Shamrock 8.21.15

Dear Parents,
I hope that you and your children enjoyed your first three days of school. It was an exciting week for me as I had an opportunity to visit long time families as well as welcome new students into our St. Patrick community! We concluded our week with a prayer service, joining together in thanksgiving for a new school year and to introduce the Class Rosary Project for our school. It was wonderful to have Fr. Jim with us as he blessed the rosaries and visited each classroom to present them to the students. What a great way to begin our year!
Our theme for this year is “Year of Mercy”. Working together with parents and the parish we hope to instill in our students this important quality. Mercy in our family, Church, school, and the global community is paramount and so valuable in helping our children become sound, moral citizens in this ever-changing world. I am excited to see students gain an appreciation for and an understanding of the connection between mercy, compassion, and service to others for it is through these that students become the adults that we all would like to call neighbor. We are also blessed that our theme corresponds with Pope Francis’s call for a Holy Year of Mercy which begins on December 8th. I look forward to living our theme throughout our year and beyond!
I also look forward to seeing all of you at Back to School Nights next week. I know that you will be impressed with the curriculum, projects, and technology that teachers have in store for the students here at St. Patrick. Our wonderful faculty work extremely hard to make every day of school informative, interactive and of course fun! Each of you, as the primary educators of your children, is a key component in the education process and I look forward to your active participation in this night and the other activities that add to the strong educational foundation you are building for your children.
Finally, look ahead to September 2nd for the first Parents’ Club meeting of the year. . The Parents’ Club gives great support to the families at our school and to student programs. If you have not participated in their events or meetings I encourage you to do so. It is a great way to meet new families and make a difference here at St. Patrick. Meetings this year will be scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month after flag salute and will be advertised for you in the Shamrock as well as around the school grounds.
I feel truly blessed to have the position of principal at St. Patrick. I have a great support network of teachers, staff, students, and parents behind me that make it a joy to come to work every day. Thank you all for your commitment not only to our students but also to our extended community. In partnership with one another success is inevitable!
Maureen Halderman


BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS are as follows:
Monday, Aug. 24 – Gr. K @ 6:30 & Gr. 2 @ 7:30
Tuesday, Aug. 25 – Gr. 1 @ 6:30 & Gr. 5 @ 7:30
Wednesday, Aug. 26— Gr.3 @ 6:30 & Gr. 4 @ 7:30
Monday, Aug. 31—Gr. 6, 7 & 8 @ 6:30 in the Gym.
Please have at least one parent attend these informative nights!

PARENTS’ CLUB MEETING Your first Parents’ Club Meeting will be held on September 2, right after flag, in the Spanish Room. All parents are invited and encouraged to attend to see what the Parents’ Club has in sotre for our families and students this year!

FIRST FRIDAY BREAKFAST will begin on Friday, Sept.4. The Parents’ Club sponsors the First Friday Breakfast each month at the kitchen window. You have the opportunity to purchase bagels or donuts for $1.00, Cream Cheese is 25 cents, Milk & juice is 50 cents and coffee is free. Breakfast is served 7:30 to 8:25.

NEW FAMILY COFFEE after First Friday Breakfast on September 4, in Mercy Gym. Come and share a little time with us and let us know how everything is going!

HOT LUNCH PROGRAM BEGINS ON MONDAY, AUG. 24 The lunch window will be open from 8:00 until 8:25 to take your child’s lunch order. Lunch must be ordered each day that your child needs it. Lunches cost $4.00 each for Gr. K-8 . You can buy lunches on a lunch card in groups of 10 at the lunch window. Preschool lunches are ordered in the Preschool office and cost $3.25 each. You can buy a Preschool lunch card in the Preschool office. Milk is available for 30 cents each and is purchased at the window. We offer both chocolate and regular milk. The Lunch Menu can be found on the school calendar on our website.

Aug/Sept. – $7.80
October – $4.80
November – $4.50
December – $3.90
January – $5.70
February – $5.70
March – $4.80
April – $6.00
May/June – $6.90
You can purchase milk in advance through the office.
Milks not used each month do not carry over.

TASTE & SEE tickets are now on sale through the school office. This is an adult only evening of good food, spirits and friends! It is held right here on campus on Saturday, September 19, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Ticket sales are limited, so don’t wait too long to get your tickets.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Sunday, September 20! It is our 53rd Annual BBQ & Auction, here on campus. Be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. This is the biggest fundraiser that we do here at St. Pat’s and we need your help to make it GREAT!

St. Patrick 53rd Annual BBQ/Auction September 20, 2015

Donations Needed!
Our 53rd Annual St. Patrick BBQ and Auction is right around the corner and we need your help to make it the most successful BBQ/ Auction ever! We are in need of donations for both the Live and Silent Auction. If you have something you are planning on donating for the Live Auction, we are getting the auction book ready and would like to know before August 25th what you are planning on donating. Please contact Clarence Cabreros (805)710-4654 or email him at or call Kendra in the office. We are also in need of donations to go into the Silent Auction baskets. Starting on September 1, we will have an auction drop off car in the parking lot near the planter boxes collecting donations. Feel free to bring donations into the office anytime, though. The Silent Auction needs items such as home goods, garden items, jewelry, entertainment tickets, gift certificates, custom made baskets, beauty products, art, and sporting goods. Goods and services are great auction items! If you have a special talent or service to offer, this can be part of an auction item. Scrip is always a great donation to the Auction! We can use it to round out packages and help complete baskets. Disney cards, gas cards, coffee cards, restaurants…all help us complete a package that bidders will want. Check in the office to see what is available and remember you get the credit of the sale towards your Scrip requirement! If you have extra baskets that we could use to make our packages for the silent auction those would be appreciated too!

Cleared to Volunteer?
If you haven’t done so already, please make sure that you have completed St. Patrick’s fingerprinting clearance, and the Shield the Vulnerable Course has been completed with your certificate turned into the office. Without both of these clearances you will not be able to volunteer the day of the BBQ when the children are present.
BBQ Shifts
Please make sure that you have registered with Shiftboard so that you can sign up for volunteer hours for the BBQ and other upcoming events. We have been posting BBQ shifts on Shiftboard each week so make sure you going on there to sign up for your BBQ hours. Here is the link to Shiftboard:
BBQ Tickets
BBQ Tickets are going home today, so check your child’s backpack! The tickets went home with the oldest and only children.

Sneak Peak at Some Live Auction Donations
* 6 night stay at a beautiful home in Patzcuaro, Mexico donated by the Paz and Moya family
* 3 night stay in the Abbate family’s cabin in Yosemite National Park


St. Patrick’s School Prayer Corner…

Prayers are requested for:

  • Donald Bosshardt, Grandfather of Elaina and Alumni Anthony & Matthew, who passed away this past week.
  • Deanna Byrne, Mother of Alumna Brendan Byrne and past St. Patrick School Board Member, who died this past week.
  • Steve Smith, Stepfather of Alumni Madison & Matthew Gularte, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer
  • Ryan Teixeira, cousin of Jake, Charlie & Sam Ward, who has been diagnosed with cancer and needs our prayers
  • For Sr. Rebecca’s sister, who needs our prayers.
  • Darren & Sean Mullin, past students, who were in a bad auto accident this week
  • Jeff Meier, father of Mrs. Fleming and grandfather of Katelyn, Dylan and Riley, who is fighting cancer
  • Gabriel, cousin of Emma, Ludivine and Amelie Zietek, who is fighting cancer.
  • Sean Martin, Uncle of Sean Martin, who is being treated for cancer.
  • Jakleen Livingstone, who is being treated for a second bout of cancer.
  • Faith Debrum, friend of the Crandall family, who is being treated for cancer.
  • Gary Nightingale, Grandfather of Grady Pope, who is ill.
  • Rick Cosby, Paloma Nava’s Grandfather who is ill.
  • Gloria Thompson, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer.
  • Lorraine Spargo, Godmother of the McNeill girls, who is ill.
  • Miss Bernie, Preschool teacher, who needs our prayers.
  • John Machado, friend of the Goodwin family, who was injured in an accident.
  • Special intention for Daniel McLean’s family.
  • Lori Laningham, cousin of Ridgley Yokes, who is ill.
  • Phinneus McKenna, 8 year old who is battling cancer.
  • David Zachmann, Molly Sinnott’s cousin, who is very ill.
  • Topher Cajas, friend of the McLean & Ayala families, who has cancer.
  • Tyler Botsford, Leila and Lucy Martin’s cousin who has leukemia.
  • Annie McGuire, who is suffering from cancer.
  • Ken Blakely, Grandfather of Devyn Dyar, who is very ill.
  • Beth Carroll, alumnus , who works to make the Haitian people lives better.
  • For all of the men and women who serve our country in the military throughout the world.
  • For the thousands of Firefighters actively engaged in fighting the wildfires in the Western United States and all over the world.


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