October 17, 2018 - Walking Together in Faith
Peace - St. Francis of Assisi
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Let Go and Let God
We continue to explore October’s Gospel Value: Peace. Peace of mind is something we all strive for, but today’s fast-paced world can feel overwhelming and stressful at times. As parents, we are faced with challenges and pressures, and we make critical decisions and important changes when need be. We do our best in every situation, and sometimes things work out great. Unfortunately, life doesn’t always cooperate, and there are moments of failure and disappointment. In those moments, I urge you to “Let Go and Let God.” For me, this means trusting God’s plan and believing he has put me right where I need to be. Knowing and trusting in God’s love helps us live with peace, strength, and grace.

Carpool Update
Thank you for adapting to this week’s carpool changes. Your cooperation allows me the opportunity to take a close look at the procedure and see what’s working and what’s not. SIS carpool is complicated, and there are many factors to consider, but as always, the safety of the students, families, and staff is my top priority. My goal is to find a solution that works well for everyone; until then, I ask for your patience and understanding. Thank you.
Progress Reports
Progress reports will be sent home today for grades TK–3; grades 4–8 will bring home a progress report form. Both are to be signed and returned tomorrow. Progress reports allow parents the opportunity to check in with their child and see how they are doing in each area. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.
Grades for students in grades 4–8 can be viewed in Schoology by going to the student view, clicking on grades at the top of the screen, and then selecting “Grade Report.” You can then click on each course to view grades/comments.

Spread the Word
Refer a friend, family member, or neighbor to this Friday’s TK–8 Open House/Informational Meeting at 10:00am, and you will receive 1 PEP hour. We truly appreciate all referrals. The meeting is a wonderful opportunity for us to meet new families interested in a Catholic education and show them our amazing school. All are welcome! 
Staff Update
Resource Specialist Mrs. Sheila Clary has notified us that she is relocating to Virginia. Mrs. Clary has been an asset to St. Isidore School for nineteen years. She has served the school in many capacities, including First Grade Teacher, Jr. High Reading Teacher, and Resource Specialist. We appreciate her many years of service and wish her all the best.

We welcome Mrs. Jenny Barger back to the SIS office team and Mr. Daniel Richardson to middle school math. Mrs. Barger will join the team this year in a new capacity, focusing on school-wide marketing and communications, and Mr. Richardson will be Mrs. Koskowich’s Teachers Assistant. We are excited to have them both on campus.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students are allowed to wear pink tops and jeans tomorrow for a $1 donation. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause. Next week is Red Ribbon Week. See below for more information and a schedule of events.
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

God bless,

Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Thursday, October 18th - Author Visit (Gordon Korman) for grades 5, 6, & 7 and "wear a pink top" & jeans for $1.00 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness.
  • Friday, October 19th - K, 1, 2 attend Mass, TK-8 Parent Information Meeting at 10am, 7th Gr. dance at Queen of All Saint.
  • Monday - Friday, October 22nd - 26th - Red Ribbon Week (See schedule of events listed below).
  • Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween Parade 11am, 12pm dismissal, Kids Konnection will be closed after dismissal.
  • 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.
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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. Let us also pray for the Grandfather of the Giammona Family who went to heaven and those affected by Hurricane Michael. May God keep them in His tender, loving care.
Thank you for your donation to Mind the Gap. Please remember that we need everyone to donate $500 per child to close this year’s gap in our operating budget. Every dollar counts, and your donation is 100% tax
deductible, so please make a difference. For more information or to donate, please click here .
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 t o view Sponsorship Opportunities
Click here to view Sponsorship Chart
Click here to view Sponsorship Commitment form
SIS Highlight
Welcome Ra Family to SIS! On Tuesday, October 16th we welcomed a new family to our SIS community. The Ra Family moved to Danville from San Diego. Seong and Julia Ra are very excited to have Leo join Mrs. Sullivan's Kindergarten class . Leo has a two year old brother named Tony, a baby sister named Yuna, and a dog named Rascal. We are thrilled to have them join SIS Family! If you see them on campus please take a moment to introduce yourself.
Challenge Success
Tip of the week: Love your children unconditionally.
The basis for healthy emotional development is a sense of being lovable. Make sure your children know that they are loved for who they are, not only for how well they perform. Value the uniqueness of each child.
Halloween Boo's
Boo's now on sale for $1: Join the Halloween fun and buy a "Boo" for yourself, a friend, a family member or a neighbor. Boo's will be sold in the morning on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of October.
Red Ribbon Week
Red Ribbon Week is coming soon, October 22nd - 26th !  Students are invited to help celebrate this special week showing how we CAN make good choices. This year it’s all about the “WE CAN” attitude. We are encouraging the students to bring in CANS of food to support the Monument Crisis Center.

During morning assembly Student Leadership will hand ou t RED BRACELETS to the students and perform a skit. Student Leadership will also go into the classrooms with a jar filled with RED Swedish Fish . The class that guesses the correct amount of Red Swedish Fish will win the jar and a few more surprises.

Students can wear a t-shirt with their designated CLASS COLOR with uniform bottoms if they bring in TWO CANS of colorful food. WE CAN DO IT!

Class Shirt Colors
TK & Kindergarten: WHITE
1 st Grade : RED
2 nd Grade : YELLOW
3 rd Grade: ORANGE
4 th Grade: GREEN
5 th Grade: BLUE
6 th Grade: PURPLE
7 th Grade: BLACK
8 th Grade : TieDye
Office : STRIPES

It’s a WACKY WEDNESDAY! Students can wear their favorite Wacky Shirts, Wacky Socks, Wacky Hair with their uniform bottoms if they bring in TWO CANS of hearty soup! WE CAN DO IT!

Thursday, 10/25, WE ARE A TEAM!
Students can wear their favorite SPORTS TEAM SHIRT/JERSEY with their uniform bottoms for TWO CANS of tuna or chicken! WE CAN DO IT! Student Leadership will give the winning class their RED Swedish Fish at AM Assembly. There will be a Faith Family Activity at 2:10pm.

Friday, 10/26, WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
Students can wear RED shirts, red socks, and red shoes with jeans for a $1.00 or more donation. Proceeds will go to Loaves & Fishes. We will wrap up the week with a spirit rally in the gym at 1:30. After the rally, we will go back to the classrooms for PM Announcements.
Library Corner
#1 New York Times best-selling author Gordon Korman will be visiting Grades 5, 6, and 7 TOMORROW in the Bensen Gym at 8:10 am. 
Mr. Korman is the author of more than 80 books for kids and young adults. Click here to learn more about this very popular author.

Pre-sale forms for his books ARE NOW DUE ! Click here to learn about the books that are available for purchase and for the order form. Mr. Korman will sign all books! As always, parents welcome!

Coming soon! The beloved author and illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, Jon Agee, will be visiting TK and K, as well as Grades 1 and 2, on Thursday, November 1 st at 1:30 pm. Stay tuned for more information….
Halloween Day
The month of October brings Halloween fun! Students will be allowed to wear their Halloween costumes to school on Wednesday, October 31 st Our Annual Halloween Parade will begin at 11:00am, in the courtyard, and school will be dismissed at 12:00pm. There will be NO CARPOOL on Halloween. Please pick up your child/children directly from their classroom.  Kids Konnection will be not be available after school.

Please remember to take into consideration the ages of our student body. Costumes should not be too scary, gross, or violent. It is common for children to decide on a group costume or costume theme, and it is important that they are inclusive to all who would like to join. 

Please remember that on Thursday, November 1st school will start at 8:50am due to All Saints Day Mass . Mass will be at 9:10am. All students are to be dressed in full Mass attire.
Scrip News...
We are more than halfway through October and just starting to feel the change of seasons and the beginning of the holidays. Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun and uplifting when you shop for the latest trends at Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Crate & Barrel, and Home Goods. While you are shifting gears into Autumn, pack your summer treasures away in those smart containers from The Container Store.

Also, did you know that we collect donations for the Soup Kitchen on the Scrip form? Since the holidays are coming, please consider giving to the Soup Kitchen. A small donation of $5 added to your Scrip order can help feed 1000 at the Contra Costa Loaves and Fishes Kitchens. 

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.
Yearbook Request
Have an old iPhone you are interested in donating?  The Middle School Yearbook Enrichment Class is looking for old iPhones ( version 7 or newer ) to use for school yearbook photography. Please drop them by the office if you have one you would like to donate. We can help swipe them clean for you if you don't have the time to do so.
Volunteer Opportunities
School Sponsorships
The Brown Family