Charger Check-In

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

Congratulations to our girls 8A basketball team for taking 2nd place at the Great McAuley Shoot-Out last weekend! We are proud of you!

This year brings us to the tail end of the school's three-year strategic plan which means it's time to draw up a new strategic plan. As we begin work on the new strategic plan, it is important that we hear from our stakeholders - and parents are certainly an important group of stakeholders. Just below this opening note from me, you will see a button labeled "Strategic Plan - SWOT Analysis." (SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.) You will also see a button linking you to a short video explaining what a SWOT analysis is in case it is something new to you. I urge you to take 5 or 10 minutes to participate in the SWOT so the school can gather your insights and use them to inform the development of our new strategic plan.

Another important note I want to share is that the Oak Lawn Fire and Oak Lawn Police Departments will be conducting a training session at St. Catherine on October 30 from 4 PM to midnight. While most of the training will be conducted inside the school building, residents may see a number of uniformed responders making entry to the building or emergency vehicles on the campus at different times during the training event. The training is being coordinated with school personnel and is not an actual emergency. Extended care will be relocated to the gym for this day. We do not anticipate any disruption to traffic patterns or parking around the campus during training.

Finally, here are some upcoming dates and deadlines:

  • Toddling Chargers starts tomorrow.
  • Deadline for Trunk or Treat is tomorrow.
  • Pack the House for girls basketball is tomorrow night. (See below for more information!)
  • On Monday, stop by Portillo's on 95th for an Eat & Earn event.
  • S & T orders will be accepted until Tuesday, October 22.
  • Please return baby bottles to school by Thursday, October 24.

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


Kristine Owens

What is a SWOT analysis? (end after 4 minute mark)

SWOT Analysis - What is SWOT? Definition, Examples and How to Do a SWOT Analysis

An Important Message from Fr. Dennis

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Charger Athletics

Tomorrow night is Pack the Place for our 7th and 8th grade girls basketball teams! Show your support for these great athletes as they play their first game of this season on their home court.

  • 6:00 7th grade Team Hansen

  • 6:45-6:50 (approximately) Announce 8th grade players/parents

  • 7:00 8th grade Team Carmody

  • 8:00 8th grade Team Larmon

Over the weekend, our JV and Varsity football teams will play in the first round of playoffs. We are proud of you!

  • JV will play on Saturday, 10/19 at 2 PM vs. St. Christina at De La Salle High School.
  • Varsity will play on Sunday, 10/20 at 2 PM vs. St. Mike's at St. Rita High School.

Oktoberfest - Saturday, October 19

Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite (button below) or by returning the form below!

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5th Annual FSA Trunk or Treat

St. Catherine families are invited to register their cars, vans or SUVs for this year's Trunk or Treat event the evening of Saturday, October 26! Families with registered vehicles can then visit cars for Halloween treats. There's also a Chili Cook Off for the competitive chefs out there!

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 18.

Altar Server Appreciation Mass

If your student is an altar server, Bishop Wypych is hosting an Appreciation Mass followed by a light reception. The event is on Saturday November 9 at 10 AM at St. Fabian's in Bridgeview.

If you and your family are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mrs. Lynch using the button below. The deadline for RSVPs is October 21.

Red Ribbon Week

Next week St. Catherine will celebrate Red Ribbon Week with fun events to help us remember to live healthy lives and to make good decisions. This year's theme is "Send a Message, Stay Drug-Free."

Monday ~ Don’t Dream About Drugs!

  • Students can wear pajamas to school! (Students should wear gym shoes for safety.)

Tuesday ~ Send a Message Day

  • Students can decorate a community-wide banner with a drug-free pledge.

Wednesday ~ Red Dress Down

  • Students can wear red to support your pledge to stay drug free.

Thursday~ Sock It to Drugs!

  • Students can wear crazy socks.
  • Students can wear either their school or gym uniforms whichever they prefer.

Friday~ Decorate Your Homeroom Rep

  • Students can bring red items from home to dress their homeroom rep in red for a bit of friendly competition.

Portillo's Eat & Earn - Monday, October 21

How about a hot dog and fries? What about a garbage salad? And don't forget the chocolate cake! Bring in a hard copy of the flier or show it on your phone.

If you go through the drive-thru on Monday, be sure to tell the first order taker that you are supporting St. Catherine. This will help ensure SCA gets credit for your purchase!
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FSA Wreath Sale

Believe it or not, it's time for FSA's annual wreath sale! Order forms are going home today in the white envelopes. Please share this opportunity with friends and family!

  • Forms and money are due no later than October 30th.
  • All checks should be made out to SCA.
  • Pick up of all wreaths is expected on November 23rd. More information will be sent out once a delivery date is confirmed.

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

Toddling Chargers is Back!!!

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Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over! After the seventh week, the pot is $35,040!

Congratulations to S & B Nolan! Because they were present for the drawing, they won a Happy Hour for 20 people at Bar 106!

For this week's incentive, anyone who purchases $20 in Queen of Hearts tickets will be entered into a drawing for a basket from The Barrel Club with a $200 gift card. Keep buying those tickets!

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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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Broken Mary - Please join us for an evening of inspiration!

Thursday, Oct. 17th, 7pm

10621 South Kedvale Avenue

Oak Lawn, IL

Kevin Matthews entertained drive-time radio listeners for seventeen years on AM 1000, The Loop, ABC and CBS radio. Mr. Matthews was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. "Broken Mary" is the story of his struggle with MS and the chance encounter with a broken statue of Mary left next to a dumpster and all that transpired as a result.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 17

  • Broken Mary with Kevin Matthews in Church at 7 PM

Friday, October 18

  • All-School Liturgy
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • 7th Grade Confirmation Retreat to Holy Fire
  • Pack the House - 8th Grade Girls Basketball

Saturday, October 19

  • FSA Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 20

  • VBC Reunion and School Board Induction Mass at 9 AM

Monday, October 21

  • Red Ribbon Week begins

Tuesday, October 22

  • Tuition Exclusion Day

Thursday, October 24

  • Baby Bottles due back

Friday, October 25

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM

Saturday, October 26

  • FSA Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 27

  • 8th Grade Confirmation Enrollment Mass at 9 AM

Thursday, October 31

  • Happy Halloween Parade in Parking Lot at 1 PM

Friday, November 1

  • All Saints Day - All-School Liturgy at 10 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM