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Dublin High School PFSO Gael Gazette 9-1-2012

Important updates for Dublin High School parents from the Dublin High PFSO. Prior updates available here. Contact the Dublin High PFSO at

Make sure to attend Back to School Night on Thursday Sept. 13 at 6:30pm to meet your child(ren)’s teachers!

Dublin High School Events Calendar September 2012

Note that Homecoming Week is 10-8 – 10-13 this year. Mark the date!

  • 9/4 NO SCHOOL Labor Day9/7 Fall Rally (lunch 12:22-12:57p.m.)
  • 9/7 Back to School Dance after football game.-10:45p.m.
  • 9/10 Athletic Boosters Meeting 7p.m., Career Center
  • 9/12& 9/13 Club Fair (see details below)
  • 9/13 Back to School Night for Parents 6:30p.m. Begins in the new Student Union
  • 9/14 Senior Kickoff, all day
  • 9/17 Band Booster Meeting 6:30p.m. Choir Room
  • 9/19 Collaboration Day, early release @ 1:47p.m.
  • 9/24 Dublin High 101 – 6:30 p.m./PFSO Meeting 7:15p.m., Student Union
  • 9/26 Collaboration Day, early release @ 1:47p.m.

Welcome Back to the 2012-13 School Year!

I’m thrilled to return as president of the PFSO and I just wanted to say Thank You for our many successes in the past few months.

Thank you to all who worked early in the summer in our fireworks booths. It was a crazy (and profitable) 10 days, and we couldn’t have done it without all the folks who pitched in!

Thank you to all who volunteered to work at registration. Your help was absolutely crucial to getting our school year off to a great start. And last by not least, thank you to all who made donations to the PFSO and to your class accounts.

We are moving forward in the second year of a new funding model that allows us to contribute more to filling campus needs. We have again implemented a line-item budget that provides funds to every department and we hope to have a big role in closing budget gaps as the year goes on. Our ability to do that is directly related to your generosity.

And we are working more closely than ever with the two other major parent groups at DHS – the Athletic Boosters and the Band Boosters. We have all joined in on the new Bond Rewards fundraiser and will be sharing the proceeds that come from your online shopping using the new site! We again plan to share the profits from a Food Truck fundraising night (coming later this year) and are meeting regularly to determine how we can meet the needs of all DHS students.

If you are new to Dublin High, we want to let you know about a great opportunity to get the lay of Gael-land!

We will present Dublin High 101 before our regular PFSO meeting on Monday, Sept. 24. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the new Student Union and we would love to see you there! It’s our goal to give you great information about the parent groups that provide such important support on our campus.

Looking forward to getting started!

Michelle McDonald- PFSO President

Raise Your Class Gaela Fundraising Event

The 5th Annual “Raise Your Class” Gaela will be held on Sat. November 3rd at the San Ramon Golf Club at 6:00 p.m. Come join us for an adult evening that will include appetizers, buffet dinner, no-host bar, as well as dancing. There will also be silent, live, and dessert auctions plus lots of great raffle items!

This event is crucial to PFSO as it provides much of the monetary support needed to fund our programs and help all the departments at Dublin High. A portion of the proceeds also benefits all four classes at Dublin High to help fund their safe and sober Grad nights.

Tickets are on sale now for $55 per person. To purchase tickets online, you can visit and click on the PFSO Store tab. You can also mail a check made out to Dublin High PFSO and also include a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Raise Your Class Gaela
PO Box 2559
Dublin, CA 94568

Tickets can also be purchased on Fridays at lunch where the movie tickets are sold (in front of Student Activities). For questions, please email You can also contact Yvonne 828-7060 or Stacey 833-0884.

Tables are reserved in groups of 10 (or possibly less, please ask), so get a group of friends together and purchase your table now! You can also sponsor a staff member by purchasing a ticket for them (which is tax deductible)! Come join a fun evening and help support our kids and our school at the same time!

Dublin High Homecoming 2012 is Right Around the Corner!

The theme for this year’s homecoming activities is Cereal. Classes have been choosing their favorite Cereals and will be busy making the most of their themes for all the homecoming events.

The homecoming parade, carnival, and football game will take place on Friday, October 12th. The homecoming dance will be the next day, Saturday, October 13th.

Sometime this month you will receive a special update with all the important information regarding our homecoming events.

New to Dublin High? Here is a video diary of Dublin High Homecoming 2011.

Volunteers Needed and Help Wanted!

The organizers of the “RAISE YOUR CLASS” fundraiser are hoping the parent community at DHS will get involved in our fundraising efforts.

It is more important than ever that this PFSO-sponsored event is successful.

If you have connections to restaurants, services, golf courses, sports memorabilia, if you have season tickets to a sporting event and can donate a pair for one game or if your family simply wants to purchase an item to be used in our auctions…we want to hear from you!

You can also sponsor our event with a monetary contribution in exchange for advertising. Advertise in our program and also receive a plug in our newsletter that goes out to over 1700 email addresses! Sponsoring a full-page ad for $350, ½ page for $250 or ¼ page for $200.

We are also looking for “Friends with Class”. With a $25 donation to our event, your family will be mentioned in our event program.

If you can help in any of the above mentioned ways, please email or call Yvonne at 828-7060 or Stacey at 833-0884.

Remember these donations are tax deductible.

Dublin High School Club Fair

Dublin High School has over 36 clubs/organizations on campus. These clubs are a great way for your students to get involved in something that interests them at the school. Parents might want to encourage your child to check out these clubs by visiting the Club Fair. The Club Fair will be during lunch on Wednesday 9/12 and Thursday 9/13.

Read about the value of extracurricular activities and clubs here…

California Scholarship Federations Applications

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Applications are now available online and in the Counseling Office. The deadline is October 10 and the application fee is $5. For more info see Mrs. Halket. or visit

Practice ACT and SAT for Dublin High Juniors and Seniors

A Practice ACT will be held on Saturday, September 8 and a Practice SAT will be held on Saturday, September 15 here at DHS. Scores will be e-mailed to you directly so you can see what you need to study and improve upon for the actual tests. The cost is $15. Please sign up in the Counseling Office.

PSAT Prep Classes for Sophomores and Juniors

You may now sign up for the Ames PSAT Prep Class being held at DHS in September and October. See the Counseling Office for more info.

Dublin High Back to School Dance

The first dance of the school year will take place on Friday, September 7 on campus immediately following the varsity football game until 10:45pm

The dance is free with an ASB sticker or $5 without. There will be no presale for tickets; students can just pay at the door.

Parent chaperones are needed for the dance. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mr. Sbranti at and remember to put DPRIDE in the subject line.

Class of 2014 Fundraising – Regal Movie Tickets

Regal movie tickets will be on sale every Friday in front of Student Activities at lunch time. Ticket prices are $7.50 per ticket for non-pass restricted movies.

Parents who want to buy tickets in bulk can contact Yvonne Nickles at or call 828-7060 to make arrangements. This fundraiser benefits the Class of 2014.

Birthday Announcements Made Easy!

Would you like to place a birthday announcement on the marquee? If so, the cost is $20.00 for 3 days & the announcement form is located in student activities. Minimum one-day notice is requested.

DUSD School Board Candidates Forum

Mark Your Calendar: Dublin High PFSO will host a School Board Candidates’ Forum on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the library. The Forum will follow our monthly PFSO meeting, which will start at the special time of 6:30 p.m. We would love a large crowd to hear the candidates speak to the issues that are important to you!

Great Info for Students in the Career Center

The best place to start your college search is’s Life in College Series written by Dublin High School graduates. Each Life in College Series article covers a different college – the first hand experiences of a Dublin High grad.

The Career Center at DHS is a great resource for many different areas that benefit students. Information should be up on the Career Center page soon for scholarship opportunities. There will also be speakers coming to the DHS campus from a variety of colleges. Here is what is scheduled so far:

College Visits – Sign up in the Career Center to attend. (AVID students do not need to register)

Date Class Period College/University
9-4-12 5 & 6 University of Nevada, Reno
9-10-12 TBD Azusa Pacific University
9-12-12 5 & 6 California Baptist University
9-26-12 TBD Boise State University
10-4-12 5 & 6 St. Mary’s College
10-15-12 6 University of Oregon
10-16-12 5 William Jessup University
10-16-12 6 University of Idaho
10-25-12 5 & 6 Pacific University, Oregon
10-31-12 6 University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

To get to the Career Center page on the DHS website go to

Tri-Valley College Fair 2012 – Save the Date!

  • When: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Where: Granada High School
  • Who: UC, CSU, California Private Schools, Community Colleges, Out of State Colleges and Universities, Military Academies/ROTC, Vocational/Technical Schools

For more information contact: Danielle Mintz,

Meet the New Dublin High School PFSO Board

  • President- Michelle McDonald
  • Vice President- Chris Bennett
  • Secretaries: Jan Trippi, Catherine Brown, Christi Slofkosky
  • Treasurer- Colleen Schoenthal
  • Senior Class Parent Reps- Lisa Cheda and Linda Hunt
  • Junior Class Parent Rep- Stacey Maloney and Yvonne Nickles
  • Sophomore Class Parent Reps- Tamara Elias and Patricia Wilcox
  • Freshman Class Parent Reps- Kelly Timm and Stephanie Stanley

Culinary Classes for Adults Offered at DHS

Canning, Jams and Food Preservation

  • Minimum enrollment required: 10 students.
  • Instructor: Jackie Lawson
  • Date 9/18, 9/25, 10/2
  • Day Tuesday
  • Time 6:30 – 8:30
  • Rm DHS Culinary H4 Fee $75.00

Learn the basics of jam making and fresh food preservation. Class includes information on necessary canning equipment, instructions using natural pectin, fruit and vegetable selection, elements of the “set” (why your jam jams), and hands-on experience for making and canning small-batch jam and canning a variety of vegetables. You will receive printed material and a jar of your own home-made jam to take home. The last week of class you will select your own recipe and provide the necessary ingredients to complete your own food preservation experience. Basic safety and sanitation and knife skills will also be emphasized during instruction.

Fall Desserts and Holiday Meals

  • Minimum enrollment required: 10 students.
  • Date 10/30, 11/6-13-27, 12/4
  • Day Tuesday
  • Time 6:30 – 8:30
  • Rm DHS Culinary H4
  • Fee $125.00

This interactive holiday cooking class focuses on seasonal fall desserts and traditional American recipes with a modern twist. Learn to make your own pie crust and holiday plum cake, among other treats and alternative Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes including sourdough bacon stuffing and an assortment of side dishes. You will receive printed recipes and all instructions you need to make the recipes at home. Basic safety and sanitation and knife skills will also be emphasized during instruction.

To register, contact Brenda Benzien at 828-2551 ext. 7921 or email You can also go in person to the Adult Ed office at 6901 York Drive in Dublin.

Thank You!

Sincerely, Stacey Maloney

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