St Joseph High School - A Catholic College Prep School
Looking Forward to December at St Joes!
We know how busy the holiday season can be, but we hope you can fit the following St Joes events and meetings onto your calendar!
Wednesday, December 5
  • Winter Open House, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Thursday, December 6
  • Winter Sports Parents Meeting, 6:00pm
Friday, December 7
  • Winter Dress Down Day
Saturday, December 8
  • Entrance Exam for the Class of 2023, 7:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday, December 9
  • St Joe's Tree Lighting, 5:00pm
Thursday, December 13
  • Christmas Concert, 6:30pm
Friday, December 14
  • Winter Pep Rally
Wednesday, December 9
  • NCAA Signings, 9:00am
Friday, December 21
  • Christmas Sweater Day
  • Lessons & Carols
December 24 - January 1
  • Christmas Vacation
  • No Classes Scheduled
Tomorrow's the Day of Giving!
Your Giving Tuesday Gift Will Make Such an Impact!
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday! We hope you can support St Joes and kick off your holiday season with a gift that will mean so much to all of our students!

And thanks to an anonymous donor, if we hit our goal of $40,000, an additional $25,000 will be donated as well!! 

We thank you so much for your support! To find more information or give your gift online, visit: sjcadets.org/sjgives before midnight tomorrow!
SJ Football Dominates Trumbull High 42-6!
Clinch No. 1 Seed in Class M Playoffs!
All Are Welcome: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!
We are thrilled to invite you and your family to St Joe's annual Christmas Tree Lighting! We hope you can kick off the holiday season with us.
 
Sunday, December 9 5:00pm
This great event will include:
  • The Blessing and Lighting of our Christmas tree and nativity scene
  • Christmas carols
  • Light refreshments and 
  • A visit by a special guest and his helpers...(we wonder who they could be?)

More information to follow in next week's newsletter!
The Proof is in the People - Staff Spotlight!
Carla Aldana, English Teacher

Prior to joining St Joseph High School in 2013, Ms Aldana taught at John Commodore Rodgers Elementary-Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. Within months of graduating from the University of Connecticut, Ms Aldana was able to secure a full-time position as a 6-8 th grade Language Arts teacher through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency. The program allowed her to dive right into her teaching career while pursing graduate level courses.

Prior to teaching at the middle school level, however, Ms Aldana interned at Hartford Public High School and The Urban league of Greater Hartford and felt her calling was working alongside the high school population. She ultimately decided to return to Stamford, Connecticut and enrolled at Sacred Heart University where she went on to earn her Master of Arts in Secondary Education, English. 

Ms Aldana fell in love with SJ for the very same reason our student do - academics, faith, family, and service to the community. She has spent the last five years teaching both CP and Honors II English courses including ESL/Composition, World Literature and Composition, American Literature, British Literature, Multicultural Literature and (new this year) Women’s Literature. In the past, Ms Aldana has co-moderated National English Honor Society and Astronomy Club; she presently co-moderates Zumba Club and serves as Producer for Drama Club. She has also chaperoned Habitat for Humanity builds in Bridgeport, as well as service trips to Appalachia and Puerto Rico. She is very blessed to be making the most of what SJ has to offer!
Take Part in a St Joes Tradition: Our Giving Tree!
If you've walked through our lobby recently, you might have noticed a Christmas tree with a unusual ornaments...

Each ornament on our Giving Tree (a great SJ tradition) has a list of items for those in need. Simply choose an ornament, purchase the items, and return the gifts with your ornament attached. Easy as pie!

Examples of items listed:
  • Bedtime Bags: a gift bag with a book, small stuffed animal, and children's toiletries.
  • Blessings Bag for the Homeless: a gift bag with a reusable water bottle, gloves, socks, and small toiletries.

Please return all items to school by December 11.
Feel free to leave gifts under the tree! Thank You!
Next Weekend! Keep These Additional Dates
On Your Radar!
December 7: Support SJ Art
Teacher, Ms Richter!
December 8: Submit Your
Nomination for the Hall of Fame!
We hope you will join us in celebrating SJ Art Teacher, Ms Richter, as she displays her art on December 7 !
 
The Art Show will take place in the Monroe Library's Community Room and Ms Richter plans to display her realistic work alongside her acrylic pours. Refreshments will be offered. The exhibit will be up for the month of December so stop in any time. 
SJ's Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for 2019 Inductees!

Nominations can be submitted online or printed and mailed to St Joseph High School's Athletic Office by December 8 .

Both the online form and printable form can be found at sjcadets.org/halloffame.
Prospective Students: Important Dates & Reminders!
Transfer Student Applications
Register for your Entrance Exam
Visit St Joes:
Winter Open House
The deadline for transfer student applications is approaching fast! Click here for all you need to know !
The 3rd Entrance Exam for freshman applicants will be held on December 8 at 7:30am. Register Today!
See what makes St Joes so special! Our Winter Open House will be Dec 5 at 7pm.
SJCadets: Applications Are Due Soon for Two Great Naval Academy Programs!
Naval Academy Summer Seminar
  • Introduces you to life at the Academy, where you'll experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. Learn more.

Summer STEM Program
  • Designed to encourage you to pursue a course of study in the STEM fields. This program was ranked one of the Top 5 "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs" in the country! Learn more.
Campus Ministry Corner
  • Thank you for your candy donations to Operation Gratitude, organized by Max Kimmel. We collected over 100 pounds of candy and 80 cards of gratitude!
  • Our Thanksgiving Food Drive was a tremendous success! Thank you for all of the food donated to the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry in Bridgeport. In addition, we donated 15 turkeys for the Missionaries of Charity. Read more here.
  • There will be a meeting for students interested in joining the SJ CARES Club on Thursday, November 29 at 2:30pm in Room 307.
Librarian Recommended: Book of the Week!
Estrella is a feisty 15-year-old living with her parents on a ranch in southern Texas. It’s 1931, and the Great Depression is in full swing. Her town is severely divided ethnically, and families of Mexican descent, though American citizens, are being rounded up and repatriated across the border. Following a protest that Estrella organizes, her home is burned, and she, her toddler brother, and mother are separated from her father while being transported to Mexico. They are thrown onto a train, forced into an open-air livestock corral for days with hundreds of others in harsh winter weather, and then taken to Mexico City, where survival is a constant challenge. Readers will recognize striking similarities between events in this novel and the separation of refugee children from their parents today. Through Estrella’s eloquent letters to her late grandmother and insightful poetry written in her journal, the sorrow and hardship of the ordeal is brought to light in a unique voice.
Events & Registrations

Giving Tuesday!
Parent-Student Meeting: Kairos Retreat
  • November 27, 7pm, Chapel
  • Questions? Contact Mr Smith
Kairos Retreat
  • November 30 - December 2
SAT (National Test Date)
  • December 1
First Sunday of Advent
  • December 2
First Sunday of Advent
  • December 2
Italian Food Taste-Off
  • December 4, 2:25pm
  • Cafeteria
Winter Open House - Spread the Word!
Winter Sports Meeting
  • December 6, 6:00pm
  In Next Week's Issue:
Our Christmas Concert is Coming
Creating the Class of 2023
NCAA Signings
and more!
Thank You To Our Fall Community Partners


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