October 31, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Peace - St. Francis of Assisi
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Happy Halloween
Halloween at St. Isidore School never disappoints! Buying a friend a “Boo,” dressing in costume, and marching in the parade are fun for the young and young at heart. SIS will once again be collecting candy to donate to the Blue Star Moms, who will send it to our troops around the world. The collection will take place in the school hallway and will run from November 1st through 8th. This tradition was started by a former St. Isidore parent who sadly passed away last year, Kathy Oertli. We honor Kathy’s dedication to the Blue Star Moms and send our love to her family and friends.
 
Tomorrow, Thursday, November 1, school will start at 8:50 a.m. due to All Saints Day Mass. Mass will be held at 9:10 a.m.; please make sure students are in full mass attire. In lieu of collecting a can of food, a collection will be taken during the offertory.
 
Together We Do Great Things
Red Ribbon Week allowed the students and staff an opportunity to come together for some fun, wackiness, and GIVING ! During the week, students were encouraged to bring in cans of food for the Monument Crisis Center, and boy did they! By midweek, the four collection bins were overflowing with generosity, and it was evident we needed additional bins. By Friday, we had seven large bins filled to the rim, totaling 1,762 pounds of food, which is more than 3,500 meals. Our Red Ribbon week efforts also included a “Free Dress” donation day benefiting Loaves and Fishes that raised $640. Thank you for your generosity and support; it is evident that together SIS can do great things!
 
Mind the Gap
Thank you to the many families that have already donated to our school-wide campaign, Mind the Gap. The campaign was created six years ago to help fill the gap between what tuition dollars cover and what it actually costs to educate a child. We ask that each family donate the recommended $500 per student. See the Mind the Gap push month incentives in today’s family envelope, and please know that your generosity and support make a difference and benefit the students and staff directly. Click here to donate.
 
Morning with Maria Recap
Thank you to those who attended last week’s “Morning with Maria.” These impromptu meetings encourage open communication and allow me to hear your concerns and see situations from your perspective. Topics discussed included carpool, Schoology, and how to continue to build and strengthen our community. In hopes of getting feedback from those of you who are not able to join us for Mornings with Maria, we have created an online comment/question form . You can find this on the school board page of our website. 
 
De La Salle & Carondelet High School Open House
This is a great opportunity for parents and students to tour the facilities, meet faculty and students, and explore curriculum and activities. I encourage you to go and check it out!
    DLS Open House will be Sunday, November 4, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Carondelet Open House will be Sunday, November 4, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
 
Veterans Day
Our annual Veterans Day Ceremony will take place on Friday, November 9, at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us as we honor those who have served and continue to serve our nation. If you are a veteran or have a veteran in your family who would like to attend, please complete the RSVP form or call the school office. Friday, November 9, will be a half day, and there will be no school on Monday, November 12, in observance of the holiday.
 
I wish you a SAFE and FUN-filled Halloween!

Maria Ward
Principal

PS. We are looking for a students special soccer ball that was taken from her backpack late last week. It is blue and green and has the child's name on it. If you locate the item, please bring it to the school office. Thank you.
Important Dates
  • Thursday, November 1st - All Saints Day, 8:50am school start time, All School Mass at 9:10am, Kids Konnection opens at 7am. Author Visit (Jon Agee) for grades TK, K, 1 & 2.
  • Sunday, November 4th - DLS open house 10am-12pm/ Carondelet open house 2pm-4pm.
  • Monday, November 5th - 7th - 7th Grade at Marin Headlands.
  • Thursday, November 8th - November Birthdays Free Dress.
  • Friday, November 9th - Veterans Day Ceremony at 10am, 12pm dismissal.
  • Monday, November 12- No School in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Tuesday, November 13- First Reconciliation (Landry's class) 7pm-8pm.
  • Wednesday, November 14 - 5th grade bake sale, report cards go home, First Reconciliation (Bobich's class) 7pm-8pm.
  • Friday, November 16 - All School Mass.
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Prayers
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 and Andrew Coutches grandmother - Susan Sibilla. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
School Board
T he St. Isidore School Board is a consultative group that provides advice and counsel to the Principal and Pastor to help promote the general excellence of our school’s Catholic education. We work closely with Mrs. Ward, Mr. Keane and Father Moran to recommend goals, communication, and marketing and operational strategies.  Most importantly, we are concerned with the well-being of our school and our children. Your voice is important to us and we want you to reach out to us with any comments or questions. Please click here for a printable comment card or click here for an online card.
 
We typically meet the third Tuesday of the month at 7pm in the Parish Conference Room. Due to Thanksgiving, we will meet this month on Tuesday, November 27 th at 7pm, location tbd. For more information on the School Board, please click here or email schoolboard@stisidore.org
PTG
Families, be sure to donate your $500 per child donation to Mind The Gap before November 27th so your child is eligible for Special Prizes. You won’t want to miss it! Please click here to donate.

  • 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
We need your help for auction! Please see the flyers in today's family envelope or check out the sign up genius. Remember 5 hours of your PEP hour requirement must be for auction. PEP hours can be fulfilled through donations and/or volunteering. Click here to volunteer. Any questions email auction@stisidore.org
School Directories will be coming home in next weeks Family Envelope. Thank you for your patience.
Sponsorship
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. 
Sponsor Shout Out: The Sponsorship Team is starting a new feature in the newsletter called " Sponsor Shout Out ". The hope is to provide information on the sponsor and encourage SIS families to patron these businesses. This week's Spotlight Sponsor is Diamond Sponsor,  Fremont Bank . They have been a loyal SIS Supporter for over 18 years and a big contributor to the community. We encourage our families to use Fremont Bank's service for all your banking needs.
SIS Family Highlight
Welcome Baby Wotowic! We are excited to announce that the Wotowic Family welcomed a baby boy, Paul Stanley Watson into the world last week. The Wotowic's are doing great and and his big sister, Maddy in Kindergarten is taking great care of her little brother.
Challenge Success
Tip of the week: Build responsibility at home and in the community. Have children help in age-appropriate ways with chores around the house. This requires you to take time to show children how to do the chores and to allow tasks to get done differently (and sometimes not as well) as if you did them yourself. It also reminds children that they are a contributing, capable part of a family team, not an entitled member served by parents. As they get older, encourage children to be active participants in their community, and set an example by being involved yourself.
Veterans Day
Please Join St. Isidore School for our Annual Veterans Day Ceremony! The ceremony will take place on Friday, November 9th at 10am in the Msgr. Cardelli Center. If you know a Veteran that will be attending Click here . Please RSVP by November 2nd. We ask that Veterans arrive at 9:40am the day of the event. Refreshments will be served to the Veterans after the event. For information on other local Veterans Day events click here .
Library Corner
Tomorrow is the day! Jon Agee, the beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, will be visiting our school at 1:30 pm, and will meet with Grades TK - 2 in the Bensen Gym. He will be discussing his wonderful and winsome new book, The Wall in the Middle of the Book . As part of his visit, Mr. Agee will be signing books for the students. Parents are always welcome! See you there!
Student Leadership Fall Fundraiser
Student Leadership is once again partnered with Ternero Farms to create three SIS custom designed bottles of olive oil. Olive oil makes a a great gift for a hostess, a neighbor or friend. An order form is coming home in today's Family Envelope or order on line by clicking here . We appreciate your support!
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.
School parent, Mrs. Miriam Romero has spent the last year volunteering 5-7 hours hours a week to assist Spanish teacher, Mrs. Gutierrez. Mrs. Romero helps with lesson prep and classroom assistance. We appreciate her dedication to the Spanish Program and passion for helping students learn and grow.
Bake Sale
The annual 5th Grade Bake Sale will be held on Wednesday, November 14th during morning carpool, starting at 7:15am, and at lunch recess. Proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to the Knights of Columbus and used to make Christmas baskets for families in need. Homemade cookies, brownies and rice krispy treats will be sold for $.50 each. Look for 5th graders by the office, Science lab, Kindergarten, Kids Konnection and 8th grade.

NOTE: Items available for purchase are homemade. No nuts are allowed. Cross contamination is possible, so please be cautious. For those with allergies, there will be store bought items from the school approved list available for purchase.
Boy Scout News
It’s time for our annual Cub Scout food drive, Scouting for Food! This is our 4th year at St Isidore Parish! Click here for information. 11/10 -11/11 will be the flyer/bag handout and 11/17-11/18 for food collection.
Parent Information Night
Parent Info Night: Charolette Wood Middle School will be hosting a presentation on the dangers of "VAPING" on Monday, November 5th from 7:00pm-8:00pm. Vaping has become a new dangerous trend among teenagers. Click here for an event flyer.
Scrip
Scrip News...
Happy Halloween! Don't forget to fill your home with treats and decorations to delight Trick or Treaters tonight! Target and Walgreens are great stores for those last minute purchases. 

Now here comes Thanksgiving and Christmas. We don’t want you to rush out and start your shopping now, but it sure does make the season more joyful when you don’t feel pressed for time, stressed, and harried. Give yourself a break, and stock up on gift cards for the hard-to-shop-for on your list. Also, think about all the grocery shopping that you do during the holidays and isn’t it nice to have plenty of Lunardi’s, Safeway, Sprouts, Smart N Final and Whole Foods on hand? 

SCRIP cards can also provide you with a sense of security while you shop. Use SCRIP to make your purchases instead of pulling out your credit cards and leave worries of identity and credit card theft behind.

Thank you for all your Support! Scrip Order Form. Click h ere to learn more about SCRIP. S ign up fo r Scripsense, a digital fundraising program that allows organizations and their members to earn funds through online shopping.
Volunteer Opportunities
School Sponsorships
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