The SCS Wednesday News Brief

January 4, 2017

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Quick Updates

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and that the year 2017 is off to a fantastic start! We have several exciting things to look forward to in the upcoming weeks at St. Catharine School:



Monday, January 30th students are invited to wear their Physical Education uniforms to school. Additionally, we are inviting ALL students to wear RED socks and/or RED sneakers in honor of Oakley Debbs. To learn more about Oakley's story and the dangers of food allergies and asthma, please visit http://redsneaker.org


The PTA is happy to announce the Co-Presidents for the 2017-2018 school year will be Kerryn Shaughnessey and Maureen Gilroy and the President Elect will be Kelly McCarthy.



The following PTA positions are available for the 2017-2018 school year:

~ Vice President, in charge of fundraising

~ Programs

~ Teacher Liaison


Please email scsptapresident@gmail.com by February 1st if interested.


  • Please consider joining us on January 11th at 7:00 PM to review the next component of the SCS Strategic Plan, the 5 year Action Plan. Mr. Dougherty and Mr. Ciak will be providing a year by year summary of the Strategic Plan's goals and objectives along with their targeted dates of completion. We will be posting the presentation on our school website following the meeting for any school community members that are unable to attend.


  • We are now accepting applications for Preschool and Kindergarten registration: Please contact Mrs. Profita at (732)-449-4424 to reserve a spot for your child.


  • Please view the flyer below for a complete list of important dates regarding registration for the 2017-2018 school year.
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Winter Weather is quickly approaching! Please review our school closing procedures

School Closing Procedures

Full Day Emergency Closings:

When it is necessary to close school due to the weather or any other emergency situation, before the school day begins, our School Messenger Alert System will be activated to call and email parents. We will also post this information to our school website and Twitter account.

Delayed School Openings:

The Delayed School Opening is utilized at appropriate times to avoid closing school for the entire school day, a 90-minute delayed school opening will be announced. Our School Messenger Alert System will be activated as well as the above avenues of communication.

At times the decision for a Delayed School Opening may have to be upgraded to a school closing, our School Messenger Alert System will be activated to communicate the change in schedule.


Emergency School-Wide Early Dismissal:

In the event weather becomes inclement OR there is a school emergency and we must close during the school day, our emergency procedure is as follows:

  • Administrators & staff will notify the police, bus companies, radio & tv stations, etc.

  • Our School Messenger Alert System will begin a telephone relay to every family.

  • Every child will then be dismissed according to the plan you established with your child in September and wrote on the “School-Wide Emergency Dismissal” form. You should have the yellow parent copy. If you need to change your plan at anytime during the school year, please send in a written request for a new form, then send the updated completed form to school the very next day.

  • Buses will run as usual.

  • All car students will be brought to the gym.

  • After the buses leave, parents/guardians may enter the school via the front door and report to the gym to pick up the children. Administrators & teachers will be present to insure that the students go home with the designated person.​


NO STUDENT WILL BE RELEASED BEFORE THE STATED DISMISSAL TIME. PLEASE, DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL’S MAIN OFFICE. WE NEED TO KEEP OUR PHONE LINES OPEN.

Let’s be prepared: If the weather looks intimidating in the morning, please remind your child of the established dismissal procedure before the children leave for school. The school will strictly enforce the plan you submitted to your child’s teacher.

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Upcoming Events

School Calendar http://www.stcatharineschool.net/scsl/Calendar/


Friday, January 6th

  • 9:00 AM First Friday Mass
  • 12:30 Dismissal


Wednesday, January 11th

  • 7:00 PM Strategic Plan Special Presentation: Year by Year Action Plan Summary


Friday, January 13th

  • PTA Pizza Day


Friday, January 20th

  • Spring Sports Registration Opens
  • Geography Bee


January 23rd-27th

  • 7th and 8th Grade Mid Terms


Tuesday, January 24th

  • 8th Grade Pictures Cap and Gown
  • 5:00 2nd Grade Parents Sacramental Meeting SCS Gym


Friday, January 27th

  • Progress Reports K-2


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: January 29th-February 4th


Sunday, January 29th

  • 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Open House Prospective Parents


Monday, January 30th

  • RED Socks/Sneakers Day


Wednesday, February 1st

  • Open House 9:00 AM-11:00 AM Current/Prospective Parents


Thursday, February 2nd

  • Special Parent Presentation: "Juggle Life on One Cup of Coffee" Please join us for a retreat that helps parents see how making Jesus the focus in their everyday life can help them juggle all the daily responsibilities. Come laugh and share. 7:00-8:30 PM SCS Gym


Friday, February 3rd

  • 9:00 AM First Friday Mass
  • 12:30 Dismissal
  • Spring Sports Registration Closes


Thursday, February 16th

  • Mother Son Outing: Monmouth University Basketball Game


Friday, February 17th

  • PTA Pizza Day


Monday, February 20th

  • Presidents Day School Closed


Saturday, February 25th

  • Father Daughter Dance

Our new APP is available to download! Search "St. Catharine School" in your cell phone provider's APP Store to download.

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