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President's Letter
November 2018
 
God of all creation,
You give us the gift of seasons to mark our journey through time.
The season of autumn, with its change of colors and falling leaves,
reminds us that sometimes things must die and fall away for a new life to arise.
Such is the message of the cross ---
That through death to self we find life in all its richness.
Help us to trust in you and in your presence of new life.
 
                                                            Peter Jarret, C.S.C.
                                                                              
Peace and Greetings:
 
 
Seasons give our lives rhythm. November marks autumn's end approaching and how simply the trees let go of the riches of a season. In addition to nature's seasons, the Catholic Church also celebrates liturgical seasons. All Saints and All Souls Days usher in November and remind us to reflect upon those great men and women of the Church who have gone before us as well as our family and friends who have touched our lives before entering eternal life themselves. Appropriately, Thanksgiving Day will arrive soon after, a time to pause and gives thanks for all God has bestowed on each of us.
 
At St. Paul, the seasons are changing, as well, as the first marking period comes to a close next Wednesday, the fall athletic season is winding down, we celebrated a beautiful Remembrance Mass yesterday, and give thanks every day for all the people God has brought together to make this faith community a truly special place.
 
While it appears the weather may not fully cooperate, this is our annual Homecoming Weekend! Halls were decorated last night. The first pep rally in the new gymnasium will be this afternoon, followed by tonight's semi-formal dance. There is a pre-game picnic and football game against Kennedy High School tomorrow afternoon. And the festivities don't end there. We look forward to our Forever Falcons Gala tomorrow night at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington. In addition to being our biggest fundraiser of the year, we will be inducting three deserving individuals, Roland Corbin, Tom Kulig '85 and Tom Peloquin '78 into our Circle of Honor. It promises to be another memorable weekend.
 
Good luck to the Girls' Swim team who are in action tonight at the NVL Championship at Kennedy High S chool, to our Girls' Volleyball team (16-4) ranked #5 in Class S as they host a home CIAC tournament game for the first time in over ten years taking on University High School on this Monday, (11/5) afternoon and to our Boys' Soccer team (10-3-3) ranked #7 in Class S as they host Coventry High School in a home CIAC tournament game on Tuesday, (11/6) afternoon.  
 
Grandparents are invited for a special program/prayer service and reception in their honor on Friday, November 9. They are a source of love and wisdom in our families and in our St. Paul community. We look forward to welcoming them on campus next week.
 
Our last Open House of the fall is scheduled for next Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 am. Our Placement Exam for the Class of 2023 and potential transfer students will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 am. Please encourage prospective students in your home town to consider St. Paul Catholic for their high school experience.       
 
Mark your calendar to attend a performance of our fall drama production, "Penny Dreadfuls, a "fast-paced, comic play reminiscent of Dickens' Oliver Twist. As in Dickens' novel, all villains get their due." Performances are Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 pm.
 
Our annual Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated at St. Gregory the Great Church on Wednesday, November 21 at 11:00 am. You're invited to join us for this beautiful holiday celebration. Truly, we have much to be thankful for at St. Paul! 
 
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President/Chief Administrator
Faith Feature

Join Us at the Franciscan Christmas Fair

The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist invite you to their annual Franciscan Christmas Fair on November 17, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm (271 Finch Ave., Meriden).

Join us for a joy-filled day of Christmas spirit and fun at the Fair. Enjoy the living crèche, Santa Claus, Franciscan Pottery, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, cookies, children's activities, fresh cut Christmas trees, and don't miss Sister Marie Benedict's homemade breads! 

Students can also earn service hours. Contact Sister Marie Benedict ( smbenedict@spchs.com) or Sister Mary Mercy ( smmercy@spchs.com) for more information.

Our St. Paul seniors are observing the days of Halloween ("All Hallows' Eve"), All Saints Day, and All Souls Day, inaugurating November as the month of particular prayer for those who have died. On All Hallows' Eve, our seniors drafted the paper design of their senior quilt squares, each of which will memorialize a deceased love one or group.


During class on All Saints' Day (Nov. 1), following our Remembrance Mass, seniors visited the St. Paul Mary Garden, with a statue in memory of Sharon Mielcarz, to harvest marigold seeds at the end of one season and plant them in anticipation of the new life to come in spring, reflecting on St. Paul's words: "So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible. [...] It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body" (1 Cor. 15:42, 44). On All Souls' Day (Nov. 2), seniors will take time during their regular chapel visit to pray for those who have died. Please join us in offering the traditional prayer for those who have died: "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. / And let perpetual light shine upon them. / May they rest in peac e. / Amen."
 
Get Ready to March for Life!
Student applications for St. Paul participation in the annual archdiocesan March for Life Pilgrimage (Jan. 17-18, 2019) will be available to students through their religion teachers next week. Completed applications will be due to Sister Marie Benedict Elliott, F.S.E., before Thanksgiving break (Wed., Nov. 21). Any applicant out of school that week should submit his or her application in advance. No money is due with the application. Students may also apply to represent St. Paul at a Students For Life of America training conference on Saturday, January 19 ( https://sflalive.org/). Parents or guardians with questions or concerns are welcome to contact Sister Marie Benedict at smbenedict@spchs.com.

Fun Day - Halloween!


Cruella de Vil and 3 of her 100 Dalmatians
Stefan's Fan Club
Three Blind Mice
Stella and her Crew!
Royal Flush
 Jello Pudding and M&Ms
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
EMT Family
Flo from Progressive
Bob Ross or Jade Udoh???
Mama Coco or Senora Lebron-Rojas?


Election Day Busing

Students who live in Bristol/Forestville and who take the bus
 
The Bristol Public Schools do not have school on Election Day, but St Paul's does
 
If your student normally is picked up at a neighborhood bus stop in the morning, please call First Student Bus Company at 860-584-2225 to find out the time they will be picked up on Election Day.   Please be prepared to tell First Student the student's name and normal morning bus route and stop.
 
Similar to how students are taken home in the afternoon, there will be one bus for students living in the Bristol Eastern part of town and one bus for students living in the Bristol Central part of town. Those two buses will be starting their routes at approximately 6:30 AM.
 
If your student takes the bus in the morning and is a walker to Bristol Eastern HS or Bristol Central HS, they should follow their normal routine.
Guidance Department
 
Seniors: All Transcript request forms for a November 15th are due on November 1st
 
Career Exploration: On November 19th we will be hosting a brown bag lunch Career Panel on Careers in the Criminal Justice field
 
Junior and Senior Parents:  In the upcoming weeks and through December, representatives from many colleges and universities will be visiting St. Paul during the school day to meet with our counselors and any interested students. Students can view the college visitation schedule in Naviance and are encouraged to sign up and attend some of these college meetings. Students must sign up in Naviance, complete, and return a permission to miss class form (available in the Counseling office) at least 24 hours prior to the visit in order to attend.
Admissions Department

Open House and Placement Exam dates are here! If you or someone you know is a prospective student/family and interested in seeing all St. Paul has to offer, take a tour of the campus, visit our faculty and meet our family then - sign up for our open house!


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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

Go Falcons
 
XC - The St. Paul XC had a spectacular season.  The boys and girls both finished the regular season with winning records and saved their best for the post season.  The boys finished 5th @ the NVL Championship and 6th in the Class S State Meet and the girls placed 6th at NVL's and 11th at the Class S State Championship.
 
 
On the boys side Aidan Reilly was named to the All NVL Team and Jordan Rinaldi earned All NVL Iron Division honors.  
 
 
 
On the girls side Kailyn Bielecki was named to the All NVL Team and with her strong finish at the Class S State Meet Kailyn qualified for the State Open Meet and made St. Paul proud, she placed 93rd out of 172 runners.
 
Girls Soccer wrapped up their regular season with a strong showing vs. Wolcott HS in the first round of the NVL Tournament. Catherine Ciampi and Addison Davis both earned All NVL Iron Division Honors.
 
Boys Soccer completed their regular season with a 10-3-3 record and 7th place ranking in the Class S standings.  The boys advanced to the NVL semi-final and fell to eventual champion Watertown HS.  The team with host Coventry in the 1st round of the Class S State Championship on Tuesday.  All League honors were awarded to 3 members of the team, Adam Van Linter earned All NVL Team honors and Ethan Rembish and Stefan Zwolinski were both recognized with All NVL Iron Division honors.
 
 
The Girls Swim team is in action tonight at the NVL Championship at Kennedy HS at 4:00pm - Good Luck Girls!  And congratulations to freshman Adrianna Raymond who placed 10th at the NVL Dive Championship last night at Kennedy HS.  
 
The Girls Volleyball team finished the regular season with a 16-4 record and qualified for the state tournament for the first time in 10 years and for the first time since St. Paul has joined the NVL the girls hosted a 1st round league tournament game and advanced to the semi-finals before falling to Seymour.  All League honors went out to Alexis Carabetta who was placed on the All NVL Team and Rebecca Nerbonne and Kelsi Blatchley earned All NVL Iron Division honors. The girls will host University H.S. on Monday at St. Paul at 4:30 for their 1st Round Class S State Tournament game. 
 
A reminder that the Football team hosts Kennedy H.S. at 2:30 on Saturday for the homecoming game and their senior day!
    
Also, this football season WJMJ 88.9 FM is your official Radio home for Catholic High School  Football in the Archdiocese of Hartford!  Tune in all season long with LIVE play-by-play.
 
November 3
Saturday
St. Paul VS. Kennedy
1:00
November 22
Wednesday
St. Paul @ Oxford
6:00
 
It's easy for you to listen to LIVE coverage of the games - on your radio at 88.9FM or streamed live at  WJMJ.org. 
 
Homecoming Weekend



 
 
HOMECOMING PRE-GAME PICNIC SIGN UPS
 
Please use the link below to RSVP, DONATE AN ITEM or VOLUNTEER.  
12:30pm - 2:30pm 
GAME TIME beginning at 2:30 pm vs. Kennedy
(and WJMJ will be broadcasting live)     
 
Join us for music, food, yard games and fun. Bring your own blanket or chairs.
This event is 100% powered by volunteers and donations.  
We need everything from plates, flatware, napkins, cups, drinks,  
as well as hot and cold snacks, even dessert!   
 
  Any questions, please contact Courtney Hansen - hansen1911@icloud.com.   
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HOMECOMING HALLWAY DECORATING!!!!  
Forever Falcons Gala - The Biggest Event of the Year! 

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our
Forever Falcons Gala tomorrow night! Thank you for our support

 
Performing Arts 

Did you know... last year over 49 million people supported high school theatre programs nationwide. Do your part in supporting the arts at St. Paul Catholic.
 
St. Paul Drama has an outstanding history of providing some of the best high school theatre in Connecticut. Come see this year's offbeat comedy, Penny Dreadfuls. Get your tickets online today. www.spchs.com

 
Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day is Friday, November 9th. Information is listed below. RSVPs are not necessary. Please contact Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com with any questions you may have.
 
Can you help on Grandparents' Day? Set up, serve, clean up...CLICK HERE to sign up. All help is GREATLY APPRECIATED!

 
 
 
 
Calling All Senior Parents!


The committee for the 2019 after-grad party will meet at 6:00 on Thursday, November 8th in the library. We'll discuss the plans for this year's party and hopefully brainstorm some fundraising ideas.  
 
A letter will be sent home with all seniors this week - watch for it! Any questions can be directed to spgrad2019@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!
 
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The Senior class and the sewing club are looking for help in putting this year's Senior quilt together. If you would like to help with cutting fabric, sorting and sewing squares we would appreciate it! Please contact Mrs. Zillich if you are interested.
 
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Yearbook Ads for your Senior!  
Wish your graduating Senior good luck in this year's edition of the Kaleidoscope (yearbook). Take out an ad in the yearbook for your special someone!  Click
  HERE for a form to fill out and send in!  
2018-2019 Yearbook - Order today!
 
 
Make sure to purchase your yearbook before it's too late!
 
Click HERE for more your order form!

Kids Kicking Cancer

Kids Kicking Cancer will be meeting after school on Monday, 11/5 in the Leadership room to make cards for St. Paul Alumni battling cancer.

Class and Club Fundraisers -


PERFORMING ARTS FUNDRAISER
Donate clothing and household items to our FUNDrive being held on November 10th from 10-12. Clean out the closets and drop off in the St. Paul High School Annex driveway - it's as easy as that!
Questions? Contact Tina Posten at tlposten@aol.com or Kim Daly at kdaly74@gmail.com
 

  SOPHOMORE CLASS MIXED BAG SALE
Get your Christmas gifts purchased early! Fundraiser runs through November 2. The fundraiser ID# 123475. Order from the catalog (check with a Sophomore student) OR CLICK HERE for the online link to order. 


 
CHEERLEADER STADIUM CHAIR CUSHIONS

Also, visit home game concession stands!
Family Cruise to Bermuda - Coming Summer 2019!


Current and Former St. Paul Spanish Students

There are STILL A FEW SPOTS available for this once-in-a-lifetime educational tour of Costa Rica from June 28 to July 7, 2019Mrs. Jalbert is organizing this trip/tour with the help of the program Explorica. They offer fun, learning as well as providing everything the group will need. Students are signing up now!
 
If you would like to be a part of this educational immersion travel experience - please contact Mrs. Jalbert. We are encouraging current and former Spanish students of St. Paul to take advantage of this great opportunity. Contact Mrs. Jalbert at njalbert@spchs.com for further details.

Spring Break in England and Scotland!

LAST CALL to guarantee a place on the spring break trip to England and Scotland!  We only have a few spots left and enrollment closes soon.Take advantage of this opportunity to see the world from a different perspective and stand-out on college applications!
 
To secure your spot, visit www.eftours.com/2098710VB
 
Please contact Ms. Strycharz at  cstrycharz@spchs.com  for more details!
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
St. Paul SCRIP Program
To learn more about St. Paul's SCRIP program, our "fill order days", to download an order form and to see how you can earn credit on your tuition CLICK HERE!

You can also take a look at the SHOPWITHSCRIP.COM website to learn all about the different ways you can purchase your SCRIP cards!
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. 
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!  
 
We've sent in the first batch! THANK YOU!
Keep clipping - we will send in another batch in February! The Sophomore class had the most box tops in this 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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