THE IRISH TIMES
Week of December 18, 2016
The Camden Catholic High School Family wishes you God's peace in your hearts and homes this Christmastime, and throughout the New Year. 

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Mary Whipkey, President
Heather Crisci, Principal
CCHS Faculty & Staff
"And behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy; and going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him." 
Matthew 2:9-11

Artwork by Jessica Underwood, CCHS Class of 2018
Candy Cane Messages will be extended till Tuesday, Dec. 20th
All messages need to be handed in to Ms. Oasin in room 112 by  Tuesday  3pm

Monday, December 19-Thursday, December 22
Regular Schedule

Friday, December 23
Half Day 11:50 a.m. Dismissal
Christmas Dress Down Day-no charge
No afternoon study hall
Christmas Break begins

Monday, January 2
School Closed-New Years Day Observed

Tuesday, January 3
School Resumes
PARENTS ASSOCIATION DECEMBER MEETING CANCELLED. NEXT MEETING IS JAN. 23.
REMINDERS FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS: 

CALENDAR REMINDER: 
December 23 is a half-day with dismissal at noon. There is NO PM STUDY HALL on December 23.
VOLLEYBALL BANQUET 

The CCHS Volleyball Banquet is being held on Friday 1/6/17 at 6:30pm in the Dining Hall.  For more information and to purchase tickets contact Traci Wright at tracitrw@yahoo.com.
SHOP TO BENEFIT CCHS THIS CHRISTMAS
VISIT SMILE.AMAZON.COM AND SELECT "CAMDEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL" AS YOUR CHARITY. NO EXTRA SPENDING NECESSARY! 

CCHS EARNS OLYMPIC CONFERENCE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD 2015-16 
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans for being honored with the 2015-16 NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award for the Olympic Conference.

The honor was recently presented to our Athletic Department with this banner that will hang in Tom Kenney Gymnasium. Each year, the NJSIAA presents a school in each scholastic league a banner recognizing excellence in Sportsmanship with its players, coaches, administrators, facilities, and fans. The award is a combination of all three sport seasons from last school year.
CHOIR ENTERTAINS AT CHERRY HILL'S RAYMOUR & FLANAGAN

Thank you to 
Raymour & Flanigan Cherry Hill Furniture and Mattress Store for their support of the CCHS Choir who was blessed to perform at the store last week and receive a generous donation to The Arts at CCHS! 
CONGRATULATIONS ALL-SOUTH JERSEY BAND
Several CCHS students earned spots in the All-South Jersey Instrumental Ensembles.

Senior Kenny Dilks placed second oboe, which earns him a seat in both the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra.

Sophomore Dion Xia placed seventh flute, which earns her principal player in the Symphonic Band, as well as a spot in one of the chamber ensembles.

Sophomore Hannah Lenkowski placed fourteenth clarinet and earned a seat in the Symphonic Band.

The SJ Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble concert is  Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm; and the SJ Orchestra concert is  Sunday, January 8 at 3:00 pm.  Both concerts are hosted by Rowan University.  The SJ Chamber Ensembles concert is  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm and is hosted by Cedar Creek HS.
REN WEB
All students now have Ren Web access codes.  Please be sure the have signed up for Ren Web. Parents should also activate parent accounts. This will be our primary means of communication during the school year.  Ren Web will also be how you are notified of school closing and announcements.  If you have trouble accessing your account, please call Mrs. Buroojy at 856-663-2247 x 114.
PARENTS ASSOCIATION FACEBOOK GROUP
This page will help our parents be informed about upcoming events and also have a place for you to communicate and share information with other parents. It  is a private page so you will need to request to join our group: CCHS Parents Association
Once accepted, feel free to post information about school events, activities, and fundraisers. Ask questions, get advice, make new friends, and connect with old ones. Just remember, all content must be appropriate, accurate and within the parameters of the Parents Association mission. 
MySchoolBucks  School Payments Made Easy
Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone. Create your FREE account to get started.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Visit https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain?requestAction=home 
Getting started is a simple three-step process.
Create a user profile by clicking on the Sign Up Today button on the home page.
Add students to your household - you'll need the child's name, and student ID ( this ID# is on student ID card ).
Now you're ready to make payments!
THE GIVE SOMETHING BACK FOUNDATION: 
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR FRESHMEN 

The Give Something Back Foundation supports high school students in the Diocese of Camden. These students will be mentored through their high school years, and if they successfully complete their high school program, will be awarded full scholarships including room and board to selected New Jersey Universities. Families must attend an information night and be Pell Grant eligible.
For more information, please go to:
https://www.givesomethingbackfoundation.org/info-sessions/
CLICK HERE FOR THE NCEA PARENT NEWSLETTER, A GREAT RESOURCE
SERVICE HOURS ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

The following is a list of places recommended by the NHS students that are looking for volunteers for service hours. 

Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown and Collingswood is seeking volunteers for their 6th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser on Saturday, December 3rd from 12-3pm. Empty Bowls is an international program that engages participating artists to create and donate handmade bowls in which a simple meal is served to a gathering of caring community members. In exchange for the meal (and the hand-made bowl), guests contribute a minimum donation of $15.00. 100% of the proceeds will be divided equally between the Food Bank of South New Jersey and the Scholarship Fund at Perkins Center for the Arts.
Volunteer via this link:


St. Rose of Lima
Opportunities for students to compete service hours at St. Rose by volunteering at Friday night basketball games. Click here for more information and to sign up:  https://www.volunteersignup.org/E3YXP
Students will be asked to perform various tasks during the games such as selling 50/50s, working the snack stand, and monitoring young fans. 

The Kroc Center 
Contact: Dawn Garlic
Email: dawn.garlic@use.salvationarmy.org
Phone: (856) - 379 - 4861

Kroc Kids
Minimum age of 15 to volunteer. 2 hour and 15 minute shifts starting at 3:00, 5:15 or the full shift from 3:00 - 7:30 requires a minimum commitment of 3 months/ 30 hours of service.
Library - Minimum age of 16 to volunteer. Monday through Friday from 10:00 - 2:00 or 6:00 to 8:00
Computer Lab - Minimum Age of 16 to volunteer. Monday through Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00
*Must complete Application to volunteer

St. Rose Teen Choir
Email: svoice@aol.com
Hours: Practice every Sunday from 9:30 - 10:30 at 12 2nd Ave Haddonfield NJ. Then the group sings at Mass the 2nd Sunday of the month. (about 27 hours available per semester)

Cherry Hill Food Pantry
Phone: (856) - 428 - 0300
Email: Jgiordano305@verizon.net
Website: www.cherryhillfoodpantry.com
Hours: Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:30 and Thursdays 11:00 - 1:00pm

Virtua Voorhees
Phone: (856) 914 - 7073
Must be 14 to volunteer. Volunteers will assist in being hospital greeters, patient transport, thrift shop clerks, evening snack carts, surgical waiting room volunteers and general office clerical assistants.
*Apply Online

Kids Alley
Phone: (856) 546-1098
Must be 14 to volunteer. Spend time with inner city kids at 3:30 after school, helping them with their homework, reading with them and even playing video games.
*Apply Online

The Contact of Burlington County TEENLINE Needs Volunteers
TeenLine is a teen to teen confidential helpline. It is a safe place where teens can call and talk to a nonjudgmental person of the same age group who is there to listen, support and discuss ways to manage any stresses they are experiencing. Our teen volunteers are trained and mentored in the skills necessary to meet the needs of the caller, including active listening and effective communication. Teens acquire needed community service hours. Training begins on October 12th. For more information, please contact: Sandra Capano, Program Director, 856-234-5484, ext. 214, www.contactburlco.org
FROM THE OFFICE OF GUIDANCE: 

Seniors/Parents:  Your College Applications should be finished regardless of the college due date.  As we reminded you it is best to get applications completed early then to be rushing to finish them.

Report Cards were issued, Guidance Counselors will be meeting with students who have failing grades this week, to discuss how to improve their grades.
NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - 
DEADLINE JAN. 9

New this year, Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation, one of the largest wholesale produce distributors in North America, and their affiliated farming operation, Santa Sweets Inc., have created a scholarship fund for Hispanic students at Camden Catholic High School.  In partnership with the Spanish Sports Network, Procacci Brothers & Santa Sweets have agreed to donate $100 for every Philadelphia Phillies home run during the 2016 major league baseball season.   The cumulative proceeds from the Phillies' home run totals will be used to provide renewable financial scholarships for Hispanic students at CCHS.  Students that are incoming freshmen during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to apply for "Estrella Naciente" scholarship.  The winners of the scholarship will be determined during the 2016-2017 school  year and the recipients will receive their scholarship funds prior to the start of their sophomore school year in 2017-2018. Applications for the scholarship are available in the CCHS Advancement Office-DEADLINE IS JANUARY 9.  For more information on the scholarship, please visit http://santasweets.com/beca/.

ATHLETICS THIS WEEK 

Tuesday, December 20
Boys Basketball vs. Winslow: Freshman 3:45, JV 5:15, Varsity 7
Track 5 p.m.
Girls Basketball @ Winslow: JV 4:15, Varsity 6

Wednesday, December 21
Swimming @ Camden County Tech 3:30
Wrestling vs. Seneca: JV 6, Varsity 7

Thursday, December 22
Girls Basketball vs. Bishop Eustace: Freshman   3:45, JV 5:15, Varsity 7
Boys Basketball @ Bishop Eustace: Freshman  3:45, JV 5:15, Varsity 7

CONGRATS IRISH SWIMMING 
The team upset conference rival Bishop Eustace with a 96-74 win!
From left to right: Juniors Tommie Marciano, Captain Joe Keller and Julius Romero swung a combined total of 48 points for the Irish.


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