102nd EDITION: February 1, 2019

Pilgrims on the Way of Truth

What's Better than a Snow Day???


A funny social media post recently declared January to be the longest year ever, and it seemed so fitting for what we all just experienced. There's always something special and timeless as the moment students find out their school has been closed due to weather - and this week certainly helped cement that memory for everyone! Naturally, a tiny voice inside realizes we will have to "make up" those days at the end of the calendar year (which, for 9th - 11th graders, we do!) but then the louder voice inside us all just rejoices in these days to catch up on sleep, homework, binge-watching shows, or Fortnite gaming! It's that elusive gift of TIME given back that we were not expecting.

But in all seriousness...we take our students' and staff's safety very seriously, and are grateful that everyone was able to return to us today as we re-opened. Also, we are blessed that our facilities and transportation were fully functional. A special shout-out to our MC Facilities team for making sure our building was warm, the lots cleared, and our walk-ways safely salted! Also - for those who ride the Durham buses - please know that all throughout this severe cold-snap, their dedicated employees were starting up their vehicles every 2-4 hours round-the-clock for the past 72 hours to make sure our children had safe, reliable rides to and from school. For those who ride, drivers Larry, Joel, and Jill are truly an extension of the Marian family and we count ourselves blessed for their dedication to our students!

As the weather takes yet ANOTHER turn this weekend ("warm" and rainy?!) - we hope that you consider the care and devotion we have for our students to be a constant in your lives!

End of Year Calendar EXTENDED to May 31st for 9th - 11th Grades

Due to the FIVE "snow days" we have had to use due to inclement weather, we will be extending the 2018-2019 school year to May 31, 2019 for all students enrolled in 9th through 11th grades. SENIORS will not have an adjusted schedule, and all SENIOR end-of-year calendar events will remain as originally published (from senior final exams to graduation.)

Please plan your summer travel plans accordingly, as 9th through 11th grade final exams will take place May 29, 30, & 31st. The GOOD NEWS is that, should additional snow days be needed, it WILL NOT add any more days to the end of the year! It is absolutely guaranteed that the last day will be May 31st. (So go ahead and book that travel for June 1st!)

We will have a more detailed calendar published soon for everyone! It's been a while since we've had to use the "full extension" with our calendar!

WEEK AT-A-GLANCE February 2 - 8, 2019

Click on date below for daily Scripture Readings!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm: Musical Rehearsal

1:30 pm: Girls So Basketball vs Marian Catholic

3:00 pm: Girls Var Basketball vs Marian Catholic

Sunday, February 3, 2019

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Musical Rehearsal

Monday, February 4, 2019

2nd Period: George Williams College rep in Guidance

7:00 pm: Senior Breakfast Planning Meeting in Annex

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - LATE START

9:40 am: Warning Bell

9:45 am: 1st Period Begins - NO TARDIES EXCUSED

5:30 pm: Boys So/Fa Basketball vs Crystal Lake South

7:00 pm: Boys Var/Fb Basketball vs Crystal Lake South

7:00 pm: MC Auction PLANNING MEETING in the Annex - All Welcome!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Extended Homeroom Schedule

4:00 pm: Fine Arts Boosters Meeting in Room 131 - All Welcome!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

4th - 6th pd: Adoration in Chapel

4th - 6th pd: US Navy representatives in all lunches

2:20 pm: IHSA Chess Team State Hall Parade

2:30 pm: Confessions in Chapel

2:35 pm: Detention in Room 231 (O Herron)

Friday, February 8, 2019

7:45 am: Daily Mass in Chapel

2:30 pm: Confessions

Check out our detailed Athletic Calendar for all practice times, team dinners, and "Away" games for this week!

For a detailed calendar of all MCCHS Clubs & Organizations meetings and events, please see our Clubs & Organizations Website!

MC Student-Leaders Presenting at the NATIONAL LEAD CONFERENCE in D.C. This Weekend!

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Our graduating class will be celebrating their Senior Breakfast on Monday, May 20, 2019. We realize this is still months away - but it takes a lot of planning and coordination to make it memorable for our students!

We are hosting a Senior Breakfast Planning Meeting on MONDAY, February 4th at 7:00 pm in the ANNEX. Please consider joining us as we brainstorm themes and ideas for this celebration!

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE OF THIS MEETING! We are hopeful this meeting will take place as scheduled!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our Parent Association President, Mrs. Lori Lee at or give her a call at (847) 309-0702!

We are so excited to work together to make this the best Senior Breakfast!


Due to the recent "Polar Vortex" experienced, our local blood banks have experienced their own FREEZE in donations! (See what we did there?) This is, quite literally, a way to help others by simply having a PULSE!

We are calling on all eligible students AND PARENTS to consider signing up to donate blood this TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5th between 9am and 2:00 pm here at Marian Central!

To best serve the amazing donors, we do require that you sign up for a time-slot. That way, we can take care of you and get you on your way quickly! Sign up takes mere SECONDS - donation may take about 20-30 minutes of your time - but the impact you will have on lives is PRICELESS and can actually give someone a LIFETIME of possibilities!

Blood Donation Sign Up

MC Annual Dinner Auction PLANNING MEETING: February 5th at 7:00 pm

2019 Dinner Auction: CASINO NIGHT!

Help plan THE PARTY!

Bring your friends and ideas, and join the fun!

Auction Planning Meeting is on Tuesday, FEBRUARY 5th

at 7pm in the Annex

Please RSVP to Lori at or 815-338-4220 ext. 124. If you are unable to attend the meeting but still want to help, please contact Lori.

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Congratulations to our IHSA Chess Team as they head to STATE this FRIDAY!

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19-20 Registration Early-Bird $ DUE FEB 15th!

CLICK HERE for information regarding 19-20 Tuition and Registration Fees, including deadlines!

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MC Parent Association NEEDS YOU! February 13th at 7:00 pm in the Annex

We are looking to the FUTURE of the MC Parent Association in the coming months! As our own children graduate, we too "graduate" from being able to serve the school and wonderful faculty that have been so instrumental in this journey. Please consider joining us and keeping this crucial organization vibrant with fresh ideas and talent! Our parent-leadership team has taken great care to make sure that the next generation of Parent Association leaders has all the support and resources possible to make sure our students and teachers are taken care of!

We can't do this without you - and we would love to see you at our next Parent Association meeting planned for February 13th at 7:00 pm in the Annex. Even if you don't know how much time you can commit to supporting Marian Central - please consider coming to this meeting to learn more, and you will find that even just a few hours can have such a meaningful impact on our school culture!

Any questions - please don't hesitate to contact our MCCPA President, Mrs. Lori Lee at

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If your student plans to play a SPRING SPORT, registration is NOW OPEN! Parents Meeting will be Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 PM!

College Information Night

WHEN: Thursday, February 28th from 6:30-9:00 PM (Check in begins at 6:00 PM, Program begins at 6:30 PM)

WHERE: Marian Central Catholic Theatre

WHAT: An opportunity to learn about starting a college search, financial aid, and choosing a major. Students and families will also attend a question and answer session about college admission with a panel of college admission officers.

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this program. We strongly encourage juniors and their parents/guardians to attend College Information Night. We’ve put together a comprehensive program we’re confident will provide students and their families with insight into some of the most complicated and confusing parts of the college search.

We ask that those planning to attend this program please register online at:

Please direct any questions about College Information Night to Mr. Stamatakos ( or Mrs. Diamond (

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, February 28th!


The Marian Central Catholic Guidance Staff

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