Cougar Connection

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
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    Thanksgiving Break is Coming!

    Thanksgiving break begins after dismissal on Friday, November 20 and classes resume on Tuesday, December 1.

  • Open House Thank You

    We offer sincere thanks to all of our Catalina families. We had a great turnout for our Open House on Wednesday, November 11, and many of the people in attendance were here because of you. Your referrals and help getting the word out are much appreciated. Please mark your calendars for our next Open House on Monday, January 18.

  • San Francisco Bus Trip

    By popular demand, the Parents Association would like to revive a long-standing Santa Catalina tradition and popular excursion for all Lower, Middle and Upper School parents and their friends—the San Francisco Bus Trip.

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    Let the Party Planning Begin

    The 34th Annual Benefit Celebration is on Saturday, March 19, 2016. It’s time to start planning for our school’s largest fundraising event of the year that benefits all Santa Catalina students.

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    Grade 8 See's Candy Fundraiser

    Grade 8 students are selling assorted See's Candies this week to support their spring 2016 trip to Washington, D.C. Check your holiday gift list and shop to support a good cause. Prices range from $6 to $36 and you get to choose from chocolates, peppermints, lollipops, and more. Orders will be delivered to you by Wednesday, December 16—SO much easier than standing in line at the See's shop in Del Monte Center on Christmas Eve!

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    Stay Warm

    Winter brings with it the need for hats, gloves, and scarves! During the winter months, please have your children bundle up so they can enjoy the outdoors. Students may come to school with these items and wear them before school and during break, lunch, and after school.

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    Are You Following Us on Social Media?!

    Did you know that Santa Catalina has social media accounts for BOTH the Upper AND Lower and Middle Schools? Follow the Lower and Middle School for pictures, updates, videos, and more! The original Catalina social media accounts will now cover only grades 9 through 12.

    Follow us on...


    Twitter: @catalina_prek8

    Instagram: @catalina_prek8

    Flickr: catalina_prek8

    You can also click on the social media icons on both the Lower and Middle School homepages.

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    Catalina Christmas Events

    Upper School Christmas Concert
    Saturday, December 5
    7:30 p.m., PAC

    Parent Association Christmas Luncheon
    Wednesday, December 9
    12-2:00 p.m., Casanova Restaurant

    Upper School Candlelight Mass
    Saturday, December 12
    7:30 p.m., Rosary Chapel

    PreK Christmas Play
    Sunday, December 13
    1:00 p.m., Dining Room

    Kindergarten Christmas Play
    Sunday, December 13
    3:00 p.m., Dining Room

    Lower and Middle School Christmas Concert
    Wednesday, December 16
    7:00 p.m., PAC

    Christmas Mass
    Thursday, December 24
    4:00 p.m., Rosary Chapel

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    Christmas Concert

    The theme for this year's Christmas Concert is "Sharing Love at Christmas Time." All students should come in the usual concert attire:

    Girls: party dress (no formal, floor length gowns; no strapless or spaghetti strap tops) with dress shoes. Heels may be no more than two inches high. Boys: Dress shirt (white or solid color), tie or bow tie, slacks, and dress shoes. Jackets are optional.

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    Christmas Concert DVD Order

    To purchase a DVD recording of this year's Christmas concert, please fill out the attached form and return, with payment, to the Lower and Middle School office.

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    The Boiler Lab: A Haven for Creativity

    Grade 5 was busy in the Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School Boiler Lab not only researching and collaborating but sharing glue guns, saws, and drills!

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    Caring Over Candy

    Grade 3 students experienced a real-life lesson in global citizenship over Halloween when they raised $400 by “Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF,” the United Nations Children’s Fund. The students learned about the mission of the organization, which works to combat hunger, disease, malnutrition, and unsafe water in many developing countries. Read more...

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    Grade 2 Butterfly Release

    On Tuesday, November 3, Grade 2 released six painted lady butterflies, which the students had been caring for since the larval stage. The butterfly release was the culmination of a FOSS (Full Option Science Systems) science project.

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    Bookstore News

    Calling all future Catalina Cougars! Tell your parents how cute you will look in this new Catalina onesie! You might want to drop a hint to Santa, too, since Christmas is just around the corner! Available in the bookstore in sizes 6, 12, and 18 months for $16. Bookstore hours are: M, W, F 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and T, Th 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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    Chess at Santa Catalina

    Fall chess classes have begun but there is still time to sign-up. Download the registration form and return it with payment (payable to Lev Frenklakh) to the Lower and Middle School Office.


Issue: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015