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Connelly at a Glance December 1-31, 2017
In This Issue
Connelly Chronicle
Experienced Videographer Wanted
Welcome Admissions Assistant
Connelly Christmas Card Artist
Scrooge the Musical
Candy Caneland & Craft Faire
Parents Association Meeting
SAT Testing
Early Decision Applications Due
Mass/Formal Uniform Day
Comedy Sportz Rehearsal
Family Gardening Day
ACT Testing
Academic Council Meeting
Candlelight Christmas & Mini Boutique
Flower Grams
Christmas Toy Project
Final Exam Schedule
Silent Auction Donations
Holiday Office Hours
Tuition Assistance Application Deadline
Save the Date
Thank You Volunteers!
College Corner
Grad Ads
Transportation Shuttle Program
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
Connelly Chronicle
Connelly Chronicle
The November/December edition of the Connelly Chronicle is available to view online. Click on link below.

Also, the Connelly Chronicle is currently seeking advertisers to help support the publication's cost of printing. If you know of anyone or any business who would be interested in advertising in the Connelly Chronicle, advertising rates are linked below. 
Wanted: Experienced Videographer
videographer wanted
We are looking for an experienced videographer for a project on/off campus over a period of 2-3 days in April. Final filming on April 19 will require a 24-hour turn around. Please contact Mrs. Jordan x231 or Ms. Ernest x214 for more detailed information. 
Welcome, New Admissions Assistant!
Please welcome Karolyn Krebs to the Connelly community! You may have already seen her at Open House. Now she will be in the office part-time, assisting Mrs. Aceituno with admissions support. Karolyn is a graduate of UC Davis with a BA in Economics and Contemporary Leadership, she brings marketing, media and school experience with her. We are excited to have her join our admissions department!
Connelly's Christmas Card Artist
2017 Christmas Card
We are pleased to announce that this year's beautiful Connelly Christmas card was painted by sophomore, Theresa Perry.
Scrooge the Musical - FREE Performance
Scrooge the Musical
Credo Arts will be presenting Scrooge The Musical on December 1st (7 p.m.) & 2nd (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) at Servite. Admission is free.  Please bring an unwrapped toy with a s uggested value of $10.

Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts at Servite
1952 West La Palma Ave., Anaheim
Box office: (714) 774-7575 ext. 1136.
Candy Caneland & Craft Fair - Volunteers Needed
BP Candy Caneland
The Annual Candy Caneland and Craft Faire in Buena Park is in need of volunteers. The event is taking place on Saturday, December 2, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. They are asking for approximately 10-25 total volunteers per shift. The morning shift (mainly set up and organization) will be from 7 a.m. - noon and the afternoon shift (assisting with activities) will be from noon - 6 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Maura Toohey, who is the Community Services Coordinator at the City of Buena Park. She can be reached at 714-562-3852 or via email at mtoohey@buenapark.com

Family Event
Bring the whole family to the  47th Annual Candy Caneland and Craft Faire on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave. from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Enjoy a winter wonderland of spectacular decorations, activities and shopping!

Shop for that special someone from over 100 craft vendors selling original homemade gifts, ornaments, jewelry, ceramics, and more, all at reasonable prices. Don't forget to stop and feed your hunger at one of the food booths run by local non-profit groups selling delicious eats and treats. 

Due to limited event parking, visitors are encouraged to use the free shuttle bus which runs continuously to and from Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr., from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The ride is less than five minutes from the event and all shuttles are operated by our friendly Community Services staff. Look for the shuttles marked Ehlers Express!
For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (714) 562-3860 or visit  www.BuenaPark.com.  
Parents Association Meeting
Connelly Parents Association Logo
Join Head of School, Cheri Wood, at the December Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday,  December 6, at  6:30 p.m. in the Library.  All are welcome. There will be a  'Get to Know Your New Head of School Open Forum.'  Bring your ideas and thoughts to share for future Parents Association Meetings.
SAT & Subject Tests
SAT logo
Saturday, December 7 , is the fourth 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, February 9, is the deadline to register for the March 10 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
Connelly Early Decision Applications Due
due today
Early decision applications for Connelly are due on Wednesday, December 7. Please get the word out to a prospective family that you might know! For more information please call 714-776-1717 ext. 121, or ask the family to complete the application online on the Connelly website. 

Connelly Admissions page
Mass / Formal Uniform Day
communion cup
Friday, December 8 , we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass. Our presider is Father Steephen Viblanc, OSMChaplain and Spiritual Director at Servite.

It is very appropriate that we celebrate this Feast of the Immaculate Conception as we do during the Season of Advent, when we are preparing to celebrate Christmas, because this Feast invites us all to stop for just a moment, so that we can reflect on how God prepared the world for the coming of the Savior in the birth of Jesus Christ two thousand years ago. During this Advent Season, as we refer to these three weeks before Christmas, we identify with the chosen People of Israel who waited so long and who did what they could to prepare for the first Christmas, when Mary of Nazareth gave birth to her son, Jesus Christ. On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we celebrate the wondrous moment when the Blessed Virgin began her existence in this world. We also recall Mary who accepted God's invitation to be the mother of Jesus, knowing all the risks. She was the first one to hear the Gospel and freely chose to accept it.
It is precisely in the midst of all of our practical preparations for Christmas that the Church invites us to try to slow down in order to prepare ourselves spiritually for our celebration of Christmas. We thank God for the essential role that Mary played in bringing Jesus Christ into the world.
Mass begins at 9:25 a.m. This is a formal uniform day.  
Comedy Sportz Rehearsal
comedy sportz
Tri-School Theatre's Comedy Sportz will be practicing Friday, December 8, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Servite in the Tri-School Studio (Room 301). 
Family Gardening Day
garden photo
This month's garden day is Saturday, December 9, 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!
ACT Test
ACT logo
The 3rd of six ACT tests scheduled for the 2017-18 school year will be held Saturday, December 9. 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.

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 should be done by December of senior year. 
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Academic Council Meeting
There is an Academic Council Meeting Tuesday, December 12, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Thespian Christmas Party
thespian masks
Join the Tri-School community in the Thespian Sponsored Christmas Party. There will be food, games, and an ugly sweater contest. To enter, please bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots. All students from Connelly, Rosary, and Servite are welcome to attend. 

Wednesday, December 13
5-9 p.m. 
Tri-School Studio (at Servite High School)
Candlelight Christmas at Connelly & Mini Boutique
Christmas Concert Cover
Come and celebrate this holiday season with your loved ones and experience an exciting evening of multicultural and diverse music selections! On Thursday, December 14, at 7 p.m. in Gunther Auditorium, Connelly's Music department will be hosting and performing in a Candlelight Christmas at Connelly, which is sure to put everyone into the joy of the holiday spirit. They will be singing songs from modern interpretations on Latin prayers, African American spirituals, carols, playing melodic and rhythmic handbell music, contemporary radio hits, and even a big surprise involving Connelly's lovely faculty. Let us all celebrate the comfort and joy of the holidays with good people and good music on December 14!  Cider and carolers will start off the evening at 6:30 p.m. Share the Connelly spirit and bring a friend!

*Please note there will be a dress rehearsal for performers on Tuesday, December 12, from 3-5 p.m.

Refreshments and a Mini Boutique
mini boutique
Join us before the Christmas Concert from 5:30 - 7 p.m. for desserts, appetizers and beverages hosted by Connelly Hospitality as well as offerings from Connelly families. If you have a family favorite dessert or appetizer you'd like to bring/donate to the Christmas Concert, please sign up by emailing Aykesha Walker at  awalker@connellyhs.org. Connelly Spiritwear will be on sale and our Connelly clubs will be offering gifts for sale. 
Flower Grams for Sale
flower gram
Are you coming to our annual Christmas concert on December 14? Do you have a freshman, a friend, family or faculty member performing in the concert? Would you like to let them know you care about them and are wishing them the best of luck on their performance? If you said yes to any of the questions above, then please come to the Art Club table before the concert and buy a flower gram for them. You can add your own thoughts to an attached card and they will love the sentiment. Each flower will be $3.00 and you can buy as many as you like or while the supply lasts. The Art Club donates all of its profits to our sister schools in Ghana and Nigeria for their art program. Please come by and support the Art Club and let your friends and family know you care.
toy drive Comfort & Joy Christmas Toy Project 
We are pleased to announce the First Annual Cornelia Connelly School Comfort and Joy Christmas Toy Project, brought to you by the Religion department. We invite all Connelly students to donate new toys for children in need. Each grade level is responsible for the following ages:

Freshmen - Ages 1-4
Sophomores - Ages 5-7
Juniors - Ages 8-10
Seniors/Faculty & Staff - Ages 11-13

Please bring your toys to your Religious Studies classes by  Friday, December 15.
Final Exam Schedule
final exam schedule
Semester exams will be held Monday-Thursday, December 18-21. Dress code for finals week is regular uniform. Students may leave at 10:15 a.m. if they do not have a second exam, and at 12:45 p.m. if they have two exams. Please see link below to the student portal for important exam schedule information. password for Student portal is ConnellyGirl1718.

Final Exam Schedule on Student Portal
Galaxy of Stars Planning Meeting & Silent Auction Donations
super heroes ideas

coffee ideas
art supplies ideas
Please join in the fun, and help with the "Galaxy of Stars Dinner & Auction." Our next meeting is Monday, December 18, at 6:30 p.m.

We have some exciting plans... new ideas for live and silent auctions and the opportunity drawing. We still need to fill some key positions on the planning team. If you have artistic skills, we need help with decorations and basket assembling/wrapping. If you are a great wordsmith, we need help writing descriptions for the auction items. We will also need help the day of the event with transporting items to the venue. So far, we have only had a few volunteers and we need more help! 

We are counting on help from the Connelly community to fill up our silent auction baskets. Please see the images on the right for some ideas for the Tiffany Blue themed basket, the Coffee basket, the Super Hero basket, and the Artist basket. If you have some items that you would like to make or donate, please label the items "Galaxy" and drop them off in the office. We are accepting all donations, not just the examples shown here! We need donations by early January so we can start assembling the baskets and advertising on the website. To date, we have not seen any donations come into the office except those items donated by a few volunteers on the committee. We need to start receiving donations as soon as possible.

Some ideas for helping with the Galaxy of Stars donations: email friends and family and see if they would like to donate; ask local businesses that you frequent if they would like to support Connelly (we have donation request letters for this); while doing your Christmas shopping, see if there are items that you could buy to add to our auction baskets. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Showalter , Galaxy of Stars co-chair.
School Office Closed During Holidays
Closed for holidays
The school offices will be closed Friday, December 22, and will be open again on Friday, January 5, 2018. Classes will resume Monday, January 8, 2018.
Tuition Assistance Application Deadline
tuition piggy bank
The Application Deadline for Tuition Assistance for the 2018-2019 school year, is Friday, February 2, 2018. Please remember that each family who is interested in applying for Tuition Assistance needs to reapply each year. Late applications will not be considered, so please be mindful of the February 2nd deadline, as it will arrive very quickly!
Save the Date: Father-Daughter Dinner & Dance
Father-Daughter Dinner & Dance
Father-Daughter Dinner & Dance  (theme: Breakfast at Tiffany's)
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30 - 10:30 p.m.
Old Ranch Country Club
$65 per person
Semi-formal attire
If you choose, a special father figure is welcome to attend
Thank You Volunteers
Thank you volunteers
Thank you to all of our volunteers! We appreciate your time and service in making our school great!

Servite Fashion Show Spiritwear Sales
Catherine Laton, chair
Julie Showalter

Hospitality for Koala Bowl & Teacher Appreciation
Joy Cabero, chair
Yvonne Alarcon

Hospitality for the Fall Open House
Joy Cabero, chair
Ihda Ibasco
Heidi Webb

Fall Open House Spiritwear sales
Carla Patin
Yvette Hyndman
Susie Searcy

Mailing Committee
Liza Abiva, chair
Adriana Gonzalez
Christina Hernandez
Bernice Hoyos
Rocio Maldonado
Rebecca Martinez
Anamaria Mourani
Solfia Ordonez
Leslie Peralta
Martha Shrum

Grandparents Day
Grace Reilly, chair
Lisa Borbridge
Dani Degrood
Celeste Hobbs
Ihda Ibasco
Sandy Masino
Roberta Moradi
Lynn Oravetz
Peggy Rogue
Kiesha Scott
Susie Searcy
Heidi Webb

Grandparents Day Spiritwear sales
Mary Ann May
College Corner - Scholarship Information
Family Connection/Naviance has new scholarship postings throughout the year. Check the program on a regular basis for new listings. Here are a few of the scholarships below:

National Space Club and Foundation Keynote Scholar
Deadline December 1, 2017
Since 2013, The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation's annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry's most prestigious gatherings. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel in public speaking. In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. This scholarship is awarded to a U.S. citizen, and is open to seniors in High School through graduate students studying at an accredited educational institution in the United States, who has definite plans to pursue a career in the STEM fields. Visit: http://www.spaceclub.org/scholarship/ .

AXA Achievement Scholarship
Award Amount: ranges from $2,500-$25,000
Deadlines: 12/15/2017
AXA offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. Special consideration will be given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness. www.scholarsapply.org 

GE-Reagan Foundation Program
Deadline January 4, 2018
Each year, the program selects roughly 20 college-bound students who excel in leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship to receive $10,000 renewable scholarships - up to $40,000 total per recipient. For more information, eligibility requirements, and an online application, visit   https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ .  

The Dell Scholars Program
Award Amount: $20,000 plus laptop and school supplies 
Deadline: 1/15/2018 
Dell Scholars are students who demonstrate their desire and ability to overcome barriers and to achieve their goals. Your application will be evaluated on your: Individual determination to succeed, Future goals and plans to achieve them, Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face, Self- motivation in completing challenging coursework, Demonstrated need for financial assistance. Minimum 2.4 GPA

CIF Spirit of the Sport Scholarship (one available for each sport season Fall, Winter and Spring) 
Award amount $1,000 
Deadlines: 1/22/18 (for Winter Sports), 2/26/18 (for Spring Sports) 
Student-athletes are selected based on exemplary sportsmanship, school/community service and leadership. Each winner receives a patch, award, a $1,000 scholarship and will be recognized at the year-end CIF Federated Council dinner in April. www.cifstate.org 

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
Award Amount: $28,000 (spread over 4 years) 
Deadline: 2/01/2018 
Applicants must be a graduating, minority high school senior with plans to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States. Must show leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service. Must be able to present evidence of financial need and be a United States citizen. It is required to have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21. Must not possess a degree from a 2 or 4-year college when applying for the scholarship *Award is spread out over 4 years. www.jackierobinson.org

Grad Ads
Grad ad
Attention Senior Parents and Grandparents!
We would like to give you the opportunity to send special wishes for your Connelly Senior through a Grad Ad. Grad ads are special pages in the yearbook that are entirely dedicated to seniors. Send a special message to your daughter/granddaughter for this milestone in her life. The deadline to purchase a Grad Ad is Monday, February 5, 2018.
If you wish to work with a yearbook designer you may schedule an appointment by contacting:  seser@connellyhs.org .
  • Checks should be made out to Connelly
  • Finished collages can be sent in .jpeg, .png, or .pdf formats


  • Full Page - $250
  • Half Page - $100
  • Quarter Page - $75
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.

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.
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: