Divine Providence School

Home and School Connection - January 10, 2020

The Guardian came to visit

On January 7, 2020, the “Guardian” (a friend of “Omegman”) came to visit Divine Providence School. While showing tremendous examples of his strength, he showed and spoke to our students about being a dream MAKER not a dream BREAKER. He also incorporated the theme about being a HERO – Helping Everyone Respect Others. During his visit, he broke a baseball bat with his hands, ripped a huge yellow pages book in half and bent an iron bar! Students were amazed at what he did and were inspired by the message he was sending.

Discover Catholic Schools Week

January 26th through February 1st, 2020 will be Catholic Schools. We will kick off the week at 8:30AM Mass and will follow with open house! Please invite friends to come and see the amazing things going on at Divine Providence School! The best recommendation a family can get is from a current family. We will have hospitality available to sit and chat with other families. (We will not be having the pancake breakfast this year)

The school week will have a variety of different themes to celebrate. Look for more information coming soon!

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6th Grade Travelers!

6th grade traveled around the world to different countries for Christmas and New Year. They received a passport, stamps for each country they went to, and had to answer questions on their journey.

Shiloh book study in 5th grade

During the month of December, the fifth grade class did a novel study on the book Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Over winter break, they were asked to complete a project that wrapped up the entire book. Students created dioramas of scenes from the story and made board games that went along with the book. Students designed boards that had a dog theme, wrote trivia questions that went along with the book, and even created their own set of rules! In the pictures below, students are in groups playing the board games they created.

Chickie's Dine Out

Tuesday, Jan. 14th, 10am-10pm

4152 Roosevelt Road

Hillside, IL

Please print this flyer when you go to support Divine Providence School

Calendar Change!

Please be aware that there is a change in this year’s school calendar. Thursday, April 9th (Holy Thursday) was originally planned as a non school day for a teacher inservice. That inservice has been cancelled and school will be in session on April 9th and dismissal will be at 1:30. There will be a lunch hour and extended day on this day.

Tech Talk Tuesday

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Printing you payment summery

Families can view and print their FACTS payment summaries for tuition and fees by following these steps:

Go to your Payment Plan and Billing

Click on “View Details” on upper right side of page

Click on “View Payment Summary” upper left side of page

Select year from drop down menu near middle, left side of page

Print Feature is located on the upper right corner of page

If you have any difficulty you can call FACTS at 866-441-4637

Divine Infant Jesus & Divine Providence Parish Bulletin

Please click here to view the Parish bulletin

5 Spiritual Goals for the New Year

Tax Credit Scholarship Donations

This year, we had several students that have been able to attend Divine Providence School because they received a Tax Credit Scholarship. If you are unfamiliar with this Scholarship, this is a program through the State of Illinois where anyone can make a donation, hopefully designating Divine Providence School, and they will receive 75% of their donation as an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship. Applying for this Scholarship will start next month.

Even more exciting is that right now, donors can see their donation GROW! A fantastic program through the Archdiocese of Chicago allows a person to give their donation (again, hopefully designated to Divine Providence School) and it will be matched 2 to 1 (donations must be made through the eSGO- Empower Illinois)! For example, if a generous person were to donate $1000 dollars, they would received a $750 credit from their Illinois State Taxes and the donation would match 2:1, making it total $3000!

Please Donate to Tax Credit Scholarships

School Advisory Board - Last Call!

Divine Providence School is starting the process to initiate a School Advisory Board. The school is strengthened through the working partnership between the leadership of the school, the parish and its stakeholders. By its nature, the board is advisory and therefore is commissioned to offer suggestions and advice regarding the vitality and continued success of the school. The board is a typically a three year commitment. Through this process we are looking for a variety of people to serve on the board! This includes school parent, parishioners and community members. If you would like to be considered for the board, please fill in the application. Applications will be reviewed before Thanksgiving, interviews will take place in December and the first meeting will take place in January.
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If your answer is "no" please see this important page to start receiving them!

What about the weather?

As the weather gets colder, it makes us start thinking about what is ahead of us. How cold will this winter be and how much snow might we get? I don't think anyone can give us this answer, so instead we prepare just in case it is bitter cold or we can't get out of the house, much less make it safe to school, due to the snow and cold.

Typically, you would get notified about students not coming to school through several different forms of communication- email, text message and phone call. While we try to give as much notice as possible if we think the school will be closed, it can come as late as one hour before school starts. ***Just because students do not report to school, doesn't mean they don't have work to do! Per an earlier newsletter, we have introduced "Alternative Learning Days". Students will have work either posted online or sent in an email regarding what work needs to be done. This link will take you back to beginning of the school year about "Alternative Learning Days"

Important Upcoming Dates

January 14 - Late Start (9AM)

January 20 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King Day

January 21 -8th Grade Graduation pictures

January 26 - Catholic Schools Week Begins

February 7 -NO SCHOOL Teacher Inservice

February 11 - Late Start (9AM)

February 17 - NO SCHOOL Presidents' Day

February 22 - First Reconciliation 11:30 Divine Providence Church

February 24 - 8th Grade Graduation retakes

February 26 - Ash Wednesday

March 2 - End of 2nd trimester

March 5 - 7th Grade History Fair

March 9 - Report Cards go home with students

March 10 - Late Start (9 AM)

March 13 - Confirmation at Divine Infant

March 19 - 11:30 Dismissal, Parent Teacher Conferences by request only

March 20 - Staff Development day NO SCHOOL

March 31 - April 4 ACT Aspire testing

April 9 - THIS IS A SCHOOL DAY WITH A 1:30PM DISMISSAL - aftercare is available

April 10 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday

April 13 - 17 - Easter Break

April 20 - Classes resume

April 25 - First Communion at Divine Providence Church

CLICK HERE for the most up to date school calendar (Calendar subject to change)

Recognizing DP Staff!

Our staff works so hard to make your child's day positive, educational, and spiritual. I would like to start a form that, when a staff member goes out of their way, we can recognize them. This recognition is called the St. John Baptist de la Salle award. St. John Baptist de La Salle is a Saint that devoted his life to teaching. He trained other people to be teachers. John urged his teachers to treat their students with love and compassion, making time for them and being concerned for their spiritual well-being.

Your recognition can take the form of a private "Good Job" to that staff member or we may post it here in our school newsletter- that is up to you! Anyone at DP can be recognized- teachers, teacher assistants, staff and administration. Thank you for taking the time. This will be available all school year! Click on the form below.

Have a question? Email your child's teacher!

All teachers now have their proper emails- including our new teachers. Thank you for your patience!