SCS Happenings: June 9, 2021

Saint Catharine of Siena, pray for us.

From One Wildcat to Another...

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Happy end of the year! We made it...together. We hoped for the best, planned for everything. With patience, perseverance, persistence, and faith we made it to the end of the journey. We had successes and some challenges. We had some frustrations, too. But in the end, it was a year filled with more celebrations--both tangible and intangible. Together, we continued the work needed to keep our students safe and learning. For that, I am so very grateful to our SCS Community.

I would like to thank our dedicated, hard-working, and compassionate faculty and staff who have made a huge difference to our students. Their commitment to Catholic education is amazing and our students continue to reap the benefits of their love for their vocations. I am continuously amazed at their resilience, their passion, and their grit. SCS is truly blessed.

We have some faculty and staff who will begin to spend more time with family, traveling, and enjoying retired living. It is with heartfelt thanks and sadness that we say goodbye to:

  • Mrs. Robin Bisaccia
  • Mrs. Melissa Heiser
  • Mrs. Sandi McDevitt

We thank you for your many years of service to Saint Catharine of Siena School. May God bless you in your new adventure!

Congratulations, students, faculty and staff, and parents. We are here!

Please be assured of my continued prayers for you and your families. Have a rejuvenating, restful summer with family and friends. Remind your students to not save summer work until the last minute and we will see you August 30, 2021... and with a little luck, a lot of prayers, and good health with full smiling faces.

Thank you for all you do today, tomorrow, and always. Saint Catharine of Siena, pray for us.

Air high fives to all,

Mrs. Marcella Kraycik

Report Cards

Reports will be made available on OptionC starting June 10, 2021. Please log into OptionC under the parent log-in, not your student's to access. Thank you.


All Bus Transportation Forms should have been returned to school. If you did not return your child's form, please do so immediately by mailing, dropping off at the school office or emailing the form to All forms will be sent to the respective school district on June 23, 2021.

Save the Dates

PreK & Kindergarten Orientation: Thursday, August 12, 2021

  • PreK: 9 am
  • Kindergarten: 10:30 am

First Day of School: Monday, August 30, 2021

Back to School Night: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

PreK begins: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

PA Health Department Requirements for School Age Children by Grade

The PA Department of Health require physical and dental exams depending on your child's grade. Attached please find letters pertaining to the following grades:

  • Pre-K to Kindergarten
  • Second to Third
  • Fifth to Sixth
  • Sixth to Seventh

A Note from the Safe Environment Office

We look with hope to the next school year and want to be prepared for the day when volunteers will be welcomed into the school. As you know, several years ago the Diocese of Allentown began requiring clearances for all volunteers ages 18 and older. Several of these clearances are only valid for 5 years. These include the Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check (PATCH), Child Abuse Clearance, FBI Fingerprints, and Mandated Reporter Certification.

Many volunteers from St. Catharine’s School/Parish have clearances that have already expired or will expire soon. I encourage you to be proactive in renewing your clearances so you are prepared for the day when our school/parish events are fully open.

Please contact Marci Zambito at if you are unsure of the status of your clearances or are in need of a payment code for FBI fingerprints. Directives for all clearances can be found at under the Safe Environment tab.

Thank you!

PJAS Competition Results: SCS had several place winners.

Results are back from the state PJAS competition, and SCS had several place winners. Thank you, Mrs. Fries, for your efforts in coordinating and guiding our students in this competition.

Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute

Please see the linked video and find attached the registration form for an outstanding local summer opportunity in the sciences plus other fields. The Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute is open to students that just finished 5th grade all the way up through those just finishing 12th grade.

HSO Wawa Fundraiser

St. Catharine’s HSO is sponsoring a Wawa Hoagie Fundraiser!

Great idea for a road trip, hike, picnic, or the next sporting event this summer! Order a stack of coupons and have them ready for your next adventure!

6” Shortie Hoagie Coupons are $4.00 each

(Retail value of $4.59, savings of $0.59 per hoagie!!)

see form below for ordering

From the Desk of Mrs. Amy Impellizzeri

We are in the process of organizing a directory that includes the contact information of parishioners who are accountants and financial planners. We would also like to organize a networking social for parishioners working in these fields. Please contact our school Advancement Director, Amy Impellizzeri, at, to have your name included in this directory. Thank you!

Now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year! We currently have a handful of spots left in all of our classes. PreK and Kindergarten in particular are filling up fast, and we expect waitlists to be started by the summer. Go to or contact Amy Impellizzeri at to enroll your student today!

4 Yearbooks are still available - Yearbooks will be arriving next week.

If you would like to order a yearbook, please use this signup genius link to order your book. Your FACTS account will be charged.

***A yearbook has been set aside for the 8th Grade. DO NOT include your 8th Graders in the quantity needed for your family.**

*As soon as the yearbooks are here, we will send out an optionC for Pickup information. Thank you!

The new SCRIP Program Year began on May 1st and ends on April 30, 2022

In order to keep tuition cost low and to provide subsidy to our school, we have implemented a mandatory fundraising program called SCRIP. If you do not participate in the program, the Scrip Fee will be added to your FACTS account.

If you have any questions, please email Cristina Schmehl, our Scrip Coordinator at

Please see attached documents for:

  • Scrip Program Packet
  • Scrip Order Form
  • Great Lakes Ordering dates for the SUMMER OF 2021

School Store...New Fundraising Program

When your school's families and friends shop at their favorite online stores through, everybody wins! Online retail sales are approaching $200 billion this year, and 80% of all Americans are online. Now is the time to earning money for SCS with no extra cost to you. is an online shopping mall where over 350 nationally-known merchants have agreed to give a percentage of sales to K-12 schools. Companies like Walmart, Kohls, Sears, Disney Store, Family Book Store, and Barnes & Noble participate.

Customers help your school by making everyday purchases from the nation's top online merchants...with NO COST and NO RISK for your school. Click on the link for more information.

Please be on the lookout for informational packets coming home with your students this week!

American Heritage Girls Meet the Troop and Outdoor Movie Night

Monday, July 19th, 7pm

4975 Boyertown Pike

Reading, PA

American Heritage Girls Information Night

Bring the family and enjoy an OUTDOOR MOVIE and meet the current troop members of the American Heritage Girls Troop 1111. Troop 1111 is sponsored by Saint Catharine of Siena Parish.

For more information, contact Julie Wright

August 2, 2021 HSO Meeting - In the school Cafeteria at 6:30pm.

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Cross country registration now open!

Please use the following link to sign up for cross country and receive schedule updates over the summer:

Cross country is open to all students from kindergarten through eighth grade, practices will begin mid to late August. Please see the flyer for more details.

Girls volleyball registration now open! Please use the following link to sign up for girls volleyball and receive schedule updates over the summer:

Girls volleyball is open to all girls in grades 5 through 8, practices will begin August/September. Please see flyer for more details.

Berks Catholic Junior High Sports Registration

Berks Catholic High School Junior High Sports Registration for the following sports:

  • Soccer (Fall)need minimum 15 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 8/1/2021
  • Soccer(Fall) need minimum 15 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 8/1/2021
  • Field Hockey(Fall) need minimum 15 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 8/1/2021
  • *Football(Fall) need minimum 20 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 8/1/2021
  • Cheerleading(Fall) need minimum 8 for a squad REGISTRATION DEADLINE 8/1/2021
  • Baseball(Spring) need minimum 15 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 3/7/2021
  • Softball(Spring) need minimum 15 for a team REGISTRATION DEADLINE 3/7/2021

*Junior High Football is for Students in Grades 8 and 9

From Nicky Smith, Director of Admissions at Berks Catholic High School

Please take a few minutes to learn about Berks Catholic High School.

We are committed to working with all families who want a faith-based education for their children.

Thank you for choosing Catholic Education.
Nicky Smith
Director of Admissions


Please check out this link from Sneaker Villa for some SCS Spiritwear.

Scrip Volunteers Needed for the 3rd Sunday

We are looking for a volunteer to sell SCRIP for the 3rd Sunday of every month, 1st shift (7:15am - 10:15a.m). If you are looking to volunteer, but your time is limited, this is a great option! You will sell 12x a year, and if you need a sub for a month off or want to switch a shift during any month, simply reach out to the other sellers!

Please contact Cristina Schmehl at

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Box Tops for Education

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.

You can still clip them and send them to school. Physical Box Top clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. Send your clipped Box Tops, along with any unexpired clips you may have at home, to SCS.

Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs!

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