From the Principal's Desk
Dear St. Dom’s Families and Friends,
As we finished up our faculty in-service day on Tuesday and looked at the short school week ahead, I was struck by the thought that our students have been out of school for five of the last seven days! Last Thursday’s snow day coupled with the extended holiday weekend has given the students a bit of a reprieve of their Christmas vacation. We are looking forward to having the students back in the building and getting them back into the school routine in the coming weeks.
As you will see in this week’s newsletter, we have many exciting events and activities coming up, including our celebration of Catholic Schools Week 2020 next week. We have a full week of learning, service, leadership, and recreational activities as we join Catholic schools around the country to celebrate the gift of Catholic education.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
J. P. Yorkey, Principal
Friday, January 24 Auburn Campus Dress Down Day
Tomorrow is the second dress down day for this week. The $5 fee paid today covers today and tomorrow's dress down and will be used for supplies for Catholic School's Week service activities. Last year we were able to fund all of our service activities to benefit local charities. Normal policies for athletic dress-downs must be followed.
Donations of unopened travel-sized toiletries for local homeless shelters are also being accepted now and Monday. Thank you for your generosity.
The schedule for the remaining January rehearsals is posted on the St. Dom's website link below. For questions, please contact Director, Kay Warren at email@example.com or Musical Director/Music Teacher Matt Konrad at matthew.Konrad@portlanddiocese.org.
Congratulations to the St. Dom's GeoBee Finalist, eighth grader, Connor Cyr! In today's school-wide Geobee, Connor defeated his fifth grade brother, Ian in the final round. Pictured above are the two sibling competitors and a family photo including mom and dad, Jennifer and Scott brother Noah (10th), and President Timothy Gallic. Congratulations to Connor and today's GeoBee competitors: Fourth Grade: John Lydon and Brooklyn Doucette, Fifth Grade: Ian Cyr and Kai Taylor, Sixth Grade: Kellen Anthoine and Cecile Brown, Seventh Grade: Garrett Lachance and Josh Parenteau, Eighth Grade: Jack Ellingwood and Connor Cyr.
Protecting God's Children Class
The next Protecting God's Children class is scheduled for this evening, Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus computer lab. Please contact Jennifer Cyr at 782-6911 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the class.
Catholic Schools Week 2020
Auburn Campus Activity and Dress Down Schedule
Monday, January 27
Light breakfast for Auburn Campus students and staff.
Dress Down: Noah’s Ark – pair up with a friend to represent your favorite animals
Tuesday, January 28
Students will engage in activities to benefit local charities.
Dress Down: Dress up as God or as a Saint (the Biblical kind) and bring painting clothes.
Wednesday, January 29
Choice of skating at Norway Savings Bank Arena or sledding at the Auburn Campus. Students will be asked to sign up for their choice.
Dress Down: Black and White
Thursday, January 30
Catholic Schools Week Trivia Contest
Dress Down: Dress as your favorite Bible story character.
Friday, January 31
Buddy Activities and Mass with Bishop Deeley at the Lewiston Campus. All Auburn Campus students will be bused to and from the Auburn Campus. Auburn Campus parents who want to pick up their child(ren) from the Lewiston Campus must send an email or note to the appropriate homeroom teacher. No students will be driving to the Lewiston Campus.
This is a regular school uniform day.
Info for 5th Grade Parents
Tuesday, January 28 - Lewiston Campus fifth graders will shadow current 6th graders. They will be bused from Lewiston to Auburn with their teachers and will return to the Lewiston Campus by bus after lunch.
Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 pm - Information session for parents of 5th graders entering 6th grade. This session will take place in the library at the Auburn Campus.
8th Grade Parent Info Night
Wednesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm - Information session for parents of 8th graders entering 9th grade. This session will take place in the library at the Auburn Campus.
Middle School Social
High School Semi-Formal: The Oscars
St. Dom's high school students will be spending an evening at the Franco-American Center on Friday, January 31 from 7 - 10 pm for the annual Semi-Formal Dance! The Court will begin at 7 pm with dancing to follow. Tickets can be purchased from Mrs. Angell.
St. Dom’s Family Open Mic Night
The next Open Mic Night will be on Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 pm at the Auburn Campus Commons and is open to students, family and friends from both campuses.
SAT Prep Course
Monday through Thursday, March 9 – 12 and March 16 – 19, 2020
Sessions in both Math and English will be held on these days at the Auburn Campus from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
Mrs. Dawn Theriault and Ms. Meredith Shore will be sharing helpful hints on how to take the SATs. There will be a sign-up sheet in Student Services. There is no cost for these sessions.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
St. Dom’s will be administering the SAT exam during the school day, on Tuesday, April 14. We recommend that all juniors take the exam on this date, allowing for a secondary test date before the end of 11th grade if a student desires to improve his/her score.
The SAT testing fee for the 2019-20 school year is $49.50 without the essay and $64.50 for the SAT with Essay. Please check with the colleges to which you think you will be applying to inquire if they require the essay. PrepScholar has information to consider when deciding on whether you should include the SAT essay on exam day.
In order to meet the test ordering deadline, the test fee must be paid to St. Dom’s by January 31.
For more information about the prep course or exam, contact Academic and Curriculum Advisor, Joline Girouard at email@example.com or 207-782-6911.
The next class for St. Dom's is scheduled to begin on Monday, February 24. Sign up online!
And Then There Were None? Or not?
Eighth graders have been working on a Design Thinking project in their language arts class. Design Thinking is the concept that you look at a challenge and try to solve it through creativity and opportunities for design. Their challenge was to save any of the ten characters from the novel And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Just as the title suggests, none of characters survive a trip to an island.
Students began the project by brainstorming ideas, moving onto drawing prototypes, and then working collaboratively to refine their ideas. They were then given time to organize their ideas in a paper and create a prototype. Although at times we struggled through this thinking process, in the end all the 8th graders were able to produce their own prototype and reach their own level of success.
Some of our favorite design names are: The Trip Wood, Knifebrace, Sip’n Stay, and Silly String Bling