Divine Providence School

February 11, 2021 Home and School Connection

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY IN HONOR OF PRESIDENTS' DAY

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As we move toward beginning Lent, we think of two important days that begin the season.


The first is Shrove Tuesday. The week before Easter, we get Palms on Palm Sunday. For Shrove Tuesday, we take those dry and withered palms and burn them. These become the ashes that are used for Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter. The ashes symbolize the dust of which God made us from. When we receive ashes, the minister may say "Repent and believe in the Gospels" or "Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return." Typically ashes bring a feeling of grief. We are sad for the ways that we have sinned against God. Ashes are the visible sign of our penance.


This year, our Middle School will be participating in the Shrove Tuesday service which will be outside.


The entire school will get ashes on Ash Wednesday. To keep cohorts separate, since we cannot all go to church, we will have an all school prayer service and ashes will be distributed to students in their classroom. This year, the guidelines have instructed us to sprinkle the ashes on the student's head. They will not be placed on their forehead.

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Valentine's Day

Valentine's day will be here soon. We love our students and our families! To follow the safety protocols, students will not be permitted to pass anything for Valentine's Day. Thank you for your cooperation.
5 Essentials Parent Notification letter

Please read this important letter regarding our school's participation in the University of Chicago's 5 Essentials' Survey. Please print and fill out if you would like to not have your student, in grades 4-8, from taking the survey.

Re-Registration for 2021-2022 School Year

Early-Bird Fees Available Now!


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 early-bird registration fee is $150.00 per family (non-refundable). Registration cost will increase to $200.00 per family after Friday, March 5, 2021. It is important that you secure your child’s placement on or before March 5th to avoid additional fees. Open registration begins for all new families beginning next week.



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

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Ash Wednesday HD

2019-2020 School yearbook

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

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UPDATED Clarification on Quarantine Requirements

Dear Catholic School Families,

We are doing our best to remain on top of changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we wish to apprise you of a further change in our guidelines for quarantines. This represents a revision from the Quarantine Guidelines distributed last week.

In discussion with the Office of Catholic Schools and our consulting medical experts, we have decided that a quarantine of 7 days with a negative test result following domestic travel is not best for our school settings. A 7-day quarantine is only effective in instances of complete avoidance of social gatherings and because in-person instruction within a classroom is essentially a form of social gathering – even with physical distancing observed – that would nullify the integrity of 7-day quarantine. Rather, observance of 10 days in all instances of domestic travel provides the greatest level of safety for all students and staff. Therefore, please note the following with changes bolded for your reference:

QUARANTINE CLARIFICATIONS – Jan. 20, 2021

  • A quarantine of 10 days is required for any/all domestic travel (i.e. travel outside of the state of Illinois)
    • Quarantine is required regardless of whether or not there is a negative test result, and no matter how much time is spent in another state.
    • Quarantine starts the day after return home.
  • International travel quarantine remains 14 days.
  • Close exposure quarantines remain 14-days at the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the Archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors.

We understand that this change may pose a challenge for some. Please know that we are in continuous contact with the departments of public health and our team of medical experts to assess our standards and adjusting, as necessary, to keep the safety of all in our school communities our first and unwavering priority. And in our focus on safety, we are also making every effort to keep you informed.

As the departments of public health adopt any new guidance, which we anticipate over the coming months, we will communicate with you immediately.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to the safety protocols that continue to make this school year a success under such extraordinary circumstances.

Sincerely,

Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force

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Tax Credit Scholarships

Details on what a tax credit scholarship is. See if you qualify or if you are looking to donate

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!

February 13 - Max in grade 1

February 17 - Nathan in grade 6


Half Birthdays! (These birthdays will take place when we release for the school year in June!)

August 10 - Alessandra in grade 6

August 11 - Gia in grade 3

August 13 - Lucas in grade 5

August 15 - Patryk in grade 4

August 16 - Jenna in grade 6

August 16 - Sophie in grade 8

August 17 - Cassandra in kindergarten

August 17 - Daniel in grade 3

August 17 - Isabella in grade 8

Suburban Cook County* Travel Quarantine List

Click here to see the list of states requiring quarantine

Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 Case Protocol

The Office of Catholic Schools’ Infection Protocol Guide details the steps required of school administrators

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February Lunch

February 11 - Confetti Pancakes

February 12 - Pizza Dippers


February 15 - NO SCHOOL

February 16 - Cheeseburger

February 17 - All American Cheese melt

February 18 - Pizza Crunchers

February 19 - Cheese pizza


February 22 - Popcorn Chicken

February 23 - Cheeseburger

February 24 - Cheese Pizza

February 25 - Chicken Tenders

February 26 - Mozzarella Sticks

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:

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

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Nazareth Academy registration for March 9, 2021

Click here to register for the Parenting for Purity

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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.

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All winter Sports have been canceled/ spring is pending

February 15 - NO SCHOOL President's Day

February 26 - Last day of 2nd trimester

March 9 - Late start 9 AM

March 10 - Optional Spring picture day

March 10 - 8th Grade Graduation RETAKE day

March 19 - NO SCHOOL Faculty in-service

April 2 - NO SCHOOL Good Friday

April 4 - Easter Sunday

April 5 - 9 - Easter Break NO SCHOOL

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

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