St. Isidore School Newsletter-August 15, 2018
Walking Together in Faith
Hospitality - St. Isidore the Farmer
Dear St. Isidore Families,

We extend a warm welcome to our new members — faculty, families, and students —as well as all those who are returning to St. Isidore School. The office is in full swing and teachers are preparing their classrooms. Please click here to see a full list of our faculty and staff.

We hope everyone has had a good summer and that you are getting your last days of vacation behind you. We expect to see everyone on the first day with smiles and lots of stories to tell about their summers next Tuesday, August 21th.

Every year we have a theme. This year our theme is “Walking Together in Faith.” What does it mean? It means that we are one school, one family, one community, and our FAITH in Christ is the heart.

Our Meet and Greet with the TK/K teachers is on Monday, August 20th, and this is for TK/K students only. Classrooms will be open from 10:30–11:30 am to meet the TK/K teachers and to drop off school supplies. All other class lists will be posted on the school website, under Student Life, after 12:00 noon on Monday, August 20th.

The second Newcomers Meeting has been cancelled. Please contact your sponsor family, our Newcomers Committee, newcomers@stisidore.org , or call the school office with any questions you may have. Returning families, we are still in need of sponsor families. Please contact our Newcomers Committee if you are interested in becoming one.

We hope you will join us at our upcoming events: First Day of School Coffee, PTG Volunteer meeting, Back to School BBQ, Back to School Night sessions, and Parent Info Night. More info on dates and times can be found below or on our school website .

KidsChoir is starting soon, on Thursday, September 6. All students in grades two through eight are welcome to join and first graders are welcome on a trial basis. Students must be registered in order to participate . Rehearsals will be Thursdays from 3:30–4:30 pm in the St. Isidore Room. Students are brought over after school by a choir parent and supervised until rehearsal begins. For m ore info and to register, please visit the M usic Ministry website .

Each new school year brings new hope and inspiration for growth and learning. As our theme reminds us, we are stronger as a whole community working together than we are as individuals. Together we will continue to build our community of FAITH, and together we will help each other live as Jesus lived, because together we are St. Isidore School.

With Christ’s Blessings,

Maria Ward
Principal
Important Dates
  • Monday, August 20th - TK/K Meet Your Teacher, 10:30am & Class Lists Posted On School Website, 12pm
  • Tuesday, August 21st - 1st Day of School & Back to School Coffee, 12pm Dismissal
  • Wednesday, August 22nd - PTG Volunteer Meeting, 9am-11am
  • Friday, August 24th - First All School Mass, 8:10am & Back to School BBQ, 5:30pm-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 28th - TK - 5 Back to School Night, 6pm (parents only)
  • 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
  • Thursday, September 6th - August/September Birthdays Free Dress
  • Friday, September 7th - Family Bingo Night, Time TBD
  • Thursday, September 8th - Parent Education Night, Challenge Success, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Prayers
Please pray for all those who are suffering from illnesses, espeically the Vitzthum Family's uncle, Brad Goforth and Rita Edwards.
PTG
Welcome Back! We have some wonderful events planned for our school and community this year. We look forward to seeing you all at each event. Please don't hesitate to contact us, ptg@stisidore.org , if you are interested in signing up early to volunteer for our any of upcoming events.
SIS Golf Classic
Mark your calendars! Our SIS Golf Classic will be held September 17, 2018 at Diablo Country Club . This is a social, non-fundraising event.  Shotgun start will be at 12:00pm. There will be a dinner following golf open to all parents and school staff. Cocktails will begin at 5:30pm and dinner will begin at 6:30pm. Non-Golfers are encouraged to join. Tickets sales and more information will be available soon. Golf Ticket (per person): $175 (includes golf, lunch and dinner) and Dinner Only Ticket (per person): $60. Please contact our Please feel free to email sisclassic@stisidore.org , with any questions or click here to sign up to volunteer for this event!
Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2018-2019 school year. More information and forms can be found here on our school website.

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
Nurses Note
Emergency Medication
All medications are due by the first day of school, Tuesday, August 21st. Please refer to the Parent Student Handbook , pages 47-49, for specific instructions and guidelines. 

2018/19 7th Graders TDAP Immunizations
Tdap Booster for incoming 2018/19 7th grade students are due before the start of school. Please be sure to have your child's immunizations updated. Many students have already received this immunization, but have not turned them in to the school health office. Please be aware per Diocesan Policy all 7th grade students MUST have the Tdap Booster Immunizations to attend school.

Volunteers for Health Office
We are looking for Volunteers to help in the Health Office for the 2018/19 School year. We have two shifts Recess and Lunch. Your commitment is one shift every other week for 1 1/2 hours. It is a great way to earn hours and get to know the students here at St. Isidore. If you are interested in volunteering for the Health Office please contact Gina Vitzthum at  ginavitz@yahoo.com  or 925-818-1907. 
Commnications Corner
Schoology
We will say goodbye to Class Pages, Parent, and Student portals on our school website. O ur school will be adopting a new Learning Managment System (LMS), Schoology. All teachers and office staff will use this new LMS to share information with parents and students grades 4-8. Parents will receive more information at our Back to School Night sessions and receive account information, via email, shortly after. Each parent will be “linked” to each of their students' classes/courses and students in grades 4-8 will have the same access. Schoology also has single sign on capabilities. All parents, teachers, and students in grades 4-8 will be able to access many different learning apps and platforms, while logged into Schoology, as well as check grades in PowerSchool. This will allow all parties, to save time logging into each app or website, as well as eliminating the need to remember all the different passwords. We hope Schoology will become the main mode of communication as well as a place to obtain information.

TextZone and MySchoolAnywhere
We will continue to use TextZone and MySchoolAnywhere. Please look for the a text to sign up for the different texting groups, as well as an email to update/create an account with MySchoolAnywhere, our online directory.

School Videos
Our school board/school marketing team, along with parent volunteers and student “actors,” spent some time creating a promotional video for our school. This video, titled “We Are St. Isidore School,” along with a video walkthrough showcasing our facilities and classrooms, are both now posted on our school website.  Click here to watch!

Social Media
Please remember follow us Facebook , Instagram and Twitter !

We appreciate your patience as we transition to Schoology and update our current technology systems. If you have any technical difficulties and/or questions, please contact Melissa Durkee, mdurkee@stisidore.org

Uniform Information
Please contact Sally Daly, sallmatt@comcast.net,  to arrange for donations to/requests from the  Uniform Exchange Inventory .
Scrip
New Scrip order forms will go home in the first Wednesday Envelope.
What is Scrip? How does it benefit SIS?   Click Here for information on Scrip.
Volunteer Opportunities
Yearbook is looking for parent volunteers to help take pictures for our school's yearbook. SignUp Genius is coming soon! Please reach out to Melissa Durkee, mdurkee@stisidore.org , if you would like to sign up early or to obtain more information.

School Sponsorships
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BRONZE
COPPER
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