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October News October 30, 2019

From the President's Desk

What is All Saints Day?

Saint Dominic

On November 1, we celebrate the great feast of All Saints, which celebrates all those who stand before the throne of God in heaven. What does this mean to us? In a world where the thought of death tends to be uncomfortable for many, the Church puts it front and center. November 2nd is the feast of All Souls, where we pray for those who have died and have not yet made it into heaven. It is itself another reminder. Yet it should be a day which fills us with hope for Jesus came into the world for our salvation.

What of Halloween then? This day, the ‘eve’ of All Hallows Day, (All Saint’s Day) came from long history where the ‘vaunted’ power of evil was shown to be a joke and nothing but a costume ball and a joke, like the terrors of night displaced by the light of the sun.

This week we will have our weekly mass on Friday and pray with thanksgiving for All the Saints who have gone on before us and from them draw inspiration to be Saints ourselves. After all, it is a good day to be a Saint!

2019 Maine Youth Leadership Conference

written by Evan Rivard '20 and fellow Leadership Conference attendees

On the morning of Wednesday, October 30, thirteen St. Dom's students of high leadership potential joined several other school representatives in taking part in the 2019 Youth Leadership Conference. Students were separated into groups intended to enhance each student's understanding of what it means to be a leader.

Each group attended three different sessions. Some groups learned about volunteering and how it affects others perspective of someone. A meditation class focused on students' abilities to remain calm and focused under pressure. Several interactive activities, including a ropes course, blindfold test, and gratitude experiment, aimed to involve those who were otherwise reserved and self-conscious, in a more physically active learning experience.

After leaving the conference, several of the St. Dom's representatives had funny, heartfelt, and entertaining stories to tell. It was both a learning experience and bonding opportunity for fellow Saints. In facilitating the interaction between students from different schools, each of which had their own leadership stories and hopes to share, every participant in this conference was given every material they need to grown into the leader they were meant to be.

What is the rule on Hoodies?

St. Dom's hoodies, i.e., hooded sweatshirts, in St. Dom's colors (black, white, or grey) CAN be worn, BUT the hood CANNOT be worn. Strict adherence will be observed.

Thank you, Alexandra "Bugsy" Hammerton '19!

Recent alumna, Bugsy, volunteered four nights a week during the youth soccer season to assist our coaches and teach soccer to our grades 1 through 6 soccer players. St. Dom's is grateful for her passion for soccer and willingness to train our young Saints. Thank you, Bugsy!

St. Dom's Basketball Clinic

Two sessions remain for boys and girls, grades K-8 looking to tune up their game. This camp is being directed by new Boys Varsity Coach Josh LaPrell and is being held at the Auburn Campus gym. Coach Josh will go over ball handling, passing, shooting, footwork, defense, and team concepts. You do not need to attend St. Dom’s to participate. Remaining session dates are October 30 and November 6. Click below for more information.

Costume Day!

Auburn Campus students may wear costumes on October 31! No masks. Appropriate dress required!

14th Annual Holiday Festival

Pre-K - 12th grade students will be given a raffle ticket for a chance to win $100 in cash. Each student must deliver his or her own ticket in the Student Raffle Bucket at the festival between 9:00 am and 2:45 pm for a chance to win! The winning ticket will be drawn at 3:00 pm. The winning student does not need to be present to win.

Thank you for the participation already dedicated to this event! Your time, talent, or treasure are still welcome! Volunteers, baked goods, and raffle items are still needed! Suggestions for raffle items include theater tickets, Sea Bag, quilts, $100 cash, power tools, gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, jewelry, specialty store gift cards, ice time, sports tickets or memorabilia. Click below to help. Thank you!

Fall Middle School Social

All Saints Booster Club

The next meeting is Wednesday, November 6 at 6:30 pm in the Auburn Campus Commons.

All are welcome and encouraged to join. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate activities to benefit our kids and school! Click below for more information.

The Store Next Door Project

THANK YOU for the donations sent in to date! More are needed! Mrs. Ouellette's Eighth Grade Angels live the mission of St. Dom's by committing random of acts of kindness throughout the year. This fall they have chosen to support Lewiston High School's project for youth experiencing homelessness, displacement, and high mobility within Lewiston. This project, called The Store Next Door Project, addresses students' basic needs to eliminate barriers to education.

The Angels will be collecting items to donate to this worthwhile project through November 8. Items can be dropped off at the Auburn Campus marked The Store Next Door Project. Click below to see a list of needs. THANK YOU!

Protecting God's Children Class

This class is required for all volunteers who plan to work with St. Dom's students. The next class is on Thursday, November 14 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus. For more information, contact Jennifer Cyr at 782-6911 or Jennifer.cyr@portlanddiocese.org.

You Can Help St. Dom's Grow!

We are holding an Open House on November 21 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus for students entering grades 6 through 12 for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Administration and teachers will be present for tours and information about St. Dom's. Please invite others to witness the difference St. Dom's has to offer.

9th Grade Placement Test

We are also holding a placement test on Saturday, November 23 at 8:30 am at the Auburn Campus for all 8th grade students entering 9th grade for the 2020 - 2021 school year. The cost of the test is $20. This amount will be deducted from the tuition for 2020 - 2021.

The placement test is a standardized, timed test required of every 8th grader applying to attend St. Dom’s. It is not an entrance exam. It contains five sections that measure verbal ability, quantitative ability, reading comprehension, mathematics, and components of written language. The questions are designed to test students at their curriculum level. This assessment tool is used primarily for course placement. For questions about the placement test, contact Marilyn Beauparlant at 207-782-6911 or Marilyn.beauparlant@portlanddiocese.org.

Grandparent's Day

Save the date! Grandparents are invited to a special reception and mass with Bishop Robert Deeley in their honor on Wednesday, November 27 at the Auburn Campus. Pre-K through 12th grade students will gather at the Auburn Campus and dismissed at noon. An invitation will be mailed to grandparents listed as contacts in RenWeb. To add a grandparent(s) to the invite list, email Nicole.adams@portlanddiocese.org.

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame

On Saturday, November 30, St. Dom's will honor the Class of 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees AND the 2019 Girls Lacrosse State Champions and 2019 Boys Hockey State Champions. There is no cost for members of the 2019 Championship teams IF accompanied by a paying adult. This dinner banquet event will be held at the Auburn Campus Commons.

Fall Sports Photos

We are looking for your fall sports candid or action photos. All levels, PK - 12 are requested. Please email your photos or contact Nicole Nadeau Adams '00 at Nicole.adams@portlanddiocese.org. Thank you!

Info From Our College Advisor

Attention Seniors! College is Expensive!

Let us help you with scholarship information.

As scholarships begin to roll in to the Student Services Office, we will be posting links to the available scholarships to help our seniors and their parents. Please note that some of these scholarships are specific to a field of study, financial need or current scholastic standing. We are glad to help should you need supporting documents.

The College Board provides a fee waiver for students with financial need. This one time application can result in fee waivers for all SAT and SAT subject tests, as well as for the CSS profile used by many colleges for financial aid. Please see Mrs. Gagnon in student services if you would like a fee waiver application.

Upcoming College Visits

Information and sign up for College visits is available in Student Services.

Connect to the St. Dom's Guidance Tab of our website for information and helpful resources.

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. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to St. Dom's.

Use your existing account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile.com. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

On your first visit to Amazon Smile, select Roman Catholic Bishop of Portland A Corporation Sole as the non-profit organization you would like to support. Then shop as usual! Start by clicking below!

Scrip Gift Cards

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.

St. Dom's Mobile App

Download it now from the app store of your device! "St. Dom's Mobile"

Thank you for the feedback received to date!

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.