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The Dialogue 08/31/2018

Updated on Aug 31, 2018 02:59 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
August 31, 2018
School will be closed on Monday, September 3rd in observance of Labor Day
Morning Spartan Care Now Available
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.  
Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle
We are off to great start with the sales of raffle tickets for our Spartan Sweepstakes! Keep up the great work selling the tickets! 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. As a reminder, this fundraiser helps to offset the operational budget for our school and startup costs for our school. All families in PreK 4 - 8th grade are required to participate. Extra raffle tickets are available in the school office.
September Lunch Orders
The site is now closed for ordering September lunches. We will start serving the September lunch orders on Wednesday, September 5th. Please make sure to have your payment in to the school office by next week. Payments received in the school office after noon on Friday will be posted the following Monday.
Here Comes the Band! Flyer attached
 Students were treated to a very special band concert yesterday with members from Music Education Services. This company has been providing band services for our students over the past four years. Maxine Lange will be returning to our school this year as our band instructor. Instrument trials for students in grades 4 - 8 will take place on Tuesday, September 4th during the school day. A parent information meeting will take place on Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 pm for any new students interested in joining.  Parents will be able to meet Miss Lange and ask questions about the program. Band classes will begin the week of September 17th. Please see the attache flyer for more information. 
Welcome Back Picnic on Thursday, September 6th - flyer attached
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 Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee right after the Cross Country Meet. Please pack your favorite picnic fixings and join us there for some fun fellowship time with other school families. Home and School will have popsicles for everyone. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Education Commission Meeting on September 12th
The first Education Commission Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM in the McKinstra Room. An agenda for the meeting will be attached to a future Dialogue prior to the meeting taking place. All are welcome to attend. 
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 have been sent home with students 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.
Reporting absences to the school office  
If your child will be absent from school due to illness or appointments, please remember to call or email the school office by 9:00 AM on the day of the absence. The school will also need a note from the parent, either written or emailed, to be sent in with the student when they return from the absence.  
Save money on your tuition with our TRIP Program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
We are off to a great start this year with many families saving money on their tuition! The school office carries a limited supply of gift cards that can be purchased right away for quick and easy use. For a wider selection of cards sign in to www.shopwithscrip.com. There are thousands of cards and vendors to choose from. Every card purchased through the TRIP program carries a rebate percentage, whether you order them online or purchase them from the school office.
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 Tuesday, September 4th.  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.
Safe environment 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.
Tracking Service Hours
Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, we are requiring each family to complete 20  hours of service per year to the school. For families with a single parent or guardian and our Pre-school classes, the  obligation is 10 hours per year. It is the parent’s responsibility to report their  service hours on SchoolSpeak (www.schoolspeak.com) as they are completed. It is  important to keep your hours up-to-date so the hours can be managed appropriately.  There are many opportunities needing volunteer or service hours including activities such as:  Trivia Night, Family Fun Night, Bingo, TRIP, hot lunch, Grandparents’ Day, Catholic Schools  Week, Summer Send Off, Teacher Appreciation Week, coaching, and athletic events to name  a few. Families can track their service hours using the "Track Service Hours" link on the left side of your SchoolSpeak homepage. If you have any problems recording your time on SchoolSpeak, please contact the school office. 
Important Dates:
  • Monday, September 3rd - No school for Labor Day
  • Wednesday, September 5th - September Lunch Orders Begin
  • Thursday, September 6th - Back to School Picnic at Prairie Meadow Park 5:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 6th - Parent Information Meeting for new Band students 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 12th - Education Commission Meeting 7:00 in the McKinstra Room
  • 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
  • Friday, September 28th - Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle Tickets 
Enjoy the long weekend!