Back-to-School 2017

Letter from the Principal

July 26, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope this summer has provided you with an opportunity to rest, relax and have fun with family, friends and loved ones.

As always, we have been busy preparing for another great year, which will include the unveiling of one of the most transformative facilities in Carondelet history - our state-of-the-art Carondelet Athletics Complex!

Our builders are hard at work creating a 6-acre complex that will give our girls a true home field advantage for the first time in over 50 years. We expect to open this beautiful new facility in November - please stay tuned for more details about our grand opening celebrations!

Here on campus, we have redesigned our library space and are adding furniture to the Inner Court to create more relaxed spaces that are accessible to students for study and collaboration with their teachers and classmates. We have also spent time this summer visiting schools throughout California and touring IBM’s Watson Innovation Center in San Francisco as we design exciting new STEM curriculum.

As our high school summer classes wind down, we celebrate our most successful summer program yet, which included middle school courses for students in English, math, and speech & debate, and a successful leadership camp for 4th- and 5th-grade girls.

It’s an exciting time as we continue to move full speed ahead creating as much opportunity for our amazing students as we prepare them for an ever-changing world, one where the empathy and compassion of our Catholic faith leads them to be positive agents of change in addressing the many needs we know they will encounter.

To ensure that everyone is prepared for the first day of school, we would like to share some timely reminders. I hope these reminders and tips will be useful as you plan for the beginning of the school year.

We look forward to meeting our incoming freshman families at the Welcome Frosh BBQ (please RSVP here) on Sunday, Aug. 13, and we can’t wait to see the rest of you on Orientation Day, Monday, Aug. 14.


Kevin Cushing

Beginning of Year Information

Below are brief explanations and links to relevant information for the upcoming school year. Please read this information over and access each link for full descriptions. You can also access all of these links in the Parents section of our website.


Please check PowerSchool throughout July for updated schedules which will include room numbers and teachers. We have made some adjustments for class size and staffing schedules. We will allow schedule changes the first two weeks of school (level changes the first three weeks of school). We will not be adjusting schedules for teacher request, however, if you have an individual concern, please see Dr. Chaponot (

All new incoming families received an email on July 20 with instructions for how to create a PowerSchool account. For our handy tip sheet, please click here. If you have any problems accessing PowerSchool, please contact Mrs. Almonte

Frosh Family BBQ: Sunday, August 13

Incoming Freshmen: You and your family are invited to celebrate the beginning of your four-year journey at Carondelet High School! This is a wonderful time for frosh students and their families to meet each other and hear from our school leaders about designing a four-year college plan, student activities, athletics, back-to-school logistics, counseling opportunities, and other things to expect during freshman year.
The Frosh Family BBQ will be held on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Please RSVP here before July 31.

Orientation, School Pictures & Parking Placards: Monday, August 14

Please note the following schedule for student orientation. We will hold class meetings, take school photos, issue student ID cards and parking placards (for juniors and seniors), and cover other back-to-school details.

8:30 - 10 a.m. - Sophomores
9:30 - 11 a.m. - Juniors
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Seniors
12:30 - 4 p.m. - Freshmen

Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior students may wear Friday uniform attire (please refer to the uniform code for guidelines). Senior students may wear appropriate out-of-uniform attire: shoulders covered, appropriate necklines, and appropriate length of pants/skirts (no leggings). Click here to place your picture online order. For senior portrait information, click here.

Physicals for New Students

A reminder for all new students to complete your physical before Orientation. All freshmen and transfer students must complete the physical examination and turn in this completed form. The physical and form must be completed by Monday, August 14, in order to attend the first day of school.

Summer Reading: To be completed by August 15

All students are expected to complete their summer reading assignments before the first day of classes. Click here for our complete summer reading list.

First Week of School Schedule

Click here to see and print the first week's bell schedule.

Monday, Aug. 14: Student Orientation
Tuesday, Aug. 15: Periods 0-7
Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 16-18: Periods 0-7

New Bell Schedule

Carondelet and De La Salle have collaborated to create a new daily bell schedule that goes into effect at the start of this school year. The revised bell schedule will allow for greater flexibility and less class time interruption for modified scheduling needs, and provide more time for non-academic events built into the daily schedule. See and print the new Bell Schedule here.

Uniform Code

Please make sure to review Carondelet’s updated uniform code with your daughter. To order uniforms through the Mills Uniform online store, click here. Or, you can shop in person at the Mills Uniform summer store through Sept. 19 at the Clayton Valley Shopping Center 5416 Ygnacio Valley Rd., Suite 40 in Concord.

Textbook Purchases

Carondelet sophomores, juniors and seniors should purchase their books and resources through our online bookstore. The online bookstore is now open. Junior and seniors who have classes at De La Salle should check their schedule on PowerSchool prior to purchasing books, as some Carondelet and DLS classes have different textbooks. You can access the store here, and instructions on using the site here. Many times the required digital platform contains the ebook, and in those cases, the print book is an optional purchase. When you select your books, read all information carefully. Please pay special attention to the notes section.

A number of courses at Carondelet and De La Salle require digital learning platform/resources as part of the curriculum. They have been purchased in advance by the school. If a course fee is listed in the bookstore, it covers the cost of the required digital platform/resource that the teacher has chosen for the curriculum. Please note: If not purchased through Follett bookstore these fees will be added onto tuition with a handling fee.

We make every effort to keep costs as reasonable as possible. Do not hesitate to contact Joan Tracy at should you need assistance or have questions.

Creating a School Bucks Account

Students interested in creating or updating their School Bucks account to purchase food through our lunch provider, Epicurean, can do so beginning in August. Please click here to read more about this offering. Please read this letter written for parents from the Epicurean staff about food sourcing and food education at Carondelet.

College Counselors

We welcome two new College Counselors to Carondelet, Mrs. Ginger Jessop and Mrs. Colleen Lim. Counselor-Student assignments have also been updated. Visit the College Counseling page for more information.

A-D | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling
E-L | Colleen Lim - College Counselor
M-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor
R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor

Zum Carpools

Does your daughter need a lift? Check out our new ride-sharing vendor, Zum, which offers safe, flexible solutions to all of your daughter's commute needs. Drivers are fully vetted drivers and TrustLine-certified and used by thousands of families everyday. Learn more and sign up here. To help us better understand your transportation needs, please take two minutes to complete this brief survey.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities (PIP)

All parents are required to complete 20 hours of volunteer service each year. These hours are tracked through an online program called CERVIS. To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and volunteer requirements, please click here.

Parents of freshmen are required to participate in the Carondelet's annual fundraiser, Visions of Christmas (VOC). To learn about how to fulfill your VOC requirement, please click here.

Athletics Update

Fall sports are just around the corner! Tryouts begin on Monday, August 14 and run through Thursday, August 16. Students must be registered to try out for any Carondelet athletic team, and must register through the school’s SportsWare Online system. For more information on the upcoming athletic season, including dates for tryouts, please click here. Go, Cougars!

Medications/Illness Form Reminder

If you have not done so already, please complete this form if your daughter has a life-threatening illness or takes medication at school, and submit the form to the Attendance Office by the start of the school year.

Changes in Contact Information?

Please get in touch with the Main Office by Aug. 14 to alert us of any changes to your personal information. Please contact Katie Almonte (, Data Analyst, for address and email changes, and contact Malisa Meemari (, Attendance Officer, for emergency contact and medical changes.

Important Dates

Sunday, Aug. 13: Frosh Family BBQ (RSVP by 7/31)

Monday, Aug. 14: Orientation & Photos

Tuesday, Aug. 15: First Day of School

First Week of School Schedule

Monday, Aug. 14: Orientation
Friday Uniform

Tuesday, Aug. 15: 0-7 Half-day Periods
Regular Uniform

Wednesday, Aug. 16: Periods 0-7
Dress Uniform

Thursday, Aug. 17: Periods 0-7
Regular Uniform

Friday, Aug. 18: Periods 0-7
Friday Uniform

See/Print full First Week Schedule.

New Bell Schedule

2017-18 Bell Schedule