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President's Message for December
 


December 1, 2016  
 
"For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given."
Isaiah 9:6-7
 
Peace and Greetings:
 
As we reach December on the calendar, the season of Advent comes upon us and as Christians we begin preparing for the birth of the Christ child in our lives. I invite you to do so by finding time to celebrate the season with your St. Paul family. Please consider attending one of our preparation events:
 
Advent Evening of Reflection and Light-Up St. Paul 
(Tomorrow - December 2 at 6:30 pm)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Gregory the Great Church (December 8 at 10:30 am) 
Art Show & Christmas Concert
(December 14 at 6:30 pm)
Christmas Mass at St. Gregory the Great Church 
(December 23 at 11:00 am)

Tomorrow's Light-Up St. Paul is a fun family event. Consider joining us for our outdoor advent prayer service, caroling, tree lighting, bonfires, food and more. It's also a good time to stop by our rear courtyard where the NHS is selling Christmas trees and wreaths.
 
In addition, there are two, beautiful, community holiday shows at St. Paul on the next two weekends: the Holiday Showcase of Stars this Saturday, December 3 at 7:00 pm and the Bristol Chorale & Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble, Sunday, December 11 at 4:00 pm. Treat yourself!
 
The campus is being decorated for the holidays ... the winter athletic season is upon us ...the cast & crew of our spring musical, Mary Poppins, have begun rehearsing ... as always, lots going on! 
 
This is a reminder that our Christmas vacation begins on Friday, December 23 at noon. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3. School will be closed on Monday, January 2, 2016 in observance of the New Year holiday. This is a change to the original calendar.
 
St. Paul follows a two-hour delayed opening in inclement weather. However, out-of-town busing is on a 90 minute delay to give these buses more time to travel to school. Generally, St. Paul follows the decision of the Bristol Board of Education. On inclement weather mornings, you should be contacted by our Parent Reach notification system. You must say hello to activate the message. If you do not receive a call, please contact our main office. Closings, delayed openings and early dismissals will also be posted on WFSB, WVIT, WTNH and WTIC-TV. You can sign up on their websites for electronic device school alerts.
 
We had 150 prospective Class of 2021 students take our November Placement Exam. Our next Open House is Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 am and the second placement exam scheduled for Saturday, January 21, 2016. Thank you again for the sacrifices you make, for all you do to contribute to the life of this school, and for being great ambassadors for St. Paul.            
 
St. Paul is blessed as a faith community to have the freedom to live the gift of Christmas every day. It's the reason we exist. I wish you and your family much joy, happiness and peace during this season and throughout the year. Merry Christmas!
        
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President
Faith Feature
"New Year's" Resolutions

The season of Advent begins the new liturgical year. During their weekly visit to our Rev. Edmund O'Brien Chapel during religion class, St. Paul students have been writing down their resolutions for this season as we seek to draw closer to Christ and prepare a home for Him in our hearts. The resolutions are in a basket at the base of our chapel altar and will be part of our school Mass in celebration of our national patroness, the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Thursday, Dec. 8 at St. Gregory the Great Parish at 10:30am.

Faculty and staff have joined students in adding their resolutions to the basket. Let us each take time this season to open ourselves to receive and extend Christ's love.

Upcoming Events

Advent Evening of Reflection 
  December 2, 2016
6:30 p.m.
St. Paul Catholic High School

Illuminate St. Paul with beautiful luminaries this Christmas season. Luminaries will be personalized with your message and lit the evening of Light Up St. Paul.
All are welcome!
RSVP to Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com if you and your family plan to attend.

THERE'S STILL TIME TO HELP LIGHT UP ST. PAUL

Advent evening of reflection, refreshments (provided by SPCHS Food Club), marshmallow roasting, Christmas caroling, and much more!

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A few things are still needed for  
Light Up St. Paul.
Can you help? 


This year we will offer soup, hot chocolate, apple cider and  marshmallow roasting stations.

Items we are still in need of as well as volunteer opportunities during the evening are listed in SignUpGenius by clicking below! Thank you in advance!

 
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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
ANNUAL TREE & WREATH
SALE!!!

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Christmas Ornaments on Sale NOW!

St. Paul's Sewing Club will sell Christmas ornaments during the NHS Christmas tree and wreath sale, Dec. 2-4 for a minimum $3 donation. All proceeds go toward buying supplies for various service projects including this year's drive to make hand knitted toys, blankets and baby booties for sick children.
Finance News

Need-based tuition assistance is not renewable from year to year.  An application, the required documentation, and the application fee must be submitted to FACTS Grant & Aid by the deadline of February 10, 2017, to be considered for financial aid for the 2017/2018 academic year.  The online application fee is $27.
 

Click here for information about documentation needed for the FACTS Grant & Aid application .  In cases of divorce, both parents must apply for financial aid and supply financial documents. If you occupy separate households, each parent should complete a separate application. For more detailed information, please see the Tuition Assistance page of our website .

Those who do not complete the application by February 10, 2017 risk not receiving aid, since the available funds will be allocated first to those qualified applicants who have submitted their applications and supporting documents on time.  Award announcements will be mailed out in late March or early April.

Please contact the Finance Office at 860-584-0911, ext 20, if you have further questions about Tuition Assistance.
Guidance News
SENIORS:

College applications with a January 1, 2016 due date should have been submitted by TODAY Dec. 1.
 
After completing and submitting their online applications, seniors should update their account in Naviance by clicking the box indicating, "I have submitted my application."

Students should also submit a green transcript request form to the School Counseling Office for each application. The green forms are available in the School Counseling Office.

Transcripts and other supporting documents will not be submitted to colleges until these steps are completed. Any late submissions are not guaranteed to be submitted before Christmas. The School Counseling Department is closed during Christmas break. 
Christmas Concert & Art Show


S
t. Paul Band and Choir will be presenting the
annual Christmas concert. This year's production
entitled "O Holy Night" will be featuring classics and favorites from the Christmas season.

The concert will begin at 7:00pm.

 
Prior to the concert there will be a wonderful exhibit
in our school lobby and art wing featuring
art work from a variety of art students.

Viewing will begin at 6:30pm.
 
Admission is FREE!

50th Anniversary
Commemorative Pewter Ornament



To celebrate our 50th Anniversary - St. Paul's commemorative 50th anniversary pewter ornament is available for $20.

Contact advancement@spchs.com to order.

What a great gift for family, friends and alumni of 
St. Paul Catholic High School! 
Yearbook 2016-2017
ATTN: Parents, Family and Friends  
of the Graduating Class of 2017!
 
It's time to congratulate our  
graduating class in the 2017 Yearbook!

Consider placing an ad in the 2017 yearbook!  
Deadline is January 16, 2017. 
Please mail completed form to
St. Paul Catholic High School
C/O Norma Kendrick, Yearbook Advisor
1001 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT 06010
or drop off in the main office.
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Order a 2016-2017
Yearbook TODAY!

One book captures this year's incredible events and experiences and that's the 2016-2017 yearbook.
Order online today at
www.jostensyearbooks.com
and choose St. Paul Catholic High School.

To pay by check click here for the order form and
send in to the main office.

Deadline to order is January 16th! 

SAVE THE DATE!
2016 Class S Baseball
Championship Banner Unveiling  
Tuesday, January 3  
at 7:00 p.m 

The unveiling of the 2016 Class S Baseball Championship banner and distribution of championship rings to last year's
baseball team will take place during halftime at the
boys varsity basketball game at home vs. Naugatuck.




News You Can Use

Thank you to all the Grandparents who visited St. Paul for our Annual Grandparents' Day! We would like to thank our volunteers for making the morning run seamlessly and for all the goodies we were able to share with our wonderful families! A special thank you to Ellen & Don Ciampi for organizing this large event!

A few photos of the morning are on our website - http://spchs.com/about/photo-gallery/

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Our first #GivingTuesday was well received and because of the generosity each year to the St. Paul Annual Fund, our students continue to benefit from abundant opportunities
to learn, grow and excel. Thank you to all who participated!
We are accepting gifts to the St. Paul Annual Fund from now through June 30, 2017. Your gift may be tax deductible. Visit http://spchs.com/annual-fund/ for more information. 

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Book Sale at the Church of Saint Ann
Saint Ann Church provide scholarships to
Archdiocesan high schools for inner city students
with funds raised from this book sale.
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As winter and inclement weather approaches, this is a reminder for students who use the Out-of-Town Bus: Please note that when school is on a 2-hour delay, the buses run on a 90-minute delay.
Social Media News
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Follow us on Twitter @spchs_buzz
Check us out on Instagram @spchsfalcons
SCRIP Program
   
NOW thru Dec 16 (while supplies last) there will be a limited number of small denomination gift cards available for purchase through SCRIP. 

Special Orders (higher quantities of gift cards) are available through December 2. Gift Card Holiday Wrappers are also now available. A 10-pack can be purchased for $2.00 with a 10% rebate.

There will be a number of bonus rebates coming up through the holidays including a LARGE one at Thanksgiving! Stay tuned!!! 

Not familiar with the SCRIP program? It's an incredible way to support St. Paul Catholic High School and for you to earn discounts on your student tuition just by purchasing gift cards to pay for your everyday shopping or as gifts. This program is not required but highly recommended. Purchase gift cards for gifts or for your everyday shopping. Retailers provide a % rebates back to the school. Once you earn $250 in gift card rebates for St. Paul's, you then earn credit towards your family SCRIP rebate that can be applied to tuition. (Rebates are calculated by the discount percentage per merchant - i.e. Stop & Shop @ 4% x $100 purchased = $4.00 earned).*

Ordering is simple-you can see the list of retailers SPCHS Scrip carries in house by downloading this order form.If you are interested in ordering, drop off the completed order form in the main office OR you can also order online (orders will be filled on Wednesday) and sent home with your student! Order one-time or recurring weekly orders at www.shopwithscrip.com. Enroll with  St. Paul's Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275. 
 
If you have any questions regarding SCRIP, please email scrip@spchs.com
Show your SPCHS Spirit
Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends of St. Paul are welcome to browse our School Spirit Wear!
Check out the new wears at the home basketball games OR visit the Spirit Wear Store when you are on campus!

- NEW 50th Anniversary Blankets
- NEW 50th Anniversary Shirts
- NEW 50th Anniversary Shorts & Pants
- Long sleeve shirts
- 1/4 zip sweatshirts
- Hoodie sweatshirts 
- Sweatpants
- Flannel Pants
- Scrub Pants
- T-shirts
- Shorts
- "SP" Car magnets

You can also download the order form and send to the main office or email Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com OR Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com.
(inventory or sizes may not be available).

Orders will be fulfilled and sent home with your student or held at the main office for you to pick up.