictures at school-wide events. Camera phones are OK to use! We are also looking for parents to assist with walking with the students during their enrichment class when they take pictures. Please click here to view the Signup Genius and signup. 1 PEP hour per event!
Nurses Note
Health Office Volunteers
We are looking for Health Office Volunteers. Please join us in helping take care of our students. We are looking to cover the recess and lunch hours. Your commitment is one shift every other week,  9:00-10:30  or  11:30-1:00 . If you commit to the year, your PEP commitment is complete. Please contact Gina Vitzthum  925-818-9107  or Marie Ospeck  925-389-0584  if you are interested. 

Hearing Testing
We will be conducting Hearing Testing Tuesday, September 17, 2019 in grades K, 2, 5, 8. We are looking for Volunteers to help from 8:00am to 12:00pm. If you can help, please email gvitzthum@stisidore.og.
Challenge Success
Challenge Success Tip- Instead of asking your child about their grades consider asking them one of the following questions:
  1. What made you light up today?
  2. What made you smile today?
  3. What is the nicest thing you did for someone else today?
  4. What is the nicest thing someone did for you today?
Community Outreach Opportunities
Looking for volunteer opportunities for your child/children? Check out the following opportunities taking place in Sep/Oct. These are not school sponsored events.
Join us for St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County’s Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/ Run Saturday September 28th , 9 am – 11 am St. Isidore Grass Field 440 La Gonda Way, Danville, CA 94526.  
Help Us End Poverty One Person, One Family, One Community at a Time by Supporting the Walk - Become a Walker, or Donate to a Registered Walker at or

With more than 50 projects to choose from, Community Service Day 2019 on October 12 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM offers something for all ages, all interests, and all skill levels. Slots fill up quickly.  
Student Leadership
Gather your Box Tops! It’s that time of year again - the BOX TOP Challenge! Bring in your box tops to support the school and help your class win a pizza and pajama day! Which class will come out on TOP?
Scrip News... Click here to order!
It's the middle of September and as you get ready to welcome the changing of the seasons, brighten your home with new autumn colors! Pay a visit to Pottery Barn, Target or Home Goods to find a few things to transform the inside or visit Alamo Ace and Home Depot to find great things for the outside. Wherever your shopping needs take you, Scrip can be there too! 

Did you know that Costco only accepts Visa? Scrip carries Visa too in $50 and $100 cards. So, next time you shop at Costco, think of using Scrip for your purchase and give back to St. Isidore school. Thanks for Shopping with Scrip!
Parish News and Notes
St. Isidore's Faith Formation offers two programs for deepening your faith at three different times.
Wednesday Mornings:  A study of Revelation by Jeff Cavin. This book is full of imagery, symbolism, and numbers, and in exploring the Book of Revelation, we can find relevance to our daily lives. This program runs Wednesday Mornings 9/18 - 12/4 from 9:15-11:00 AM. For further information on the program, click here . Registration forms available here .

Thursday Mornings:  Walking with Purpose woman’s discussion group on Thursday Mornings beginning 9.12. The Walking With Purpose study is "Discovering our Dignity", an in depth look at Women in the Bible.  Click here   for further information.   Click here  for registration form.

Thursday Evenings:  A second presentation/group studying Revelation: 7:15-9:00 PM. 9/19 - 12/5. For more information, click here .
St. Joan of Arc: GRIEF WORKSHOP on October 1 thru November 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.
 Click here for further information.
Volunteer Opportunities- Week A
  • Auction class art project coordinator, click here.
  • Classroom volunteer opportunities, click here.
  • SIS Golf Classic volunteer opportunities, click here.
  • Lunchroom volunteers needed, click here.
  • If you are interested in helping in the nurses office during break/lunch please contact Marie Ospeck at
School Sponsorships