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Key Club Delivers 500+ Thanksgiving Dinners

November 18, 2016
By Jane Glass

(video credit: Mrs. Aromando's Journalism class)


More than 100 Cheverus students, parents, faculty and staff gathered after our Thanksgiving Interfaith Service to finish assembling and delivering the ingredients for more than 500 complate Thanksgiving dinners to families in the Greater Portland area today.

The school community celebrated a diversity of faith traditions during the annual interfaith service. Rabbi Laura Boenisch led the call to worship and, with two Cheverus students, read from the Torah and then talked about the Torah -- what the passage meant, how a Torah is made, and how Star Trek is connected to Judaism (hint: "Live long and prosper.").

(click on the image above for a photo gallery of the Interfaith Service and Key Club deliveries)

Several students recited prayers from representing Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Episcopal, Buddhist, Greek Orthodox, Unitarian Universalist, and Congregationalist faith traditions.  Students from the Key Club filled a basket with bread, milk, vegetables, stuffing, potatoes, and a turkey to represent the meals they would deliver after the service.

Key Club President Cassidy McCusker '17 reported that the club exceeded its goal in food donations -- including generous donations of bread and milk from Oakhurst and Amato's -- and would be able to provide Thanksgiving baskets to many of the families on the waiting list.

Cassidy noted that Maine ranks first in New England for food insecurity: one in four children in Maine don't have sufficient food. "Thirty-five percent of Maine's food insecure population makes too much to qualify for public assistance, meaning they must rely on the charity food assistance network. 

Congratulations to the Key Club and their advisors Mrs. Connick and Ms. Sullivan for a job well done and thanks to all who donated food, time and effort to this endeavor!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Last Week to Drop off Turkeys!

November 13, 2016
By Jane Glass

The Homefront Club attended the Easter Seals "Veterans Count -- Salute Our Soldiers" at DiMillo's last Wednesday. Students led the 100 veterans and sponsors in the Pledge of Allegiance and Briley Bell '19 sang the national anthem. 

Drop Off Turkeys: 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.

The Key Club will deliver 500 Thanksgiving baskets to families this Friday. We appreciate all the help from the Cheverus community in this annual drive to help 500 families enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal.


  • Steve Huntington, varsity coach of the Cheverus Lady Stags Basketball Program, is offering three girls basketball clinics this season:  

    When:
    Saturday, November 26,  1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 10, noon -  1:30 p.m.
    Saturday, January 7,  noon - 1:30 p.m.

    The clinics are free and open to all girls currently in the 3rd through the 8th grade.  Coach Huntington, his coaching staff and the varsity girls will be providing fundamental basketball instruction.  This is great way for the girls to develop their skills, learn new skills in an encouraging atmosphere promoting positive values. Girls are welcome to attend one clinic or all three.  Please come join us for these exciting opportunities!

    If you are interested, please contact Coach Huntington at huntington@cheverus.org to reserve your spot!


  • Don't forget to register for 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.

    List of teachers and conference rooms
    Cheverus map
    PTC Wizard  -- Online Registration Site
    Instructions for Registering
     
  • 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.

  • View all the family portraits from Grandparents Day (the gallery password is Cheverus).  Thanks to our photographers, Kassi Getchell and Lourdes Nason, and to Cori Cushing for setting up the photo area. These photos may be downloaded or purchased as prints.
     
  • 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. 
     
  • 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.

The Pies Are Coming!
If you ordered pies they will be arriving on Wednesday, November 16.

Pickup will be in the Cheverus Atrium after 2:30 p.m. -- all pies must be picked by 5:00 p.m.  

The product arrives frozen and we do not have space to store any pies that are not picked up on Wednesday. 

Thank you for supporting the Freshman & Senior classes!


The week ahead: 
 

Monday, November 14
Purple & Gold Meeting
6:00 p.m., Loyola Parlor


Tuesday, November 15
Junior Retreat

Thursday, November 17
Kairos Alumni Dinner & Candlelight Mass
6:30 p.m., Mass
7:30 p.m., Dinner


Cheverus Families Association Meeting
6:30 p.m., Sparta Room


Friday, November 18
Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
9:10 a.m., Keegan Gym


Saturday, November 19
Super Scholarship Saturday for Seniors
2:00-4:00 p.m.,
McCarten Lab

We'll search for and apply for scholarships. We'll review this PDF in Tuesday's College Advising class if you'd like a sneak peek.


We Want Your Opinion

Since last spring, the faculty and administration of Cheverus have been discussing our daily class schedule. This past Wednesday, we surveyed the student body during homerooms; and, now we'd like to hear some of your thoughts on the subject. Please take a few minutes to respond to this survey (corrected link) and thank you in advance for your help.



The 31st Benefit Auction, “A Night in Italy” will be held at the Italian Heritage Center.

I hope you consider joining the committee as we plan for another successful auction -- please use this form to sign-up (corrected link), even if you are unable to attend that first meeting.


College Advising News:

Senior Parents: If your senior applied to college, it's also time to file for financial aid. Be sure to file at fafsa.gov for free.

Filed the FAFSA already? Watch this 3 min video to see what happens next.

All Parents: a summer academic experience could be right for your student. Check out the long list of possibilities!


Yearbook Reminder:  
Parent ads are due by December 16.  Download the flyer for sizes and prices.

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.

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