Weekly Newsletter for January 11, 2018

Dear Families and Friends,

I trust you all enjoyed a blessed Christmas with your family and friends. The faculty, staff, and I wish to thank you for the generous gifts we received this Christmas season. Our teachers and staff work diligently to ensure your children receive an excellent Catholic education and are grateful for your kindness. After a welcomed break we have come back energized and ready to jump into 2018.

Americans honor the birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. annually on the third Monday of January. Saint Isabella School will not be in session on January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our Catholic church calls us to make efforts on this day to engage in service for others. We encourage our families to build on the lessons taught by our teachers, which provide parents the opportunity to discuss the values of equality, compassion, service, and understanding among all people. Our school community has many service opportunities this month. Please take note of these projects below.

Catholic Schools week begins at the end of this month, January 28. The theme is Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service. This theme highlights the three dimensions of Catholic schooling that set our schools apart from other educational institutions. Students are taught faith, not just religious basics in the academic sense, but how to build a relationship with God. Our academic programs, which hold students to very high standards, enable each child to reach his/her potential. Service to others is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship. Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated January 28 – February 4, 2018. We will begin the celebration with 9:00 Mass on Sunday, January 28, followed by our Annual Open House and Science Fair Exhibit from 10:00 until 12:00. There will be activities throughout the week to celebrate our Catholic School identity. Be sure to join us as we celebrate together.

Be sure to take notice of the afterschool offerings; violin, golf, art in the attached flyers.

Study Hall – A great support for our students

The afterschool Study Hall is currently available from 3:15- 4:30 Mondays and Thursdays for 4-8th grade students. This is a supervised academic environment where students work on homework, writing projects, and read. All students who sign up are expected to be on task and come prepared to study. Mrs. Roja, one of our middle school math teachers, is present to help students with their assignments, answering questions, and assisting with organization as well a Laura Shine-Revilock, our 6th – 8th academic services teacher. Students are to be checked into Extended Day and will be charged the $10 per hour fee.


Pennies for Patients is a service-learning project that incorporates community service into the classroom. Through community service, students learn new skills, assume responsibilities, become aware of the needs of others and learn the importance of unselfish serving and giving. Community service links students to the wider community and exposes them to people and situations outside their previous experiences.  Our students will have the satisfaction of knowing that their spare change will make a difference in the lives of people in our community. Not only will they be helping patients and their families stricken with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease, but also helping children help others!  Every student gets a chance to make a difference in the lives of others. Our student will be collecting “spare” change throughout the month of January, culminating in Catholic Schools Week. Students will bring collection boxes home, brought back when filled, and the changed will be placed in their classroom boxes throughout the month. As a thank you, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Presenter will give a pizza party to the class that collects the most money.

How are you doing with fulfilling your required 30 service hours and 4 yard duties? You received a message from Parent Booker notifying you of your completed hours. We continue to be in need of volunteers for lunchtime yard duty (each family is required to complete 4) as well as morning carline. Yard duty spots are widely available and you are needed. What greater place to volunteer than with our children. I would greatly appreciate morning carline volunteers. You can find both these opportunities and many more volunteer opportunities on Parent Booker. All volunteers must have completed their fingerprinting.

This month Saint Isabella will be supporting Terra Linda High School in a clothing and school supplies collection for children in Nicaragua. The drive will be from January 9th to January 26th. We are asking you to donate outfits for young children up to size 10-12. For a girl, you could donate a summer dress, underwear, and socks, and for a boy, a pair of shorts, t-shirts, underwear, and socks. Please bring all donations to the bin in the foyer. We will also be collecting school supplies, like pens, pencils, markers, and crayons. Thank you for your donations!

Girls On The Run will return to Saint Isabella for the spring season!! We have the coach, Anne Martin-Toups and are hoping to get girls in 3rd – 5th grade to sign up. Girls On The Run is a 10-week after school program that uses the power of running to help prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.  The season culminates with girls from all over the Bay Area joining together in San Francisco to complete a 5K run. Saint Isabella would like to offer the program for girls in grades 3-5. We have the coaches and would like a few helpers. This will be a wonderful way to volunteer. If you have interest in having your daughter participate or you have interest in volunteering as a coach, please contact Marisa Hodges (marisahodges143@gmail.com) to help with our planning. (See Attached Flyer)

Spread the Word

Our admissions season is well underway with school tours happening weekly.  Parents choose to send their children to Saint Isabella School because we offer a Catholic faith-based education, a strong sense of community, strong academics across all grade levels, and high quality education in a small school environment.  Our parents are our best ambassadors to potential families!  If you have a child entering kindergarten next year be sure to complete the application process.

Please direct interested families to call Rob Pheatt, Director of Admissions, at 415-479-3727 ext. 112to arrange a tour.

,Yearbooks make a great Gift! The 2017-2018 school yearbook orders are open on the website.   Place your order early for the discounted price. You can find the link on the school website.


Please see attached flyer for special hot lunches offered by the 8th grade class. Sign up for one or all; your choice.  Pizza meals include, large slice of pizza, side, dessert, and bottled water.  Pancake meals include unlimited pancakes, sausage, dessert, and bottled water.  Please place orders via the attached FLYER by the Tuesday before the Hot Lunch is offered. First special hot lunch is Friday January 26th.

The 8th grade class will be offering special hot lunches in the New Year.  More information and signups will be sent out after Christmas break. ** Please Note that Choice Lunch will not be available on these days.

Friday January 26, 2018 – PIZZA

Friday February 23, 2019- PIZZA

Friday March 16, 2018 – St. Patrick’s Day Green Pancakes and Sausage

Friday April 27, 2018- PIZZA

Friday May 25, 2018 – SURPRISE

Parish and School SuperBowl Party – January 20 from 6:00 – 8:30, following the 5:00pm Spirit Mass prepared by the school and PSR 5th grade classes. Come join the family fun and wear your favorite football team wear. The Annual Super Bowl Party benefits the School and parish. It is great fun and delicious food. We hope to see you. See the attached flyer for details. (See Attached Flyer)

Yours in Christ,

Susan Naretto


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