St. Damian School

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Thank you to Athletics for a Celebration of our 8th Graders!

Class of 2021 Athletic Celebration Video

COVID - 19 - Mask Mandates

Please note, even though the CDC has loosened mask mandates, we will continue to follow the following protocal:

Masks will continue to be worn in all Archdiocesan schools through the remainder of the school year since the vast majority of students are not yet vaccinated. Note: this is in accord with Illinois State Board of Education guidance regarding masks in school buildings, as well.

We want to be able to celebrate all of the end of the year activities with your children. Please do what you are able at home to prevent any COVID cases.

Last Day for Lunches

We want to thank Country House for providing our students with free meals this year. THe last day for lunches for our 8th graders will be Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Last day for lunches for our Pre K-7th grades will be Friday, May 28, 2021.

Please send a lunch with your child/ren the last week of school.

FACTS Information

Please watch your emails for an email from FACTS to update your information.

Summer Programs

We are in the process of gathering information to run summer academic enrichment and remediation programs for our primary students.

The classes will run the following days:

Week 1 - June 8, 9,10

Week 2 - June 15,16,17

Week 3 - June 22,23,24

Three class time will be offered:

9-9:50 a.m.

10-10:50 a.m.

11-11:50 a.m.

We will focus primarily on reading and math during these times.

It there is interest we are open to offering a fourth class in creative writing, for an additional cost.

Costs for the classes are the following:

1 class for the entire session: $75.00

2 classes for the entire session: $150.00

3 classes for the entire session: $200.00

One week of full classes: $75.00

Two weeks of full classes: $150.00

Three weeks of full classes: $200.00

We are also able to offer extended day if there is enough need.

Please sign up here:

Vaccine Information


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently approved the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for all children age 12 and older.

The Cook County Health is offering everyone age 12+ the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine free of charge at eight vaccination sites across the suburbs.

● Locations are in Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove, Forest Park, Thornton Fractional, W. Leyden and Summit

● You can make an appointment or just walk-in to any site

● To find an appointment, please click

● Hours of Operation at Cook County Vaccination Sites are:

● Monday – Friday

● Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove and Forest Park: 8AM-8PM ● Thornton Fractional & West Leyden: 10AM-8PM ● Summit: 8AM-6PM ● Saturday ● Des Plaines, Matteson, South Holland, River Grove and Forest Park: 8AM-6PM ● Thornton Fractional & West Leyden: 8AM-6PM ● Summit: 8AM-6PM ● Patients are encouraged to bring their ID and insurance cards to their appointment.

You will not be turned away if you do not have an ID or insurance card

● Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive a vaccine

● Children do not need to bring identification, however parents are asked to bring an ID

● If a parent does not have an ID, they can confirm at the time of vaccination that they are their child’s parent or legal guardian

● More details about the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination site locations are available at

Public health officials are urging all eligible individuals to get vaccinated. Please speak with your family physician or pediatrician if you have any questions about vaccination.

Thank you for helping to keep our schools and community safe. Cook County Community Vaccination Program

Nurse's News

If your child will be entering the following grades next year, please be sure you follow the State of Illinois Health Requirements.

St. Damian School Preschool Students:

● Physical Exam (Parents please complete the yes/no questions on the back and sign and date) ● Complete immunization record signed by a doctor: (4) DTap, (3)Polio, (4)Hib, (3)Hep B, (1)MMR, (1)Varicella, (4)Pneumococcal

● Birth Certificate

Kindergarten Students:

● Physical Exam (Parents please complete the yes/no questions on the back and sign and date) ● Complete immunization record signed by a doctor: (5)DTap, (4)Polio, (4)Hib, (3)Hep B, (2)MMR, (2)Varicella, (4)Pneumococcal

● Dental Exam (dated within 18 months of May 15th deadline)

● Eye Exam on Illinois form dated within one year of the first day of school

● Birth Certificate

Second Grade Students:

● Dental Exam (dated within 18 months of May 15th deadline)

Sixth Grade Students:

● Physical Exam (Sports physical NOT acceptable,IL Certificate of Child Health Exam form required) Parents please complete yes/no questions on the back and sign and date

● Complete immunization record signed by a doctor, including (1)Tdap,(1)Meningitis-these are 6th grade requirements

● Dental Exam on IL form due May 15, 2020(dated within 18 months of May 15th deadline)

All the forms were given to your child in February. The forms can also be found below and are on the "Online Backpack" section of our website. Or If you need the forms, please just call us.




Medication forms were distributed to students with known needs, if you did not receive a form, please call us.

Totus Tuus at St. Damian

The Totus Tuus program aims to inspire young people to long for holiness, develop a deep desire for conversion and personally renew their faith with a stronger prayer life. Through evangelization and catechesis, Totus Tuus seeks to foster openness to the sacrifices and blessings of the various Christian vocations.

For those already familiar with Totus Tuus, we must share that student volunteers are not permitted this summer as the Archdiocese permits only adult volunteers that have successfully completed background checks/compliance requirements.

That being said - YOU are needed to help us during camps this year at St. Damian! Please contact Mrs. Plesha right away at 708-687-7778 to volunteer.

Enroll Today 2021

The Tax Credit Scholarship Donations!

We are pleased to let you know that for the third year in a row, The Archdiocese of Chicago, will be offering a 2 for 1 match program for all donations made through Empower Illinois between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

What does this mean? A $500 donation has a tremendous impact, with the 75% tax credit, you will receive on the donation and this match. It will have a net cost of $125 to you and will provide $1,500 dollars in scholarships for low-income families.

I am pleased to let you know that for the 2020-21 school year, we received over $100,000 in gifts. This allowed 16 of our students to attend St. Damian School. However, there were still 27 students on our wait list. Please follow this link to learn more:

Donate to St. Damian and Receive Money Back
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Did you know you can still SHOP with Scrip! You can do it all online. And, this is so easy and convenient, you may just want to continue this option when we are all back in the building.

Just follow this link for more information!

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