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Comet News - Thursday, May 21

News from Campus & General Announcements

Exams are approaching, Comets!
Those students who want to raise their grade will have the option to take the fourth quarter exam which will be either project-based or an individual oral exam through video conferencing.

Be sure to let your teachers know if you'd like to take the optional exam by 3:30 PM on Thursday, May 21.
Thank you for helping us to plan ahead for our exam-week procedures!

Fourth quarter exams will take place from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. each day from May 25-28.
Optional exams will be given in 1 hour slots for in person exams/oral exams or a project can be assigned. All exams must be completed by Thursday, May 28 @11am. Please find the 4th 9 weeks exam schedule here:

Additional Important Dates for Underclassmen

May 25 - 8th Grade Students Return Books, Prayer Service & 8th Grade Favorites Announced Virtually
Click here for the 8th grade schedule.

May 26 - 9th Grade Students Return Books, Prayer Service & 9th Grade Favorites Announced Virtually
Click here for the 9th grade schedule.

May 27 - 10th Grade Students Return Books/Return iPads, Prayer Service & 10th Grade Favorites Announced Virtually
Click here for the 10th grade schedule.

May 28 - 11th Grade Students Return Books/ Return Macs, Prayer Service & 11th Grade Favorites Announced Virtually
Click here for the 11th grade schedule.

Students must arrive at their assigned times and follow the procedures laid out in the emails sent out yesterday.
**Masks will be required for all individuals on campus during these events.

Please note: If you are not registered for SY20-21, you must return your iPad and charger to SCC on your assigned date. If you plan to return, but have not completely registered, please do so this weekend. If you have any questions or need assistance with registration, please email Mrs. Creppel at creppel.christine@stcharlescatholic.org.

Details about book return & technology return procedures were sent via email.

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!

Visit our website at www.stcharlescatholic to read about our graduates and to meet our valedictorians and salutatorians
through video!

We’ve also posted a 2020 Senior Video Teaser!

Senior News
We plan to hold the following end of year activities and our St. Charles Catholic High School 2020 Commencement Ceremony with strict social distancing guidelines as follows:
May 22, 2020: 9:45 a.m. Comet Seniors to meet at Joe Keller Stadium at 9:45 and travel to New Wine to be recognized by the parish government offices.

June 18, 2020: 9am-2pm
SR Arrive in Style Parade
SR Awards/Slide-show (Seated 6 ft apart/Less than 25%/Students only)
SR Mass in Gym
SR Crawfish Boil/Bar-b-que Outside

June 19, 2020: 6:30 pm
Graduation in the SCC Stadium
(At 25% capacity/Students on field seated 6 ft apart/Parents in stadium)

June 20, 21, 22: Graduation Rain Dates
(Graduation will take place on the next available dry date!)

In order for our ceremony to adhere to safety guidelines, graduates will be seated six feet apart on the field; stadium capacity will remain at 25%, which means attendee tickets will be limited and strictly enforced; only 4 guest tickets per graduate; and members of vulnerable populations will be encouraged not to attend.

We're excited to offer our seniors these traditions with a twist! This year—YOUR year—we bear the cross of the Covid-19 pandemic together​. ​We will show the world that there is a light that will overcome the darkness, and there is no darkness, and no virus, that can overcome the light that is inside each one of you. Your light will shine in each of these opportunities to celebrate the class of 2020!

Fly high and shine bright!
Senior Retreat
SCC held their Senior Retreat on May 20 as a special tradition with a twist for the Class of 2020. The event began online with Mrs. Poche leading a Google Hangout during which she played a special video for the seniors created by their teachers and coaches. Nearly 100 participants watched as the SCC faculty & staff wished the seniors luck, shared scripture passages and prayers, and expressed appreciation for this wonderful class.

Following the video messages, two guest speakers led the students through encouragement and prayer. Mike Patin, the Catholic Cajun, spoke first with bright words of conviction about the importance and power of faith. Stephanie Davis spoke second, leading the students in an extended Examen Prayer.

Raleigh Poche, SCC's Campus Minister said of the event, "At first, planning a virtual retreat was a very intimidating undertaking. My initial thought was, 'how in the world is this going to work?!' But like all things at SCC it came together beautifully in the end! The SCC community really rallied behind these seniors to make this retreat as special as possible. There were so many people who helped to make this event happen. I want to especially thank the senior class “mom” Tricia Lowry!"

Tricia Lowry taught the Class of 2020 for Senior Religion, and she worked alongside Mrs. Poche and many members of the Comet family to create an unforgettable evening for the Comets. Students arrived to a ballon arch of blue and gold and greeted by teachers, administrators, coaches, and the school's Chaplain, Fr. David Ducote who led a virtual prayer service from the SCC Chapel for the Class of 2020.

In their drive through the parking lot, students received a bag of letters from loved ones and friends, a special class t-shirt, candy bags, prayer bracelets, and more! A sunset picnic on the football field finished the evening along with an awesome ATTITUDE CHECK!
We love you Seniors!

FCA Virtual Meeting Dates

FCA will meet virtually tonight! Links were emailed to the student body for tonight's meeting. We'll be joined by LSU's former player Blake Ferguson, who was recently drafted by the Miami Dolphins. See you there, Comets!

May 21- Andy Stroup & Blake Ferguson

St. Charles Catholic Serves & Excels During Distance Learning
During this quarter of distance learning, SCC was able to serve its students in new ways, always remembering that the goal of our institution is to educate the whole student.

Click here to read the full article about SCC's to ability to provide instruction and community growth throughout this unprecedented time.

Gift Ideas for Grads
Our new free-standing chapel is a unique and personal building filled with the spiritual gifts of our community, be they special prayers, poignant art pieces, or tributes remembering members of the Comet Family!

Click here to learn more about dedicating a Chapel Chair! For $250, a placard bearing their name will be permanently affixed to one of our new Chapel chairs.

Consider the St. Charles Catholic Clay Creation as well! These special new home decor pieces are on limited run for the Spring. Get yours today by clicking here.

SCC Masks Sold for Athletics Fundraiser
Click here to order your SCC face mask or order unique Saints, Louisiana Proud, or LSU face masks. A portion of the proceeds will benefit SCC athletics.

SCHOOL INFORMATION & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Important Dates for Registration/Tuition:
June 10, 2020 - Last day to submit tuition loan application. Submissions after this date will result in a shorter loan term resulting in larger monthly pay amounts. A loan application will not be approved by the school if the applicant has a prior outstanding balance of any kind (including unpaid FBT tuition loans) with St. Charles Catholic as of June 10, 2020.
July 9, 2020 - Last day to pay tuition and fees in full or submit an application for a tuition loan.

Volleyball
Returning volleyball players should check GroupMe for the Google Classroom code. Please join the Classroom and watch for more information from Coach Lowry!

AP & Dual-Enrollment Students
AP Students should take time to review their College Board user profiles to ensure that their contact information is correct. Important information will be sent to the registered email addresses as the AP Exams continue.
School Food and Nutrition
Please click here for the request for refund form from School Food and Nutrition. These forms are for seniors. The completed request and be either email to Ellen Gauthreaux, director of School Food and Nutrition, egauthreaux@schoolcafe.org or faxed to 504-596-3459.

Yearbooks
If you'd like to order this year's yearbook, please visit www.yearbookordercenter.com, enter 0362 as the school's number, and follow the directions for ordering. We'd love to sell some more copiesof this year's beautiful issue. Consider making it a graduation gift for this particularly memorable year!

COVID-19 Tuition Assistance
This is a very challenging time financially and emotionally for our families and school communities. In order to continue to provide our families with support during this time the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Catholic Schools is offering COVID19 Tuition Assistance for the 2019-2020 SY. The Office of Catholic Schools has limited funds to assist families in covering the end of the year tuition expenses. The Office of Catholic Schools will process all applications and notify schools and applicants of awards by May 31, 2020. Please click here for the application.

In closing, please join SCC in the following prayer from Archbishop Aymond:
Loving and faithful God, the coronavirus reminds us that we have no power and we are dependent on you. We place ourselves in your loving hands. Please give eternal rest to all who have died from the virus. Please put your healing hand on those who are ill, and give your protection to us in this time of fear and uncertainty. Please, calm our fears and help us to trust you as our faithful God. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us in this time of need. Amen.

Tuition Letter
Please click here for the tuition letter issued by the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Dr. Houston. Thank you for your support during this time.

Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
There are many resources available with information about COVID19 and methods for prevention. Below are a few that you may find useful. These are updated daily.
LA Office of Public Health
CDC Fact Sheet
CDC CoronaVirus Main Page
Hand washing Resources