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CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2021

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Last Day of School, Friday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. Dismissal

Summer Activities

As we approach summer vacation, and while there will be some summer reading and a little math refresher work for our older students, we want to really stress the importance of creating fun and memorable experiences for your children. It's been a challenging year, and the students have been rockstars. They've worn their masks, stayed six feet apart from their friends, sat in desks for the majority of the day. The following link is a great resources for some really great activities that are of little or no cost. Education occurs in all activities, not just reading and math.


https://www.verywellfamily.com/summer-fun-ideas-kids-and-parents-3542627

Summer Reading

Next fall, we will launch a comprehensive writing program across the curriculum. In order to launch the program, we will be asking all students in grades 5-8 to participate in Summer Reading.


The following novels will need to be completed by all students by August 23, 2021.




Grade 5 - The Hidden Children by Howard Greenfield


Grade 6 - Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir by Eloise Greenfield


Grade 7 - I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai


Grade 8 - Night by Elie Wiesel


If your child/ren are not in these grades, and you want them to take advantage of continuous reading throughout the summer months, please contact your child's teacher for some ideas.


We always encourage baskets of books in the backseat of the car to read while you are on trips either to another state or the grocery store.

No More School Lunches or Bus Service

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

Yearbooks!

We have yearbooks for sale. Please send in a check for $30 if you would like to purchase one.

Nurse's News

If you have completed any physicals, dental or eye exams for the 2021-22 school year, please send them to the health office at any time.


If your child received daily medications or has an "as needed" medication at school, you received those medication forms for next year in March. You will be able to complete the forms at your doctor's appointment over the summer. Those forms may also be turned in at any time.


Parents/guardians please pick up your medication. Mrs. Haneberg will not be distributing any medication directly to the students.


From Mrs. Haneberg:


I wish everyone a safe and fun filled summer! Thank you for your cooperation and support this year and throughout my time at St. Damian School!

IReady Results

We are quite pleased with this year's growth on our students' IReady scores.


Your child will be bringing his/her scores home within the next week.


We have included a few documents on our website that will help you to understand the scores. Please contact your child's teacher if you'd like to discuss them or have any further questions.


https://stdamianschool.org/Portals/stdamianschool/CMAdmin/OCS_i-Ready_letter_EN_052021%20%281%29.pdf


https://stdamianschool.org/Portals/stdamianschool/CMAdmin/AOC%20iready-understanding-student-data-for-families-2020-3%20%281%29%20%281%29.pdf

St. Damian Students Plant Tomatoes In Our Garden

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FACTS Information

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

Summer Programs - Still time to Sign Up!

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:


https://stdamianschool.org/Portals/stdamianschool/CMAdmin/Files/Untitled%20document.pdf?ver=2021-04-30-084156-073

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: https://schools.archchicago.org/tax-credit-scholarships

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!


https://www.stdamianchurch.org/s-h-o-p-

St. Damian School

Saint Damian School ensures individual students reach their potential through the development of their Catholic faith, character, citizenship and academics.