September 5, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Empathy - St. Teresa of Calcutta
Dear St. Isidore School,

I hope that the beginning of the school year is off to a great start and that you enjoyed the extra time with your family this past long weekend. In keeping with our discussion regarding “Things we cannot change,” the third idea in the series is that “pain is a part of life”. We need to remember that our God is loving, forgiving and always generous. God is near and caring. He challenges us to be our best, to stretch and to grow. We remember that our God walks with us, even carries us, when we are weak, and He always gives us the strength we need. How easy it is, especially when facing trials and tribulations, to forget who our God is and that through Him all things are possible. More than any other time, we must give compassion and comfort to those in pain especially those experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Golf Classic: Looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming Golf Classic. Many thanks to our chairperson, Michelle Czarnik. She is amazing! We still have room for some golfers. The day will end with a fabulous cocktail hour and dinner in the Diablo dining room. We would love to see our school parents come and enjoy an evening out.  Click here for tickets for either the golf or dinner.

Picture Days:  Our official school picture day was today. If you missed picture day, we do have a retake day on Tuesday, October 9. We would love for all school families to participate in the parish directory. If you missed the chance over the summer to take your family photo there is still time. Any family who participates in the directory will receive two pep hours. Please click here for more info on our “Parish Photo Directory”. 

Drama : There are still a few spaces still available for “The Jungle Book” and registration is now open for the Gr. 4-8 “The Odyssey” drama production. Please see the school website for more details.

Bingo Night : Sadly, we did not have enough RSVP’s for our Bingo Night. It has been Cancelled this Friday. We will try to have another one in October.

Challenge Success:  We will have a Parent Meeting hosted by Challenge Success . They will discuss the obstacles that teens face in this day and age having to balance all of the areas in their busy lives. This will be an informative meeting and we hope you attend. We invite all parents with children in grades five and up, sorry no students. All parents who attend will receive two PEP hours for attendance. We will meet in the Bensen Gym from 6:30-8:00 PM. For more information, please contact Michelle Devine at

Schoology and MySchoolAnywhere : Please sign up for your Schoology account if you have not done so already. For more information, please see below. MySchoolAnywhere is our online directory. We need ALL families to update and/or add contact information, which will allow other families to contact you. Please use the links below, in the Communications Corner section, to add and/or update your information.

Safety Update:  As promised at Back to School Nights, we will keep you posted on the safety updates and changes we are making. We were able to obtain a fire hose, which we will use in pieces, as tool to block the open hinge arm on top of all doorways. These pieces will be used to not allow entry from the outside of the door. We have received quotes for a perimeter gate/fence as well as the magnetic lock system for our front gate and expect to receive more next week. The magnetic locking front gate will help secure entry into the office, student restrooms and other parts of the school, as all other outside classroom doors on campus are locked and secured at all times. We will discuss all options with Father Moran when he returns at the end of the month.

Have a great week.

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, September 6th - August/September Birthdays Free Dress
  • Friday, September 7th - All School Mass by 6th Grade, Family Bingo Night, 6pm has been canceled
  • Thursday, September 13th - New Kids on the Block Student Luncheon Grades 1-8, 11:30am & Challenge Success Parent Education Night, Parents of Grades 5-12, 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
  • Monday, September 17th - SIS Classic: Golf at 12pm, Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm
  • Friday, September 21st - K, 1, 2 Attends Mass
Please pray for all those who are suffering from illnesses, espeically the Vitzthum Family's uncle, Brad Goforth and Rita Edwards. Please continue Teresa Bowes, who recently started a new radiation treatment plan and for Miss Van der Haeghen's brother and sister in law are expecting their first baby this week!
Did You Know?
Miss Moore, our Art Teacher, has a YouTube Channel and an Instagram Account where she features techniques and SIS student art! Check them out!
Art Room News
Beginning this year, St. Isidore School artists and families will have the opportunity to use the online student art gallery, Artsonia , which will display completed artwork from Miss Moore's Art class! Artsonia is the largest online collection of K-12 student work, with over millions of artworks being shown. Artsonia manages school art galleries in a safe and educational manner, developing students' pride and self-esteem through involving parents and relatives in their student's art education. Families can also purchase items with your child's artwork on it such as t-shirts, phone cases, greeting cards, ornaments, etc. and 20% of your purchase goes towards art supplies for the SIS Art Program! In order to use Artsonia, parents must give permission for their child's artwork to be viewable.  Please look out for an email from the Artsonia website, explaining how to activate your child's account.  This is completely optional, but a great way to share your child's creative talents with family and friends! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Miss Moore at  
Kinder & The Crayon Initiative
Please join our Kinder Classes with helping The Crayon Initiative , a local non-profit, who is collecting unwanted and/or broken crayons. A collection box is in the office!
Cub Scouts
Cub Scout Pack 804 is having their annual Fall BBQ tomorrow, 9/6, 5:30p @ Hap Magee Park! Open to grades K-5. Come learn about St. Isidore School's Cub Scouts! Get information on scouting, registration, and volunteer information. Any questions, please contact Jennifer Accardo,
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.
Communications Corner
TextZone sent out a text to parents who opted in last school year, 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.

Parents who signed the Schoology Code of Conduct form should have received unique parent access codes, group access codes, directions on how to create an account, how to link parent accounts to student accounts with a unique parent code, and to sign up for their corresponding parent groups.
If haven't signed your code of conduct form, please click here to print a copy, sign, and send into school so you can receive your directions and parent code. To see the updated directions, which include how to set up your account if you already have an account with another child at a different school, please click here . Please note, you will need your unique parent code to create an account, which was on the white slip of paper stapled to the green instructions sheet when sent home. If you can't locate your unique parent code, please reach out to your student's teacher.
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR AN ACCOUNT ASAP! All school communication will be through Schoology after Sunday, September 9th.

SIS Parent Calendar
If you would like to "subscribe" to the SIS Parent Calendar, which allows all events to be imported into your online calendars, please go to our school website calendar page, click on the grey beacon signal symbol, next to the yellow bell, at the top right corner of the calendar, choose SIS Calendar and follow the prompts. If you have done this previously, we apologize, as you will need to do so again. The calendar being imported has changed to automatically update this calendar and our Schoology calendar as well. Any questions, please stop into the office, with your device, for assistance.

Our online directory, need all NEW FAMILIES to sign up by clicking here and add our Join Code: sisdirectory
FAMILIES ALREADY IN DIRECTORY , please click here to update your information.
We ask that all families, list their names in the directory, as a minimum, for roster and health office purposes.

Monday, September 17th, Diablo Country Club
Shotgun start 12pm ~ Cocktails 5:30pm ~ Dinner 6:30pm
Tickets must be purchased, in advance, by 9/12. We encourage all non-golfing parents to attend the dinner. Get your tickets here ! Have questions? Please email
We would like to thank all of you who have generously donated to Mind the Gap. We are on our way to a successful annual campaign which will make a difference in our children’s lives. If you have not yet donated and wish to do so, please please click here .
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
T hank you St. Isidore's families for the BIG Scrip turnout! We are off to a fantastic start! Now that everyone is Back To School, remember those starving students when filling out your Scrip order. Chipotle, In-N-Out, Subway and Panera are great cards to keep handy for those emergency food runs. And, to give our families even more choices we have added  Noah's Bagels  and  Taco Bell  in $10 increments.   This week we are pleased to welcome back  Chevron  to our scrip order form. We have Chevron at $50 and $100 increments and each purchase gives back a 1% rebate to our school. We love to hear your ideas and suggestions to make our Scrip Program even better so if you don't see a vendor you really LOVE, reach out to Rory Motas at and maybe she can add that vendor. As always, thank you for supporting St. Isidore School through your purchase of SCRIP.

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.
Volunteer Opportunities
School Sponsorships