September 19, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Empathy - St. Teresa of Calcutta
Dear St. Isidore School Families,
The last thing we cannot change, according to Father Kasper’s homily, is that “People are not loving and loyal all the time.” He encouraged us as a people to not retaliate: “Do not repay evil with evil.” This is a challenge in self-control. As humans we react quickly, and our instinct is to get even or get back at someone. This also ties into what St. James told us in the Gospel on Sunday, which is don’t tell me your faith, show me. Our faith asks us to see the good in the church. Catholic schools are the manifestation of the good in our church and faith. The model of Catholic education has been copied by many educational institutions as the best way to teach, using our foundations of strong academics and solid character education. Let’s Walk Together in Our Faith and show goodness, love, and loyalty to one another.
SIS Golf Classic: What a wonderful day! Our golf classic was held Monday, and it was a beautiful day. The golfers had fun while enjoying spending time with friends. The dinner that evening was a hit, too. Many parents were able to come and enjoy an evening of food, community, and fun. Thank you again to Michelle Czarnik and PTG for all you did to make this event a success. Definitely something to look forward to next year.
Goal Setting Conferences: Conferences are around the corner. Parent-teacher conferences are meant to be a time to discuss your child’s habits and to review goals for the school year. Students in grades three through eight should attend the conference with parents to show we are all working together to help them succeed. The conference sign ups will be posted in Schoology under the SIS Parent Resources section on Friday at 6 p.m. Be sure you are logged in to Schoology to access this sign-up form. If you have questions about logging into Schoology, please call the school office.
Challenge Success : On September 13, our school hosted Challenge Success for a parent education event titled The Well-Balanced Student. Mary Hofstedt shared current research along with practical strategies for our families to support their children’s health, resilience, and engagement in learning. To learn more about the topics we explored, please see the resource list and links from Challenge Success, provided below. If you were not able to attend the presentation in person, or would like to share the presentation with other members of your family, you can view a  video of the Well-Balanced Student (K-8) at no cost through September 30 . To view, click on the video link, select the "rent" option, and apply the promo code  StIsidore. After September 30, the video is available for viewing for a fee of $19. We are so grateful for your participation in events and conversations like these, and for all you do to support your student(s) and our school community.
School Safety: We are still seeing parents walking on campus to drop off a lunch or quickly tell their child something. Please do not come on campus, even for a few minutes, without checking in at the front office. Also, it has come to my attention that there are some parents behaving badly in our carpools. As a reminder, if you are using the Kinder line in the morning, you must go through the courtyard loop and not cut off another family by trying to scoot into the church line.
Also, some parents are still on their phone in carpool. This is dangerous when driving around little children, even if yours are no longer little. Please do not text your children while they are in carpool, as students are not allowed to use their phones on the school campus, including right in front of the office. Please consult our school handbook, which is located at , for rules and regulations. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your cooperation and partnership.
Have a good week,
Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, September 20th - Faith Family Activity
  • Friday, September 21st - K, 1, 2 Attends Mass & Schoology Office Hours 1:30-2:30p
  • Monday, September 24th - First Reconciliation Meetings 9:30
A.M. in the St. Isidore Room or 6 P.M. in our Church
  • Wednesday, September 26th - TK Johnny Appleseed Day
  • Friday, September 28th - Gr. 6, 7, 8 attend Mass by 8th Grade
  • Tuesday, October 2nd - Thursday, October 4th - Conference Days, 12p Dismissal
  • Friday, October 5th - All School Mass by Grade 4 & 12p Dismissal
Please pray for all those who are suffering or are in need of our thoughts and prayers.
  • The Vitzthum Family's uncle, Brad Goforth
  • Rita Edwards
  • Teresa Bowes
  • The residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and DC as they recover from the affects of Hurricane Florence
  • The family of Kaylan McCormac as they mourn the passing of her grandmother
Did You Know?
Mrs. Bobich is a grandmother! She spent last week visiting her first grandson, Henry Arthur, who is the son of SIS Alum, Michael Bobich, Class of 2003.
Challenge Success
Our Challenge Success Team recently returned from their weekend conference at Stanford University. Our team consists of Mrs. Devine, Mrs. Torretta, Mrs. Tripaldi and Mrs. Castillo. They worked with our Challenge Success Coach, collaborated on a Mission Statement and attended workshops on various educational subjects. The Mission Statement was derived from the survey our students took last year as well as our hopes and goals for our school. We will be sharing that and the most current up to date research, regarding keeping the life of a student balanced in today's fast pasted world, with you in upcoming weekly newsletters.
Challenge Success  offers resources to help you support your student’s well-being and engagement in learning. We invite you to visit Challenge Success   and explore the links below:

  • CHECK OUT Raising Well-Balanced Kids and Tips to Help Your Child Thrivewhich offer common-sense tips based on children’s known developmental needs and research on child and adolescent well-being.
  • READ Challenge Success White Papers that summarize research and offer practical suggestions on topics including homework, cheating, and Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
  • BROWSE book recommendations and read Challenge Success blog entries by authors including Dr. Denise Pope, Dr. Madeline Levine, and Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg.
  • WATCH video recordings of other Parent Education Presentations, including the Well-Balanced Child (for parents of preschoolers), and Making Homework Work.
  • ENGAGE! Follow Challenge Success on Facebook and Twitter, sign up for the newsletter, and stay connected with our ever-expanding community of families and educators.
Library Corner
The Library would like to thank Bella & Samantha Ferguson, as well as Bennett & Sidney Smith. These four students had a lemonade stand over the summer and raised over $30. They decided to donate all the profits to the library because they "love" books! Great job kids! We applaud both your love of reading and your giving spirit. If you would like to sign up to volunteer in the library, please click here .
Science Fair Mentors
Do you work as a scientist or engineer, or have a science, engineering, technology, or other related degree? Are you interested in encouraging young students' appreciation of science? If so, please consider serving as a mentor this year to help our students with hypothesis generation, experimentation, data analysis, and eventually their Science Fair presentation. We are looking for mentors, familiar with the scientific method, that can be available to meet and discuss project details with students during the specified times below. Mentors will need to have completed the Safe Environment Training (VIRTUS) and fingerprinting prior to volunteering. Guidance for the mentors will be provided and it counts toward PEP hours. Click here t o sign up to volunteer. Any questions, please contact our Science Fair Judge Coordinators, Teresa Wegesser, & Bryan Terry,
Baptism Class & RCIA
Mrs. Schroeder will be conducting a Baptism class on Sunday, September 23rd, 10am - 12pm noon, if any are interested. She also is a good resource to speak with if any parents are interested in becoming Catholic. She can be reached at 925-699-0701. Please call her to RSVP or with any questons by Friday! This will allow her to prepare the necesarry books and paperwork for you! 
Communications Corner
Have a Schoology question? Nathan Darnell & Melissa Durkee will be available on Friday, September 9/21, from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Please come and sign in the office, to learn more about Schoology or if you would like assistance.

SIS Parent Calendar
Please refer to the parent calendar, posted on the school website, for A/B Volunteering Week .

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.
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.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the St Isidore Golf Classic by either volunteering, golfing, or attending the dinner. We all had a fabulous time celebrating with old friends and meeting new families. The PTG is especially thankful to our amazing Golf Chair Michelle Czarnik and our wonderful Sponsor Chairs Michelle Anderson, Melani Rivera, and Rory Motas.
We would like to thank all of you who have generously donated to Mind the Gap. Please consider being a DOUBLE YOUR DONATION contributer by participating in our  CORPORATE MATCHING GIFT PROGRAM . Many companies match dollar-for-dollar when their employees donate to St. Isidore School. If your company is eligible, simply request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift-we do the rest! Please visit  to see a list of current Corporate Matching Donors that will match and double your Mind The Gap Annual Fund donation. For more information, 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
It's the middle of September and as you get ready to welcome the changing of the seasons, brighten your home new autumn colors! Pay a visit to Pottery Barn, Target or Home Goods to find a few things to transform the inside and visit Alamo Ace and Home Depot to find great things for the outside. Wherever your shopping needs take you, Scrip can be there too! Did you know that Costco only accepts Visa? Scrip carries Visa too in $50 and $100 cards. So, next time you shop at Costco, think of using Scrip for your purchase and give back to St. Isidore school. Thanks for Shopping with 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.
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