October 17, 2019
YC Christmas Cash!
The YC Christmas Cash calendars are being sold for $25 each through November 1. Each calendar purchased will have a four-digit number and will enter the buyer in a daily drawing for the month of December.  Each day of December has a different payout assigned.  When we pull a purchaser's calendar number on a specific date in December, they will win the amount noted on that date (we are not using PA Lottery numbers).  Every purchaser has 31 chances to win, coordinating with the 31 days of the month.  Winners will be posted on the YC website,  www.yorkcatholic.org , and will be notified by email.  The winner does not need to be present to win.  Winning raffle amounts will be mailed weekly.

Return order forms and money to the YC Christmas Cash calendar homeroom representative in a sealed envelope marked with student name(s) and homeroom(s) beginning October 23.  Please make sure the order forms are legible and filled out completely. Extra forms are available on the YC website homepage in the Announcements section.

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Numbered calendars labeled with the purchaser's name will be sent home for distribution via the oldest student in the selling family after  November 4 .  Parents will be notified via email when calendars are being sent home.  

As always, these fundraisers would not be possible without our many volunteers.  If you are available to help process orders, or have any questions about the YC Christmas Cash calendar raffle, please contact Mrs. Gick at  sgick@yorkcatholic.org, 717-846-8871 x317, or drop a note to her at the main office.

Thank you in advance for making this a successful fall fundraiser! 
A Night at the Races
The York Catholic Athletic Booster Club is hosting "A Night at the Races," on Saturday, November 9, at YC. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Post time is 6:15 PM.  Join us for 8 simulcast horse races, silent auction, raffles, rip tickets, and all you can eat food and beverages with catering by Mission BBQ for $25.
Fun sponsorship opportunities are available. You can buy a table, name a race, and name your horse(s).  Volunteer opportunities are also available.  Dress is casual. This event is for ages 21+. 

Please support one of our biggest fundraising events and come prepared to play and have fun while supporting YC Athletics.  

Click  here for the flyer.
Click  here for sponsorship opportunities.
Click  here for a ticket order form.

Click here to volunteer or provide supplies.

If you have any questions, please contact Brittany Nicholas at 717-846-8871 x322 or  bnicholas@yorkcatholic.org.
Special Purpose Entity
Get a Tax Break

We have exciting news to share with you regarding Special Purpose Entities (SPE).  Pennsylvania now allows individuals to take advantage of EITC Tax Credits (just as businesses can) whereby you have the opportunity to re-direct 90% of your personal state income taxes to York Catholic High School. 

SPE is based on tax liability, not income, therefore each taxpayer's situation will differ. Participants must be PA residents where at least one spouse is employed or has an ownership interest in a PA for-profit business. An individual or couple filing jointly must have a state tax liability of $3,500 or more to participate. To see if you qualify for 2019, you can find your PA tax liability on Form PA-40 Line 12 of your most recent tax return. 100% of participant contributions are distributed to the school. You have to pay these taxes regardless, so why not have a say in how your taxes are allocated? Additionally, you will receive at least a 10% personal deduction on your federal taxes. The money you re-direct to York Catholic is for educational purposes, specifically tuition assistance.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please follow these steps: 
The last day to apply for 2019 is December 1.  Applications for 2020 will be available after the first of the year.

For more information about this easy tax donation, please contact Katie Seufert, York Catholic Principal, at kseufert@yorkcatholic.org.
Employment Opportunity
Cafeteria Aide
York Catholic is seeking a Cafeteria Aide to help prepare lunches and assist with clean-up Monday through Friday from 8 AM-1 PM throughout the school year. Please send resume, Diocesan application, (available on the York Catholic website), and letter of interest to the following:
Jackie Stubbs
Cafeteria Manager
York Catholic High School
601 East Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
Open House
York Catholic High School is hosting a Fall Open House on Sunday, October 20, 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. For more information, contact Heather Hoffman at hhoffman@yorkcatholic.org or 717-846-8871 x220.
Click here to pre-register.
College Information Night
A College Admission Information Night will be held for families on Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 PM at YC. Mrs. Eva Phillips, York Catholic College & Career Counselor, and Ms. Sharon Mulligan of the York College Admissions Office, will review the college admission process, student transcripts, recommendation letters, and a Junior and Senior timeline. To register, contact Ms. Kelsey Kman at 717-846-8871 x354 or kkman@yorkcatholic.org.
Businesses Give Back
Giant's A+ School Rewards program offers 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! 
If you have registered in previous years to support York Catholic, you DO NOT need to re-register your card.
For those new to the program, please follow these steps to register your bonus card account:
  • Visit giantfoodstores.com and click on REGISTER. Follow the prompts to create your online account.
  • Once logged in, select "MY ACCOUNT," followed by "MANAGE MY ACCOUNT," then "REWARDS & SAVINGS" to select York Catholic High School as your beneficiary school.
  • You'll need your 11-digit BonusCard® number and the School ID number which is 21307. If you need assistance, call 1-888-814-4268 option 1.
To earn points, be sure to use your registered BonusCard® each time you shop at any Giant, and you will earn cash for York Catholic. You can confirm your school selection by logging into your account. The program runs through March 14, 2020. Thank you for your support!

Box Tops for Education
Please check your boxed and canned goods for the Box Tops for Education logos.   

If your box top is marked with this logo, please cut it out and send it to school. 

If it is labeled with this box top, please scan your receipt. 

Click here for more information and to download the Box Tops for Education app to scan your receipt. Be sure to select York Catholic High School as your school of choice. 

Our first student reward deadline is October 18, so please have your box tops into school and/or scanned by this date. 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 or scan as many box tops as possible. The homeroom collecting the most box tops will be rewarded! 
Vaping Alert
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed one death and multiple cases attributed to lung injuries associated with vaping in Pennsylvania and recommends that people do not vape.

"The lung injury cases are very serious, life-threatening and even fatal," Dr. Levine said. "We do not yet know what is making people sick, and whether the illnesses are related to products being used, or potentially the delivery of those products. I strongly urge everyone who is vaping illegally bought products, in particular those with THC, to stop. In addition, there could be possible risks with legally purchased products. We want to warn people that investigations are ongoing and we advise they use extreme caution before using any vaping product at this time."

Pennsylvania has reported nine confirmed and 12 probable cases of the lung illness to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are investigating an additional 63 cases. Each of the individuals involved in the cases have suffered serious lung injuries and most have been hospitalized.

"Many medications carry risk and vaping medical marijuana products sold in our dispensaries carries risk in the same way that other medications do," Dr. Levine said. "If you are vaping, whether as part of the medical marijuana program or not, it is essential that you have an honest conversation with your physician about the potential risk for serious illness. For those who are part of the medical marijuana program and have concerns, we encourage you to talk to  your physician or the pharmacist at the dispensary to

Signs and symptoms of a potential lung injury associated with vaping include:
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Chest pain;
  • Nausea or vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Fatigue;
  • Fever; or
  • Weight loss.
Please see your health care provider if you or a loved one are showing signs or symptoms.
The department is continuing to work with the Poison Control Centers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Food and Drug Administration as part of this widespread investigation.

Generally, e-cigarettes are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults who do not currently use tobacco products. It is also important to remember that e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless "water vapor." It can contain harmful substances, including nicotine and ultrafine particles that can be inhaled deep into the lungs; flavoring such as diacetyl, a chemical linked to a serious lung disease; volatile organic compounds; cancer-causing chemicals and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead.

Additional information on e-cigarettes, the dangers of vaping, and how to quit smoking can be found on the Department of Health's website at  health.pa.gov.
Uniform Exchange
In preparation for changing the uniform dress code for the 2nd and 3rd marking periods, York Catholic is hosting a uniform exchange to assist students who are in need of uniform items. The uniform exchange will be available for trades and purchases on Thursday, October 24, from 3-5 PM. Walk-ins on days other than this date cannot be accommodated. If you need uniforms, bring your gently worn items for an even trade or purchase some at a reduced price: skirts $10, pants $8, sweaters $6, shirts $4. Uniforms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If anyone is interested in helping with the uniform exchanges, please contact Heather Hoffman at 717-846-8871 x220 or hhoffman@yorkcatholic.org.
Junior High Glow Dance

The 7th & 8th Grade students are invited to the Junior High Glow Dance on Friday, October 25, from 7-9 PM in the cafeteria. Students are encouraged to " get their glow on" by wearing glow bracelets, necklaces, etc. Cost is $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Tickets are on sale in homeroom October 21-25.
Athletic Booster Club Meeting

All parents of current student-athletes are members of the Athletic Booster Club. Please plan on attending the Athletic Booster Club meeting on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.
Futures Trick or Treat

The York Catholic Student Council invites all children ages 12 and under to attend this year's Futures Trick or Treat Wednesday, October 23, from 6-8 PM at York Catholic.  Children will have the opportunity to go trick-or-treating throughout the school and play Fall-themed games. Costumes are encouraged.
Irish Eye Archives

Previous issues of York Catholic's Irish Eye e-newsletter can be found on the home page of the YC website at www.yorkcatholic.org.

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601 E Springettsbury Ave
York PA  17403

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