St. Luke Catholic School
August 08, 2018
St. Luke Catholic School

Principal's Message: Week of August 5, 2018
18th Week Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends of St. Luke’s,

A warm and welcoming greeting to each and every one of you this FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL!!! Our parish community is blessed to have two missionary religious communities!!

St. John Bosco was moved by the heart of the Good Shepherd so the pastoral activity of not only our school but each ministry within the parish is marked by a profound ability to find ways of making contact, of getting close to the young and sharing life with them. The origin of the word Salesian comes from a 17th century thinker and saint, Francis of Sales. His optimistic humanism opened up a spiritual depth within relationships encouraging people to engage with the heart rather than through an impersonal authority. He spoke about the strength of real gentleness and the ability of a warm, consistent approach to working with people that could transform their experience of life. This is why the founder of the Salesian order, John Bosco, adopted Francis as his patron. Our community of priests in the rectory is Fr. Ramon, Fr. Paul, Fr. Marc, and Fr. Avelino. One of his most important statements about ministering with young people was this:

Young people not only need to be loved,
They need to know that they are loved.

Fr. Eustachio Montemurro, founder of the Missionary Sisters of Sacro Costato and Little Brothers of the Blessed Sacrament, was a holy man and lived a life of awareness, acceptance and action. These basic characteristics ignited his life when ministering with people; optimism and vivaciousness. Our community of nuns in the convent is Sr. Odetta, Sr. Angela, Sr. Wanda, Sr. Irma, and Sr. Mary Jane.

The faculty and staff of St. Luke School are about providing an experience that engages the heart. When a young person experiences that loving kindness, hearts are opened, confidence grows, faults are corrected and gifts blossom. This holistic and heart-centered approach is based on reasonable, respectful and reverent way of ministering with the young.

God Bless you and thank you for entrusting your children to our care.

Mr. Rieschick

Dates to Remember

August 8: 8:00 AM First Day of School
            Noon Dismissal 
(Extended Daycare Available)
August 9 & 10: Noon Dismissal (Extended Daycare Available)
August 15: 8:30 AM Back to School Mass -Regular Uniform
        6:30 PM Back to School Night
August 20-24: Star Standardized Testing

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What's Going On at St. Luke School

Included in today's Packet:

~ Nothing from the school office


First Day Paperwork

Great News Everybody!!! There is no First Day Paperwork being sent home from the office.

The Online Enrollment packet that you filled out asked for all information that we would have sent out on the first day of school. If any information has changed, please log into ParentsWeb and click on Web Forms to update your information.  


Best of San Joaquin Nomination

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Love St. Luke's?

Vote for us to be the Best of San Joaquin County through The Record! Voting ends this Friday (August 10). Click the picture to the left to vote.




Lunch Ordering Information

[Hidden image]As a convenience to parents we offer an optional hot lunch program on full days of school. Lunches are generally $5 per day and range from Chicken Tacos and Rice, Spaghetti, Sandwiches, Pizza and more. Lunches are pre ordered on a weekly basis on ParentsWeb. Instructions on how to order hot lunch will be included in a future Newsbrief.

We will begin hot lunch starting the week of August 20 (available to order starting August 15). 


Birthdays at St. Luke School

[Hidden image]We love to celebrate birthdays here at St. Luke School! In fact, your child may wear free dress on their birthday and bring a birthday treat for their class (please arrange with the teacher prior to bringing treats)!

We also have a Birthday Book Club! Student's are invited to bring a new version of their favorite age appropriate book to donate to the library. They will have their photo taken with the book and placed inside the book! 


Semi Casual Fridays

Back by popular demand... Semi Casual Fridays!!!

Every Friday (except Mass Days) the students are allowed to wear St. Luke's Spirit Wear or St. Luke's Logo T-Shirts along with uniform bottoms. This is a fun way to reward the kids for a great week!

Don't have St. Luke Spirit Wear? Don't worry, a spirit wear order form will be sent home shortly. Keep an eye out in the Newsbrief for more information. 

*** The third Friday of every month is College Wear Day!! You're child(ren) may wear college spirit wear and uniform bottoms!


Up and Coming Events

Back to School Night 

Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15.

Daycare is offered for free in the playground for the kids so that parents and guardians can meet in the gym for a few quick announcements and then break off into their child(ren)'s classroom for a brief 20 minute session with the teacher. A second 20 minute session will be held for families with more than one classroom to visit.

Prayer Spot

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 5:14


Please keep the following people in your prayers:


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Froylan Tinoco
Maria Tinoco

Danny Herman

Margrito Muro Loera


If you would like to add anyone to our prayer spot, please email Miss Nance at


From the Diocese of Stockton

Catholic School's Office Newsletter

Welcome to the 18/19 school year. I hope that you have had a relaxing and enjoyable summer blessed with friends, family, and good health. This week Catholic schools across the diocese open wide their doors to welcome over 3600 students. As parents, you have many options when considering your child’s education. I am honored that you have chosen Catholic education, in the Diocese of Stockton.  Read Full Newsletter here.


A Message from Bishop Cotta

I want to wish all: school administrators, faculty, staff, volunteers, families and students, a grace filled school year. From first-year teachers to children anticipating their first classroom experience of learning and growing as individuals, may God bless and protect you throughout the new school year.

Read full letter here.


An Autumn Message About Child Protection

Autumn means back to school for children and back to work for those who have been on vacation. Amidst the hustle and bustle of this season, let us all keep sight of the importance of keeping our children and young people safe from danger.

Training requirements to safeguard children have been established in parishes throughout the Diocese of Stockton. These training requirements help ensure that all children and youth experience a safe environment in all parish activities and events.

The Diocese of Stockton mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools must undergo child abuse prevention training through the guidelines established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This training includes being fingerprinted and background checked and completing an on-line training course entitled Protecting God's Children. If you are planning on helping or assisting in your child’s school, you are required to complete this training.

 For training information, contact your local parish/school Safe Environment Coordinator.

For particular help and questions you may call: Linda Dillen, Manager of Benefits & Safe Environment for the Diocese of Stockton, at (209) 466-0636.