October 2021

Letter From Siena

Dear families and friends of Siena,

Welcome to Fall! In the midst of parent conferences, games, exams, spirit weeks, and Halloween, we're preparing to formally unveil the five-year strategic plan for Siena Catholic Schools. As many of you will recall, planning sessions, town halls, and other engagement activities were held pre-COVID to determine the prioritization of high-level work that needed to be done as a system of schools. We looked at the areas of Catholic Identity, Facilities & Technology, Teaching & Learning, Student & Family Life, Enrollment, Development, and Human Resources and have determined much of the work that needs to be done in the next five years. We will be sharing our long-term plan with you in December, but leave you with our new mission, vision, and values:

Mission: We ignite a spirit of excellence in faith, knowledge, and service, inspiring students to be who God created them to be.

Vision: Rooted in Christ's teachings, our graduates are prepared to be successful leaders in college, career, community, and the Church.

Values:

  • Service: We serve God’s children through Catholic education.

  • Education: We educate the whole child in mind, body, and spirit.

  • Tradition: We honor our Dominican roots through prayer, study, service, and community.

  • Collaboration: We work with families, parishes, and partners to build and strengthen communities.

  • Innovation: We develop innovative thinkers and problem solvers.

  • Excellence: We strive for excellence in all we do.

I hope that these words inspire you as much as they do our work!

God bless,


Kimberly Gardner

Chief Advancement Officer, Siena

P.S. In the monthly photos, look for Our Lady of Grace Academy kindergarten teacher Theresa Erickson, who ran the Chicago Marathon! We are so proud of her accomplishment!

The Month In Photos

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SOLES Walk for Catholic Education

Wow! What an incredible turnout for the 2021 SOLES Walk for Catholic Education in Racine! Families, faculty, and staff from all six of our schools gathered at the Siena Retreat Center on Saturday, October 16 to celebrate Catholic education and our strength as a system of schools. Collectively our schools raised over $30,000!

Special thanks to Kristen Dahlgren, Zach Prideaux, and the many volunteers who made this event a success. We hope to see you all in 2022!

#StrongerTogether

SIENA COVID-19 DASHBOARD 2021-22

COVID-19 Dashboard

All Siena students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks at this time. In the event that a positive case is reported, masks greatly diminish the need to quarantine, thus keeping students in school learning.

Families are required to supply clean masks to their students daily.

News & Notes, Resources

Siena is looking for Substitutes: If you or you know someone interested in becoming a substitute, please contact bschurman@sienacatholicschools.org.

Hello from Dr. Meymand

Now that the school year is well underway, it's a great time to reflect on our wonderful teachers. Catholic Financial Life is holding a Give Back Contest honoring our educators. Please consider nominating your favorite Catholic school teacher who made a difference in your child's life. The top three teachers selected by Catholic Financial Life will receive a $500 cash prize and a $4,000 donation to their school.


For more information on the nomination process or to nominate a Catholic school teacher, please visit cfl.org/givebackcontest


Our teachers play such a significant role in the life of a child. Let's let our teachers know how much we care about them by nominating them for the Give Back Contest.


#strongertogether

#sienaspirit


Blessings,

Parisa

OLOGA Checking In!

Happy Fall from all of us here at Our Lady of Grace Academy! We have been keeping busy with lots of fall activities! Our 3rd graders collected leaves and completed leaf rubbings to learn about why leaves change color. They then created a tree with all of their projects! Father Jose did a whole school pet blessing and many of our furry friends got to join us! Our calves that we adopted were born and middle school is getting ready to start Project Lead the Way! Stay tuned next month to see Mrs. Smith get pied in the face and Mr. Villarreal get dumped with ice water for reaching our SOLES walk goal!

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St. Rita...Robots?

St. Rita Catholic School 4th graders have been hard at work making "Energy Robots" to conclude their Science unit on energy.

This was a three-part project: first, they had to plan, design, and figure out materials. The robot had to use at least four forms of energy. Then they had to bring home their designs and build their robot. Finally, they had to write two paragraphs about their robot and the four forms of energy it uses.

They also were issued an extra credit challenge to try to actually have the robot be able to "do" one of the forms of energy. For example, if it uses light energy, the robot would actually light up.

Wow, Royals! Talk about creativity and hard work!

SCHS Open House

St. Catherine' High School Open House: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Please join us Tuesday, October 26, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. Learn about courses offered, including STEM and AP, activities and clubs, financial aid and the Racine Parental Choice Program. To sign up for a timeslot, please complete this short form. You will receive an email with your confirmation. For more information, please contact Liz Wendel, Senior Admissions Coordinator, at (262) 833-5515 or lwendel@sienacatholicschools.org.

St. Cat's t-shirts for 6-8th graders: Chance to Win a Movie Night at Home Basket

To help promote this year's open house, all students in grades 6-8 received an SCHS t-shirt to show school spirit! Students that attend the open house on October 26 wearing their new SCHS t-shirt will be entered into a raffle to win one of five Movie Night at Home baskets. Winners will be announced, Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

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Admissions News

2022-23 St. Catherine's High School Scholarships Now Open!

St. Catherine's has many scholarships for prospective and current students to apply for. Scholarships are a great way to reduce the cost of tuition for high school and they also look great on college applications! To learn more about the scholarships available and how to apply, click here. If you have questions about a specific scholarship, the process, or anything pertaining to scholarships, please call (262) 812-0155.

SCHS visits Siena K-8 Schools!

A team from St. Catherine's, led by Liz Wendel, Senior Admissions Coordinator, visited the K-8 schools twice in the month of October. Seventh and 8th graders were able to learn about dual credit programs offered with Gateway, UW-Parkside, and Cardinal Stritch College, the 4 Year Plan, how to pick courses to prepare for life after high school, clubs and athletics, and STEM courses offered. A Zoom meeting was then held for parents to meet with the SCHS team to learn about the same topics. Over 35 parents joined Zoom and lots of great information was shared!

New to Siena Catholic Schools?

Are you looking to enroll your child or children at one of our Siena Catholic Schools? If yes, now is the time to consider applying for financial aid. The fall open application period which runs through December 16, 2021, is for families new to Siena Catholic Schools or to a current family with a child entering 9th grade at St. Catherine's. If you have current students in grades K3-8, the spring open application period is for you!

SCHS Hall of Fame

With over 150 years of educating young men and women, St. Catherine's has some outstanding graduates who have made their mark in their chosen path. The St. Catherine's Alumni Hall of Fame is a way to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to their field of endeavor while living out the Dominican pillars of Community, Prayer, Service, and Study.

This year's St. Catherine's Alumni Hall of Fame is on November 13, 2021 at 4 p.m. Please come out and celebrate the Class of 2021 Inductees!

Click here to register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kaela Coleman (262-753-1597).

Give Back Contest

Catholic Financial Life is holding its annual Give Back Contest in honor of Catholic Schools Week, January 30 to February 5, 2022.

How It Works

Nominate a Catholic school teacher for their remarkable dedication to transforming the lives of their students. The submission deadline is January 7, 2022. Voting will take place from January 17-21 on Catholic Financial Life’s website. Catholic Financial Life will then convene a panel to determine the top three winners based on the number of votes, impact the teacher made, and additional stories that were shared.

The top three teachers will receive a $500 cash prize. Additionally, each winner’s school will also receive a $4,000 donation.

Teachers spend countless hours going above and beyond to ensure students succeed both inside and outside the classroom. Their everyday acts can often go unnoticed, but let’s shine a light on these unsung heroes!

Visit cfl.org/givebackcontest to nominate your favorite Catholic school teacher and for additional contest details.

If you have ideas for the Siena community newsletter, have pictures or stories to share, or just want to say hi, you can email me at kgardner@sienacatholicschools.org.