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Update for November 8, 2017
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Cardinal Newman High School Community Update

November 8, 2017

Dear Cardinal Newman Community,

A Message from President Laura Held,

The Responsorial Psalm which follows today's first reading taken from the Book of Romans, reads, "Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need".


Over the course of this last month, our Cardinal Newman High School community continues to witness and receive the extraordinary outreach and support from so many organizations locally, statewide and beyond. As a result of this support, and while reading the responsorial psalm, I hear, "Blessed are God's people who remain gracious while lending to those of us in need".


We continue to make very good progress in our efforts to plan for the re-entry to our school campus. Below you will find an updated timeline of information.


During this interim time period, we understand that many of you are wondering when we might be able to return to campus in order to use any of our athletic facilities. Please know that like all other schools and businesses affected by the Fires, we must meet the local, county, state and federal requirements for property debris removal and clean-up. Secondly, we must install the fire alarm system and meet alarm testing approvals for use of all existing buildings by the Fire Marshall.


We will continue to update our timeline information and list work that is completed along with addressing next steps.

- Laura M. Held, President

A Message from Principal Graham Rutherford:

The crisp cool mornings of this week speak to the advancing season; perhaps tonight and tomorrow will bring rain, another change brought our way. We have been continuing to change at the sites, improving the WiFI, trying to provide more teacher support for mixed class levels, helping electives go to sites on Friday that work better, and adjusting to parish needs. Adjustments continue and we administratively appreciated suggestions, comments, and ideas received.


As November goes forward, two dates coming up are important to note. On Friday the 17th, classes will end at noon at all sites to allow the teachers to attend the Parents Association Appreciation Lunch for Faculty and Staff, which will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe at 1pm, the traditional time, observed since 1985. There will not be tutorial that day; on Fridays in December, pick up from the sites may begin at 1pm by parents or adults with notes from parents.


The other important day is Wednesday the 22nd, which will againl be the Thanksgiving Service Day. Students, Faculty, and Staff are expected to do several hours of service in support of our community, where there is tremendous need, or at the place they have traveled to visit. If not possible on Wednesday, then on one of the other four days of the Thanksgiving break, which needs to be written up, with a witness signing, and turned in upon our return to school on Monday the 27th. Only if that is not possible can the work be done on the weekend before to help with travel challenges. This effort each year provides great care and support of others, allowing one to do something that they feel they would otherwise not be able to do.

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

Despite the struggles and frustration that many seniors may be experiencing, the teachers are working with students to make sure they are on top of their work. Our hosts at St. Joseph have been extremely gracious and welcoming. With rare exception, our seniors are being incredibly responsible and hardworking. The senior teachers have really appreciated all of the effort and flexibility that the students have shown this week.

In addition to their normal classwork, the seniors were busy getting their CBSL projects back on track. Some students have opted to change their CBSL projects to meet current needs due to the wildfire.

While we are all working hard, we do have time for some fun. We celebrated Mr. Corriveau's 30th birthday with a LARGE cake and extra large card. We had pizza together on Monday and bagels last Friday. Halloween was another day full of fun with games, candy and costumes.

On November 17th, students have the opportunity to participate in a "Wear Purple" for March of Dimes event. Senior student, Alex McDermott is hosting this event at all four school sites. If a student wears purple, they will be creating awareness for the children of the March of Dimes and be given the opportunity to write special letters to the children. Thank you Alex!

Juniors – St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park

The juniors at St Elizabeth Seton were welcomed on Monday to full internet access in the main hall and expanded access in the church classrooms. A big thanks to Andy Durkee and Dave from St Elizabeth's and Dirk Bietau CN IT for their efforts. The students started an adjusted schedule on Monday to better accommodate the Language instructors as they travel to the different sites. After two weeks of getting used to the new normal, dress code has been explicitly enforced at the site yet providing for those who are still in transition. We are starting to get a rhythm to our site. Thanks to all who have provided food and supplies to make our stay more comfortable.

Sophomores – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Windsor

This week the Sophomores have been enjoying a Spike Ball Tournament during lunchtime with many participating. A burrito lunch will be provided again this Thursday and a yoga class will be available this Friday for all to enjoy. Our productivity is improving as our wi-fi is now fully functioning at the site. Overall, the Sophomores are settling into their new environment and their new norm.

Freshman – Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

"Team Frosh - 2021" is settling in and adjusting well to our multi-purpose site, "flip" teaching and working with varied teachers in the academic departments. This coming Friday our First Trimester in the Art Wheel is ending and the students will be moving on to their new classroom (Intro Art or Music or Public Speaking) experience.

On Friday Nov. 10, longtime Resurrection Parish members and CN supporters, Leroy and Donna Halbur, who perished in the Tubbs Fire, will be ushered to God's hands in funeral services at the church. The Frosh will be offsite at the Epicenter campus on Piner Road with classes in the morning and fun time in the afternoon. Thank you to Epicenter for their generous support of CNHS.

Fall weather and forecasts of rain will bring new health and driving challenges. Keep up on the vitamins, stay rested and be careful in the parking lot. Our "Lost & Found" is growing. Please put names on student belongings for a timely return. Take care & prayers for Mr. Hamilton's 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 11-7-201

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

11.02.17 WATER TURNED BACK ON AT SITE

11.06.17 ORDER PORTABLES

11.06.17 SUBMIT GRADING PLANS FOR PARKING LOT TO PRMD

11.06.17 GRADING PERMIT ISSUED FOR PARKING LOT!!

11.07.17 SITE SANITATION BY BELFOR STARTING AT RETREAT CENTER

11.07.17 BURNED TREES CLEARED FORM SITE

11.10.17 ORDER FURNITURE AND FIXTURES FOR PORTABLES.

11.10.17 SUBMIT SITE PLAN FOR PORTABLES TO PRMD

11.13.17 FIRST (6) PORTABLES DELIVERED

11.15.17 GRADING START ON TEMPORARY PARKING LOT

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

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!

  • Archbisphop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA - held fund raising events through their Campus Ministry office with money sent to CN
  • Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, CA & Valley Christian School in San Jose, CA - during the halftime October 20th JV football game between these two schools, a collection was taken for donations to CN in support of our rebuild efforts.
  • Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, SC - during Catholic Schools Week our friends from the Cardinal Newman School will be fund raising for our CN community.
  • San Francisco Giants - when the SF Giants organization found out about the damage to the CN campus, they sent 20 tickets to this Thursday's Metallica Concert at AT&T Park for our Ensemble Band members to attend. Generous parents are chartering a bus to take our students down to the concert
  • Jansport in Seattle, WA - Jansport has donated 80 backpacks for fire victims. A grassroots effort group headed by a CN parent filled the backpacks with school supplies and is delivering them to our 4 remote sites this week.
  • Bishop Kelly High School in Boise ID - held a 'Jeans Day' and raised funds for CN
  • Peoria Norte Dame High School in Peoria, IL - held fund raising events in support of CN rebuild efforts
  • Ruskin Elementary School in San Jose, CA - held fund raising events for CN rebuild
  • St. Joseph Norte Dame in Alameda, CA - held fund raising events to support CN rebuild efforts
  • La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks, CA - donated to our rebuild efforts at CN
  • Bohemian Club in San Francisco - donated to the rebuild efforts at CN
  • Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame, CA - held fund raising events with proceeds sent to CN
  • Presentation High School in San Jose, CA - held fund raising events to support CN rebuild efforts
  • Fortuna High School in Fortuna, CA - students sold candied apples and with the proceeds purchased $1,400 worth of gift cards. They also purchased 50 pairs of red and black soccer socks for and delivered all to us this week.
  • St. Francis School in Sacramento, CA - On Nov 18th, they are hosting the California Junior Classical League's Ludi Novembres, a one day convention for Latin students from across Northern California, from Redding to San Jose. They invited our Latin students for free admission, and have indicated that the proceeds from their snack bar will be donated to CN.
  • Knights of Columbus of Santa Rosa - served breakfast and lunch to our students at St. Elizabeth Seton remote site where our Juniors' are located
  • Joseph A. Gregori High School in Modesto, CA - held fund raising events and ask parents, teachers and students to shop for our CN families. They delivered a truck load of school supplies and essentials for our students and teachers.
  • Living Spaces - offering a free mattress and box spring for any family who lost their homes in the fires.
  • Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, CA - sent a donation for rebuild efforts at CN
  • American Ag Credit in Santa Rosa, CA - donated twelve laptop computers for students who lost their computers in the fires.
    EdPuzzle - donated free premium accounts for all Cardinal Newman teachers for our flipped teaching lessons.
  • Loyola University in New Orleans, LA - sent Loyola University swag for our students who lost their homes
  • 101 Lacrosse in Petaluma, CA - donated lacrosse equipment to our lacrosse program
  • Jansport and Columbia Sportswear - these companies have donated a large number of brand new clothing items. Maria Carrillo High School would like to make this available to anyone with a need. All the clothing will be in the small gym at MCHS during the following dates and times:
    Thursday, Nov 9th 8am to 4pm
    Friday, Nov 10th 9am to 2:30 pm
    Saturday, Nov 11th 9am to 12 pm

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.

A Note from CBSL Program

The CBSL Program would like to thank our wonderful CN Community for all the efforts that went into making the Fire Relief Supply Distribution Event at the Flamingo Hotel such a huge success! We were able to connect with many of our families who had lost their homes, but due to the generosity of so many, we were able to extend our efforts to the greater Sonoma County community as well. A huge thank you to the Flamingo Hotel, the CN Maintenance Team, the CN parents and all who donated, helped collect, organized and delivered items for our community. We appreciate your support!!

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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