SCS Happenings: November 13, 2020

Saint Catharine of Siena, pray for us.

From One Wildcat to Another...a gentle reminder

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Congratulations! We have made it successfully to week twelve.

Thanksgiving break is approaching quickly. Please be assured of my prayers of gratitude for you, your students, and our excellent faculty and staff. We are amazingly blessed.

I implore our entire school community to take the act of protecting one another very seriously over the holiday break.

Be mindful and socially responsible for others and yourselves. The virus is spreading rapidly. Although it may not affect you as dramatically as others; it could.

Take mitigation steps seriously, please.

Our goal is to continue live teaching and not revert back to full virtual. It takes all of us working together, protecting each other.

If you plan to travel to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases or are on the PA State Quarantine List, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return home. If you travel to the following states, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return.

It is our continued hope and prayer that we can be together soon. Thank you for all you do. Saint Catharine of Siena, pray for us.

Air high fives to all,

Mrs. Marcella Kraycik

From the Student Council Executive Board

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please bring in non-perishable food items. Items such as paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning products will also be appreciated.

Cohort 1 please bring all items by 11/17

Cohort 2 please bring all items by 11/12

For each item you bring in, you will receive a ticket to be entered into a raffle to win a $15 gift card! Each cohort will have its own drawing!

*Sponsored by SCS Student Council

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This year the HSO will be sponsoring a virtual Christmas Shoppe. The same company that we use each year has set up a Virtual Christmas Shopping Experience. Please use the link to access the website. For more information, please download the letter below.

Chick-fil-A Day sponsored by our HSO

The HSO will be coordinating a Chick-fil-A® fundraiser lunch for

Cohort 2 on Thursday, December 10th and

Cohort 1 on Tuesday December 15th.

Lunch options are:

Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich ($5.00), 4-count Chick-fil-A® Nuggets ($3.50),

and 8-count Chick-fil-A® Nuggets ($5.00) ONLY. Gluten free options are a

Chick-fil-A® Sandwich ($5.00) or 6-count Chick-fil-A® Nuggets ($5.00) ONLY.

Lunch will be eaten in classrooms; drinks and snack will be provided by the HSO.

Orders must be returned to the classroom teacher no later than Thursday Nov 19th.

Please complete and return a separate form for each student.

Annual HSO Poinsettia Sale

Poinsettias will be on display at the Social Hall. Please pickup after Mass on December 13th

The poinsettias are $12 each. Choose RED, WHITE or PICASSO.

Orders are due by November 27th.

Please send orders in an envelope marked Poinsettia Sale. Make checks payable to SCS HSO.

Venmo option @SCS-HSO (If paying via Venmo, please make sure your name, phone number or email, and # of poinsettias (and colors) are written in the summary of your payment).

Order forms were sent home with your child or download the form below.

Wawa Fundraiser

We have a limited number of Wawa Hoagie Certificates left from our Summer Fundraiser.

These certificates would make great Stocking Stuffers.

See form below.

Parent Teacher Conferences for PreK and Kindergarten

  • KINDERGARTEN Parent Teacher Conferences will take place November 13 thru November 20, 2020. You will need to log onto to register. Our school code is 3006. Both virtual and face to face options will be available. Please consult the registration form to see if the conference will be virtual or face to face.

  • PreK Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 9 AM until 12 PM. You will need to log onto to register. Our school code is 3006. Both virtual and face to face options will be available.

If you still need to schedule a CONFERENCE, please contact your child's teacher or the school office.

AFTERCARE October / November

This signup is for the rest of October through Thanksgiving. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP FOR A ONGOING SET TIME, YOU DO NOT NEED TO SIGN UP. Please check the directions on the signup genius if you need aftercare every day that your child attends school.

Last Chance to purchase LAST YEAR's 2019-2020 YEARBOOK

We have a few Yearbooks left from last year (2019-2020). If you would like to purchase last year's yearbook, please use signup genius link:

Please do not send in money, your FACTS account will be charged.

Dressing for the Weather

Saint Catharine of Siena Students will be outside daily for recess if weather permits. PE classes will also be held outside if weather permits. Dress your students appropriately for the weather. This includes hat, gloves, and coats that are labeled with your child's first and last name.

December 1, 2020 HSO Meeting...ALL are welcome

All are welcome to the next HSO meeting scheduled for TUESDAY 12/1/20 at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria. All attendees will be socially distanced and will be wearing masks. Come participate and be part of something AMAZING!


We encourage the packing of nut-free lunches this year. Due to COVID restrictions, the students are eating in various places around our campus. They are dining either in classrooms, the cafeteria, or alfresco if weather permits.

A nut-free table is not available this year. Therefore, we are asking that nut-free lunches and snacks be brought to school this year. We thank you for your support and your respectful cooperation in this matter.

The cafeteria will be serving a limited menu if the lunch service is needed. Homemade macaroni and cheese and galaxy pizzas have been added to our lunch menu this month! Yum!

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SCS School Masses

Saint Catharine of Siena has begun live school masses and confessions on a rotation with limited small group sizes and the CDC guidelines and recommendations in place. Masses are celebrated at the Chapel. We pray for the day we can all celebrate together.

  • Thursday, November 19, 2020, @ 8:30 am Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4.

If your student is a lector for a school mass, we ask that you send them to school in their formal uniform when they lector. They may change into their gym uniform after mass. Thank you for your cooperation in advance.

Please note that if the weather is uncooperative, students will refrain from walking to the chapel for mass. We ask that you dress your child appropriately for the weather, regardless.

We will be adding to this rotation and are also looking into other options and creative ways to celebrate mass with our students.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Kraycik at

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Health Recommendations and Guidance

If your child is staying home or being sent home from school with symptoms of illness, please contact his or her pediatrician for guidance on how to best monitor symptoms, as well as for information on when your child may return to school. Please continue to keep your child home with any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Rash

If your student(s) has been in contact with someone who has been tested positive for COVID, per the CDC Guidelines, a 14-day quarantine is necessary in order to return to school. COVID-19: When to Quarantine . A doctor's note from your pediatrician is also needed to safely return to school. Thank you for your kind understanding in this regard.

Please email the school nurse at with an update on the pediatrician’s recommendations. A note from your child’s pediatrician will be required in order for him or her to return to school. Notes may be emailed to

Please keep in mind that your child is permitted and encouraged to participate in virtual classes during his or her time at home, if physically able. Virtual classes attended will count towards participation and attendance.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in our fervent efforts to keep the St. Catharine of Siena School Community and all of our families happy and healthy!

Thank you,

Mrs. Erin Miller, School Nurse

Mrs. Marcella Kraycik, Principal

Si su hijo se queda en casa o lo envían a casa de la escuela con síntomas de enfermedad, comuníquese con su pediatra para obtener orientación sobre cómo monitorear mejor los síntomas, así como para obtener información sobre cuándo su hijo puede regresar a la escuela.

Continúe manteniendo a su hijo en casa con cualquiera de los siguientes síntomas: Fiebre o escalofríos Tos Falta de aire o dificultad para respirar. Fatiga Dolores musculares o corporales Dolor de cabeza Nueva pérdida del gusto u olfato Dolor de garganta Congestión o secreción nasal. Náuseas o vómitos Diarrea Erupción Envíe un correo electrónico a la enfermera de la escuela a con una actualización de las recomendaciones del pediatra.

Se requerirá una nota del pediatra de su hijo para que regrese a la escuela. Las notas se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a Tenga en cuenta que a su hijo se le permite y se le anima a participar en clases virtuales durante su tiempo en casa, si puede físicamente. Las clases virtuales a las que asista contarán para la participación y asistencia. ¡Gracias de antemano por su cooperación en nuestros fervientes esfuerzos para mantener a la comunidad escolar St. Catharine of Siena y a todas nuestras familias felices y saludables!

Gracias, Sra. Erin Miller, enfermera escolar

Sra. Marcella Kraycik, Directora

Please use the link below for information on the RAFFLE

In order to keep tuition cost low and to provide subsidy to our school, we have implemented a mandatory fundraising program called SCRIP. If you have any questions, please email Cristina Schmehl, our Scrip Coordinator at

Please see attached documents for:

  • Scrip Program Packet
  • Scrip Order Form
  • Great Lakes Ordering dates for the 2020-2021 School Year.
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Box Tops for Education

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.

You can still clip them and send them to school. Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Send your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, to SCS.

Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs!

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CYO is looking for volunteers to be a part of the Berks County CYO Board. Please contact Cristina Schmehl with any questions at

No decision has been made regarding winter/spring sports.

Report Cards

First Trimester grades CLOSE November 30, 2020. Report Cards will be issued on December 7, 2020.

Please be sure your child is completing all of their assignments and attending the zoom classes.

Students should be displaying appropriate behavior during zooms. Handbook expectations apply to all virtual and "live" classes.

Please reach out to your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns.