Principal's Pad (9/6/21)

Updates for the St. Stan's Community

What's in this Newsletter?

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Here is what's new...

  • This week at St. Stan's
  • Gentle Reminders
  • High School Fair
  • RISE (Title I) Updates
  • Extracurricular Activities

What's still here from last week?

  • Parent-Student Handbook
  • Back to School Documentation

This Week at St. Stan's

Family Mass this Sunday

We will be having our first Family Mass on Sunday, September 12 at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. Fr. Anthony and the entire parish will be commemorating the 20th anniversary of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 by recognizing the service of police, firefighters, first responders, and military service members. Students who attend Mass with their family will earn a "dress-down" day at school.

FSP Menu Changes

Due to logistical challenges related to the ongoing pandemic, the lunch menu as published by Food Service Professionals (FSP) may not be entirely accurate day-to-day. There is no worry that students will be fed and receive a meal, but the meal may changed based on the availability of product.

To see the current menu and order a lunch for the next few weeks, please click on this link.

Gentle Reminders

Covid-19 Precautions

As we return to school from the Labor Day weekend, I ask that everyone continue to remain vigilant regarding our Covid-19 protocols. If you traveled out of state this past weekend and your child is not fully vaccinated, we ask that s/he remain at home until they receive a negative Covid-19 test result before coming back to school. This request is in line with the guidance we have received from the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catholic Schools.

If your child is quarantining because of travel and you are awaiting the test results, please let our office know. Send a copy of the negative test result to us once it is obtained. Should we discover that a child has traveled out of state and returned to school without a negative test result, we will ask that you pick your child up as soon as possible and complete the procedure laid out above. We truly appreciate everyone's help in keeping our students and staff as safe as possible during these difficult times.


Hopefully families are getting into school year routines now that we are over two weeks into our new year. Please continue to be mindful of getting your child(ren) to school on time. Over a four day period last week, we counted 64 instances of students being 10 minutes or more late for school. All students begin entering the building at 7:55am and are in the building by 8am each morning with classes beginning shortly after.

It is important to keep in mind that tardiness is not only detrimental to the student who is late, but it is also disruptive to the learning process for other students. I ask that parents do all you can to reduce the number of times our students are excessively late to school not just for their own sake, but for the benefit of all our students. Please click on this link for some tips on getting your child(ren) out the door and off to school.

Water Bottles

There are still a number of students coming to school without water bottles. Although the office has cups and some bottled water for students to use, we prefer that students have their own to refill at our water fountains. It is preferable that water bottles have a student's name clearly marked or are distinguishable in some way to that student, so that there are no mix-ups and bottles can be returned to their rightful owner.

St. Stan's High School Fair

Wednesday, Sep. 15th, 2-3:15pm

1255 North Noble Street

Chicago, IL

Students in grades 6-8 will be able to attend a high school interest fair sponsored by the Northside Catholic High School Association.

Schools that will be represented are:

  • De La Salle Institute
  • DePaul College Prep
  • Fenwick High School
  • Holy Trinity High School
  • Josephinum Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Notre Dame College Prep
  • Regina Dominican High School
  • Trinity High School
  • Saint Ignatius College Prep
  • St. Patrick High School
  • Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Loyola Academy

RISE (Title I) Program Updates

Our Title I reading and math support team is excited to kick-off another school year with us! Here are some important updates that everyone should know:

  • NEW name! RISE is the new name of our Title I program! Our hope is that this will help students feel more confident with receiving extra support.

  • NEW teacher! Please welcome Mrs. Lisa Michels, our new RISE math teacher and academic coach. Mrs. Stephanie Simmons will continue to provide reading support as well as academic coaching.

  • Permission slips have been sent out to eligible students via email using DocuSign. Please be on the lookout for them in your email. Students must have a signed permission slip to receive services.

  • RISE reading and math support began last week.

  • Please reach out to Mrs. Michels or Mrs. Simmons with any questions or concerns at They are here to support our students and families!

Extracurricular Activities

Extended Day Program

The registration process for our after care program has been fixed. Please use this link to register your child for our services. If you do not already have an account through the Procare App, please email Mr. Alejandro Villegas at so that he can register you.

Beginning next week, you must have signed-up for aftercare services by the preceding Saturday of each week. For example, you must sign-up via Procare by Saturday, September 11 if you require aftercare for the week of September 13-17.

To arrange your schedule through the Procare App, please click on this link.

After School Courses

We are still seeking students to sign-up for our series of extended learning opportunities after school. Please use the links below to register. For more information, please reference the information below.

Clubs & Activities

Some of our favorite club activities will be returning for the 2021-22 school year.

Wildcat Theatre Company

The drama club will be returning to the stage at St. Stan's! This club is available to all students from 1st - 8th grade and will meet every Monday from 3:15pm-4:30pm. This is meant to be a yearlong commitment and there is a fee of $80.

The club is hoping to perform selections from "A Christmas Carol" as well as "The Wizard of OZ" during the school year. If your child is interested in joining, please contact Ms. Kim Riley at or Ms. Nicole Hembree at

St. Stan's Choir

Please be on the lookout for more information regarding the St. Stan's Choir. If you would like any preliminary information, please contact Ms. Kim Riley at


St. Stan's has joined a new athletic conference, the City Suburban Catholic Conference!

Cross-country will have their first meet this Friday, September 10 at Resurrection College Prep. The meet will have staggered start times beginning at 4:30pm. As a reminder, all athletes must have a current physical on file with the school prior to participating.

If you are interested in helping coach or in having your son/daughter involved in athletics at St. Stan's, please contact our Athletic Director, Mr. Ryan Reed at

Home-Learning Hub

Back to School Documentation

As an accredited school in the state of Illinois, there is a lot of information that we must keep on file for both the safety and wellness of our students as well as the effective communication and operation of the school.

Families who have not completed this form will be receiving phone calls from the school this week. Those who do not complete the forms may not be allowed to return to school until the proper documentation is complete.

Click on this link to complete the "Back to School Packet 2021"

Parent-Student Handbook 2021-22

Clicking on the link below will bring you to our revised Parent-Student Handbook for the 2021-22 school year. There have been some changes made compared to previous years, so I encourage that all families read it closely. Additionally, all parents/guardians must acknowledge that you have read/received the handbook and understand the policies within. If you have any questions, please contact our main office for clarification.

Parent-Student Handbook - 2021-22

Acknowledgement of Receiving Handbook

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions. We love feedback from those we serve in the St. Stan's community!

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