St. Luke Catholic School
December 03, 2018
St. Luke Catholic School

Principal's Message: Week of December 2, 2018
1st Week of Advent

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Dear St. Luke Families,

Please don't forget to send your children with non-perishable food items this week for the Catholic Charities Food Pantry. Items are due by this Friday!

On Monday of this week, our students get to experience a wonderful assembly called “The Story of Ebeneezer Scrooge,” that wonderful piece written by Charles Dickens in 1843 and made into so many wonderful movies throughout the years.            

As we prepare for the second week of Advent, we know it is a time of joyful anticipation. It is time, the prophet Baruch says, “to take off your robe of mourning and misery,” for God is leading his people “with his mercy and justice for company.” God’s people “are wrapped in the cloak of justice from God,” and they “will be named by God forever the peace of justice.”

Paul, too, speaks of joyful anticipation, of waiting for “the day of Christ Jesus.” He encourages the Philippians to grow in “love, understanding, wealth of experience, clear conscience, and blameless conduct,” and he concludes with a wish: “that you may be found rich in the harvest of justice which Jesus Christ has ripened in you.”

The message of John the Baptist is to prepare the way for the coming of Christ, to make straight the windings and to make smooth the rough ways.

We need a “baptism of repentance,” a cleansing from the old ways of “greed and darkness” and a commitment to a new way of living. We need to challenge the wisdom of the world in the way it was challenged by that prophet in the desert.

Have a prayer-filled week ahead!

Mr. Rieschick


Dates to Remember

December 6: $2 Casual Dress
December 7: 8:30 AM First Friday Mass- Mass Uniform Required
December 12: Noon Dismissal- Extended Daycare Available
December 14: Free Christmas Lunch for All Students and Staff
December 20: Free Dress
          10:00 AM Christmas Pageant *Special Showing

          Noon Dismissal - Extended Daycare Available
          6:30 PM Christmas Pageant
December 21: No School- Christmas Vacation Begins
January 7: School Resumes

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What's Going On at St. Luke School

Included in today's Packet:

~ No items from the office


Christmas Lunch

[Hidden image]Every year, Mrs. Chavez and her crew, prepare a delicious Christmas lunch for the students and staff of the school and parish. Last week we sent a donation request sheet, requesting items to help offset the cost of the lunch. Thank you to everyone who has donated, we truly appreciate it.

At this point, we are still in need of cooked turkeys. If you are able to purchase and cook a turkey for Friday, December 14, please let Miss Nance know as soon as possible.


Winter Spirit Wear Order

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The order forms went home last Monday and are due at 8 AM this Friday (December 7). Click here to download and print the order form.
 Need a better view of the shirts being offered? Click here.


Rainy Day Wish List

Hello St. Luke's families,

[Hidden image]Our classroom instructional aides have put together a list of items that they would love to utilize when our K - 4th classes are inside the gym or social hall for recesses on our rainy or very cold days. Items can be purchased from Amazon or wherever you may find them; however you will need to click here to view the wishlist.
We selected items that many students can play with together. Items that are easily set up so that they will have as much time to play as possible. These items will be used by classes K - 4th during school only. Remember, every $10 worth of items donated will earn your family 1 PPP hours. We thank you for your generosity!
Thank you,
St. Luke's classroom aides

A Note from Mrs. Tinder

I want to let you know about the Homework Assistance and Math Tutoring that occur at a number of public libraries in our area.  Homework assistance happens at the Chavez Central Library, the Troke Branch Library, the Fair Oaks Library, some branches in the county like Tracy and Mountain House, plus the Lodi Public Library.  Most programs offer assistance in homework help for grades K-5 or K-6, some even beyond those grades.  Some programs like the Troke program offer assistance for grades 6-12 in math.  (These tutors are provided through the County Office of Education.)  The Lodi program offers assistance in math when a math tutor  is available.  All programs rely on volunteers.  Parents may check with the nearest branch or library to learn what assistance is offered.  Websites for the two libraries are ssjcpl.organd

In addition, a couple of libraries have a unique program called Paws to Read or some similar name.   These programs encourage "children to increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs."  The canine teams welcome children to read to them.  The largest program is at the Lodi Public Library.  (When my husband was the children's librarian at the Lodi Library, he began the program.  He also started the Homework Help program there.)   All programs are free!
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Library Birthday Book Club

[Hidden image]Thank you to...

Ashton Lynch

for donating The Great Kapok Tree

to our Library Birthday Book Club


[Hidden image]Also, thank you to...

Samantha McCormick 

for donating
The Baby-sitters Club:
Dawn and the Impossible Three

to our Library Birthday Book Club.


Happy happy birthday Ashton and Samantha!!


Mass Uniform 

Winter weather has come upon us and now Red Sweaters are required for Mass Uniform. 

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A few notes to Mass Uniform Days (commonly referred to as Full Mass Uniform):

  • Generally, every FIRST FRIDAY of the month, we attend a formal mass as a school. This is when Mass Uniform is required. While we do attend mass every Tuesday, Mass Uniform is not required. 
  • Mass Uniform is also required on special masses and Holy Days of Obligation. These days will be announced in the Newsbrief in advance, so keep your eye out here as well.


A Message from CSAC

The Catholic School Advisory Committee (CSAC) invites parents, guardians, teachers and parishioners to CSAC meetings. Anyone who is interested in participating is required to send an agenda item request (topic of discussion) at least 2 weeks prior to the meeting for review. Please email your request to Board Chair, Jennifer Juanitas at The next CSAC meeting is January 9, 2019.


Coach Que's Christmas Mission

“Coach Que’s Mission”  will spend most of our time focused on the following to bring Christmas 🎄 & Joy🎊 to Vietnam:  

  1. Pre-School & Elementary from Hai Duong- Providence of Hue-  26-30 poorest students 
  2. House of the Blind:  20-30 members 
  3. Village of Dac Goc- Providence of Hue:  Coats 🧥 & Jackets 🧥 drive for up to 200 children in the Village.💥
  4. Traveling around Hue to give out Christmas presents 🎁 & money 💰 to elders and those in needs.  

I am very excited to again lead this great mission!  As I prepare for the trip, I need your prayers for safety and God to work in and through me.  I want to humbly ask you to consider supporting me financially and/or supplies to help make this third annual mission trip a huge success!  Any supplies and/or amount would be great, nothing is ever too small! 


🙏Things we need for this mission:🙏

  • Cash 💰 donation (help pay school tuition for pre-schoolers and elementary school students, purchase of outfits and jackets/coats 🧥)
  • Powdered Milk 🥛 drink 
  • PediaSure (powdered only)
  • Ensure (powered only) 
  • Bone Density Dietary Supplement 
  • Bone Restore 
  • Calcium Gummy Vitamins
  • Adults Vitamins & Kids Vitamins  


🙏🙏🙏Please continue to forward the news to others and lend a helping hand to do God’s work! All donations need to be collected by December 1st so it can be delivered in time for 🎄 🙏🙏🙏

Click her to view Coach Que's Mission Amazon Wishlist


Mustang Matrix 2018

Congratulations to all the Matrix winners for the month of December:

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  December 3..........Sana Eden



Congratulations to all those who have won the
$100 drawing this year.

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Family Referral Program

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Love our school? Tell everyone!!

Receive $500 off your tuition if you refer a NEW family to St. Luke School. 

Call the school office for more details. 

Up and Coming Events

Christmas Pageant & Special Showing

Our Christmas Pageant is on Thursday,
December 20 at 6:30 PM.

As we have done the past few years, we will have a special Christmas Pageant Showing (dress rehearsal) on Thursday, December 20 at 10 AM. This is a great opportunity for friends, neighbors, grandparents, and community members to come enjoy the pageant without the large crowd, or having to stay out late. 


A few notes: Students are asked to be in their assigned places by 6:15 PM in Mass Uniform (including red sweaters). Please be sure that they have gone to the restroom before they arrive and that they leave their jackets with you. They will remain with their classes until the end of pageant and an adult picks them up from their teacher. 

The Christmas Pageant is a long time tradition at St. Luke School. The event is well attended and is usually standing room only. Be sure to get to the church early to ensure a seat and please make sure everyone in your party arrives early. Seats will not be able to be saved after 6:15 PM.

Pageant DVD's

In order to make this special story enjoyable for you and your family, Media Fusion Studios comes and professionally videotapes our children so you can sit back and enjoy the performance.

DVD's are $30 to purchase and are sent home when we return from Christmas Break. If you would like to order a DVD, simply send in the  order form with your payment to the school office by Wednesday, December 19. 

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:

Mrs. Mirella Nelson
Kaylee Harris
Eryn Leman

Josh Allen
Frances Juarez
​Elvira Balancio

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Robert Shaw

Freddy Tinder

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

Parish Ministries Working Together

Annual Advent "Rosemarie Doyle"
Project for Homeless Men

The Homeless Project is a PARISH-WIDE event that began in the mid-‘80s when we discovered that most of the family and/or women’s shelters were remembered by many churches and civic groups during the holidays, but the men at the single shelter were being overlooked.  Each year our parish families provide over 250 sets of hats, gloves & scarves for Stockton’s homeless men. Socks (also serving as stockings) are donated by CRE.  Candy and fruit are donated by the Pre-School. 

Our SCHOOL FAMILIES bring in small travel size toiletry items (they are more economical and fit in the Christmas stockings)!  Providing for 250+ often forgotten men is a large job, but our school has always helped us reach our goal!

Please encourage your children to bring toiletry items to class anytime until December 20.   Help us make Christmas a little brighter for our brothers at the Stockton Shelter.

Kinder and 1st Grade
Disposable Razors, Combs & small Shaving Creams

2nd & 3rd Grades
Bars of Soap & travel size mens’ Shampoos

4th Grade
Deodorant and/or Aftershave Lotion

5th & 6th Grades
Small boxes of Band-aids & travel packs of Kleenex

7th & 8th Grades
Toothbrushes and travel size Toothpaste

Invite your child(ren) to shop with you, and if they can, share in the picking out and buying of the toiletry items.  Discuss as a family how these small items can help make the day a little better and brighter for a homeless man. 

*Please notePre-School
Boxes of Large Candy Canes & Bags of Oranges 
*(BRING WEEK OF DEC.17-20.)*


CYO Spot

St. Luke's CYO Ministry Youth Basketball Night @ Haas Pavilion. California Golden Bears vs. USC Trojans.   Saturday, February 16, 2018.  

Open to all parishioners of St. Luke Parish Community.

Tickets $20.00 per person.  We need to hit a minimum of 10-ticket threshold to quality for attendance at this event.

The festivities will include on-court activities, autograph signing and group recognition.

Once we hit the threshold, You will be contacted regarding payment methods available.


Reserve your tickets using the "Cal Youth Night 02.16.2019" link under the "Community Events" heading on the left navigation bar.


Catholic Charities Christmas Food Drive

[Hidden image]In partnership with the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, we are holding our annual non perishable food drive. From now  through December 7th we are collecting holiday food items to help Catholic Charities to provide food to families this holiday season. Desired food items are: macaroni and cheese, stuffing, canned soup, canned yams, corn bread mix, etc. 

Tidbit: In 2017 with the help of our school, Catholic Charities was able to assist 275 households for Thanksgiving and Christmas for a total of 771 individuals!