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

3 views

February 4, 2022


Dear Parents, Well this has been an unusual week, to say the least, but we are glad to be back in school and you are probably glad we’re back, too!


Catholic Schools Week:

  • Thank you, parents, for your food drive donations, and also for the many offers we received from you to bring donuts and coffee for the teachers today. Due to the two snow days, the food drive will now end on Feb. 10, so keep those donations coming. All food items will be given to Catholic Charities, right here in Cicero.

  • Congratulations to our Knights of Columbus spelling bee winners: 1st place goes to Anabel Rodriguez in 4th grade; 2nd place to Galilea Macias in 4th grade; 3rd place to Abigail Rodriguez in 8th grade. Anabel now qualifies for the regional spelling bee in Lansing.

  • Thank you to the seminarians who visited with our 7th and 8th graders to talk about their own stories and their call to vocations: Mr. Peter Famera from St. Terrence in Alsip, and Mr. Juan Carlos Vargas from Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago. Parent-Teacher conferences are on Thurs., Feb. 10, 12:30 - 6:00 PM. Conferences will be virtual, via Zoom. February conferences are at your request or at teacher request. I sent you the link to sign up earlier this week.

Early bird registration for next school year is 50% off the regular registration price. Register your child now for next year and the fee is $200. The fee increases to $400 beginning this coming Sunday. Contact Ms. Candelaria Rosales at the school today to register. Free tuition for one month, if you refer a child who enrolls at OLC! Contact our marketing director, Ms. Rosales. On Feb. 10 we will automatically re-enroll your child for next year and apply the registration fee to your FACTS account. If you do not plan on registering for the 2022-23 school year, contact Ms. Rosales no later than Feb. 5. The registration fee is non-refundable. Get your VIRTUS training to volunteer! Go to our website for info: olc-school.org

Important dates: Thursday, February 10: parent-teacher conferences (virtual), 12:30 - 6pm; students dismissed at 11:30

Friday, February 11: no school; staff development day

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 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

17 views

Dear Parents, Next week is Catholic Schools Week. Students are participating in a food drive service project for Catholic Charities West Region here in Cicero. Students should bring food donations to their teachers by Feb. 4. Acceptable contributions include oatmeal, cereal, rice, pasta, pasta sauce, beans, peanut butter, jelly, fruit juice, macaroni and cheese, and canned fruit, vegetables, soup or fish. The class with the most donations will earn a dress down day. Also, the Cicero Knights of Columbus will assist us with a Catholic Schools Week spelling bee on Feb. 1. Feb. 2 is “red, white, and blue day.” Students may wear those colors and come out of uniform. A Veteran will help us raise a new flag outside. Three seminarians will speak to our middle school students on Feb. 3 about their call to the vocations. On Feb. 4 we will treat our teachers to coffee and donuts. Would you like to contribute the donuts and coffee? If so, please contact me: fzarate@olc-school.org

92% of the OLC graduates from the classes of 2016 and 2017 are now in college (and one more is in the U.S. Marine Corps). Colleges they’re attending include Bradley, Dominican, Lewis, North Central, St. Xavier, University of Illinois Champaign, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois State University, University of Dayton, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Notre Dame University, St. John’s University, Moraine Valley, Triton, and Morton College. That’s impressive!

Boys’ basketball season has begun! Game schedules were distributed to all the players.

Cell phones are not allowed in class during school hours. Students have to turn in their phones to their teacher when they arrive. If a student is found with a phone during the school day, the phone will be collected and you will have to pick it up from the office. Bummer!

Our Read-A-Thon fundraiser ended last week. We raised $3520 out of which we keep $2816. OLC students read a combined total of 10,344 minutes! 1st place reader: Addison Medina (1,020 minutes) Principal for a Day 2nd place reader: Jovan Rodriguez (440 minutes) Out of uniform pass 3rd place reader: Anahi Vargas (395 minutes) 5 lb. chocolate bar 1st place class: 7th grade (2,586 minutes read) Out of uniform pass

2nd place class: 1st grade (1,661 minutes read) Homework pass

Thank you to all who participated!

Parent-Teacher conferences are on Thurs., Feb. 10, 12:30 - 6:00 PM. Conferences will be virtual, via Zoom. February conferences are at your request or at teacher request. I will send you the link to sign up next week.

Do you have a family photo Christmas card? We are going to create a bulletin board in the hallway that highlights each family for Catholic Schools Week; any photo will do. All students PK - 8 should bring one to their teacher no later than Monday. Include your child’s name on the back, and the photo will be returned. Xeroxed photos are fine. Thank you.

Early bird registration for next school year is 50% off the regular registration price. Register your child now for next year and the fee is $200. The fee increases to $400 beginning Feb. 6. Contact Ms. Candelaria Rosales to register: 708-652-0262 ext. 203 or via email crosales@olc-school.org.

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

On Feb. 10 we will automatically re-enroll your child for next year and apply the registration fee to your FACTS account. If you do not plan on registering for the 2022-23 school year, contact Ms. Rosales no later than Feb. 5. The registration fee is non-refundable.

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

Important dates: Thursday, February 3: all school Mass, grades K - 8 at 1:00; parents are welcome Thursday, February 10: parent-teacher conferences (virtual), 12:30 - 6pm; students dismissed at 11:30

Friday, February 11: no school; staff development day Monday, March 14: no school 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

27 views