November 10, 2019
“True charity consists in doing good to those who do us evil, and in thus winning them over.”
 - St. Alphonsus Liguori

The Panic Button - A Message from Mrs. Thoreson
College Applications. Deadlines. Quarter grades. Playoffs. Homework. Service hours. Whooping cough?

November brings more than Midnight Madness to campuses everywhere, high school campuses included (maybe even especially). While we don’t have Midnight Madness for our basketball programs, we do have mania. Seniors are frantically applying to colleges and universities by the November 1 and November 15 deadlines, Sophomores and Juniors are entering the grueling push of second and third quarter, and Freshman are in a bit of shock as they approach their first round of final examinations that cover an entire semester’s worth of work. Athletic seasons from the fall wrap-up and amp-up with playoffs, more practice, and harder games, and winter season try-outs begin. Toy drives, food drives, Advent preparation, Christmas programs, and the looming service hour deadline put the finishing touches on an action packed-deadline filled November.  

Don’t. Panic.

We know November is a race. We know emotions run high, students may feel stressed, and your typically lovely teenager (well…for the most part) can turn into a person you don’t even recognize. Worse, November is one of the months when illness and absence in schools rises. As if the stress from being at school and having normal work every day isn’t enough, now we have make-up work and catch-up work. Good grief. We get it.  

November is the time, more than ever, that we need to partner as parents and educators. We have to support one another’s roles to help our students be mentally and physically healthy as well as successful in their academic endeavors. It is a careful balance that often feels like walking a tight-rope. Here are some things Bishop Manogue has in place to support you and our students:

Stress management group
If you haven’t been reading those wires in detail (no judgment, sometimes we may feel like SPAM), check out the College and Counseling Wire. There are groups hosted by our counselors for stress management, time management, and anxiety. Students learn how to recognize stress, how to manage time, and how to manage stress/anxiety related to school.  
Miner Block
We instituted Miner Block to give students time during their day to seek help, complete make-up work, or to see counselors. We have lost that opportunity this November due to our closure and the need to make-up time; however, our teachers are willing to meet before or after school and during break and lunch if students request an appointment. When we return to a normal schedule in January, encourage your son/daughter to use Miner Block time to get ahead early, to meet with teachers often, and to prepare for the second semester. Juniors and Seniors, use this time to train yourself on how to use office hours, how to request an appointment with a professor when you need help, and to study and practice for AP Exams.
Knowledge Center
The Knowledge Center is open from 7:00am - 4:00pm. It is also open during break and lunch; students are welcome to eat and drink in the Knowledge Center if they would like a quiet place to research or do homework during the day. 
Campus Ministry
The Campus Ministry Office is open before school, after school, and during break and lunch. It is a place to relax, socialize, and pray. The Chapel is always open for students to take a quiet moment and pray and Fr. Tom Nelson is on campus Tuesday - Friday. 
Illness and Absence
Many of our students come to school even when they are ill because they feel they cannot miss. While we admire their strength, coming to school ill doesn’t help anyone. We do have a strict policy on late work - but we are also understanding. If your son/daughter is truly too ill to work, please send his/her teachers an email communicating this and they will work with you on a solution. For the coming years, we are looking at ways for teachers to record their lectures and post them on Google Classroom so students don’t feel they are in jeopardy because they missed a class period.   

The most important thing we can do is communicate. We want to know your children. The counselors are always here to support your child, reach out to a teacher if you are concerned about his/her class, talk to an administrator if you think there is something we should know that can help us to better serve you. We are all here to help you as you help your child achieve his/her dreams. Don’t panic.

For Students
Lunch Menu Schedule
Kairos 59

It is time to sign up for the first Kairos Retreat of the year!
This retreat is open to junior and senior students only.
It will be held on December 1st- 3rd in beautiful South Lake Tahoe.
Here are just of few of the things students have said about their retreat experience: Fun, life-changing, you won’t get it until you go, memorable, friends turned family, self-discovery and amazing!
Space is limited, so sign up today in the campus ministry room!
For Parents
Parent Association Meetings

The Parent Association Meetings will take place in the Knowledge Center. For each meeting you attend, you will receive two service hours. Days and times are as follows:

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at 6:00pm
Miner Moms Sign Up and Join Us for St. Nick Night! 

Athletics and Extra Curriculars
Athletic Clearance for Winter Sports

If your child plans to participate in a Winter sport, they must complete the Athletic Clearance process on or before November 13, 2019. Instructions and required documents are here. 
If you have already turned in your athlete's documents and physical, remember that you must also REGISTER THEM FOR A SPORT at  before those documents can be uploaded and the clearance process completed. 

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Jackie Cavilia at or 775-336-6017.
Boys Basketball Tryouts - All Levels

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory:  
Saturday, 11/16, 1 pm to 4 pm 
Monday, 11/18 5:30 to 7:30 pm 
Tuesday, 11/19 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Community Opportunities

Bishop Manogue Campus Ministry is hosting Adoration every Friday from 1:30-3:30 pm. Parents and students are welcome to attend for any portion of time. Meeting Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is a great way to start the weekend: focusing our lives on Him who loves us even unto death. Contact for more information.

The Diocese of Reno offers a scholarship program entitled D.O.R.S. These scholarships benefit students in need across our Diocese. This year, these funds are helping to support nine students at Bishop Manogue and countless others at the Catholic grade schools. To show our support of this program and the families it serves, we are participating in the sale of raffle tickets.
The raffle tickets are $5 per ticket or $10 for 3 tickets and the grand prize is 25,000 American Airlines points. We ask that every family to sell or purchase at least 3 tickets by Friday, December 13th. The tickets can be paid for via cash or check with the checks made out to D.O.R.S. Tickets will be distributed through our religion classes and students can return the funds raised back to or request additional tickets from their Religion teacher. As an added incentive, President Schambari will be providing lunch to the Religion class that sells the most raffle tickets.
Lexie's Gift

If you have any formal wear (homecoming dresses, shoes, jewelry, etc.) that you no longer need, please consider donating them to Lexie's Gift. Lexie was a shining light whose life was cut tragically short in a car accident in August 2016. Lexie’s Gift was established as an outlet for Lexie's parents, family and friends to celebrate her short life by continuing her legacy of helping those who need it the most. Visit to find out more about this incredible charity.

Service Opportunities

Build On
If your student is interested in a service opportunity or a potential service trip, BuildOn is the perfect organization for your student to get involved in! BuildOn is a nationwide organization, based in Detroit, whose main mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education. BuildOn has had an extremely successful chapter at Bishop Manogue, with four completed treks to Haiti, Senegal, Nicaragua, and Nepal. Leslie Righetti, the team chaperone, has been on all four treks. This year, we will travel to Malawi, a small country in Africa, to break ground on a brand new school in an underserved community. All students going on trek raise money to pay for the labor and materials for the school, as well as travel expenses. For more information and pricing, please contact Leslie Righetti at , or student president Kaia Brown at !

Catholic Charities 'Operation Stocking Stuffer'
On December 15th, Catholic Charities is hosting an "Operation Stocking Stuffer" party. They need 40 volunteers to face paint, play games, sweep, clean-up, or hand out stockings in the St. Vincent's Dining Room from 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. This is a fun and great way to earn service hours and help children in need this holiday season! You must sign up with Ms. Klekas beforehand in the Campus Ministry room, see her today!

School Lunch
Need parent volunteers to help at lunchtime on Mondays, from 11:18 am - 11:48 am and then at 12:06pm - 12:36pm. Please contact Greg @ 775-225-1391 or Jane Festa @ 775-336-6061.
Remember, the Diocese of Reno has mandatory requirements for volunteering at all Diocesan schools, including Bishop Manogue, and you cannot earn service hours until those requirements have been met. Contact Bonnie Hansen at  or 775-336-6000 with questions.

Parents will have to enroll in Protecting God's Children through Virtus and stay up to date on monthly bulletins for two years. After the two years, you have completed all the necessary bulletins. This transfers over from any of the Diocesan schools. If you are still receiving bulletins after two complete years, contact Elda Juarez at  to be removed from the update list.

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