|Connelly at a Glance
||October 30-November 4, 2017
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!
The October issue of the school newspaper, the Connelly Chronicle, is out! If you weren't able to snag a coveted copy, fret not. It is available for online viewing! Simply go to the Publications section of the Connelly website. We will be posting a link each month for each issue.
| Connelly Coders
The Connelly Coders competed in the 1st Annual Spartan Championship-High School, which brought together some of Southern California's finest teams to battle for a chance to go to the state championships. The VEX Robotics Competition was held on October 14 at Damien High School in LaVerne, where the Connelly Coders competed against 31 other teams, including Servite and Rosary. The Coders experienced a bit of a rollercoaster ride starting off strong, then losing a few rounds, but then gained momentum when they were selected by the 2nd alliance (the 2nd place team). They competed against two other alliances and made it into the finals against the best teams there! Meanwhile, Connelly's brother and sister schools (Servite and Rosary) were knocked out in the semifinals and quarterfinals respectively. After a hard-fought battle, the Connelly Coders finished the competition in second place overall. Congratulations on a job well done!
| ACT Testing
The 2nd of six ACT tests scheduled for the 2017-18 school year will be held Saturday, October 28. Students must have preregistered to take this test, which colleges and universities look at when applying for admission. Dates for ACT testing, and to register for a test, can be found on the ACT 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>Academic Counseling.
- Sophomores will take the PSAT
- Sophomores should take a diagnostic SAT & ACT
- Juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT
- Juniors should plan on taking the SAT or ACT w/Writing Jan-June of this year
All testing should be completed by December of senior year. The deadline to register for the December 9 ACT test is November 3. Please register on the ACT website.
Monday, October 30, Connelly will begin its all-school fundraiser! Cheesecakes, pastries, and other goodies will be available for order through
Monday, November 13, with all product being delivered to campus for
pick-up on Tuesday, November 21; just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday! Proceeds from the sale will help the newly formed Journalism course in producing and printing its monthly newspaper, the Connelly Chronicle, as well as to provide other funds to be used for class plays. Please support Connelly in this endeavor and get all of your Holiday sweets through a Connelly Girl!
Top Sellers Will Receive
Top Connelly sellers for each class will win the following: Seniors, Couple Ticket for the prom, Juniors, A single ticket for the Prom, Sophomores and Freshmen, A single ticket to the Winter Formal at Knott's Berry Farm. While orders must be through a Connelly Girl, you may see available products for sale at : https//www.pacificfundraiser.com
| Optional Halloween Dress-Up Day
Tuesday, October 31, students may come to school dressed in a Halloween costume that is appropriate and meets the guidelines below.
HALLOWEEN DRESS UP DAY GUIDELINES
Students: As you plan your costume, please keep these guidelines in mind:
1. The costume should be appropriate for school.
2. The costume should be tasteful.
3. Costumes should not reflect graphic violence.
4. Costumes should not contain offensive writing or pictures.
5. No face or pullover masks.
6. No excessive facial makeup.
7. Hats as part of the costumes are permitted.
8. Closed-toe shoes must be worn. Seniors may wear sandals with a back strap.
9. Dresses or skirts must be knee length or longer.
10. Dresses and tops must be modest, covering the chest, shoulders and back. Leggings may be worn as part of a costume only if worn with a long top.
This is also an early dismissal day. Classes will end at 12:55 p.m.
UC College Application Workshop
There will be a
UC College Application Workshop
Wednesday, November 1, at 7:15 a.m.
Seniors will learn about the UC campuses and their application process. Students will have time to work with the college counselor on the UC application and ask questions. Sign up on Family Connection.
If you have any questions, please contact
Mrs. Tran Ryan
All Saints Day/Farewell Mass for Martha Serrano
Connelly will be celebrating All Soul's Day on Wednesday, November 1. At this special Liturgy we will be honoring the community's beloved deceased. All the names from November 1, 2016, to November 1, 2017 will be on a Faithful Departed Scroll to be brought up with the Gifts and laid on the altar during Mass. All are welcome to come and pray for those who have gone before us into the eternal kingdom.
This will also be
Martha Serrano's Farewell Mass. As you know, Martha will be formally retiring at the end of this semester after 48 years in Catholic Education and 16 years at Cornelia Connelly School. We will have her family and board members at the Mass as guests and as Liturgical Ministers along with a few guest speakers on her behalf. Please join us for the Holy Day of Obligation for All Saints Day and a celebration of our beloved Martha Serrano, Assistant Head of School, who has given such loving, faithful service to this community and Catholic School Education. A reception will follow the Liturgy
. Please note this is a
formal uniform day for the students.
Parents Association Meeting
Parents Association Meeting
There will be a Parents Association Meeting on
Wednesday, November 1, at
6:30 p.m. All parents are welcome to attend.
Koala Bowl & Leadership Conference
Connelly's Student Council and National Honor Society will be hosting the annual Koala Bowl and Leadership Conference on Thursday, November 2, from 4-7 p.m. For both events, Connelly's NHS and ASB have selected the theme:
"Connelly's Blast Through the Past."
For the Koala Bowl, 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls from local schools are invited to test their skills and academic knowledge in fun and challenging games relating to science, math, history, as well as field games and a pop culture quiz. The event is prepared and run completely by the student member of Connelly's NHS (National Honor Society). Not only is this a great way for students across Catholic schools to intermingle, but they also get to experience the welcoming and fun Connelly atmosphere!
is an event held at the same time, for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls who want to learn more about leadership. At this event, Connelly's Associated Student Body (i.e. Student Government or ASB) prepares a workshop to teach younger girls about what it means to be a leader, and help the girls in attendance develop their leadership skills surrounding the following areas:
- Activity Planning
- Effective Brainstorming Strategies
- How to run a meeting
- Discovering Leadership Styles
For Koala Bowl and Leadership Conference information or registration, please contact: Mrs. Aceituno.
Wanted: Veterans to Honor
Do you know of any veteran who has served in the military from any branch and from any year in service? Please invite them to our Veterans Day Prayer Service on Friday, November 10. The entire community will honor them in a patriotic ceremony. Mrs Townsend will need their full name, rank and title, years served and if served in any campaign. Please give all veteran names to Mrs Townsend or a God Squad member near you.
Email Mrs. Townsend
| Save the Date: Open House
Plans are underway for the biggest Admissions event of the year: Connelly's Open House.
We want to make this the best Open House yet, so mark your calendars for Sunday, November 19, 2017, from noon-3 p.m. The best recommendation starts with an invitation, so please invite a friend or family member that you think would benefit from the Connelly experience. There will be m
ore details in the upcoming weeks, so make sure you keep checking your Connelly at a Glance!
If you have questions about or ideas for, this year's Open House, please contact Ali Aceituno, Director of Admissions.
Grandparents & Grandfriends Day
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 "grand" friends who fill 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 ASAP
so a formal invitation can be sent to the grandparents and/or special persons.
Congratulations to varsity volleyball for finishing 2nd in league play and making it to CIF playoffs!
Congratulations to the following golf players named to Del Rey's All-League team: Leeyen Peralta 1st Team All-League and CIF qualifier (this is Leeyen's 3rd consecutive year being named 1st Team All-League!). At the time of this writing, Leeyen has made it to the 2nd round of CIF! Congratulations also to Taryn Diep and Anya Ibasco, who made 2nd Team All-League.
Congratulations to the following tennis athletes who made the 2017-18 All-League team: Coral Chen -1st team; Jennifer Hodel and Angela Du - 2nd team.
Silent Auction Donations
"Galaxy of Stars: Eat, Drink, and Be Irish"
event needs your participation! The
next meeting will be held
Monday, November 13,
We will be serving a special treat to volunteers who attend (Guinness stout and chocolate cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Creme frosting).
Our current focus is on acquisitions for the live and silent auctions. At the meeting, we will be addressing envelopes and sending out donation request letters. We still need to fill some key positions on the planning team. Please join us!
We are counting on help from the Connelly community to fill up our silent auction baskets. Here are some ideas for the Gardening themed basket and the Dia de Los Muertos basket. If you have some items that you would like to make or donate, please bring them to the meeting or drop them off in the office. We are accepting all donations, not just the examples shown here!
If you have any questions, please contact
, Galaxy of Stars co-chair.
Thank You Volunteers
Refreshments for the Fall Concert
Joy Cabero, chair
Maggie Laton '18
Mother-Daughter Luncheon Thank You
Thank you to all that attended the Mother-Daughter Luncheon this past weekend. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers and donors that made this event so special!
Mother-Daughter Luncheon Committee
Stacy Gonzales, co-chair
Espie Van Beek, co-chair
Maria del Rosario Roque
Lori Stanley, mother of Zoe Stanley '15
Mr. Jonathan Arnold & the Advanced Women's Ensemble
Centerpieces provided by the Mandry family
Entertainment provided by the Dodds family
Dr. Armi Alian, DDS
Unearth Malee Organic Soaps
Van Beek family
Emily Arendt '20
Daniela Zavala '20
Mrs. Maria Teresa Avila
Mrs. Sheryl Kerwitz
Mrs. Mary Perez
Dr. Cathy Rauterkus '95
Mrs. Pamela Toomey '72
Mrs. Cathy Townsend
Apply for Scholarships
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. Deadline: Oct 31 2017. Visit http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/apply/#programs for more information.
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
For valuable college financial aid information, click on the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan.
| 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
We would like to welcome you to the new school year with a little Koala Karpool Karaoke! Enjoy!
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
Practically Painless Fundraisers
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.
PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FOR THE NEW TERM BEGINS ON
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017.
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
starting September 1, 2017. Step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at
, 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.
| 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: