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The Dialogue 3/17/2017

Updated on Mar 16, 2017 06:36 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
 
The Dialogue
 
March 17, 2017
 
 "For by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
Please keep our 8th grade students in your thoughts and prayers this weekend as they
receive the  Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, March 19.  
 
  Raymond Alvaro Miranda Barrett
  Salvatore Bullaro Vince Chiappetta
  Brenna Dooley Hannah Dorley
  Matthew Ellett Ryan Girard
  Thomas Harkins Julia Heffelfinger
  Jack Kazmierczak Mariana Lewis
  Seth Lopez Ziyun Ma
  Isabela Mangahas Abigail Matijevic
  Ella Niehaus Chioma Nnodi
  Joshua Nordan Ella O'Neill
  Lorenzo Ranallo Drew Smith
  Dustin Urbano Ethan Wagh
  Tyler Yuen  
 
Dress Down Day - Friday, March 17th
In honor of St. Patrick's Day tomorrow students will be given a dress down day. Students are encouraged to wear green and should follow the guidelines for alternative dress found on page 31 in the Parent Handbook.
 
Spartan Sweepstakes March Raffle Winner
Congratulations to the Mallo Family as our March Spartan Sweepstakes winner of a $25.00 TRIP gift card!  
 
Parking Lot Procedures (Flyer attached)
Due to some recent concerns for safety in the parking lot at pick up time, we are asking everyone to please take a few moments to review our parking lot procedures for picking up students. Please see the attached letter and diagram to help keep everything running safely and smoothly. We will continue to monitor the situation and make changes and improvements as necessary. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
 
2017-2018 School Calendar (Flyer attached)
The 2017-2018 school calendar is now available! A copy of the calendar is attached to this Dialogue and is also available on our school homepage at www.st-cath.net.
 
Collection for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry
Our 2nd graders will be doing a collection of items for babies and toddlers during Lent for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. They could use our help in collection diapers, wipes, blankets, pacifier, etc., to help with the needs of babies and toddlers in our area. F.I.S.H. cannot take jar baby food.  Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated! Please bring the item(s) to school on or before April 11th. Thank you!
 
Thank you!
Thank you to all the families that came out last Saturday to walk with us in Dundee's St. Patrick's Day parade! We had such a great turnout and we appreciate all the wonderful support and representation from our school families. A special thank you to Mrs. Johnson who organized everything for our school's participation in the parade!
 
Lunch orders for April 
Please log on to your Schoolspeak account to place your lunch orders for April. The site will remain open through Tuesday, March 21st. 
 
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be available every Friday during lent at 2:15 PM and 7:00 PM. All are welcome!
 
Home and School Meeting 
There will be a Home and School Meeting on Wednesday, March 22 at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to attend. There are many board positions open for next year that we are hoping to have filled before the end of the school year. If you would like to know more about some of those positions, please contact Gina Griffin at gina.griffin@yahoo.com. Getting involved is one of the best ways to get to know the other school families and help build a solid community for your children. Thank you!  
 
DADDY DAUGHTER EVENT!
Thank you to Gina Griffin and Amy O'Brien who helped organize this year's Daddy/Daughter Event! We have had such a great response for this annual event and it  promises to be a fun-filled, special evening for everyone! The evening starts at 5:00 and will be held in the school gym. See you there!
 
GRASP Summer Program - (Flyer attached)
Flyers were sent home with students today for the GRASP program which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on their summer vacation. The program should take approximately one hour a week to complete each lesson. New this year is the option for students in 4th - 8th grade to do the program online. K-3 will only have the workbook option. 
 
If you are interested in signing your child up for the program please complete the attached flyer and return it to school by Friday, April 14th.
 
Mrs. Garay will be offering a summer session again for parents interested in signing their children up with her to administer and monitor the completion of the GRASP program. Please look for more information to come out with regard to days and times for the summer session in the next few weeks. 
 
Book Fees and Technology Fees Update
We will be making a few changes in our billing for the 2017-2018 school year. Our book fees and technology fees will be billed to families on July 1st and payment for these fees will be due by July 10th. Tuition payments will be billed to families beginning August 1st and will continue monthly through May. No payments will be due in June unless there is an outstanding balance on the account.
 
We will still continue to hold our annual Fee Day in August so that families can order milk, purchase bibles and gym uniforms, turn in physicals, look for used uniforms, and pick up Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle tickets. We hope this change in billing will make things easier for our families.
 
7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Laurence - (Flyer attached)
St. Laurence will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dance for all 7th and 8th grade students tomorrow night Friday, March 17th from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. The cost will be $5.00. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
 
Save money on your tuition bill!
Looking to save money on your next tuition bill and raise money for the school? Many school families already participate in our TRIP program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) and earn back monthly rebates towards their tuition. Families order gift cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Program and receive back a rebate percentage on each card which is then applied towards tuition. We would love to add new families to this program! Friends and other family members can also participate to help earn rebates towards your tuition. It's not too late to stock up on Jewel or Woodman gift cards to purchase your St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage!
 
Create your own online TRIP account by signing up at https://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. Please have your TRIP order payment in the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, March 20th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office. We would be happy to help you set up an account!
 
Spring Shoe Drive
Hello School Families! Please join our high school youth in collecting gently used, worn, and new shoes for our Shoe Drive this spring! There is a box in the school lobby to collect the shoes. The collection will run through June 14th. Thank you for your support!
 
Peace and Blessings!
Jessica Cranston
Director of Youth Ministry
 
Pre-K and Kindergarten mark your calendars!
We know it's only March, but please mark your calendars that the last day of school for PK3 will be on Thursday, May 25th and PK4 and Kindergarten's last day will be on Friday, May 26th.
 
 
Save the Date! Vacation Bible School will be the week of June 12th.

Important Dates:
  • Saturday, March 18th - Daddy Daughter Night 5:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 19th - Confirmation Mass
  • Friday, March 24th - End of 3rd Quarter
  • March 27th - March 31st - Spring Break
  • Monday, April 3rd - Return to School