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Welcome to the March 2010 issue of the Alumni E-Newsletter!

To commence the Lenten season at Totino-Grace, our community gathered for an Ash Wednesday prayer service. Campus Minister Andrew Blake '99 spoke to students about his own Lenten journey as a high school student, college student and today. His reflection encouraged and challenged Totino-Grace students to pray, fast and give.
 
The Campus Ministry Department has coordinated a Lenten Simple Lunch Series for students and staff. On Wednesdays during Lent, participants will share a simple meal and view and discuss an episode of 30 Days. The 30 Days series is done by Morgan Spurlock, the creator of "Super Size Me", and features people living in a variety of situations different from their usual circumstances for 30 days. Totino-Grace will begin the lunch series with topics about minimum wage and trade, accumulation of material things and waste. To learn more about the 30 Days series, click
HERE
 
The Totino-Grace Student Ministry Team created an online prayer book for students and staff to use throughout the school day. Student Ministers have written personal reflections on the daily readings and have provided eight prayers for each school day that teachers can use in class. If you would like to view the resource created by the Campus Ministry Department, please click
HERE.

In response to a successful inaugural year, Totino-Grace will once again host two Fish Fry dinners to raise funds for Angel Outreach. Angel Outreach is a program, made available through the Totino-Grace Advancement Office and Parent Organization, which provides financial help for the basic school-related needs of students experiencing extreme financial hardship. These needs may include but are not limited to money for lunches, uniforms and school supplies. There are many Totino-Grace students who receive financial aid to attend school, but who have a need for resources for everyday expenses as well.
 
The first Fish Fry of 2010 had attendance beyond our expectations! We hope you are able to join us on Friday, March 26th, for the final Fish Fry Fundraiser at Totino-Grace this Lent.
 
Sincerely,
Kelly Refsnider
Alumni and Public Relations Director
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In Memory
 
Mathew Seviola
Alumni Parent
Father of Dennis Seviola '75 and Linda Seviola Teideken '70.
 
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Father of Kathy Grewe O'Rourke '75, Joe Grewe '74. Grandfather of Michael Grewe '02, Patrick Grewe, '03, Julia O'Rourke '04, Elizabeth O'Rourke '07, John O'Rourke '10. 
 
Joseph Matlon
 Alumni Parent
Father of Tom Matlon '74, Jim Matlon '75, Rick Matlon '78, Dave Matlon '80, Steve Matlon '82,  Mary Beth Matlon '85.
 
Patricia Bridgeman
Alumni Parent
Mother of Mike Bridgeman '74
 
Brother of Mark Guzik '76, Matt Guzik '77, Daniel Guzik '78, Jean Guzik '81, Mary Beth Guzik Kester '82 and Catherine '92 (who passed away in 2008)
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Alumni News
 
Love Story Contest
In last month's newsletter, we invited graduates who have a love story with a Grace or Totino-Grace connection to share it with us. Several alumni submitted their stories. Click HERE to read their submissions.
 
Alumni Gather to Support T-G Programs 
A number of alumni gatherings took place this winter and graduates had the opportunity to support current students in their athletic events. The girls basketball alumni game was held on December 23. Wrestling alumni night was January 7. The boys basketball alumni night took place on February 23. E'gal alumni attended section and state competitions this February to cheer on the team.
 
Reunion Planning is Underway!
Classes that end in a 5 or 0 are due for a reunion in 2010. Several graduates have stepped forward to help, but more are needed to create a fun and memorable event for your class. If you would like more information about your reunion or are interested in volunteering to coordinate your class gathering, click HERE.
 
Totino-Grace Fundraisers

auction 09 logo - blackThere are several upcoming opportunities to gather with the Totino-Grace community and support current students. The Fish Fry Fundraiser for Angel Outreach will be held on March 26. Click HERE for details.

 

The annual Eagle Shoot golf tourmanent is a great opportunity for you to gather a team of friends, family, fellow graduates or coworkers for a day of friendly competition. Proceeds will benefit our cocurricular program. Visit the Eagle Shoot page for complete details and to register your team. 

 
Alumni Skype with AP Spanish Students
Graduates Dan DeLapp and Liz O'Roarke had a skype session with current Advanced Placement Spanish students. Dan is studying in Sevilla and Liz is in Venezuela. The students were beyond excited to speak with alumni currently studying abroad. All conversation took place in spanish and many, many questions were asked about the graduates' experience in a spanish speaking country.
 
What are you up to?
The Totino-Grace website now has a feature to regularly recognize unique and notable news from alumni. If you have something to share, or know of another graduate who is up to something interesting, send us a note!
 
 
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School News
 
Games 4 Life

The Totino-Grace Respect Life Group held Games 4 Life on February 20. Teams played basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and a variety of classic board games. 

Miss MN International 2009, Maddie Thoele, spoke at the event, showing how her work with the Children's Cancer Research Fund coincides with respect life principles. The group raised $200 during the event which was then donated to the Children's Cancer Research Fund.
 

Dance Team State

The Totino-Grace E'gals dance team placed third in both Class AA Jazz/Funk and High Kick/Precision categories at the Minnesota State High School League Dance Team Competition on February 12th & 13th. Congratulations to all dancers on a successful season!

 
Cheer Team Nationals
The Totino-Grace cheer team participated in the UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship, held February 13 & 14 in Orlando, Florida. Only 12 Minnesota teams qualified to compete in this competition of more than 500 squads. The Eagles missed the finals, televised on ESPN 2, by only three points. The team had their final competition of the season, the UPA Americup Cheer & Dance Championship, on February 19 & 20 in Minneapolis. 
 
Wrestling State
The Totino-Grace wrestling team participated in the State Tournament March 4-6 at the Excel Energy Center. Totino-Grace (18-5) lost against No. 1 seed Simley (26-1) on March 4. Their loss against Scott West on March 5 in the first round of consolation wrestling ended their 2010 season. Of the six wrestlers who competed as individuals in the State Tournament, three Eagles earned top honors. At 112, Cody Paulsen placed 2nd and was named Academic All-State. At 119, Jon Ebert placed 4th. At 189, Anthony Gullickson placed 5th. Congratulations to the Totino-Grace wrestling program and all student-athletes on an outstanding season.
 
 
Football Team Honored 
The Totino-Grace varsity football team was honored by High School Sports Web Site MAXPREPS and the National Guard at half-time of the boys varsity basketball game on Friday, February 12. There are 16,000 high school football teams nationwide, yet only 50 of the nation's top-ranked teams are being recognized on the MAXPREPS Tour of Champions, presented by the National Guard.
   
 
auction 09 logo - blackShow Choir Spectacular 
The Company of Singers hosted the 15th annual Show Choir Spectacular on February 27th at Totino-Grace. Thirteen show choirs competed for the title of Grand Champion, among other honors. The 112 students in the show choir program along with more than 200 family members and others, spent about 1500 hours volunteering throughout Spectacular weekend to host an incredible and very well attended event. 
 
The choirs will travel March 26 & 27 to the Chicago area for "The Cup" National Show Choir Competition hosted by FAME Events.  The Chamber Singers will compete on Friday at Northwestern University, and Company of Singers will compete along with 16 show choirs representing 9 states on Saturday at the historic Genesee Theatre.
 
 
Spotlight Musical Theater Program
The Hennepin Theater Trust's Spotlight Musical Theater Program, which celebrates high school musical theater and recognizes outstanding performances in a variety of categories, has announced the honorees for this year. Recognized with an Honorable Mention from the Totino-Grace production of Beauty and the Beast are: for a leading role - Katie Hahn as Belle; for supporting roles - Tucker Moore as Gaston and Ashley Kidd as Mrs. Potts; and for a featured role - Ketherine Hibbs, Mary Klinghagen and Jillian Rice as the Silly Girls. These students will participate in a state awards ceremony on June 14 with the other honorees from around the state. Congratulations to these students and the entire cast and crew of Beauty and the Beast.
 
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Upcoming Events
 
March 24
Memorial Mass
Family members of deceased faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend our Memorial Mass. Invitations will be mailed. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Refsnider, Alumni Director, at 763-571-9116 ext)212.
 
March 26
Totino-Grace Fish Fry Fundraiser for Angel Outreach
Bring your friends, family and neighbors to this outstanding event! A full meal - all you can eat - will be served in the Totino-Grace commons. Click HERE for more information about the Angel Outreach Fund.
 
 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ENTIRE TOTINO-GRACE EVENT CALENDAR.
 
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From the Advancement Office
 
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Recently, students made calls to graduates and parents of alumni to ask for donations to the TG Fund. We are confident that you and other members of the Totino-Grace community will continue to have a positive and far reaching impact on our school community. The funds being raised to help us meet these challenges will enable Totino-Grace to remain one of the strongest Catholic high schools in the Twin-Cities.
 
We hope you enjoyed speaking with our student callers and consider making a donation to this year's TG Fund. Every donor and every dollar counts! Click HERE to learn about your giving options or click HERE to make your secure, online gift today.
 
Inspiring Performance Update
 

Construction continues on the Inspiring Performance Capital Campaign new addition. Check out the latest photos!

Inspiring Performance provides for the continuation of a rich tradition of transforming young men and women to make a difference in the world. Your investment will help advance our mission and achieve our vision for the future. We invite you to participate in this important undertaking, and respectfully ask you to stretch in your support, to the extent possible, at this important time in Totino-Grace High School's history.

 

Donate today on our website or mail your contribution to the Totino-Grace Advancement Office.

 

The 2008-2009 Annual Report is now available on our website. Click HERE to view the report.

 
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Totino-Grace is an Archdiocesan co-educational Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition. Welcoming a student body that is academically, economically, and culturally diverse, we strive for equity and excellence in all programs. Recognizing the key elements of our mission as learning, faith, community, and service, we seek to provide a safe environment that places priority on mutual respect, self-discipline, and acknowledgment of our responsibility in the world community.