January 4, 2018
Get Ready for Spring!
A New Year is upon us and that means Spring is not far behind.  As Leo Tolstoy wrote, "Spring is the time for plans and projects" and how true that is at York Catholic.  One of our most exciting and enjoyable events of the year is our Spring Celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday evening, April 28, as we celebrate our Irish Spirit with an evening of camaraderie, cocktails, dinner, and auctions at the Country Club of York.  All proceeds from our YC Spring Celebration benefit the York Catholic Fund, which helps to close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating our students.  We are currently looking for new members to join the planning committee.  If you love to plan a party and can give the gift of your time, please contact Jennifer Sabo at 717-846-8871 x222 or jsabo@yorkcatholic.org for more information.  

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Cal Ripken, Jr.
The name Ripken is synonymous with baseball. Just one mention brings certain qualities to mind: everything from passion and integrity, to perseverance and a commitment to family.  Cal Ripken, Jr. will appear at York Catholic High School on Sunday, March 11, at 2:30 PM in the auditorium.  Cal will be interviewed on stage by Pat Principe, Sports Director at WGAL-TV8. Attendees can get a chance to be a part of the interview process by emailing potential questions for Cal to answer to info@yorkcatholic.org .
Cal is baseball's all-time Iron Man. He retired from the game in 2001 after a Hall of Fame career that spanned over the course of 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles. While he's best known for his incredible streak of 2,632 consecutive games played, he also redefined the position of shortstop.   In 2001, Cal and his brother Bill founded the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of their father. Since then, Cal has become an international ambassador for the game, and has focused on growing it The Ripken Way.
Ticket options for Cal's appearance include the following:
  • Ripken Experience - autographed baseball and a photo opportunity with Cal.      $125
    Each person entering the Ripken Experience must have an Experience ticket
    in addition to a seat ticket.  The Ripken Experience begins at 1:30 PM.
  • Infield Seat 2nd Base (front center section of the auditorium)                                    $125
  • Infield Seat 1st/3rd Base (front side sections of the auditorium)                                 $100
  • Outfield Seat (rear sections of the auditorium)                                                                 $75
Tickets can be ordered online by clicking the Ticket icon below or by visiting www.yorkcatholic.org .  Proceeds benefit the York Catholic athletic programs.

Winter Open House
York Catholic's Annual Open House and Science Fair will be held on Sunday, January 21, from 12-2 PM. Prospective students and their families are welcome to tour the school, talk with faculty, staff, and students, and enjoy learning more about York Catholic's exemplary academic programs for students in grades 7-12 where we blend technology with tradition.  The Snow Date is January 28 from 12-2 PM.

Click here for a coupon as a thank you for sharing this information with your friends and encourage them to pre-register for Open House at www.yorkcatholic.orgFor more information, contact Heather Hoffman at
hhoffman@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x220. 
Buy Your Yearbook Now!
Time is running out!  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. 

Orders must be placed by January 31.
Senior Graduation Packets
Graduation packets will be given to all seniors in homeroom when we return to school. This information from Josten's is important and is time sensitive.  
A few notes on the items Josten's provides:
  • You are free to purchase anything you like as a family, but you do not need to purchase a tassel, cap, or gown.  Those come through a different company and that order has already been placed.
  • All prices are in the Josten's catalogs that will be distributed to the students.
Anything ordered is due with payment to the main office by next Friday, January 12.
Online o
rders can be placed online until January 24 at 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Gick at sgick@yorkcatholic.org or
717-846-8871 x217.  
Mission Collection: Pennies for Life
This January, YC will be collecting "Pennies for Life."  This is an initiative of the Diocese of Harrisburg to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade by supporting the work of local pregnancy centers.  Your donations will educate people on pro-life issues and counsel post-abortive women and men. Participants are asked to donate $1 for each year of their life in thanksgiving to God for the life He has given them, and to "give life" to another person.  Containers will be placed in homerooms.  Please give generously to the Pennies for Life this January.
Spirit Shirt Friday

Tomorrow, Friday, January 5, is Spirit Shirt Friday.  Students may pay $1 in homeroom and wear their favorite YC spirit shirt in place of their uniform shirt. Students still must wear the standard uniform pants or skirt.  All money collected from this fundraiser goes toward the YC Technology Fund.
Mid-Term Exams & Early Dismissal
Mid-term examinations for grades 9-12 are scheduled for Wednesday, January 10, Thursday, January 11, and Friday, January 12.  As a reminder, no trips will be approved during mid-term exams (Student Handbook/Agenda pg.27).  Students will not be permitted to take a make-up exam due to a trip.
Two exam periods are posted each day.  Students who take more than one class in a major subject area will take the second conflict exam during the conflict time slot (11:00 AM -12:00 noon) on the day of their scheduled exam.  The exam schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, January 10
period 1:  Religion
period 2:  Science
period 3:  Conflicts
Thursday, January 11 
period 1:  English
period 2:  Foreign Language
period 3:  Conflicts
Friday, January 12 
period 1:  Math
period 2:  Social Studies
period 3:  Conflicts
These exam days are half days with usual dismissal at 11:00 AM.  School districts will only pick-up at 11 AM.  Students testing in the AAC may be dismissed at a later time according to documented learning needs. 
Junior High students will be on a half day schedule with an 11 AM dismissal as well.
All students are required to leave the building at 11 AM unless staying for a supervised activity.  
Junior High Geography Bee
Numerous junior high students volunteered to participate in the annual Junior High Geography Bee scheduled for Friday, January 12, at 8:30 AM.  The junior high attends the event which quizzes students on their general knowledge in United States and world geography.  Questions start off as multiple choice, but as the Bee progresses, students must come up with the answer.  Each round of questions has a topic, like U.S. cities or geographical terms.  At the end of the preliminary rounds, the top 10 scores move on to the final round.  At this level, students are eliminated after they get 2 wrong answers, until we are down to 2 final contestants.  The final round questions are written and each contestant answers the same question.  The winner represents YC at the Diocesan Bee in Harrisburg and takes a written test to qualify for the State Bee.  Parents are welcome to attend the Bee on January 12.
Futures Nights for Basketball
Boys' basketball players and cheerleaders competing in youth leagues throughout York County are invited to Futures Night at YC when the York Catholic boys take on Littlestown , Friday, January 12.  The JV game starts at 6 PM followed by the Varsity game.  Youth league players will participate in the pre-game prayer and huddle, sit behind the bench for the game, and become part of the welcome tunnel before the game and at halftime. Wear your uniform shirt for free admittance to the games.  

Girls youth league basketball players are welcome to join the girls' team on Friday, January 19, vs. Fairfield.  Please note there is no JV game.  Futures should arrive by 6:30 PM to participate in the pre-game activities prior to the 7 PM start of the varsity game.
Athletic Hall of Fame
York Catholic High School's Athletic Association is inducting six new members into its Sports Hall of Fame.  The inductees will be introduced Saturday, January 13, prior to the start of the girls' varsity basketball game versus Minersville scheduled for a 2:30 PM tip-off.  After the game, the induction will be held in the cafeteria.  

The Sports Hall of Fame honors former coaches and student athletes, and the dedication of athletic program volunteers.  Those being inducted include:  Kelly Rhein Bray '08, Sarah Cadwallader Fermento '08, Patrick Hickey '96, Ashton Bankos Hirsch '08, Jacob Iati '08, and Tim McConville '94.
Prom Attire
Please be reminded of our Formal Dress Code Agreement in preparation for Prom shopping. 
For Young Women:
Gowns may not:
  • Be shorter than two inches above the knee
  • Be extremely low cut front or back
  • Have slits higher than the knee
  • Have bare midriffs or cut outs
  • Have transparent or translucent material
  • Have nude or flesh-tone colored material as a primary or secondary base color
For Young Men:
  • Must wear a suit or sport coat, dress shirt, and tie
  • Must wear dress shoes (sneakers are not permitted)
  • May not wear earrings
  • Must be clean shaven
Music Association Meeting
Parents of music and choral students are welcome to attend the York Catholic Music Association meeting on Tuesday, January 9, at 6:30 PM. The meetings usually last approximately one hour and everyone's input and feedback are welcomed and appreciated. Your help in planning and implementing the efforts of the YCMA are critical.
Inclement Weather
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, Fox43, 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.
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