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The Dialogue 3/9/2018

Updated on Mar 09, 2018 01:15 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
March 9, 2018
Join us for the St. Patrick's Day Parade - Flyers attached
Have you ever marched in a St. Patrick’s Day parade? Now’s your chance! This year our school will take part in the annual Dundee St. Patrick’s Day parade! We are hoping for LOTS of our students to join in the fun! The parade will take place on Saturday, March 10 at 11:00 a.m. Let’s show our St. Catherine of Siena School pride! Parents are welcome to join in the fun as well. Those that have participated in the past have had a great time. Get together with your scout group, basketball team, volleyball team, classmates etc… and join us! Please contact Mrs. Johnson at johnsonmp@st-cath.net to let her know if you will be marching. There are many exciting activities happening in Dundee for St. Patrick’s Day. Detailed information about the parade route and our parade number is attached to this Dialogue. 
For more information about the festivities for this weekend please be sure to check out the following website: http://www.dundeestpats.com
A Journey through Holy Week with Fr. DeBlock - flyer attached
Please join Fr. DeBlock at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 10th as he guides us on a memorable journey through Holy Week. This event will take place at St. Monica's Parish in Carpentersville. For more information, please see the attached flyer. Take time this Lent to actively participate in a change in your spiritual journey.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be offered every Friday during Lent at 2:15 PM and 7:00 PM beginning today, February 16th. Students will be attending the 2:15 Stations of the Cross weekly. Parents are welcome to attend.
Collection for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry
The Second Graders and NJHS will be taking up a collection of items for babies and toddlers during Lent for the F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. They could use our help in collecting diapers, wipes, blankets, pacifiers, etc., to help with the needs of babies and toddlers in our area. F.I.S.H. cannot take jar baby food.
Please help if you can! Anything you can give will be greatly appreciated. Please bring the item(s) to the 2nd grade classroom before or after school. We will be collecting these items until Tuesday, March 20th. Thank you!
Last Day of School - *Update*
Due to the snow day that occurred on Friday, February 9th, we will need to extend the school year one more day. Our last day of school will be on Friday, June 1st. Students will still be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Please make sure to update your calendars with this information. 
School Calendar 2018-2019 -Attached
Attached to this Dialogue please find a copy of the 2018-2019 school calendar. This calendar has been approved by the Diocese of Rockford Education Department and is waiting for a final signature from the superintendent. We do not expect any major changes to the calendar at this time. 
Home and School Meeting Minutes - Attached
Attached please find a copy of the Minutes from Home and School's Meeting on February 20th. The next meeting of Home and School will take place on Tuesday, March 20th. All are welcome to attend!
Athletic Meeting on Monday, March 12th
Please join us on Monday, March 12th at 7:00 for our monthly Athletic Meeting. All parents are welcome to attend. We will be discussing plans for the remainder of this year as well as planning for next year and would love to hear your ideas!
 Musician and traveling worship leader Jackie Francois coming to St. Catherine's - Flyer attached
All are invited to celebrate Easter week with an amazing speaker and musician! Singer/songwriter and worship leader Jackie Francois of Orange County, California will present her inspiring story “New Life in Christ” on Friday, April 6 from 7pm-9pm for teens and Saturday, April 7, 2017 from 9am -1pm for all ages here at St. Catherine of Siena Church.
This will be a special opportunity for teens, individuals, and couples to become enlightened about their faith with inspirational stories and original music and songs. Jackie is an artist with OCP/ SpiritandSong.com and has released two albums, “Your Kingdom is Glorious” and “Divine Comedy”. They are available on iTunes or SpiritandSong.com.
There is no cost to attend. Free will donations will accepted for the Saturday presentation. Babysitting will be available for children, ages 3 and up, on Saturday. Reservations for babysitting are requested. For information, contact Brianna Wessel, director of adult education, at 847-426-2217.
April lunch orders
The link is now open to place your lunch orders for April. The link will remain open through Friday, March 16th. Please make sure to place your orders soon as we are not able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year
There is still time to register your child(ren) for the 2018-2019 school year. Please login to you Schoolspeak account and click on the link "Register for 2018-2019".

The registration process requires two steps. The first step is to login to your Schoolspeak account and click on the tab "Register for 2018-2019". You will need to review your family profile information. Please make any necessary changes to your family information so that we will have current information in our system.

After completing the first step, you will be prompted to the second step which is to pay the registration fee. The fee may be paid online or by sending a check into the school office. We will not be able to process your payment if you have not completed the online updating. If you are having difficulty logging into your Schoolspeak account, please contact the school office and we can send you your login ID and password information.

Tuition must be current before your child's registration will be accepted for next year. If you have questions about being able to register for the 2018-2019 school year based on a current outstanding tuition balance, please contact the school office to set up an appointment with Miss Cannon. If you have any other questions about the registration process, please contact Mrs. Wirkus in the school office.

Chess Scholar Club - flyer attached
Chess Scholars is now accepting registrations for its spring session of Chess Club. The spring session will run from Thursday, April 5th - May 24th from 3:15 - 4:15 pm at school. Chess Club is open to all students in Kindergarten - 8th grade. All are welcome to join and no previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Flyers were sent home with students earlier this week with information about registering. For more information about the club, please see the attached flyer. Register by Monday, March 26th for a discounted rate. 
Save money on your next tuition bill!
Looking to save money on your next tuition bill and raise money for the school? Many school families already participate in our TRIP program and earn back monthly rebates towards their tuition. Families order gift cards through the Great Lakes Scrip Program and receive back a rebate percentage on each card which is then applied towards tuition. We would love to add new families to this program! Friends and other family members can also participate to help earn rebates towards your tuition.
Create your own online TRIP account by signing up at https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ and place an order for next week to start earning money towards your tuition. The code to create an account is 2CL3966D181. Please have your TRIP order payment in the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, March 12th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office.
TRIP Helper needed
We are looking for someone who might be able to take over processing TRIP orders on a weekly basis for our families. No experience necessary - we will train you! The volunteer would need to be available on Monday mornings to place the orders with Great Lakes Scrip Center. It normally takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get everything processed. Please contact Mrs. Wirkus in the school office if you might be able to help. Thank you!
Important Dates:
  • Saturday, March 10th - A Journey through Holy Week with Fr. DeBlock 9:00 AM at St. Monica's Parish
  • Saturday, March 10th - Dundee's St. Patrick's Day Parade 11:00 AM All school families invited to walk in the parade
  • Sunday, March 11th - Daylight Savings times begins at 2:00 AM  - Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour
  • Monday, March 12th - Athletic Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 18th - Confirmation Mass 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 20th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Friday, March 23rd - End of 3rd Quarter
  • Monday, March 26th - Friday, March 30th Spring Break
  • Monday, April 2nd - Easter Monday no school
  • Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th - Jackie Francois at St. Catherine's (See above information)
  • Wednesday, April 18th - Education Commission Meeting 7:30 PM in the McKinstra Room