Happy New Year!
Welcome to the second edition of Central Catholic Connections. As we step foot into 2017, I'm reminded that our eighth graders are the Class of 2017 at their respective schools. In a little over five months they will graduate and eight months from now they'll be high school students! This brings the decision on where to spend those high school years to the front burner. It really is time to look at options available and make the right choice for you and your family.

I look forward to continuing to share our Saints' stories with you. If you'd like to hear more or simply would like to talk about why Central Catholic is the right choice for your family, feel free to call/text me at (309) 533-2200 any time - my phone is always on. If e-mail works better for you, send me your questions at svogel@blmcchs.org

What's New At Central Catholic?
IMPORTANT: Showcase Central Date Change: February 15!
We recently looked at our schedule of events and noticed a few conflicts that may have impacted your availability to attend Showcase Central, so it has been changed and we look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday, February 15 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. You'll meet our faculty, staff, and coaches and learn how your students will progress from Freshman to Senior year and how Central Catholic will prepare them for college and for Heaven. 
Oh When The Saints Go Marching For Life
This weekend 80 of our students (25% of our student body!) will board buses and March for Life in Chicago. On Wednesday, January 25, 49 students, mainly Seniors, leave for Washington DC to participate in the national March for Life on Friday, January 27. We are so proud of these students for putting their beliefs into action and standing up for the unborn.
Hall of Fame Induction SATURDAY
We have a tremendous Hall of Fame Class for 2017. The Induction Ceremony is SATURDAY, January 14, at 4:30 p.m. in our auditorium. All honorees will be introduced during halftime of the 7:30 p.m. Boys' Varsity Basketball Game vs. St. Teresa. Here is more information about each of the following inductees: Robert “Bob” Bardwell (‘65), Jenny Kabbes Fuente (‘98), Emily Kabbes Kauten (‘02), Megan Naborowski Penfold (‘04), Rachel Galligan (‘05), and Michael Hoomanawanui (‘06). 
Catholic Schools Week Olympics
You may have heard about our Catholic Schools Week Olympics - it's one of the most fun days of our year. Like Homecoming games, our students are divided into teams; unlike Homecoming games, teams are made up of Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors; each group represents a country and dresses in the colors of that country. They compete in games such as Human Battleship, Bible Trivia, Dance Party and, new this year, the cryptically named Greatest Game Ever. The day ends with the crowning of the winning country followed by an all-school prayer in the middle of our gym floor.
Would You Like To Know Everything That's Going On Here?
We send Central Catholic @ A Glance,  a weekly newsletter, to all of our current parents. It's designed to let them know what's ahead in the coming weeks. If you'd like to receive it directly, just reply to this e-mail and let me know OR you can read it online here.
Why Should Your Family Choose
Central Catholic?
We challenge our students, faculty and staff to Aspire To Be Saints. That can sound pretty intimidating and I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb in saying that canonization is not in my future. Yet, it is that daily challenge that makes me a better person. Each morning, I drive by our football stadium and see the big Saints logo and the challenge begins. Think about it though, of all of the goals we can set for ourselves, is there anything more difficult, challenging and, most importantly, rewarding than Aspiring To Be Saints? You will not find that challenge in any other high school in our area. I pray that you choose to embrace that challenge and join the Central Catholic Family as we Aspire To Be Saints!
How Does That Work?
I'm often asked, "Why does Central Catholic do that?" or "How does that work?" Think of this section as a way of getting you and your student a bit more ready for Central Catholic and our traditions. We'll cover different topics each week so stay tuned.
Financial Aid
Did you know that each year our students receive over $300,000 in tuition assistance? Most people are surprised at this but we want everyone to know, so help us spread the word! Our tuition helps to keep Central Catholic as the premier academic and spiritual high school in our area. Fortunately, several friends have seen fit to create or contribute to scholarship funds that are available to our students, helping to ease the financial strain this can put on families.

We do not want tuition to be a barrier to anyone who Aspires To Be A Saint. We have something very special here and we want to share it! If you would like to pursue financial assistance there are three steps:
  1. To apply for financial assistance, including the Spalding Scholarship from the Diocese of Peoria, the FACTS Grant and Aid form must be submitted by March 15.
  2. In addition to filling out the FACTS Grant and Aid form, contact your Pastor to see if there is any additional assistance your parish can provide (Please note that every Central Catholic family in our Partner Parishes already receives assistance that bridges the gap between our non-affiliated and affiliated tuition rates.)
  3. Call/text me (309-533-2200). We'll set up a meeting with our Principal (Mr. Foster) and Business Manager (Mrs. Osterbuhr) to see how and if we can bridge the gap between the tuition payment to which your family can commit and our full tuition. Payments can be made in a number of installment options. This meeting and the potential assistance are confidential between Mr. Foster, Mrs. Osterbuhr, and you.

In short, do not let tuition be a determining factor in your high school decision. We are committed to working with all families who want to be a part of our family.

Great To Be A Saint Day: January 31
This is such a fun day! All 8th grade students in our Partner Schools are already attending and all other area students are welcome to join us for Great To Be A Saint Day. Students will be dropped off here by 7:50 a.m. and we'll get things rolling in our auditorium at 8:00 a.m. then our Student Ambassadors will take our guests to different classroom stations throughout the school for activities. We mix up the groups so there's representation from all schools and this is a great opportunity to meet future classmates and teachers. The day ends at 12:30 and we bus Partner School students back to their schools. Area students can then be picked up in our circle drive.
Pack The Place: February 3
We close out Catholic Schools Week with our annual Spaghetti Dinner and Pack The Place game. There are so many reasons to not miss this:
  • It's an Avanti's Spaghetti Dinner!
  • Dinner is only $7 per person and benefits our Senior Charity, Special Olympics Illinois.
  • It's our last Boys' Basketball home game of the season and the third game between the Saints and Olympia (each team has won once).
  • It's Senior Night.
  • Our Cheerleaders will perform a special halftime routine.
  • Junior High Band members are joining our Pep Band.
  • Junior High Cheerleaders are joining our Cheerleaders.
  • At halftime, there will be a game of Knockout for all 5th - 8th graders.

So, be sure to join us for dinner and a game on Friday, February 3!

Let's Be Social
Social Media is a great way to find out what's going on at Central Catholic. Click on the icons below to see what we're up to, "like" us on Facebook, and "follow" us on Twitter and Instagram. Look through our posts to get a good feel for life in our school.
Important Dates
Please put these dates and events in your calendars. There are great opportunities for you and your student to get to know our school:

Tuesday, January 31 - Great to be a Saint Day
8th grade students will spend the morning with Central Catholic Ambassadors and participate in the morning class schedule. They will stay for lunch and return to their school by 1 p.m.  

February 3 - Pack the Place
All Partner School students are invited to watch our Boys' Basketball team take on Olympia. Activities are planned during the game for our Future Saints!  

Tuesday, February 7 - 8th Grade High School Placement Test (HSPT)
Students interested in coming to Central Catholic are invited to take the Placement Test to help counselors in finding an appropriate selection of classes. Students need to bring a calculator, two pencils, and a check made out to CCHS for the testing fee of $15. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, February 15 - Showcase Central
Parents of 7th and 8th grade students and any interested families are invited to tour the school in a structured classroom setting to get an overview of the curriculum and meet the faculty and staff of Central Catholic. Students are welcome too! 

March 6 and 7 - New Student Registration 
You and your student register for classes with our counselors. 

Friday, April 21 - Junior High Dance: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
All Partner School 6th - 8th Grade Students & all members of the Central Catholic Class of 2021 will have a great time as our Student Ambassadors present this fun, nearly-end-of-the-school-year event!