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The Dialogue 10/04/2018

Updated on Jan 18, 2019 12:44 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
October 4, 2018
Friday, October 5th Teacher Institute Day - School Closed
Monday, October 8th Columbus Day - School Closed
Message from Principal Cannon
The before school program is going well. We consistently have students on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but have not had very many students on Mondays or Fridays. With this in mind rather than canceling the program on Monday and Fridays, Mrs. Cunningham who runs the program, is willing to have early morning care on Monday and Friday on an as needed basis. If you want to drop your child off on Monday please let Mrs. Cunningham know via email at saxymarine00@yahoo.com before noon on Sunday. If you want to come on Friday morning, please email her before noon on Thursday. We are happy that this program is helping the families who need child-care before school. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will continue as a drop in program and Monday and Friday will be available if you notify Mrs. Cunningham in advance.

This Friday the teachers will be attending a workshop at St. Patrick’s School in St. Charles. The teachers will be meeting with other deanery teachers from their grade level or in Junior High if they teach the same subject. The meeting with be led by Fr. Paul Sims. He is going to focus on instructional strategies and assessment. We look forward to the opportunity for our teachers to continue to hone their teaching skills.

 Spartan Spirit Day - October 12th! 
A very special Spartan Spirit Day will take place on Friday, October 12th!
Students will enjoy a dress down SPIRIT WEAR day and a pep rally!

PACK the PLACE that night!

Come out and watch our Spirit Squad perform and cheer on our 8th Grade Girls Volleyball team as they play their last home match.
Any student that attends the PACK the PLACE event will be entered into a drawing for a dress down day!
5 winners will be announced prior to the game starting.
5:30pm - 5th Grade Girls Volleyball Match vs St. Mary's Elgin
6:15 - 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Recognition and Spirit Squad performs
 The 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Match vs St. Mary's Elgin will begin
  immediately following the Spirit Squad performance
Hope to see all of you there! 
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
Please join us at our first Dine and Share of the year at Van’s Frozen Custard on Tuesday, October 9th from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Be sure to mention St. Catherine’s when you order and Van’s will donate 15% of the sales from those purchases back to our school. Come for a burger and stay for the delicious frozen custard! Please share this information with your friends and families.
Check your child's backpack!
School pictures were sent home earlier this week with your child. If you ordered pictures and have not received them, please check your child's backpack! If you are still missing ordered pictures, please contact Van Gogh School Photographers, Inc directly at 847-382-2282, ext. 7. Retakes and fall sports pictures will be taken on Tuesday, October 23rd. More information to come. 
Lou Malnati's Fundraiser for Athletics - order form attached
St. Catherine’s Athletics is selling Lou Malnati's Frozen Pizza Coupons to benefit the athletics department. Athletics is not only 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. Sales will continue through  Monday, October 15 . Please print the attached order form and return it to the school office with cash or check made payable to St. Catherine of Siena by October 15th. If you have any questions please email Shannon Gassman or Nora Duran at athleticdirector@st-cath.net  Thank you!
Family Fun Night & Trunk or Treat - RSVP form attached
The Home and School Association of St. Catherine's is proud to sponsor our annual Family Fun Night on Friday, October 19th from 6:30-8:30 pm . We invite all students and school staff to join us for a good time with family and friends. We are planning on a fun evening which includes: costumes, snacks, games, entertainment, and trunk or treating! 
All families with cars participating in the Trunk or Treating will be entered in a raffle to win a frighteningly fabulous gift basket valued at $200.00. Thank you to KVS Top Side Construction for donating this great prize!   RSVP forms were sent  home with students last week and are due back to school by Friday, October  12th .  Please see the attached forms for more information. 
TRIVIA NIGHT IS COMING SOON! - Registration form attached
Trivia Night is back! This year, Trivia Night will be on  November 3rd in the school gym. The theme for the night will be the ' 80s ! (Don't worry - not all the questions will be '80s themed.) There will be silent auction items, raffles, appetizers, and a table decorating contest. So, start thinking of your table decorations and line your babysitter up! Registration forms were sent home with students earlier this week and are due back on Monday, October 29th. Tables fill up quickly so grab some friends and family, reserve a table, and join us for this incredibly fun annual event!
Reduce your Tuition with our TRIP Program!
Fall is in the air and now is a great time to purchase gift cards for your tailgating parties! Consider purchasing Walmart, Target, Meijer, Jewel or Woodman's cards for all your football snacking! Just in time for all your fall needs, Walmart has just added a re-loadable option to their cards. No need to wait for your Walmart cards to come in, just reload a card you are currently using with your presto pay account and keep shopping! 
However, 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 15th. 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 is well underway and will continue through Friday, October 12th! Flyers were sent home with the oldest students in each class last 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!
Morning Exercise Class for 1st and 2nd Grade Students
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
Young Family Ministry starting at St. Catherine's - flyer attached
Calling all young families! We are in the process of starting a young family ministry and are in need of your help! If you are interested in joining this new and exciting group, please contaact Brianna Wessel at 847-426-2217 or email at adulted@st-catherinechurch.com.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, October 5th - Institute Day - No School
  • Monday, October 8th - Columbus Day - No School
  • Tuesday, October 9th - Van's Frozen Custard Fundraiser 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 12th - Spartan Spirit Day
  • Friday, October 12th - 8th Grade GVB Recognition 6:15 PM
  • Saturday, October 13th - Golf Outing at Randall Oaks 11:00 AM
  • Monday through Wednesday October 15th - 17th 5th Grade to Camp Ed's
  • Friday, October 19th - Family Fun Night 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Friday, October 26th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Catherine's 
  • Saturday, November 3rd - Trivia Night

Enjoy the long weekend!