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The Dialogue 1/27/2017

Updated on Jan 27, 2017 05:32 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
January 27, 2017
Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation
Congratulations to all of our second graders who made their First Reconciliation last Saturday. Thank you, Mrs. Schmidt for your guidance and instruction in helping to prepare these children to receive this sacrament. Please continue to keep these children in your prayers as they begin their preparation for the sacrament of First Communion. These blessed and special children are:
      Sylvia Acevedo Lauren Aichholz      
      Nicolas Astacio Milo Bullaro      
      Mia Carioscia Isabella Cecil      
      Madelyn Duran Giana Forlini      
      Gemma Galvez Sophia Garcia      
      Sara Heffelfinger John Janicki      
      Kaighlen Kimble Anthony Leadley      
      Mia Leszczynski Sean Mangan      
      Morgan McKone Josh Michalski      
      Francis Nnodi Kaitlyn Nosal      
      Parker Petruczenko Kayla Sullivan      
      Matthew Tentler Michael Tovar      

Catholic Schools Week 2017 - Daily Events

Sunday, January 29:

  • Come kick off National Catholic Schools week by joining faculty members at the 9:30 a.m. Mass as a school community. Students are encouraged to wear their school uniforms to Mass to represent our St. Catherine School. Students who wear their uniform to Mass will be given a dress down day coupon. Coupons will be given out after Mass at the table in the Narthex that morning.

  • New families interested in more information about St. Catherine's School are welcome to attend a Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House at the school right after Mass from 10:30AM - 1:00PM. Please help spread the word!

Monday, January 30:

  • Birthday Bag Items due today - Please see the attached list to see what your child's class needs to contribute  
  • Spirit Day - Blue and Gold Dress Down Day for students to show their Spartan Pride!

  • Get up and Dance Day!

Tuesday, January 31:

  • Living Rosary Practice 1:00 p.m.

  • Student Council will provide a hot chocolate treat to all classes in the afternoon 2:00

  • Intercom Bingo 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday. February 1st:

  • Mass with Honor Roll - 8:45 AM in the church.

  • Grandparents’/ Special Person Day - Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents or a special person in their life to celebrate Mass with us and spend the remainder of the morning visiting classrooms, playing bingo in the gym, and enjoying light refreshments. RSVP’s are required. The school day will end at 11:30 a.m. for all students. NO BUS service available.

Thursday, February 2nd :

  • Sixth Graders go to St. Ed’s at 10:00 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m.

  • Living Rosary in church at 1:30 p.m.. All are welcome to attend!

  • Square Dance assembly in the gym following Living Rosary. All are welcome to attend!

Friday, February 3rd:

  • Pajama Day for all Students!

  • Movie Day for all Classes! Students should bring a canned food item to donate to the F.I.S.H Food pantry as admission to the movie!

Registration for the 2017 - 2018 School Year Now Open
Registration for current school families for the 2017 - 2018 school year is now open! Please log in to your Schoolspeak account and click on the tab "Register for 2017-2018". In order to ensure your child's spot for next year, please complete the online registration process by Monday, February 6th. The non-refundable registration fee is $100.00 per family if paid on or before February 6th. After February 6th, the registration fee will be $150.00 per student.
Registration for new families will open on Tuesday, February 7th. Please make sure to complete your registration by February 6th to confirm your child's placement for next year. We are not able to reserve a spot for your child if the registration has not been turned in. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact the school office.
Last chance to register for: The Big Game Trivia Night
Put on your thinking caps, grab some friends and get ready for a
fun-filled evening of challenging questions!
Prize for the most creative table theme!  
Date: Friday, February 3, 2017
Pre-Game 6:30 PM, Trivia Kick-off 7:30 PM
$30.00 per person - $50.00 per couple - $225.00 for a Table of 10
Silent Auction - Raffles - Food/Drink
Registration Deadline Monday, January 30th - RSVP Form Attached to Dialogue
Must be 21 or older to attend
Tax Information for 2016
Statements reflecting tuition payments from January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016 were emailed to "Invoiced Parents" last week. Please make sure to print out a copy of this statement for your records. If you did not receive this statement, please contact the school office and a copy will be sent to you.
Birthday Bags for F.I.S.H Food Pantry - Flyer Attached  
Catholic Schools Week will be January 29th thru February 3rd. The theme this year is “Catholic Schools - Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service”. NJHS is sponsoring a school wide service project to create birthday bags for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. Students will be making birthday cards and decorating the birthday bags during art classes. The birthday bags will be filled and delivered the following week. Each grade has been assigned a special part for this project. If everyone participates we hope to be able to make some birthdays a little more special for people that visit the food pantry. Please read that attached letter to see what your child's class is being asked to donate for this project. NJHS will be collecting the requested items from the classrooms and assembling the birthday bags during Catholic Schools Week. Please send these items to school by Monday, January 30th. Thank you for you support!
Valentine's Day Order Forms - Flyer Attached
NJHS is sponsoring a fundraiser for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry and to defer the costs of the Birthday Bags project for F.I.S.H. that are being made during Catholic Schools Week. They are selling valentines for 25¢ each or five for $1. Order forms were sent home with each student today. This as a great way to remember a special someone, friend, Mass Buddy, teacher, school secretary, or principal.
Please return the order forms marked to the attention of Mrs. Oskorep/ NJHS no later than Friday, February 10 th . Valentines will be dispersed during Valentine’s Day parties and used to decorate student lockers and classroom doors of recipients.
Milk Payments for 2nd Semester
Milk payments for 2nd Semester are now due. Please look for reminder notices to come home with your child next week if we have only received payment for the 1st semester. If your child did not order milk last semester but would like to receive milk for the remainder of the year, please send a check in the the amount of $35.00 made payable to St. Catherine's to the school office.
Yearbook Pictures Needed!
This is a plea for your help!!!!! I am working on the 2015-17 yearbook and I am in desperate need of pictures from you. Any photos of classroom parties, school events, and sporting events are needed to fill the pages of our upcoming yearbook. I would greatly appreciate any contributions. Photos can be submitted via email if you have a few that you want to share. If you have a larger number of photos to share, then you could also send them to school copied to a flash drive or CD and mark them to the attention Mrs. Oskorep. I will be prompt in copying the images and returning the materials to you. (If you wish to send actual photos, then I can scan them and return the photos to you.) PLEASE submit your images as soon as possible.
School Absences and Illnesses
With the return to school and the flu season upon us, we just wanted to share a few quick reminders if your child has been sick or has missed a day of school.
  • If your child is sent home from school with a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours without being on fever reducing medication before they are allowed to return to school.
  • Students exhibiting stomach flu symptoms should be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently, sneeze and/or cough into their elbow.
  • Students must bring a note with them when returning to school explaining why they were absent.
Let's do our best to stay healthy this year!!
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day - Flyer Attached
Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents or a special person in their life to celebrate mass with us on Wednesday, February 1st. This will give the children a chance to showcase their school day with someone who may not have been here before. However, if a grandparent or other special friend is unavailable to attend, a parent is welcome to attend but may be asked to volunteer as a special person for other classmates who may not have a special person visiting that day.
This event is very well attended so reservations are required. Please see the attached flyers to see the timeline for the day and to RSVP for this event. Any parents interested in helping with check in or serving refreshments should please contact Susan Holland.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program):
Looking to save money on your next tuition bill and raise money for the school? Join the families who already participate in our TRIP program and earn rebates back towards your tuition. Create your own online TRIP account by signing up at www.shopwithscrip.com and place an order for next week to start earning money towards your tuition. The code to create an account is 2CL3966D181. Our next order will be placed on Monday , January 30. Please have your payment in the school office by 9:00 am .
We are also looking for someone who might be able to help our current TRIP coordinators process orders on a weekly basis. The volunteer would need to be available on Monday mornings from 8:30 - 10:00 to process new orders and then be available again on Wednesday afternoons for about an hour before school dismisses to fill the TRIP orders to be sent home. Please contact the school office if you might be able to help. Thank you!
Save the Date! Mother/Son Event - Flyer Attached
This year's Mother/Son event will be at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates this year on Friday, March 3 . We will enjoy a basketball game with our sons and camaraderie with fellow moms. The game starts at 7pm . Tickets are $15/seat and there is an option for $6/meal (hot dog, chips, drink). We do need to provide a deposit in order to guarantee seats so please kindly drop an email to Susan Holland at susuholland@sbcglobal.net over the weekend to indicate your interest if you haven’t already done so on the Spartan Facebook page. Thank you!
There is still time to place an order for a yearbook. The cost for each yearbook is $18.00 and orders must be received no later than Friday, January 29. Please send your payment in an envelope marked "Yearbook" to the school office if your would like to order one for your child.
Important Dates:
  • Sunday, January 29 - Friday, February 3 Catholic School's Week (More information to come)
  • Wednesday, February 1 - Grandparents & Special Persons' Day - Mass at 8:45 / Early Dismissal 11:30 No Bus Service
  • Thursday, February 2 - Living Rosary 1:30 / Square Dance Assembly Immediately following. All are invited.
  • Friday, February 3rd - Big Game Trivia Night 6:30 in the school gym