Volume 11 Number 9                                              October 23, 2020
General News
Talking With Mrs. Tompkins 
We are happy to announce that it is another Freedom Friday dress down day. Please follow the dress down day dress code which begins on page 53 of the School Handbook. We continue to appreciate the support we receive from parents who diligently complete screenings each morning on their student(s).

On Monday, we welcomed some new members of the Delone Catholic Community.  Mrs. Melanie Stonesifer, P '23, P'24 as our Main Office Administrative Assistant and Mr. Tom Meyer (afternoons) and Mr. Barry Eyler (evenings) to our Building Service Department.

With the onset of the winter uniform, I would like to share with you an announcement that has been made to the students this week:

"We are now close to the end of quarter one, and there is a need to revisit the dress code policy for students. Please keep in mind that for young men, hair must be neatly kept out of your eyes, not below your ear lobes and not touching your collar. Also, young men should be cleanly shaven every day for school regardless if it is visible behind a mask. Young ladies, please check the length of your skirts, as it should be no shorter than 2 inches above your knee. Also, leggings are not appropriate for dress down days. Beginning next week, teachers have been asked to cite students not in compliance with dress code guidelines. Students should take the time this week to address these concerns."  

Please remember if you plan a vacation or college visits at any time during the school year which includes any of the states on the travel advisory list, your student will need to quarantine for 14 days upon his/her return. For a complete list of the states with travel restrictions, please click HERE.

Monday, Oct. 26 is an in-service day for our teachers, so there is no school for students. Please enjoy the day off. Mark your calendars that on Tuesday, Nov. 24, all students will have a virtual day of learning. Attendance will be required. Teachers will be providing students with more information as the date approaches.

Keeping with our Respect Life theme for October, here is a short prayer that you may want to join me in saying this month:

Father and maker of all, You adorn all creation with splendor and beauty, and fashion human lives in Your image and likeness. Awaken in every heart reverence for the work of Your hands, and renew among Your people a readiness to nurture and sustain Your precious gift of life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen

May God Bless You,

Donna Tompkins
Interim Principal

Fall Open House - Sunday, Nov. 1
"I love Delone Catholic because of the community aspect. Everyone is friendly with one another and you walk the halls and see people you know all the time, compared to other schools where there are a lot of unfamiliar faces."
~Trenton Kopp '21

There are dozens of reasons why students and parents have fallen in love with Delone Catholic HS. Come and see what there is for your student to love about Delone Catholic. Eighth grade students can pre-register for our scholarship competition and transfer students can take advantage of a Transfer Tuition Grant of up to $3,000. Teachers, administrators, coaches, activity moderators, student ambassadors and parent ambassadors will be available for tours and questions. Registration is preferred, so please scan the QR code or visit the school website at www.delonecatholic.org.

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive
Student Council is organizing the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Each student has been asked to bring in $3 to go towards a gift certificate - or one of the food items below - to create food boxes for those in need in our community. Monetary and food donations are to be delivered to room 210 no later than Friday, Nov. 13. Those who bring money and/or food will receive a dress down day on the last day of school before Christmas break. If you are interested in donating more, please follow the list below, as to keep the boxes even and consistent. Thank you for your generosity! 

PTO Meeting Nov. 9 - New Members Welcome!
The Delone Catholic PTO meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the school Library. The next meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The group is welcoming new members. The PTO is an excellent way to join other parents and teachers who want to help to promote Delone Catholic and its students. The PTO raises funds through used uniform sales and Christmas raffle to buy much needed items for teachers. Past purchases have included water bottle filling stations and art tables. The group also participates in open houses and plans the academic banquet. For more information, please contact Mrs. Heather Hillson, PTO president. 

Virtual PHEAA Financial Aid Seminar 
On Nov. 11, 2020, Delone Catholic will be hosting a virtual financial aid seminar hosted by Diona Brown, Representative from PHEAA.  This seminar will be of special interest to senior parents, especially those sending a student to college for the first time.  Discussion topics will include: completion of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form needed to receive federal/state aid, filling out the CSS, the College Scholarship Search Profile, required by some colleges to qualify for scholarships at their school and how to access other scholarship opportunities.  These topics are relevant for students attending any college. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Ms. Brown will be available for questions at the conclusion of her presentation.  All senior parents are encouraged to attend. Use THIS LINK to attend the meeting. Attendees will not be able to speak, but can type in questions in the Q & A feature.  

From the Alumni and Advancement Office
Alumni: Please Share Your News
You may have graduated or moved on from Delone Catholic High School, but we never stop caring about you or being interested in your life. Use this form to share news with your Delone Catholic family - or to brag about your classmates and friends.
From the Spiritual Life Office
Respect Life Club: Supplies Needed for Tender Care Pregnancy Center
To show our support for those mothers and fathers who chose LIFE, even under difficult economic and personal circumstances please consider making a donation to the Respect Life Club's Diaper Drive., Oct. 18-30. Donations may be placed in the red boxes outside the Main Office and inside Room 208.

We just were alerted that there is an IMMEDIATE NEED for coats for babies, sizes 3-6 mo., 6-9 mo., 12 mo., 18 mo., and 3T. Coats must be NEW! (No snowsuits please).

One pillar of the SportsLeader Virtue=Strength 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!

A virtue is a strength. Our virtue this week is a popular one: BRAVERY - the strength to conquer fear while overcoming difficulties and resisting temptations. All of us have fears. We hide them well, at times, but they are there. May we grow stronger this week to bravely confront our fears. Let's not back down when we are tempted to give up or let up.
From the Athletics Department
Update on Sports Pictures
It has come to our attention that there may be some concerns about photography at school sporting events. We want all parents to rest assured that, despite the retirement of Dave McFarland, we are continuing to document the activities of #SquireNation at school, at sports, and beyond.
Over the summer, Delone Catholic reached an agreement with Brienna Richelle Photography to take photographs for official school use. Additionally, Austin McCusker '03 and Kevin and Jackie Heffner P'21 have attended games and events to take school photos.
Austin's photos can be found on his website.
Kevin and Jackie Heffner have been taking photos at all football games (home and away), and their photos can be found here.
Brie, our official school photographer, has taken photos of many events, but they are not yet on her website. We will notify you when they are available.
Additionally, the Advancement Department has purchased a professional-quality camera that our staff uses to take classroom candid photos, activity day photos, special event photos, and more.
We are working with Athletic Director Tim Bonitz Jr. to develop a list of winter sports and any senior nights we already know about; we then will work with Brie, the Heffners, and Austin to make sure all senior nights are covered.
We are still asking for parent photographers to send any photos of any sports that you have. You may send them to Mrs. Lauren Gross, Director of Strategic Communications, at lgross@delonecatholic.org.
Dave McFarland was an institution at Delone Catholic, and his near-constant presence in the school to take photographs will be greatly missed. Rest assured, however, that we are taking steps to fill those shoes and make sure we have a continuity of coverage for all Delone Catholic events.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Lauren Gross, lgross@delonecatholic.org.

Employment Opportunity: Freshman Boys' Basketball Coach

Live Coverage of Away YAIAA Sporting Events
Please use THIS LINK from the YAIAA website to access live streaming for events at our opponents' schools this fall.  

From Partner Schools and Parishes
Conewago Christmas Bazaar

Food Truck Festival Fundraiser

Football Mania Fundraiser for St. Joseph School

From Our Community
Eagle Scout Project
Please click HERE to read the letter Dante Tapia Pujals has written regarding his Eagle Scout Project. 

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