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President's Message for November

November 3, 2016  

God of all creation,       
You give us the gift of seasons to mark our journey through time.
The season of autumn, with its change of colors and
falling leaves, reminds us that sometimes things must
die and fall away for a new life to arise.
Such is the message of the cross ---
That through death to self we find life in all its richness.
Help us to trust in you and in your presence of new life.
Peter Jarret, C.S.C.
Peace and Greetings:

Seasons give our lives rhythm and meaning. November marks autumn's end approaching and how simply the trees let go of the riches of a season. In addition to nature's seasons, t he Catholic Church also celebrates liturgical seasons. All Saints and All Souls Days usher in November and remind us to reflect upon those great men and women of the Church who have gone before us as well as our family and friends who have touched our lives before entering eternal life themselves. Appropriately, the month closes with Thanksgiving Day, a time to pause and gives thanks for all God has bestowed on each of us.
At St. Paul, the seasons are changing, as well, as the first marking period comes to a close tomorrow, the fall athletic season is winding down, we celebrated a beautiful Remembrance Mass on Tuesday, and give thanks every day for all the people God has brought together to make this faith community a truly special place.
This was certainly evident as we recently held our 50th Anniversary Gala at the Aqua Turf. It's always a special time and a gift when we are in the presence of our founding principal, Rev. Edmund O'Brien and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Chambery, the original teaching religious order. We had alumni representatives from our first graduating class in 1970 to our last in 2016 and all in between. Thanks to our advancement staff, Shelley and Melissa, and their gala volunteer committee for a truly memorable evening.
Proceeds from the Gala went to support our 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, Honoring Our Past - Shaping Our Future. Our renewed vision for St. Paul focuses not on what has been accomplished but instead on our potential for greatness. I extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who has made a pledge/gift towards our $2M Anniversary Campaign goal. To date, we have raised over $900,000 to establish a sustainable endowment, improve building security, enhance classroom technology and upgrade athletic/performing arts facilities. In October, you received a campaign giving package. If you haven't already, I ask that you prayerfully consider making a contribution possibly by calendar year-end for tax deduction purposes. Together, we remain committed to being a truly great Catholic high school, now and in the future.    
We have a few notable events happening on campus in the next couple of weeks. I encourage you to attend a performance of our fall drama production, Anne of Green Gables on either Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm or Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm. As always, it promises to be a terrific show.
We look forward to welcoming on Friday, November 18 over 500 grandparents for a special prayer service and reception in their honor. They are a source of wisdom and enrichment in our families and in our St. Paul community.
Our Placement Exam for the Class of 2021 will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 am. Please encourage prospective students in your home community to consider St. Paul Catholic for their high school experience. Nothing is more meaningful than current parents serving as ambassadors to others for our school.      
Our Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church on Wednesday, November 23 at 11:00 am. You're invited to join us for this beautiful celebration of faith and thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for at St. Paul!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
Celebrate 50 Years!!!

Thank you to our 50th Anniversary Committee for their tireless efforts in helping to make the 50th Anniversary Gala a great success. Many memories were talked about that evening and many new memories were made! Photos of the evening will be posted to our website within the coming week. 
Upcoming Events

All Grandparents are invited to join us on
Friday, November 18, 2016
at St. Paul Catholic High School
If the student's last name begins with A-L grandparents should meet them @ 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.
(enjoy a breakfast reception first-then our prayer service)
If the student's last name begins with M-Z grandparents should meet them @ 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium.
(enjoy our prayer service first-then enjoy a breakfast reception)
A prayer service will take place at 8:45 a.m. in the auditorium!
If you have any questions, please contact Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com
or call 860.584.0911 x21.

Volunteers Needed for Grandparents' Day 
  Please consider helping to setup, bake, purchase goodies, serve or clean up at our Grandparents' Day breakfast! This is a WELL attended event so we would appreciate your help!
It's easy to sign up too, just click the link below and choose how you would like to help!
Thank you in advance!!!


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.

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

Click here to download and fill out the form to purchase your luminaries and to RSVP!
Performing Arts
Opening Night is Next Friday 11/11!!! Tickets are $8 for Students, $12 for Seniors and $15 for Adults.
Make your plans now!
Dates times are listed below.
Order your tickets online today before they sell out!

Placement Exam Scheduled

If you or someone you know has a prospective grade 9 or grade 10 student, our Placement Exam for will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 8:00 a.m.

Students are encouraged to take the November Placement Exam at St. Paul to be eligible for certain academic scholarships.
Pre-registration is suggested and a $25.00 testing fee covers the cost of the exam.

For more information please c ontact Mr. Crowley, Director of Admissions at mcrowley@spchs.com.
***While students are taking the placement exam, parents and guardians are invited to learn about the financial assistance process and other general information. The Financial Assistance Information Session will take place in the St. Paul Catholic High School auditorium beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will last approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.***
Placement Exam Lawn Signs Available
Also, parents and friends of St. Paul who wish to help
advertise our  Placement Exam can pick up a lawn sign in the main office. Thank you for your continued support!
If you have open house lawn signs you can return those to the main office at anytime!
Guidance News
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:30 PM
All juniors and at least one of their parent(s) or guardian(s) are expected to attend this informative evening. This event is the kick-off for the college search and application process.
We are excited to announce that in addition to a brief presentation from your School Counselors, we will be joined by Admissions Representatives from UCONN, Bryant University, Stonehill College, University of Rhode Island, Central Connecticut State University, and Tunxis Community College to discuss the college search and application process.
**Please note the representatives will be discussing the search and application process as a whole for all colleges not information only specific their school**
Please RSVP by Monday, November 7th. To do so please call or email Mrs. Kilbourne at lkilbourne@spchs.com or calling at (860) 584-0911, extension 19.
* All students and their parents/guardians are asked to sit together at the event.
SENIORS AND THEIR PARENTS: The CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is now available. The CSS PROFILE is an online application that collects information used by certain colleges and scholarship programs to award institutional aid funds. Many colleges and universities require the PROFILE as part of their application process. Check with the schools you are interested in to see if they require the CSS Profile, a list is also available here: https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv .
For more information, visit the
College Board website using this link: ( https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/pay-for-college/financial-aid-101/how-to-complete-the-css-financial-aid-profile  ).
REMINDER TO SENIORS:   Know your college application deadlines! After completing and submitting their online applications, seniors should update their account in Naviance by clicking the box indicating, "I have submitted my application." You should also submit a green transcript request form to the Counseling Office for each application. The green forms are available in the Counseling Office. Your transcript and other supporting documents will not be submitted to your colleges until you complete these steps!
Applications must be submitted and Naviance updated at least two weeks prior to the college's application deadline, with one exception: applications with a January 1 deadline are due to the Guidance Office on December 1.
APPLYING TO UCONN? Students applying to the University of Connecticut should plan to submit their application by December 1 even though the official due date is January 15, 2016.  While admission decisions are not expected until March 1, the undergraduate admission office staff will be reading applications and making admission and merit scholarship decisions starting in December.

News You Can Use

This Saturday, 11/5 from 8:30-11:30 is
St. Paul Fall Clean Up Day!
Students will earn 3 Falcon hours -
sign up outside the main office!

Attention all skiers and snow boarders! The St. Paul Ski Club will be hosting a weekend ski trip to Stowe, Vermont in February 2017.

There will be a brief informational meeting on Friday, 11/4 at 2:15 p.m. in Ms. Zasso's room (121). If you are interested in the trip, but cannot attend the meeting, please see Ms. Zasso.

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.

This year on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, St. Paul Catholic High School will participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. We encourage you to join the movement and consider St. Paul as the organization you support this year! 
Any donations given on #GivingTuesday will be designated to the St. Paul Annual Fund.
Because of the generosity each year to the Annual Fund, our students continue to benefit from abundant opportunities to learn, grow and excel!
Thank you for your consideration! 
Other Happenings
A trip to Italy is being planned for
Spring break 2017.
The itinerary includes Venice, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, and Rome.  A few of the sites that we'll see include the Vatican, Roman Forum, St. Mark's Square, Grand Canal, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and much more.  We're planning on Easter Sunday Mass in St. Mark's, Venice. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Cretella at lcretella@spchs.com 

Attend the St. Ann Church 
Annual Clothing Sale

St. Ann's Church, Avon, runs three major fundraisers each year to provide scholarships for inner city students to attend Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese.
   Friday, 11/4 from 6 - 8 pm $5 Fee
Saturday, 11/5 from 8:30am - 2pm* Free Admission
*Intermission 11:30am - noon;
$15 Fill-a-Bag Sale begins at Noon
  St Ann's Church, Father Bennett Hall
(wing attached to right side of church)
289 West Avon Rd., Avon CT
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SCRIP Program
Beginning Oct 28 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 (orders will be filled on Wednesday) OR you can also order online! 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 contact Julie Matthews matthews.julie@sbcglobal.net or Pat Brewer pa.brewer51@yahoo.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.