Dear Parents, Thank you to all of you who responded to the OLC “5 Essentials” parent survey recently. OLC surpassed the minimum number of parents required to generate a report. I’ll be sure to share the survey results with you as soon as they are available. Don’t forget the OLC Parish Dinner Dance on Sat., Apr. 9, from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM, at The Mayfield Banquets on Archer Avenue in Chicago. There will be a family style dinner, open bar, raffles, and a DJ. For more information, or to buy tickets, contact the school office: 708-652-0262 ext. 201. Tickets are $60 per person.

School begins next year on Mon., Aug. 15 and ends on June 2, 2023 (last day for 8th graders will be May 26). Due to the holiday dates, Christmas vacation will begin on Dec. 23, and students come back on Jan 9, 2023.

The 2nd trimester Honor Roll assembly for students in grades 4 - 8 took place yesterday after Mass. Congratulations to all our Honor Roll recipients:

4th GradeGold/Silver Cristina Garcia, Julian Barrios, Anabel Rodriguez, Victoria Garcia, Cynthia Gomez, Galilea Macias, Marcello Puente-Rivas, Michael Rodriguez

5th GradeGold/Silver: Dayanara Martinez, Isabella Tovar, Draven Sanchez, Daniela Evangelista, Samantha Vargas, Marysela Ramirez, Isabella Mata, Amelia Sandoval, Alejandro Velazquez, Sara Meza, Andres Serrano, Ariana Godinez, Adelynn Nino, Yaretzi Valadez 6th GradeGold/Silver Addison Medina, Jolee Lopez, Jose Robles, Emily Miranda, Alexander Rodriguez

7th GradeGold/ Silver: Aaron Orozco, Maven Marquez, Jovan Rodriguez, Christopher Mikolajewski, Aaron Verdin, Ignacio Serrano, Saul Dominguez, Pablo Tellez

8th GradeGold/Silver: Abigail Rodriguez, Camila Castillo, Yoko Hernandez, Christopher Martinez, Yaretzi Robles, Leonardo Paucar, Viviana Perez, Andrew Washington.


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Important dates:

Friday, March 25: no school; staff development day Monday, March 28: no school (please note that this non-attendance day for students is not on the school calendar) Saturday, April 9: 1st holy Communion photos at 9am; OLC Parish Dinner Dance from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM at The Mayfield Banquets Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 24: no school; Easter break

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Dear Parents, We’ve placed a Catholic Relief Services rice bowl in each classroom in which students may place a few coins each day. These Lenten alms go to alleviate hunger and poverty around the world and in the U.S.: 75% percent of the funds collected support CRS’ international programs, and the other 25% of gifts remain here in the Archdiocese where they are given to alleviate hunger and poverty locally. This is a great way for your child to practice charity and almsgiving right here at school.

The 2nd trimester Honor Roll assembly for students in grades 4 - 8 will follow our 1:00 Mass on Thurs, Mar 17. Parents are invited to join us.

Tax Credit Scholarship: Join us for a statewide legislative call to action. OLC is looking for parents to join us on a trip to Springfield on Thursday, March 31 (previously scheduled for Mar. 17). We will meet with state representatives to discuss the Tax Credit Scholarship. We will gather in the school parking lot at 6am. Contact Ms. Candelaria Rosales if you are interested in participating.

Popcorn Fundraiser: Our Double Good popcorn fundraiser begins this coming Monday; details were sent out yesterday. All families are required to sell $100 of popcorn. This is our last mandatory fundraiser of the school year.

Students may wear green on Fri., Mar. 18 (and come out of uniform), to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Traditionally, green represents the Catholics of Ireland, and St. Patrick is thought to have used green shamrocks to teach people about the Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit).

The Way of the Cross: if you would like to participate in a live OLC Way of the Cross procession on Good Friday, a group of parishioners is meeting in Halpin Hall at 7pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to rehearse. Students in grades 4 - 8 are welcome. Stop by the Hall for more information; ask for Mr. Garcia.

OLC tuition rates for 2022-2023: 1 student: $5956 2 students: $9206 3 students: $12,094 4 students: $ 14,214 Get VIRTUS training to volunteer: Go to our website for info: olc-school.org


Important dates:

Monday, March 14: no school Wednesday, March 16: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time Friday, March 25: no school; staff development day Monday, March 28: no school (please note that this non-attendance day for students is not on the school calendar) Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 24: no school; Easter break


Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr.,

Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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Dear Parents,

Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that began this week on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Thursday. It's a time of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. Many of us know the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline in other ways during the season. In his message for Lent this year, Pope Francis said that “we must persevere in doing good in the world, bolstered by prayer and by fighting evil in our own lives, including an addiction to digital media.” He said that “Lent is a time to resist these temptations and to cultivate instead a more integral form of human communication made up of authentic encounters—face-to-face and in person” (America Press). As parents, how can you help your OLC child to achieve this goal of quitting social media and talking to people instead? How can we be the best role models?

Tax Credit Scholarship: Join us for a statewide legislative call to action. OLC is looking for parents to join us on a trip to Springfield. We will meet with state representatives to discuss the Tax Credit Scholarship and why it should remain in effect. Did you receive a tax credit scholarship? If so, this will be a great opportunity for you to come out and share the impact this scholarship has had on you. We will be gathering in the school parking lot at 6am. Contact Ms. Candelaria Rosales if you are interested in participating.

Popcorn Fundraiser: It is that time of year again! Our favorite Double Good popcorn fundraiser is coming back. We will begin Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18. Stay tuned for more information and how you can sign up. All families will be required to sell $100 worth of popcorn. This is our last mandatory fundraiser of the school year.

OLC tuition rates for 2022-2023: 1 student: $5956 2 students: $9206 3 students: $12,094

4 students: $ 14,214

Does it seem like surveys have taken over the world? Are you sick of surveys? OK, me too, but please take ours! Today is the last day: 2022 Archdiocese of Chicago Parent Survey

Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

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Important dates: Monday, March 14: no school Wednesday, March 16: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time

Friday, March 25: no school; staff development day Monday, March 28: no school (please note that this non-attendance day for students is not on the school calendar) Friday, April 15 - Sunday, April 24: no school; Easter break


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

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