Calendar of Events
Week of March 11-17
Monday, March 12
Regular Schedule

Tuesday, March 13
Regular Schedule
 
Wednesday, March 14
Regular Schedule
Senior Florida Trip Departs

Thursday, March 15
Regular Schedule

Friday, March 16
Regular Schedule
Irish Giving Day
Sophomore Cotillion 7 p.m. Dining Hall
MANDATORY SENIOR PARENT MEETING
Mandatory Senior Parent Meeting will be March 22, 2018 in the Grandi Auditorium.  Information on graduation requirements will be covered and paperwork for graduation activities and tickets with be distributed at the meeting.
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Camden Catholic Families:

As you know, we have been working over the past few weeks to continue to communicate with our community about school safety and security. Our senior executive student government also met with Bishop Sullivan and other student leaders from the diocese to discuss their reactions as Catholic school students to violence in our schools.

March 14 has been selected as a day for a national school walk-out. Our students see their role as more healing with prayer than political with demonstrations.    They have asked for 17 minutes of voluntary prayer during each lunch period at school. This would happen on March 14 in the auditorium about 20 minutes into each of the periods. Our seniors will be in Florida and have asked for a special prayer time on March 14.

On April 20, we will have a prayer service at school to remember those lost to violence in schools, pray for an end to school violence, and encourage all students to treat others as Christ would.

We recognize that these national days are very significant for our students as images are in the news and on social media. Please keep the Camden Catholic students and faculty in your prayers as we continue to strengthen our community through the virtues of our Catholic faith.
 
Sincerely,
Heather Crisci
FROM THE OFFICE OF STUDENT AFFAIRS

School Safety:  As a follow up to Mrs. Crisci's recent email to you regarding our commitment to school safety, we made the decision last week to engage the student body in a discussion concerning our safety protocols and their role in keeping Camden Catholic safe.

On March 1 and March 2, 2018, I conducted school assemblies for all grades for the purpose of reviewing Camden Catholic's safety protocols and fielding any questions the students may have concerning school safety. Prior to meeting with the students, I again reviewed our safety protocols with the Cherry Hill Police Department and they indicated that our safety procedures are consistent with their response needs in the event of a serious safety issue at our school. During the assemblies, I reviewed the safety requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey, wherein we are required, at a minimum, to do one fire drill per month when students are present in the school and at least twice a year we need to conduct the following: lock down drill, lock down active shooter, bomb threat, and non-emergent evacuation. In terms of practicing these protocols, it is important for you, the parent/guardian, to be aware that here at Camden Catholic our lock down drill and our lock down active shooter drill are announced identically; we don't differentiate between the two in terms of implementation. The reason for this is so that there is no unnecessary panic or anxiety associated with these exercises and that our responses remain consistent.  I also reinforced with students that they need to also contribute to the security of the school. I also heavily emphasized two simple, yet very important, requirements that are essential for building security, those are wearing their ID's and locking their lockers. An unsecured locker is a safety risk to the entire Camden Catholic school community. As to the issue of IDs, the inability of school faculty, staff and possibly first responders to accurately identify students in the school can be problematic, especially in a serious security situation.

It is my hope that you will take the time to discuss with your student the importance of the student's role with respect to school safety so that together we can keep Camden Catholic as safe as possible.

One final note, we announced and conducted an active shooter lockdown drill during Activities Period on Friday.  The implementation of the drill was outstanding.

Morning Arrival:   As a reminder, the building officially opens at 7AM. All students are to enter the building through the gym entrance (Door C-3) only. Upon entering the building, they need to present their ID to the staff person manning the door. This is an essential security measure to ensure that we know who is entering our school.
WORLD LANGUAGES WEEK
Students visited El Sitio in Collingswood to try empanadas, seco de pollo, arepas and tres leches cake as we celebrated World Languages Week at CCHS. Students shared the CCHS prayer in a different language each day, and signs throughout school indicated locations in various world languages.

SCHOOL CLOSING REMINDER: Please check the CCHS Twitter and Facebook pages for snow day notices. 
ARTS PARENTS MEETING ON 3/12 CANCELLED 
SENIORS:
Camden Catholic receives many generous College Scholarship Opportunities from local organizations and businesses.  Information and applications for these Scholarships are posted in Naviance.  Please take advantage of these opportunities.  
If you have any questions please contact Ms. Barry or Ms Sullivan.
INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY
Any American student interested in applying for a scholarship to a two week cultural immersion course in China and Hong Kong should email the Dean of International Students before  March 15, 2018  at  diane.crowell@camdencatholic.org .
BASKET DONATION REQUEST

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As you know the Parents Association auctions off many FABULOUS BASKETS at our Bag Bingo and we are looking for donations of any kind to fill our baskets with FUN items!
Suggestions include: CASH - Gift cards for Restaurants, Movies or Retailers -Gift certificates for services such as Salons & Spas, Lawn services, Bike shops, Florists & Gyms - Lottery tickets - Sporting event tickets - Sporting or Music memorabilia - Anything Disney - Technical / Electronic devices - Wine / liquor, chocolate, coffee Pet supplies - Hand bags and wallets - Summer & beach, Bath & body, Grilling Golfing, Car care, Gardening items - ANYTHING IRISH.

Donations may be sent into school and given to Mrs Merenyi or to the front office.
Please clearly label your donation for bag bingo and note who the donation is from.

THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!
Scholarship Opportunity
Francis, Elizabeth, and Edward Rodger Welsh Scholarship
  • Applicants must be Catholic and residents of Camden County, New Jersey
  • Applicants must be attending or planning to enroll in a Catholic elementary, middle or high school in the Fall of 2018.
  • Applicants must attend Catholic schools located in Camden County, New Jersey
  • Applicants must demonstrate academic achievements, financial need, and moral character. 
Apply on-line at www.csascholars.org
Applicants must submit the requested information online and mail the additional required materials with a postmark no later than MARCH 13, 2018. For more information please click here.
Camden Catholic High School Retreat Program 
Flowing from our mission to develop leaders in a Catholic faith community, the retreat program at Camden Catholic High School is designed to help students engage with their peers in a meaningful way, to provide a spiritual experience outside the classroom, and demonstrate we can be living our faith in all aspects of our lives.   All students at CCHS are required to complete one retreat; many student will complete more than one retreat. 

Information about our retreat program has been sent home separately and reviewed in Religion classes. 
Sign-up sheets for the optional retreats are located in Rm 114. 

2017-18 RETREAT DATES
  • Works of Mercy (rescheduled due to snow): March 21
  • Sacramental Awareness Retreat:  
    • March 23 - 24, 2018 
      at Camp Ockanickon.  Cost $95.00
  • All School Retreat:  
    • March 28, 2018 *required if student has not attended another retreat
From the Office of Student Services

PARENTS' ASSOCIATION MEETINGS-ALL ARE WELCOME! 
Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 17th at 7 p.m. in Faculty Dining Room.
Next Meeting: Project Graduation, April 17th at 6:30pm in Faculty Dining Room.
 
SAVE THESE DATES
  • Habit Burger Dine and Donate- postponed due to snow and is now being held on Tuesday, March 13.for CCHS to receive credit.
  • PDQ Dine and Donate- April 11, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm.





















Campus M inistry
Lent is a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Food service on Fridays during Lent will provide meatless menu options only. Additional prayer opportunities will be available during activity period during Lent as a way for students to deepen their relationship with Jesus and prepare for his passion, death and Resurrection.
 
Catholic Relief Services sponsors the Rice Bowl collection each year during Lent.
CRS Rice Bowl invites students and families to journey alongside the Good Samaritan. With prayers, fasting and almsgiving the Rice Bowl project supports migrants and refugees and others around the world who are seeking safety and opportunity. Rice bowls were distributed on Feb 20th after an inspiring assembly. 25% of the Rice Bowl collection will stay within the Diocese of Camden for nutrition related efforts with 75% going to worldwide efforts of Catholic Relief Services. We encourage students and families to participate in this life transforming program during Lent. Rice Bowls should be returned to school for collection during homeroom on Thursday, March 22nd and Monday, March 26th. Students can also drop off Rice Bowls to Rm 114 any time prior to March 26th.
 
The Works of Mercy part 1 retreat was postponed to March 21st from 3:00-6:00pm at CCHS due to snow. Students will sign in at the Information Commons. The second part of the retreat will now be on Monday, May 7th from 3:00- 6:00pm at CCHS. For student to meet the school retreat requirement they most attend both retreat sessions. Please check the dates since they have changed to ensure participation in both sessions.
 
Any student who has not made a retreat for the 2017-2018 school year by March 26th must attend the All School retreat on Wednesday, March 28th to fulfill the yearly retreat requirement. The dining hall will be providing food service on March 28th for those who are attending the All School Retreat.
 
Paperwork for the Sacramental Awareness Retreat on March 23-24th was sent via RenWeb to parents of students who signed up for this retreat. Permission slip and YCMA camp release form are due by Monday, March 19th and payment is due by Thursday, March 22nd. Please drop off payment and forms to Rm 114. Extra forms for the Sacramental Awareness retreat are available in Rm 114 with Fr. Joe.
 
Student Activities 

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is coordinating Camden Catholic's participation in the Diocese of Camden Faithfull Food Drive. The Diocese has a goal of 150,000 lbs. of food to be dropped off at various food banks in South Jersey on March 18th. Last day to contribute to the food drive will be March 16th. Items being collected include:
Canned Vegetables                               Canned Tuna Fish
Canned Vegetable Juice                        Canned Chicken
Canned Tomato Products                      Canned Soup
Canned Spaghetti Sauce                       Canned Beans
Canned Fruit                                         Canned Chili
Applesauce                                           Canned Beef Stew
Canned Fruit Juice                                 Peanut Butter

Irish Giving Day

Students who ordered an Irish Giving Day t-shirt last week will be allowed an Irish themed (green, white, Irish gear) dress down day on Thursday March 15th and then will be able to wear the Irish Giving Day t-shirt will their uniform skirts or pants on Friday March 16th for Irish Giving Day.
 
The Student government will also be sponsoring an "Irish" locker decorating contest. Decorations should be flat so it does not obstruct the hallway and be Irish themed (shamrocks, IGD logo, green, etc. Decorations can NOT include photographs or lights. A Wawa gift card will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each grade level. Decorating begins Monday, March 12th and judging will take place Wednesday, March 14th. Let's show some Irish spirit!
PARENTS OF ATHLETES
Please save the date for the Athletics Parent Workshop: April 12, 6 p.m. Dining Hall
RSVP derrick.levine@camdencatholic.org. 
SENIOR REMINDERS:
College Application Transcript Requests
Just a reminder that there is a fee charged for transcripts sent to colleges.  The first 3 are free, additional transcripts are $2 each.  Please monitor Naviance for fees.  Students can submit payment to the guidance office.  
College Acceptances
Seniors should be bringing in all acceptance emails, letters, scholarships etc.  They should be brought to Mrs. Powell in the Guidance Office and we will make copies to keep in their file.  
From the Nurse's Office
Parents are reminded that all Juniors need a physical.  Please schedule appointments if physicals haven't been returned yet and return completed forms to the nurse's office.

If a sports physical becomes a year old during a sport season, there is a 10-day grace period from the date of the last physical to obtain a new one.  If no physical is returned at the end of the 10-day grace period, the athlete must sit out of sports until a new physical is returned and cleared.  If possible, a courtesy reminder will be sent from the nurse's office, but as noted in the student handbook, it is the responsibility of the student/parent to ensure sports physicals are current.

Please contact Mrs. Veneziani in the nurse's office with any questions.
JOB OPPORTUNITY

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, based in Camden NJ, is seeking coaches for the Soccer for Success program through the US Soccer Foundation. Click here for details.

Saldutti Law Group in Cherry Hill is looking to hire a student to work a few hours after school approximately 3 days a week.  The job would continue through the summer as well. Contact Information: Carol Saldutti of Saldutti Law Group, 856-437-5991, 800 North Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, 08034.
FROM THE OFFICE OF GUIDANCE

Follow the Guidance Office on Social Media for important reminders and college visit schedule!
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Save the Date: March 8, 2018-Education Career Fair
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINTER ATHLETES
Girls Basketball went 18-10 and earned the Division Championship
Wrestling Division Championship, District Championship, Sectional Champions, and State Championship at 132 lbs. Lucas Revano
Swimming posted 2-400 point career scorers
Winter Track-won the Non Public A 4x800 State Championship
Boys Basketball finished 23-7, Sectional Champions and State Runner-Up!

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
  • Paws Discovery Farm is looking for volunteers to help with the Farm's annual Egg Hunt. The Egg Hunt typically sees over 500 visitors per day, and they need help re-hiding the eggs throughout the day. Click here for flyer to see all information, including dates, times and location. Call or email Lauren:  856-424-1233  floormanager@discoverymuseum.com.
  • St. Rose of Lima Food Pantry in Haddon Heights is in need of volunteers. Large packing days are listed below. Contact Joan Kilpatrick for specifics ( joantkilpatrick@netscape.net)
  • Easter
    March 23rd  3-5pm- we arrange the food in our Parish Lounge located in the basement of the Rectory.
    March 24th 8:30 am-12pm- we bag and give out the food to the needy families located in our Parish Lounge located the basement of the rectory.
  • Swim Instructors @ Croc Center: accepting teens who are at least 14 years of age and are experienced swimmers. All Salvation Army volunteers are interviewed and reference checked upon acceptance of a Salvation Army volunteer position.  Click here for position description.
  • Animal Welfare Association, Voorhees: offering high school service weeks the entire school year!  Please visit the following link to better familiarize yourself with what our program entails, as well as the new dates:
  • Service Hours available  4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays working with a special needs child at St. Mary's Church in Cherry Hill.  Please see the guidance office for details.
  • Cherry Hill Library: click here for available opportunities
Our Mission
Camden Catholic High School is a suburban, college preparatory, day and boarding school. It educates young men and women spiritually, academically, socially, and physically in a faith community to develop as life-long learners and leaders in a global society in the Catholic tradition. 
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