March 22, 2018
I-rish You Luck!
Artists:  Lindsay Shaffer '18
& Rafael Paul '18

Last chance to purchase your ticket for the "I-rish You Luck" raffle for a chance at a tuition credit or cash! All orders are due t o the main office by 12 noon tomorrow, March 23. We will pull the lucky ticket on March 23 at 2:30 PM 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!  

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.

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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. 
Parent Referral Program
If you know a friend, family member or anyone looking for a high-quality, Christ-centered education for their children who do not already attend a Catholic school, you could receive a $50 credit toward your child's tuition at York Catholic, with a chance to win a $500 credit.
York Catholic's Parent Referral Program is a win-win for everyone involved. Referred students receive an outstanding education from York Catholic, while parents of the referred families get peace of mind knowing their child is gaining so much more than just a top-notch education.  Families who refer someone who registers at York Catholic receive a $50 credit towards their child's tuition.
You, as parents, are our best ambassadors.   In order for the Parent Referral Program to be a success, we need information about individuals who may be interested in joining the York Catholic family. All you need to do is click here to fill out the form. During the registration process, if you are listed as the referring individual for a friend or other enrolling individual, we will credit your child's account with $50.  In May, one family who referred someone who enrolled at YC will be randomly selected to win a $500 tuition credit.
It really is that simple. So go ahead. Please click on the link above and allow us the opportunity to do what we love -- help to develop, nurture and encourage children so they may grow in faith, mind, and heart. Mail or email the form to us and we will take it from there!
Thank you for all you do for our school!   
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.
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
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. These photos will be displayed in the cafeteria the morning of the breakfast. 
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.  
Dress Code Change
Beginning Monday, March 26, we will be transitioning our dress code to 4th quarter regulations.
General Dress Code:
Senior High boys and girls may begin wearing the uniform polo in white or navy blue, while the Junior High boys and girls may wear the uniform polo in white only.
It is the responsibility of the parents and students to ensure that skirts or skorts are within two inches (2") of the knee. Please check all skirts and skorts to ensure this standard is upheld as each morning the students have uniform check.

All Boys may wear the Flynn & O'Hara uniform khaki shorts, and only calf length socks in black, brown, tan or navy, with minimal emblem are permitted.
The complete dress code can be found in the Student Handbook on pages 13-16.
Wednesday, March 28, Special Student Events
Senior High
Our students are challenged academically and encouraged to pursue higher education and rewarding careers. Career Day offers students the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of professionals. These experiences help our students weigh career options and affiliated educational requirements. On March 28, Career Day will feature close to 20 panels of 2 to 3 professionals with discussion guided by student questions. Students were surveyed for their interests and will be attending two panel sessions based on their input. Seniors will also benefit from a special presentation about getting ready for college or a future career. Underclassmen will attend a Career Fair to explore numerous opportunities they may have not previously considered.   Thank you to all of our volunteer presenters!
Junior High
While Senior High students are experiencing Career Day, Junior High students will attend workshops at YC led by the staff of the Susan Byrnes Health Education Center and sponsored by Susan and Randy Byrnes, both York Catholic graduates from the class of 1969.

5 Men Up  is a program designed for boys that utilizes media, music, and class discussion to raise awareness about physical aggression and bullying. Students will learn the skills needed to break the cycle of bullying and feel empowered to create change in this environment.
In Her Shoes is a program designed for girls that utilizes media, music, and class discussion to raise awareness about relational aggression and bullying. With a focus on respect and empathy, other topics include cyber bullying, sexting, effects of bullying, and how to rise above difficult social situations.
Flirting or Hurting is an i nteractive program that helps students identify and combat the destructive behaviors that constitute sexual harassment. Students will examine key elements of this serious topic and learn that sexual harassment affects both men and women. 
Living Stations - New Date 

York Catholic's Senior High students will be presenting a multi-media and live portrayal of the Stations of the Cross accompanied by music and readings on Thursday, March 29, at 10:40 AM in the auditorium. Families and friends are welcome to attend as we prepare for the passion of our Lord.
Early Dismissal Thursday
Thursday, March 29, York Catholic will dismiss at 11:30 AM.
End of School Year 
To make-up the Snow Day we used this week, York Catholic will now be in sessi0n Friday, June 8, with an 11:30 AM dismissal.  The final exam schedule will remain unchanged -- June 5, 6, 7.

Class of 2018 Seminarian
We are pleased to announce that Aidan Warren, a member of the Class of 2018, sat before the Diocesan Seminary Review Board and was accepted as a Seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg. Aidan plans to attend St. Charles Seminary in the fall.

Speech Festival Winners                             
Last week, York Catholic held its annual senior high Speech Festival sponsored by the English Department. Following classroom presentations by all senior high students, thirty-one students competed for a spot in the finals. The top eight speakers presented their speeches to the entire student body during a school-wide assembly emceed by Srosh Matti and Cindy Park.
Congratulations to the finalists!
1st Place: Brian Hand (center)
2nd Place: Bria Schneider (right)
3rd Place: Tyler Baim (left)
Jazzy Grenier
Kadija Kamara
Grace Reed
Miranda Shearer
Dylan Smith
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