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Connelly Celebrates World Cultures Week
Posted on: May 2, 2008

             Many cultures of the world are represented in Orange County.  Connelly celebrates World Cultures Week annually, to honor its diversity and to educate the students and the community in these cultures.  This year, on Monday, April 7, Connelly began the week with 9th grade students offering morning prayers in other languages: Monet Granillo - Latin, Zoe Kam - Spanish, Antonella Ilarini-Cimodomo - Italian, Randa Heleka - Arabic, and Deenah Jarrar - Arabic.  At a morning assembly, costumed Indian dances were performed by juniors Hardeep Singh and Shehzein Khan, and senior Mehr Grewal.  Tuesday, which began with The Lord's Prayer in Greek by sophomore Maria Psara, was Ethnic Dress Day.  Many students and faculty dressed in the native costumes of another culture, and the International Club held a bake sale with delicious treats.  On Wednesday morning, A Student's Prayer was offered in Korean by sophomore Stella Kim, and the Spanish Honor Society hosted a Pinata Party for the students.  The Serenity Prayer was read in Arabic by sophomore Nadine Sidhom on Thursday morning, and at an afternoon assembly, Mr. Jack Pariser, who spent WWII hiding from the Nazis in Poland, told his story.  Friday began with The Hail Mary in Spanish by senior Deicy Garcia; students brought lunches to share with their Big and Little Sisters; and during an assembly, Baba the Storyteller provided beautiful music on the Kora, an ancient 21-string West African Harp, and told entertaining ancient African stories in which he interacted with the students.
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"I teach at Connelly because this school empowers its students to become strong, confident thinkers in a joyous and happy learning environment. I have a special privilege to see God every day in the faces and actions of my students."
Michael Ambrose,
Math teacher

"I feel privileged to go to a school where I know everyone there cares about me and supports me. Connelly has helped me grow in my faith and build my confidence. I could not have picked a better school for high school."
Raynee, Class of 2013

"I had a pretty remarkable experience at Connelly. I think it was the catalyst for my university acceptance. I owe the rest of my life decisions and career choice to that experience at Connelly." 
Sally Polk-Garcia '73

School office hours are
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Reminders for the month:
APR 4 - Edline course registration begins
APR 4-5 - ASB Officer Campaigning
APR 6 - Parents Association Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 6 - Junior Class Performs Play @ Servite 8 a.m.-noon
ASB Officer Speeches & Elections 
 - 5/7 SAT Registration Deadline
APR 9 - ACT Testing
APR 11 - Ambassador Applications Available 
APR 11-13 - Cheer Tryouts
APR 11-15 - Global Solidarity Week
APR 12
All-School Service Day
APR 13
 - Academic Council Meeting @ 3:15 p.m.
APR 14 - Global Solidarity Day
APR 14 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 15 - Ambassador Applications Due
APR 16 - Spring Fling Dance @ Rosary - 7-11 p.m.
APR 18-20 - Senior Exit Interviews; Classes begin @9:45 a.m.
APR 19 - Spring Concert Dress Rehearsal
APR 19 - Graduation Orders - Pickup @ Lunch
APR 21 - Early Dismissal
APR 21 - Spring Open House @ 6 p.m.
APR 21 - Spring Concert @ 5:30 p.m.
APR 22 - Earth Day Mass; Formal Uniform Day
APR 22 - Comedy Sportz Match @ 6:30 p.m.
APR 23 - Family Gardening Day 8 a.m.-noon
APR 24 - National College Fair
APR 25 - Spring Pep Rally
APR 25-26 - Class Officer Campaigning
APR 26 - AP Pre-Admin for all AP Students
APR 27 - Class Officer Elections
APR 27 - GAA Banquet @ 6 p.m.
APR 28 - Int'l Student Meeting
APR 28-30 - Tri-School Theatre Spring Musical @ 7 p.m.
APR 29 - Edline Course  Registration Ends

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