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2017-2018 Orientation Days

Dear Parents and Students,

I hope you have had a wonderful, refreshing summer! And in case you didn’t, we’re giving you two additional days to enjoy it! What follows is an important update regarding the construction timeline and change of dates for the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Construction Update:
Even under ideal circumstances, our construction timeline for Phase I has always been very aggressive. Rockford Construction communicated — and continues to hold to — completing “Phase 1” on Friday, August 25th, at which point they would then turn campus over to us for occupancy, pending the Fire Marshall’s approval. We have every confidence they will meet this schedule, but they need every day to do so. Therefore, no one will have access to campus on or before August 25. This changes our previously communicated dates for orientation. More on that change in a bit.

I wanted to outline for you the scope of this project and the schedule in which the phases will be completed.

“Phase I”— completed on 8/25/17 — includes the kitchen & servery, 1st floor of the Student Center, all administrative offices, the Student Support Services area, 306, a new conference room, and upgrading the Band room.

“Phase II” will be completed approximately September 25th, completing the new main entrance, the 2nd floor of the Student Center (the commons, as it will be known), and the library.

“Phase III,” opening the STEAM Center, will be completed in January 2018 at which point the science, art, and choir teachers will relocate for the second semester.

“Phase IV” includes modest upgrades on the 4th floor and renovating the 5th floor into traditional classrooms. This phase will be completed by the end of March. The new courtyard, including the new statue of Mary (Madonna della Strada) and landscaping, will be completed in May when we can reasonably rely on the weather.

As you can see, this is a 10-month project, and additional improvements will take place throughout the year. Unfortunately, this is not HGTV where everything goes from “before” to “after” quickly and brilliantly. Our change will be methodical and episodic, so please keep your expectations modest and your spirit flexible in the weeks ahead.

Calendar Update:
Orientations will NOT take place on the 24th (9th grade) and 25th (10th, 11th, & 12th grades) as previously communicated. Here’s a rundown of the orientation schedule with all grades reporting on Monday, August 28th at various times.

Freshmen Orientation
Monday, August 28, 2017, CC Gym
8:00 am – 11:45 am
Student check-in begins at 7:40 am. School uniform required. Men are to be clean-shaven.
School photos will be taken on this day.

10th, 11th, 12th Orientation
Monday, August 28, 2017, CC Gym
Seniors 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
**Juniors 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
**Sophomores 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Check-in begins 20 minutes before start time. School uniform required. Men are to be clean-shaven.
School photos will be taken on this day, following each orientation.

**Sophomores and Juniors should bring their iPad with passcodes removed. An email with brief, step-by-step instructions will be sent next week and posted on the website.

Transfer and International Student Welcome
Monday, August 28, 2017
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch will be served.

8/29 1st day of classes; Sophomores and Juniors can pick up iPads between 7-8AM in the library

8/30 All School Liturgy

Here are some other important points about this project and the start of the year:
We still have our temporary entrance in the southwest part of campus until 9/25 when the new entry is available.
Drop-off and pick-up procedures will continue as normal.
Sophomores are prohibited from parking on campus until further notice.
Students will be able to transition between the Main and North buildings through the Student Center. Students will not need to, nor be allowed to, transition between classes outside.
We will hold to the 5-minute passing period as we “condition” ourselves for the new schedule in 2018-19.

Regular Schedule
Liturgy Schedule
Late Start Schedule

Hot lunch will be available immediately. The 1st floor of the Student Center is adequate to accommodate A, B, C, and D lunches as we await completion of Phase II.
We will cover this information and more with students at orientation on Monday, 8/28.

Please keep a lookout for the first newsletter of the 2017-18 school year, the only version printed and mailed to your home. In it, you will find ample information on many aspects of school life. Be assured of our prayers for you and your family in the coming weeks as we welcome another year of opportunity, growth, and blessings.

In Christ,

Greg Deja
Principal/CEO