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Connelly at a Glance September 18-23, 2017
In This Issue
Family Gardening Day
Head of School Installation
Fond Farewell
Family Gardening Day
Holy Child Exchange Program
College Case Study Night
Early Dismissal
ACT Registration Deadline
CSF Applications Deadline
Comedy Sportz Practice
FREE Practice SAT Test
Summer Service Hours Due
Freshman Class Officers
Freshman Class Officers
College Rep Visits
Service Opportunity
Thank You Volunteers!
Transportation Shuttle Program
Save the Date!
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Koala Karpool Karaoke Video
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Transportation Program
Social Media Links
Hurricane Harvey Fundraisers Summary
donuts with girls
God Squad fundraiser
Thank you for all of your support for Hurricane Harvey. The cash donations were given to Catholic Charities in Galveston, TX, who will put the money to good use. Those who made a donation were offered a donut if they wanted one. To the donors' credit, there was a lot of self discipline with donors politely declining a donut or offering it to someone who wanted one. What a wonderful giving community we have! 

Operation Gratitude Fundraiser hurricane harvey donations
(letter from Mrs. Lorthioir, who coordinated the fundraiser)
On behalf of my entire family, thank you for supporting and participating in our effort to help Hurricane Harvey's victims. We are incredibly grateful for the kindness, generosity and the outpouring of support from Connelly School families and staff. All donations were delivered to Operation Gratitude last Wednesday, and they were very happy and thankful for all the items. They were boxed and driven via a volunteer big rig truck to Texas in flood damaged areas.
Cheri Wood headshot
Cheri L. Wood,
Head of School
Head of School Installation
Please join us for the installation of our new Head of School, Cheri L. Wood, on Wednesday, September 20. The Mass of the Holy Spirit & Installation will begin at 9:25 a.m. The Most Reverend Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange will be presiding. A reception will take place immediately following Mass. 
This is a formal uniform day. 
Fond Farewell
Margaret Meland

We are saddened to say goodbye to Margaret Meland, Director of Advancement. She has accepted a new position as Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction at another school; this position will be something that allows her to continue to use her gifts and talents on behalf of the students. Her last day will be September 22. Please take the time to wish her well. She will always be part of our family, and her upbeat, positive presence on campus will be missed!

Family Gardening Day
student gardening
This month's garden day is Saturday, September 16, 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!
Emma in Ireland Holy Child Exchange Program
Attention sophomores, juniors, and seniors, if you are interested in participating in the Holy Child Exchange Program, please submit a completed application by Monday, September 18, to Ms. Ernest. Each student must meet the criteria established by the Holy Child schools. Schools currently participating in the Exchange Program with Connelly are located in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, England, and Ireland. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ernest.
College Case Study Night
case study
There will be a Tri-School College Case Study Night on Monday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. The event is an engaging and effective way to discuss the college application process. College representatives will lead parents and students through a mock admission committee using three example cases. The exercise will point out the intricacies of the process and the importance of assembling a strong application. Guests will gain insight and understanding as to what is valued in the college application. The Case Study program concludes with a mini college fair. All students can sign up for themselves and their parents through Family Connection/Naviance. Please read the three case studies before the event. Click here for the link to the three case studies. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan. 

Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Early Dismissal
early dismissal
Please note that Thursday, September 21, is an early dismissal day. Classes will end at 12:55 p.m. 
ACT Testing
ACT logo
The deadline to register for the October 28 ACT test is September 22. Please register on the ACT website. 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>College Counseling
Testing Timeline
  • 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 done by December of senior year.

CSF Applications Due
CSF seal
Juniors and seniors who would like to apply for membership to CSF, please stop by Mrs. Tran Ryan's office to pick up an application. You must re-apply for membership EVERY SEMESTER.
All applications are due to Mrs. Tran Ryan by Friday, September 22. NO late applications will be accepted.  
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan
Comedy Sportz 
comedy sportz
Tri-School Theatre's Comedy Sportz will be practicing Friday, September 22, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Servite in the Tri-School Studio (room 301). 
FREE Practice SAT Test
SAT practice test
Revolution Prep is offering a FREE practice SAT exam at Cornelia Connelly School on Saturday, September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Interested students must register in advance through Revolution Prep. Deadline to register is  Tuesday, September 19. Space is limited. Please sign up via the link: 
https://www.revolutionprep.com/programs/41108/
Bring pencils, a calculator, water and snacks. With your mock practice exam enrollment, you may sign up for a free score report review with Jean Stroud, Revolution Prep Academic Advisor. These meetings are conducted live online, using Zoom or by phone. Sign up for a time by using this link: www.revolutionprep.com/jean-stroud
Questions? Contact Jean at 818-217-0951 or jean.stroud@revolutionprep.com
service hours Summer Service Hours Due
Just a friendly reminder...your summer service hours are due to Mrs. Townsend no later than Friday, September 29. Any summer hours received after that date are no longer valid. Any exceptions need to be brought to her attention before the September 29 deadline. All other service hours during this school year are due NO LATER THAN APRIL 13 (The first Friday after Easter Break). The handbook says May 1st, but we discovered having that deadline is not enough time to order service awards for Awards Ceremony). Please see Mrs. Townsend for any questions or concerns. 
Email Mrs. Townsend
2017-18 freshman officers
Freshman class officers from l-r: Anya Ibasco (vice-president); Nina Menzagopian (president); Gabriela Mercado (secretary/treasurer)
Freshman Class Officers
Elections for the Freshman Class Officers took place on September 8. Meet the 2017-18 Freshman Class Officers:
President: Nina Menzagopian
Vice President: Anya Ibasco
Secretary/Treasurer: Gabriela Mercado
Congratulations, girls!
ambassadors Theresa and Rebecca Connelly's Newest Ambassadors
In addition to the ambassadors announced last spring, please welcome our newest Connelly ambassadors listed below!
The ambassadors are a hard-working group of girls who dedicate themselves to spreading the word about Connelly. They will participate in training sessions and mini-workshops during the school year to prepare for visits to junior high school classrooms and high school presentations. They will also be the welcoming and knowledgeable hostesses at Connelly's admissions events all year. 
Samie Baclig,  Alli Hernandez,  Anya Ibasco,  Ava Shanklin,  Jene DeGrood,  Gabriela Mercado,  Sarah Patin,  Tahlia Garcia,  Nina Menzagopian,  Monica Hyndman,  Anais Jimenez,  Abbie Aragon,  Hailey Frogner,  Maeve McNaughton,  Sarah Akhtar,  Christelle Kua-Balbuena,  Sheila Marin,  Bethanie Sanft,  Penelope Hoyos,  Chelsea Le,  Elyssa Savellano,  Chloe Scott, and  Destiny Martinez.
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 September (visits are held in front of the VAC):
9/19/2017 @ lunch - Grand Canyon University
9/19/2017 @ lunch - FIDM
9/22/2017 @ lunch - Concordia University Irvine
9/25/2017 @ 7:45 a.m. - Boston College
9/25/2017 @ 7:45 a.m. - High Point University
9/25/2017 @ lunch - University of Richmond
9/25/2017 @ lunch - University of Connecticut
9/27/2017 @ 12:55 p.m. - St. Edwards University
9/27/2017 @ 12:55 p.m. - Bradley University
For a complete list of college rep visits, please visit the Connelly website:
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Service Opportunity
service opportunities
Do you have a desire to do service in our Orange County area? The Sisters of St. Joseph in Orange have a service day coming up on SATURDAY, September 30. It is very similar to our All School Service Day (even has some of the same venues as us!) but it is on a Saturday. Check out the link below. You have to sign up by September 15 and will need to have a guardian with you but these appear to be great opportunities to get knee deep within the community to help out. Check it out. If you do volunteer, just bring a service hour form with you and have them sign it when your commitment is complete. Do it with a friend - could be fun! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Townsend.
Thank You Volunteers!
Thank you volunteers
Back-to-School Night
Joy Cabero
Teresa Jojola
Catherine Laton
Maggie Laton '18
Grace Reilly
Lola Searcy '20
Julie Showalter
Lisa Strong
Chaperones for the Welcome Back Dance
Aileen Aragon
Sandra Masino
Kirsten Mercado
Maria Roque
Cathy Wills
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.
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.
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

STUDENTS Tab
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.
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 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 Margaret Meland.


Email Margaret Meland

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: