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Weekly Update: December 8, 2017 -- Feast of Immaculate Conception
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Weekly Update
December 8, 2017

Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!: Seniors Brian Kelly, Stephanie Allen, and Pat Sexton parade the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a posada at the conclusion of Mass today.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
 
Archbishop Williams ended this week celebrating a spirited Mass for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We welcomed Fr. Alan Piper from Providence College, who celebrated the Mass. The Liturgy featured moving renditions of Gentle Woman and Mary, Did You Know? by our choir. After the Mass, our Peer Ministers paraded the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in a posada to recognize the Patron of the Americas whose feast is next week.
 
There’s no better way to conclude a week than in praise to our great God!
 
Calendar Drive – Officially a Success!
 
The money has all been tallied and we had one of our most successful calendar drives ever this year, taking in nearly $70,000 in total sales while achieving 100% participation. It went down to the wire on the 100% but we made it and now we can officially declare that February vacation will start one day early. Great job and congratulations to all the homeroom winners and individual sales winners.
 
And yes, Ms. Stephanie Mariano ’08, as she promised all along, brought to Room 202 the title of most successful homeroom.

If your child has any unsold calendars, please bring them to school on Monday. We have to account for every calendar. 
 
Putting on the Ritz
 
Our 7th and 8th grade as well as our Juniors and Seniors are dressing up in their finest tonight for their annual winter semi-formals. Have a great time!
 
Calendar Drive Champions: (Top) Ms. Mariano's homeroom took top honors among all homerooms in the school. (Bottom L) Juniors Madison Ayles and Kelsey Harrington were our first and second place individal sellers, respectively. (Bottom L) Seventh grader Anthony Choukas, Eighth grader Tighe Donovan, and Freshman Sean Hobbs were all tied for third place. Great job!
PowerSchool Access
 
We continue to keep PowerSchool shut off during the day, and students are adjusting to the new policy. Some students have experienced some difficulty in accessing it once the school day is over. While it is possible on any one day that we may have forgotten to turn PowerSchool back on, the most likely culprit is that students need to log out of PowerSchool on their devices and log back in. You cannot just hit refresh on an open screen and access grades.
 
Christmas Revels
 
We are going to have a festive celebration in the Cafeteria this Thursday evening with Christmas Revels. There will be activities beginning at 5:30 PM followed by performances of our different Fine Arts classes. It will be a wonderful event and we hope you can make it.
 
Auditions for Hello Dolly
 
Auditions for Hello Dolly are this week. If you have not picked up an audition packet, it’s not to late to sign-up. See Mrs. Linda DeRosa-Coakley for information. If you ever have had an inkling to get on stage, we strongy encourage you to audition! It’s going to be a great musical.
 
Math Is Happening: Our Math team poses for a group photo at its competition on Thursday afternoon. We took second place in the meet. Well done!
Giving Tree
 
There is a Giving Tree just outside of the Cafeteria. We encourage your child to pick up an “ornament” and bring that unwrapped present to Campus Ministry. The presents will be distributed to the Franciscan Children’s Hospital.
 
Stocking Stuffers
 
It’s not too late to pickup a snazzy AWHS tie or a hat.. They are $25 each and make great gifts. They are available in the Main Office.
Drop-Off Reminders
 
When picking up or dropping off in front of the school, please pull as far forward as you can to the actual front façade of the school. Some parents are pulling over a little too early on Independence Avenue and it impedes the flow of traffic.
 
And I’d like to remind anyone dropping off on Washington Street behind the school to please not block the driveway of St. Colletta’s school. It is a matter of safety of their students that the driveway be clear at all times.
 
Perfumes/Strong Scents
 
This is just a follow-up reminder to the message from this past week to try to encourage your child from using perfumes or strong scents like Axe body spray. It is really a struggle for our students that have allergies to these scents.
 
ID Card Distribution This Week
 
We did not end up distributing ID cards to the 7th and 8th grade this week. We will do so next week.
 
No After School Supervision on Wed. Dec. 20
 
On Wednesday, December 20, there will be no after school supervision. Dismissal is at 11:30 AM. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up promptly at that time.
 
There was a rumor circulating around school this week that classes had been canceled for December 20. That is not the case. We’re in school—it’s our last day before Christmas vacation.
 
Future Tycoons: Seniors from Ms. Adams' Personal Finance class competed for the first time in the Stock Market Challenge competition this week. Our two teams captured fifth and tenth place among 20 schools. Well done!
And Lastly: Good Luck to Winter Sports
 
With all of the teams selected, our winter sports season begins in earnest this upcoming week. Good luck to all of our teams! Let’s have a great season, competing with honor, sportsmanship, and Bishops pride.
As always, if there is anything we can do to better serve you or your child, do not hesitate to ask. There has never been a better time to be a Bishop!

Pax,

Dr. V.
Michael R. Volonnino, Ph.D.
Principal
 
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas: Mrs. Martini's homeroom decorated ornaments and trimmed their own Christmas tree this week, taking advantage of the extended homerooms as we wrapped up the Calendar Drive.
Mission

Archbishop Williams High School is an independent, Catholic, college preparatory, grades 7-12 school. We endeavor to educate young men and women spiritually, intellectually, ethically, and physically. Driven by the love of Christ, in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, we integrate learning with faith. We strive to graduate socially aware, morally responsible citizens prepared to succeed and to serve their local and global communities. 
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