January 16, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Faith - St. Elizabeth Seton
Dear St. Isidore Families,

“Where God guides, he provides.” – Isaiah 58:11
As parents, our job is to make a plan, create a schedule, keep everyone on task, and make sure the children are organized and where they need to be. It can be overwhelming at times and downright exhausting, especially when things don’t go well. In these moments of frustration, I encourage you to take a breath, remember the moment will pass, and trust in God’s plan. FAITH in God means trusting in God’s divine timing, and believing that God has our greater good at heart, even when we cannot see it in the moment.
A special thank you
Thank you to all the TK/Kindergarten parents who attended last week’s special Mornings with Maria. It was a wonderful turnout and a great opportunity to become better acquainted, hear your thoughts, and address any questions. I have worked hard to make community building and open communication a top priority this school year. Education is a team effort, and hearing your thoughts and concerns helps the overall outcome. I want to thank our School Board President, Paola McNamara, for her assistance in hosting these events. Paola works tirelessly and asks for zero recognition. She truly loves this school, and we appreciate her immensely.

It’s Auction Time
Auction tickets are now on sale! The St. Isidore Gala will take place on Saturday, March 9, at the San Ramon Marriott. The auction is the school's biggest fundraiser of the year and an event you won't want to miss. Your support is vital to the success of the night, so please click here and purchase a ticket.

Catholic Schools Week coming soon
We are all excited that Catholic Schools Week is right around the corner! The week begins on Sunday, January 27, with a sneak-a-peek following the 9:00am mass. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Schools across the country celebrate by hosting community events such as open houses, special masses, and fun activities for students and parents. Click here to view SIS Catholic Schools Week Agenda.

The Dog House
SIS is excited to introduce the new student “pup-up” store, The Dog House . The Dog House will be open to shoppers on Monday, January 28, at lunch and after school, and on Thursday, January 31, at lunch and during the Open House. Stop by and check out the fun SI-themed merchandise. Click here to view some of the items that will be available. 

“The time is always right to do what is right.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
There will be NO SCHOOL on Friday, January 18 , due to a Diocesan Staff day, and NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 21 , in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

We realize that life has its ups and downs. If you are a family affected by the government shut-down, please contact me directly at mward@stisidore.org . As a reminder, tomorrow is our TK/K Information meeting at 10:00am in the Hospitality Lounge . Please help spread the word to family and friends. Enjoy the long weekend!

God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, January 17th - 5th grade Colonial Day, TK/K Parent Info Meeting at 10:00am.
  • Friday, January 18th - NO SCHOOL due to a Diocesan Staff Day .
  • Monday, January, 21st - NO SCHOOL due to MLK Day.
  • Tuesday, January 22nd - TK Flip Flop.
  • Friday, January 25th - K, 1, 2 attend mass.
  • Sunday, January 27th - Catholic Schools Week Kicks off! Sneak-a-Peek (School is open to view) after the 9am mass. Students please wear your school uniform to mass.
  • Monday, January 28th - Free Dress ($1 donation), park & pick up dismissal, stay for community social in the courtyard, check out the new SIS Pup-Up Shop, The Dog House.
  • Tuesday, January 29th - College Bowl 8:10am-9:50am. Students can wear college sweatshirt. Rally at 1:15pm.
  • Wednesday, January 30th - Wear red, white and blue with uniform bottoms, Parent Bake Off.
  • Thursday, January 31st - Open House Agenda: 4:30pm- Food Trucks, 5:30pm-Science Fair, 6pm-7pm Open House.
  • Friday, February 1st - All school mass, 12pm dismissal.
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 and Rita Edwards. Let's also pray for the Correa Family's grandfather and Mr. & Mrs. Koskowich's Uncle Don Galts who have both passed away. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
  • We are excited to announce St. Isidore School Gala invitations
went home in the family envelope today!  Tickets are now on sale.  Click here to buy tickets . Deadline to purchase tickets is 2/28/19.

  • Class donation forms also went home in the Family Envelope. Click here to donate to your child’s class. Kindly make your donations by 1/28/2019. We hope to see you at this year’s auction!

  • 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!
SIS Give Back! Please support St. Isidore School at Crumbs of Danville! On January 22nd, 23rd and 24th Crumb will be donating 15% of their dine in sales to St. Isidore School. Grab your friends and family and help support SIS! Click here for information.
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: Sponsor shout out goes to Bronze sponsor, Norm’s Place. Norm’s Place is a neighborhood bar and grille located in the heart of Danville. Norm’s has supported numerous St. Isidore events and we are grateful for their support. We encourage our families to visit Norm’s Place.
Did You Know?
St. Isidore School Pup-Up Store coming soon! The new SIS pup-up store, "The Dog House" will launch during Catholic Schools Week! Fun SI themed merchandise is available to purchase on Monday, January 28th at lunch/after school and Thursday, January 31st at lunch/Open House. Come check it out! Click here to view some of the merchandise options.
Front office Administrator, Mrs. Peggy Hawke became a grandma last week! Little Baby Boy Newton was born on Thursday, January 10th. Everyone is doing great and grandma is over the moon!
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.
Once a month 8th grade students volunteer to cook and serve at the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen in Martinez. It provides a wonderful opportunity for the students to help those locally in need.
Annual Parent Bake Off
It's time for the 5th Annual Catholic Schools Week Bake Off!
Dig out your favorite family recipes and have your children help you prepare for the 5th Annual Catholic Schools Week Bake Off! To celebrate Catholic Schools Week and treat our outstanding faculty and staff to some delicious family favorites please plan on bringing in something delicious to share and be judged on Wednesday, January 30th to the Faculty Room by 8:00 am. Not only is this a great opportunity to treat our faculty and staff, it's a fun and friendly competition that can earn your family free Dress Passes if your dish is selected as one of two favorites! Please click on this sign up genius for more information and sign up today!
Challenge Success
Parents are concerned that digital devices are distracting children from reading. Among parents of children in every age group, nearly half (49%) feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun. R eading practice is critical for children to build stamina, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Student Leadership
Happy New Year! We are so glad everyone is back at school! We couldn’t be more excited for 2019. It will be filled with fun-filled activities! As a team, we hope to make this the best year possible at St. Isidore! Students and parents, if you have any ideas or concerns regarding this year, please do not hesitate to contact us at mdevine@stisidore.org. Our leadership advisors, Mrs.Devine and Mrs. Lettire, as well as the leadership team, will make sure to acknowledge your comments at our meetings. We wish you all a blessed year!
Parent Information Night
Seven Hills School is hosting a parent lecture featuring nationally renowned, award-winning author and speaker Dr. Michele Borba on Tuesday, January 29th at 7:00pm. Dr. Michele Borba will speak on her book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World. Click here to purchase your ticket.
Scrip News...

Does this time of year get you thinking that you are making one payment after another, and you aren’t even sure of where it is going? Well, that is not the case with
St. Isidore School SCRIP. You always get what you pay for, and you get to choose and use your SCRIP. This is the best deal around.

Fill your grocery cart, your gas tank, and your coffee mug all with SCRIP cards. Lunardi’s, Safeway, Sprouts and Whole Foods. Arco, Chevron, and Shell. Peet’s, Starbucks.
Get your work out gear and look your best at Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Let your always hungry teen nosh on Noah’s, Baja Fresh, Chipotle, Panera and Taco Bell.
Enjoy a night free from cooking at Norm's or Mountain Mike's.  
Remember…you get to choose it, use it or gift it. Try it... we think you’ll like it!
Click here to order.
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