September 5, 2019
York Catholic Fund
The York Catholic Fund provides vital dollars to help ensure an exceptional educational experience for our students. Each year, donations support the gap between tuition charged and the actual cost per student (approximately $4,000.00 per student), professional development for teachers, student club activities, technology, and facility improvements at the school. 
We believe as a member of our YC family, your help will enable us to continue to offer a rich multidimensional experience for this year's students. Please thoughtfully consider becoming a donor to this year's York Catholic Fund. Your support will help our students benefit from strong academics, winning athletics, and vast and varied extracurricular activities.

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Senior T-shirts

Class of 2020 t-shirts are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here or accessing the online store on the YC website. T-shirts are $12 with a $3 shipping charge and all ordering must be completed by September 13.
Back-to-School Paperwork
Required Paper Forms
All students were given important forms on the first day of school.  If your student has not given these forms to you to complete and sign, please ask him or her for this required paperwork.  All forms are due tomorrow,
Friday, September 6

Required Online Forms
All Back-to-Schoo l online forms were scheduled to be completed by parents by August 26 .  If you did not meet this deadline, please take approximately 10 minutes to complete the forms now.

The Back-to-School online forms can be found on the VISION Parent Portal.  
Parents of students new to YC this year received an email with instructions on how to set-up a VISION Parent Portal account.  If you did not receive it in your Inbox or Spam folder, please contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at .

Parents of students who have attended YC prior to the 2019-20 school year should use their existing VISION Parent Portal account. Do not create a new account.  If you did not set-up a Parent account since your child has been a student at YC, please email Mrs. Deb Gingerich at  for instructions.  
Click  here  to access the VISION Parent Portal.  You can also access VISION by visiting the York Catholic website at  and clicking the VISION icon located in the bottom right corner.  It is also available under Quick Links or in the Announcements section on the home page.  
Once you sign-in to your VISION Parent Portal, follow these steps:
  • Click MORE in the upper right corner.
  • Select FORMS.
  • Click on the yellow CONTINUE button under the Student(s) Name.
  • You will need to click on all of the links (one at a time) to complete the online forms process.
If FORMS is not showing as an option for you, it indicates you are internally listed on your student(s) profile as "Contact 2." At this time, the system will not allow us to permit Contact 2 to make changes online. If you, as Contact 2, have changes to your name, address, phone number, or email address, please contact Mrs. Deb Gingerich at Any changes made to Contact 2 online by Contact 1 will be verified with Contact 2 before being finalized.

Thank you for your attention in completing these required forms.
Lunch Accounts
The Lunchtime link is now available for you to deposit lunch money into your student's account.
Our Lunchtime Point of Sale purchasing system for student lunches is connected directly to the Vision online parent portal accessible through the York Catholic website. Parents simply log in to the Vision parent portal, choose "View Cafeteria Account," click "Students," and follow the options to deposit money into their students' accounts. As parents, you will be able to view what your student is purchasing in the cafeteria. To ensure we are using this system to its potential, everyone is required to use their Lunchtime account log in to pay for his or her lunch meals. The following policies are in place regarding Lunchtime Accounts and Balances. We encourage parents to sign up for email notification when their Lunchtime account balances are getting low.
  • Checks and/or cash are not accepted in the cafeteria for food purchases during lunch periods. It is the responsibility of the student to submit a check (not cash) in a sealed envelope (clearly labeled with his/her name, grade, and student ID number) and place it in the Lunchtime box located in the cafeteria for the student's account to be credited. The minimum check amount is $10. Funds may not be available for 24 hours.
  • It is the student and parent's responsibility to monitor the Lunchtime account online for balance information and retain a positive balance at all times.
  • If a student has a lunchtime balance at $0.00 or below, they will only have the option to purchase a lunch consisting of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit, and drink (1% white milk, iced tea, or orange drink) for $3.00.
  • No refunds will be given during the school year. Seniors will be issued a refund on accounts with a balance of $5 or more after graduation unless they have a sibling enrolled at YC in which case the balance will be transferred to the sibling for the next school year. All underclassmen accounts will roll-over to the next school year.
  • Report cards and Vision access will be held at the end of each quarter if Lunchtime balances are not current.
If you need assistance accessing your Vision account, please contact Deb Gingerich at or 717-846-8871 x219.
Back-to-School Night
We hope to see you at Back to School Night Tuesday, September 17, at 6 PM. The evening begins with a brief presentation by the District Attorney's office about online safety. I mmediately following the presentation, p arents will meet the teachers and learn about class expectations. We look forward to seeing all of our parents in attendance.
Employment Opportunity
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
Summer Assignments Due Tomorrow

PLEASE NOTE:  Parents are not able to access the GoogleDocs to see the assignments.  Parents can only access GoogleDocs through their student's account.  New students will receive information in the mail about this.

York Catholic High School views the development of life-long habits of reading as a hallmark of an educated individual, and it encourages each student to read widely throughout the year.  The school also recognizes the value of on-going academic engagement during the summer months.  Summer reading and other intellectual activities serve to stimulate, to enrich, and to reinforce academic skills during the summer hiatus.  Each current student has received information regarding summer reading.  The assignments are also available for student access on the home page of the YC website at   in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  Reminder that parents can only access the assignments through their student's Google account.  Each grade level's requirements are clearly explained and reading responses are due on or before Friday, September 6

Keeping students' math skills strong during the summer months helps to avoid the "summer slide" and aids in less review time when school resumes. Students should complete their online Summer Math Assignments on or before Friday, September 6. The assignments are available for student access on the home page of the YC website at   in the Announcements section, titled, "Summer Assignments," and on the Forms & Documents page.  Reminder that parents can only access the assignments through their student's Google account. 
Junior High Tailgate
The 7th & 8th Grade students are invited to the Junior High Tailgate on Friday, September 20 , from 5-6:45 PM on the front lawn.  Pizza, party subs, water and paper products will be provided. Please bring a covered dish to share.  Parents and siblings are encouraged to attend. There is no charge for the Tailgate.  Please sign your family up by September 17 by clicking here .  If you have any questions, please contact  Rachel Shanko at  or  Brian Gilbert at .  

After the tailgate, families can cheer the Irish football team on to victory vs. Biglerville.  Kickoff is 7 PM. Cost for the game is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, and  $3 for students.  York Catholic students are admitted for free with their Student Pass.
Junior High Musical
Calling all Junior High students: You can make history!
Audition for YC's first-ever Junior High Musical!   No experience is needed. The audition workshops will give you the tools you need for a successful audition.
Our Junior High musical, "Dear Edwina JR.," follows the adventures of plucky advice-giver-extraordinaire, Edwina, as she directs the neighborhood kids in a series of buoyant production numbers for the latest edition of her weekly "Advice-a-Palooza." Edwina and her friends share wisdom on everything from trying new foods to making new friends, through clever, catchy, and poignant songs.
There will be an informational meeting and audition workshop for anyone interested in auditioning for the cast on Monday, September 9, from 3-4 PM and 4-5 PM and Tuesday, September 10, from 3-4 PM and 4-5 PM in the auditorium. You only need to attend one of those time slots. If you cannot make any of those times, please contact Ms. Pantano at for more information. Auditions will be held on Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, from 3-5 PM.
Performances will be on Friday, November 15, Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17. 2019.
Student Sports Passes Ready for Pick-up

This year, all York Catholic students will be admitted free to all home sporting events when they present their student ID at the ticket counter. Because IDs will not be available until November, temporary passes are now available in the main office. Please stop in during regular business hours Monday through Thursday 8 AM-3 PM to pick-up your temporary pass. Students arriving to the ticket counter without their pass will be required to pay admission.
Senior Pictures

Any senior who did not get their yearbook picture taken in June should have received a postcard from Prestige by Lifetouch with your rescheduled time on Saturday, September 7, in the YC cafeteria. If you did not receive this postcard, or if you need to have your previous picture re-taken, please call Lifetouch at 1-800-445-1189.
Military Info Share
Parents of Juniors and Seniors:  The school is obligated to give names, addresses, and phone numbers of our juniors and seniors to the armed services upon their request, unless parents opt out of having the information shared.  If you do not want us to share your student's information with the military, please contact Mrs. Sheila Gick at 717-846-8871 x317 or  indicating your wishes by September 13.

October 4-6, 2019
Calendar of Events
Click  here   for a flyer

Theme Days*
Rules for Dress Down as listed in the handbook apply for Spirit Week.  Students are encouraged to dress according to the following themes on the specified days:

Monday, September 30 - America Monday
Tuesday, October 1 - Team Tuesday
Wednesday, October 2 - Color War Wednesday
Thursday, October 3 - Movie Character Thursday   
Friday, October 4 - Green and Gold Friday
Pep Rally/Parade/Football Game/Alumni Band
The annual Homecoming Pep Rally is Friday, October 4, at 2:20 PM with the Parade beginning at 5:30 PM. We will also have a n Alumni Tent located by the school main entrance bus circle where we will be giving tours of the school renovations from 5-6 PM. Join us for the football game versus Fairfield at 7 PM. Marching Band Alumni bring your instruments and sit with the Band during this year's Homecoming game! If you are planning on playing with the band, email    and we will have music ready for you.  If you would like your music in advance, please state that in your email along with your mailing address. Calling all YC Cheerleader Alumni...Cheer, dance, and stunt during the 3rd and 4th quarters.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Heather Hoffman at .
Homecoming Dance*
The Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday, October 5, from 7-10 PM in the cafeteria.  Tickets are $10 per student and will be on sale September 23-27 from 7:45-8:15 AM and 3:00-3:15 PM in Room 112.  The Formal Dress Code Agreement is required by all students who wish to attend the dance.  Any student wishing to bring a guest to the dance must also submit a Guest Permission Form.  Parents and students please know the guidelines will be strictly enforced.  The most recent trend of formal dress includes two-piece dresses that slightly expose the midriff.  Please know that an exposed midriff at any point throughout the evening will not be permitted and the student will be required to change into something acceptable.   Click  here   for required forms.  Any questions, please contact Melissa Emschweiler at .
Alumni Social
The Alumni Association will be hosting a Homecoming Alumni Social on Saturday, October 5, at Central Market, from 6-9 PM. Enjoy food from Mezzogiorno Chef, Tim Spangler '81; cash beer and wine bar from Mudhook owner, Jeff Lau '76; and DJ services from Chris Wagman '67. There is no cost to attend. At 8 PM, we will have a champagne toast in honor of the late Coach Jim Forjan.  Click here for a flyer.  Click here to RSVP.
Coach Jim Forjan Memorial Mass
A memorial Mass will be held in honor of Coach Jim Forjan, Sunday, October 6, at 10 AM in the school auditorium. Contact Lisa Pantano at to be a part of the Alumni Mass Choir.  

School Tours
Sunday, October 6, from 11 AM-12 noon, tours will be offered to show the new renovations to the classrooms.   
            *student-only event

Bands on Parade

Look for the YC Marching Band at the York Fair on Sunday, September 8, when they perform at the grandstand in High School Bands on Parade. The show starts at 1 PM with YC scheduled for a 1:24 PM performance. The show is free with your Fair admission. The band would love to see you in the grandstand!
Futures Events
Futures Cheer Clinic
YC's Varsity Cheerleaders will be hosting a Futures Cheer Clinic for students in grades K-6 on Saturday, September 14 , from 9 AM-12 PM in the gymnasium with a showcase of what was learned performed from 11:45 AM-noon. Participants will learn cheers, chants, and a dance. K-6 cheerleaders who participate will get an opportunity to join the varsity squad on the sidelines at the YC football game on September 20.  Cost for one child is $25, two children are $35, and three children are $45.  Registration and payment are due by September 11.  
For more information, call Heather Hoffman at 717-846-8871 x220.  Click here for more information.
Futures Band Camp                                   
York Catholic is hosting a Futures Marching Band Camp on Saturday, September 14, from 8 AM-2 PM for any 4th, 5th, or 6th grade student who has played a band instrument for at least a year or who would be interested in color guard.  Students will have the opportunity to play level-appropriate Marching Band music, as well as learn basic drill techniques, and basic color guard techniques with a little fun thrown in. A mini-show for parents will take place at 1:45 PM.  Lunch, snack, flipbook, lyre, and music will be provided. Cost is $25 per child, $40 for 2 children, $55 for 3 children.  Please bring a refillable water bottle, comfortable sneakers, bug spray, sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothing.  Please register by September 10 by contacting Cecelia Mezza at   or 717-846-8871 x224.  Click here for more information.

Any 6th grade band student who attends a parochial school is welcome to play with the York Catholic Marching Band in the stands at the September 20 football game.  You do not need to attend the mini camp in order to play with us.  Please email Ms. Mezza at the above address if you are interested.  Report time is at 5:45 PM in the YC Band Room. Students can leave at halftime or stay for the full game. 

Futures Games
Partner school students in grades 1-6 are invited to Futures Games at York Catholic!

Come out and be part of the team as you cheer for your future school! S pend time with the varsity players and coaches , listen to coach's pregame instruction, participate in team prayer, sit together to cheer on the team, and pose with the team for a picture.
Boys Soccer  - September 18 at 5:45 PM. Arrive by 5:15 PM.  
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Football  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:15 PM.
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Cheerleading  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:45 PM.
Meet at the stadium under the press box.
Questions:  Contact Lacey Harang at  
Marching Band  - September 20 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 5:30 PM.
Meet in the Band Room at the back of the school.
Questions:  Contact Cecelia Mezza at  
Girls Soccer  - September 24 at 5:45 PM. Arrive by 5:15 PM.  
Meet at the stadium concession stand.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at
Volleyball  - October 1 at 7:00 PM. Arrive by 6:30 PM.
Meet in the gymnasium.
Questions:  Contact Dustin Boeckel at

September is National Preparedness Month
Preparing for the unexpected is important all year. However, National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to learn ways to help be better prepared at home, work, school, and more. Click here for more information about Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)'s Ready PA 30 Days/30 Ways campaign. You'll get easy tips and tools that can help you be better prepared.
In Case You Missed It...
Capital Campaign Update
Students react to seeing their air-conditioned renovated classrooms for the first time!

Bishop Gainer blessed the classrooms and participated in our
Classroom Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Celebrating the completion of our newly renovated classrooms!
Left to right: Randy Byrnes '69, Capital Campaign Committee;  Art Full '80, School Board President; Dan Breen, Diocese of Harrisburg Secretary for Education and  Superintendent of Schools; Terry Conner, Diocese of Harrisburg Director of Buildings & Properties; Most Reverend Ronald Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg; Jeff Merritt '80, Building & Grounds Committee; Katie Seufert '96, Principal; Tim Tate, Stewart & Tate; Bill Shorb '73, Capital Campaign Chair; Bob Stewart '58, Capital Campaign Committee;
Norm Basso, Development Committee.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting 
York Catholic's Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow Capital Campaign.

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