As we move closer to Easter may we contemplate all the love Christ’s pours over us. He never stops loving us regardless of our inattentiveness to him. May we walk by his side this Holy Week, being his hands, his feet, his eyes, and his voice for others. May our actions reflect his love for us as we reflect love to one another. May the glory of Easter bring us closer in our risen Lord. Be sure to join in the celebration of his Resurrection at Easter Mass. May your Easter baskets reflect the beauty and love you have for your family and friends.
I am excited about the 2014-2015 school year. I look forward to welcoming you back next year as well as welcoming new families. But, I will truly miss our eight graders who have been such wonderful leaders in our Middle school. We will send 17 off to Marin Catholic, three off to St. Ignatius, two off to St. Vincent and three off to Marin School of the arts. We are proud of all of them and will enjoy our remaining days together.
The 2014-2015 Tuition contracts were mailed out today to those families who have returned their registration forms and fees. If you have not returned your form and/or fees it was important you contact the office before April 16. If you have a financial challenge with paying re-registration fee payments it is imperative that you contact me to work out an arrangement.
are needed to help empty the school storage container and relocate items. Contact Tom Stoddard at 652-2992 to set up a time that can work for you or sign up through Parent Booker. This is a great project for your service hour commitment and it benefits the school.
Mrs. Jessica Buckle
will be working in the school office up until Friday, May 2. If you would like to say hello before she is out on maternity leave, please stop by the school office on or before Grandparents’ Day. Mrs. Chrissie Neukom
will be taking over the office responsibilities for Mrs. Buckle starting May 2 and running through the last day of school, June 10. Stop by and introduce yourself.
GOT EASTER VACATION PLANS? 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 next week. Sign up soon so that we can get an idea of our enrollment. Thank you. - Tony and Rob
Margie Burke Speech Tournament:
A number of our Middle School students will be participating in the Margie Burke Speech Tournament April 26th
. This is a wonderful opportunity for them share their public speaking talents. Once again Mrs. Silva has prepared our students. Thank you.
Respect Life Essay Contest:
Our students participated in the Respect Life essay contest sponsored by San Francisco Archdiocese. St. Isabella students were chosen for an Award or Honorable Mention in the following categories:
From grades 3- 4, Alessia Gatti
From grades 1-2, Lauren Cervantez and Cameron Dailey and from grades 5-6, Lindsey Bell
We are proud of all our winners who have been invited to an Awards Liturgy on May 11 at the 11:00 am Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral. We thank them for expressing their understanding of God’s great love—the gift of life.
Grandparents Day Schedule
- 8:30-9:30 – May Crowning Mass
- 9:30-10:15 – Welcome, Refreshments, and Photos of grandparents and special visitors with their student/s (Parish Center)
- 10:15-10:30 – Recess
- 10:30-11:20 – Classroom Visits
- Session I: 10:35 – 10:55
- Session II: 11:00 – 11:20
Coffee and Conversation:
- 11:30-12:15 – Performance in church
- 12:15 – Students with signed permission slips may go home with their GP or SV
- 12:20-12:45 – Lunch
- 12:45-3:00 – Afternoon Classes
On May 8, Jane Mertens, MFT, our school counselor will be speaking about the social and emotional developmental stages of young children. The conversation will be of particular interest to parents of children in grades kindergarten through third but will be informative for all parents. Jane has been working in the classroom with our students on problem solving techniques and positive communication skills. She has many valuable skills to share with our students as well their parents. Mark you calendars and join us for coffee, listening and conversation.
Rob Pheatt has been appointed as Vice-Principal. Jessica Buckle will return as Office Manager.
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, 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: 5th
, 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:
Educating a child in a parochial school setting continues to be a challenge as costs increase. We have determined that tuition will be raised by 4.5% for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Yet, tuition does not fully cover the expense of educating a child at St. Isabella School or any other parochial or private school. Therefore, in order to allow for a greater focus on school-wide fundraising we are asking for additional financial support and engagement in the St. Isabella School community.
Thanks to everyone who bid during the Online Auction last Thursday. It was very successful based upon our final tally. We will be distributing the winning items on Tuesday, April 29th
from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Parish Center.
If anyone can help with putting the winning bids together please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thanks for a very successful 2014 Auction!
– The Auction Committee