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Connelly at a Glance October 9-14, 2017
In This Issue
Connelly Chronicle
Holiday - NO CLASSES
FAFSA Workshop
Academic Council Meeting
Save the Date!
PSAT/NMSQT Gr. 10-11 and PSAT Gr. 9 Testing
Senior Exit Interview Workshop
Senior Graduation Orders
St. Teresa's Day Mass & Student Leadership Day
Grandparents Day
Comedy Sportz Practice
Family Gardening Day
Tri-School College Fair
Apply for Scholarships
College Rep Visits
Transportation Shuttle Program
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Koala Karpool Karaoke Video
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Transportation Program
Social Media Links
Connelly Chronicle
Connelly Chronicle
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  The first issue of the school newspaper, the Connelly Chronicle, debuted on September 20 - just in time for Mrs. Wood's installation ceremony! 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. 
Holiday - NO CLASSES
no classes
There are no classes on Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day. Enjoy the long weekend! 
College Application Workshop - FAFSA
FAFSA time
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a gateway to many college financial aid opportunities. Connelly will be hosting a FAFSA Workshop: Tuesday, October 10 @7:15 a.m. Seniors will learn about the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Students will have time to work on their financial aid applications and ask questions. Sign up on Family Connection. 
Academic Council Meeting
There will be an Academic Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 10, at 3:15 p.m. 
Mother-Daughter Luncheon RSVP for the 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. Please send your RSVP and payment to the office by
Tuesday, October 10.
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.
PSAT 8-9

At the same time the sophomores and juniors are testing, the freshman will be taking the PSAT 8/9. 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan at 714-776-1717 ext. 222 or ctranryan@connellyhs.org.

Please note that this is an early dismissal day. Classes will end at 12:55 p.m.

PSAT/NMSQT Student Guide
Senior Exit Interview Workshop
Exit Interview Workshop
Connelly seniors will participate in a Senior Exit Interview Workshop on Wednesday, October 11, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the library.
The Senior Exit Interview process has been designed to help measure how well each student has integrated and demonstrated the Connelly Philosophy and Program Goals - what each student should know, understand, and be able to do upon graduation from Cornelia Connelly School. The Senior Exit Interview is a graduation requirement.
The topics that will be covered are:
Resume Writing, Senior Service Learning Project, E-Portfolio, Presenting oneself and all will be engaged in a Mock Interview.
Students will receive the packet with more detailed information. Interviews will take place April 11-13, 2017.

Please note that this is an early dismissal day. Classes will end at 12:55 p.m.
Senior Class Graduation Orders - Jostens
jostens rings

Important Jostens dates for seniors:

  • SENIOR CLASS MEETING (Grad Presentation) - Wednesday, October 11, 10:30 a.m.
  • SENIOR GRAD Order Days - Thursday, October 12 & Tuesday, December 5
  • ANNOUNCEMENT Delivery - Monday, April 9
Place your order online at jostens.com or by calling 1-800-JOSTENS.
St. Teresa's Day Mass & Student Leadership Day
Connelly student teacher
Friday, October 13 , is Student Leadership Day. On this day, seniors will be taking on the duties of teachers and will be teaching classes the entire day. ASB officers will be shadowing administrators and staff. After lunch, we will have games with students, faculty and staff on the field.

Please note that this is a formal uniform day for students (except for seniors who will be teaching; they will be dressing in business attire). St. Teresa's Day Mass will be held at 9:25 a.m. 

Special Rosary Procession
Our Lady of Fatima 100th anniversary Friday, 13 October 2017, celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. We invite the entire Connelly Community to join the faculty, staff and students, in a Rosary Procession that   immediately follows the St. Teresa Day Mass . The procession will travel through some of the garden areas on our beautiful campus, and end in Mary's Garden where we will crown the statue of Our Lady with a floral  wreath. Please join us in raising our voices in communal prayer.

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 13 , so a formal invitation can be sent to the grandparents and/or special persons.
comedy sportz Comedy Sportz  
Tri-School Theatre's Comedy Sportz will be practicing Friday, October 13, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Servite in the Tri-School Studio (room 301). 

Tri-School Theatre Website
parent gardening Family Gardening Day  
This month's garden day is Saturday, October 14, from 8-11 a.m. No gardening experience is necessary. Tools, gloves, and light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to bring some additional snacks, please feel free. Everyone is welcome to attend. Students will receive Ecology hours and be awarded spirit points, and parents will earn volunteer hours as well. Hope to see you there! 
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Jueneman at djueneman@connellyhs.org. We look forward to seeing you!
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
Parking BOXX
At Parking BOXX, the aim of this scholarship is to encourage thinking about how to improve usability and efficiency of parking solutions for a new generation through technological innovation. A $1,000 scholarship is being offered to the student who suggests the most innovative, yet practical parking solution. Please visit parkingboxx.com for more information. Deadline is October 15, 2017.
Make the U Colgate
Palmolive is a scholarship for seniors only. Scholarship is based on Academic Excellence, dedication to community service, and demonstration of leadership in one's community. Deadline is October 15, 2017, and scholarship amount is up to $15,000 Seniors Only http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/Corp/CommunityPrograms
Pirates Pitch Competition
Pirates Pitch Competition is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a GPA of 3.0. Submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that you would like to create or have already created. Deadline is October 18, 2017. Please visit  www.shu.edu  for more information.
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.
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):
10/10/2017 @ lunch - Laguna College of Art + Design
10/10/2017 @ lunch - Wentworth Institute of Technology
10/10/2017 @ conference - Wesleyan University
10/17/2017 @ lunch - Chapman University
10/17/2017 @ lunch - Creighton University
10/17/2017 @ 2:45 p.m. - Gonzaga University
10/17/2017 @ conference - Vanguard University
10/19/2017 @ lunch - Adelphi University
10/19/2017 @ lunch - DePaul University
10/20/17 @ lunch - Loughborough University
10/23/2017 @ lunch - University of Southern California
10/24/2017 @ lunch - Dominican University

For a complete list of college rep visits, please visit the Connelly website:
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
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 Student Shuttle Program

Connelly transportation shuttle

Did you know Connelly has a Student Shuttle Program? For a very reasonable cost, we offer a convenient shuttle that travels both in the morning and in the afternoon to transport girls to Connelly. We also have a "drop in" program! We hope that through our shuttle program we can show just how accessible and easy it is for students in Orange and Los Angeles counties to attend Connelly. If you would like further information about our Student Shuttle program, please contact the school office.

Connelly Student Shuttle Program Brochure

TEL: 714-776-1717 Ext. 234

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: