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The Dialogue 12/21/2017

Updated on Dec 21, 2017 09:28 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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Last day to order Epic Air Tickets - 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 the 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!
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. Friday will be a dress down day for all students. We encourage them to wear Christmas colors of red, white, or green! Please remember to follow the guidelines for alternative dress code in the Parent and Student Handbook.
Family Advent Project
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Advent Bucket Project. Please make sure the buckets are returned to school by Friday, December 22nd before we start our Christmas Break.  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. Even if you did not participate in the program, please return the bucket to school. Mrs. Schmalen from RE would like to use the buckets again next year. Thank you!
Invest in Kids Scholarship Information - flyer attached
A letter from the Diocese of Rockford was sent out to all school families today regarding the Invest in Kids Scholarship Program. The information can also be found on your Schoolspeak account homepage. Families interested in applying for this program can do so beginning January 24th. Applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve process and money is awarded based on a strict set of guidelines. Please take a few minutes to review the attached flyers to see if your family might qualify.  
School Coat Drive ends Friday, December 22nd
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.
Save the date for Daddy/Daughter Night!
Saddle up, put on your dancing shoes and mosey on over for a hootin', hollerin' good time at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance to be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 . Keep an eye out for invitations after the Holiday break. Hope to see y'all there!  
Save the date for D300 Music Festival 
Attached you will find a “Save-the-Date” flyer for the D300 Piano Festival for students in grades 3-12, and Solo/Ensemble Festival for band and orchestra students in grades 5-8 and vocal students in grades 6-8. They are very excited to offer this performance opportunity again this year to all students who live withing D300 boundaries. If you have a child that is involved with piano, band, or vocal training, please have them share this information with their music teacher, so they can start thinking about participating in this special program. 
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
It's not too early to start your 2018 New Year's resolution to create a TRIP account! Start ordering Scrip cards today, and by January 1st, 2018 you will already have earned rebates back on your tuition. Our next TRIP order will be placed when we return to school on January 8th but you can always order Scripnow cards and reload current cards anytime. 
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.
Important Dates:
  • 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
  • Saturday, January 27th - Daddy Daughter Dance (More information to come) 
  • Wednesday, January 31st - Grandparents Day Early Release at 11:30
  • Saturday, February 3rd - Trivia Night 6:00 PM in the school gym