Divine Providence School

Reopening with Trust / Home and School Connection

July 16, 2020

Reopening News

We are currently working on the reopening plan for 2020-2021. Every week we will provide updates on the plan as well as other important information about the start of the new school year.

To view the framework for our plan click here.

Our reopening plan is for five full days a week in person instruction School is scheduled to begin on August 19, 2020

Face masks

All students ages 2 and up must wear a face mask to school daily and have an extra mask at school. Masks must be a solid color. Masks are also available through our uniform company, Schoolbelles. Their link is below by uniform code 2020-2021
Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Reopen Plan

Staff changes

As we close one school year and move toward another, we say best wishes to our staff who will not be returning to Divine Providence School this coming year. Those are- Mrs. Welte, Miss Powell, Mrs. Martin, Mr. Van Alst, Ms. Antikauskas, Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Boyd. We wish Mrs. Schroeder and Mrs. Boyd the best in their retirement.

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Principal - Mrs. LeTourneau

Preschool - Mrs. Brennan, Mrs. Santore

Prekindergarten - Mrs. Scavelli, Mrs. Caruso

Kindergarten - Miss Slayton, Mrs. Sitton

First Grade - Mrs. Galdek

Second Grade - Mrs. Southerton

Third Grade - Mrs. Mahalingam

Fourth Grade - Miss Brauneker

Fifth Grade, Math & Assistant Principal, - Mrs. Blase

Sixth Grade, Social Studies - Miss Minneci

Seventh Grade, Science - Mrs. Pavilonis

Eighth Grade, Reading - Mrs. Sautariello

Music - Mrs. Urban

Spanish - Miss Carrasco

P.E. - TBA

Mrs. Toni Podock, Tuition Administrator

Mrs. Farmar - School Office

E-Learning option- Archdiocese of Chicago Virtual School

The Archdiocese of Chicago has announced that families will have the option of returning to the 5 day, in person, school day or they may acquire e-learning. A few parents have had questions about this option. Currently we do not have a lot of information, however, there are a few items that we have to share with you.

  • Students will receive core instruction through a separate company, not from a Divine Providence School teacher. We will, however, provide Religion instruction.
  • The provider of e-learning is currently unknown
  • They will follow the same curriculum as we do at Divine Providence School, although when aspect of the curriculum are taught may not align
  • Parents may enter and exit e-learning at the beginning or end of any trimester.
  • The cost for e-learning is the same cost as in person tuition

More information is coming directly from the Archdiocese regarding e-learning.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions that you need a answer to (please understand you will be receiving weekly updates regarding our reopening plan) you can email Mrs. LeTourneau at lynn.letourneau@archchicago.org or the Archdiocese of Chicago or ReopenSchools@archchicago.org


We welcome Mrs. Toni Podock to the role of tuition administrator. She can help you with any questions you may've regarding tuition billing.

She can be reached at tonilpodock@archchicago.org

What's new?

We are pleased to be starting a few new programs this school year!

Religion Grades K-6

We will be using a new Religion text called Christ in Us. We are excited about this program because of the numerous resources it offers our students to learn to become Disciples of Christ and that we can grow in our faith anytime and anywhere! Our grades Preschool, prekindergarten, 7th and 8th will continue the programs that they have used in previous years.

Socio Emotional Grades K-8

Growing with GOD: Safe and Sacred is a comprehensive child safety and Catholic family living program that seeks to empower children to respond to troubling and potentially dangerous situations using the strategies and techniques they are taught as part of the program and to see themselves as children of God, inherently deserving of respect and care.

Social Studies Grades K-4

Studies weekly is hands on an interactive program where students can highlight, take notes and complete learning strategies right on the publication. They also can cut up and incorporate their publications into multiple assignments and activities. Every student will has access to a robust online platform, where they delve deeper into history through 100K+ primary source images and videos. Students will also love the audio reader, highlighting tools and rewards system.

Vocabulary Workshop Grades 6-8

If you have had an older child attend DP, you will already know that Vocabulary Workshop is not new. What is new is the interactive book they will be using. They will compete their lessons on their device and submit to the teacher.

Seesaw Grades Grades PK-4

Seesaw is not a curriculum, rather an online resource to allow you to see what is going on with your child. Watch the video below! Grades 5-8 will be using their Google Suite.

What is Seesaw? Introduction for Families (English)
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Health requirements

Please note carefully the areas to be completed on the form by: a) parents, and b) physician. These areas must be completed and signed by the proper persons. Please be certain also to fill in the heading of the form with the child’s name, address, age, grade, birthdate, etc. Any incomplete form will be returned to you for completion. With your cooperation, we will be able to update your child’s health record and there will be no need for additional requests for missing information.

The completed form may be returned to the school office at any time before the first day of school, and no later than September 1, 2020. The law insists that no child is to be admitted to school without a physical.

Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

Dental requirement

All kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students must have a dental form sign by their dentist in our school file no later than May 15, 2021. This form can be found here. While this form is not due until the end of the school year, we recommend making an appointment as soon as possible.