St. Damian School

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September Updates

Good Morning,

We are continuing to maneuver the "new normal" and want to continue to thank you for your attentiveness to detail as we finish our second full week of school. Thank you for communicating with us on all fronts. We cannot stress how important it is to keep us informed of any and all illnesses in your homes. This is the best way we can stop the spread and keep all of our children healthy, not to mention keeping us in school face to face. We are #inthistogether.

Parking Lot

Whether you are dropping children off in the morning for extended day, picking them up mid day, or just driving in to drop something off, please be cognizant of traffic laws. Please do not drive quickly through the parking lot, if you must be on your phone, please be sure you are using hands free, and please be aware that there may be children in the lot at any given time.

Hot Lunch

Our new hot lunch program is thriving. We are very excited that beginning in October, we will be offering our families lunch at no additional cost. Country House will also be providing a cold breakfast and a hot meal to take home for dinner! Please remember to send your child/ren with an insulated bag. We don't think the lunch boxes will be able to hold this additional food so we are asking for the bag instead. This bag will go back and forth daily with your child.

Online Resources

We will begin our IReady Diagnostic testing this week. We have also begun introducing quite a few online resources to our students. Please take some time to have them teach you their new skills!

Enjoy your long holiday weekend!

Stay healthy! Maintain Social Distancing and Wear Your Masks!

Pre K 3 Lessons

Excitement surrounds our youngest learners. This week they worked on their fine motor skills, took some "mask" breaks outside and Mrs. W even incorporated independent centers!

Archdiocesan Pulse Survey

The Office of Catholic Schools (OCS) is seeking regular input from school parents/guardians, teachers and staff about the implementation of our school reopening plan – specifically, our efforts to maintain a safe operating environment. Please take this one-minute “pulse” survey to share your perspective – the survey will remain open until 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4. The OCS will send this pulse survey out regularly and would be very grateful if you can participate on an ongoing basis so that we can continually improve our safety practices based on your feedback.

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Damian Mania 20-21 School Year

Your Damian Mania tickets will come home today in your Friday folders!

This is your one MANDATORY fundraiser

What is Damian Mania?

In a majority of Catholic Schools across the country, tuition is the primary source of revenue. Tuition does not always cover the cost of educating the whole child. St. Damian School implemented Damian Mania as a way to "bridge the gap." The benefit of Damian Mania is that it also has the opportunity to benefit you in more ways than just helping to provide a quality education for your child.

How does Damian Mania Work?

Grades K- 8:

You will receive 25 $10 raffle tickets. Twenty five tickets are your mandatory amount that we you will be required to sell. You may choose to purchase them yourself or sell them to family members, friends, and neighbors. Once you sell all of the tickets it is very important that you send a check in to pay for the tickets. NO CASH will be accepted.

Pre K:

Students in three half or full days receive 15 tickets, Pre K who attend 4 or 5 days will receive 25 tickets as well. You may choose to purchase them yourself or sell them to family members, friends, and neighbors. Once you sell all of the tickets it is very important that you send a check in to pay for the tickets. NO CASH will be accepted.

What Can I Win?

Beginning on September 9 and running through October 14, 2020, we will draw two weekly winners and they will be awarded $50 cash. These winners' names will go back in the hat, so they have the opportunity to win twice!

The large drawing will be held on Friday, October 23, 2020. More information to follow on this event! The grand prize is $4,000.

Are there other incentives?

If you sell more than 45 tickets, we will credit $100 towards your tuition. Sell 75 tickets and receive a $250 credit. For every ticket you sell over your 25 tickets, you will be deducted $5 on your FACTS ticket account on November 6, 2020.

What if I choose not to participate?

If you do not turn in your money by October 16, 2020, you will be charged $350 towards your tuition.

Health Requirements

Below are the State of Illinois Health Requirements for all children. Please be sure to have this completed before the October deadline.

Protecting God's Children

We appreciate the dedication and the commitment of our entire community. We cannot function without the generosity of our volunteers. Even though, our volunteers will be limited the first part of the school year, we are going to look forward to the future of a time where our halls will be able to once again greet visitors.

In order for you to volunteer in any capacity, we require you to be fully compliant with the steps outlined by the Office for the Protection of Children and Youth.

All documents can be found on our website:

We will also be distributing the CANTS form in a folder that you will receive on Wednesday. This is the only form that you are required to complete yearly.

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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.