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The Dialogue 3/16/2018

Updated on Mar 16, 2018 03:00 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
March 16, 2018
"For by the sacrament of Confirmation, (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.
Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."
Please keep our 8th grade students in your thoughts and prayers this weekend as they
receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, March 18th.   
  Dalia Acevedo Jacob Breier
  Adan Cabezudo Jeric Cacal
  Eva Davis Jaden Delort
  William Diamond Monica Djordjevic
  Madison Ellett Bianca Garcia
  Jack Heffelfinger Veronica Holt
  Max Kaufman Ryan Mamrot
  Matthew Novelli Haley Plummer
  Anna Santiago Emily Sarullo
  Gabriella Sarullo Kailey Treiber
  Connor Weydert Samantha Winkler
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!
7th and 8th Grade tonight at St. Laurence - Flyer attached
St. Laurence is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dance tonight, March 16th from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm for all students in 7th and 8th grade. The cost to attend is $5.00. Students must present their student ID at the door for admission to the dance. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  
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.
Thank you, Parade Participants and Irish Dancers!
Thank you to all the families that came out last Saturday to walk with us in Dundee's St. Patrick's Day parade! We had such an amazing turnout and we appreciate all the wonderful support and representation from our school families. 
We would also like to say thank you to Cadence Cunningham, Mckenzie Everett, Gemma Galvez, and Caitlyn Madsen who shared their wonderful Irish dancing with all of us at an all school assembly today. We are so lucky to have talented students in our school!
A special thank you to Mrs. Johnson who organized both of these events for our school!
St. Catherine of Siena Kids Karaoke Night! - flyer attached
Please join us for our first ever St. Catherine of Siena Kids Karaoke Night! This event will be held on Wednesday, March 21st from 5:30-8:30pm at the Chubby Bullfrog located inside Spring Hill Mall. Kids can sing solo, a duet, or with a group of friends while you cheer them on and enjoy a tasty dinner with your family! 10% of all food purchases that night will be given back to our school! This is a Home and School organized event. Please see the attached flyer for more 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.
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.
Friday, March 16th is the last day to order April lunches
Today is the last day the link will be open to place your lunch orders for April. Please make sure to place your orders soon as we are not able to add on orders once the site has closed. 
March Madness Dress Down Day
St. Catherine's Student Council has organized a March Madness Dress Down Day on Friday, March 23rd. The cost to participate is $1.00. Students are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt or colors to represent the team they are supporting. All money raised from this Dress Down Day will be used for special activities for the students such as the end of the year picnic lunch. 
Spiritwear Day, which was originally schedule for March 23rd, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 6th.   
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.

Lenten FISH Food Drive

Fill the Knights of Columbus Trailer on Palm Sunday

The Knights are organizing a FISH Food Drive for Palm Sunday and asking our fellow St. Catherine of Siena parishioners to help. We will be collecting Cash, Checks, and Food donations on March 24th and 25th. All donations can be dropped off before or after each of the Masses.  

We will be in the parking lot with our trailer collecting your donations. Your monetary donations will be used toward the purchase of supplies through the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and allow FISH to maximize their ability to help others. Please consider the less fortunate this during this Easter Season! If you prefer to donate food, the following list provides some recommendations.

Recommended food donations include:

• Canned foods of all kinds

• Pastas, Beans and Rice

• Peanut Butter and Jelly

• Cooking oil

• Canned and instant soups

• Cereals (low sugar)

• Tooth paste, Shampoo and Soaps

• Baby diapers and wipes

Please make all checks payable to the “Knights of Columbus”, any monetary donations are greatly appreciated

Asbestos letter to Parents - see attachment 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated, in October of 1987, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), 40 C.F.R. Part 763, to which this law regulates asbestos containing building materials in schools. In compliance with this law, the Rockford Diocese hired Cape Environmental Management to inspect and write management plans for our parish schools. This 1988 plan gives us additional guidelines for our Operations and Maintenance. A Management Plan is on file at the school office for your inspection. If you have any questions pertaining to our program, please contact the Diocese of Rockford at 815-399-4300 ext. 359. For more information, please see the attached letter.
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 19th. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, March 16th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Laurence 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 18th - Confirmation Mass 1:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 20th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 21st - Kid's Karaoke Night at the Chubby Bullfrog 5:30-8:30 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   
 Happy St. Patrick's Day!