October 5, 2017
Schedule Notes
Early Dismissal
We will have an 11:30 AM dismissal tomorrow, Friday, October 6, while our teachers attend an In-Service. Busses will adjust their schedules for the earlier pickup time and we ask parents to also pick-up by 11:30 AM.
No School                                                        
School is closed Monday, October 9, in observance of Columbus Day. The office is also closed.
Open House
York Catholic High School is hosting a Fall Open House on Sunday, October 15, from 12-2 PM.  Prospective families considering educational options for their child for grades 7-12 will have a chance to take a tour of the school, talk with teachers who will be answering questions, and hear from York Catholic's current parents who will be mingling with guests and sharing YC experiences.  Click here for a coupon as a thank you for sharing this information with your friends.  For more information, contact Heather Hoffman at hhoffman@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x220. 

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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! 
It's Not Just Magazines Anymore!
Booklets and letters for the annual Magazine (and more) Drive have been distributed to students with returns accepted October 10-20.  Students have the opportunity to sell more than magazines this year.  J ewelry, gift wrap, pizzas, cookie doughs, gifts, team cups, and more are also available.  

Only magazine subscriptions, nuts, and gifts are available to order online at https://gaschoolstore.com .  Be sure to use YC code 2569838 in your online order, print the confirmation page, and bring it to school with the rest of your orders.  

All refrigerated items must be ordered through a student using a paper order form.  The perishable items must be picked up on Wednesday, November 15, from 3-6:30 PM.  We cannot store any items not claimed during this time.
Encourage students to contact parents of recent YC graduates to encourage them to renew their subscriptions they purchased in previous years.  If they place their order or renewal online, be sure to have them print the confirmation and forward it to the student to submit with their returns.
Don't forget - your student can earn up to $2,500 in tuition credit for college!  Be sure to review the "Tuition Rewards" flyer in your Magazine (and more) Drive packet for details.
Special Note : Due to PSATs and senior picture, all students must be in uniform on Wednesday, October 11.  Students earning dress down privileges must come to school in uniform on October 11.  The make-up dress down day is Friday, October 20.  

A s always, we ask for your help to count and record the returns. No experience is necessary.  Training takes less than 15 minutes.  If you would like to help, please click here for the form to complete and send it to the office c/o Mrs. Sheila Gick or email it to sgick@yorkcatholic.org .

Click here for complete information.
A Patriotic Night at the Races

York Catholic's Athletic Association will host "Irish Night: A Patriotic Night at the Races" on Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, at YC. Doors open at 5:30 PM.  

At 6 PM, the night starts with a Moment of Silence and live singing of the National Anthem by YC senior athlete Catherine Tillotson.   Join us for 12 simulcast horse races, silent auction, raffles, rip tickets, and all you can eat food and beverages with catering by Mission BBQ for $25. 

Reserved tables for 8 are available for $500 that includes 8 tickets and publicity the night of the event. 

Reserve your tickets in advance so we can prepare our food and beverage suppliers! To reserve tickets, contact Roxanne Castellanos at rcastellanos@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x211 or send your order request (quantity of tickets and names for each) and payment (check made to YC Athletic Association) to her attention at York Catholic.  You will not receive a hard ticket but will be checked in the night of the event. 

Dress is casual. This event is for ages 21+. Click here for a flyer to share with friends.   Please support our event and come prepared to play and have fun while raising money for YC Athletics.
Picture Day Orders
Lifetouch is the exclusive photography vendor for York Catholic.  All students in grades 7-11 will have their yearbook pictures taken tomorrow, Friday, October 6, from 8:30-11:30 AM at YC. Students must be in uniform.  Families are under no obligation to purchase a package, but all students will be photographed for the yearbook.  For those families wishing to place a photo order, please know there are no paper order forms.  You can place orders online by going to  www.mylifetouch.com  PRIOR to Picture Day and using Picture Day ID# LT217798Q0 (the last digit is a zero and not the letter O).  Orders must be placed by October 6 at 8 AM.  Pictures will be distributed to students in approximately 4 weeks.
In addition to the portrait photos, 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.
Wednesday, October 11
PSAT Testing                                      
Eleventh graders will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 11.  For best results, students should have a good night's rest and eat a good breakfast on testing day.  Students need to come prepared with #2 pencils as a well as a graphic or scientific calculator.  The PSAT tests students on Reading, Writing, and Math, and is an invaluable practice test preceding the SAT.  Practice test manuals were distributed in homeroom three weeks prior to the exam, and sophomores and juniors are encouraged to take time to become familiar with the test format.  Any questions regarding the test or scoring may be directed to Mrs. Eva Hess in the guidance office at 717-846-8871 x232 or ehess@yorkcatholic.org.  
Seniors Special Morning                      
Seniors should report to school on Wednesday, October 11, at 10 AM.  Upon arrival, seniors should report directly to the auditorium instead of homeroom.  Seniors will be measured for their graduation cap and gown and gather for their senior class picture.  Seniors will start classes with 5th period at 11:29 AM.

Students Must Be in Uniform
Due to PSATs and senior picture, all students must be in uniform on Wednesday, October 11.  Students earning dress down privileges from the Magazine Drive must come to school in uniform on October 11.  The make-up dress down day is Friday, October 20. 
Marian Mass

Family and friends are invited to join us for our school-wide Marian Mass on Thursday, October 12, at 10:20 AM in the auditorium.
Futures Nights at YC

Partner school students in grades 1-6 are invited to Futures Night at York Catholic!  Come out and be part of the team as you cheer for your future school!

Tuesday, October 10 
The JV game starts at 6 PM followed by the Varsity game at 7 PM.   Partner students will visit the locker room, listen to coach's pregame instruction, participate in team prayer, create the tunnel for the players to run through, shag balls during warmups, and pose with the team for a picture at the end of the game.
Football, Band, Cheerleading
Friday, October 13
Partner school students in grades 1-6 are invited to sit together and support the team.  K-6 cheerleaders who participated in the YC Cheer Clinic are welcome to join the varsity squad on the sidelines. 6th grade band students are welcome to play with the YC Marching Band in the stands.  Please email Ms. Cecelia Mezza at  cmezza@yorkcatholic.org if you are interested in playing with the band. Band students should arrive to the band room by 5:45 PM. Cheerleaders and other students should arrive by 7 PM.
Box Tops Collection
Please check your boxed and canned goods for the Box Tops for Education cut-out.  Please send your collection into school by October 20. This is the major fundraiser for junior high student council and junior high activities. You don't have to buy anything or sell anything! Please try to join forces with friends, family, and neighbors to collect as many box tops as possible. The junior high homeroom collecting the most box tops will be rewarded with an ice cream treat! 
Student Adventure Race

The senior high Student Council will be hosting an Adventure Race on Saturday, October 21, from 10 AM-12 PM at York Catholic for interested senior high students. Student teams must pre-register for this event by October 13 in Room 103.  Gaelic Quest points will be awarded to the team that finishes first.
Order Yearbooks Now
Even though the 2018 color yearbooks are not distributed until May, NOW is the time to place your order for a book.  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.

Special Note for Parents of Seniors:
There will be a special section of the 2018 yearbook reserved only for parents of seniors to send a message to their senior son or daughter.  It is a great keepsake and a wonderful way to congratulate your child for all of their years of hard work.  The rectangular space costs $20 and can be in full color with a total of 30 words and 1 picture.  Be sure to only submit pictures that you do not need replaced.  Photos should be in good condition and printed on photo paper.  Please click here for the Senior Form and return it with your payment (checks made payable to York Catholic High School) to Mrs. Nagley no later than Tuesday, November 21.
School Study Update
A message from Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Chair, School Study Committee:

We are pleased to report the School Study Committee to Strengthen and Sustain Catholic Education in the York Deanery has completed the data gathering and interview stages and has moved into the analysis stage of its study.
All pastors and principals participated in individual interviews and each parish provided statistical data showing trends over the past 10-20 years.  Parish members and school families were invited to participate in our School Study survey and we received four times the amount of responses expected.  This collection amounted to over 150 pages of data to review.  Thank you for your input!  It will prove invaluable as we begin our analysis stage.
We will update you with our findings and recommendations when the committee completes its analysis. Your support throughout this process has been a blessing to the volunteers who are working toward Strengthening & Sustaining Catholic Education in the York Deanery.
Meeting for Music Parents
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.
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