March 27, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Integrity - St. Patrick
Dear St. Isidore Families,
 
“Inside every child is a rainbow waiting to shine.” - Unknown
With a little over two months left in the school year, I think we can all agree that time is flying by! It is always wonderful to see how much students have blossomed over the school year. Like spring flowers, they seem to have sprouted overnight, both physically and spiritually. Throughout the year, students work hard learning and grasping new concepts and ideas. I am proud of their efforts thus far and encourage them to stay focused and finish strong. The next couple of months are busy, with lots of information, and several fun events. Please take time to read the information provided in the newsletter and family envelope.
 
Book Fair Coming Soon
SIS Book Fair is a big deal. Seriously, it’s the best. The adventure kicks off next week, Tuesday, April 2nd and runs through Wednesday, April 10th. The Book Fair in the Bensen Gym offers a wide variety of books for children of all ages, as well as adults. A big thank you to the awesome Library team and the many creative volunteers. Check out the Book Fair section below for detailed information and events.
 
PEP Hours
Parent Volunteer Hours for the 2018-2019 school year are to be completed and logged in the school office by Wednesday, May 1st. Any hours completed after May 1st will go towards the next school year. At your convenience, please stop by the office and update your Family PEP Log Sheet. Need last minute PEP hours? Consider volunteering at this year’s Fish Fry on Friday, April 12 th ; at the Kids Against Hunger event on Monday, April 15 th ; or the Teachers Easter Brunch on Thursday, April 18th. As always, I am grateful for the time and effort you have given to our school.
 
Planning for the 2019-2020 School Year
  •  As mentioned previously the first day of school next year, 2019-2020 school year will be Wednesday, August 14th. It will be a noon dismissal. Uniform day will be Tuesday, August 6th. Thanksgiving break will be November 25th-29th, and Christmas break will be December 20th-January 5th. Click here to view next year’s Snapshot Calendar.
 
  • Registration for the 2019-2020 school year must be completed by this Friday, March 29th. Please make sure to sign and return your FACTS Agreement (salmon-colored form) and Tuition Agreement to the office.
 
  • PTG positions are available for next school year! The SIS PTG plays a critical role in assisting the school with planning, fundraising efforts, communications, and support. If you are passionate about assisting the school in this manner, please contact me at mward@stisidore.org. Please consider chatting with friends to see if they are interested in joining as well.
 
  • Room Parents Needed for select grades! If you are interested in being considered for a Room Parent for the 2019-2020 school year, please email Rory Motas at rmotas@stisidore.org. Click here for the Room Parent Job Description.
 
  •  Be a mentor to a new family! The Newcomers Committee, led by Alida Beilke and Brooke Corradini, is looking for Sponsor Families to help welcome new families to our school. This role includes attending the Newcomers meeting with your sponsor family, keeping them informed on events and activities, and offering tips and tricks on all things SIS. Please email newcomers@stisidore.org, if interested.
 
  •  Please help us spread the word to friends and family in our community that we are still accepting applications for next school year. Word of mouth is our best marketing tool and your support is appreciated.
 
I hope to see you all at Mornings with Maria & Dennis this Friday, March 29th at 9:30 AM in the St. Isidore Room! Come for coffee, goodies, and community!
 
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • Friday, March 29 - All School Mass (led by grade 3). Mornings with Maria at 9:30am in the SI Room. Registration for the 2019-20 School year due!
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Book Fair Begins!
  • Wednesday, April 3 - Book Fair, One Room School House (Gerberich's class).
  • Thursday, April 4 - Book Fair, April B-day Free Dress, One Room School House (Goetze's class), Field trip to Balcutha (Donnelly's class).
  • Friday, April 5 - All School Mass (led by grade 8). Book Fair Family Event 3pm, Park & Pick Up.
  • Saturday, April 6 - Book Fair open after 4pm Mass.
  • Sunday, April 7 - Book Fair open after all Masses.
  • Monday, April 8 - Book Fair.
  • Tuesday, April 9 - Book Fair. Dad's Breakfast 6:45am.
  • Wednesday, April 10 - Book Fair last day. Progress Reports go home.
  • Friday, April 12 - All School Mass (led by 6). 8th grade Loaves & Fishes. TK/K New Parent Meeting 10:00am. Fish Fry 5:30pm.
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially Rita Edwards. Please also pray the for the father of Elise Ang in Kindergarten who passed away as well as the Giusto Family's grandfather - Fred Giusto and the Malnight Family's Great Grandmother - Margaret Malnight who have also passed . May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG
Calling all interested and energetic families! Do you want to be more involved in the school? We are in the process of accepting nominations for next year’s PTG Board (President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.)
Other positions, including auction chair are also available! Contact ptg@stisidore.org if interested.

Father Daughter Dance is this Friday, 3/29 from 6pm-9pm. Last minute tickets are available! Grab your boots and get ready, email rmotas@stisidore.org or call
(925) 837-2977 to purchase.
Sponsorship
Sponsor Shout Out: We would like to recognize In-Kind Sponsor Bishops Cuts/Color. We are thankful for their support. We encourage our families to visit Bishops for a hair cut or color service.
Message from the Bookkeeper
FACTS Tuition
If you are yet to turn in your Facts Tuition Agreement Form for 2019-20 (a salmon colored form), please do so by this Friday, March 29th Make any changes to your agreement directly on the form.  If you have a new student coming in the fall, please write in the student’s name & the bookkeeper will add them to your existing FACTS agreement for you. Choose from 3 payment plans: Pay in full in June, 3-payment plan & monthly payments. We no longer have the two-pay or quarterly payment plans.  The form also allows you to indicate your donation to Mind the Gap, if you choose to do so using FACTS.  In mid-May, you will receive an e-mail from FACTS when your 2019-20 agreement is finalized & the new tuition rates have been added.     Please verify all information on this form, sign and return it to the office by March 29th !  Please direct any questions to our school bookkeeper, Melanie Fake, at 217-4038.
 
St. Isidore School Tuition Assistance Applications
Tuition Assistance applications for students, in Grades 1 through 8, for the 2019-20 school year are available. These are available on the school website & in the bookkeeper’s office. Please complete and return to the bookkeeper no later than Friday, April 20, 2019.
Did you know?
Box Top Winners Announced! Thank you to everyone that turned in Box Tops! The winners this time around are:
1st place - Mr. Miller's 7th grade class (Pizza and PJ Party), 2nd place - TK/Kindergarten (Cookie & Milk Party) and 3rd place - Mrs. Goetze's 3rd grade class (In & Out certificates) .
Thank you for your support!
Please join us after mass on Friday, March 29th at 9:30am in the
St. Isidore Room for “Mornings with Maria & Dennis”. These impromptu meetings allow the school and parent community to come together in a casual atmosphere to discuss topics of interest. Coffee and breakfast goodies will be provided, I hope to see you there!
Come to the Fish Fry
SIS Annual Fish Fry tickets on sale now! Please join us on Friday, April 12th, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the Cardelli Gym. This event is fun for the whole family and includes dinner and refreshments. Test your luck and play a game or two of Bingo (Bingo cards will be sold at the event while supplies last). ADULTS $12 KIDS $6. Tickets on sale until 4/8, click here to purchase.

Looking for last minute PEP hours? Volunteer to help at this year's Fish Fry! Set up, check in, food prep and clean-up shifts available. Click here to volunteer.
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.
SIS 7th and 8th Grade Students spread HOPE!
Kairos Torch Ministry is the Catholic group that hosts retreats at Youth Correctional Facilities in the Bay Area.  Our 7th & 8th graders wrote prayers and words of encouragement on strips of paper that will be made into Chains of Prayer for the retreat room, and in the end wrapped around each young man.  The attendees keep these hand written prayers in their quarters. The paper "chains" represent them being bound to God, and free to make good choices. All of the young men (ages 16-20) have chosen to turn to God to help them live better lives. What a perfect way for our Jr High students to reach out to others in need of love during this Lenten season.
Library Corner
It is time to dig into reading! Brand new to book fair this year we proudly announce…(drum roll please)... Read and Roar with Mrs. Ward! Three lucky dinos will join Mrs. Ward for an hour of reading in her office, while munching on some t-riffic treats! To enter this raffle, all you have to do is purchase a book on any of the class purchase days (April 8, 9, or 10). Enjoy a stomping, chomping, READING good time with our roarsome-ly wonderful principal!
 
Have you set up your student’s eWallet account yet? eWallet is a secure, cash-free way for your child to shop at the fair. It is also a great way to purchase books for the classroom libraries! How dino-mite is that!

Click here to see more information about our “Read and Roar with Mrs. Ward” event.

Click here for the eWallet home page link.
 
Click here to learn how to set up an eWallet account.
 
Click Here to see the book fair class schedule.

Stomp, Chomp, Read and Roar! Here come the dinosaurs!
Challenge Success
Technology Tips for Parents: Teenagers (and adults) should not use their phones as alarm clocks. If a phone is by their bedside, they will be tempted to respond to texts and social media, which will delay or interrupt sleep.
Parish News and Notes
Teen Volunteer sign-ups for Summer Faith Camp will open Tuesday April 9 at 5:00pm thru Sign up Genius . Teens must be incoming 6 th graders to volunteer and be available to work all week. To register
(April 9th) click here .

Follow the instructions to register. These volunteer spots are open to all
St. Isidore Parish teens and space is very limited. Spots fill up in seconds, so please don’t delay! For questions, contact: Maura Piombo-Pacas at Mpiombo-pacas@sichurch.com .
Reconciliation: Parish Reconciliation is this Wednesday, March 27 th at 7:00PM . Please join us, there will be about 10 priests helping
Fr. Moran and Fr. G.”
Choice Lunch Volunteer Opportunity
Choicelunch and SIS are looking for parents interested in volunteering at the lunch counter this school year! Volunteers are responsible for handing out lunches, and earn Choicelunch credits for every day worked. It’s a great way to get free lunch for your kids! (Hours are not PEP eligible since lunch credit is given). Click here for more information.
Scrip
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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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