A note from the principal
We began this week celebrating the season of Advent – which is the beginning of the new Catholic Church year -- a time of waiting. Advent commemorates the centuries of awaiting the Messiah. Families put out Advent wreaths, the priest wears purple vestments, and Jessie trees spring up – all to remind us of the season of waiting for the "fullness of time."
As human beings I don’t think we enjoy waiting and I’m pretty sure children don’t much enjoy the idea of waiting. They routinely grumble about waiting in the cafeteria line, about how far away a particular event is that they are looking forward to, etc. Somehow, in our instant gratification society that emphasizes getting what you want as quickly as possible, patience is no longer promoted as a virtue. In a world where we upgrade to faster computers, buy faster Internet access, text and tweet instead of talk, deliver overnight, buy faster cars, patronize establishments that offer "lunch in ten minutes or it's free" and emphasize that time is money, our students no longer know how to wait. And yet think about how much time we do spend waiting: in store lines, in traffic jams, for the check that's in the mail, for a happy time to occur or a difficult time to end.
As a parent, think about your children and how much time you have spent and continue to spend waiting for them: to be born, to learn to talk, to take their first step, to develop their talents, to come home from a date, to see the importance of grades, to learn to appreciate family and life, to mature.
Advent teaches us to turn times of waiting into times of grace. I'm reminded of one of the oldest prayers in the Church. It consists of just one word: Maranatha, which is Aramaic for "Come, Lord.” If we can fill our time of waiting with God's presence, then the whole concept of patience will take on a new and more fulfilling meaning. What a wonderful way to fill periods of waiting! Use it as a greeting, too. Your spirits will be renewed and your time of waiting will be filled with blessing.
Baby Shower for Mary
Students will attend a baby shower during their lunch on Wednesday 12/7. Students should bring in a pack of diapers or other small baby items. Each child will receive a cupcake and all items will be donated to the Rose Garden Mission and Care Net.
40th Annual Colt Classic Tournament
The kickoff to the annual basketball tournament is Monday, November 28 and the tournament will run through Sunday, December 11. The tournament committee needs your help to make sure everything runs smoothly. If you have children in the basketball program, you are asked to work 1 or 2 shifts throughout the tournament. Please use the Sign Up Genius link below.
It is time for our Fall Box Tops for Education incentive! Please use the Box Tops for Education app to scan receipts containing Box Top products. If your family participates, your children will receive a pass for an out of uniform day OR a green and gold spirit day. The deadline to let Amy Muench know you participate in the program has been extended to MONDAY, December 5th for your child(ren) to receive their pass.
Movie and Pajama night
The Foresters are holding a pajama party for grades K-2 on Friday 12/9! The kids will watch The Polar Express and have hot chocolate in their jammies! Children can be dropped off and picked up at the side door in the upper lot. Ms. Kelly, Miss Finke and Miss Kammerer will be at the party. This is for St Catherine students in grades K-2 only.
We are allowed to have volunteers back in the cafeteria. If you would like to volunteer to work during our school lunches, we would love to have you! All volunteers must be Virtus certified. If you would like to volunteer but aren't Virtus certified, please contact the parish office. The students LOVE to see their parents and grandparents in the lunch line!
Click below to sign up to help!
12/13: Dine to Donate - Frischs' in Bellevue
12/16: Feeding God's Children - collecting Peanut Butter
12/20: Early dismissal at 11:00! We will have an Advent Program at 9:00AM (more details to follow) and Christmas parties at 10:00.
Upcoming Training Sessions:
The Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. Thursday, December 14th, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The November bulletin posted on Sunday, November 6th and will be due on Tuesday, December 6th.
Yearbook photos needed
Just a reminder to share your photos with us! We need pictures of your children all throughout the year to help us fill our yearbook with many wonderful memories! Click on the link below to learn the many ways that you can share your photos!
nominate a teacher or staff member
We have amazing educators here at St. Catherine of Siena School. I would like to encourage you to recognize teachers and staff members who have positively impacted your child/children. Check out information below:
Do you know a St. Catherine of Siena teacher/staff member that has really helped you or your child? Has a teacher/staff member been highly effective, engaging, and motivating?
Our staff takes great pride in helping students achieve their spiritual, academic, emotional, social, and physical potential. Take a few minutes and let your teachers/staff members know how much you appreciate their work!
Recognize a teacher/staff member by clicking on the link below.