THE IRISH TIMES
Week of February 5, 2017
Regular Schedule

Tuesday, February 7
Regular Schedule
Guest Day

Wednesday, February 8
Regular Schedule
Softball Player/Parent Meeting 7 p.m. Dining Hall

Thursday, February 9
Regular Schedule
Parent Teacher Conferences 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday, February 10
Regular Schedule
Freshman Semi-Formal 7-10 p.m.

Saturday, February 11
SAT Kaplan Practice Test 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Sunday, February 12
Sophomore Class Family Mass 10 a.m. w/breakfast refreshments following Mass
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support during Catholic Schools Week.  Our students had an enjoyable week that began with a school wide Mass.  We celebrated our school being given the Olympic Conference 2015-16 Sportsmanship Award, and our junior and seniors who participated in "Manuary" were recognized for their efforts in service and fundraising.  Our week continued with fun events for the students like karaoke and ice cream at lunch.  We also congratulated our students-athletes who will continue to be involved in athletics at the collegiate level on National Signing Day.  Activities during the week included honoring our religious alumni and teachers as well as recognizing our faculty.  Catholic Schools Week was truly exciting at CCHS.

As we move into the month of February, we will recognize African-American History Month at CCHS.  Throughout the month, students will see displays and information about African-American heroes and events that helped to shape our country, and we will have some special activities.  In honor of African-American History month, CCHS will sponsor a student contest as one of our activities.  Details are found in this newsletter and will be available for students at school.

This week at CCHS, parents are invited to participate in our Parent Teacher Interviews.  Report cards are currently posted on Ren Web.  Teachers will be available on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 to discuss student progress.  There are no appointments for these meetings; parents may visit any teachers during that time frame.

This week, students will also learn what courses are available to them during the 2017-18 school year.  We will have short morning assemblies in advance of sending home course selection information.  All directions for course section will come via email.  Please be sure your email addresses are correct in Ren Web.

I hope you have a wonderful week,
Heather Crisci
Principal

PSAT Test results will be given out to freshman, sophomores and juniors  February 6-10.  Parents please ask your student for the results.
FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

FRESHMAN SEMI-FORMAL   FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2017 @ 7:00 - 10:00 PM
 
ALL MONEY AND PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE COMPLETED AND RETURNED BY FEBRUARY 8, 2017.  Also, as a reminder the general dance regulations require that students and their guests must arrive at school-sponsored dances  within one hour of the scheduled starting time or they will not be admitted.  Once admitted, students and guests must remain until the end of the dance. Students' are expected to adhere to all regulations stipulated in the Student Handbook. Specifically, students under the influence of or in possession of drugs/alcohol or who partake of alcohol/drugs in school or at any school sponsored event on or off school property are liable for expulsion.  Any student caught in the act of selling or distributing drugs/alcohol in school or at any school sponsored event on or off school property may be expelled from Camden Catholic High School.  Other sanctions may be warranted under the agreement between the Diocese of Camden and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Camden Catholic students will be held responsible for the conduct and behavior of their invited guests.  Guests may not be in grammar/middle school or older than twenty (20) at the time of the dance.
Report Cards:
Semester Report Cards are posted on Ren Web.
Parent Teacher Interviews:  February 9,   6:30 - 8:30 pm
Parents are invited meet with teachers on  February 9  from  6:30 - 8:30  to discuss student progress.  No appointments are needed.  Parents may drop in to see teachers.
African American History Month
Student Contest

Students may choose one African American hero or event and discuss how this person or event helped to shape our country and society today.  Submissions may be completed in one of two ways:

1.  Students may submit an essay of 500 words or less describing their person or event and how the person or event helped to shape American history.

2.  Students may submit a 60 second video that depicts their choice of person or event and the historical significance of their choice.

All entries are due on  February 24 to Mr. Wallace.  Entries may dropped off in the Office of Student Affairs.  A panel of faculty and administration will review all entries.  Winners will be announced on  February 28.  Prizes will be awarded for top entries.
THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2017
Click on the image below to view photos from #CSW17 events throughout school. The CCHS #CSW17 word cloud is also featured below. Thank you for your participation.
 
Catholic Schools Week 2017
NCAA SIGNING DAY 
On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Camden Catholic High School was proud to introduce five members of the class of 2017 who are signing letters of intent to continue their athletic endeavors in college.
Matthew Crisci: Southern New Hampshire University, baseball
Kameron Dupree: Shaw University, soccer
Jack Walsh: Cabrini University, lacrosse
Nazir Streater: LIU Post, football
Kyle Dupree: Clarion University, football
Congratulations to these accomplished student-athletes and the many people who have influenced their hard work and dedication to both their academic and athletic goals!
SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Welsh Scholarship Deadline March 13
Apply online: www.csascholars.org
Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be Catholic and residents of Camden County, NJ.
Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in a
 Catholic elementary, middle or high school in the Fall 
of 2017.
Applicants must attend Catholic schools located in
 Camden County, NJ.
Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement,
 financial need, and moral character.
DIOCESAN SCHOOLS 
2015-16 Annual Report
Camden Catholic High School is a proud member of the Diocese of Camden South Jersey Catholic Schools. 

Click here  or on the image below for the 2015-16 Annual Report featuring an important overview of our members' accomplishments during last school year.
SOPHOMORES: CLASS OF 2019 FAMILY MASS FEB. 12 @ 10AM
All sophomores and your families are invited and encouraged to attend. Please go to the Sign Up Genius to RSVP and sign up to bring something to the brunch if you can.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044faaaf2da3f58-cchs
ALL PARENTS: TRANSPORTATION FUNDING-PLEASE READ

Problem
1.  Current Catholic school students can only obtain a ride to school for a maximum of $884 per student.

2.  Many bus companies and school districts are unwilling/unable to transport students at the $884 rate.

3. The ceiling should match cost of living increases, which has not happened since the 2007-2008 school year.

What can you do?
Ask Governor to increase funding for nonpublic school transportation in his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget.  If your family has been affected by this problem, or you know of families who have, tell the Governor the details.  Even if the bussing problem does not apply to you, but you believe in Catholic education, please contact Governor Christie.  

How can you contact Governor Christie?
Use the NJCC automated Voter Voice system:
http://njcatholic.org/faith-in-action
Call:    609-292-6000

Email:   http://nj.gov/governor/contact/

Write:  The Honorable Christopher Christie
Governor of New Jersey
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625
SOFTBALL PLAYER PARENT MEETING
FEB. 8 @ 7 PM DINING HALL
PARENT MEETING: SENIOR FLORIDA TRIP
February 22 at 7 p.m. in the Dining Hall
All students attending the trip must attend with one parent.  Information about itinerary, communication, and expectations will be provided at this time.  Please contact Mr. Lewis with any questions at  varsay.lewis@camdencatholic.org
IMPORTANT REMINDERS: BUS FORMS & TUITION CONTRACT
Families in grades 9, 10, and 11 received a tuition contract and bus form in the mail last week. Homeroom teachers will be reminding students to bring these in. Please return these forms to school at your earliest convenience. The bus form especially is crucial to organizing transportation for the coming year.  
CINDERELLA TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Don't miss out on the very best seats for this highly anticipated performance. Visit www.cchsperformingarts.com to purchase!

 AD & PATRON DRIVE
With your support you can help our student performers and be part of an amazing tradition at Camden Catholic High School- the spring musical which started in 1922.  There are many aspects to putting together such a tremendous musical and the Ad and Patron book is  critical to help fund costumes, staging, and technical pieces. The proceeds from this ad book help to keep this great tradition alive and thriving! 

SAT PRACTICE TEST @ CCHS 2/11
Through this test, students will have the opportunity to experience the SAT along with the recent changes without having the scores go on record! The test will take approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes long. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:  http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/satptcchs
COLLEGE WORKSHOP FOR SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS:
On Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm at William Paterson University, NJACAC will be hosting College Key, a FREE workshop for traditionally underrepresented, low-income, first generation 10th and 11th grade students and their parents or guardians.

Throughout the day students and parents will participate in a series of interactive presentations presented by school counselors and admissions representatives. Topics of discussion include researching and applying to colleges as well as navigating the financial aid process. Breakfast, lunch, and a campus tour of William Paterson University will be provided.

Space is limited! Though there is no cost for this program, students must apply online and are responsible for their own transportation. We encourage parents to attend as well! 

The application deadline is February 7, 2017. The application link is as follows:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf5zHKOrfM23TZCoRBNPZVMz7Wk97Co4eSGKtjYscWnghCbDw/viewform#start=openform 
MOD PIZZA DINE & DONATE: FEB. 13!
*SHOW THIS IMAGE ON YOUR PHONE WHEN ORDERING TO RECEIVE CREDIT!*


NOMINATE AN ALL-STAR TEACHER!
PERFORMING ARTS PARENTS MEETINGS: 7:30 PM BAND ROOM 
February 13
March 20
April 10
May 8
STUDENTS COMPETE IN MODEL UN @ MOORESTOWN H.S.
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. 
SAVE THE DATE: THE IRISH PARTY 
SATURDAY, MARCH 18 
ANYONE who would like to donate: bottle(s) of wine for the wine pull, gift cards, cash, or items for  gift baskets -- please contact Sharon McHugh: cchsparents@camdencatholic.org

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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!
SERVICE HOURS ANNOUNCEMENTS & OPPORTUNITIES 
*updated weekly, see below for the latest opportunities
*Second Service Reflection due Feb. 15

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

Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ
Seeking volunteers for annual Family Pasta Dinner Event. Email Dorothy Lucca for more information: dorothy@ronaldhouse-snj.org. 


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
ATHLETICS THIS WEEK 

Monday, February 6
Varsity Wrestling vs. Notre Dame 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7
Boys Basketball @ Camden: Freshman 4, Varsity 5:15, JV 7
Girls Basketball vs. Camden: Varsity 3:45

Thursday, February 9
Girls Basketball vs. Timber Creek: Freshman 3:45, Varsity 5:15
Boys Basketball @ Timber Creek:  JV 4, Varsity 5:15

Friday, February 10
Boys Freshman Basketball @ Pemberton 4 p.m.
Wrestling vs. Sterling JV 5, Varsity 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 11
Boys Varsity Basketball @ Willingboro 12:30 p.m.
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