March 15, 2018
I-rish You Luck!
Artists:  Lindsay Shaffer '18
& Rafael Paul '18
You have one more week to purchase your lucky ticket for a chance at a tuition credit or cash! Take a chance at tuition credit or a cash prize in the "I-rish You Luck" raffle! The luck of the Irish is in your favor since we only have 300 opportunities available to win. You might take a chance by yourself or invite friends and family to join you in the purchase of a ticket (sharing the proceeds among yourselves). We will pull the lucky ticket on March 23 at YC.
"I-rish You Luck" Week helps guarantee we can keep tuition rates to a minimum compared to the actual cost per pupil. As a result, every family is strongly encouraged to participate.

Click here for a form to reserve your participation in "I-rish You Luck" Week at YC!  

Quick Links

Here is the list of Student Incentives:
  • If the school reaches $25,000 in total sales - all students receive a Day Off
  • If the school reaches $18,000 in sales - the YC Teacher Turn-up will perform
  • Dress Down (March 19-23) for students of raffle ticket purchasers & those purchasing $35 Dress Down Wristband
  • Any family that sells more than 1 raffle ticket - your YC student(s) gets free "order in" lunch (date TBD)
Questions can be directed to Sheila Gick at or 717-846-8871 x217. Order forms should be returned to YCHS, c/o I-rish You Luck Week.
Spring Celebration
You are cordially invited to the 3rd Annual Spring Celebration presented by The Stewart Companies, a festive evening of cocktails, dining, silent and live auctions, student presentations, music, and camaraderie on Saturday, April 28, from 6-10 PM at the Country Club of York. 

Please join us as we celebrate our YC pride and successes throughout the year.  All proceeds raised from this enchanting evening will benefit our York Catholic Fund, enabling us to invest in tuition assistance for those in need, a vibrant curriculum, technology upgrades, the arts and athletics, resources for our valued teachers, and the beautification and safety of our school.  

Our planning committee is actively seeking donations for our live and silent auctions.  If you can contribute a gift certificate to a local restaurant or business, tickets to a sporting/cultural event, local attraction or getaway, it will truly help our efforts and make a difference in the lives of our students.  All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes and grateful acknowledgement at the Spring Celebration.   Click for auction item information  or  sponsorship opportunities .    Volunteer opportunities are also currently available.   

For tickets and more information, click here  or please contact Jennifer Sabo at  or  717-846-8871 x222. 
Financial Aid Appointments
Our Advancement Department continues to work hard with our donors to increase tuition assistance opportunities for our students. If you plan to apply for assistance, please be sure to do so no later than April 17, 2018. If you require assistance in completing this application, you may make an appointment with our Business Office Manager, Ms. Heather Dougherty, March 20 or March 21, at or 717-846-8871 x215.
Please click on the following documents for information and/or completion:
Buying on Amazon? 
If you typically do any of your shopping online at, go to  instead and the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 1.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to York Catholic's Student Aid and Endowment Fund from March 12-31.  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.
Speech Festival

Students in 9th-12th grade have been presenting speeches in English class with the top presentations moving on to the semi-finals and finals. On Friday, March 16, speech finalists take the stage in an all school assembly at 9:45 AM. Family members are welcome to attend.
St. Patrick's Day Parade

The York Catholic Marching Band will be participating in the York St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, beginning at 1 PM along Market Street in downtown York. See you there!
Yearbook Sale Extended
Even though the 2018 color yearbooks are not distributed until May, NOW is the time to place your order for a book.  The order deadline has been extended to March 31.

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.
Scholarships Available
York Catholic is proud of the success of its students earning college scholarships over the years.  More than 71% of last year's graduating class collectively earned $8.37 million in college scholarship offers.  The Guidance Department keeps an updated list of local, regional, and national scholarship opportunities in the Career Room and on the YC website.  The following special scholarships are available with deadline dates fast approaching.  Please note that one of them is for a current Junior to be used toward Senior year tuition at York Catholic.  
Scholarships for current Juniors
Dr. George M. and Mrs. Mary E. Johnson Scholarship
This scholarship is for a current York Catholic junior interested in pursuing a career in medicine. The scholarship is used toward the student's York Catholic tuition during his or her senior year at York Catholic.  Applicants should exemplify leadership qualities and skills through his/her participation in class, extracurricular clubs, groups, or activities.  The student will also uphold and practice the moral and religious principles of the Roman Catholic faith. Applications for this scholarship can be obtained from and returned to Mrs. Gingerich in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 26, 2018
Scholarships for current Seniors
Ray Tyo St. Ferdinand Scholarship (Diocese of Harrisburg)
This scholarship is valued at approximately $8,000 divided over four years and is awarded to one student from each diocesan high school within the Diocese of Harrisburg. The requirements are as follows: 1) be a practicing Catholic manifesting good moral character, 2) be a student in good standing, 3) be accepted for study at a Catholic institution of higher learning, 4) have a need for financial assistance and, 5) have the recommendation of student's high school administrator.  Applications for this scholarship can be obtained from and returned to Mrs. Gingerich in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 26, 2018
Stephen M. Leiser Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in the YC science teacher's memory and is open for a graduating senior who has taken some Level II classes at York Catholic and who is interested in furthering his or her education.   Applications can be obtained from and returned to Mrs. Gingerich in the Career Room.
Deadline: March 26, 2018
Scholarships for all students
Knights of St. Paul Scholarship
The Knights of St. Paul is offering at least one $500 scholarships to a YC student(s) for use toward their tuition at York Catholic for the 2018-19 school year. Applications can be obtained from and returned to Mrs. Gingerich in the Career Room.
Deadline: April 16, 2018
Bring a Friend to School Day
YC is holding Bring a Friend to School Day on Monday, March 26. Current students can encourage an interested friend (from dance class, scouts, a sports team, your neighbor or cousin, etc.) to spend the day at YC as a shadow student. Instead of shadowing with one of our Ambassadors, they can shadow with their friend. Please have the friend's parent contact Ms. Heather Hoffman at  or 717-846-8871 x220 by Monday, March 19, to set up a visit day and to receive a permission slip. Only students with a real interest in possibly attending YC will be scheduled for this date.
Junior High Play
This year's Junior High One Act Play is entitled, The Twilight Cone. It is Marcus's first day working at the Twilight Cone, an ice cream shop owned by his great aunt. When his aunt must run an errand, Marcus forgets his promise to serve only vanilla while he is alone in the store. Strange things begin to occur (time is rewound or slowed down, just to name two) when unusual flavors of ice cream are ordered and eaten. What will happen to Marcus and those who order ice cream from the Twilight Cone?  The play is being performed free of charge Friday, March 23, from 7-7:30 PM in the auditorium.  
Senior Baby Pictures Needed

In preparation for the Senior Breakfast, we are asking families of 12th graders to send a 3x5, 4x6, or 5x7 photo of your child (when he or she was younger than age 5) into the main office to the attention of Roxanne Castellanos. Please be sure to label it with your child's name on the back. Pictures are needed by April 16. The Senior Breakfast Committee will be displaying these photos in the cafeteria the day of the breakfast. 
Projected Senior Schedule
The senior class schedule for May 2018 is listed below.  Attendance is mandatory at all events with the exception of the Senior Picnic.  Students wishing to attend the Senior Picnic must register in advance (details coming later) and be academically eligible. If a student does not attend a mandatory event, conferral of his or her diploma will be held until those hours are made up at school during the week or after graduation.  No trips will be approved for seniors after May 12. A letter will be sent home to parents of seniors with greater details on the following events:
15         Last Regular Class Day
16         Exams (Math & Social Studies)
17         Exams (Religion & Science)
18         Exams (English & Foreign Language)
21         Clean-up & Rehearsal 8:15 AM-11:45 AM
22         Senior Breakfast & Rehearsal for Graduation 8:15 AM-11:15 AM
22         Senior Picnic at PeoplesBank Park (Revs Stadium) in York 12 PM (optional)
23         Senior Awards Assembly & Rehearsal for Graduation 8:15 AM- 1 PM
24         Rehearsal for Graduation 9 AM-1 PM
24         Baccalaureate Ceremony at St. Joseph's, York at 7:30 PM
25         Graduation Ceremony at YCHS at 7:30 PM (tickets required) 

Junior High Honors Band
Congratulations to the following students named to the York County Middle School Honors Band. Shown left to right:  Brian Inman (trombone), Caitlyn Noll (clarinet), Christopher Gick (alto saxophone), Elliana Euclide (flute), Nate Gingerich (trumpet).   The Honors Band will perform a public concert Saturday, March 17, at 4 PM at Central York Middle School. 
In Case You Missed It...
Jobs Well Done
It has been a very gratifying week for the students and staff of York Catholic.

Photo Courtesy of Special Olympics PA

Last Saturday, our Junior High students spent their day cheering on the competitors at the Special Olympics ice skating event at the York Ice Arena.  Some of the competitors' parents wrote us notes of thanks:

" The atmosphere at last Saturday's competition was significantly enhanced by the cheering of your York Catholic students.  They were fantastic.  They consistently provided joyful cheers for all competitors, their gold pompoms flashing in rhythm with their cheering.  Those in attendance; the Special Olympics Athletes, coaches, volunteers, parents, and caregivers, all greatly appreciated their enthusiasm and spirited cheering.  Thank you!"
"Your students stayed for the entire day, and their cheering remained strong to the very end.  They made a big difference in the lives of the participating Special Olympics Athletes from Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.  They deserve our heartfelt thanks!  We hope to see them again next year.  Thank you!"
"Our family traveled to York for the first-time this past weekend. My son, Zeke, competed in his first Special Olympics figure skating competition. He isn't much of a skater, but he loves to perform for an enthusiastic crowd. Most of the crowd noise was provided by a large contingent of York Catholic students. I want to express my gratitude to those kids. Their enthusiasm and cheering made the event everything Zeke could have hoped for."

In the evening, our Senior High students participated in Mini-THON and far surpassed their fundraising goal with a total of $22,153.30 to benefit The Four Diamonds Fund which supports families with children battling pediatric cancer.

Sunday, we welcomed Cal Ripken, Jr. and raised over $32,000 for the York Catholic athletic programs.  

Yesterday, a group of seniors led a school-wide prayer service to honor the students and adults who lost their lives in the Florida school shooting tragedy.  The students encouraged the entire school to participate in #whatsyour17yc which encourages reaching out to fellow students and strangers in the community with acts of kindness.  

Look for pictures of these events on the York Catholic Facebook page.

This week, more than ever, we are proud to be IRISH!
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