March 8, 2018
I-rish You Luck!
Artists:  Lindsay Shaffer '18
& Rafael Paul '18
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 by March 15.  

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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)
  • Every student who submits a ticket sale by the end of homeroom on Monday, March 12, will receive ice cream on Tuesday, March 13.
  • Every student who submits a ticket sale by the end of homeroom on Monday, March 12, through Wednesday, March 14, will have a chance to win a Shamrock Shake coupon on Thursday, March 15.
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.
Cal Ripken, Jr. Coming to YC!

This Sunday, March 11, is the big day when Cal Ripken, Jr. will appear at York Catholic High School at 2:30 PM in the auditorium sponsored by WellSpan Sports Medicine.  

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 .
Tickets to meet Cal are already sold out, but reserved seats to attend "A Conversation with Cal Ripken, Jr." are still available and include the following options:

  • 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
If you haven't already purchased your tickets, time is running out!  Tickets can be ordered online by clicking the Ticket icon below or by visiting .  Proceeds benefit the York Catholic athletic programs.

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:
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. 
On March 10, over 250 York Catholic students (more than half of our senior high enrollment) will once again join the efforts of over 265 high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools to have fun and work to conquer pediatric cancer. Based on Penn State's successful THON, a 46-hour dance marathon, Mini-THON challenges students to stay on their feet while participating in a number of high energy activities including dodgeball, speedball, four square, and Zumba . All proceeds accumulated through the efforts of Mini-THON are donated directly to The Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital in Hershey, PA.  In five years, York Catholic has raised over $7 5,000 to help conquer pediatric cancer. This year our goal is to raise $19,000 and raise awareness "For the Kids." Donations can be given to Mrs, Wertz in room 103 at YC or paid online using The Four Diamonds Online Social Fundraising Website, DonorDrive at

Students are reminded to wear their Mini-THON t-shirts, sneakers, and pants or modest shorts that meet the extra-curricular dress code.
For the Kids Friday

As part of our support of the Four Diamonds for our Mini-THON event, students may pay $1 to wear blue or gold shirts tomorrow.  Blue is the official color of the Four Diamonds and yellow is the color recognized in the fight against pediatric cancer. Students should pay their $1 in homeroom on Friday. Uniform pants, skirts, or skorts must be worn.
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 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 are available in the Career Room.  Return completed applications 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.
Speech Festival Assembly

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.
Change to Marking Period

With the weather forcing us to use snow days, we are extending the 3rd marking period to March 23.  Report cards will be distributed April 3.
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. 
Spring Sports Pictures
Spring sports teams will have pictures taken on Thursday, March 15, and Friday, March 16, at the following times:

Thursday 3/15               
JH Track                       3:15 PM
JH Volleyball               3:45 PM                    
Boys Lacrosse            4:15 PM                
Baseball                       5:00 PM
Friday 3/16
Boys Tennis                 3:15 PM                      
Softball                        3:45 PM
Girls Lacrosse              4:15 PM
Coaches will give student-athletes picture order forms that should be completed and handed to the photographer at the time of the photo shoot.
Meet the Teams Night
With weather conditions not being conducive to outdoor play, many of our spring teams will be practicing indoors in the gymnasium. This creates a great demand for limited gym time and space.  Because of this, we have decided to cancel  Meet the Teams Night previously scheduled for March 20 so our teams can continue to practice without interruption.  Please check the Sports Schedule on the YC website and come out to support the teams at their games!  Go IRISH!
Music Association Meeting
Parents of music and choral students are welcome to attend the York Catholic Music Association meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 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. 
In Case You Missed It...
We have been celebrating World Languages this week with prayers in the different languages of our students.  Today, we celebrated a school-wide Mass with prayers and songs in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Latin, and Chinese.  During Mass, Senor Sosa, YC Spanish teacher and co-founder of Outreach PARAGUAY was presented with a check from the YC Spanish Club representing proceeds from their recent Bake Sale.   

Outreach PARAGUAY works in collaboration with the Paraguayan Ministry of Health, local community members, educators, and health care professionals to develop and implement meaningful and sustainable projects.   Project activities focus on:
  • improving the health and well-being of rural communities
  • providing participants with an opportunity to learn about the delivery of healthcare throughout Paraguay
  • providing participants with a glimpse of the life, land, and culture of Paraguay
For more information about Outreach PARAGUAY, visit the website at

Our International students gathered for a photo in celebration of World Language Week.

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