Dear Archbishop Carroll Community,

What a joyous time we are preparing for -- the coming of our Lord!  And here at Archbishop Carroll we are celebrating Advent is a very special way through the creativity of Ms. Christine Rizzo’s Theology classes’ project “Acts of Kindness.”  Together they have challenged the Carroll school community to post 5,000 acts of kindness on the candle display outside their classroom wall by December 23rd.  We are well on our way toward achieving the goal -- and what a beautiful sense of community this project has created among our students, teachers, staff, and administrators!  

Although I’ve been a member of the Carroll community for just a few months, it feels as though I’ve been here forever!  Greeted each morning by Welcoming Jesus, I walk into the building to more warm welcomes as the students smile and laugh wishing each other, teachers, and me a great day!  Saint Teresa’s reminder to all of us that you never know what a smile might mean to someone is certainly true and passionately lived out at Carroll.

It is with my sincerest and most heartfelt appreciation that I thank you  -- the entire Carroll community -- for welcoming me into the community and making it feel like home!   

May the blessings of the Lord be with you and your families throughout the Christmas Season!

Merry Christmas!

Anchen Schulz, Ph.D.
Principal

From the Office of The Principal

Parent-Teacher-Student Meetings

On the school calendar there are several P-T-S Meetings indicated throughout the year.  It has been determined that these meetings are no longer as important as schoolwide events as they once used to be.  Instead, we find that parents and guardians are much more comfortable knowing that they have access to their children’s grades all day any day through our online, live gradebooks on GradeConnect.  In addition, many parents and guardians contact teachers directly via email or phone to discuss their concerns.

Therefore, we ask that you please feel free to schedule individual appointments at your convenience any time throughout the year with any of your children’s teachers.  The P-T-S Meetings that appear on the 2016 - 2017 school calendar will not be held for the remainder of the year. 

School Store - Holiday Hours

The school store will stay open late until December 21st. There are many items that make perfect Christmas gifts. The longer hour schedule is below:

12/16 1-5
12-17 6-8 **Will close at halftime during our home basketball game against Penn Wood
12/18 3:30-5 **Will close at the start of our Christmas Concert
12/19 1-5
12/20 1-8 **Will close at halftime during our home basketball game against Episcopal HS

From the Office of Campus Ministry

School-wide Mass

The Archbishop Carroll community will celebrate our next school-wide liturgy on Thursday, December 22 with Holy Mass for Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent. Mass will begin at 8:30 am and all members of the school community are most welcome. 

May God bless you with a joyful celebration of the birth of Our Savior and a peaceful start to 2017. Know of the prayers of the Archbishop John Carroll family for you and your family in these final days of Advent and into the Christmas season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hockey Team & SKDS
Today, our Archbishop Carroll Ice Hockey Team and St. Katherine's Day School spent the afternoon together skating at Center Ice in Oaks, PA.
From the Office of Athletics

This Week's Sports Schedule

*Please note that all times are subject to change. Please check the calendar on our website or our profile on DigitalSports for the most up-to-date changes.

Wednesday, December 14

3:30pm - Boys Freshmen Basketball @ Radnor HS - Radnor High School
7:00pm - Boys Varsity Wrestling @ Roman Catholic HS - Dual Match - Roman H.S

Thursday, December 15

3:45pm - Boys Freshmen Basketball vs Episcopal HS - Archbishop Carroll High School
5:30pm - Boys JV Basktball @ Cheltenham HS - Cheltenham High School
7:00pm - Boys Varsity Basketball @ Cheltenham HS - Cheltenham High School

Friday, December 16

5:00pm - Girls JV Basketball @ West Catholic HS - West Catholic High School
5:00pm - Boys and Girls Varsity Fencing @ Hunderton Central - Hunterdon Central H.S.
6:30pm - Girls Varsity Basketball @ West Catholic HS - West Catholic High School
6:30pm - Girls Varsity Indoor Track Meet 1 - Lehigh University

Saturday, December 17

TBD - Boys Varsity Wrestling Radnor Holiday Tournament
12:30pm - Boys Varsity Indoor Track Meet 1  - Lehigh University
5:30pm - Boys JV Basketball vs Penn Wood HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:00pm - Boys Varsity Basketball vs Penn Wood HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School

Tuesday, December 20

5:30pm - Girls JV Basketball vs Saint Huberts HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:00pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs Saint Huberts HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School

Wednesday, December 21

3:45pm - Boys Freshmen Basketball vd Salesianum School  - Archbishop Carroll H.S.
5:15pm - Boys JV Basketball vs Salesianum School  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:00pm - Girls Varsity Basketball vs Episcopal HS  - Archbishop Carroll High School
7:30pm - Boys Varsity Wrestling vs Bishop McDevitt HS - Dual Meet  - ACHS

Schedules

Archbishop Carrol High School uses DigitalSports.com to share all important information related to our athletic teams. Click HERE to see all upcoming events, sign up to receive email alerts of any schedule changes, and access complete team schedules. Please become familiar with our Digital Sports website, as there are many other features available to you. Click HERE to read directions to make it easier to navigate.

Reminders    

Coaches Contact Information

Please contact athletics@jcarroll.org for contact information of all sports teams.

Uniforms   

Please return your Fall Uniform!!!

NCAA Eligibility Center

Any student that plans to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level should speak to Mr. Francis Lynam or Mr. Dan Connor in the Guidance Office. Please click HERE to ensure that you are following NCAA guidelines.

ACTS Fundraiser
Each day, during all lunches, Archbishop Carroll Theatre Society will be selling raffle tickets in all lunches for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Apple, Starbucks, Target, Netflix or WaWa. Tickets are $1 each, 7 for $5 and 15 for $10. Tickets are being sold through December 21. Winners will be announced at the assembly on December 22.
From the Office of CarrollU

PSAT/NMSQT Scores

PSAT/NMSQT scores are now available online. Students can log into their College Board accounts to view their score report.  You can link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts to access personalized SAT practice based on your PSAT/NMSQT results. Learn more at http://psat.org/scores.

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report - College Board has put together a video regarding your PSAT/NMSQT scores and what to do next.  This video is located under “Important Announcements” on CarrollU (Guidance) website.

If you have any trouble logging into your account, stop by the Guidance Office or call the College Board at 866-433-7728 .  

Daily Guidance Announcements

Students/parents/guardians are encouraged to check Daily Announcements on our website HEREThere are many Guidance announcements that may be helpful to you.

Maguire Foundation Scholarship

The Maguire Foundation provides last dollar scholarship support to up to five students in each institution’s incoming freshman class for four years of matriculation.

Maguire Scholars are selected by their respective institutions, and must remain in good academic standing (3.0) and be an active participant in school and/or community volunteer extra-curricular activities, and have an EFC of $0 – $10,000 (Expected Family Contribution).  Applications will be distributed in senior homerooms this week.  Additional copies can be found in the Guidance Office and on Carroll’s website under CarrollU.  If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance Office directly at 610-688-7610 x171.

Attention Class of 2017 

Please share your acceptance letters along with any scholarship information with the Guidance Office.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Please allow the Guidance Office 7-10 school days for transcript requests to process.  Thank you for your cooperation.

There is a December 5th deadline in order to guarantee pre-Christmas college documentation processing.  If you have a January 1st deadline you must turn in your transcript request by MONDAY, DECEMBER 12th…..NO EXCEPTIONS.

***Please note that the Guidance Office will be closing on Thursday, December 22nd at 10:30 a.m. and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd.

Any student that needs their 1st quarter grades sent to colleges must stop by the guidance office.

Scholarship information is listed on Naviance under “Scholarship List”.  Students can stop by the Guidance Office for additional information.

Mark your calendars!

College Information Night - Tuesday, 3/21/17 at 7 pm

FINANCIAL AID for the Class of 2017

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is available on-line as of October 1.  This is the basic form needed to apply for financial aid at most schools.  Please check your student’s schools of choice for other required forms and filing deadlines.  The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. For more information please stop up to the Guidance Office or check out the PHEAA website www.PHEAA.org. 

College Essay Assistance   

Sr. Marianna Fieo is available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week in the Guidance Office to help with college essay and personal statements.  Please stop by the Guidance Office to make an appointment or email Sr. Marianna directly at mfieo@jcarroll.org.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Guidance Office at 610-688-7610 x171. 

Upcoming College Presentations

College presentations are finished for the Fall.  They will begin again in the Spring.

B-Ball wins Marsha Marsh Tournament

This weekend our Boys' Basketball Team played in the Marsha Marsh Lakes vs Rivers Shootout in Erie, Pa at McDowell High School. They won the first game against St. Ignatius 77-73. Colin Daly scored 15 points and A.J. Hoggard had 13 points and five assists. Justin Anderson and Jesse McPherson had 11 points a piece and 10 rebounds. Mark Bradshaw scored 10 points.

They won the championship 77-37. Hoggard at 10 points and six assists; Justin Anderson scored 13 points.

From the Tuition Office

2017-2018 Financial Aid

In order to be considered for tuition assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year, you must complete the Smart Aid application found on our website, or at smartaidforparents.com.  The only documentation required is your 2016 tax return, which must be submitted by March 31, 2016.  Awards made prior to that date are contingent upon receipt and verification of the tax return.  No tuition assistance will be awarded without a completed, verified Smart Aid application.   Families who currently receive tuition assistance for the 2016/2017 school year must complete the 2017/2018 application by December 31, 2016.  To simplify the process, those families who applied for 2016-2017, need only to do the following:

  1. Login to Smartaidforparents.com with the username and password from 2016/2017.
  2. Update your information.
  3. Submit the application with the $25 processing fee.
  4. Upload your 2016 tax return by March 31, 2016.

Athletic Fees

Athletic fees for fall sports should be paid in full by now, as they were due on your Smart Tuition account in October.  Winter sport athletic fees will be included in your January Smart Tuition invoice.                                                                                                      

Thank you.
Many blessings to you and your loved ones during this Holy Christmas season.

From the Parents' Association

Carroll Auction for Education

CAFE IS COMING!! This is our biggest Fundraiser at Carroll and we need all of your help. We will  have a planning meeting in January. ALL ARE WELCOME.

Our next Parent's Association meeting will be Monday January 9th at 7pm in the Library.

Scrip Program - Holiday Shopping


SCRIP DATES FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING!!!
SAVE MONEY ON YOUR TUITION WITH HOLIDAY SHOPPING!

Scrip dates for December:

Scrip Orders will be processed on the following dates:  

1.   Wednesday, December 14, 2016
(School closed on December 15) - LAST DAY TO ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS.  Orders processed on December 14 will go home on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20.
2.   Thursday, January 5 – Scrip orders will begin again.

If you haven’t joined our Scrip Program yet, this is a great time of year to start saving on your tuition.  Just join our program at www.shopwithscrip.com.  Our enrollment number is 5F56DE9A823.            

ShopwithScrip has small denomination cards available at this time of year for gift giving.  They are available while supplies last, so don’t delay in ordering them.  $10 Gift Cards are available for Amazon, AMC, Applebees, CVS, IHOP, Bahama Breeze, Bone Fish Grill, Outback, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Regal and Target.  $5 Gift Cards available for Barnes & Noble, Panera, and Starbucks.            

Once you join, you will help you see how easy it is to save money on your tuition.  All you do is your normal shopping and you will see how the savings add up.

From International Education Opportunities
At this time of year, Global Connections Homestay starts preparing for the arrival of international students who will begin classes at Carroll in the second semester.

Part of this process is readying host families and matching them with an enrolled student. Our number one request from families abroad is to have their child live with a member of the school community. Whether it be a teacher, coach, staff member, or especially a family with children attending the same school, this type of placement makes the family and student feel comfortable and safe.

Host families are paid a monthly stipend to offset costs, and we also provide a $300 gift to any referrals that result in a student placement. This gift is for current host families, or those that cannot host but know a family that can!

For more information or to apply, please email us at homestay@gcstays.com or call 215-259-4055.

We wish you and your family the best during the holiday season.

With gratitude,

The Global Connections Homestay Team
Want to contribute to The Patriot Post?
We are always on the lookout for a story or photo that celebrates and highlights Archbishop Carroll and our community. If you want to submit material for the next edition of The Patriot Post, please email photos@jcarroll.org.

We look forward to seeing our vibrant community in action!