SCS News Brief
September 26, 2019
Blessing of the Animals will take place after school on Friday, October 4th! Bring your pets to the SCS recess field for a special blessing by Fr. Damian.
Book Swap, supported by the Girl Scouts: Please view the flyers included in our news brief for more information. We are encouraging our students to bring in old books to share and "swap". Please note the 5 book donation is a recommendation, not a requirement. Thank you for your support!
SCS Spirit Wear: Time to order new SCS Spirit Wear gear! Flyer is included in our news brief. You may order directly through this link: https://www.agpestores.com/rkeathletic/groups.php
Don't miss out! Orders are due by 10/13
9/30 School Picture Day
10/4 First Friday Mass 9:00 AM
Blessing of the Animals, after school at recess field starting at 3:00 PM
10/7 Book Swap supported by the Girl Scouts
10/14 School Closed
10/31 Halloween Parade Grades PK-5
11/1 First Friday Mass and Step by Step
For all events please visit our calendar: http://www.stcatharineschool.net/scsl/Calendar/
Blessing of the Animals, October 4th after school in the SCS Recess Field
DUE TO THE SMALL NUMBER OF STUDENTS REGISTERING FOR
OLYMPIC NIGHT WE WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING THIS YEAR!
FINAL WINTER REGISTRATION MONDAY, SEPT 30
MRS. E MEIXSELLATHLETIC DIRECTOR
At the start of our 2019-2020 academic year, I highly encourage all St. Catharine students to take part in our exciting new instrumental and vocal Music Program.
Students will now be offered the opportunity to take individual, one-on-one music lessons during the school day as part of their curriculum. All levels, K-8, are encouraged to take lessons. (Pre-K students are eligible on a case-by-case basis.) A high level of accountability will be expected, with regular practice sessions incorporated into student’s daily routine. All our teachers are specialists in their instruments with advanced degrees from national and internationally renowned universities and conservatories.
Primary instruments students can choose include piano, violin, viola, cello, or voice lessons. Additional instruments, such as guitar, percussion and others, may be available upon request. Cost for lessons is $30/per weekly lesson (half hour), to be paid directly to the teacher each week. Please note that this is the school-day rate; extra help, available after school hours either at School or in the students’ home, is assessed at the teachers’ personal rate, which may be higher than the in-School rate. Instrument purchase/rentals are available through local recommended vendors.
Students taking part in our instrumental program will come together for weekly Orchestral Ensemble class, where students receive instruction in playing as a group with their peers. Scheduled for Fridays immediately after school, 2:30-3:30pm, the first day of Ensemble class is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 20th. Students will also be offered regular performance opportunities both at School and our beautiful Church facilities. Please mark your calendar for the Winter Concert, scheduled for Sunday, December 8th, at 3pm in St. Catharine Church.
Older students participating in the Instrumental Program will also have the opportunity of take Dr. Tafaro’s advanced Music Theory course on Wednesdays and Fridays during school, for grades 5-8.
In addition to our Instrumental Program, interested students are encouraged to join our School Choir, which sings, along with our instrumentalists, at First Friday Masses, and other events. Choir rehearsal will take place Wednesdays immediately after school, 2:30-3:30, instructed by Dr. Tafaro. First Choir rehearsal takes place this Wednesday, September 11th after School.
Studies show that music study at the primary grade level enhances academic achievement, creativity and positive development. St. Catharine-St. Margaret Parish enjoys a fabulous Music Department, with world-class musicians who are leaders in their field, having performed all over the world. We could not be more pleased to be passing on our musical experience to the next generation of St. Catharine youth in our School.
Dr. Jarred Tafaro, Director of Music Program