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The Dialogue 11/9/2018

Updated on Nov 14, 2019 01:24 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
November 9, 2018
A Heartfelt Thank You!
A heartfelt thank you to our Home and School Association and the many volunteers who helped make last weekend's Trivia Night a great success! We are very appreciative of all the time and effort they so generously share with our school. It looks like it was one of our best Trivia Nights ever! Thank you to everyone who donated items for the classroom baskets, raffles, and silent auction items. Special thank you to Neu Family Dental who donated all the food for the evening and Crystal Lake Brewing Company who donated the adult beverages. Your support is greatly appreciated!
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.  This year Mrs. Jordan, Mr. Marlin, and Mrs. Garrigan are meeting with every parent in their homeroom. The students should attend the conferences with their parent(s). The expectation is that all parents meet with their child's homeroom teacher. You may also sign up to see Mrs. Ruden. The time slots are for ten minutes.  If you would like to speak to your child's teacher who is not the homeroom teacher, please email that teacher directly and set up a time with him/her.   Students in grades PK4 - 5th will not participate in the conference with their parents and teacher. The last day to sign up for conferences will be Friday, November 16th.
Pennies for Pies is Back!!
NJHS is once again sponsoring the  Pennies for Pies contest in each classroom. The contest began on Monday, November 5th and will go through Friday, November 16th. Students are invited to contribute money to the Pennies for Pies containers in their classrooms. All money collected from the contest will go towards purchasing pies for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry. These pies will be included in Thanksgiving dinners for less fortunate families. The class contributing the most money will get a special dessert at lunch!
Barnes and Noble Book Fair - voucher attached
Start your Christmas shopping early at the Barnes and Noble Book Fair! Shop at the Spring Hill Mall Barnes and Noble on Thursday, Nov. 15 and a portion of the sales will be donated to St. Catherine of Siena school. There will also be a list of books that can be purchased and donated to classrooms. If you are unable to get to Barnes and Noble on Nov. 15 , you can shop online from 11/15-11/20 and use code 12451175 at checkout.  
SAVE THE DATE - Breakfast with Baby Jesus
Please join us for Breakfast With Baby Jesus on Saturday, December 8th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Additional information will be sent home with students next week. Volunteer opportunities are available for those interested in shopping for and contributing food for this event. Please contact Vanessa Krenz at vvkrenz@gmail.com for additional information.
Fresh Fruit Friday  
Greetings Spartans! The Athletic Department will be offering Fresh Fruit Fridays on the last Friday of the month. Our First Fresh Fruit Friday will be Friday November 30 . We will send home an order form with all children next week that will need to be returned by November 26 with payment. Please look for the flyer in your child’s backpack. We hope this new and healthy FUNDraiser will bring in some funds for our Athletic Department while providing a nutritious snack for our student body. Go Spartans! 
Cold weather reminder
Now that snowflakes are in the air, we would like to remind parents to make sure your child(ren) are dressed properly for outside recess with hats, mittens or gloves, winter coat, and boots if needed. Children in Kindergarten through 5th grade go outside daily for 20 minutes after lunch. Let's do our best to keep everyone warm!
December Lunch Orders
The link is now open to place your child's lunch orders for December. Orders can be placed through Wednesday, November 28th.  New in December, Athletics will now offer a pizza option along with Subway sandwiches on Mondays. Pizza will be provided by Papa John's and the slices will be slightly smaller than those previously purchased from Dominick's. The cost for this lunch will be $2.50 and includes a healthy side and fruit. Please make sure to place the order for your child's lunch by November 28th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Help needed after all Masses on Veterans' Day Weekend
Mrs. Johnson has already heard from a number of students offering to help distribute a Veterans Day prayer card and a small plastic military figurine to parishioners after every Mass this weekend. Thank you so much in advance. If your child has not signed up for a Mass time, but he/she is still interested in helping, please send Mrs. Johnson an email at johnsonmp@st-cath.net so she knows what Mass to expect your child(ren). The Mass schedule for this weekend 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. Thank you for helping to honor our veterans.  
3rd Grade Candy for the Troops Project
Our 3rd grade class is currently collecting candy to send to our 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.
NCEA Parent Newsletter (attached)
Attached to this Dialogue, please find a copy of the NCEA's latest newsletter. The article focuses on "Helping Perfectionist Teens" and offers several ideas and solutions for helping teens cope with the many demands they place on themselves. Please take a few minutes to read through the information to see if this may be something that can help a teen in your life.
Tuition Reduction Incentive Program - Updated order form attached
It's a great time to stock up on gift cards for your Thanksgiving dinner and Black Friday shopping! 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 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 Thursdays. This will hopefully give families an 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 12th. 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. 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!
St. Edward Central Catholic High School Placement Test Information
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. Edward High School Feeder Team Tryouts - flyer attached
St. Edward's Boys Basketball Feeder program will be holding tryouts for 6th, 7th and 8th graders interested in playing competitive basketball against other high school feeder teams. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, November 11th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM for 6th and 7th grade and 7:00 to 8:30 PM for 8th grade. Please see the attached flyer for more information.  
Important Dates:
  • 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
  • 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

For all the men and women who have so bravely and selflessly served to protect our country,
freedoms, and way of life, we honor and thank you!  God bless you and your families for the sacrifices you have made.