Principal's Pad (12/12/21)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • Gentle Reminders
  • TCS Donor Challenge: Q&A Session
  • CHAMPIONS After-School: Q&A Session
  • Holiday Spirit Week

What's still here from last week?

  • TCS Information
  • Duct Tape the Principal Fundraiser
  • Home-Learning Hub
  • Upcoming Events
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Gentle Reminders

CHAMPIONS After-School: Q&A Session

Please remember that we will be changing our aftercare model beginning January 4. Parents wishing for their children to take part must sign-up with CHAMPIONS prior to then. We will be having a virtual information and Q&A session on Tuesday, December 14 at 7pm. This link will give you access to the virtual meeting. Please scroll down further in the Principal's Pad for more information on CHAMPIONS.

Christmas Concert - Change of Date

Due to some scheduling conflicts and our desire to have as many students present for the class Christmas Concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, we have decided to move the concert to Wednesday, December 15 at 6pm. I know that changes like this may cause some conflicts and for that, I apologize. Please contact our office if you have any further questions regarding this schedule alteration.

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TCS Donor Challenge: Information Session

We have been blessed with a wonderful opportunity that has the potential to help many families at our school. The Big Shoulders Fund has been contacted by a generous donor who is making a "challenge grant" for gifts to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This donor has said that for every $1 donated to the TCS program, they will match with their own $3 donation. Please click here for more information on how to donate to Big Shoulders Fund TCS Program.

For anyone interested in learning more about the 3:1 donor match and how you can contribute, there will be a virtual information session on Monday, December 13 at 7pm. I encourage you to share this information with anyone who may be interested in supporting Catholic education. Any little bit can help support tuition assistance so that our school can truly be accessible to all.

To attend the virtual Q&A, please click on this Zoom link:

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Fun Fundraiser - Tape the Principal

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Tax Credit Scholarships for 2022-23

January will be a very important month for any family hoping to receive tuition assistance from the Big Shoulders Fund or Empower Illinois. Both of those organizations offer Tax Credit Scholarships which often cover the entire tuition of a student in grades Kindergarten through 8th. These scholarships are determined, however, on a first come first serve basis and are very competitive.

The information below is from Big Shoulders and details several opportunities for how you can prepare for their TCS application process which opens on January 13. Please take advantage of these preparation opportunities and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.


Schools and families are invited to join one of our Tax Credit Scholarship Information Zoom Sessions. These sessions will outline the application process, show a sample application, and help schools and families prepare for steps one and two of the Big Shoulders Fund application. There will be separate Zoom links for English and Spanish.

Tax Credit Information Sessions:
December 9 at noon:
December 16 at 7 pm:
December 23 at noon:
January 6 at 7 pm:
January 11 LIVE Q & A at 7 pm:

Sessiones de Informacion sobre la beca de Credito Tributario:
Diciembre 9 a medio-dia:
Diciembre 16 a las 7pm:
Diciembre 23 a medio-dia:
Enero 6 a las 7 pm:
Enero 11 LIVE Q&A a las 7 pm:


Families can practice the application during our APPLICATION SNEAK PEAK from December 17, 2021 through December 26, 2021. We will send families a special link when the Sample Application opens and they can practice in preparation for application day.

Do not forget that everyone must reapply each year.

To keep up with all new information and updates along the way, be sure to follow us on all social media platforms below, check out our website, and remember to SAVE THE DATE!

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

BSF Tax Credit Scholarship Donor Match Q&A - December 13

If you have questions about how you can help more students com to St. Stan's Academy, please attend the Q&A session with our partners from Big Shoulders Fund on Monday at 7pm. This link will bring you to the virtual meeting.

CHAMPIONS Aftercare Program Q&A - December 14

To learn more about our new aftercare program and model, please join us at 7pm on Tuesday evening. This link will bring to the virtual meeting.

Tape the Principal Fundraiser - December 14

Help us to raise money for technology improvements by duct taping Principal Vickman to the wall! Bring a few dollars for a few feet of tape.

School Christmas Concert at the Church - December 15

Each class will perform a song for our annual Christmas concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The event will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, December 15.

Champions: A New Afterschool Program

St. Stan's Academy will be utilizing a new and improved afterschool program called CHAMPIONS. This new program will begin on Tuesday, January 4 and run throughout the remainder of the school year. Parents who utilize aftercare services received a flyer last week with additional information on how to register and sign-up. For a look at the CHAMPIONS program and what it has to offer, please click on this link.

Any other questions should be directed to the CHAMPIONS Area Manager, Paula Short. She can be contacted at or 847-850-9817.

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Home-Learning Hub

Holiday Season Mass Schedule at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

The holidays are busy for everyone, especially Fr. Anthony. Please click here to see a schedule of Mass times and Confession availability throughout the season.


St. Stan's has joined a new athletic conference, the City-Suburban Catholic Conference!

If you are interested in helping coach or in having your son/daughter involved in athletics at St. Stan's, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Reed, via email at

Extended Day Program

The registration process for our after care program has been fixed. Please use this link to register your child for our services. If you do not already have an account through the Procare App, please email Mr. Matthew Lolar at or our main office at, so that we can register you.

You must sign-up for aftercare services by the preceding Saturday of each week. To arrange your schedule through the Procare App, please click on this link.

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. We love feedback from those we serve in the St. Stan's community!

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