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The Dialogue 12/15/2017

Updated on Dec 22, 2017 08:25 AM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
Thank you, Mr. Bernhard!
Thank you to Mr. Bernhard and all the students for the very enjoyable Christmas program they performed for the school families last night! A wonderful time was had by all in attendance, and we are definitely in the Christmas spirit now! We would like to thank the teachers and staff for working with their students to help prepare them for the program.  A special thank you the following parent volunteers, Mrs. Anaya, Mrs. Griffin, and Mr. Acevedo, for their assistance to Mr. Bernhard with costumes and technical aspects the night of the program. Thank you for all your hard work!  
7th and 8th Grade School Dance Tonight
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.
Snow Day Notification
With the weather turning colder and the snowflakes flying, it is time to remind you of our notification procedures for school cancellations. This year we will be using Schoolspeak to communicate with parents when school is closed. We will send an email and a text message out to all parents. This is a good time to log in to SchoolSpeak and check your profile to be sure we have the correct contact information for you. To receive the text message, please be sure you have correctly entered your mobile number and mobile carrier.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Shop with Scrip is offering low denomination gift cards ($5.00) with many of their most popular vendors through Christmas. Its a perfect time to pick up some extra cards for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. We will place our final order before Christmas on Monday, December 18th. Cards will arrive by Wednesday, December 20th.
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.
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. Please use the attached form to purchase your tickets. It's a great way to get the kids out of the house and moving over Christmas Break!
And.....after getting a great workout jumping around for a couple of hours, head over to Spirels Yogurt Delites for some frozen yogurt with your friends and family to cool off! A percentage of your purchase will be donated back to St. Catherine's School. Please see the attached flyers for more information!
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 place your child's lunch order by December 15th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Thank you, Kindergarten Families!
A very heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Bluhm, Mrs. Robertson, Mrs. Aichholz, and all the Kindergarten families who did such a wonderful job hosting our annual Breakfast with Baby Jesus event last Saturday! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season and share some fellowship with members of our school and parish community with the delicious breakfast prepared by our St. Catherine's Knights of Columbus.
We would also like to thank Fr. DeBlock for his opening prayer, Miss Cannon for reading a Christmas story to the children, Mrs. Chmielewski for helping her students make some of the decorations for the breakfast, Mrs. Oskorep for making the table centerpieces, and Connor Weydert and Eva Davis in their roles as Joseph and Mary. A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Carey for sharing baby Chase as our baby Jesus!
Classroom Christmas Parties
Classroom Christmas parties will be on Friday, December 22nd from 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM for Kindergarten - 8th grade. PK4's party will begin at 10:00 AM. Our PK3 class will have their party on Thursday, December 21st at 10:00 AM. Please remember to submit your party plan ideas to the classroom teachers ahead of time for approval. Thank you!
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.
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. Edward's Catholic High School Placement Test - flyer attached
St. Edwards Central Catholic High School has schedule their Freshmen Placement Exam on Saturday, January 6, 2018. Registration information can be found on the St. Edwards homepage at www.stedshs.org. Students are expected to arrive by 8:15 AM and the exam begins promptly at 8:30 AM and will last approximately 3 hours. The cost for the exam is $15.00 and while walk-ins are welcome, St. Edwards recommends that your child be pre-registered for the exam. For more information please contact Carolyn Frasor at cfrasor@stdehs.org.  
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.
As of December 8th, the Empower Illinois website has gone live at www.empowerillinois.org. This website will be able to answer questions families may have about applying for scholarship funds. It also has information for people who wish to donate to the program. 
Important Dates:
  • 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 - PK3 Christmas Party at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, December 22nd - Classroom Christmas Parties PK4 at 10:00 AM, Kindergarten - 8th Grade at 10:15 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
  • Wednesday, January 3rd - Home and School's Epic Air Event 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 3rd - Spirels Yogurt Delite Fundraiser 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 6th - St. Edwards Freshmen Placement Test 8:30 AM at St. Edwards Catholic High School 
  • Monday, January 8th - Return to School
  • Monday, January 15th - No School for Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Wednesday, January 31st - Grandparents Day  Early Release at 11:30