Charger Check-In

Thursday, November 7, 2019

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello Charger Families,

We are approaching the end of the trimester. Next Thursday, your students will bring their report cards home which means Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming. They will be held on Tuesday, November 26. This year, parents will be able schedule their conference on-line. More details and the link are shared later in the Check-In.

I want to take this opportunity to remind families dropping off students to drive slowly and to watch for little ones. We've also had a number of cars turning left onto Kedvale when they leave the parking lot. If you have family members dropping off your student in the morning, please share this information with them. Safety for our students and families is our priority.

Finally, please scroll down to the posting about Directory Spot to make sure your most current information is included in the directory.

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


Kristine Owens

Warm Clothes for Recess

As the temperatures are dropping quickly, please be sure your student has warm clothes for mornings before school and for outside recess. It's time to break out those pajama pants, winter coats, hats, mittens, and scarves!

We will go outside for recess as long as the "feels like" temperature is 20 degrees or higher.

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 and 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 are able to 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

Go Blue for World Diabetes Day on Thursday!

On Thursday, November 14, St. Catherine’s will be going BLUE for World Diabetes Day. Each student is asked to bring $1 to donate to JDRF and wear BLUE to support and promote Type 1 Diabetes Awareness.

  • Ellie Buczko is in 5th grade at St. Catherine’s. She was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 5.

  • Shannon Ferriter is in 4th at St. Catherine’s. She was diagnosed with Type 1 at the age of 7.

  • Scarlett Larmon is in 3rd grade at St. Catherine’s. She was diagnosed with Type 1 four days before her fourth birthday.

Supporting these girls and everything they go through each day to fight this disease means so much to them and their families.

TYPE 1 DIABETES (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and, at present, nothing you can do to get rid of it.

TYPE 1 DIABETES strikes both children and adults at any age. It comes on suddenly, causes dependence on injected or pumped insulin for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. While insulin injections or infusion allow a person with T1D to stay alive, they do not cure the disease, nor do they necessarily prevent the possibility of the disease’s serious effects.


Warning signs of T1D may occur suddenly and can include:

*Extreme thirst *Frequent urination

*Drowsiness or lethargy *Increased appetite

*Sudden weight loss *Sudden vision changes

*Sugar in the urine *Fruity odor on the breath

*Heavy or labored breathing

*Stupor or unconsciousness

Pre-Sale Tickets for Vendor Fair

In order to avoid the long entrance lines experienced in prior years, prepaid admission tickets are available for sale. The Vendor Sale is on Friday, November 22 from 6-10 PM. Tickets are $5/per person over 5. See the button below for the form.

Scholastic Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair kicks off on Thursday, November 14. It closes on Monday, November 18. Teachers have scheduled times for their classes to visit the fair during those days. If you would like to shop online and/or preview the fair, click on the button below.
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Charger Athletics

St. Catherine’s had three teams make it to the championship games of the South Suburban Basketball League (SSBL) last weekend. We are so proud of them!

  • 4th grade - Team Schoeberl – They came in in runner up in the final round. They lost at very hard fought game by just one point!
  • 8th grade - Team Larmon – We have another runner up team here. They lost to a very good undefeated Mt. Greenwood team.
  • 8th grade - Team Carmody – These girls took the championship. They beat St. Cajetan’s by a score of 29-25.

Congratulations to all three teams on advancing to the SSBL Championship! And a special congratulations to our 2019 8th Grade SSBL Champions!

As our fall sports are wrapping up their seasons, our winter sports are getting started.

Girls Volleyball Evaluations

Tue, NOV 12

4th grade, 5:00-5:45

6th grade, 6:00-6:45

7th grade, 7:00-7:45

8th grade, 8:00-8:45

Thur, NOV 14

5th grade, 5:00-5:45

6th grade, 6:00-6:45

7th grade, 7:00-7:45

8th grade, 8:00-8:45

Please note above that 4th grade is Tuesday only, 5th grade is Thursday only, and grades 6, 7 and 8 are both Tuesday and Thursday.

Reminders for girls VB evaluations:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled session time.
  • Enter and exit using gym lobby doors – do not use the kitchen doors.
  • No parents in gym lobby or gym during evaluations – players only please.
  • Do not bring/wear any attire, accessories, bags, water bottles, etc. showing a personal name or volleyball club/organization.
  • No jewelry allowed.
  • Have gym shoes and knee pads.
  • 4th grade girls attend only the Tuesday evaluation session, per the schedule.
  • 5th grade girls attend only the Thursday evaluation session, per the scheduled.
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls encouraged to attend both scheduled evaluation sessions per the schedule (Tuesday and Thursday).

Players have the potential to lose evaluation points should they not attend both sessions.

Teams will be assembled and coaches appointed in the days following the second evaluation session. Once finalized, families will be notified accordingly.

Boys Basketball Evaluations

4th and 5th Grade

  • Friday, November 8th at SCA
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm. Teams will be split evenly.

For any questions, please reach out to the coordinators.

Directory Spot - FSA Directory App

FSA has an electronic school directory for school families who want to include their contact information. It is called Directory Spot! There are directions below for new users and for existing users.

  • For all NEW users, each household is allowed one account. To be set up in the system, email with your first and last name plus the email address you would like to use as your login.
  • For all EXISTING users, each year please update your child(s) teacher and grade info. This can't be done within the app on your phone. You must log into the website. (Use the button below.)
  • If you forgot your password, just follow the prompts to have it reset.
  • ‍If you have questions, please email

Too Much Halloween Candy?

If your household is swamped with too much Halloween candy, St. Catherine is happy to collect it. We will donate it to area shelters for their guests! You can send the candy in with your student or drop it off in the office during school hours.

Grounds Clean Up at St. Catherine

On 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.

Winter Coat Drive

Clean and gently used coats will be collected before and after every mass on November 16/17th and November 23/24th.

  • All coats will be donated to the Worth Township Youth Commission Office.
  • There will be a collection box in the Church vestibule if you would like to drop off during the week.
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Love Your Melon - FSA Fundraiser

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer and supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. Fifty percent (50%) of net profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to the Love Your Melon Fund.

Orders must be placed by November 15th!

The Love Your Melon Fund supports our nonprofit partners who work in the field of pediatric oncology, create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable programming initiatives.

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

Queen of Hearts Raffle

We're rolling over and the pot is $41,800! Stop into Bar 106 to purchase your tickets!

This week, a $20 purchase of tickets will get you an additional $5 worth of free tickets. In addition, if a spade is drawn on Sunday, they will pull 5 more tickets from the barrel and each will win $100.

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

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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 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
  • World Diabetes Day - Dress in Blue!
  • 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
  • Vendor Fair in Kane Hall and the gym from 6-10 PM

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