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November 5, 2021


Dear Parents, Veterans! Fr. Sergio will celebrate a special Mass for Veterans at 1:00pm on Veterans Day: Thursday, November 11. This will be an all school Mass (grades 1 - 8); family members of students who are Veterans and all parents are invited.

Financial aid: Tuition and payment related questions may be directed by email to our operations director, Becky Cornacchia: finance@olc-school.org. This includes, for example, inquiries related to payment date changes, delinquency, aid amount, financial aid available, etc. Finance office hours are Monday and Thursday, by appointment, from 8:30-3:30. If you prefer to call, dial extension 102.

Empower Illinois’ reservations for a 2022-2023 tax credit scholarship will open Wednesday, January 12, at 6:30 pm. As in previous years, the reservation will be a two-step process: at 6:30 pm, the reservation form will open, giving families time to enter their information before submission at 7 pm. Once families reserve their time stamp, they will receive an email to log into their EmpowerXChange portal and complete the application when it opens on Friday, January 14.

OLC will begin a new registration process for the 2022-2023 school year: you will no longer have to come in and register at the school office. Early bird registration will run from January 3 - February 5. At that time you may login to your FACTS account and pay the discounted registration fee (50% off). You’ll be able to download the registration contract from our website (www.olc-school.org) and either email it to enrollment@olc- school.org or drop it off in the school office. If you do not plan on registering for the 2022-23 school year, be sure to contact our marketing director, Ms. Candelaria Rosales, no later than February 5. If we do not hear from you by that date, your child will be automatically re-enrolled via FACTS on Thursday, February 11.

Volunteer hours are mandatory. Go to our website for all the info: olc-school.org

Important dates: Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day Mass at 1pm. Parents and all Veterans are invited. Thursday, November 11: High School Fair at OLC, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. All the area Catholic high schools will have representatives to talk to parents and students in Halpin Hall. Friday, November 12: no school; teacher staff development day Wednesday, November 17: early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time)

Thursday, November 18: VanGogh photo retakes (previously scheduled for Nov. 10). Retakes are for students who were absent on picture day on October 5 or for parents who would like a retake of their child’s photograph. If retaking, please have your child return the original picture package (not yet distributed to students) to the photographer on Nov. 18.

Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28: no school; Thanksgiving break Tuesday, November 30: due date for Thanksgiving Collection for the Homeless service project donations.


Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262 fzarate@olc-school.org

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OUR LADY OF CHARITY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER October 29, 2021


Dear parents,

Veterans! Fr. Sergio will celebrate a special Mass for Veterans at 1:00 on Veterans Day: Thursday, November 11. This will be an all school Mass (grades 1 - 8); family members of students who are Veterans and all parents are invited.

Immunizations: the deadline is Friday, November 5, to submit to the school office evidence of a scheduled appointment for a health exam and immunizations or the immunization record. This is required by the IL State Board of Education. After this date, students not in compliance may be excluded from school.

Financial aid: Tuition and payment related questions may be directed by email to our operations director, Becky Cornacchia: finance@olc-school.org. This includes, for example, inquiries related to payment date changes, delinquency, aid amount, financial aid available, etc. Finance office hours are Monday and Thursday, by appointment, from 8:30-3:30. If you prefer to call, dial extension 102.

Empower Illinois’ reservation night has been set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.

Popcorn Sale: Thank you for all your efforts with last week’s popcorn sale. We exceeded our goal and made a profit of over $11,000 to assist us with the operation of the school!

Congratulations to all our OLC Cross Country runners for a great season! Our championship meet was held at Lewis University in Romeoville. OLC competed very well against 31 other west suburban parochial schools.

The 8th graders had a wonderful class trip to Springfield last week. They made us very proud with their excellent behavior and they learned a lot about Illinois, the Land of Lincoln. Thank you to our parent chaperones!

1st holy Communion will be held on Sat., May 7 (time TBD) for OLC students. First Communion photos will take place on Sat., Apr. 9, at 9am. Get your first holy Communion apparel on time for pictures!

Volunteer hours are mandatory. Go to our website for all the info: olc-school.org


Important dates: Monday, November 1: All Saints Day school Mass at 1:00; grades 1 - 8; parents are invited

Tuesday, November 2: All Souls Day school Mass at 1:00; grades 1 - 8; parents are invited (our celebrant for Masses on Nov. 1 and 2 will be Fr. Ricardo Castillo from St. Pius X Church in Stickney as Fr. Sergio is on vacation)

Wednesday, November 3: early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time) Thursday, November 4: there will be NO school Mass Wednesday, November 10: VanGogh photo retakes Thursday, November 11: Veterans Day Mass at 1pm. Parents and all Veterans are invited. Thursday, November 11: High School Fair at OLC, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. All the area Catholic high schools will have representatives to talk to parents and students in Halpin Hall. Friday, November 12: no school; teacher staff development day Wednesday, November 17: early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time)


Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262 fzarate@olc-school.org

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October 21, 2021


Dear Parents,

Halloween: The children will celebrate Halloween here at school this year. Costumes are allowed. COVID masks must be worn inside, but no Halloween masks. Children may bring treats, but homemade food is prohibited; only packaged treats. Volunteers are allowed.

Financial aid procedures at OLC are changing, due to changes in personnel. Questions concerning financial aid are best addressed in person or by phone on Mondays and Thursdays. We will soon have a new email address where your questions can be sent directly. Please call the office or email me if you need a FACTS payment change date. These changes often require one week advance notice.

Reminder: all miscellaneous billing fees are charged to FACTS, including school band and aftercare.

Popcorn Sale: each family is responsible for selling $100 of popcorn. Thank you for your support of our school. The fall sale ends tomorrow at 9am. Ice cream and out of uniform day for all students if we reach our goal!

Instagram: For years psychologists have been warning the public that social media, and Instagram in particular, were contributing to large increases in depression and anxiety in teenagers, especially girls. Facebook recently paused the development of their “Instagram Kids” project after their own research found a link between poor mental health and Instagram use: “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression.” How are your children using social media?

1st holy Communion will be held on Sat., May 7 (time TBD) for OLC students. First Communion photos will take place on Sat., Apr. 9, at 9am. Get your first holy Communion apparel on time for pictures!

Volunteer hours are mandatory. Go to our website for all the info: olc-school.org


Important dates: Wednesday, October 27: 8th grade field trip to the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie. Wednesday, November 3: Early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time) Wednesday, November 10: VanGogh photo retakes

Thursday, November 11: High School Fair at OLC, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. All the area Catholic high schools will have representatives to talk to parents and students in Halpin Hall.

Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262 fzarate@olc-school.org

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