November 30, 2017
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. 

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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!
Junior High Christmas Dance

The Junior High Student Council is hosting a Christmas Dance for all YC junior high students on  Friday, December 8, from 7-9 PM.  Guests from other schools are not permitted to attend this dance.  The 7th & 8th graders will be entertained by a DJ while they enjoy some food and each other's company.  During the week of December 4-8, the students can purchase a dance ticket in homeroom.  The price for the dance is $5 in homeroom, but $7 at the door.  Your children can ask their Student Council representatives if they need any more information.
Christmas Concerts

Instruments and voices come together at York Catholic High School's Christmas Concerts!  The senior high concert is Sunday, December 10, at 6 PM and the junior high concert is Wednesday, December 13, at 7 PM.  Celebrate the season and enjoy the sounds of holiday spirit!  Admission is free.
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 WSBA 910-AM, WGAL TV-8, 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. 
Service Hours Due
Students are reminded that verification of service hours for the first semester is to be completed and submitted to your Religion teacher by Tuesday, December 5.
Junior High Students:
                • One signed verification paper per service site (available on YC website & in Religion classes).
                • Verification of at least 6 hours of service.
                • See page 7 of the Service Booklet for your Service Hours Written Project.
Senior High Students:
                • One signed verification paper per service site (available on YC website & in Religion classes).
                • Verification of at least 8 hours of service.
                • Assignment per Religion teacher.
Spirit Shirt Friday

Tomorrow (Friday, December 1) 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.
Welcome Wednesday
York Catholic will be open from 10 AM-2 PM on Wednesday, December 6, for families to drop by for a tour with one of our YC Student Ambassadors and to meet with our Admissions Director to get questions answered.  For more information, contact Heather Hoffman at  717-846-8871 x220 or
Meet the Winter Teams

Parents and fans are invited to raise the Irish spirit and meet the athletes who will be representing York Catholic during the winter sports season.  Meet the Teams Night will be held Monday, December 4, at 7 PM in the gymnasium.  Come out and cheer on our teams! 
Senior High Coffee House

Students in grades 9-12 are invited to enjoy an evening of music, food, and fellowship at the Senior High Coffee House tomorrow, Friday, December 1, at 7 PM.  Student musicians will perform in a relaxed atmosphere. The price of admission is one non-perishable food item to be donated to the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.  
Congratulations to Anna Fraser who performed as a singer with the York Symphony at the Holiday Pops Concert last week (right).  

Congratulations to Claire Laux who won second place in graphic design in York's recent Art Walk exhibit (left). 
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York PA  17403

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