Dear Cardinal Newman families, alumni and friends,

January 22, 2018 Update -

Following the firestorm of October 9, 2017, and 15 weeks at remote locations for teaching, WE'RE BACK!

How can I donate to Cardinal Newman?

The best way to donate is by visiting our website at then select ‘Fire Relief’ in the appeal drop down. 100% of all donations will go directly to the school and fire relief efforts.

Checks may also be mailed to the school at 50 Ursuline Road Santa Rosa CA 95403. The Post Office is holding our mail and it is being picked up on a regular schedule.

Thank you and God Bless!

How can I get in touch with Administrators and staff?

Laura Held - President -

Graham Rutherford - Principal -

Doug Kirk - Assistant Principal - kirk@cardinalnewman,org

Bernadette Calhoun - Assistant Principal -

Rich Herrmann - Assistant Principal -

Jolie Trogdon - Finance Office -

Jackie Schwedhelm - Finance Office -

Carol Drake - Main Office Manager -

Bernie Lane - Attendance -

Kathy Browning - Registrar -

Terri Derr - Director of Advancement -

Kathy Badger - Assoc. Director of Advancement -

Lisa Sousa - Assoc. Director of Advancement -

Teacher Wish List

We have made a Teacher Wish List on Amazon to help them get their immediate needs met

FEMA INFORMATION - Sonoma & Napa County Residents

Here are links to

Sonoma County FEMA

Napa County FEMA

Register for FEMA Relief - Even if you have insurance, you might want to register!

Redwood Credit Union - WildFire Relief Fund

Redwood Credit Union - Wildfire Relief Fund

For STUDENTS, the RWCU is offering $250 Visa Gift Cards for all students who have lost their home in the wildfire. The cards are not yet available for distribution as of today, but know they are working to get these cards to all students who have lost their homes. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 10/26/2017 - RWCU is offering $500 Visa Gift Cards for all students who have lost their homes! WOW! The cards should be available or distribution within a week or so. Stay tuned.

For FAMILIES in need of relief from the wildfires, please see the information below copied from RWCU's website:

2017 Northern California Wildfires Helping Handbook

Robert Half - Job Search Workshop

Complimentary Job Search Workshops

In light of the recent wildfires and the extensive loss in our community, Robert Half is hosting a series of free workshops in our Santa Rosa office to assist job seekers in the area. We have all been directly or indirectly affected by this tragedy and are extending a hand in various ways during this time of rebuilding our lives.

Please join Robert Half for a series of FREE job search workshops through the months of November and December in downtown Santa Rosa. We will be discussing a different topic in each workshop and would love to have you at one, two, or all three.

Week 1: Resumania©: How to Avoid Mistakes and Write the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter

This presentation discusses the attributes of strong resumes and cover letters, and common mistakes to avoid.

Week 2: How to Ace the Job Interview

This presentation will walk you through how to prepare for an in-person job interview, dress appropriately and answer tough questions. It also covers phone and video interviews, which are growing in popularity.

Week 3: Social Media and Your Career

This presentation offers a crash course in using social media to advance your career. It provides specific tips on using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter for business purposes; how to build and maintain your online networks; the finer points of social media etiquette; and how social media can help – or hurt – your job search.

Event Details


100 B Street Suite 210

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Week 1:

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Topic: Resumania©: How to Avoid Mistakes and Write the Perfect Resume and Cover Letter

Week 2:

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Topic: How to Ace the Job Interview

Week 3:

Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Topic: Social Media and Your Career


Leticia Ekube event contact


Click here to register today!


Space is limited. You must register for EACH event to participate.

Robert Half Finance & Accounting

Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Solano

(707) 578-3355, Ext. 21423 (office)

(707) 478-2019 (mobile)

(707) 568-6391 (fax)


Robert Half has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. (April 21, 2017)

Community Support Groups - Redwood Empire Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

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.
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. Map here.
  • PDF Flyer here.
Please register for one or more groups 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.

More information and online registration: Community Support Groups for Fire Survivors - FREE - Dec. 2nd - Led by Licensed MFTs

Kind regards,
Redwood Empire CAMFT

Epicurean Group Supports Cardinal Newman!

Epicurean Group. Food Management Company
Greetings of the season! Over the past year our team has worked hard to bring you the very best of Epicurean Group, while at the same time supporting our communities.

We invite you to enjoy your holiday dinner with family and friends, and to conclude with Rey's Chocolate Flan, a delicious dessert with just the right touch of Kahlua.

A Season of Giving
Widespread fires in the North Bay, the deadliest in California history, ravaged homes, schools and businesses and caused many to quickly evacuate their homes in the early morning hours, sometimes with little more than their lives. "At the request of county administrators, when the crisis erupted on Monday, October 9, Epicurean Group immediately began providing meals to evacuees and first responders from our kitchen at the Marin Center," said Mary Clark Bartlett, CEO and founder of Epicurean Group. "Thanks to our many vendors, clients and community members
Our team preps hot meals for Napa and Sonoma County wildfire evacuees and first responders at the Marin Center shelter.
who contributed funds, food and in-kind services, and to our own staff and resources, we served more than 7,000 meals." Vice-President and Corporate Executive Chef Phil Wright, who planned and directed the team effort, said that his chefs were able to tailor dishes to the evacuees' preferences. "As in all our corporate and education accounts, our chefs prepare fresh hot meals featuring customized menu favorites. We could see how comforting this approach was and how much these meals lifted everyone's spirits."
Another Epicurean Group client, Cardinal Newman High School in Santa Rosa sustained significant damage. In response, Clark Bartlett worked with the school officials to set up a student Food Scholarship fund. If you would like to support this effort, please click on the Cardinal Newman Fire Relief link and identify "Epicurean Group Food Scholarship Fund" in the "Notes" section. We appreciate your support for this worthy cause!

Epicurean Group - A Recognized Green Business
Once again, our company achieved official recognition as a Green Business by the County of Santa Clara. The program recognizes businesses that "demonstrate environmental stewardship that goes above and beyond the minimum required by local regulations." "We're thrilled to be recognized for our green business practices - eliminating plastic and food waste and using food that is healthy and produced in the least environmentally damaging manner," said Clark Bartlett. "We're buying local, seasonal foods and supporting communities. We're reducing meat consumption and serving grass-fed beef and organic and Fair Trade foods. And, most importantly, we're educating our customers about the foods that are good for their health and for the health of the planet." Earlier this year, Epicurean Group received the State of California's most prestigious environmental honor, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, for our exceptional success in using Green Business practices.

Meet our Farmers and Artisan Producers
Chef Rick Lewis (L) and Farmer Al Courchese of Frog Hollow Farm, at a recent Meet the Farmer event.
Meet the Farmer, our newest education program, is highlighted in a recent Edible Silicon Valley magazine article. The program is designed to introduce our sustainable farm partners and organic artisan producers to our education and corporate clients. "Our goal is to educate students and adults about the nutritious, seasonal food that we serve in our dining halls and cafés from our partners - local farms, ranches and artisan producers," says Clark Bartlett. "We have a responsibility to share our professional knowledge about food and nutrition and their links to physical and mental health."

Educating and Supporting the Team
As a socially responsible company, we always want to help our team to grow. Three innovative education programs - Chef of the Month, Be a Star and Building Culinary Leaders - educate staff about processes to acheive excellence in customer service. Chef of the Month recognizes chefs and managers who excel in eight categories, including Customer
Chef Harry Yee is our October Chef of the Month, shown here with his team, including several Culinary Leaders. Chef Yee and his team provided more than 7,000 meals to fire evacuees and first responders.
Satisfaction, Engagement & Responsibility, and Outstanding Culinary Achievement. Our Be a Star is a front-of-the-house management training program. Building Culinary Leaders develops leadership attributes in kitchen employees. Says Senior VP and Co-Founder Rey Hernandez, "Our principles and practices are the basis of all our training programs - each lesson builds on a clear understanding of our 'Fresh, Honest, Local' mission and values."

Supporting "Good, Clean & Fair" Food
As part of its commitment to improving the U.S. food system, Epicurean Group was a sponsor of the Slow Food Nations Festival in Denver, Colorado. The three-day national festival was a food-education event open to the public. Epicurean Group sponsored the Slow Food California booth that showcased California's heritage and heirloom foods and artisan producers.

Fair Trade in Schools and Universities Program Launch
a new program to help promote Fair Trade products and values with many of our school and university clients. The program goal is "to promote Fair Trade and to share educational information about it," says Brian Armenio, Epicurean Group Vice President of Operations and program manager. Fair Trade products - like coffee, tea, chocolate and bananas - are grown "with respect to people and planet, promote safe, healthy working conditions, protect the environment and empower communities to build strong, thriving businesses," according to Fair Trade USA, a non-profit that sets standards and certifies products. "Several of our education clients have already achieved certification and others are in the process," said Armenio. To learn more, contact or 650.773.9569.

Our very best wishes to you during this joyous holiday season,
Mary, Marvin and Rey

FEMA Registration for Disaster Assistance Deadline December 11, 2017

The Phoenix Photo Project

The Phoenix Photo Project is a pop up photo shop for all of the people and families affected by the North Bay fires. We understand people have lost everything, including years worth of photos, so we want to help them in their process of starting to rebuild. We will be capturing complimentary professional family portraits this Sat., 12/2 and Sun., 12/3, located at my wonderful alma mater, St. Vincent De Paul High School in Petaluma. We are working with Walmart and Fuji to ensure they will have access to all of the photos via the Cloud and a printed package of their photos as well, once they visit the store.

If you know of any families who were affected and would like to have a portrait taken, or would even like to volunteer, please help us help others by sharing the below link or sharing/posting the attached flyer. There are 3 tabs at the top - Portraits, Volunteers and Donations - so they can click on whichever one works for them.

We are all volunteers and are just trying to do our best to help so many of those affected by these devastating fires. Thank you in advance for all of your help and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.


Jennifer P. Franco, CMP

707.815.9922 |

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