St. Isidore School Newsletter-August 29, 2018-
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Dear St. Isidore Families,
Last week I spoke about how things don’t always go according to plan. This week’s note to ponder of the “Five Things We Cannot Change” is that life is not always fair. We try to teach our children that you win some and you lose some. Teaching this lesson early helps them be able to handle the parts of life that do not go their way. I tell my children that all things happen for a reason and God is always fair. It is important that we trust in Him, especially when we do not get our way.

Back to School Nights: It was so good seeing everyone in grades TK - 5 last night. I hope that the information that we shared was helpful and we will share it with middle school parent’s tomorrow evening. We are all in it together and if you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. I look forward to seeing our parents from grades 6 - 8 tomorrow, at 6 PM, in the church. We will dismiss at approximately 7 PM, and you will go to your child’s homeroom and the teachers will rotate through.

Back to School Dinner Social : I hope you were able to come to the Social last week. It was an enjoyable time and it is fun to see the whole community together. The children were a delight to watch having good old-fashioned fun. Thank you to those who joined us. Thank you to Paola McNamara and the school board for organizing and hosting this evening.

Noon Dismissal : This Friday, August 31, is a 12:00 dismissal and there is no school on Monday, September 3 in observation of Labor Day. Kids Konnection will be open after school on Friday and closed on Monday.

The SIS Classic : Tickets are on sale now. The golf tournament and dinner
are great ways to get to know people in our community. The company is good and the food is good. Thank you to Michelle Czarnik for chairing this fabulous event. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up here . Make sure to buy your ticket before the price goes up on September 5th. See our here to purchase your golf and dinner tickets. Don’t miss out!

Drama : There are still a few spaces still available for “The Jungle Book” and “The
Odyssey” drama shows. Please see the school website for more details.

School Security : To follow up from last night’s back-to-school meeting, school safety is at the top of our priority list. We are actively pursuing all options to make our campus more secure. Currently, we are meeting with several security companies to help with securing the perimeter of the school, as well as the interior. We are getting quotes for fences/gates to enclose the campus and additional security cameras to add to the ones we currently use. We will continue to keep you informed of all security measures.

Have a great long weekend with your family.

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, August 30th - Gr. 6 - 8 Back to School Night, 6pm (parents only)
  • Friday, August 31st - 12pm Dismissal
  • Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day, No School
  • Wednesday, September 5th - Lifetouch School Fall Photos
  • Thursday, September 6th - August/September Birthdays Free Dress
  • Friday, September 7th - Family Bingo Night, 6pm
  • Thursday, September 13th - New Kids on the Block Student Luncheon, 11:30am & Challenge Success Parent Education Night, Benson Gym, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, September 14th - Gr. 3, 4, 5 Mass ministered by 5th Grade, Gr. 8 Loaves & Fishes, and 8th Gr. Dance
Please pray for all those who are suffering from illnesses, espeically the Vitzthum Family's uncle, Brad Goforth and Rita Edwards. Please pray for the Moser family, Miss Van der Haeghen's father, as he undergoes surgery later this week, and for Teresa Bowes, who recently started a new radiation treatment plan.
Did You Know?
Mrs. Carter has only taught even grades at St. Isidore, 2, 4, 6, 8. Where will she go next?
Fr. Frank's Kids
Fr. Frank's Kids is planning their Fall fundraiser! They are looking for host families for the visiting Pequenos if you are interested. Please see the attached flyer for more info.
St. Isidore Church Parish Programs
Little Farmers  is looking for one or more coordinators. Little Farmers is an Sunday school program for 3-5 year olds during the 9:00 AM Sunday Mass. Each week the coordinator with teen helpers teaches the Sunday Gospel in ways children can understand.  Contact Keith Machi in the Faith Formation office at (925) 362-1904 or for more information.
Little Sprouts is a brand New Nursery Opening Soon! St. Isidore Church's nursery is intended for children ages 1-3 years who are not yet ready to participate in Mass. Little Sprouts will begin in September during 9:00 Mass. For further information contact Christy Buckham at or (510) 452-8397 or  for more information.
San Damiano Retreat Center
Please see click here for more info on the upcoming fundraiser auction, An Evening Under the Stars at San Damiano.
New Kids on the Block Student Luncheon
Student Leadership, Mrs. Devine and Mrs. Lettire would like to invite all new students to the annual NKOTB luncheon on September 13th.. Please print and fill out this form , if your student would like to attend.
Give Back
Welcome Back! Bishops Cuts | Color Danville opens this  Saturday, August 25th  and is offering St. Isidore families 20% off all services through  September 30th ! Mention St. Isidore at check in and 10% will go back to our school.  Bishops is a walk in salon open 7 days a week offering cuts/color/shaves to Men|Women & Children.  Click here for flyer.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2018-2019 school year. Thank you for all those who have already sponsored our school. More information and forms can be found here. 
Click here to view Sponsorship Letter
 Click here to view Sponsorship Opportunities
Click here to view Sponsorship Chart
Click here to view Sponsorship Commitment form
Nurse's Note
Health Office Volunteers Needed for Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30am-10:30am. Please email or call, Gina Vitzthum, or 925.818.9107.
Communications Corner
TextZone sent out a text to parents who opted in last school year, last Thursday, 8/23, to resubcribe. NEW FAMILIES , please text SIS to 55678 to sign up for school texts. You will be sent a link which will offer you subscribe to different SIS groups, ie: grade level, general school, or emergency alerts only.
 We appreciate your patience as we are working with the company to send out the email to have your family included in the directory, if you are a new family, or the email to update your information. Please look for an email soon.
If you signed your Schoology Code of Conduct Form at Back to School Night, parents will receive directions on how to create an account, how to link their accounts to their student's with a unique parent code, and to sign up for their corresponding parent groups, by the end of the week. If you are/were unable to attend, teachers will be sending the forms home for signature. Once the form is returned, you will receive your directions and parent code. To see directions, please click here . Please note you will need your unique parent code to create an account.
We hope your year is off to a great start! Thank you to everyone who joined us for “Back to School Night” last Friday. It was great to see old friends and meet new families. St. Isidore is a wonderful community because of you!
Monday, September 17th, Diablo Country Club
Shotgun start at noon
$175 includes golf, lunch and dinner
$60 per person for dinner and open to all adults
We encourage all parents to attend the dinner even if you don’t golf.
Get your tickets now before the price increases on Sept 5th ! Please click here to register and for more info. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Czarnik at 925.989.6037.
To all of you who have already donated to Mind the Gap, thank you for your financial support in making this year a success. Your 100% tax deductible donation helps to cover the gap we must bridge through our fundraising. We will be providing updates and further information throughout our campaign. For more info or to donate, please click here . Thank you again for your support of St. Isidore School.
It's the 2nd of week of school and hopefully everyone is getting into a comfortable routine. Don't forget to get started right by establishing your Scrip routine too! A little planning goes a long way! As you review your Wednesday Envelope, check out all the great retailers we have available. Think about your grocery list for the week. Where is the best place to shop, Lunardi's or Whole Foods? Have a birthday next weekend? Save yourself some time and worry by picking up an Amazon or Target card. Got college students? Send them Shell or Arco gas cards and feel secure in knowing they will never be stranded on the side of the road because they ran out of gas. Scrip can help your family manage weekly expenses and raise funds for St. Isidore School! It's that easy!

Click h ere for learn more about SCRIP. Scrip Order Form. S ign up for Scripsense, a digital fundraising program that allows organizations and their members to earn funds through online shopping. Click here for more info and to sign up.
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