Volume 8 Number 18                                               December 22, 2017

Principal's Perspective
The following is a reflection that was given by Dr. Michelle M. Francl, a chemist, theologian and professor at Bryn Mawr College and an Adjunct Scholar of the Vatican Observatory.
O Nata Lux
In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,and the Word was God. All things came to be through him,and without him nothing came to be.What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1,3-5
"And by light you mean photons, right?" asks the student in the first row. "Yes, I do." At least in this context. There is always a bit of irony in these last classes of the semester. I'm lecturing about light - about lasers and spectroscopy, photons and selection rules - as the winter darkness grows deeper. Or maybe it's not such an unreasonable topic for these solisticing days.

As I packed up to return to my office, the lines from the Prologue to St. John's Gospel ran through my head, "the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." Chemists see light as active. It doesn't just illuminate, driving away the darkness, it can fundamentally change what it touches. One molecule becomes another, electrons shift allegiances, marching 'round materials like armies of stars. Yet more wonderfully, once the light has soaked in, it can shine forth again, in new ways and new directions: fluorescence and phosphorescence appear at different wavelengths from the exciting light. And from these depths, the light speaks to us, telling us what was and perhaps, what will be. What is the shape of this molecule? By what pathways can it change?

So, too, has the Light shone in the darkness and we are fundamentally changed: But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God. Moreover, the Light is the Word, speaking of what has been, calling us to what we can perhaps be: beacons of light. We have been kindled, we hear in St. Matthew's Gospel, not to be hidden under a bowl, or within the walls of our parish churches, but to shine forth, banishing the darkness around us, fundamentally changed and empowered ourselves to change what is around us.

Reflecting on these first lines from John in his "City of God," St. Augustine tells of St. Simplician, a late fourth century bishop of Milan, who told Augustine of a pagan scholar who thought the opening lines to John's Gospel "should be written in letters of gold and hung up in all the churches in the most conspicuous place." This is where our faith begins. In the darkness, yearning for light, for life and for God to come among us, calling our names.

As Advent moves more deeply into the darkness, I imagine John's words, written in letters of gold, shimmering on the walls of dark churches everywhere, dancing in the dimness of our souls. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory ... full of grace and truth.
I look for the Light dwelling among us, praying that it might change me; that I, too, might be aflame with the Word, filled with grace. A beacon of light to the world. To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God..."

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father's only Son,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

My prayer for all of us who belong to the Delone Catholic Community is that the light of Christ fills our hearts to guide us and to change us in accepting that we are children of the Light and that we live our lives in accordance with that immense and daunting reality.  

Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas and New Year filled with peace!

Richard La Rocca

General News
New Students, Save $25 off the Registration Fee with Application by Dec. 31
Delone Catholic has much to offer high school students, and we are anxious to talk about it. As we begin accepting new student admissions for the 2018-19 school year, we would like to remind prospective students and their families that personal tours and shadow days are available. Please contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart, Director of Marketing and Admissions to schedule a tour, shadow day or to get more information on our curriculum, programs and services. 

The 2018-19 New Student Admissions Application is available  by clicking here. New students are eligible for a $25 discount off the registration fee when we receive your completed Admissions Application by Dec. 31. 
*Re-registration for current Delone Catholic HS students will be available at a later time.

Attention Incoming Freshman
This year, the High School Placement Test (HSPT) is being administered at Delone Catholic High School and not in the deanery elementary schools. The two test dates are as follows: Sat., Jan. 6 or Sat., Feb. 10. There is no fee to take the test. Click here for a copy of the registration form. For incoming freshman who take the placement test in Maryland, please forward us a copy of the results once you receive them. Contact Mrs. Jennifer Hart at jhart@delonecatholic.org with any questions. 

Message from Mr. La Rocca on an Important Parent Survey 
Middle States Accredidation - Parent Input Needed
Middle States Accredidation - Parent Input Needed

Please take a moment to view this short video message from Mr. La Rocca regarding an upcoming Parent Survey. The Parent Survey is an important part of our Middle States Re-Accreditation. The survey will be sent to you by email at approximately 12 noon on Fri., Dec. 22. If you do not receive the survey, please contact  Mr. Dave Staub. Thank you in advance for your input on this important matter.

Transportation Information for Fri., Dec. 22
On Fri., Dec. 22, students will be dismissed at 12 noon for the Christmas vacation. Please note the following bus schedules:

Morning and afternoon bus service  for students in Maryland and for students in the school districts of Conewago Valley, Hanover, Littlestown and Spring Grove

Bermudian School District and Southwestern  School District  will provide morning bus service only. 

Gettysburg School District will provide both morning and afternoon bus service, but the afternoon bus drop offs are to St. Francis Xavier school and Gettysburg Middle School only. 

Please contact the school at 717-637-5969 if you have any questions regarding bus transportation on Dec. 22.

New Regulation Regarding Students' Lunch Account Balances
An important change has taken place in State Law regarding meals for students with insufficient funds. The cashiers are no longer allowed to inform students about their account balance OR when their lunch account has gone into the negative. All communication will now be directed to the parents/guardians. Only if a student inquires first about their balance, can they be told. Negative Balance Emails will be sent to parents on a daily basis. Low Balance Emails will be sent up to three times a week. If a student's lunch account balance goes into the negative $17.50 or higher for Full Price students, or $2.00 or higher for Reduced Price students, THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RECEIVE A MEAL! This new regulation only covers a reimbursable meal. It does not cover ala carte items.  The existing rule remains - if the student's account balance is in the negative, NO ala carte items will be allowed to be purchased.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Holly Sorice, at hsorice@delonecatholic.org.

Thank You for Supporting Our Hurricane Relief Efforts
Students from Delone Catholic High School, St. Teresa of Calcutta School, St. Francis Xavier School and St. Joseph School, along with generous donations from Neiderer's Sanitation, LLC and Conewago Contractors, Inc. and a matching donation from Conewago Enterprises, Inc., raised $21,366 to aid two Catholic schools in Texas that were devastated by hurricanes this year. Pictured here from left (bottom row) Ainsley Kidder, St. Teresa of Calcutta, JD Sieg, St. Francis Xavier and  Natalie Rizzuto, Associate Prinicipal, St. Teresa of Calcutta. (Top row) Terrance Golden, Principal, St. Joseph School, Daniel Sweeney and Madison Sieg, Delone Catholic High School, Patricia Foltz, Executive Principal, St. Teresa of Calcutta, Rebecca Sieg, Principal, St. Francis Xavier, Andy Brough, Executive Vice President, Conewago Enterprises, Inc. and Richard La Rocca, Principal, Delone Catholic High School.

Inclement Weather Reminders
For closures and delays: Delone Catholic parents are notified via One-Call of school closures and delays. This information, along with early dismissals, is posted on the  school web site, Facebook and  Twitter as soon as possible. You may also call the school at 717-637-5969 and the recording will notify you of a delay or closure. WGAL is notified immediately upon the decision to delay or close. In addition to the WGAL T.V. channel, closures and delays are posted on the WGAL website . 

For early dismissals: Early dismissals are posted immediately on the  websiteFacebook, and  Twitter as we receive the calls from each school district. WGAL also posts school district dismissals on their  website

Remember: 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.

For Maryland families who utilize the bus service, please refer to the chart below regarding different inclement weather closings and delays.

Our Inclement Weather Policy is available on our web site or by clicking here.

Midterm Exam Schedule and Dismissal
Please remember that mid-term examinations will be given on Jan. 10-12. Students should report to homeroom at 8 a.m. if they have an 8:15 a.m. exam. Students who do not have an exam until 9:45 a.m. should enter through the Main Entrance on S. Oxford Avenue and remain in the lobby until 9:30 a.m. 

Students are dismissed each day after their last exam. For most students, the second exam ends at  11 a.m., though Advanced Placement students, instructional support students and those students who have more than one class in the same department may be dismissed later. Please ask your child what time they will be finished testing each day.

The exam schedule is as follows:

Gettysburg School District has announced that it will bus students from Delone Catholic to St. Francis Xavier Catholic School and Gettysburg Middle School on exam days, leaving at 11:15 a.m. The Delone Catholic bus service to Maryland will ONLY RUN AT 2:45 p.m. on exam days. (This is a change from previous years when the service ran twice on exam days at 11 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.). Other Pennsylvania bus riders should check with their bus drivers and should make other transportation arrangements if necessary. 

For students who need to wait for a 2:45 p.m. bus pick-up, parents must complete this form. Once this form is submitted, students must stay on the indicated dates until 2:45 p.m. No changes are permitted. Please contact Mrs. Donna Tompkins with questions.

Congratulations Mr. Brian Yealy '79
We are so very honored to be blessed with the time and talents of Mr. Brian Yealy '79, Music Teacher and Band and Chorus Director. He was recently chosen as one of the "50 Directors Who Make A Difference" by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. Dedicated faculty members like Mr. Yealy are the cornerstone of our inspired Delone Catholic community. Please take a moment to read his interview on pages 36-37 of the magazine. And he is on the cover too!

Annual Music Association Spaghetti Dinner & Movie Fundraiser
For a printable version of this flyer, click here.

Thank You from the Laudani Family
Tommy Laudani and family wish to THANK YOU all so much for generosity and support throughout the past year. We are amazed at his perseverance against this aggressive cancer.  He continues to fight with another round of chemo directly to his liver mid December and after Christmas daily radiation at John Hopkins for 4-6 weeks to treat tumors in chest, abdomen and some bones.
We could not get through each day without such support in so many countless ways!
God bless you all this holiday season!!

The Laudani Family

2018 Catholic Daughters of the Americas Education Contest
Lancaster Court Queen of Peace #1023  of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas invites all youth in grades 4-12 from all schools to enter our 2018 National Education Contest. This year's themes are:  "THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR US, WE ARE FILLED WITH JOY." Ps 126 and "FINDING JOY IN MY LIFE."  Enter one or more contests: ART, ESSAY, POETRY, COMPUTER ART, MUSIC, and PHOTOGRAPHY in your division. The Education Contest Forms   (also available in Spanish)  have complete  contest rules and details. Entries must be postmarked by or delivered to Margaret T. Giordano, Education Contest Chairman, 1530 Hollywood Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 by February 15, 2018. 

Please note: all 1st place local winners will be entered in the state education contest, and 1st place state winners will be entered at the national level. An awards ceremony for local winners will be held in early June. (Please feel free to leave a voice message at 717-390-9035 or if you have any questions.)

Free Online SAT and ACT Resources
There are free, online resources available to students to help them to prepare for the SAT and ACT. College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide preparation videos, instruction, problems and sample tests for the SAT. To access these materials, visit  www.khanacademy.org.  In addition, the free OpenEd Smart Library provides resources for preparing for the ACT. To access these materials, visit www.opened.com.

Catholic Diocese Night with the Hershey Bears - Feb. 3
Celebrate Catholic Schools' Week with the Hershey Bears Hockey team vs. Charlotte Checkers at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. for the Annual Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg Night on Sat., Feb. 3, 2018 at 7 p.m. Tickets are discounted to $15 each for all ages from the regular admission price of $23. For tickets, click here or contact Janet Dise - jdise@HersheyPA.com .   The deadline for ticket orders is  Mon., Jan. 29, 2018 .

Tax Reform Success
The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) would like to thank all the families who joined the campaign to contact Congress regarding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Please click here to read about the recent success of this campaign.

Health Enews
For a printable version of this flyer, click here.

From the Spiritual Life Office
Interact Club Makes Donation
The Delone Catholic Interact Club presented the Hanover Council of Churches with a check for $1,000. This money was raised at their Pit Beef Sale. The money will help support the Provide-A-Lunch program. What a welcome gift during the holiday season.

SportsLeader Virtue of the Week
One pillar of the SportsLeader program is a weekly virtue that we incorporate into our athletic practices and throughout our school community. Every week, we will share them here to encourage the students to take the virtue into their homes as well!

This week our  virtue  theme is being ENTHUSIASTICThe strength to lift up yourself and others even when faced with difficulties.  Being ENTHUSIASTIC is so contagious! It lifts up everybody on the team, classmates in school and our family especially when they are feel down or depressed.

Peer Ministries Interactive Advent Calendar
Our Interactive Advent Calendar features a reflection, picture or video from our Spiritual Life Director, Mrs. Kate Phenicie or from one of our Peer Ministers. The reflection is based on the Mass readings of the day. It is our hope that this Advent Calendar will help everyone prepare spiritually for Christmas. 

From the Office of Development and Alumni Relations
Consider a Donation to The Delone Catholic Fund

To make your tax deductible donation, click here.

Giant A+ Rewards Program
Delone Catholic is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time family members and friends shop at any Giant Store. Please help our school and register your BonusCardĀ® to our SCHOOL ID #20406.

From the Athletics Department
Squire Tins Make Great Christmas Gifts
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Spectator Guidelines
As the days are getting shorter and the weather is beginning to chill, we are looking forward to moving indoors to watch the hard work of Delone Catholic's student-athletes, visiting teams, coaches and officials.

Please take a moment to review the PIAA and Delone Catholic's expectations and guidelines for all spectators attending athletic events this season. 

Winter Baseball Clinics
Our Delone Catholic Baseball team is hosting Winter clinics for boys in grades K-3 and 4-8. Beat the winter blues and brush up on your baseball skills with Coach Neumayer and members of our coaching staff and team. For registration information, click on one of the links below. 


Baseball Weight Lifting
Starting  Tues. Nov, 14 , the weight room at Delone Catholic will be open for baseball players. The lifting sessions will be supervised by the baseball coaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from  3:15-4:45 p.m.   The coaches will have a specific baseball lifting program/routine for the players.  It is encouraged that any interested baseball player who does not play a winter sport, try to attend as many sessions as possible. For more information, please contact Mr. Dave Neumayer at dneumayer@delonecatholic.org.

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
St. Teresa of Calcutta Kindergarten Open House
For a printable version of this flyer, click here.

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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