January 30, 2019 - Walking Together in Faith
Love - St. Valentine
Dear St. Isidore School Parents,

One of the many things I love about Catholic Schools Week is how it brings us together as a community. We started the week with Mass on Sunday, and it was truly wonderful to see so many students wearing their school uniforms with pride. The joy trickled over to our annual Sneak-A-Peek. Thank you to all the families and staff who attended. Monday, we celebrated our amazing COMMUNITY with an after-school social. The students seemed to enjoy the popcorn, punch, and time together. Monday’s Free Dress day was a great display of generosity and together we raised over $500 for Family Aid for Catholic Education (F.A.C.E.). Tuesday was all about celebrating our STUDENTS , the heart of our school. The students enjoyed the annual College bowl (8th grade v. teachers) volleyball game and the spirit rally. Today, we dressed in red, white and blue to celebrate our great NATION . Tomorrow, we will enjoy the Open House and Science Fair. See details on those events below.

Open House: Thursday, January 31
Take the stress out of getting to the Annual Science Fair and Open House and join us at 4:30pm for dinner. Taco Guy (CASH ONLY) will be serving cheese quesadillas and steak/chicken tacos, prices ranging from $3–$8 . Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (CASH/CARD) will be serving an assortment of grilled cheeses, prices ranging from $8–$12. Classrooms will be open for viewing from 6:00pm–7:00pm . The students and teachers have worked hard to prepare and are excited to show you what they have been working on. The new “Pup-up” store, The Dog House, will be open for business, so stop by and check it out. Click here to view merchandise on sale.

Science Fair
The annual Science Fair will begin at 5:30pm . The students have worked hard on their projects and I applaud their efforts. The awards ceremony will begin at 5:45pm, followed by Open House at 6pm. I want to offer a sincere thank you to the chairs of this year’s Science Fair, Bryan Terry and Teresa Wegesser. I would also like to thank Linda Baldyga, the parent judges, and our Junior High Science Team, Mrs. Eleanor Gilchrist and Mr. Ashton Roman. Your dedication to our program is appreciated. This year, some of our graduates who have become scientists joined our judges. It was such a good feeling to see our programs come full circle.

A Day of Giving
As mentioned, St. Isidore is participating in an online giving campaign, Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools, made possible by NCEA . A Catholic education can make a profound impact today and provide a future filled with opportunities to make a positive difference. Please consider donating by clicking here . All donations, small or large, are greatly appreciated, and they will go directly to St. Isidore School.

St. Isidore School Gala
Eat, Drink & Give at the annual school auction held Saturday, March 9, at 6pm. This year’s event will be held at the newly renovated Marriott San Ramon. Click here to purchase your ticket today. The auction is in need of donations, especially Getaways and Experiences. Click here for an item donation form.

I am grateful to all who attended and helped facilitate the week’s events. I would like to offer a special thank you to our school counselor, Mrs. Michelle Devine, for her devotion to making Catholic Schools Week special for us all. Please remember that Friday, February 1, is a 12pm dismissal. Kids Konnection will be open after school as usual. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

God bless,

P.S.  I wanted to inform you that I need to have a minor surgery and will be out of the office starting next Tuesday, February 5, through the end of the week. I will be back intermittently the week of February 11–15.

God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • 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.
  • Monday, February 4th - 100 DAYS OF SCHOOL!
  • Wednesday, February 6th - 5th grade field trip to the Academy of Science.
  • Thursday, February 7th - February birthday free dress.
  • Friday, February 8th - Grades 3,4,5 attend mass. 3rd Grade Grandparents Day, 8th Grade Loaves & Fishes.
  • Monday, February 11-15th - Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Thursday, February 14th - Happy Valentines Day!
  • Friday, February 15th - Grades K, 1, 2 attend mass. 12pm dismissal.
  • Monday, February 18th- No School in honor of President's Day.
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. We also pray for the the Great-Aunt of the Vodopich Family who has recently passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Oertli Family as we remember Kathy and the anniversary of her passing. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Catholic Schools Week Agenda
Thursday, January 31 - Celebrating VOCATIONS : Food Trucks available starting at 4:30pm. Taco Guy (CASH ONLY), serving cheese quesadillas and steak/chicken tacos. Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (CASH/CARD), prices ranging from $10-$12.
5:30pm-6:00pm— The 7 th and 8 th grade will display their SCIENCE FAIR projects. Awards at 5:45pm. 6:00pm ALL classroom doors will be open for visits.
Friday, February 1 - Celebrating our FACULTY, STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS : all School Mass ministered by Student Leadership. 12pm Dismissal.
  • Please consider donating a bottle of wine to our Wine Grab happening the night of the auction. Click HERE for more details.

  • Auction Tickets are on sale now! Click HERE to purchase tickets.
  • We are still in need of volunteers! Click HERE to view our sign up genius

Sneak-a-Peek! Please come by the LEGO wall during Open House on Thursday night to see the class auction projects!
Sponsorship opportunities for the St. Isidore Gala are still available.  Please contact the sponsorship team if you are interested. 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.
We would like to recognize Bronze Level Sponsor Lehmer’s Concord ! Lehmer’s has been a consistent sponsor to
St. Isidore for a number of years and we are thankful for their ongoing support. Looking for a new or used car or truck? Visit Lehmer’s Concord today.
Did You Know?
Art teacher, Ms. Moore has an Instagram account showcasing student work. Her account is fun,colorful and, informative. Check out SIS artist creations at @msmooreart .
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.
Today's parent bake-off was a tremendous success with over 20 families participating. Thank you parents for such an incredible selection of delicious items from fresh baked goods including Tiramisu, giant cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, yummy cookies, banana brioche, homemade donut holes, 7 layer bars, dips, macaroons and so much more to mouth watering egg casseroles, tomato bisque soup as well as cheese and corn cakes. You spoiled our staff and faculty and we are grateful for your time and dedication to share such incredible family recipes with all of us. Thank you to all who contributed coffee, juice and fruit. All that participated today will earn PEP hours.
Challenge Success
Ease performance pressure: For many young people, the questions parents ask most often are: “How did you do on the test? Have you done your homework?” The subtle message to kids is that performance and results matter most. Instead, emphasize the importance of effort, hard work, resilience, and intellectual curiosity by asking open-ended, non-judgmental questions such as, “How did the day go?”
Library Corner
Our annual reading event will be ext-ROAR-dinary this year! Coming the first week of April, we hope to see all of you stomp by the book fair to party like it's 200 million B.C. All the latest dino-mite reads will be there. Carve your calendars now and save the date.
SIS Family Highlight
Go and enjoy the show! We are excited to announce that two of our students, Andrew Coutches (5th grade) and Sean Gin (8th grade) will be performing in the production of Oliver at the Village Theater in Danville from
Feb 22 -March 3. Click here to purchase tickets.
CYO Girls Volleyball is starting in late-February! Click here for information. Contact Marci Dublin for more information and to sign up at marcidublin@yahoo.com .
CYO Track and Field program will begin February 10th and run until May 11th. The program is offered for grades 2-8. For more information and to register click here .
Performing Academy
It's not too late to sign up for the Performing Academy spring show, Seussica l the musical.
Mondays: January 14-May 6
Grades TK-2nd: 1:55-3:30pm
Grades 3rd-8th: 1:55-5:00pm
In the Hospitality Lounge
Students meet Teaching Artists on campus after school by the office and are escorted over to the Hospitality Lounge after school!
Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, May 9th
Performances: Friday, May 10th & Saturday, May 11th in The Cardelli Gym.
Scrip News... Click here to order!
Hearts, hearts, hearts.... love is in the air! As we welcome February, let's remember to use Scrip to prepare for this month of celebrations. Target, Walgreen's, and CVS are great places to pickup valentine cards, candies and treats. If you're planning to take your special someone out for a Valentine's Day celebration, Norm's, Cheesecake Factory, Fleming's and Ruth Chris are just a few suggestions. Special Valentine's Day gifts can be found at Nordstrom's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Dick's Sporting Goods and REI. All these vendors and many more are available at Scrip, so send in your order today! Thanks for shopping with Scrip!
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