Charger Check-In

Thursday, October 31, 2019

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

Happy Halloween to the entire St. Catherine family! Today, we had Mals, Evies, M&Ms, unicorns, presidents, Spider Men, Woodys, Jessies, Bears players, Sox players, Cubs players, Marios & Luigis, and a huge herd of animals in onesies! Be safe if you're trick-or-treating in the snow later today.

On Friday and Saturday, we will celebrate All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Tomorrow, the students and teachers will attend All Saints Day Mass at 10 AM and remind ourselves of the call to live as saints. On All Souls Day, we have the opportunity to remember those people have gone before us.

Near the bottom of this Check-In, you will see a video with reflections on All Saints Day from Bishop Baron, founder of Word on Fire. The video is less than 10 minutes and offers helpful reminders and insights about All Saints Day and what it means to us.

If you haven't already completed a SWOT analysis, please take 5-10 minutes to share your feedback. Your input is important as we begin work on our new strategic plan.

On November 6, our 5th-8th students will participate in a cyber safety presentation during school. That night, parents are invited to participate in a similar presentation created specifically for parents at 6:30 PM in Kane Hall. I encourage to attend as the social media landscape evolves quickly and there is always something new to learn.

Following the parent presentation, the Wellness Committee is hosting a mini-retreat for women. The retreat will be in the library and will start at 7:30 PM.

Finally, please scroll down to the posting about Directory Spot to make sure your most current information is included in the directory.

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


Kristine Owens

Strategic Plan - SWOT Analysis

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 note, 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.
  • Thank you to everyone who has already taken the time to share their feedback.
  • The feedback form will be open until the end of October.

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

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

Charger Athletics

Our Varsity football team ended their run last weekend. Congratulations to our 7th and 8th football players for a great season!

As our fall sports are wrapping up their seasons, our winter sports are getting started.

Girls Volleyball Evaluations

Tue, NOV 12

4th grade, 5:00-5:45

6th grade, 6:00-6:45

7th grade, 7:00-7:45

8th grade, 8:00-8:45

Thur, NOV 14

5th grade, 5:00-5:45

6th grade, 6:00-6:45

7th grade, 7:00-7:45

8th grade, 8:00-8:45

Please note above that 4th grade is Tuesday only, 5th grade is Thursday only, and grades 6, 7 and 8 are both Tuesday and Thursday.

Reminders for girls VB evaluations:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.
  • Enter and exit using gym lobby doors – do not use the kitchen doors.
  • No parents in gym lobby or gym during evaluations – players only please.
  • Do not bring/wear any attire, accessories, bags, water bottles, etc. showing a personal name or volleyball club/organization.
  • No jewelry allowed.
  • Have gym shoes and knee pads.
  • 4th grade girls attend only the Tuesday evaluation session, per the schedule.
  • 5th grade girls attend only the Thursday evaluation session, per the scheduled.
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls encouraged to attend both scheduled evaluation sessions per the schedule (Tuesday and Thursday).

Players have the potential to lose evaluation points should they not attend both sessions.

Teams will be assembled and coaches appointed in the days following the second evaluation session. Once finalized, families will be notified accordingly.

Boys Basketball Evaluations

Tuesday, November 5th and Wednesday, November 6th at PIE

6th Grade 5:45-7:00pm

7th Grade 6:45- 8:00pm

8th Grade 7:45-9:00pm

For any questions, please reach out to the coordinators.

Blood Drive at St. Catherine

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Women's Wellness Mini-Retreat - November 6

The Wellness Committee is hosting a Woman's Wellness Mini-Retreat on Wednesday, November 6. Come out for an evening to focus on your body, mind and spirit. Prepare your self for the holiday season. Get healthy and stay healthy. Meet in the Library at 7:30 PM.

Keeping Children Safe - A Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents

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Directory Spot - FSA Directory App

FSA has an electronic school directory for school families who want to include their contact information. It is called Directory Spot! There are directions below for new users and for existing users.

  • For all NEW users, each household is allowed one account. To be set up in the system, email with your first and last name plus the email address you would like to use as your login.
  • For all EXISTING users, each year please update your child(s) teacher and grade info. This can't be done within the app on your phone. You must log into the website. (Use the button below.)
  • If you forgot your password, just follow the prompts to have it reset.
  • ‍If you have questions, please email

Love Your Melon - FSA Fundraiser

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer and supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. Fifty percent (50%) of net profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to the Love Your Melon Fund.

Orders must be placed by November 15th!

The Love Your Melon Fund supports our nonprofit partners who work in the field of pediatric oncology, create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable programming initiatives.

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over and the pot is $39,450!

Stop into Bar 106 to purchase your tickets!

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

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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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Bishop Barron on All Saints Day

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 1

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

Wednesday, November 6

  • Picture Retakes
  • Cyber Safety Presentation for 5th-8th grades at 1:30 PM
  • Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents in Kane Hall at 6:30 PM
  • Women's Wellness Mini-Retreat in the Library at 7:30 PM

Friday, November 8

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Hearing Screening for Kinder and 2nd Grade
  • Cap & Gown Measurements for 8th Grade

Thursday, November 14

  • 1st Trimester Report Cards sent home
  • Book Fair begins
  • Speech & Language Screening for PK and Kinder

Friday, November 15

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

Saturday, November 16

  • First Reconciliation (Room 111) at 11 AM

Friday, November 22

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

Monday, November 25

  • PK-4th Grade Field Trip to Snow White

Tuesday, November 26

  • Student Dismissal at 11 AM -- no after care
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences in gym

Wednesday, November 27

  • Thanksgiving Break begins

Monday, December 2

  • School resumes