"End of Term, Playoff Football, Open House 11/3": Weekly Update from Dr. V

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Weekly Update
October 28, 2016

Day of the Dead: The Grade 7 Spanish Class of Mrs. Beverly Ekstrom '71 show off their masks as part of their Day of the Dead celebration.
Go Bishops!
It’s the end of the first term and the start of fall playoff season! Football is about to kickoff against Dover Sherborn in the first home playoff game in school history. Both of our soccer teams should receive home matches to start their tournament play next weekend. The temperature might be dropping, but Archbishop Williams is just getting warmed up.

Report Cards Mailed Friday
With the close of grades today, report cards should be in the mail by Friday. If you have any question about your child’s grade or wish to discuss it, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

Shelter-in-Place Drill
We conducted a successful shelter-in-place drill today. Almost every one of our classes was able to take the appropriate steps and then continue with instruction during the drill. We were very pleased that the review of our security protocols had the desired effect. We will be conducting a full lockdown drill soon as well. Parents will be notified in advance of the drill.
Future Chemists: Mrs. Jane Funderburk's Forensics Science class (L)  visited Novartis Pharmaceuticals on Tuesday. They had an opportunity to explore various career opportunities in science as well as learn how companies like Novartis influence the world. (R) Seniors Andrew Henault and Connor Hawker work on an experiment.
Next week’s schedule is filled with activities and events culminating in Open House on Thursday from 6-8 PM.

Monday: Halloween Spirit Rally & Dress Down Day
Monday is a Black and Orange/Halloween dress down day. Students must either wear black and orange OR a costume. Costumes must be school-appropriate. No clown costumes for this year. There is no charge for the dress down day.

At the end of the day, we will hold a Halloween Spirit Rally. Each grade level will compete in our traditional relay race events – in costume! This is one of the first opportunities this year for each grade to earn valuable Spirit Points in the race for the Spirit Cup awarded during Spirit Week in March (notice a theme?).

Tuesday: Mass of All Saints 10 AM
On Tuesday, we will celebrate the Feast of All Saints with Liturgy at 10 AM in the AWHS Auditorium. It is a “Holy Day of Opportunity” and there is no finer way to satisfy your obligation than to join us for Mass. Students must be in Mass Dress.

Wednesday: Feast of All Souls
On Wednesday, we will hold a prayer service at 10:20 AM for the Feast of All Souls. We will be reading the names of all of beloved community members that have passed on that were submitted to Campus Ministry. It is not too late to submit a name for remembrance. Send the request to Mr. David Gilpin, dgilpin@awhs.org.

Please note, that it will be at teacher discretion to bring their class down for the prayer service.

Wednesday PM: Parent Support Board Meeting
Our Parent Support Board will have its monthly meeting at 7PM on Wednesday in the Cafeteria. All parents are warmly encouraged to attend. 

Thursday: Open House 6- 8 PM
A separate email went out yesterday, but we have Open House from 6-8PM on Thursday. Students Monday will receive a referral card for potential families to bring to Open House. Prizes will be given for people who return the card during Open House. We want to pack our Auditorium for this event!

Thank you in advance for all the students and parents who will be volunteering during Open House.
 
Community Service: (Top) Students show off their red ribbons as part of a campaign against Drug and Alcohol Abuse (Bottom, R) Sophomore Michael Cudgini and Mr. David Gilpin pack sandwiches for Fr. Bill's in Quincy (Bottom, L) The Braintree Buddies program was in full swing in Campus Ministry after school.
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
Our Fall Play, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown will be on November 18 & 19 at 7 PM. The cast members are selling advertisements for the Playbill. Additionally, the cast could use donations for the concession stands.

Please contact Fine Arts Department Chair and Play Director Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley for more information on how to help make sure this is another spectacular success for AWHS Theatre!

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Thursday, Nov. 10
Parent-Teacher Conferences are a little over a week away. They will be the evening of November 10 and held from 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM. The hour break is to give our faculty an opportunity to have lunch and to make sure that everyone’s schedule can be accommodated.
We setup conferences through an online system. Registration information for conferences will be sent out in next week’s newsletter.
As a reminder, there will be no after school supervision on this day.

Help Wanted: AWHS Calendar Drive/Holiday Lottery
The annual AWHS Calendar Drive/Holiday Lottery will be upon us in just over two weeks. This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Students sell “calendar” tickets to a raffle drawing held daily starting with Christmas and going well into January.

In preparation for the Calendar Drive, we need parent volunteers to help put together packets of tickets for students to sell in exchange for service hours. Each student is given an initial packet of 10 tickets. For every three homerooms of students that a parent assembles, that parent will receive two service hours. We also could use parents to help during the drive tabulate the daily proceeds students submit.

If you are interested helping us with this important fundraiser, please contact Anthony Chighisola ’07.
 
Registration for Winter Sports Deadline is November 1
The registration deadline to participate in winter athletics is Tuesday, November 1. Please head to gobishops.com for more information on signing up for a winter sport through Family ID.
And Lastly: End of Term Reflection
The close of a term is an opportunity to reflect on academic progress. It is still early in the school year so if things did not happen exactly to plan, we can work together to make a course correction. Furthermore, if things went well, there is time to note the success and then resolve to do even better.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better serve you or your child, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for choosing Catholic education and being part of the Archbishop Williams community.

Pax,
 
Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
Senior Night: Seniors Ceira Monahan and Mollie Manning pose with their families at Girls Soccer's Senior Night on Wednesday. AWHS defeated Fontbonne 6-0 that evening. Congratulations Ceira and Mollie!
About Williams

Archbishop Williams High School is a Catholic co- educational high school which educates young men and women spiritually, academically, morally, and physically. Archbishop Williams is part of a Christian community that integrates learning with faith and focuses on developing the whole person.
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