SCS Summer News

August 10, 2018

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Back to School Letter from Mr. Dougherty

Dear Saint Catharine School Community,

I hope this letter finds you well rested and enjoying the summer season. I trust that you are enjoying the days away from your routine school schedule, finding time to get to the beach, exploring new sights, and making lasting memories with your family.

This year we are excited to welcome two sections of both Prek-4 and Kindergarten students to our school. We would like to thank our families for their continued positive referrals and support of our school, directly benefiting the growth of our enrollment. Students, as always we ask you to continue to be a positive example for our younger students and model kindness, respect, and best effort in all that you do, each day at Saint Catharine School.

We are excited to implement new reading and math programs for Kindergarten through grade 5 students, strengthening the educational foundation of our school and providing high quality resources for our dedicated teaching staff. Our middle school will also benefit from new math resources, as well as a new Project Lead the Way learning module, Flight and Space, as we continue to enrich our students with exciting STEM learning experiences at SCS.

As we begin to prepare for September, I hope that all members of our school community will join us for the “Blessing of the Backpacks”, a special welcome back Mass and picnic on our school recess field on Saturday, September 15th, at 4:30 PM. Msgr. Cullen will provide a special blessing for the start of school, as we look forward to all of the positive events that await us in the 2018-2019 school year.

In closing, on behalf of the faculty and staff of Saint Catharine School, we hope that you enjoy the remaining days of your summer vacation. We look forward to welcoming you back to school and we wish our recent graduates a positive start to their high school experience.

Yours in faith and education,

Mr. Dougherty

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September 5th First Day for ALL Students and Welcome Back Parent Breakfast

On Wednesday, September 5th all students will line up, outside on the basketball courts, near their posted grade level signs by our normal start time of 8:00 AM. We ask that all parents and family members remain outside of the recess field fence. We will start the school year with a special prayer before students enter the school building.

Once the students have entered the school, we invite all parents to join us at the patio area on the Salem Avenue side of our school property for a light breakfast to celebrate the start of the school year. Look for the large white tent!

If by chance we happen to experience bad weather, students may enter the building right away, starting at 7:45 AM. Our parent welcome back breakfast will move to the carport area. Let's pray for sunny skies and good weather!

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August 10, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am encouraging you to register your child/children for fall sports by Sunday, August 19th. Listed below are the fall sports:

Fall Sports

Pee Wee Cross Country

Cross Country



General Guidelines

  • When registering for Pee Wee Cross Country & Cross Country please pay pal online. Cost is $35.00 per student.

  • Soccer is paid for after the student has made the team. Once selected, you will go on website use pay pal to pay

$75.00 PARTICIPATION FEE. An envelope will be sent home with your child/children for the uniform fee of $75.00. The check will not be cashed but returned at the end of the season when uniform is returned & checked.

  • When signing up for golf, you will be emailed information regarding golf fees and the program.

In the event you were unable to register before June 10th, there is one final registration the week of August 3 - 19th. Please be advised there will be no exceptions to late registration other than new students. This policy allows Mrs. Kulaga and I time to make sure all physicals and other paperwork is current. As soon as you get your physicals done, please send it in to Mrs. Kulaga immediately and not wait til the beginning of the school year. Thank you for your cooperation in advance.


Mrs. Meixsell

Athletic Director

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Order New SCS Spirit Wear Online!

School Spirit Wear Online Store, click here:
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Back to school supplies

Reminder: Back to school supplies may be ordered online through the school store:

Ordering Deadline: August 19th

Ordering through the school is not required. You may refer to our grade level supply lists here:

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We are saddened to share the passing of Monica Mackin-Markowski. Monica was a former SCS PTA president and mother to SCS alumni Matthew Markowski '13 and Michael Markowski '18. We ask that all members of the St. Catharine School community to please keep the Markowski family in your prayers.

Write up posted below taken from:

Monica Mackin-Markowski

Monica Mackin Markowski, of Spring Lake Heights, passed away on August 3rd, 2018 at UPENN Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, with her family by her side.

She is survived by her husband, Tom Markowski and her two sons, Matthew and Michael, as well as her loving sister Marybeth Mackin. She was pre-deceased by her mother, Elizabeth and her father, Vincent, and her brother, Joseph Mackin.

Monica was born and raised in Bayonne, NJ, where she attended Holy Family Academy. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from St. Peters University in Jersey City, where she was also enrolled in ROTC. Monica spent her 20 year professional career in retail management where she worked as the Operations Manager for the Bonwit Teller Department store in the Short Hills Mall. Monica later became Store Manager for Mark Cross, Christolfe and other luxury retailers, all located in the Short Hills Mall, a place where she loved going to work each day, so much.

Monica left her business career in 2004, to become a full time mother to her sons, Matthew and Michael Markowski. Both Matthew and Michael meant everything to Monica, and we know, she will be watching over them forever. Her boys are very appreciative, for those who always asked them about their mother, and who offered their help.

Monica was an avid runner for most of her adult life and completed the New York City Marathon and many other 10k road races throughout New Jersey. Most mornings, Monica could be seen running on the ocean boardwalk, from Spring Lake to Asbury Park and back, rain or shine.

Monica loved Broadway Theatre, Bayonne, the Spring Lake South End beach and fashion.

Monica was also a dedicated family caretaker for her mother, father, aunts, uncles, and her favorite cousin Scoopy, who all depended on her, and loved her so very much.

Monica was a special person who touched many people's lives in a positive way. She cared for others deeply, especially those in need. Her acts of kindness and generosity towards friends and strangers were an inspiration for those who knew her.

Monica was a woman of deep faith and a parishioner of both St Henry's Parish in Bayonne and St Catherine's in Spring Lake, NJ. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Monica will be remembered for her compassion, empathy and kindness.

Monica's family is so grateful for the exceptional care she received while at UPENN Medical Center in Philadelphia. A donation in her memory, is something that would have touched her heart.

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Welcome back Mass and Picnic 9/15/18 4:30 PM

On Saturday, September 15th, Msgr. Cullen will be celebrating a special Mass at 4:30 PM on the SCS recess area field. We encourage all students to bring their backpacks as Msgr. Cullen will be doing a "Blessing of the Backpacks" providing prayers and blessing for our students starting another school year. Similar to last year, we invite all families to stay after Mass for a "bring your own" food and refreshment picnic experience. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us!
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