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Connelly at a Glance March 5-10, 2018
In This Issue
Food Trucks
ASB & Class Officer Petitions
Comedy Sportz
Class Plays Info
Parents Association Meeting
Galaxy of Stars
ACT Registration Deadline
SAT Testing
Family Gardening Day
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Youth Day LA
Cornelia Emergency Prayer Fund
Girls Who Code Summer Program
Transportation Shuttle Info
College Corner
OC Catholic Featured Athletes
Parent & Student Sections on Website
Practically Painless Fundraisers
Social Media Links
Food Trucks are Coming to Connelly!
food truck
Save the date! Class Plays are the evening of Friday, March 9! Come out for a great evening of entertainment! Also, no need to worry about dinner - Connelly will be hosting a Food Truck Event from 5-8:30 p.m. "Waffle-Icious" will be on campus serving delicious food, as well as a Taco Truck, which will be serving fish tacos platters, shrimp tacos platters, and quesadilla platters!
Connelly will receive a percentage of your purchase!
ASB & Class Officer Petitions
Connelly ASB
ASB and Class Officer petitions for students in grades 9-11 are currently available outside the Activities Office. Please see Ms. Ernest for more information.
  • ASB officer applications are due to Ms. Ernest Friday, March 2, by 3 p.m.
  • Class officer petitions are due to Ms. Ernest Tuesday, April 10, by 3 p.m.
Comedy Sportz
comedy sportz
Join Tri-School Theatre for Comedy Sportz Match on Friday, March 2, 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!
Class Plays Info
chloe class plays
Chloe Webb '20 gives a dramatic performance during Class Plays.
Class plays are an important tradition and much anticipated event at Connelly. With the support of students and parents, it will be a success. Please refer to the rehearsal schedule linked below. All members of the cast or crew for each play are expected to be at these rehearsals.

Class Plays rehearsals will be held in the auditorium Monday-Tuesday,  March 5-6, from 3-8 p.m.

Performances  will be held on  Friday, March 9,  at 8:30 a.m. for students and at 6 p.m. for parents and friends. Food trucks will be on campus at 5 p.m. 
 
EARLY DISMISSAL & MANDATORY CLASS PLAYS DRESS REHEARSAL
Classes will end at 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday & Thursday, March 7 & 8, with Mandatory Class Plays Dress Rehearsals held on these days from 1:30-6:30 p.m. Click on the link below for schedule.

Class Plays Rehearsal Schedule
Parents Association Meeting
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There will be a Parents Association Meeting on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.
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
student gardening
This month's Family Gardening Day is Saturday, March 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.
 
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.   
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
Introducing the Cornelia Emergency Prayer Fund
praying hands
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. 

Blessings, 
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.   
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! 
College Corner - Scholarship Information
scholarships
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:

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.
Scholarships:

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

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 BEGAN  SEPTEMBER 1, 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 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: