January 29, 2020 - Anchored in His Love
Faith - St. John of the Cross & St. Teresa of Avila
Dear St. Isidore School Families,

“Life is better when we’re together”
Catholic Schools Week serves as a great reminder of how blessed we are to be part of such a fabulous community! We started the week with Mass on Sunday, and it was as wonderful as always to see so many students wearing their school uniform with pride. The joy trickled over to our annual Sneak-A-Peek. Thank you to all the families and staff who attended. Monday, we celebrated our amazing COMMUNITY with an after-school social. The students obviously enjoyed the cookies, punch, and time together.
Tuesday’s Free Dress Day was a great display of generosity as, together, we raised funds for those suffering in Australia. Today we celebrate our dedicated TEACHERS, whose love of learning is evident and appreciated. Thank you to those who participated in this morning’s “Bake Off.” Everything was delicious. Thursday we celebrate SPORTSMANSHIP at our annual College Bowl held in the Bensen Gym, and you are welcome to join us. In the evening, we will come together for the Science Fair and Open House. See further details below in the Catholic School Week section. We will end the week by celebrating our STUDENTS , the heart of our school. Students will enjoy a Free Dress Day and an all-school rally. Thank you for being part of this special week. Life is truly better when we’re together!
Open House – Thursday, January 30
Take the stress out of getting to the Annual Science Fair and Open House and join us at 4:30 pm for dinner. Taco Guy (CASH ONLY) will be serving cheese quesadillas, burritos and steak/chicken tacos. Pizza Guys (CASH ONLY) will be serving up hot slices of cheese and pepperoni pizza. Classrooms will be open for viewing from 6:00 pm–7:00 pm. The students and teachers have worked hard to prepare and are excited to show you what they have been working on. The “Pup-up” store, The Dog House, will be open for business, and the new SIS Spiritwear will be on display, so stop by and check it out.
Student of the Month
Congratulations to our new Students of the Month for January/February, Kassidy Waltherhouse (first grade, Mrs. Hutchinson’s class) and Anthony Lupo (eighth grade, Mrs. Torretta’s class). Faculty and staff nominate and vote on students based on the monthly Gospel Values. January’s Gospel Value was “Faith” and February’s Gospel Value is “Love.” Kassidy’s teacher said she is kind, positive and respectful. Anthony’s teacher said he is always kind to everyone and models good behavior. She said he has also shown the initiative needed to advance his academics. We celebrate you both!
STEAM Night – Coming soon
Our second annual STEAM night is just around the corner! Please join us on Thursday, February 20, from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Bensen gym. It will be an evening of hands-on science, math, engineering and art activities centered around this year’s theme, Ocean. This annual event offers students and families quality time learning together. Click here to RSVP.
SIS Gala – Part-tee with the Principals
Get those paddles ready for this year’s new live auction item, Golf with the Principals! The day will include 18 holes of tournament-style golf for eight golfers at the beautiful Blackhawk Country Club. Following the round, players and their spouses are invited to join Mr. Keane and me for a sunset reception and al fresco dinner on the 10th tee box. It’s going to be a great time! If you are yet to buy tickets to Forever Young, click here .
I am grateful to all who attended and helped facilitate the week’s events. I would like to offer a special thank you to our school counselor, Mrs. Michelle Devine, for her devotion to making Catholic Schools Week special for us all and to all who helped judge this year’s Science Fair. Have a wonderful rest of the week!
God bless,
Maria Ward, Principal
Important Dates
  • 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. Science Fair 5:15pm. Open House 6-7pm.
  • Friday, January 31 - 100th Day of School! Students may wear free dress. 8th grade vs. teacher volleyball game.
  • Monday, February 3 - TK/K testing continues. 7th grade goes to Marin Headlands.
  • Wednesday, February 5 - 7th grade returns from Marin Headlands.
  • Thursday, February 6 - February b-day free dress.
  • Friday, February 7 - All school Mass (led by 8th grade) at 8:10am.
  • Monday, February 10 - 14 - Random Acts of Kindness Week.
  • Friday, February 14 - Happy Valentines Day! 3rd grade Grandparent's Day! 12pm dismissal.
  • Monday, February 17 - No School in Observance of President's Day.
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. 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.

The SIS Auction is just one month away! At Thursday’s Open House, the Auction Chairs and PTG will be set up near the office, so stop by to purchase your raffle tickets to win a Year of Tuition and the VIP Auction Experience !

The 2nd grade’s Stepping Stones will be available for purchase and pick up. Additionally, families may also pre-order the middle school’s cookbook, the Farmer’s Feast.
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 thank one of our wonderful SIS 8th grade families for hosting Spicoli's Bar at this year's auction, Forever Young. The family invites you to stop by to toast the class of 2020 over a specialty cocktail. We appreciate their generosity.
Catholic School Week 2020 - Agenda
Catholic Schools Week 2020 Overview!

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.
Sponsorship Family News
Put your hands together for.....the Carthew Family, winner of the "Fabulous Sponsor Family Raffle." The Carthew’s will be receiving a gift card to Revel! Thank you to all of our fabulous sponsor families! We really appreciate all that you do to help our new families feel welcome.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Berglund Family! The Berglund family is so happy to be a part of the St. Isidore community! Wade and Nicole have two children, Grace who attends kindergarten in Mrs. Sullivans class, and Anders (age 4) who attends Peek-a-doodle Pre-school in Danville. Nicole attended SIS when she was in elementary and middle school and is thrilled to have her daughter follow in her footsteps. Wade works as an electrical engineer and Nicole works as a middle school teacher at Diablo Vista. In their free time the Berglunds enjoy soccer, basketball, swimming and going on fun adventures as a family.
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. Click here to RSVP.
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 love and support to Australia! Thank you for supporting yesterday's free dress donation day! The crisis in Australia has been heartbreaking to see. We pray for their loss and for their recovery.
After School Opportunities
Join CYO Track and Field!
The 2020 CYO Track & Field season will begin on February 9th and run until May 9th. They will offer a full range of Track (running) and Field (high jump, long jump, softball throw and shot put) events for Grades 3-8 (2nd grade with parent participation). Online registration opens Sunday, February 2nd, after the Superbowl and runs until February 28th. For more information click here .
CYO Girls Volleyball Program grades 6-8! Is your daughter interested in playing volleyball with her classmates? We want to understand the interest in each grade level.
Here are some program details:
  •  No previous experience necessary!
  • Program runs March- May.
  • Practices are 2:50-4:15pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays in the Cardelli Gym.
  • This is an all-volunteer run program so parent participation is a requirement.  A list of jobs will be posted on a sign-up genius once we understand interest.
  • Team fees are $50 plus the cost of a jersey (if you need one)
  • Sports shoes (no vans, converse, etc.) and knee-pads are required.

Please fill out the Google Doc form if interested . Please note that there is a separate sheet for each grade level. Signing up on this form only indicates interest. We are still trying to gather information for the program and find volunteers to help run it.
Please contact Teresa Bowes at bowesfamily7@yahoo.com if you are interested in coaching or serving as a team parent. Each grade level will need assistance.
Common Sense Media Tip of the Week
Tip of the week : Charge your phone outside of your bedroom. Having a phone by the bed is known to cause sleep problems. Invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock and keep phones away from sleeping bodies overnight.
Scrip News... Click here to order!
Hearts, hearts, hearts.... love is in the air! As we welcome February, let's remember to use Scrip to prepare for this month of celebrations. Target, Walgreens, and CVS are great places to pick up Valentine cards, candies and treats. If you're planning to take your special someone or your loving family out for a Valentine's Day celebration, Norm's, Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Ruth Chris are just a few suggestions. Special Valentine's Day gifts can be found at Nordstrom's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Dick's Sporting Goods and REI. All these vendors and many more are available st Scrip so send in your order today! Thanks for shopping with Scrip!
Volunteer Opportunities- Week A
  • Auction Decoration Committee volunteers needed, click here.
  • 8th Grade Dinner Dance volunteers (7th grade families only) click here.
  • Silent Auction Committee volunteers needed, click here.
  • Classroom volunteer opportunities, click here.
  • Volunteers for the day of the auction, click here.
  • Lunchroom volunteers needed, click here.
  • Library volunteer opportunities, click here.
School Sponsorships