December 6, 2018
Thank You for Your Support
We are blessed with generous alumni, parents, and community friends like yourselves who have continued to support our school throughout the last 90 years.

This is a very exciting time in our school's history. Not only is our enrollment better than it has ever been, with 32 more students than projected, but we have also kicked off our Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow Capital Campaign. Within just a couple short months our YC family has pledged over $5.2 million of our $8 million need!

As we embark on this new year, we hope to continue to make a Catholic education possible for more than 600 young men and women, many of whom would not be able to attend without your generosity. As December 31st approaches, many of you are looking at your charitable giving in terms of tax benefits. We ask you to prayerfully consider YC as a charity of choice for your year-end gifts to our annual fund and our capital campaign.

Quick Links

Capital Campaign
Our Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow Capital Campaign funds will be used to directly address the significant facility upgrades that are needed for safety and for an enhanced educational instructional environment. To learn more, please click here.  

York Catholic Annual Fund
Our annual fund supports every student by enriching extra-curricular programs, music and the arts, professional development for teachers, academic program support, athletic programs, technology, special projects, and operating expenditures. This year, we have a fundraising goal of $300,000 for the York Catholic Fund by June 30, 2019. To learn more, please click here.

How to Give
Every gift, whatever the amount, counts and is truly valued. Please use the return envelope that will be included in your December issue of Greensleeves or click here to use our online donation page.  

Thank you for caring and giving!
Students Give Back
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 19.
Coat Drive
The National Honor Society is collecting gently used coats for their Coat Drive. A collection box will be in the lobby until  December 19. 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. 

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 13th 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 18, 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.
Yearbook Sale 
Even though the 2019 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.
Spirit Shirt Friday

Tomorrow, December 7, 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.
Junior High Glow Dance

The Junior High Glow Dance will be held Friday, December 7, from 7-9 PM in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to " get their glow on" by wearing glow bracelets, necklaces, etc. Tickets will be on sale in homeroom the morning of December 7. Cost is $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
Employment Opportunity
Advancement Director
York Catholic is seeking to fill a full-time position with an experienced advancement (development/fundraising) professional. Reporting directly to the Principal, the Advancement Director will guide the Advancement program to include: annual fund, EITC/OSTC, reunion class giving and support, special events, volunteer and staff management, and mailings.  Experience with major donor cultivation, and personal solicitations is critical. Requirements: Bachelor's Degree, technical skills particularly in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of Donor Perfect is preferred. State and federal clearances are also required.

Please send resume, Diocesan application, a copy of state and federal clearances, and letter of interest to the following:
Sheila Gick
Administrative Assistant
York Catholic High School
601 East Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
717-846-8871 x217
Staff Update
Mrs. Henson, sophomore English teacher, is currently on medical leave and Mrs. Terri Eline has returned to the classroom as a substitute to teach until Mrs. Henson returns.  

The York Catholic community will have the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 12-13 from 1-3 PM. Several priests from the York Deanery will be available to hear confessions. This is a great chance to begin the new year with a "clean slate" spiritually.
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 Friday, December 7.
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
Magazine Drive Tuition Certificates
This week, Sage Tuition Reward certificates are being mailed home to those students who earned college tuition credit through our Magazine Drive fundraiser.  Students who sold between $100-$249 worth of merchandise will be receiving a 1,000 Sage Tuition Reward points certificate.  Students who sold $250 or more of merchandise will be receiving a 2,500 Sage Tuition Reward points certificate. Please refer to the certificate for directions on how to redeem these points.  Any questions regarding the redemption and application of the reward points should be directed to Sage Tuition Rewards at  1-800-251-1542 .  Again, thank you for supporting this important fundraiser.
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 WGAL TV-8, WPMT Fox43, 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 Vision system have automatically been entered into the One Call Now system.
Club & Sports Student Photos

Club Photos
Students involved in extra-curricular activities will have their group pictures taken for the yearbook the morning of  Monday, December 10. Students are to dress in school uniform.

Winter Sports Team Photos
Winter sports teams will have their pictures taken on Friday, December 7.  Coaches will distribute the order forms prior to picture day. On those order forms, you will be able to purchase team photos, along with several different individual packages. The forms must be returned to the photographer with payment on picture day.   If the forms are misplaced, please go to       
to place your order or visit and use YC's Winter ID# MJ068536X0 (zeroes, not the letter O) Print the receipt and have your child present it to the photographer on picture day. When the completed photo packages are delivered by Lifetouch, they will be given to the coaches to distribute to those who placed orders. Athletes must be clean shaven and have regulation haircuts. All undershirts must be the same color and be PIAA-legal. Pictures will be taken on Friday, December 7, using the following schedule:
3:05 PM - 8th Grade Girls Team
3:20 PM - Freshmen Girls Team
3:35 PM - JH Cheerleaders
3:50 PM - Varsity Cheerleaders
4:15 PM - Varsity Girls Team
4:40 PM - JV Girls Team
5:00 PM - 8th Grade Boys Team
5:20 PM - Freshmen Boys Team
5:40 PM - Varsity Boys Team
6:05 PM - JV Boys Team 
Christmas Concerts
Instruments and voices come together at York Catholic High School's Christmas Concerts! The Senior High concert is Sunday, December 9, at 6 PM and features the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Bands, and Brass Choir. The J unior High concert is Tuesday, December 11, at 7 PM and features the Junior High Chorus and the Junior High Band.  Celebrate the season and enjoy the sounds of holiday spirit!  Admission is free.
Elf Night
Students in grades K-3 are invited to attend Elf Night on Friday, December 14, from 6-9 PM at York Catholic. Crafts, games, and a snack will be offered by the YC Student Ambassadors. This a great time for parents to finish their last minute preparations for Christmas while their children are having fun in a supervised atmosphere!  All children must be registered with a permission form prior to the event and space is limited. Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis by clicking here.  Confirmation will be sent once the registration form has been received. To assure we have adequate supervision, walk-ins will not be accepted the night of the event. 
Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony
There will be an Ecumenical, Inter-Religious Candlelight Remembrance Service held for anyone who has experienced the death of a friend, family member, or loved one to suicide.  It will be held on Sunday, December 9, at 6 PM at Sacred Heart Basilica in Hanover. Light refreshments will be served in the parish hall following the service.  All are welcome.
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601 E Springettsbury Ave
York PA  17403

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