December 14, 2017
Year-End Giving
As December 31st approaches, many of you are looking at your charitable giving in terms of tax benefits.  Although York Catholic is a school, it is also a non-profit organization that depends on donations to meet its budgetary needs.  We ask you to consider YC as a charity of choice for your year-end gifts.  We depend on you and your generosity to support the tradition of faith, mind, heart, and family at YC.
The York Catholic Fund supports every student by enriching extra-curricular programs, music and the arts, professional development for teachers, academic program support, athletic programs, technology, special projects, and operating expenditures.
This year, we have a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the York Catholic Fund by June 30, 2018.  Every gift, whatever the amount, counts and is truly valued.
Please use the return envelope that was included in your December issue of Greensleeves or click on the We Believe button below to use our secure online donation page.  Thank you for caring and giving!

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YC Gives Back to the Community
Giving Tree
The senior high student council is collecting NEW hats, scarves, and mittens for those in need in our community. Items can be placed on the Giving Tree in the lobby at York Catholic until  December 20.
Coat Drive
The National Honor Society is collecting gently used coats for their Coat Drive.  A box will be in the lobby throughout the month of December until  December 20. The coats will be donated to the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry. 
Toy Drive
Students are currently collecting Christmas presents for the children who are patients at Hershey Medical Center, in remembrance of Jacob Gurrerri. Parents of the children at Hershey will be able to choose some gifts and have them "delivered" on Christmas Eve. 

Chris Gurreri, a YC graduate, is coordinating this toy drive in memory of his brother Jacob, who was five-years-old when he died. This is the 12th year anniversary of his death.  The Gurreri family was fortunate enough to stay in the Ronald McDonald House during the three weeks that Jacob was being treated at Hershey Medical Center.    

The Ronald McDonald House offers the following gift ideas (MUST be new, unwrapped items in original box):                                                                   
      • Stuffed animals
      • Coloring books and crayons/markers
      • Books
      • Board games
      • Children's movies
      • Action figures
      • Dolls
      • Legos
      • Christmas stockings with stocking stuffer items
      • Blankets
Students are asked to have all toys to their homerooms by the morning of Tuesday, December 19, at 8:15 AM. Thank you for your generosity this holiday season in helping to make Christmas a little brighter for the children who are in the hospital.  
Businesses Give Back
During this holiday season, there are two organization that are giving back to YC for every dollar you spend.
If you typically do any of your Christmas shopping online at, go to instead and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate .5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to York Catholic's Student Aid and Endowment Fund.  Simply select York Catholic as the recipient of the donation when making your purchase. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know -- same products, same prices, same service -- with an added benefit for your favorite cause.
Giant's A+ School Rewards program offers schools like York Catholic a unique opportunity to receive a percentage of sales made by YC families, which supports our students' educational experiences directly by providing important funding. Participation in this program does not deduct personal bonus points from your individual Giant card. In fact, it allows you to leverage those hard earned (or spent) points to do good for YC!  Please consider registering your bonus card account and be sure to select York Catholic as your beneficiary. You can do so by visiting . This is a great way to support YC. Every time you shop at Giant with your bonus card, you will be supporting our students. If you wish to register and would like assistance, please submit your bonus card number to Jennifer at
These are two great ways for YC to earn thousands in free money.  Thank you for your support!
Buy Your Yearbook Now!
Even though the 2018 color yearbooks are not distributed until May, NOW is the time to place your order for a book.  Extra yearbooks are not available in May.  Only what is ordered is delivered to YC for distribution.  To make yearbook ordering easier, York Catholic is participating in the Smart Pay sales management program offered through Taylor Publishing. Smart Pay handles the order taking and payments allowing the yearbook advisor and staff additional time to produce the best yearbook ever.
Order NOW!  Simply click here or call the Smart Pay ordering line at 1-800-853-1337. 
Emergency Notifications
During inclement weather that would cause a school closing or delay of schedule, York Catholic will call/text/email you through our One Call Now Emergency Notification system.  Other modes of notification include WGAL TV-8, WPMT Fox43 TV, and the YC website.  Students from individual school districts are automatically excused if their district closes and does not provide transportation to YCHS.  The exceptions to this are Southern and Southeastern.  These students follow York Catholic's delay and closing schedule.
Text Option Requires Your Action
In preparation for the colder months ahead, we have updated our "One Call Now" Emergency Notification System.  In the event our school schedule is adjusted due to weather, a phone call and an email will be sent to the contact information we have on file. 
A text option is also available.  If you opted-in to receive text messages last school year, you do not need to do anything additional.  If you did not receive text messages last year and would like to, or you are new to our school, you must "opt-in" to receive text notification. 
To do so, text the word  ALERT to the number 22300.  
Do not include any words other than the word ALERT.  
After doing so, you will no longer receive a phone call at that number and will only receive a text message. 
If you do not want to receive text notification, you do not have to do anything.  Your phone number and email address from our MMS system have automatically been entered into the One Call Now system. 
Christmas Spirit Wear

Students are invited to wear Christmas sweaters, scarves, socks, and ties Monday through Thursday, December 18-21. Correct uniform trousers or skirts are required.
Advent Mass

Families and friends are invited to join us for Mass on Thursday, December 21, at 10:30 AM in the auditorium.  This is a joyous way to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season.  
Christmas Break

Christmas Break begins Thursday, December 21, at 11:30 AM.  All students are required to leave the building at this time unless staying for a supervised activity.  Students will return Wednesday, January 3, at 8:15 AM.
Magazine Drive College Tuition Rewards
This week, Sage Tuition Reward certificates are being mailed home to those students who earned college tuition credit through our Magazine Drive fundraiser.  Students who sold between $100-$249 worth of merchandise will be receiving a 1,000 Sage Tuition Reward points certificate.  Students who sold $250 or more of merchandise will be receiving a 2,500 Sage Tuition Reward points certificate. Please refer to the certificate for directions on how to redeem these points.  Any questions regarding the redemption and application of the reward points should be directed to Sage Tuition Rewards at 1-800-251-1542.  Again, thank you for supporting this important fundraiser.
Fall Sports Post-Season All-Star Teams
Congratulations to the following fall athletes who have been named to various All-Star Teams:  
Boys Cross Country
Christian Gervasi - YAIAA All-Star Team
Evan Schlosser - YAIAA All-Star Team
Girls Cross Country
Jeff Alloway - YAIAA Coaches Girls Coach of the Year
Rachel Kordaz - YAIAA Coaches All-Star Team
Katelyn MacDougall - YAIAA Coaches Runner of the Year
Katelyn MacDougall - All-Star Team
Girls Tennis
Clare Brennan - YAIAA Doubles All Star First Team
Abby Brenneman - YAIAA Doubles All Star First Team
Natalie Kerchner - YAIAA Doubles All Star Second Team
Abby Wurzbach - YAIAA Doubles All Star Second Team
Boys Soccer 
Nick DeMarco - YAIAA All-Star Second Team
Seth Falvey - YAIAA All-Star Second Team
Brian Hand - YAIAA All-Star First Team
Tate Kibler - YAIAA All-Star First Team
Girls Soccer
Caroline Bandelin - YAIAA All-Star First Team
Megan Lehr - YAIAA All-Star Second Team
Girls Volleyball
Megan Daugherty - YAIAA Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team
Megan Daugherty - District III-AA All-Star Second Team
Emily Hoffman - YAIAA Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team
Emily Hoffman - District III-AA All-Star First Team
Emily Hoffman - Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Team
Bella Kepner - YAIAA Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team
Bella Kepner - District III-AA All-Star Second Team
Abby Pilkey - YAIAA  Division III Coaches All-Star First Team
Abby Pilkey - District III-AA All-Star Second Team
McKenna Walker - YAIAA Division III Coaches All-Star First Team
McKenna Walker - District III-AA All-Star First Team
McKenna Walker - Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Team
Riley Brennan - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Receiver  
Kyle Dormer - Division III Coaches Player of the Year & Honorable Mention Quarterback
Matt Knauer - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Tackle  
Matt Knauer - GametimePA YAIAA All-Star First Team Offensive Tackle
Harris Kohl - Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team Center
Liam Landis - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Guard
Andrew Snelbaker - Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team Running Back  
Massimo Antolick - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Defensive Back  
Riley Brennan - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Defensive Back  
Matt Knauer - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Defensive End  
Harris Kohl - Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team Defensive Tackle  
Jarred Kohl - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Outside Linebacker  
Liam Landis - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Defensive Tackle  
Liam Landis - GametimePA YAIAA All-Star First Team Defensive Tackle
Richard Pokrivka -  Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team Outside Linebacker  
Carter Sinclair - Division III Coaches All-Star Second Team Inside Linebacker  
Special Teams
TJ McGraw - Division III Coaches All-Star First Team Kicker  
TJ McGraw - GametimePA YAIAA All-Star First Team Kicker
Deanery News:  Volunteer Opportunity 
The St. Joseph York Girls Novice 1 Basketball Team is hosting a Christmas Tournament and need volunteers Friday evening, December 29 and Saturday, December 30.   Any hours offered would be very much appreciated and will count toward student service hours.  Student volunteers are reminded to take a YC Service Hours Verification Form for signature. Please contact Karen Potter at 717-577-7126 or to sign-up. 
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