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Our Lady of Charity School

November 19, 2021

Dear Parents, As we approach Thanksgiving, know that I am thankful for your support and for the joy your children bring to our school. Here’s a Thanksgiving prayer (below) for your OLC student to recite at home next Thursday (grades 2 and up). I hope you all have a blessed and wonderful holiday with your family.

Remembering Others O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.

Please don't forget our Thanksgiving service project of donations for the homeless in the Chicago area:

• lip balm • deodorant • toothbrushes • baby/personal wipes (not disinfecting wipes such as Lysol) • toothpaste • band aids • pair of flip flops or shower shoes (large) The donation deadline is Nov 30. We're hoping all students can bring in these items for us to give to Franciscan Outreach in Chicago.

Report cards go home by today. Be sure to ask your child to see it.

The World’s Finest Chocolate sale began this week and ends on Dec. 7. Each box is $60, not $70, and so each family is responsible for selling $180 in chocolates, exactly the same as last year. I apologize for the confusion: the price of the chocolates did increase, but not for OLC. We are still with last year’s prices. If you would like to sell additional boxes of chocolates beyond three boxes, you will be credited $30 per box toward your tuition. Thank you!

OLC students will decorate a Christmas tree in Cicero Community Park (34th Street and Laramie Avenue) on December 16. If you can, please have your child bring one glass or plastic ornament, new or old, to school by Tues., Dec. 14.

Our popcorn sale last month was a tremendous success. Since we exceeded our goal, as promised we will be serving ice cream at all lunches this coming Tues., Nov. 23, and all students may come out of uniform that day. However, remember that all grades except kindergarten and 4th do have gym class that day so dress your child appropriately, please. We will begin a different registration process for the 2022-2023 school year: you will no longer have to come in and register at the school office. Early bird registration will run from Jan. 3 - Feb. 5. At that time you may login to your FACTS account and pay the discounted registration fee. If you do not plan on registering for the 2022-23 school year, be sure to contact our marketing director, Ms. Candelaria Rosales, no later than Feb. 5. If we do not hear from you by that date, your child will be automatically re-enrolled on Fri., Feb. 11. You must be VIRTUS trained to volunteer at OLC: Go to our website for info:

Important dates: Wednesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 28: no school; Thanksgiving break Tuesday, November 30: due date for Thanksgiving Collection for the Homeless service project donations Wednesday, December 1: early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time) Wednesday, December 15: early dismissal (30 minutes before the regular time) Monday, December 20 - Sunday, January 2: no school; Christmas break

Yours in Christ, Frank S. Zárate, Jr., Ed.D. Principal (708) 652-0262


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