Divine Providence School

March 11, 2021 Home and School Connection


Big picture

Spring testing

We would like to provide you with some important updates related to our annual standardized assessment program. After much consideration and consultation, the Office of Catholic Schools has decided to forego the requirement that all schools implement the ACT Aspire summative assessment for the 2020-2021 school year for grades 3-8 and instead implement the i-Ready assessment during the spring window scheduled for May 10 - June 4. Divine Providence has been utilizing i-Ready since Fall 2019. While it was our initial intent to implement the ACT Aspire assessment, the demands of serving both our remote and in-person students equitably and the burden of implementing the test during this stressful time of COVID-19 has impacted learning and proved too difficult to address.

This decision was not made lightly as significant feedback was received from principals, teachers, parents and the Archdiocese School Board regarding the decision to suspend ACT Aspire testing this year. When this option was discussed with principals, this feedback centered on schools being able to leverage the i-Ready assessment for those grades as a substitute for standardized testing data this school year. Feedback pointed to the reduced time of implementation, the ease of use for the schools that were already leveraging i-Ready in grades K-8.

Divine Providence needs your help! We need your cooperation to speak with your child about doing their very best on this assessment. It truly is used to help drive the instruction for your child.

All students in kindergarten through 8th grade are required to work on i-Ready for 30 minutes each week for Reading and 30 minutes for Math. This includes students learning remotely.

Confirmation Friday at 7 PM at Divine Infant Church

This Friday, our 8th graders will receive the sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Casey. Please keep them in your prayers!
Big picture

Please help us share the word!

There is nothing greater than when a family tells us they have heard great things about our school from another family. We really appreciate it! Word of mouth is the best way to learn about the great things going on at our school. Would you please help us out by spreading the word.... share our posts on facebook or instagram.

You can receive $500 off tuition next year by referring a new family! You can receive more than one discount if you refer more families. (You would receive the discount at the end of the 21/22 school year provided the referred family has been current with all tuition payments)

NUT cards! All students who have registered for next year will receive a NUT card! This will give them Friday out of uniform days from March 12- June 4th! The first class to get 100% response about next year (either they are registered or have let us know you will not be returning) will get a pajama day!

Re-Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

We are now in the process of planning for the upcoming school year! Planning for our school budget, textbooks, resources and the programs we can offer is all impacted by our school’s enrollment. This year, we are going paperless! We are asking all our current families to recommit to Divine Providence Catholic School for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please complete re-registration HERE. The registration fee is $200.00 per family (non-refundable).

If you have any new student(s) in your household whom you plan on enrolling at Divine Providence for the next school year, please submit your child’s birth certificate, a new student application, immunization record and Baptismal certificate (if applicable) to Linda Hawkins, Director of Marketing and Enrollment at lhawkins@archchicago.org

2020 tuition tax document

Click here for instructions on how to obtain necessary tuition documents for 2020.

Virtual Open House

If you are not planning on returning to DP for the 2021-2022 school year, please let the school office know. Thank you!

2019-2020 School yearbook- a few more copies left!

A big thank you to Ms. Brauneker and Mrs. Mahlingam who organized a school yearbook from LAST school year. If you would like to order a yearbook, please click on the button below.

Please fill one form out for each child you would like to purchase a 2019 - 2020 yearbook. (This is LAST school year, not the current school year) Yearbook money will be billed to your FACTS account. Payment must be made upon billing in order to receive the yearbook. **Limited amount of yearbooks available!** Distribution o yearbooks will be in order of families that order one. Due to the limited quantity, we may not be able to fulfill every order. You will not be charged if we cannot fill your order.

The price for EACH book is $18.00

2019-2020 Yearbook order form

Use this link if you would like to purchase a 2019-2020 Divine Providence School yearbook

Spring Athletics

The letter was sent in an email to all families on Monday, March 1, 2021

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

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!

March 11 - Andria in grade 6

March 13 - Julian in grade 8

March 14 - Viktoria in grade 6

March 15 - Ian in grade 5

March 18 - Leah for grade 5

Suburban Cook County* Travel Quarantine - updated 2/24

Click here to see the list of states requiring quarantine. Please remember that a negative COVID test will not allow anyone to skip quarantine at Divine Providence School. Map updated 3/9/21

Big picture
Big picture
Big picture

March Lunch

March 12 - Pizza Dippers

March 15 - Chicken Nuggets

March 16 - BBQ Meatball sub

March 17 - Nacho Combo

March 18 - Mini Maple Waffles

March 19 - NO SCHOOL

March 22 - French Toast Sticks

March 23 - Hot Dog

March 24 - Rotini & meat sauce

March 25 -NO LUNCH, 1:00 dismissal

March 26 - Mozzarella Sticks

March 29 - Mini corn dogs

March 30 - Hot dog

March 31 - Pizza dippers

March 12 - Confirmation at 7PM at Divine Infant

March 12 - Confirmation at DI at 7PM

March 16 - Not My Kid presentation 6-8PM, sign up above

March 19 - NO SCHOOL Faculty in-service

March 25 - 1:00 Early dismissal

April 2 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday

April 4 - Easter Sunday

April 5 - 9 - Easter Break NO SCHOOL

April 12 - Classes resume

April 13 - Late Start 9AM

April 16 - Optional Parent/ Teacher conferences, 11:30 dismissal

April 29 - Early dismissal 1 PM - NO LUNCH

April 30 - NO SCHOOL, faculty inservice

May 11 - Late Start 9AM

May 31 - NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day

June 2 - 8th grade last day of school

June 2 - 8th grade graduation

June 8 - Last day of school dismissal at 1:30 PM

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:

March 25

April 29

May 27

Click here to subscribe

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

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.

Big picture
Big picture

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

Big picture