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The Dialogue 08/30/2019

Updated on Aug 31, 2019 10:44 AM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
August 30, 2019
School will be closed on Monday, September 2nd for the Labor Day holiday.  
Reporting absences to the school office
If your child will be absent from school due to illness or appointments, please remember to call or email the school office by 9:00 AM on the day of the absence. The school will also need a note from the parent, either written or emailed, to be sent in with the student when they return from the absence.
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!
Spartan Spirit Squad Grades 1st - 4th
We got SPIRIT yes we DO! We got SPIRIT how about YOU?  St. Catherine's Athletics is excited to announce registration for our Spartan Spirit Squad is now open!!! If you would like your daughter(s) to participate on this awesome dance team, please register your daughter through the "Athletics Registration" link found on your Schoolspeak homepage.  Spirit Squad is open to girls in 1st - 4th grade. Let's show our Spartan Spirit! 
Family Movie Night - Friday, September 6th
Please join us, along with Sulley, Mike, and Boo for a fun filled family evening watching Monsters, Inc. Wear your comfy PJ's and craziest slippers. Make sure to also bring your coziest blanket and your favorite movie snacks! Admission is free to St. Catherine families. Popcorn and water will be served.  This is a family event, children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.  Based on the number of RSVP's we will either watch the movie in the gym or the McKinstra Room. Evite invitations were emailed out to school families this past week.  Please RSVP with the # of guests by Monday, Sept. 2nd.   We looked forward to getting together in this special way to kick off our new school year!
Save money on your tuition with our TRIP Program (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
We are off to a great start this year with many families saving money on their tuition! The school office carries a limited supply of gift cards that can be purchased right away for quick and easy use. For a wider selection of cards sign in to www.shopwithscrip.com. There are thousands of cards and vendors to choose from. Every card purchased through the TRIP program carries a rebate percentage, whether you order them online or purchase them from the school office.
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 Tuesday, September 3rd. 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.  
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 in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades were treated to a very special band concert yesterday from Maxine Lange and members Music Education Services. This company has been providing band services for our students over the past five years. Miss 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 Friday, September 13th!
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 have been sent home with students 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 (form attached)
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.

RSVP flyers were sent home with students on Thursday, August 29th so please check your child's backpack if you have not seen it. Please return the form to the school office by Friday, September 20th. 

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, September 2nd - No school Labor Day
  • Friday, 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.