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Spirit Week Matching Monday
Connelly at a Glance October 2-7, 2017
In This Issue
Tri-School Homecoming Dance
Galaxy of Stars Planning Meeting
College Financial Aid Night
Academic Council Meeting
Cal State College App Workshop
Grandparents Day
SAT Info
PSAT/NMSQT Gr. 10-11 and PSAT Gr. 9 Testing
Tri-School College Fair
Apply for Scholarships
College Rep Visits
Save the Date!
Transportation Shuttle Program
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Koala Karpool Karaoke Video
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
homecoming Tri-School Homecoming Dance
The Homecoming Dance is Saturday, September 30, at Servite High School. The theme is "Peace, Love and Homecoming." The last day to buy tickets will be Thursday, September 28, because Friday, September 30, is Beach Day. Tickets will be on sale Thursday, September 28, after school until 4 at the latest.

"Peace, Love and Homecoming"

Date: Saturday, September 30
Location: Servite gym and quad (1952 West La Palma Avenue, Anaheim)
Dance: 7-11 p.m. (Must arrive by 8:30 p.m. and stay until 10:30 p.m.)
ID required @ check-in
Price: $65

Galaxy of Stars Planning Meeting
Please join us on Monday, October 2, at 6 p.m. for "Black & Tan Night" as we spend an evening sending out letters and addressing envelopes, asking for donations for the 2018 Galaxy of Stars event, "Eat, Drink, and be Irish." Bring your address book and help us reach out to the greater Connelly community while we enjoy "black and tans." This is a one-evening commitment and will be a fun evening with fellow Connelly parents. Hope to see you there!

~Catherine Laton & Julie Showalter, Galaxy event chairs
College Financial Aid Night
tuition piggy bank
If you are planning on enrolling in college, you are probably concerned about meeting the rising costs of higher education. Questions arise about the federal and state grants and loans, scholarship opportunities, and the procedures that must be followed in order to obtain financial assistance. In order to help you in the financial aid process and answer your questions about financial aid opportunities and resources, Cornelia Connelly School will present a Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m., in the Library. A College Representative and Financial Consultant will be our keynote speakers and provide you with valuable information to navigate the process. Register for the workshop through Family Connection/Naviance or contact Mrs. Tran Ryan. Students and parents are both encouraged to attend. 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available beginning October 1, 2017.  It is recommended that you start the completion process as soon as possible. At our Financial Aid event, we will provide time for families to set up the FSA ID required for the FAFSA. Here are some helpful links to help CCS families better understand the financial aid process.

What information do I need to fill out the FAFSA? 
Parents Association Meeting
Connelly Parents Association Logo
There will be a Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, October 4, at 6:30 p.m. 
Cal State College App Workshop
There will be a Cal State College App Workshop on Friday, October 6, at 7:15 a.m. 
Grandparents & Special Persons Day
Grandparents Day - Perry
Thanksgiving is the time to express our gratitude for all the people who play such an important role in our lives. Please join us in continuing a family tradition here at Cornelia Connelly School. We would be honored to have your daughter's grandparents, or the special person(s) who fills that role, join her for a day of "thanksgiving" at school.
On Wednesday, November 22, we will begin the day with a small reception, include time in the classrooms, and conclude with Mass in the auditorium. We are looking forward to making this a most memorable way to begin the Thanksgiving Holiday!
Please fill out the information linked below and return the form to the school office by   Friday, October 6 , so a formal invitation can be sent to the grandparents and/or special persons.
SAT Testing
SAT logo
Saturday, October 7 , is the second of seven SAT test dates scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. The SAT is offered at least seven times each year in the U.S. and six times internationally. It is offered in August, October, November, December, March, May and June. 

Please note that Friday, October 6, is the deadline to register for the November 4 SAT. 

Students must have preregistered to take this test, which colleges and universities look at when applying for admission. Dates for SAT testing, and to register for a test, can be found on the SAT website. If you have questions about various tests that are recommended for college/universities, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan. Information can also be found on the Connelly website>Academics>College Counseling.

Testing Timeline
  • Sophomores will take the PSAT
  • Sophomores should take a diagnostic SAT & ACT
  • Juniors will take the PSAT
  • Juniors should plan on taking the SAT or ACT w/Writing Jan-June of this year
  • All testing done by Dec of senior year
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
PSAT/NMSQT Testing - Grades 10-11; PSAT 8/9 Testing - Grade 9
On Wednesday, October 11, Cornelia Connelly School will be administering the Preliminary SAT (usually called the PSAT) to freshman, sophomores and juniors. All 9th -11th grade students are expected to take the test. This is the only date the PSAT will be offered at Connelly this academic year. 
The PSAT is truly a practice test and should not be a cause for stress. However, I do encourage you to take the exam seriously because it's a good learning tool, and juniors who score extremely well may be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship as well as other special programs and opportunities. Below is a link to provide information on materials to bring to the tests, such as #2 pencils, calculator, etc. (page 4) and sample test materials.

The PSAT/NMSQT will connect students to programs that use student scores to recognize academic excellence and identify college scholarship candidates. Learn more about other scholarships and recognition opportunities by clicking here.

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide
Tri-School College Fair
college fair
On Monday, October 16, the Tri-School College Fair will be held at Servite. Connelly, Rosary and Servite will be hosting representatives from over 125 colleges and universities. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend this event that will be held in the Servite gym from 6:45-8:30 p.m. For seniors this is a great opportunity to learn more about the schools they will be applying to, as well as a chance to meet the representative that will be reviewing their application. Additionally, this serves as a great informational and often motivating opportunity for sophomores and juniors just beginning to think about where they will spend the next four years after graduation. 
For college counseling needs, or to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Tran Ryan, please contact her directly at 714-776-1717 Ext. 222, or at ctranryan@connellyhs.org.
Apply for Scholarships
Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship
The Wendy's High School Heisman Scholarship is for high school seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or better and participate in at least one of the 47 sports. Please visit https://www.wendyshighschoolheisman.com for eligibility. Deadline is October 2, 2017.
AES Scholarship
AES Engineering is offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. This award is available to high school seniors and is awarded on the basis of character, as determined by an evaluation of the essays. Deadline is October 6, 2017. Please visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.php.

College Rep Visits
college just ahead
Representatives from various colleges and universities will be on campus throughout the next few months. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about a particular college they are interested in without traveling there! College Rep Visits for the month of October (visits are held in front of the VAC):
10/2/2017  @ lunch - Auburn University
 @ lunch - Hillsdale College
10/3/2017 @ lunch - Whittier College
10/3/2017 @ 2:45 p.m. - Calvin College
10/3/2017 @ 2:45 p.m. - Saint Louis University
10/3/2017 @ 2:45 p.m. - Seattle University
10/4/2017 @ lunch - University of San Francisco
10/4/2017 @ lunch - University of Aberdeen, Scotland
10/5/2017 @ lunch - University of San Diego
10/5/2017 @ lunch - Syracuse University
10/6/2017 @ lunch - United States Naval Academy
For a complete list of college rep visits, please visit the Connelly website:
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Mother-Daughter Luncheon Save the Date! Mother-Daughter Luncheon 
Mothers and daughters, please join us Sunday, October 22, 2017 from  1 - 4 p.m. at the  Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach for a special Mother-Daughter Luncheon.
Connelly transportation shuttle Shuttle Program 
Please check out our Student Shuttle Program. It is an affordable service that provides a safe, convenient way for your daughter to attend Connelly. In addition to the round trip and one-way option, we also have a "drop-in" option possibility. For more details, including pricing, please click on the links below.
OC Catholic Features Connelly Athletes
We are pleased that the OC Catholic has featured many of our stellar Connelly athletes in their printed publication and online. So far this school year, they've featured the athletes listed below. Please click on the links below to read more about them.

Koala Karpool Karaoke
Koala Karpool Karaoke!
Koala Karpool Karaoke!
We would like to welcome you to the new school year with a little Koala Karpool Karaoke! Enjoy!

Connelly Crest
Parent & Student Password-Protected Sections on Website
In an effort to make specific documents and information readily available to our parents and students throughout the school year, we will be using the Parent and Student tabs located at the top of our website. Please note the passwords below. 
Information currently listed in this section includes:
  • 2017-18 9th Grade Orientation & Retreat
  • 2017-2018 Student-Parent Handbook
  • 2017-2018 Parent Handbook
  • 2017-2018 Curriculum Guide
  • Service Hours Form
  • 2017-2018 Holy Child Exchange Program Application
Password: KoalaParent1718

Password: ConnellyGirl1718
Practically Painless Fundraisers
lets get funraising
There are a variety of practically painless fundraisers to benefit Connelly that you can participate in without even realizing it. Simple weekly shopping trips to Ralphs and/or Target can raise money for Connelly. You can also register various grocery and store cards with eScrip.com to earn a 1-4% return for Connelly. For those who like to shop online, GoodSearch.com and GoodShop.com donate a percentage of their advertising revenue to charities its users designate - so designate Connelly and we will reap the rewards! Please click on the document link below to read how easy it is to fundraise for Connelly.

Ralphs Community Contribution Program - Raise funds for Connelly each time you shop at Ralphs. The school earns 1-4% of your purchase.
Members currently enrolled in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program will remain active until August 31, 2017. Participants will be required to register or re-register for the new term at www.ralphs.com starting September 1, 2017. Step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at www.ralphs.com, click on Community, click on Ralphs Community Contribution Program, click on 'Enroll Now'. If you don't have computer access, please call 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.
connelly social media Come Socialize With Us!
Have you seen us on the social media scene? Connelly is making the social rounds! Our hardworking ASB have been busy with status updates, posting photos from events, tweeting and even making some really cool videos! Come check us out. We'll even give you the links: