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Update for December 6, 2017

Cardinal Newman High School Community Update

December 6, 2017

A Message from President Laura M. Held:

CAMPUS SITE UPDATE: Construction work continues on our school site! While we have made substantial progress, site plan timeline adjustments have been made. You will find these updates below.

In particular, site plan modifications were necessary in order to determine the best approach for laying the best type of base rock and paving necessary for placement of the portable classrooms. The next series of portables will arrive and assembly will follow. Furniture and fixtures have been ordered. Work continues for the planning and installation of infrastructure needs such as phone line, internet capacity and fire alarm capacity. Occupancy sign off will be finalized as a result of meeting all Health and Safety Inspections by the County Building Department and system testing by the Fire Marshall. We continue to hope that weather changes such as rain will not alter the construction schedule.

At this time, we anticipate to take occupancy and have students start classes on campus by Monday, January 22, 2018. More information regarding the class schedule for January is included below. We will continue to provide weekly updates regarding the overall progress for re-entry to the campus.

ADVENT REFLECTION: The Gospel Reading for the First Sunday of December is taken from Mark. We find Jesus telling his disciples to "Be Watchful and to Be Alert!". I would like to think that Jesus' message to us is one of encouragement--- be alert and take the time to reflect, and immerse ourselves deep into prayer. That immersion will lead us to a stronger connection of waiting for the strength of the Christ Child's love.

- Laura M. Held, President

A Message from Principal Graham Rutherford:

Advent began on Sunday, the first day of the new year on the Church calendar, highlighted by the Super Moon, its extra bright light a foreshadow of the famous Star showing in the East that drew shepherds and kings to find the infant Jesus. In other symbolism, for the first time in twenty years, I will not be able to change the banners in the Main Office Hallway from red and gold to purple and rose pink. My wife sewed them, with lead weights along the bottom to keep them straight, and their loss, along with the Lent and Easter sets, means we will not have the Church calendar colours to remind us of the season's change. They were put up, based on my memories of English chapels, to hang above and draw eyes upward, leading some students to ask why the change, which led usually to other students explaining, a good form of learning. At the Senior site, an Advent wreath is lighted each day to remember and count down to Christmas. Other sites are doing recognition of this Season of Hope too as we are reminded of God's promise to send a saviour to the world, His only Son.

On Friday, there will be be Mass at the three parish sites for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and prayer services at the elective Art sites. This celebration of Mary reminds us of her important role as Christ's mother. Then on the 12th there will be local celebrations of Our Lady of Guadalupe, including the pilgrimage from St. Rose to the church named for Her in Windsor, where our Sophomores meet. Finally, a reminder that students will return after the Christmas break on January 10th, Wednesday, to their current sites until we are cleared to return to CN, where progress goes forward and classrooms continue to arrive. Teachers and Staff will gather on the 8th and 9th to prepare for the new semester.

Graham Rutherford, Principal

STUDENT LEARNING – 4 Remote Location Updates:

Seniors – St. Joseph's, Cotati

As a community, we have been so blessed this week. We started our week with an Advent Calendar and prayer led by senior campus ministry students.

The students and faculty at the senior site would like to give a big "Thank You" to Martha King for helping everyone get their state and UC applications sent in last week. This required some long hours and extraordinary effort.

We also want to give a big "Thank You" to our Cardinal Newman football team for an amazing season and an exciting game. The football games gave the entire school an opportunity to come together.

Today, Justin-Siena High School treated all of us to a bag lunch. Each lunch came with a handwritten note from a Justin-Siena student. We want to give them a big "Thank You" as well.

Thank you also to St. Francis High School in Mountain View for the large banner of support and encouragement.

We continue to remind the students that the semester is quickly coming to an end. Please check in with your students to make sure they are on track with work and grades. If you aren't sure about any grades in Aeries, please email the appropriate teacher. As a reminder, we have a daily tutorial from 2:00 to 3:00 with teachers available to help.

Juniors – St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park

The junior site started this beginning of the Advent season with a calendar that had been put together by Mrs. Lobbregt and Campus Ministry. Each day up until finals at prayer the students will have a reveal for the day from the calendar. Monday it was Candy Canes at lunch. The juniors will be provided lunch this week by Justin Siena through their Student Life program and Stan Cordero. It is a sack lunch along with a personal message from a student at Justin. It is called the "Lift-Up Lunch". Next week the Knights of Columbus will be providing a pasta feed for us on Wednesday. On Friday we will be celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception with the seniors at St. Joseph's for the juniors that are normally there. The juniors that are off campus for the arts and other electives will have their own prayer services at those sites. Tutorials continue to be offered after school for students who need extra help in preparation for finals week. The finals schedule was pared down and the expectations for those finals have been adjusted in light of the circumstances.

Thanks again to the parents who continue to provide us with breakfast items each week. It is truly a blessing.

Sophomores – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Windsor

This week is a crazy week at OLG !
Reminder to students and parents who will be dropping off at Windsor: Please arrive no later than 8:45 on Friday, as we have a Mass for the Immaculate Conception promptly at 9:00 with the regular Mass folks here. This is not a Newman only Mass, so we must be in time and respectful. Drop off belongings in the first period elective classroom (WE DO NOT HAVE USE OF THE HALL AT ALL that day) and then come to the Church.

We also do not have use of the Hall at all on Wednesday, so again we will be going directly to first period classrooms to drop off belongings. We can be in the parking lot or Courtyard as well. We will have a teacher headquarters table in the Courtyard set up and check in will be at the rear entrance as usual.

We have food for those students who have lost homes each day. Fruit and lunch makings as well as oatmeal and tea/hot chocolate in the morning. One less thing to think about as you leave for school in the morning !

Reminder to bring a full bag of canned food on Thursday ! We are doing a food drive and a competition with other classes in a canstruction build.

Freshman – Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

"Team Frosh - 2021" is counting down to Christmas Break.

**FRIDAY, 12/8 is an 12noon EARLY DISMISSAL, due to a parish member's funeral. ALL students must be picked up by 12:45pm - Thanks**

  • Friday, 12/8 is a Holy Day of Obligation celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Father Moses will be celebrating Mass with the Frosh class at Resurrection Parish at 11:00am in the Church. ALL are welcomed to join.
  • Mr. Parelius and Dr. Marcy Fox (subbing for Sister Teresa) presented "An introduction to Advent" at our Tuesday morning class level meeting. The students were welcomed by Christmas carols sung by the impromptu Frosh Choir, accompanied by our talented pianist, Mr. Parelius, stories were shared and the Advent candle was lit. Thank you for starting off our Christmas season with this blessed event.
  • The Justin Siena community will be delivering lunch to the entire CN student and staff community today. Thank you for such a generous, and thoughtful, show of support.
  • Mrs. Bone and Mrs. Lane greeted our students with candy canes to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day this morning. The excitement of Christmas season is building. - Thank you to Mrs. Lane & Mrs. Bone.
  • Final Exams are a week+ away - utilizing available Tutorial time, checking Aeries on a regular basis is KEY. Accessing Google Classroom, Nest and/or teacher emails on a daily basis should be a priority!
  • Reminder that the MINI CANSTRUCTION EVENT is this Thursday, December 7th from 2:00-3:00 with our class competing at Resurrection. Classes are competing against each other for a prize (Most Creative and Best Meal). Please remind our Frosh to remember to bring canned food (5 service hours per bag) to school on Thursday, December 7th. During attendance check in we will keep records of the students that bring bags of food in, so they can get their 5 service hours!
  • A note from Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Davison: Mrs. Davison and I will host a group on helping those interested in getting organized and prepared for finals. We will go over a study plan, testing strategies, test anxiety and more to make sure you are prepared for the last couple weeks of the semester. We will meet during tutorial on Wednesdays. Drop ins are WELCOME! If you cannot make this time, please let me know.
  • Our prayers for Sister Teresa's recovery from back surgery are working! She is recovering at the convent and is getting stronger every day - Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
  • Winter is closing in and with it the rain and cold weather. Students need to dress in layers but, please, make sure that NAMES & CELL#, are on all items (electronics { laptops, Ipads, chargers, headphones} clothes, lunch boxes, sportsgear, umbrellas, etc.). Our Lost & Found is growing daily, if something does not make it home, have your student check in w/ Mrs. Lane and Mrs. Bone and, hopefully, we can get you reconnected.
  • Thank you to our Frosh Parents for keeping an open eye for kids in the parking lot as you pass through.

Merry Christmas

We have so much to be thankful for, Prayers and compassion to all.

FACILITIES UPDATE - from our Building and Grounds Committee

Cardinal Newman Rebuilding Timeline - Phase I - updated 12-06-2017













This timeline will be updated and added to in subsequent emails. Photos of the work being done at the school have been included at the end of this email.


To date, over $642,000 has been received in cash donations for our fire relief efforts! We are amazed at the support given to our community. Many schools and organizations, both locally and around the nation, have offered help in the form of facility usage, discounted rates for services and venues, gifts of equipment for our student athletes, donations of books, and many other gift in kind offers. Below is a list of schools, businesses or organizations that have offered support this week. Thank you to all who have supported and continue to support our community!

Offers of help received this week include:

  • The Transcendence Theatre - free show tickets for Dance students to attend performance of 'Holiday Spectacular' at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
  • NorCal Lacrosse Foundation - lacrosse equipment
  • - donated a free subscription for our teachers
  • Santa Rosa Boys' Club - gym time
  • Windsor Boys' Club - gym time
  • Santa Rosa Junior College - facilities usage
  • Windsor High School - gym time
  • Windsor Middle School - gym time
  • Santa Rosa High School - gym time
  • Analy High School - tennis courts usage
  • Maria Carrillo High School - gym time
  • Sonoma Country Day School - gym time
  • Sonoma Academy - soccer field usage
  • St. Vincent High School - soccer field usage
  • Redwood High School - gym time
  • Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame - offers proceeds from March 2018 fund raising musical event to support rebuild of our damaged all weather turf field
  • St. Raymond School in Menlo Park - students held a fundraiser
  • Christ The King-CYO
  • Notre Dame des Victoires in San Francisco - The California Junior Scholarship Federation held a snack sale

How Can I Support CN?

If you are interested in helping the Fire Relief Efforts with a gift to Cardinal Newman, you may visit our website and make an ONLINE DONATIONS. Checks can also be sent directly to Cardinal Newman High School 50 Ursuline Road Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Our mail is being held at the Post Office and picked up daily. Please indicate Fire Relief Efforts in the memo of the check and mail it Attention: Advancement Office. 100% of all donations made to Cardinal Newman Fire Relief Efforts will be used for that purpose. Thank you!

Tuition Assistance Support

If your family finds itself struggling financially due to the impact of this historic event, please contact Jackie Schwedhelm ( in the Cardinal Newman Business Office. Financial assistance is available due to the generosity of benefactors from our community and diocese, and from donors across our state and country who care about Catholic education. No student should leave our school community due to financial hardship.

Amazon Teacher Wish Lists

Many have asked how they might support the teachers at Cardinal Newman. Our Amazon Teacher Wish List has a collection of items specifically requested by our teachers. You may visit this site to view and purchase these items. Packages will be shipped to a Windsor address and will be distributed to the remote sites.


Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (RECAMFT) - Community Support Groups for Fire Survivors - FREE

Our community has come together in remarkable and beautiful ways since the fires. However many who have lost their loved ones, their homes, and their possessions are struggling with their grief, stress, and sense of loss. Sonoma County licensed therapists are offering supportive grief groups for those who want to express their grief, tell their stories, and be with others who have had similar losses. This is not group therapy, but rather a chance to listen and speak the sense of loss we feel as a result of the fires. The group is limited to those who have experienced those losses firsthand. They are led by Licensed MFTs. The groups will be held at Catholic Charities, and if there is interest, in other locations as well. They will be held on:

  • Sat., December 2, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Sat., December 9, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Sat., December 16, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Sat., December 23, 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 PM

Location: Catholic Charities, at 987 Airway Court in Santa Rosa. Please register at For more information or questions please send an email to However, if you are unable to pre-register, please just come and join us.

Kind regards,
Redwood Empire CAMFT

Fall Dance Show - Enchantment - December 11th & 12th

Get Your Fall Dance Show Tickets Here

Moms' Club - December 2017 event cancelled.

Moms' Club - next event January 10, 2018

Visit Moms' Club page for more details.

'Sign of Hope' Mass & Reception - Friday, December 15th

All are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Vasa and offered for those affected by the fires. Plan to attend Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Cathedral of St. Eugene with a reception following at the Msgr. Becker Center. See the flyer at the end of this email for all the details. RSVP requested to Marty McCormick at

Dads' Club - January 18, 2018

Visit Dads' Club page for more details.

Ursuline Crab Feed - January 20, 2018

Held this year at the Mary Agatha Furth Center In Windsor - Info and tickets are available at

Father/Daughter Dinner Dance - January 27, 2018

Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa

Online Reservations are currently being taken.

Soda Rock Winery Event - February 9, 2018

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a fun gathering for our school community. Thanks to the generous offer of Ken & Diane Wilson, we will gather at Soda Rock Winery on Saturday, February 9th for a fun and friend-filled event. More details to follow, but SAVE THIS DATE!

May God continue to bless each of you,

Laura M. Held, President

Graham Rutherford, Principal

If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards. – John Henry Cardinal Newman