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The Dialogue 11/3/2017

Updated on Nov 03, 2017 05:36 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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 Stand for Vets on Saturday, November 11th - Flyer attached
Please consider joining members of our parish and community for a flag and prayer vigil on Saturday, November 11th from 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM. We are looking for volunteers to Stand for Vets as a way to remember and honor our servicemen and women. We will meet on the North side of the school, along Route 72, with our flags to show our respect and heartfelt gratitude for all those that have served our country. Anytime you can give during the day would be greatly appreciated. Please consider making this a family event. If you are able, please bring a flag from home if you have it. The chapel will also be open during this time for anyone who would like to offer prayers for our military and their families. Families will be able to sign up for times the prayer vigil and flag times after all Masses this weekend. For more information, please see the attached flyer. 
1st Quarter Reports Cards
1st Quarter  report cards for your child have been published and are available for viewing through your Schoolspeak account. Please make sure to electronically sign off on the card after viewing it. 
1st Quarter Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards will be given to students on Wednesday, November 15th immediately following the 8:45 AM School Mass. 
Urgent: Volunteers Needed still for Girls Volleyball Tournament
St. Catherine's will be hosting the 7th and 8th grade Girls Volleyball Conference Tournament Friday, November 3rd through Sunday, November 5th. This tournament is a great way to raise funds for our Athletic program but it does require a lot of volunteers to cover all the games. Even if you don't have a child currently playing volleyball, please consider signing up to cover a game or two. It's a great way to get involved, help our athletic program, and see some really fun competitive volleyball. You can also help cheer on our Spartans to victory! If you are interested in signing up to work at the tournament, please click on the following link. Thank you! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0948a9ac2aa2fd0-2017
St. Edward Central Catholic High School Open House
St. Edward Central Catholic High School will be hosting an open house, for all who are interested, on Sunday, November 5th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. For more information about the school, please check out their website at www.stedhs.org. To schedule a tour, please contact Carolyn Frasor at cfrasor@stedshs.org or by phone at 847-741-7535.
St. Catherine's Parent Social on Sunday, November 5th
St. Catherine's Home and School Organization is hosting a Parent Social on Sunday, November 5th at the Crystal Lake Brewing Company located at 150 N. Main Street, Crystal Lake. The event will take place from 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Must be 21 to attend. Evites have been sent out to all school families. Please make sure to check your emails for the invitation to this event! Please encourage friends and other family members to attend. 15% of all pint sales will be given back to St. Catherine's School.
Bears vs. Packers Athletic Event on Sunday, November 12th - RSVP form attached
Hello Spartan Fans! Whether you like the Bears or the Packers, come out and show your support for our Spartans on November 12 at Rosie O’Hare’s in East Dundee. We have a private room reserved to enjoy watching the Bears/Packers game together and hope to have a great turnout for this fundraiser for new uniforms for our athletes. The buffet will be delicious and kid friendly. We will arrange activities for the kids based on RSVPs so please return the flyer to let us know you will be joining us! RSVP's are due by Friday, November 3rd.

When: Sunday November 1212:00pm Kick Off
Where: Rosie O’Hare’s East Dundee
Details: Private room with buffet including Chicken Wings, Mini Tacos, Salad, Sandwiches and Pasta. Cash Bar.
Cost: $25 adults, $15 students
Extra fun: Football squares and strip cards

Illinois Tax Scholarship Information
On August 31, 2017 the Illinois Legislature approved the Invest in Kids Act , which created an income based tax scholarship program to allow low income students more choices in education. These K-12 scholarships are based on financial need, not how well a child does in school. With this new legislation, families are able to choose to enroll in a non-public (private) school with scholarship money available for tuition and necessary fees starting on January 1, 2018. For more information about this program, please click on the following link: www.ceorockford.org . This scholarship has strict parameters for low income families.
Pennies for Pies is Back!!
NJHS is once again sponsoring the Pennies for Pies contest. The contest will begin on Monday, November 6th go through Friday, November 17th. Students  are invited to contribute money to the Pennies for Pies containers in their classrooms. All money collected from the contest will go towards purchasing pies for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. These pies will be included in Thanksgiving dinners for less fortunate families. The class contributing the most money will get a special dessert at lunch!
Save the Date for Breakfast with Baby Jesus - Flyer attached
Please join us as we celebrate Jesus' Birthday! The Kindergarten class will be hosting Breakfast with Baby Jesus on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Hot breakfast, coffee and juice will be served. Special children's crafts, stories and activities will be part of this wonderful family tradition. Please see the attached flyer for more information. 
Barnes and Noble Book Fair for St. Catherine's
Mark you calendars! Our annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair for St. Catherine's will be held on Thursday, December 7 th from 11am-7pm. We have lots of new and fun activities planned for this year! Our theme this year is "Elf Holiday Party." The kids will be able to Decorate a Cupcake with Miss Cannon, listen to our teachers and Fr. DeBlock as they read the latest and greatest holiday stories on the stage. We will have a craft table and they can play the Elf, I Spy Game. As you kids are exploring the aisles at Barnes & Noble, don't forget to check off your Christmas wish lists. Our elves will be standing by to wrap all your presents as you enjoy your time at the book fair.

Plus, it is a great time to sign-up for Shop with Script. For every Barnes & Noble gift card you purchase, you will receive an 8% rebate. https://www.shopwithscrip.com/

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 21st from 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Information for signing up for conferences will be sent out to parents next week. Please make sure to sign up as soon as possible once the online site opens.
Notification of absent students
As a general reminder to parents, when a child is ill or unable to attend school, the parent is to notify the school office by phone or e-mail before 9:00 A.M. For the safety of your child, it is imperative that we receive this information each day your child is absent. Written or e-mailed excuses stating the reason and dates of the absence(s) are required of all absentees. This note is to be given to the teacher on the first day back. Thank you!
Save the date! Annual Christmas Program
Our St. Catherine's school Christmas music program will take place on Thursday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Please make sure to mark your calendars now for this very special program!
Home and School
Do you own a business? We are looking to list St Catherine family owned businesses in the Home & School quarterly newsletter in December. If you own a business and would like your information shared, please send a business card to school with your child addressed to Melissa Nosal. We'd love to spread the word and support those in our community!
Home & School Association
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
It's a great time to stock up on gift cards for your Thanksgiving dinner! Consider ordering gift cards for Jewel, Woodman's, Baker's Square, Binny's, Target, or Walmart. Why not save money on tuition for things you will be already be buying?
To set up a new account go to https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ and click on the green "Get Started" tab at the top of the page. Enter in the school code "2CL3966D181" and start shopping! Our next order will be placed on Monday, November 6th. Please have your payment into the school office by 9:00 am or for easier payment, set up presto pay account through Shop with Scrip's website. If you have any questions about the TRIP program, please contact the school office.
Important Dates:
  • Sunday, November 5th - Parent Social at Crystal Lake Brewing Company 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 5th - Open House at St. Edward High School 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 11th - Stand for Vets 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM on the North side of the school
  • Sunday, November 12th - Bears vs Packer's game at Rosie O'Hares 12:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15th - School Mass 8:45 followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards
  • Sunday, November 19th - Craft and Vendor Fair 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the school gym
  • Tuesday, November 21st - Early Release 11:30 AM / Parent Teacher Conferences begin at 12:30 PM
  • Wednesday, November 22 - Friday, November 24 School closed for Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 7th - Barnes and Noble Book Fair 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 9th - Breakfast with Baby Jesus 9:00 - 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, December 14th - Christmas Program 6:00 PM in the church
Have a great weekend!