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The Dialogue 5/4/2015

Updated on May 04, 2018 08:21 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena School
The Dialogue
May 4, 2018


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.
 
Please click on the following link to access FACTS and set up your account: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/41H6Y .  We 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 in its entirety and Fr. DeBlock will review your application and determine the amount of aid to be awarded to the applicant. This process will help Fr. DeBlock make a more informed decision when deciding on financial assistance. Miss Cannon emailed a letter to families last week which explains in greater detail the Grant and Aid application process. Please review Miss Cannon's letter to see if applying for the grant or aid may be something you would like to consider for your family.
 
St. Catherine's Athletic Program
With the end of the school year comes an end to our athletic program for our 2017-2018 school year. We would like to take a moment to thank all the parents who volunteered so much of their time and efforts this past year to help coach and run the program for our school and students!
 
We would also like to congratulate all the students who participated in our programs this past year and hope that many of them will come out for our basketball and volleyball summer camps. We were very happy to have such a great turnout last night for our annual athletic award ceremony. It was a great way to recap this past year and all of our teams accomplishments! 
 
Special recognition goes to Raja Tilkian and Connor Weydert in 8th grade for receiving the Christian Athlete Award for 2018. Students receiving this award display leadership on and off the court, sportsmanship, fair play as well as athletic ability. Congratulations!
 
One last reminder: Please remember to turn in any boys volleyball uniforms you may still have at home to the school office by Monday, May 7th. Thank you!  
 
Dress Down Day on May 11th 
On Friday, May 11th,  Student Council will be having their last fundraiser dress down day before the all school picnic. The theme will be baseball. Students may wear any baseball team shirt, or a shirt from a team they play on with appropriate jeans or shorts. Please remember girl's shorts must go down to their knees. Please follow the guidelines in the Parent/Student Handbook for alternative dress down days. 

Student Council will be collecting a dollar from the students who wish to participate. If they participate this automatically makes them eligible for the student council raffle which we will hold that same day. Twenty-five prizes will be raffled off at the end of the day. Please support our last fundraiser and make all of the student's picnic memorable.
 
State Science Fair Recognition
Congratulations to the following students who attended the state science fair in Peoria at Bradley University this past weekend:
 
  Dalia Acevedo Adan Cabezudo Jeric Cacal
  Maya Dagamac Monica Djordjevic Maxwell Holland
  Matthew Novelli Haley Plummer Raja Tilkian
  Samantha Winkler    
 
St. Catherine's is proud of you! Thank you for representing our school by your example and hard work! 
 
Used Uniform Sale on May 30th - flyer attached
The school will host an end of the year uniform sale on Wednesday, May 30. It will be held in the school lobby from 8:00 until 3:30 p.m. We are looking to sell uniform jumpers, skirts, spiritwear, and gently used sweatshirts. We will not be taking any boys uniform pants or shirts for this sale. Uniforms should be dropped off by Tuesday, May 29th. Please make sure to clearly label each item with your name and the amount you are asking and complete the attached form to turn in with your items.
 
St. Catherine's Vacation Bible School - flyer attached
Come bring your friends and head to St. Catherine's Vacation Bible School starting on June 4 and continuing through June 8 from 9:00 AM - Noon. K ids will develop a new appreciation for the Catholic Mass and will deepen their love for Jesus in the Eucharist through faith teachings, catchy music, fun games, crafts, and more! Registration forms were sent home with students today and are due back by Friday, May 18th. Please make sure to register your child soon as spots fill up very quickly!
 
Allen Skillicorn Summer Reading Club - flyer attached
Now that summer is almost here, Allen Skillicorn, the State Representative for our area, is offering an annual Summer Reading Program to keep students intellectually engaged during summer vacation. This Summer Reading Club (please see the attached brochure) offers students in kindergarten through 5th grade the opportunity to keep their minds active during summer vacation, while also providing the chance to have some fun for participating. 

To be a member of the Summer Reading Club, students are asked to read eight books (books over 150 pages count for two) between the time school ends and the program deadline of July 29. Students who achieve this goal will be invited to join their fellow students and Rep. Skillicorn at an ice cream social in early fall. This program can be done in conjunction with any program already in existence at your school, or offered through the public library in your school’s community.

Chili's "Dine to Donate" during the month of May - vouchers attached
St. Catherine's Home and School has partnered with Chili's Restaurants in West Dundee, Algonquin, and South Elgin to offer a month long "Dine to Donate" fundraiser. From May 1st - May 31st, Chili's will donate 15% of food sales back to our Home and School when you use one of the attached Chili vouchers. All proceeds from this month long event will go towards Home and School's air conditioning fundraiser, textbooks, and other important items for our students! Offer is valid for Dine In or To Go orders. Please share the extra vouchers attached to this dialogue with friends and family. Thank you!
 
Summer Volleyball Camp at St. Catherine's - registration form attached
St, Catherine's will be hosting a co-ed volleyball camp this summer for students in 5th-8th grade. Dates for the camp are July 30 - August 3 and will run from 9:00 - 11:00 AM. Julia Fahy, head volleyball coach at Judson University, will be running the camp. Registration is due back to school by June 1st. Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register your child for the camp. 
 
Variety Show Tryouts - flyer attached
Get your act together and tryout for our annual variety show! The show will take place on Thursday, May 31 at 1:00 p.m.Tryouts will take place on Tuesday, May 8 from 3:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the school gym. Past performances have included: singers, dancers, skits, gymnastics, Tae-Kwon-Do, piano solos, bands and more. Please email Mrs. Johnson at johnsonmp@st-cath.net if you will be at tryouts. Also, let her know what type of act you have planned. All students form PreK3 - 8th grade are welcome to participate. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Thank you!
 
Dundee-Crown vs. Jacobs Charity Alumni Game
Come see the best alumni basketball players from Dundee-Crown take on the best alumni players from Jacobs in a cross town rivalry that will bring together generations of the area’s best basketball players. This classic will take place on Saturday, May 12 at the Dundee-Crown High School Main Gym. The Women’s Alumni Game will take place at 6:30 p.m., and the Men’s Alumni Game will take place at 8:00 p.m. Get your team colors ready and support your team! There will be an award for the “Best Super Fan” from each side awarded in between games. The cost for attending the games is $5.00 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
 
ALITHSA Registration Now Open - flyer attached
Algonquin Lake in the Hills Soccer Association in now taking registrations for their Spring season for ages 5 -14. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the league and how to register for the program. 
 
Dundee Crown Summer Camps-flyer attached
Dundee Crown High School hosts several camps throughout the summer for students in 2nd grade through high school. Please see the attached flyer to see if any of the camps might be of interest to you or someone in your family.
 
Scrip cards make wonderful graduation gifts!
With Memorial Day and graduation parties right around the corner, now is a great time to take advantage of our TRIP program to earn money towards your tuition bill. Families can purchase gift cards for use with many local vendors such as Jewel, Woodman's, Walmart, Target, Barnes and Noble, AMC, Meijer, Panera, Starbucks, etc. and many other stores all which give a rebate percentage back to you.
 
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, May 7th. Please have your TRIP order payment in the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, May 7th 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!
 
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 1 or 2 afternoons 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:
  • Sunday, May 6th - Spring Vendor Craft Show 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (School Gym)
  • Tuesday, May 8th - Variety Show Try-outs 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 9th - 7th grade parent meeting for the Washington DC Trip 6:15 pm (Lunchroom)
  • Friday, May 11th - Online registration for FACTS Tuition due
  • Monday, May 21st - 8th Grade Honor Mass 8:45 followed by 8th grade DVD in the McKinstra Room
  • Tuesday, May 22nd - Pre-K3 Celebration 9:30 AM / Kindergarten Graduation 10:15 AM
  • Wednesday, May 23 Pre-K4 Celebration/Picnic 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 24th - Summer Send Off/All school picnic (Dress Down Day for students)
  • Friday, May 25th - 8th Grade Graduation 6:00 PM (Church)
  • Monday, May 28th - Memorial Day no school
  • Wednesday, May 30th - Used Uniform Sale in the school lobby 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 31st - Variety Show 1:00 pm
  • Friday, June 1st - Last Day of School: All School Mass 8:45 am followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards
  • Monday, June 4 - Friday, June 8 - Vacation Bible School 9:00 AM - Noon
  • Wednesday, August 15th - Fee Day, Supply Drop Off Day, and Ice Cream Social 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, August 23rd - Curriculum Night 6:30 PM All Parents with students in 1st - 8th Grade required to attend
Have a wonderful weekend!