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Originally delivered on 10/2/2022 8:03 pm

SUBJECT: Ram-O-Gram, October 2022

Support our THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE fundraising campaign!

Principal Bill Egan NCHS

Dear New Canaan High School Families,

If you thought September was a busy month, get ready for October!  So many good things are happening this month. Spirit Week, one of our time-honored traditions, is scheduled for the week of October 10. STUCO plans fun and exciting daily activities. The week ends with a school-wide pep rally, a bonfire on Friday at 6:30 pm, a homecoming game, and a dance on Saturday, October 15, in the gym from 7:00-10:00 pm. We look forward to a fun-filled week of safe celebrations!

NCTV 78, New Canaan High School’s TV station, is excited to provide live game coverage, broadcasts, and video productions. The award-winning theater department will begin rehearsals for the fall play “Take her, She’s Mine,” scheduled for three performances at the end of October. Theater Coordinator, Christopher Myers, has done an outstanding job with our talented students, preparing them for entertaining and well-choreographed productions. 

Financial Aid Night, a virtual program, is scheduled on October 19, beginning at 7:00 pm, presented by the School Counselors. Counselors will provide a link as the date approaches.  

The Teen Driving Program: "A Roadmap to Safe Driving" (for parents and teens) is scheduled for October 26 at 7:00 pm in the Wagner Room and is a PFA-sponsored event. NCHS PFA plans and runs impressive, one-of-a-kind events for our students. Please visit the PFA website to learn how you support valuable programs and be an active member! 

Finally, I would like to express my sincerest thanks to everyone in our school community for all you do to support our students. I look forward to connecting with you at the many school-wide events. 

Wishing you all the best,

Bill Egan, Principal

Mark Your Calendars!
Wednesday, October 5
Yom Kippur (No School)
Friday, October 7
9:30a New to New Canaan Parent Coffee
Monday, October 10
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
Tuesday, October 11
12:00a Homecoming Spirit Week
9:30a 9th Grade Networking: Freshmen FAQ Answered
See Full Calendar
The drum roll please...

Thanks to the incredible response, the PFA exceeded its goal by 7% and raised $80,325!!!

Your generosity and support will have tremendous impact on the educational experience of every NCHS student, both inside and outside the classroom. Our gratitude goes to each and every family who donated to the Future Begins Here campaign! THANK YOU!

New to New Canaan Parent Coffee
Friday, Oct 7 | 9:30 am

Please join us at a gathering for families new to the NCPS district and/or who have recently moved to New Canaan. Meet other new parents, Principal Bill Egan and members of the PFA Board. We look forward to seeing you there!

EVENT LOCATION: Carriage Barn Arts, Waveny

9th Grade Networking: Parent Coffee & Conversation
Tuesday, Oct 11 | 9:30 am

Calling all Freshman Parents! Mark your calendars and plan to join us for an informal coffee and conversation at Waveny House while enjoying the fall colors. It will be great to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones! Members of the NCHS Administration, including Principal Bill Egan, Grade Level Principal Kristi Carriero, and Guidance Counselors Lindsay Riehl and Lori Keen (as well as veteran PFA members) will also be on hand to field questions about life at NCHS. You won’t want to miss this special event!


PFA October General Meeting
Wednesday, Oct 19 | 9:30 am

New Canaan CARES and the NCHS PFA present “Are you Smarter than your Cell Phone?” with Dr. Frank Bartolomeo. Numerous studies have found a strong link between social media use and increased risk for depression, anxiety and loneliness. Join us to discuss how to talk to your teenager about social media, and how to gain insight into your child's experience, mood, and interaction with others in the digital world.


10th Grade Networking Event: Roadmap to Safe Driving
Wednesday, Oct 26 | 7:00 pm

Grab your 10th grader and join us for an instructive seminar featuring a panel discussion on teen driving. Our experienced panel includes representatives from Lewis School of Driving, the New Canaan Police Department, and Brown,Thayer and Shedd Insurance Company. We will discuss how to be successful on the driving test, safety on the roads, tips on keeping your insurance rates down, what to do in the event of an accident, and more. 

Please contact 10th Grade Networking chairs Meaghan Kupchak and Meg Saunders with any questions. This is for 10th graders and their parents. 


NCHS Library Volunteers Needed!

The NCHS library needs your help! Parents assist the librarians by tending the circulation desk and helping to shelve materials. This historically popular volunteer opportunity is still looking for 20 more volunteers to fill the bi-weekly 95-minute shift schedule. Past experience is not necessary.

Please contact Liz Orelup if you are interested in volunteering in the library.

Juniors & Sophomores: PSAT
Saturday, Oct 15 | 7:30 am

The PSAT will be offered at NCHS on Saturday, October 15, 2022 for registered students. The test is 2 hours 45 minutes long and will begin at 8:00 am. Students will check in by 7:30 and should remember to bring sharpened pencils and calculators as well as a picture ID. Phones should be left at home or POWERED OFF.

Financial Aid Night
Monday, Oct 17 | 7:00 pm

The School Counselors invite you to join them at Financial Aid Night on October 17 at 7:00 PM via Zoom. All are welcome to attend, especially if your child is a member of the Class of 2023. For more information, please contact school counselor Lori Keen. Link to be sent out via email. 


Interested in Pursuing a STEM Major in College?
Thursday, Oct 18 | 6:30 pm

Are you interested in pursuing a STEM major in college? Come to this information session to learn about STEM education in Massachusetts—with Olin College, Wentworth Institute of Tech, Smith College, and UMass Lowell. Register HERE.


Fall Testing Dates
  • Oct 1: SAT*
  • Oct 15: PSAT*
  • Oct 22: ACT
  • Nov 5: SAT *
  • Dec 3: SAT
  • Dec 10: ACT*
    *Denotes NCHS as testing location

Click HERE to register for the SAT.
Click HERE to register for the ACT.

Seniors: Colleges Visiting NCHS

Seniors may attend college visits and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must register for the visits on Naviance  and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school. Attendance is taken at these sessions which are either in person or via zoom. The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page).

NC Rams All Sports Booster Club

The NC Rams All Sports Booster Club supports all New Canaan High School athletic programs. We raise and distribute funds to provide necessary athletic program components which are above and beyond those provided by the NCHS athletic budget and assures equity of resources for all CIAC-recognized sports. Each year, the Club funds additional coaches for every team, raising the skillset and abilities of all athletes.

More than 70% of all NCHS students participate in school athletics in any given year. For these students, athletics are an integral part of the educational process. Through athletic participation, students learn teamwork, work ethic, time management and a responsibility to others.


Performing Arts
Come See the Fall Play—Take Her, She's Mine
Thursday, Oct 27 - Saturday, Oct 29 | 7:00 pm

Take Her, She’s Mine by Phoebe and Henry Ephram is a warming comedy that follows a typical American girl enroute to college. With the “Mod-60s” as the show’s backdrop and their daughter heading from the west coast to the east coast, the biggest question becomes, who is in for a greater shock: the girl or her parents? Much to the dismay of her father especially, his daughter and her roommates go through several phases as they explore who they think they want to be and who they think they should be as blossoming adults. Dive into a different time in American history (that’s sometimes not so different) and connect with a family as they struggle and grow together. Click HERE for more information. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. 


Newcomers Club of New Canaan
Sail to Sable Fashion Show & Luncheon Benefitting Stamford Health's Women & Babies Campaign
Thursday, Oct 6 | 11:30 am

This is a wonderful opportunity to support women's health in our community. Enjoy lunch, shopping and more! The Sail to Sable fashion show will feature the current collection and proceeds will benefit the new Women & Babies facilities at Stamford Hospital.

Can't join for the full event? Stop in for the Shop & Sip from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Click HERE to purchase. Event is open to the public.

Stamford Hospital's $30 million+ campaign will transform the Whittingham Pavilion into a facility of astonishingly high quality, high tech, and high-touch capabilities delivered in a state-of-the-art environment to accommodate the reimagined NICU, Labor & Delivery, Maternity, and Women’s Specialty Center. Click HERE for more info.

EVENT LOCATION: Country Club of New Canaan

Renovate the Dome
Learn More About Plans for the State-of-the-Art Learning Theater
Tuesday, Oct 18 | 10:00 am

The NCPS Dome Renovation Committee invites you to come to the Open House to learn more about an exciting new endeavor to transform the original 1971 planetarium at New Canaan High School! 

There will be a presentation 15 minutes after the start time followed by a Q&A session. Kids are welcome! 

Click HERE to sign up to attend an Open House. And don't worry if the first fills up—a second will be added immediately following if needed. Hope to see you there! 

EVENT LOCATION: Planetarium at New Canaan High School

Filling in the Blanks
Support Filling in the Blanks’ Holiday Backpack Program!

Filling in the Blanks fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends; supporting 87 schools across 10 towns in CT & NY. Every year they deliver a new gift-filled backpack to the kids in their program. Kids use this backpack year-round to transport their Weekend Meal Bags home. 

How you can help: 

1. Host a Holiday Backpack Drive and/or purchase an item from Filling in the Blanks’ Amazon Wishlist. 

2. Host a fundraiser with proceeds benefitting our Amazon Wishlist most needed items. 

Donation Deadline: October 28th, 2022 

Click HERE for more information on FITB and the Holiday Backpack Program..

New Canaan Sculpture Trail
Enjoy This Outdoor Art Exhibit Through October

The New Canaan Sculpture Trail is an outdoor art exhibition. This joint collaboration between the New Canaan Land Trust and the Carriage Barn Arts Center explores the interaction between art and nature. Now through the end of October on various Land trust locations. Click HERE for more details.

EVENT LOCATION: NCLT properties and downtown New Canaan

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