Charger Check-In

September 2, 2021

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello St. Catherine families,

As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day on Monday, I encourage all of us to take time to offer a prayer of thanks and gratitude for all the men and women - both in our past and in our present - whose work has improved our families, our neighborhoods, our cities and our nation. Whether that work involves setting girders in skyscrapers, working looms in a textile mill, driving big rigs cross-country, teaching the children of our nation, responding to 911 calls, installing fiber-optic cables, or re-stocking shelves in the grocery store, this Labor Day we honor the work of the people and all that their labor has contributed to the strength of our nation.

This Friday, September 3, we have a 1PM dismissal. Students should bring lunch to school, but after care will not be available. Please be sure to make arrangements for student pick up at 1PM. And there is no school on Monday in honor of Labor Day.

The dates for our 1PM Wednesday dismissals have been added to the tentative school calendar available at the link below. (The October early dismissal date has been corrected to read October 13.) They are also listed in a graphic further down in the Check-In. On these specific early release Wednesdays, we will have after care available. We also have date changes for School Picture Day and Retake Day.

  • Picture Day is moved to Tuesday, September 28.
  • Retake Day is moved to Tuesday, November 16.

A Bit More News

  • Beyond the Books and The Charger Walk-a-thon are back! Scroll down for more information. Forms for both went home in this week's White Envelope.
  • Please see the annual asbestos notification letter at the button below.
  • This month's Tuition Exclusion Day is September 20.
  • Our parish Children's Choir and Bell Chimers are both starting up this year. Please scroll down for information and to sign up your children.
  • If you know of an SCA family who owns a small business that we can publicize here to help support them, please reach out to me via email. Scroll down to see local businesses we can support.

Please continue to pray for our medical professionals, our first responders, our essential front line workers as they work to ensure the health and safety of our larger community.


Kristine Owens

CDPH Travel Advisory/Quarantine States - as of 8/24

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Update to Parent-Student Handbook

We have one important update to the SCA Parent-Student Handbook to highlight. This update regarding the administration of medical cannabis is at the direction of the Archdiocese of Chicago in accordance with Illinois state law.

Here is the language you will find in the the parent-student handbook.

Students are not permitted to use or possess cannabis in Chicago Archdiocesan schools except in accordance with the law, school policy and permission of the superintendent. If a parent/guardian of a student who demonstrates his/her son or daughter is a “registered qualifying patient” and has an individual who is a “registered designated caregiver,” both of whom hold medical cannabis registry identification cards, then the parent/guardian or registered designated caregiver must be permitted to administer a medical cannabis product to the student (non-smoking/non-vaping form) at school.

Beyond the Books - September Sessions

We are "beyond" thrilled to announced that our Beyond the Books after school program will be returning! Our first session begins September 14.

Our SCA teachers have planned some super fun classes for our K-4 students. Be sure to read each option carefully to check which grades can sign up for each class. Here are the titles of this month's classes:

  • Kids' Campout (Grades K-4)
  • Sensory Station (Grades 1-4)
  • Mix It Up (Grades K-2)
  • Fairy Tale Fun (Grades 3 & 4)

A sign up form went home in today's White Envelope. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, September 8. A completed form and payment must be submitted to secure your child's spot.

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FSA Selling SCA Car Magnets

At Packet Pick Up, FSA sold out of the SCA car magnets very quickly! If you'd like to pre-order a car magnet (or two), you can fill out the form below and return it to school. A hard copy will also be going home in Thursday's White Envelope.

The Charger Walk-a-thon Returns!

The School Advisory Board is happy to announce the return of the Charger Walk-A-Thon for our student body on Friday, October 8th!

  • Walk-A-Thon T-shirts will be sold.
  • Each shirt will be $20 per student which includes one dress down pass to be used on any future date (except Fridays).
  • Non-student/family members can purchase additional t-shirts for $10 each as well.
  • Please complete the attached Walk-A-Thon T-shirt Order Form for your family and submit payment to the school in envelope labeled "Walk-A-Thon" by Friday, September 10th.

Please stay tuned for more details. If you have any questions please reach out to Katie Fitzpatrick-Terrill, Karen Brogan, Courtney Hedderman, or Janna Ferriter.
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Covid Vaccination Information

Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to get the Covid vaccine.

If you or someone you know wants to get a vaccine, you will find a button below with easy-to-navigate information for Chicago, Cook County and surrounding counties.

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The Sunday Collection

As many of us still attend church virtually, we do not have the opportunity to contribute to the Sunday collection. However, parishioners can easily set up recurring contributions via Give Central.

Visit the link below to set up your recurring contribution. Donors can change the amount of the contribution or pause it at any time.

Ways to Support Our Local Small Businesses

For many years, our small business neighbor have been stalwart partners with St. Catherine through offering Eat & Earns, sponsoring SCA events and offering discounts when the school places orders. Now is the time for our SCA community to show our support of these amazing small businesses. Please take the time to visit the "live" buttons below, and, if you are able, support them.

If you know of an SCA family who owns a small business that we can publicize here to help support them, please reach out to me via email.

So Many On-going Ways to Support St. Catherine!

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 3

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Dismissal at 1PM (no aftercare)

Monday, September 6

  • No School - Labor Day

Thursday, September 9

  • Band begins

Friday, September 10

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM

Saturday, September 11

  • Charger Crawl

Tuesday, September 14

  • Beyond the Books starts

Wednesday, September 15

  • Dismissal at 1PM (Faculty PD; aftercare available)

Friday, September 17

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM

Monday, September 20

  • Tuition Exclusion Day

Friday, September 24

  • No school for students - Professional Development for Faculty

Tuesday, September 28

  • Fall Picture Day for PK-8