Parent Update

October 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

October is a busy month at St. Dorothy! Please scroll all the way to the bottom of our newsletter to see all of the excitement.

Our first ever Hispanic Heritage assembly will be taking place on Friday, featuring work that students have been doing since September 15th. Unfortunately, Grandparents Day, which was scheduled for October 22, has been postponed. It will remain a minimum day so please plan on picking up your student at noon.

Red Ribbon Week begins October 25th and our Student Council is hosting a Cancer Awareness Day on October 21st. Students will be allowed to wear pink with uniform bottoms. A $2 donation is requested and will be given to a cancer foundation.

We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 29th. Our 8th grade will be hosting their Carnival (information below) during school hours. The Parish is hosting the Halloween Drive Thru in the evening (see information below). It is a minimum day (noon dismissal) and there will be no day care that day. Please plan accordingly.

If your child is absent, please call or email to let us know the reason. We need to know what the symptoms are if they are sick. Thank you for your help with this. We have created a Covid section with information below.

Remember to wash your hands and wear your masks. Vaccinations are recommended and protect everyone.

God Bless,

Mrs. Ferguson

PTO October Fundraiser News

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Red Ribbon Week is Coming! October 25th - 29th

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Student Council Annual Pumpkin Contest

It's time to show your imagination and creativity Bruins!! Decorate a pumpkin (no carving allowed) and enter it into our contest. Entry fee is $5.00 per pumpkin. More details will follow next week.

All proceeds will go towards our playground fund: "Pumpkins for a Playground"

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Annual Halloween Drive Thru

We are taking donations of candy/treats. Donate $30 worth of candy/treats to earn an hour for required volunteer hours. Include receipt for verification.

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St. Vincent de Paul Food Donations

Once again, St. Dorothy Catholic School is partnering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society in helping those food insecurities. Each class will be collecting a specific food item to help families this Thanksgiving.

If possible, please consider picking up an extra item while at the grocery store to donate. Each class is being asked to donate:

  • TK & Kinder - Cans of Pumpkin (for pie)
  • 1st - Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • 2nd - Stuffing Mix
  • 3rd - Cans of Fruit Mix
  • 4th - Small Jars of Peanut Butter
  • 5th - Gravy
  • 6th - Small Jars of Peanut Butter
  • 7th - Boxed Mashed Potatoes
  • 8th - Cans of Cranberries

Thank you in advance for assisting families in need.

October Lunch Menu


Virtus Recertification - Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7:00pm

Please contact Mrs. Tina Northcutt at to register

Local fingerprinting sessions will be held at the following locations:

Saturday, October 16 at Immaculate Conception Church (Hall) , Monrovia

Call (626) 358-1166 ext. 231 for appointment.

Thursday, October 21 at St. Louise de Marillac School, Covina

Call (626) 966-2317 for appointment.

Counselors on Campus

Ms. Donna and Ms. Gabi are on campus to assist students with their mental health needs Please see the introduction below.

If you have not completed the consent form, please complete this Online Consent to allow your student to visit either Ms. Donna or Ms. Gabi. All sessions are done during school hours and are completely confidential.

COVID Resources

We will continue to provide you with the latest resources to help us navigate through COVID.

Click HERE for a link to the LA County Department of Public Health's resource page for parents and gaurdians.

PTO Used Uniform Store

If you are still missing some uniform pieces, our PTO Used Uniform store is still fully stocked. Please contact Mrs. Alexanian at to request a uniform item.

Allergy Aware School

As an 'allergy aware' school our aim is to inform our community about the risk of allergies, with a focus on food allergies and also to provide a supportive environment in which children at risk of anaphylaxis can feel safe.

We would ask that all families refrain from sending any tree nut or ground nut products to school. Some of our students are highly sensitive to both.

There are many types of allergies that we are aware of in our student population. To maintain a safe environment, we are also asking that any treats sent in for special events must be store bought and all ingredients must be clearly labeled.

We want to thank you for your consideration in the health and well being of our Bruins.

DID YOU KNOW? ONGOING REsources for parents

Did you know? October 16-17 || Escalating red flags in an adult’s behavior

In most abuse cases, the victim knows the offender. Offenders go to great lengths to ensure that they are not strangers, often spending months or even years hiding in plain sight. Parents should be aware of a few red flags that range from obvious to subtle, and usually indicate a more sinister relationship at work between an offender and potential victims. Some obvious signs include telling children dirty jokes or showing them pornography. More subtle signs could be an adult who wrestles or tickles often, wants to be alone with children, gives gifts frequently, or encourages children to keep secrets. For more red flags, request a copy of the VIRTUS® article “The Rationale of Warning Signs” at