All Souls Catholic School

Newsletter - January 24th, 2019

Number 11


Our call to holiness is through how we live our lives and invite the Holy Spirit to guide us.

We ask God’s blessing, as we let the Spirit of Jesus work through us

when we seek to serve and comfort those in need. We ask God’s blessing,

as we complete a good act without expecting a reward in return.

We ask God’s blessing to grant us peace when we are able to say “I’m sorry".

We ask God’s blessing upon us as we bring a bit of heaven to our world through our daily words and actions. We ask you to guide us as we live to be who you have called us to be. Amen

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited as we enter into Catholic Schools week this coming Sunday. I wish to invite all families to our 9am Mass on Sunday and then to the Open House, immediately following Mass, to see your child’s classroom and work.. We will also have the Junior High Science Fair projects on display in the cafeteria.

Please invite other families who may be looking for Catholic Education to join us on Sunday.

The theme of our celebration is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples, and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them.

In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants, and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence, and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education. (Please see the NCEA Facts Sheet below.)


I attended the annual San Mateo County Safety forum yesterday where we were briefed on the “Big Five” protocol that we all follow in San Mateo County. On average there is a school shooting every 8 days across the country. This certainly is unacceptable, and as a county we are working on strategies so this will not occur in our area. All Souls has a very active safety program that includes lock-down, fire, and earthquake drills. We ask everyone to be vigilant when it comes to the safety of our children.

Second Quarter

We have completed the second quarter and have entered into the third quarter. Report cards are being released today. Where there are concerns, the homeroom teacher will contact those families.

Uniform Policy Inquiry

We received the class composites for school photos and noticed that in some grades that the girls had a variety of large hair accessories which stood out in these photos and detracted from the overall appearance of the composite. As a result of this we had to make retakes and informed the girls that on picture days that these hair accessories are not to be worn. While the handbook does not specifically mention hair accessories we are reviewing this for the coming school year. In the mean time students may wear appropriate hair accessories. I regret if there has been any confusion regarding this issue.

Morning Drop Off Procedures

Recently a number of parents are dropping children off at the front door before 8:10am. Please note that this is very dangerous for cars backing up near the front door of the school The policy is that students are to be dropped off in the lower carpark or near the entrance of the Spruce gate entrance. Students are not to come through the front door and then walk out through the school building to the upper yard. Thank you for your cooperation with following the procedures.

8th Graders header to the Cathedral

Today our 8th graders headed to St. Mary's Cathedral along with other 8th graders from around the Archdiocese. This is the first time that this event has been planned. Lunch was also provided for all students. It was a wonderful experience for our students.

Kindergarten for 2019 – 2020

Currently our Kindergarten class is full and we have started a waiting list.


The preschool is currently accepting enrollments for the 2019 – 2020 school year. Please enroll as soon as possible as this program will soon fill up.

Budget for 2019 – 2020

We are in the midst of preparing the new budget for next year. The Archdiocese has released the new salary scale for teachers, and there is a 12% increase to be spread over the next three years. With this increase and increase in benefits it appears that we will need to raise tuition by 5% for the coming year. This will equate to approximately $32 increase per month.

Crab Feed 2019

On Saturday, February 2nd, the All Souls Athletic Board will host its annual Crab Feed. Have you reserved your tickets? Please see the attached flyer and sign up on line.

Archdiocese Teacher Development day

On February 1st the Archdiocese has organized an Archdiocese-wide teacher professional development day. There will be no school for students on that Friday.


Did you know we have Bingo at the Parish Hall every Friday night? All proceeds go toward the All Souls School Building Maintenance Fund. From this fund we are able to maintain the facilities and make capital improvements. In the past we have been able to purchase a new furnace for the school, refurbish the boys and girls bathrooms, install the new school roof, and install solar panels on the roof of the school. Our next projects include sealing the school wall facing the carpark and painting the school building. The windows on Miller side of the building need replacement into two pane glass. This project is a very expensive venture. Therefore, we do need your support with attendance in Bingo. It is a fun night, and you are encouraged bring your friends. You can win some wonderful cash prizes and help the school at the same time.

God Bless,

Vincent Riener


NCEA Facts Sheet

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Catholic Schools Week - Spirit Week 2019!

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Ms. J's Journal

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.” – Thumper, in Disney’s Bambi

I cannot tell you how many times I have mediated a problem between classmates during which one of the students has said, “But I was only teasing.” Many other misunderstandings between classmates have turned out to be based on gossip spread by other students who have nothing to do with the actual situation. Now, with social media and access to a wealth of digital devices, teasing and gossip can spread like a wildfire.

Add to this the fact that we live in a media culture that thrives on and actively promotes gossip about entertainers, politicians, athletes, and other celebrities. We need our children to know that gossip is not entertainment. We need to teach our children the importance of kindness and compassion and set that example for them with our own words and actions. Please take the time to talk to your children, no matter how young, about the dangers of teasing and gossip and about how words can hurt.

All the best,

Miss J

Archdiocesan Youth Rally and Mass

Our eighth graders joined their peers from across the archdiocese at St. Mary's Catherdral for the first Youth Rally and Mass. Lunch was provided, and over 400 eighth graders participated.
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Athletic Board's Annual Crab Feed

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Respect Life Essay Contest

All Souls students participated in the annual Archdiocesan "Respect Life" Essay Contest. We congratulate Audrina Castro, grade 4, Evangelina Alba, grade 6, and Samantha Suarez, grade 7 on receiving Honorable Mention awards. Good job!


Enrollment Period begins January 28 and ends March 1. Applications should be submitted to the school main office. Please note Preschool Application is attached below.



16- Athletic Board Meeting - 6:30pm

16- 8th Grade Graduation & Club Pictures

21- Martin Luther King Jr.Day - Holiday

22- School Board Mtg. - 6:30pm - Annex Meeting Room

25- Faculty Meeting - 12:20pm Dismissal - Athl. Board Hot Dog Sale

27- Catholic Schools Week Mass - 9am

followed by Open House & Science Fair

31- Junior High Dance - gr. 6-7-8


1- Archdiocesan Educators' Conference - Student Holiday

2- Athletic Board Crab Feed

3- School Family Mass - 9am

4- Early Dismissal - 2:30pm - Faculty Meeting

4- Principal's Awards Ceremony 9am

10- Rite of Enrollment for Confirmation

13- Athletic Board Meeting - 6:30pm

15- Semester Holiday

18- Presidents' Day - Holiday

19- School Board Mtg. - 6:30pm - Annex Meeting Room

20- Spring Pictures

21- First Communion Parent Mtg. - 7pm

28- Family Fun Night



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Box Tops for Education was started by General Mills in California back in 1996, after the company decided they wanted to create a program to help support education and benefit America’s schools. All Souls has benefitted from this program over the years, receiving sports equipment, microscopes, and a variety of other educational items.

You can help by clipping the Box Tops off approved products you already have in your pantry. You don't need to clip the actual product UPC — just the Box Tops logo will do. From frozen foods to produce and household cleaning products, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to help, and each Box Top is worth 10 cents. Doesn't sound like a lot, but it adds up fast.

There are so many participating companies! Participating companies and product lines include General Mills, Green Giant, Totino's, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker and many more. For a full list of eligible items check the Box Tops for Education website at .

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