SVDP School

January 15, 2021 Newsletter

Hello SVDP Community,

We have continued to host classes via Zoom, but look forward to welcoming our in-person students back to campus next week beginning on Tuesday, January 19th. Remember, Monday is a holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In-person learners will be on campus for all four days. On a four-day week, we do not have our regular distance learning day on Wednesday.

Next week we begin piloting a new phase for on-campus learning for our 5th and 6th graders. They will be attending school in two cohorts - morning and afternoon, which will allow them to be on campus four days a week. This pilot will run to the end of the trimester through February 26, 2021. We appreciate the willingness of parents, students, and faculty to undertake this pilot.


SVDP COVID Community Update

After hosting two COVID pop-up test sites at SVDP, we are thrilled to announce that all of the almost 300 samples taken were negative. This is a strong indicator of how each of you is holding yourselves accountable to keep our community safe and allowing us to continue on-campus learning.

We field many questions about travel. We appreciate your communication regarding travel and ask that you continue to keep us informed by emailing However, the administration can not grant you permission to travel or prevent you from doing so. Keep making good choices.

We are aware of the delay and frustration that some of you experienced in getting test results. In light of these issues, we are researching other companies that may allow us to continue offering regular testing. However, at this time, there are no future testing events scheduled.

Please remember that if any member of your household tests positive for coronavirus, you must report this result to This is part of our Infection Mitigation Plan -Health & Safety Protocols and part of your pledge to be an active participant in campus activities at SVDP.


Spelling Bee

After the online preliminary round, we are excited to announce the top three or four students from each grade that will be moving on to our oral spelling bee.

3rd Grade - Kathryn Gunning, Briley Miller, Grace Myers, and Olivia Syme

4th Grade - Pippo Doulton, Deceil Fournouzian, Grant Gazzano, and Gemma Gibson

5th Grade - Ava Lindner, Bronwyn Rahn, Chloe Schwing, and Olivia Van de Braak

6th Grade - Sam Stewart, Sam Straley, and Harrison Van

7th Grade - Luca Avila, Jeremy Hornik, and Luke Van de Braak

8th Grade - Jack Brilliant and Cameron MacLeod

The competition is scheduled for Thursday, January 21, 2021. Our 3rd - 5th grade bee will start at 8:30. Our 6th - 8th grade round will begin at 11:15. The event will be held in the schoolyard or the gymnasium. We will be streaming the event for parents and students to view live (more info on the live stream to follow).

Good luck to all the students! The winner of the 6th - 8th grade bee will go on to the Bay Area Regional Spelling Bee to represent Saint Vincent de Paul School.

Questions: Please contact Mrs. Della Cella


Annual Giving = Free Tuition?

Reminder: January 31, 2021 is the deadline for being entered in the free tuition raffle. How do you get free tuition? One entry for every $1,000 donated, including corporate matching.

Annual Giving is very important to our efforts to bring your child the best experience at SVDP and to keep tuition increases at a minimum. Every student benefits from Annual Giving!

Tax deductible donations can be made via check (payable to SVDP and sent to Brenda Barkley's attention), FACTS, online, or stocks / securities.

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

Click here for online donations!



Last week, we laid out the schedule for our upcoming accreditation process. This week we wanted to provide some of the information that will appear in our documentation.

Every six years Catholic schools go through a reflective process of evaluating the religious and academic programs offered and setting goals for the next six years. You have been part of this process by responding to surveys and taking part in discussions such as CoffeeTALK and other forms of feedback. For the next six years, SVDP is proposing the following goals to the review committee:

  1. Implement further research-based methodologies that support high impact instructional strategies.
  2. Utilize a variety of assessment tools to disaggregate, analyze, and correlate data points for curricular improvements across all subjects.
  3. Develop and implement a reflective tool for students tied to the Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLEs).
  4. Expand parent partnership in the spiritual, academic, and social/emotional development of our students through the lens of Catholic Identity.
  5. Utilize the Substitution / Augmentation / Modification / Redefinition (SMAR) Model to shift practices from substitution/augmentation to modification/redefinition to strengthen technology integration.


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Perimeter Dates for the 2021-2022 School Year

August 17, 2021 - First Day of School

December 20, 2021 - January 3, 2021 - Christmas Break (return to campus January 4th)

April 15, 2022 - April 22, 2022 - Easter Break (return to campus April 25th)

June 3, 2022- Last Day of School

More details on Teacher Work Days, School Holidays, and Minimum Days will be presented at a later date.


Together We Are... SVDP School Reopening Plan 2020

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