St. Damian School

Lancer Home Connection

From the Bottom of My Heart - Thank You

We had a very successful Catholic Schools Week, but, I would be remiss if I didn't thank my colleagues for honoring me with the "Heart of the School" award. I was truly speechless. I am beyond honored and grateful. I do love St. Damian with all of my heart and am blessed that Fr. Joe called me on a Thursday afternoon in late June of 2019 for an interview. The minute I walked onto campus, I knew St. Damian was the right fit for me. In the past year and a half, the support of you, our teachers, our staff, and our wonderful students, has only solidified that my decision to join the St. Damian Family was truly the right one! I cannot imagine maneuvering this unprecedented time in our lives with anyone other than all of you.

I thank the Holy Spirit daily for guiding me to you.

All my love during this St. Valentine's Day season!

Mrs. Jennifer Miller

Optional Parent Teacher Conferences - February 12, 2021 - Contact Your Teacher To Sign Up - 11:30 Dismissal

Junior High Cookbook

Just because we couldn't hold our Culture Fair this year, doesn't mean we had to lose all of those great recipes our students and their families look forward to sharing and preparing for us. This year, the junior high team planned a cross curricular unit and the culminating project was a cookbook with over 100 recipes. The students studied the history of certain foods in social studies, studied biblical verses and writing based on the novel, Taste and See, in English and religion, determined how to use metrics in recipes in math, learned how to read labels on food and determine what is healthy and not so healthy in science, and wrote and assembled the cookbook in their Spanish classes. They even designed the artwork in their art classes.

This was a fabulous project led by your junior high team!

We can't wait to hear if you like your recipes. We do have some extra cookbooks if you would like to support our junior high. All funds raised will purchase a curricular item for our older students.

Information Update

Thank you all for turning in your paper intent to return forms. If you have not yet, please do so today. We really do need those forms before we are able to begin our budgeting process.

In the next few weeks, you will be receiving an electronic information update form. This form will ask you once again 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.

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.

Chipotle Fundraiser!

Monday, Feb. 15th, 5-9pm

15980 South Harlem Avenue

Tinley Park, IL

St. Damian Family and School Dinner Fundraiser

Bring in the flyer or show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause.

Bring in the flyer or show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause.

We receive 33% of all proceeds!

Students Welcome Seminarian, Mr. Dan Korenchan

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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 Search Offered at St. Damian

Dear St. Damian Ministries and Organizations,

We are excited to announce that St. Damian will be offering The Search, a multi-part video based spiritual experience from the producers of The videos are beautifully done and interesting. In other words, they are not boring! Chris Stefanick is the narrator. Chris is a well-known and popular Catholic evangelist. If you haven’t heard him before, we know you’ll remember him after you see the videos!

We promise you that The Search is interesting to watch. However, it is not meant to be watched alone. That’s why we are beginning to form small groups – both in-person and virtual. There is a small Participant Guide that goes along with the videos. It, too, is well done and provides great questions for discussion.

So, if you haven’t thought about Lent yet, think about joining The Search video and small groups. There are 7 episodes to begin the first week of Lent and end by Palm Sunday. There are a variety of options provided to fit your schedules:

Narthex: Mondays, 1:00pm

Wednesdays, 1:00pm

Grimmel Center: Saturdays, 9:30am

Zoom virtual meetings:

Tuesdays, 10:00am

Tuesdays, 7:00pm,

Thursdays, 7:00pm

You can register for the above on Sign Up Genius.

There are other options, too. You can meet with your groups on your own just by going to Every parishioner has access and it is free. You can find The Search under Faith Formation. The Pastoral Center has the Participant Guides, $5 each. OR, you can watch the videos and form your own groups with family and friends … and maybe the neighbors. The possibilities are endless!

Plan NOW to make the most of this Lent. You won’t regret it.

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.