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The Dialogue 9/28/2018

Updated on Sep 28, 2018 05:56 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
September 28, 2018
Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle Winners!
Thank you so much to our school families for your participation in our annual Spartan Sweepstakes! It was a tremendous success and the funds raised will help offset our maintenance and operational costs for this school year. The drawing was held today with Mrs. Deb Schmalen Director of Religious Education at St. Catherine's parish pulling the winning raffle tickets. Also present were Miss Cannon, Mary Pat Johnson, and Sara Wirkus. The winners of this year's raffle are:
1st Prize Winner - $1,000.00 The Wenderski Family
2nd Place Prize Winners (2) $500.00 The Gesing Family and The Aichholz Family
 3rd Place Prize Winners  (3) $250.00 The Lyles Family, The Fabsits Family, and The Jarzemsky Family
4th Place Prize Winners (5) $100.00 Mariana Sullivan, Amy Lorenz, Dan Davis, The Haynes Family, and The Jarzemsky Family
Winners of a $25.00 Gift Card:
Kim Diamond, The Skala Family, Ed Skala, Lucia Pezowicz, Kristine Graf, Mike Ellsworth, Barb Casso, Pat Anselmo, Dan Davis, Chelsea Mckone, H. Vera (Andalon Family),
The Prokhorov Family, Nikki Dorado, Missy Bluhm, The Gabino Family, Jane (Madsen Family), Jim Reuter
The DeWitt Family - $100.00 TRIP cards of choice (Drawing for selling more than 25 raffle tickets)
Congratulations to all of the winners, and once again thank you to everyone for supporting our St. Catherine School!
Virtue for the month of October: Responsibility
When students return to school on Monday, October 1st, they will begin to focus on the Virtue of Responsibility. There are so many ways and opportunities for children to incorporate responsibility into their lives on a daily basis. Please take a few minutes to speak with your child about the ways they can show responsibility at home and at school. Have them share with you some of the ways they feel they are responsible people. 
Parents can only give good advice or put their children on the right path. The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. —Anne Frank  
*New* Morning Exercise Class
Dear Parents,

This year, starting in October, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we are opening the gym up to 1st and 2nd grade students. Students will be allowed to go into the gym anytime between 8:00 and 8:15. Once in the gym they will have the privilege to participate in a morning workout. Research shows that physical activity helps the brain prepare for learning. 

You will be able drop your child off in the back of the school and the supervisors will direct your child to the gym. A morning workout will begin once inside the gym. I want to emphasize that this will not be an organized game but it will be an organized & fun time for some morning exercises.

This is a completely optional opportunity for your child to participate in. There will be no changes to your morning student drop off location. The only change will be that once your child arrives to school, s/he will be allowed to go into the gym and begin a morning workout.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at gassmans@st-cath.net

Shannon Gassman

Lou Malnati's Pizza Fundraiser! - flyer attached
St. Catherine’s Athletics is selling Lou Malnatis Frozen Pizza Coupons to benefit the athletics department. Athletics not only is responsible for funding new equipment, uniforms, and all the sports expenses, but also the upkeep and maintenance of the gym. Please help support our Athletics program by purchasing some Pizza Coupons. The coupons are $13 each. We will be selling them beginning Monday, October 1 through Monday, October 15 . Please print the attached flyer and turn into school office with cash or check made payable to St. Catherine of Siena. If you have any questions please email Shannon Gassman or Nora Duran at athleticdirector@st-cath.net
Save the Date for Family Fun Night!- flyer attached
St. Catherine's School Family Fun Night and Trunk or Treating will take place on Friday, October 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Please bring your family and join us for a night of spooktacular fun in your costumes! Please see the attached flyer for more information and to RSVP to this event.  
Education Commission Meeting Minutes - attachment
Attached to this Dialogue, please find the approved minutes from the St. Catherine's Education Commission Meeting for the meeting held in April, 2018. These minutes were approved at the meeting that was recently held. The next Education Commission meeting will take place on November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the McKinstra Room. 
Give TRIP a Try!
Did you know that the school office has a limited supply of TRIP cards available for purchase? The school typically stocks the following cards for purchase Jewel, Woodman's, Meijer, Target, Walmart, Panera, Starbuck's, Dunkin'Donuts, Chipotle, Shell, and Speedway along with several other vendors that we keep on hand for easy pick up. If you haven't yet tried TRIP, please consider purchasing from the school office to see how your rebates can start adding up.
If you would like to place an order online please use the following link https://www.shopwithscrip.com. 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, October 1st . 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 about how to use this program, please contact the school office.
Box Tops for Education
Our FALLing for box tops classroom competition has begun! Flyers were sent home with the oldest students in each class this week. Remember - every clip counts! Look for those box tops on cereal, snacks, and paper products you already purchase and help our school earn FREE money. You can turn in box tops in a ziploc bag, envelope, or taped box top form labeled with your child's classroom teacher. The winning classroom will win a sweet fall treat!
Email Procedures for School Families
The Diocese of Rockford has asked us to inform our parents that if you are emailing more than 5 people at a time, please blind copy the recipients you are emailing. This is for security purposes and we ask your cooperation when sending out emails to school families. Some people do not like blind copying because you cannot see who else received the email. You can say in your email, "I emailed the whole class, or I emailed everyone volunteering for this event, ...". We recommend that you send emails through your Schoolspeak account as it will automatically blind copy names if there are more than 5 recipients. If you have any questions, please contact the school office. Thank you!
Golf Outing at Randall Oaks - Registration Form attached
St. Catherine's Home and School Association has organized a golf outing event at Randall Oaks Golf Club on Saturday, October 13th! Anyone 13 and older is welcome to attend. Price per golfer is $100.00 and includes 18 holes, a golf cart, two drink tickets, and a buffet dinner. Single golfers will be matched to form teams. A dinner only option is available for non-golfers. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Price is $25.00 for adult and $15.00 for children. All proceeds from the golf outing and dinner will go towards St. Catherine of Siena School improvements. Please see the attached flyer for more information to to register for this fun event!
Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, October 2nd - "Smart Start Art" classes begin 3:05 - 4:05 PM
  • Wednesday, October 3rd - "Let's Code It" classes begin 3:05 - 4:05 PM
  • Thursday, October 4th - "Let's Build It" classes begin 3:05 - 4:05 PM
  • Friday, October 5th - Institute Day - No School
  • Monday, October 8th - Columbus Day - No School
  • Saturday, October 13th - Golf Outing at Randall Oaks 11:00 AM
  • Friday, October 19th - Family Fun Night 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Enjoy your weekend!