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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:

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


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