November 7, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Grace - St. Francis of Assisi
Dear St. Isidore Families,

“It is not joy that makes us grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

The Attitude of Gratitude
Happy November! I recently learned that November has been proclaimed National Gratitude Month. It seems fitting that such a spectacular month would receive such a title. Nature is truly at its finest right now, offering an array of colors, but beyond an appreciation of the beauty lies a feeling of gratitude specific to the season. I encourage you to take a few moments each day this month to reflect on what you are grateful for and wanted you to know that I am truly grateful for YOU!
Student of the Month
Congratulations to our new Students of the Month for November/December, Eddie Stangler (fourth grade, Mrs. Trujillo’s class) and Samantha Gibson (eighth grade, Mrs. Carter’s class). Faculty and staff nominate and vote on students based on the monthly Gospel Values. November’s Gospel Value is “Grace” and December’s Gospel Value is “Kindness.” Eddie’s teacher said he is patient and respectful and helps others without being asked. Samantha’s teacher said she is a quiet leader who is kind, respectful and self-motivated. We celebrate you both!
Carpool Parent Volunteers Needed
Recently at “Morning with Maria,” it was suggested that parent volunteers could assist with afternoon carpool, helping to alleviate the demand for teachers to be in their carpool positions by the end of the day. The suggestion was appreciated, and I decided it was worth a try. Please consider helping, and click here to volunteer. I also wanted to clarify that if you are volunteering in the morning, you are welcome to park in the Ministry Center Parking Lot after you drop off your child through carpool. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Veterans Day – Please Join Us
We invite you to join us this Friday, November 9, at 10:00am, as we gather together in the Msgr. Cardelli Center to honor and celebrate those who have served and those who continue to serve our nation at our annual Veterans Day ceremony. If you know a Veteran who would like to attend, please contact the school office.
Sip & Shop
We invite you to kick off your holiday shopping at our annual Sip & Shop Holiday Boutique on Thursday, December 6, from 6pm–9pm. This festive community event truly offers something for everyone. Shop, mingle and be merry while supporting SIS!  C lick here to purchase your ticket.
I apologize for the lengthy newsletter. However, this is a busy time of year and there is lots of information to give. I will continue to streamline as best as possible. We do not want you to miss anything, so we give any item of importance a section for itself. Please make sure to read through the entire email for information.
Friday, November 9 will be a 12pm dismissal. Kids Konnection will be available. There will be no school Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day. I hope the long weekend allows you extra time with family and friends!
God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • 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.
  • Thursday, November 15- 3rd grade apple pie baking/4th grade California Cook Off.
  • Friday, November 16 - All School Mass.
  • November 19-23 - Thanksgiving Break, Enjoy!
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. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Families - Please donate your $500 per child donation to Mind The Gap before November 29th so your child is eligible for Special Prizes. Look for the flyer in the family folder! Click here to donate.
 1. All-class Pizza Party or all-class In N’ Out Burger Party
2. All-class free dress
3. One month free tuition for ONE child
New Directories are here! Please check you family folders!
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: Challenge Butter
A big thank you to Diamond Level sponsor Challenge Butter for their support and generosity. Challenge Butter provides products to many SIS events including Sip & Shop and the Golf Tournament. Challenge Butter products are available at your local grocery store, so go out and purchase one of their products today. Swing by the office and pick up a Challenge Butter coupon at your convenience, courtesy of Mr. Challenge Butter.
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 would like to attend Click here .
Sip & Shop
Tickets for our annual Sip and 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 and Shop tickets. Click here to purchase your Sip & Shop ticket.
Student Leadership Fall Fundraiser
Student Leadership is once again partnered with Ternero Farms to create three SIS custom designed bottles of olive oil. Click here to place your order. 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.
Fifth Grader, James Kuuskraa got a head start on his service project by surprising a three year old boy, Ben Rutherford with pumpkins and carving tools. Ben, who lives in Danville is battling Neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that aggressively enters the soft tissues, bones and bone marrow of the body. We are proud of the kindness James displayed and we send prayers to the Rutherford Family.
Running with Love
SIS is once again participating in the "Running with Love Thanksgiving Basket Donation" program. Running with Love is a non-profit organization founded by SIS alumni, Alyse Cronin. The goal of the foundation is to remove environmental barriers that are inhibiting the children of migrant farm workers from achieving a high school education. 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: Pumpkin Pie Mix
8th Grade: Thanksgiving Themed Paper Plates & Napkins
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: Unplug- Set limits on the amount of time your children watch TV, play screen-based games, instant message, and use the computer recreationally. For young children, less than an hour or so per day is a good starting point. Older kids also need limits on their screen time and the content they watch. All screen time is not equal, and you need to be aware of what your child is watching and with whom they are communicating. Children need ample time to interact with real people, without technology, and to be in the natural world.
Library Corner
The SIS Library would like to thank all of the parents and students who supported our recent author visits! Because of you and your support, SIS is able to attract such award winning authors as Gordon Korman and Jon Agee. It was evident that all who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and left the visits with amazing books! Happy reading!
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. 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.
Scrip News...
This is a wonderful time of the year with so much to enjoy! Wouldn’t it be nice to catch those Oscar worthy movies before they come and go? Treat yourself and your family to Cinemark and Regal cards. Are you a Black Friday shopper? If so, what is stopping you from stocking up! For your camper buy REI and for the sports enthusiast we have Dick’s Sporting Goods. Your fun loving teen will be set with Barnes and Noble, Bath and Body Works, itunes and Target. For the cook and hostess, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn/Williams-Sonoma and for the on-line shopper, an Amazon card is always a guarantee smile maker. Thank you for all your Support! Scrip Order Form.
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