St. Catherine of Siena
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The Dialogue 5/11/18
Updated on May 11, 2018 02:39 PM
St. Catherine of Siena School
May 11, 2018
Thank you parents and students!
The faculty and staff would like to say a heartfelt THANK YOU to Nora Duran and Kim Diamond for organizing this year's Superstar Teacher Appreciation Week! From all the special treats, the SHOUT-OUT notes written by students, the donation of school supplies, the amazing teacher luncheon (thank you Susan Tilkian and Missy Bluhm!), and all the gift cards donated to the teachers and staff, we are very grateful for all the hard work and time you spent making it such a special week for all of us! We would also like to thank all the families and parents who sent in gifts for the teachers this week, decorated the classroom doors, and those parents who helped out covering the playground on Tuesday so that the staff and faculty could eat together. Your thoughtfulness made us all feel very much appreciated! Thank you again!
FACTS Tuition Management- Registration now due
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:
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 cu
rrent 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.
Grant and Aid Application through FACTS
- 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 a few weeks ago which explains in greater detail the grant and aid application process. Please review Miss Cannon's letter to see if applying for the grant and aid may be something you would like to consider for your family.
2017-2018 Tuition and Lunch payments now due
All tuition, fees, and lunch balances for the 2017-2018 school year are now due.
Statements were sent out on May 1st to all school families. As a reminder, 8th grade accounts must be paid in full by May 15th in order for your child to participate in the graduation ceremony on May 25th.
Payments may be made online with a credit card or checking/savings account through your Schoolspeak account or by cash or check in the school office.
If you need a copy of your tuition statement, or have any questions about a remaining balance on your account, please contact the school office.
Field Day - May 24th
St. Catherine's School will be having it's annual Field Day for all students on Thursday, May 24th. This is a Home and School event that
is being organized by our 3rd grade families. Permission slips were sent home with students today and need to be returned by Friday, May 18th. The activities will take place in the morning and all students will participate. Pre-K3 and Pre-K4 will still be dismissed at the regular time of 11:00 AM.
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.
Bus Service Information - Flyer attached
Thursday, May 24th will be the last day bus service will be available for our students for this school year. Please make sure to have alternate transportation arrangements for your child(ren) beginning Friday, May 25th.
D300 will still provide afternoon bus service for our students for the 2018 - 2019 school year. If your child is currently riding the bus or if you are interested in bus service for next year please complete the attached bus form and return it to school by Friday, May 18th. In order for students to be eligible for bus service they must live within certain D300 school boundaries. If you have any questions about the bus service, please contact the school office.
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 and Basketball Camps at St. Catherine's - registration forms 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.Please see the attached flyer for more information and to register your child for the camp.
Spartans Summer Basketball Camp will offer a basketball skills program to students entering 2nd - 8th grades. The camp will take place July 23-July 27 and there are three different sessions offered: Junior Spartans for boys and girls entering 2nd- 4th grade, girls entering 5th - 8th grade, and boys entering 5th - 8th grade. Mr. Dagamac, Mr. Ellett, and Mrs. Leadley will be running the camps.
Registration for both camps are due back to the school office by June 1st.
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
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.
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.
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)
Thursday, May 24th - Last day of bus service for St. Catherine's 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 - Basketball and Volleyball Summer camp registrations due
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
Wishing all mothers a beautiful and blessed Mother's Day!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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