Divine Providence School

April 1, 2021 Home and School Connection

Easter break has begun! Classes resume April 12, 2021.

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Pray Like Jesus Prayed This Holy Week

i-Ready Diagnostic Results

Last week, your students in grades K-8 brought home their results from the first and second diagnostic they took this year. As you may know, the ACT Aspire will not be given this year, and the entire Archdiocese of Chicago will administer the third diagnostic, in May. Teachers have reviewed their data with their students to set goals for the remainder of the year.


Please see the two buttons below for more information regarding the diagnostic from Mrs. Phyllis Cavallone, Chief of Academics for the the Archdiocese of Chicago as well as a link on how to understand your child's results.


The main point to keep in mind is that we want your child to grow. All children grow at different times. We sometimes like to think about it like a bag of microwave popcorn. All kernels will pop! Many will pop at about the same time, a few pop early and a few may pop even as you open the bag. Some may have needed just a little more time. Student growth key! As a school, we are seeing amazing results! In case you did not see, last school year, i-Ready showed Divine Providence School as having significant gains, all during the onset of the pandemic!


The beauty of i-Ready is that each child is being taught and assessed at their level. They receive lessons based on their needs to help them grow. There is no doubt that diagnostics are challenging! Please support your child and tell them to keep working hard and to do their best. It does not help them, if you help them! If they do not understand, they will be assessed. If they do not pass, the lesson will be retaught to them. Teachers monitor their lessons for this. If they continue to not pass, it will alert the teacher for some one to one assistance.


Over the next few months we really need your support to make sure that your child is working on their i-Ready. Every student should be doing at least 30 minutes a week in Reading and in Math.

Letter from Mrs. Phyllis Cavallone

Chief of Academics Archdiocese of Chicago, Office of Catholic Schools

Understanding your child's i-Ready Diagnostic Results

i-Ready Diagnostic is administered to students in grades K-8

Safe travels- Updated guidance from the Archdiocese of Chicago

  • The Archdiocese of Chicago and Office of Catholic Schools follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order, for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in the city of Chicago, Cook County or Lake County. In consultation with our medical advisors, we have updated our travel guidelines to conform to new guidance from public health authorities.

    The following travel quarantine guidelines replace all prior guidance. Remember that public health departments discourage inter-state travel. We continue to recommend that Catholic school families and employees enjoy a safe spring break at home.

    Domestic travel (state-to-state)
    Vaccinated individuals:
    • No quarantine is necessary if the traveler is fully vaccinated, which is defined as two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccination.
    • Proof of vaccination will be required to avoid quarantines.
    • Individual must not have symptoms and must maintain strict masking and physical distancing. If a fully vaccinated individual does have symptoms, he or she must quarantine and consult with a health care provider.
    Non-vaccinated individuals:
    • Ten-day quarantine upon return if there is no negative pre-arrival test (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable) or the traveler is not fully vaccinated (see above for definition of fully vaccinated) OR
    • A pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours prior to return arrival to the school) with strict masking, physical distancing and avoidance of in-person out-of-school gatherings. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test prior to school attendance, but no earlier than 72 hours prior to return arrival to the state. Any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable.
    • For domestic travel in states designated as Yellow on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order map, no quarantine or pre-arrival test is required. However, travelers must maintain strict masking and physical distancing.
International travel
Regardless of vaccination status, international travelers must follow CDC guidelines:
  • Traveler is to be tested three to five days after their return to the U.S. and must quarantine for a seven-day period even if the post-arrival test is negative (any test administered by a third-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable).
  • If traveler chooses not to take a test three to five days after their return to the U.S., he or she must quarantine for 10 days after arrival.
School Vaccinations
The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated families and communities around the world over the past year. However, vaccines are a ray of hope against a killer virus and have gained the approval of public health authorities, Pope Francis and Cardinal Cupich. As communities of faith concerned about the sanctity of human life, our religious leaders and Catholic school heroes are not only encouraging everyone to get vaccinated but are rolling up their sleeves to get a life-saving vaccine themselves.
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Re-Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

We are now in the process of planning for the upcoming school year! Planning for our school budget, textbooks, resources and the programs we can offer is all impacted by our school’s enrollment. This year, we are going paperless! We are asking all our current families to recommit to Divine Providence Catholic School for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please complete re-registration HERE. The registration fee is $200.00 per family (non-refundable).


If you have any new student(s) in your household whom you plan on enrolling at Divine Providence for the next school year, please submit your child’s birth certificate, a new student application, immunization record and Baptismal certificate (if applicable) to Linda Hawkins, Director of Marketing and Enrollment at lhawkins@archchicago.org

2020 tuition tax document

Click here for instructions on how to obtain necessary tuition documents for 2020.

Please help us share the word!

There is nothing greater than when a family tells us they have heard great things about our school from another family. We really appreciate it! Word of mouth is the best way to learn about the great things going on at our school. Would you please help us out by spreading the word.... share our posts on facebook or instagram.


You can receive $500 off tuition next year by referring a new family! You can receive more than one discount if you refer more families. (You would receive the discount at the end of the 21/22 school year provided the referred family has been current with all tuition payments)


NUT cards! All students who have registered for next year will receive a NUT card! This will give them Friday out of uniform days from March 12- June 4th! The first class to get 100% response about next year (either they are registered or have let us know you will not be returning) will get a pajama day!

If you are not planning on returning to DP for the 2021-2022 school year, please let the school office know. Thank you!

2019-2020 School yearbook- a few more copies left!

A big thank you to Ms. Brauneker and Mrs. Mahlingam who organized a school yearbook from LAST school year. If you would like to order a yearbook, please click on the button below.

Please fill one form out for each child you would like to purchase a 2019 - 2020 yearbook. (This is LAST school year, not the current school year) Yearbook money will be billed to your FACTS account. Payment must be made upon billing in order to receive the yearbook. **Limited amount of yearbooks available!** Distribution o yearbooks will be in order of families that order one. Due to the limited quantity, we may not be able to fulfill every order. You will not be charged if we cannot fill your order.


The price for EACH book is $18.00

2019-2020 Yearbook order form

Use this link if you would like to purchase a 2019-2020 Divine Providence School yearbook

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IMPORTANT - If anyone in your household tests for COVID-19

If you or a family member in your home is tested for COVID- regardless of the reason for the test- we must know about it and document it. Your child and all siblings in school should stay at home until you receive the result. If a family member is found positive, your child will need to be in quarantine. The quarantine would last 14 days providing the positive person is in isolation. If they break isolation, it is labeled a "complex quarantine" and students will need to be in isolation and quarantine. This is 24 days total. Final decision regarding how long a student must miss school is decided by the Archdiocesan nurse. Her decision is based on the information you provide to us. It is imperative that families be truthful in their position. Our goal is for our students to be learning and growing, whether it is in school or in our virtual school.


The reality is that children may be positive with the slightest of symptoms. Always keep our school in your communication.

Happy Birthday!

April 1st - Mia in 8th grade

April 5 - Chase in 1st grade

April 7 - Anthony in 7th grade

April 8 - Dylan in Preschool

April 8 - Brenna in Junior Kindergarten

April 9 - Nick in 5th grade

April 10- Andrew in 8th grade

April 10 - Andy in 8th grade

April 11 - Vivian in 8th grade

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April Lunch *

April 5-9 NO SCHOOL


April 12 - Chicken Nuggets

April 13 - Meatball Pizza Sub

April 14 - All American Cheese Melt

April 15 - Sliced turkey with gravy

April 16 - Spaghetti with Meatballs


April 19 - Popcorn Chicken

April 20 - Salisbury Steak with gravy

April 21 - Country Chicken nugget bowl

April 22- -Chicken tenders

April 23 - Mozzarella Sticks


April 26 - Deep Dish Pepperoni pizza

April 27 - Classic Hamburger

April 28 - Mini Corn Dogs and Pretzel bites

April 29 - NO LUNCH, early dismissal

April 30 - NO SCHOOL Teacher in-service


* Menu subject to change

April 2 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday

April 4 - Easter Sunday

April 5 - 9 - Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 12 - Classes resume

April 13 - Late Start 9AM

April 16 - Optional Parent/ Teacher conferences, 11:30 dismissal

April 29 - Early dismissal 1 PM - NO LUNCH

April 30 - NO SCHOOL, faculty inservice

May 11 - Late Start 9AM

May 31 - NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

June 2 - 8th grade last day of school

June 2 - 8th grade graduation

June 8 - Last day of school dismissal at 1:30 PM

Calendar changes

We recently have made a few changes to our school calendar. This year, the responsibilities of teachers have drastically increased. The amount of planning time has decreased. For this reason, we are going to begin some early dismissals to allow teachers more time to effectively plan. Dismissal time will be 1:00. Students will have time to eat a snack at school but will not have lunch. Early dismissals will take place on the last Thursday of each month. After care will be available. Students going to after care may bring their own lunch to eat.


2021 Early dismissal dates:

April 29

May 27

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Phone Number for Extended Care (To call or text during extended care hours) 773-682-6196

Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Bulletin

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Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

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