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The Dialogue 12/8/2017

Updated on Dec 08, 2017 07:27 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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Family Advent Project
We hope all of you are enjoying participating in this year's family Advent project! It is a good reminder of all the good blessings and good deeds we can do in our lives. All money collected in the bucket will go to our local St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Catherine's to help families who are in need in our community. Please remember to return the money and buckets back to school on Wednesday, December 20th. 
Dickens in Dundee Living Windows
It was so nice to see so many families attend the Dickens in Dundee living windows last Friday night to support our "We Three Kings" window at Boxwood Design. Thank you to the following students did an amazing job presenting the window: Kara Michonski, Stephanie DeWitt, Jane Quanstrom, Maya Dagamac, Ava Gatenby, Emma Blatz, Haley Plummer, William Morris, Mckenzie Everett, Noelle Mallo, Cadence Cunningham, Brendan Mangan, Eva Davis, Dalia Acevedo, Madison Ellett, Taylor Petruczenko, and Jake Petruczenko. We would like to thank Mrs. Johnson for organizing the event for our students and school.
Third Grade Coat Drive
The third grade class is conducting its annual coat and winter clothing drive. Donations may be dropped off by the statue of St. Catherine in the school lobby or in the third grade classroom. The coats and clothing will be donated to the F.I.S.H. pantry. The drive will continue through Friday, December 22nd. 
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. Students in 1st - 8th grade should be in their classrooms at 5:30 PM. PreK-4 and Kindergarten students should be dropped off in the McKinstra Room at 5:30 PM.
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.
Letter from Msgr. Knox regarding the "Invest in Kids Act" - Flyer attached  
Dear Parish and School Families,
The diocese will be facilitating two “Donor Only Information Meetings” in connection with the “Invest in Kids Act.” This gathering has been set up for all the parishes in the Elgin Deanery. The meetings will take place at St. Thomas More Parish in Elgin on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10:00 a.m. This program benefits Catholic schools and provides a State tax credit for donors. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

May God bless you and the people you serve during the upcoming Advent Season.

In Christ,

Msgr. Steve Knox

Hair Raising Fundraiser! - flyer attached
Let your hair shine this holiday season with some special mother/daughter bonding time! Blow Bar Styling Salon located in the Arboretum in South Barrington, has joined up with our Home and School Association for a very fun and special fundraiser. Starting Sunday, December 10th - Friday December 15th, Blow Bar will give back to St. Catherine's School 15% from all services and products purchased when you mention our school's name. Book now to schedule your appointment. Blow Bar does updos, braids, and make up. Come have your hair done and support our school! 
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
The holidays are a great time to get extended family and friends involved in your scrip fundraiser. Not only will scrip be a great way for them to pay for the holidays, but they'll also help out in saving on tuition for your family! It's super easy for them to sign up for an account or you can place the order for them. Either way the rebates will be credited to your tuition account. With so many people shopping and giving gift cards this season, why not take advantage of earning money towards tuition! Our next order will be placed on Monday, December 11th. 
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.
7th and 8th Grade School Dance - Flyer attached
St. Thomas More school will host a winter dance for all 7th and 8th graders on Friday, December 15th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 and there will be light refreshments and beverages available for purchase. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Hip, Hip, Hooray for our Spartan Cheer Team - Flyer attached
Flyers were sent home today with all girls in 5th - 8th grade for our new Cheer team we are organizing here at St. Catherine's 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. Please see the attached flyer with more information. 
Breakfast with Baby Jesus
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 the form attached to this Dialogue.
Santa's Secret Shop
A heartfelt thank you to Chamaine Biosca and Jenny Simmons for organizing the Secret Santa Shop for our students this year along with their volunteer "elves": Celeste Belue, Kim Plummer, Susan Tilkian, Katie Heffelfinger, and Lori Carrozza. The children really enjoyed having it back again, and they were very excited to shop for gifts to surprise family members at Christmas. Thank you for your time and commitment to our students!
Epic Air Event for St. Catherine's Families - Ticket Order Form 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
Thank you to everyone who came out to support our annual Barnes and Noble Book Fair this past Thursday! We would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Amegasse for all her hard work organizing this event for our school, along with so many parent volunteers who helped out at the book fair. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful parent volunteers!
Please know that if you didn't have a chance to stop the book fair by it's not too late to help our school. From now through Thursday, Dec. 14 you can still shop at the store and online to add to our fundraising profit.  With every purchase, 15% of the net sales made in the store or online  will be donated back to St. Catherine's. When shopping at the store, please mention St. Catherine's at checkout. When shopping online please go to  www.bn.com/bookfairs   and enter Bookfair ID 12223251 at the checkout. Thank you for helping to support our school!
Winter Session of Chess Scholars Club starting soon! Registration flyer attached
St. Catherine's fall session of our Chess Scholars club will be coming to an end soon and registration is beginning for the winter session. All students in Kindergarten - 8th grade are welcome to join and no previous knowledge of chess is necessary. It's never to late to join so even if you didn't sign up for the fall session you are welcome to sign up now. Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register your child.
December/January Lunch Orders
Payment for December lunch orders are now due. Payment can be made with cash or check made payable to St. Catherine of Siena School. Also, the link is now open to place your orders for January lunches. The link will remain open through Friday, December 15th. Please make sure to order your child(ren) lunch December 15th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
St. Catherine of Siena Christmas Tree Program
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!
Important Dates:
  • Friday, November 24 through Sunday December 10th - Christmas Tree Sales (See above for more information)
  • Saturday, December 9th - Breakfast with Baby Jesus 9:00 - 10:30 AM
  • Thursday, December 14th - Christmas Program 6:00 PM in the church
  • Friday, December 15th - D300 Early Release - No bus service available
  • Friday, December 15th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Thomas More School 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 20th - St. Vincent de Paul Buckets due back to school
  • Thursday, December 21st - PreK3 Christmas Party at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, December 22nd - Classroom Christmas Parties PK4 at 10:00 AM, Kindergarten - 8th Grade 10:30 AM
  • Friday, December 22nd - Early dismissal at 11:30 AM   No bus service or Spartan Care available
  • Monday, December 25th - Friday, January 5th   Christmas Break - No School
  • Monday, January 8th - Return to School