April 23, 2021

Dear Parents,

We are only able to have Summer School if enough families are interested. Please return the summer school information sheet sent home by Monday. Summer school dates are June 14 - July 15, Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - 2pm. Before and after care is available. Phone the office to register or for more information.

Our food service manager, Ms. Karen Artus, is taking a new job beginning next Thursday. We have appreciated her diligent service to the children at Our Lady of Charity School over the past several years, and though we’re sad to see her go, we wish her the best of luck in her new position.

6 out of 10 middle school students do not get enough sleep, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children and adolescents who do not get enough sleep have a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, and problems with attention and behavior. How much sleep someone needs depends on their age. The CDC has recommended that children ages 6–12 years should regularly sleep 9–12 hours a night, and teenagers ages 13–18 years should sleep 8–10 hours per night. Help your OLC student get the sleep they need!

We are having a second Double Good popcorn sale from April 28 - May 1. We encourage all our families to participate because earlier this year we were able to raise a lot of money with this COVID-safe fundraiser! The process to register for the popcorn sale will be the same as last time, and the directions will be sent out over school messenger early next week. We hope you all can participate, and enjoy this delicious popcorn!

Parent volunteers are needed to help with Olympic Day (an outdoor activity day for grades 1 - 8) on Friday, May 21, and also for an 8th grade outdoor picnic on Monday, May 24. Email me (fzarate@olc-school.org) or phone Mrs. Avalos in the office if you can help out: 708 652-0262 ext. 201. Due to COVID-19, we cannot accept food donations this year for Olympic Day. Each student in grades 1 - 8 is asked to contribute $3 for the cost of lunch.

Important dates:

Saturday, April 24: VanGogh School Photographers will be here to take first holy Communion photos; boys at 11:00; girls at noon.

Monday, April 26: The following Zoom workshop is open to parents of preschoolers — Kindergarten! Is your child ready? Are you ready?

Taking the big step should be a time of excitement and joy for your child and the entire family and your school is here to help ensure it. We begin by looking at common areas of development that will help your child be prepared, as well as some that are often overlooked. We will also look ahead at what you should expect, how to be prepared and how to support your child on a path to successfully navigate their educational journey. Email me, Frank Zarate, Jr., for the Zoom link.

Presenter: Sean Knight, Preschool Teacher, Our Lady of Charity School

Friday, April 30: No school; staff development day

Tuesday, May 4: mandatory confirmation practice at 7pm in the church. The confirmation candidate and his or her sponsor should attend. If the sponsor cannot be there, ONE parent must attend.

Friday, May 7: confirmation is at 7pm in the church. The child’s sponsor and two guests may attend.

Saturday, May 8: first holy Communion at 9am in the church. Each family will have one pew to accommodate the student and four guests. A Communion practice will be held beforehand during the regular school day.

Friday, May 21: Olympic Day!

Tuesday, May 25: last day of school for 8th graders

Friday, May 28: Extended care — any parent who would like to continue to participate in extended care after this date will need to pay in person; FACTS accounts will not be billed.

Friday, May 28: 8th grade graduation at 7pm in the church. Each graduate may invite three guests.

Thursday, June 3: last day for hot lunch

Friday, June 4: last day of school; 11:30 dismissal

We wish all of our 8th graders the best of luck in high school, including these four special students below:

Natalie Hilal

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Freshman Center

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

1st day of 7th grade, becoming a part of OLC.

One word to describe OLC:

Family

What are your plans/goals for the future?

Becoming a special ed teacher.

Roslyn Nino

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Chicago Hope Academy

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

Making friends. It is funny to say as being here since Pre-K and making friends is the most memorable moment to me. Throughout middle school I got to meet and become close to so many people. I found my group of friends that care and love me for me. Making friends is very memorable to me because all through school I have made amazing friends I will never forget.

One word to describe OLC:

Preparing

What are your plans/goals for the future?

I want to do many things, but what I mostly want to do is travel the world and make my family proud.

Alicia Ramirez

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Freshman Center

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

When me, Abby, Nicole, and Harmony were sent to go pick up a pizza in the office and when we got there the pizzas were super big and while we were walking down we could barely carry the pizza. When we got to Halpin Hall all the pizza was on one side and the pizza looked like a tacos. We couldn’t stop laughing.

One word to describe OLC:

Smart

What are your plans/goals for the future?

To go to college.

Natalia Gomez

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Nazareth Academy

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

Passing the constitution.

One word to describe OLC:

Traditional

What are your plans/goals for the future?

To graduate from high school.

Have a great weekend.

Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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2021 OLC Summer School Program

We will host a summer program onsite here at Our Lady of Charity School this year. Our full day program will begin on Monday, June 14, and end on Thursday, July 15. It is open to students from any school who are currently enrolled in preschool through 7th grade.

The program will run Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. In the morning, the program will focus on the development of language arts and math skills. Afternoons will include a variety of components: science experiments, sports, computers, arts and crafts, and Spanish.

Extended care will also be offered.

The registration fee for the summer program is $40 per child; tuition for the program is $325. This fee will include all daily meals and supplies.

Please email the principal, Frank Zarate, Jr. (fzarate@olc-school.org), or call the school office to register or if you have questions.


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April 16, 2021



Dear Parents,

Congratulations to the winners of the Easter raffle drawing:

  1. DaVinci’s The Last Supper reproduction: Teresita Perez

  2. Boys’ BMX bicycle: Margarita Madera

  3. Apron (handmade by 2nd graders): Silvia Vela

Summer School: Details were sent home with your child TODAY. If you are interested, please ask your student for the yellow paper summer school paper given to them by their teacher. The dates are June 14 - July 15, Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - 2pm. Before and after care is available.

Fundraisers: As is the case with many schools, our school has a serious budget deficit, yet we continue to try our best to offer a Catholic education to all children in the Cicero and Berwyn communities who desire it. With this in mind, we are planning two additional fundraisers before the end of the school year: popcorn sale and Read-a-thon. Our last popcorn sale was so successful that we are having a second sale this year from April 28 - May 1. More information will be forthcoming, but please plan to support us with this “contactless” and COVID-safe fundraiser!

Schoolbelles Uniforms at 7661 S. Harlem Avenue in Bridgeview is having a sale:

https://files.constantcontact.com/363f456a001/9258fabd-6fcf-4b56-9099-77b8931e47fb.pdf

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not having a kindergarten “graduation” ceremony this year.

Parent volunteers are needed to help with Olympic Day (an outdoor activity day for grades 1 - 8) on Friday, May 21, and also for an 8th grade outdoor picnic on Monday, May 24. Email me (fszarate@olc-school.org) or phone Mrs. Avalos in the office if you can help out: 708 652-0262 ext. 201.

Important dates:

Wednesday, April 21: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular dismissal time

Thursday, April 22: School Mass for grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. Parents may attend.

Thursday, April 22: We are having a virtual meeting for parents on the topic of “Helping parents navigate the digital generation” at 7pm via Zoom. You will gain an understanding of how young people engage on social media today, and how to mentor them. Register by April 21 using the link here.

Saturday, April 24: VanGogh School Photographers will be here to take first holy Communion photos; boys at 11:00; girls at noon. Information went home yesterday with all second graders.

Friday, May 7: confirmation for 6th graders at 7pm in the church. The child’s sponsor and two guests may attend.

Saturday, May 8: first holy Communion at 9am in the church. Each family will have one pew to accommodate the student and four guests.

Tuesday, May 25: last day of school for 8th graders

Friday, May 28: 8th grade graduation at 7pm in the church. Each graduate may invite three guests.

On the topic of 8th graders, here are four of note:

Meet the 8th graders!

Jayden Panduro

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Cristo Rey High School

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

Meeting all the amazing people here at OLC

One word to describe OLC:

Wonderful

What are your plans/ goals for future?

To be a kind man and help people that are in need.

Manuel Rios

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

When Isaac broke down the stall door in 6th grade

One word to describe OLC:

Amazing

What are your plans/ goals for future?

To get a good job

Cristal H. Loya

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

The one time I won treasurer for Student Council in 6th grade

One word to describe OLC:

Family

What are your plans/ goals for future?

To graduate High School and go to college to become a

veterinarian

Giancarlo Garcia

What High School are you going to attend next year?

Morton West High School

What was your most memorable moment at OLC?

Olympic day every year & Catigny field trip

One word to describe OLC:

Exciting

What are your plans/ goals for future?

My plan is to become an engineer and build robots or planes.

Enjoy the spring weather!

Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org


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