Principal's Pad (12/5/21)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • Sincere Thanks
  • Gentle Reminders
  • Donor Challenge: Tax Credit Scholarship Match
  • Wildcat Theatre Performance & Duct Tape Fundraiser
  • Home-Learning Hub

What's still here from last week?

  • TCS Information
  • CHAMPIONS Afterschool
  • Toys-for-Tots Toy Drive
  • Upcoming Events
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Sincere Thanks to Families

School Decorating

"I wanted to express my most sincere gratitude to the parents and students who have come together to make the Christmas season at St. Stan's more joyous over the past week. Our school has really come to life with all of the festive decorations around the building. It has definitely made our school look more inviting than it already is. None of this happens without the energy, enthusiasm, and support of our parents for whom I am extremely grateful."

-- Mr. Vickman


Las Posadas & Tree Lighting

"Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped make Las Posadas and our Tree Lighting celebration an amazing event. A special thank you to all families who volunteered to provide homemade tamales and hot chocolate. Thank you to our Santa, who made this a very memorable experience for our students and families. Thank you to our set up and clean up crews. Finally, a thank you to the 4th grade and choir students for their amazing performances!"

-- Ms. Riley

Gentle Reminders

Christmas Concert - Change of Date

Due to some scheduling conflicts and our desire to have as many students present for the class Christmas Concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, we have decided to move the concert to Wednesday, December 15 at 6pm. I know that changes like this may cause some conflicts and for that, I apologize. Please contact our office if you have any further questions regarding this schedule alteration.


Dollar Dress Down Day on Monday

To celebrate St. Nick's Day, students can leave their uniform at home and dress-down in their most festive holiday attire. We only ask that they bring $1 to school to take advantage of the privilege. The money raised will go towards hosting other fun events for the students throughout the year.


Vaccination Cards

If your child has been vaccinated or when they receive their second vaccination shot, please make sure to submit a copy of their vaccination card to Mrs. Abby Torres (atorres@ststanschicago.org) in the main office. Please know that this information will only be used for the following reasons:

  1. Considering the quarantine of a student due to a close contact with a positive Covid-19 case in the building.
  2. As proof that the child does not need a negative Covid-19 test should they be returning from an orange state as designated by the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.

Donor Challenge: Tax Credit Scholarship Match

We have been blessed with a wonderful opportunity that has the potential to help many families at our school. The Big Shoulders Fund has been contacted by a generous donor who is making a "challenge grant" for gifts to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program. This donor has said that for every $1 donated to the TCS program, they will match with their own $3 donation.


Please note that donations cannot just be made to Big Shoulders Fund, St. Stanislaus Kostka Academy, or St. Stanislaus Kostka Church for the match to occur. You must go through the TCS program process to take advantage of the match. I have attached some information to this email which can assist you in completing the process if you are unfamiliar with it. Additionally, I plan on having a representative from Big Shoulders give a presentation to our community on how we can best take advantage of this amazing opportunity.


Please know that in addition to supporting our mission to provide a rigorous, Catholic education for anyone seeking it, you can receive a financial benefit as a result of your generosity. Illinois taxpayers may apply 75% of their contribution as a tax credit against their Illinois income tax bill. If, for example, you made a $1000 contribution, you will receive a $750 tax credit. The deadline for these donations to the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship program is December 31, 2021.


I encourage you to give what you can and to share this information with others who may be willing to participate as well. Together, we can make sure that St. Stan's Academy continues to challenge all students to achieve academic and social excellence, lead by action and example, and to serve and love God through others.


Please click here for more information on how to donate to Big Shoulders Fund TCS Program

Join us for our Drama Club's winter performance!

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Fun Fundraiser - Tape the Principal

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Tax Credit Scholarships for 2022-23

January will be a very important month for any family hoping to receive tuition assistance from the Big Shoulders Fund or Empower Illinois. Both of those organizations offer Tax Credit Scholarships which often cover the entire tuition of a student in grades Kindergarten through 8th. These scholarships are determined, however, on a first come first serve basis and are very competitive.


The information below is from Big Shoulders and details several opportunities for how you can prepare for their TCS application process which opens on January 13. Please take advantage of these preparation opportunities and reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.


APPLICATION INFO SESSIONS

Schools and families are invited to join one of our Tax Credit Scholarship Information Zoom Sessions. These sessions will outline the application process, show a sample application, and help schools and families prepare for steps one and two of the Big Shoulders Fund application. There will be separate Zoom links for English and Spanish.

Tax Credit Scholarship Information Zoom Sessions:

  • December 9 at Noon
  • December 16 at 7 pm
  • December 23 at Noon
  • January 6 at 7 pm
  • January 11 LIVE Q&A at 7 pm


PRACTICE APPLICATION

Families can practice the application during our APPLICATION SNEAK PEAK from December 17, 2021 through December 26, 2021. We will send families a special link when the Sample Application opens and they can practice in preparation for application day.


Do not forget that everyone must reapply each year.

To keep up with all new information and updates along the way, be sure to follow us on all social media platforms below, check out our website, and remember to SAVE THE DATE!


SGO Websitehttps://www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org/

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Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

Dollar Dress Down Day - December 6

Students who bring $1 to school on Monday, December 6 will be able to "dress-down" and leave their uniforms at home. Since it is St. Nick's Day, we encourage students to dress festively in accordance to the season.


Wildcat Theatre Company presents: A Christmas Carol - December 10, 11, & 12

Our school Drama Club will be performing the Christmas season classic, A Christmas Carol. Performances will be held on Friday evening as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoon.


Tape the Principal Fundraiser - December 14

Help us to raise money for technology improvements by duct taping Principal Vickman to the wall! Bring a few dollars for a few feet of tape.


School Christmas Concert at the Church - December 15

Each class will perform a song for our annual Christmas concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The event will begin at 6pm on Wednesday, December 15.

St. Stan's Toy Drive

Our school will be collecting toys to donate to needy families for Christmas. Please bring in new and unopened toys for children ages 0-17. We will have boxes set up in the main entrance of the school building. The toys will be dropped off in the 14th District CPD for their Toys for Tots drive.
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Champions: A New Afterschool Program

St. Stan's Academy will be utilizing a new and improved afterschool program called CHAMPIONS. This new program will begin on Tuesday, January 4 and run throughout the remainder of the school year. Parents who utilize aftercare services received a flyer last week with additional information on how to register and sign-up. For a look at the CHAMPIONS program and what it has to offer, please click on this link.


Any other questions should be directed to the CHAMPIONS Area Manager, Paula Short. She can be contacted at pshort@discoverchampions.com or 847-850-9817.

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Holiday Season Mass Schedule at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

The holidays are busy for everyone, especially Fr. Anthony. Please click here to see a schedule of Mass times and Confession availability throughout the season.

Athletics

St. Stan's has joined a new athletic conference, the City-Suburban Catholic Conference!


If you are interested in helping coach or in having your son/daughter involved in athletics at St. Stan's, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Reed, via email at rreed@ststanschicago.org

Extended Day Program

The registration process for our after care program has been fixed. Please use this link to register your child for our services. If you do not already have an account through the Procare App, please email Mr. Matthew Lolar at mlolar@ststanschicago.org or our main office at office@ststanschicago.org, so that we can register you.


You must sign-up for aftercare services by the preceding Saturday of each week. To arrange your schedule through the Procare App, please click on this link.

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. We love feedback from those we serve in the St. Stan's community!

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