Charger Check-In

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

We've had some amazing events these past several days! Thank you to everyone who showed their support by participating in Broken Mary on Thursday night, Pack the House on Friday night, Oktoberfest on Saturday night, the VBC Reunion/School Advisory Board Induction/Golf Mass on Sunday morning, the Sunday evening mass with Our Lady of Guadalupe parish, or Monday's Eat & Earn at Portillo's. It was quite busy at St. Catherine!

This Sunday our 8th graders have their Mass of Enrollment at 9 AM. Parents and candidates should arrive no later than 8:45 so they can sign their commitment forms in the vestibule before mass.

Our friends at Little Something Extra Bakery & Cafe are hosting an Eat & Earn to benefit St. Catherine on Saturday and Sunday this weekend. This is a fabulous way to support a local business and the school at the same time!

Please remember the deadline for the FSA Wreath Sale is Wednesday, October 30.

Registration forms for November's Beyond the Books are due on Thursday, October 31.

Be on the look out for a Halloween Edition of the Charger Check-In tomorrow morning with guidelines for costumes, etc.

Thank you for all you do to support the St. Catherine community! Have a great rest of the week and see you at Trunk or Treat on Saturday!


Kristine Owens

A Story about Attending Mass

Not long ago, I celebrated a funeral, where, in my conversation with the family, I learned that this person, who lived by Cicero Ave, would always walk to church for Mass at St. Catherine. The family emphasized that rain or shine, snow or cold, it made no difference. He always made it to Mass on Sundays by walking. It was only when his health began to fail that he no longer was able to walk to church. I thought to myself, what an example of commitment to how important Mass is.

This is the last weekend of the October Count. Wouldn’t it be great if all our school families show similar commitment to attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass this weekend? As we “Pack the Gym” for sports, wouldn’t it be great if we “Packed God’s House” for Mass this weekend. There’s nothing to lose and an Eternity to gain.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Dennis

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

First Responder Training - Wednesday, October 30

Another important note 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.

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact

Eat & Earn at Little Something Extra This Weekend

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Charger Athletics

Congratulations to our 5th/6th and 7th/8th golf teams for completing their inaugural season at St. Catherine and earning an overall 2nd place finish.

And, of course, congratulations to our JV football team on a great season. Their season came to an end this weekend with a first round playoff loss to St. Christina.

Finally, congratulations to our Varsity football team in their first round playoff victory over St. Mike's with a score of 22-14. They will continue their playoff march in the semifinals this Saturday, October 26 at 4 PM at Brother Rice vs. St. John Fisher.

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.

Blood Drive at St. Catherine

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Keeping Children Safe - A Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents

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Uniform Pants Online Sale at Schoolbelles - October 27 & 28

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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!

Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over! Woo hoo! The pot is $37,180!

For this week's incentive, anyone who purchases $20 in Queen of Hearts tickets will be entered into a drawing for $200 in cash!

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

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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, 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
  • 8th Grade vs. Teachers Volleyball Games after parade

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