September 25, 2018 Weekly Newsletter #7
Principal's Message
“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Dear Families,

Our 8th grade arrived safely at Caritas and are with students from Saint Paul, Saint Raymond, and Saint Vincent de Paul (San Francisco). I hear from our counselors that everyone is having a great time and embracing the Caritas experience.

Fun Fair: It was wonderful to see so many families at the Fun Fair. What a great day! Thank you to chairperson Elizabeth Ferrel for a fantastic job organizing such a huge undertaking. Pease see pictures and Elizabeth's message below.
Class Representatives: We congratulate the new class representatives as members of our Student Leadership Council:

1st Grade: Oliver Johnson and Sophia Giles
2nd Grade: Chiara Losk and Liam Ogdie
3rd Grade: Kurt Liu and Fiona Hernandez
4th Grade: Melina Ahrens and Albert Talaoloa
5th Grade: Araliya Wanigatunga and Joshua Hankerson
6th Grade: Kathryn Gille
7th Grade: Stella McGinty
8th Grade: John Seaborn 
TK Garden Day: What a fantastic turn out to the TK Garden Workday. We had a glorious day together and cleaned up the garden in the process. Thank you!
Progress Reports: Every student will receive a progress report on October 5th. Parents, please sign and return the progress report to your child's teacher. The PowerSchool Parent Portal for Middle school families will be available on October 5th. All 6th graders and new middle school students will be given instructions on how to access PowerSchool and how to print your student’s progress report. Please print the progress report and bring it with you to the Student/Parent/Teacher conferences. If you have PowerSchool questions, please contact Mrs. Keast.

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences: This week, teachers will send home your scheduled time for conferences. Student/Parent/Teacher conferences take place on October 10, 11, 12. It is very important you are on time to your scheduled conference as each conference is only 15 minutes.

No School Friday: This Friday is a teacher professional development day and there is no school or Share and Care. The faculty and staff will be working on the new Diocesan religion standards and Catechetical practices.

Spartan Wear: The athletic board is now accepting orders for Spartan wear. Students are allowed to wear the Spartan sweatshirt on Fridays only. Download the order form here or a printed copy is also provided in today's family envelope.

Dine and Donate: Mark your calendars! PTG's first Dine and Donate event will be on Wednesday, October 17 at MOD Pizza in Alameda South Shore. See the flier for more details.

6th Grade Service Project: The 6th graders will kick-off their service project on October 1st. Partnering with Saint Vincent de Paul of Alameda County, they will be collecting new bath towels. More information will be provided next week.

Growth Mindset: Here's a great article on how to nurture a growth mindset at home and school -

Peace and blessings for a wonderful week.

Jessica Murray
Caritas Photos
Fun Fair 2018
Message from Fun Fair Chairperson

I would like to express my Thanks and gratitude to all the contributing Hands that helped make the 2018 SPN-SA Fun Fair a huge success. I hope that all who attended had a great time. Thank you to the Saint Philip Neri Community of parents, students, room parents, Ms. Keast, Mr. Carter and Ms. Weichhart, school staff, parishioners, sponsors and all those who took the time to volunteer and contribute in so many ways from baked goods, canopies/tents, toy donations and most importantly of your TIME.  It is all appreciated. A special Thanks to Darlene and Martin Franco and Family for their help shopping, donating food, and their help on Saturday.  Peter Ohno for returning to SPN to run the Liquid Poker booth.  To Pat Russi for saving the day and brining in tents at the last minute. The music ministry for the great entertainment. To Katie Sacco for stepping up to decorate for the event. Jesus Romero for running the Cake Walk booth. Anne Neunsinger for letting us borrow the Fishing Tent. Grace Hoffman for her endless work with the Filipino Food Booth. The Knights of Columbus for their help at the BBQ booth and the pasta dinner. Ken and Peggy Dorrance for all their work at the Beer Garden and the fabulous spaghetti dinner. The Boy Scout Troop 78 and their leaders, Tim Wilhelm, Carlos Olson, Rick Jones for their assistance setting up, taking down and working the Cotton Candy booth; The Parish staff, Margaret, Jenny, Joanne, Jane and Virginia for all their help, support and assistance. Father Robert, Father Anthony and Ms. Murray for their help and support. To my brother and sister-in-law, John and Anne Ferrel for volunteering their time on Saturday to provide an extra set of hands. To Mr. Miguel and Alberto for their assistance.  To my brother-in-laws, Steve and George Manos for their early morning assistance. To my husband, Harry Manos and my daughter, Mary for all of their support and immeasurable "behind the scenes" help. 

I was amazed and inspired to see how many people stepped in to help wherever there was a need. It was definitely a huge group effort and could only be possible with all of your help and generosity.  

With my Utmost Gratitude,
Elizabeth Ferrel
2018 SPN-SA Fun Fair Chairperson

Fun Fair 2018
Fun Fair 2018
Fun Fair 2018
Sept 24-28 - 8th Grade Caritas
Sept 28 - No School for Students/Staff Development Day/No Share & Care
Oct 4 - Feast of St.Francis of Assissi/Blessing of the Animals
Oct 5 - Noon Dismissal
Oct 8 - Columbus Day/No School
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
Admissions Events
Come play in TK K
Upcoming Events
Dine and Donate
High School News
Bishop O'Dowd High School
Open House - Nov 4, 12:30pm-3:30pm

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 Register online here.
Open House - Oct 21, 3pm-5:30pm

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

HSPT Exam - Jan 12 Register online here.
Parent Resources
Treating ADHD & Related Conditions
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.  
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