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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.

Fr. James Martin, SJ, Skyping to Cheverus

September 27, 2016
By Jane Glass

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. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask Fr. Martin questions following his presentation. Ms. Mary King, a member of the theology department at Cheverus, who recently took part in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Fr. Martin, will be on hand to help facilitate the discussion. The evening will conclude with a social gathering in which refreshments will be served. Learn more and sign up here.


New Calendar Items:

  • Cheverus will be closed for the federal holiday on January 2, 2017.  Classes will resume January 3.
     
  • The Salt to the Sea reading groups will meet during an X-Order on October 12 to share their independent project.

 

Getting Ready for Back-to-School

August 04, 2016
By Dr. John Moran, Principal

Dear Cheverus Students and Parents,

I hope this letter finds you out enjoying a beautiful summer day and not inside reading email. Though it hasn’t quite been a month since we moved here, my family and I already feel very much at home and are exploring all the wonderful sights and tastes of Portland. Even during these quiet summer months I’ve been able to speak with dozens of members of the community, and in every conversation people have stressed what a wonderful place Cheverus is and what great students we have, and I also heard repeatedly about the gifts and talents of our faculty, staff and administration.

Following these conversations we have decided to make a change in our administrative structure for the coming academic year. I’m pleased to announce that Mr. Dan Costigan has accepted the position of “Dean of Students” and will serve as a member of our administrative team. In short, the Dean of Students helps formulate rules of conduct for students and assists students and teachers in the observance of these rules. As an alumnus, teacher, coach and parent of a Cheverus student, he has seen our school from many angles, and we think his perspective will serve us well. Mr. Rodger Cilley will teach freshmen English this year, and we want to thank him for his years of dedication and service as our Assistant Principal for Student Life.

A few other notes before you head back out to enjoy some summer fun:

  • Our Freshmen Orientation and Experience will take place both on campus and at Camp O-AT-KA on Monday, August 29, and Tuesday, August 30. Parents of incoming freshmen can click here for more details.
     
  • As we have done in the past, we will use a modified schedule for the first day of classes on Tuesday, September 6. Freshman should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and grades 10-12 should arrive by 8:45 a.m. Also to ease our transition into the school year we will use an “A” day schedule on both Tuesday, September 6,  andWednesday, September 7, and then we will begin to rotate classes with a “C” day on Thursday, September 8.
     
  • Mark your calendar for our Parent Nights: parents of juniors and seniors will meet on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m. and parents of freshmen and sophomores will meet on Wednesday, September 21, at 6:30 p.m.
     
  • Land's End is offering 30% off orders of dress code styles beginning today through Monday, August 8.  Use the promo code KIDS with the PIN 4495 at checkout.  See CHS News for more information or go to the Cheverus Store at Land's End.
     
  • Fall Sports Pre-season begins Monday, August 15. Please visit our Athletics webpage and select individual sports for pre-season details and schedules.
     
  • Classbook.com is offering free shipping from August 22-28 and a 10% off flash sale on used and rental books from August 22-25.  See CHS News for information about book returns/rentals and how to access your course list for next year.
     
  • And finally, a “Save the Date” reminder: editor at large of America magazine andNew York Times bestselling author Fr. James Martin, S.J. will be with us onMonday, October 17, to speak at Cheverus. Click here for the announcement from Our Lady of Hope Parish.

Okay, that’s plenty of information for the beginning of August! I’m already looking forward to students returning and the start of a great year on Ocean Avenue!

Peace,

Dr. John Moran
Principal

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