October Parent Newsletter

October 3, 2022 - 10:38 am

October 3, 2022

“Primary greatness is on the inside.
It’s about character.”

                                                                                     Stephen Covey


Peace & Greetings:

As the calendar turns to October and the weather begins to cool, autumn has arrived! Overall, September was a good start to the new school year. Students are getting back into their normal routines and those transitioning to St. Paul seem to be feeling at home.

It was enjoyable to see many parents at the Back to School Night. A friendly reminder that Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Soon you will be receiving more information to personally schedule electronically ten-minute conference appointments. Given the limited spaces, we especially suggest scheduling a time to visit those teachers/classes that your child is finding difficult. Administration and school counselors will also be available.

This week marks the midpoint of the first marking period and an appropriate time to reflect where one is in the classroom. Mr. Cooper will be addressing students at Monday Morning Assembly encouraging them to stay current with their academic studies and to reach out to teachers or school counselors for extra help, if needed. The best way to be in good academic standing is not to fall behind. Incomplete homework and other assignments contribute to poor grades and unnecessary anxiety. We can do this … let’s leave no one behind!

Keeping with our #charactercounts school-wide theme, we were grateful and impressed with the presentations provided by Deacon Arthur Miller (personal character talk) and Scott Driscoll (internet safety). We are pleased to be welcoming Mike McCoy to St. Paul on October 18 to speak with our Freshman and Sophomore classes. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and played eleven years in the NFL. He speaks primarily to Catholic schools across America on the importance of good decision-making, fighting drug use and empowering youth.

October brings many activities to our campus besides a full slate of interscholastic athletic events. Thursday kicks off our Homecoming Holiday Weekend with our annual hallway decorating contest. There is a Girls’ Soccer game vs. Torrington High School under the lights at McPhee Field at 6:00 pm and a Girls’ Volleyball game vs. Ansonia High School in the Rev. Brian Monnerat Gymnasium at 6:00 pm. Friday’s pep rally will be followed by our Walkathon/ Oktoberfest and evening semi-formal dance. The weekend concludes on Saturday with pre-game festivities (i.e. food trucks, music, games, etc.) at 11:30 am followed by the Boys’ Football game vs. Kennedy High School at 1:00 pm.

Other October highlights include: Monday, October 3 at 6:00 pm – Zoom Parent College Tuition Assistance Workshop; Wednesday, October 5 at 10:45 am – Living Rosary on McPhee Field; Thursday, October 13 at 3:30 pm – City Cross Country Championship at St. Paul; Friday, October 14 at 6:00 pm – Class of 2027 Fall Festival; Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 am – Open House, Wednesday, October 26 – Junior Girls Retreat at Lourdes in Litchfield and Thursday, October 27 – Junior Boys Retreat at Lourdes in Litchfield.

A reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 10 – Columbus Day and Friday, October 21 – Faculty Professional Development Day. Wednesday, October 12 will be a noon dismissal following the PSAT testing for the Sophomore and Junior classes and Freshman class in-house retreat. As mentioned, Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held that afternoon.

Our ALICE  (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) active intruder drill and Voice Reach emergency response automated system ran smoothly last week. A reminder, if you did not receive a robo phone call pertaining to the drill, please contact the main office so we can get your emergency contact information updated, thanks.

Finally, after serving St. Paul for fifteen years, we said good-bye on Friday to Sue Fazzuoli, main office receptionist/secretary who left to work closer to home. Sue’s genuinely friendly, outgoing personality and institutional knowledge will be missed. We thank and wish her all the best. We will announce her replacement shortly. We ask for your patience and understanding during the interim and training period, thanks.

Let’s make October a great month! Greatness defined as an intentional incremental process of getting better day by day, month by month. #charactercounts

St. Paul, pray for us!

Cary M. Dupont ‘72
President/Chief Administrator