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The Dialogue 04/20/2018

Updated on Apr 21, 2018 08:41 AM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena School
The Dialogue
April 20 , 2018

                        Welcome to the Table!

Our St. Catherine's community would like to welcome to the table and offer congratulations and blessings to our 2nd grade class as they receive their First Communion this weekend. Please keep the following students and their families in your prayers this weekend: 
 James Browning Leo Carrozza
 Brynn Clooney Anthony Conejo
 Jameson CunninghamJacob Demayo
 Oliver Garay Delilah Krenz
 Maya Livermore-ArceBruce Morris
 Myles Nelson Christine Pasillas
 Ayva Salazar Isaiah Skala
 Brandon Wilmot  
 A special thank you to Mrs. Schmidt for helping to prepare these children to receive their 1st Communion. 
Mega Gymnastics/Alexander's FUNdraiser tonight! - flyers attached
Home and School is organizing two awesome FUNdraisers for our school on Friday, April 20th. MEGA Gymnastics will donate $5.00 back to the school for each $7.00 admission fee paid between 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm and Alexander's Restaurant will donate 20% of all food and drink purchases between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm. Grab your kids, friends, and family and make a night of it while helping to support our school. Flyers were sent home with students last week for both of these FUNdraisers. Flyers are required at the time of purchase for the school to get credit. Please feel free to share the attached flyers with other friends and family.
FACTS Tuition Management - *Updated Information*
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, St. Catherine's will be using FACTS Tuition Management company to manage and process our tuition payments and statements. All families will need to sign up to use this service for their tuition payments. A letter from Miss Cannon was sent out to families last week explaining the details why we are moving forward with a tuition management company. Many of the local catholic schools and high schools are already using FACTS as a way of collecting tuition.
Families will be given three options in setting up their payments: A one time payment in full due in August; two semi-annual payments due in August and January; or a monthly payment spread over a ten month period beginning in August and ending in May. Book Fees and Technology Fees will still be due in July. Payments will need to be linked to a credit card or a checking account. An enrollment fee with FACTS is required for families choosing the monthly or semi-annual payment. Families choosing the option to pay the tuition in full in August will not be required to pay an enrollment fee.
A link to FACTS Tuition has been set up for our families on both Schoolspeak and our homepage www.st-cath.net. We will need all returning school families to register with FACTS by Friday, May 11th so that we have time to set up the accounts before billing begins in July. Families will need to be current with their tuition from this school year in order to register for FACTS. If you have questions about how to register or would like more information about FACTS, please contact the school office or Miss Cannon.
*Update* - We have now partnered with FACTS to offer families the option to complete the FACTS Grant and Aid Application for financial assistance. Families interested in seeking aid will need to complete the online application and submit any required paperwork to FACTS to help them assess the need for financial aid. FACTS will review the information and determine the amount of aid which may be awarded to the applicant. A letter from Miss Cannon was emailed to parents earlier today explaining the application process. Please take some time to review her letter to see if applying for the grant or aid may be something you would like to consider. 
Volunteers Needed for the 7th/8th Boys Volleyball Tournament
St. Catherine's will be hosting the 7th and 8th grade Boys Volleyball Conference Tournament on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24. This tournament is a great way to raise funds for our Athletic program but it does require a lot of volunteers to cover all the games. Even if you don't have a child currently playing volleyball, please consider signing up to cover a game or two. It's a great way to get involved, help our athletic program, and see some really fun competitive volleyball. You can also help cheer on our Spartans to victory! If you are interested in signing up to work at the tournament, please click on the following link:
Last chance to order the GRASP Summer Program - (Flyer attached)
Flyers were sent home with students last week for the GRASP program which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on their summer vacation. The program should take approximately one hour a week to complete each lesson. Students in 4th - 8th grade are have the option to do the program online. K-3 will only have the workbook option. If you are interested in signing your child up for the program please complete the attached flyer and return it to school by Monday, April 23. Orders for the program will be submitted to the company next week in order to receive them before the students finish the school year.
Summer Tutoring with Mrs. Herman - flyer attached
Mrs. Leah Herman is offering individualized summer tutoring for St. Catherine of Siena students in grades K-5. Mrs. Herman previously taught at St. Catherine's as the 4th grade homeroom teacher and as our Reading Resource teacher. She will provide tailored instruction for your child in math, reading, and writing. Please see the attached flyer for more information. You may also contact Mrs. Herman at leahnbl@gmail.com.
May lunch orders
The site to place your May lunch orders is now open and will remain through Thursday, April 26th. May lunches will be offered through Friday, May 25th. Hot lunches will not be served during the last week of school. Please note that we will not offer a hot lunch option on Thursday, May 24th as that will be our all school picnic day. Student Council will be providing a hot dog lunch for all students and staff on that day.
As a reminder, payment for April lunch orders is now due. May lunch payments are due by April 27th. Payment can be made by check or cash and should be sent to the school office. Thank you!
Join the fun at Bingo Night April 28th - flyer attached
Bingo is back at St. Catherine! We will have an exciting and fun Bingo Night on April 28 at 5:30 in the St. Catherine school gym for adults 21 and over. But, there is no need for a babysitter! There will also be kids bingo and other kids activities in the school lunchroom. More details coming soon!
School Mass followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards Wednesday, April 25th
Please join us next Wednesday, April 25th for our weekly school Mass at 8:45 AM. Honor Roll for 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade students for 3rd Quarter report cards and 3rd Quarter Artist Spotlight awards will be presented to students following the Mass. All are welcome to attend!
Congratulations to the following students who achieved First and Second Honors for the 3rd Quarter. Students receiving 1st honors must have a GPA of 3.75 - 4.0 for the quarter. Students receiving 2nd honors must have a GPA of 3.5 -3.74. Congratulations students and keep up the great work!
    6th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Max Astacio Anna Bubala
      Sabrina Diamond Mckenzie Everett
      Chloe Djordjevic Evan Wagh
      Taylor Gassman Emma Weydert
      Caitlyn Madsen  
      Taylor Petruczenko    
    7th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Maya Dagamac Stephanie DeWitt
      Ava Gatenby Kara Michonski
      Jason Jardiel Ashton Niehaus
      Maya McMinn   Michael O'Brien  
      Emily Nnodi   Jane Quanstrom  
      Thomas Walla      
    8th Grade: First Honors Second Honors
      Dalia Acevedo Adan Cabezudo
      Jacob Breier   Bianca Garcia  
      Jeric Cacal Maxwell Kaufman
      William Diamond Matthew Novelli
      Monica Djordjevic Anna Santiago
      Madison Ellett  
      Jack Heffelfinger    
      Ashley Mahute    
      Ryan Mamrot    
      Haley Plummer      
      Raja Tilkian      
      Kailey Treiber      
      Connor Weydert      
      Samantha Winkler      
Wayfair cards now available at Scrip! 6% Rebate
Sprucing up the house or yard for spring? Why not order some Home Depot (4%), Lowes (4%), Menards (3%) or Wayfair (6%) cards and earn credit towards your tuition! For a limited time, Shop with Scrip is also offering low denomination cards which are great for graduation and end of year gifts. Friends and family members can also participate in our Scrip program 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.
Our next order will be placed on Monday, April 23rd. Please have your TRIP order payment in the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, April 23rd if you have placed an order. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office.
Spring Craft and Vendor Fair at St. Catherine's on May 6th
St Catherine's is hosting a Spring Craft and Vendor Fair in the school gym on Sunday, May 6th from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The show will offer lots of opportunities to purchase handmade gifts and items from several local vendors. Please mark your calendars for this very special event!
St. Edward Central Catholic Art Festival April 29 Open to the Public
The public is invited to a Fine Arts Festival on Sunday, April 29 , from 3 – 6 p.m., at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, 335 Locust St., Elgin.

St. Edward Central Catholic students will display their artistic, fashion, musical and culinary talents during the event. Art viewing will be held from 3 – 4 p.m., followed by a fashion show of clothing made by students from 4 – 4:30 p.m. The St. Edward Central Catholic vocal ensemble and band performances will take place from 4:30 -6 p.m. Guests can nosh on sweet treats created by St. Edward Central Catholic culinary arts students.

The Fine Arts Fest is an opportunity for the community and elementary school students to see the fine arts opportunities St. Edward Central Catholic provides. The St. Edward Central Catholic fine arts department includes Director Mrs. Jackie Tabbert, and St. Edward Central Catholic alumni Ms. Maddie Richmond and Mr. Chris Jones.

Established in 1941, St. Edward Central Catholic High School is the Elgin-area’s premier college-preparatory, co-educational high school founded in Catholic values. St. Edward Central Catholic offers 32 AP and Honors courses, boasts a 13-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, has extensive athletic and extracurricular programs, and encourages students to develop a personal relationship with Christ. The school serves seven Rockford Diocese Deanery elementary schools and welcomes students from 29 other schools spanning 24 cities and towns across the northwest suburbs. For more information, visit  www.stedhs.org .

Flower Sales for Mission Trip - Flyer attached
April showers bring May Flowers - and what gardener doesn't love flowers! St. Catherine's Youth Mission Team are currently taking orders for flowers, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, and other beautiful plants. Orders will be delivered on Wednesday, May 9th, before Mother's Day, so they would make a great gift for Mom or the gardener in you!
To place an order, please download the order form which is attached to this Dialogue and return the form along with the payment to the school office. Orders can be dropped off in the parish and school offices or after all Masses this weekend. All proceeds will support our summer mission team. Many of our St. Catherine alum are participating in this trip. Thanks for your support!!
Spartan Care position available for next year
We are currently looking to hire someone for our after school Spartan Care program for next year. The potential candidate should be available to work 2-3 days per week from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. This is a paid position. Please contact Miss Cannon if you are interested in applying for the job.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, April 20th - Mega Gymnastics/Alexander's FUNdraiser (Information above)
  • Friday, April 20th - No bus service available
  • Sunday, April 22nd - 1st Communion Mass 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, April 25th - School Mass at 8:45 AM followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards
  • Saturday, April 28th - Bingo Night 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 2nd - May Crowning Mass 8:45 AM
  • Thursday, May 3rd - Athletic Award Ceremony 6:30 PM
  • Sunday, May 6th - Spring Vendor Craft Show 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (School Gym)
  • Friday, May 11th - Online registration for FACTS Tuition due
  • Thursday, May 24th - Summer Send Off/All school picnic
  • Friday, May 25th - 8th Grade Graduation 6:00 PM (Church)
  • Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day no school
  • Friday, June 1st - Last Day of School
Have a wonderful weekend!