OUR LADY OF CHARITY SCHOOL WEEKLY NEWSLETTER


Dear Parents,

We are sad to announce the departure from OLC of our School Secretary, Mrs. Norma Avalos, on Fri., Oct. 1. We will miss her very much and wish her God’s blessings in all her endeavors. Mrs. Avalos has served the families and the staff of our school faithfully for nearly nine years. Please wish her well when you see or speak to her.

Springfield: 8th graders will take a field trip to Springfield on Oct. 21. We will visit the Lincoln Museum, Lincoln’s home and Lincoln’s Tomb, and the new State Capitol, among other sites. Cost is $20!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are on Oct. 7 and 8. They will be in-person or via Zoom, your choice; more information forthcoming.

If your child is in Band: pick him or her up in the lunchroom after practice. Enter via the “aftercare door” located on 57th Court at the northeast corner of the church building. Please label school sweatshirts and sweaters with your child’s name. We have collected several that were left behind.

Art Club! We have a new 7th - 8th grade Art Club meeting on Oct. 14, and on the first Thursday of the month thereafter, from 3:00 - 4:00. There is a $10 monthly fee for materials.

Required health records due next Friday! 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

Volunteer hours are mandatory: do your VIRTUS training!

Important dates: Thursday, September 23: All school Mass at 1:00, grades 1 - 8. Parents are invited. Friday, September 24: No school; teacher institute day

Wednesday, October 6: Early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time) Thursday and Friday, October 7 - 8: Parent-Teacher conferences (see above);

All students will be dismissed at 11:30am.


Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262

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Dear Parents, 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 Required health records: Medical (physical) and dental examinations Medical (physical), dental, and vision exams Dental exam Medical (physical) and dental exams Medical (physical) and dental exams Preschool Kindergarten 2nd grade 6th grade New student 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. There is a $10 registration fee for before and after care. If left unpaid, it will be billed to your FACTS account. Due to street repairs on 57th Court, the children in preschool and kindergarten will enter and exit via the breezeway doors on the north side of the parking lot. Several teachers are still seeking a room parent coordinator for the year. Can you be that special person? If so, email your child’s teacher or me. Thank you! Important dates: Wednesday, September 1: Early dismissal (30 minutes before the usual time) Thursday, September 2: All school Mass, 1:00, grades 1- 8; parents may attend Thursday, September 2: Back to school night from 6:30 - 8:00 pm; bring your OLC student with you. Meet the teachers and learn about the year ahead. Visit all your child’s teachers and get a prize! 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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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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