Dear Parents, You once again have an opportunity to participate in the 5Essentials Survey. It takes 15 minutes to complete. Based on survey responses last year, we made important revisions to our school programs at OLC. The link is below. Surveys must be completed by next Friday: 2022 Archdiocese of Chicago Parent Survey Link to survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

The season of Lent leads us towards the promise of Christ’s new and abundant life. Use the attached Lenten Calendar with your OLC student for daily suggestions for an action, prayer, or contemplation. It’s in English and in Spanish.

We have a great raffle this month in which you can make extra cash: a 50/50 split the pot raffle. Tickets are $20 and they are sold in the office. 50% of the money collected will go toward the winner and the other 50% to our school. The winner will be announced Friday, March 4.

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: Wednesday, March 2: Ash Wednesday all school Mass (K - 8); parents invited. Wednesday, March 2: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time 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)

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

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Dear Parents, Teachers, parents, and students across the Archdiocese will once again have an opportunity to participate in the 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of our school, and it will allow you to share your thoughts about OLC. It will be administered online, and I will send you a link in the next week or so. Based on survey responses last year, we made important revisions to our math and religion programs, and to our school marketing plans. For example, many students indicated that they do not often “pray by themselves.” Perhaps you can model or talk to your son or daughter about the importance of daily prayer, and what prayer can do for a person. Our food drive for Catholic Charities of Cicero was a great success Thank you for helping us with this service project that benefits families from our local community. Many students in the nation are struggling with anxiety and depression, and oftentimes parents are also struggling with how to support their student. If you are the parent of a middle schooler, you may find the following resource helpful: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting The Anxious Adolescent.

We have a great raffle this month in which you can make extra cash: a 50/50 split the pot raffle. Tickets are $20 and they are sold in the office. 50% of the money collected will go toward the winner and the other 50% to our school. There is no limit on how many tickets you can buy: the more you purchase, the more money you can win. The winner will be announced Friday, March 4.

Free tuition for one month, if you refer a child who enrolls at OLC! Contact our marketing director, Ms. Rosales.

Get VIRTUS training to volunteer: Go to our website for info: olc-school.org


Important dates: Monday, February 21: no school; Presidents’ Day Thursday, February 24: all school Mass, grades K - 8 at 1:00; parents are welcome Wednesday, March 2: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time 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)

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

Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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Dear Parents, If you missed parent-teacher conferences yesterday, fear not! You can always email your child’s teacher and set up a conference at a mutually convenient time. Phone conferences work, too. Students this year have worked on several service projects on their path to become saints, scholars, and leaders in the community. We had the Thanksgiving collection for the homeless through Franciscan Outreach, and yesterday we finished our food drive for Catholic Charities of Cicero (at 14th St. and Austin). During Lent (begins Wed., Mar. 2) we begin a new community service project: each classroom will have a Catholic Relief Services rice bowl in which students can deposit coins or bills. More than $250 million has been given through CRS Rice Bowl to support programs that prevent hunger and poverty around the world. Of that, $62.5 million went to programs in the U.S. and $187.5 million went to CRS programs overseas. Does your child get an allowance? Children have to learn to do things from the goodness of their heart. Boys’ basketball Spirit Night is this coming Mon., Feb. 14. JV game at 6:20; Varsity at 7:10. Come out to the St. Mary of Czestochowa Social Center (corner of 31st St. and 50th Ave.) and support the team! Saint Valentine’s Day is Monday: Students may wear red, pink, or white and come out of uniform. The Feast of St. Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in honor of St. Valentine of Rome, who died on Feb. 14 in 269 A.D. Interesting... Free tuition for one month, if you refer a child who enrolls at OLC! Contact our marketing director, Ms. Rosales. Get your VIRTUS training to volunteer: Go to our website for info: olc-school.org


Important dates: Wednesday, February 16: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time Thursday, February 17: all school Mass, grades K - 8 at 1:00; parents are welcome Monday, February 21: no school; Presidents’ Day Wednesday, March 2: early dismissal; 30 minutes before the regular time 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)

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

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