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This Weekend: Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale, Holiday Fair

November 28, 2016
By Jane Glass

Scenes from last years Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale. Start your decorating this weekend with the annual Christmas Tree & Wreath sale: December Saturday, December 3 & Sunday December 4, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Foreign Language Clubs to benefit Haiti.

  • From a galaxy far, far away: the CFA is sponsoring a pre-release screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 15, 7:00 p.m. at Cinemagic Westbrook.  Find all the details -- including how to reserve tickets -- here. 
  • Ready for Christmas shopping? The first Holiday Craft Fair is this Saturday, December 3, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Cheverus Cafeteria.  Get your Christmas tree and some great hand-made gifts to go under it -- one-stop shopping!
  • Thank you to everyone who purchased poinsettias from the Sailing Team. Please pick up your poinsettias on Friday, December 2 from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. in the multi-purpose room by the Keegan Gym. Questions? Email: Wendy Morrissette.
  • Wondering how to recycle old Christmas Tree lights? Most used Christmas tree lights end up in the landfill.  This year send your lights to Cheverus and we will recycle them for you. Drop them in Main School Foyer under the Ignatian Carbon Challenge sign through December 4.
  • Thanks to the CFA and all the parents who helped provide meals for the faculty and staff during Parent-Teacher conferences.
  • Officer Kevin Haley and Karen Connick are organizing a bus trip to Arlington, December 15-18, to volunteer with Wreaths Across America.  See the flyer for costs, itinerary and information about signing up.  
  • Cheverus is partnering with Sunday River to offer a four-week ski and snowboard program in Jan./Feb. 2017. This program is open to all Cheverus Students, Parents, Faculty & Staff. Click here for dates, prices and info on the "Try It Before You Buy" Preview on Dec. 10.
  • Steve Huntington, varsity coach of the Cheverus Lady Stags Basketball Program, is offering three girls basketball clinics this season (Nov. 26, Dec. 10, and Jan. 7).  The clinics are free and open to all girls currently in the 3rd through the 8th grade. Contact Coach Huntington to reserve your spot! Click here for more information.

Auction Meeting: November 30

All parents are invited to join our first auction planning committee meeting on Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Peter L. Sparta Room of Loyola Hall --  a light dinner will be provided.

The 31st Benefit Auction, “A Night in Italy” will be held at the Italian Heritage Center. Please consider joining the committee as we plan for another successful auction: sign-up here to join the committee.

If you're interested in helping with the auction but cannot attend the meeting on Nov. 30, sign-up and we'll contact you.

Parent Night Out
Dec. 1, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Gritty McDuff's

396 Fore Street, Portland
Organized by the Cheverus Families Association (CFA)

The week ahead: 

Wednesday, November 30
Tuition Assistance Meeting
5:30 p.m., McCarten Lab

Training for filling out the FACTS tuition assistance request for parents of new students for 2017-2018.

Saturday, December 3
Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In front of Keegan Gym

Holiday Craft Fair
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Cheverus Cafeteria

Sponsored by the hockey boosters.

Sunday, December 4
Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In front of Keegan Gym

College Advising News

Parents of Seniors: we reviewed this calendar of college advising events and goals during class last week, and will finish next week. Any reinforcement you can offer at home is much appreciated!

All Parents: a rep from UNE's pharmacy major will visit on December 8 during lunch to speak with interested students in Mrs Adams' classroom. Pizza will be served. Students will learn about this opportunity through the morning announcements and their science teachers.

Summer Science Enrichment: I've added some new links to the Summer Opportunities list, including Pathways to Science and 80+ Free Summer Programs for High School Students. Thanks to Ms. Po for passing along these resources!

Email Ms. Coddaire with any questions.
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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  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

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.

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 ( with any questions. 

Holiday Fair, Dec. 6, Looking for Vendors

October 29, 2016
By Jane Glass

Have you taken the Ignatian Carbon Challenge?  November's these is sharing -- see the November challenges. (Don't forget to track your October challenges). 

One-Stop Christmas Shopping: Holiday Fair Joins Tree Sale

The Boys Hockey Boosters will host a Cheverus Holiday Fair in the cafeteria on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. coinciding the the annual Christmas Tree & Wreath sale by the Foreign Language clubs.  [Note: the tree & wreath sale will extend to Sunday, December 4],

Vendors: Register by Nov. 18

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 -- please note: Cheverus Drama has already reserved face-painting.)

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 ( with any questions. 

If you know anyone who is “crafty” and sells items at holiday fairs, please direct them to Mary Cahill.

The Holiday Fair will raise funds for the boys hockey team to travel to Chicago to participate in a tournament for Jesuit schools.

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


Congratulations, Mr. Dawson! The National Football Foundation recognizes Jack Dawson '52 with the Chapter Leadership Award .  Read the full story here

The week ahead: 

Monday, October 31:

Tuesday, November 1:
All Saints Day Mass
9:10 a.m., Keegan Gym

Grandparents Day

(see below to register)

1st Quarter Grades Due
8:00 a.m.

Friday, November 4
Powder Puff Football Game
3:00 p.m., Upper Field

sponsored by Student Government

Inside Cheverus

Following Open House, Admissions is inviting prospective students and their parents Inside Cheverus.

Families will tour Cheverus during a regular school day, visiting classes to observe the Cheverus education and meeting the Cheverus community.

If you know a student interested in Cheverus, please encourage him or her to sign up for an Inside Cheverus visit. Learn more here.

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