Principal's Friday Letter

September 8, 2017


Dear Parents/Guardians,

There are no classes for the students tomorrow. Teachers will be attending a professional development session focused on English Language Learners at St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero. 

Next Friday marks the mid-point in the first trimester. Mid-trimester reports will be sent out to you on Monday, October 2, if you are current in your tuition payments.

You have received the materials for the fall candy sale. If you ordered boxes of World's Finest chocolate bars, these are in the office ready to be picked up. Each box costs $60 and the money must be paid before the box of bars will be given to you. Please try your best to make this a successful fundraiser, especially if you are receiving tuition assistance.

School pictures will be taken next Wednesday, September 27. Envelopes were sent home last Friday with the parent letter. Each of your children must return a separate envelope with exact amount of money enclosed and indicating the package you wish to purchase. If paying by check, please make check payable to Van Gogh School Photographers, Inc. We suggest that the students come "dressed up." Students may not wear jeans or t-shirts with innapropiate pictures or sayings.

With todays' letter there is information about two after school programs. If you have a child in grades 5 or 6, there is a science club that will meet on Wednesdays from 2:50-3:35. There is no cost for this program. The program is being offered in conjuction with Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The second program is an Arts and Crafts program that is being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays to students in grades 5-8 from 3:00-5:00. Please see attached flyer. If interested in any of these classes, please return the forms by next Wednesday, September 26.

If your children did not receive a behavior form during the month of September, they may enjoy dress down day next Friday.

The following article is reprinted with permission from Parents make the difference! newsletter.

" Four strategies Help Students Take Responsibility for Learning"

While your child is a student, learning is his job. To do it well, he has to be an active learner-one who takes action instead of just listening. For example, he needs to: Arrive prepared. It's not enough to just up for school. It's also important to get a good night' sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and bring necessities. Participate in discussions. Your child should ask questions, offer opinions, and exchange ideas with others. Stay organized. Help your child create a system for organizing assignments and other materials. Have him collect a few classmates' phone numbers. When he's absent, he can call to find out what he's missed. Be persistent. Support your child  as he tackles assigments and studies for tests. Show confidence that his efforts will pay off! 

Life isn't always fair. Good people as well as wicked people develop cancer and crippling diseases. They get killed in wars that are not of their making. Storms, floods, and fires destroy everything they have worked for. Of course, they are often treated unjustly by others. Evil is at the root of life's unfairness.

God is good, however. In Sunday's Gospel, Jesus assures us that all things will come to good people. Our God is like the landowner in the Gospel, generous beyond our imagining. God offers the gift of everlasting life to all who accpet it, whether they come to receive it early or late.



Sister Rita Marie Range, O.P