November 14, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Grace - St. Francis of Assisi
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Count Your Blessings
In light of the many tragic events that have taken place in California over the last few weeks, it evident that we have much to be THANKFUL for this holiday season. It is heartbreaking to see so many families across our state displaced, suffering, and in need of assistance. To support those in need, we are collecting donations for the Butte County fire victims. You can help by providing water, canned goods, Scrip donations, or money. Please make monetary contributions payable to SIS, and the total amount will be presented to the American Red Cross. The SIS community is truly at its best when helping others; it’s the heart and soul of who we are. I feel truly BLESSED to be part of this community and am GRATEFUL for each and every one of you.

Report Cards Go Home Today
First Trimester Report Cards go home today. It’s important to review them with your children. Think of a report card as a conversation starter, a way for children to talk about how they’re doing, what’s easy or difficult for them, and how you can help them do better. Report cards need to be signed and returned by Thursday, November 15 (tomorrow) . Star testing results will be included in your child's report card envelope. Not all Star tests have been completed, but they will be completed by Friday. If you do not receive a report, it will be sent home by Friday.

#Giving Tuesday
St. Isidore School is honored once again to participate in #GIVINGTUESDAY , a global movement to celebrate giving and inspire personal philanthropy. Your donation will assist in our continued effort to provide competitive salaries and professional development opportunities for our staff, strengthening our specialty programs for our students and ongoing campus updates. We are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has generously offered to match donations up to the amount of $25,000 through to the end of the day! Please know that any donation, large or small, is extremely appreciated.

Sip & Shop
If you have not yet purchased your Sip & Shop Holiday Market ticket, now is the time! This fabulous event is the perfect opportunity to mingle, shop, and celebrate the season. This event is truly “the more the merrier,” so please invite friends and neighbors. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Uniform Modification for Cold Weather
As you have noticed, the cold weather has begun. To keep students warm and comfortable at school, we will be implementing the winter uniform modification after Thanksgiving break. (No shorts for grades TK–5.)
1.  Boys in grades TK–5 are to wear long pants ONLY!
2.  Girls in grades TK–8 can wear tights or leggings under jumpers and skirts.
We appreciate your support in adhering to the uniform policy.

Calendar Change
Monday, December 17, has been switched to a 12pm DISMISSAL to accommodate the christmas party for our faculty and staff. There will be NO KIDS KONNECTION available that afternoon and CARPOOL WILL BE WALK IN–PICK UP .  This annual celebration gives the staff an opportunity to celebrate together the joy of Christmas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and truly appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

Please join us this Friday, November 16, for an all-school mass at 8:10am. It is a wonderful way for us to celebrate together before the holiday break. A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, November 15- 3rd grade pie baking/4th grade CA. Cook Off.
  • Friday, November 16 - All School Mass.
  • November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break, Enjoy!
  • Monday, November 26th- School Resumes/ 1:50pm Dismissal.
  • Tuesday, November 27- 8th Grade Graduation Photos.
  • Wednesday, November 28- Wacky Wednesday: Wear Wacky Socks.
  • Friday, November 30- Mass Grades 6,7,8.
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, Pat Crossen, the Enright Family who recently lost their home in a fire and all those affected by the tragic fires throughout California. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
School Board
The School Board collaborates with our school’s administration in a variety of areas such as policy and planning, marketing, and communications. As our school community, it is important for us to hear your voice. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding these areas or have recommendations for community-building events – anything that can help improve our school - please let us know!   Click here   for an online suggestion form where you can share your thoughts with the Board. Please note that issues regarding school curriculum or personnel issues are best addressed with your child’s teacher or Mrs. Ward.
Please join us: Tuesday, November 27 th  at 6 pm – Evening with Maria. Please join us and enjoy some light refreshments and conversation about what is happening around St. Isidore’s. 
For more information on the School Board, please  click here .
Only 2 Weeks left! Please be sure to donate your $500 per child to Mind The Gap before November 29th to be entered in the drawing to win these fabulous prizes. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
1. All class pizza or In N’ Out Burger class party
2. All-class free dress
3. One month free tuition for ONE child
Auction Parties: we are looking for families to host a party for the St. Isidore School Gala this year!  Click here for more 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: We would like to recognize this week's Diamond Level Sponsor ChoiceLunch ! Choicelunch is an easy and convenient way to provide your student with a wholesome lunch. Choicelunch is a loyal supporter to SIS and has assisted with events such as Grandparent's Day and the Annual Fish Fry. We are grateful for their support.
Sip & Shop
Tickets for our annual Sip & Shop fundraiser are on sale starting today. The event takes place on Thursday, December 6 th from 6-9 p.m. in the Msgr. Cardelli Activities Center.  This wonderful 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 before December 5th and $40 at the door on December 6 th . Ticket price includes event entry, WINE, light hors d’oeuvres and desserts. It’s a great opportunity to grab a few friends or family members and make it a night out. Can’t attend this year? Buy SIS ‘free dress’ passes (which allow your students to forgo their uniform for ‘free dress’ on any non-mass day). Passes are $25/each or $100/five passes and are available where you buy Sip & Shop tickets. Click here to purchase your Sip & Shop ticket.
Running with Love
SIS is once again participating in the "Running with Love Thanksgiving Basket Donation" program. See classroom item specific donation list below:

TK: Packets of Turkey Gravy
Kindergarten: Cans of Corn
1st Grade: Cans of Peas
2nd Grade: Boxes of Instant Mashed Potatoes
3rd Grade: Boxes of Stuffing
4th Grade: Cans of Chicken Broth
5th Grade: Cans of Cranberry Sauce
6th Grade: Boxes of Brownie Mix
7th Grade: Can of Pumpkin Pie Mix
8th Grade: Thanksgiving Themed Paper Plates & Napkins
SIS Family Highlight
Alumni News: Former SIS students- Kevin Saunders, Luke Freeman, Luke Ogburn and Brian Joyce represented Cal Berkeley in the 2018 PAC Rugby 7s Championship in Strawberry Canyon . Way to go guys!
Random Acts 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.
The Twelvetrees Family has generously brought in coffee for the staff every Wednesday for the last two years. Mrs. Twelvetrees is known to the staff as the "Coffee Angel". We are grateful for their generosity and KINDNESS.
Teacher Gift Contribution
In an effort to make gift giving easier we invite you to participate in a group Teacher Gift for CHRISTMAS and END OF THE YEAR.  If you are interested, please see click here This is completely voluntary!  Due by Friday 11/16.
8th Grade Yearbook Ads
Attention 8th Grade Parents! 8th grade yearbook ads are on SALE NOW ! Click here for information.
Science Fair
Judges are needed for the 2019 Science Fair on Wednesday, January 30th! Click here for further information and how to sign up.
Foundation Wreaths On Sale
St. Isidore School Foundation Christmas Wreaths ON SALE NOW! Click here to order. Please note that the flyer in the Family Envelope has an incorrect pick up date. Wreaths are to be picked up on 12/2 .
Christmas Boutique
Calling all hard working elves! The St. Isidore Christmas Boutique is just around the corner and we need your help. If you are available to help collect/price boutique items on Tuesday, 12/4  from 7:30 am -1:30 pm
Challenge Success
  • Tip of the week: Children ages 3-12 who spend more time at family meals have better achievement scores and fewer behavioral problems.
Uniform Exchange
Items from the Uniform Exchange are available during the year at no cost. Click here to view inventory list. Contact Sally Swarts Daly to request or to donate items: . Due to her inventory, she is not accepting donations at this time.
Community Service Opportunity
The Contra Costa Food Bank needs volunteers to distribute food bags in the Whitegate/Bryan Ranch neighborhood on Tuesday, Nov. 27th. Click here for further information.
Adopt a Family
Please support Adopt a Family by purchasing Scrip. Click here for information and order form. Thank you for your generosity.
Please insure that you have joined all the appropriate Schoology groups. See codes below.

S IS Parent Group: CF3GC-D376C
TK – Willms Parent Group: H6T9T-XJX6S
K – Esposito Parent Group: QTRZG-WKFTZ
K – Sullivan Parent Group: D62D8-QSRM7
K – Boyle Parent Group: CGZXQ-7QK3J
Gr 1 – Hutchinson Parent Group: S7DMG-KD5VC
Gr 1 – Devine Parent Group: V2D7B-ZV NBM
Gr 2 – Landy Parent Group: R456B-TZRRD
Gr 2 – Bobich Parent Group: SKWW4-2K9VR
Gr 3 – Goetze Parent Group: D35S3-DK6W9
Gr 3 – Gerberich Parent Group: 2734B-H74TR
Gr 4 – Trujillo Parent Group: MZCNP-S9TV6
Gr 4 – Johnson Parent Group: 4KFJ8-X9Q36
Gr 5 – Donnelly Parent Group: F8MTT-WB8ZH                       
Gr 5 – Lettire Parent Group: 8NFVB-DJ9J9
Gr 6 – Williamson Parent Group: SZR6R-7RDMW
Gr 6 – Wissinger Parent Group: MWGBN-MBW9N
Gr 7 – Lettire Parent Group: 6R9M5-KTD2H
Gr 7 – Miller/Joseph Parent Group: 57ZBF-35BBB
Gr 8 – Carter Parent Group: PG6WQ-TC3NM
Gr 8 – Torretta Parent Group: D7D9P-993KN
If you would like to receive notifications via email and/or mobile device, please go into your settings on your mobile phone and allow notifications for the Schoology app. Then go into your app and go to Settings > Notifications > and choose which notifications you would like. There are multiple options of types of notifications and you will need to opt in for email and/or mobile. If you haven't entered your cell phone #, mobile is not an option and you will need to click on "Send notifications to your phone via text message" and enter your mobile # and mobile carrier. As always, please don't hesitate to stop into the office and ask Melissa Durkee for assistance.
Student Leadership
LAST CALL FOR ORDERS! Student Leadership is once again partnered with Ternero Farms to create three SIS custom designed bottles of olive oil. ORDERS WILL NOT BE TAKEN AFTER THURSDAY 11/15. Thank you for your support!
Candy Cane Sales will begin Tuesday, December 4th! In years past proceeds from sales supported individuals with immobility challenges, allowing us to purchase wheelchairs for them. However, this year Student Leadership decided ALL PROCEEDS will be going to the Fire Victims of Butte County. Thank you for your support!
Scrip News...
Are you heading out of town and hitting the road for the Thanksgiving break?
If so, In-N-Out and Chipotle SCRIP are a must for you. A few Starbucks and Peet’s cards are great to have on hand for that trip away too! We know that our school families love Disneyland. Plan your visit to the happiest place on earth a little easier with our Disney $25 and $100 SCRIP cards. Movies are another wonderful way to enjoy family entertainment or a date night out. This time of year there is so much to see and if you have been waiting for the new Fantastic Beasts out this weekend or Creed and Ralph Breaks the Internet out next week, order Regal and Cinemark SCRIP, and all you need is popcorn. We know how much cooking happens this time of year, whether you are hosting or a guest. Lunardi’s, Sprouts, Smart-N-Final, Safeway and Whole Foods are great places to stock up for holiday cooking.

This week we will not accept Special Orders for delivery next week because the school will be closed for Thanksgiving Week . Thank you St. Isidore families for remembering those in need over the holidays. At Scrip, we support Loaves and Fishes through Soup Kitchen donations and St. Isidore Church's Adopt-A-Family Program. All donations no matter how big or small have made a difference in someone's life. Scrip will continue to collect these donations over the holidays so please use Scrip forms for your holiday giving. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Scrip Order Form.
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