SAS Update

January 18, 2019


Big Shoulders Tax Credit Scholarship Application Opens!


Click Here for Everything You Need to Know About Applying for a Scholarship

Remember, everyone must reapply every year, even those currently receiving scholarships. ALL families seeking ANY financial assistance from St. Ann for the 2019-20 school year MUST apply for these scholarships first if they qualify. For qualification details, visit the Archdiocese of Chicago website:

Tax Credit Scholarship Eligibility

Frequently Asked Questions

To have your best chance of receiving an award from the state, the application process must be started the very second the application portals open. Your application will be time-stamped, and the money will be allocated very quickly! Even if you already applied with Empower Illinois, it is recommended that families apply with BOTH Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs).

Families who do not have good access to the internet are welcome to come to St. Ann to complete the application. Please try to make sure your supporting documents are scanned and ready to go. Call 708.895.1661 with any questions and to reserve a seat. Plan to arrive by 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday so you are ready to go when the application opens at 8:00.

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Night at the Palace Updates

Our next planning meeting is THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:00 p.m. at J.J. KELLEY'S. Earn an hour for attending the meeting, and sign up to volunteer to earn even more hours:

Tickets are now on sale, and order forms went home in the Thursday envelope. They are $50 each and include dinner, open bar, and a chance at a $1,500 trip! Try to round up all your friends so you can sit together. There will be a prize for the class that has the highest percentage of parent participation (attending, donating, working, they all count).

Please see our Weekly Wish List immediately below for items we are seeking. The reverse side of the order form you received this week outlines service hours credit you can receive for donations.

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Catholic Schools Week (#CSW19) is Coming!


We benefit all year long from the religious guidance, prayers, and support St. Ann Parish provides our school. We will celebrate at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on January 27 and ask all school families to please plan to be there. All students should be in formal school uniform and will receive a NUT card for participating (check in with your homeroom teacher before Mass, and NUT cards will be distributed on Monday). Immediately following Mass will be an Open House in the school. Please bring your friends and come and explore, meet your children’s teachers for next year. And don’t forget our Referral Incentive Program. If you bring a friend, be sure they fill out a form indicating you referred them, and you will receive a $500 tuition credit for each family who enrolls because you brought them in!

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SAS #CSW19 School-wide Service Project

A central aspect of Catholic education is learning the importance of service to others. When students take part in service activities they demonstrate the values and faith gained through Catholic education. This year, our Catholic Schools Week service project will benefit the Humane Society. We will be collecting food and supplies for the animals. See below for a list of desired items.

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Re-Enrollment Discount Extended!

Before Christmas break, our 2019-20 School Year tuition rates and re-enrollment form went home offering a discount off the $150 fee to those who re-enrolled before the end of the year. There wasn't much time to turn it around before we were out of school and the offices closed for break. So we are extending the discount! Returning families who fill out the form and return it NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31 will only pay the early re-enrollment special fee of $50.
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Love Those Box Tops!

Our next Box Tops for Education Challenge is underway! This time around, the prize is a basket full of goodies! What kind of goodies? It will be a surprise! Students will receive one entry into the prize drawing for every 25 Box Tops they turn in: 50 Box Tops earns two entries, 100 Box Tops gets you four entries, and so on. It only takes one entry to win, but why not increase your chances and go for two or more? The deadline for submissions is February 7, and our grand prize winner will be announced on Valentine's Day. Print out your collection sheets here, or enclose neatly clipped Box Tops in Ziploc baggies--be sure your child's name and class are on all submissions. Please note: We cannot accept expired Box Tops, which could affect your entries, so please make sure yours are current.

Daddy Daughter Dance Tickets Now On Sale

Ticket order forms went home in the Thursday envelope this week. Be sure to get yours before the price goes up! There is also a volunteer SignUp. If moms want to watch from afar and snap a couple sneaky candids, the only way to be there is to help out that night.

Tax Credit Scholarship Matching Gift Program

If you or anyone you know likes to take advantage of tax credits, please refer to the Archdiocese of Chicago's Tax Credit Scholarship information page. Not only will donations to the program made by the end of February be TRIPLED by the 2-for-1 matching program, but your entire Illinois state tax liability could be eliminated! Plus, donors can designate which school receives their funds, so the money can all stay right here to help our families. Print a fact sheet here to give to your loved ones.

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Looking Ahead

Upcoming TRIP Order Dates, Mondays, January 28, February 4, 11, & 25

Catholic Schools Week, Sunday, January 27 - Friday, February 1

School Open Houses, Sunday, January 27 & Wednesday, January 30

Shadow Day, Wednesday, January 30

Skating Party, Thursday, January 31, Lynwood Sport Center, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

JClub Book Fair, Friday, February 1

Family Mass, Sunday, February 3, 10:30 a.m.

Early Dismissal SIP Day, Tuesday, February 5, 1:30 p.m.

No School, Friday, February 8

Daddy Daughter Dance, Friday, February 8

Scout Sunday Mass, Sunday, February 10, 10:30 a.m.

Tiny Roughriders, Wednesdays, February 13 & 27, 9:00 a.m. in Extended Day

Seen Around School

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