Last week we celebrated one of our best traditions – the Mass of the Holy Spirit. We prayed as a community that our gifts and talents may be fully realized in all that we do. We asked for the inspiration, guidance and presence of God's Spirit on our entire community as we labor together at the beginning of this academic year, animated by our faith, hope and love. We asked the Holy Spirit to be our advocate to ensure that we are open to the grace of God and completely available for God's work. Some of that work will take place on 37th Avenue and some far beyond the confines of our community.
Please know that you, too, were in our prayers. I look forward to a wonderful year!
Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Check out more information about the PSAT here.
Please check our midterm schedule for the week of Oct. 14 here,
Mid-quarter Grading Report: Scores and assignments will be updated on PowerSchool on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Encourage your child to see his or her teacher with any questions.
Updates, hints, tips, and tricks are regularly sent out to students, faculty, and parents via the Technology Department's Twitter account. Please consider following @SI_Technology.
Retreat lists have been completed, and you can review your sophomore, junior or senior student's retreat dates using the links below. Freshmen do not have a "retreat"; instead, they have ongoing spiritual formation through events that are part of their Cura groups.
Please join us for a scripture study session for parents Oct. 23, 9 a.m. led by Fr. Don Sharp, S.J. This is an opportunity to explore some texts that can be problematic – set the world on fire? – but offer insight if better understood.
Freshman Parents: Please remember to turn in your Parent Giving Forms by Sept. 30. Forms can be located here, and we’re aiming for a goal of 100 percent parent participation! Thank you to those parents who have already made a commitment to supporting the SI experience. Please contact Erin Visbal at (415) 731-7500, ext. 446 if you have any questions.
Wellness Program's Parent Speakers Series
Please join us on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in SI's Commons for an evening with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel. This lecture will explore the nature of the changes in the teenage brain and how those changes set the stage for changes in adolescent mental, physical and interpersonal well-being. For more information on this exciting event, please click here.
Thank you all to our families who visited the Counseling Center at Back to School Night. It was great seeing you all. If you have more questions or did not get a chance to connect with your student's Personal Academic Counselor or College Counselor, feel free to contact them. www.siprep.org/counselor
- SEPT. 20 @ 9AM – PEN: Annual Parent Meeting with learning disabled students. Meeting will feature topical small group discussions facilitated by the Pathways Institute. Meeting location at the Bay School. Find more details here.
- ONGOING COLLEGE REP VISITS @ SI: Students have the unique opportunity to meet with regional college representatives from more than 90 colleges across the country and even the world. Please check Family Connection and go to the “college” tab about upcoming college representative visits at SI and locally. Come prepared and do your homework and have your questions ready. Tips are available here.
- Upcoming college visits with John Hopkins, Case Western, Dominican University, UC Santa Barbara, Juanita College, Hamilton College, Washington University in St. Louis and many more.
SENIOR EVENTS ALERT:
- SEPT. 14 - TEST PREP We are happy to announce that we will again be partnering with Revolution Prep, one of the largest providers of SAT preparation nationwide, and offering SAT test prep on campus this fall beginning Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information about test prep, click here.
- SEPT. 27 - ACT REGISTRATION DEADLINE for OCT. Exam - last ACT exam for some CSU campuses and Early Action/Early Decision campuses.
- NOTE: All Standardized exams must be sent to the colleges directly from the College Board and ACT. More details available here.
- SEPT. 27 @ 9AM - There are No IEPs in College will be presented by Paul Grossman, Civil Rights Attorney will share his insights and expertise on students with disabilities in colleges and the difference between their rights and responsibilities. Location is at the Delancey Street Screen Room. Details about this events and other PEN (Parents Education Network) events are available here.
- OCT. 1 - UC and CSU application systems will open on Oct. 1. Find out more about UC applications here, and CSU at www.csumentor.edu.
- PARENT INTAKE SURVEY, COUNSELOR INTAKE SURVEY, TEACHER 1 AND 2 SURVEYS must be completed on Family Connection for teacher letter of recommendations and the secondary school report. Instructions can be found here.
- NOTE: Students will be provided detailed information on how transcripts and letter of recommendations will be sent on the upcoming X period on 9/17 & 9/24. Ms. Ho and Ms. Vaccaro’s X period on 9/24 will be a combo A & B ONLY. Ms. Campoverdi and Ms. St. Clair will still follow the scheduled events.
- For other upcoming events and resources click here.
JUNIOR EVENTS ALERT:
- SEPT. 12 JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT 7PM The College Counselors are excited to connect with families to answer their questions about preparing for the college process. Your College Counselors will connect with you at various venues at SI. Venue are listed below:
- Campoverdi - Commons
- Ho - Wiegand Theater
- St. Clair - Choral Room
- Vaccaro - Bannan Theater
- SEPT. 14 - TEST PREP: We are happy to announce that we will again be partnering with Revolution Prep, one of the largest providers of SAT preparation nationwide, and offering SAT test prep on campus this fall beginning Saturday, Sept. 14. For more information about test prep, click here.
- OCT. 16 - NATIONAL TESTING DAY - The PSAT exam will be distributed to students to evaluate their skill levels prior to taking their SAT or ACT Plus Writing exams in the Spring. In depth details were provided to students this week during X period with practice test booklets. More can be found here.
- PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE ATHLETES - please fill out your transcript request forms if you need transcripts to be sent to colleges or coaches. The form can be found here.
- For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/junior.
SOPHOMORE EVENTS ALERT:
- PERSONAL ACADEMIC AND COLLEGE COUNSELORS working together. This year all sophomores will continue to work with their Personal Academic Counselor and have additional counselor that will follow them for three years, their College Counselor. College Counselors will connect with sophomores during X period and are happy for students to drop in or request a meeting about following their passion. Your student’s College Counselor is listed on Powerschool and you can find out more about them here.
- OCT. 10 - SOPHOMORE PARENT NIGHT - Families will connect with SI Counseling Department in the Commons at 7PM. Families are encouraged to connect with their student’s Personal/Academic Counselor and College Counselor prior to this event.
- OCT. 16 - NATIONAL TESTING DAY - Sophomores will be given the opportunity to evaluate their skills with standardized exams for colleges and universities. This is only a practice test. More information can be found here.
- WELLNESS PRESENTATIONS: Students will have the opportunity to listen to a panel of past graduates about their experiences with various issues during Wellness. Ask your student what they learned from Wellness today!
- For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/soph.
- OCT. 2 - CLUB FAIRE - Getting involved in SI’s school activities is a great way for students to get connected with the school. Families encourage your student to attend the fair during their lunch period.
- Families: If there are questions or if you are having trouble logging into your Family Connection account, please do not hesitate to contact your students’ Personal Academic Counselor. Contact information at www.siprep.org/counselor.
- For other upcoming events and resources go to www.siprep.org/freshmen.
PROGRAM ALERT ALL:
- ID Tech Camp registration begins Nov. 1 for next summer! Go and learn about app development, programming and robotic engineering.
- Stanford Math Camp for motivated students who love math and want to be challenge more in mathematics - due Sept. 16.
SCHOLARSHIP ALERT ALL:
SCHOLARSHIP ALERT SENIORS:
- AFSA Scholarship Essay Competition begins this month until April.
- For more scholarship resources go to:
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter @SI Counseling. For more events and resources, go to www.siprep.org/counseling.
Running for Jim: Special Screening
Please join us for a special screening of Running for Jim Tuesday, Sept, 17 6 p.m., in the Choral Room. The film chronicles the story of Jim Tracy, coach of the University High School cross-country team. Under Jim’s tutelage, the UHS girls’ cross-country holds a record number nine state championships. In June 2010, Jim was diagnosed with fatal Lou Gehrig’s disease. Coach Tracy and the producer, Robin Hauser Reynolds, will be on hand for a discussion and Q&A after the screening. We will be accepting any donations for Coach Tracy's Special Needs Trust. All are welcome. Contact Anne Stricherz with any questions.
SI Orchestra & Jazz Band
A great time was had by all the beginning-of-year orchestra and band picnic in Golden Gate Park on Saturday!
Admiral Callaghan Society Veteran’s Day Mass
A Veteran's Day Mass, sponsored by the Admiral Callaghan Society, will be celebrated in Orradre Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m.
Moms’ Night Out: SI Moms, the Early Bird Deadline is fast approaching. Please join us Sept. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Carlin Commons for “Dancing with the Moms.” Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to eat, drink and dance the night away to the tunes of DJ High Top! And you don’t want to miss the performance by Live Salsa Dancers. RSVP by the Sept. 20 Early Bird deadline to get special pricing. Questions? Please contact Chairs Sandy Janachowski, Dee Dee Kim and Margo Malone.
Team AMDG (All Moms, Dads and Grads): Join AMDG for "Your Next Step is the Cure" in memory of Jill Costello ’06. The first service event of the year for AMDG will be held Sunday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. Please register for the event here. A limited number of AMDG t-shirts will be handed out. Bring the family to Lake Merced to help raise awareness of how lung cancer affects so many people and to raise money to help find a cure. Team AMDG Chairs: Tracy Sirianni, Staci Fleming, Maryanne Sangiacomo.
Forever Young Fashion Show, Nov. 9 & 10: Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have already signed up to help with the fashion show! There are a few critical volunteer opportunities to fill. Sign up to volunteer under volunteers or email us. Underwriting and Ad Sponsorship opportunities are also online.
Membership: We would love to have SI moms join and become involved in the Ignatian Guild! Sign up now! The annual membership fee is $20, and you can register online or return the enclosed envelope from the Ignatian Guild newsletter. Any questions, please contact Denise Burns.
Guild eScrip: Please remember to enroll in or renew eScrip by Nov. 1. Sign up here using SI’s Group ID 5168555. You can list up to three beneficiaries, so you can continue to list other organizations you have been supporting. The contributions are divided equally among the beneficiaries. For Mollie Stone’s shoppers, please obtain a Community Card at any store and list SI as a beneficiary. No SI ID# is required at Mollie Stone’s. Target shoppers may register their Target cards at www.target.com. Scroll to “Red Card,” then “Rewards & Benefits” and then “Take Charge of Education.” Register your Target cards under our ID #2984. Lucky’s shoppers can obtain a SHARES card from the SI Development Office. Thank you for your continued support of this important fundraising effort! If you have any questions, please contact Marlies Bruning.
The Fathers’ Club invites all students and fathers to share in the celebration of the annual
Father-Student Communion Mass and Breakfast
Sunday, Oct. 6.
Mass at 9 a.m. in Carlin Commons
followed by a continental breakfast in the Orradre Courtyard. There is no charge for this event. Please RSVP by Sept. 30 at www.siprep.org/fathersclub so we may get an accurate headcount. Appropriate Mass attire please.
The Fathers' Club Concessions group is looking for dads to help out with the concession stand at SI football home games. You are encouraged to volunteer to help throughout the season, or just a few games. Concessions volunteering is a great opportunity to meet other dads, help promote the great sense of community at SI, and raise funds for SI Scholarships. And of course, it is FUN!
Next Game: Sept. 14 Terra Nova (JV @ 10am, Varsity @ 1pm) Can use help for the following shifts: 9 a.m. to noon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. To volunteer, contact Concessions Chairman Dave Hollister or call 415-515-5800.
Click here for the complete Fathers' Club calendar.
SI Parents Asian Club (SIPAC)
The first SI Parents Asian Club (SIPAC) general meeting of the school year will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. (please note time change). It will be at McGucken Hall’s President’s Conference Room on the SI campus. McGucken Hall is the building just north of the Commons at SI. Get to know fellow SI parents and get involved with upcoming SIPAC activities and the SI community. For our first General Meeting, we will be joined by guest speakers Mr. Robert Gavin (Assistant Principal for Student Affairs) and Mr. John Mulkerrins (Athletics Director). They will provide an overview of student government and the sports program and will be available to answer any questions. We hope to see you there! Please check our webpage for the latest on upcoming meetings and activities. You may also email us with any questions. Also, check out our Facebook page here!
African American & Latino Parent Association (AALPA)
Renowned Scholar/Professor Ron Wilkins to Speak at SI as Keynote Presenter in Honor of Latino Heritage Month: Please join AALPA, the African American and Latino Parents Association at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Student Center for a lecture by Cal State University – Dominguez Hills Professor Ron Wilkins. Professor Wilkins has, for the last 20 years, been chronicling the link between African and Mexican cultures, and he focuses on how the two groups share a virtually unknown history that he feels can ease the present day tensions between them. All parents, students, and the larger SI community are welcome and are encouraged to attend this timely, exciting lecture and discussion.
China Trip, Summer 2014
Experience the diversity and beauty of China firsthand this June with Wang Laoshi (Mrs. Wong). The 12-day trip will visit several world-renowned cities and sites. Please contact Mrs. Wong for more information or click on this link.
Italian Exchange Program
Applications now open to SI students & families wishing to host an Italian exchange student from Milan's Leone XIII in November. SI students will travel to Italy in early June. Visit the Italian Exchange Program page on the SI website for details and the application. Email Katie Peterson or Paul Bourke with any questions.
Paraguay Exchange 2014
Do you want to see the Jesuit Missions in Paraguay? Would you like to see some of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world? Would you like your son or daughter to have an amazing adventure this summer? Then this is the right trip for you. Please see the SI website for more information.
Applications are due Oct. 1. Please contact SI Spanish teacher Brian Rhodes for more information.
Used Eyeglasses: Please send/bring your used eyeglasses to Room 203. All kinds, even one-armed specs, are welcomed!
Stay in Touch with SI Social Media, Sports Radio & Videos
Be part of the conversation! Join SI's Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn communities. Also, check out some great videos on our Vimeo and YouTube channels. Also, be sure to listen for game coverage on SI Sports Radio. Listen to some great promo radio spots promoting a variety of events by clicking here.
Check out & purchase photos from the Mass of the Holy Spirit (below), girls' water polo, girls' tennis, the varsity & JV football games against Marin Catholic (right) & past events here.
SI in the News
Check out these stories and more at our news site:
- Dan Casey '14 & Eleanor Nicolson '14 named National Merit semifinalists.
- 7x7 Magazine profiled famed fashion designer Derek Lam '84.
- Zach Kenney ’04, who will perform in ACT's production of 1776, sang the National Anthem at the Giants Game Sept. 8.
- Jennifer Butler '06 is performing in Hillbarn's production of Monty Python's Spamalot.
- Basketball standout Quinci Mann '14 signed with Lehigh.
- The Chronicle featured Jay Mercado '76, artist & muralist.
- The Chronicle previewed SI, Riordan & SHC football.
- Vince Mezzera '94 of Bread for the World reported that Theresa Martin '11 spent the summer as an intern for this non-profit.
- Brady Borcherding '09 received a Fulbright Award.
- Ciara Viehweg '05 is working to help East Bay charities through Berkeley half-marathon.
- Jesus Montano ’14 was praised for helping San Francisco Village with iPad tutoring.