Principal's Pad (11/21/21)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • Gentle Reminders
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Restorative Justice at Home (Part 4)
  • CHAMPIONS Afterschool

What's still here from last week?

  • Las Posadas & Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • Toys-for-Tots Toy Drive
  • Upcoming Events
  • Extended Day Sign-up & Athletics

Gentle Reminders

Picture Re-take Day

School pictures were distributed to students last week and should have been brought home to parents. If you wish to order more pictures, please follow the directions on the personal calendar that each child received. Van Gogh Photography will be back in the building for picture re-takes on Monday, November 29.


Happy Thanksgiving

I hope that everyone has a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving. Please take the time this week to truly reflect on all you are thankful for in this world. Let this be a time to "recharge your batteries" and enter into the Advent season with renewed hope and joy!

Scheduling a Parent-Teacher Conference

Conferences to discuss student progress during our first trimester of the school year will be held on Friday, December 3. We have decided to offer either an in-person or virtual option for meeting with teachers. Parents and guardians should receive a "Calendly" link from teachers this week which can be used to schedule the conference. When you reserve a time, please select whether you want to meet in-person or virtually.


If you select the virtual option, you will be sent a link for Google Meet which you will use for your conference. This link can be shared with multiple guardians as well.


If you select the in-person option, please keep the following guidelines in mind:


  • Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building
  • Only 2 adults may attend a conference with a teacher
  • No children should be accompanying parents/guardians during the conferences


We understand that there may be occasional scheduling conflicts and we apologize that everyone may not be accommodated perfectly. Should you be unable to schedule a conference with your child's teacher, please contact her/him and we will do our best to make sure that a meaningful conversation can be had in the near future.


Please refer to the pictures below for guidance on setting up your conference once you have received a Calendly link from your child's teacher.

Restorative Justice at Home (Part 4) - Academics

This month, I am trying to bring more information to families regarding our Restorative Justice practices at St. Stan's.
  • Week 1 focused on RESPECT and how families can have productive discussions about what respect means for each of you (click here to view)
  • Week 2 introduced the concept of a "talking piece" to make sure everyone is heard as well as taking intentional time to have some fun as a family (click here to view).
  • Week 3 emphasized the positive importance of "I" statements when discussing conflict so that the speaker takes ownership of their actions and feelings (click here to view)


The Restorative Justice at Home lesson for this week focuses on how Restorative practices can also be useful for academic achievement, not just social-emotional growth. Restorative circles, talking pieces, etc. are great ways to facilitate productive and educational conversations. Below are some ways these practices can be used for the various subjects we teach in school.


Mathematics:

Social Studies:

English/Language Arts:

Sciences:
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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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Annual Tree Lighting & Las Posadas

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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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Upcoming Events & Important Dates at St. Stan's

No School: Thanksgiving Break - November 24-26

As part of the Thanksgiving/Fall Break, we will not have school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Please celebrate safely and enjoy your family.


Parent-Teacher Conferences - December 3

Parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child's progress over the first trimester with teachers on Friday, December 3. There will be no school on this day.


Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony - December 4

We will be having our annual tree lighting ceremony as well as other activities on the evening of Saturday, December 4. Las Posadas will also be performed to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter to prepare for the coming birth of Jesus.

  • 5:00-5:40 Las Posadas - performed by the 4th Grade
  • 5:45-6:00 Caroling - led by the St. Stan's Choir
  • 6:00-6:15 Tree lighting
  • 6:15-7:00 Tamales and Hot chocolate


School Christmas Concert at the Church - December 17

Each class will perform a song for our annual Christmas concert at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. The event will begin at 6pm on Friday, December 17.

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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.

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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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