August 28, 2018

Sea ya later, summer! We "waved" hello to the school year with the Welcome Back dances and Welcome Back rally last week!

Welcome Back Dance photo gallery
Welcome Rally video

Dress uniform this Thursday

This Thursday, August 30, will be our first Dress Uniform day of the school year. Please review the uniform policy with your daughter to ensure that she is properly dressed for our Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Top: A white polo shirt, school sweater or school sweater vest.
Bottom: Uniform Skirt (worn with black solid tights) or uniform pants. 
Schedule change procedure

Requests to change class schedules are accepted during the first three weeks of the school year. All schedule change requests must be submitted online, not in-person. No schedule change requests for "teacher change" will be accepted. Please follow the instructions and, if you wish to make a request, follow the steps online here.

Frosh Parents - Alpha Retreat 

Alpha Retreat, the overnight retreat for freshmen, is coming up next weekend beginning Friday, September 7 at 3 p.m. and running until Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  

If your daughter needs early dismissal from the retreat please read this letter from about steps you must take by this Thursday.

Senior College Meetings this week

College and Career is presenting mandatory application workshops for seniors this week. Parents of seniors, please remind your student to attend one of the workshops on either: 
  • Wednesday morning X-block, or 
  • Thursday afternoon X-block  
The meetings will be held in the Garaventa Center and attendance will be tracked. The college counselors will cover important information about letters of recommendation, transcripts, and college lists. 
College Rep visits this week and next

Did you know that over 100 colleges will be visiting Carondelet this fall? The college representatives who visit Carondelet are often the ones who read applications from Carondelet. 

The following colleges will have reps visiting our campus this week and next: Maryville, Seton Hall, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of the Pacific, Boston College, University of Notre Dame, and Carroll College.

Juniors and Seniors are invited to attend any college rep visit now and throughout the fall semester. Students can view the complete list of scheduled visits and sign up on Naviance. 
Yearbook Family Ads for seniors

Dear Families, help us produce the section most students immediately turn to - the family ad section. This is your opportunity to put in that adorable pictures of your daughter... or that hysterical photo you have threatened to show the world!

T hese messages are traditionally kept secret from your senior until the book is distributed in May. Please keep this tradition.

Take advantage of Early Bird prices through September 30 and order your family ad here
Attendance reminders

Now that the school year is underway, please take note of the following attendance reminders: 
  • If your daughter will be absent or late to school for any reason, please call Ms. Malisa at 925.686.5353 ext. 116 
  • Students arriving late or leaving early must check-in with Ms. Malisa in the Attendance Office.
  • Students returning to campus from a medical appointment must present a Doctor's note.
  • Students who will be missing three or more days of school must complete an Extended Absence Form from Ms. Malisa in the Attendance Office.
  • For more information regarding attendance, please refer to page 15 of the Student Handbook.
Back to School Night - Thursday, Sept. 6

Carondelet faculty and staff are looking forward to seeing you at Back to School Night next  Thursday, September 6 at 6:30 p.m.  We'll begin in the Garaventa Center then you'll visit each of your daughter's classes.

Traffic and parking can prove difficult immediately before the start of the evening, so please plan accordingly.

For full information and handouts, including your schedule for the night, head to the Back to School Night webpage
Explore STEM in Germany and Switzerland

Students are invited to explore STEM concepts with Mrs. Schooler '96 and Ms. Levesque '06 on a travel program to Germany and Switzerland in March of 2019!

Through this trip, students will gain an understanding of how the Alps were formed and see the effects of glaciation on the geography of the Alpine lands and the opportunities this has now provided for travel, leisure and tourism. We will learn about green technology and environmental advances by visiting Vauban - an innovative town that is a model of sustainability. Participants will also hear about the research, technology and production processes involved in the modern automobile industry.

Registration: $3,614 (price increases on Sept. 1)
View trip webpage
Community Service opportunities

Students may sign-up for the following service opportunities or to receive more information by going to the Campus Ministry Office or by filling out this online form.

Walnut Festival - The 82nd Walnut Festival will take place at Heather Farm Park from September 20-23. Join the volunteer team to serve at the Information Booth or the Kid Zone!

Tutoring at the Concord Library (Mondays 4-6pm)

Tech Support at the Walnut Creek Library (Various times throughout the year)

Tutoring at the Ygnacio Valley Library (Thursdays 3:30-5pm)
Your outstanding Summer stories

We've heard that many of our students have had outstanding experiences this summer- working, interning, volunteering, and doing other remarkable things. Please share them with us! Fill out this form to let us know and we'll be in touch!
MySchoolBucks accounts 

You can create a My School Bucks account in order to purchase food at the cafe run by Epicurean cafe in the Garaventa Center. Check out the how-to's in the  Getting Started Guide to help with the set up process. Please note, when enrolling in the My School Bucks program, you must use your child's Student ID# when adding a student to your account. You will not be able search for students by birthdate. Visit the Cafe webpage here.

If you have any questions please contact Katie Almonte at with any questions or concerns.
Incoming parent/guardian access to PowerSchool

All parents/guardians of incoming students should have received an email on July 17 about how to create a PowerSchool account. For our handy tip sheet, please click here. If you are having trouble logging in or need access to the email with instructions, please contact Katie Almonte ( 

Incoming students will receive access to PowerSchool and Schoology at their Tech Training next week.
Parent Volunteer opportunities

Parents interested in volunteering in the Carondelet Student Store should contact Kathleen Henggeler at All time volunteered in the Student Store count towards PIP Hour Requirements.

We need more than 600 volunteers throughout the week of Visions. Volunteering opportunities are already available for sign ups through CERVISOr, contact Lauren Seeno Barbano.
Subscribe to Our E-Newsletter

Would you like to add another email address to our E-Newsletter distribution list? If so, you can easily do this on your own by subscribing to our newsletter through this link

As a reminder, this will ONLY add you to our E-Newsletter distribution list, it will not update any of your information in PowerSchool. For PowerSchool updates, please contact Ms. Katie Almonte, Data Analyst.

Upcoming Events & Special Schedules
(be sure to check Carondelet's online calendar for updates and full information)

Thursday, Aug. 30 Mass of the Holy Spirit
View Schedule
Monday, Sept. 3 No School - Labor Day
Wednesday, Sept. 5 Parent Association Meeting 
6:30 p.m.
Faculty Lounge
Thursday, Sept. 6 Back to School Night
6:30 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 7 No School
Faculty/Staff Professional Day

Alpha Retreat (Frosh) 3:00 p.m.