Oct. 30, 2018

The Día de Los Muertos altar is gracing our Inner Court once again! This Mexican celebration honoring deceased family and friends is an ancient, mystical tradition mixing indigenous rituals and Catholicism. Thank you to the Latin@s Unid@s club for sharing this poignant cultural hallmark with us.
Upcoming Events & Special Schedules
(be sure to check Carondelet's online calendar for updates and full information)

Tuesday, Oct. 30
  • Periods 0-7
  • Corazon Retreat
Monday, Nov. 5
  • Periods 0-7
  • Ven a Ver DC
Wednesday, Oct. 31
  • 8:50 a.m. Start
  • Volleyball Playoffs
    7:00 p.m. at Bishop O'Dowd
  • Ven a Var Salinas 
Tuesday, Nov. 6
  • Periods 0-7
  • Corazon Retreat
Thursday, Nov. 1
  • 8:05 a.m. Start 
  • View Special Schedule
  • All Saints Day Liturgy          
    9:25 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Water Polo Playoffs
    5:15 p.m. at Miramonte
  • Ven a Ver Salinas
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Friday, Nov. 2

  • Ven a Ver Salinas
  • Ven a Ver DC

  • Thursday, Nov. 8
    • 8:05 a.m. Start
    • View Special Schedule
    • Veterans' Day Prayer:            
       10:10 a.m.
    • CSJ National Conference
    Sunday, Nov. 4
    • Open House
      2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
    • Ven a Ver DC
    Friday, Nov. 9

    Sr. Clare Dunn Forum: 
    "Prison: To Punish or To Reform?"

    Last Thursday, we hosted our biennial Sr. Clare Dunn Forum. Every two years we hold the event where we welcome experts to speak from different points of view on a particular topic with the goal of engaging in thoughtful political discussion and fostering a desire to make positive and meaningful change surrounding an important issue. This year's topic was "Prison: To Punish or To Reform" and tackled the realities and statistics surrounding the American prison system.

    One of the student moderators who planned the event , Isis Tolson '19 , mentioned the need for students to receive "a comprehensive understanding ...and bring important statistics and relevant data" into the conversation if we want "to have students get involved" in political change. See the full photo gallery.

    Social Studies teacher Kristy Schow chaired this year's Forum and believes young women have a place in political life and the Sister Clare Dunn Forum, she said, "allows our students to engage in thoughtful political discussion. It also helps them reflect on their own political viewpoints and how they can best get involved in their school, community, or country to make positive and meaningful change surrounding an important issue."  After they leave high school, she wants them to build on their confidence and, as Kristy encourages, "own who you are and chase your ambitions."  

    Sasha Williams to Speak in Nation's Capital

    Sasha Williams '19 will step in front give a speech at the Ignation Family Teach-In on Saturday, November 3 in Washington D.C. The Ignation Family Teach-In  is an annual gathering where young people from around the country  come together in the context of social justice and solidarity to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate together.
    Sasha's speech, "Justice for Nia: S he Could Have Been One of Us"  is about her experience of growing up as a young black woman in the Bay Area and how the murder of Nia Wilson galvanized her energy to work to ensure that young women of color are respected and protected in our communities. Students will hear a bit of the speech at Thursday's All Saint's Day liturgy.

    Good luck to Sasha and all of our students going to Ven-a-Ver D.C at the end of this week!
    Volleyball Advances to NCS Semifinals! 

    The Cougars Varsity Volleyball Team will meet Bishop O'Dowd on Wednesday, October 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the semifinals of the NCS Playoffs. Carondelet advances after a strong Saturday night sweep against American. The Cougars look to continue their post-season run against the 28-6 Dragons. Support our Cougars and join us on Wednesday night at Bishop O'Dowd HS!
    Water Polo Begins NCS Playoffs

    The Cougars Varsity Water Polo Team was selected into the Open Division of the NCS Playoffs and will take on Miramonte on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in their opening round playoff match. Root on the Cougars at Miramonte High School ! 
    Halloween Costume Guidelines

    Halloween is a great tradition at Carondelet! ASB will host a costume contest at lunch in The Amp on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Prizes will be given for the following categories: Best Pair, Best Group, Most Creative, Best Faculty/Staff, and Scariest! 

    Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your costume is school appropriate.

    The Carondelet dress code applies to all costumes.
    • Skirts & shorts must be mid-thigh or longer.
    • Shoes must be closed-toed and closed-heeled.
    • Shirts must cover the shoulders and the midriff.
    • Full-face paint and props resembling weapons are not allowed.

    Other Costume Details: 

    Full-face masks may only be worn during the Costume Contest at lunch. 

    Hair paint and make-up must be applied at home prior to arriving at school. 

    Any inflatable or large-scale costumes must be taken off during class.
    Dress Uniform Thursday: All Saints Day Liturgy

    All students must be in Dress Uniform for Thursday's All Saints Day Liturgy. You may wear a ny school uniform bottom (skirt w/ black tights or pants), w hite polo shirt AND navy sweater,  Black Shoes (Converse, vans, sneakers w/ white soles are all ok). 

    Please note that black tights are required with the uniform skirt.
    Classes begin at 8:05 a.m. on Thursday. View the special schedule here.
    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
    Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning - Nov. 7

    Carondelet students and parents are invited to attend the presentation of Happy,
    Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning by bestselling author Harlan
    Cohen on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the DLS Theater. Read more.
    NLI Signing Day - Nov. 14

    On Wednesday, November 14, Carondelet Athletics will be hosting a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony. All families are invited to attend and all student-athletes are encouraged to join us as we celebrate student-athletes who will be pursuing their athletic, academic, and personal goals at the intercollegiate level.

    Wed. Nov. 14
    11:50 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Carondelet Gym 
    Your help for Visions of Christmas

    Ticket Sales -  Registration is now open! Go to the Visions webpage link to register.

    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.

    For more information, contact  Lauren Seeno Barbano .

    College and Career Updates

    Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning November 7 
    Join author, public speaker, and national advice columnist, Harlan Cohen on November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the DLS Theater. He will share his fresh approach to the college search and selection that gives students control over the process and reduces stress. 

    Junior Road to College Night, Part 1 November 14
    7:00 p.m.  |  Garaventa Center
    What are the five essential things you need to do to prepare for college during junior year? Join us on November 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Garaventa Center. Junior students and parents are encouraged to attend this evening program to find out. Part 2 of this series will be held on May 1.

    Our Calendar is now online!
    We update our online  College and Career calendar  every week 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. Check out the calendar here

    Fall Uniform Sale begins Saturday

    Parents, get discounted prices on Mills Uniform apparel during the Fall Sale! 

    November 3 - 17
    10% off all in-stock items
    25% (or more) off Clearance items 
    $5 shipping on orders of at least $100  during the sale

    Offers online and in-store.

    Mark your calendar for the sale in Early November!
    Sports Announcements

    All SportsWare related inquiries and clearance for tryout and participation should be directed to Head Athletic Trainer Emily Silva at  esilvs@carondeleths.org
    Basketball Open Gym and Optional Weight Training

    Optional Weight Training Mondays and Fridays 
    Dates: October 22 to November 16
    Location: Power Endurance, 408 Sunrise Dr., Martinez

    All medical forms must be completed through SportsWare

    Basketball Tryouts!

    Medical Forms 
    Medical Forms must be completed by Fri. Oct. 27 in order to participate in tryouts. Select the  SportsWare link and complete the necessary forms. Thank you!

    For questions, contact Emily Silva at esilva@carondeleths.org
    Basketball Tryouts for Freshman, JV, and Varsity

    Tuesday October 30
    Frosh/JV 3-5 p.m.
    Varsity 7-9 p.m.

    Wednesday, October 31
    Frosh/JV 3-5 p.m.




    Contact coaches if you need for more information. 

    Soccer Tryouts!

    Medical Forms 
    Medical Forms must be completed by Friday, Oct. 27 in order to participate in Tryouts. Select the  SportsWare link and complete the necessary forms. Thank you!

    For questions, contact Emily Silva at esilva@carondeleths.org
    Soccer Tryouts for Freshman, JV, and Varsity

    Tuesday, October 30

    ALL Athletes Trying Out for Varsity, JV & Frosh 

    3.30-5pm @ CAC

    Varsity callbacks posted online here (if a player does not get called back for Varsity, the player is still eligible to tryout for JV and Frosh Teams).


    Wednesday, October 31

    ALL Athletes Trying Out for Varsity, JV & Frosh

    3.30-5pm @ CAC

    Varsity call backs will be posted online (if you do not get called back for Varsity you are still eligible to tryout for JV and Frosh Teams)


    Thursday, November 1

    ALL Athletes Trying Out for Varsity, JV & Frosh

    3.30-5pm @ CAC

    Varsity Roster Set & will be posted online (with the exception of those Fall Athletes still in Season)


    Friday, November 2

    JV & Frosh Only

    3.30-5pm @ CAC

    JV & Frosh Rosters Set & will be posted online (with the exception of those Fall Athletes still in Season)

    Varsity Day Off!

    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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