December 18, 2019
Mr. Dave Mueller
Principal's Corner

In today's gospel reading (Mt 1: 18-25) an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and quiets his fears. Pope Francis has explained, "Joseph's rest revealed God's will to him. In this moment of rest in the Lord, as we pause from our many daily obligations and activities, God is also speaking to us." 

Students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and benefactors have worked hard to make the first semester a success. Thank you! 

May we be blessed during Christmas with comforting and guiding rest in the Lord. Merry Christmas! 

The next newsletter will be published on January 8.

(Thanks to Jackie Schulte of Creighton Preparatory School and the Jesuit Prayer app for the reflection on today's gospel reading.)
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from McNicholas! 

News and reminders

2019-2020 Calendar

Coming up...
Thurs., Dec. 19 and Fri. Dec. 20 --First semester exams
Please click here for the schedule

Library hours during exams
Thursday Dec. 19: Dismissal at 11:10 a.m., library closes at 1:30 p.m.
Friday Dec. 20: Dismissal at 11:10 a.m., library closes at 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 23 through Jan. 3--Break
Mon., Jan. 6--Classes resume M-T-F schedule
Tues., Jan. 7--M-T-F schedule
Weds., Jan. 8--Wednesday 4-bell block day

EdChoice Scholarship information
Current and future Rocket families may qualify for EdChoice Scholarships of $6,000! Do you live in West Clermont, Batavia, CNE, Felicity-Franklin, Western Brown, or Cincinnati Public (select schools) school district? Click here for links to designated schools and more information.

Admissions volunteer needed
The Office of Admissions and Enrollment  is looking for a volunteer who speaks and writes fluent Spanish to assist with translating documents for our Spanish-speaking applicants and families. We would like to offer all documents and flyers in Spanish, if possible. This is a great role that can be done at home. If you can help, please contact Christina Mullis, Director of Admissions and Enrollment at

From the Counseling Department...
Counseling Department Offers Small Groups for Young Women and Young Men
Any students interested, or parents interested in their student participating, should complete this form by December 20. Limited space available.

Young Men's Group
For freshmen and sophomore male students. This group will give students an opportunity to discuss various topics including: self-esteem/identity, personal decision-making, academic success, healthy lifestyles, relationships, employment/careers, cooperation and conflict, and personal leadership/community responsibility. These sessions will allow male students to discuss challenges and successes, and ask questions in an environment that fosters growth and success in high school, and beyond. 
Sessions will begin during 2nd semester and will be held on a bi-weekly basis. If you have any questions, please contact Matt Wehrman at

Young Women's Group
This program is an opportunity for freshmen and sophomore girls to come together with a trained facilitator to explore some of the big issues impacting girls today including confidence, developing healthy friendships and relationships, body image and media pressure, navigating social media and cyberbullying, dealing with stress and pressure, safety and violence prevention and leadership. 
Girls who participate in this program will meet weekly in a small group for discussions, lessons, and activities. These meetings will take place during class bells on a rotating schedule. Girls in the group will miss each class twice second semester. Reach out to Alaina Way,, with questions.

Campus Ministry

Reflections approaching the Fourth Sunday of Advent

"In these four weeks of Advent, the liturgy leads us to celebrate the Nativity of Jesus, while it reminds us that He comes into our lives every day, and will return gloriously at the end of time. This certainty leads us to look trustfully to the future, as we are invited to do by the prophet Isaiah, who with his inspired voice accompanies the entire Advent journey."
                                from the Angelus Message of Pope Francis on December 1, 2019

As the semester, the year, and the decade all approach their conclusion, we give thanks for the many ways that-as this Sunday's Gospel proclaims-God is with us.

Light the Way.
The lighting of the Advent wreath is a great way for all to be reminded that we're living in sacred time. Family traditions take on even more significance when they're accompanied by prayers like these: the
blessing of an Advent wreath, the blessing of a Christmas nativity scene, and the blessing of a Christmas tree. Consider also prayerfully reviewing each day with this abbreviated version of the daily examen.

Live in Sacred Time.
The Advent season is a perfect opportunity to give special attention to how we live in time by following the rhythm of the calendar together as a family. Printable Advent calendars with daily reflections and suggested activities can be found
here from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and here at the Loyola Press website.

Friday Morning Mass
This Friday, December 20, will be the final Friday morning Mass of the year with Fr. Dave Endres presiding. Please consider making time to gather together one last time this year as a special commitment to deepened prayer during the final days of this Advent season.

Junior Overnight Retreats
When we return from the rest of this Christmas break, many members of the Class of 2021 will be preparing for their first overnight retreat as McNick students. Juniors that are not participating in either the Kairos 121 retreat in January or the Kairos 122 retreat in March will depart at the end of the school day on Thursday, January 9, with the Junior Retreat for young men taking place at the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton and the Junior Retreat for Young Women taking place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford. Both retreat experiences will conclude in time for the students to return to campus by bus no later than 2:40 pm on Friday, January 10.

Kairos 121
Preparations continue as well for our school's 121st Kairos retreat, which will take place at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford from Tuesday, January 21 through Friday, January 24. Please keep the members of both the senior and junior classes that will participate in your prayers.

On Campus

Global Potluck scheduled for January 22
The McNicholas Hands Across Campus, a diversity and inclusion organization, invites all McNicholas families to a Global Potluck. Join other McNicholas families to celebrate our cultural heritages through food, music, and conservation. Please bring a dish to share from your heritage.

Wednesday, January 22 (time to be announced)
McNicholas Café

The McNicholas Boutique now accepting donations for Mardi Gras 

The McNicholas Boutique is a "shop" dedicated to re-purposing and providing dance and special occasion apparel for women in the McNicholas community.   Our hope is that students might enjoy an event without worrying about the cost of a dress and accessories.

As we prepare for Mardi Gras in February, we are seeking donations of formal and dressy dresses, shoes, and accessories. The Boutique is also in need of racks and small shelves. We also accept cash donations. Please bring your donations of clothing or accessories to the main office. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth Sandmann at

Coat drive helps GA St. Vincent de Paul
Many thanks to the students and families who donated over 200 coats to the annual coat drive. Neighbors in need visited the Thanksgiving Pantry on Nov. 23 and selected a coat to keep them warm this winter. Thank you for your generosity.

Men's basketball hosts Fenwick, Taft
Men's basketball is home this Friday, Dec. 20 against Fenwick with games at 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30 p.m.  Friday is Alumni Night with special guests from Rocket basketball teams through the years! Presale tickets will be on sale Friday, Dec. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Athletic Office.  Presale tickets are $5 each.
Men's basketball will host Taft on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 4:00, 5:30, and 7:00 p.m.

Rocket Players of the Week sponsored by BSN Sports
Congratulations to this week's Rocket Players of the Week sponsored by BSN. Junior Larry Kocisko led the men's basketball team to a big road win at Chaminade Julienne shooting 6 for 7 from the three-point line. Freshman swimmer Alli Plush led her team to three top finishes at the Harrison Invitational.

McNicholas seeks assistant lacrosse coach
The McNicholas women's lacrosse program is looking for an assistant coach for spring 2020. Contact head coach Maeve McGoff at

Women's volleyball head coach opening
McNicholas High School is seeking a head women's volleyball coach.  Interested applicants should send a resume to Athletic Director Rob Heise at  Application deadline is January 3, 2020.

McNick at Night

March 14, 2020

· Get your green on and come support our largest school fundraiser!

· Open bar (including make your own Irish coffee bar), elegant buffet dinner, fun games, silent and live auctions, basket raffle, lively entertainment and more!

· Please consider donating to this fabulous event! Cash donations, gift cards, vacation stays, event tickets and sponsorships are a key component to our success each year!
If you know that you would like to donate, please complete the Auction Donation Form and return to the Development Office by February 28.  Please contact Annette McHugh at 513-619-5814 or  if you have any questions. Thank you for your support!


Thanks for the donuts!

Thanks to the PTSA for sponsoring Donuts with the Principal. Rockets enjoyed a sweet treat to celebrate the end of the second quarter before heading into exams.

Get involved with PTSA!
Click here for a list of our events and meetings. All meetings are open, everyone is encouraged and welcome to attend!

In the Community

Attention freshman and sophomores
Leaders needed for Ulster Project
Ulster Project Cincinnati is seeking teen leaders to apply for our annual summer leadership and peace-building summit.  Spend the month developing your leadership skills, performing service around the city, and gaining mediation skills to help build peace and reconciliation.  As part of the summit, selected Cincinnati area teens will serve as hosts for students from Northern Ireland during July 2020. A Northern Irish student would stay with you for the entire month, forming a lifelong bond, as you participate together in daily service, social, and leadership activities. Students will earn at least 30 hours of service credit! There is no fee to participate, but you must apply by January 15. Details and applications at

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