East Catholic High School's Newsletter
A Message from the President

To the East Catholic Family,
I hope you all are healthy and well with Autumn upon us. There is certainly a lot going on at East these days!
Fall sports regular seasons are winding down as some teams prepare for the post season. Our Boys & Girls Cross Country teams compete in the Class S State Championships this Saturday and our Girls Soccer team will receive their Class S State match-up soon after an impressive season. Come support your Eagles in some of their last games of the year – and dress warm!
Our Fall drama production of “Clue” had a dress rehearsal on Thursday and will have performances on Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, at 7:00 PM on both days, with a Saturday matinee at 2:00PM as well. Please come out and support our talented Stage East cast and crew!
On Monday, October 31st, students will have the opportunity to dress up in costume for Halloween. No masks that cover the face will be allowed. Please be advised that appropriate and non-offensive costumes must be worn in line with the dress code in the Student Handbook. There is no cost to dress up on Monday, so we hope you all have fun embracing the spirit of Halloween!
On Friday, November 11th, we will have a half-day of school to honor and learn more about the veteran community for Veterans Day. Though this has typically been a day off for students & faculty in the past, we are taking the time this year to teach our students about the importance of this day. Please see below for more information, but we are looking forward to our program for the day and are grateful to all of those in our East community that have served in our armed forces.
As many of you have likely noticed, our Annex building is still standing. There were some delays due to permitting, but we are formally approved and will begin to bring down the building starting the week of November 7th. As mentioned in a previous newsletter, we will reach out to our community for anyone that may be interested with the preservation project to turn the bricks from the building into a Grotto by our Mary statue.
The end of first quarter is next week, and will wrap up on Wednesday, November 3rd. Make sure to stay on top of your work and talk to your teachers about any missing assignments. We want all of our students to start off this year well with a strong first quarter grade!
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, brennans@echs.com

Sean P. Brennan ’85 - President
Fall Drama Production of "Clue"
Come see our talented Stage East students put on their production of Clue this weekend! They’ve been working so hard on this for the past two months, and we’re excited to see them take the stage. There’s three shows this weekend, so come check it out!

Friday, October 28th - 7:00PM Curtain
Saturday, October 29th - 2:00PM Curtain
Saturday, October 29th - 7:00PM Curtain

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door!

Adults $10.00 /Senior Citizens and East Students $5.00/ Children under ten $3.00
Children under two are free. 

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.

We look forward to seeing you there!
East Catholic Celebrating Veterans Day on November 11th
To learn more about Veterans Day, this year East Catholic will have a half-day of school on November 11th and hear directly from some who have served. We will hear from three East Catholic alums who have served, and our keynote speaker will be Colonel Lesbia Nieves from the Connecticut Army National Guard. This part of the program will run from 8:00-9:15 am. Following the speakers, students, faculty, and staff will be doing service work on and off campus to support our local community and the residents and patients at the VA hospital in Rocky Hill. The day will wrap up by 11:30 am.

We are also hoping to recognize those in our extended East Catholic family who have served. To that end, we welcome alumni, parents, grandparents, siblings, etc. who have served to join us at East Catholic on November 11th for all or part of that morning’s program. Additionally, we are inviting alumni, currents families, and others to pass along the names of those in our extended East Catholic family who have served in one of our country’s military branches. Please send names and emails to me at brennans@echs.com.

We are asking all families to help provide us with the following items for our care packages:
-         K-Cups (regular black coffee *no decaf*)    -  Lollipops
-         Deck of cards                                              -  Gum

Collections will be from Monday, October 31st-Thursday, November 10th. Every student is expected to bring at least one item for our veterans! Donations can be dropped off in the main lobby.
Project Graduation
Project Graduation is an East Catholic High School Tradition, providing the Senior Class an opportunity to safely celebrate this special milestone.


Please help us plan this special year end event for the Class of 2023!! The initial meeting of the Project Graduation committee will be held:
Wednesday November 2, 2022 6:30pm via Zoom
Zoom Meeting ID: 882 4010 5586; Passcode: 317206
Discussion to include:
·       Committee roles & responsibilities
·       Venue options (date and time)
·       Event activities
·       Gifts and Raffle prizes
·       Fundraising
If you can’t make this meeting, we will be meeting monthly through May. There will be plenty of ways to help “behind the scenes” and on the day of the event.

Parents of all grades are encouraged to get involved to make this event a success. Underclassman parents will be needed to chaperone the event – and ensure knowledge transfer to future classes!

Please reach out to maryhevner@cox.net with questions or comments.
As some of our Fall seasons begin to wind down, we want to wish good luck to our teams competing in and qualifying for states! Boys & Girls Cross Country competes Saturday October 29th for Class S. Girls soccer will qualify as a high seed for the Class S Tournament. Good luck to Girls Swimming in the CCC East meet next week!

Check out the upcoming dates below this weekend and come support your fellow Eagles!

Friday, October 28th:
JV/V Boys Soccer @ RHAM - 3:45PM
V Girls Soccer vs. New Britain - 3:45PM
V Football @ Plainfield - 6:00PM

Saturday, October 29th:
V Field Hockey vs. Newington - 10:00AM (Senior Day)
V Girls & Boys Cross Country @ Class S Championships (Wickham Park) - 11:20/11:55AM

For information on times and more dates, please visit the CIAC schedule website here.

Visit our online Spirit Shop here to purchase East Catholic Athletics merchandise!
Men of Color in Leadership Conference
On Wednesday, October 26th, a handful of our male athletes had the opportunity to attend the CAS-CIAC Men of Color in Leadership Conference. The event was hosted at Berlin High School. The day was filled with several panels that are students got to enjoy and engage in.
Thank you Integrated Rehab!
On Thursday, October 28th our partners at Integrated Rehabilitation Services provided their Fall season Hydration Station. A big thank to them for their educational resources, snacks and water for our student-athletes!
Campus Ministry
Class of 2024 Junior Retreat
On Tuesday, October 18th our Junior Class enjoyed their retreat at Holy Family in West Hartford, CT. Led by our Campus Ministry department and our team of Peer Ministers, the students were guided through a wonderful day of reflection and bonding as a class.
School Counseling
First quarter is coming to a close. All students should be looking over their grades in the portal carefully and talking to teachers if they have any questions or concerns about their grades. 
Reminder to Seniors: First quarter grades are automatically sent out to colleges you have and will apply to. Grades will be sent starting November 18th. Any senior who has a question or concern after seeing their report card (posted on the portal on November 16th) is to see their school counselor before 2:00PM on Thursday, November 17th. 
Upcoming College Visits in October & November

Monday, October 31st – Assumption University & Eastern Connecticut State University
Tuesday, November 1st – Dean College
Thursday, November 3rd - University of Saint Joseph (CT)
Tuesday, November 8th – Wentworth Institute of Technology & Western New England University
Wednesday, November 9th – Nichols College
Tuesday, November 15th – University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

These are the last scheduled college visit opportunities for 2022. Please see the Counseling Office if you have any questions connecting with a college that you are hoping to learn more about.

Seniors are allowed to attend if they have a free period or if the teacher gives prior approval. Juniors and sophomores may attend if they have a free last period or at 2:00PM.

The Jesuit College Fair will be coming to East Catholic on Monday, November 7th. Representatives from approximately 14 Jesuit colleges/universities around the country will be here to talk with our students about their schools. The Fair will be set up in the small gym and will run from about 12 PM to 1 PM. Students of any grade are welcome to attend. 
Admission Office
We offered our first entrance exam last Saturday, October 22nd. We welcomed over 60 students! Our next entrance exam is on Saturday, November 5th at 8:30AM. All students, both incoming freshmen and transfers, are required to take the entrance exam. Students who take these first two entrance exams are eligible for additional merit scholarships. Sign-ups can be found here if you know anyone planning to apply!

On Thursday, October 27th we hosted students from Covenant Prep and Grace Academy in Hartford. The 5th-7th graders from Covenant Prep got to enjoy watching the dress rehearsal for "Clue" and they were incredibly impressed! The 8th graders from both schools each shadowed a current East Catholic student for the entire day.

We still have plenty of dates open for anyone you may know that's interested in an "Eagle for a Day" visit! Please share the registration form here.

We're excited about the number of applications we've received so far, but please spread the word to any 8th graders or prospective transfers you may know! The application can be found here.
Advancement Office
Annual Memorial Mass

Our annual Memorial Mass to celebrate the lives of our dearly departed alumni, faculty and staff will take place on Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 p.min the ECHS auditorium. Please join us in remembrance of all those in our East Catholic community who are no longer with us.

The event will also be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend. More information and link will be forthcoming.
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Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
Friday, October 28th
Fall Drama Production "Clue" - 7:00PM Curtain

Saturday, October 29th
Fall Drama Production "Clue" - 2:00PM Curtain

Saturday, October 29th
Fall Drama Production "Clue" - 7:00PM Curtain

Monday, October 31st
Halloween Costume Dress Up

Wednesday, November 2nd
End of First Quarter
National Honor Society Induction - 6:00PM

Saturday, November 5th
Entrance Exam for Prospective Students - 8:30AM

Sunday, November 6th
Annual Mass for the Deceased - 2:00PM @ East Catholic Auditorium

Friday, November 11th
Veterans Day - 11:30AM Dismissal
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