Charger Check-In

Monday, August 19, 2019 ~ Back-to-School Edition

A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,


Thank you to all the families who were able to participate in Packet Pick Up. It was great to meet so many new people - both parents and students. The sounds of kids playing in the gym was music to my ears! Packet Pick Up truly helps the school get prepared for the start of the year. Thank you to Mrs. Omiecinski and Mrs. Malone for all their behind the scenes work that helped the evening run smoothly. And we need to give an extra special thank you to the fabulous crew who volunteered to break down the tables from the evening and set up hundreds of chairs for a funeral mass happening on Friday.


I also want to say a huge thank you to all of you! All of the heartfelt work you do to promote SCA means we are welcoming 44 new students from 35 new families. Families play such an important role in marketing and recruiting. Thank you for all of your efforts.


And finally, school starts on Wednesday and we are so excited to welcome the students to the new school year. I'm looking forward to the school being filled with sounds of laughter and learning! Below I've listed some pertinent details for the first three days of school:


Wednesday

  • PK dismissal at 10 AM
  • All other grades dismiss at 11 AM
  • Ice cream social from 6:30 to 7:30 PM


Thursday

  • Lunch and milk service begin
  • Before school care begins
  • Dismissal at 1 PM


Friday

  • All-school liturgy
  • Dismissal at 2:45 PM
  • Extended day after care begins


Peace,

Kristine Owens

Getting Classrooms Ready for Our Students

Where Will Gym Classes be Held?

The church renovation (more details below) means masses are being celebrated in the gym. The initial renovation timeline had masses in the gym through September. Given the delay in launching the renovation, masses will likely be in the gym until early October. As a school, we have planned on not having gym classes in the gym through the month of September. Classes will be outside or in classrooms as dictated by the weather. Of course, as the fall weather arrives, we will make adjustments. Our goal is to have gym classes back in the gym as soon as is feasible.

Warm Weather Uniforms

As has been the tradition at St. Catherine, students are invited to wear their gym uniforms during the early weeks of the school year. The last day for "warm weather uniforms" is Friday, September 20.

Lunch Parents Still Needed

Following Packet Pick Up, we realized that we are still in need of several lunch parents so we have adequate supervision. Lunch parents help ensure a safe and orderly lunchroom for our students.


Supervision is needed from 11:20 to 12:35. Parents can work from one to five days per week, and lunch room parents earn tuition credits for each lunch they supervise.


If you are interested in serving as a lunch parent this school year, please complete this Google Form https://forms.gle/CezNpn3zXWn7JZV78. (Link has been updated - 2:50 PM on 8/19)

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Our New Staff

This year, the Office of Catholic Schools has adopted the theme "Angels Among Us." In the last news letter, we introduced several new staff members, and this week, we have three more people to share with you. Two of these angels are already part of the fabulous SCA staff and are shifting roles. We also have a new teacher joining us.


  • Mrs. Kristin Reed has shifted her role and will serve as our reading resource teacher in the primary grades.
  • Mr. Steve Mohr has moved to our junior high team and will be teaching 7th and 8th grade science.
  • Mrs. Kim Felmon has joined the staff as our science teacher for 5th and 6th grades.

Church Renovation Update

Phase I began the first full week of August. Items from the church have been moved to the gym to be used in masses or placed in storage. As of the end of last week, all the pews have been removed, and several have found happy homes with parishioners.


The next steps will include removal of carpeting and tile, and this involves asbestos abatement. During the abatement process, the church doors as well as the vents will be sealed, and the HVAC (air conditioning) will not be in operation. Abatement work will not involve the vestibule; entry and exit will happen via the wooden doors off the back parking lot. The official notification regarding this abatement project is at the button below this section.


We know families are concerned about the hot weather that often accompanies the start of the school year since we will not be able to use the church. Because masses are being held in the gym, we won't be having gym classes there and will be able to use it as cooling center. Additionally, once the HVAC in the church can be turned back on, we can use the vestibule too.

Upcoming Events

Monday, August 19

Supply Drop-Off for PK, Kindergarten and 1st Grade -- 1 PM


Wednesday, August 21

First Day of School

  • K through 8th - 8 AM - 11 AM
  • PK - 8 AM - 10 AM

Ice Cream Social from 6 PM to 7:30 PM


Thursday, August 22

  • Dismissal at 1 PM
  • First day for lunch and milk
  • Morning Care begins


Friday, August 23

  • First full day of school (dismissal at 2:45 PM)
  • After school Extended Care begins
  • All-School Liturgy


Wednesday, August 28

Back to School Night -- 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM (updated 8/9)


Friday, August 30

  • All-School Liturgy
  • Dismissal at 12 PM