Divine Providence School

September 9, 2021 Home and School Connection

Reminder! Tuesday, September 14th is a late start.

Yesterday was our first school Mass!

A note from our Principal

Hello Crusader families!


Our school year has been off to an amazing start! Today we celebrated our first school Mass. The last time we were able to gather as a school for Mass was on March 11, 2020. Little did we know that day how our world would change in just two short days.


Our staff and students have been busy teaching and learning. We have learned new prayers and new protocols! While our protocols from last year are different, we nevertheless keep them as a high priority to keep our students as safe as we possibly can. This mission, though, cannot be completed in school. Thank you for doing your part each and every day! We are thankful to be sharing a part of your child's life.


This mission for our students is not individual, rather a group effort and we need to please mindful of this when your child is not in school. Limit group functions. Err on the side of caution and wear masks, even if vaccinated. If your child is over the age of 12, we strongly recommend they get vaccinated. We want this to be a safe school year, but the safety protocols we have only keep them safe while they are in school.


If your child does become ill, they need to stay at home, as well as all siblings. If they continue to be ill on day 2, they will need to see a doctor for a diagnosis or be COVID tested. We require documentation for their return. In school, we are documenting where your child is in the event a student should test positive, we would know exactly who we would nee to notify.


A concern we have had lately are students who have gone away for a few days out of state. Please expect your child to say something at some point. Do not travel in secret to avoid quarantine or testing. If the visit is less than 24 hours, there is no need for quarantine or testing. A student that has been vaccinated also does not need to quarantine or be tests, but we must have a copy of their vaccination card.


We are a team! Thank you for being a strong supporter of Catholic Education with us. If you have some free time, we need lunch and recess volunteers. We have recently slowed students to help adults supervise our younger Crusaders at lunch and recess, but we need more adults. Thank you for your consideration.


Peace,

Mrs. LeTourneau

School Principal

IMPORTANT! Drop off and pick up safety

It has been brought to our attention that drivers are not following the plan for dropping off and picking up. Please make sure that the person dropping off or picking up your child is aware that they should never be using the same way in as the same way out. All routes are ONE WAY and once you have dropped off or picked up, you must head SOUTH to exit.


You cooperation is very important and appreciated!

Big picture

Volunteers are REALLY Needed!

We are in need of adult volunteers to help supervise our lunch and recess this year. We need 4 adults each day. There are two time slots to choose from! Please consider spending a few days helping our teachers by supervising our students.


To be able to volunteer at our school, you must complete all Protecting God's Children Requirements. (See below) All volunteers must wear a mask, except if supervising outdoor recess.


Please click below to sign up!

Safety drills

Throughout the school year, we practice safety drills. Mainly, we have fire drills, tornado drills and lockdown drills. We had our first tornado drill last week and are students did a great job! We will continue to have these drills, but they may look differently. To prepare students for a tornado, their classroom teacher will discuss with the students what they need to do and have them practice a few students at a time rather than a large group, in order to keep our students distanced from one another. Lockdown drills will be discussed as well.


When it comes to the Police and Fire Departments, the Fire Department will come to our school to monitor one of our fire drills. We do this every year! It is nice when some of the firefighters that come are DP alumni!

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

Welcome Miss Wittmus!

This week we welcome our new music teacher to DP.


"I am a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with a degree in pk-12 music education. For the last six years I have taught 6-12 choir and general music but am looking forward to getting back to the littles! I love to travel the world and continually learn about different cultures music. I am a very outgoing person and will try and connect with not only students but staff quickly! "

Traveling out of state? We need to know**...

We follow the Chicago Emergency Travel Order, which is updated every Tuesday, for domestic travel regardless of whether the traveler resides in the city of Chicago, Cook County or Lake County. ​​​​​​​


Domestic travelers to an “Orange state” on the Chicago Emergency Travel Order mapmust adhere to:


  • 10-day quarantine upon return OR
  • Pre-arrival negative test (within 72 hours prior to return arrival to the state) with strict masking, physical distancing and avoidance of in-person gatherings (separate from school attendance). Any test administered by a 3rd-party is sufficient; however, a self-administered test is not acceptable. Archdiocesan schools should accept any negative test prior to school attendance including tests upon return to the state.

**Please watch your email as this may be subject to change

Big picture

Masks

Just a reminder that masks are required to be worn by all of our students and staff. They need to be ONE solid color. Masks must be worn covering the nose and the mouth. Most of our students are doing a great job and don't even mind wearing them! Some students, however, are struggling with this more. It tends to be our middle school school students more than others. For this reason, a student that is not wearing their mask properly will be given an out of uniform slip each time they are not properly wearing their mask. Three slips and they will receive a detention. Detentions will be assigned and will take place after school.


Please see below from the CDC on proper face masks!

Please send your child to school EACH DAY with 2 clean and well fitting face masks

Big picture

Children's book donations for our school library

Our school is currently looking for children books to add to our school library. If you have gently loved books that you do not need anymore, we will gladly take them! You may drop them off inside the main door. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Sitton at bsitton@archchicago.org
Big picture

Exemption from PE

If your child needs to not be part of our PE class, we must have documentation from a doctor. It should state your child's name, reason for not attending PE, and when they may return to PE. Thank you for your cooperation!

Friday Picnic lunch!

Starting this Friday, weather permitting, students will enjoy eating their lunch outside! Please have your Crusader bring a small blanket, towel, yoga mat, etc to sit on. They will have plenty of grass to sit on as well. We will continue this while the weather permits.

Growing with God: Safe and Sacred

Last year, we began the Growing with God- Safe and Sacred program. This program will be integrated in Religion Class starting next week. Please watch the video below that explains the program. Click here for more information about this program.


Developed to meet the needs of dioceses, parishes, schools, parents, and children, Growing with GOD: Safe and Sacred™ is a multi-faceted, innovative K – 8 child safety and family life program that is solidly grounded through Church teachings and the Catholic faith. This practical and systematic approach to child safety and social and emotional development is based on the belief that protecting children from abuse is the shared mission of families, churches, and communities. Children are empowered 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.


This program fulfills the keeping kids safe requirement form the Archdiocese of Chicago. If you do not want your child participating in the program, you need to let the school office know as soon as possible.

Growing with GOD: Safe and Sacred

Dress Code Checklist!

One reason for the wearing of a school uniform is that it is a symbol of pride for oneself and for the school community. We, as a faculty, need your cooperation to enforce the uniform regulations. Together we can then be proud of how our total school community presents itself to the public. To be sure the your child is wearing the proper DP Uniform see this checklist:


Navy walking shorts may only be worn from August until October 15th


Grades 1-8 BOYS

  • All students in grades PK – 8 must have shoes that are fully closed and/or tied

  • White knit short sleeve-monogrammed shirt
  • Solid socks in red, navy, white, green, black and gray are allowed
  • Navy dress twill trousers or shorts (within the designated time periods)
  • Solid, dark colored belts are mandatory for all boys as well as all girls wearing uniform trousers or shorts. Belts should be basic (no designs, etc.
  • Divine Providence uniform sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and Spiritwear are optional and are the ONLY type of sweatshirts and jackets allowed in class


Grades 1-4 GIRLS

  • Round neck pleated jumper OR

  • Navy dress twill trousers or shorts (within the designated time periods) Oxford cloth blouse, short or long sleeved, polo (Schoolbelles) or white turtleneck shirt

  • Monogrammed knit over-blouse (polo), short or long sleeve, from Schoolbelles Optional approved uniform items: monogrammed sweatshirt and fleece jacket purchased at Schoolbelles; navy blue (plain) cardigan sweater; any approved “Spiritwear”
  • All students in grades PK – 8 must have shoes that are fully closed and/or tied
  • Solid socks in red, navy, white, green, black and gray are allowed. Girls may wear solid color tights, nylons, knee highs, or crew socks
  • Solid, dark colored belts are mandatory for all boys as well as all girls wearing uniform trousers or shorts. Belts should be basic (no designs, etc.)
  • All students in grades PK – 8 must have shoes that are fully closed and/or tied

  • White knit short sleeve-monogrammed shirt
  • Solid socks in red, navy, white, green, black and gray are allowed
  • Navy dress twill trousers or shorts (within the designated time periods)
  • Solid, dark colored belts are mandatory for all boys as well as all girls wearing uniform trousers or shorts. Belts should be basic (no designs, etc.
  • Divine Providence uniform sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and Spiritwear are optional and are the ONLY type of sweatshirts and jackets allowed in class


Grade 5-8 GIRLS

  • Kilt skirt or split skirt. Skirts must be no more than 3 inches above the knee OR

  • Navy dress twill trousers or shorts (within the designated time periods)

  • Monogrammed knit over-blouse (polo), short or long sleeve, from Schoolbelles

  • Solid socks in red, navy, white, green, black and gray are allowed
  • Navy dress twill trousers or shorts (within the designated time periods)
  • All students in grades PK – 8 must have shoes that are fully closed and/or tied
  • Solid, dark colored belts are mandatory for all boys as well as all girls wearing uniform trousers or shorts. Belts should be basic (no designs, etc.
  • Divine Providence uniform sweatshirts, fleece jackets, and Spiritwear are optional and are the ONLY type of sweatshirts and jackets allowed in class
  • Optional approved uniform items: monogrammed sweatshirt and fleece jacket purchased at Schoolbelles; navy blue (plain) cardigan sweater; any approved “Spiritwear”


Click here for more information on our dress code.

Big picture
Big picture
Register for our School Band

Band is returning to school this year. Save time and register early! If your child is new to band, no worries! They still have plenty of time and UP Music will be available to help your child pick the instrument that is right for them.

Picture Day- September 22nd!

Picture day is on September 22nd, for students in Preschool through 7th grade. 8th grade will take their graduation pictures in February.


Please send your child to school in nice clothes for pictures. Not allowed are flip flops/ sandals, midriff style shirts, anything backless, or containing questionable wording. Nice shorts, yoga pants and jeans (not ripped or torn) are allowed. They should be worn with a nice shirt/ top.


This year, we are using Van Gogh photography company. They are utilizing a prepaid ordering system. All payments must be completed online. Please see below for instructions. No money is sent to school.

Big picture
Big picture

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

September 14 - Late Start, Doors open at 8:45, school starts at 9:00

September 24 - NO SCHOOL, Teacher professional development day

October 1 - School Walk a ton!

October 6 - Grades 6, 7, 8 ONLY 11:30 dismissal

October 7 - All school 11:30 dismissal

October 8 - NO SCHOOL

October 12 - Late Start, Doors open at 8:45, school starts at 9:00

October 29 - Late Start, Doors open at 8:45, school starts at 9:00

Is your child vaccinated for COVID-19?

In order to make a possible positive COVID case go smoothly, we would appreciate a picture of your child's COVID -19 vaccination card. Please email to covidvax@divineprovidenceschool.org
Click here to subscribe

Click here to subscribe to the weekly Newsletter from the Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools Office

Protecting God's Children - Volunteer Requirements

All volunteers must meet all these requirements to volunteer with children in our parish and school. Click on each one for more information.

Updated School Calendar

Updated August 6, 2021

Know someone who needs assistance?

There are many reasons people may need help right now. Maybe it's job loss or illness. Whatever the reason for the need, the Society of St. Vincent De Paul can help.

If you, or anyone you know, could use some help, please call the Divine Infant Rectory 708-865-8071 or the Divine Providence Rectory 708-562-3364

All information is kept strictly confidential.

Big picture

September Lunch Menu *

September 10 -Beef and Cheese Soft Tacos


September 13 - Mini Corn dogs

September 14 - Country Chicken Nugget Bowl

September 15 - Hamburger

September 16 - Popcorn Chicken

September 17 - Turkey Ham and Cheese Melt


September 20 - Chicken Nuggets

September 21 - Confetti Pancakes

September 22 - Cheesy Flatbread

September 23 - Breaded Chicken Sandwich

September 24 - NO SCHOOL


September 27 - Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizza

September 28 - Oven Roasted Chicken Drumstick

September 29 - Chicken Tenders

September 30 - Pizza Crunchers


* Subject to change, please see the note below from FSP, our lunch supplier.

Big picture
Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Bulletin

Click here to see the Sunday Parish bulletin.

Big picture

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS DUE THIS SCHOOL YEAR!

Health requirements

If you have not made the proper appointments, please do so ASAP!

2021-2022 KINDERGARTEN Health requirements

for students in Kindergarten this school year

2021-2022 Kindergarten eye exam requirements

for students in Kindergarten this school year

2021-2022 6th grade health requirements

for students in 6th grade this school year

Divine Providence Staff 2021-2022

In process!


Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2021-2022

Divine Providence School/ Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish

Big picture