Volume 7 Number 15                                                 December 2, 2016
General News
Thank You for Your Generosity! 
Thank you to all our families who have been so generous this holiday season. The donations to the Thanksgiving baskets were overwhelming! Now the Christmas season is offering several giving opportunities for the Angel Tree and Marines' Toys for Tots. So many families and students are again being so giving! Thank you for your kindness to those in our community who are in need this Christmas season. You truly are "Doers of the Word." 
Fundraiser for Tommy Laudani and Family
In mid-November, Tommy Laudani, a junior at Delone Catholic, was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. The Delone Catholic community has been praying for Tommy and his family in his fight for recovery. Members of the junior class and Cross Country team, of which Tommy is a member, have been developing fundraising ideas, including a T-shirt sale and dress down day. 

Please consider purchasing a T-shirt here, with proceeds benefiting the Laudani family. Shirts will be available for purchase until Thursday, Dec. 22 and will be delivered in January to the school. If you are prompted to enter a code, it is A6ABM

A dress down day is being planned for the end of January, and the Cross Country team is organizing a 5K race in the Spring. Please keep Tommy and  his family in your prayers. 

"The Little Mermaid" Auditions
Auditions for Delone Catholic's spring musical, Disney's "The Little Mermaid," will be held Thursday Dec. 8 and Friday Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. in the band room. Students need only to attend one of the two days. If you cannot attend either day, set up an appointment with Mr. Yealy. All Delone Catholic students are welcome - NO previous acting, singing, or dancing experience is required.
Extra Cash for Christmas
There is one week left to sell PTO lottery tickets. Help support your child's classroom needs and earn a chance for extra Christmas cash! Reach out to family and friends to give them the chance to earn extra Christmas cash too.
Important Change to WGAL School Closings Email
From WGAL:
Please be aware that WGAL will be posting all school and business closings online this winter. We will not be sending customized email alerts as we have in the past.  Again, to find out if a school or business has closed, visit wgal.com, WGAL mobile or download the WGAL app. You can also watch News 8 and see a list of closed schools, and larger businesses and institutions scrolling at the bottom of your screen. If you have any questions about this change, please email us.  

From Delone Catholic:
Parents are notified via One-Call of school delays and closures. The information, along with early dismissal information, is posted on the website, Facebook, and Twitter as soon as possible. 
REMINDER: Dismissal Procedure for Inclement Weather 
Phone calls from parents will not be accepted for dismissal requests. The phone lines are needed to receive information from the school districts. We also encourage students to call parents from the office to inform them of the different drop off schedule for bus transportation so that an adult may be available for the transport from the bus stop to home.
Please be alert to those weather forecasts for incoming snow possibilities. If you wish your student to be dismissed at a different time,  you must send in a note with your student for each dismissal. No emails and no phone calls will be accepted. Notes must be turned in before homeroom, on the day they are to be applied. You may not submit one note for the duration of the school year.  A note must be delivered on each separate occasion.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Little Squires

Pre-registration available here
Sign up for the Little Squires Club here
Class of 2021 Application for Admission Now Available
Class of 2021 applications for admission are being accepted. The application is available  online here Students who apply prior to Dec. 31 receive $25 off the application fee. Once the application has been received, each incoming freshman receives a Squire's Page Card to use for free admission to regular season home athletic events, school concerts, drama productions, and other school events.

Students are invited to shadow a current Delone Catholic student at any time during the school year. Please  sign up here. Private tours are also available.

Please contact  Ms. Katie Mahoney with questions.
Golden Apple Nominations Now Available
The Donahue Family Foundation will again sponsor the 12th annual Golden Apple Awards Program for the Diocese of Harrisburg,  Through the generosity and kindness of the Donahue Family Foundation, the Golden Apple Awards Program has been established to honor outstanding individuals who devote their lives to teaching in Catholic Schools.

The Golden Apple Award will be given to six teachers and one principal, or seven teachers, in the Diocese. The teacher applicant must be nominated by a teacher, parent, or student and parent, in an elementary school; or a teacher, student or parent in a secondary school.  All teacher nominations will be sent to the principal. The principal may be nominated by a teacher or parent and must be approved by the pastor.  Principal nominations will be sent to pastor/chaplain. For more details, and applications,  click here.

Completed nomination packets are due to the Diocese of Harrisburg by Feb. 24.  Please plan accordingly so that packets are given to the principal or pastor with ample time, as explained in the application. 
Diocese of Harrisburg Night at the Hershey Bears
The 10th Annual Diocese of Harrisburg night at the Hershey Bears game will be Saturday, Feb. 4 as we conclude Catholic Schools Week. Here is the order form to purchase discounted tickets. Deadline to order is Monday, Jan. 30. 
Placement Testing for Non-Deanery 8th Grade Students
Delone Catholic desires a smooth and strong transition from grade school to high school for every student. To help ensure incoming freshmen are placed in the courses where they can be most successful, we require each student to take the  High School Placement Test (HSPT)

All eighth graders at Annunciation BVM School, Immaculate Conception BVM School, Sacred Heart of Jesus School, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and St. Joseph School will take the test in their schools. 

Any eighth grader who attends a Catholic school outside the deanery, a public school, home school or other school needs to make arrangements to take the test on either Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 or Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at Delone Catholic High School. Testing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day. There is no cost to take the exam. but you MUST register.

The test covers English, science and math. Students need to bring two #2 pencils, a pen and a lunch. To register for the test, please  click here. For more information please contact Mrs. Williams
From the Spiritual Life Office
Peer Ministry Advent Calendar
This Advent, please enjoy the daily thoughts, photos, writings, 
and performances  by our Peer Ministers through this Advent Calendar
From the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Volunteer Coordinator Opportunity
The Office of Development and Alumni Relations seeks a volunteer with good organizational and communication skills to serve as a Volunteer Coordinator. This position will match interested volunteers with volunteer tasks/positions as needed for the operation and advancement of the school. The Volunteer Coordinator would assist in the volunteers' preparation for each task/position, collect and communicate feedback from volunteers about their experience, and assist in demonstrating our appreciation for our volunteers. The Volunteer Coordinator must have or be willing to get all clearances and training required by the Diocese of Harrisburg and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for adults who work with minors. Interested parties should send a resume to Eric Lawrence, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, 140 South Oxford Avenue, McSherrystown, Pa. 17344 or via email. 
From the Athletics Department
Lacrosse Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings
The Lacrosse Team is having a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Saturday, Dec. 17 beginning at 11 a.m. Print and present this ticket to have 10% of your order that day be donated to the lacrosse team. Thank you for your support!
Save the Date - 2017 Mason Dixon Linemen Clinic
The 2017 Mason Dixon Linemen Clinic will be held on Saturday June 24 at Delone Catholic's J.T. Flaherty Field. Coach Pat Flaherty, 49ers Offensive Line Coach, will return for a third year to lead the clinic.

Additional information and application will be available in 2017. Follow the event's Facebook page for up-to-date information. All students are welcome!
DCBN Needs Your Help!
DCBN (Delone Catholic Broadcasting Network) is in desperate need of camera people for boys and girls basketball this Winter. No experience is needed. This is vital to the cause and success of DCBN. Even if you can help at one or two games, that would have a large impact. Please email DCBN for more details. 
Squire Tins! Great Christmas Gift!

Athletic Schedules Online
A complete schedule of sporting events, times and locations can be found at ArbiterLive.com or under the Athletics tab on  www.DeloneCatholic.org. 

From Our Schools and Parishes
Immaculate Conception, New Oxford
New vendor applications for the Immaculate Conception Winterfest Holiday Bazaar are available.  The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3  from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the New Oxford Social Club Pavilion.  Contact Leslie Nieves via email for additional details.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Abbottstown
Christmas Bash
On  Sunday, Dec. 4 Fusion  (Immaculate Heart of Mary's youth group)  is hosting  a Christmas Bash!   All teens, parents, families, etc. are invited to join us at 3 p.m.  at the  Cross Keys Village Brethren Home Community (2990 Carlisle Pike, New Oxford, Pa. 17350) . We'll walk through the community and raise a joyful noise for the residents.

Afterwards, around  4 p.m., we'll move to   Immaculate Heart of Mary (6084 W Canal Rd, Abbottstown, Pa. 17301) and continue the festivities in The Social Hall. There will be refreshments, games, gifts, Christmas music, and then we'll show the movie "The Nativity Story."

What could be a better way to welcome in the Christmas season?! If you'd like to attend or have questions, please call Paul Oakes, Youth Ministry Leader at 717- 259-0611 ext. 8 or email him.

St. Francis Xavier, Gettysburg
Noreen Neitz Run at the Rock and Sufficiently Radical Walk
The Noreen Neitz Run at the Rock and Sufficiently Radical Walk will take place on Saturday, Dec. 17 and feature a 5K, 1 mile walk, and new this year - a 10k! Delone Catholic friends, faculty and staff are invited to participate in support of Tommy Laudani. Bracelets will also be sold at the race with proceeds benefiting the Laudani family. 

Noreen was a major part of every aspect of everything that happened at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. Her children attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Delone Catholic, and now are in College or entering the work force.  Noreen Neitz, mother, wife, daughter, friend, mentor, youth leader & Christian, was called to be with our Heavenly Father on July 10, 2013 after a tremendous fight with cancer. As was Noreen's way, even though she is not physically with us, she continues to encourage service to others. In the spirit of service, a scholarship fund has been established in Noreen's name for those 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School who show Christian leadership as active members of the Youth Group and give of their time in service to others. Proceeds will be shared equally between the scholarship fund and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School.

Exciting News! We are adding a 10K to our event.  Students, ages 14 and under, who register by the early deadline of  Dec 2 for the 5K will be $15 and for the 10K $25. After  Dec 2 all registration fees will be the adult late fee price.

To register please  click here. For more information please visit our website   
Any questions please contact the school office 717-334-4221 or email Kelly Brainard

St. Joseph, Hanover
CYO High School Boys Basketball Team
St. Joseph Parish in Hanover is once again sponsoring a CYO High School Boys Basketball team. Practices are  Monday Wednesday  and  Thursday  from  8:30-10 p.m.  at the Grandview Gym. If interested please complete this registration form and either mail it to St.Joseph Parish (5055 Grandview Rd.  Hanover, Pa. 17331 Attn : Athletic Association) or feel free to drop stop by the parish office. Any questions please email Josie Knobloch

Mission Statement
Delone Catholic High School exists to educate and challenge students 
spiritually, academically, physically, socially and aesthetically, 
within the traditions and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. 
This challenge will inspire students to experience Jesus Christ personally and 
to "Be Doers of the Word."

Delone Catholic High School
140 South Oxford Avenue
McSherrystown, Pa. 17344

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