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OUR LADY OF CHARITY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents, We are having a great first week of school. Attendance is very good and so is student behavior! Our enrollment this year has increased, too. We are blessed and thankful for all we have. Please take note of the following news items: The speed limit in the parking lot is 5 miles per hour. Don’t drive like Mario Andretti in the parking lot: it’s dangerous! Drive with extreme caution, please. Eat breakfast for free! Both breakfast and lunch are free again this year to all students in Illinois. Students who wish to eat breakfast must be in Halpin Hall by 7:30 each day. On the topic of free things...We have brand new backpacks filled with school supplies in the library. If you would like one, please see Ms. Avalos or me. School forms need to be completed, signed, and returned to the school office by Fri., Sept. 10. Students have gym class according to this schedule: Monday: grades K - 8 Tuesday: all grades except kindergarten and 4th Wednesday: preschool, kindergarten, and 4th grade only Lunchroom student behavior guidelines are attached, for your reference. Springfield trip: we are planning a field trip to Springfield for our 8th graders! The trip is paid for out of a grant we received; students will only need to buy meals. More on this later... Fundraising: There are three mandatory fundraisers this year. We will have two popcorn sales (fall and spring), and a chocolate sale at Christmastime. Details may be found online: https://www.olc-school.org/fundraising- requiremnets Required health records: Preschool Kindergarten 2nd grade 6th grade New student Medical (physical) and dental examinations Medical (physical), dental, and vision exams Dental exam Medical (physical) and dental exams Medical (physical) and dental exams

All medical forms should be turned in to the office by Sept. 24. If you have a doctor’s appointment scheduled after that date, please let me know the date of the appointment. School hours are staggered as a COVID precaution (and to maintain order): 7:50am grades 1, 2, 3, 4 7:55am grades PK, kdg., 5, 6, 7, 8 2:35 grades PK and kdg. 2:45 grades 1, 2, 3, 4 2:50 grades 5, 6, 7, 8 Volunteers require VIRTUS training (see our website); 15 volunteer hours per year are mandatory: https://www.olc-school.org/general-info Do you have the email address of your child’s teacher? They are listed on our website: https://www.olc-school.org/staff-bios Important dates: Thursday, August 26: First all school Mass, 8:00, grades 1- 8; parents may attend Wednesday, September 1: Early dismissal (30 minutes before the usual time) Thursday, September 2: Back to school open house at 6:30 pm. Parents please attend! Monday, September 6: Labor Day, no school Wednesday, September 15: Early dismissal (30 minutes before the usual time) Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal

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Dear Parents,


We do not yet know what next school year will bring in terms of COVID-19 safety practices in schools. Students in the public schools will continue to wear masks, and the Catholic schools may decide to follow suit. Other details are to be determined. I will keep you posted. I appreciate all your support of our school during this unique year.

Congratulations to our OLC Class of 2021. Move forward, toward the future!


Christopher Bruno

Iztli Cárdenas

Jazlyn Ceballos

Isaac Celis

Berenice Giancarlo Garcia

Alejandro Garcia-Rodriguez

Bruno Giubilino

Karina Gomez

Natalia Gomez

Jaime Haro

Cristal Hernández

Natalie Hilal

Leylane Jaimes

Harmony Macias

Juliocesar Macias

Antonio Martinez

Kandy Martinez

Ethan Motes

Roslyn Nino

Jayden Panduro

Angelo Pineda

Alicia Ramirez

Imani Ramirez

Manuel Rios

Ian Sastoque

German Soto

Abigail Vazquez

Nicole Vega


Students’ final report cards were either sent home with your child yesterday or they will go home today. Please ask to see it. Parents of students on remote instruction may pick up their child’s report card today, or phone the office and ask that it be mailed home to you.

At the beginning of the school year, we were somewhat flexible with the school uniform. Students were allowed to wear their gym uniform and gym shoes every day. This fall we are reverting to the standard uniform.


Remember that students must wear black or brown dress shoes, or all black or all white low-top sneakers, on non-gym days. We are bringing back physical education class next year. Mr. Daniel Lopez will be our new P.E. (gym) teacher. Mr. Lopez is currently employed at Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart, a girls’ high school on the Northwest Side of Chicago, where he is the soccer coach. He is a graduate of Saint Xavier University in

Chicago.


Here are some faith formation resources for you to keep your OLC students engaged in the coming weeks of


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open. Refer a new family and we will waive your tuition for one month next school year (certain conditions apply). Tuition rates for next school year reflect a 3% increase from this school year. Tuition 2021-22: 1 child = $5783; 2 children = $8935; 3 children = $11,742. Please take advantage of the summer months to update or take your VIRTUS training so you can volunteer next

year. Questions? Call or visit Ms. Avalos in the office.


The school supply list for next school year will be emailed to you within the next week or so.

FACTS accounts: please update any changes on your accounts. If you are seeking financial aid for next year, make sure your FACTS application is completed.

Our summer office hours begin on Mon., June 14: Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - noon

Summer school dates are June 14 - July 15, Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - 2pm. Before and after care is available. Multi-child discounts are available. Call or visit us to register.


Health records required for next school year:

Preschool Medical (physical) and dental examinations

Kindergarten Medical (physical), dental, and vision exams

2nd grade Dental exam

6th grade Medical (physical) and dental exams

New student Medical (physical) and dental exams

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mportant dates:

Tuesday, August 17: first day of school, all grades


It is a privilege for me to serve as the principal of this school. I hope that you and your family have a safe and restful summer!


Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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Dear Parents,


8th grade graduation is tonight at 7pm, and our school year is quickly coming to a close. We continue to closely follow guidelines from the Archdiocese to see what COVID related changes are in store for next school year; I will keep you posted. Here at OLC this year, we prioritized the safety and security of our students to provide them with a high quality, faith-filled education in a stable learning environment. We had our challenges along the way, but overall the year was a success. Thank you for your support.


Students may come out of uniform for all 3-1/2 days next week: $3 donation, payable to their teacher or to the office.


Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open. Refer a new family and we will waive your tuition for one month next school year (certain conditions apply).


Tuition rates for next school year reflect a 3% increase from this school year. Tuition 2021-22: 1 child = $5783; 2 children = $8935; 3 children = $11,742.


Please take advantage of the summer months to update or take your VIRTUS training so you can volunteer next year. Questions? Call or visit Ms. Avalos in the office.

The school supply list for next school year will be emailed to you within the next couple of weeks.


FACTS accounts: please update any changes on your accounts. If you are seeking financial aid for next year, make sure your FACTS application is completed.


Our summer office hours begin on Mon., June 14: Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - noon


Summer school dates are June 14 - July 15, Mon. - Thurs., from 8am - 2pm. Before and after care is available. Multi-child discounts are available. Call or visit us to register.

St. Laurence High School is hosting an advanced integrated math course for 8th graders (current 7th graders) beginning in the 2021-22 school year. Integrated math combines components of algebra, geometry and stats/ probability in one class. The freshman level class will allow 8th graders to earn high school level math credit at St. Laurence. 7th grade families are invited to learn more details and important dates at www.stlaurence.com/8thgrademath


Health records required for next school year:

Preschool Medical (physical) and dental examinations

Kindergarten Medical (physical), dental, and vision exams

2nd grade Dental exam

6th grade Medical (physical) and dental exams

New student Medical (physical) and dental exams

Important dates:


Monday, May 31: Memorial Day, no school

Thursday, June 3: last day for hot lunch; last day for Extended Care. The fee must be paid in person daily next week.


Thursday, June 3: School Mass for kindergarten, and grades 2, 3, and 6. Parents may attend.


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


Friday, June 4: School Mass for grades 1, 4, 5, and 7. Parents may attend.

Yours in Christ,


Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D.

Principal

(708) 652-0262

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