Charger Check-In

August 17, 2021

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello St. Catherine families,

Teachers and staff are eagerly awaiting the "real" start of the school year. That happens when our students come on Thursday! We have been preparing classrooms, organizing books, decorating bulletin boards, labeling folders and planning lessons. This week, especially, we are exploring the concept of a growth mindset, learning more about how we can attend to our students' social emotional needs and setting the ground work for increasing our emphasis on Archdiocesan priority learning standards. Our work in these three areas will continue as the school year progresses. To help bring focus to our growth mindset work, our theme for this school year is "It's GROW time!"

As per Executive Order 2021-18, all students, staff, faculty and visitors over the age of 2 will need to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in the school building. For additional important information regarding Covid-related protocols, please view the slide deck available via the button below. While some protocols will remain in place, we are excited about the return of many best practices for teaching and for student development - small group work, departmentalized switching of classes for upper grades, whole grade levels playing at recess, extracurricular activities, etc.

As we begin school on Thursday, here are a few reminders about the first few days of school.

Thursday, August 19

  • School starts at 8AM
  • PK3 & PK4 dismisses at 10AM
  • K-8 dismiss at 11AM

Friday, August 20

  • School starts at 8AM (morning care begins)
  • All-School Mass at 8:30
  • Students will have lunch and recess (milk begins)
  • Dismissal at 1PM

Monday, August 23

  • First full day of school
  • School starts at 8AM & dismisses at 2:45PM
  • After care begins

As always, we will start our school year with warm weather uniforms for K-8 students. Students are welcome to come to school wearing their gym shorts and gym t-shirt or black twill shorts and collared uniform shirt. We will resume regular school uniforms once the weather starts to turn.

A Bit More News

  • Back to School Night is on the calendar for Wednesday, August 25. We will have Back to School Night that evening; however, we are awaiting a bit more guidance to determine whether the event will be virtual (as it was last year) or in-person.
  • 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

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Sign Up to Be a Lunch Parent

Thank you to all those school parents who signed up to work as lunch parents this school year. We do still have a big need for coverage on Thursdays. If you are interested and available, please complete the Google Form below. You can read a bit about this opportunity by clicking on the link.

FSA Family Directory

St. Catherine's Family and School Association (FSA) organizes a digital school directory to help our families and community stay connected. Participation in the directory is voluntary. At the button below, families can sign up to receive login information.
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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

Wednesday, August 18

  • Supply Drop-Off for PK, K and 1st Grade from 12:30PM-3PM (sign up available on 8/13)

Thursday, August 19

First Day of School

  • K-8th 8AM-11AM
  • PK 8AM - 10AM

Friday, August 20

  • PK-8th 8AM-1PM

Monday, August 23

  • First Full Day of School