Charger Check-In

Thursday, December 5, 2019

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

In the coming days and weeks, please keep the entire community at St. Michael's in Orland Park in your prayers. They will, of course, be grieving the death of Margaret "Rone" Leja, their technology teacher, and they will be processing the reality that this unimaginable tragedy happened following their parish Christmas party. May they find comfort and strength in God's love.

For our 3rd-8th graders, it is time for the second round of ACT Aspire Interims. Next week, students will take their science interim. They will take math, reading and English in January once we return from Christmas break. Please encourage your child to make their best efforts on these formative assessments as the results help teachers identify areas of strength and areas of growth for their students.

Here are some of our upcoming events:

  • This Saturday, Mrs. Otto's class will participate in their First Reconciliation at 11 AM as they begin preparation for their First Communion.
  • On Sunday, it's time for Breakfast with Santa followed by our Preschool Christmas Show at 12:30 PM.
  • On Tuesday, December 10, students, staff and faculty are invited to donate $1 and dress down in support of the Ryan sisters.
  • On Wednesday, December 11 our Kinder-4th graders will perform their Christmas Music Concert at 1 PM and again at 7 PM.

Finally, we are well into the Advent season. As your family marks this season of expectant waiting, consider using some of the activities listed in the Advent calendar at the button below.

Thank you for all you do to support the St. Catherine community! Have a great rest of the week.


Kristine Owens

Breakfast with Santa

We are looking forward to seeing you at Breakfast with Santa this Sunday, December 8th!

  • If you haven't yet sent in your form, please do so by Friday, December 7th.
  • If you are interested in having a photo taken with Santa, please see the below instructions on how the process works.
  • The photographer accepts cash/check ONLY. NO credit cards!
  • Those attending the 10:00-11:30 seating should plan to arrive no later than 10:45 to have time for photos. We typically have our largest crowd at that seating.

The 19th Annual Kevin Dowling Toy Drive

As is our tradition at St. Catherine, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys for The Kevin Dowling Toy Drive. If you would like to contribute to this collection, please send toys to school with your child. Toys will be kept in students' homerooms.

  • We are collecting now through Friday, December 13th.
  • This is a competition, and the grade that brings in the most toys will win a pizza party.
  • The winning grade level will be announced after all the toys have been counted.

The toy drive will benefit the following organizations:

~In Honor of Beau Dowling and Marty Brogan, Keyser Center at Hope Children’s Hospital~

~Children in Little Company of Mary Hospital~

~Courage of Oak Lawn Families~

~Children in La Rabida Hospital~

Thank you in advance for your support. We know that this will put smiles on the faces of some very special children this Christmas!!!

Christmas Decorating at St. Catherine

It's that time of year again! Students, families and parishioners are invited to sign up to help decorate the church for the Christmas season. The decorating dates are all on Sundays - December 8, December 15 and January 12.

Please sign up below.

If you have questions, contact Theresa Ready at

Semi-Annual Church Clean Up

As we experience the seasons of Advent and Christmas, this presents an excellent opportunity take some time to clean and care for our sacred space. Volunteers are needed to do some light cleaning - both wet and dry mopping the new tile floors and dusting around the church and sacristy. If you can volunteer, please bring rags and buckets. This is a great opportunity to serve our church as a family.

We will gather on Saturday, December 14 at 9:15 AM. If you are interested, please sign up below.

Fifth Grade Family Mass

On Sunday, December 15, our 5th grade families will celebrate their Family Mass at 9 AM. Please RSVP below if your family is planning to attend.

  • There are still spaces open for students to serve petition readers and gift bearers.
  • There are spaces open for hospitality - set up, serving and clean up.
  • If you are willing to bring baked goods, there is a space to sign up.

Charger Athletics

Uniform Return - Girls Basketball & Cheerleading

We will have our last girls basketball and cheerleading uniform return on Monday, December 9th from 5:30-6:30 PM in the gym vestibule. Eighth grade girls who are participating in the Bulls event on January 4th do not need to hand in their basketball uniforms, but please turn in your cheerleading uniform. Uniform deposit checks will be deposited if uniforms are not handed in.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Ed Arquilla -
Kara Thomas -
Tina Knies -

Parent Volunteer Requirements

As our winter sports get underway, it's also time for those families with winter athletes to sign up for their volunteer requirement. You will find details of the requirements at the first button below this post. The sign up is the second button.

If you have questions about the sign up or the requirement, please contact Kelly Withers at

Second Annual St. Catherine's Bulls Night

Charger Athletics is happy to announce that we are back for a 2nd St. Catherine's Bulls Night!

All St. Catherine's families are welcome to join us at the United Center on January 4th to watch the Bulls host the Celtics @ 7 PM. Earlier in the day, our 8th grade boys and girls basketball players will be playing games against St. Germaine and St. Gerald on the United Center court!

Ticket Information

  • Tickets are $35 each. First come, first served - there is a limited supply - last year we sold out 290 tickets!
  • Seats are all 300-level. We have different size blocks and will navigate laying out seating as orders come in. You are welcome to trade with other SCA people once the master list is finalized. Also, the Bulls are struggling so there will be seats available to even further accommodate sitting groups together.
  • To Order: Please email or text Greg Heidorn ( and John Donahue ( with the number of tickets you would like.
  • To Pay: Please give checks to Greg or John directly. You can drop in Greg's mailbox at 4243 Kathleen Lane. We will need payment by 12/30/19.

Please call Greg (708-954-6727) or John (773-882-1487) for questions or further information.

Empower Illinois - Important Dates

The date for Reservation Night for tax credit scholarships from Empower Illinois (EI) is set for Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

If you would like to apply, be sure to get this date in your calendar and to visit the EI web page by clicking on the button below. There have been a few alterations to the procedure.

TRIP Cards

This Christmas, please remember to purchase gift cards through TRIP. All K-8 families have a mandatory $75 fund raising fee; however, families can use TRIP purchases to pay the mandatory fee. Click on the TRIP button below to get more information on how the program works.

TRIP cards will be for sale in the church vestibule for cash and carry purchases during the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, December 8 from 8-11 AM
  • Sunday, December 15 from 8-11 AM
  • Thursday, December 19 from 6-8 PM

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over and the pot is $49,440! Stop into Bar 106 to purchase your tickets!

This week, for a $20 purchase of tickets, players will be entered in a drawing for a $200 Visa gift card.

After the Joker cleared the board on October 6, these are the card numbers that have been pulled: 22, 19, 41, 30, 9, 37, and 15.

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Tuesday Hot Lunch Ordering

The link for placing hot lunch orders is below. Please remember that ordering closes at noon the day before delivery.

There will, of course, be days when parents have ordered a hot lunch and their child is absent. On those days, parents (or another designated person) are welcome to pick up the child's lunch. In order for this to happen, parents must notify the school of the hot lunch pick-up prior to 11 AM and then the actual lunch must be picked up before 12:30 PM. We cannot keep lunches beyond that or send them home with students due to food safety regulations.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 6

  • All School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • 3rd Grade Play at 10:15 AM & 1 PM

Saturday, December 7

  • 1st Reconciliation for Room 112 at 11 AM

Sunday, December 8

  • Breakfast with Santa at 8 AM & 10 AM
  • Preschool Christmas Program at 12:30 PM

Monday, December 9

  • Uniform Return - Girls Basketball & Cheerleading in the gym vestibule from 5:30-6:30 PM.

Tuesday, December 10

  • Dress Down for the Ryan Sisters - $1 donation
  • Advent Reconciliation Service at 7:15 PM

Wednesday, December 11

  • Christmas Music Show (Kinder- 4th) at 1 PM & 7 PM

Thursday, December 12

  • All School Liturgy - Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 8:30 AM

Friday, December 13

  • Advent Reconciliation (Grades 3-8)
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM

Sunday, December 15

  • 5th Grade Family Mass at 9 AM

Monday, December 16

  • Taize Prayer at 7 PM

Tuesday, December 17

  • 7th and 8th grade trip to Chicago Wolves

Wednesday, December 18

  • Polar Express Day - 1st Grade

Thursday, December 19

  • All-School Band Concert at 10 AM
  • Band Concert at 7 PM

Friday, December 20

  • Christmas Dress Down
  • All School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Student Dismissal at 1 PM - no extended care

Sunday, December 22

  • Gaelic Advent Mass at 11 AM

Monday, December 23

  • Christmas Break begins

Monday, January 6

  • School resumes