Oct. 16, 2018
Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center Breaks New Ground

Lisa Hofmann Morgan, Jean Hofmann, Bonnie Cotter, John D'Amico, Sasha Williams, Kevin Cushing

On October 11, we celebrated the beginning of construction of the J ean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center! The new building on our campus will blend creativity and technology to give students a unique and powerful education to prepare them for college and career. 

The Hofmann Family Foundation and Lisa Hofmann Morgan presented President Bonnie Cotter with a $15 million grant for endowed, needs-based scholarships and as the lead gift for the new building, "where young women can stretch their minds and build their ingenuity and creativity. It is, indeed, Carondelet's time to shine," said Lisa Hofmann Morgan.

Read the  full story and check out the  photo gallery
Upcoming Events & Special Schedules
(be sure to check Carondelet's online calendar for updates and full information)

Tuesday, Oct. 16 Periods 0-7

Corazon Retreat

Washington D.C. Trip Parent Meeting: 6:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, Oct. 17
8:50 a.m. Start

Junior Ring Practice 8:00 a.m.

Parent Association Board Mtg. 6:30 p.m
Thursday, Oct. 18
8:05 a.m. Start

Class Meetings - 9:25 - 10:10 a.m.

Shalom Retreat
Friday, Oct. 19 Periods 0-7

Parents Coffee with College Counselors - 7:30 a.m.

Shalom Retreat
Sunday, Oct. 21  Junior Ring Ceremony - 12:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct 22  Periods 0-7
Tuesday, Oct. 23 Periods 0-7

Corazon Retreat

Wednesday, Oct. 24 8:50 a.m. Start
Thursday, Oct. 25  8:05 a.m. Start

Sr. Clare Dunn Forum 9:25 - 10:45 a.m.

Frosh Advisory - 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. (Afternoon X-Block)
Unlimited Potential:
Teaching Your Daughter Math 

Math Department teachers  Lesley Schooler,  Kristina Levesque, and Mary Beth Dittrich presented at  The Taste of TMC Conference. This conference was inspired by the Twitter Math Camp and included math teachers from the entire Bay Area and was held at the Seven Hills School. 

Instead of every student moving at the same pace in Algebra 1, their presentation focused on a more flexible model used at Carondelet. One that allows each student to move at her own pace, receive real-time feedback, meet personal goals, and challenge herself to go beyond standard expectations. 

"Students in our Algebra 1 class have the potential to finish the course in less than a year and move into Geometry while others can take the time necessary to develop a strong foundation in Algebra 1 before moving into Geometry," says Dept. Chair Lesley Schooler.  

Lesley, Mary Beth, and Kristina's work will be presented at the California Mathematics Council Regional Conference and the NCEA National Conference. 
Your help for Visions of Christmas

Visions of Christmas is Carondelet's largest fundraising event of the year! We entertain approximately 2,500 guests during five festive events. Over 600 volunteers are needed and we graciously need your help. Below are ways you can participate:

Our Newly Updated Sponsorship Opportunities - Supporting this cherished event is an opportunity to partner with Carondelet in our pursuit of educational excellence. To become a sponsor, click here to Select Sponsorship Level to see the ways you can contribute. Thank you!

Gift Donations - These items benefit the Silent Auction. Please visit our gift registries at AmazonCrate & Barrel, Macy's and Target . If you would like to donate items for the silent auction outside of registries, please contact Jamie Frick at jfrick@carondeleths.org  

Volunteer - Looking to get involved? We are looking for volunteer coordinators to assist with logistics the day of the event and silent auction gift basket assemblers. Sign up through CERVIS or contact Lauren Seeno Barbano at 925.686.5353 x173.

Freshman families - Please remember freshmen families are required to participate in Visions of Christmas with a minimum of eight hours of service or through a gift-in-kind donation. Please click here for specifics.  We truly appreciate all you do.

Ticket Sales - Registration begins October 23 at 10 a.m. Look for information in upcoming ENews and the Visions webpage

For more information, contact  Lauren Seeno Barbano .

Emergency text message TEST - Thur. Oct. 18

In the event of a school-wide emergency or school closure, Carondelet has the capability to alert parents and guardians via email, phone call, and  text messaging through SchoolMessenger, an emergency text system.

On Thursday, October 18 at 11:15 a.m., Carondelet will send a test emergency text message using SchoolMessenger . The message will be sent from 675-87. You do not need to respond to the test text message.

In order to receive text messages from Carondelet in emergency situations, you must opt-in. 78% of all parents and guardians have already opted-in. If you have yet to opt-in or you are unsure of your opt-in status, please text the letter Y to 67587.

In an emergency, text can be the quickest way to communicate up-to-date information. We hope we never need this service, but having an emergency text system in place allows us to keep you informed . Thank you in advance for opting-in to this important service and please don't hesitate to reach out  with any questions to Caitlin Main, Dean of Students.
Junior Ring Ceremony - Oct. 21

Juniors and Junior families, please join us as we celebrate our Junior Ring Ceremony to honor the Class of 2020.

Sunday, October 21, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Garaventa Center

Please stay after the ceremony for photos, desserts, and refreshments!
STEM Trip to Switzerland & Germany
Student / Parent Meeting - Oct. 24

Our student/parent meeting for the STEM Trip to Switzerland and Germany takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. in room 8.  This meeting is for all registered participants as well as anyone interested in joining us in March 2019.
Sr. Clare Dunn Political Forum - Oct. 25
Prison: To Punish or to Reform

Join us for the biannual Sr. Clare Dunn Political Forum. This year's topic, Prison: To Punish or to Reform, serves to educate students and enhance the civil discourse on an important national issue.  Four expert panelists speaking from different backgrounds will share diverse perspectives on America's criminal justice system. Look for more on this riveting forum and its engaging dialogue with  Vikrant Reddy,  Senior Research Fellow at the  Charles Koch Institute; Dr. Nikki Jones, African American Studies, UC Berkeley; Mark Drevno, Jails to Jobs, and Danny Thongsy.  
Jefferson Award Nominations - Oct. 26

The Jefferson Awards' Students in Action Program seeks to empower students to think big, choose their own public service passion, engage their entire school and broader communities, and create maximum impact.

Through celebration, Jefferson Awards inspire action with the hope that people will create positive change with their communities and the world. 

Nominate any Carondelet student, parent, teacher, or staff member who demonstrates extra-ordinary service.  The nominee may qualify in one of two ways.

1. Continuous Service Award
The nominee has given and extra-ordinary amount of time to community service.

2. The Special Projects Award
The nominee created a service opportunity to fulfill a neglected need in the community and fulfill that need. 

Nominations are due by Friday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. 

To nominate a Carondelet Community Member, click nominate.  

For questions, please contact Ms. Natalie Terry at nterry@carondeleths.org or 925-686-5353 ext 141. 
Invite your friends to Open House - Sun. Nov. 4

Open House is the best way for future families to  feel the excitement and get a sense of The Sisterhood! After a rally in the gym, stroll around campus for classroom visits with our caring, brilliant teachers, talk with our bright student leaders, and visit with talented staff and administration. 

Please encourage families of 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls to visit our Open House on Sunday, November 4 from 2-4 p.m.

More info and RSVP here
College and Career Updates: Week of Oct. 15

Our Calendar is now online!
We update our online College and Career calendar  regularly with college events happening on-campus and throughout the Bay Area, like the upcoming NACAC and Performing Arts College Fair and the Coast-to-Coast College Consortium information session. We post annual parent information nights and in-class student programs too. Bookmark our calendar and stay in the know.

Career Exploration Lunchtime Speaker Series: Business - Wed. Oct. 17
College and Career kicks-off our Career Exploration Lunchtime Series on Wednesday, Oct. 17.  Alumnae Chelsea Russell Spenser '09 will share her experiences in business and finance.  Students from all grades are encouraged to bring their lunch and their questions for this wonderful opportunity.  

Parents Coffee with the College Counselors - Fri. Oct. 19
The College Counselors invite parents to stop by the College & Career Center on Friday, Oct. 19 between 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. for coffee and an informal chat. Meet our college counselors and get your questions answered. 

FAFSA Workshop - Wed. Oct. 24  
Seniors and their parents are invited to attend this step-by-step workshop to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carondelet Library. 

Basketball Open Gym and Optional Weight Training

No open gym this week. Please stay tuned for optional off-season weight training information.

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 and keep your message confidential.

Standard pricing is now in effect.  Order your family ad here
Parent Volunteer opportunities

Parents interested in volunteering in the Carondelet Student Store should contact Kathleen Henggeler at khenggeler@carondeleths.org. All store volunteer time counts towards PIP Hour Requirements.

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