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The Dialogue 12/2/2016

Updated on Dec 02, 2016 03:22 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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Thursday, December 8th - early release at 11:30 am.
No bus service available.  
Consecration Prayer Cards
A Consecration Prayer card to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary was sent home today with the oldest child in each family. As part of our Parish Renewal program we ask that each family place this image in a special place in your home and pray the Consecration together as a family. This will be a powerful spiritual event to have each of our families consecrate themselve to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts. 
Character Counts: Caring
With the beginning of December, so starts the third pillar of our Character Counts program - Caring! As Catholics we are called to practice our faith in a way that shows we care for others. December is the perfect month to show how much we care for the people in our lives. It also gives us opportunities to reach out into the community to care for those less fortunate. Some of the characteristics we will focus on this month are being kind, being compassionate and showing we care, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, and helping people in need. With Christmas just a few weeks away there are many ways to show we care for others. Please ask your children to come up with some ideas how they can be caring role models within their family, school and community! And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
St. Edward Central Catholic H.S. will administer the placement exam for current 8th graders on Saturday, January 7th, 2017. All current 8th graders interested in attending St. Edward must attend. Testing will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m., and will take approximately 3 hours. Please download the registration from our website, www.stedhs.org, and bring it to the testing day with the $15.00 fee. Please contact Mrs. Cholewa at acholewa@stedhs.org with any questions.
Winter Band Concert 
Music Education Services invites you to an evening of beautiful winter music featuring our St. Catherine's student band members along with students from other local schools. The concert will take place on Monday, December 12th at St. John's Lutheran School located at 115 North Spring Street in Elgin. The beginning band concert will start at 6:00 and the intermediate and advanced band will perform at 7:00. Please come out to support our band members for this special concert! 
Annual Christmas Program: Our St. Catherine's school Christmas music program will take place on Thursday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Please come and join us as our students perform a wonderful selection of songs to help celebrate the Christmas season!! 
Art Club Christmas Party
The Art Club Christmas Party has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 3:05 - 4:15 . This is do to the conflict of scheduling with the book fair. Thank you for your understanding! Mrs. Oskorep :-)       
Pennies for Pies 
Thank you to all who participated and sent in funds for the Pennies for Pies contest. 6th Grade collected the most money and was treated to a special dessert yesterday at lunch. With the funds that were raised, St. Catherine of Siena School was able to donate 90 pies to the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. Thank you again for your support!
7th and 8th grade Dance:
Our 7th and 8th grade students have been invited to attend a Christmas dance at St. Thomas More on Friday, December 9th, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 and students should bring their school ID with them. Please see the attahced flyer for more information.
Classroom Christmas Parties:
Classroom Christmas parties will be on Friday, December 16th 2:00 pm for Pre-K4 (afternoon session) - 8th grade. Pre-K4 morning session will be at 10:00 am on Friday, December 16th. Our Pre-K3 class will have their party on Thursday, December 15th at 10:00 am. Please remember to submit your party plan ideas to the classroom teachers ahead of time for approval. Thank you!
Hot Lunch Orders
The lunch site to place orders for Janury is now open and will remain open through Monday, December 12th. Please place your order as soon as possible as we will not be able to add orders on once the site is closed. As a reminder, payment for November lunch orders is now due. Payment can be made by check or cash and should be sent to the school office. Thank you!
Athletic Uniforms
Athletic uniforms for Girls Volleyball and Cross Country are now overdue to be returned! Please return your child's uniform to the school office by Monday, December 5th. Uniforms should be washed and placed in plastic bag with your child's name clearly labeled on it. Thank you!
Barnes and Noble Book Fair for St. Catherine's
Our annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair for St. Catherine's will be held on Wednesday, December 7th. We have lots of new and fun activities planned for this year! New this year children can pre-purchase cupcakes to decorate with Mrs. Link, and Starbucks is also offering caffeine-free Frappuccino's which can be pre-purchased and will be delivered to students during lunch on Friday, December 9th. Cupcakes and Frappuccino's must be pre-ordered and an order form was sent home with students today.
As in past years, there will be a "Find Your Teacher" Scavenger Hunt, and many of our teachers will be there reading stories to the families that can make it to the event. A schedule of the events will be sent out next week.
Sip and Swirl Event - Friday, December 16th
Please join us for a Sip and Swirl (your paintbrush) event on Friday, December 16th. Bring your own beverage and paint with family and friends to help "Fun-Raise" for our Home and School. Happy Hour begins at 6:30 and painting begins at 7:00. Must be 21 to attend. The project for the evening is holiday-themed wine glasses. The cost is $40.00 and includes all the supplies you will need. Please use the attached flyer to RSVP to the event by December 12th.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Additional scrip cards are available in the school office. They are: Dunkin Donuts ($10), Chipotle ($10), and Barnes & Noble ($10, $25). This a great time to stock up on gift cards for Christmas. Check out all the great cards available on www.shopwithscrip.com and enter code 2CL3966D181 to start your shopping. Orders  and payment are due in the school office by 9:00 am on Monday, December 5th. 
Save the Date:
Trivia Night is coming back to St. Catherine's on Friday, February 3rd, 2017! Put on your thinking caps, grab some friends, and get ready to share your knowledge for a fun-filled evening of challenging questions!
Third Grade Coat Drive
The third grade class would like to thank everyone who donated coats and clothes for our annual coat drive! The coats and clothing will be donated to the F.I.S.H. pantry. Thank you for supporting our class project!
Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree Sales
The Knights of Columbus are selling Christmas trees again this year at St. Catherine's! Tree sales will continue through Sunday, December 11th. Santa will be making a special appearance on Saturday, December 3rd and December 10th. For a small fee the Knights will even deliver the tree to your home. Please see the attached flyer for more information about prices, dates and times.
Santa's Secret Shop
Santa's Secret Shop will be returning to St. Catherine's this year on December 5th and 6th. Envelopes were sent home with students earlier this week and were due back today. Students will be shopping for gifts next Monday and Tuesday. 
Breakfast with Baby Jesus!!
Our annual Breakfast with Baby Jesus will be on Saturday, December 10th from 9:00 - 10:30 am in the school gym. There is still time to make a reservation to attend this annual St. Catherine's tradition. Please RSVP by Thursday, December 8th . Extra forms are available in the school office. This event is hosted by our second grade families and some of our 8th grader students will be part of a Nativity scene. There will be a variety of crafts the children can make to take home and Mrs. Link will also be reading a special Christmas story. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for seniors and children with a cap of $30 per immediate family members. We also ask that you please bring a personal hygiene item for a baby (diapers, diaper wipes, baby soap, baby shampoo, etc.) to be donated to the F.IS.H Food Pantry.
Box Tops for Education:
Many thanks to all of those people who have been sending in Box Tops for Education. By saving Box Tops we can earn money for our school. Each box top is worth ten cents! They can really add up. Remember to clip those Box Tops and turn them in to school. Chrsitmas  is a great time to collect extra Box Tops from family and friends as you gather together for holiday baking!  For a list of participating products, go to BTFE.com.
Save the Date - Daddy Daughter Event
Our annual Daddy Daughter Event will be held on Saturday, March 18th. Please watch the Dialogue for more information to come. 
St. Catherine Uniform Sweatshirts
If your child is in need of a new uniform sweatshirt please stop by the school office. We have a large quantity of both boys and girls new sweatshirts available for purchase. Most of the sizes range from adult small - adult large but we do have a few youth sizes. The cost is $25.00.
Important Dates:
  • Monday/Tuesday December 5th and 6th - Shop with Santa (Community Room) 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Wednesday, December 7th - Barnes & Noble Book Fair 11:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 8th - Early Release for students at 11:30. No bus service available.
  • Thursday, December 15th - Christmas Program 6:00 pm in the church
  • Friday, December 16th - Paint and Sip Event 6:30 pm School Gym