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The Dialogue 09/06/2019

Updated on Sep 06, 2019 02:54 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
September 6, 2019
 Virtue of the month: Kindness
Virtues Program for the 2019-2020 School year
Each month throughout the school year all grades Pre-K3-8 will be concentrating on a different school-wide virtue. During the month of September we will focus on the virtue of kindness. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”-Luke 6:27-31 There are numerous opportunities in any given school day to show kindness towards others. Kindness may be demonstrated by such simple gestures as: holding a door for someone, helping a teacher, or giving encouragement to a classmate.  Our virtues program started last week in all of our classrooms. Showing kindness to others is such a great way begin our school year. Let’s all try to remember the following, “In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind.”

By focusing on one virtue each month, our teachers and staff will have the chance to model, reinforce, and compliment students on their efforts to display the virtue of the month. When a new virtue is introduced, the one from the previous month should not be forgotten, but rather serve as a building block for the next one. Our virtues for the remainder of the year include: Humility, Gratitude, Joyfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Self-Discipline, Faith and Persistence. 

Volunteer Forms for the 2019-2020 School Year (forms attached)
As most of you know, the Diocese of Rockford requires all adults to complete certain forms in order to volunteer in the school. Due to some recent changes in the following handbooks, "Guidelines for Youth and Those Working with Youth" and  "Norms for Prohibition for Sexual Abuse and Misconduct"  we will need ALL of our volunteers to sign and return the forms attached to this Dialogue in order to be in compliance to volunteer. Forms signed before September 1st will not be recognized. Copies of the handbooks are also attached for you to review. Please return these documents to school no later than next Friday, September 13th. If you have any questions about the forms please contact the school office. 
Family Movie Night Tonight!
Please join us tonight- September 6th, 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. Movie starts at 6:30 PM in the McKinstra Room. Walk-ins welcome!
Home and School News
Our Home and School Association has been very busy so far this year planning several events for our school families. Mrs. Bluhm, our Home and School President, would like to remind everyone that there is still time to sign up for our Parent's Night Out Bags Tournament on Friday, September 27th at 6:30 PM. Please see the note below for more information on how to register for this event. She would also like to thank all of the parents who have been volunteering in the lunchroom. We appreciate all your extra efforts! Finally, the first Home and School Meeting will take place next week on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00 pm in the lunchroom. All are welcome to attend. More information about the meeting will be sent out soon.  
Heritage Fest Help Wanted
As you may be aware Dundee will once again be sponsoring a community-wide event called Heritage Fest. It is the weekend of Sept.13-15 held in downtown West Dundee. It is always a fun-filled weekend with bands, great food, and a craft and vendor fair. St. Catherine's will once again be having a booth set up during the fest on Saturday and Sunday. We will be giving away materials to help promote our school and parish.

Various parish ministries are helping out at our booth, and we are still looking for more volunteers. We would love to have two people per shift. The time slots that are still available are:

Saturday 9/14 2:00-4:00 (2 slots available)

Saturday 9/14 4:00-6:00 (2 slots available)

Sunday 9/15 10:00-12:00 (1 slot available)

Sunday 9/15 12:00-2:30 (1 slot available)

Sunday 9/15 2:30-5:00 (1 slot available)

Please contact Mrs. Johnson at johnsonmp@st-cath.net  if you are available to volunteer for a shift. Thank you!    

Spartan Sweepstakes Raffle
We are off to great start with the sales of raffle tickets for our Spartan Sweepstakes! Keep up the great work selling the tickets! All ticket stubs and money are due back on Friday, September 28th by noon with the raffle drawing taking place at 2:45 pm on September 28th. As a reminder, this fundraiser helps to offset the operational budget for our school and startup costs for our school. All families in PreK 4 - 8th grade are required to participate. Extra raffle tickets are available in the school office.
Grand Prize: $1000.00 Cash
2nd Prize: 2 - $500.00 Winners
3rd Prize: 3 - $250.00 Winners
4th Prize: 5 - $100.00 Winners
5th Prize: 20 - $25.00 Target Gift Card Winners
Families who sell more than 25 tickets will be entered into a separate drawing for $100.00 in gift cards. Keep up the great work selling the tickets, and thank you all for your continued support of our school!  
7th and 8th Grade Dance - Friday, September 13th
St. Catherine students in 7th and 8th grade are invited to attend a school dance at St. Mary's School in Elgin on Friday, September 13th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Admission is $5.00 and there will be light refreshments and beverages available for purchase. Please see the attached flyer for more information . 
School Mass time change for Wednesday, September 18th
Due to students taking standardized tests during the week of September 16th, our school Mass will take place at 1:00 PM not at the usual morning time of 8:45 AM. All are welcome to attend.  
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.

Please return the form to the school office by Friday, September 20th.  

Spartan Spirit Squad Grades 1st - 4th
If your child is interested in being on this year's Spirit Squad team (grades 1st-4th) please make sure to complete the online registration form through your Schoolspeak account by Monday, September 9th. All participants will need to turn in a current physical and the attached concussion form on the first day of practice next Friday, September 13th. Practice will be held right after school at 3:05 PM. The fee to participate is $40.00. 
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 Monday, September 9th . 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.
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:
  • Friday, September 6th - Back to School Movie Night 6:30 PM
  • Monday, September 9th - Sign-ups for Band 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 11th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Friday, September 13th - Picture Day for students in PK3 - 8th Grade
  • Friday, September 13th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Mary's in Elgin
  • Wednesday, September 18th - All school Mass 1:00 PM (Please see information above)
  • Friday, September 20th - No bus service available
  • Friday, September 27th - Back to School Bags Tournament 7:00 PM in the school gym
Be Loving. Be Faithful. Be St. Catherine's.