September 12, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Empathy - St. Teresa of Calcutta
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Father Kasper’s fourth thing that we cannot change is that “Everything changes and ends.”  Permanence is an illusion. Like parents everywhere, we would love our children to stay at a certain age because they are so good and kind and helpful. This, too, comes to an end; complaining starts and attitudes change. While each age brings joy and heartache, it is through change that growth occurs and that is a beautiful thing, especially in our children. Thank God for change.

St. Isidore School Classic: We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, September 17, at the SIS Classic and/or the dinner that evening. Many thanks to our event chairperson, Michelle Czarnik, and PTG for all their loving work and sincere efforts in making this an enjoyable day for all of us! Last day to buy tickets is today! Click here to buy tickets .
 
Challenge Success: This Thursday, September 13, we will be hosting a parent educational night with  Challenge Success . It is from 6:30pm–8:00pm in the Bensen Gym. Challenge Success partners with schools and families with information and strategies for creating a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for their children. They believe that effective change happens when all stakeholders—administrators, faculty, parents, counselors, and students—come together to identify problems and work on solutions. The overemphasis on grades, test scores, and rote answers has stressed out some students and marginalized many more. We all want our children to do well in school and to master certain skills and concepts, but our largely singular focus on academic achievement has resulted in a lack of attention to other components of a successful life: the ability to be independent, adaptable, ethical, and engaged critical thinkers. Challenge Success’ work helps to foster learners who are healthy, motivated, and prepared for the wide variety of tasks they will face as adults. Please join us on Thursday as they help us navigate through this journey. It is for parents/guardians of students in grades K and up; no students, please.
 
Uniform: Many students are out of uniform. We see students with the wrong socks, wrong shoes, no belts, and skirts that are too short. Shoes cannot have patterns, skirts should fall at the back bend of the knee, and socks are to be all white with no symbols. There are also students with “ombre” hair coloring and boys with hair that is too long. We ask that you review the uniform policy in the handbook posted on our school website, pgs. 26-31, and abide by those rules. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Band Recruitment: Ms. Crossen will be inquiring with students in grades 4-8. If you are interested, please make sure to get the details from your students, after Ms. Crossen visits the classrooms in the next days.

Carpool/Drop-off: Many parents are dropping off their children in the morning in the parking lot by the Cardelli Gym and/or on La Gonda or in the small parking lot in front of Kids Konnection. We do not have any personnel there to assist your children to navigate a parking lots or street. This causes a tremendous back-up on El Cerro and La Gonda, which in turn keeps our staff on the streets and out of the classroom longer than necessary. This is NOT safe. Please do not do this.

MySchoolAnywhere/Schoology: Thank you to the parents who have logged into Schoology and have started using it. We have gotten great feedback and look forward to fully utilizing this platform.
You will receive an email requesting you to create an account or update your info, in to MySchoolAnywhere , which is as an online directory. We also use this information to gather data for the PTG printed directory. While we realize that you may not want your information printed in the PTG directory, we do ask that you include, at a minimum, your name and your child’s name. The sooner we receive your updated info, we will be able to get this out to you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office.

Have a great day!

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, September 13th - New Kids on the Block Student Luncheon Grades 1-8, 11:30am & Challenge Success Parent Education Night, parents/guardians of all grades should attend without students, Benson Gym, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Friday, September 14th - Gr. 3, 4, 5 Mass ministered by 5th Grade, Gr. 8 Loaves & Fishes, and 8th Gr. Dance
  • Monday, September 17th - SIS Classic: Golf at 12pm, Cocktails 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 20th - Faith Family Activity
  • Friday, September 21st - K, 1, 2 Attends Mass
  • Friday, September 28th - Gr 6, 7, 8 Mass by Grade 8
Prayers
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 who are in the path of destruction from Hurricane Florence
  • The grandmother of Kaylan McCorman
  • Mrs. Bobich's new baby grandson, Henry Arthur
Did You Know?
Two SIS alumni, Bri Simonich (2013) and Katie Rathbun (2011) play basketball at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. They would love if you would support them on October 6, 2018 when they host its first ever "Meet the Gaels Women’s Basketball Dinner." The dinner will include cockails, dinner, raffle & live auction. It is a great opportunity to introduce the team to the community while raising funds to benefit the St. Mary’s Women’s Basketball program. For more info, please click here .
Give Back
Check out BISHOPS Cuts | Color Danville when you need your next haircut, color, highlight or men's shave. BISHOPS is offering St. Isidore families 20% off all services through  September 30th ! Mention St. Isidore at check in for 20% off and we will give 10% back to our school.  Bishops is a walk in salon open 7 days a week with no appointments necessary specializing in haircare for Men|Women & Children.  Click here for flyer.
Communications Corner
Schoology
To see the updated directions & group access codes, please click here . Or look at the backside of the green instructions sheet that was originally sent home. Please note, you will need your unique parent code to create an account. If you do not have this, please reach out to your child's teacher. Please note that the url/location that students log into Schoology is different than where parents log into Schoology. They both are located on the school website home page , just hover over the Schoology button, for the two options.

MySchoolAnywhere
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. PTG will be using this information to print our directories.

PTG
Monday, September 17th, Diablo Country Club
Shotgun start 12pm ~ Cocktails in the Main Bar @ 5:30pm ~ Dinner in the Ballroom @ 6:30pm
Last day to purchase tickets is tonight! Get your tickets here ! Have questions? Please email sisclassic@stisidore.org
Thank you to everyone who has already donated to Mind the Gap.
Please consider donating $500/per child, to close this year’s gap in our operating budget. Every dollar counts, and your donation is 100% tax deductible. Please consider makin a difference. For more information and to donate, please click here .
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. 
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
Scrip
From the top of the list to the bottom we have it all. Locally owned businesses Chamois, Domenico’s Delicatessen, and Yogurt Shack are all generous with their donations to St. Isidore School. Please keep them in mind, and your SCRIP cards handy when you are working on a weekend home project, picking up lunch or taking the kids out for a treat after school, a game or a school dance.
Our accordion gift card holders are available on the Special Order form. They are $3 each and are listed as a Cascading Card File. They are the perfect vehicle for keeping track of all your SCRIP cards and make nice little gifts for anyone needing a little help with organization.
Did you know that Scrip also takes donations for the Soup Kitchen? The Soup Kitchen here at St. Isidore's is called Loaves and Fishes. They feed thousands of needy people every month with these donations. Please consider giving as little as $5 on top of your usual Scrip Order for a very worthy cause.
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.
As always, thank you for supporting St. Isidore School through your purchase of SCRIP.
Volunteer Opportunities
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