FAITH BRANCH OF EDUCATION/St. Catherine School

FAITH BRANCH OF EDUCATION

If interested in any Faith Branch of Education,  please contact any KEEPERS of the Tree of Life.  If interested in St. Catherine School, please see below:

Chris Cordero-818 915-5122,

Jean Brown 818 343-2323,

Rita Herrera- 818 612-1086

Rita Nolasco -818 298-3740

 

 

The Department of Religious Education “SCORE”

This ministry was officially established at St. Catherine’s on Oct. 31, 1957.  Directives call for us to do our best to provide full religious education and sacramental preparation for every child who is unable to attend Catholic school. Presently, we have junior and senior highs students meet on Wednesday evening 7-8:30p.m.  and on Saturday from  8:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. (English and Spanish, elementary) .

We are in constant need of volunteers willing to give two or three hours a week from September to June, in service of the Lord through teaching or assisting in classrooms or helping in the office.

Baptisms

Baptisms in English are held on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00p.m. in the Church.  The parents and sponsors must attend one instruction class held on the first Sunday of each month at 2:00p.m. in the church.  Arrangements are made at the class.  For more information, please call the Rectory at (818) 343-2110.

Confirmation for Teens

The Confirmation Process is for those high school youth who want to renew their Baptism as adults and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is a two year formation from September to May. Registration takes place in May and is printed in the bulletin and announced at Mass for one month prior to registration. Meetings occur on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Adult Confirmation

Adults who have received the sacraments of Baptism. the Eucharist and Reconciliation and who wish to prepare for Confirmation, should call the Rectory to sign up . The process takes 8 weeks.

RCIA: The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults… is the process through which adults are initiated into the Roman Catholic Church. It is for adults unbaptized or baptized in another religion who wish to inquire about or join the Church. It is also for baptized Catholics who have not received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. We meet on Monday evenings at 7:30 p.m. from September until Pentecost Sunday in June.

 

Based on the famous Footprints Prayer, our theme reminds us that Christ always walks with us, and that Christ guides and transforms us as we follow His mission of love and compassion.

St. Catherine of Siena School is an academic institution serving the needs of students from Preschool through eighth grade. Our primary goal is to educate the whole child in mind, body and spirit.

To this valued end, with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as our model, the faculty and staff work to develop students’ intellectual abilities, sense of wonder, vision and love for learning.

A guiding principle of our school is that every child who wants a Catholic education should be able to receive one.

Please visit the other pages on this menu to read more about our school, mission, and philosophy.

OUR SCHOOL’S STORY

Opened in 1952, St. Catherine’s School was staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and at its peak had two classrooms for each grade level, one through eight, with 55 students in each classroom.Fifty years later, the sisters were gone and there were just 57 students in the entire school. Fr. Raul, however, knew plenty of families in the community who would enroll their children if only they believed Catholic education were accessible to them. He teamed with the new pastor and other St. Catherine’s staff, and an idea began to take shape. No family wanting a Catholic education would be turned away from the school.  Every family would be asked to sacrifice what they can, with partial scholarships making up the rest. The school would supplement its teaching staff with missionary-type teachers open to giving their whole lives over to God, who would receive only a small stipend and housing in the old convent, offsetting the lower tuition revenues.

It happened. St. Catherine of Siena School became the only Catholic school to say that no child would be turned away based on financial need. Enrollment increased from 57 to 262 children. Most importantly, each child is invited into a deep relationship with Christ by teachers who live the spirituality they teach.

Catholic school enrollment has dropped by 50% in the last 40 years — bad news for our church, since Catholic schools have played such an essential role in the gathering and forming of new Catholics. But what is happening at St. Catherine’s can happen anywhere. All that is still missing is you. Visit catherineofsiena.org and help make Catholic education possible for every child, one school at a time.

Students

St. Catherine of Siena School provides a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. It is our hope to develop character and fair play, as well as physical or mental skill through these activities. We encourage our parents to participate in these activities by volunteering to help or be present at these events. Some of these extra-curricular activities are:

Student Council:

Student Council (with guidance from the staff moderator and principal) plan many activities throughout the year for the entire student body. Watch newsletters and the Master Calendar for details.

Qualifications to run for Student Council are different from other activities. The requirements are listed below and subject to change at the discretion of the principal and/or staff moderator.

Qualifications of Candidates for Office:

1. President and Vice President

a. Must be in 8th grade.

b. “B” average (3.0) with no grade lower than a C all year.

“G” or better in both Work Habits and Behavior in all classes all year.

General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

2. Secretary and Treasurer

a. Must be in 8th grade

b. “C” average (2.0) with no grade lower than a C all year

“G” or better in both Work Habits and Behavior in all classes all year.

General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

3. Remaining Offices – Commissioners and Student Senators

a. Must be in 5th through 8th Grade.

b. “C” average (2.0) with no grade lower than a C all year.

c. No “NI’s” in Work Habits & behavior in all classes all year.

d. General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

4. Acceptance of Office:

a. Election to these offices is based on the assumption that the requirements will be met and maintained in the 3rd trimester and reflected on the last report card. If requirements are not met, the office will be assumed by the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes in the election.

b. As a member of Student Council, if you fail to meet or maintain the qualifications, you will be removed from Student Council until the grades improve.

Athletics:

After School Sports Program for Grades 5-8 provides team sports under the direction of the Valley Sports Conference, coaches and the principal. These are in competition with other Catholic schools in our area.

“A” teams: Boys’ Sports: Flag Football, Basketball, and Volleyball.

“A” teams: Girls’ Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball.

If needed, there are “B” teams for Grades 5 and 6 Try-outs for each team will be announced.

School Track Team will be held in the spring with participation in the annual Knights of Columbus Meet. Any student in Grades K-8 is eligible.

Other Activities & Service

SCSS and SCORE Choirs are open to all students. Choirs sing at school or parish events.

Altar Serving is open for boys and girls in Grades 4-8.

Extra-Curricular Agreement

St. Catherine of Siena School is proud of its extra-curricular activities and traditions. It is the aim of these programs to build a sense of fair play, teamwork, leadership and commitment. With these goals in mind, each student and parent is required to join in an agreement before beginning any extracurricular activity. Failure to adhere to any conditions of the agreement will then require the participant to be placed on probation status or dropped from the activity. No athlete will be issued a team shirt or attend a scheduled event until this agreement has been accepted by the administrator.

Due to a no-cut policy, qualified player participation is at the coach’s discretion if the team roster is large.

Student Requirements:

1. Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A student receiving an “F” in any academic subject is ineligible.

2. Must have no grade lower than an “S” in Effort and Behavior on any progress or report card.

3. Must attend all practices and games. If illness, injury or appointment do not allow for attendance, the coach or an administrator must be notified in advance. Attendance at practice is required to play on game day.

4. Must attend school on a game day to participate in a game.

5. Must have proper clothing, equipment, or materials at all practices and events. On game days, athletes must wear proper team jersey and team shorts to play.

6. Must be at all practices and games on time and leave at the arranged time.

7. Must adhere to all the school policies as stated in the Parent/Student Handbook.

8. Must always show respect and cooperation with coaches, other team members, visitors, etc.

9. Leave all game areas, rooms, or grounds clean and organized.

10. Must exhibit a positive attitude whether winning or losing.

11. Use proper language and behavior whether at a practice or at an event.

12. Uniforms requested to be returned must be clean and in good condition or a replacement fee will be charged.

13. Submit the required medical and emergency information on the reverse side of this form before attending any practices or events.

14. A player receiving 2 or more detentions in a sport season will be restricted from practice and games.

15. If you come to school on a game day but did not attend practice, the following penalties may occur: Volleyball – sit out one game; Basketball & Football – sit out one half; Softball – sit out two innings.

Parent-Student Handbook

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

St. Catherine of Siena School provides a wide variety of activities outside the classroom. It is our hope to develop character and fair play, as well as physical or mental skill through these activities. We encourage our parents to participate in these activities by volunteering to help or be present at these events.

Student Council:

Student Council (with guidance from the staff moderator and principal) plan many activities throughout the year for the entire student body. Watch newsletters and the Master Calendar for details.

Qualifications to run for Student Council are different from other activities. The requirements are listed below and subject to change at the discretion of the principal and/or staff moderator.

Qualifications of Candidates for Office:

President and Vice President

a. Must be in 8th grade.

b. “B” average (3.0) with no grade lower than a C all year.

“G” or better in both Work Habits and Behavior in all classes all year.

General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

Secretary and Treasurer

a. Must be in 8th grade

b. “C” average (2.0) with no grade lower than a C all year

“G” or better in both Work Habits and Behavior in all classes all year.

General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

Remaining Offices – Commissioners and Student Senators

a. Must be in 5th through 8th Grade.

b. “C” average (2.0) with no grade lower than a C all year.

c. No “NI’s” in Work Habits & behavior in all classes all year.

d. General Conduct grade must be “G” or better all year.

Acceptance of Office:

a. Election to these offices is based on the assumption that the requirements will be met and maintained in the 3rd trimester and reflected on the last report card. If requirements are not met, the office will be assumed by the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes in the election.

b. As a member of Student Council, if you fail to meet or maintain the qualifications, you will be removed from Student Council until the grades improve.

Dress Code

DRESS / UNIFORM CODE

Our uniform policy is formed to help keep the focus on learning, build unity; limit expensive clothing costs, and create a sense of identity for the school. It is the responsibility of the parents to see that their children adhere to the policies and to support the school in this matter. Students not in the proper uniform will receive a uniform violation slip and the parent will be called to bring the correct uniform. Repeated violations will result in a lowered behavior grade, detention and/or no free-dress days. Please contact the principal for any special circumstances which may need to be addressed on an individual basis to meet these uniform standards. All students must be in total compliance with the uniform code on the first day of school.

Uniform Regulations

All uniforms must be purchased at VICKI MARSHA UNIFORMS

5292 Production Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

(714) 895-6371 FAX (714) 890-9959

www.vickimarsha.com +  School Code: SCS9880

You may not substitute any other brand name or style for required uniform.

FULL UNIFORM Required For Friday and Sunday  School Masses

On certain days the students will be expected to be in “full uniform“. Examples of full dress uniform days would be days the school attends Mass or has a special program. They will be marked on the Master Calendar, written in the Newsletter, or written in assignment books by the students.

Mass Uniform:

BOYS                                                     GIRLS

Polo shirt                                               White blouse/polo

Long uniform pant                               Jumper, skirt, or short

POLO

White or Navy Blue with school logo

* Tucked in at all times

* Not baggy or oversized.

* Polo may be worn with uniform shorts, skorts, or long pants.

* Any undergarments must be white and concealed under polo.

BOYS/GIRLS PANTS

Navy blue or Khaki, cotton twill (required)

* Not baggy or oversized (Pants cannot be larger than one size above the student’s actual waist size).

* Must have at least one pair long pants for full uniform days and extremely cold days.

Navy blue or Khaki, cotton twill, flat or pleated front.

BOYS/GIRLS SHORTS

Navy blue or Khaki, cotton twill, pleated or flat front walk short

* Not baggy or oversized (Shorts cannot be larger than one size above the student’s actual waist size).

Navy blue or Khaki, cotton twill, pleated front walk short

* Teacher has authority to decide if shorts are too short and need to be longer.

BOYS/GIRLS SWEATSHIRT Navy Blue crew-neck school logo style (required)

* Allowed to be worn in the classroom.

* Please label. Small embroidered name under logo can be applied – no puffy paint.

* Sweatshirts may not be worn if they have holes.

BOYS/GIRLS CARDIGAN K – 3: Navy Blue V-neck cardigan (optional)

* Allowed to be worn in the classroom.

* Please label.

BOYS/GIRLS FLEECE PULLOVER

Navy Blue V-neck, long sleeve fleece with school logo (optional).

* Allowed to be worn in the classroom.

* Please label. Small embroidered name under logo can be applied – no puffy paint.

BOYS/GIRLS SCSS JACKET

Navy Blue zipper front, long sleeve fleece with school logo.

* Jackets for playground wear must be the uniform jacket.

* No team or company logo jackets of any kind are permitted.

* NOT allowed to be worn in classroom.

* Please label. Small embroidered name under logo can be applied – no puffy paint.

BOYS/GIRLS SHOES

* Sturdy leather-type or athletic shoe, non-skid sole with tie or Velcro fasteners.

* All Black NO OTHER COLORS on shoe.  Black or White laces only.

* No light-up, roller, or extreme styles of shoes allowed.

* No platform-style shoes.

* No boots.

* No athletic slipper shoes without a back.

* Administration has the final decision on appropriate shoes.

BOYS/GIRLS SOCKS

Only Plain White or Plain Black socks.  All socks must be visible above the ankle  or White tights or White knee socks

BOYS/GIRLS HAIR

A student who has a hairstyle not in line with policies will be given a uniform violation. Failure to comply will result in consequences decided by the homeroom teacher and administrator.

BOYS and GIRLS

  • Haircuts are to be traditional or conservative style.
  • Hair may not touch collar, cover ears or cover eyebrows.
  • No tails, steps, stripes, coloring, etc.
  • Graduated cut is the accepted style.
  • No shaved or stubby cuts.
  • No colored or bleached hair.
  • Haircuts are to be traditional or conservative style.
  • Hair is to be out of eyes.
  • No artificial coloring or bleaching.
  • No extreme adornments.
  • No corn row braiding or beads.

BOYS/GIRLS P.E. UNIFORM

  • Gray St. Catherine tee-shirt with P.E. shorts or sweatpants
  • * May be worn on P.E. days and on days announced by the principal.
  • * No P. E. uniforms are to be worn on Mass days.
  • * All uniforms must be purchased from Dennis Uniform.
  • * You may not substitute any other brand name or style for required uniform.
  • * Tee shirts may not be altered in any way.

BOYS/GIRLS Make-Up and Accessories

Use of lipstick, eye make-up, nail polish, acrylic nails, etc., and excessive jewelry is inappropriate for school time and is a source of distraction in the classroom for both the wearer and the observer.

These items are not allowed at any time. Teacher will require removal at once.

  • Pierced earrings (small stud type); a non-alarm watch; a single thin, simple necklace; and one small ring on one hand are all that is permitted. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. Girls are not permitted to have multiple pierced earrings at school (one stud earring per ear on the lobe). Jewelry must not be oversized or extreme in style.
  • No bracelets (including rubber bands) are permitted. The only thing permitted on wrist is a nonalarm watch. One bracelet may be deemed as an 8th grade privilege.
  • No bandana or sweat headbands are allowed. Girls may have simple headbands in solid navy blue, black, or white only.
  • Teachers will remove excessive jewelry and give it to the parent or office and NO temporary or permanent tattoos of any kind are allowed.

BOYS/GIRLS Non-Uniform Dress Days

On days when the students are not required to wear their school uniforms, we ask you to observe the following points to insure that students are dressed appropriately for school. Students may bring their uniform with them on non-uniform days or parents will be called to bring the regular uniform if the teacher or administration deems dress not in accordance with the standards for non-uniform day. This is a privilege earned by having no uniform violations in the preceding month before the designated day.

Non-Uniform Days: (Only on announced days)

1. Long pants, dresses, or skirts (modest, no mini-skirts, no skin-tight styles).

2. Properly fitting, clean jeans or slacks are acceptable. No low riders for girls or boys.

3. Shorts may be uniform shorts or long walking short style. No short shorts.

4. No sweats unless a Sweats Day is identified.

5. Shirts need to have collars or appropriate necklines and sleeves. No inappropriate pictures or sayings on them.

6. No cut-off pants, cropped shirts, tank tops, spaghetti straps or bare midriffs. No belly-buttons showing.

7. Socks must be worn. No leggings permitted.

8. No open-toe sandals or shoes without a back. Platform or heels are not to be worn because of safety factors.

9. Make-up and heavy jewelry may not be worn.

10. On special days such as Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s, etc. appropriate accessories with colors or theme of the day may be worn if announced by principal. Example: hair ribbons, socks, pins. Teachers will determine if they are appropriate.

11. If in doubt, don’t wear it.

GIRLS  BLOUSE

K – 5: White short sleeve blouse with peter pan collar

Gr. 6 – 8: White banded over-blouse with peter pan or sport collar.

* Banded blouse may be worn with skirt, skort, and jumper.

* Any undergarments must be white and concealed under blouse.

GIRLS  JUMPER

K – 5: Plaid

* One of choices allowed for Full Uniform days.

* To be worn with white blouse only.

* Teacher has authority to decide if jumper is too short and needs to be longer.

GIRLS SKIRT

Gr. 6 – 8: Plaid

* One of choices allowed for Full Uniform days.

* May be worn with polo on other days.

* Teacher has authority to decide if skirt is too short and needs to be longer.

GIRLS  SKORT

All Grades: Plaid or Navy Blue twill

* One of choices allowed for Full Uniform days.

* Navy Blue twill skort may be worn with polo on other days.

* Teacher has authority to decide if skort is too short and needs to be longer.

Athletics

After School Sports Program for Grades 5-8 provides team sports under the direction of the Valley Sports Conference, coaches and the principal. These are in competition with other Catholic schools in our area.

“A” teams: Boys’ Sports: Flag Football, Basketball, and Volleyball.

“A” teams: Girls’ Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, and Softball.

If needed, there are “B” teams for Grades 5 and 6 Try-outs for each team will be announced.

School Track Team will be held in the spring with participation in the annual Knights of Columbus Meet. Any student in Grades K-8 is eligible.

Extra-Curricular Agreement

St. Catherine of Siena School is proud of its extra-curricular activities and traditions. It is the aim of these programs to build a sense of fair play, teamwork, leadership and commitment. With these goals in mind, each student and parent is required to join in an agreement before beginning any extracurricular activity. Failure to adhere to any conditions of the agreement will then require the participant to be placed on probation status or dropped from the activity. No athlete will be issued a team shirt or attend a scheduled event until this agreement has been accepted by the administrator.

Due to a no-cut policy, qualified player participation is at the coach’s discretion if the team roster is large.

Student Requirements:

1. Must maintain a 2.0 grade point average. A student receiving an “F” in any academic subject is ineligible.

2. Must have no grade lower than an “S” in Effort and Behavior on any progress or report card.

3. Must attend all practices and games. If illness, injury or appointment do not allow for attendance, the coach or an administrator must be notified in advance. Attendance at practice is required to play on game day.

4. Must attend school on a game day to participate in a game.

5. Must have proper clothing, equipment, or materials at all practices and events. On game days, athletes must wear proper team jersey and team shorts to play.

6. Must be at all practices and games on time and leave at the arranged time.

7. Must adhere to all the school policies as stated in the Parent/Student Handbook.

8. Must always show respect and cooperation with coaches, other team members, visitors, etc.

9. Leave all game areas, rooms, or grounds clean and organized.

10. Must exhibit a positive attitude whether winning or losing.

11. Use proper language and behavior whether at a practice or at an event.

12. Uniforms requested to be returned must be clean and in good condition or a replacement fee will be charged.

13. Submit the required medical and emergency information on the reverse side of this form before attending any practices or events.

14. A player receiving 2 or more detentions in a sport season will be restricted from practice and games.

15. If you come to school on a game day but did not attend practice, the following penalties may occur: Volleyball – sit out one game; Basketball & Football – sit out one half; Softball – sit out two innings.

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL

GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY

BE A GOOD SPORT

PLAYER’S CODE OF CONDUCT

I hereby pledge to live up to my responsibilities as a Player participating in the SCS after school sports program by following the Player’s Code of Conduct.

  • I will play by the rules, and refrain from arguing or complaining about the official’s decisions.
  • I will meet my responsibilities to the coach and the team.
  • I will play for the fun of it, and do my best to make sure that the game is fun for all participants.
  • I will demonstrate fair play and sportsmanship.  I will treat participants, coaches, opponents, and spectators with respect as I would like to be treated.
  • I will make only positive and encouraging comments to players on both teams.  I will be a good sport by cooperating with my coaches, teammates, opponents and officials.
  • I will remember that the goals of the game are to have fun, improve skills and feel good about playing.  I will not take the game or myself too seriously.  I will control my temper.
  • I will work equally hard for the team as for myself, and will always give my best effort.
  • I will remember that I am a youth sports player, and that the game is for my enjoyment and my skill improvement.
  • I will demonstrate good sportsmanship during all practices and games.

I understand that the penalties for not adhering to this Code of Conduct may range from verbal warning to expulsion from the activity.

____________________              __________________________        __________________

Player’s Name                                    Player’s Signature                                 Date

BE A GOOD SPORT


 

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