This Sunday is Palm Sunday. Next week we celebrate the events of Easter through our Holy Week Reflection Day. These celebrations are most significant as the events of Easter are central to our Catholic Faith. It is therefore my hope that, this Easter, families find time to reflect and celebrate the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for us. The mystery of Easter is not just focused on the death of Jesus but, more importantly, on the Resurrection. The third and seventh grade students are preparing the Holy Week liturgy we will celebrate on Tuesday, April 15, at 8:30. We hope you will join us.
As the auction closes tonight, I want to thank all of our families and friends for their participation. The Fund-a-Need project identified this year is a very important one for the welfare of our children and this auction item will remain open, as this need has not been met. The need is to raise significant funds to replace the worn and damaged asphalt with a much-needed and improved safe playing surface for our children. Our live auction did not bring in the funds necessary to complete the project, so I am asking every parent to contribute, so we can move forward over the summer break. Your donations can be sent into the school office via the lockbox.
Don’t Miss a Chance for that Final Bid!
The St. Isabella Online Auction closes tonight at 9:00 pm PST
. We are well on our way to reaching our 2014 goal of $20,000 but to get there we need your help! Please place your bids -- there are some amazing items still available for bidding. Every bid helps support our cause.
Here is the direct link to our auction homepage
The Auction Committee
ALERT - Traffic Safety Concern:
A neighbor has informed us of a safety concern in the St. Isabella neighborhood. It is occurring about 7:45 – 8:00 am on school mornings at the intersection of Freitas Parkway and Las Pavadas. Cars need to be more aware of pedestrians in the cross walks. The neighbor has asked me to “please remind families to always put pedestrian safety above speed, and that the pedestrian who is already in a crosswalk should always be allowed to cross safely to the sidewalk before a car attempts to move through the intersection. Your school families are entering a neighborhood just like their own, where residents ought to feel safe to walk and ride bicycles on their streets. We must keep the safety of all children as a high priority.”
I ask that you be mindful when making U-turns and left hand turns at this intersection as well as all others in the St. Isabella School neighborhood. There are many schools in our area and we want to protect the safety of all children.
While on the parish and school grounds, please abide by traffic rules. Cars may not stop and or park in any red zones. If you do not wish to use the carline for drop off our pick-up, please park in the designated parking spaces by the church and walk onto the school grounds. Also, we are seeing an increased use of cell phones by drivers in the carline and the distractions they create are causing concern. Please refrain from cellphone use while driving through our carline.
We have had some students not fully exiting their car before the car moves forward. Please make sure your child has fully exited your car and has moved away from your vehicle before moving forward in the carline.
Thanks You Sons of Norway:
Marin County’s local lodge, Olav 82
, was able to donate $250 through their Adopt-a-School
program to St. Isabella School. A matching gift from their corporate office in Minnesota of $250 brought the total donation up to $500. We were able to purchase a new laminator machine to replace the one that has been out of service.
Friday, May 2nd
is Grandparent and Special Visitors’ Day. Please see attached permission slip. A permission slip needs to be filled out for each child in your family and sent to their homeroom teacher.
Climbing the Ropes
was where the 7th
graders could be found on Monday and Tuesday. They met and overcame challenges as well as bonding more closely with their classmates. We look forward to the leadership skills they will bring to the eighth grade class next year.
Service in Action:
It is wonderful to see our students put their commitment to the welfare of others into service. This past Saturday Brendan Cassidy, Joseph Ferrara, and Declan Ochoa ran a lemonade stand that benefitted Smile Train
. They brought in $500 to add to their class collection. Now these are Key Players!!
Secretary’s Day/Administrative Professionals’ Day:
occurs April 23, when school is not in session. St. Isabella School will celebrate our Office Manager, Jessica Buckle, Extended Day Director, Kathy Ferguson, and our classroom aides; Carol Nienaber, Mary Jo Lauster, Linda Thomas and Bernadette Lorenzen on Wednesday, April 16th.
STAY ACTIVE CAMP WITH TONY AND ROB:
Do you have something planned for your children during Easter break as well as this summer? If not, Mr. Balistreri and Mr. Pheatt are holding their Stay Active Camp during the Easter Break, April 21-25. See attached flyer. This will be a prelude to their annual Stay Active Summer Camp.
Be sure to pick up information in the school office. Easter break is rapidly approaching. Sign up soon so that we can get an idea of our enrollment. Thank you. - Tony and Rob
The Parent Club Board is seeking new members:
for the 2014-2015 school year. Please give careful thought to whom you would like to see carry out these important roles (Moms and Dads), including yourself! The biggest prerequisites are a willingness to serve the school and a desire to make a difference. The reward: A stronger sense of community for you and your child’s school and the satisfaction of making a difference! Contact Linda Grisanti if you are interested. See attached nomination flyer.
2014 - 2015 Staffing
Rob Pheatt has been appointed as Vice-Principal.
K - 5 and specialists:
With the exception of Mrs. O’Rourke who is retiring, all the teachers and instructional assistants will return next school year.
Middle School Team:
Rob Pheatt: 6th
homeroom including 6th
history, literature, and religion. Claudia Silva: 7th
grade homeroom including 7th
history, religion, English, literature, religion, and 6th
English. Elissa Kuhr: 8th
grade homeroom including 8th
grade literature, English, history and religion. Bill Bixby: 6th
science. Jack Strange: 6th
accelerated math and 7th
science. Jessica Bleecker: 6th
, grade level math, 7th
technology instructor, and academic support
We are currently interviewing candidates for the fourth grade position. The applicants are well qualified and we are confident that an excellent and highly qualified teacher will emerge from the pool.
2014-2015 Tuition Contracts:
2014-2015 Contracting will be mailed out before the Easter break to families that have returned their registration forms and fees. If you have not returned your form and/or fees it is important you contact the office before April 16. All registration fees are due by April 16.
Good news! The 2014-2015 MyTADS financial aid application
is available for our families to complete online. www.mytads.com/ Deadline: Next Tuesday, April 15th, 2014.
St. Isabella Parish/School News:
The 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat:
provided our school and parish 8th
grade confirmation candidates with a day of activity, prayer, reconciliation, and reflection. A special thank you is extended to Lyn Gatti, Sissy Ratto, and Rob Pheatt.