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The Dialogue 12/14/2018

Updated on Dec 14, 2018 02:07 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
Friday, December 21st - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM
No bus service available
Thank you, Mr. Bernhard!
Thank you to Mr. Bernhard and all the students for the very enjoyable Christmas program they performed for the school families last night! A wonderful time was had by all in attendance, and we are definitely in the Christmas spirit now! We would like to thank the teachers and staff for working with their students to help prepare them for the program. A special thank you the following parent volunteers, Mrs. Anaya, Mrs. Griffin, and Mr. Acevedo, for their assistance to Mr. Bernhard with costumes and technical aspects the night of the program. Thank you for all your hard work!
7th and 8th Grade School Dance Tonight  
St. Thomas More school will host a winter dance for all 7th and 8th graders on Friday, December 14th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 and there will be light refreshments and beverages available for purchase.  
Blizzard coming next week!
Please help the 8th grade students fund their trip to Washington D.C. by purchasing a yummy Dairy Queen Blizzard treat! Order forms were sent home with students today and need to be returned on Monday, December 17th. Blizzards will arrive on Thursday, December 20th and be given to students at dismissal. The cost for each blizzard is $5.00 and your choices are Oreo, M&M, or Candy Cane. An extra order form is also attached to this Dialogue if needed. 
Snow Day Makeup Date
Due to the unexpected snow day this past Monday, we have decided to make up the missed day of school on Wednesday, April 24. We were scheduled to have a teacher institute day, but we will now have a regularly scheduled school day. Please mark your calendars with the updated information.
Breakfast with Baby Jesus
A very heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Krenz, Mrs. Robertson and their committee for the wonderful job they did hosting our annual Breakfast with Baby Jesus event last Saturday! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season and share some fellowship with members of our school and parish community.
We would also like to thank Fr. DeBlock for his opening prayer, Miss Cannon for reading a Christmas story to the children, Mrs. Chmielewski for helping her students make some of the decorations for the breakfast, Mrs. Oskorep for making the table centerpieces, Jason Jardiel and Ava Getenby in their roles as Joseph and Mary, our three kings: Brendan Mangan, Evan and Mikala Amegasse, our Spirit Squad helpers, and our band members led by Maxine Lange for their musical performance. A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Smith for sharing baby Lucy as our baby Jesus!  
Classroom Christmas Parties
Christmas parties for all grades, PK3 - 8th, will be next Friday, December 21st. Please confirm with the classroom teacher what time the party will start. Party plan ideas should be submitted to the classroom teachers ahead of time for approval. 
Last day to order January lunches
Today is the last day to place your child's order for January lunches. The link will close tonight. Please make sure to get your order placed today as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Letter from the F.I.S.H Food Pantry - attachment
Attached to this Dialogue, please find a copy of a letter we received from the F.I.S.H Food pantry in regard to the recent coat drive held here at the school. We are very grateful to everyone who participated in donating coats to help out so many in need. Thank you for your continued support of the F.I.S.H pantry! 
Pictures needed for our School Yearbook!
This is a plea for your help!!!!! I am working on the 2018-19 yearbook and I am in desperate need of pictures from you. Any photos of classroom parties, any school events, and/or sporting events are needed to fill the pages of our upcoming yearbook. I would greatly appreciate any contributions. Photos can be submitted via email if you have a few that you want to share. If you have a larger number of photos to share, then you could also send them to school copied to a flash drive or CD and mark them to the attention Mrs. Oskorep. I will be prompt in copying the images and returning the materials to you. (If you wish to send actual photos, then I can scan them and return the photos to you.) PLEASE submit your images as soon as possible.
Morning Spartan Care Program
The before school program continues to grow and is going very 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.
"Let's Build It" Winter Program - flyer attached
St. Catherine of Siena School is excited to share the news that we will be offering a winter session of our Let's Build It program for students in 1st - 6th grade. The program will be taught by Ms. Ruden, our 4th - 8th grade science teacher, in coordination with Afterschool Enrichment Solutions. The theme for the winter session is "Wacky Waves". In this unit, students will design, build, and test various circuits and electronic projects. Students will use hands-on projects and experiments to explore how electricity is part of our daily lives. Registration is required for the class. There is a discount for students registered by January 7th, 2019. The class begins on January 17th and will meet on Thursdays. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the program.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) - Order sheet attached
Shop with Scrip is offering low denomination gift cards ($5.00) with many of their most popular vendors through Christmas. Its a perfect time to pick up some extra cards for last minute gifts and stocking stuffers. We will place our final order before Christmas on Monday, December 17th. Cards will arrive by Wednesday, December 19th. 
Please use the attached order forms if you would like to try out using scrip. Forms and payment need to be turned into the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, December 17th. If you would like to share the forms with family members to increase your tuition credits, please feel free to do so. If you prefer to set up a new account go to https://www.shopwithscrip.com/ and click on the green "Get Started" tab at the top of the page. Enter in the school code "2CL3966D181" and start shopping! If you have any questions about the TRIP program, please contact the school office.
Important Dates:
  • Friday, December 14th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Thomas More 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 18th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, December 19th - Art Club 3:05 PM
  • Friday, December 21st - Classroom Christmas Parties 
  • Friday, December 21st - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM No bus service available
  • December 24th - January 4th Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 7th - Return to School
  • Wednesday, January 9th - Education Commission Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, January 15th - Saturday, January 19th - 8th Grade Class attending March for Life in Washington
  • Tuesday, January 15th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, January 16th - Art Club 3:05 PM
  • Friday, January 18th - No bus service available
  • Monday, January 21st - Martin Luther King Day No School