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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Updated: May 7, 2021

Dear Parents,

“Grab-and-go” snack packs will be distributed today to all students at dismissal. These packs are being distributed free of charge to students throughout the diocese.

The Easter raffle drawing will be held immediately following the noon Mass on Easter Sunday.

Easter Masses: Saturday at 8pm (bilingual); Sunday at 9am (English), 10:15am (Spanish), and noon (Spanish).

See this link here for at-home Lenten activities for you and your OLC student.

If your family is traveling out of state during Easter vacation, please call Ms. Avalos for the latest travel quarantine guidelines: 708 652-0262 ext. 201.

Fr. Mena will be on vacation visiting his parents beginning April 5 and returning on April 23. ¡Buen viaje, Padre!

Summer School: The dates are June 14 - July 15, Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - 2pm. Before and after care will be available. The registration fee is $40; tuition is $325.

Important dates:

Friday, April 2: Good Friday; Easter break begins (school resumes April 12)

Thursday, April 15: School Mass for grades 2, 4, 5, and 8. Parents may attend.

Thursday, April 22: We are having a virtual meeting with parents on the topic of “Helping parents navigate the digital generation” at 7pm via Zoom. This 45 minute meeting (in English) is open to any OLC parent and any other adult you would like to invite. Our presenters, from Project B3, will identify best practices for parents in this new digital generation. You will gain a better understanding of how your child engages online, and learn to implement a less restrictive approach to mentoring them. The presentation will include a review of top trends on social media. Look for registration info as the date approaches.

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. NOTE THE TIME CHANGE! 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

We are very proud of our 8th graders. They have truly been a wonderful group of students, and we wish them the very best of luck as they begin their high school careers. Here are four of note:

Ethan

High School:

Nazareth Academy

Favorite Class:

History

Most memorable moment at OLC:

Olympic Day!

One word to describe OLC:

Amazing

What are your plans for the future:

I want to become a professional athlete

Jazlyn

High School:

Bradley Bourbannais C High School

Favorite Class:

History

Most memorable moment at OLC:

Any time we would go on field trips. Because they are so fun and memorable.

One word to describe OLC:

Fun

What are your plans for the future:

I want to be a doctor or have my own business

Iztli

High School:

Chicago Hope Academy

Favorite Class:

Writing

Most memorable moment at OLC:

Abby running into the wall with a pizza box.

One word to describe OLC:

Challenging

What are your plans for the future:

Graduate, sleep, go to college

Harmony

High School:

St. Laurence High School

Favorite Class:

Science

Most memorable moment at OLC:

When me Abby, Nicole & Alicia dropped the pizzas in the hallway

One word to describe OLC:

Welcoming

What are your plans for the future:

UCLA softball coach

Have a peaceful and blessed Easter. Your continued support of OLC is appreciated!

Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

fzarate@archchicago.org

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