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Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 07, 2016
By Jane Glass

Cheverus collected more than 800 pairs of socks in October.  Student Government representatives delivered the socks to the Preble Street Shelter on Friday, November 4.

Register for Parent-Teacher Conferences, Nov. 21-22 

Please join us for our upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 21, and Tuesday, November 22; see below for instructions on how to sign-up for meetings with your child's teachers.

  • Be mindful that these meetings are intended to be brief check-ins (five minutes or less) and are not appropriate forums for more detailed or personal conversations that require more time. If necessary, we would encourage you to schedule such meetings for another time.
     
  • You do not need to feel obligated to sign-up to see all of your child's teachers; these days are designed to allow you the flexibility to sign-up to see just one or two teachers if you prefer. 
     
  • If you are signing up to see most or all of your child's teachers, we would encourage you to allow for some travel time and possible delays between meetings.
     
  • Also note that our busiest sign-up times are typically between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Monday night. 

Resources for signing up for parent-teacher conferences:

If you need to change your schedule, you may reenter the system and make changes anytime up until 8:00 a.m. on November 21.

If you encounter any problems with this online conference scheduling system, please call Sue Sullivan at 774-6238 ext. 162 or email her at sullivan@cheverus.org.  We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming parent teacher conferences.

Help CFA Organize Faculty Dinner

It is a tradition that the Cheverus Families Association organizes a simple dinner for all the teachers to help sustain them on the first day of conferences, Monday, November 21. (This kind gesture is always greatly appreciated by the faculty!) The CFA has created an online sign-up form for items for donation.

Items requiring refrigeration can be dropped off to Loyola Hall between 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. on November 21 (as parents arrive on campus for conferences.) Non-perishable items can be delivered to Loyola on that day or in advance. The CFA thanks you so much for your support.


  • Report Cards for Quarter 1 were emailed on Friday, November 4.  Please contact Lisa Merrill if you did not receive an email with a link to the report card.  These links are active for two weeks so please print or save a copy for your records.  Please direct any questions regarding grades to the individual teacher.
     
  • Congratulations to Cicy Po for being named the 2016 New England Environmental Educators Alliance (NEEEA) Formal Educator of the Year! The NEEEA Awards Committee was impressed with the Ignatian Carbon Challenge Ms. Po helped develop to create change not only at Cheverus but to encourage other schools around the country and other parts of the world to participate. The Committee commended Ms. Po for “helping to inspire and train the next generation of scientists and environmental leaders.” Thanks as well to Helene Adams for assisting with the nomination process.
  • Thank you to all the wonderful grandparents and special seniors who joined us at our school-wide All Saint’s Day Mass and Grandparents’ Day this past Tuesday, November 1. The photos will be available for you to download/purchase within the next week and Institutional Advancement will send those via email to all the grandparents and parents. We look forward to seeing all the grandparents again next year for this cherished Cheverus tradition.

    Grandparents Day, 2016


    (click on the photo above for a gallery of photos from Grandparents Day)

    We would also like to thank the amazing Cheverus Families Association parent volunteers who took the time out of their day to help with the event and who made all our guests at Cheverus feel welcome: Michelle Dyer, Annie Bossong, Bethany Wilson, Bethany Cunningham, Cristina LaPoint-Smalley, Jill McCarthy, Ruby Anastacio, Jennifer Brooks, Mori LeFevre, Joy Conant, Cindy Jacobs, Patricia Meserve, Donna Guenther, Tami Hussey, Colleen Haley-Reed, Ellen Pirone, Lori Carter, and Lourdes Nason.
     
  • Read Bishop Deeley's statement about Question 1.
     
  • Yearbook Reminders:  Parent ads are due by December 16.  Download the flyer for sizes and prices.

The week ahead: 

  • Monday-Friday: Drop Off Turkeys between 7:00-8:00 a.m. Help Cheverus feed 500 families this Thanksgiving.
     
  • Tuesday, November 8: Fall Jazz Concert, 7:00 p.m., Keegan Gym
     
  • Tuesday, November 8 -Friday, November 11: Kairos
     
  • Wednesday, November 9: Cheverus 101, 5:00 p.m. Learn more and register here.
     
  • Thursday, November 10:  Cultural Breakfast, 7:00 a.m., Loyola Parlor. Learn about opportunities to study abroad.  Sponsored by the Spanish and French Clubs.
     
  • Friday, November 11: Veterans Day, No School

Campus Ministry Says "Thank You"

The Office of Campus Ministry would like to thank all the families who donated items for the Freshmen Retreat as well as donated their time to assist in the two-day event.  Your generosity helped to make the Freshmen Retreat meaningful and the Community Service Day successful. 

Thank you for your generous support and for modeling for our students what it means to be "People with and for others."
 

Job Opening: Part-time Bus Driver

Qualifications:
Valid Maine bus operator`s license. Clean driving record and enjoy working with kids. Maine Dept. of Ed. Criminal History Records Check (CHRC) Approval is required.

Description:
Assigned to after school activities, field trips, co-curricular and sporting events on an as needed basis.

For more detailed information, please contact Marie Cross 207-774-6238 ext. 141.

College Advising News:


Junior & Senior parents: the final two weeks of college visit season are upon us. Here's the calendar of college reps visiting Cheverus. Encourage your student to attend. Contact Ms. Coddaire for more info.

Senior parents: need help filing the FAFSA? FAME runs free help sessions around the state in early November. If your senior applied to college, it's time to file for financial aid. Check each college's financial aid page to see deadlines, and determine if other forms are required. Contact Ms. Coddaire for more info.

An academic enrichment experience over the summer might be right for your student -- check out this list of world wide opportunities

Seeking Vendors for Dec. 3 Fair

The hockey boosters are currently seeking vendors to sell crafts or offer activities (for example, a table where children can decorate an ornament to offer as a gift) for the Holiday Craft Fair on December 3. 

Cost is $25/per six-foot space for outside vendors; there is no cost for Cheverus clubs or activities to reserve a table.

Please download the Vendor reservation form or the Cheverus Club reservation form. Completed forms and payment must be received by November 18.

Contact Mary Cahill (cahillm@ccdpa.com) with any questions. 

Turkey Drive Begins Monday, Oct. 25

October 24, 2016
By Jane Glass

Key Club Turkey Drive: Cheverus to Feed 500 Families


The Cheverus High School Key Club holds one of the largest and longest running Turkey Drives in New England. Last year,  the Key Club and the Cheverus Community provided 500 baskets to needy families in the Greater Portland area. 

This year's drive will kick-off on Monday, October 24, with the beginning of canned goods donations by students, faculty and staff. Each homeroom has a target item to collect -- see the list

Turkey donations will begin on Friday, November 4. Look for Mr. Smith (in full turkey regalia!) as you drop off your frozen turkey before school.  If each family and faculty/staff member brings in a turkey, the Key Club will have enough for all 500 baskets. 

The Thanksgiving baskets will contain the fixings for a complete holiday meal: turkey, stuffing, bread, milk, potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

If you would like to donate canned goods or frozen turkeys (beginning November 4) to this effort, please drive by Cheverus High School any morning from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. or drop donations off to the Main Office until 3:00 p.m. on any school day. We will be accepting donations until November 17. 

For more information about the Turkey Drive please contact:

Karen Connick or Sue Sullivan
Cheverus High School Main Office
(207) 774-6238 ext. 162


  • Cheverus will test its Emergency Alert System on Tuesday, October 25.  You should receive a test message from the system around noon on Tuesday. Please contact Lisa Merrill to update your contact information to receive emergency alert messages.
     
  • "Sock-tober": Student Government is collecting new socks for Preble Street shelter. Please encourage your students to bring in NEW socks for those in need. Each homeroom has a collection box for the socks. The homeroom with the most socks will be treated to donuts. Thank you for your help. 
     
  • News from the College Advising Office for Parents of Seniors: Now is the time to file the FAFSA for each college your student where your student intends to apply and to research if the CSS Profile is needed for those colleges. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can be found at www.fafsa.gov and the CSS Profile at https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile.
     
  • Yearbook Reminders:  Parent ads are due by December 16.  Download the flyer for sizes and prices.

     


 

 

October is for #compassion. Learn more about #iggycarbon.
The week ahead: 

Monday, October 24:
"Paying for College" -- 6:00 p.m., Keegan Gym
Learn the difference between colleges that are generous with merit money versus need-based aid. Which ones are right for your family? Contact Kate Coddaire for more info.

Tuesday, October 25:
Town Hall Meeting with Dr. Moran -- 7:00 p.m., Sparta Room
Discuss the results of the "Educate the Principal" survey (view a sampling of your responses) and share your own thoughts.

Friday, October 28:
1st Quarter Ends
Picture Re-take Day

 
Register for Grandparents Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 1

 


We're inviting grandparents -- or a special relative -- to join the Cheverus community for All Saints Day Mass on November 1

Grandparents and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and cup of tea/coffee before, or after, the Mass.

If students do not have a grandparent able to attend the activities, please invite them to bring a special relative or important senior in their lives.

For more information -- and to register your grandparents -- click here. Interested in helping out that day?  View volunteer sign-up sheet.

Grandparents Day: November 1,

October 10, 2016
By Jane Glass

Join Us for Grandparents Day!


All Cheverus grandparents are cordially invited to join the school community for our annual Grandparents Day on Tuesday November 1, 2016, during our school-wide All Saints Day Mass. If students do not have a grandparent able to attend the activities, please invite them to bring a special relative or important senior in their lives.Grandparents and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments and cup of tea/coffee before, or after, the Mass. For more information -- and to register your grandparents -- click here. Interested in helping out that day?  View volunteer sign-up sheet.

Other items of interest:

  • Letter from a Cheverus Parent: "With the school year well underway and our children settled into their class routines, I would like to invite each of you to consider joining me in a renewed interest and participation in the Cheverus Family Association. This organization is an important source of support to our students, faculty, staff, administration, and the wider community."  Read Barbara Jerome's full letter on the CFA page
     
  • Picture re-take day is Friday, October 28.
     
  • The Salt to the Sea reading groups will meet during an X-Order on October 12 to share their independent project. The projects will be evaluated on a pass/fail basis and should demonstrate an exploration of the themes in Salt to the Sea and/or the community focus on refugee crises. For samples of project ideas and additional resources, view the Salt to the Sea presentation.
     
  • Campus Ministry and the CFA are seeking volunteers and donations for the Freshmen Retreat and Community Service Day, October 19 & 20.  See the volunteer sign-up sheet if you're interested in helping out or donating.
     
  • Please note: Our faculty meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, October 20 has been moved to Friday, October 21 in order to accommodate the freshmen retreat/day of service. We will have a regular schedule of classes on October 20 and a noon dismissal on Friday, October 21.
     
  • Yearbook Reminders: Senior photos are due Friday, October 14. Photos may be submitted in black-and-white or color; 300 dpi resolution.  Parent ads are due by December 16.  Download the flyer for sizes and prices.
     
  • Now that the school year is under way, the Main Office and Dean of Students remind parents and students about the policy for reporting absences, tardies and dismissals (PDF).
     
  • Notifications: please review the following documents: Federal Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and the annual notice about pesticide use.
     
  • Our Lady of Hope Parish will celebrate a Mass welcoming Jesuit Alumni/ae, Friends and Family as part of the Northeast US Jesuit Province celebration to welcome all our Ignatian family at St. Pius X Church at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 23.  Download the flyer

  • Fr. James Martin, S.J., will join us from New York City via Skype at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, in the Keegan Gymnasium.  Learn more and sign up here.

  • Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age -- an award-winning documentary -- will be shown on October 13, 7:00 p.m. in the Cape Elizabeth High School Auditorium.  This nationally-recognized film takes a personal approach to exploring the challenges teenagers face with an average of 6.5 hours spent on screens per day.  Run time is just over an hour.  See the trailer.

Sunday Newsletter: Homecoming, Ignatian Carbon Challenge, Grandparents Day

October 02, 2016
By Jane Glass

Getting Ready for Homecoming

Juniors Alexis Paszyc and Kate Sprague preparing for Homecoming.

Before the Game: Learn about Cheverus Today

Come early for the game and learn about Cheverus -- present and future -- at Cheverus Today panel in the Loyola Parlor at 11:00 a.m featuring:

  • Fr. George E. Collins, SJ -- President
  • Dr. John Moran -- Principal
  • Ruth Summers -- Director of Admissions
  • Dan Costigan '82 -- Dean of Students
  • Randy Shaw -- Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Visit the Homecoming page for the full schedule.

After the Game: The Homecoming Dance

The Homecoming Dance is from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. Students can buy tickets during 4th, 5th and 6th periods in the Atrium. Tickets are $10 per person.

At the start of the dance, we will have our own Cheverus photo area in the atrium where the students can take group shots with a special Cheverus Homecoming Backdrop and where parents can also pop in and take a few quick photos. Parents wishing to take pictures should enter through the side entrance of the main building (near Loyola) between 7:00 and 7:30.

Dropping off your child for the Homecoming Dance? Don't wait in the car! Come join us for an informal meet & greet with coffee (decaf) & cookies in the Sparta Room of Loyola Hall. We'll stay open for the duration of the dance. 


Other items of interest:

  • Volleyball plays a "Pink Game" on Thursday, October 6. Cheverus and Kennebunk will team up to raise money for the American Cancer Society during this game.  Wear your pink and show up to support cancer research and awareness.  JV plays at 4:30 p.m.; Varsity at 6:00 p.m.
     
  • Save the date: Grandparents Day is Tuesday, November 1.We invite Cheverus grandparents to join in our community-wide celebration of All Saints Day Mass. If students do not have a grandparent able to attend the activities, please invite them to bring a special relative or important senior in their lives.  Look for details and an online registration regarding this popular and beloved Cheverus tradition soon.
     
  • Now that the school year is under way, the Main Office and Dean of Students remind parents and students about the policy for reporting absences, tardies and dismissals (PDF).
     
  • The Jesuits of the Northeast Provinces highlighted the Ignatian Carbon Challenge in their latest newsletter: "Coinciding with Pope Francis’ Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, and designed to bring Laudato Si’ to life within classrooms and institutions, the Ignatian Solidarity Network and Catholic high schools around the country kicked off the Ignatian Carbon Challenge. The program, which began on Sept. 1, and extends through the 2016-2017 academic year, provides tangible resources for action and reflection to support institutions’ and individuals’ work toward a more sustainable lifestyle and campus environment."  Read the entire story here.
     
  • Our Lady of Hope Parish will celebrate a Mass welcoming Jesuit Alumni/ae, Friends and Family as part of the Northeast US Jesuit Province celebration to welcome all our Ignatian family at St. Pius X Church at 11:00 a.m.  on Sunday, October 23.  Fr. Paul Sullivan, S.J., will be the celebrant.  Fr. Anthony Kuzniewski, S.J., professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA) will be the homilist. Following the Mass there will be a reception at St. Pius X Hall. Download the flyer. 
     
  • The Salt to the Sea reading groups will meet during an X-Order on October 12 to share their independent project.
     
  • Fr. James Martin, S.J., author of several books, including Jesus: A Pilgrimage, will join us from New York City via a Skype connection at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17, in the Keegan Gymnasium.  Learn more and sign up here.

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