December 4, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Kindness - Our Lady of Guadalupe & St. Juan Diego
Dear St. Isidore Families,

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!”
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break! Thank you so much for your kindness on Principal Appreciation Day. Dennis and I are blessed to be part of such a wonderful community. It seems like overnight the seasons have changed, and suddenly we find ourselves on winter’s doorstep. There is a definite chill in the air, damp days, and an obvious change in daylight, but our spirits are brightened by the joy of Christmas time. Christmas is special, and the signs and feelings of this wonderful holiday can be seen and felt all around. Colorful lights scattered through the neighborhoods, the cheery sound of Christmas carols, the smell of delicious cookies, and the sheer wonder and excitement seen on the faces of young and old alike can brighten the coldest of days. I hope you find a quiet moment sometime this season to take in the sheer joy of it all. Savor it for a minute or two, and then go out and spread some merriment!
Christmas Boutique
Today’s annual Christmas Boutique was a frenzy of excitement. It is always heartwarming to see students hand-pick special gifts for family and friends. I want to thank Tara Preston for chairing this event; it’s a fantastic SIS tradition. Her energy and excitement was contagious and I know that the students had a blast. Thank you to all the parents who donated gifts and volunteered to help make this day so wonderful!
Sip & Shop Holiday Market – TONIGHT
Tonight’s the night! Don’t miss out on the fun. Join us at the Sip & Shop Holiday Market from 5:30pm to 9:00pm in the Cardelli Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $40. This festive event is a great opportunity to shop while you eat, drink, and be merry with friends! All ticket sales and 15% of event night vendor sales will benefit the school. A big thank you to this year’s chairs, Amanda Cox and Catherine Selway, and their many volunteers for providing us all with a fun and fabulous night!
Knights of Columbus Toy Drive – THIS FRIDAY
Each year, we partner with the Knights of Columbus in their annual Toy Drive. The toys are donated to needy families throughout the Oakland Diocese. If you are able to donate, please have your child bring a wrapped toy (clearly labeled for a boy or a girl, and their age) to school on Friday morning, December 6. The Knights will collect them from the students at the end of Mass. We invite you to join us for this wonderful Mass and experience the generosity of our community on Friday, December 6, at 8:10am.
#Giving Tuesday
Thank you to everyone who donated to SIS on Giving Tuesday! We raised over $7,000. Donations received on this national day of giving assist our efforts to provide competitive salaries and professional development opportunities for our staff. Please know that your generosity makes a difference, and we appreciate it greatly!
Spirit Wear – Coming Soon
Show your school pride buy purchasing SIS Spirit Wear! Students will be able to wear their Spirit Wear the first Monday of the month with uniform bottoms and on free dress donation days. These shirts are cute, fun and full of spirit. More information coming soon. Go Bulldogs!
It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that a fellow school parent, Lisa Schaeffer, passed away right before the break. Lisa is the mother of three beautiful boys: Danny (7th grade), Will (Class of 2018), and Jack (Class of 2016). She was smart, kind, beautiful and brave. We are extremely saddened by her passing, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time.
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
PS. As you know, this time of year is busy and there is lots to keep track of. Reading the newsletter is the best way to stay up to date on all the happenings. Thursday, December 19 is the last day of school before the Christmas break. It is 12:00pm dismissal and Kids Konnection is closed in the afternoon. Thank you for your flexibility.
Important Dates
  • Wednesday, December 4 -Sip & Shop 5:30-9pm.
  • Thursday, December 5 - Candy Cane sales in the AM. Dec. B-day Free Dress.
  • Friday, December 6 - All school Mass at 8:10am. KOC Toy Drive.
  • Sunday, December 8 - Parish Christmas Breakfast.
  • Monday, December 9 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Tuesday, December 10 - Candy Cane sales in the AM.
  • Thursday, December 12 - Candy Cane sales in the AM. Christmas Concert Rehearsal-1pm/ Show-7pm.
  • Friday, December 13 - All school Mass at 8:10am (led by 5th).
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 also pray the for the grandmother of the Johnson Family and Lisa Schaeffer, the mother of Danny (7th), Will (2018) & Jack (2016) who have both passed away. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
Your support is appreciated! Thank you to all our wonderful St. Isidore families who donated to Mind The Gap this year. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
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: We would like to thank In-Kind Sponsor, BMW Concord for contributing to this year’s Golf Classic and their ongoing support of St. Isidore School. We are grateful for their donations. When you're ready to purchase the luxury vehicle of your dreams, the BMW Concord team is ready to help.
New! SIS Spirit Wear
St. Isidore School Bulldog Spirit Wear Coming Soon! More info to follow.
  • Students will be able to wear our new spirit wear the first Monday of each month & during free dress donation days.
  • Spirit Wear will be delivered to school on a bi-monthly basis.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Krause Family! Tom and Jenny Krause and their four children Abby (13), Tommy (10, 4th Grade-Phillips), George (7) and Bo (5) have lived in Alamo for over 10 years. Tom is the CFO of Broadcom Inc. and Jenny is a former elementary school teacher and is now a stay at home mom. They have a dog, Olive, a hamster, Comet, and a frog, Beans. In their free time the Krauses enjoy playing sports, including golf and tennis, going skiing, and spending time in Carmel." If you see the Krause Family on campus please take a moment to introduce yourself.
Congrats Miss Gonzaga! Sixth grade, Instructional Assistant (Wissinger's class) Kourtney Gonzaga was married over the break in Tahoe. Miss Gonzaga, now Mrs. Auelua is thrilled. We are so excited for Daniel and Kourtney!
Holiday Happenings
Candy Cane sales on now! Sales will be on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays- 12/5, 12/10 and 12/12. If you have a large order, please email Mrs. Devine in advance. This year's proceeds will go to From the Heart Wheelchair Foundation in honor of Matt Medeiros (SIS Class of 2011).
The Knights of Columbus Toy Drive will be held on Friday, December 6th! E ach year, we partner with the Knights of Columbus in their annual Toy Drive. The toys are donated to needy families throughout the Oakland Diocese. If you are able to donate, please have your child bring a wrapped toy (clearly labeled for a boy or a girl, and their age) to school on Friday morning, December 6th. The Knights will collect them from the students at the end of Mass.
Annual Parish Christmas Breakfast: On Sunday, December 8th , the KOC of SI are hosting their 41st Annual Parish Christmas Breakfast in the Msgr. Cardelli Activities Center from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Click here for further information. Mr. Ed InDelicato is asking for student volunteers to hold signs advertising the upcoming breakfast after 7:30, 9 and 10:30 Masses. Please contact him directly if you are able to help, 925-998-6876.
The Annual School Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 12th at 7p.m! We ask that students arrive to the Cardelli Gym no later than 6:45 p.m. and be dressed in their “Christmas Best” (no jeans, tank tops, etc.).
We will have an open dress rehearsal during the day at 1 p.m. for those who would like to attend. This is a great option for grandparents and friends.

Click here to view the seating chart for this year's show.
Let's wear wacky Christmas socks on Wednesday, December 11th! Students are invited to show their Christmas spirit by wearing wacky socks on 12/11. Cheers to holiday fun!
Please join us for first grades annual Christmas Pageant! This special SIS tradition will take place on Thursday, December 19th at the 8:10am all school Mass.
Auction News
Auction 2020 - Forever Young : Dad's Dodgeball Night & Mother's Day Kickoff pre-sale tickets are available for purchase today only! 
Visit the Auction table at Sip & Shop to sign up! If you can't make it, click here to purchase. Dad's Dodgeball tickets can be purchased until midnight today. Mother's Day Kickoff will go live at 5:30PM and has just 50 spots available. This event will sell out, and tickets are first come, first serve. Don't miss these two exciting new events!
Check out the videos (link) for a sneak preview of the fun to come!  

Don’t forget - we are collecting wine bottles (valued at $55 or more) for PEP hours! Drop off a bottle today at Sip & Shop!
Attention 8th Grade Parents
8th Grade yearbook ads on sale now! The deadline to create and purchase an ad is December 13, 2019. Click here for directions.
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 .
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.
Sending thanks and appreciation! Thank you to everyone who participated in #GivingTuesday! Your generosity is appreciated and makes a difference.
SIS Alumni News
Way to go Lauren! Lauren Rivera (SIS Class of 2017) presented at the FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) National Conference in Washington DC for a second year. She is a member of the FARE Teen Advisory Group and led another project this past summer. The goal of the project was to identify the best tasting, food allergy friendly snacks on the market, from a unique teen perspective.
Give Back Opportunity
Games Unlimited's Battle of the Schools! Earn points for your school every time you shop. The school with the most points at the end of the month wins $100 towards their Ed Fund. Please mention SIS during your holiday shopping.
Youth Basketball Camp
Looking for something fun for your child to do over the break? The Golden State Warriors will be conducting Youth Basketball Camps over the holiday break. Click here for further information. Most camps are for boys and girls, ages 7-15. 
Scrip News... Click here to order! Low Denomination Card order form, click here .
What a wonderful time of the year! The glitter, lights, wrapping paper and ribbon, music, sweets and Christmas traditions keeps us moving. With the help of SCRIP at your side for gift giving, list planning and budgeting you can make it all happen, and hopefully without too much worry.

Entertain the movie fan with Regal and Cinemark. Feed the high school & college student with Chipotle, In-N-Out, Panera, Starbucks, Domenico’s, and Noah’s Bagels. 
Clothe the athlete with Nike, Big 5, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Athleta (Gap). 
Dine out with friends and family at Norm's, California Pizza Kitchen, and Cheesecake Factory. Explore the world of reading with Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. 
Delight the cook and entertainer with Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Home Goods, Lunardi's and Safeway!

Don't forget you can help us to feed the hungry by making a donation to the Soup Kitchen and Loaves and Fishes. Thank you for Shopping with Scrip!
Volunteer Opportunities- Week A
School Sponsorships