September 18, 2018 Weekly Newsletter #6
Principal's Message
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
Dear Families,

This weekend is filled with many opportunities to come together as a community. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fun Fair this Saturday and the Family Mass on Sunday. The 7th and 8th graders will lead us in Family Mass at 9:00am.

Parent Education Night : Here at SPN, we offer at least two Parent Ed Nights per school year. Topics presented vary and may cover difficult topics in relation to children's physical and mental health. Tonight's topic is about Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention presented by Being Adept. Children are exposed to drugs and alcohol at such an early age. They see it on TV, social media, or public events. Drug and alcohol use and experimentation is prevalent among our youth of today. As parents, we need to learn how to help and educate our children regarding issues they face in today's world. There will be a panel of teens for Q&A tonight. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Fun Fair: Volunteers are still needed for the Pasta Dinner from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Please contact chairperson Elizabeth Ferrell at as soon as possible. Donations for the prize booth may be dropped off in the parish or school office by Friday afternoon. Come to SPN for a day of fun, food, and games.

LiveScan Fingerprinting: LiveScan services will be available at the Fun Fair from 11:30am to 1:30pm in the faculty room. You may sign-up here for available time slots.

Safety Patrol: Our 6th grade safety patrol officer's main responsibility is to direct traffic during morning drop-off and assist the passengers as they exit the vehicle. Please do not ask the Safety Patrol officers to unbuckle your child from the carseat, get your child's backpack from the trunk or back seat and carry their backpacks to the gate or yard. If you feel that your child needs assistance, please park elsewhere and walk your child into the school yard.

Berkeley Chess: The Berkeley Chess after-school program starts this Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. This program is available to students in grades 1-8. Click here for more information.

Caritas:  The 8th grade is off next week to Caritas. The class will spend a week at Caritas Creek in Occidental and experience team building, outdoor education, and spiritual growth. This is a very special time for our 8th grade and we wish them a safe, fun and spiritual journey.
Cell Phones: Parents, are you thinking about getting your child a cell phone? Read this article How to Make the Cell Phone Decision.

High School News: In today's 8th grade family envelopes are fliers from Bishop O'Dowd High School and SJND. The high schools have provided information regarding application process, HSPT, timeline, Open House and campus. Application portals are now open.

See you all this weekend!

Jessica Murray
Classroom Fun!
Sept 18 - Parent Ed Night TONIGHT @ 7PM
Sept 22 - Parish Fun Fair, 10am-4pm
Sept 23 - 9:00am Family Mass
Sept 24-28 - 8th Grade Caritas
Sept 28 - No School for Students/Staff Development Day
High School News
Bishop O'Dowd High School

Apply here. Courtesy deadline Dec. 11; final deadline Jan. 8

HSPT 8th Grade Practice Workshop
Saturday, December 1st, 2018, 9:00 – 3:00 p.m. (8th Grade Students Only).

HSPT Exam - Jan. 12

Apply here. Early bird deadline Dec. 7;final deadline Jan. 8

HSPT Jan 12
Parent Resources
Growth Mindset
Sometimes my students (and my own children) tell me they are not good at something, like reading, talking to a group, or catching pop flies. “You’re not good at it yet,” is my response. “What steps could you take to improve?” Continue reading here....

Siblings and Screentime
Last night one of my good friends came over with his kids. We were visiting when he turned to my son and said, “Don’t take for granted your relationship with your sister.” I asked him where this heartfelt advice came from. He said something we were talking about reminded him of the time years ago he and his older brother had a falling out. “My brother told my parents something I didn’t want them to know,” he said. ”I remember my brother getting real joy seeing me get in trouble. We haven’t been close since then.” Read more here...
What if what you experience in four hours could change your child’s entire experience of school?
Julia Morgan School for Girls  in partnership with  SOS4Students  is offering a half-day conference for parents of 4th through 9th graders that will provide you with the tools you need to help your children successfully transition from childhood to young adulthood. By the end of the workshop, you will have new information and insights that will equip you to help your children thrive both personally and academically as they enter their middle school and high school years.  
Common Sense's Research Reveals Everything You Need to Know About Teens' Use of Social Media in 2018
Upcoming Events
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Blessing of the Animals
Thursday, October 4
8:00am Prayer Service in the school yard

Bring your pets (or small stuffed animals) for blessing. All pets must be kept in crates or leash. Pets go home after the prayer service.
Blessing of Animals
Parent-Teacher-Student Conference
October 10, 11, 12 Noon Dismissal Days