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The Dialogue 12/6/2019

Updated on Dec 07, 2019 08:54 AM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
Dickens in Dundee Living Windows Tonight!
Are you heading out to Dickens in Dundee this evening? If so, please be sure to wave to some of our 5th and 6th students who will be presenting a living window called, “We Three Kings” at the DeWitt Hair Salon located at 114 W. Main Street (north side of Route 72 in downtown West Dundee). For more information regarding the events this weekend for Dickens in Dundee be sure to check out www.dickensindundee.org. 
Santa's Secret Shop
Santa's Secret Shop will be returning to St. Catherine's this year on December 10th and 11th. Envelopes were sent home with students earlier this week to help them plan for their shopping. Students will have an opportunity to pick up special gifts for families members during school hours. Most gifts range in price from .50 cents to $11.00. The average gift is in the $2.00 - $3.00 range.
Student Council Coat Drive
St. Catherine's Student Council is now collecting gently used coats, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves for their annual coat drive. These items will be donated to FISH. Students can begin bringing in items on Monday, December 9th. The coat drive will run through Tuesday, December 17th. Items can be sent to school with your child and student council members will collect the donations from the classrooms. Thank you for supporting Student Council!
Help needed to decorate the church
We are in need of several volunteers to help decorate the church for Christmas. The fun will begin at 9:00 AM on Monday, December 23rd. The more the merrier and what a great way to get into the holiday spirit too! Please RSVP to Mrs. Oskorep at oskorepc@st-cath.net if you can come to help. Can't wait to see you there!!!  
Afternoon Spartan Care Unavailable on December 12th
Due to the Christmas program scheduled for Thursday, December 12th, the afternoon Spartan Care session will not be available for students. Please make sure to have arrangements in place to pick up your child(ren) at the regular dismissal time of 3:05 PM. Thank you!  
Breakfast with Baby Jesus
Please join us for Breakfast with Baby Jesus on Saturday, December 14th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. This wonderful tradition includes a hot breakfast (pancakes, eggs, sausage) & light continental breakfast. We will have special crafts, music by our school band, and a nativity story and procession.
In honor of Jesus' Birthday, we are asking for donations to help the neediest babies in our community. We will be donating the items to The Community Crises Center in Elgin. They are in desperate need of diapers (sizes 4, 5 & 6) and baby wipes. If you are unable to attend, a donation box will be set up in the school lobby. Invitations will be sent home with students next week so please make sure to check your child's backpack. RSVP's are requested to attend this special breakfast.
Band Concert for St. Catherine Students
St. Catherine's band students will participate in a band concert at St. John's Lutheran School located at 109 N. Spring Street in Elgin on Tuesday, December 10th. The Beginner Concert will start at 6:00 pm and the Intermediate and Advanced bands will perform at 7:00 pm. Please come out to support our students, along with several other local schools, as they perform for the Christmas season!
St. Catherine's School Christmas Program
Our St. Catherine's School Christmas music program will take place on Thursday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the church. Students in 1st - 8th grade should be in their classrooms at 5:30 PM. PreK-4 and Kindergarten students should be dropped off in the McKinstra Room at 5:30 PM. We look forward to seeing everyone there for this special Christmas performance!
7th and 8th Grade School Dance
St. Thomas More School will host a winter dance for all 7th and 8th graders on Friday, December 13th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 and there will be light refreshments and beverages available for purchase.  
December/January Lunch Orders
Payment for December lunch orders are now due. Payment can be made with cash or check made payable to St. Catherine of Siena School. Also, the link is now open to place your orders for January lunches. The link will remain open through Tuesday, December 17th. Please make sure to place your child's order by December 17th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed.
Winter Session of Chess Scholars Club starting in January (Registration flyer attached)
St. Catherine's will once again be offering our students the opportunity to join the Chess Scholars Club. Classes begin on Thursday, January 16th 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 January 8th.
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) - Order sheet attached
The holidays are a great time to get extended family and friends involved in your TRIP fundraiser. Not only will scrip be a great way for them to pay for the holidays, but they'll also help out in saving on tuition for your family! It's super easy for them to sign up for an account or you can place the order for them. Either way the rebates will be credited to your tuition account. With so many people shopping and giving gift cards this season, why not take advantage of earning money towards tuition! Our next order will be placed on Monday, December 9th.
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 9th. 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.
St. Edward CCHS Placement Exam
If your son/daughter is a current 8 th grade student planning to attend St. Edward CCHS for the 2019-2020 school year, they are required to take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at one of two scheduled dates  Saturday, December 7, 2019  or  Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Prospective students are asked to arrive at St. Edward CCHS by 8:15 a.m. so testing can begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Parents should bring a completed Placement Exam Registration Form and requested $15 exam fee. This form includes a Release of Records authorizing St. Edward CCHS to obtain a student’s records from their elementary school. Records and scores from the student’s placement exam will be reviewed with the parent(s) and student at a registration appointment in February 2020. The placement exam must be taken in order to register and select courses during this appointment.

NOW AVAILABLE! Merit & Service-based Scholarship Awards.  Parents are asked to join us in the LRC immediately following placement exam registration at 8:15 a.m. for continental breakfast and a short, informational presentation about the new St. Edward CCHS Merit & Service-based Scholarship Program now available for incoming freshmen. We hope to see you there!   If you have any questions, please call our Main Office at 847-741-7535, M-F 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Important Dates:
  • Friday, December 6th - Dickens in Dundee Living Windows 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 7th - St. Edward Central Catholic High School Placement Test 8:30 AM
  • Monday, December 9th - All School Mass 9:00 AM Feast of the Immaculate Conception
  • Monday, December 9th - TREC Night 7:00 PM in the McKinstra Room
  • Tuesday, December 10th - Wednesday, December 11th - Santa Shop for students 
  • Tuesday, December 10th - Band Concert at St. John's Lutheran Church 6:00 for Beginners / 7:00 for Intermediate and Advanced
  • Wednesday, December 11th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 in the lunchroom
  • Thursday, December 12th - School Christmas Program 6:00 PM in the church
  • Friday, December 13th - No bus service available for students
  • Friday, December 13th 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Thomas More
  • Saturday, December 14th - Breakfast with Baby Jesus 9:00 - 10:30 AM in the school gym
  • Wednesday, December 18th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Friday, December 20th - Classroom Christmas Parties (More information to come soon)
  • Monday, December 23rd - Church Decorating for Christmas 9:00 AM