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1 Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep Back to School Night August 21, 2014

2 Welcome & Prayer Holy Spirit, Beloved of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should say and do. Give me Your orders. I promise to commit myself to all that You desire of me, and to accept all that You permit to happen to me. Let me only know Your will. Amen.

3 Introductions  New Faces  Families: Binz, Ferrigan (alum), Mathison, Mendez, Root, Solorio, and Stassen  Teachers: Steven Silvagni and Belen Vasquez  Staff: Janet Bakh, Debbie Brumley, and Patrick Craig  Staff  Board  Parents’ Guild

4 Mission & Motto Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep offers a classically-based education in an academically challenging, faith-filled environment and is dedicated to forming the whole person – mind, body, and soul – in order to renew the world through children and young adults who possess the highest educational, moral, civic, and spiritual values. Motto = Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

5 Essential Aspects of Catholic Education  Truly Catholic  Truly academically challenging  Truly accessible and affordable

6 The Message How far do you have to go to find another school like Kolbe Academy & Trinity Prep?

7 The Message  Just try to find another school within 400 miles which is:  Thoroughly Catholic and faithful to the teaching Magisterium of the Church  A safe, family-oriented haven in a troubled world  Grounded in the liberal arts  Dedicated to handing on the greatest works and achievements of Western Civilization  Committed to teaching the Latin language  A combined Pre-K through 12 campus  Very affordable, even for large families  And has been doing all of this for 33 years!

8 Area of Focus For This Year  I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei  It is better to have a fair intellect that is well used than a powerful one that is idle. Bryant H. McGill  Power of the Intellect  Know, Wonder and Learn  Being an active thinker and learner  Intellectual honesty

9 Spiritual Commitment  For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Mark 8:36  Participating in the Order of Salvation  Building on Our Goal  Using God’s gifts to their fullest  Courtesy & Hospitality  Culture of Virtue and Spirituality  Mass & Devotions  Spiritual Talks by Fr. Gary  The Spirituality of St. Maximilian Kolbe

10 Academic Commitment  The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. Robert Maynard Hutchins  It is our goal to challenge each student to the best of his or her abilities  Starting with the end in mind  The necessity of partnership

11 Facilities Improvements  Switched 5/6 and 7/8 classrooms  Trimmed trees and bushes  Cleared brush  Filled holes  Secured all bookshelves and cabinets  New landscaping bark (flowers to come!)  The Summer of Maintenance and Repair  Toilets, light panels, AC, etc.  Janitorial service

12 Curriculum Improvements  Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. G.K. Chesterton  Changed 9/10 Theology to two excellent books from the Didache series  Updated 7/8 History (All Ye Lands)  Updated 11/12 Morality

13 Program Improvements  Growth is the only evidence of life. Blessed John Henry Newman  Grading Scale  Modified 10-point scale  Retained “+” and “-” grades  The effect is not enormous  Following is the new scale:

14 Program Improvements (cont.)  Silvia de la Vallette  Acting as a point person—both a resource for teachers and a mediator and facilitator for parents—on matters relating to student success  Academic planning for students  Guide us through the process of obtaining free testing for students with learning challenges  College and vocational counseling

15 Program Improvements (cont.)  Patrick Craig—Dean of Students  Primary interface with parents on all matters relating to student life  Another administrator to help with multiple facets of school life  First administrative resource for concerns  Responsible for devising and monitoring programs to support students’ academic and behavioral success  Athletic Director  Will work closely with teachers and Silvia on student success  Work in progress

16 Program Improvements (cont.)  Works of Mercy Program  15 hours this year  Mary Quinn will be leading the charge  Award; sharing the experience  Jennifer Warner  John Haeuser  11/12 Special Period  SAT test prep  Chemistry labs and lab report writing  History research paper assistance  Enrichment activities

17 WASC Accreditation  Required of schools of the Diocese of Santa Rosa  Process beginning this year  What does it mean?  Generally takes 2-3 years (and a lot of time and money!)  Extensive self-study  Will remove impediments to directly attending UC system schools  May negatively impact our teachers

18 WASC Accreditation (cont.)  Without WASC accreditation, our students have gone on to study at:  Fantastic Catholic Schools, such as the University of Dallas, Thomas Aquinas College, Christendom College, Ave Maria, Catholic University, etc.  Great Private Schools, such as Chapman, Hillsdale, Wheaton College, Pepperdine, St. John’s Annapolis, USC, and West Point  Leading Public Schools, such as Cal Poly SLO, Texas A&M, the University of Idaho, Cal State Sacramento, Cal Maritime, and more

19 WASC Accreditation (cont.)  Without WASC accreditation, our students have gone on to be:  A priest, a religious brother, a religious sister, and a seminarian  Professors in college  Teachers (many of them, including John Bertolini and Phil Duncan)  Nurses (several, and more coming)  Marines and soldiers in the Army  Physical Therapists  A CPA  Successful business people  The Principal of Kolbe-Trinity

20 Circle of Grace  Diocesan Safe Environment program developed by the Archdiocese of Omaha  Children/young adults will:  Understand they are created by God and live in the love of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit  God is "present" in everyone's Circle of Grace  Be able to describe the Circle of Grace that God gives each of us  God is “present” because He desires a relationship with us  Be able to identify and maintain appropriate physical, emotional, spiritual and sexual boundaries  God helps us know what belongs in our Circle of Grace

21 Circle of Grace (cont.)  Be able to identify all types of boundary violations  God helps us know what does not belong in our Circle of Grace  Demonstrate how to take action if any boundary is threatened or violated  God helps us know when to ask for help from someone who we trust  Bishop Vasa’s endorsement  You will have the option to “opt out”, but Kolbe-Trinity must comply with the program

22 33 Days to Morning Glory  Carole Duncan

23 Parent-Teacher Conferences  Want to try something new this year  Scheduled for October 8-10  Why?  7-12 already don’t receive report cards at P-T conferences due to change to semester system  Earlier communication = better  Sign-up sheet available tonight

24 Development  Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. St. Francis of Assisi  Our property situation—Walt Birdsall  Challenges  Gap between revenue and costs per student  How does the difference get covered?  Donations—solicited and unsolicited  Fundraising (more on this later!)  Commitment to affordable, high-quality education

25 Development & Marketing  What you can do to help  Come speak with me about marketing and development ideas (and consider helping lead an initiative)  Talk about the school with anybody who will listen  Make an appointment with me to discuss making an ongoing pledge  Make a pledge—it’s cheaper than raising tuition and it’s tax-deductible!

26 Development & Marketing  Business donor support

27 Development & Marketing  Business donor support

28 Development & Marketing  Business donor support

29 Connecting with Local Donors  Business Donor Support  Patronize the businesses that support our school  When you do, leave them the “thank you” business card Tailored to your family’s situation—child or children Room to sign your name What amazing animations!!!

30 Parents’ Guild  Parents’ Guild officers, responsibilities and activities  Receptions  Classroom support  Hot Lunch  Sign-up sheets

31 We Need You!  Volunteerism is critical—tuition and fees are just not enough  How can you help?  Pray for the school—there’s no cost to that!  Time, talent and treasure—yours and others  Art, Latin and/or Spanish for Grades 1-6  PE for Grades 1-4  Yard duty, field trips, classroom projects, etc.  Work projects at school—set days or on your own  Volunteer to play a major role in a fundraiser  Targeted donations  Special requests—baking for events, for example  Make me an offer! Livescan and online class

32 Fundraising  October 4Harvest Fest!!!  NovemberAthletics Fundraiser  Jan./Feb.250/200 Campaign  AprilGolf Tournament  AprilJog-a-Thon (maybe—more on that later)

33 Harvest Fest—October 4  We still have much to do—how can you help, you ask?  Donations  Buy and sell event tickets  Get your Instant Wine Cellar bottles in  Buy and sell Instant Wine Cellar tickets  Buy and sell event tickets  Come help with set-up—stay tuned for details  Stay for the event  Help at the event; stay or come back to help with clean-up  Live Auction Brainstorming mtg 7:30 pm Did he mention “Buy and sell event tickets”?!?!

34 250/200 Campaign  What a great success last year!  Many thanks to Anna Hickey and Lynne Santamaria for developing and promoting the idea  Many thanks, too, to all of our donors  Raised over $44,000!!!  Let’s do it again!

35 Golf Tournament—April  $125 per person, or $400 per foursome  Always a great time  Watch out for my wicked slice!

36 Jog-a-Thon—April  Parents’ Guild is willing to lead the charge  We need your support  Sponsors = big $$$  “Day-of” help  Can easily bring in $10,000

37 Fundraising Without Thinking About It  Eric Muth  Grocery cards (Lucky’s, Raley’s)  Target card (including debit option)  goodsearch.com & goodshop.com  escrip.com  onecause.com  And more!

38 Athletics Update  Brian Muth/Patrick Craig

39 Teachers  If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Chinese proverb

40 After-school Care  Cathie Schmitgal  It will be offered Monday through Friday from 2:50 until 5:30, with certain exceptions  It is open to students in Grades Pre-K through 6  Unless there is significant interest in scheduled care, drop-in, as-needed care will not be available  See Brian for financial details

41 Policy Highlights  Student Progress  Online Portal  Goal = grades updated at least every three weeks  Contact from teachers at least every three weeks if student has a C- or below  Late Work  Absences & Tardies  Communication—calls, notes, etc.  Free Dress, including for sports practice  Cell phones and other electronic devices  Confidentiality

42 Reminders from the Office  Pre-K/K vaccination records need to come in ASAP  TDAP booster for 7-12  Please read the Tuesday Memo  Let Debbie know if you’re not receiving the memo  PE shirts are mandatory (and available for sale tonight for only $6!); can get black shorts anywhere  Get your emergency forms in (1 per child)  Please read the Tuesday Memo  Family Handbook Acknowledgement Page  Morning drop-off  Afternoon pick-up  Mark all items with student’s name  Did I mention to please read the Tuesday Memo???

43 Reminders from the Office (cont.)  Volunteers Needed!!!  Must have:  Yearbook Coordinator  Yard Duty  Room Parents  Really need help with events:  Harvest Fest  Jog-a-Thon  Prom  Graduation  Driving to away games for sports  Parents’ Guild coverage of events  Sign-up Sheets in the Hall

44 Parting Words  It is obedience alone that shows us God’s will. St. Maximilian Kolbe  Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given. Blessed Mother Teresa

45 Praise God and thank you!


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