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The Dialogue 4/12/2019
St. Catherine of Siena School
The Dialogue
April 12, 2019
Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019
8:00AM Morning Prayer
7:00PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper (with Incense)
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass until Midnight
Good Friday, April 19, 2019
This is a day of Fast and Abstinence
8:00AM Morning Prayer
3:00PM Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
7:00PM Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019
8:00AM Morning Prayer
10:30AM Blessing of Easter Food Baskets
7:30PM Easter Vigil Mass (with Incense)
No 4:30PM Mass
Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019
St. Catherine of Siena
Mass at 7:30AM, 9:30AM & 11:30AM
St. Mary, Gilberts 
Mass at 9:00AM
Help needed to decorate our church for Easter
Help is needed on Holy Saturday, April 20th at 9:00 AM to help prepare and adorn our church for Easter. Please consider coming to church that morning to share some of your time and talent decorating our church space. Please contact Christy Oskorep at for any questions.   
**UPDATE**Fresh Fruit Friday April 26th - 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, April 26th. Please use the order form attached to this Dialogue and return it to school by Wednesday, April 24th. The fruit this month, hopefully watermelon, will be served at lunchtime.
Grant and Aid Application through FACTS
St. Catherine of Siena School has partnered with FACTS to offer families the option to complete the FACTS Grant and Aid Application for financial assistance. School families interested in seeking financial aid will need to login to their FACTS account and complete the online application in its entirety. Fr. DeBlock will review your application and determine the amount of aid (if any) which may be awarded to the applicant. This application process will help Fr. DeBlock make a more informed decision when deciding on financial assistance. The link for the grant and aid application will remain open through April 30th, 2019. Please make sure to submit your application soon for consideration. Families receiving aid will be notified in May. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the school office. 
Virtue of the Month: Courtesy  
How many times have we   heard   the phrase, "Mind your manners" or "Where has common courtesy gone?"   There seems to be a growing disconnect these days between treating people kindly and the sense of urgency to get things done quickly. The simple things like saying please and thank you and treating people respectfully are getting lost.   Courtesy is defined as acting kindly towards others, being polite and having good manners. When you speak and act courteously, you give others a feeling of being valued and respected.  When we treat people with courtesy and respect, we are recognizing that that all are made in God's image and likeness. Please spend some time discussing with your child(ren) ways they show how to be courteous. Be a living example of how to be courteous. Hold the door for someone, say please and thank you, offer your seat to someone, express gratitude for a job well done, listen before offering your opinion, and smile! in the words of former NFL player Ty Howard, "Common courtesy should not be or fell like a grand gesture when you give it. When it's a part of your value system and upbringing, it comes and flows from you naturally." Something we should all strive to achieve. 
Thank you from the 2nd Grade Class!
Thank you for the donations of baby and toddler items for the F.I.S.H Food Pantry. I know everyone who works at the pantry appreciates the help you gave to supply families with much needed items. The donations we received will help many families. We appreciate your help, too, for our special Lenten service project!
Mrs. Schmidt and the Second Graders
5th and 6th Grade Boys Volleyball Tournament
St. Catherine's Athletics will be hosting the 5th and 6th grade Tri-County Conference Boys Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, April 24th. The tournament will only take one day to complete but we will need several volunteers to help work concessions, scoreboard, and admissions. If you are still in need of service hours, this is a great way to get some! If you do sign up to work, please make sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to your shift to take over for the person already working. Please click on the following link to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Nora Duran or Shannon Gassman. Thank you!
Tracking Service Hours
As the school year is quickly coming to an end, we would like to remind families to record any service hours you may have completed on the "Track Service Hours" link found under quick links on your Schoolspeak homepage. All families are expected to complete 20 service hours to the school by May, 2019. Single parent families and families who have children only in PK3 and PK4 are expected to complete 10 service hours. There are many opportunities to earn service hours through Athletics, Home and School events, and lunchroom volunteering. If you have any questions regarding your service hours, please contact the school office. A summary of service hours was emailed to families today. 
Uniform update
As of April 1st students are able to begin wearing their uniform shorts to school again. Please keep in mind the cooler weather that we continue to have and make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for being outdoors during lunch recess.  

May Lunch Orders
The link is now open to place your orders for May lunches. The link will remain open through Wednesday, April 24th. The last day hot lunch will be served is Thursday, May 23rd. Students will need to bring a lunch with them on Friday, May 24th and for the last week of school. Please make sure to place your child's order by April 24th as we will not be able to add on orders once the site has closed. Payment for May lunches are due on April 26th.

GRASP Summer Program (forms attached)
Flyers were sent home with students today for the GRASP program which helps students maintain reading and math skills while they are on their summer vacation. The program should take approximately one hour a week to complete each lesson. Students in 4th - 8th grade are able to do the program online. K-3 will only have the workbook option. If you are interested in signing your child up for the program please complete the attached flyer and return it to school by Monday, April 15th.
Bingo Night Saturday, April 13th
WHO WANTS TO PLAY BINGO? St. Catherine's Home and School Board is organizing a Bingo Night on Saturday, April 13th. Doors will open at 5:30 and the 1st Round will start at 6:00. The theme for the night is sports so wear your favorite team's clothing or colors. Ten rounds of Bingo will be played. Admission is free but Bingo cards will need to be purchased to play. Food will be sold along with beer, pop, and wine. Cash only! This event is for adults 21 and over.
Save the Dates!
St. Catherine's Athletics will be hosting their annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM in the school gym. Please mark your calendars for this event. Also, our Religious Education program will be offering Vacation Bible School this year from June 10th - June 14th. Please watch the Dialogue for more information about the program.  
Get your Zen on! (Registration form attached)
8th grade families will be hosting a fundraising event on Friday, April 26th to help pay expenses from the 8th graders trip to Washington this past January. As one of this past trip's chaperone recently said, "The memories made on the trip will not be forgotten and we can’t wait for all of your child to experience what our children did. It truly is a gift from school!"  This event will be held on Friday, April 26th at Sama Yoga Studios located at 115 W. Main Street, Suite #100 in West Dundee at 7:30 PM. Yoga is an amazing relief from the stress of everyday life. Open to newbies and all levels. Cost is $20.00 per person. Registration forms were sent home with students today and are due back by Thursday, April 18th.  For more information please contact Kristie Michonski
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program)
Saving money on your tuition has never been easier! This year alone, our families have earned tuition credits totaling over $3,300.00 and helped raise funds for the school in the amount of $1,111.00. The top three families using the TRIP Program this year reduced their tuition by $563.29, $401.59, and $342.95. It's never to late to start earning credit towards your tuition! Even if your tuition bill is paid for this school year, you can earn tuition credit towards next year!
Create your own online TRIP account by signing up at . The code to create an account is 2CL3966D181. If you would like more information about this program, please contact the school office.
Flower Sales for Mission Trip (Order form attached)
April showers bring May Flowers - and who doesn't love flowers! St. Catherine's Youth Mission Team are currently taking orders for flowers, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, and other beautiful plants. Please consider purchasing your spring plantings from our youth team. Orders forms and payment are due on April 29th. Flowers will be available for pickup on Wednesday, May 8th, before Mother's Day, so they would make a great gift for Mom or the gardener in you! Orders can be dropped off in the parish and school offices. All proceeds will support our youth mission team's trip to Indianapolis, Indiana. Many of our St. Catherine alum are participating in this trip. Thanks for your support!!
Important Dates:
  • Friday, April 12th - CANCELED - Fundraiser at Mockingbird Bar and Garden 
  • Saturday, April 13th - Home and School Bingo Night in the gym
  • Monday, April 15th - Last day to turn in Grasp order forms
  • Thursday, April 18th - Early Release at 11:30 AM No bus service available
  • Friday, April 19th - Good Friday (No school)
  • Monday, April 22nd - Easter Monday (No school)
  • Friday, April 26th - Fundraiser at Sama Yoga Studio 7:00 pm (see information above)
  • Friday, April 26th - 7th and 8th Grade Dance at St. Joseph School in Elgin 
  • Sunday, April 28th - 1st Communion Mass 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 1st - May Crowning Mass 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, May 15th - Athletic Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM
Be Loving. Be Faithful. Be St. Catherine's.






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