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President's Letter
October 2018
 
"Start by doing what is necessary,
then do what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
 
                                                St. Francis of Assisi
                                                                              
Peace and Greetings:
 
Yesterday, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, born in Italy in 1181, he founded the Franciscans religious order. This is an opportunity to acknowledge our gratitude to two members of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, Sr. Marie Benedict and Sr. Mary Mercy for their presence and contribution to our St. Paul community. In "continuing the call of St. Francis of Assisi" they "seek to enflame humanity with a sense of the sacred found deep within each person." Sisters, you are gifts to our students and faculty every day.
 
Our annual student Walkathon/Oktoberfest will be held today beginning at 11:30 am. The Chunky Tomato pizza truck, Rita's ice cream truck, taco and hotdog/hamburger stations, bounce house, laser tag, field games, prizes, music and much more is planned for our school-wide community celebration. Community is one of our five core values ... and it takes a faith community or in our case this year, a "neighborhood," to foster the unique greatness that's inherent in each of us as children of God.  
 
PLEASE NOTE: There is no school this Monday, October 8 in observance of Columbus Day. There will be a noon dismissal (buses available) on Wednesday, October 10 following the PSAT exam for sophomores and juniors. Freshmen will be involved in special workshops during the morning. Seniors are encouraged to visit colleges on this day. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held from 1:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10. If desired, parents should have their child schedule appointments (10 minute blocks) with teachers. Please discuss your availability with your child. Also, there is no school on Friday, October 12 as faculty will be participating in an Archdiocesan curriculum professional development day.     
 
Upcoming Open Houses for prospective students are Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 am. The Placement Exam is scheduled for Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 am. Current students and parents are our best ambassadors so please consider sharing our good news with others in your hometown.
 
We will be conducting an announced intruder drill for students/faculty to shelter-in-place or evacuate, as appropriate, under the supervision of the Bristol Police Department this month. You will receive an activated test message that morning informing you of this drill. A reminder that you must answer "hello" to voice activate the emergency recording.
 
Lots going on! As always, my personal thanks to everyone who contributes in countless ways to the growth and success of St. Paul. I am inspired everyday by your thoughtfulness and generosity
 
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President/Chief Administrator
Faith Feature

Respect Life Mass this Sunday (11am at St. Joseph Cathedral, Hartford). A highlight of the Mass is the presentation by Archbishop Leonord P. Blair of the Saint Gianna Beretta Molla Medals, which are given to persons who have demonstrated commitment to the protection of all human life. CLICK HERE for more details about the event, sponsored by the Pro-Life Ministry of the Archdiocese of Hartford: 
 

Youth Encounter Christ...and One Another
Sunday, September 30, St. Paul hosted the Catholic Youth Encounter for high school students in the Archdiocese of Hartford. Over 100 SP students participated and welcomed an additional 400 young people from other schools and parishes. We enjoyed the time together, hearing from speaker Roy Petitfils on dealing with teenage stress, learning more about the situation of migrants and refugees in an activity sponsored by the Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry, visiting booths from other groups in the Archdiocese, playing games, and worshiping in Eucharistic Adoration and Mass. Thank you to all who participated to "make it a great day"!
 
Synod of Bishops on "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment"
Bishops from around the world are gathering in Rome Oct. 3-28 to pray and discuss during a Synod regarding "Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment." Pope Francis issued a Letter to Young People inviting their input. St. Paul students responded to this invitation last Spring. The USCCB has developed a video about what to expect from the Synod. Please pray for the bishops as they pray for us!


DAY OFF ON SUPERBOWL MONDAY!
STUDENTS ARE HOPING IT WILL HAPPEN!  
 
WE STILL NEED  $6,600 to reach our goal 
 
The BIG DAY IS TODAY! 
OKTOBERFEST/WALK-A-THON
Last donations will be collected today! 

Online donations can be made by  visiting our   WALK-A-THON DONATION page   on our website!
OR
Students can use a sponsor sheet as they collect their personal donations by cash or check.   Here is a link to the sponsor sheet. Checks can be made payable to St. Paul Catholic High School.
Individual goal - $50
School-wide goal - $25,000

When the school-wide goal is met everyone gets  Superbowl Monday off from school and our students will collectively benefit from the funds raised in the way of class room materials, school activities, school programs and much more.
All gifts are tax-deductible.
Academic Department

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for
Wednesday, October 10 
from 1:00 pm-7:00 pm 
 Students will be dismissed at noon and buses will run. 
 
Please discuss with your child(ren) the time you will be available on October 10.
 
Students began making appointments with their teachers on Thursday, October 4 during class time. As appointments are made with teachers, your child will fill in the  appointment sheet so that you will know when and with whom the appointments are scheduled.
 
As you can imagine, there is not a sufficient amount of time for every teacher to visit at length with every parent. Therefore, priority will be given to those parents whose students are experiencing academic difficulty at this time. 
 
Our school counselors will be available. If you wish to meet with a counselor, please encourage your student to visit the Guidance Office to schedule a meeting.
 
Teachers and school counselors will post their appointment schedule outside of their rooms.  
 
If your child does not schedule appointments for you, you will be able to write your name in an available time slot on the teacher's or counselor's conference schedule.
 
The administrators will also be available. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you when you are here. 
 
CLICK HERE for the room assignment list and sign-up sheet that parents use for Parent/Teacher conferences.

Guidance Department
 
 
SENIOR PARENTS: If your child is planning on applying Early Action to college, the deadlines are fast approaching! A student needs to have their green transcript request form to their School Counselor TWO WEEKS before their deadline. Therefore if the college's deadline is Nov. 1st the forms should be in by October 15th. If the deadline is Nov. 15th the forms should be in by Nov. 1st.
 
SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR PARENTS: All Sophomores and Juniors will be taking the PSAT on October 10th. The CollegeBoard website has information and other tools on their website if you are interested in learning more..  
 
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
 
Click here for the up-to-date athletic team schedules. Come support our teams at a game this season!
 
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. 
Forever Falcons Gala - The Biggest Event of the Year! 





Show your support for St. Paul! Consider any of the following: 

  • Purchase your tickets for the evening event - gather some friends and join us for dinner, dancing, live & silent auctions, & Circle of Honor program;
  • Showcase your business, your family and/or congratulate a Circle of Honor recipient by becoming a sponsor;
  • Donate an item to be auctioned off in our silent or live auction.
For a detailed list of all Forever Falcons Gala Sponsorships, CLICK HERE!
 

Special Blessing of the new Rev. Brian W. Monnerat Gymnasium
 
On Sunday, September 23 a special blessing of the new Rev. Brian W. Monnerat Gymnasium took place. Many faculty, coaches, teammates, friends and family shared in this special day!
 
Also in attendance; St. Paul's founding principal, Rev. Edmund M. O'Brien, Rev. Gary Simeone, School Board Chairman and Rev. Hector Rangel, School Chaplain.
 
Mr. Mark Monnerat and his family were there to share in the blessing of this new gathering space named after his brother.
 
 
A dedication and donor recognition ceremony will take place in December. Stay tuned!
Performing Arts 

Tickets will be on sale SOON.
Keep a look out on our website!
 
Grandparents' Day

Grandparents' Day invitations were mailed earlier this week. RSVPs are not necessary. Please contact Shelley Mendoza at smendoza@spchs.com with any questions you may have.   

 
 
 
 
Family Cruise to Bermuda - Coming Summer 2019!

 
 
 
 
 
We're trying something new and exciting!  
 
Join other families from our  
St. Paul community for a 5-Day Cruise to Bermuda. Have fun with other St. Paul Families, Alumni, and Friends aboard Royal Carribean's "Anthem of the Seas" from July 27-Aug. 1, 2019. 
 
Come to an informational "Cruise Night" on October 18, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Library to learn more about this exciting trip!

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.

All Saints/Souls Remembrance Mass

 
Class and Club Fundraisers -


J unior Class Pie Sale - 
the Junior Class!












 
Cheerleader Stadium Cushion Sale - 

Also, visit home game concession stands!
Michael E. Walsh Memorial 5K


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!
MUM-A-THON


49th Annual Mum-A-Thon 8K Road Race
***NEW this year, the "Monster Mile"***

Sunday October 21st 2018

The Mum-A-Thon road race, entering its 49th year 
and is final event of the Mum festival!.
Once again, we will offer two events; An 8K run course and new this year, 1 mile run.
These two events take place in the northwest section of Bristol, both of which
are Halloween themed.


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 Clip and send them in before 10/15  & we will count them up --- whichever class has the most box tops at the end of the year will earn FALCON POINTS to go toward the coveted FALCON CUP!   
 
***MAKE SURE TO MARK YOUR STUDENT'S NAME AND GRADE ON THE BAG SO WE CAN PROPERLY AWARD FALCON POINTS*** 
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