St. Damian School

Lancer Home Connection

Archdiocesan Survey

Once again, The Archdiocese would like for our parents, students, and teachers to complete the 5Essentials Survey. It won't take more than ten minutes and your feedback is greatly appreciated. Last year, we were able to use the survey to market our successes to our greater community. We also set one of our goals for the year from the survey. You'll note that many of our students wrote their own goals this year.

This all was a result of the survey.

We use your feedback in our day to day operations! In order to receive results, we do need 20% participation! We'd love it if once again we would be able to do this for the 2021-22 school year!

Thank you!

St. Damian Students Participate in a Leadership Day

On Thursday, ten of our students participated in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center 2021 Leadership Day. As part of Student Leadership Day, our students identified a problem focusing on Human Rights in the Greater Chicago community and began to develop an action plan to address it. Our students worked in break out groups with over 500 other students across the miles. But, when it came time to develop a problem, the St. Damian Students chose to address poverty.

The day concluded with guest speaker, Dr. Bettina L. Love, an award-winning author and the Athletic Association Endowed Professor at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers. Her writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition, and Black joy. Dr. Love is concerned with how educators working with parents and communities can build communal, civically engaged schools rooted in Abolitionist Teaching with the goal of intersectional social justice for equitable classrooms that love and affirm Black and Brown children. In 2020, Dr. Love co-founded the Abolitionist Teaching Network (ATN). ATN’s mission is simple: develop and support teachers and parents to fight injustice within their schools and communities. In 2020, Dr. Love was also named a member of the Old 4th Ward Economic Security Task Force with the Atlanta City Council.

Look for our students' hashtags as their project evolves. #informedonpoverty #basicneedsforall. We cannot wait for our students to develop their plan! Lancers make a difference!

Dr. Abel Bartley Discusses Black History

On Monday, our Junior High Students had an awesome opportunity to learn about more about Black History Month from Clemson University, Pan-African studies program professor and author, Dr. Abel Bartley. The students asked many questions ranging from who Dr. Bartley would like to have dinner with to how would our world be different if slavery was still in existence. After the discussion, Mr. Vandewiel incorporated this into his daily plans.

Information Update

If you have not yet filled out the Information Update, we really need you to do this. It is also very important that you fill out the correct form. Please follow the link that is in red on our website. The other link is for NEW families only.

This form once again asks you if you intend to return and will allow you to update your information for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. We moved to this electronic system last year and it is very simple as it pre populates all information for you.

You should be able to click the link right in the email, however, you may also find the link on the home page of our website.

And, on that note, we have opened our application for new families and students. Please send everyone you know to St. Damian! Post the link on your Facebook page!

And, if you have a child who is not yet a Lancer and you would like to enroll him/her, please fill out the application.

School Devices and Cell Phone Use

We have had some students bring and have their personal devices on during the school day. Please note, the students are not to have their personal devices on their person and on during the school day.

As far as the school issued devices, we are noting that many students are on websites that are not assigned by the teachers during class time. We have changed the handbook to reflect consequences if the students are on websites other than what the classroom teacher assigns. These devices are a privilege and we are very lucky to have secured them this year. They may not be used for other purposes.

We ask that you review the policy with your child/ren.

"40 Cans of Lent"

During these forty days of Lent, the St. Damian students have the opportunity to participate in the "40 Cans of Lent." This good deed will help fill our food pantry. If each student brings 2 cans that would be 626 additional donations to our food pantry! WOW!
Enroll Today 2021

News From The Oak Forest Police Station

The City of Oak Forest has changed the platform for reverse 911 calling and has migrated to the Everbridge system. In an effort to inform residents of important events and emergencies occurring in the city, the city is attempting to reach out to all parents and or guardians of Oak Forest students to have them sign up for this service .

This service is free and replaces a system that was costly to the Oak Forest taxpayers. The city is asking all Oak Forest school districts to disseminate the information attached to parents/guardians of students.

This system will be utilized in case of emergencies involving schools, lock downs and other critical incidents to notify residents and parents of your students. A separate notification has been sent out to residents in all water bills this month. The city realizes that not all residents and parents/guardians of students receive water bills based on what type of housing they currently reside in. A significant number of Oak Forest students reside in apartment complexes which do not receive individual water bills.

This notification is not specific to Oak Forest residents as we recognize that several school districts educate a number of students that live outside of the City of Oak Forest.

The link below will serve as the service sign up.

Timothy J. Kristin

City Administrator

708-687-4050 X1002

The Tax Credit Scholarship Donations!

We are pleased to let you know that for the third year in a row, The Archdiocese of Chicago, will be offering a 2 for 1 match program for all donations made through Empower Illinois between December 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021.

What does this mean? A $500 donation has a tremendous impact, with the 75% tax credit, you will receive on the donation and this match. It will have a net cost of $125 to you and will provide $1,500 dollars in scholarships for low-income families.

I am pleased to let you know that for the 2020-21 school year, we received over $100,000 in gifts. This allowed 16 of our students to attend St. Damian School. However, there were still 27 students on our wait list. Please follow this link to learn more:

Donate to St. Damian and Receive Money Back
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Did you know you can still SHOP with Scrip! You can do it all online. And, this is so easy and convenient, you may just want to continue this option when we are all back in the building.

Just follow this link for more information!

St. Damian School

Saint Damian School ensures individual students reach their potential through the development of their Catholic faith, character, citizenship and academics.