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2018 Science Fair
Connelly at a Glance February 5-10, 2018
In This Issue
Mobile App - Starbucks Giveaway
Video Contest Winner
Youth Art Month
Science Fair
Tuition Assistance Application Deadline
Comedy Sportz
Admissions Interviews
Tri-School Benefit Concert
Grad Ads
National Honor Society Applications
Academic Council Meeting
California Scholarship Federation Applications
Parents Association Meeting
Class Retreats & Leadership Conference
SAT Registration Deadline
Family Gardening Day
ACT Testing
Save the Date
Congrats Honor Roll Students!
Connelly Chronicle
Girls Who Code Summer Program
Transportation Shuttle Info
Experienced Videographer Wanted
College Corner
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
Download Mobile App for Chance to Win Starbucks Gift Card!
Starbucks giveaway flyer
We're excited about our new mobile app and we want you to be excited too! We're even throwing in a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card to sweeten the deal. So if you haven't already done so, please download our new mobile app and click on the "Giveaway" button for your chance to win! If you have already downloaded the app, you can enter too!

To download the app, search for Cornelia Connelly School in the Google or Apple App Stores. Also, be sure to enable Push Notifications in order to receive pertinent reminders and updates from the school. 
Congrats Chelsea Le!
winner stars
Congratulations Chelsea Le for placing 2nd in the 2017-2018 Orange Catholic Foundation's Student Video Contest! Chelsea won a $750 tuition grant for producing a video about how Connelly is helping shape her character and become a better version of herself. Congrats, Chelsea! We are proud of you! Watch the full video here http://indi.com/9bmhc#

Well done, Jessica!
We have many talented students! Check out the video from
 Jessica Ortiz '20 that was entered in the 2017-2018 Orange Catholic Foundation's Student Video Contest. It is on the Connelly Facebook page. We think it captures Connelly's sisterhood and spirit! Well done, Jessica! 
Youth Art Month
Each year the Orange County Department of Education, in conjunction with the California Art Educators Association, sponsors a competitive art contest for all schools in Orange County titled Youth Art Month (YAM).  Hundreds of pieces of artwork are submitted. Ten of our Connelly artists will have their artwork exhibited through March 1 at the OC Dept. of Education in Costa Mesa. Congratulations to our ten finalists for this year's YAM contest: Class of 2018: Amy Borbridge, Lauren Conser, Aimee Jimenez, Elise Marshburn, and Shangning Yi; Class of 2019: Channing Lee; Class of 2020: Jessica Ortiz, Theresa Perry, Brigid Reilly, and Paige Showalter. The awards ceremony for YAM will be held on March 1 at the OC Department of Education. Congratulations to all of our amazing artists!
Science Fair
Maya - science fair
Winners from the Connelly Science Fair held Jan. 29-Feb. 2 will be announced Monday, February 5, at the assembly. The winners will then move on to the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair at the OC Fairgrounds on March 14. Everyone is invited to view the projects Tuesday-Friday, February 6-9 in the Science lab. 
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 2 deadline, as it will arrive very quickly!
Comedy Sportz
comedy sportz
Tri-School Theatre's Comedy Sportz will be practicing Friday, February 2, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Servite in the Tri-School Studio (Room 301).  

Admissions Interviews
Connelly Crest
Admissions interviews for incoming Connelly students, Class of 2022, will be held Saturday, February 3, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tri-School Benefit Concert for Arts Education
Erin McNally benefit concert
Erin McNally - The Story Goes On
A One Night Only Benefit Concert
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 8 PM

$25 General Admission
Click Here For Tickets

The Anaheim Performing Arts Center at Servite
1952 W. La Palma Ave
Anaheim CA 92801

Following the success of her benefit concert last year, 
Erin McNally will return to the Tri-School stage in an unforgettable evening of storytelling and song. With an expansive range of music from standards to jazz, and musical theatre to pop, Erin weaves stories that will make you laugh, and cry, and remember why we crave the magic that only stories can bring. 

As always, joining her onstage are talented musicians Bobby Nafarrete on piano, Carlos Rivera on Bass and Drew McGarrity on drums. And this year, her show will also include guest appearances from many Tri-School Students, as well as Alums Erica Schaeffer, Frankie Marrone, and Grant Hodges. You don't want to miss this evening of unforgettable music, all while raising money for arts education! 

Click Here to See a Promo Video  
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
National Honor Society Applications
 NHS logo
Students in grades 10-12 who have been at Connelly for at least one semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above are invited to submit an application for the National Honor Society. The applications, along with the list of eligible students, will be available Monday, February 5, on Edmodo ( Students, please print applications from Edmodo). Completed applications must be submitted to Ms. Eser by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 23. Please note that at the time of submission of the application, all service hours must be up to date. See Mrs. Townsend in the Campus Ministry Office if you have any questions about your service hours. Please refer to pages 36-38 of the Student-Parent Handbook for details on the selection process for National Honor Society.
Academic Council Meeting
There will be an Academic Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 6, at 3:15 p.m.
California Scholarship Federation Applications Due
CSF seal
The California Scholarship Federation, known as CSF, is a state-wide organization whose purpose is to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Qualifying for membership is on a semester basis following a point system which requires A's and B's in the most difficult classes. To become a lifetime member, a Sealbearer, students must have qualified for 4 semesters during their last 3 Years of high school, including one semester in their senior year. 
CSF applications are currently available in the office, and are due to Mrs. Tran Ryan by Wednesday, February 7. Please contact Mrs. Tran Ryan if you have questions.

Email Mrs. Tran Ryan   
Parents Association Meeting (Featured Topic: Stress)
stressed woman
Stress in School: A Parent Guide to Symptoms & Solutions
Join us at the Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion about stress.
Learn about:
  • How can stress be both bad and good?
  • What are common causes of stress for students?
  • What are somethings parents can do help their child mitigate their stress?  
Class Retreats & Grade 9 Leadership Workshop
junior retreat with quilt
All students will be at a retreat or workshop listed below on Thursday and Friday, February 8-9. Please note that these are required school days of attendance for all students.

Senior Class Retreat
Location: Mission San Luis Rey
Address:  4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057
Transportation: Bus 
Arrive at Connelly: 7 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 8 
Students Return to Connelly: between 7:30-8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 9.

Junior Class Retreat
Location: Temescal Canyon Retreat Center
Address: 15601 W. Sunset Boulevard, Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Transportation: Bus
Students Arrive at Connelly: 7 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 8 
Students Return to Connelly: between 3:30-4:30p.m., Fri., Feb. 9

Sophomore Class Retreat
Location: Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
Address: 5300 Crest Rd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
Transportation: Bus
Students Arrive at Connelly: 7 a.m. on Thurs., Feb. 8
Students Return to Connelly: between 4-4:30 p.m., Fri., Feb. 9
The freshman class  will participate in Leadership Workshop Days. Attendance is mandatory on both days.
  • Thursday-Friday, Feb. 8-9 - 8:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. (both days)
  • Please bring water and a snack. Lunch will be provided on both days.
  • Dress Code: Jeans and Connelly polo on Thursday and jeans and class t-shirt on Friday
Leave iPads at home. They are not required for either of the days.
SAT Registration Deadline
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Please note that Friday, February 9, is the deadline to register for the March 10 SAT. 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. 

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  
Family Gardening Day
student gardening
This month's Family Gardening Day is Saturday, February 10, 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 our Garden Beautification Coordinator, Mr. Jueneman, at djueneman@connellyhs.org.
ACT Testing
ACT logo
The 4th of six ACT tests scheduled for the 2017-18 school year will be held Saturday, February 10. 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. 

ACT Diagnostic Test for Sophomores
All sophomores will be taking the  ACT Diagnostic Test on  Tuesday, February 13 . It will be required that you bring your student ID card. Make sure that you have attached your student ID number label on the back of the card. You will also need to bring #2 pencils and a calculator. Below is a link to the calculators you may use. If you have questions regarding the test, see Mrs. Tran Ryan.
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan
Save the Date: Galaxy of Stars
2018 Galaxy save-the-date
Saturday, March 17, 2018
6 p.m.
Los Coyotes Country Club
Buena Park
For more information, please go to the Galaxy page on our website.
Congratulations, Honor Roll Students!
honor roll
Congratulations to all Connelly students who recently earned Honor Roll status! Please click on the link below for the complete list of students. 

Connelly Chronicle
Connelly Chronicle
The January 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. 
January Connelly Chronicle
Girls Who Code - FREE 7-Week Summer Program
Girls who code logo
Girls Who Code is offering a FREE 7-week summer program that teaches 10th-11th grade girls (rising juniors or seniors) the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community and be competitive in the job market of the future.
In the Summer Immersion Program, students will learn about:
  • Careers - They'll meet female engineers and role models and get an inside look at technical roles in the world's top companies, like Amazon, AT&T, and Twitter.
  • Skills and Impact - They'll learn to code through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, apps, and more. Plus, they'll create a final project that solves a real-world problem they care about!
  • Sisterhood - They'll learn in a supportive, all-female environment and make lifelong friendships with a diverse community of thousands of girls.
No experience required!
Free to apply and free to attend!
Stipends to cover transportation and living expenses available to those who qualify!
Programs will be hosted in various cities across the U.S.

Encourage girls you know to apply at  www.girlswhocode.com/sipapply. The early acceptance deadline is  February 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. All applications are due March 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.   
Connelly Transportation Shuttle News
Connelly transportation shuttle
Our Student Shuttle Program 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.
Wanted Shuttle Driver
We currently looking for a driver for Monday and Friday for the Irvine/Tustin/Anaheim route. 
Please contact the school at 714-776-1717 or Pauline St. Amant at 714-403-2435 for more information.  Also, there  is space available on this shuttle.
Servite Students Welcome to Use Shuttle Service 

If you have a son or sibling who attends Servite, or know of a Servite student who is need of transportation, please let them know about our shuttle service!

Transportation Program

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 at 714-776-1717 x231 or Ms. Ernest  at 714-776-1717 x214 for more detailed information. 
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:

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

Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. Educational Scholarship Program
Award Amount: Up to $4000
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Junior League of Orange County California, Inc. (JLOCC) is a women's volunteer organization committed to improving the lives of the under-served in the Orange County community through the effective action and leadership of its trained members. This year, up to $4,000 will be awarded to deserving students who are striving to pursue a college degree. Eligible applicants must:
  • Be a graduating high school senior or a post-secondary student
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Click on the scholarship name for more info. 
Award Amount: 1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $250
Deadline: March 1, 2018
The California Department of Education is pleased to support the 2018 Directing Change Program and Student Film Contest sponsored by the California Mental Health Services Authority. This Film Contest invites students to create a 60-second film in one of two categories: "Suicide Prevention" or "Mental Health Matters." First, second & third place winners will be selected in each category from 5 regions within CA. The first-place winning film from each region, in each category, will move on to a second, statewide round of judging. A new judging panel will review and score the films and determine the first, second, and third place statewide winners. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony at the end of the school year. In addition, the Directing Change team will select up to 3 films in each category to move onto the statewide round of judging.

AFSA Scholarship Program
Award Amount: $5000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
The AFSA Scholarship Program offers over $260,000 in college aid to 90 children of AFSA members whose parents are/were Foreign Service employees. They provide need-based, financial aid scholarships to undergraduates and academic merit awards, art merit awards, and a community service award to graduating high school seniors. This robust AFSA member benefit has disbursed more than $4 million to 2,200 students in the last 25 years. 

The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount: $2500
Deadline: March 15, 2018
The Daniel S. Coelho Memorial Scholarship fund, a permanently endowed fund with the Daniel S. and Jenny L. Coelho family foundation, was created by the Coelho family as a permanent legacy to their husband and father, Daniel. To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit:
  • application
  • personal essay
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcript of grades
All materials must be postmarked or emailed by March 15, 2018. Earlier applications are appreciated. All material should be emailed to or mailed to the following:
Daniel S Coelho memorial scholarship fund
300 South Harbor Blvd. Suite 1014
Anaheim, CA 92805 

Award Amount: up to $1000
Deadline: March 15, 2018
Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 400 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in public as well as Catholic high schools in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois. To apply, students must achieve a total cumulative GPA (3½ years) of at least 3.2 and meet one of the following:
  • Are Roman Catholic and of Italian descent and live within the Roman Catholic dioceses of Arizona, California, Illinois and Nevada, only where branches of the federation are established; or,
  • Are Roman Catholic but need not be of Italian descent or live where branches of the federation are established if either Roman Catholic parent, guardian or grandparent is a member of the "Italian Catholic Federation."
First year scholarships in the amount of $400 will be awarded to approximately 200 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

Award Amount: Ranging from $1000- $20, 000
Deadline: Varies between Mar 31, 2018 - May 14, 2018
The Asian Pacific Fund administers 9 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. To apply for a scholarship administered by the Asian Pacific Fund, please review the complete eligibility criteria for each scholarship program (below), and download the application for the program(s) for which you are eligible.

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.

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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: