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/

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, 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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