St. Isidore School Newsletter-August 22, 2018-
Walking Together in Faith
Hospitality - St. Isidore the Farmer - Volunteer Week A
Dear St. Isidore Families,

Welcome back!  Our campus was electrified with such energy and excitement for our first day yesterday. Surprisingly, there weren’t many tears—from students or parents!

We have been busy this summer with updating our campus and continuing our education to better serve our students. Many of our teachers take time during the summer to participate in classes to improve their instructional practices, and I am truly grateful for this. We have a fabulous faculty and staff.

Last week, all school faculty members throughout the Oakland Diocese met at the Cathedral of Christ the Light. We began the day with mass with Fr. John Casper as the homilist and ended with a pep talk from our superintendent, Kathleen Radecke.  Fr. Casper began with Five Things We Cannot Change. This was definitely a subject that left us pondering.
Over the next few weeks, I will present a portion of what was discussed during Fr. Casper’s homily and how it applies to the St. Isidore School community. The first thing we cannot change is: Things don’t always go according to plan. We’ve seen firsthand that this is true, as the Welcome Coffee did not go as planned. No matter how hard we try, things do not always turn out as expected. I apologize for the lack of coffee and treats as is customary. However, I do think things happen for a reason. It was great to see so many families hanging around and welcoming each other back to school regardless. Thank you for your understanding.

We Are St. Isidore School : If you haven’t seen the videos on our website, please click here to watch and let us know what you think.  We are so excited to share these with the community. Feel free to post them on your Facebook or Twitter feeds, as our school families are our best advertising.

Volunteer Meeting Canceled:  The volunteer meeting, scheduled this week, has been canceled. Please look for volunteer information and sign-off sheet requirements in the family envelope next week.

Back to School Social :  Our Back to School Social is this Friday, August 24th, from 5 to 8pm, on the field behind the church parking lot. Food trucks will serve dinner and desserts, so please stop by for a bite, even if you have other activities to attend.  Register Here!

Back to School Nights:   Grades TK–5 will have Back to School Night next Tuesday, August 28, while grades 6–8 will meet on Thursday, August 30. The evenings will consist of a group meeting in the church. Afterward, there will be two classroom sessions for grades TK­–5.  Middle school parents will meet in your child’s homeroom, and the teachers will rotate through. Both evenings will end by 8 pm. We look forward to sharing all of the improvements we have made this summer.

Lunch Room Info: If you are bringing in lunch for your child, please follow the rules listed in the parent student handbook, page 11 . There will be a cart, in the front office, where you can drop your child's lunch. It will be brought over for lunchtime. Therefore, no parent should be on campus without checking in the office and getting a visitor's badge.

CYO: Basketball Registration, for grades 3-8, is still open and will end on August 28th. Please click here for more info.

Have a great rest of your week!


Maria Ward
Important Dates
  • Friday, August 24th - First All School Mass, 8:10am & Back to School Social, 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tuesday, August 28th - TK - 5 Back to School Night, 6pm (parents only)
  • Thursday, August 30th - Gr. 6 - 8 Back to School Night, 6pm (parents only)
  • Friday, August 31st - 12pm Dismissal
  • Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day, No School
  • Wednesday, September 5th - Lifetouch School Fall Photos
  • Thursday, September 6th - August/September Birthdays Free Dress
  • Friday, September 7th - Family Bingo Night, Time TBD
  • Thursday, September 13th - Challenge Success Parent Education Night, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Please pray for all those who are suffering from illnesses, espeically the Vitzthum Family's uncle, Brad Goforth and Rita Edwards. Please pray for Teresa Bowes, who recently started a five week radiation treatment plan. Lastly, please pray for the Coutches family, as they mourn the loss of Susan Sibilla.
Did You Know?
SIS Alum love St. Isidore School! We have multiple faculty & staff who are SIS Alum. 1st Grade: Miss Alex Devine, 2nd Gr: Miss Charlotte Novak, 4th Grade: Miss Julie Johnson, 5th Grade: Miss Katie Lettire, Middle School Math: Mr. Brett Miller, Middle School Science: Mr. Ashton Roman, Technology/7th Gr HR: Miss Juliana Joseph, Elementary Science: Mrs. Teresa Bowes, and Admissions Director: Mrs. Jill Tripaldi.
Counselor's Corner
Top Ten Back-to-School Tips to Help Your Child Thrive
  1. Ask your child: “How was your day? Learn anything interesting? Get to spend time with friends?” instead of “How did you do on the math test?”
  2. Resist the urge to correct the errors in your child’s homework. It’s your child’s work, not yours. 
  3. Work done with integrity is more important than an A. Pressure to achieve only high grades can make students resort to cheating.
  4. Make time for PDF: playtime, downtime, family time. Research shows PDF is critical for overall well-being.
  5. Create a technology-free environment during mealtimes. Every adult and child can benefit from a break from constant interruptions and distractions.
  6. Collaborate with your child’s teachers. Assume best intentions and work together to solve problems.
  7. Fight the temptation to bring your child’s forgotten homework to school. Kids gain resilience by learning from small failures.
  8. An extra hour of sleep is more valuable than an extra hour of studying. Research shows sleep deprivation can be associated with depression and anxiety. 
  9. When your child wants to talk with you, stop what you are doing and engage. Does “I hate school” really mean something else: “I am being bullied” or “I don’t fit in?” 
  10. Help your child develop his or her interests and strengths. Discover what your child really loves to do outside of school, not what you think a college admissions officer would like to see on an application.
SIS Classic
Mark your calendars! Our SIS Golf Classic will be held September 17, 2018 at Diablo Country Club . Tickets will be on sale soon. Please click here for more info. Click here to sign up to volunteer for this event!
Give Back
Welcome Back! Bishops Cuts | Color Danville opens this  Saturday, August 25th  and is offering St. Isidore families 20% off all services through  September 30th ! Mention St. Isidore at check in and 10% will go back to our school.  Bishops is a walk in salon open 7 days a week offering cuts/color/shaves to Men|Women & Children.  Click here for flyer.
Drama Program
The jungle is jumpin' with jazzy beats in Disney's The Jungle Book. Don't miss the exciting chance to bring this story to the stage! TK-3rd, classes start NEXT WEEK! Mondays, August 27 - November 28, 1:50-3:30pm, Gr.1st-3rd: 1:50-5:00pm.
Battles, mystical creatures and the wrath of the gods- the epic tale of Odysseus' 10-year struggle to return home after the Trojan War to his wife and son. Don't miss the exciting chance to bring this story to the stage! Grades 4-8th Classes start September 17! Mondays, September-December,1:50-5:00pm

To register online, please click here .
For more information, please click here for the flyer.
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2018-2019 school year. More information and forms can be found here on our school website or below.

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
Nurse's Note
2018/19 7th Graders TDAP Immunizations
Tdap Booster for incoming 2018/19 7th grade students are due before the start of school. Please be sure to have your child's immunizations updated. Many students have already received this immunization, but have not turned them in to the school health office. Please be aware per Diocesan Policy all 7th grade students MUST have the Tdap Booster Immunizations by Friday, August 31st.

ALL TK/K & NEW STUDENTS: All IMMUNIZATIONS, PHYSICAL EXAM W/IN 1 YEAR, PROOF OF TB TEST/SCREENING are now past due. Please bring all documents to the front office as ASAP.
Communications Corner
TextZone and MySchoolAnywhere
We will continue to use TextZone and MySchoolAnywhere. More information on how to sign up and/or update your accounts will be available soon!
Uniform Information
Items from the Uniform Exchange are available during the year at no cost. Click  here to see the current list of items in inventory. This list can also be found on our school website , Student Life > Uniform/Dress Code. Please contact Sally Swarts Daly, , to requests items from the Uniform Exchange Inventory or to inquiry if your donations are currently needed.
Welcome Back to School St. Isidore!!! We hope you had a fun filled and relaxing summer. We will be starting Scrip Thursdays tomorrow! Your Scrip Team will be ready and waiting to fill your orders, just remember to completely fill out your green  Scrip Order Form , attach a check, and return it with your students on Thursday morning. 

For those new families who are unfamiliar with our Scrip program, Scrip is the easiest way to raise money for the school while providing convenience to our families on every day shopping needs. Look over the green Scrip Order Form and see how many places you can use Scrip. Use Scrip at Lunardis and Whole Foods for your grocery runs, buy Arco or Chevron for your teen drivers, or pickup a Starbucks, Norm's, or Target card for gift giving. The possibilities are endless! Click h ere for more information. Start the school year right with plenty of grocery, gas and coffee Scrip to get through the week!
Volunteer Opportunities
School Sponsorships