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President's Letter
October 2017
 
"Start by doing what is necessary,
then do what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
 
                                                St. Francis of Assisi
 
Peace and Greetings:
 
Yesterday, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, born in
Italy in 1181, he founded the Franciscans religious order. This is an opportunity to acknowledge our gratitude to two members of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Sr. Marie Benedict and Sr. Mary Mercy for their presence and contribution to our St. Paul community. In "continuing the call of St. Francis of Assisi" they "seek to enflame humanity with a sense of the sacred found deep within each person." Sisters, you are gifts to our families every day.
 
Our annual student Walkathon/Oktoberfest will be held tomorrow, Friday, October 6 beginning at 11:45 am. The Chunky Tomato pizza truck, Mr. Softee ice cream truck, dunk tank, bounce house, games, prizes, music and much more is planned for our school-wide community celebration. Community is one of our five core values ... and it takes a faith community to foster the unique greatness that's inherent in each of us as children of God.  
 
There is no school on Monday, October 9 in observance of Columbus Day and Tuesday, October 17 due to the faculty attending the Archdiocesan Faith Conference at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center.
 
There will be a noon dismissal on Wednesday, October 11 following the PSAT exam for sophomores and juniors. Freshmen will be involved in special workshops during the morning. Seniors are encouraged to visit colleges on this day. Senior parents, please review Guidance guidelines regarding November 1 college application deadlines.
 
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 1:00-7:00 pm. If desired, parents should have their child schedule appointments with teachers beginning today (10 minute blocks). Please discuss your availability with your child.     
 
Our next Open House for prospective students is Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 am and again on Saturday, November 4. Please consider sharing our good news with others in your hometown.
 
We will be conducting a planned response drill in the event of an aggressive intruder for students/faculty to shelter-in-place or evacuate, as appropriate, under the supervision of the Bristol Police Department on Monday October 16. You will receive an emergency message that morning from ParentReach informing you of this drill. A reminder that you must answer "hello" to voice activate the emergency recording. Please notify the main office if you do not receive a call on that day or wish to update your emergency contact information. Be assured that your child's safety is of utmost importance to all of us.
 
Juniors will be on class retreat on Wednesday, October 25. Junior Class Night is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. All juniors and their families are encouraged to attend this special ceremony as we celebrate their transition as upperclassmen. Junior parents will be receiving invitations.
 
Homecoming Weekend is October 27-28 with the student dance scheduled for Friday from 7:00 - 10:00 pm and the varsity football game vs. Woodland High School on Saturday at 1:00 pm. Cheer on the Falcons and join us for our parent pregame pot luck cookout. More details to follow.  
 
Lots going on! As always, my personal thanks to everyone who contributes in countless ways to the growth and success of St. Paul. I am inspired everyday by your thoughtfulness and generosity.
 
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President/Chief Administrator
Faith Feature

St. Paul at Respect Life Mass
Last Friday, September 29, St. Paul students met to discuss our "Summer Learning Experience" on the theme of human dignity. As part of St. Paul's commitment to
promoting and defending human dignity, we welcome St. Paul students and families to participate in the Annual Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph on Sunday, October 8 at 11:00am.
 
Several years ago, St. Paul as a school community received the St. Gianna Beretta Molla Medal in recognition of our commitment to life. This year, President Cary Dupont will receive the award for his leadership.
 
Families are welcome to attend together. Participating students earn three Falcon Hours for representing St. Paul at the Mass. Students who do not ride the bus should check in with Mr. Duffany at the Mass.
 
The archdiocesan Pro-Life Ministry website has additional details: Respect Life Mass

 
DAY OFF ON SUPERBOWL MONDAY!
STUDENTS ARE HOPING IT WILL HAPPEN!  
 
WE STILL NEED $5,470 to reach our goal 
 
The BIG DAY IS TOMORROW, 10/6
Last donations will be collected today and tomorrow morning! 

Online donations can be made by  visiting our    WALK-A-THON DONATION page on our website!
OR
Students can use a sponsor sheet as they collect their personal  donations by cash or check.  Here is a link to the sponsor sheetChecks can be made payable to St. Paul Catholic High School.
Individual goal - $45
School-wide goal - $23,500

When the school-wide goal is met everyone gets  Superbowl Monday off from school and our students will collectively benefit from the funds raised in the way of class room materials, school activities, school programs and much more.
All gifts are tax-deductible.  
Academic Department
 
Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for
Wednesday, October 11 
from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm 
 Students will be dismissed at noon and buses will run. 
 
Please discuss with your child(ren) the time you will be available on October 11.
 
Students can begin making appointments with their teachers starting on Thursday, October 5, 2017 d uring class time. As appointments are made with teachers, your child will fill in the appointment sheet so that you will know when and with whom the appointments are scheduled.
 
As you can imagine, there is not a sufficient amount of time for every teacher to visit at length with every parent. Therefore, priority will be given to those parents whose students are experiencing academic difficulty at this time. 
 
Our school counselors will be available.  If you wish to meet with a counselor, please encourage your student to visit the Guidance Office to schedule a meeting.
 
Teachers and school counselors will post their appointment schedule outside of their rooms.  
 
If your child does not schedule appointments for you, you will be able to write your name in an available time slot on the teacher's or counselor's conference schedule.
 
The administrators will also be available. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you when you are here. 
 
CLICK HERE for the room assignment list and sign-up sheet that parents use for Parent/Teacher conferences.
Guidance Department
 
Here are the testing dates and registration deadlines for the ACT and SAT for the 2017-2018 school year. St. Paul Catholic High School will be the testing location for the dates which are in BOLD. 

   ACT Date                 Registration Deadline     Scores Available
December 9, 2017
Nov. 3, 2017
Dec. 19, 2017
February 10, 2018
Jan. 12, 2018
Feb. 21, 2018
April 14, 2018 * 
Mar. 9, 2018
Apr. 24, 2018
June 9, 2018
May 4, 2018
Jun. 19, 2018
July 14, 2018
Jun. 15, 2018
Jul. 24, 2018
 
  SAT Date                 Registration Deadline    Scores Available
November 4, 2017
Oct. 5, 2017
Nov. 17, 2017
December 2, 2017
Nov. 2, 2017
Dec. 15, 2017
March 10, 2018
Feb. 9, 2018
Mar. 23, 2018
May 5, 2018 * 
Apr. 6, 2018
May 18, 2018
June 2, 2018
May 3, 2018
Jul. 11, 2018
 
SENIOR PARENTS:
Barnum Financial Group will be here on October 18th at 7 pm for a Financial Aid Workshop. Be here to get answers about paying for college! Please RSVP by 10/16 to Linda Kilbourne at LKilbourne@spchs.com or 860-584-0911 x 19.

If your child is planning on applying Early Action to college, the deadlines are fast approaching! A student needs to have their green transcript request form to their School Counselor TWO WEEKS before their deadline. Therefore if the college's deadline is Nov. 1st the forms should be in by October 16th. If the deadline is Nov. 15th the forms should be in by Nov. 1st.

SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PARENTS: All Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 11th. The CollegeBoard website has information and other tools on their website if you are interested in learning more.
 
Please welcome Miss Laura Stabile to the Guidance Department
Here she has shared an "All About Me" message ---- I am excited to be joining St. Paul Catholic High School as the new school counselor! I have received a warm welcome from everyone I have met and am feeling blessed to be a part of this community! Some fun facts about me include my love of travel, singing, art, tea, and being able to learn something new to share with others. I am passionate about being a school counselor and share a seat on the Connecticut School Counselor Association Board. I always try to see every situation with a positive light and can hopefully help the students at St. Paul's grow in their spiritual, personal, academic, and career development. Please feel free to see me at any time for any matter or just to stop in for some talk-and-tea! You can also schedule an appointment with me in advance with this link   https://stabile.youcanbook.me/ . I look forward to meeting everyone and have a great year!
Connecticut Catholic Men's Conference

Being held at St. Paul Catholic High School this year!
October 21, 2017 from 8:30 am - 5pm!
Click on the image below for more information about this great opportunity!

Athletics

 
Click here for the up-to-date athletic team schedules. Come support our teams at a game this season!
 




Coming up - 10/28 and 11/3 WJMJ will be here at St. Paul!

WJMJ 88.9 FM is your official Radio home for Catholic High School  Football in the Archdiocese of Hartford!  Tune in all season long to hear Mark Andrews & Dan Lovallo bring you right into the gridiron action with their LIVE play-by-play.
 
It's easy for you to listen to LIVE coverage of the games - on your radio at 88.9FM or streamed live at  WJMJ.org. 

Parent Ambassadors
WE NEED YOU!

Help to be a voice outside the SPCHS building. You are our best testimonial - giving prospective students & parents the information they need to make the informed decision to send their student for a great Catholic education experience here at St. Paul.
 
One way to do this is to consider placing an Open House and/or Placement Exam Sign on your front lawn or take a few open house posters to local establishments. Touch base with Mr. Matthew Crowley at mcrowley@spchs.com or pick up in the main office.

If you have a sign already - thank you! Make sure to add the new open house date stickers to the sign. If you need more stickers please contact the main office. 

Another way to help, write a quick one or two paragraph testimonial about your experience or your student's experience here at St. Paul and email it to Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com.
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Open House and Placement Exam

Open House dates are listed below so if you or someone you know is a prospective family and interested in seeing all St. Paul has to offer, take a tour of the campus, visit our faculty and meet our family - sign up to attend our open house

Saturday, October 14 at 10am
Saturday, November 4 at 10am
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Placement Exam will be held Saturday, November 18 at 8:00 a.m. --- Prospective grade 9 and 10 students wishing to attend St. Paul Catholic High School for the 2018-2019 school year should, 
There is a $25 testing fee which covers the cost of the exam. Students are encouraged to take the November Placement Exam to be eligible for certain academic scholarships.
Tickets on sale now !
   
Saturday, November 4th 
6:00PM-11:00PM  
DoubleTree by Hilton in Bristol 

To purchase your tickets; gather information about the event; or for Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities click below: 
 
  Invitations were emailed on 9/29, CLICK HERE if you haven't seen it.
 
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 We rely on generous donations from our community and beyond to pull off a great variety of items and one of a kind experiences to offer in our Live and Silent Auctions. Please consider a donation of any kind to help reach our goal!
 
 
Send in donations to St. Paul, attention Shelley Mendoza, or email smendoza@spchs.com to discuss.
 
If you have questions about any of the above - contact Shelley Mendoza at  smendoza@spchs.com or 860-584-0911 ext. 21!
St. Paul Girls Soccer Stadium Chairs

Please help support the St. Paul girls soccer team with the purchase of a stadium chair. Email Jeff Davis or pick one up at the concession stand during our home games.  
 
Checks are made payable to SPCHS. 
 
Deluxe $52 (wider)
Standard $46
Contact Jeff Davis @ Jeffrey.davai@snet.net

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All Souls Remembrance Mass

You're invited to our special St. Paul All Souls Remembrance Mass. It is the tradition of the Catholic Church to dedicate the month of November to prayerful remembrance of our departed relatives and friends.
 
Our annual All Souls Remembrance Mass provides us with the opportunity to reflect on our departed St. Paul Catholic alumni, faculty, friends, and loved ones.
 
We invite you to email those for whom you would like us to pray to Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com. Your intentions will be placed on our Chapel altar and prayed upon throughout the year.


Save the Date for the St. Paul Performing Arts 
Inspirational True-Life Holocaust Drama.

CLICK HERE to read more about the show.
 
Tickets go on sale October 16th. $8 students, $15 adults, $12 over 65. Tickets may be reserved and purchased online at www.spchs.com or purchase by calling the school: 860-584-0911.
Grandparents Day - Friday, November 17

Grandparents and special persons should save the date for our Annual Grandparents Day Prayer Service and Breakfast! This year it will take place on November 17. An invitation with times and details will be sent next week to all grandparents.
If you don't think we have addresses for your family's grandparents please email Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com and we would be happy to check our files.
Host Families are Needed

This is a wonderful opportunity for your family to learn about another culture, share your home with a dedicated student who wants to learn about the United States, and experience the once-in-a-lifetime gift that comes from hosting a child.

Interested St. Paul families are asked to contact the following agency for more information:
 
 
Ms. Hannah Watts
IQ ICES F-1 Program Coordinator
International Cultural Exchange Services
Galleria Corporate Center, Building 16
375 North Stephanie 
Henderson, NV 89014
phone: 702.723-9975
fax: 702-566-2323
or
Mr. Douglas Uskudarli
phone: 860 354 9202
cell: 203 770 2455

First Aid/CPR Training Courses Available
 
Mr. Duffany is offering a number of First Aid/CPR Training courses here at St. Paul. Please see below for the dates and times. Please contact Mr. Duffany to register, ask questions, etc.
Spring Break Trip to Ireland and England this coming April!

The Spring Break Trip this year will head to Ireland and England

Please contact Dr. Cretella at  lcretella@spchs.com for any questions you may have or for more information on booking your spot!
St. Paul SCRIP Program

To learn more about our SCRIP Program here at St. Paul or to find the enrollment code  
 
As a REMINDER ---   Coming up on September 18th it's Thank-Scrip-ing Day!   
Stores will give extra bonuses if you purchase ScripNow, Reload or Reload Now. If you are signed up for PrestoPay, then you can complete your order right away.  If you would like to order and pay by check, submit your order online and check the pay by check button. The order will be released once we have processed your payment. They will have a list of participating organizations on the Shop with Scrip site that day!

BOX TOP Program IT'S TIME TO SEND THEM IN - before 10/15!

Clip those Box Tops and you'll help your student earn FALCON POINTS for his/her class.
 
Here is a list of participating brands Clip and send them in before 10/15 and we will count them up --- whichever class has the most box tops will earn FALCON POINTS to go toward the coveted FALCON CUP at the end of the school year! 
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