Weekly Newsletter for October 12, 2017

Dear Parents,

Right now many school community members’ efforts and finances are funneling to support our neighbors, families, and friends affected by the fires. An auction might sound to some like an insignificant indulgence. We are sympathetic to those concerns and balance that with the investment and energy that has been devoted to making this auction a special event.   We look forward to your continued support as we move forward with the auction on Saturday evening in what we hope brings our parents, staff, and friends together for an evening of support and solidarity. We will be donating a percentage of the money made at the auction to the fire victims and/or their community.

During these challenging times we will continue forward offering stability and normalcy to our children while also offering compassion, care, and assistance to those in need. That is the kind of community we have always been and will continue to be.

I look forward to being with you Saturday night as we Bond as a community and show our solidary. You can   preview of the silent and live auction which will be at the event only. There are a few tickets to the event still available. (See attached flyer for details) You can start bidding early with the online auction, which is open to all, whether you attend the auction, or not. Start having fun now. Come into the foyer this week to view class projects – your children’s talent is amazing!

This has been an incredibly difficult week for all of us, particularly for the teachers and staff members who live in the areas impacted by the fires, as well as Saint Isabella community members with family in those areas. The air quality in Marin and the general Bay Area continues to be unhealthy, and will continue to remain that way for the foreseeable future. After consultation with the Archdiocese, County and District leaders and staff, we have made the decision to close Saint Isabella tomorrow, Friday, October 13th. Extended Day will not be available.  At this point we anticipate having schools open on Monday, Oct. 16th, unless we send announcements otherwise.  This decision will not affect our school auction, the event will continue as planned.  Thank you for your continued support and we appreciate our community coming together during these difficult times.


Fund-A-Need is much more than an auction item!  Proceeds from your generous pledges goes directly towards facility, curriculum, and FE&E (Furniture, Fixture and Equipment) for the students of Saint Isabella School.

With the funds we raised last year we are able to fund several, smaller projects and start the infrastructure of putting in air conditioning for the students which we feel is a high priority.  Our goal is to complete Phase 1 with installing the infrastructure and equipment for as many rooms as we can over this year’s Christmas Break.  Phase 2 is to take the money we earn this year from Fund-A-Need and complete the job next summer so the whole school is equipped and our children, faculty, and staff are in a comfortable environment to learn and participate.

Among the other items this fund will contribute towards towards purchasing and installing Solar at Saint Isabella School, continue to fund Arts and Music curriculum and improve our campus security with additional structural improvements like fencing and improved gate structures.

Please be generous with your giving so we can offer our children the best facility we can and continue to improve all facets of our great school. #SaintIsabellaCares!

I remain in contact with the Marin County Office of Education and the Marin County Public Health Office, Dr. Willis regarding decisions for outside activity regarding   current air quality. I sent an email out this morning to that affect.

With regard to whether students should stay at home or go to school, it is clear that the air quality in Marin County is shared throughout county, and can change from hour to hour and day to day with the wind. We do not expect any significant difference in air quality at home or in school. As it is more socially disruptive to close schools, and there is not a strong public health reason to stay at home, our schools will remain open. All sporting events in the county will be cancelled as well.

 We pray for those affected by the fires and for all of our families and friends.


Susan Naretto

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