Principal’s News – September 27

September 27, 2017                                                                                                                                                                            

Dear Parents,

We raised $1,658.19 for Hurricane Harvey. The NCEA asked that each student donate a dollar for the Catholic Schools in Houston that were destroyed by the floods. We sent $600.00 from our students to the National Catholic Education Association and the rest of the money was sent to the Campaign for Human Development. Again, thank you for your generosity.

During September, we welcomed Mrs. Kim Ling as our substitute in Grade 5 – Rm. 205. Mrs. Ling did her Student Teaching at St. Edward School under the direction of Ms. Rosasco. Her husband, John Ling, is our violin teacher. Welcome back, Kim.

We are also happy to welcome, Mrs. Susan BelCastro as the science substitute for Junior High. Mrs. BelCastro comes with a science background and is a former teacher in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She has certainly been an answer to prayer. Welcome, Susan.

The Archdiocese is conducting the Souper Stadium Challenge. They are asking all students, faculty, and staff to donate one non-perishable item. Their goal is to fill every seat in Soldier Field twice. These items will be donated to Catholic Charities. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity which has been frequently tapped because of the many disasters in the world.

Our students are well into the school year and are learning and growing each day. In spite of the September heat wave we have a wonderful air-conditioned school that we can enjoy in 90 degree weather. Thanks to all who made this possible a few years ago.

During the month of September, we do all of our emergency drills. We have had a Fire drill, Tornado drill and Lockdown. All drills took place both in school and in church. A bus evacuation drill was also completed. Our students have been well behaved and very serious about these drills.

This year our Academic goal is to work on Writing Skills. During the workshop last Friday the teachers studied our ACT Aspire Test results. We then met in large and small groups to formulate goals to help our students in PreK 3 to 8th grade to learn different ways to express themselves in written communication using different topics and ideas to apply to writing skills. We will be working on this goal all year.

We will be gathering supplies for the victims of Hurricane Irma that caused much damage in Florida. We will send a list of things that each class will be responsible for collecting. Thank you, in advance, for all that you have done this year to support these many relief efforts. It has certainly been a very challenging year on all fronts.

Thanks to the many people who lobbied and worked for years to pass a tax credit for private schools in Illinois. The Office of Catholic Schools is working out the logistics of this new bill.   Thanks to John D’Amico, our state representative, who voted in favor of the tax credit. We are proud to say he is a graduate of St. Edward School.

Parent Teacher Conferences schedules will be available on line. Please make sure that you check e-backpack for information regarding sign-up. This is always a valuable part of your child/ren’s education.

Hopefully, we will soon be able to enjoy the cool breezes, and brilliant colors of fall.


Sr. Marie Michelle, OP.