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The Dialogue 08/23/2019

Updated on Aug 26, 2019 02:58 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
August 23, 2019
Dear Lord,
We know you are with us on this journey of a new school year. Help us to love one another as you love us. Guide us with your light of mercy and justice. May we be considerate with our friends and respectful of all who lead us. Help us to learn and grow in your wisdom throughout this year. Amen.
September Lunch Orders
The link to order lunches for September is now open. Please login to your SchoolSpeak account and click on the "Lunch Order" tab on the left side of your home page. Orders can be placed through Wednesday, August 28th . We are not able to add on orders once the site has closed. As a reminder, when placing your child's order, the "extra" option for meals is only to be chosen if you have already purchased the main meal. The extra option does not include the sides and is only meant as a supplement to the main meal. Please note that we are not offering a Tuesday lunch option at this time. The lunches this year are helping to raise funds for the following groups:
Monday: Papa Johns Pizza and Subway Lunch - Athletics
Tuesday: No hot lunch available
Wednesday: The Texan BBQ - Home and School Association
Thursday: Culver's -8th Grade trip to Washington
Friday: Southern Belle's - Home and School Association
Payment for September lunches is due by Friday, August 30th and should be sent to the school office. Cash and checks made payable to St. Catherine of Siena School are acceptable forms of payment. If you have any question about placing your lunch order please contact the school office.
Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle
We are so excited for our annual Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle which is now underway! The grand prize this year is $1,000.00! If you were unable to attend Fee Day, please look for your Spartan Sweepstakes raffle tickets to come home with your child today. This fundraiser helps to offset the operational budget and startup costs for our school. Families in PreK 4 - 8th grade are required to participate. All ticket stubs and money are due back on Friday, September 27th by noon with the raffle drawing taking place at 2:45 pm on September 27th. Extra raffle tickets are available in the school office. Thank you for your helping to support St. Catherine's!
Help Wanted!
The school is currently looking to hire someone to run our morning session of Spartan Care. This program offers before school care to St. Catherine students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. This position requires availability Monday - Friday from 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM although some days may change to pre-arranged days depending on attendance for the program. The pay rate is $11.00 per hour. If you would like to apply for this position or know someone who might be interested please contact Miss Cannon at cannonc@st-cath.net . Thank you!
Save money on your tuition with our TRIP Program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Start the school year off right by saving money on your tuition! Going back to school brings many opportunities to shop using Scrip gift cards. From Dennis Uniform Company to grocery stores, to school supply retailers, Great Lakes Scrip offers scrip cards to help buy items needed at this time of year, while earning rebates off your tuition. Every card purchased through the TRIP program carries a rebate percentage, whether you order them online or purchase them from the school office. Browse www.shopwithscrip.com for shopping ideas, gifts, or a card to treat yourself to coffee or lunch.
Set up a free account today and place an order to start saving on your tuition. 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, August 26th. 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, please contact the school office.  
Family Movie Night - Friday, September 6th!
Our Home and School Association is sponsoring a Welcome Back to School movie night for all of our school families on Friday, September 6th at 6:30 PM.   Please mark your calendars for this very special event! More information coming soon!
Spartan Spirit Wear Now Available!
Just in time for the start of our school year, Print Loop is offering several new options for Spartan spirit wear! Please click on the following link https://stores.inksoft.com/scspirit to check out all the great new styles. A portion of each purchase helps to support our Athletic program. All orders should be placed online. We will send home the spirit wear with students when the orders are delivered to school. If you have any questions please contact Nora Duran at athleticdirector@st-cath.net. GO SPARTANS!
Here Comes the Band!
Students will be treated to a very special band concert on August 29 with members from Music Education Services. This company has been providing band services for our students over the past five years. Maxine Lange will be returning to our school this year as our band instructor. Instrument trials for students in grades 4 - 8 will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd during the school day and sign-ups to join the band will be on Monday, September 9th at 3:00 pm. Band classes will begin the week of September 16th. More information will be sent home next week.  
Smile! Picture Day is coming soon!
School pictures for children in grades PK3 - 8th Grade will take place on Friday, September 13th. This will be a dress down day for students so please make sure to follow the guidelines for alternate dress code guidelines that can be found on pages 31 and 32 in the parent handbook. Picture order forms will be sent home next week and will need to be returned by Friday, September 6th. Please make sure to check your child's backpack for the order form. Retake pictures for students who are absent on picture day or whose pictures did not turn out will take place in October.
1st Annual Back to School Bags Tournament
All parents are invited out to the 1st Annual Back to School Bags Tournament at St. Catherine’s. This event is open to all friends and family and is not limited to St. Catherine’s Parents. So, please tell your friends and get you teammate for the bags tournament. 

WHO: All St. Catherine’s Parents as well as additional family and friends

WHEN: Friday, September 27, 2019 at 7pm

WHERE: St. Catherine’s Gym

WHAT: 2-person teams will compete in bags Tournament to raise money for St. Catherine of Siena School. $20 cash or check entry fee per team. Beer and wine will be for sale at the event to raise additional funds. Prizes will be awarded to 1st place winners. 

More information will be sent home with students soon. Please mark your calendars now and join us for a parents night out on Friday (9/27).

Fall Session of Chess Scholars Club starting in October (Registration flyer attached)
St. Catherine's will once again be offering our students the opportunity to join the Chess Scholars Club. The first session begins on Thursday, October 3rd right after school. All students in Kindergarten - 8th grade are welcome to participate and no previous knowledge of chess is necessary. Please see the attached flyer for information on how to register your child for this program. Early bird registration ends September 26th. 
Important Dates:
  • Monday, August 26th - First Day of School for PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten
  • Monday, August 26th - TRIP order payments due to school office by 9:00 am
  • Wednesday, August 28th - All School Mass at 8:45 in the church
  • Wednesday, August 28th - Lunch orders due for September
  • Monday, September 2nd - No school Labor Day
  • Thursday, September 6th - Back to School Movie Night 6:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 11th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Monday, September 9th - Sign-ups for Band 3:00 PM
  • Friday, September 13th - Picture Day for students in PK3 - 8th Grade
  • Friday, September 20th - No bus service available
  • Friday, September 20th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Mary's in Elgin
  • Friday, September 27th - Back to School Bags Tournament 7:00 PM in the school gym
Be Loving. Be Faithful. Be St. Catherine's.