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President's Message for January

 

January 5, 2017

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
What are you doing for others?"
Martin Luther King, Jr .

Peace and Greetings:

Happy New Year! Endings prompt different kinds of thoughts in each o f us. Today's ending is tomorrow's new beginning. That is the law of growth ... what will 2017 bring?
 
This is a reminder that we will host an Open House for prospective Class of 2021 students this Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 am. Our second placement exam is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at 8:00 am. Thank you again for serving as valued parent ambassadors for our school in the communities in which you live and work.  
 
Remarkably, as we approach the end of the first semester, midterm exams begin on Tuesday, January 17.  A reminder if school is cancelled due to weather, the exam schedule is pushed back a day. If there is a two-hour delay due to weather, both exam periods will be pushed back two hours and there will be no noon dismissal. It can be a stressful time for students and parents. Please be patient but supportive and encourage your child to take responsibility for doing their best in their academic studies.
 
I'm pleased to share that as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary, our founding principal, Rev. Edmund O'Brien, will be the principle celebrant at the Mass celebrating the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on Wednesday, January 25 at adjacent St. Gregory the Great Church at 10:30 am. He was a gift then and is now! All are welcome to join us.
 
Impressively, there will be 70+ St. Paul students, parents and faculty pilgrims leaving for Washington, DC on Thursday, January 26 to participate in the annual March for Life. It's an opportunity to put our faith into action.
 
Each January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Month. It's a time to reflect upon what makes our educational experience unique. Our faith community is truly blessed by the generosity of all the people who call St. Paul home. My sincere thanks are extended to everyone who contributes, in countless ways, to the greatness of St. Paul. You are inspiring!
 
On a light closing note, you may have seen this morning in the Bristol Press a nice photo of the St. Paul 2016 baseball team receiving their state championship rings during a halftime ceremony of our boys' basketball game on Tuesday night. It was a truly great night surrounded by the return of many of our recent alums. Unfortunately, the photo caption identified me as the former St. Paul school president. Well, I'm still here ... contrary to the Press and my son's sarcastic humor who remarked, "I'm sorry you had to find out that way, dad" only to be followed by a comment he made to my daughter, "So sad, he thinks he still works there." The power of the press!
 
Gratefully, may God grant our St. Paul community peace, joy and continued success!

In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President
Faith Feature
Christmas Call to Conversion

As we near the close of the Christmas season with the Feast of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord, the liturgies of the season remind us that the impact of the Incarnation goes beyond one day. By becoming man, God the Creator changed creation forever.

Immediately after Christmas Day, we celebrate the Feast of St. Stephen (Dec. 26), the first martyr, whose death by stoning our own St. Paul witnessed and supported. The Liturgy of the Hours for St. Stephen reminds us that, through the love of Christ and the invitation to conversion, we can overcome any difficulty or sin: "This, surely, is the true life, my brothers, a life in which Paul feels no shame because of Stephen's death, and Stephen delights in Paul's companionship, for love fills them both with joy. It was Stephen's love that prevailed over the cruelty of the mob, and it was Paul's love that covered the multitude of his sins; it was love that won for both of them the kingdom of heaven."

As we prepare to celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul (Jan. 25), let us ask for Christ's love to fill our hearts and help us be witnesses of Love Incarnate.
Academic News

DOWNLOAD the MID-TERM EXAM SCHEDULE HERE!

Mid-term examinations will take place from
January 17-20, 2017.  School buses will make regular stops in the morning and depart from school at 12:05 p.m.

Students who make a $10 donation in homeroom on Wednesday, January 11th or Thursday, January 12th to our Haitian School Initiative will be allowed to dress down for exams.
The regular school dress code will be in effect for all students choosing not to donate to Haiti.

When students are not scheduled for an exam, they must remain in the cafeteria for the entire period.  They may come into school late or leave early if they have only one exam, but only if they have submitted the   permission slip to the Main Office NO LATER than Thursday, January 12.

If a snow day occurs during any one of the exam days, the following school day will be used to cover the delayed exams, thus "bumping" remaining exams up one day.
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
Juniors:  Last call for SAT Review Class!  
There are still some slots available in Mr.  Carl Cascella's SAT Review class which will run on Saturday mornings here at St. Paul from 9 am - 12 pm.  Classes will meet for eight sessions beginning on January 28, 2016.  Classes will not be held during February break.  The cost of the course is $400.  Mr. Cascella offers scholarships to worthy students based on need.  Please contact Miss Bowman, Director of School Counseling, if you think you may qualify.  Registration forms are available in the Guidance Office.
 
Completed registration materials, including payment, are due to Miss Bowman by Friday, January 13th.
 
Junior Parents:   The counselors will be blocking off time in their daily schedules during January, February, and March to meet with juniors and their parents to discuss their college/future goals.  You are strongly urged to take advantage of this individualized meeting.  Please contact your student's counselor: Ms. Corrigan ( kcorrigan@spchs.com ), Ms. Hall ( ehall@spchs.com ) or Miss Bowman ( ebowman@spchs.com ) as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.  Students should have completed the Junior Personal Reflection Questionnaire on Naviance prior to scheduling this meeting.
 
Freshmen Parents: In this month's freshmen seminar, the school counselors reviewed midterm exam preparation and studying tips. Students were given a handout of potential online study resources for their convenience. We have also posted the Power Point from the seminar and other exam resources in the students' Naviance accounts. They can access this information by logging into their Naviance account, clicking on "document library" on the right side of the Naviance homepage, and then clicking on the link for "Midterm/Final Exam Prep". Please feel free to contact your student's school counselor with any questions.
 
Scholarships for Seniors:  
The Guidance Office has begun to receive information for a wide variety of local, and some national scholarships.  Students can view the list of scholarships and their detailed descriptions, including due dates, in Naviance in the "Colleges" tab.  Scroll to the bottom to view the "Scholarship list" under the "Scholarships & Money" tab.  Change the "browse by category" to 2016-2017 to access the most current information.  Naviance gives the option to check off the box that says, "only show scholarships added or updated since my last visit" to make it easier to identify the newest additions. 
 
Applications for scholarships can be printed from the Naviance list or by accessing the link provided for the organization's website, where applicable.
 
Most scholarship applications require supporting documents (such as transcripts or recommendation letters ).  
To request these documents please obtain/fill out the Scholarship Materials Request Form from the Guidance office and return it to Mrs. Kilbourne, Guidance Secretary, at least two weeks prior to the scholarship deadline to obtain copies of these documents.
 Also, if there are additional forms that need to be filled out by your counselor, please be sure to allow proper lead time for your counselor to complete these documents.  Students are responsible for mailing their own scholarship applications but are welcome to stop by the Guidance Office with any questions.
 
Naviance also allows access to a national database of scholarships; Naviance, however, is not the only source for scholarships.  Students can seek out additional scholarship opportunities through their parents' employers, their church, or local civic organizations.

Seniors - Mid-year Grades to Colleges
Most college and university admission offices require that students' mid-year grades be submitted to update their admission file.  Seniors and their parents can be assured that the Guidance Office will automatically provide updated transcripts in early February (after report cards are issued) to the colleges that students have applied to, except for those schools that have already indicated that a student is not accepted.  It is especially important that students notify their counselor if they have not been accepted to a college or university, so that an updated transcript is not sent.
 
Admissions News

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family, friends and neighbors who may
be interested in joining our St. Paul family!

Registration for the Open House - Click Here!

Registration for the Placement Exam - Click Here!





Athletic News
Congratulations!

The 2016 St. Paul baseball team, Class S state champions, received their rings and raised the banner during a special ceremony at halftime of the Falcons' boys basketball game played Tuesday night.


photos by TJ Dowling

Upcoming Events



Ski/Snowboarding Trip 
SIGN UP TODAY!!! 
February 10-12
Stowe Vermont- The Round Hearth at Stowe $355
Commitment needed ASAP
$200 nonrefundable deposit
Contact Ms. Zasso for more information ezasso@spchs.com 


Planning has begun for this year's
St. Paul Auction
being held on Saturday, May 6!

The auction committee is forming now so if you are interested in joining in on the fun, contact Shelley Mendoza in the Advancement Office at smendoza@spchs.com for more information.




Parents and Grandparents - don't forget to send in your
Valentine Candy Grams for your special someone!
The deadline is WEDNESDAY - 2/8.
A sweet treat with your message will be left at
your special someone's locker on Valentine's Day!
 


 
There are many team and club fundraisers
going on now or happening soon!
Don't miss out!!!

 Click here to see a list of the
fundraisers you can support! 

YEARBOOK ORDERS DUE!

Don't be caught without a Yearbook in June!
(no extras are ordered)
 
Order Yours TODAY! Deadline is JANUARY 17!
 
One book captures this year's incredible events and experiences and that's the 2016-2017 yearbook.
 
Order online at www.jostensyearbooks.com 
and choose St. Paul Catholic High School. 
OR 
send in to the main office.
 

 
Consider placing an ad in the 2017 yearbook
to congratulate our graduating class!  
Deadline is January 17, 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.



 
News You Can Use

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.
Show your SPCHS Spirit
Alumni, Students, Parents and Friends of St. Paul are welcome to browse our School Spirit Wear at any time! Just contact Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com OR Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com in the Advancement Office.

NEW WEARS COMING SOON!
Check out the new wears at the home basketball games OR visit the us when you are on campus!

(inventory or sizes are limited).

  
  
SCRIP Program
   

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 % rebates back to the school. Once you earn $250 in gift card rebates for St. Paul, 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).*

THREE WAYS TO ORDER:
1) View the list of SCRIP retailers SPCHS carries in-house by downloading this order form. If you are interested in ordering, drop off the completed order form in the main office.

2) If you would like to shop online through the SCRIP programs website you can do that too (many more retailers to choose from)! Click here to get started and order online,
once there click on Join Your Existing Program and enroll with St. Paul Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275

All SCRIP orders placed by the above options will be filled on Wednesday's and sent home with your student!

3) Order online and print from your home printer OR use for online purchases. This is called SCRIPNow. Use the same
St. Paul Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275 and use immediately! No orders sent home with students.  
 
If you have any questions regarding SCRIP, please email scrip@spchs.com
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