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Weekly newsletter to parents
The Dialogue 1/18/2019
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
January 18, 2019
School will be closed on Monday, January 21st
in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year
Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year will open via your Schoolspeak account in the next few weeks. We will soon be sending out an email to all school families with an updated tuition schedule, information on how to access the online registration, and general information about the upcoming school year. Tuition must be current before your child's registration will be accepted for next year. If you have questions about your current statement please contact the school office to set up an appointment with Miss Cannon.
Message from Principal Cannon
CALLING ALL MOMS! We are looking for moms who are interested in meeting every Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 - 3:00 to watch a spiritual video together and then discuss the video. You will not need a babysitter because your child(ren) will be in school. I will be leading the small group discussion. I hope you can find time in your busy schedule to join us every Tuesday starting February 19th. I have already gone through the program and the videos are very good. They are thought provoking and elicit lots of discussion. If you are interested, please email me at . I hope you can join us!
2018 Tuition Tax Statements
Earlier this week, school families were emailed a tuition tax statement reflecting payments made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School for tuition payments made from January 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018. This statement reflects payments made through the Schoolspeak billing account for the first half of the 2018 school year. Payments received from July 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018 can be accessed through your FACTS Management account. Please login to your FACTS account and follow these prompts:  Click on "View Details". Next, click on "View Payment Summary". Make sure the year reflected in the drop down box says "2018". The amount reflected shows the payments received through December 31, 2018. Please print a copy of this statement for your records. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 847-426-4808.
Empower Illinois and Tax Credit Scholarship - Information attached
Beginning today,  Friday, January 18 , families who registered on January 15th with the Empower Illinois website, will receive an email to access part two in their empowerXchange portal. This part of the application process requires families to upload household and income documents, and finish completing the full application.  Empower Illinois will begin awarding scholarships on January 28. Scholarship awards are subject to the availability of funds at your school of choice Families are encouraged to complete part two before January 28, 2019 for the best chance of receiving a scholarship. If a family does not submit their application before January 28, another applicant may receive a scholarship before them, even if the family has reserved a place in line in front of them.
For more detailed information about how to log into the student portal, please see the attachment to this Dialogue.
If families have questions on the application process, the parent hotline hours for Empower Illinois have been extended through January 28 from  7:00 am to 6:00 pm central time, Monday through Friday. The number to reach the hotline is (309) 416-0741.    
Fresh Fruit Friday on January 25th - order form attached
St. Catherine's athletic department looks forward to providing a healthy snack for our student body with the return of Fresh Fruit Friday on Friday, January 25th. Order forms were sent home earlier this week with students and need to be returned by Wednesday, January 23rd. The fruit, hopefully cuties (small oranges), will be served at lunchtime.
Catholic Schools Week January 27th - February 2nd
Daily schedule of events attached to this Dialogue

Catholic Schools Week is almost upon us! Beginning with the 9:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27th, we will be celebrating different areas of Catholic School life. Sunday we will celebrate our parish. Monday we will celebrate our community. Tuesday we will celebrate our students. Wednesday we celebrate our faculty, staff, and volunteers. Thursday we will celebrate vocations. On Friday we will celebrate our grandparents and special friends in our lives. Please see a detailed schedule of events attached to this week's Dialogue. We are looking forward to a faith-filled fun week!

Birthday Boxes for FISH Food Pantry - flyer attached
NJHS is once again sponsoring a school wide service project to create birthday boxes for the F.I.S.H. food pantry. Students will be making birthday cards and decorating birthday boxes during art classes. The birthday boxes will be filled and delivered the following week. Each grade has been assigned a special part for this project. If everyone participates we hope to be able to make some birthdays a little more special for people that visit the food pantry. Please see the attached flyer to see what your child is being asked to donate for this project. Every classroom will help in assembling the birthday boxes during Catholic Schools Week. Please send these items to school no later than Wednesday, January 23. Thank you!
Home & School Dine and Share Event
Hire a sitter & come out to Crystal Lake Brewing on Saturday, January 26, from noon to 5:00 pm. Crystal Lake Brewing will donate 25% of our purchases back to St. Catherine's school! It will be a fun afternoon getting to know other parents. We'll also be selling Super Bowl squares for $20 per square. Hope to see you there!  
Grandparents and Special Friends' Day - RSVP form attached
We are having a special celebration to recognize Grandparents and older adults who are very special people! Students are encouraged to invite their grandparents or a special person in their life to celebrate mass with us and attend other activities on Friday, February 1st from 8:45 - 11:30 am. Mass will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. This special day will give the children a chance to showcase their school day with someone who may not have been here before. The event is on a half day of school and children can be dismissed with their grandparents or per normal dismissal routines. This special day is very well attended so reservations are required. Forms were sent home with students last week but you can also download the form attached to this Dialogue.  RSVP's are due back to school by January 25th. Any parents interested in helping with check in or serving refreshments should please contact Susan Holland.
Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools
On Tuesday, January 29th, our school will be taking part in a National Campaign called, Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools. A separate letter outlining this initiative will be emailed to families next week with more specifics about this program.
Box Tops for Education Contest - flyer attached
Our winter box tops classroom competition is now underway and will continue through Friday, February 1st! Remember - every clip counts! Look for those box tops on cereal, snacks, and paper products you already purchase and help our school earn FREE money. You can turn in box tops in a ziploc bag, envelope, or box top form labeled with your child's classroom teacher. The winning classroom will receive a special treat!  
Show your Spartan Colors!
St. Catherine's Athletic program is now offering spirit wear for sale! Please click on the following link to place your order for these great spirit wear items . We encourage people to place their order online, however you can print off the form and turn the order in to the school office.  A portion of every sale will go towards purchases for our athletic program. Please place your order soon before our next Spirit Wear Day.
February lunch orders
The link is now open on Schoolspeak to place your orders for February hot lunches. The link will remain open through Wednesday, January 23rd. Please make sure to place your child's order before the link closes.
SAVE THE DATE: Daddy Daughter Date Night
It is almost time for our Daddy/Daughter dance! Girls start picking out your outfit and dads, start practicing your favorite dance moves! Please mark your calendars for Friday, February 8th from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm for this special night. Invites will be sent home soon!
Pictures needed for our School Yearbook!
This is a plea for your help!!!!! I am working on the 2018-19 yearbook and I am in desperate need of pictures from you. Any photos of classroom parties, any school events, and/or sporting events are needed to fill the pages of our upcoming yearbook. I would greatly appreciate any contributions. Photos can be submitted via email if you have a few that you want to share. If you have a larger number of photos to share, then you could also send them to school copied to a flash drive or CD and mark them to the attention Mrs. Oskorep. I will be prompt in copying the images and returning the materials to you. (If you wish to send actual photos, then I can scan them and return the photos to you.) PLEASE submit your images as soon as possible.
Christmas Cards Wanted
As you are putting away the Christmas decorations and tiding up from the holidays, please remember to save your used Christmas cards. We use discarded Christmas cards for lots of different art projects. Please send the cards to school marked to the attention of Art Dept/Mrs. Oskorep. Thank you and Happy New Year!!!
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
It's not too early to start your 2019 New Year's resolution to create a TRIP account and start saving money on your tuition! Remember that you can pay off your Kohl's charge card with the "Kohl's Cares" gift card we sell in the office or online at Kohl's is the only store that allows you to pay your charge card bill with gift cards. We will not be placing an order on Monday, January 21st due to the holiday but you can always order Scripnow cards and reload current cards anytime.
St. Patrick’s Day was not meant to be celebrated for just one day…. So come to the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner/Dance on Saturday March 2nd, 2019 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus! There will be great food, fun and dancing!! More details to follow next week! Any inquiries can be sent to Jim Mangan at    
Important Dates:
  • Monday, January 21st - Martin Luther King Day No School
  • Wednesday, January 23rd - Last day to place February lunch orders, turn in Birthday Box items, and place order for Fresh Fruit Friday
  • Friday, January 25th - Last day to RSVP for Grandparents Day
  • Sunday, January 27th - Celebrate our parish and school at the 9:30 Mass followed by refreshments
  • Sunday, January 27th - Preschool and Kindergarten Open House 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM in the school
  • Tuesday, January 29th - Many Gifts, One Nation Campaign (More information to come next week)
  • Wednesday, January 30th - Art Club 3:05 - 4:14 PM
  • Friday, February 1st - Grandparents and Special Friends Day All school Mass begins promptly at 9:00 AM  Honor Roll will follow
  • Friday, February 1st - Early Dismissal 11:30 AM No bus service available
  • Thursday, February 7th - 8th grade Graduation Pictures 
  • Friday, February 8th - Daddy Daughter Dance 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
  • Friday, February 15th - Early Release 11:30 AM  No bus service available
  • Monday, February 18th - President's Day  No School
Have a safe and enjoyable weekend! 







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