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Connelly at a Glance March 12-17, 2018
In This Issue
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Class Plays Info
Meet Kris Nguyen '20
Youth Art Month Show
Galaxy of Stars
ACT Registration Deadline
SAT Testing
Family Gardening Day
Color it Orange Art Contest
Meetings This Week
Reconciliation Service Date Change
National School Walkout
ASB Candidate Interviews
AP Exam Payment
Youth Day LA
Comedy Sportz
Practice SAT and ACT
Cornelia Emergency Prayer Fund
Girls Who Code Summer Program
College Corner
Transportation Shuttle Info
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
Daylight Saving Time Begins
DST spring forward
Don't forget to set all of your clocks FORWARD in the wee hours of Sunday, March 11. Although most of our timekeeping devices automatically adjust, there are probably still a few in your household that need some manual adjustment.   
Class Plays & Food Trucks!
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Chloe Webb '20 gives a dramatic performance during Class Plays.
Class plays are an important tradition and much anticipated event at Connelly.  Connelly students have been working hard to direct, design, and produce their own plays - come check it out Friday, March 9, beginning at 6 p.m.No need to worry about dinner - Connelly will be hosting a Food Truck Event from 5-9 p.m. Waffle-icious will be available as well Tacos Jr's will be serving Lent-friendly food such as fish taco platters, shrimp taco platters, and quesadilla platters!  Connelly  will receive a percentage of your purchases.
OC Catholic Featured Athlete - Kris Nguyen '20
We are pleased that the OC Catholic has featured many of our stellar Connelly
Kris Nguyen
Kris Nguyen '20
athletes in their printed publication and online. Kris Nguyen '20 is the latest Connelly athlete to be featured. For a list of Connelly athletes featured this school year, click here, or scroll down. 

Youth Art Month Show Awards
Theresa Perry - YAM show
Theresa Perry '20 was awarded 3rd place.
The awards ceremony for the Youth Art Month show, which is sponsored by the California Art Education Association at the Orange County Department of Education, was held on March 1, 2018. Two of our students won awards in the high school division. Elise Marshburn '18 was awarded Honorable Mention and Theresa Perry '20 was awarded Third Place. Theresa's artwork will now go on to compete in the Southern Area show held later this month in Riverside, Calif. Congratulations to all of our wonderful artists and a special congratulations to Theresa for going on to the next stage of this rewarding art contest.
Galaxy of Stars
Galaxy invitation
The Galaxy of Stars Dinner & Auction is Connelly's largest fundraiser of the year. We are counting on your support!
Remember, each family is required to do one of the following by March 9:
  • Purchase two dinner tickets OR
  • Sell or purchase 10 raffle tickets OR
  • Sell or purchase a full page advertisement
Purchases can be made by visiting the Galaxy of Stars webpage: www.Charityauction.bid/CorneliaConnellySchoolGalaxyofStars2018
Volunteers are needed
If you are able to volunteer for the event (before or on the night of) click here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4DAEAD2FA2FE3-galaxy
Donations needed
Auctionable items are still being sought. Looking for event tickets, gift cards, frequent flyer miles, technology/electronic items, and unique experiences. Still need more ideas? Click here:   http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0E4DAEAD2FA2FE3-donations 
For more information, contact Catherine Laton at (714) 296-3033, Julie Showalter (714) 315-7480, or Aykesha Walker at (714) 776-1717, ext. 248.

For more information, please go to the Galaxy page on our website.
ACT Registration Deadline
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the deadline to register for the April 14 ACT test is Friday, March 9. 

Students must preregister 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. 
SAT Testing
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Saturday, March 10 , is the fifth 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, April 6, is the deadline to register for the May 5 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
Email Mrs. Tran Ryan 
Family Gardening Day - Pending Weather
student gardening
This month's Family Gardening Day is Saturday, March 10, from 8-11 a.m, pending weather. Please contact David Jueneman via email on Saturday morning if you have any questions regarding whether gardening day will take place.

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.
Color it Orange Art Contest
Color it Orange
Talent is abundant at Connelly! Five of Connelly's amazing artists were accepted into the 44th Annual Color It Orange art contest hosted by Laguna College of Art and Design. Color It Orange is a juried county-wide art contest. Congratulations to the following students: Class of '18: Lisa Liang and Colleen Wolfe; class of '19: Savannah Kerwitz, Bianca Macias, and Rebecca May. The exhibition is open from 9-5 March 11-16, 9-1 March 17 at the Laguna College of Art and Design, 2222 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Congratulations to all of our wonderful artists!    
Meetings this Week
The following meetings will take place this week:
  • Galaxy of Stars Planning Meeting - Monday, March 12 - 6 p.m.
  • International Student Meeting - Tuesday, March 13, at lunch
  • Academic Council Meeting - Tuesday, March 13, at 3:15 p.m. 

Reconciliation Service/Formal Uniform Day - Date Change
Please note that the Reconciliation Service has changed from Wednesday, March 14, to Tuesday, March 13. Tuesday, March 13, is a formal uniform day.
National School Walkout
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Dear Students and Parents, 
Cornelia Connelly School, in accordance with our Holy Child sister schools and the Order of the Holy Child, Jesus, is planning to responsibly participate in the March 14 National School Walkout. The school is planning a very structured walkout of classes and the schedule is being adjusted so that they do not miss class time. Every effort is being made by the administration to make this non-partisan. We will have a letter writing station to the CA senators with options - for example: a prewritten letter regarding gun control, a prewritten letter encouraging an increase in mental health support and institutions, and a blank sheet of paper for the students to write their own message to their senator or house rep and more options as we continue to discuss. The students can choose to write all or no letters. We will also have a map and list of house reps by region so the girls can learn who their house reps are. We will also have a station where the girls will be writing condolence letters to the school in Florida. A history teacher at the Florida school has asked for words of encouragement for her students. We will pass out fliers with a reminder to our students of our own school's lockdown policy. We will have prayer and a bake sale for the Florida school as well. 

Our goal in this is to encourage proper political action and allow a dialogue on all sides in a responsible and adult manner. In no way will the students be forced to hear or accept only one side of the argument. We know that the students will plan to literally 'walk out' off campus and are planning this in consideration of their safety to prevent this from happening in our school. This entire event will only last 20 minutes with a break following to allow the students to write additional letters or condolences.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. All of our American Holy Child Schools have been asked to participate in this in some way, and we wanted to make sure our participation is meaningful and educational. 
Dr. Rauterkus
Assistant Head of School 
ASB Candidate Interviews / Election
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Interviews for ASB candidates will be held Monday-Friday, March 12-16. Campaigns are March 19-20. There is a special assembly schedule on Thursday, March 22, for elections at 9:25 a.m. We will be on assembly schedule that day. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Ernest.
AP Exam Payments
AP Exams
AP Exam payments are due to Ms. Anderson by March 15. Each exam is $94. Upon payment, students may pick up the "Bulletin for AP Students and Parents" to help prepare for the exam(s).

Youth Day
2018 Youth Day LA
It is that time again....Youth Day for the Freshman Class! Every year around February/March the Freshman Class at Connelly traditionally goes to Youth Day at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year it is on Thursday, March 15.

What is Youth Day?
Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday of the Religious Education Congress weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is a day just for youth from many different backgrounds throughout the Archdiocese - and beyond - to participate in a Rally, Liturgy and Workshops focused just for them.

We take our freshmen EARLY on the bus because there is a lot of walking to get to the arena and it starts right on time. The main arena fills up extremely fast and we want our students to get the full benefit of viewing all of the events. It is a very fun day and it is so exciting to experience Mass with thousands and thousands of other teens from all across the world. Mrs. Townsend will have three other faculty members helping her chaperone all of your students.
Your freshman student has a Behavioral Guideline that needs to be signed by a parent/guardian that was given to her during Religion Class. Please get that from her, sign it, and return it to Ms. Leslee ASAP.

All of the other  information you need is on the attached flyer. This is going to be a very fun, memorable event! 

Youth Day Parent Letter
Comedy Sportz
comedy sportz
Join Tri-School Theatre for Comedy Sportz Match on Friday, March 16, in Connelly's Gunther Auditorium. Fast meets funny in this head-to-head Improvisation Competition! Players from Tri-School Theatre compete for laughs and points from the audience in this refereed battle of wits. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are only $5 available at the door. This show is open to the public and family-friendly, so bring everyone! See you on the playing field!
Practice SAT and ACT
The Tri-School Counseling Departments are offering students an opportunity to take a Practice SAT and ACT at Servite High School. Taking full-length practice tests under timed conditions is essential to being ready for the official test. A proctored practice exam will help students build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. The Practice SAT will be administered on March 17 and the Practice ACT will be held on April 21. The donation of $25 will support the counseling departments. To register, contact Kristi Orodpour at (949) 264-9151 or register at https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/practice-exams/school/82/. More information is provided on the flyers.
Introducing the Cornelia Emergency Prayer Fund
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Mother Connelly prays that we have "a love full of action."  We have all learned that to be part of this exceptional community is a true blessing. There are times in the lives of our students that a significant family emergency has  profound effects on their school day. We would  like to create a group of prayer and funding angels to cover those expenses that may come for a family in great need. If you would like to join this prayer fund, please email Cheri Wood, the Head of School directly with your contact email. This is how it will work if you choose to join.
When we have a need, Mrs. Wood will launch an email for prayers and donations. These donations would only be to cover extra expenses for our girls like sport fees, uniform needs, retreats, lunches, graduation expenses & dresses, books, and other extra-curricular expenses for activities that enhance the life of our girls. She will keep the name of those in need confidential, but let the Cornelia Emergency Prayer Fund members know that prayers are needed for a family in this community, and the exact monetary amount needed to help that student. Prayer Fund members may choose each time whether or not it is a good time for them to give, and how much they may have at that time to give.
If you would like to receive these emails, please let Cheri Wood know via email. It will be wonderful to have a way to help our own in times of great need and crisis. Thank you for your consideration. 

Cheri L. Wood
Head of School
Girls Who Code - FREE 7-Week Summer Program
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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. All applications are due March 16, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST.   
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:
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: varies
Deadline: March 30, 2018
The 2018 CAA/ESA Youth Scholarship Program offers $25,000 in funds to children of active duty law enforcement and fire service personnel in the State of California who are graduating from high school in 2018. There are 11 regional awards, one statewide award, and two national awards. This program rewards students who have excelled academically and are active in community service and extracurricular activities at their school. The scholarship program requires each applicant to submit an essay about how their parent or guardian helps secure their community.

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.

Award Amount: $1000
Deadline: Mar 28, 2018 *More info attached below
Grants 20 - $1,000 in scholarship awards for high school seniors planning to attend college as a full-time, degree-seeking student in Fall of 2018. Eligibility:
  • High school seniors who reside in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County and Clark County - Nevada
  • Plan to attend a U.S. accredited 4-year College/University of California/Nevada Community College as a 1st year full-time student in the Fall of 2018 (if selected, must submit college acceptance letter for verification)
  • Have a minimum cumulative unweighted high school GPA of 3.0
  • Have a household income at or below County Low Income Level (Must be able to show 2016 or 2017 tax return should applicant be selected for award.)
This scholarship is open to ALL majors and there is No Ethnicity Requirement Employees of Royal Business Bank and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
Award Amount: $1000
Deadline: Mar 31, 2018 *Application attached below
The Placentia Linda Hospital Guild offers scholarships for students who are interested in medically oriented careers. Applicants must reside in the Placentia, Yorba Linda, East Fullerton or North Anaheim areas. To be considered, send the attached application, a resume, and transcript with GPA scores to the Placentia Linda Hospital Guild by the deadline below. 1301 N Rose Dr. Placentia, CA 92870 (714) 993-2000
Award Amount: $1000
Deadline: Apr 30, 2018 *Application attached below
High school seniors pursuing a degree in Urban Environmental Studies are eligible to apply for Anaheim Beautiful's Thelma Jordan Scholarship. All applicants must be Anaheim residents. Thelma Jordan was the founder of Anaheim Beautiful and this $1,000 scholarship was established in her name to encourage young people to pursue careers in the protection and beautification of our cities. The award is obtained by completing an application, providing a letter of recommendation and submitting an essay. Winners of the award will be notified and presented at the annual Gala in June.
Award Amount: $1000
Deadline: June 30, 2018
NursingSchoolsAlmanac.com has just launched its fourth annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. They will award a $1,000 scholarship to a future nurse in the high school graduating class of 2018. This scholarship competition is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. They will pick the applicant who best demonstrates:
  • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
  • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
For detailed information & the official application click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage 

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 are currently looking for a driver for Monday through Friday for the Huntington Beach/Anaheim route. If you know someone who would be interested, please contact the school at 714-776-1717 or Pauline St. Amant at 714-403-2435 for more information. 
Servite Students Welcome to Use Shuttle Service 
There is space on the Irvine/Tustin/Anaheim Shuttle for any Servite student in need of transportation as well as any Connelly student. There is a one-way option to ride.  Please let others know about the shuttle service! 
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: