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The Dialogue 12/13/2019

Updated on Dec 13, 2019 03:04 PM by Office, School
St. Catherine of Siena
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Friday, December 20th - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM
No bus service available
7th and 8th Grade School Dance Tonight
St. Thomas More School will host a winter dance for all 7th and 8th graders tonight, December 13th from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The cost is $5.00 and there will be light refreshments and beverages available for purchase.
Breakfast with Baby Jesus Tomorrow Morning
Thank you to everyone who has registered to attend Breakfast with Baby Jesus tomorrow morning! It looks like it will be a full house! The breakfast will start at 9 :00 AM and finish at 10:30 AM. This wonderful tradition includes a hot breakfast (pancakes, eggs, and sausage) and a light continental breakfast. We will also 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 and donations can be made through Monday, December 16th. 
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 to 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!
Dickens in Dundee Living Windows
It was so nice to see so many families attend the Dickens in Dundee living windows last Friday night to support our "Come Let Us Adore Him" window at DeWitt Hair Salon. Thank you to the following students did an amazing job presenting the window: Sylvia Acevedo, Sophia Biosca, Mia Carioscia, Isabelle Cecil, Mckenzie Everett, Gemma Galvez, Vivian Garay, Brooklyn Grunauer, Sophie Holland, Kaighlen Kimble, Aiden Lyles, Kaitlyn Nosal, Kayla Sullivan, and Michael Tovar. We would also like to thank Mrs. Johnson for organizing the event for our students and school .
Santa's Secret Shop
A heartfelt thank you to Chamaine Biosca and Madonna Nyhuis for organizing the Secret Santa Shop for our students this year along with their volunteer "elves": Jenny Simmons, Celeste Belue, Lori Carrozza. Missy Bluhm, and Tricia Carey . It has become an annual tradition that the children love to participate in and they were very excited to shop for gifts to surprise family members at Christmas. Thank you for your time and commitment to our students! 
Classroom Christmas Parties
Christmas parties for all grades, PK3 - 8th, will be next Friday, December 20th. Preschool parties will start at 10:00 AM. Kindergarten through 8th grade will be from 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM. Party plan ideas should be submitted to the classroom teachers ahead of time for approval.
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!!!
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 is scrip a great way for them to pay for the holidays, but they'll also help you out in saving on your family's tuition! 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 your child's tuition! The last order before break will be placed on Monday, December 16th.  Please use the attached order forms if you would like to try out using scrip without setting up an account. Forms and payment need to be turned into the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, December 16th.
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 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
  • Monday, December 16th - Last day to order TRIP in time for Christmas Break
  • Wednesday, December 18th - Art Club 3:05 - 4:15 pm
  • Wednesday, December 18th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Friday, December 20th - Classroom Christmas Parties (Please see information above)
  • Friday, December 20th - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM   No bus service available
  • Monday, December 23rd - Church Decorating for Christmas 9:00 AM
  • Monday, December 23rd - January 3rd School closed for Christmas Break
  • Monday, January 6th - Students return to school