Red & White - February 8, 2019

 

February 8, 2019
INSPIRE & IGNITE: STORIES FROM THE HEART OF REGIS JESUIT

BRENDAN LOVE ’04: TO SERVE AS YOU DESERVE

Last Friday, at the mid-point of girls Service Projects, I was worn out! After an unusual start with a snow day, we were finally underway, but a few logistical glitches kept me busy in between my site visits as I responded to various emails and phone calls. When I arrived at each site, however, I did my best to put all other work aside so that I could devote my full attention to our students and their onsite reflections. Not only was I edified by the work they were doing, but also by the people with whom they were working and by the supportive comments coming from our agency partners. What a gift it is to be able to share in this experience! ..READ FULL BLOG POST

ALL SCHOOL NEWS

2019-20 RE-ENROLLMENT OPENS FEBRUARY 25
On Friday, February 1, the 2019-20 nonrefundable advance deposit of $250 per returning student was collected electronically through your current 2018-19 FACTS tuition account. The multi-step, online Re-Enrollment process will open on Monday, February 25, and includes an online Tuition Agreement and Student Information Update and Student Course Registration. Look for an email with Re-Enrollment details on the morning of Monday, February 25. Students have been meeting with their counselors to discuss their choices and the course registration process.

REGIS JESUIT SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
The school has launched a search for a new chief financial officer. The position description and application are available on the employment page of our website: www.regisjesuit.com/employment. Please feel free to share this information with anyone you know who might be interested in this role.

TENTATIVE DATES FOR THE 2019-20 SCHOOL CALENDAR
We have begun work on the school calendar for 2019-20 and would like to share the most important dates with you. Please realize that this is a work in progress and that all dates are subject to change. We will provide more detailed updates later in the spring. Click HERE to view the 2019-20 tentative dates. A link to these dates can also be found on the homepage and on the main school calendar page of the website.

GIRLS DROP OFF AND PICK UP REMINDER
We need your help in maintaining a safe environment in our parking lots and drop off and pick up lanes. Please remember that all drop off and pick up traffic needs to be along the east of the Girls Division building. We ask that you do not drop off or pick up students in our visitor lot, our softball parking lot, or along our bus loop. Vehicles in these areas create safety hazards for our pedestrian traffic and our students who are parked in these areas. Areas are marked with signs that say "No student drop off or pick up" and are intentionally placed in these areas because of the negative impact it has on our traffic flow. We ask that you do not disregard these signs. 

COLORADO HEALTH ADVISORY—YOUTH VAPE USE AND NICOTINE ADDICTION
Our Parent Education Night earlier this week was a huge success! Thank you to all the parents who came to learn more about the Juuling/vaping epidemic and how they can support their children in making good choices. All juniors have explored this topic in their Advisement classes and are helping to brainstorm how best to respond as student leaders and peers. Will Munro ’20 produced a great piece for RJ Media that was shared in Junior Advisements, and we would like for all RJ parents and students to view the video and discuss it at home with their children. Please take a few minutes to watch the video HERE, as well as educate yourself with this Colorado Health Advisory. Finally, here is some county-specific information for Douglas, Adams and Arapahoe Counties. Your awareness of the facts and ability to recognize the various devices available for Juuling and vaping will help us as we continue our efforts to eradicate this national epidemic from RJ.

GRATITUDE FOR OUR REGIS JESUIT COMMUNITY
Thank you to our Regis Jesuit community for your generous support of our Season of Caring and Sharing collection drives. With your support, we were able to donate to the following to help brighten the lives of those in need this past Christmas season.

  • The Arrupe Clubs and students on the Freshman Retreat collected toiletries to put together over 500 bags which were given out at Christ in the City’s lunches for the homeless and to St. Francis Center day shelter.
  • Student Council collected 300+ board games which were given to homeless and low-income children at Fr. Woody’s Christmas Party on December 16.
  • More than 2100 cans of food and $700 from our Cadre collection were collected for the Student Council Co-Divisional food drive for the RCLC St. Joseph’s Parish food collection.
  • During the Season of Caring and Sharing, the Cadre club raised more than $4400 for Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope, St. Joseph’s Parish and to build a well and water filtration system for a rural village in Ghana.
  • At the Alumni Christmas Eve Mass, more than $3500 was given for the Kino Border Initiative.

These organizations expressed their gratitude for our contributions. Thank you all for giving so generously. We wish you many blessings in the new year!

FOOD SERVICE VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED
To help reduce wait time in lines, we could use more parent volunteers to operate the cash registers during the morning break and lunch. The morning break shift is generally 9:00-10:00 am, and the lunch shift is from 12:10-1:20 pm. We ask volunteers to work one day each month during the second and fourth weeks or the first, third and occasional fifth weeks. If you can spare an hour, please contact Rick Sullivan for details.

AUTOMATIC REPLENISH FOR LUNCH ACCOUNTS
Did you know that you can automatically replenish your student's lunch account? In the PayForIt.net portal, click on the Lunch tab and select Auto Replenish. At that point, you can select the minimum threshold to fund the account and the amount to add to the account. Then select Turn Payments On followed by clicking on Save Changes. You can also configure your email options to send a notification when your child's account reaches a predetermined balance so you know to add money to the account. You can do so by updating your email options under the My Account tab at the top and then select My Email Option and checking the box next to Low Balance and then saving the setting. As a reminder, we expect all students to be aware of their account balance and to see their accounts are replenished before they run out of money. If you have any questions about your student's lunch account, please contact Mark Sarna.

JESUIT SCHOOLS STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST
Students: Are you compassionate about social justice and peace building? Do you want to confront intolerance and fear and promote inclusion in your community? If so, you are invited and encouraged to participate in the following essay/video contests. Please click on the links below to learn more.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WELCOME PHONE CALLS FOR THE CLASS OF 2023
The Admissions Office is still looking for parent volunteers to call every family accepted to RJ for the 2019-20 school year. Volunteers will call no more than 15 families to offer congratulations and answer any questions. These calls will be made the week of February 18-22. Please complete THIS FORM if you are interested, and you'll be contacted by Jen Gray soon. Thank you!

LADIES FOR LARK GIFT GATHERING—FEBRUARY 12
The Raider Parent Community Association (RPCA) invites you join fellow adult women in the RJ community for an evening of shopping and good friends at our annual Ladies for LARK Gift Gathering on Tuesday, February 12, from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Steele Center. This event is a great opportunity for mothers of current students and alumni to get together and have fun in support of Regis Jesuit’s spring dinner-auction, LARKaloha. Shop for skincare, clothes, accessories, jewelry, purses, art and more! To help us plan, please RSVP online by Monday, February 11. If you have any questions, contact Helen Bingham, Director of Events.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR SUMMER IMMERSION TRIPS—FEBRUARY 14
All junior boys and girls interested in participating in a summer immersion trip are invited to an informational meeting on Thursday, February 14 at 12:25 pm in the Z Theatre. To be eligible for participation, all applicants must be current with their service hour goals, service journals and be in good standing with the school.

BD COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS—FEBRUARY 14
We invite Boys Division parents to attend our Coffee with the Counselors on February 14 in the Steele Center at 8:00 am. This is an opportunity for parents to come together with one another and discuss ways to support their sons, as well as a chance to engage in informal discussions with the counselors about topics that pertain to their son's lives. At this particular meeting, we will be discussing relationships, friendships and the socialization of teenagers. Please join us to come together, learn and share ideas. We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Nate Moeller.

MOMS ON A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY—FEBRUARY 20
Please join your fellow RJ moms (current and alums, from both divisions) on Wednesday, February 20 from 10:00-11:45 am as we delve into Chapter 7 in our book for the year, Perfectly Yourself: Discovering God’s Dream for You by Matthew Kelly! (Book found at www.DynamicCatholic.com.) Feel free to jump right in the middle of this book with us; it’s amazing! MOSJ welcomes women of all faiths and walks, as we journey together as children of God, mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Come when you can, whether you have read the chapter or not: no one takes roll—no one makes you talk. We share our insights, comments and questions related to our chapter in the book and its meaning in our lives. We typically meet every first, third, and fifth Wednesdays of the month from 9:00-10:45 am (unless school starts at 10:00 am, then we meet from 10:00-11:30 am). We meet in the Main Office Conference Room in the boys building. Contact Susu Dugas with any questions at 720.933.7447. 

MOM PROM "ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK"—FEBRUARY 24
Grab your saddle shoes and satin jackets and REGISTER NOW for Mom Prom 2019 before tickets are gone! You don't want to miss one of the biggest events at Regis Jesuit, so invite your son(s) to a fun-filled evening of food, dancing and even a hula hoop contest! Join us on Sunday, February 24, from 5:00-9:00 pm at Wings Over the Rockies as we "Rock Around the Clock." Tickets are $48 each, and t-shirts are available for $15 to commemorate this special event. Mom Prom is for moms and their sons from ALL GRADE LEVELS.
Don't forget, the price of registration increases by $10 starting at 12:01 am on Monday, February 11, and t-shirts will no longer be available for purchase, so register today! For questions or to volunteer to help, please contact momprom@regisjesuit.com.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE—MARCH 3
The Regis Jesuit Father-Daughter Dance—Black & White Ball—will be held Sunday, March 3, from 5:30-9:30 pm at Mile High Stadium. Please join us for an evening of dancing with your daughter before she heads off to college. Light appetizers and dessert will be served. Online registration is open at www.regisjesuit.com/fatherdaughter; the cost is $35 per person with a $5.00 discount for additional siblings. The price goes up on February 25 and online registration will close on February 27. We need volunteers (moms and dads) to make this event a success, so please sign up HERE to help out!

ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES UPDATE

Here is a recap of the most recent highlights for our athletics (varsity) and activities. If you have a highlight to share, send it to webmaster@regisjesuit.com.

BOYS ATHLETICS
Basketball: 12-8
Hockey: 15-1
Wrestling: 3-3

GIRLS ATHLETICS
Basketball: 18-2 
Swim & Dive: 9-0

FAN BUS FOR GIRLS STATE SWIM & DIVE FINALS—FEBRUARY 9
Calling all RJ Swim & Dive Fans! We will be running a fan bus for the Girls Swim & Dive Finals competition TOMORROW, Saturday, February 9. The bus will leave Regis Jesuit at 12:30 pm and return at approximately 7:30 pm.
Please note: All riders must EITHER show they have money to pay for the admission into the meet, CASH ONLY (approximate cost $10) or have pre-purchased an all-session admission ticket ($22) through GoFan in order to ride the bus. Sign up to ride the bus through this link. Go Raiders!

ATTENTION SPRING SPORT ATHLETES
All athletes wishing to try out for a spring sport must have their athlete packet submitted to the athletic trainers by February 22, 2019. Athletes who do not have current paperwork on file as of February 22 will not be allowed to try out. Please turn in your paperwork to Lindsay Casas, Girls Athletic Trainer or Bre Perdue, Boys Athletic Trainer. Click HERE to access the required athletic forms.

BASEBALL TRYOUTS—FEBRUARY 27-30
If you are interested in trying out for baseball and are not currently involved in winter workouts or not receiving emails from the baseball program, please email Coach Darr.

SPEECH AND DEBATE RESULTS
Congratulations to the following members of the Regis Jesuit Speech and Debate Team who won awards on Saturday, February 2, at the Chaparral Speech Invitational:
Sarah Abraham ’19, Presiding Officer and Superior Speaker in Congress; Helen Abraham ’22, Most Outstanding Speaker in Congress; Brady Oakleaf ’22, Superior Award in Extemporaneous Speaking; Wyatt Byrne ’22, Superior Award in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Katherine Lubchenko ’22, Superior Award in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Taylor Tonkinson ’22, Fourth Place in Drama; Hannah Smith ’19, Third Place in Poetry. A special congratulations to Nate Christensen ’21, Josh Brito-Mariani ’21, Peter Lengwin ’20 and Layton Hall ’20 who won First Place and were Tournament Champions in Cross-Examination Debate. WAY TO GO, TEAM!

COMMUNITY NEWS

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BOYS HOPE GIRLS HOPE
Join us for a Gift Card Social! Boys Hope Girls Hope provides gift cards to scholars on their birthdays and as a thank you for going above and beyond. Join us for wine and appetizers at the home of Alyson and Matt Owens in Cherry Hills Village on Thursday, February 21, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Bring a gift card and learn more about Boys Hope Girls Hope.  RSVP to mftharp@bhgh.org. View the invite HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, February 8
- WHITE DAY
- Girls Swimming State Finals
- Girls Junior/Senior Service Projects
- Moms in Prayer Meeting, 8:15 am

Saturday, February 9
- Girls Swimming State Finals—Ride the Fan Bus!

Monday, February 11
- RED DAY

Tuesday, February 12
- WHITE DAY
- RPCA Executive Committee Meeting, 4:00 pm
- Ladies for LARK, 6:00 pm
- Men's Club Meeting, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, February 13
- One-Hour Late Start
- RED DAY
- Boys Senior Silent Retreat
- Class of 1969 Luncheon

Thursday, February 14
- ACADEMY DAY
- WHITE DAY
- Boys Senior Silent Retreat
- Boys Counselor Coffee with Parents, 8:00 am

Friday, February 15
- RED DAY
- Boys Senior Silent Retreat
- Senior Sponsored Dress Down Day
- End of Fourth Rotation Grading Period
- Acceptance Letters for Class of 2023 Mailed 
- Moms in Prayer Meeting, 8:15 am

View the full list of upcoming events at www.regisjesuit.com/upcomingevents

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