October 30, 2019 - Anchored in His Love
Peace - St. Francis & St. Clare
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Happy Halloween
Tomorrow is the big day: Halloween! Halloween is fun for us all… students and staff in costumes, class parties and, at the end of the day, an all-school parade. Please join us for our annual Halloween parade in the courtyard at 11:00 a.m. Following the parade, students will go back to their classrooms to pack up. School will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m. and it will be park and pick up. There will be no carpool tomorrow afternoon. There will be NO KIDS KONNECTION AVAILABLE AFTER SCHOOL . Please see specifics on costumes in the paragraph below.
 
I would ask you to remember that all costumes must be school appropriate. Please do not let your children wear anything too questionable or scary. If girls are wearing tutus, please make sure they also wear leggings and shorts underneath, and if boys are wearing skin suits that they wear sports shorts on top. If students are not dressed properly for Halloween fun, they will not be able to participate in the festivities of the day.
 
Candy Collection
SIS will once again be collecting candy to donate to the Blue Star Moms, who will send it to our troops around the world. The collection will take place in the school hallway and will run November 1–8 . This tradition was started by Kathy Oertli, a former St. Isidore parent who sadly passed away. We honor Kathy’s dedication to the Blue Star Moms and send our love to her family and friends.
 
All Saints Day Schedule
Friday, November 1, will be a late start day. School will start at 8:50 a.m. and we will attend mass at 9:10 a.m. Please make sure students are in full mass attire. In lieu of collecting a can of food, a collection will be taken during the offertory. You are welcome to join us for Mass!
 
Together We Do Great Things
Red Ribbon Week allowed the students and staff to come together for some fun, wackiness, and GIVING! During the week, students were encouraged to bring in cans of food for the Monument Crisis Center, and boy, did they! By midweek, the five collection bins were overflowing with generosity, and it was evident we needed additional bins. By Friday, we had seven large bins filled to the rim, totaling 1,730 pounds of food, which is more than 3,400 meals. Our Red Ribbon Week efforts also included a “Free Dress” donation day, raising $350 for the Mario Perez Education Fund at St. Felicitas Church in San Leandro. Thank you for your generosity and support. It is evident that, together, SIS can do great things!
 
Mind the Gap
Mind the Gap Push Month will be wrapping up soon! Donations made by Friday, November 8 qualify your family for the Mind the Gap raffle. Thank you to the many families who have already donated to our school-wide campaign. As mentioned previously, the campaign helps fill the gap between what tuition dollars cover and what it actually costs to educate a child. We ask that each family donate the recommended $500 per student. I truly appreciate your generosity and support. Please know it makes a difference and benefits the students and staff directly. Click here to donate today.
 
Remember that Sunday, November 3 is Daylight Savings day and together we will “Fall Back”. I wish you all a HAPPY and SAFE Halloween! Hope to see you at the Halloween parade and All Saints Day mass.
 
God bless,

Maria Ward, Principal

PS. Tomorrow is the last day to earn 2 PEP hours for taking the WCEA Parent Survey. The information you provide plays an important role in our accreditation process.
Click here for survey.
Important Dates
  • Thursday, October 31 - Halloween Parade at 11am. 12pm dismissal. NO KIDS KONNECTION.
  • Friday, November 1 - Late start: 8:50am. KK open at 7am. All school mass in honor of All Saints Day at 9:10am.
  • Monday, November 4 - 1:50pm dismissal.
  • Tuesday, November 5 - 3rd grade apple pie baking.
  • Thursday, November 7 - Nov. b-day free dress.
  • Friday, November 8 - Veterans Day Ceremony at 10am.
  • Monday, November 11 - No school in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Wednesday, November 13 - 5th grade bake sale. Report cards go home.
  • Friday, November 15 - K, 1, 2 attend Mass.
Prayers
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. Gilchrist's sister and Mrs. Hawke's father-in-law who both recently passed away, and all those affected by the recent fires. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
PTG News
It's Mind The Gap Push Month! Click here to donate to MTG. Donate before November 8th so your child is included in the raffle.
Every dollar counts, and your donation is 100% tax deductible.

Raffle Prizes:
  • All class pizza or In-n-Out party
  • 2 all class free dress passes
  • One month free tuition for ONE child

Give Back: Cocina Hermanas & Danville Harvest will be donating $1,000 a month to local schools. For every $40 you spend you will receive 1 ballot. Cast your ballot for the school of your choice, hopefully SIS. Thank you for your support!
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: We would like to recognize this week’s Bronze Level contributor, Malcolm Drilling . Malcolm strives to be the largest and most innovative specialty foundation contractor in North America by providing their clients with quality products and services. We’d like to thank them for their ongoing support of our school.
Note from the Office
New SIS Approved Food List! The 2019-2020 Approved Food List will be in today's Family Envelope. Please note that new items have been added and previous items have been removed because they are no longer safe.
It is important that items brought to school come directly from this list. If you have any previous lists, please discard them. Thank you for helping us keep our students safe.
School attendance alert system update: Currently, the diocese contacts parents via automated phone message if a child shows an unexcused absence. On November 8th at 10am (Date change from previously announced date) you will receive a text message from School Messenger notifying you that moving forward, parents will receive a phone message and a text message if an unexcused absence is recorded. You may choose to opt out of text alerts at that time if preferred by replying NO or STOP.
Membership Tool Kit - Online Directory: The new online directory is now showing each student's teacher. Please remember to create an account and download the app. For directions, click here . If you have any questions please email mdurkee@stisidore.org.
Common Sense Media
Tip of the week : Let kids know that supporting a friend or acquaintance who is being bullied can make a big difference. If they feel safe confronting the bully, they should. If not, a private message to the victim can be enough to help someone through a tough time. Speaking up against hate speech is important, too.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome, Rega Family! Anthony, Janet, Enzo (5th-Emery), and
Gianna (3rd-Goetze) have lived in Danville for fourteen years. Anthony works in San Ramon and Janet is a stay at home mom. The Rega Family enjoys traveling, boating, and skiing. They are very excited to join the
SIS Community.
Veterans Day
Please Join St. Isidore School for our Annual Veterans Day Ceremony! The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 8th at 10am in the Msgr. Cardelli Center. If you know a Veteran that will be attending, Click here to RSVP. Please RSVP by November 5th . We ask that Veterans arrive at 9:40am the day of the event. Refreshments will be served to the Veterans after.
Sip & Shop
Tickets for our Sip and Shop Holiday Market are on sale now!
 This year's event will take place Wednesday, December 4th from 5:30-9PM in the Cardelli Center. Tickets are $35 before December 3rd and $40 at the door. Ticket price includes wine, champagne, delicious hors d'oeuvres, and desserts from some of Danville’s favorite restaurants and specialty shops.  Click here  to purchase.
 
Start your Christmas shopping now! Buy SIS ‘free dress’ passes (which allow your students to forgo their uniform on any non-Mass day). Passes are $25/each or $100/five. These make great stocking stuffers!  Click here  to purchase (limited quantity available). Passes will be available for pick-up in the front office the Wednesday following your purchase.
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.
St. Isidore Cub Scouts Pack 804 5th Annual Scouting for Food Drive benefiting the Contra Costa Food Bank! Pack 804 will be at mass on 11/9-11/10 passing out bags. Bags filled with non perishable foods are to be returned to Church 11/16-11/17. Click here for further info.
Come cheer on some classmates! Some of the 5th grade boys will be playing in the San Ramon Valley T-Birds Pee Wee championship game this Saturday, Nov. 2nd at 1pm at Monte Vista High School.
Teacher Gift Collection
The holidays are coming and we want to make gift-giving easier for you . You are invited to participate in a group Teacher Gift for CHRISTMAS and END OF THE YEAR. If you are interested, please see the attached flyer.   This is completely voluntary. Due by Friday Nov. 15, 2019.
Student Leadership News
Student Leadership Fall Fundraiser! Student Leadership has once again partnered with Ternero Farms to create three SIS custom designed bottles of olive oil. Olive oil makes a wonderful hostess gift and stocking stuffer. Click here to view order form. Congrats to our three 5th grade artists: Landry Bender, Luis Romero and Alexandra Waizenegger.
Good Eggs - an eggs -ellent way to buy local, eat fresh, and support our school! Founded in the Bay Area, Good Eggs is an online grocery delivery service offering fresh local produce and a variety of delicious meal kits. Order in the morning and it’ll be at your doorstep in just a few hours! Join in November using the code “bulldogs19” and SI earns 5% back; click here to join.
Scrip
Scrip News... Click here to order! Low Denomination Card order form , click here .
Happy Halloween! Don't forget to fill your home with treats and decorations to delight Trick or Treaters tomorrow night! Target and Walgreens are great stores for those last minute purchases. 

Back again for a very limited time, Low Denomination Scrip cards are available for order. We have $5 Starbucks, Barnes and Noble and Panera as well as $10 Amazon, and Target available. You may want to show your appreciation to the delivery man or your local barista with these small but thoughtful cards! These are Special Order and they take 1 week to order. Use this order form and attach a separate check made out to SI Scrip for this order. Thank you for shopping with Scrip!
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