Charger Check-In

September 22, 2022

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A Note from Ms. Owens

We had a lot of fun showing off our favorite colors today. I was surprised how many people - myself included - were wearing purple! Tomorrow, we will be in full Charger pride as we have a School Spirit Day and we celebrate with our Fall Pep Rally at 1:30PM. The pep rally will be outside so we can more easily accommodate the parents and guardians we expect will want to attend. We encourage parents and guardians to bring a lawn chair. Temperatures and humidity levels have dropped noteably from the start of the week. Consider sending your child with a sweatshirt to wear during the pep rally if you think your child will be chilly.

As you likely know, we are fully 1:1 with Chromebooks in 3rd-8th grades. This positive move in our technology also means the school needs to implement some additional protocols to maintain a safe, secure learning environment.

  • Beginning this week, students will only be able to login to their Chromebooks using their SCA school email accounts. (We have a number of 8th grade students enrolled in high school math programs. Those students will be able to use their HS math logins on their Chromebooks.)
  • Also beginning this week, students will not be able to receive emails from outside of the SCA domain nor will they be able to send emails to accounts outside of the SCA domain. As always, if a child needs to contact a parent or guardian, they should come to the school office.

Our Extracurricular Activity Eligibility Guidelines for 5th-8th grade are in place beginning this week. Parents and guardians with children in grades 5-8 should read the guidelines linked above so they are familiar with eligibility criteria and ramifications for becoming ineligible.

A handful of school families are experiencing trouble logging into their Blackbaud Tuition Management account. This is likely connected to the now defunct SmartTuition Management link. Please bookmark this link to Blackbaud's parent/guardian login page.

A Bit More News

  • Please see the excerpt from last weekend's bulletin regarding the appointment of Fr. Ken Fleck as Temporary Administrator for our parish.
  • On Monday, September 26, our K-8 students will move to regular school uniforms on non-gym days.
  • On Thursday, September 29, all students, staff and faculty are invited to wear gold, yellow or a shirt promoting the fight against childhood cancer. A $1 donation is requested and all monies raised will be sent to The St. Baldrick's Foundation.
  • Scroll down for more information on the hot lunch program for this year.
  • The tentative calendar for the 2022-23 school year is available below.
  • 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.


Kristine Owens

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Hot Lunch is Coming!!

We are busy confirming vendors who will be participating in My Hot Lunchbox this year. While don't have a confirmed start date yet, families can get prepared for the start of the program. Families will not be able to place orders until that window is opened; however, families with updated accounts will recieve email notification when ordering is available.

What is it?

Once the program begins, school families have the option of ordering their child(ren) a hot lunch from a local restaurant. At St. Catherine, this program is available on Wednesdays. All ordering is online.

  • Families with accounts should log into their account and updated their child's classroom for this year.
  • Families that didn't participate in the program last year and would like to this year can create an account.
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Covid Vaccination Information

Anyone over 6 months of age is eligible to get the Covid vaccine. Please consult your health care professional regarding vaccinations and boosters.

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.

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, September 23

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Fall Sports Pep Rally at 1:30PM

Saturday, September 24

  • Homecoming

Sunday, August 25

  • All Family Mass (hosted by 6th grade) at 9:30AM
  • 6th Grade Bible Presentation

Thursday, September 29

  • Dress Down for Pediatric Cancer Awareness ($1 donation requested)

Friday, September 30

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM

Saturday, October 1

  • Pack the House - Girls Volleyball

Thursday, October 6

  • Walk-a-thon
  • First Trimester Progress Reports (3rd-8th only)

Friday, October 7

  • No School - Professional Development for Faculty

Monday, October 10

  • No School

Wednesday, October 12

  • Early Dismissal Wednesday at 1PM (Spirit Day, extended care is available)