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Weekly newsletter to parents
The Dialogue 2/8/2019
St. Catherine of Siena
The Dialogue
February 8, 2019
Early Release at 11:30 AM on Friday, February 15th. No bus service available.
No school on Monday, February 18th in observance of President's Day.
                                 Virtue for the month of February: Kindness
This month, our students will be focusing on the Virtue of Kindness. The Catechism of the Catholic Church of 1832 lists KINDNESS as one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It says: “1832 The fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of them: “charity, joy, peace, patience, KINDNESS, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity [citing Galatians 5: 22-23].” The Catholic Dictionary defines kindness as the quality of understanding sympathy and concern for those in trouble or need. The bible gives us several examples of showing kindness such as the story of the Good Samaritan and Jesus' teaching of the Golden Rule. Jess Wolstenholm recently wrote in her parenting blog the following thoughts about Jesus' teaching of the golden rule: 

Luke 6:27-31 “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” It’s a simple directive we should easily remember. And it makes perfect sense. But that doesn’t make it any easier. Jesus gives this instruction in the midst of his teaching to love our enemies. He’s telling us, “It doesn’t matter what someone else does to you. Love them. Be kind anyway.” Our kindness cannot be based on the actions or attitude of another.

When our kids come to us with friendship trouble, we always say to our kids, “You cannot control what your friend does or says. You only have control over your words and actions. Choose kindness.” But what does kindness look and sound like? Jesus tells us clearly in this passage...Whatever it is you would want someone else to do or say in a situation... do or say just that. Even though kindness isn’t all about our outward actions, it does come out in what we say and do. If we are developing a spirit of kindness deep within our heart, we will more easily choose to treat others the way we want to be treated. The more we choose kindness, the more it will become our natural reaction. As the saying goes, "In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind."

 Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year is now open
Registration for current school families for the 2018 - 2019 school year is now open! Please login to your Schoolspeak account and click on the tab "Register for 2019-2020". In order to ensure your child's spot for next year, please complete the online registration process by Wednesday, February 28th. The non-refundable registration fee is $100.00 per family if paid on or before February 28th. After February 28th, the registration fee will be $175.00 per family.
Please make sure to complete your registration by February 28th to confirm your child's placement for next year. We are not able to reserve a spot for your child if the registration has not been turned in. If you have any questions about the registration process, please contact the school office.
Have you registered your Pre-K child yet?
Do you have any younger children at home that you are planning on sending to St. Catherine’s next school year? St. Catherine's offers a Pre-K3 program that meets three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 AM. Our Pre-K4 program is held Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:00 AM. If you would like more information about our Pre-K classes, please contact Mrs. Johnson for Pre-K4 or Mrs. Urena for Pre-K3. We would love to tell you more about our programs. If you're ready to register, please use the new student registration form attached to this Dialogue. St. Catherine’s Pre-K is a place where faith, friendship, and learning begins!
Science Fair Judges Needed - Wednesday, February 13th
Ms. Ruden is looking for volunteers to act as Science Fair judges on Wednesday, Feb 13th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the school gym. No experience necessary! Please contact Ms. Ruden at if you think you can help out. Thank you!
Reporting School Absences / Influenza Information - flyer attached
With the return to school and the flu season upon us, we just wanted to share a few quick reminders if your child is sick or has missed a day of school.
  • If your child will be absent from school, please call or email the school office by 9:00 AM on the day of the absence.
  • If your child is sent home from school with a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours without being on fever reducing medication before they are allowed to return to school.
  • Please notify the school office if your child has been diagnosed with a case of Strep throat or Influenza. 
  • Students exhibiting stomach flu symptoms should be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Please encourage your child to wash their hands frequently, sneeze and/or cough into their elbow.
  • Students must bring a note with them when returning to school explaining why they were absent.
Please see the attached flu guide for parents attached to this Dialogue for more information how to stay healthy during the flu season.
Valentine's Day Order Forms - form attached
NJHS is sponsoring a fundraiser for F.I.S.H. Food Pantry and to defer the costs of the Birthday Boxes project for F.I.S.H. that are being made during Catholic Schools Week. They are selling valentines for 25¢ each or five for $1. Order forms will be sent home with each student on Monday or you can print the attached order form. This as a great way to remember a special someone, friend, Mass Buddy, teacher, school secretary, or principal.
Please return the order forms marked to the attention of Mrs. Oskorep/ NJHS no later than Monday, February 11th.  Valentines will be dispersed during Valentine’s Day parties and used to decorate student lockers and classroom doors of recipients.
School Spirit Tastes Great!
Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to support St. Catherine's Athletic Program! Head over to the Chipotle at 201 N. 8th Street in West Dundee on Tuesday, February 13th between 4:00 - 8:00 pm and a portion of your sale will come back to our Athletics program. Flyers will be sent home with students next week and will need to be presented at the time of purchase. Thank you for helping support our athletic program!
Join the Windy City Bulls at 7:00 PM on Friday, February 22 for St Catherine of Siena’s Mother Son Night ! The Windy City Bulls are the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls and will be facing the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates.

Mothers & Sons will be participating in the Red, White & Blue Crew holding the giant American Flag on the court during the National Anthem! There is a special $15 offer for St. Catherine of Siena! Tickets must be reserved in advance by February 20th. Please click on the following link to purchase your tickets: Hope to see you there!

Daddy Daughter Date Night Tonight!
Daddy Daughter Date night has arrived. The gym is decorated and the music is ready for the dancing to begin! Doors open at 6:30. We look forward to a wonderful night filled with lots of fun activities, refreshments and memories being made!
March Lunch Orders
The site is now open to place your lunch orders for March. It will remain open through Friday, February 22nd. There are a few menu changes being made to the lunch days beginning with Ash Wednesday on March 6th and for Fridays during Lent. The Texan BBQ will now provide lunch for our students on Fridays in place of Culvers. Please check out the great options being offered. Please remember to get your orders placed soon as we are not able to add on orders once the site is closed. Thank you! 
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Will you be shopping for Valentine's Day soon? Shop with Scrip offers several options to plan for that special day! Surprise your special someone with gift cards for their favorite stores or restaurants. 1-800-Flowers also is part of the scrip program and offers a rebate of 12%. Our next TRIP order will be placed on Monday, February 11th, but you can always order Scripnow cards and reload current cards anytime.
To set up a new account go to 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. Patrick's Day Dinner and Dance - flyer attached
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 9th, 2019 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus! There will be great food, fun and dancing!! Please see the attached flyer for more information! Any inquiries can be sent to Jim Mangan at
Important Dates:
  • Friday, February 8th - Daddy Daughter Dance 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Monday, February 11th - Last day to turn in Valentine Order Forms for NJHS
  • Wednesday, February 13th - Science Fair Judging 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the gym
  • Wednesday, February 13th - Valentine's Day Classroom Party for Pre-K3 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, February 14th - Valentine's Day Classroom Parties 2:00 PM for K-8th, 10:00 AM for Pre-K4
  • Friday, February 15th - Early Release 11:30 AM No bus service available
  • Monday, February 18th - President's Day No School
  • Tuesday, February 19th - Chipotle Dine and Share Fundraiser for Athletics 4:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 19th - Home and School Meeting 7:00 PM in the lunchroom
  • Wednesday, February 20th - Art Club after school 3:05 - 4:15 PM in the Art Room
  • Friday, February 22nd - Last day to place hot lunch orders for March
  • Friday, February 22nd - Mother/Son Date Night at the Windy City Bulls
  • Thursday, February 28th - Last Day to Register for the 2019-2020 school year at discounted rate
  • Sunday, March 3rd - Girl Scout Sunday at 11:30 Mass
  • Friday, March 8th - Panera Bread Dine and Share
  • Saturday, March 9th - St. Patrick's Day Dinner Dance 6:00 - 11:00 PM in the school gym
"Be kind to others.Your unassuming act of kindness might become someone's memory of a lifetime."





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