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December News December 5, 2019

From the President's Desk

President Timothy Gallic

Dear Friends,

People in darkness have seen a great light. Among those who dwell in the land of shadow, light has been given. Have you ever wondered what would happen if a great light was shone in your face? You would probably blink. It would take you a few minutes to see everything because your eyes would not be accustomed to the light.

In some ways, that is what Advent is for, to help us get accustomed to the light that Christ gave us in our lives. It is not terribly different from how classes are run where teachers produce information and work with the students for them to graduate. Their eyes get used to the brightness that knowledge brings.

Education, what we do, is to akin to the good news. It has been said that the same hand that wrote the laws of nature also wrote the books of the Bible. It is part of the wonder that is our light. It is part of the joy that comes. As we prepare for Christmas and the end of the term, let us keep in mind that those two things might just be the same.

Pax et Bonum,

Timothy Gallic

P.S. Questions, cares, comments or concerns are always welcome!

The Feast of St. Nicholas

Friday, December 6

The tradition continues! In celebration of the feast of St. Nicholas, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear RED on Friday. Whether it's a red Santa hat or red sweater, join us in the celebrating the season. (This in not a dress down so wear your standard dress code pants.)

Middle School Social

Friday, December 6

Drama Club News

We are pleased to welcome Kay Warren as the director of the St. Dom's spring musical. We are pursuing the rights to Disney's Aladdin, Jr. Music teacher, Matt Konrad will join Kay as the music director and vocal coach for the production. All 6th - 12th grade students interested in participating in any role - onstage or offstage - should attend a meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 6 pm in the Auburn Campus Commons.

Grade Pull Date for Athletics

Wednesday, December 11

To be eligible to participate in St. Dom's sports, student-athletes must maintain an acceptable GPA. Students failing one class are placed on academic probation and may practice and play games or participate in meets. The probation period is two weeks and begins on Friday, December 13 to allow for teachers and students to work together to resolve issues of outstanding assignments. Students who do not bring their grade up during the two weeks are placed on academic restriction. Students with two or more failing classes are placed on academic restriction and cannot play or practice.

Merrily We Will Go!

Thursday, December 12

Students, parents, faculty, and staff from both campuses are invited to join us at 2:30 pm for Christmas cards and crafts creation in the Commons at the Auburn Campus. Snacks will be available.

At 3:45 pm we will travel to d’Youville Pavilion in Lewiston to visit the senior citizens of our community. Bus transportation will be available for students and staff. From 4:00 to 5:30 pm we will sing Christmas carols to the residents. Caroling books will be provided. Students may be picked up at d'Youville Pavilion at 5:30 or return to the Auburn Campus by bus.

Carolers are encourage to bring Santa hats, elf hats, and other fun Christmas paraphernalia to wear or share while caroling.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Seamus at 782-6911 or seamus.griesbach@portlanddiocese.org.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Day!

Friday, December 13

Parents' Night Out

Saturday, December 14

Key Club and the All Saints Booster Club are teaming up to offer an opportunity for parents to prep for the holidays. Kids can be dropped off at the Auburn Campus between 3:00 and 8:00 pm for supervised movies and activities. Cost is $10 per family. Proceeds will help serve the underprivileged at Christmas.

December 16 - 20 MS and HS Schedules

Click below for the Middle School and High School class and exam schedules for the week before break.

Transportation Notice: Morning buses will run as usual during this week. There will be no busing in the afternoon. All students (6 through 12) must be picked up by 12:30 pm. The Augusta afternoon shuttle will run as usual.

December 16 - 20 MS and HS Dress Down Schedule

Annual Hockey Christmas Classic

Support your Saints during this annual boys ice hockey tournament at the Norway Savings Bank arena!

St. Dom’s Family Open Mic Night

Friday, January 10, 2020

Looking for students and their family and friends to perform their favorite songs. This is not karaoke. Bring your own instruments. (We have a piano.) Doors open at 5 pm. Music begins at 6 pm. Bring your own supper, drinks, etc. Hosted by Mr. Gagne and Mr. Konrad.

Info From Our College Advisor

Acceptances and Rejections - It's a Part of Life

We are celebrating many college acceptances right now in our community, but it is inevitable that some of our much-loved students will be rejected by a college. The pain of that rejection is often deep and overwhelming, for both the student and the parents. Attached please find a helpful article.

Guidance Resources

Click below to be directed to the resources on our website.

Thank you Willie Grenier '66

William Grenier, an alumnus of the St. Dom's class of 1966 taught the art of fly tying and water conservation on Thursday, November 21st and Friday, November 22nd.

Willie graduated from University of Maine at Farmington in 1970 and earned his Master's of Education at the University of Maine, Orono in 1992. He taught at Clinton Elementary School for 35 years and after retirement worked as a cabinet maker, then worked with special needs students for another couple years.

For over ten years Willie has worked with veterans as a volunteer teaching fly fishing skills. For the last 14 years I have taught at the Maine Trout Unlimited trout camp in Solon, Maine and was the director for the last five years.

Willie remains very concerned with our environment and has been giving presentations thoughout central Maine on the Kennebec River watershed. His time with our high school art classes included a presentation on his work in the areas of conservation.

We are grateful to Willie for his time with our students and for future presentations.

Accolades

Our big and little Saints make us proud in the classroom, on the courts, fields, and rinks, and in the community. We recognize the most recent accomplishments of our students here.

Congratulations Mock Trial Team!

Our Mock Trial Team is headed to the semi-finals this Saturday, December 7 at the Cumberland County Superior Courthouse in Portland! Our second competition against Casco Bay's team was more evenly matched, but our team performance was outstanding. Our scores from the first two competitions against Edward Little and Casco Bay were our best yet, sending us to the next round this Saturday against Brewer High School. Lewiston and Cape Elizabeth will also be competing that day. Good luck counselors!

MMEA All State Chorus

Andrea Dolci '20
Laura Wong '23

We are very pleased to announce that two St. Dom's students made the Maine Music Educators Association All Sate Chorus this year! Congratulations to Laura Wong (9) and Andrea Dolci (12). These talented Saints were awarded this honor after attending the Vocal Festival Auditions at Lawrence High School in Fairfield on November 16th.

State Champs!

Colby Levasseur '23, Robbie Dick '20, Kevin Gallic, '22, and Ethan Berube '23

Congratulations to the Lisbon-St. Dom's varsity football team who defeated Bucksport 28 -8 to win the Class D State Title on Saturday, November 23 at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland. St. Dom's will receive their own trophy for display at the Auburn Campus. Great job boys!

2019 St. Dom's Boys Hockey Programs Black & White Game

The traditional BLACK & WHITE hockey game that marks the beginning of the hockey season took place on Saturday, November 23 with a new twist. The evening started with two thirty minute mixed grade level games at the Norway Savings Bank Arena: grades K - 5 followed by middle school. The puck dropped at 6:50 pm for the traditional varsity boys Black and White game which included alumni hockey players. We wish all our players a great season!

Congratulations to Saints Fall High School Athletes!

Our Saints excel in their sports and in the classroom. We commend the following athletes for their accomplishments in and out of the classroom!

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

St. Dom's is proud to recognize the talents and triumphs of our current and past athletes. At the annual Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Night and banquet, we recognized our 2019 State Championship teams who carry on the tradition of excellence in athletics at St. Dom's. We are honored to award the distinguished athletes, teams, and coaches from our past who excelled during their time at St. Dom's and beyond. Congratulations to our 2019 championship teams and the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

Support Project Grad

St. Dom's runs on Dunkin! These coupon books make great gifts and help keep our graduating seniors safe.

Support St. Dom's While You Shop For Christmas

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support St. Dom's every time you shop, at no additional cost to you. On your first visit to Amazon Smile, select Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland A Corporation Sole (doing business as St. Dom's) as the non-profit organization you would like to support. Then shop as usual! Start by clicking below!

Scrip Gift Cards Make Great Christmas Gifts!

Don't forget to stop by the Lewiston Campus from 7:30 - 8:00 am on Thursdays or any time during business hours at the Auburn Campus to pick up Scrip Gift Cards. This is a great fundraiser for our school. St. Dom's receives a % back on each one!

St. Dom's Facebook Pages

Looking to stay up to date on announcements and share photos and good news about St. Dom's with our community? Make sure you join the "Friends of St. Dom's" facebook group.

Reminder - this page is for positive posts only. If you have concerns please send them directly to your child's principal.

Quick Links

Auburn Campus lunches are a la carte and do not need to be pre-ordered.

Lewiston Campus lunches need to be pre-ordered through your child's teacher or through RenWeb.

Complete Club List Coming Soon!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for their support! We encourage you to patronize their businesses. For information on becoming a Corporate Sponsor, contact Deb Anthoine at debra.anthoine@portlanddiocese.org or 207-782-6911

Our Mission Statement

Through study, prayer, community, and service, Saint Dominic Academy teaches its students the truth of life so that they may set the world afire.