St Joseph High School - A Catholic College Prep School
Congratulations to our "Coaches of Excellence"!
Jeff Babineau
Joe DellaVecchia
Jack Nogueira
On Monday, December 10, we were thrilled to learn that once again, three SJ Coaches were recognized as FCIAC's Coaches of Excellence  for the fall season! 

Congratulations to Girls' Soccer Coach: Jack Nogueira; Girls' Volleyball Coach: Jeff Babineau; and Football Coach Joe DellaVecchia!
Spreading Christmas Cheer Around Our Community!
“For it is in giving that we receive.”

Our most sincere thanks to everyone who placed a Blessing Bag for the homeless or a Bedtime Bag for children under St Joe's Giving Tree! After this photo was taken, even more gifts arrived! We are incredibly grateful to be able to share Christmas joy with those in need!
“Christmas is the spirit of giving, without a thought of getting.”

On Monday, December 10, nine students brought the Christmas spirit to Caroline House in Bridgeport! Cadets took time during the day to bring small gifts to seventeen of the children. The two groups also enjoyed lunch together and the students were treated to a special visit from Santa!
“A child, a child, sleeping in the night; He will bring us goodness and light”

Thank you to all those who attended our Winter Fine Arts Night on December 13! The musical and artistic talents of more than 200 Cadets were on display! View photos here .
Decision Time: Choosing the Class of 2023!
Something special was mailed on December 14 to all accepted students! Congratulations to all those accepted as part of St Joe's Class of 2023!

Click the icon on the left to watch our Accepted Students Video!
Still Need to Apply? Rolling Admission is Happening Now!
Get your application in this week to receive your decision before Christmas!

Please email or call our admissions team at any time to check the status of your application (i.e. completed, incomplete). We will also send email notifications regularly. admissions@sjcadets.org or (203) 378-9378 x308.
Cadet Spotlight: Engineering & Aviation Course Graduates! 
On Saturday, December 8, students enrolled in SJ's Engineering and Aviation Course were proud to complete the program in front of family and friends. The hands-on program introduced STEM education, experiential learning, and student engagement designed to empower and motivate all students.

New Course: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence!
This project-based course will feature state-of-the-art technologies to propel students from foundational topics into articulation, feedback loops, automation, and other advanced concepts. Interested in enrolling? Reach out to your Guidance Counselor to learn more.
The Proof is in the People - Staff Spotlight!
Angela DeStefano P '04, '07, Administrative Assistant & Transportation Manager

If you ever find yourself in the Main Office, there's a good chance you'll meet Mrs DeStefano!

Mrs DeStefano began working at the Diocese of Bridgeport in 1999 for then superintendent, Armand Fabbri. Just one year later, she met Richard Bishop, the former Principal of St Joe’s and he asked her if she'd be interested in working in the Admissions Offices alongside Peggy Marino. It was a perfect match as the pair worked side-by-side for approximately 14 years! Now, you can find Mrs DeStefano in the Main Office where she works as an Administrative Assistant and handles all things transportation!

Mrs DeStefano has two daughters, both of whom are SJ Alumni. Her favorite part of the job is the interactions she has every day with both parents and students.  
Campus Ministry Corner:
Register for these Upcoming 2019 Events!
March for Life: January 18
Kairos Retreat: March 2-4
Students interested in taking part in the March for Life will travel to Washington, DC on Friday, January 18 . Students will not only be a part of the annual March, but will also have the opportunity to attend Mass in the Capital One Arena.

Joining in the March is a peaceful way of supporting the sanctity of human life with more than 100,000 others who share those values.

Interested students should fill out the permission form here , enter your information in our google form , and bring payment to Mr Smith. Participants will earn 5 hours of community service.
Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, Kairos examines the self, others and God through personal testimony, reflection and conversation. Seniors in Peer Ministry have been trained to facilitate small groups, which are mixed by both gender and grade level. Their leadership, coupled with the brave and honest personal reflections of their classmates, provides the platform for spiritual growth and faith formation. Kairos is uninhibited by retreat games and activities, and instead provides a real-life application of faith and friendship that is so crucial in today’s world. 

Enjoy A Night Out While Supporting SJ Cheer!
On Saturday, January 26, SJ's Cheer Team will be hosting an Italian Night Out Dinner & Fundraiser.

Dinner will be at Testo's Restaurant in Bridgeport and entertainment will be provided by St Joe's very own Steve D'Agostino '81! Raffles and prizes will also be available.

Find out more at sjcadets.org/cheer !
Winter Break and Preparing for Mid-Terms!
Christmas Break begins on Thursday, December 20 with dismissal at 12:00pm.  All students must be picked up by 12:00pm as the school will be shut down at that time. Winter Break runs from December 20 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 2. 
Mid-Term Exams will be held from Tuesday, Jan 8 - Friday, Jan 11.

Some of our students, especially Freshmen, have never taken a mid-term or final exam and the experience can be even that much more stressful. It’s important manage stress appropriately, here are some test planning tips:
Recognize when you're under stress and acknowledge that it’s okay.
 
Plan ahead!  Figure how much time it will take to study for an exam. Typically students should begin 3-4 days before the exam. 
 
Get a good night’s sleep.  Without enough sleep, your body may not be rested enough to fight off any last minute panic.
 
Eat a good breakfast.  Proteins and whole grains provide energy and stamina to perform to the best of your ability.
 
Stop studying an hour before the test. 
Seeing something you don’t know at the last minute is bound to create panic. Put the books away and try to be as relaxed as possible.
Do not talk about the test with other students once you get there. Others may say something you didn’t study and create panic resulting in forgetting what you actually do know.
 
Don’t be your own worst enemy! How we behave under stress is determined by what we think. Positive self talk is a very powerful tool we can use to help us succeed.
 
Ask for help.  Know that faculty and staff are always here to support you and help you succeed to the best of your ability.  
 
So, relax and do your best. Good luck!

PS - Don't forget to breathe! It will be okay!
Year-End Tip From Advancement!
Consider Gifts of Stock!
Year-end giving is upon us. A gift of appreciated securities, with publicly traded stock or from a private company, may provide greater tax advantages than gifts of cash.

Donors can deduct the current fair-market value as a charitable gift, and completely avoid capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Click here for Stock transfer information or visit sjcadets.org/sjfund to make a tax deductible gift today! Thank you for all the ways you give to St Joes! 
Librarian Recommended: Book of the Week!
Raised by white parents in Oregon, Chung was 18 before she met another Korean-American. While she always knew she was adopted, her parents were unprepared to answer questions about her identity as a transracial adoptee. Years later, in high school, Chung finds the name and number of the lawyer who handled her adoption back in 1981. What follows is the gripping story of her journey to connect with her birth parents and, later, the sisters she never knew she had. Chung includes her sister Cindy's experience of finding out the younger sibling she thought had died during birth was actually alive and trying to contact her. This touching memoir explores issues of identity, racism, motherhood, and sisterhood with eloquence and grace.
Events & Registrations

Parent-Student Meeting - China Immersion Trip
  • December 18, 6:30pm
NCAA Signings
  • All are welcome!
  • December 19, 9:00am
Early Dismissal
  • December 20
  • Students must be picked up by 12:00pm
Christmas Vacation
  • December 21 - January 1, 2019
  • Classes Resume on January 2, 2019
Gymnasium Closed
  • December 25 - January 1, 2019
Second Quarter Ends
  • January 7, 2019
Mid-Term Exams
  • January 8 - January 11, 2019
Accepted Students Night
  • January 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Junior Parent Guidance Breakfast
  • January 15, 7:00am
March for Life (Washington, D.C.)
  • January 18
  • See Mr Smith if interested
Reach Out When You Need Us the Most
Parents and students: If you experience a loss or serious illness in your family, please let us know. As an academic community of faith we can pray for each other. We are also blessed with a Chaplain willing and able to assist families and students in time of need. Please direct all such concerns to Fr Silva at  FrSilva@sjcadets.org.
Thank You To Our Winter Community Partners


Interested in becoming a Community Partner?
Contact Michele Krasznai at  mkrasznai@sjcadets.org
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