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Update for November 15, 2017
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Cardinal Newman High School Community Update

November 15, 2017

A Message from President Laura M. Held:
Dear Cardinal Newman Community,

Today's Gospel reading from Luke describes Jesus' travel through Samaria and Galilee and his encounter with ten lepers. The lepers greeted Jesus, asking through prayer for his assistance and found themselves healed of their physical disease.

Most striking in this Gospel message is the direction that Jesus gives to the lepers: "Stand up and go your way, your faith has made you whole again". I believe we too can open our hearts and listen to these same words. While we each face many daily challenges, prayer and service for others will continue to heal, fortify ad strengthen our faith.

We continue to make excellent progress for completing the steps necessary in order to re-enter the campus for our second semester. This week we begin the clearing, clean up and demolition of the burned areas of the campus. For additional information please see the updated timeline below.

- Laura M. Held, President

A Message from Principal Graham Rutherford:

Dear Parents, As we hope to move forward tomorrow with the beginning of the clearing needed on campus, two recent things come to mind. Last week, I spoke with Julie Golden, who owns a duplex on Ursuline road, which she plans to rebuild. Early in the morning on October 9, as she and her children prepared to evacuate with fiery embers blowing around them, they noticed four elderly people in wheelchairs being pushed down the street towards them. The caregivers, who did not drive, asked for help to take them in their cars. Ryan, a Senior, helped load them in and took them to Sutter Hospital. The sight of several damaged wheelchairs on Ursuline road still today stands as a testament to the courage and generosity of our families, particularly the Goldens. Despite choking smoke and a sense of the fire closing in around them, they acted to help others. Other stories of quick departures and heroic efforts exist also; we are all inspired by help for others in the midst of the Maelstrom.

With low expectations of finding any surviving items, I sorted through my office to assure myself that I was not leaving behind things that I could save. Dressed for safety and wearing a mask, I lifted it off the roof remnants and dug until meeting concrete. Large amounts of paper ash showed me where books had been and I moved along, sifting and shaking the wet clumps hoping for clues. In the end, though all burnt, I have two fragile China teacups, a football face mask, a Vietnam era helmet, a piece of granite etched with a Scottish thistle, a small iron Eiffel tower model, the melted metal mass of my 1931 Corona portable typewriter, and a coffee mug that says "don't sweat the small stuff" with lots of advice quotes. They will make new conversation pieces when I regained a set place. For all of you who have lost much more, this effort reminded me of all that we still have and that our memories will hold what was dear forever. Meanwhile, we are still learning.

Graham Rutherford, Principal

Below please find updates on our Student Learning Environments, our Facilities Updates and an update on our Funds & Support Received. We are planning to send these updates weekly on Wednesdays to keep you posted on progress being made.

STUDENT LEARNING – 4 Remote Locations

Seniors – St. Joseph's, Cotati

Monday, teachers from Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco (where Dr. Maryanne Berry formerly taught) arrived to prepare and serve a gourmet lunch. It was a wonderful start to the week. Seniors are moving forward in their Community Based Service Learning projects. Jack Bazzano's CBSL project with the Surfrider Foundation has a beach clean up service opportunity next Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Salmon Creek beach.

Every day during prayer we have a focus word of the day. Today's word was "compassion" which, as Mr. Corriveau so beautifully reminded us, is an action word – compassion requires action. Over Thanksgiving week we are asking all students to participate in service of their choosing so we can give back to the communities that have given so much to us. We look forward to hearing about the various forms of service our students will provide.

At the senior site we have been encouraging our students to treat this experience as a good practice run for college. Time and task management are key to being successful in college. For the most part, our students are rising to the challenge and have learned to manage their time and their course work. We have some people who have had a more difficult time with this challenge and may be in need of additional support. Parents are encouraged to talk with their kids and check Aeries to get a read on how their students are handling our new situation. If you find that your student is in need of extra support, please don't hesitate to reach out toBernadette Calhoun, the senior site administrator, and let her know how we can be of help.

Juniors – St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park
We started our 4th week here at St. Elizabeth Seton on Monday with a visit from local therapist Jeanne Vattuone who works with those who are suffering from trauma. She gave a presentation and then met with groups of students who wanted to speak to her throughout the day. The addition of the 180 studios Makerspace was a success on Friday as Mr. Castor's art students were able to make use of a rich environment for their designs. This week the day will end earlier at 12:00 pm on Friday as a result of the Parent Association luncheon for faculty-staff at Our Lady of Guadalupe's Furth Center. It is an annual Cardinal Newman tradition. Next week, Thanksgiving week, will be only two days. We will only have classes on Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday we will be at St. Joseph's where we will be ending at 1:00 pm for the Juniors. This will be a good time for us all to be together with our families. We continue to be blessed by Stacey Almy and the other parents who have been bringing the faculty food in the morning. Homemade quiche and Croissants were on the menu this week along with fresh fruit. We are truly thankful.

Sophomores – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Windsor

We have a guest speaker today: Jeanne Vattuone (LCSW) ,who is speaking to the kids about dealing with stress from the trauma we have been through. We will give the kids an opportunity to speak with her or other counselors afterwards.

We are moving smoothly through our daily schedules, taking it one day at a time and making adjustments as we go. The kids are doing a good job of staying organized and learning how to respect an environment that we are guests of.

We have tutorial available to all students both before school each day and afterward until 3:00. Se encourage students who need one on one help to take advantage of this service. !

FRIDAY schedule notes : All students need to be picked up or have a ride with a friend at noon on Friday as all teachers will be gathering at OLG for a Thanksgiving celebration.

Freshman – Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

Team Frosh - 2021" is embracing Resurrection as our interim "home".

Thank you to our Frosh Parents for adjusting to our dynamic parking lot and the varied "drop-off" and "pick-up" options. Please continue to keep an open eye for kids in the parking lot as you pass through.
Winter rains have arrived and we have advised our Frosh to dress in layers - Making sure ALL personal items have NAMES clearly visible.
Our "Epicenter Friday" was a big success with a good blend of studies and fun times - Thank you to Epicenter and their generosity in hosting CN!.
Our volunteer support group is growing as we welcome Ms. Pat Skinner and Ms. Gretchen Werner to our site.
Last Thursday morning we were surprised with an amazing breakfast provided by our amazing Parents Association with delicious breakfast burritos (gifted from Oliver's), fresh fruit, and tasty treats. Such an outpouring of support. Yum, and thank you.
Thank you to the Marian Sisters, Sister Mary Vianney and Sister Caritas Marie, who joined our Theology classes to lead small groups and offer wonderful Biblical insights.
The CN Maintenance Crew, Angelica,Rafa and Jaime, have been very helpful in transitioning our campus from school to CCD for the evening programs and keeping our campus clean.
Sister Teresa, our Theology girls teacher, will be undergoing back surgery this coming week and will be recovering through our Christmas break. Dr. Marcy Fox, who has been volunteering, will bring her 30+ years of teaching Theology, to our Freshman girls during Sister's absence. Thank you to Marcy for sharing her generous gift with our students.
We welcome Ms. Jena Parsons-Pritchard who will be leading our Frosh Public Speaking classes until Mr. Hamilton returns.

Wishing a blessed Thanksgiving to our amazing CN Family 💞

General Info Student Learning:

Please encourage your students to read their email and check their class websites every day. That will be key to their success with this new method of instruction.

Mrs. Tracy Williams, Counselor, has been reaching out to students asking for support through the CN Student Needs Assessment. Please encourage your student to complete this form, if not already submitted.

All four sites now have wi-fi access. Thank you to Dirk Bietau and our ISPs for all of the hard work and long hours. We have also received our long-awaited iPad pros so that more teachers have access to the technology required for our flipped teaching model.

FACILITIES UPDATE - from our Building and Grounds Committee

Cardinal Newman Rebuilding Timeline - Phase I - updated 11-15-2017

10.9.17 FIRE

10.11.17 INSTALL SECURITY AND SAFETY FENCING

10.19.17 BOARD MEETING

10.23.17 SITE REOPENED

10.23.17 SITE REVIEW WITH EPA REP (WITH ERIC). INITIAL HAZMAT APPROVAL

10.25.17 ERIC SAFE OFF UTILITIES

10.28.17 FINAL PROPOSALS FROM PORTABLE COMPANIES REVIEWED

10.30.17 KEN REVIEW PROJECT WITH PRMD PLANNER

10.30.17 ELECTRIC METER RELEASE

10.31.17 EPA SITE SIGN OFF AND APPROVAL TO MOVE TO CLEARING

11.2.17 WATER TURNED BACK ON AT SITE

11.6.17 ORDER PORTABLES

11.6.17 SUBMIT GRADING PLANS FOR PARKING LOT TO PRMD

11.6.17 GRADING PERMIT ISSUED FOR PARKING LOT!!

11.7.17 SITE SANITATION BY BELFOR STARTING AT RETREAT CENTER

11.7.17 BURNED TREES CLEARED FROM SITE

11.10.17 SUBMIT SITE PLAN FOR PORTABLES TO PRMD

11.10.17 CONTRACT APPROVED/ SIGNED FOR DAVIS DEMOLITION

11.12.17 WORK PLAN APPROVED BY HEALTH FOR DEMOLITION AND CLEARING

11.13.17 FIRST (6) PORTABLES DELIVERED

11.15.17 DAVIS DEMOLITION TO BEGIN CLEARING/ CLEAN-UP

11.15.17 PLACEMENT/ INSTALLATION OF (6) PORTABLES STARTS

11.15.17 GRADING START ON TEMPORARY PARKING LOT

11.15.17 ORDER FURNITURE AND FIXTURES FOR PORTABLES.

11.28.17 COMPLETE GRADING AND BASE FOR PORTABLES

11.30.17 SECOND SET (16) OF PORTABLES, RESTROOMS DELIVERED

11.30.17 COMPLETE PARKING LOT

12.6.17 SITE CLEAN UP COMPLETE

This timeline will be updated and added to in subsequent emails.

The Site Map for the transitional Cardinal Newman campus is included below. The map includes the location of the new temporary portables as well as the new gavel parking lot on our newly acquired property adjacent to the Retreat Center.

FUNDS & SUPPORT RECEIVED

Offers To Help Cardinal Newman

They keep calling, emailing and sending us donations and good wishes! Our friends around the county, Bay Area, state & nation are sending kind wishes, generous gifts and prayers for our recovery! Below are a few schools and organizations that have helped us this week! Thank you to all who continue to show their support for our community!

  • Mercy High School & St. Ann's School in San Francisco, CA - hosting 'An Afternoon of Music' November 19th with donations collected for Cardinal Newman. Flyer with all the event details is at the end of this email.
  • Red Cross in Santa Rosa - offering financial and counseling support opportunities at the chapter office at 5297 Aero Dr, Santa Rosa
  • Bishop Fenwick High School, Peabody,MA - fundraising from their families.
  • Bohemian Club
  • Central Catholic High School, San Antonio, TX
  • Crespi Carmelite High School, Encino, CA
  • Mater Dei High School, Santa Ana, CA
  • St. Joseph Notre Dame High School, Alameda, CA
  • Archbishop Mitty High School, San Jose, CA
  • Academy of Our Lady of Peace, San Diego, CA

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 (schwedhelm@cardinalnewman.org) 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.

'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 below for all the details. RSVP requested to Marty McCormick at marty@mccormickloans.com

2017 Northern California Wildfire Helping Handbook

We have posted this guide for you on our website at Fire Relief Update.

God 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

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