Charger Check-In

Thursday, November 21, 2019

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

Thank you to all the SCA supporters who visited La Fiesta for Tuesday's Eat & Earn! We are grateful for all you do to help St. Catherine continue to thrive.

Our food drive to benefit our sister parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe, continues tomorrow and this weekend at all Masses.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are this Tuesday, November 26. If you have not scheduled a conference with your student's homeroom teacher, please sign up for a time slot. The sign up will lock two days before conferences. The link for signing up is further down in this check-in.

This Tuesday, school will dismiss at 11 AM and there will be no extended care that day. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up from school at 11 AM.

Due to next week being so short, the forms for December's Beyond the Books workshops went home yesterday. They are due back the Tuesday before Thanksgiving break. The workshops are listed at the button below.

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


Kristine Owens

Parent-Teacher Conferences

This year, parents will be able to sign up for a conference time on-line. Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 26 and are still set for 10-minute increments. Parents are welcome to sign up for one time slot with their student's homeroom teacher. Mrs. Franks and Miss Soch are also available for conferences as are Mrs. Redmond, Mrs. Lonergan and Mrs. Reed.

  • Click on the link below and then click on the tab that contains your student's grade level.
  • Next, scroll down until you see the name of your student's teacher.
  • From there, you will see all the time slots listed. All available slots will have a sign-up box and space where you can click.
  • Find the time slot you would like and click in the sign up box.
  • At the bottom of your screen, click "Submit and Sign Up."
  • On the next screen, you will be prompted to enter your name, your email address and your student's name.
  • Finally, click "Sign Up Now" and you're done!

Parents can make adjustments to the sign-up until two days before conferences. At that time, the sign up will lock. You will be able to see your sign-up, but you won't be able to make changes.

You will receive a reminder email with your time slot two days before conferences. If you have questions, contact

Grounds Clean Up at St. Catherine

This Saturday, November 23, students, parents and families are invited to help clean up the grounds around the parish. The clean up will run from 9 AM to noon. This is a fabulous opportunity to provide service to the parish as a family! Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, brooms, gloves, etc.

Charger Athletics

Uniform Return

All girls basketball and cheer athletes need to return their uniforms. The collection night is this Monday, November 25 from 5:30-7 PM in the gym vestibule.

Parent Volunteer Requirements

As our winter sports get underway, it's also time for those families with winter athletes to sign up for their volunteer requirement. You will find details of the requirements at the first button below this post. The sign up is the second button.

If you have questions about the sign up or the requirement, please contact Kelly Withers at

Santa's Secret Shop

Ho Ho Ho… Santa Secret Shop is coming to town the week we return from Thanksgiving break. The shop will be open Tuesday, December 3 through Thursday, December 5! Santa’s elves are busy at work! Envelopes will go home on Monday, December 2!

Christmas Wreath Pick Up

For those who ordered wreaths, pick up will be this Saturday, November 23 from 11 AM-2 PM at 10924 South Tripp.

If you are unable to pick up at that time, please contact Jamie Guardi at or 773-771-5332 to make other arrangements.

A Huge Book Fair Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who visited the book fair. Our total sales were $8,600! We were able to purchase $1,500 worth of books for the teacher's classrooms. The book fair wouldn't have been possible without the help of the volunteers. Thank you to everyone who donated their time to help.

Christmas Decorating at St. Catherine

It's that time of year again! Students, families and parishioners are invited to sign up to help decorate the church for the Christmas season. The decorating dates are all on Sundays - December 8, December 15 and January 12.

Please sign up below.

If you have questions, contact Theresa Ready at

Notes from Our Religious Education Program

  • Our Annual Food Drive for our sister parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe is underway. Details are in the virtual envelope. As we look forward to Thanksgiving, let us remember those who do not have what we have.

  • 8th grade families - If your student signed up to serve as a lector or usher, please discuss dates and times with them and then have your student sign up for ministry dates. Students can only sign up for the ministry for which they trained and they need to serve at least five Masses. (Chimers and choir members have signed up with Mr. Caffee, and altar servers have already been scheduled.)

TRIP Cards

As the gift-giving season will soon be upon us, please remember to purchase gift cards through TRIP. All K-8 families have a mandatory $75 fund raising fee; however, families can use TRIP purchases to pay the mandatory fee. Click on the TRIP button below to get more information on how the program works.

TRIP cards will be for sale in the church vestibule for cash and carry purchases during the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, November 24 from 8-11 AM
  • Sunday, December 1 from 8-11 AM
  • Sunday, December 8 from 8-11 AM
  • Sunday, December 15 from 8-11 AM
  • Thursday, December 19 from 6-8 PM

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over and the pot is $47,095! Stop into Bar 106 to purchase your tickets!

This week, for a $20 purchase of tickets, players will get one white ticket for the chance at a $150 gift card from Jewel and $100 gift card from Binny's.

After the Joker cleared the board on October 6, these are the card numbers that have been pulled: 22, 19, 41, 30, 9 and 37.

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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, November 22

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Vendor Fair in Kane Hall and the gym from 6-10 PM

Saturday, November 23

  • Grounds Clean-Up at SCA from 9 AM to noon (sign up above)

Monday, November 25

  • PK-4th Grade Field Trip to Snow White
  • Bus evacuation drill

Tuesday, November 26

  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service at 10 AM
  • Student Dismissal at 11 AM -- no after care
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences in gym

Wednesday, November 27

  • Thanksgiving Break begins

Monday, December 2

  • School resumes

Tuesday, December 3

  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat
  • Santa's Secret Shop begins

Wednesday, December 4

  • Group Pictures for Yearbook

Friday, December 6

  • All School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • 3rd Grade Play at 10:15 AM & 1 PM

Saturday, December 7

  • 1st Reconciliation for Room 112 at 11 AM

Sunday, December 8

  • Breakfast with Santa at 8 AM & 10 AM
  • Preschool Christmas Program at 12:30 PM

Tuesday, December 10

  • Dress Down for the Ryan Sisters - $1 donation
  • Advent Reconciliation Service at 7:15 PM

Wednesday, December 11

  • Christmas Music Show (Kinder- 4th) at 1 PM & 7 PM

Thursday, December 12

  • All School Liturgy - Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 8:30 AM

Friday, December 13

  • Advent Reconciliation (Grades 3-8)
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM

Sunday, December 15

  • 5th Grade Family Mass at 9 AM

Monday, December 16

  • Taize Prayer at 7 PM

Tuesday, December 17

  • 7th and 8th grade trip to Chicago Wolves

Thursday, December 19

  • All-School Band Concert at 10 AM
  • Band Concert at 7 PM

Friday, December 20

  • Christmas Dress Down
  • All School Liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • Toddling Chargers in the gym from 8:30-9:30 AM
  • Student Dismissal at 1 PM - no extended care

Sunday, December 22

  • Irish Advent Mass at 11 AM

Monday, December 23

  • Christmas Break begins

Monday, January 6

  • School resumes