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President's Message for September

September 8, 2016  
"O Lord, how worthless this knowledge would be, if it were not for the enlightening of my mind for thy service, or for making me more useful to my fellow men."
                                                                            St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Peace and Greetings:
Happy 50th Anniversary! Academic classes are in full swing. Fall athletic teams will begin their interscholastic competition tomorrow. Play rehearsals have begun. Once again, our halls are filled with the sights and sounds of youthful enthusiasm and excitement. It's going to be a truly great year!
Opening day enrollment is 450 students. We are pleased to "welcome home" 116 students into the Class of 2020 and seven new transfer students. Please welcome these new families into our community. As always, thank you for choosing St. Paul and the sacrifices you make in giving your child this educational opportunity.     
It is imperative, if you haven't already, that your Emergency Information Card and SPCHS Information Form (Emergency Parent Reach) be returned no later than tomorrow, Friday, September 9. We will be conducting our emergency lockdown procedures and testing our parent notification soon.
Let me bring a few September parent events to your attention:
On Tuesday, September 13, we will host our annual "Back to School Night" for parents. There will be a mandated athletic meeting for parents of any SP student-athlete at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The academic session will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a brief welcome in the auditorium followed by an opportunity to tour/meet your child's teachers. This is a great opportunity to cultivate the parent/school educational partnership. A parent/guardian from each family is strongly encouraged to attend.
Our 50th Anniversary Welcome Home Weekend is scheduled for Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18. Our Welcome Home Dance for students will be Friday evening in the café from 7:00 - 10:00 pm.
Saturday festivities begin around 11:00 am with a pre-game pot luck picnic, Kids Fun Zone (i.e. bounce house, face painting, outdoor games) and live music provided by the band, Cajun Ray and the Steamers (NOTE: this is a time change instead of performing after the football game). Then, spend the afternoon cheering on our Falcon varsity football team versus Holy Cross High School, Waterbury at 1:30 pm.      
Our 50th Anniversary Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Emeritus, Henry J. Mansell and several local priests on Sunday at 2:00 pm at St. Gregory the Great Church, Bristol. Archbishop Mansell was very instrumental in our recent growth and renaissance. Please make every effort to join us in this special liturgy as we remember and celebrate this milestone event in our school's history. An outdoor reception will follow.
Our first "Open House" for prospective students for the Class of 2021 will be Thursday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. You are our best ambassadors and we are truly grateful for your encouraging testimonials to prospective families and friends in your local community.
On behalf of our faculty and staff, thank you for your continued trust, confidence and partnership in sending us your sons and daughters. They are God's gifts to all of us.          

In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
Faith Feature
New Year, New Birth

On Sept. 8 each year, the Church celebrates the Birth of Mary. St. Andrew of Crete, bishop (8th century), writes that the Incarnation of Christ "most certainly needed a joyful prelude to introduce the great gift of salvation to us." In the Birth of Mary, we celebrate God's preparation of her as mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of God, and mother to us all.

As we celebrate Mary's birth, we reflect on the gift of each life, especially the lives of our St. Paul students. We are grateful to our St. Paul  families for sharing their children with us.

St. Paul freshmen observed this feast day in religion class with a special visit to our new Mary Garden, an Eagle Scout project which Liam Norton ('18) completed this summer. All are welcome to visit the statue of Mary and surrounding garden at the back entrance to our school. The beauty of this space, which will only grow with time, reminds us of St. Andrew of Crete's words about Mary's birth: "Today this created world is raised to the dignity of a holy place for him who made all things. The creature is newly prepared to be a divine dwelling place for the Creator." My we each consent to God's work of preparation in us, that we may also be dwelling places for our Creator.

Celebrate 50 Years!!!
Join us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary!

St. Paul Catholic is kicking off our 50th year in style with some great fun-filled events!

Beginning with our Welcome Home Weekend, next Saturday, September 17 from 11:00-1:00 which includes a pre-game picnic, live music by Cajun Ray and the Steamers,
and a fun zone for kids with a bounce house and activities.

Volunteers are needed for the pre-game picnic
- if interested please:
Followed by a home football game against Holy Cross Waterbury at 1:30! Help us cheer on our Falcons!!!

The Welcome Home Weekend continues with our Opening Mass & Reception on  Sunday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Gregory the Great Church, Bristol with an outdoor reception to follow! Archbishop Emeritus, Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant.

Sponsors and Advertisers for our Coffee Table Program Book: Consider a congratulatory Ad in our Program book from your family or your business.  
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.  
Tickets & Tables: Be a Table Coordinator for your group of friends or group of Alumni.  Seating is limited, reserve your table soon.  
Please contact Shelley Mendoza at celebrating50@spchs.com.

 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

ALL STUDENTS Students and their parents/guardians are reminded that students who withdraw from a course after September 30 will have that change noted by a "W" on the report card and transcript.  Therefore, students who are considering making a course change should speak with the teacher and their school counselor, and in consultation with their parents/ guardians, make any course changes prior to September 30.
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AN AP COURSE :  This week you will receive an AP Course Expectations letter in the mail.  Please read the expectations of students enrolled in an AP course and return the form to the Guidance Office, signed by both student and parent/guardian by Friday, September 16, 2016.
JUNIORS AND SENIORS Starting September 12th and through October and November, representatives from many colleges and universities will be visiting St. Paul during the school day to meet with our counselors and any interested students.  Students can view the college visitation schedule in Naviance and are encouraged to sign up and attend some of these college meetings.  Students must sign up in Naviance, complete, and return a Permission form to miss class (available in Guidance) 24 hours prior to the visit in order to attend.
Financial Aid Night with Barnum Financial Group - here at St. Paul; Wednesday October 5th 7:00-8:30
SATs - Saturday October 1st- here at St. Paul (late registration for a fee is still available until 9/20 at www.CollegeBoard.com
Other Happenings
A trip to Italy is being planned for Spring break 2017.

A meeting will be held in Dr. Cretella's Room 108 on Wednesday, September 21st, at 6:30 p.m.
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. 

Parents should attend this meeting, and of course are welcome to accompany their children on the trip. For more information, please contact Dr. Cretella at lcretella@spchs.com

A Saint Luke Productions Presents
Therese - The Story of a Soul
St. Paul Catholic High School
Tuesday, October 11; 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
All are invited to join us.
Admission: Free-Will Offering
Funds will go to scholarships for SPCHS.

See the trailer at: www.theresedrama.com
Social Media News
Be sure to "like" us on Facebook
and follow us on Twitter @spchs_buzz!
SCRIP Program

Thank-Scrip-Day is scheduled for September 19. Retailers give bonuses for shopping during 12:00 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. EST --- earn those bonuses!!!

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
- Ladies' and Men's t-shirts
- Ladies' and Men's shorts
- 1/4 zip sweatshirts
- Hoodie sweatshirts
- Men's sweatpants
- Ladies sweatpants
- "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.