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President's Message for October

October 6, 2016  

A Parent's Prayer
                                                 by Desire Sobiech
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is whining, let me sow communication;
Where there are mistakes, patience;
Where there are poor choices, consequences;
Where there is entitlement, hard work;
Where there is disappointment, encouragement;
Where there is selfishness, generosity;
And where there are tears, hugs.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To have a clean house as to have a happy house;
To be right as be to approachable;
Or to be loved as to be a living sign of your love.
For it is in giving that we will be asked to give more;
It is in caring that we are sometimes heartbroken;
And it is at home that we learn the true meaning
Of faith, hope and love.  Amen.
Peace and Greetings:

My sincere thanks to everyone involved in planning a nd/or attending the 50th Anniversary Welcome Home weekend activities on September 16-18.  It was a truly great weekend, on many fronts, culminating in a magnificent Anniversary Mass celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus Henry J. Mansell.
Our 50th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 22 at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington is rapidly approaching.  It's shaping up to be a memorable night as we welcome back our founding principal, Rev. Edmund M. O'Brien who greeted the first freshman class of 160 students to our campus on the morning of September 7, 1966.  Additionally, Tim Stella '71, on Broadway with the Phantom of the Opera and Steve Lippia '74, appearing in Las Vegas, will perform during the evening program.  Come join us!  See event details and registration information in this newsletter.          
Our annual student Walkathon/Oktoberfest will be held tomorrow, Friday, October 7 beginning at 11:45 am.  Th e Chunky Tomato pizza truck, Mr. Softee ice cream truck, faculty tricycle race, dunk tank, bounce house, games, prizes, music and much more is planned for our school community celebration.
There is no school next Monday, October 10 in observance of Columbus Day.  There will be a noon dismissal on Wednesday, October 19 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 see the Guidance news section in this newsletter regarding November 1 college application deadlines.
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19.  If desired, parents should have their child schedule appointments with teachers beginning next Thursday, October 13 (10 minute blocks). Please discuss your availability with your child beforehand.        

Homecoming is scheduled for October 13-15 with the pep rally and girls Powder Puff game on Thursday afternoon followed by girls' volleyball vs. Waterbury Career and the varsity football  game vs. Ansonia High School at 6:00 pm.  Boys' soccer vs. Naugatuck High School and girls' volleyball vs. Holy Cross High School are home Friday afternoon.  The Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.   
Our next Open House for prospective students is Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 am and again on Saturday, October 29.  Current students and parents are our best ambassadors so please consider sharing our good news with others in your community.
Juniors will be on class retreat on Tuesday, October 25.  Junior Class Night is scheduled for Wednesday, November 2 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.
We will be conducting an interior incident lockdown drill un der the supervision of the Bristol Police Department.  You will receive an emergency message 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 within the next few days or wish to update your emergency contact information.
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
Faith Feature

St. Therese on Stage

St. Paul will host a dramatic one-woman representation of the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. Students will watch "Therese: The Story of a Soul" during the school day on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

A public performance is open to all at 7pm that evening.

Celebrate 50 Years!!!

Tickets & Tables: Be a Table Coordinator for your group of friends or group of Alumni.  Seating is limited, reserve your table soon. RSVP by 10/14 .
There is still time to become a SPONSOR, ADVERTISE in our program book, or donate a SILENT AUCTION item!

Sponsors and Advertisers for our Coffee Table Program Book: Consider a congratulatory Ad in our Program book from your family or your business.   Ad deadline date extended to 10/11!
Silent Auctions Items:  Do you own a vacation home, know a fabulous chef, have season tickets to the Bushnell, or Sports Team?  We'd love some unique gifts to Auction off during our Silent Auction at the Gala.   Due date of 10/20.
Please contact Shelley Mendoza at celebrating50@spchs.com.

Help the students reach their goal!

 Tomorrow is the last collection date!

Thank you for your continued support!
 If you or someone you know has a prospective grade 9 or 10 student, our Open House and Placement Exam
dates have been set.
Register for the Open House HERE 
or the Placement Exam HERE.
For more information please c ontact Mr. Crowley, Director of Admissions at mcrowley@spchs.com.

Open Houses and Placement Exam Lawn Signs Available

Also, parents and friends of St. Paul who wish to help
advertise our Open Houses and Placement Exam can pick up a lawn sign in the main office.
Thank you for your continued support!
Guidance News
Junior College Night:
November 16th at 6:30 PM

Mandatory for all Junior students and their parent(s) or guardian(s).

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 Guidance, we will be joined by Admissions Representatives from UCONN, Stonehill, Central Connecticut State University,  Tunxis Community College, University of Rhode Island and Bryant 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**
*All students and their parents/guardians are asked to sit together at the event.
Early Action Deadlines:
Many colleges have Early Action Deadlines of November 1st and November 15th. Please make sure your child fills out and returns transcript request forms TWO WEEKS before this deadline to ensure their application is submitted on time. 
News You Can Use

Administration of Medication to Students
Parents are reminded that students are not allowed to carry any medication on them at any time during the school day. This includes in their book bags and lockers. Even over the counter medication needs to be dispensed to the students by an approved staff member in the school health room. The following language appears in the St. Paul Student Handbook per the Bristol/Burlington Health district:
A medication authorization form is necessary for any medication to be given during school hours. The form must be signed by the parent/legal guardian and the physician.
Medications shall not be administered during school hours if it is possible for them to be taken at home (either before or after school). If a medication must be taken in school, the parent and doctor must sign the Authorization for the Administration of Medication form.
* Medication must be in the original, pharmacy-prepared container and labeled with the student's name, medication name, strength, dose and when it is to be given. You may request that the pharmacist prepare two separate bottles, if medication is given at home and at school.
* Non-prescription medication (over the counter) must be in original, sealed, properly labeled containers.
* A maximum 90-day supply may be brought to school only by a parent/legal guardian.
* Medication Authorization forms are available in the school health rooms.
* Medications in the health room are only available to students during regular school hours. Medications are not available for any before or after school activities.

Performing Arts

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

St. Paul will hold a clothing drive
during the week of 10/24
to support St. Ann's clothing sale
Items needed are clothing for men, women and children. Shoes, handbags and jewelry.

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.
  Attend the St. Ann Church Annual Clothing Sale
   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
 Support SPCHS Boys Soccer
& Beat Breast Cancer
Thank You
Thank you to Mark Mazzarella and all the volunteers who built, painted and stenciled for numerous hours putting together a beautiful float for the Bristol Mum and the Southington Apple Harvest Parades!
St. Paul was represented well with our cheerleaders and singers showing off 50 years of Excellence!!! 

Social Media News
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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 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 order by  filling out an order form and dropping off in the main office (orders will be filled on Wednesday) OR you can order online recurring weekly or one-time at www.shopwithscrip.com. Enroll with  St. Paul's Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275.
There are a number of great stores and restaurants on our list. iTunes, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, Amazon, Kohl's, Panera Bread, American Eagle, Spafiner, Ulta and many more!

If you have any questions regarding SCRIP, please contact Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@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 football games in the concession stand 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 the Advancement Office
-- Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com OR Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com . Orders will be fulfilled and sent home with your student or held at the main office for you to pick up.