SVDP School

November 20, 2020 Newsletter

Hello SVDP Community,

We are thankful for our wonderful community. Whether you are in person or distance learning, we are thankful for the partnership to bring the best to our students, and we are thankful to your students for working to make the best of the situation.

Report cards are being distributed today. For Grades K - 2, report cards are sent home with the student. For Grades 4 - 8, you will receive the report card in a digital format via SchoolSpeak. Please view and add your signature to verify that it was received. For K-2 distance learners, report cards will be mailed today.

Over the break, please remember your Community Pledge to make the best decisions to keep SVDP healthy and safe.

We wish you all a blessed holiday.


Next Week's Schedule

Monday & Tuesday, November 23 - 24 - FULL Days

  • Distance Learning for all

Wednesday - Friday, November 25 - 27

  • Thanksgiving Break

In person and distance learning resume on Monday, November 30.



MugsyClicks will be on campus on Tuesday, December 1st and Friday, December 4th for student photos. These photos will be available to order (information will be distributed at a later date) and will be used in the 2020-2021 yearbook. Please note what day your child is scheduled for a photo and see the video about the safe protocols in place by MugsyClicks.

  • Tuesday, December 1st

Kindergarten - 4th Grade: cohorts A and B

Grades 5th - 8th: cohort A

  • Friday, December 4th

Grades 5th - 8th: cohort B

Distance Learners (look for a separate email about arrival times)

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Annual Giving for the 2020-2021 School Year is open. So far, our Kindergarten class is leading the way with 46% participation --- way to set the standard. This program is very important to our efforts to bring your child the best experience at SVDP and to keep tuition increases at a minimum.

Donations can be made via check (made payable to SVDP), FACTS account, online, or stocks / securities.

Questions? Contact Brenda Barkley, Development Director, or 415.346.5505 x 107

Click here for online donations!


MINTED Partnership with SVDP

Saint Vincent de Paul School has partnered with local company, Minted. Through this partnership, you can design cards that reflect you and your unique family, all while raising funds for SVDP! Yes, go to, use the code in the ad and below, save 20% on your order, and SVDP will receive 15% back from Minted. Start designing now! Whatever you are celebrating, whatever you have to say, be creative and charitable with your message and this offer.


Good through 12/31/20.



As you begin your holiday shopping and dining, please remember that SVDP benefits from several other retail partners.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation. Select St. Vincent de Paul School.

You can also use this link:

Order from Extreme Pizza and use promo code SVDP, you will receive 10% off and SVDP will receive 10% of your purchase.
When you shop online at, you can select for a portion of your purchase to be credited to our SVDP. When we order classroom and office supplies, the percentage of your donations is deducted from our purchase. Make a purchase, copy your order number, go to the Give Back to Schools link. The school ID number is 70014139. Enter the order number where indicated.
If you are a member of the Sports Basement Basementeer program, you receive 10% off most purchases and SVDP receives 10% of the profit of the sale. Basementeer memberships do have a one-time charge of $25, but the membership does not expire. When you sign up, select St. Vincent de Paul School - San Francisco as the beneficiary. Currently, Sports Basement is unable to designate funds to us, but they have been strong supporters in the past, and we hope you will continue to support their local stores.


SFDPH Travel and Thanksgiving Celebration Advisory

SFDPH strongly recommends that Institutions of Higher Education, schools and childcare sites inform their students not to return for two weeks if they have engaged in high-risk activity as outlined in the travel advisory. Please distribute to your parent/caregiver community as soon as possible.

Links to local, regional, state and federal guidance on holiday travel are listed below.

SFDPH travel advisory:

SFDPH guidance on Safer Holiday Celebrations:

Association of Bay Area Health Officers Association:

California Department of Public Health Travel Advisory:

CDC - Celebrating Thanksgiving


Letter from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools

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COVID-19 Testing at Saint Vincent de Paul

New Date Added - January 6, 2021

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In addition to the December 7th date previously announced, we have arranged a new on site COVID testing date on Wednesday, January 6th. Employees, registered school families, and the immediate family members of either group are invited to utilize this service.

This test is not mandatory, but a courtesy service given the choices people must make about travel and family interactions around Thanksgiving and Christmas. The new test date is scheduled for Wednesday, to avoid our COVID campus protocols, where students are only allowed to enter / exit campus once per day. We hope this gives you more flexibility in scheduling.

The test site will be open from 8:30 – 3:30. You must have an appointment, there will be no walk-ins permitted. If you wish to take part in this testing program, click here for an appointment time. Each individual must have their own appointment time.

Necessary forms and additional information are available on SchoolSpeak or follow the link to your appointment confirmation:

  • Patient Test Request Form (must be downloaded, completed, and submitted to nurse at test site)
  • Consent for Venous Puncture (if applicable must be downloaded, completed, and submitted to nurse at test site)
  • HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program (if applicable must be downloaded, completed, and submitted to nurse at test site)
  • Notice of Privacy Practice
  • Instructions to access lab results on PMH portal

At your appointment, please bring:

  • A photocopy of the front and back of your medical insurance ID card. They will need one copy for every family member being tested, even if the information is the same. The paperwork stays with the sample, so it cannot be shared.
  • Completed Patient Test Request Form (see above)
  • Completed Consent for Venous Puncture (if applicable, see above)

The test site will be set up in the staff parking lot (corner of Green and Pierce). If weather prohibits an outdoor event, the testing will be moved inside the gym.

Currently, the schedule is open for one appointment per time slot. However, they will open more appointments based on demand.




This week our 7th and 8th grades families ran a COVID friendly community service project where we collected almost 400 sandwiches that were distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you!



Dear Parents,

Thank you for your participation in this year's online book fair. Over $2,150 was spent on books for our students and families. We now have close to $700 to purchase items in the Scholastic catalog. We will use these profits to purchase furniture and books for the classrooms and library.

Thank you for putting books into the hands of our students. Hopefully, next year we will be able to return to our in-house book fair.

Thanks again,

Sue Della Cella


Together We Are... SVDP School Reopening Plan 2020

Follow the link to read the latest news on our school reopening plan.