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The Dialogue 11/10/2017

Updated on Oct 31, 2018 10:06 AM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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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. Students receiving  1st Quarter Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards will be recognized on Wednesday, November 15th immediately following the 8:45 AM School Mass. Congratulations to the following students receiving 1st and 2nd Honors and the Artist Spotlight Award. Keep up the great work!
    6th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Max Astacio Ethan Aichholz
      Michael Bubala Evan Amegasse
      Sabrina Diamond Anna Bubala
      Chloe Djordjevic Brendan Mangan
      Mckenzie Everett Evan Wagh
      Caitlyn Madsen Emma Weydert  
      Taylor Petruczenko    
    7th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Maya Dagamac Maxwell Holland
      Stephanie DeWitt Emily Nnodi
      Ava Gatenby Jane Quanstrom
      Jason Jardiel   Dansel Urbano  
      Kara Michonski      
      Ashton Niehaus      
      Michael O'Brien      
      Thomas Walla  
    8th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Dalia Acevedo Bianca Garcia
      Jacob Breier   Maxwell Kaufman  
      Jeric Cacal Matthew Novelli
      William Diamond Raja Tilkian
      Monica Djordjevic  
      Madison Ellett  
      Jack Heffelfinger    
      Ashley Mahute    
      Ryan Mamrot    
      Anna Santiago      
      Connor Weydert      
      Samantha Winkler      
1st Quarter Artist Spotlight Award Recipients
1st Grade: Jude Cecil, Kayla Dagamac, Abby Nosal, Katherine Prokhorov, Evalina Wenderski
2nd Grade: Brynn Clooney, Oliver Garay, Delilah Krenz, Maya Livermore-Arce, Bruce Morris
3rd Grade: Nicolas Astacio, Giana Forlini, Sara Heffelfinger, Anthony Leadley, Josh Michalski
4th Grade: Victoria Andalon, Sophia Biosca, Vivian Garay, Brayden Gesing, Mackenzie Lorkowski, Lilah Tilkian
5th Grade: Andrew Dagamac, Rosie Ellsworth, Alexa Griffin, Alexis Pasillas, Jake Petruczenko
6th Grade: Max Astacio, Cadence Cunningham, Sabrina Diamond, Taylor Petruczenko, Emma Weydert
7th Grade: Ava Gatenby, Jason Jardiel, Ashton Niehaus, Emily Nnodi, Thomas Walla
8th Grade: Dalia Acevedo, Adan Cabezudo, Monica Djordjevic, Madison Ellett, Bianca Garcia
Well done students! 
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 21st, from 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm. Sign up for conferences are available through your Schoolspeak account. Please make sure to sign up soon as spots are quickly filling up. 
Stand for Vets on Saturday, November 11th
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. 
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? Our next TRIP order will be placed on Monday, November 13th. This will be our final order placed through school before Thanksgiving. 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.
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! If you have any questions about the TRIP program, please contact the school office.  
Cold weather reminder
Now that snowflakes are in the air, we would like to remind parents to make sure your child(ren) are dressed properly for outside recess with hats, mittens or gloves, winter coat, and boots if needed. Children in Kindergarten through 4th grade go outside daily for 20 minutes after lunch. Let's do our best to keep everyone warm!
December Lunch Orders
The link is now open to place your child's lunch orders for December. Orders can be placed through Tuesday, November 28th. Please make sure to place the order for your child's lunch by November 28th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Home and School Meeting Tuesday, November 14th - Flyer attached
Hi All! Join us next Tuesday night (11/14) from 7-8 in the school lunchroom for a jam packed Home & School meeting. There are a lot of upcoming events to discuss and we'd love your input! Attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a free family admission ticket to Breakfast with Baby Jesus or a bottle of wine for your Thanksgiving festivities. Babysitting will be provided. Please see the attached agenda for a list of what will be covered at the meeting. Hope to see you there!
Home and School Association
Athletic Meeting on Monday, November 13th 
St. Catherine's Athletic Board will hold it's next meeting on Monday, November 13th at 7:00. All are welcome to attend. 
St. Catherine's Parish: Hope for Houston Project - Letter attached
Our St. Catherine's parish will have a wonderful opportunity to reach out and give a special Christmas gift and message to 125 families from St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Spring Texas, a suburb of Houston. These families lost just about everything from Hurricane Harvey. In formation and sign ups to be a part of this joyous opportunity will be shared the weekends of Nov. 11 and 12 and Nov. 18 and 19 at all the Masses. Please see the attached letter for more information about our "Hope for Houston" project.
Bears vs. Packers Athletic Event on Sunday, November 12th - Cancelled
We would like to thank all those who signed up to come to the Bears vs. Packers game at Rosie O'Hare's on Sunday, November 12th in support of our St. Catherine's Athletic program. Unfortunately, due to a low number of reservations, we will be cancelling this event. Any families who submitted payment along with their RSVP's will have their check/cash returned to them. We hope to reschedule another athletic fundraiser in the Spring. 
St. Catherine of Siena Athletic Board
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 7th,  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/

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
Important Dates:
  • Saturday, November 11th - Stand for Vets 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM on the North side of the school
  • Saturday and Sunday, November 11th - 12th Sign up for "Hope for Houston" project after all Masses
  • Monday, November 13th - Athletic Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 15th - School Mass 8:45 followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards
  • Thursday, November 16th - Spiritwear Day at school
  • 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
  • Monday and Tuesday, December 4th and 5th  Santa Shop for students 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
  • 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
For all the men and women who have so bravely and selflessly served to protect our country,
freedoms,  and way of life, we honor and thank you!
God bless you and your families for the sacrifices you have made.