Carondelet High School



Welcome back, students and families! To ensure that everyone is prepared for the first day of school on Aug. 15, we would like to share some timely reminders. We hope these reminders and tips will be useful as you plan for the beginning of the school year.

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We have changed to a new textbook vendor, ClassBook. This online bookstore will open on June 30 and you will be able to access the system from our website. (Info about the bookstore delay here.)

Please read the ordering instructions below. You will also find the following screencasts from Mrs. Tracy helpful.

Book ordering instructions.

Your daughter will create an account using her school id when the portal opens. By logging in with her account, your daughter will be able to see all books required for the courses that she has been registered for the 2016-2017 school year.

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Oona (Jackson) Moore '83 went from junior class president to the president of her historic neighborhood association in downtown Jersey City. She was featured in The New York Times for her work with the association, which facilitates constructive discussions and finds solutions on community issues.

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Class of 2017 - go ahead and make it official with a "XVII, Seniors" t-shirt or sweatshirt.

The Class of 2017 T-shirt is a Hanes Tagless. The shirts are black. On the front is "XVII, Seniors." On the back "Make it Shine". Primary ink color is mint green with white accents. $15 each

Class of 2017 Sweatshirt is a 1/4 zip sweatshirt in ash gray. These sweatshirts run a bit large, and are the same brand as we used for the class of 2016 (for sizing reference).

On the front left chest is "XVII Seniors". On the back is "Make it Shine." Again, primary ink color is mint green with black and white accents. $30 each

Order yours today!

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Not sure what size uniform your daughter needs?

Stop by the Lands' End shop at Sears in Sunvalley Mall to try on shirts, skirts and sweaters to determine the perfect fit.

When: Friday, July 1 - Thursday, Sept. 15

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Concord, Calif. (June 8, 2016)—Hundreds of members of the Carondelet High School community, including alumnae, students, past principals, board members, supporters, faculty, and parents, as well as the school's founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, gathered on May 5 and 6 for special events to celebrate Carondelet's legacy and look towards its future as the school's 50th anniversary year comes to a close.

The two-day celebration began on Thursday, May 5, with a mass and dinner honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph, whose vision of educating young women for lives of leadership and service continues to infuse Carondelet's curriculum and spirit. During mass, President Bonnie Cotter spoke about the legacy the Sisters created at Carondelet. As she explained, "Through your work, Carondelet is thriving as a shining example of excellence in Catholic school education and it continues to build new generations of women who live out the mission and charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph – a sisterhood that is more than 9000 strong."

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In keeping with our mission that calls us to "live with heart, faith and courage in the Catholic tradition and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph." we are calling on all of us to take some time this summer to read Laudato si, the papal encyclical on the environment. It has been praised and embraced by an audience of world leaders, scientist, academics as well as theologians. At Carondelet, we are placing our focus on sustainability within the context of this amazing document by Pope Francis.

In preparation for our gathering on August 10, please come to San Damiano with a paragraph from the encyclical or chapter that you found inspiring.

Here is the link to Laudato Si:

Or downloaded to a computer/ipad in PDf:

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If your daughter is interested in volunteering this summer, click the "read more" link to see a list of available opportunities. Your daughter should contact the organization and let them know that she is a student at Carondelet High School.

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On May 26, approximately 75 community members joined us at our second informational evening. Here, representatives from the architectural and engineering firms shared their design concepts as well as an overview of the impact studies that have been conducted to date.

Thank you for your continued interest and support in working together to create an outstanding facility that will benefit our students and our community.


Bonnie Cotter

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On the last day of the school's 50th anniversary year, Carondelet High School unveiled a brand new school logo and redesigned website that reflects both the forward-looking spirit and proud legacy of the school. The new logo incorporates in its design a variety of symbolic elements derived from the school's 50-year legacy, including a "C" for Carondelet drawn from the school's crest, as well as an embedded "CSJ," which is the acronym for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, the religious order that founded the school.

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Carondelet 50th Celebration

Dear Friends,

We had the most wonderful celebration here on campus May 5-6 as we hosted events marking the close of Carondelet High School's 50th jubilee year.

Thursday, in particular, was one of the most moving and magical celebrations I have ever been blessed to be a part of. Nearly 40 CSJs from the Bay Area as well as from Los Angeles and around the state joined us on campus to celebrate mass together, to reflect on the amazing milestones of the school, and to pay tribute to the sisters and lay leaders, faculty and staff who have made remarkable things happen for the more than 9,000 women who have come through Carondelet's doors. We shared dinner and memories and a renewed spirit for our committed partnership as we continue the work ahead of us.

Over the course of two days, we welcomed all the living past and present school principals and presidents to campus, giving us the opportunity to commemorate the unique roles each and every one of them has played in the life of the school. And we had alumnae on campus – many from the early days and so many who have never been on campus since they graduated – including our 2016 Alumna of the Year, Debrenia Madison-Smith '73. It truly was a special time for our community.

It was also an especially emotional and poignant time as this series of jubilee events provided a celebratory backdrop for our school community to say "thank you" and "God speed" to Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy who had recently announced their decision to move from our campus convent before summer.

For two cherished and valiant women who never wanted the spotlight on them and all that they have done for this school, the 50th celebration provided the perfect venue to surround Sr. Eleanor and Sr. Kathy with the love and respect we carry for them in our hearts.

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Note: All incoming freshman parents must set up an account in Cervis (our volunteer management program). Current parents, please check your Cervis account for dates of expiration on paperwork.

1. Have you completed a livescan (fingerprinting) test for Carondelet?

2. Do you have a current copy of a TB Assessment Questionnaire or TB test results on file?

3. Have you completed the "Shield the Vulnerable" 90 minute on-line course and provided Carondelet with the certificate?

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This year, the Alumnae Board chose Debrenia Madison-Smith '73 as the Alumna of the Year. She has become very accomplished since her time as Carondelet's ASB president. After high school, she completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and received her law degree from Georgetown University. Then she went on to become a lawyer and fight for social justice.

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On May 22, we celebrated the graduation of the class of 2016. This beautiful ceremony brought together family, friends, faculty and staff to recognize all that our graduates have accomplished. We hope that Carondelet will hold a special place in their hearts as they begin a new chapter in their lives. We are so proud of them, and hope that their spirit of sisterhood continues through their membership in the Alumnae Association.

Check out our Facebook page to see our graduation photo album and exciting videos.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

It is my pleasure to invite you to our Second Informational Evening on Thursday, May 26 regarding the school's plans to develop an Athletics Complex on the ClubSport Valley Vista property. Representatives from the architectural and engineering firms who are working with us on this project will be available at this meeting to share their design concepts with you as well as an overview of the impact studies that have been conducted to date.

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Last Friday, we celebrated the first 50 years of the Carondelet legacy with a special prayer service, presided over by Fr. Mangini. We were so pleased to be joined by many of the Sisters of Saint Joseph who have served our community over the past 50 years. Connecting the past to the present and future, Student Body President Madeline Duncan '16 delivered an inspiring Gospel reflection about the strength of the Carondelet sisterhood.
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