November 9, 2017
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. 

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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!  
New Student Application Deadline
New student applications for the 2018-2019 school year are due tomorrow, Friday, November 10.  Click below for  an application.  

Please contact Heather Hoffman at 717-846-8871 x220 or   if you have any questions.  We're excited to see our Futures join us as YC students next year!
Send Us Your Video
"You Belong at York Catholic" is the theme being used in our marketing to attract new students. We need you to be a part of it!  We're looking for you to share your experience with future YC families and it won't take a lot of your time. 

Send us a 20-second (maximum) video that starts with "You Belong at York Catholic because..."  For example, Ms. Hoffman recorded hers and she said, "You Belong at York Catholic because you'll find a great support system that becomes your extended family."  The best videos will be used in upcoming social media posts.  

Send videos to by November 15. Thanks for your help!
Be a Part of #GivingTuesday
York Catholic will be participating in this year's #GivingTuesday on November 28!  In case you haven't heard, the goal of #GivingTuesday is to create a global day of giving back, which celebrates generosity and kindness. Our YC students collect toys for the Ronald McDonald House each year as a way to give back to the community.  We Believe you support the pillar of service our students are learning and living.
York Catholic has a goal of raising $15,000 and we really hope you'll be a part of reaching that goal!  Please give or give again.  All gifts are appreciated no matter the amount.  All of the donations received will go towards the 2017-2018 York Catholic Fund.
We hope you're able to join the millions who are making #GivingTuesday the huge success that it is nationwide!
Click on the button to donate
Thanksgiving Food Drive
We are thankful for many things at York Catholic.  Our students are also very generous when it comes to helping others.   To date, students have collected over $1,700 to support Hurricane Relief and the Pregnancy & Family Resource Center.  The November mission collection will be our annual food contribution to the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.   Each homeroom is asked to donate a turkey and canned goods for a Thanksgiving dinner to the Food Pantry. 
This year, the Food Pantry will be partnering with LifePath Ministries to provide 1,700 dinners to our community.  Turkeys of all sizes are needed, as are gift cards to various grocery stores.  A list of suggested food items for a Thanksgiving dinner is given below.  Items should be stored in each homeroom until the pick-up date on Friday, November 10.  Please do not send turkeys to school prior to that date. 

Suggestions for donated items for a Thanksgiving dinner:        
            turkey gravy
            boxed stuffing
            instant mashed potatoes
            boxed desserts
            canned vegetables:  peas, carrots, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes
            cranberry sauce
            canned fruit
Thank you for helping to make a family's Thanksgiving dinner a special one this year.
PA Education Savings Account            
A message from the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference:

Pennsylvania Senators are in a position to vote on legislation that could expand school choice opportunities for students across the Commonwealth. As it stands, the Senate Education Committee is currently considering a bill known as the Education Savings Account plan. Senate Bill 2 would help protect the most vulnerable children among us by focusing the savings accounts on the lowest-performing school districts in the state. You have supported efforts to expand school choice in the past and realize what supporting this effort means to students and their families.  NOW is the time to urge Senators to do the same!  Let our legislators hear your voice - Please use the link below:
Student Pictures
Students who were absent on Picture Day or those who wish to have their picture re-taken, should report to the auditorium lobby Tuesday, November 14, at 8:30 AM. Students requesting a re-take should bring their original photo package. There is no charge to have pictures taken or re-taken for your yearbook portrait. If you wish to purchase additional photos, place orders online by going to   PRIOR to November 14 and using Picture Day ID# LT217798Q1.
Clubs & Activity Groups
Students involved in extra-curricular activities will have their group pictures taken for the yearbook the morning of  Friday, November 17.  Students are to dress in school uniform.

Lifetouch also takes candid action shots at sporting events, music events, and school events throughout the school year that are available for purchase.  These photos are posted on the YC website under Current Students-Resources-Photos.  
If there is ever an error with your photo order, please contact Lifetouch at 1-800-244-4373.  Their Customer Service Department will be best equipped to correct your order or answer your questions.
Morning Prayer

Keepers of the Command, the Senior High Youth Group, will be leading morning prayers in the chapel Monday, November 13, and Monday, November 20, from 7:30-8:15 AM.  All students and school employees are encouraged to attend.
Writing Lab Opens
Mrs. Henson is offering a Writing Lab for students in grades 9-12 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8 AM in Room 102. High school students needing help with ideas, outlines, sentence structure, MLA format and citations, and any other portion of writing assignments should bring their assignment sheet and any writing they have done.  Students will be given assistance in learning how to improve writing and fix errors. The lab staff will not edit papers. 
College Financial Aid Night
A College Financial Aid Night is planned for parents of Seniors on
Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 PM at YC.  A representative from Pennsylvania's Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) will speak about all aspects of financial aid including state and federal grants, loans, work-study and scholarships.  She will speak on financial aid for all students regardless of which college they plan to attend.  Parents and students who have not yet had the experience of completing the state and federal financial aid forms will find the information extremely valuable. Parents of juniors are also welcome to get a head start.  While this presentation is geared toward parents, students are welcome to accompany their parents to get an understanding and appreciation of the financial obligation of a college education.  To register, contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at 717-846-8871 x254 or  
Magazine Drive Item Pick-up Changed

Perishable items and merchandise purchased via the paper form through the Magazine Drive were originally scheduled for pick-up on Wednesday, November 15; however, the delivery date has instead been moved to Wednesday, November 29, from 3-6:30 PM in the YC cafeteria.  We cannot store any items not claimed during this time.  Online orders and magazines will be delivered directly to your home.  If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Gick at or 717-846-8871 x217.
Winter Sports Teams Practices Begin

All winter sports teams (basketball, wrestling, indoor track) will begin practices Friday, November 17.  Check with the team coach or Mr. Bankos for exact times and locations.
Fall Play Performances
York Catholic High School students will present "Dr. Evil and the Basket of Kittens" on Friday, November 17 at 7 PM; Saturday, November 18 at 7 PM; and Sunday, November 19 at 2 PM in the high school auditorium.  Dr. Evil is prepared to impress the Council of Evil with his latest invention, but when a basket of adorable kittens arrives on his doorstep, the Council may never believe he's evil enough to offer the financial backing needed to complete his dastardly project.  Tickets are available at the door at a cost of $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children under 12.  There is a family maximum of $14.
Musical Workshops & Auditions
Students in grades 7-12 are invited to audition for this year's spring musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," on  Monday, November 20, and  Tuesday, November 21, from 3:15-6 PM in the auditorium. Students should prepare to sing a song from the show and do a cold read from the script. No previous experience needed! 

NEW WORKSHOP TIMES:  Two audition workshops will take place in the auditorium on
Monday, November 13, from 4:10-5:15 PM, and  Wednesday, November 15 , from 3-4:15 PM. The workshops are not required, but will be helpful to those interested in auditioning. Questions can be sent to Ms. Pantano at

 Save the dates for the performances March 2-4.
Music Association Meeting
Parents of music and choral students are welcome to attend the York Catholic Music Association meeting on Tuesday, October 10, 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.
Saturday "To Do" List
We've got your Saturday scheduled for you...
Marching Band Championships begins at 1:30 PM at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown with YC's "City Livin'" show scheduled for a 4 PM performance.  Awards Ceremony begins at 7:30 PM. 
The Football team will be playing Newport for the District Championship Saturday at 7 PM at Boiling Springs High School. Tickets are on sale in the main office tomorrow from 7:45 AM-1 PM. Pre-sale prices are Students $4 and Adults $6.  All tickets at the game are $6.  Children under 6 admitted free.
Go Irish! 
Employment Opportunities at Misericordia
Misericordia Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has a few part-time dietary aide positions available that involve after-school hours some days and every other Saturday. For more information, contact Mrs. Marion Bittner at 717-755-1964 or
In Case You Missed It...

The York Symphony Orchestra invited students from grades 3-12 to participate in the 2017 Student Songwriting Contest.   Mason Kovach, a freshman at York Catholic High School, won the 2nd Place award in the Senior High School division for his instrumental composition for the trumpet.  Mason's sister, Miranda Kovach, a 6th grade student at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Elementary School, won the 2nd Place award in the elementary category. Miranda composed an instrumental piece for piano.
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