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Update for November 1, 2017
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November 1, 2017

A Letter to our Cardinal Newman Community -

Dear Cardinal Newman Community,

A Message from Principal Graham Rutherford:

All Saints Day reminds us of the challenge to live a good life, a life of value and service to others, a life that matters. These past few weeks have put such questions in front of all of us, especially our students. The world around us has been changed, we struggle to regain our balance, we help those in need, and we keep our school together. In some ways, my life seems simpler and more direct, the same thing I have heard others say; the time fixing problems is time well spent, the time caring for others is needed. Which brings back the lives of saints, people who did what was needed or who offered others a better vision, we need such inspiration.

As a child, I had a Picture Book of Saints, now destroyed in this fire, and it made me wonder who these people were and what they had really done. Another lost valuable were the two small plastic statues I had from CCD for learning the "Hail Mary" and the "Our Father", reminders that prayer is necessary, especially when struggles entwine us. It was at St. Joseph's, Cotati that I went to Mass and learned about faith, with my mother's support and insistence. To see our Seniors there now learning is heart warming, using the Hall that did not exist when I was there. Later when I was at Newman, St. Elizabeth Seton was started in Rohnert Park, first building their Hall, then later the church; now our Juniors have been given time there to learn. Resurrection Parish started when I was younger but sometimes we went there to meet family friends for services. Again, it feels good to see our Freshmen there together, learning more than their subjects, becoming more complete people. This morning I went to the Mass at 9am with the Sophomores at Our Lady of Guadalupe, where a small mission church was in 1991 when we moved there, and then I contributed to the building of a new church and the Furth Center, yet today they are helping our 10th graders there.

I cannot list all the teachers and staff for the contributions made allowing us to go forward, from the two retreats two weeks ago, to classes beginning last week, and to continued adjusting in different circumstances; they are a marvelous and wonderful group. The students too deserve credit for shedding how some things were and becoming more mature, learning that education is a deeper subject than they knew and yet they make their class better by their contributions. As parents, please allow yourself some credit for the encouragement and opportunity you have provided your children. We are all growing. – Graham Rutherford, Principal


A Message from President Laura Held,

Over the course of the last 3 and 1/2 weeks, I have been overwhelmed by the daily importance and significance of what Cardinal Newman High School means to the community in Sonoma County. Together, as students, faculty, staff, administrators, parents, alumni and friends we have "pulled ourselves together" and we are moving forward. Our goal is to ensure the legacy of a Catholic college preparatory education even stronger and better at Cardinal Newman.

Under the careful guidance of our Department of Catholic Schools and in partnership with our Board of Directors, I am incredibly pleased with our ability to develop a successful plan for re-entering our campus and beginning classes in January. Information about our reentry to campus follows in this weekly update.

Today, on November 1st, we celebrate the richness of the Feast of All Saints. We pray and give great thanks for so many men and women who performed extraordinary service for others. I love Saints. They are Superheroes of our Church. They are models of holiness. Saints are all around us. Perhaps more importantly, we are now daily witnessing women and men whose generous spirit reflects the Gospel call to love and serve God in others.

As we move forward and re-build the physical presence of what our school will be, we give thanks for the enormous outreach, assistance, dedication and excitement for continuing the work of learning, teaching and leading in the tradition of our Cardinal Newman experience.
- Laura M. Held, President

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

The seniors have done a great job of getting back to work. We have worked out many of the initial kinks and the site is humming along. All of the seniors (and teachers) were treated to pizza by Father Raul last week and it was much appreciated. St. Joseph's has been very welcoming and accommodating. We are very blessed to be able to use this site.

Juniors – St. Elizabeth Seton, Rohnert Park

The Juniors are settling into the site at St. Elizabeth Seton arriving on time and driving carefully in the parking lot. Fr. Tom and his office staff have been very generous with space and teachers are working hard each day utilizing those spaces and meeting with their students. We were blessed with donations of bagels, cream cheese, and butter and granola bars which helped with the morning hunger. The Knights of Columbus cooked a delicious hamburger and hot dog meal for the Juniors yesterday which added to the festivities of Halloween costumes and games. Today, we celebrated Mass with Fr. Tom and parish members for All Saints Day and Campus Ministry, with the help of Alice Meyer, proclaimed the Readings, Responsorial Psalm, and Offertory Prayers. As a community we prayed for our students, our school, and all those touched by the destruction of the recent fires. The Juniors and Teachers have really worked hard to make our satellite campus a learning environment.

Additionally, Lori Olson, MA, PPS, NBCC, counselor at CN, will be moving from the Freshmen class to the Junior class site to support students' social/emotional concerns from November until January. Her support may be of benefit to your students. If you DO NOT give permission to check in with your student and give counseling, please let her know. She can be reached at Olson@cardinalnewman.org.

Sophomores – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Windsor

Our Sophomores are settling into their new home at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Windsor. The staff there are making them feel welcome. They are utilizing 6 classrooms along with the main large ballroom on most days. Their needs are being addressed with a copier scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, and high speed internet in the works.

Mass is held on Wednesday at 9:00am sharp! Students are asked to arrive by 8:45 and leave backpack in the hall. No special dress required.

Mr. Castenada brought everyone burritos from his restaurant across the street last week. Thank you Mr. Castendada! The students are adjusting well and seeing improvements daily in many aspects of school life. Challenges occur, but everyone is working hard to meet each one and all are trying to make it better. It is a work in progress!

Freshman – Resurrection Parish, Santa Rosa

"Team Frosh - 2021" is working hard to make Resurrection our interim CN "home". Fr. Shaw and his staff have embraced our school and have made all of us feel very welcomed. We have enjoyed our morning welcoming from the Marian Sisters and have found peace to start our day in the beautiful church or gathering in smaller homeroom groups. Our class is praying daily for Mr. Hamilton and his family.

Dress up for Halloween was very spirited and the Jacquin family surprised everyone with pizza as a Halloween surprise. Thank you to the Jacquin family!

General Info Student Learning:

The "flipped teaching" model we are using is gaining more adoption and the students are adjusting to this new way of learning. As a reminder, the students should be watching lectures at home and then coming to school to work on "homework". Due to our lack of bandwidth at the satellite sites, students will need to download material at home before coming to school. Comcast and Sonic will be installing new lines at every site this week and we will have full internet support by the end of next week.

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.

Facilities Update -

Cardinal Newman Rebuilding Timeline - Phase I

10.09.17 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

11.02.17 WATER TURNED BACK ON AT SITE

11.03.17 ORDER PORTABLES

11.07.17 SITE SANITATION BY BELFOR STARTING AT RETREAT CENTER

11.08.17 ORDER FURNITURE AND FIXTURES FOR PORTABLES.

11.08.17 SUBMIT GRADING PLANS FOR PARKING LOT TO PRMD

11.08.17 SUBMIT SITE PLAN FOR PORTABLES TO PRMD

11.15.17 GRADING START ON TEMPORARY PARKING LOT

11.30.17 COMPLETE PARKING LOT

12.05.17 COMPLETE GRADING AND BASE FOR PORTABLES

12.06.17 SITE CLEAN UP COMPLETE

12.06.17 PORTABLES DELIVERED

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

An updated Site Map of the Cardinal Newman campus is included at the end of this email. 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

We are truly grateful for the outpouring of gifts and offers to help our school community. The responses have been overwhelming! It is with much gratitude and appreciation that we highlight these recent schools or organizations that have shown generous support to Cardinal Newman. Below is a partial list of organizations and schools that have reached out to us, offering their financial aid, support and prayers for our community:

  • Cisco Systems – offered online learning platform, equipment, training and man power to establish 4 remote learning environments for our students
  • Redwood Credit Union – Offering $500 Visa Gift Cards per student who lost their homes (cards should be distributed within the next two weeks)
  • Nike – offered to replace uniforms lost in fire
  • Oakland Raiders – supported Cardinal Newman with a cash donation
  • Epicurean Group – making cash donations to support Food Scholarships at CN
  • Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa – holding fund raising events in support of CN
  • Cardinal Newman Class of 1972 – collected donations from their classmates to provide gift cards and donations to families who lost their homes
  • Campolindo High School in Moraga, CA – held student and parent fund raiser through their Football program and personally delivered check in the amount of $12,000
  • Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, CA – MC Wears Red in support of Cardinal Newman and raised $24,000 for our rebuild efforts
  • Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA – held gift card drive in support of CN.
  • St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA – has adopted 4 of our school families who have lost their homes
  • St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma – held several fund raising events including a Pasta Feed and donated proceeds to CN
  • Rancho Cotati High School – hosted our CN football team for Friday Night Under the Lights game and held fund raising event at the game with proceeds supporting CN
  • Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, CA – launched a donation campaign with the students and parish with proceeds to support CN
  • Bentley School in Oakland, CA (their school burned to the ground 27 years ago in Oakland Firestorm) – Fund raising for support to CN and supplying elementary school children at St. Rose School with new backpacks.
  • St. Martin of Tours in Los Angeles, CA - will be holding a 'Jean Day' raising funds for all the schools within our Diocese.
  • Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, NY – the Kellenberg Girls Cross Country team held fund raising events and posted photos holding signs saying 'Kellenberg Loves Cardinal Newman'.
  • Holy Spirit Preparatory High School in Absecon, NJ – held a Senior Night fund raising event with proceeds supporting CN
  • St. Peter's School in Waldorf, MD – held school fund raising event to support CN
  • Providence Academy in Minnesota – held Penny Wars in support of Cardinal Newman, St. Rose and St. Eugene's
  • Lasallian Humanitarian Foundation – holding a Christmas Gala in December in support of Cardinal Newman
  • MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, MA – holding a fund raiser in Boston to support CN

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.

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

Updated Site Map with new location of portable classrooms.