Beginning of the Year Information 2019

Below you'll find updates, information, and links for your family and daughter before the start of the school year. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in August!


Important Dates

Monday, Aug. 12: Orientation & Photos 9th/10th

Tuesday, Aug. 13: Orientation & Photos 11th/12th; Tech Training 9th

Wednesday, Aug. 14: First Day of School!

Sunday, Aug. 18: Frosh Family Social



Orientation and Tech Training

Orientation is an integral part of our opening week of school. It is a mandatory event for all Carondelet students. In addition to class meetings, school photos, and other back-to-school details, each class will participate in a joint social with De La Salle. This event is designed to allow students from both campuses to meet, reconnect, socialize, and set a foundation of behavioral expectations for the various joint social opportunities through the school year such as Welcome Back activities, Homecoming week, Catholic Schools Week, etc.

Freshmen will have a two-day orientation to include Tech Training,
Juniors have an extended Orientation to take part in our College Kickstart program,
All transfer students have an additional Tech Training orientation.  

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).

Order student photos.
Senior Portrait info and appointment


Monday, August 12

8:55 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Check-in at the Inner Court

8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Check-in at the Inner Court

Transfer Junior and Senior Students’ Tech Training
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Library 


Tuesday, August 13th

Freshmen and Transfer Sophomores' Tech Training
Last Names A-K: 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Last Names L-Z: 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Library
Bring your iPad case

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Check-in at the Inner Court
Bring a fully charged iPad or laptop for Junior Jumpstart.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Check-in at the Inner Court
Seniors' Car Decorating will take place in the “S Lot” after Orientation



Tech Training

Freshman students will receive their iPads (pre-loaded with their books) as long as they have an appropriate case. Please refer to this information regarding our iPad program

Your daughter will need an Apple ID. Please do NOT use your daughter’s Carondelet-issued email for the Apple ID, as this may interfere with other programs. If she does not have one, please follow these instructions on creating one.


Transfer sophomore students will receive their iPads (pre-loaded with their books) as long as they have an appropriate case.  Please refer to this information regarding our iPad program. 

Your daughter will need an Apple ID. Please do NOT use your daughter’s Carondelet-issued email for the Apple ID, as this may interfere with other programs. If she does not have one, please follow these instructions on creating one.

Transfer juniors and seniors should bring the iPad/laptop they will use at school to this training. They will gain access to wifi network, receive their system logins, and receive basic training on Schoology, our learning management system.


Morning Dropoff

Our student drop off area is near the lawn/gravel lot next to the chapel and the gym.  Parent/Guardians will be directed to continue driving past the main academic building and faculty parking lot, turn left to pass the Convent and Chapel, and to the dropoff area. The dropoff zone is marked in bright green on the accompanying photo.

Drivers should pull forward into the dropoff zone and have students exit their vehicle there. A staff member will direct traffic, allowing drivers to turn left, merge, and ultimately exit through the back gate.

It is important and necessary for the safety of our school community to follow the directions of all staff members guiding traffic flow, parking, and drop off. Please do not stop in the lanes as it creates traffic in the parking lot and is not safe for students. Also, please do not pull into a parking space to drop off students. All parking spaces are assigned to students, faculty, and staff or are reserved for visitors.

Student Parking

Parking permits will be handed out to Juniors and Seniors at Orientation on Tuesday, August 13. As of June 1, we were able to accommodate all Senior and many Junior parking requests. However, at this time, our parking lot is full. When construction of the Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center is completed, several more parking spaces will open. At that time these spaces will be offered to Juniors on the parking lot waitlist. Those students who requested and did not receive a parking space this past spring were automatically added to this waitlist. If your daughter would like to be added to the parking lot waitlist, please email, Jennifer Reinwald, Vice Principal of Student Life.

Morning transportation

School-managed bus transportation is available in the mornings from the Tri-Valley area with communal stops in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Danville on the way to Carondelet.

Registration is open to all Carondelet students and De La Salle students with a sibling attending Carondelet in the 2019-20 school year. Payment of $500 will be due to complete your reservation. 

Registration is open now on the Transportation webpage so you can ensure your daughter has a spot on the bus for this year.

Additionally, there will be free, one-way transportation to the Carondelet Athletics Complex available to Carondelet students after school. No registration is required for after-school use.


ZUM Carpools

Does your daughter need a lift? Check out our new ride-sharing vendor, Zum (pronounced "zoom"), 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.

Textbook Purchases

Carondelet seniors should purchase their books and resources before school starts in August. Please read these instructions for ordering books.

Class of 2020
The Class of 2020 will continue to be responsible for the purchase of their textbooks. Students will be able to find their textbooks and links to purchase each item here.

When you select your books, read all information carefully. Some Carondelet and DLS classes have different textbooks, so please select carefully.

If a course fee is listed, it covers the cost of the required digital platform/resource that the teacher has chosen for the curriculum. If not purchased, 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 Michelle Koski at should you need assistance or have questions.

Summer Reading

The Summer Reading list is available online. Please note that students/families must purchase their own summer reading books and may choose print or a digital books where available. All summer reading assignments must be complete before the first day of classes.

Student Handbook & Acknowledgement

Families and students are expected to read and review the Student Handbook.

Families and students must sign the Agreement Form and turn it into 5th period teachers by Monday, Aug. 19. 

Uniform Code and Store

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, shop in person at the Mills Uniform summer store through Sept. 14.  Location of the summer store is: 

Powell Street Plaza
5741 Christie Ave
Emeryville, CA 94608


Store Hours (open until Sept. 14)
Tue - Thu: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Fri and Sat: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Emergency notifications - Text Messages

In the event of a school-wide emergency, Carondelet has the capability to alert parents/guardians via email, phone call, and/or text messaging through a service called SchoolMessenger. In order for you to receive text messages from Carondelet in an emergency situation, you must opt-in to this service.

To opt-in now, send a text message to 67587 reading “Y” or “Yes”.
If you believe you have opted in previously, you can send the same text mentioned above to confirm your membership.

We will notify families and students of periodic tests before they happen.


Fall sports tryouts will run during week of August 12. Sport-specific information including dates, times, locations are posted here and will be updated.

Fall Sports Parents Meeting
Tuesday, August 20  - 7 p.m. 
Garaventa Center

Physicals & Registration
Athletics Registration for the 2019-20 school year is now available. Upload your physicals documentation before 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10  in order to participate in Fall Sports tryouts.


Bell Schedule

The 2019-20 Bell Schedule is posted online and on the calendar page.

Thursdays will now be X/6/2/4/X. This allows all of our students to start their school day on our campus. 

Mon., Tue., Fri 0-7 and Wed X/1/3/5/7 schedules remain unchanged. 


Incoming Freshman and transfer students are required to submit a physical form by Monday, August 12. Please send a digital copy to Ashley Clemens, at aclemens@carondeleths.orgMake sure to save a digital copy for your records. 

If your daughter plans to try out for a sport, you will need to create an account in our Athletics Registration system and upload her physical. Parents/Guardians are required to complete this step. 

Medications/Illness Form

If you have not done so already, please complete the Student Medications 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.

School bucks

Students interested in creating or updating their School Bucks account to purchase food through our lunch provider, Epicurean, can do so beginning in August. You're invited to learn more about this offering.

Please read this letter written for parents from the Epicurean staff about food sourcing and food education at Carondelet.


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 23 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 Social - Sun. Aug. 18

Frosh Family Social (formerly known as Frosh BBQ) has gotten a full refresh - new date, time and name!

Sunday, Aug. 18
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In an effort to include freshman families in our Welcome Week activities, we have moved the event to make sure families have a true welcome to campus and the opportunity to get to know one another over a shared meal. This is a wonderful opportunity for freshmen families to have the campus to themselves and start making memories - we hope to see you there! Please RSVP here before August 5. 

College and Career

We welcome a new counselor to the College and Career team, Allison Bly.
Mrs. Bly joins Carondelet with years of college counseling experience, expertise, and enthusiasm for working with our students and families.


We have many important events planned in August. Please visit and bookmark our calendar at the bottom of the College Counseling page for more information.

All Grade Levels
Wednesday, Aug. 21
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Garaventa Center
Out-of-State College Fair and Evening Presentation

College Kickstart Make-Up Session, Part 1
Monday, Aug. 12
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
College & Career Center

College Kickstart Make-Up Session, Part 2
Tuesday, Aug. 13
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
College & Career Center

Mandatory Senior Meeting*
Wednesday, Aug. 28
Morning X Block
Garaventa Center

Mandatory Senior Meeting*
Thursday, Aug. 29
Afternoon X Block
Garaventa Center

*Seniors must attend this meeting on either Wednesday, August 28 during morning X block OR Thursday, August 29 during the afternoon X block. The college counselors will cover important information about letters of recommendation, transcripts, and college lists. Attendance is mandatory and will be tracked.


Junior Jumpstart
Tuesday, Aug. 13
10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Garaventa Center
Juniors will learn helpful information about the road to college, and the college counselors will give them tips for making junior year their best year yet. This event is mandatory for all juniors.

Classes of 2020, 2021
A-D | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling
E-L | Allison Bly - College Counselor
M-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor
R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor

Classes of 2022, 2023
A-C | Liz Paz-Rumore, JD - Director of College Counseling
D-K | Allison Bly - College Counselor
L-Q | Lisa Sciacca - College Counselor
R-Z | Ginger Jessop - College Counselor


Carondelet Culture of Philanthropy
Since 1965, the Carondelet community has recognized the importance of philanthropy in creating a unique and extraordinary student experience. There are many opportunities throughout the year to put this understanding into action. The generosity of parents, alumnae, parents of alumnae, grandparents, faculty and staff and the entire community has led to impactful and lasting improvements to the school’s facilities, programs, and continued growth.


What to Support

Carondelet Annual Fund has an immediate impact on our students and faculty by supporting academic programs, small classroom sizes, financial aid resources, professional development, innovation and much more. Our goal is 100% participation by current families in annual fund giving for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. Every gift – no matter the amount or vehicle – positively impacts the school and each student’s experience. Unrestricted giving helps fund our areas of greatest opportunity.


Capital Campaign provides our students with world-class facilities and life-transforming experiences. After 50 years, we are writing an exciting new chapter in the Carondelet story with the Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center. Everyone praises the value of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but few institutions are fully embracing the changes needed to prepare young women for college and careers where they’ve historically been left behind. Carondelet is taking the lead with a bold vision that encompasses a new facility, a new curriculum, a new way of teaching, and a new learning environment that will change everything.


Tuition Assistance provides an ongoing academic and social enrichment program for talented, hard-working students predominantly from underserved families and communities whose presence strengthens our institution.


Endowment opportunities exist for creating an array of named endowment funds. Such funds become part of the permanent resources of the School and provide Carondelet with an independent and assured source of revenue.


Programs including athletics, mathematics, science, arts and music, campus ministry, clubs, and other miscellaneous activities.


Parent Involvement Program (PIP) requires each family with a student currently enrolled to contribute a minimum of 20 hours of service. We have several exciting volunteer opportunities that will involve you in your daughter's education and connect you with fellow Carondelet families. In addition to volunteering we hope that all families will participate in annual giving.


How to Support

Cash and Credit Card
We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express. Cash gifts may be sent directly to the school.

Pledges – multi-year commitments essential to Annual Fund, endowment, and capital needs – are fully tax-deductible (for those who itemize) and offer the most convenient form of giving. As part of your online registration in spring, you were asked to make a four-year, tax- deductible pledge.

Recurring Gifts
Arrangements can be made to automatically debit your checking or savings account on a monthly or annual basis, at no additional cost to the donor.

Matching Gifts
With matching gifts you can sometimes double or even triple the impact of your gift and receive credit for the whole amount. Find out if your employer offers a matching gift program by asking your HR department.

If you hold securities that would result in a long-term capital gain if sold, you can make an outright gift to Carondelet and realize substantial savings on capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Planned Giving
Planned giving refers to the thoughtful and deliberate process through which a donor makes a charitable gift to Carondelet from their estate assets. Such gifts are usually deferred and often irrevocable and include bequests, trusts, and contracts between the donor and Carondelet in consultation with a professional advisor. Donors who make a planned gift to Carondelet will become members of our Fontbonne Society.

Special Events
Visions of Christmas and Cougar Classic (our annual golf tournament) are a few of our fun-filled events offering multiple sponsorship opportunities, silent auction, raffles and paddle raises for a specific cause. These are wonderful opportunities to build relationships and community while supporting Carondelet.


We are deeply grateful for your continued support. Please contact our Executive Director of
Development, Summer Staino, with any questions at

VIP Ticket


Carondelet’s VIP Ticket guarantees entry to three of our premier and most popular events during the 2019-20 school year:

  • Bubbles and Brews - Thu. Dec. 5, 2019
  • High Tea and Fashion Show - Fri. Dec. 6, 2019
  • Crab Feed - Sat. Feb. 29, 2020 

►Purchase here

This VIP Ticket secures your place at our most sought-after event, the Visions of Christmas High Tea and Fashion Show, which sells out in 10 minutes each year.

Carondelet’s VIP Ticket is $350 per person. Only 100 tickets will be sold. 

Deadline to purchase your VIP Ticket is Friday, September 27, 2019. 

Tickets are non-refundable. Tickets are transferrable. A guest may attend in your place if you are unable to attend an event.

Visions of Christmas

Visions of Christmas, Carondelet's flagship annual fundraiser and community engagement event, supports programs and provides opportunities that benefit every Carondelet student.

Ticket sales begin on Tuesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
You can guarantee seating at several Visions events now through a sponsorship or by purchasing a VIP Ticket.

This festive celebration features four fun-filled events; including two beautiful Holiday Teas, a Bubbles & Brews cocktail party, and a family-focused Visit with Santa. Our weekday events include raffle trees, silent auctions, and receptions in the Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center. Guests will be seated for the Teas in the Garaventa Center. Our Sunday Visit with Santa will be held in the STEM Innovation Center and will include breakfast bites, a photo booth, time with Santa, and a range of fun activities for kids.

Because our goal is to provide a wide variety of items and gifts in our silent auction to meet your holiday shopping needs, we will no longer be hosting a boutique.


Tea Party
Wednesday, December 4 
3:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center & Garaventa Center

Bubbles & Brews
Thursday, December 5
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center
21+ event

High Tea and Fashion Show
Friday, December 6 
3:00-6:00 p.m.
Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center & Garaventa Center
*Raffle Tree winners will be drawn at the end of this event

Visit with Santa
Sunday, December 8
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Jean Hofmann STEM Innovation Center
Bring the entire family to experience a visit and pictures with Santa, holiday theme activities, coffee and assorted pastries
$20; Free for children 4 and under

We appreciate your support in making these events a success. See complete Visions of Christmas event details.

Parent Volunteer

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

All new parent volunteers must complete requirements. Please review and follow instructions to begin volunteering.

The Frosh Family Social on Sunday, August 18, is in need of volunteers. There are a variety of ways to volunteer - from working the event (need to be a cleared volunteer), to simply donating items. Please visit our Parent Volunteer Page to sign-up!

Freshman Parents/Guardians are required to participate in the Carondelet's premier annual fundraiser, Visions of Christmas. Learn more about your Visions requirement.

Changing Contact Info

If you need to change any of your personal information, please complete the Request to Change Demographic Information form.

This link can also be found under “Quick Links” in the Parent tab.

Please contact Katie Almonte (, Data Analyst, for emergency contact and medical changes.

Principal's Welcome

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

I hope this summer is providing you with an opportunity to rest, relax and have fun with family, friends and loved ones. I am excited to update you on some highlights to look forward to when school begins on Monday, August 12 with the first of our orientations. 

We welcome our Class of 2023, many of whom have already taken summer school courses to get a head start on their academics. We are excited about what they will bring to Carondelet and our student body. We have students enrolled from 38 zip codes and 56 schools - both are among the most of any class ever - and the diversity and experiences they bring to our student body will enrich us in unimaginable ways.  



I am pleased to announce the hiring of our new Athletics Director Scott Kennedy. Scott brings over 20 years of experience from the San Francisco section at Mission HS and International HS. He will lead our full-time staff, which includes Assistant Athletic Director/CAC Operations manager Cat Arroyo and Head Trainer Emily Silva, and all of our coaches. We have hired Jessica Dominguez as a second Athletic Trainer and Dani Bernat as our full-time strength and conditioning coach. Emily and Jessica will ensure we have training staff at all practices and games and Dani will create a schedule for every single athletic team to create a program that includes injury prevention work as well as strength, speed, and agility training.  

With the opening of the CAC last year, and we have already created some amazing memories there. With incredible successes on our home field, we are committed to adding support for our student-athletes so they can reach their fullest potential.


Innovation Center

The Jean Hofmann Center for Innovation is on schedule to open in mid-November with classes in this space beginning in January.  We have already designed courses that will take advantage of the space that we are creating and we have plans to add programming and create myriad opportunities to host events, conferences, our middle school feeder students and provide entrepreneurial opportunities, as well.

We have hired Chris Walsh as the Innovation Center Director.  Chris brings a wealth of experience in areas that tie in directly with the focus of the Center - collaboration, technology, creativity, and entrepreneurship. The I-Center and Chris's expertise will provide untold opportunities for our students that no other school in the area can match.


Features in Newsletters

We want to celebrate our outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff in more ways. In each week's enewsletter, we'll feature an academic department or office on our campus, sharing what they're up to and how they're making a difference with your child and our school. Look for those articles to begin next month.

We'll also be hosting parent education evenings and informal information nights throughout each semester so that we can answer questions and have discussions on an ongoing basis. Again, look to the weekly newsletter to keep you updated on all that is going on at Carondelet.

2019-20 will be a historic year at Carondelet and we cannot wait to share it with you!



Kevin Cushing