Charger Check-In

September 30, 2021

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A Note from Ms. Owens

Hello St. Catherine families,

This Tuesday, our students were extra spiffy wearing shirts and ties, fun dresses, crisp polos and favorite shirts as we had Picture Day. It was fun day and a change of pace. We had big smiles and good conversations about who picked out their outfits and how much they love a certain piece of clothing.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our Pediatric Cancer Awareness Dress Down Day at St. Catherine. Because of your generosity and support, we are sending $614 to the Finley Forever Foundation. If you'd like to learn more about this organization, you can click on the button below.

Walk-A-Thon Shirt Pick Up will be Tuesday, October 5 from 4-7 PM in the church vestibule. We will also be distributing SCA Lawn Signs. (You don't need to have ordered a Walk-A-Thon t-shirt to pick up a lawn sign!) Please remember that masks are required when entering the church vestibule.

This month, our Early Dismissal Wednesday is October 13. Our students will dismiss at 1PM and extended care will be available.

Internet safety and good digital citizenship are important parts of 21st century education, and St. Catherine is helping our students develop these good habits. Please see information further down in the Check-In regarding tools your family can use to discuss these topics with your children.

A Bit More News

  • Baby Bottles went home today as part of our annual fundraiser to support The Women's Center. This tradition is part of Respect Life Month.
  • The registration form for October's Beyond the Books went home today. The form is also available further down in the Check-In.
  • Our FSA is hosting Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 9. Scroll down to see the flier and to purchase tickets.
  • Reservation forms for Trunk or Treat went home in today's White Envelopoe. You can print a form below if that is more convinient.
  • 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.

Please continue to pray for our medical professionals, our first responders and our essential front line workers as they work to ensure the health and safety of our larger community.


Kristine Owens

CDPH Travel Advisory/Quarantine States - as of 9/28

  • All unvaccinated individuals who travel to an orange state must provide proof of a negative Covid test in order to return to school.
  • The test must be administered no more than 72-hours prior to return to Illinois.
  • The test can also be administered once you have returned to Illinios.
  • Home administered tests are not accepted.
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Beyond the Books for October

Beyond the Books was huge success in September and it's time to sign up for our October sessions. The registration form went home in today's White Envelope. It is also available at the button below.

Here's a look at the sessions being offered in October:

  • Sweet Treats Candy Club with Mrs. Leen (K-4th)
  • Halloween Fun with Mrs. Bucko (1st-4th)
  • Lego Masters with Mrs. Duh and Mrs. Rimkus (PK4-4th)
  • Friendly Crows with Mrs. Ivers (PK3 & K)
  • Sensory Station with Ms. Hess (1st-4th)
  • Spooktacular Fun with Mrs. McMahon (K-4th)
  • Bitty Batty Boo with Mrs. Ivers (PK3 & K)

Forms and payment are due no later than Wednesday, October 6. Register early as sessions may fill quickly!

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Digital Citizenship at SCA

In Computer classes during the first few weeks of school, all the students in grades K-8 have been learning about Internet Safety and how to be good Digital Citizens. The Archdiocese of Chicago is a certified school district, and we are working on becoming a certified school again this year.

Along with the other schools in the Archdiocese, we are using the Common Sense Media curriculum. They have a lot of information on their website for parents (see button below). It is not easy to keep up with our digital children in this ever-changing and fast-moving digital world. This website provides a lot of guidance to assist parents.

Below is a Family Media Agreement provided by Common Sense Media. Consider using this agreement as a way to open a discussion with your children regarding their use of technology, and to reinforce the importance of staying safe while they are online.

Miss Soch has posted Family Tip Sheets on her webpage. We have also provided the link to the Common Sense website on our school website under “Useful Links”. Please keep the conversation going at home that we have started in school.

My Hot Lunchbox Returns!

We had our first hot lunch of the school year and the McDonald's fever was evident among the students. If you would like to order future hot lunches for your student, please see the directions below.

  • To begin ordering lunches, click the link below and follow the instructions on the attached registration letter to create your free account.
  • This year, Wednesdays will be our hot lunch days.

Let My Hot Lunchbox know if you have any questions by emailing or calling them at 888-894-8295.

If you're not able to see the menu when you login, you may need to update your profile. (That was my challenge.)

**Ordering cuts off at noon the day before each lunch delivery.**

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Covid Vaccination Information

Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to get the Covid vaccine.

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, October 1

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM

Monday, October 4

  • Return to regular school uniforms

Tuesday, October 5

  • FSA Meeting at 7:30PM (meeting offsite at Black Oak Tavern)
  • Walk-a-thon T-Shirt Pick Up from 4-7PM in the church vestibule (masks required)

Thursday, October 7

  • Progress Reports for 3rd-8th

Friday, October 8

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Walk-a-thon
  • Early Dismissal at 1PM (no extended care available)

Saturday, October 9

  • Oktoberfest at St. Catherine 7PM-midnight (purchase tickets above)

Monday, October 11

  • No school

Tuesday, October 12

  • School Advisory Board Meeting at 7PM in Fr. Lion Center

Wednesday, October 13

  • Early Dismissal for students at 1PM (extended care will be available)
  • School Spirit Day (no donation)

Friday, October 15

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM

Saturday, October 16

  • Homecoming

Sunday, October 17

  • All Parish Family Mass at 9:30AM (6th grade hosting)

Tuesday, October 19

  • Tuition Exclusion Day for October
  • Eat & Earn at McDonalds
  • S&T Order Forms due
  • Confirmation Meeting at 7PM in church

Friday, October 22

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Baby Bottles due back to school
  • Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 24

  • Enrollment Mass for Sacramental Students (2nd & 8th grades) at 9:30AM

Tuesday, October 26

  • Parish Living Rosary at 5:45PM

Friday, October 29

  • All-School Liturgy at 8:30AM
  • Halloween Parade at 1PM

Sunday, October 31

  • Vacation Bible Camp Reunion Mass at 9:30AM
  • Halloween