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President's Letter
January 2019

Wishing you a New Year filled with 
new hope, new joy, and new beginnings.

Peace and Greetings,
 
Happy New Year! Endings prompt different kinds of thoughts in each of us. Today's ending is tomorrow's new beginning. That is the law of growth ... what will 2019 bring?
 
Know any potential new Falcons? This is a reminder that our last Open House is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, January 5 at 10:00 am. The second placement exam for the Class of 2023 (and 10th grade transfer students) is scheduled for next Saturday, January 12 at 8:00 a.m. Keep spreading the news ... thank you for serving as valued parent ambassadors for our school in the communities in which you live and work.  
 
Over 125 St. Paul students, parents and faculty pilgrims will be heading to Washington, DC on January 17-18 to participate in the annual March for Life. That's an amazing number and inspiring witness to our school community in putting our faith into action.    
 
A reminder that midterm exams are scheduled for January 23-25, and 28. There will be a noon dismissal during exams with buses available. A reminder if school is cancelled due to weather, the exam schedule is pushed back a day. If there is a two-hour delay, both exam periods will be pushed back two hours and there will NOT be a noon dismissal. Tuesday, January 22 will be an exam review day with normal dismissal at 2:12 p.m.
 
There is some very exciting Honoring Our Past, Shaping Our Future capital campaign news to report. In November, we received a $100,000 challenge match from an anonymous donor which has triggered subsequent giving. Today, we stand at $1,958,000 toward our original $2M goal. We have been truly blessed with receiving hundreds of timely gifts of all sizes. If you haven't already, please prayerfully consider making a gift to this campaign. God certainly works in mysterious and marvelous ways!
 
The most recent capital campaign phase to be completed is the beautiful renovation of our newly named Rev. Brian W. Monnerat Gymnasium. While the campaign will officially end on June 30, 2019, this Tuesday evening, January 8 we will acknowledge the generosity of all our donors during a brief ceremony between the girls' and boys' varsity basketball games versus Naugatuck High School. All are invited!
 
Congratulations to Fr. Gary Simeone, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Church and St. Paul school board chair who was selected by Pope Francis and Archbishop Blair to receive the Papal Honor, Chaplain to His Holiness and named a Monsignor in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Truly a well deserved honor for a very respected priest and friend.
 
After much prayer and consideration, Mrs. Rotondo and Mrs. Zavarella will be leaving St. Paul at the end of the first semester. Mrs. Rotondo has accepted a position at Springfield College while Mrs. Zavarella has decided to devote more time to her family and seven month old son, Alexander Jr. She is leaving the door open for a possible return some day in the future. We thank them both for their commitment to St. Paul and wish them well. Mr. Cooper will be announcing their replacements soon.
 
We will celebrate Catholic Schools Week beginning Sunday, January 27. It's a time to reflect upon what makes our educational experience unique. Our faith community is truly blessed by the generosity of all the people who call St. Paul home. My sincere thanks are extended to everyone who contributes, in countless ways, to the greatness of St. Paul.
 
Gratefully, may God grant our St. Paul community peace, joy and continued success!

In the Spirit of St. Paul,
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Cary M. Dupont '72
President/Chief Administrator
Faith Feature

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Love, Relationships, and Marriage
Adults in our St. Paul family are welcome to participate in a Franciscan Life Center retreat, February 16 and 17, for married and engaged couples, single adults, priests and religious, with presentations from the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist and lay faithful.

The retreat focuses on the Theology of the Body teaching from Saint Paul VI, whom Pope Francis canonized last October, and Saint John Paul II. This retreat is an enriching opportunity for those discerning a vocation, preparing for marriage, or living marriage and family life.

Anyone can benefit from a deeper understanding of our call to relationship.

Visit flcenter.org or call 203-237-8084 for more information or to register.
Guidance Department
 
Dear JUNIOR Families,

We are very pleased to announce that we have partnered with Lentz & Lentz SAT Prep to offer an SAT Prep course here at St. Paul Catholic! The class will be held in preparation for the May 4th, 2019 SAT test.
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We believe that the Lentz & Lentz SAT prep course will be extremely helpful for our junior students and we encourage you to sign up. The course will run for eight weeks on Saturdays from 9:30am to 12:30pm with the exception of one Thursday night. The class sizes are limited to 20 students so it would be in your best interest to sign up early and get the early bird discount! You will receive a mailing from Lentz & Lentz with sign up information soon.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. We are grateful for the opportunity to help best prepare our students for the SAT test.

Sincerely,
Elaine Bowman
Director of School Counseling
Admissions Department

THIS SATURDAY (1/5) IS OUR NEXT Open House



If you or someone you know has a prospective student/family and they are interested in seeing all St. Paul has to offer, please send them this link to register www.spchs.com/admissions. Registration is suggested but walk ins are always welcome.
 
 
 
 
NEXT SATURDAY (1/12) IS OUR PLACEMENT EXAM 




Please visit www.spchs.com/admissions to register your student to take the Placement Exam on Saturday, January 12.  
 
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Parent Ambassadors WE NEED YOU!
Help to be a voice outside the SPCHS building. You are our best testimonial - giving prospective students & parents the information they need to make the informed decision to send their student for a great Catholic education experience here at St. Paul.  

Consider sharing our Open House dates with your friends and family who have students in grades 6, 7 and 8 this year!  
 
Consider helping at our Open Houses and Placement Exams - contact Mr. Crowley at mcrowley@spchs.com .
 
Consider volunteering with our SPCO (St. Paul Community Organization). Contact spco@spchs.com.

Consider writing a quick one or two paragraph testimonial about your experience or your student's experience here at St. Paul. email Melissa Lindquist at mlindquist@spchs.com
Athletics


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Join us Tuesday, 1/8 for a doubleheader basketball game - V Girls (@ 5:30) and V Boys (@ 7:15) vs. Naugatuck! We will have a special recognition ceremony, in between the boys and girls basketball games, for all of the generous donors who made gifts to the St. Paul Honoring our Past Shaping our Future Capital Campaign.
 
All are invited to attend.
   
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Here are the latest schedules for our Winter Sport Teams!  
Come support our teams! Go Falcons! 
Indoor Track & Field (to come soon) 
 
      
2018 St. Paul Grads talk College Life with Upperclassmen!

 
Finance Office

TUITION ASSISTANCE

St Paul Catholic High School uses an independent consultant, FACTS Grant & Aid, to evaluate financial need.  Anyone who wishes to be considered for tuition assistance must submit an application to FACTS Grant & Aid. The application fee is $32. Click HERE to access the online application!

Just like last year, there will be two deadlines:

Families with incoming freshmen: The deadline for applying for tuition assistance for
the 2019-2020 academic year will be January 31, 2019 for families with incoming freshmen and transfer students. Required documentation will include a copy of your 2017 Federal Income Tax return and copies of all 2018 wage and tax statements (W-2's and 1099's).  Please note: In cases of divorce, both parents must apply for financial aid and supply financial documents. If you occupy separate households, each parent should complete a separate application.

Returning Families without incoming freshmen: The deadline for applying for tuition
assistance for the 2019-2020 academic year will be February 19, 2019 for returning families without incoming freshmen. Required documentation will include a copy of your 2018 Federal Income Tax return and copies of all 2018 wage and tax statements.  Please note: In cases of divorce, both parents must apply for financial aid and supply financial documents. If you occupy separate households, each parent should complete a separate application.

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online. Documentation can also be faxed to 866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below.  Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.  If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 866-441-4637.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those who do not complete the application by the appropriate deadline risk not receiving aid, since the available funds will be allocated first to those qualified applicants who have submitted their applications and supporting documents on time.  Award announcements will be mailed out in early March for families with incoming freshmen, and by the end of March for all other students.

Please contact the Finance Office at 860-584-0911, ext 20, if you have further questions about Tuition Assistance.
Out-of-Town Bus Schedule During Inclement Weather
 
This is a reminder for students who use the Out-of-Town Bus:  
Please note, when there is a two-hour delay of school, the Out-of-Bristol buses start their run on a 90-minute delay schedule. If you have questions any morning, you can contact the bus company at 860-585-5466 or 860-585-5265. They will be able to tell you if the bus is on the way.
Save the Date for a Fun Evening at St. Paul!


Saturday, March 30th!
Special fun event FOR ALL family and friends of St. Paul!
 
More information to come soon!
Stay tuned!!!
UCONN Summer Sessions for your Student!

The following residential summer programs are run by the UConn School of Engineering with sessions in June and July. Both are a great opportunity for students to learn more about engineering and STEM fields!

Explore Engineering Program (E2) and
The all-girls SPARK Engineering Program

T
he UConn Explore Engineering (E2) is a one-week residential STEM summer program for current high school sophomores and juniors. During this exciting week at the University of Connecticut Storrs Campus participants explore engineering careers by working in small groups with School of Engineering faculty and students. They will learn what various engineers do in the workplace and see engineering concepts demonstrated.

Flyer -- Download Here



SPARK is UConn's latest initiative to shrink the STEM gender gap. Participants will be taught and mentored by outstanding female undergraduate engineering students. Students will live in residence halls, supervised by Residential Counselors who are members of the UConn Engineering community.

SPARK Program Website:
http://edoc.engr.uconn.edu/spark/
Flyer -- Download Here
Calling All Senior Parents!


 
The next meeting for Senior Grad Night will be held on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00pm in the library. Any questions can be directed to spgrad2019@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!
 
 
 
 
 
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The deadline is quickly approaching!  
 
Consider placing an ad in the 2019 yearbook 
to congratulate members of the graduating class!

Do you have a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend in the  
Class of 2019? This is your chance to congratulate them!
 
 
There are two ways to submit your advertisement:
1) Email your message with a Jpeg formatted
picture to nkendrick@spchs.com 
 
2) Send in a duplicate of a picture with your message to: 
St. Paul Catholic High School
C/O Norma Kendrick, Yearbook Advisor
1001 Stafford Ave, Bristol, CT 06010
 
Deadline for submission is Friday, January 18, 2019!
 
2018-2019 Yearbook - Order today!
 
 
Make sure to purchase your yearbook before it's too late!
 
Click HERE for more your order form!

Class and Club Fundraisers -

 
CHEERLEADER STADIUM CHAIR CUSHIONS

Also, visit home game concession stands!
St. Paul SCRIP Program

Parents, grandparents, past parents, alumni, friends of St. Paul, faculty, staff, etc. For questions please email scrip@spchs.com
 
Check out what's new HERE! Some of our partners have made shopping with scrip even more convenient for you by adding new denominations in addition to their already great offerings.

There are a number of ways to place an order:
  • For cards we have on hand at the school, fill out an order form and bring to the main office (BEFORE any WEDNESDAY) with payment in the form of cash or a check. If it is in inventory we will fill your order.
  • You can order any of the retailer gift cards from the shopwithscrip list and send in to the main office with payment in the form of cash or check. We will order the cards for you. These gift cards will be delivered to the school's main office for pick up by you or sent home with your student.
     
  • Order online at www.shopwithscrip.com
    using St. Paul's Enrollment Code: DCACE4AC14275. Gift cards will be delivered to the school's main office (on Wednesdays) for pick up by you or sent home with your student.
     
  • You can also order online and have them sent directly to your mobile device so you can use them on the go! visit www.shopwithscrip.com and see about MyScripWallet. It's amazingly easy to use!
You can also see more information at spchs.com/support-st-paul/scrip-program/  
SPCO WANTS YOU! 

The SPCO - our St. Paul Community Organization - is looking for your help! 
Consider volunteering your time at our Open Houses, Placement Exams,  Grandparent's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day and many more special events. 

Remember - lots of hands make for light work AND FUN! 

Please contact Junior Parent, Kim Daly at spco@spchs.com for more information or a list of events/dates. 
Family Cruise to Bermuda - Coming Summer 2019!
 
   
Join us on January 23 at 6:30pm in the SP library to learn more! Before you arrive click here for information on cost and booking the cruise for your family 
    
 
Questions? Contact Shelley at smendoza@spchs.com   
Travel to Italy and Greece in Summer 2020!
 
 
 
 
Why Are We Going? Your child will...
  • Step outside the classroom and engage with the world firsthand
  • Go beyond his/her comfort zone and experience new foods, cultures and people
  • Receive an experience that will help him/her stand out on college applications
  • Learn how to navigate new situations with a broader global perspective
  • Have a life changing experience
What's Next?
 
There are a limited number of 30 spots available!   You can enroll at  www.eftours.com/2209043PJ   or call EF's Traveler Support Team from Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM at 800-665-5364.   
 
I  hope your child will be able to attend this unique opportunity! Please email Ms. Strycharz at cstrycharz@spchs.com , Dr. Gnoza at jgnoza@spchs.com , or Mrs. Posten at tlposten@aol.com with any questions!
Host Families Are Needed! 
 
Hosting an International student is a wonderful opportunity for your family to learn about another culture, share your home with a dedicated student who wants to learn about the United States, and experience the once-in-a-lifetime gift that comes from hosting a child.

Interested St. Paul families are asked to contact the following agencies for more information:
 
AnB Education
 
Apex International Education Partners, LLC (AIEP)
 
Boston Global Education, Inc. 
ICES
 
Ivy Bridge Group
BOX TOP Program - Clip those Box Tops

Clip those Box Tops and you'll help your student earn FALCON POINTS for his/her class.
 
Here is a list of participating brands!  
 
Keep clipping - we will send in another batch at the end of February - DEADLINE to send in to SP is FEBRUARY 20th.  
 
  The Sophomore class had the most box tops in the last batch!!! 
 
 ***MAKE SURE TO MARK YOUR STUDENT'S NAME AND GRADE ON THE BAG SO WE CAN PROPERLY AWARD FALCON POINTS*** 
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