Divine Providence School

January 14, 2021 Home and School Connection

Reminder- All School virtual learning ends Friday at 11:30AM

NO SCHOOL soon MONDAY January 18th and return to in school learning on Tuesday, January 19th

Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Office Operating with Trust newsletter

Dear Catholic School Families,

As previously indicated, we will continue to communicate updates to our COVID-19 protocols. After consultation with state and local health departments, as well as our own medical advisors, we are making an adjustment to quarantine periods for travel. The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):

  • Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
    • Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
    • This guidance can be applied retroactively to any out-of-state travel that occurred in early January. This may enable certain families to return to in-person learning who were unable to return to Illinois by Jan. 4.
    • This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Parent Newsletter. We are doing our best to remain on top of frequently changing guidance from health authorities.
  • Quarantines for international travel quarantine remain 14 days.
  • Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14-days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).
I am grateful for your ongoing partnership and trust during this complex time.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Borrowed Chrome books

Reminder that if your child was given a Chromebook to use during the virtual learning, it needs to be returned to school on Tuesday January 19th. Please put all contents in the box it was brought home in. It will be looked over for any damage.

First Communion Parents- packet pick up

Dear 2nd Grade Parents,

I hope you received my message yesterday about the First Communion Zoom meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 11:30AM - 12:30PM.

Pick-Up Time: Saturday, January 16, 2021 from Divine Providence Catholic School; 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Please come and pick up the Zoom Meeting Handouts/Materials on this day. The address is: 2500 Mayfair Ave. Westchester, IL 60154.

These will be used at the Zoom meeting, and it is important that each person in attendance has a copy to follow along while on the call.

Please do not hesitate to Email me with questions or concerns.

Thanks and God bless!

Sister Christine Nantaba, IHMR

Religious Education Administrator

Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish
Westchester, IL

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Tax Credit Scholarships

Details on what a tax credit scholarship is. See if you qualify or if you are looking to donate

IMPORTANT - If anyone in your household tests for COVID-19

If you or a family member in your home is tested for COVID- regardless of the reason for the test- we must know about it and document it. Your child and all siblings in school should stay at home until you receive the result. If a family member is found positive, your child will need to be in quarantine. The quarantine would last 14 days providing the positive person is in isolation. If they break isolation, it is labeled a "complex quarantine" and students will need to be in isolation and quarantine. This is 24 days total. Final decision regarding how long a student must miss school is decided by the Archdiocesan nurse. Her decision is based on the information you provide to us. It is imperative that families be truthful in their position. Our goal is for our students to be learning and growing, whether it is in school or in our virtual school.

The reality is that children may be positive with the slightest of symptoms. Always keep our school in your communication.

Communication to families about Protocols

From Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools

Happy Birthday!

January 15 - Anthony in grade 1

January 15 - Rebecca in grade 1

January 16 - Alexandra in grade 2

January 19 - Makynsey in grade 7

January 21 - Noah in grade 2

Half Birthdays! (These birthdays will take place when we

release for the school year in June!)

July 15 - Danielle in grade 7

July 15 - Jacob in grade 7

July 15 - Abby L. in grade 7

July 18 - Marco in grade 5

July 18 - Andrew in grade 4

July 19 - Saint in grade 2

July 21 - Andrew in Kindergarten

July 21 - Isaiah in grade 6

Travel Guidance

Per Archdiocese protocol, we ask that you check states that require a 14 day quarantine if you are traveling. To view which states this applies to click here. Please pay special attention that surrounding states are on this list. Please refer to the map below.
Suburban Cook County* Travel Quarantine List

Click here to see the list of states requiring quarantine

Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 Case Protocol

The Office of Catholic Schools’ Infection Protocol Guide details the steps required of school administrators

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January Lunch

There are no lunches during virtual learning

January 19 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

January 20 - Mini Corn Dogs

January 21 - Deep Dish pizza

January 22 - Nacho Combo

January 25 - Chicken tenders

January 26 - Hot dog

January 27 - Deep Dish Pizza

January 28 - Popcorn chicken

January 29 - Classic Hamburger

Calendar changes

We recently have made a few changes to our school calendar. This year, the responsibilities of teachers have drastically increased. The amount of planning time has decreased. For this reason, we are going to begin some early dismissals to allow teachers more time to effectively plan. Dismissal time will be 1:00. Students will have time to eat a snack at school but will not have lunch. Early dismissals will take place on the last Thursday of each month. After care will be available. Students going to after care may bring their own lunch to eat.

2021 Early dismissal dates:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

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Phone Number for Extended Care (To call or text during extended care hours) 773-682-6196

Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Bulletin

Click here to see the Sunday Parish bulletin.

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All winter Sports have been canceled/ spring is pending

Important Dates

January 18 - NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King

January 19 - Return to in person learning

January 28 - Early 1:00 Dismissal, no lunch

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

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