Weekly newsletter to parentsThe Dialogue View

The Dialogue 11/2/2018

Updated on Nov 02, 2018 03:19 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
November 2, 2018
 Virtue for the month of November: Generosity
When students return to school on Monday, November 5th, they will begin to focus on the Virtue of Generosity. By definition, the word generous means showing a readiness to give more of something than what is necessary or expected. The month of November offers several opportunities for children to share their generosity with others. The following are some great examples of things our St. Catherine students can participate in to show their generous spirit: Student Council Winter Coat Drive, Pennies for Pies, handing out Veteran's Day Prayer cards after Mass, and Candy for the Troops. Please encourage your children to participate in these activities to help make a difference in someone else's life.
You have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – Mother Teresa
1st Quarter Reports Cards
1st Quarter report cards for your child have been published and are available for viewing through your Schoolspeak account. Please make sure to electronically sign off on the card after viewing it. Students receiving 1st Quarter Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards will be recognized on Wednesday, November 7th immediately following the 8:45 AM School Mass. Congratulations to the following students receiving 1st and 2nd Honors and the Artist Spotlight Award. Keep up the great work!
    6th Grade: First Honors Second Honors   Artist Spotlight Awards
      Rosemary Ellsworth Andrew Dagamac   1st Grade
      Alexa Griffin Magdalena Jarzemsky   Violet Browning, Brock Buckardt, Grayson Krenz, Brooklynn Schultz, Kaden Sullivan
      Elizabeth Leadley Ellie O'Brien    
      Noelle Mallo     2nd Grade
      Alexis Pasillas     Kayla Dagamac, Nate Gassman, Elle Gesing, Evalina Wenderski, Braelyn Wilmot
    7th Grade: First Honors Second Honors   3rd Grade
      Max Astacio Ethan Aichholz   James Browning, Brynn Clooney, Oliver Garay, Maya Livermore-Arce, Bruce Morris
      Anna Bubala Evan Amegasse    
      Michael Bubala Cadence Cunningham   4th Grade
      Sabrina Diamond   Benjamin Lipinski     Sylvia Acevedo, Gemma Galvez, Morgan McKone, Francis Nnodi, Michael Tovar
      Chloe Djordjevic   Caitlyn Madsen      
      Mckenzie Everett   Brendan Mangan     5th Grade
      Taylor Gassman   Kaitlyn Pasillas     Mikala Amegasse, Vivian Garay, Sophie Holland, Jimmy Madden, Mackenzie Lorkowski
      Taylor Petruczenko   Emily Que      
      Carley Simmons   Emma Weydert     6th Grade
      Evan Wagh         Gabriella Bullaro, Josie Curran, Alexa Griffin, Alexis Pasillas, Jake Petruczenko
    8th Grade: First Honors Second Honors   7th Grade
      Emma Blatz Cecilia Harkins   Cadence Cunningham, Chloe Djordjevic, Kaitlyn Pasillas, Carley Simmons, Emma Weydert
      Maya Dagamac   Thomas Walla      
      Stephanie DeWitt     8th Grade
      Ava Gatenby     Emma Blatz, Maya Dagamac, Stephanie DeWitt, Ava Gatenby, Dylan Zdybel
      Maxwell Holland      
      Jason Jardiel      
      Kara Michonski        
      Ashton Niehaus        
      Emily Nnodi        
      Michael O'Brien          
      Jane Quanstrom          

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, November 20th from 12:30 pm - 8:00 pm. The link to sign up for conferences is now open and is available under the "Quick Links" found on your Schoolspeak account. Please make sure to sign up soon as spots fill up quickly. Students in grades 6th - 8th should attend the conference with their parents. Students in grades PK4 - 5th will not participate in the conference with their parents and teacher. 
Help needed after all Masses on Veterans' Day Weekend 
Students from school are invited to help distribute a Veterans Day prayer card and a small plastic military figurine to parishioners after every Mass on Veterans Day weekend. These cards and figurines remind our parish family to pray for all Veterans. An announcement will be made at Mass telling everyone what we are doing in the Narthex. The prayer cards and figurines will be placed in baskets and then our students will pass them out to the parishioners when they leave church. 
Please consider having your child(ren) help with this activity. Perhaps they could get a group of friends together to cover the same Mass, or maybe even your entire family would like to help! It would be great to have A LOT of our students there, not only showing support for our Veterans but also our school. Children would be asked to wear their St. Catherine of Siena School uniforms to Mass.  The Mass schedule is as follows:  Saturday, November 10 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11 7:30 a.m. Sunday, November 11 9:30 a.m. Sunday, November 11 11:30 a.m.
A faculty member will be present to help organize the distribution of our prayer cards and figurines. Please contact Mrs. Johnson at johnsonmp@st-cath.net as soon as possible to let her know which Mass time your child(ren) would. be willing help with, so we can plan accordingly. Please consider joining us!  
Student Council Winter Coat Drive  
Student Council is still accepting coats for their winter coat drive. All coats and jackets collected will be donated to our local F.I.S.H Food Pantry. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7th and then delivered to the F.I.S.H Pantry by the end of next week. Thank you for helping to support this great cause!  
3rd Graders invited to join Morning Workouts
Dear Parents,

Starting this Tuesday, November 6th we are opening our morning workouts up to our 3rd 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
Last chance to order ButterBraids before the Holidays!
Don't have time to make breakfast on the holiday? Having guests and need an easy treat? Help support the 8th Grade field trip to Washingon D.C. by purchasing a ButterBraid! Wednesday, November 7th is the last day to place your order for these delicious pastries! For the low cost of $14.00 you can bring the taste of the bakery home! Delivery will be on Saturday, November 17th, just in time for the holidays. ButterBraid flavors include apple, raspberry, cinnamon, double chocolate, strawberry cream cheese, cherry, cream cheese, blueberry cream cheese, and four cheese and herb. Please contact one of our 8th grade families to place an order. If you don't know an 8th grade family but would like to place an order, please contact Leslie DeWitt at dewitt2it5@gmail.com or at 847-917-1308.
Candy for the Troops
Please send to school any extra/unwanted Halloween candy to be donated and shipped to our active duty service members around the world. A blue bin labeled “Candy for the Troops” will be in the school lobby from Thursday, November 1st until Monday, November 12th. Candy and cards made by St. Catherine students will then be packed and taken to a drop-off location to be shipped to the men & women serving our country. Please consider donating candy to this worthy cause.
Show your Spartan Colors!
St. Catherine's Athletic program is now offering spirit wear for sale! Please click on the following link to place your order for these great spirit wear items https://stores.inksoft.com/scspirit/shop/home . A portion of every sale will go towards purchases for our athletic program. The first order will be placed on Monday, October 29th so get your orders in soon! Spirit wear orders will be delivered to school in early November.
Save money on your tuition! (Order form attached)
It's a great time to stock up on gift cards for your Thanksgiving dinner! Consider ordering gift cards for Jewel, Woodman's, Baker's Square, Binny's, Target, or Walmart. Why not save money on tuition for things you will be already be buying?
For a limited time, we are attaching paper order forms to the Dialogue for you to use in placing TRIP orders. Please use this form to place and order any gifts cards you would like to purchase. The form, along with payment, should be returned to the school office on Monday mornings by 9:00 AM so that we can submit your order to the Scrip Center. Cards will be sent home with students on Wednesdays. This will hopefully give families the opportunity to try out the TRIP program to see how easy and convenient it is to save on tuition. This paper option will be available through December to help you with all your Holiday shopping.
However, if you would like to place an order online or set up a TRIP account, 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, November 5th.  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.
St. Edward Central Catholic High School Open House and Placement Tests
St. Edward Central Catholic High School, 335 Locust Street, Elgin, Ill., will host an open house for prospective students and their families on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 1 – 3 p.m. Students will lead tours, teachers will host informal informational sessions, and counselors and administrators will be on hand to answer questions. For more information about the school, please check out their website at www.stedhs.org. To schedule a tour, please contact Carolyn Frasor at cfrasor@stedshs.org or by phone at 847-741-7535.  
St. Edward Central Catholic High School will offer two options for incoming freshmen to take the high school placement exam. The test is administered to eighth grade students interested in attending the college preparatory Catholic High School beginning in the fall of 2019. The first placement test will be administered on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, and the second will be administered on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Students may choose either day to test. Students need only test once. The test will begin at 8:30 a.m. and ends at noon. Students are requested to arrive at St. Edward Central Catholic, 335 Locust Street, Elgin, Ill., by 8:15 a.m. There is a $15 test fee that can be paid by check or cash on the day of the exam. Walk-ins are welcome. To register for the placement test or for more information, contact Ms. Rachel Popa, school counselor, at rpopa@stedhs.org or call 847-741-7535 ext. 113.  
St. Catherine's Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair
St. Catherine of Siena School is once again hosting their annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Sunday, November 18th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. The craft fair is a great way to great some early Christmas shopping done for those special people on your Christmas list!
Important Dates:
  • Saturday, November 3rd - Trivia Night 6:30 PM in the School Gym
  • Sunday, November 4th - Open House at St. Edward Central Catholic High School 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 7th - School Mass followed by Honor Roll and Artist Spotlight Awards 8:45 AM
  • Wednesday, November 7th - Last day to order ButterBraids 
  • Wednesday, November 7th - Art Club 3:05 PM
  • Saturday/Sunday. November 10th and 11th - Hand out prayer cards to Veterans after all Masses this weekend
  • Tuesday, November 13th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 14th - Education Commission Meeting 7:00 PM in the McKinstra Room
  • Friday, November 16th - No bus service available for students
  • Friday, November 16th - 7th/8th Grade Dance at St. Charles Borromeo 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, November 17th - ButterBraid Pickup
  • Sunday, November 18th - Craft and Vendor Fair 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM School Gym
  • Tuesday, November 20th - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM  No bus service available
  • Tuesday, November 20th - Parent/Teacher Conferences begin at 12:30 PM
  • Wednesday - Friday, November 21st - 23rd - Thanksgiving Break  No School

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend!
Please make sure to turn your clocks back one hour
on November 4th.
File Attachments: