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President's Letter
September 2018
 
"O Lord, how worthless this knowledge would be,
if it were not for the enlightening of my mind for thy service,
or for making me more useful to my fellow men."
 
                                                                                St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
                                                                                     Patron of Catholic Schools
 
Peace and Greetings:
 
They're back ... and we're absolutely thrilled! It's a very special moment to watch smiling teenage faces walk through the doors and hear the abundance of youthful excitement fill the halls bringing our school back to life from summer recess in just a few short minutes. Actually, it's priceless! On behalf of all of us blessed to be part of the ministry of this school, thank you for choosing St. Paul and the trust you place in us as your educational partner. It's going to be a truly great year!
 
We are pleased to "welcome home" 113 students into the Class of 2022 as well as eight new transfer students. Opening day enrollment remains consistent with recent years at 456 students.
 
A few housekeeping items that need your immediate attention: (1) It is imperative, if you haven't already, that your Emergency Information Card and SPCHS Information Form (Emergency Parent Reach) be returned no later than Monday, September 10. We will be conducting our emergency lockdown procedures and testing our parent notification system soon. (2) You are expected to read and discuss with your child the 2018-19 Student Handbook, located on our website before printing, signing and returning the Agreement for Students and Parents (found under the Student Life tab).
 
An important Athletic Parent Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium for all parents/guardians whose child plans to participate on a St. Paul athletic team (varsity or sub-varsity) this school year. Our annual
Parent Back-to-School Night will follow the Athletic Parent Meeting from 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. Following a brief welcome, you will have the opportunity to meet your child's teachers. A parent/guardian from every family is encouraged to attend.
 
Our first "Open House" for prospective students for the Class of 2023 or interested transfer students will be Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 am. You are our best ambassadors and we are truly grateful for your encouraging testimonials to prospective families and friends in your local community.
 
As you know, this year our school theme is #lovethyneighbor. You may have heard from your child that we have introduced a new "neighborhood" initiative to act on this theme. Our SP neighborhood consists of six houses with 75+ students each. The house names are taken from St. Paul's letters in the New Testament: Corinthians, Ephesians, Galatians, Philippians, Romans and Thessalonians. Each house is further divided into 5-6 advisory groups of 12-15 students with members from each grade and a faculty advisor. Student leaders have been selected to help faculty members facilitate/coordinate house and advisory activities. (CLICK HERE for a visual)
 
The goal of the SP "neighborhood" is to enhance our culture by intentionally living Jesus' second greatest commandment, "thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matthew 22:33). This initiative is intended to increase student engagement and expand personal relationships, encourage positive peer role models and mentors, focus on character development and random acts of kindness, offer extended leadership opportunities, increase school spirit, foster peer tutoring and more. (CLICK HERE for a visual)  
 
This may seem a little confusing or vague to the students at this time because we have only planted the concept seed and thus are hoping to utilize in their houses/advisory groups their voices, ideas, skills, interests, and passion along this year's journey to create a more consistent culture where we take better care of each other ... where we act on love thy neighbor. In this initiative, we are not necessarily looking forward to a defined end point or destination but instead trusting and engaging ourselves in the "neighborhood" process so that later in the year we can look back and reflect upon what we have collectively created. So, welcome to our neighborhood!
 
Lastly, the gymnasium renovations are in the final stages as the floor is currently being stained and lines painted. We are probably another week away until the major work is completed with final touches coming soon after. It's going to be worth the wait ... it's absolutely beautiful! Blessing of the new gymnasium, named in memory of Rev. Brian W. Monnerat, will be on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm. You are invited to join the Monnerat family on this special occasion. A more formal public dedication and donor acknowledgement is scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 between the girls' and boys' varsity basketball games when several of our college alumni are home for the holidays.   
 
In spite of the summer heat and shortened days, academic classes are in full swing. The welcome back student dance is tomorrow night. Fall athletic teams begin interscholastic competition tomorrow afternoon. Fall play auditions have begun. Feels like we never left!
 
Happy New Year!
 
In the Spirit of St. Paul,
Cary signature
Cary M. Dupont '72
President/Chief Administrator
Faith Feature

Our Opening School Year Prayer Reflection on #lovethyneighbor.

At the height of his ministry, Jesus delivered to the world the greatest commandment: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself". This, however, is more than just a collection of words. It is not enough to go around, spreading the message, boasting to everyone that our school's theme is Love Thy Neighbor. In fact, that is the exact behavior that Jesus was criticizing the Pharisees for at the time that he delivered this commandment. 

We have to act upon what we say. Love is not a word, it is an action. It is the drive that helps us to act in a Catholic manner, and present Catholic values to every neighbor we meet. It is the gift that allows us to go the extra mile to assist a friend in need, or bring kindness to the most unkind of circumstances. Most importantly, love is the force that fills our community, fills our school, when teachers and students care for each other, when downcast faces become warm smiles, when resentment becomes encouragement, and when enemies become friends. 

Students and faculty alike, this year, we are called to love our neighbors. Like our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the reason for this school, we must do so in action, and not word. That, the greatest commandment, is what will set us apart from everybody else, but it all starts with you.
 
-- Written by Stefan Zwolinski '19
Guidance Department
 
COLLEGE & CAREER FAIR:
Learn about different careers, colleges, and programs!  A College and Career Fair will be held on Monday, September 24, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Bristol Central High School (Cafeteria), 480 Wolcott Street, Bristol, CT.  There is no cost to attend.
 
ACT/SAT TESTING:
If your student is interested in taking the SAT on October 6th, the deadline for Registration is 9/7. This test date is being held at St. Paul.  Please see the College Board website to register and for all additional dates and deadlines.  https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines
 
The deadline to register for the October 27th ACT is 9/28 and will be held at local area high schools. For specific locations and to register, please visit their website directly:  http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/registration.html.
 
JUNIORS AND SENIORS: 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) prior to the visit in order to attend.
 
STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AN AP COURSE: This week you will receive an AP Course Expectations letter in the mail. Please read the expectations of students enrolled in an AP course and return the form to the Guidance Office,  signed by both student and parent/guardian by Friday September 18th.
 
ALL STUDENTS:  Students and their parents/guardians are reminded that students who withdraw from a course after September 30 will have that change noted by a "W" on their report card and transcript.  Therefore, students who are considering making a course change should do  so prior to September 30 .
Special Blessing of the new Rev. Brian W. Monnerat Gymnasium
 

Student Information Form AND Health Room Emergency Information Card are DUE MONDAY, 9/10 
 
If you have not done so already, please deliver these important forms to the main office by Monday, 9/10 .
Athletics

The St. Paul football game scheduled 
for this evening vs. Seymour has been RESCHEDULED for Saturday 9/8 at 1:30pm!  
 
See you there! 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.
 
September 14
Friday
St. Paul VS. Watertown
7:00
September 28
Friday St. Paul @ Ansonia 7:00
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. 
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.

One way to do this is to consider placing an Open House and/or Placement Exam Sign on your front lawn or take a few open house posters to local establishments. Touch base with Mr. Matthew Crowley at mcrowley@spchs.com or pick up in the main office.
 
Another way is to write 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 with that info.
 
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Speaking of our Open House and Placement Exam - the 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!


The Biggest Event of the Year! 
 
 

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.

Please Welcome Home Our New Family Members!


Ms. Annie Harris - Finance Manager
Mr. Joseph Cianciolo - Physical Education/Health
Mr. Trystan Landin - Mathematics
Mr. John Perrier - Social Studies
9/11 Remembrance Mass

St. Gregory the Great Parish will celebrate a Mass of Remembrance on the 17th Anniversary of the Terror Attacks on the United States of America on Monday evening, September 11, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.  Please join us as we pray for those who lost their lives that day and for our country.
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 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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