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Updated: Oct 12, 2022

October 7, 2022


Dear Parents,

Thank you to the many parents who came to parent-teacher conferences last week. 85% of our students had a parent here. If you were unable to make it, you can always email the teacher to get a progress update or to make an individual appointment for a meeting. Email addresses are listed on our website: https://www.olc-school.org/staff-bios


OLC had a terrific Cross Country season this year. Our Runner of the Week at the championship meet last Saturday at Lewis University in Romeoville was 8th grader Aaron Verdin. It was great to see how all the runners improved each week.

Congratulations to all of them:


5th grade boys:

Marcos Macias

Michael Rodriguez


5th grade girls:

Isabella Alvarez

Cynthia Gomez

Amaya Muñoz

Victoria Pineda

Penelope Sandoval

Marianna Sastoque


6th grade boys:

Abdiel Preciado

Angeldavid Zambrano


6th grade girls:

Karina Alvarez

Aina Camacho

Yatzil Garcia

Ariana Godinez

Joselyn Gonzalez

Isabella Mata

Sara Meza

Isabella Tovar


7th grade boys:

Marlon Martinez

Zadkiel Preciado

Jose Robles


7th grade girls:

Emely Avalos

Camila Garcia

Zoe Garcia

Jolee Lopez


8th grade boys:

Dean Cundari

Christian Navarro

Jesus Santos

Ignacio Serrano

Aaron Verdin


Last Monday our 2nd and 3rd graders enjoyed beautiful fall weather on a field trip to Fullersburg Woods Nature Education Center in Hinsdale. They explored Salt Creek and old Graue Mill, and saw chipmunks, frogs, and a red cardinal — the state bird of Illinois!

Our Fall Raffle began this week: Each OLC family is responsible for selling 10 raffle tickets for $25 each. The drawing is on Nov. 21. The prize is $500 cash or a full month's tuition.

Are you planning to have your 3rd - 8th grade child make his or her 1st holy Communion this school year? If so, email me or call Mr. Infante in the office no later than Mon., Oct. 17.

Moving forward, the sacrament of confirmation will be conferred in 8th grade at OLC. If you would like your 8th grader to receive this sacrament this year, please let Mr. Infante or me know by Oct. 17. You can complete VIRTUS training online in about an hour:

https://www.olc-school.org/general-info


Important dates:

Monday, October 10: No school

Thursday, November 10: High School Fair at OLC, 6:00 - 7:30 pm. All the Catholic high schools in the area will have representatives here to talk to parents.



Yours in Christ,



Frank S. Zarate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal

(708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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August 12, 2022


Dear Parents,

School starts Monday! I hope your children are looking forward to it. If not:

  • Shop for school supplies together

  • Have a “Back to school eve” party

  • Talk to your child’s teacher

  • Talk to your child about his or her school day; be positive (what does your child enjoy about school?)

  • Volunteer at the school, if you’re able

  • Work on homework (i.e. your own paperwork) together Things to know:

  1. All students enter and leave the building via the parking lot; drive S-L-O-W-L-Y

  2. Gym shoes must be all black or all white; no contrasting logos

  3. Dismissal on Mon., Aug. 15, is at 1:00

  4. Monday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; students in grades 1 - 8 will celebrate Mass with Fr. Waldemar at 9:30; parents are welcome to attend

  5. Students should wear their regular (formal) school uniform. However, on Thursday and Friday next week they may wear their gym uniform, though gym classes will not be held the first week of school.

  6. Please get your child to school on time, before 8:00

Important dates: Monday, August 22: Extended care (before and after school) begins. Remember there is no breakfast served this year, but children may bring a morning snack. Thursday, September 1: Back to school open house, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (plan to attend!) Monday, September 5: Labor Day (no school) Wednesday, September 7: Early Release day for students (30 minutes before the regular time)

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

Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262

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August 5, 2022


Dear Parents, Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year: a fresh beginning and a chance to start anew. I hope you and your children are enjoying a good summer.

The first day of school is Monday, August 15, at 8am sharp. We are dismissing all students at 1:00 that day, and we will serve hot lunch. Don’t forget you need to apply for the lunch program this year (I sent you an email about that). Unfortunately Congress did not renew the free meals program.

This year we have acquired a new K - 8 math program called iReady Classroom. It is a combination of digital and print materials. Math continues to be our “School Improvement Plan” academic focus this year. Studies show that success in high level math leads to success in college.

We also have a new program for grades K - 8 to address the children’s social and emotional needs called Caring School Community. We believe this program will increase academic success and have a positive impact on social behaviors and relationships (see attached letter).

OLC needs parent support to enforce the school uniform policy. Gym shoes must be ALL WHITE or ALL BLACK — no contrasting logos! A red sweater, red vest or OLC sweatshirt must be worn by boys in grades K-8 and by girls in grades 5-8. Thank you! This year students will enter the school from the parking lot at the staggered times noted below: 7:50 AM grades PK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4 7:55 AM 5, 6, 7, 8 Students will be dismissed at the staggered times noted below (notice the longer day for some grades): 2:40 PM PK & K 2:50 PM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

The tardy bell rings at 8:00 am, and students must be at their desks, ready to begin the day at 8:00. Tardiness has a negative impact on the entire school community. It not only affects the child who is tardy, but disrupts the learning environment of every student in that classroom.

  • Each student is permitted to be tardy three times a trimester.

  • Should the child be tardy a fourth time, he/she will receive a warning note and counseling by the teacher.

  • The fifth tardy will result in the child being sent to the office for a conference with the principal.

  • The sixth tardy will result in a mandatory parent conference.

  • Subsequent tardies may result in a morning or afternoon detention with a supervision fee of $5 added to FACTS.

  • Please get your child to school on time.

I am delighted to welcome our new 6th grade religion and social studies teacher, Ms. Phoebe Unzueta. Phoebe is a graduate of St. Leonard School, St. Joseph High School, and DePaul University. She completed her student teaching in history last spring in Morton High School District 201. As some of you know, our Spanish teacher Ms. Alvarez, our operations director Ms. Cornacchia, our P.E. teacher Mr. Lopez, and our marketing director Ms. Rosales have moved on from OLC (Ms. Rosales will be here through next week). We wish them success in their future endeavors.

I wanted to follow up with you on a couple of student service projects from last spring. Our dress down held on May 11 to benefit a Catholic parish in Ukraine earned $235! These funds are wired directly to the church there. Also, we collected a total of $521 with our Lenten rice bowls. These funds provide food for the hungry in the U.S. and abroad. Are you interested in our extended care program before or after school? You may qualify for the program free of charge. See Mr. Infante in the school office for details.

Once again this year we are asking each family to help supervise our lunchroom. If you have a child in one of the following grades, this guideline will assist you in fulfilling your required three hours of lunchroom supervision. As a reminder, all parents must volunteer for a total of fifteen hours over the course of the year: August: office September: 5th grade October: 8th grade November: 3rd grade December: 4th grade January: 6th grade February: 1st grade March: 2nd grade April: 7th grade May: kdg/8th grade You will be contacted by either your child’s teacher or the room parent coordinator to schedule two days for your assigned month, for a total of 1.5 hours each day. If you cannot volunteer, please find a family member 18 years or older to fill in for you.

Important dates: Monday, August 22: Extended care (before and after school) begins. Remember there is no breakfast served this year, but children may bring a morning snack. Thursday, September 1: Back to school open house, 6:30 - 8:00 pm (plan to attend!) Monday, September 5: Labor Day (no school) Wednesday, September 7: Early Release day for students (30 minutes before the regular time)


Yours in Christ,

Frank S. Zarate, Jr.,

Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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