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The Dialogue 9/07/2018

Updated on Sep 07, 2018 03:12 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena  
The Dialogue  
September 7, 2018
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.
Grand Prize: $1000.00 Cash 
2nd Prize: 2 - $500.00 Winners
3rd Prize: 3 - $250.00 Winners
 4th Prize: 5 - $100.00 Winners
5th Prize: 20 - $25.00 Target Gift Card Winners
Families who sell more than 25 tickets will be entered into a separate drawing for $100.00 in gift cards. Keep up the great work selling the tickets, and thank you all for your continued support of our school!
October Lunch Orders
The site is now open for ordering October lunches. We are now able to offer a lunch option 5 days a week! Home and School is working with Southern Belles Restaurant to provide our Tuesday lunch. Please check out the new options offered. October lunches can be ordered through Friday, September 21st. Please make sure to place your order soon as we are not able to add on orders once the link has closed. 
Education Commission Meeting September 12th
The first Education Commission Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 PM in the McKinstra Room. All are welcome to attend.
Spartan Spirit Squad Grades 1st - 4th
We got SPIRIT yes we DO! We got SPIRIT how about YOU?!  St. Catherine's Athletics is excited to announce our Spartan Spirit Squad!!!  If you would like your daughter(s) to participate in this wonderful program please see the email sent out earlier today for more information on how to register your daughter. Let's show our Spartan Spirit!
Picture Day next Friday, September 14th
School pictures for children in grades PK3 - 8th Grade will take place next Friday, September 14th. This will be a dress down day for students so please make sure to follow the guidelines for alternate dress code that can be found on pages 31 and 32 in the Parent/Student Handbook. Picture order forms have been sent home with students and will need to be returned by Monday, September 10th unless you have placed your order online. Extra forms are available in the school office. Retake pictures for students who are absent on picture day or whose pictures did not turn out will take place in October.
Art Club is Back!
Welcome Back!!!! Art Club will be starting again on Wednesday, September 19th for 3rd - 8th grade students. We will be meeting in the art room from 3:05PM to 4:15PM every other week. (On the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month) This is time for creating - great for an already started craft project from home, lack hook rugs, potholders, band bracelets, drawing and etc. If your student is interested, please send Mrs. Oskorep an email to confirm and bring $15 for club fees per student with you to the meeting. See  you then!  J Mrs. O
*NEW* "Let's Code It" and "Let's Build It" Programs - flyers attached
St. Catherine of Siena School is excited to announce two new after school programs for our students. The programs will be taught by Ms. Ruden our 4th - 8th grade science teacher in coordination with Afterschool Enrichment Solutions. Both classes will incorporate STEM learning. The first class "Let's Build It", is an engineering class available for students in grades 1st - 6th and students will focus on the world of robotics. The second class "Let's Code It", is a computer class offered to students in grades 5th - 8th.   This course will immerse students in the world of programming. Registration is required for both classes. There is a discount for students registered by September 23rd. Please see the attached flyers for more information about both programs. 
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 Monday, September 10th.   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.
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.
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.
Youth Choir Information - Flyer attached
A little over a year ago, Father DeBlock requested we start a youth choir in our parish. So far, our youth choir has approximately 12 members but we wish to increase our numbers. The choir sings at the 4:30 Mass on Saturdays, 3 times a month (2nd, 3rd and 4th weekends) and rehearse the Thursdays before at 6:30. We are also now offering additional rehearsals for the school students during their lunch hour and after school on Tuesdays to increase participation. Please prayerfully consider joining us! If interested, fill out the attached form and return it to the school office as soon as possible. If you have questions about the choir, please contact Regina Muscat at music@stcatherinechurch.com or by phone at 847-361-7475.
Important Dates:
  • Wednesday, September 12th - Education Commission Meeting 7:00 in the McKinstra Room
  • Friday, September 14th - Picture Day for students in PK3 - 8th Grade
  • Wednesday, September 19th - Art Club 3:05 PM
  • 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 due - Drawing at 2:45 PM
  • Wednesday, October 3rd - "Let's Code It" classes start 3:05 - 4:05 PM
  • Thursday, October 4th - "Let's Build It" classes start 3:05 - 4:05 PM
Have a blessed weekend!