December News December 11, 2019

From the President's Desk

President Timothy Gallic

“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?”

It seems the easiest of things to be immersed in the frenzied activities of the season and yet totally miss the best parts. One of the keys to this phenomenon comes when the last word of the above-listed stanza gets recognized. We have to listen, and to listen, we need to be quiet.

Each morning I rise early, get a cup of coffee, generally black and hot, sit at my desk and look out the window and pray. The lights remain off; all is quiet except for the creak of the floor and the sounds of weather out the window. There in the lightening darkness of dawn, one can hear, if one listens, to the voice of God speaking to you as he did to Elijah so many eons ago. In the stillness of the morning, the Love of God for us often comes as tangible as the warm drink I sip.

That presence exists even when I fail to recognize it; His love made Incarnate, Jesus awaits our yes, our Credo. For truth and knowledge do not await our acknowledgment to become real; they are real, and we must recognize that to become wise. For this reason, we teach our students, we task them with learning, and we test them, as appropriate, to judge how well they have accomplished their duty.

As we near the end, we pray you are filled with God's grace and keep in mind the words of the Angel, "Behold I bring you tidings of a great joy!"

Pax et Bonum,

Timothy Gallic

P.S. Questions, cares, comments or concerns? All are welcome.

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. (Credit card processing will be available.) 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.

NOTE: Due to the request of parents for after school supervision, there will be a staff member in the Auburn Campus library Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. There will be a shuttle available to bring students to after care at the Lewiston Campus at 2:30 pm. Contact Jen Cyr at Jennifer.cyr@portlanddiocese.org of 782-6911 if your child will need the afternoon shuttle.

Morning buses will run as usual during this week.

December 16 - 20 MS and HS Dress Down Schedule

Annual Hockey Christmas Classic

December 26 - 28

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

Drama News

Matt Konrad, Music Director, Kay Warren, Director, Jackie Ahlquist, Stage Manager

Thank you to all who attended the drama club meeting on Tuesday, December 10. Aladdin, Jr. has 12 principal roles and an ensemble. Singing and dancing are key elements to this production. Students in grades 6 through 12 who are interested must prepare a piece to sing for the audition dates (see below). Music Teacher Matt Konrad is available for assistance with this. (matthew.konrad@portlanddiocese.org)

Director Kay Warren will teach a segment of the choreography to those auditioning. Auditions for choreography will be done in small groups.

Details and sign-up for Aladdin, Jr. will be provided to all by Director Kay Warren in the near future.

Save the following important dates related to participation in the spring musical ALADDIN, JR. Parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to be a part of the performance or help back stage!

Friday, January 3, 2020 Audition Workshop - Learn what is required to audition for Aladdin, Jr.

Monday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 7, 2020 Auditions

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, 2020 Production dates

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

College Acceptances Are Rolling In!

The following students have received early acceptance to college. Congratulations! Simone Long (Roanoke, Goucher, St. Mike's and Colby-Sawyer), Will Fletcher (Utica, New England College, Western New England, and Manhattanville), Lindy Ouellette (U. Maine Orono, Susquehanna, Arcadia, and Goucher), Raegan Hachey (Thomas), Abi Pilot (CMCC), Karitha St. Jean (CMCC), Ambrose Ward (St. Anselm and Regis), Paige Errico (U. Maine Orono), Will Laflamme (St. Mary's University), Zack Pelletier (Thomas and USM), Demetri Gammaitoni (Marquette), and Mark D'Alessandro (Union).

Guidance Resources

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

December 6 Middle School Social

Congratulations to Phoenix Jalbert and Owen Gallic (bottom right corner) for winning the Middle School Social Christmas tree competition!

Gallic Games

Juniors and 7th graders won a free dress down day at the Gallic Games yesterday, winning the donut eating competition. Dress down is for Thursday, December 12. Stay tuned for the results of the gingerbread house competition on Friday!

Film Club Video

Check out the video made recently by the Film Club under the direction of moderator Mr. Adam Corriveau. We look forward to your next creation!

Dunkin Coupon Books - Last Chance

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!

Many cards are in stock at the Auburn Campus during school hours or at the Lewiston Campus from 7:30 - 8:00 am! Special orders need to be placed by 3 pm on Tuesday, December 17 to be ready for Christmas. Submit the completed form below and payment to the Auburn Campus by this date.

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.

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.