This Sunday is Catechetical Sunday. During our 9am Family mass, our school and PSR teachers and assistants will be given a special blessing and acknowledgement for their role in passing on the faith to our children. After the Mass, Lyn Gatti has organizing a brunch for the teachers in the Parish Center. If anyone is available to help, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-499-4650.
Next week students will take their ITBS tests; this is a time for parents to offer a little extra support for our children and reflect on the core purpose of St. Isabella’s – to provide students with a solid academic foundation. Last year, all of our 8th grade graduates were accepted into academically rigorous high schools, including St. Ignatius and Marin Catholic. Our faculty strives to find new and better ways of challenging students to achieve at their highest abilities. Because of the Annual Fund and our other fundraising efforts, we are able to offer a rigorous academic program that inspires our students in ways they (and we) never imagined.
Thanks to your generosity, our Annual Fund Campaign has received contributions totaling about $20,800 representing participation from about 30% of our families, which includes 100% of our SAB. Thank you to those who have contributed over the last three weeks - Barreneche, Bradley, Bryan, Buckle, Burns, Canedo, Capurro, Cassidy, Dailey, Galetti, Goldman, Hackert, Hadd, Hall, Handley, Hayre, Hellmold, Hishmeh, Hunter T&C, Hunter K&S, Kay, Knutson (Ebersole), Korich, LaKose, Lazzarini, Marley, Martin-Toups, McMorris, Naretto, Ochoa, Pass, Rendic, Riella, Sanford, Santi, Schiff, Smith, Terauchi, Widergren, Woo, an anonymous donor and two non-school families, Donovan and Villalobos. Our goal is to have 100% family participation this year. Look for updates on our progress in the Wednesday newsletter and on our Facebook page. Donations can be made by check or through our website (www.stisabellaschool.org). Please join us in our Annual Fund Campaign. Your gift truly does make a difference.
Together we are committed to ensuring that our children receive the excellent values and faith-based education that you sought when you chose St. Isabella. Please join us in our Annual Fund Campaign. Your gift truly does make a difference.
Our Parent Coffee and Conversation was today from 8:00 – 9:00 ~ Jane Mertens, our School counselor lead a discussion on "How Parents Can Help their Kids Love School” Many parents attended.
Students in Action: What a great workshop our Yearbook Club attended on Tuesday in Santa Rosa. Thank you to Pete Guria for arranging this opportunity for our students. We also want to thank Nad Cooney for taking the time off work to attend and carpool students as well a Carole Bruns and Sue Zidek, our faculty yearbook facilitators. The students, as well as the adults, participated by meeting new friends, discussing themes and brainstorming ideas for our respective coming yearbooks. They showed examples of what makes a great yearbook from beginning to end. Their work is cut out for them and they are excited and ready to get to work!
You are encouraged to take pictures of individual class events and team basketball and volleyball games that take place on the weekends and upload them to replayit.com. This will be a great help to the Yearbook Club as they create another awarding Yearbook!
Be sure to place your yearbook orders now at the discounted rate so your children can enjoy the year-end, entire school, book signing party with their own yearbook. More excitement to come!
Interact in Action: After viewing the following clip from the award winning documentary, "Alive Inside,"
The Board of the Interact Club of St. Isabella School voted unanimously to make providing personalized music to residents of an "adopted" skilled nursing facility (SNF) our signature project for this Rotary year. With help, we will be assisting those with Alzheimer's and dementia to reconnect with lives and loves lost through this one small kindness, the gift of music. We would like to explore how we can partner with Rotary clubs and other organizations in the North Bay to make this vision of hope a reality. With help, we will coordinate donations of new or lightly used iPods, buy new personal headphones, identify an appropriate care home(s), work with their administration to connect with patients and families, find out what music was meaningful to them, download the songs from iTunes and present the residents with the transformative gift of music.
We are realistic, we are a dedicated group of 12-14 year-olds and no matter how committed we are we cannot do this alone. We need your help. To find out more of how you can assist us to light up lives through music, contact us.
Standardized Testing: Next week, students in grades two through eight will take the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. The ITBS measures school achievement and helps teachers plan instruction to meet the needs of their students. Students in grades three, five, and seven will also take the Cognitive Ability Test or “CogAt.” The CogAt measures the cognitive development of children and includes verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning tasks.
Homework will be light next week so that students can have a good night’s rest before the tests. Healthy meals and snacks will also help your child do their best on the tests. These early testing experiences are important; as they are the first of many standardized tests your child will take and set a baseline. As students gain experience and confidence with standardized testing, they will increase their potentials to score well on the tests now and in the future. Standardized tests are one snapshot of your child as a learner and like annual school photos they are one picture of growth through their elementary school years.
Power School: If you are searching for the PowerSchool mobile app, please remember that we are part of the San Francisco Consortium, not St. Isabella School. The zip code you will need to enter is 94109.
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Dec 4, Middle School Night event in the Marin IJ.was so touched by the generosity of our students in response to the devastation the Philippine earthquake inflected upon his hometown of Bohol. Engaging in a game of Money Olympics, $1650.00 was raised by all the classes, which will be sent to Father Al’s home parish and school. He has asked us to continue holding the Philippines in our prayers as they continue to be challenged with natural disasters.
National Catholic Education Association
St. Isabella Catholic School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA). WCEA accredits Catholic elementary and secondary schools in nine western states (26 (arch) dioceses) and the US Territory of Guam. WCEA co-accredits and is in partnership with three Regional agencies (WASC, NAAS, NCA) and two private agencies (CAIS and HAIS). WCEA began in 1957 in San Francisco and has a long and successful history of assisting school improvement through the accreditation process.
Western Association of Schools & Colleges