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The Dialogue 11/17/2017

Updated on Nov 17, 2017 03:06 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue  
**No bus service on Monday, November 20th and Tuesday, November 21st**
District 300 is not in session next week so bus service will not be available for our students.
****No Dialogue will be sent out next week due to the Thanksgiving Break.****
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 and will close on Monday, November 20th. Please make sure to schedule your conference before the site closes.
St. Catherine of Siena's Craft Fair
All are invited to attend St. Catherine's 1st Craft Fair on Sunday, November 19th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Enjoy holiday shopping with some wonderful local vendors while helping to support our school! We hope to see you there!  
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
We're excited to announce that next Tuesday, November 21st is the annual Thank-Scrip-ing Day bonus bonanza! Mark your calendars now so you don't miss 24 hours of incredible ScripNow®, Reload, and ReloadNow® bonuses from dozens of your favorite retailers. As always, the list of retailers is TOP SECRET, so you'll have to wait until the promotion begins to see who's participating. With Black Friday, just a few days away, why  not save money on tuition for things you will be already be buying? Our next TRIP order will be placed on Monday, November 27th. 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.
Hip, Hip, Hooray for our Spartan Cheer Team 
St. Catherine's Athletic Program is looking to add a Cheer Team to the list of sports for our school. Girls in grades 5th - 8th are welcome to participate. The team will cheer at home basketball games during the Boys Basketball season along with performing at other school events. The Cheer schedule will not conflict with the Girls Basketball Season. We currently have one parent interested in coaching this team but we are looking for a parent volunteer to help her. If you might be interested in helping, please contact the school office. A flyer with more information will be sent home with students next week. 
Breakfast with Baby Jesus - Invitation 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. Invitations were sent home with all students today so please make sure to check your child's backpack. If you need additional invitations, please use form attached to this Dialogue.
Epic Air Event for St. Catherine's Families - Flyer Attached
Get a jump start on stuffing your stockings with tickets to Epic Air! Home and School Association is hosting a FUNdraiser January 3, 2018 from 6-8pm. Bring your family and friends too! Tickets will be for sale in school office, at a discounted rate, until December 22, 2017 . See attached flyer for more details!
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/
St. Catherine's School 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!
Santa's Secret Shop
Santa's Secret Shop will be returning to St. Catherine's this year on December 4th and 5th. More information will be sent home with students soon!
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.
St. Catherine of Siena Christmas Tree Program - flyer attached
The annual Knights of Columbus Christmas Tree event begins on Friday, November 24th and will run through Sunday, December 10th. The Tree Stand will be open weekdays from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM and each weekend from 12:00 PM until 8:00 PM. 
Select from fresh cut Northern Michigan Christmas Trees such as Fraser Fir, Balsam Fir, and Scotch Pines, including over 30 types of Christmas Wreaths. Fresh garland will also be available. Trees will range in size from 6' - 10' and special tree delivery can be arranged upon request.
Proceeds from this event will go to support the parish and school. Thank you in advance for your patronage and support of this program! 
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!
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!
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.
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:
  • 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
  • Friday, November 24 through Sunday December 10th - Christmas Tree Sales (See above for more information)
  • 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
 Wishing all of you a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!