Salpointe Weekly Peek - December 10, 2021

Happy Friday, Lancers!
This week's prayer is shared by Patrick Hayes, Salpointe Assistant Principal for Student Services:
Dear Lord, as Mary said yes to giving birth to Jesus on that first Christmas, help us to reflect the same in our life. Let us say yes to birthing Christ into the world by our actions. Let our faith and hope be imaged in every challenge we face. Let our love show with every person we encounter. May the peace of this season always be in our heart and in our very presence to others. We ask this in Jesus name, Amen. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, pray for us.
COVID-19 Vaccine Questions
It’s understandable that many parents have questions about getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19. That’s why the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has produced a video with experts addressing these questions, including pointed ones. 
Available at in English, and in English with Spanish subtitles, the 30-minute video features:
  • Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and Special Adviser to Governor Doug Ducey on public health emergency preparedness;
  • Jessica Rigler, ADHS Assistant Director for Public Health Preparedness; and
  • Dr. Sean P. Elliott, a Tucson Medical Center physician specializing in pediatric infectious diseases.
Pima County Health Department Fentanyl Warning
The Pima County Health Department has asked us to distribute the following Fentanyl Warning letter to our families.
Lancers, it's not too late to bring in a donation for your adopt-a-family.  Monday's homeroom is the absolute last day to bring in gifts or gift cards. Let's spread some Christmas cheer and make this a year to remember for these families. Contact your student's homeroom teacher for their specific adopt-a-family wish list.
Royal Christmas Formal 
Lancers, it's time for a Royal Christmas Formal!
When - Thursday, December 16 from 8-11:30 pm
Doors open at 8 pm, close at 9 pm.
Where - JW Marriott Starr Pass
Who - Open to all Salpointe students and APPROVED guests. Click HERE for the Guest Permission Slip. Guest forms are due to Mrs. Lechuga in room 412 or the Student Services Center by the end of the day on Tuesday, December 14.  
Tickets - Click HERE to purchase your tickets! Tickets are $40 online and $45 CASH at the door. Online ticket sales close on Wednesday, December 15 at 10:30 pm. 
Note: tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable. 
What to Wear - Click HERE for the Formal Dance Dress Code. All students and guests must follow the dress code. Any students not in the dress code will be sent home and your parents will be informed.
Masks are required for all who attend.
Contact Mrs. Lechuga at for any questions.
Therapy Dogs on Campus
We have a new Therapy Dog visiting Salpointe. Riggs will be on campus before final exams on Monday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 15 from 7:30 to 8:05 am in Foundation Hall. If you have time before your final exams start, please stop by and say hello to Riggs. If you have any questions about the therapy dogs, please contact Mrs. Markle in the Counseling Department.
Salpointe Drama presents: The Man Who Came To Dinner
This is your last opportunity to support our amazing Lancer actors and actresses this year! Join us in the newly remodeled Corcoran Theater on December 10 and 11 at 7 pmDecember 12 at 2 pm. Reserved premium tickets and general admission tickets are available now:
Tickets will also be sold at the door for every show. Please come out and show your support for our talented Lancer performers!
Ericka Quintero wins Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year
We are so proud to announce that Salpointe's drama teacher Ericka Quintero is the 2021 recipient of the Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year Award for the South Region. This award is given annually to a teacher that demonstrates exceptional courage and devotion to the Performing Arts Program at a school. It is a prestigious honor that recognizes the best of the best in theatre and it is Ericka's second time earning the award!
Zachary Oschmann '25 Becomes an Eagle Scout!
Zachary Oschmann ‘25 passed his BSA Eagle Board of Review this week and is now officially an Eagle Scout. He is the youngest in his Troop’s history to earn his Eagle. Congratulations Zach, we are so proud of you!
Parents of the Class of 2022
Rembrandt Herff Jones reminds you of upcoming ordering deadline for graduation supplies. Order by December 15 for spring delivery of items you would like. Caps and gowns are already ordered, so you do not need to order them. Rembrandt Herff Jones
Senior Yearbook Tributes
Celebrate your senior's graduation with a full-color personalized tribute in the 2021-2022 Horizons Yearbook. One-quarter, one-half or full page Senior Tributes are available for purchase. Prices are $125-$250, depending on size. The deadline for submission is Sunday, February 6, 2022. Please click HERE for more information and to place your order. 
Student Services  
October PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 8/9 Test Results Released
PSAT test results were released digitally on December 7. Students can login to their College Board accounts to view results. If a student has trouble with their login and needs assistance, please call the College Board helpline at 1-866-315-6068.
Student Participation:  Church Synodal Process 
In cooperation with the Vatican, the Diocese of Tucson is conducting listening sessions in parishes and schools in order to receive feedback as part of the Church Synodal process initiated by Pope Francis. This past week a select group of students participated in a session in the school library. A few of our Salpointe students from this group will go on to a broader diocesan discussion that will take place in January.
Carmelite Spirituality
On Saturday, December 11, Fr. Manu will be giving a workshop called "Flor y Canto: Flowers and song of Guadalupe" at Most Holy Trinity Parish in Tucson. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore the rich symbolism that has shaped the spiritual life of millions of people for five centuries. Salpointe families and employees get a discount, and it is free for Salpointe Students. Follow this LINK for more information.
On Sunday, January 9 from 5-6:30 pm in Foundation Hall, Fr. Manu will be hosting a listening session for college-age alumni and their friends.  These sessions are designed as a safe space to open your hearts and minds in an effort to understand people’s journeys within the Catholic Church. The Church wants to hear your experiences, your joys, your frustrations and your advice. If you are in college and interested, please RSVP by Monday, January 3. For more information, visit or email Fr. Manu Franco-Gomez, O.Carm. at
Character Counts
On Monday, Stella told of a legend involving special spring water, a wanderer and a king. An important lesson was provided on viewing gifts from others (The Gift). On Tuesday, Omar talked about the special nature of the Christmas season that revolves around joyous, generous feelings and how that same attitude can be carried throughout the entire year (A Most Wonderful Time of the Year). Follow the links to read the full commentaries!
College Counseling
Juniors: Next semester we ramp up our interactions and planning for your post-secondary future! Tara McCall, Salpointe's College Counselor, will meet with Juniors in Theology class in mid-January to start the college process. Juniors will also have a Future Plans Google Classroom where college information will be readily available and updated (financial info, timeline, ACT/SAT, etc). Here is the December College Planning Newsletter for Juniors.

Seniors: Please reference this month’s Dec College Planning Newsletter for Seniors to stay on top of post-secondary planning. Congratulations to our seniors who are starting to hear about college acceptances! Please send a copy of your college acceptances, denials, deferrals and academic scholarships to
The Earn to Learn scholarship application for the 2022-2023 year is open! It is a savings to scholarship program that provides an 8 to 1 savings match for students. How it works is a student saves $500 of their own dollars and is then matched with $4,000. This $4,500 can be used at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. There are a limited number of scholarships available so please be sure to complete your application by December 31, 2021!


Football Finals TONIGHT!
The Lancers will be taking on Horizon in the 5A title game tonight at Sun Devil Stadium at 8 pm. Lancers, Lancers, let's take state!
Mike Urbanski wins Cross Country Coach of the Year
We are proud to announce Mr. Urbanski has been named the 2020-21 Arizona Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year! He was specifically nominated by the Arizona Interscholastic Association as the most deserving recipient of the honor. Congratulations, Mr. Urbanski, Salpointe is so lucky to have you as a mentor and a coach!
Financial Aid
Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) - 21/22 School year - Still accepting applications for this current school year - APPLY IMMEDIATELY!
If you missed Round 1 of funding, please apply immediately so that your student is considered in Round 2, which takes place in January 2022. You can apply to FAIR at using Salpointe's School Code: 800 and School Password: ctso800. Please note: although applications are submitted through FAIR, all funds come from Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO).
Financial Aid Independent Review (FAIR) 22/23 School year - The FAIR application for the 22/23 school year opened on November 1. Please be sure to apply at using Salpointe's School Code: 800 and School Password: ctso800.  Please note: a new application must be submitted each school year.  Although applications are submitted through FAIR, all funds come from Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO).

Catholic Tuition Support Organization (CTSO)
CTSO also accepts Arizona tax credit donations for Salpointe students through their referral program. In order for your student to receive CTSO Referral Funds, you must create a profile at and obtain an "RP #." Once you have your RP #, you can then provide it to potential donors. Donors must provide your RP # and school name to CTSO when donating. For families already registered, please be sure to submit new information and/or appropriate documents to CTSO each school year.
Institute for Better Education (IBE)
IBE not only offers financial need-based awards, but they also accept Arizona tax credit recommendations for Salpointe students. Please apply at ibescholarships.orgA new application must be completed each school year.
Arizona Tuition Connection (ATC)
ATC accepts Arizona tax credit donations for Salpointe students. ATC also provides financial need-based awards throughout the school year. Please apply at www.arizonatuitionconnection.comA new application must be completed each school year.
Arizona Leadership Foundation (ALF) - Please visit the ALF website at to review eligibility requirements.  If you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Theresa Lehrling at for details on how to apply.  A new application must be completed each school year.
If you have questions regarding Financial Aid or would like more information, please email Salpointe's Financial Aid Manager, Theresa Lehrling, at

Spirit Store

There is still time to shop for Christmas at the Spirit Store! There is something for every Lancer: Dad & Mom t-shirt/hat combos, high-ball glasses, coffee mugs, beautiful crosses, Alumni gear, Little Lancer onesies, special socks, new spirit clothing, stocking stuffers and gift cards! The Spirit Store is blessed to serve this community and thanks you for your continued support. 
Next week is exam week, so Spirit Store hours have changed:
Monday-Wednesday (12/13-12/15): 7:30 am-noon
Thursday (12/16): 7:30-10 am
Friday, 12/17- Monday, 1/3: CLOSED for the Christmas break
Reopening Tuesday, January 4th at 7:30 am
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 
Follow the Spirit Store on Instagram for sales, store updates, and more @salpointespiritstore. 

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