December 5, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Kindness - St. Nicholas
Happy December, St. Isidore School!
“Maybe Christmas, he thought... doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps... means a little bit more!” —Dr. Seuss’s the Grinch
It is easy to get caught up in the holiday hustle and bustle and lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. I encourage you to take time this month to do what matters most: spending time with loved ones! Forget about the list of to-dos for a bit and soak up the season by enjoying the colorful decorations, blasting Christmas music, baking with the kids, and wishing everyone you see a very Merry Christmas. This month’s Gospel Value is Kindness, so go and spread joy and cheer to all!     
Christmas Boutique
Today’s annual Christmas Boutique was a frenzy of excitement. Students thoroughly enjoyed shopping for gifts for family and friends. I want to thank Kim Andrews, Cindy Gin, and Maura Piombo-Pacas for chairing this wonderful event for many years. Please know that your dedication and love for this event was evident and appreciated.
Sip & Shop Holiday Market
Don’t miss out on the fun! Join us tomorrow night at the Sip & Shop Holiday Market from 6pm to 9pm. This festive event is a great opportunity to shop for unique gifts while you eat, drink, and be merry with friends! Tickets can be purchased online until midnight tonight for $35, or at the door tomorrow for $40. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the victims of the Butte County Fire . Click here to purchase.
Knight of Columbus Toy Drive
Each year, we partner with the Knights of Columbus for their annual toy drive. The toys, along with other items, are donated to our sister schools in Oakland. If you are able to donate, please have your child bring a wrapped toy clearly labeled for a boy or a girl to school on Friday morning. 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 7th, at 8:10am.
Check Out the New SIS Blog
Did you know SIS now has a blog on the school website? How hip are we? Our blog highlights fun and cool things that we want you to see and be a part of. This is not a to-do list or information on an upcoming event; it is a casual and fun way to be on the GO and in the KNOW with SI students, teachers, and administration. This week’s blog post features our fun and fabulous First Grade teachers.
Carpool/Corner Pick-up
The office parking lot at 300 El Cerro Blvd. has become a hub for student pick-up/drop-off after school. This situation not only clogs the parking lot, making it very difficult for patients to park for their appointments, but more importantly, it is seriously dangerous for our SIS children. We have witnessed this activity and have video footage of the scene in that parking lot after school. The occupants of the offices belonging to that parking lot have called us and asked that we send another message to our community. I am asking once more to not park there to collect your children or have them walk up the hill to meet you in that lot. The police will be notified and tickets issued if the situation does not improve. Please do not jeopardize students’ safety and tarnish the reputation of St. Isidore School by not following the rules.
Calling All Little Bulldogs!
We are now accepting applications for TK and Kindergarten for next school year, 2019–2020 . Children must be four by September 1st for TK and five by September 1st for Kindergarten. Click here to apply. Please also help us spread the word about our upcoming TK/Kindergarten Information Meeting on Thursday, January 17th, at 10:00am. It is always exciting to meet new families, show them our school, and explain the benefits of a Catholic education.
This week is filled with opportunities for us to celebrate the joy of the season together. I hope to see you!
God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, December 6 - December B-day free dress, candy cane sales. Sip & Shop at 6pm.
  • Friday, December 7 - All School Mass 8:10am (led by grade 7), KOC Toy Drive.
  • Tuesday, December 11 - Candy Cane Sales.
  • Thursday, December 13 - Candy Cane Sales. Christmas Concert at 7pm.
  • Friday, December 14 - All School Mass 8:10am (led by grade 6), 8th Grade Loaves & Fishes.
  • Monday, December 17 - 12pm Dismissal.
  • Wednesday, December 19 - Wear wacky Christmas socks.
  • Friday, December 21 - All School Mass 8:10am, 1st Grade Pageant, 12pm Dismissal.
  • Monday, December 24th - Christmas Break Begins!
  • Tuesday, December 25th - Merry Christmas!
  • Monday, January 7th - School Resumes.
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers, especially the Vitzthum Family's uncle - Brad Goforth, Rita Edwards and 8th grader- Erin Stein. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Thank you to all our wonderful St. Isidore families who donated to Mind the Gap this year. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.
We are looking for party donations for this year's School Gala. Gather a group of friends and have fun throwing a party to benefit party goers & our school! Click here to host a party!
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 current sponsors.
Sponsor Shout Out: This week we spotlight Gold Level Sponsor, City Center Bishop Ranch! City Center Bishop Ranch is a brand new shopping center in San Ramon which includes boutiques and big name stores, quick bites and leisurely lunch spots. We encourage families to visit the City Center for your dining and shopping needs Thank you City Center, we are grateful for your support.
Sip & Shop
Our annual Sip & Shop fundraiser is tomorrow from 6-9 p.m. in the Msgr. Cardelli Activities Center! This annual school fundraising tradition brings together over 30 local, regional and national vendors for one evening of fantastic gift and holiday shopping. The best part is that a portion of everything you purchase that night goes right back to St. Isidore School. Tickets are $35 until December 5th and $40 at the door on December 6 th . Ticket price includes event entry, WINE, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts.  Click here to purchase your Sip & Shop ticket. $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Butte County fire victims.
Did You Know?
SIS Alumni Make Great Teachers: We are blessed to have SIS Alumni back on campus teaching and helping our students! Their love for SIS is evident and we are grateful!
Julie Johnson, Katie Lettire, Sheila Ogburn, Jill Tripaldi, Teresa Bowes, Brett Miller, Alex Devine, Amanda Wenzl, Ashton Roman, Juliana Joseph, Charlotte Novak and Brooke Osborne (not pictured). If you are a SIS alumni or the parent of a SIS alumni, please check our our new alumni page and complete the alumni information form. Click here .
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.
Sweet Treats bring smiles to SIS Teachers and Staff! A big thank you to the Giaramita Family for surprising the staff with delicious treats from Danville Bakery. We thank you from the bottom of our...stomachs
Parish News & Notes
A Baptism Class is being offered on Sunday, January 13th from 10am-12pm at St. Isidore School for Catholic families whose child has not yet reached the age of 7 and has not been baptized. If interested please send a request to the school office with family name and telephone number before January 10, 2019. Jean Schroeder will return your call and provide the class.
Challenge Success
Five Resolutions For Becoming a More Grateful Parent- Part 2
Dr. Madeline Levine
I will not push my child to be perfect.  Besides genetics, perfectionism is the strongest predictor of clinical depression. Life is full of mistakes, imperfect days, and human failings. Kids need to learn how to cope with these inevitability. They (and you) need to be able to feel happiness and gratitude in the face of imperfection.

I will not do for my child what he can do for himself.  
This kills motivation and the ability to innovate. Both are missing from too many young people in today’s workforce.

I will not do for my child what she can almost do for herself. 
At one time your child could almost walk. Now she can walk. Enough said.
I will not confuse my needs with my child’s needs. 

I will honor the importance of PDF (Play Time, Down Time and Family Time).  
Don’t over-schedule. Kids need time to play, daydream, and just hang out. It’s in these precious “between” times that crucial developmental tasks are accomplished.
I will value my own (adult) life. Being a happy, fulfilled, and yes, grateful adult makes you a better parent. It’s one of the best gifts you can give your child. It makes adulthood look like something worth striving for.
Adopt a Family
The Adopt a Family Program is still in need of donors! Click here for the Adopt of Family Scrip Form. If you have questions please contact or call 362-1901. Thank you!
Student Leadership
Candy Cane Sales will begin Tuesday, December 4th! Candy Cane Sales will be sold in the mornings on 12/6, 12/11 and 12/13. ALL PROCEEDS will be going to the Fire Victims of Butte County. Thank you for your support!
Scrip News...
Do you decorate with classic white lights, flashing snowflakes, cool icicles, or the colorful lights of your childhood? Take a stroll through Alamo Ace Hardware and you will find endless options of Christmas decorations for both inside and outside your home. The kitchen department is full of tabletop decor, linens, as well as all the cooking and baking gadgets that you will need to prepare all the holiday treats that you are dreaming of. Have you picked out your gift for the Knights of Columbus toy drive yet? For the older kids, gift cards are always the right size and color, or buy a few and use them for your own Christmas shopping. It’s a win win for all. If you plan to get away to Disneyland or American Girl during the Christmas break, add a few cards to your order and you will be so happy to start your trip off with something in hand. Thank you all for keeping your SCRIP committee busy filling your orders. A tall stack of returned green forms is more “green” for St. Isidore School. Click here to order.
Performing Academy
Grades 4th-8th Present Homer’s The Odyssey , Adapted by Stuart Bousel on
Tuesday, Dec. 18th at 6:30pm and Wednesday, Dec.19 at 6:30pm.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking her e and searching "St Isidore Odyssey." Tickets can also be purchased at the door, cash only! Show is approximately 1 hour in length
Volunteer Opportunities- Week B
School Sponsorships

The Brown Family