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The Dialogue 08/24/2018

Updated on Aug 24, 2018 03:07 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
August 24, 2018
Dear Lord,
We know you are with us on this journey of a new school year. Help us to love one another as you love us. Guide us with your light of mercy and justice. May we be considerate with our friends and respectful of all who lead us. Help us to learn and grow in your wisdom throughout this year. Amen.
Virtues Program now at St. Catherine's
We are very excited to be introducing a new character building program into our classrooms this year at St. Catherine's. Pope Francis has said, "The best way to educate our children in the faith is to model prayer and virtue for them." The mission of this program is to integrate the language of Virtues into all parts of daily life. Although there are over forty Virtues which make up this program, we as a school will be focusing on one Virtue every month. The Virtue for the months of August and September that we will be focusing on is Honesty. As a school we will work on making this Virtue a part of our daily routine in the classroom, the playground, the gym, and the lunchroom. Please ask your child about the choices they make in their daily life that helps reinforce the Virtue of Honesty.
**New** Morning Spartan Care Program
Spartan Care, our after school program, is now available Monday - Friday from 7:00 - 8:00 AM for children in grades Kindergarten - 8th Grade. The cost for the program is $10.00 for the 1st child and $5.00 for each additional child. For more information or if you would like to enroll your child for the morning or afternoon Spartan Care program, please contact Leslie DeWitt at dewittl@st-cath.net.
September Lunch Orders
The link to order lunches for September is now open. Please log on to your SchoolSpeak account and click on the "Lunch Order" tab on the left side of your home page. Orders can be placed through Wednesday, August 29th . We are not able to add on orders once the site has closed. As a reminder, when placing your child's order, the "extra" option for meals is only to be chosen if you have already purchased the main meal. The extra option does not include the sides and is only meant as a supplement to the main meal. This year quarter treats will not be offered. Please note that we are not offering a Tuesday lunch option at this time. The lunches this year are helping to raise funds for the following groups:
Monday: Dominick's Pizza Lunch - Athletics
Tuesday: No hot lunch available
Wednesday: The Texan BBQ - Home and School Association
Thursday: McDonald's - Home and School Association
Friday: Culver's - 8th Grade trip to Washington for The March for Life
Payment for September lunches is due by Friday, August 31st  and should be sent to the school office. Cash and checks made payable to St. Catherine of Siena School are acceptable forms of payment. If you have any question about placing your lunch order, please contact the school office.
Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle
If you were unable to attend Fee Day or make it to Curriculum Night please look for your Spartan Sweepstakes raffle tickets to come home with your child today. This fundraiser helps to offset the operational budget and startup costs for our school. All families in PreK 4 - 8th grade are required to participate. All ticket stubs and money are due back on Friday, September 28th by noon with the raffle drawing taking place at 2:45 pm on September 28th. Extra raffle tickets are available in the school office.
Thank you, Home and School!
A heartfelt thank you to our Home and School Board and several parent volunteers,who painted new play areas on the back parking for the enjoyment of our students! We know the students are very excited to use the new Hopscotch Squares, Four Squares, baseball area, and play on the map of the United States. Thank you for your hard work and for supporting our school!
Save money on your tuition with our TRIP Program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Start the school year off right by saving money on your tuition! Going back to school brings many opportunities to shop using Scrip gift cards. From Dennis Uniform Company to grocery stores, to school supply retailers, Great Lakes Scrip offers scrip cards to help buy items needed at this time of year, while earning rebates off your tuition. Every card purchased through the TRIP program carries a rebate percentage, whether you order them online or purchase them from the school office. Browse www.shopwithscrip.com for shopping ideas, gifts, or a card to treat yourself to coffee or lunch.
Set up a free account today and place an order to start saving on your tuition. You will need the school code "2CL3966D181" in order to link your account to St. Catherine's so that you will start receiving credit on your tuition for orders. Our next order will be placed on Monday, August 27th. Please have your payment into the school office by 9:00 am or pay online with your presto pay account. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.
Welcome Back Picnic on Thursday, September 6th
Our Home and School Association has organized a Welcome Back to School picnic for all of our school families! The picnic will take place on Thursday, September 6th at 5:30 PM at Prairie Meadow Park located at 89 Village Quarter Rd in West Dundee.  Please mark your calendars for this very special event! More information coming soon!
Smile! Picture Day is coming soon!
School pictures for children in grades PK3 - 8th Grade will take place on Friday, September 14th. This will be a dress down day for students so please make sure to follow the guidelines for alternate dress code guidelines that can be found on pages 31 and 32 in the parent handbook. Picture order forms will be sent home next week and will need to be returned by Friday, September 7th. Please make sure to check your child's backpack for the order form. Retake pictures for students who are absent on picture day or whose pictures did not turn out will take place in October. 
Important Dates:
  • Monday, August 27th - TRIP orders due in office by 9:00 am
  • Tuesday, August 28th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 29th - All School Mass at 8:45 in the church
  • Wednesday, August 29th - Lunch orders due for September
  • Monday, September 3rd - No school for Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 6th - Back to School Picnic at Prairie Meadow Park 5:30 PM
  • Friday, September 14th - Picture Day for students in PK3 - 8th Grade
  • Friday, September 21st - No bus service available
  • Friday, September 21st - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Mary's in Elgin
Have a blessed weekend!