Dear Parents, The OLC Parish Dinner Dance takes place on Sat., Apr. 9, from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM, at The Mayfield Banquets on Archer Avenue in Chicago. To buy tickets, contact the school office: 708-652-0262 ext. 201. Tickets are $60 per person.

We have our all school Mass every Thursday at 1:00 for children in grades K - 8. Parents are always invited to join us. Thank you to OLC parent Mr. Aaron Jimenez, USMC, for helping us raise our new flag in front of the school, and for discussing flag etiquette with 4th and 5th graders last week. See the photo below.

Our OLC Varsity and JV basketball teams are having a terrific season, and our OLC cheerleaders are a standout . Thank you to our basketball coach, Mr. Josif Selagea, and to our cheerleading coach, Ms. Stephanie Davila, for all their time and effort. We appreciate it!

Our school uniform policy states that only “OLC sweatshirts” may be worn. These are school approved sweatshirts featuring our logo. Please make sure your child’s sweatshirt conforms to this requirement. Also, regarding jewelry, “girls who have pierced ears may wear one pair of small stud earrings.” For all students, “wrist watches and appropriate religious medals or crosses are the only jewelry that is permitted. Bracelets are not allowed (except medical).” Remember that “students’ hair must reflect a conservative style” and “boys may not have hair length past their collar, may not go below mid-ear, and the front may not pass the eyebrows.” The uniform is a symbol of school pride and of the equality of persons created in the image of God.

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Important dates: 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 Thursday, April 28: all school Mass at 1:00, with baptism and 1st holy Communion celebrated for selected students; parents invited Saturday, April 30: confirmation Mass at noon (with 1st holy Communion for selected students) Saturday, May 7: 1st holy Communion for 2nd graders at noon

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

Principal (708) 652-0262

fzarate@olc-school.org

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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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