Charger Check-In

October 7, 2021

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello St. Catherine families,


In the calendar, today is the day marked for Progress Reports for our 3rd-8th grades. Parents, if you have a student in these grades, please log into PowerSchool to check your students's academic progress. Then sign and return the piece of brightly colored cardstock that went home today with each 3rd-8th grade student.


Tomorrow is our all-school Walk-A-Thon! We are excited for this spirited event that involves the entire school.


  • If you purchased a Walk-a-thon t-shirt for your child, your child is welcome to wear their new shirt tomorrow. If your child doesn't have a Walk-a-thon t-shirt, they are welcome to wear any SCA spirit apparel they have.
  • For bottoms, students can wear sweats, shorts, joggers, leggins, etc. as log as they are appropriate for school.
  • All students will receive a hot dog, chips and water for lunch. If your child does not like hot dogs, please send them with a lunch. If your child is gluten-free, we will have bunless hotdogs available.
  • We are watching the weather and have alternate plans ready to implement if that is required. Please keep good thoughts for no rain!


I am thrilled to share that Mrs. Klyczek has returned to St. Catherine as our reading resource teacher for our upper grades. Mrs. Klyczekk has already begun working with students.


This month, our Early Dismissal Wednesday is October 13. Our students will dismiss at 1PM and extended care will be available.


Internet safety and good digital citizenship are important parts of 21st century education, and St. Catherine is helping our students develop these good habits. Please see information further down in the Check-In regarding tools your family can use to discuss these topics with your children.


A Bit More News

  • Our FSA is hosting Oktoberfest this Saturday, October 9. Scroll down to see the flier and to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.
  • On Sunday, October 10, St. Catherine invites all first responders and their loved ones to a Mass in their honor. Mass will be at 11:30AM.
  • Reservation forms for Trunk or Treat went home in last week's White Envelope. You can print a form below if that is more convinient.
  • 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 and our essential front line workers as they work to ensure the health and safety of our larger community.


Peace,

Kristine Owens

CDPH Travel Advisory/Quarantine States - as of 10/5

  • All unvaccinated individuals who travel to an orange state must provide proof of a negative Covid test in order to return to school.
  • The test must be administered no more than 72-hours prior to return to Illinois.
  • The test can also be administered once you have returned to Illinios.
  • Home administered tests are not accepted.
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Winter Sports Registration

Thank you to everyone who is currently participating in our Fall Sports Programs! We appreciate your willingness to follow the covid regulations set forth by the conference and school.


If your 4th-8th grade child is interested in playing boys basketball or girls volleyball, please complete the registration form via the button below.


  • Please complete one form for each child who will be participating in 4th through 8th grade boys basketball or girls volleyball.
  • Please have this completed by Monday, October 11, 2021.


If you are interested in coaching please email SCAathleticboard@gmail.com to state your interest. Include "Winter Coaching Interest" in the subject line.


If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Withers, 773-841-9542 or email SCAathleticboard@gmail.com

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Marist announces its FREE GRADE SCHOOL TUTORING program is once again being offered to students in 1st - 8th grades. The program will run on Tuesdays, beginning October 12 through December 14, from 3:30-4:30PM. For more details and to register, click on the button below.


According to the website, they have begun a waitlist due to the overwhelming response.

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Digital Citizenship at SCA

In Computer classes during the first few weeks of school, all the students in grades K-8 have been learning about Internet Safety and how to be good Digital Citizens. The Archdiocese of Chicago is a certified school district, and we are working on becoming a certified school again this year.


Along with the other schools in the Archdiocese, we are using the Common Sense Media curriculum. They have a lot of information on their website for parents (see button below). It is not easy to keep up with our digital children in this ever-changing and fast-moving digital world. This website provides a lot of guidance to assist parents.


Below is a Family Media Agreement provided by Common Sense Media. Consider using this agreement as a way to open a discussion with your children regarding their use of technology, and to reinforce the importance of staying safe while they are online.


Miss Soch has posted Family Tip Sheets on her webpage. We have also provided the link to the Common Sense website on our school website under “Useful Links”. Please keep the conversation going at home that we have started in school.

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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.

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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

Friday, October 8

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Walk-a-thon
  • Early Dismissal at 1PM (no extended care available)


Saturday, October 9

  • Oktoberfest at St. Catherine 7PM-midnight (purchase tickets above)


Sunday, October 10

  • Mass for First Responders at 11:30AM


Monday, October 11

  • No school


Tuesday, October 12

  • School Advisory Board Meeting at 7PM in Fr. Lion Center


Wednesday, October 13

  • Early Dismissal for students at 1PM (extended care will be available)
  • School Spirit Day (no donation)


Friday, October 15

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM


Saturday, October 16

  • Homecoming


Sunday, October 17

  • All Parish Family Mass at 9:30AM (6th grade hosting)


Tuesday, October 19

  • Tuition Exclusion Day for October
  • Eat & Earn at McDonalds
  • S&T Order Forms due
  • Confirmation Meeting at 7PM in church


Friday, October 22

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Baby Bottles due back to school
  • Trunk or Treat


Sunday, October 24

  • Enrollment Mass for Sacramental Students (2nd & 8th grades) at 9:30AM


Tuesday, October 26

  • Parish Living Rosary at 5:45PM


Friday, October 29

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Halloween Parade at 1PM


Sunday, October 31

  • Vacation Bible Camp Reunion Mass at 9:30AM
  • Halloween