St. Luke Catholic School

St. Luke Catholic School

October 02, 2017

Principal’s Message: October 1, 2017
26th Week of Ordinary Time

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Dear St. Luke Families,

It is now October! Can you feel it, the weather has even cooled off! Our school focus is being divided into the myriad of different directions. We are entering the heart of a school year with so very much going on!

I would like to focus my message this week on Wednesday and the Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi who was born in 1182. In my mind, St. Francis was a radical- he led a life of evangelical poverty and preached the love of God to all. He established a rule which many throughout the world have followed- the Franciscans. On this day as a school, we shall all meet in front of the church at 2:30 p.m. and have a Blessing of Animals- all families with pets are invited to come and bring their pets or a picture of their pet and Father Ramon shall bless them.

Radical...simple...risk-taker...humble—words that have been applied to our current pontiff- Pope Francis! He makes his own coffee and chats with his Filipino staff every day. He hand-writes thank you notes and birthday invitations to the homeless in Rome, and his mastery of social media make him a pope of the twenty-first century.

Pope Francis is radical.  The Miriam Webster Online Dictionary  defines radical as “of, relating to, or proceeding from a root” . Jesus was radical in that He got deep down to the root of sin. He called for humanly antithetical behavior in loving our enemies, denying ourselves, becoming a servant and more.

And then there is God’s creation. Jorge Mario Bergoglio invoked “…the man who loves and protects creation” , as he describes St. Francis, for his papacy. The patron saint of the environment embodied respect for nature; Pope Francis’  Laudato Sí —a 40,000-word encyclical—brings forth the urgency of this message. If you have not done so already, it is a wonderful reading!

Dear families, our Pope is calling us to a double conversion: one of the heart in living a simpler and more humble life; and one of an ecological nature, in moving us to radical and risk-taking action. “Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible, and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.” (St. Francis)

Mr. Rieschick  


Dates to Remember

October 4:  2:30 PM Blessing of the Animals
          2:30 PM - 5:00 PM Bancroft Uniform on Campus
          5:30 PM Rita's of Stockton Frozen Treats for Sale

          6:00 PM Parent/Guardian Meeting (Sponsored by CSAC)
October 5 : $2 Paid Dress

October 6:  8:30 AM First Friday Mass 
          Picture Day (Red Sweaters Required with Mass Uniform)
October 7 - 12:  Washington D.C./New York Trip (8th Grade)
October 11:  Noon Dismissal (Extended Daycare Available)
October 13:  2:30 PM Go Pink - Live Rosary (All are invited to attend)
October 18:  8:30 AM Feast of St. Luke Scholarship Mass
          Full Mass Uniform
October 20:  College Wear Day

          6:00 PM Ohana Luau

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What's Going On at St. Luke School

Included in today's Monday Packet:

~ Ohana Luau Tickets (to those who pre-purchased)


Picture Day

Friday, October 6 is picture day (make up day: 10/10). Please make sure your child is in Full Mass Uniform including Red Sweaters. The uniform company will be here on Wednesday, October 4th if you are in need of any uniform items.

If you are choosing to order pictures, please be sure all payments and envelope are with your child first thing in the morning. Late orders are not accepted as it holds up production for the entire school. 


National Junior Honor Society

[Hidden image] Congratulations to the following students who applied and will be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society – St. Luke School Chapter on Friday, October 6 th .  The National Junior Honor Society is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious student recognition programs. In order to meet the high standards set forth by the NJHS, these 7 th & 8 th grade students must maintain and carry high standards of scholarship (grades), service, leadership, character, and citizenship. 

Our Faculty Advisors have found the following students meet all the qualifications set forth by the NJHS: D’Ondra Bomar, Elektra Caras, Trey Carido, Ainsley Chavez, Isabella Crotty, Jacob Esparza, Isabella Galvez, Britney Goriye, Laine Hole, Rowan Hunt, Bethany Kronlund, Noriel Magsayo, Vincemmanual Magsayo, Anissa Morones, Ryan Narciso, AJ Peralta, Madelyn Robancho, Marianne Romero, Emoree Sullivan, Ayden Torres, Ava Williams

Congratulations to these outstanding students!!!

Need PPP Hours

We are in need of some parents who have experience and can do the following:
  • Install the blinds in 3rd grade [Hidden image]
  • Move a cabinet from 4th to 1st grade
  • Install a whiteboard in 5th grade
  • Install the blinds in 5th grade
  • Power Wash the facility from the festival
  • Putt privacy strips on fence in field
Please contact the school office if you are able to complete any of these projects for your PPP hours.

A Note From Mr. Rieschick

Dear Families,

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For many, many years St. Luke Catholic Elementary School has been blessed to have families assist fellow families who are in need financially.  This is done through donations made to our Scholarship Fund.

Thank you, in part, to families who have set up a scholarship in memory of a loved one.  We also have a general scholarship fund that is not in a specific person’s name, but, is funded by generous individuals, parishioners and families who just show up on our door and write out a check.  Any individual can write out a check for any amount and it would be most welcomed, whether it is for $5.00 or for $5,000, or even more! Checks can be made payable to St. Luke School.  Please write in the memo section of the check “scholarship donation.”   All scholarship donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.

On another note, if you or your family would like to set up a permanent scholarship in memory of a loved one, or an alumni scholarship, or a scholarship from your business, please contact our Development Coordinator, Lexie Curtis, you may call (209) 464-0801 ext. 216 or email her at lcu rtis .

Thank You and God Bless!!

John Rieschick, Principal


Congratulations to Alumnus...

We would like to send out a big congratulations to  Vicente Contreras who is now the Freshman Class President for Saint Mary's High School. Despite the stiff competition Vicente succeeded in winning the majority vote! Way to go!!!


Blessing of the Animals

[Hidden image] Wednesday, October 4 (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi), Father Ramon will do a Blessing of the Animals in front of the Church at 2:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to bring their pets to be blessed at 2:30; however, please note the following: cats and other small animals (guinea pigs, bunnies, etc.) must be in pet carriers; dogs must be on leashes, and owners must be able to maintain control of their dogs at all times. Owners or pictures may be blessed in proxy for aggressive or un-leash trained dogs.


Bancroft Uniform on Campus

Bancroft, our School Uniform Supplier,

Will be coming to St. Luke School

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM


Beginning of the Year Parent/Guardian Meeting

Wednesday, October 4 th  from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Rita’s of Stockton shall be joining us!!

Please join our  St. Luke School Advisory Committee as we hold our beginning of the year Parent/Guardian Meeting on Wednesday, October 4 th , from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m.,  Rita’s of Stockton  shall be in front of the gymnasium selling  Italian Ice, Gelati’s, Misto Shakes, Frozen Custard, Blendini’s & Pretzels.  They shall also be staying afterwards selling yummy treats! 20% of sales goes directly back to St. Luke’s!


  • Introduction of our CSAC Members & Student Senate
  • Principal’s State of the School
  • Introduction of our Committee’s
  • Committee Break Out Groups

Mustang Matrix 2017

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


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     October 2..........Barbara Zaragoza


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


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Family Referral Program

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. 

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:

The Soul of Joe Villalpando
The Villalpando/Gerolaga Family
Aaron Brambila
Nelly Sangalang

Karen Geyer
The Soul of John Harrington
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Maria Tinoco
Sarah Hendricks
Maria & Tom Nakata
Frances Juarez
Sharon Hung
Jim Schneider
Josh Allen
Ester Valeros
Debbie Kapina 
Ignacio Gallindo

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

Up and Coming Events

Ohana Luau

[Hidden image] This fun family event is option 1 of 3 of your mandatory fundraisers for the school year. You must purchase a minimum of 8 tickets between the Luau, Fruit of the Vine, and Tacos and Tequila.

When: October 20 th

Where: St. Luke Gymnasium

Time: 6:00pm

This fun night will include live entertainment, lei greeters, Hawaiian music, mobile ice cream cart, photo booth, raffles, and lots of fun!

A ticket purchase form was included in your child's Monday envelope last week.


PPP Opportunity!

The Ohana Luau is quickly approaching and we need your help! We are looking for a variety of donations and volunteers to help ensure a successful event. Remember, every $10 spent on donations equals 1 PPP hour! Click here to download and print.


Pre School News

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Parish Information 

DIVAS Presents

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If you are interested in attending this event, stop by the church office ASAP as they are almost sold out!!
Ticket sales end on Thursday.


In Other News

Saint Mary's Theatur

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Catholic Charities Taco Fundraiser

Celebrate Halloween at the All You Can Eat Taco Fundraiser.

When: Thursday, October 26 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Miguel's Mexican Restaurant
How Much: $10 donation

For Tickets and Information call 209-444-5928



Free DACA Renewals

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Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services Program will be providing *Free* Daca Renewals. Services will include a free DACA legal consult, screening and legal representation at filing by their Department of Justice Accredited Representatives.

Daily Wak-ins are welcome or you may call to make an appointment Mon - Fri at: 209-444-5910 or email


Financial Planning Classes on St. Luke Campus

We all know that a college education can make a big difference in a child's life. That's why financial planning services will be offered on St. Luke School's Campus, courtesy of New York Life. 

Here's what will be covered:

  • Why a college education is worth every penny.
  • How much a four-year degree costs today-and what it may cost tomorrow.
  • Where to find "free" money for college.
  • Places you can turn for more information and assistance. 

​If you have a child or grandchild looking forward to college, you won't want ot miss this free, informative event.

Multiple dates are offered at 6 PM in Room 8

In English:
10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14
In Spanish:
10/5, 10/19, 11/2, 11/16


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