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MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CHICAGO
APRIL 17, 2020

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians,

Earlier today, Gov. Pritzker announced the extension of the statewide closure of all schools in Illinois through the remainder of the academic year. As this announcement impacts Catholic schools, our Catholic school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the 2019/20 school year.

I know that this has been a challenging time for our Catholic school families and educators. Nevertheless, I have been sincerely impressed by the hard work of our students, parents/guardians, and educators. Our Catholic school teachers and principals have demonstrated extreme dedication as they have implemented high-quality e-learning and alternative learning programs They have distinguished themselves in reaching out to individual families to ensure that students are learning, are safe, and happy. I am extremely grateful to our educators for their continued efforts in these unprecedented circumstances.

I am also thankful for the work of our parents and guardians. I know it has not been easy to support the education of your child at home. Know that our schools are committed to continuing high-quality e-learning and alternative learning in the weeks ahead. If you are in need of specific support, know that you are welcome to reach out to your school or the Office of Catholic Schools. As always, we value your partnership as we support the education and faith formation of your child.

I am aware that the continued closure of our school buildings will impact many end-of-year events in our schools, such as graduations, awards ceremonies, and other important events. As these vary school by school, your principal will communicate your school’s plan for such events. I encourage you to be flexible and understanding as plans are made for the future.

We fully anticipate the resumption of classes in the fall and anticipate that there will be opportunities for families to collect any personal belongings left in school buildings once it is deemed safe to do so.

Finally, I encourage you to view the growing set of resources for parents on the Office of Catholic Schools website. To access these resources, please visit the Family Resources page.

Know that you and your family continue to be in my prayers. May God bless and protect our Catholic school families and educators and return us safely to school in the fall.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of Chicago

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CARDINAL CUPICH'S MESSAGE TO FAMILIES
MARCH 24, 2020


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
JUNE 2, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

I think to say that 2020 has been a challenging year is an understatement. On January 1, I could have never imagined the events that would come. That said, we are weathering them together, as a family rooted in faith and commitment to each other. I am so very glad we are in each other’s lives and you are all in my prayers as we navigate a way to peace, safety and health.

While recent events have overshadowed what lies ahead for planning for the school year, rest assured that the school is deeply invested in planning for a safe, healthy and happy Fall. Some time ago, I mentioned a committee being formed to prepare for the 2020/21 school year. I am very happy to share the following Fall Planning Committee members who have dedicated themselves to work all summer in preparation for the 2020/21 school year. Teachers on this committee include Mrs. Maureen Detty, Ms. Cindy Hamilton, Ms. Alyssa Russo, Mrs. Michelle Doyle and Mrs. Cindy Gallagher. Parents on the committee include Mrs. Jamie McGarvey, Mrs. Richelle Rominski, Mrs. Tracy Benetatos, Mrs. Aimee Parks and Ms. Beth Ann Swetland.

The areas of Safety, Health, Social/ Emotional Learning, E-learning, Early Childhood, and Transition to a New School Year are areas of focus, because all of them will require focus and attention. The Committee will guide me through the expectations of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the State of Illinois as we plan ahead. St. Celestine School, being a strong and safe community, will be ready for the Fall, because we are in this together and are creating a plan with its children in mind. Please pray for us as we embark on this important work.

I’d like to close today’s email with works of beauty. Our students continue to focus on all that is good in the world and works of beauty. Here are two wonderful pieces of artwork that show this.

They are by Gabriel and Mia. Thanks to them for sharing their creativity.

Thanks to our families for their faith, dedication and fortitude.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
JUNE 1, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

As we finish grades and report cards, many teachers, students, and parents had questions about the Honor Roll. Due to the changes to grading and grading structure, the Archdiocese created a COVID-19 report card. Since we are using a different report card, a decision was made that we use a different approach to Honor Roll.

St. Celestine School is amending its Honor Roll to reflect the challenges and changes brought about by the COVID 19 virus and subsequent e-learning that occurred between March 16 and June 5. There are to be 3 levels Honor Roll and the calculations for the levels are different than previous honor rolls.

1st Honors - A’s in Social Studies, Science, Religion, Math, Reading and English

2nd Honors - A’s and B’s in Social Studies, Science, Religion, Math, Reading and English

3rd Honors - B’s in Social Studies, Science, Religion, Math, Reading and English

No Passes in any Regular Subjects

No Incompletes in Any Specials classes.

Thank you for your teamwork as we enter the last week of the school year. You are in the prayers of every teacher and staff member in the school and we thank you for your prayers. I share one of my favorite prayers with you, with the promise that I will be saying it for you every day this summer.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

As we continue to navigate frightening and uncertain times, please reach out to me should you need anything from the school. I can be reached by calling the school office or at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 29, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

We have so much to celebrate! The eighth grade families celebrated a Zoom Graduation yesterday evening. Yesterday would have been their official graduation. Don’t worry, we have a plan for the early summer for a way to recognize them more publicly. Details are coming soon!

Our wonderful track and field coaches made this video to share how much they are thinking of you. ALL of the school volunteers miss and appreciate you! Enjoy this and think about how much you are appreciated.

https://youtu.be/ZCdSG_wI61A

Also, as we think about next year, you do have a way to order school supplies and continue to practice social distancing. School supply packs can be ordered and shipped safely to your home!

https://stcelestineschool.org/2020-supply-kit-online-order

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 28, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Teachers will be sending you schedules for picking up student items and dropping off school materials. We created the schedule to allow for social distancing and safety. No one will be allowed into the building without a mask. Report cards will be included in the materials.

Some of you have reached out to me about ordering yearbooks. This is the link for ordering: https://stcelestineschool.org/school-yearbook-2020

While this time has been stressful for families, these pictures show that even at our most stressful moments, we are working as a community to bring out the best in our children.

It is an honor to work with every parent, every teacher and every staff member during this time. We are a strong community, with a firm foundation and a strong future. This is because of the hard work of every single member of the community.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 27, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Join me in celebrating the remaining May birthdays with this video from Mr. Bob - https://flipgrid.com/s/745915a7b258

Celebrate the wonderful class of 2020 by CLICKING HERE and reading about some of the many things we love about them.

Thank you for your support and attention as we move towards the end of the school year. The teachers are working on getting missing work from some students, with the last day of that work being May 28. Details about dropping off school items, picking up materials and getting report cards will be shared by teachers over the next week.

Currently, we are in the process of reopening the church and volunteers are needed. We will need them to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Importantly, leadership team members and volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (that is, not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes; lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). I ask all of you who are younger than 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams. We really need you!

Set-up team. Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, etc.

Greeting team. Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.

Cleaning team. Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided, if you do not have your own, in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.

The Reopening Leadership Team and Fr. Paul will make sure that all volunteers are properly trained. Please send a message to lauriedepillo@stguerinparish.org to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer. From those that step forward, we will also request that some act as volunteer captains to help lead each of the three teams. Think of this as a way to serve God during this challenging time. Thank you for anything you can do for the church.

You are in my prayers. Please keep me in yours.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 26, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Parents and Guardians,

Grading and assessment are key components of how students learn during any situation. This time of remote learning does create a challenge in the way teachers have traditionally communicated feedback to students. Student learning and demonstrations of learning in a remote setting looks different than in-person work, and requires flexibility on the part of teachers and families.

Varied assignments and assessments ensured that students had ample opportunities to improve grades and receive feedback on their progress in learning standard-based content. Work has been graded and feedback given by the teachers regularly and consistently.

Furthermore, teachers have been working with families to determine why a student might fail to complete assignments or other related assessments during this period, the school engaged in a series of steps to determine the cause of the missing assignments. Teachers took positive steps to assist students and families in situations which required additional supports. The school then documented the cause of the missing assignments and how they were resolved.

For report cards, St. Celestine School will be issuing grades for their students in their core content areas. If a child was significantly impacted by issues beyond his/her control, the child may receive a Pass in a subject area. If there were no issues impacting the completion of work and work was not done, an Incomplete may be issued.

The Archdiocese has recommended using Pass/Incomplete for special area subjects such as PE, Art, Tech, Spanish and Music where measurement of skill acquisition was more difficult to determine, than that of the core subject areas. St. Celestine School will be following those recommendations. Students will receive a score of Pass if they have submitted their work and shown consistent effort and a solid understanding of key concepts. A score of Incomplete will be given if work was not submitted and school expectations were not met.

Above all, students are to be commended for their efforts and achievements during this historical time in education. SCS students have stepped up to the challenges placed before them with grace, dedication and fortitude. We are very proud of them, especially the students in the graduating class of 2020. Their ability to adapt to change and navigate the world around them are skills they will carry with them the rest of their lives.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 22, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Today I am sharing some important information about ongoing efforts to reopen our parish. This information is from Fr. Paul Cao, our Pastor.

REOPENING PLAN FOR ST. CELESTINE AND ST. CYPRIAN CHURCHES AMID COVID–19

I pray that you and your loved ones are healthy. As you may have seen, Cardinal Cupich recently shared our multi–phased plan for reopening churches in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Specifically,

  • Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.
  • Phase IA allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees.
  • Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.

Our ST. MOTHER GUERIN Reopening Plan - First and foremost, it is important for everyone to understand that our efforts will prioritize the safety and wellbeing of all while maintaining due respect and reverence for the sacraments and liturgical norms of our faith.

I will assemble a Parish Reopening Leadership Team with parishioner co–captains to lead our efforts. Together, we will attend required training from the Archdiocese to ensure that our parish reopening plan conforms to the guidelines developed by the Archdiocese in collaboration with civil and healthcare authorities. We will also receive a starter kit of protective and cleaning supplies, as well as guidance on purchasing and maintaining supplies ongoing.

Volunteers Needed - We will need volunteers to assist with various aspects of our parish reopening plan. Importantly, leadership team members and volunteers must not be part of a “vulnerable population” (that is, not over the age of 65; no underlying medical condition such as diabetes; lung disease; undergoing cancer treatment, etc.). I ask all of you who are younger than 65 and healthy with no underlying health conditions to consider assisting with one of three reopening teams:

  • Set-up team. Sample duties include ensuring that all supplies needed for each sacramental celebration/gathering are ready for use, entrances and exits are marked and propped physically open prior to attendees’ arrival/departure, etc.
  • Greeting team. Sample duties include assisting in managing the flow of congregants as they enter the church, making sure attendees use hand sanitizer upon entering, are wearing a mask, and are reminded not to enter if ill; directing people to appropriate seating/waiting areas, etc.
  • Cleaning team. Sample duties include maintaining and cleaning essential and trafficked areas of the church before and after the church has been used. Masks and gloves will be provided, if you do not have your own, in addition to approved cleaning/disinfecting supplies.

The Reopening Leadership Team and I will make sure that all volunteers are properly trained. Please send a message to lauriedepillo@stguerinparish.org to indicate your willingness and ability to volunteer. From those that step forward, we will also request that some act as volunteer captains to help lead each of the three teams.

Timing for Our Reopening - The Parish Reopening Leadership Team members and I will complete required training. After the training, we will need to review and complete tasks assigned to all parishes as part of a reopening certification process to be approved by the Archdiocese. Following our training and certification approval, at St. Mother Guerin, we will only open our church once the Reopening Leadership Team and I feel confident that we have the right volunteers in place to make it possible to reopen. Again, the need for parishioner assistance cannot be overstated.

The guidelines and measures required to reopen are designed to protect our wellbeing and that of the of our broader community. As Cardinal Cupich has noted, from the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper.” Our Lord Jesus Christ prayed, “that they all may be one” (Jn 17:21) and commanded us “love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34). Our collective patience, willingness to help and the care we take to reopen is a demonstration of our unity and love for one another.

May God grant you His peace during this difficult time and may He manifest His love and presence to you in abundant ways. If you have any questions, please contact me at 708–453–2555, and watch the parish website and Facebook page St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish, for updates.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Fr. Paul Cao - Pastor, St. Mother Guerin Parish

I look forward to when we can pray together in our parish worship sites.  In the meantime, all school community members, especially those directly impacted by the COVID-19 virus, are in my prayers and the prayers of our school staff.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 21, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Please remember that Monday is Memorial Day and that students have the day “off” from work. While it may be a different Memorial Day than any of us have ever experienced, I hope it is a wonderful holiday for you.

If you have not registered for next year, please use this link for contactless registration. Every family is an important part of the St. Celestine School family.

https://forms.gle/fnuAHwBBkyF4R1Qy8

Please also remember that if a new family comes to us because you have recommended them and they let us know that at the time of registration, you will get a $150 credit on your April 2021 tuition.

While e-learning has been a challenge, students have risen to it.  Here are a few pieces of artwork they have done for Art.  Their ability to tap into their creative side truly shines through and their work is beautiful.

Susanna

Kris

As always, I am available to answer any questions you have. Please contact me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 20, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

As we continue to navigate the world we are in, I have been looking for resources to support families and help with some stress relief. This article shares several links to help with that.

https://blogs.psychcentral.com/practical-parenting/2020/03/56-covid19-resources/

If you have not registered for the upcoming school year because of concerns regarding either finances or how we will approach the 2020/21 school year, please reach out to me via email at sklich@stcelestineschool.org. I want to discuss your concerns and work with you. Over my career of 25+ years in Catholic education, I have been in a variety of schools and parishes. St. Celestine School is unique in the dedication of its faculty, its drive for excellence, and its deep roots in faith. We are all a part of that. We are a family.

The school community is nearing the end of the 2019/20 school year. It is most definitely a different year than any of us could have pictured. We emerge from this time period as a stronger community, grounded in faith and a deeper sense of gratitude for the blessings God has given us in our lives. The teachers may be reaching out to you regarding your child’s progress if they have concerns. Please reach out to them or to me, if you have any questions. We are here for each other.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 19, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Thank you for your continued help and support as e-learning continues. The teachers have been working very hard on lessons, providing direction, and assessing student progress. We are just weeks away from the end of the school year. Please, if you have any questions at all about your child’s progress, reach out to the teacher. The teachers will reach out to you if they are at all concerned about your child’s progress. Plans are being developed for dropping off and picking up materials, as well as getting report cards. Details will be shared early next week.

This is a reminder that Summer Camp will not be provided this summer due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID 19 and social distancing. As soon as the building reopens, refunds will be sent to families who registered for camp. The school’s goal is to provide summer camp in 2021.

The virtual Scholastic Book Fair continues. Please use this link to access the site and have books sent to your homes. There are many, many wonderful selections available.

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stcelestineschool1

Lastly, please join me in congratulating Isaac R., a SCS Prek 4 student. He won first place in the Illinois Masonic Student Assistance Programs first STEAM competition. He designed and built a birdhouse out of nature items. His creativity in this project is indicative of the many wonderful things happening in the Early Childhood Program even during e-learning.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 18, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

I am sharing information from the Archdiocese regarding the reopening plan for churches. The following is a letter from Cardinal Cupich, dated May 13 and included in the bulletin for this past weekend.

Dear Friends in Christ,

These fifty days of Easter, leading to Pentecost, are marked by unprecedented suffering, as humanity has fallen victim to a perilous contagion. In addition to the threats to our physical well-being, we are suffering spiritually as the Covid-19 pandemic has required restrictions of our worship and active participation in the sacramental life of the Church. Surely, there have been moments in history when governments and rulers have persecuted Christians and banned their public worship. This is not one of them. Rather, the present restrictions come in response to an extreme medical emergency as local, state and federal authorities – specifically public health officials – legitimately fulfil their responsibilities to safeguard human life and the common good. They have based their reasonable guidance on careful consideration of empirical data and the best available disease-mitigation practices as they seek to contain the pandemic’s rampage through our communities.

While everyone must exercise good citizenship in observing these restrictions, I call on the Catholic faithful, as advocates for justice and charity, to comply with these regulations. From the first pages of Scripture we learn that we indeed are “our brother’s keeper,” a truth that must inspire us as we are called to sacrifice. We should also be motivated to cooperate with public safety norms, given our reverence for life and human dignity. This is, at its heart, a moment to proclaim the breadth and depth of what it means to be pro-life, particularly as this virus preys on the most vulnerable in our midst.

The good news is that a plan for a gradual reopening of our churches has now taken shape, as I note below. However, since our movements will be restricted as that plan unfolds in different phases, your pastors and bishops will continue for the present time to offer Mass in private each day and to livestream and broadcast Masses from our parishes and the archdiocese. I am particularly grateful to ABC-TV, Univision and Polvision in Chicago for giving us airtime every Sunday. These celebrations surely are not the same as gathering in our churches for Mass, but I know from hearing from many parishioners that they provide a great deal of solace and support in this time of uncertainty.

We must be honest. We expect this situation to continue for some weeks, and any plan for reopening our churches for public worship must include every precaution to ensure public gatherings do not create a second wave of contagion, thus squandering the gains made through our sacrifice in these days.

With those realities in mind, I am heartened to announce that we have reached an agreement with the Office of the Governor on a multi-phase Plan for re-opening our churches for the celebration of the sacraments, private prayer, adoration and Mass. As I share the Plan with you, both by way of an Executive Summary and the full Plan in the following pages, I want to assure you of my prayers for you and your family’s personal, material and spiritual wellbeing. I also express my appreciation to the many people on the archdiocesan staff and in the Office of the Governor for the many hours they have given to designing and fine tuning this agreement. Again, I call on all Catholics to seize this moment to exercise faith-filled citizenship in a way that reflects our deep regard for life, our calling as disciples of Jesus and our love of country.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Very important work is underway to eventually open the church when the time is right, while keeping everyone safe. I ask you to join me in prayer for everyone involved in this process. Never have I personally missed Mass so much and I look forward to a time where we can be together worshipping the Lord.

Thank you for everything you are doing for St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish and St. Celestine School.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 15, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Enjoy your day today and pray for the teachers as they spend their time preparing for the 2020/21 school year.

If you are looking for something fun to do today, Wonder Works Children's Museum in Oak Park continues to engage families and young children while they are home. They offer daily story time sessions for children. Enjoy two stories about creating, making and being unique by Diane Alber and a birdhouse building activity. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=506676036906809&ref=watch_permalink

Follow them @WonderWorks A Children's Museum in Oak Park for new stories every day plus activities for families. http://www.wonder-works.org

Should shopping be on your agenda, here is the link for the Scholastic Book Fair. https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stcelestineschool1

I am also including another essay from Carol Morrone, MSW, from Mobil Therapy Centers (MTC). MTC has provided support for the St. Celestine School community all year. This essay is about the importance of self care.

Parents have been trying to juggle all the responsibilities of parenthood, employee, and teacher while the stay-at-home order has been in effect. Many have wondered when they will be able to have some “me” time. While finding time for yourself during the Covid-19 pandemic can be difficult, as restrictions are beginning to ease, the challenge remains. Perhaps fitting as we end the Covid-19 parenting series of articles, in this last installment, let us look at how parents can find time for themselves to practice self-care.

Once you became a parent your life changed forever. You added a responsibility to your growing responsibilities as an adult. When your first child was born most likely you experienced a shock at how much more complicated your life became. The need for self-care is not a Covid-19 issue, the need is a parenting issue and a personal issue. To practice self-care, you need to be purposeful, make a plan, and continually adjust and re-evaluate your options.

Making a plan as to how you can maintain and grow as a person when you are a parent may seem silly and unnecessary. After all, you wanted children. True, but losing your personal identity happens so subtly when you are caught up in parenting. Your life necessarily revolves around taking care of your child in so many ways that, if you neglect to purposefully care for yourself, you may find that you forget who you are outside of being a parent. Start by developing a personal plan for growth. Recognizing that your life has changed, plan for how you can have some time for you. Write down goals for yourself, in short-term, long-term, and “maybe one day” format. For example, an initial goal may be to connect with an old friend; that can evolve into a dinner out, then a weekend away, maybe a dream trip once your children are grown and gone. Be sure to plan to work in activities and interests that you enjoy and that you want to develop. Finding time may be a challenge, but not impossible. Even five minutes a day for self-reflection after the children are in bed keeps you focused on incorporating your needs into your life plan. Recognize that some days you will have more time and some days less, but you will never seem to have any time if you do not make a dedicated effort.

Check your list periodically to see how you are making progress. Look for progress in steps, not full accomplishment of entire goals. For example, if you want to connect with an old friend, have you found a way to locate that person? What avenues have your tried? If your goal is to read more, you can start with thirty minutes a week and work up to thirty minutes a day. Recording the steps you have taken helps you to recognize the progress you have made towards your goal and keeps self-care on your personal agenda. Short-term goals should show progress within weeks or months, long-term goals within months or years. Your “maybe one day” goals are your dream goals, so while progress may be years away, you need to review these items on a regular basis to be sure you remember what you hope to achieve and to keep your dreams alive. Keeping both a short-term and a long-term focus on yourself helps you to prioritize your time by reminding you of progress made and your growth and importance as an individual.

Let’s face the facts – life happens, and our goals and priorities can change. That’s OK. Raising children takes away from free time we had in the past. That’s OK, too. The important point is to purposefully include ourselves in our life plans. Parents often experience guilt if they spend time doing things for themselves, putting themselves last. Taking time for yourself does not make you a bad parent but does make you human. By modeling self-care, you are teaching your children these same skills by example. Developmentally, a child is born dependent and goes through formative years with a self-centered mindset. This mindset serves a purpose of survival when a child needs our guidance. However, as a parent preparing our children for adulthood, we need to be sure we are also teaching them self-care. Studies have shown that a parent’s satisfaction with life is a predictor of a child’s success and satisfaction as an adult. Finding time to be a family, to be a parent, and to be you takes effort, but the outcome is well worth the time. One day your children will be grown and gone, and you want to know that person who is looking back at you in the mirror.

Regardless of how you spend your weekend, enjoy it and stay safe.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 14, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

St. Celestine School has been working with Mobile Therapy Centers to provide services and support for all of our learners and their families. During this time, Carol Morrone, M.S.W., has provided us with some tips and ideas to manage the many stresses we are experiencing. Her article below includes many of those tips.

Spring is a time of renewal. As the weather warms and we continue to live under a stay-at-home order due to public health concerns, there are ways we can help ourselves and our children fight depression. While no substitute for professional help, these five easy tips can benefit everyone:

1) Exercising your brain with mental activity, such as reading, learning a new skill, even doing a puzzle, helps your brain continue to make new connections. There is research to support mental exercises as a key component in helping keep our brains young and in improving our moods. To help you get started, I will be offering key phrases after each tip which will help you learn more on each of these suggestions. (online search phrase: “mental stimulation”)

2) Physical exercise for your body is known to release endorphins in your brain, which is one of the neurotransmitters (chemicals) which help us to regulate mood. Other neurotransmitters released during physical activity include dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine, the same chemicals targeted in prescription medications given to help patients stabilize their moods. (online search phrase: “exercise and endorphins”)

3) Get some sunshine by going outside as many days as possible. Stay-at-home is not the same as stay-in-your-home. Emerging research leads to support the theory that an adequate level of Vitamin D is necessary to elevate mood and fight depression. Studies have shown that people can significantly increase their levels of Vitamin D naturally by going outside for just 10-15 minutes a day, three times a week. Why not combine this fact with tip #2 and take a walk? (online search phrases: “Vitamin D and depression” and “sunshine and Vitamin D”)

4) Humor, including a good laugh, stimulates blood circulation. Increased blood circulation helps all organs in our bodies function more efficiently. When our bodies are functioning optimally, stress levels are reduced. Although we are dealing with a serious public health concern, we need to take time to remind ourselves that laughing is still OK. (online search phrase: “humor to cope with stress”)

5) Just smile for no reason at all. The physical act of smiling, even if you force yourself, has been shown to elevate mood. Elevating your mood provides stress relief and a strengthened immune system, among other positive benefits that we all need. Smiling is such a simple act that we can all do whenever we are feeling down, and a smile is easy to pass on to others. (online search phrase: “smile health benefits”)

Depression is a serious mental health condition that can easily escalate during trying times. The tips included in this article are offered to help but are no substitute for professional intervention. If you feel like you or a loved one need something more, please contact your doctor or a qualified mental health professional.

Since movement is a significant way to manage stress and maintain a positive mood I am sharing this link which shows DePaul student athletes in movement videos. They are made specifically for children.

http://x.paciolanmail.com/ats/msg.aspx?sg1=6708be1c5f253ae72074bc485ba197b7

Lastly, please remember that Friday is a professional development day for teachers. Students will have the day to enjoy. The teachers will be doing work remotely.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 13, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Parents and Guardians,

I think this is a great time to recognize our 8th grade students. They are a memorable group, as this video truly shows...

https://drive.google.com/file/d/15ZjForzOwj4V2CbcfDAL65TJ1pDZzTB4/view

(Special thanks to the Park Family and Ms. Vessini for putting this together...)

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 12, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Today is going to be very exciting. The Blue Angels will be flying over the area in support of health care workers who are working so hard during this COVID 19 pandemic. Hopefully, you will be able to see them during the day.

Here is a link to learn more:

 https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2020/05/11/u-s-navy-blue-angels-to-fly-over-chicago-to-honor-health-care-workers/

The Book Fair is another opportunity I have to share with you. We are doing a virtual book fair, where books can be ordered and sent to your homes. This link brings you right to the website with all of the information:

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=stcelestineschool1

Lastly, as the year comes to a close and more and more attention is given to the Fall and the new school year, I have been asked many questions about the 2020/21 school year. All along, I have been following the expectations and procedures established by the Office of Catholic Schools, which is informed by the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health. I will continue to do so as the 2019/20 year ends and the 2020/21 school year begins.

The creation of a safe, productive learning environment is at the goal of all my efforts and my deepest desire is that we start school together, seeing each other once again. For the benefit of all involved, I have created a committee composed of teachers and parents to prepare for the year ahead. Work will focus upon instruction, facilities and communication as we move ahead. Progress on a cohesive, focused plan for the Fall will be shared with families as it is developed. Please pray for us as we work, for schools everywhere and for all whose lives have been impacted by COVID-19.

Thank you...

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 11, 2020

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

I hope you and your family are remaining healthy during this time. Since the move to e-learning on March 16, I have been amazed at the hard work of our students in completing lessons and engaging in learning. I sincerely appreciate your efforts in supporting your child during this time.

One of the strengths of our school is the sense of partnership that exists between our educators and families. I am deeply appreciative of our partnership, and for your efforts to support the learning of your child.

Thank you, families, for the messages of appreciation and kindness shown during Teacher Appreciation Week. Your acts of kind generosity boosted the spirits of the entire SCS community.

I am extremely thankful for the hard work of our teachers in implementing e-learning. At our school, we believe passionately that our students deserve the very best education, and our teachers are striving to provide them with engaging and creative lessons, innovative platforms and continued support of learning. They are ready to help in every way they can.

Many of our families may be experiencing financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. If you are having difficulty paying tuition, I would encourage you to reach out to me or our pastor, Fr. Paul. We do not want these difficult times to impact the education of your child.

I am incredibly grateful for your ongoing support of our school. May God continue to bless your family and keep you safe and healthy. We are weathering this storm together and will enjoy brighter days to come...

Please enjoy this video of this week’s birthdays - https://flipgrid.com/s/54f1270f2c6f

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 8, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Thank you for the wonderful messages of appreciation, memories, and the video you made for me this week. All of these things serve as a constant reminder that the St. Celestine family is like no other. Even during times of adversity, we support each other. I am so grateful for every member of our community.

The entire St. Celestine School thanks the teachers for the amazing work they do with this video. Teachers, you are appreciated and loved very much! - https://youtu.be/C5e44af8UJY

As (hopefully) everyone knows, Sunday is Mother’s Day, a chance to celebrate many, many strong women in our community. Awhile ago, I received this song link and am happy to share it with you today. It is from a musician in Australia.

https://youtu.be/ADG4TkvkEwU - (YouTube link for 'Mum, I Love You Every Day')

I’d also like to wish every mother and grandmother in the SCS community a warm and loving Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for your selfless love and dedication to your family and to the SCS community.

Managing stress and self care are important components during this crisis. I hope this article provides parents with some ideas that help. For me, the reminder that we don’t have to be perfect is a huge help. The demands everyone is facing right now are overwhelming.

https://childmind.org/article/self-care-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

If you are struggling during this time and need help from me or from the teachers, we are here for you. Please reach out to us. We are not just a community, we are a family.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


A THANK YOU NOTE TO MRS. KLICH!

Before we bring you Mrs. Klich's message today, we wanted to show our appreciation - please join us for Teacher Appreciation week in thanking Mrs. Klich for moving us forward... together!

WATCH OUR THANK YOU VIDEO!


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 7, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Teacher’s Appreciation Week continues with #ThrowbackThursday. Share your favorite school memory of one of your teachers. It can be from this year or previous years.

If you would like to listen to something as you write about your favorite memory or find a favorite picture, here is Mr. Kamptner and Mrs. Jandrists with a song about staying safe.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KhdxMhPqwqM7o5ifX3q8v20jukk4_8Rc/view

If you are looking for another thing to bring a smile to your face, here is the Elm Leaves coverage of Friday’s reverse parade, with some absolutely wonderful pictures.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elmwood-park/ct-elm-celestine-parade-tl-0507-20200505-5tu4cjohfrdnjhmfukqeh2v3ji-story.html

We are hosting a Virtual Book Fair from May 11- May 24. This allows you to shop from the comfort of your home. All orders ship directly to your home. All book-only orders of $25 or more ship for free. The school gets 25% in rewards for all orders sold. This is in place of our annual Spring Book Fair.

Finally, don’t forget about the May Crowning which will be Facebook live-streamed today at 10 am. It will also be available for everyone on the website afterwards.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 6, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Hopefully, you are doing well during this time. It is a challenging time and I want you to know that the school is here to help you in any way we can. The biggest challenge and concern is for our families who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed. If you or your child is struggling, please reach out to me or to a teacher. No one is in this alone. We are a family...

With this in mind, I am sharing a few resources. The first is to a webinar given by Mobile Therapy Centers, a company with whom the school works. It is about navigating these challenging times - https://youtu.be/Rv-4PcOs5w8

The second resources come courtesy of Mrs. Gallagher and it includes children’s books and videos that help explain the quarantine.

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/video/christianne-klein-book-anna-germ-visit-70493897

https://www.google.com/amp/s/redtri.com/social-distancing-story-children-time-to-come-in-bear/amp/

In terms of upcoming events, that may offer solace during this time, there will be a Facebook live stream of our May Crowning at 10 am on Thursday, May 7. The video of the May Crowning will be posted to the website so you can watch it later as well.

Since it is still Teacher Appreciation Week, here’s a question… “What do you miss most about your teacher?” Let him or her know with a post or a comment to the Facebook page or you can email them directly. All the teacher's emails are on the website. It will make their day. I guarantee your teacher is missing you, too!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 5, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardinas:

We are off to a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! Just look at this great video from Juliana in First Grade - https://youtu.be/uGUeuVFGhqU

Please send your special thoughts and good wishes for the teachers and I will include them in the email all week long! In particular, post a thank you comment or picture to thank a "specials" teacher (PE, Technology, Art, Music, Spanish, etc).

We have a wonderful Birthday Video with Mr. Bob, as well. It is very entertaining! - https://flipgrid.com/s/4f03c9db63b1

As Catholics, we know that May is the month of Mary. This article reflects on how the Pope encourages us to pray to her during this chaotic time in the world. There is also a lovely Litany to Mary video included in the article.

https://www.catholic.org/news/hf/faith/story.php?id=84707

Be well and enjoy your day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 4, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Happy May 4th... May the fourth be with you all day today!

In honor of today, I have 4 things we can celebrate and suggestions of how to celebrate!

First of all, it's Teacher Appreciation Week! Post a picture or comment of you thanking your teacher today on the school’s Facebook page!

Secondly, let’s celebrate our wonderful and patient Second Grade students. They would have had their First Communion this past weekend. It has been postponed. These kids are a special & wonderful group and we know that the whole community will come together for them when the time is right. In the meantime, let’s give them a shout out and recognize what a great group of kids (and parents) they are!

Next, let’s celebrate the fact that we have our registration link up and running! It is https://forms.gle/fnuAHwBBkyF4R1Qy8.

While this is a time of uncertainty, please be certain of the fact that St. Celestine School is here for everyone. If part of the uncertainty involves financial concerns, there are things in place for that. Please contact me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org to learn more about that.

Finally, let’s celebrate the Reverse Parade with a number of pictures celebrating it!

There are a lot more pictures on the St. Celestine website - CLICK HERE to see more pictures.

Thanks to the families, teachers, Fr. Paul, Fr. Brendan, NBC, the Chicago Catholic, the Elmwood Park Police Department and the Village of Elmwood Park for making this such an amazing event!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MAY 1, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Today is the big day!

The “Reverse Parade” is today at 4:30 pm. It will run until 5:30 pm. Please wear masks and your Spirit Gear as you drive around our block. We are keeping a social distance space of 6 feet apart. We are so excited to see you (even from a distance). It will be crowded, so please be patient and drive carefully!

In addition to the parade, the parish continues to provide spiritual and emotional support during this time. Please use the link https://stguerinparish.org to see the many ways the church can help during this time. Even during this time, there is a lot going on…

Lastly, Mundelein Seminary is honoring the Virgin Mary by providing a virtual May Crowning ceremony on May 3 at 1 pm. The ceremony will be streamed online and led by rector Father John Kartje, featuring contributions from seminarians across the country who are currently at parishes in their home dioceses. Sign up at www.usml.edu/maycrowning to receive a link via email to the online stream. It will also be posted on the Mundelein Seminary website and social media channels.

Thank you for all of the ways you support the school and parish!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 30, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

I am reaching out with a few reminders about the “Reverse Parade” on Friday. The teachers will be showing social distancing and will be standing 6 feet apart while wearing masks. They will either have costumes or will be wearing SCS Spirit Wear!

  • Please drive safely and carefully; it will be congested, but it will also be fun!
  • Please wear masks if you have the windows open. It is what the Archdiocese recommends.
  • Please remember that we miss you and look forward to seeing your smiling faces!

As we have been spending this time learning remotely, I have seen such beautiful artwork created by our students. Enjoy this masterpiece created by Jayden. We have such talented students and teachers!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 29, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Here are some important Birthday announcements for our April birthdays.

https://flipgrid.com/b294cfc0

Also, please remember our Reverse Parade on May 1 at 4:30 pm. Wear your St. Celestine School Spirit Wear and a mask. That's what the teachers will be doing! Also, masks should be worn if car windows are open.

Please remember to register using this link. This is a safe way for families to register while we are still doing e-learning.

https://forms.gle/fnuAHwBBkyF4R1Qy8

Lastly, I am including a picture of one of the most sacred places I know. It is the Grotto at the University of Notre Dame. Every time I visit Notre Dame, I light a candle there for the St. Celestine families and pray for you. This is a place that brings me peace and I am sending you peace and prayers for a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 28, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

I hope you are doing well. I have had multiple virtual meetings with the teachers and we are all looking forward to seeing you on Friday. We will be outside from 4:30 pm until about 5:30 pm. The teachers miss your children tremendously.

Also, I am attaching the link for online registration. Many people have mentioned not being able to register before we went to remote learning. This a socially-distant, safe way to add your name to class lists and get situated for the 2020/21 school year. The link is:

https://forms.gle/fnuAHwBBkyF4R1Qy8

As always, I am available for any questions you may have.

A student shared this beautiful window art with me today. The banner on the plane reads, “Nothing lasts forever.” It is with this in mind, that I know better days are ahead and we need to work together to reach them.

Part of that journey includes continuing to socially distance ourselves. Therefore, Summer Camp will be cancelled for this summer. Those parents that submitted payments will have them refunded once we can return to the building long enough to write checks and mail them.

Summer Camp will be offered in 2021, since it was received with a great deal of enthusiasm. Better days are ahead and we are in this together!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 27, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

This is going to be an amazing week! Mark your calendars for the Reverse Parade on Friday, May 1!

The teachers will be standing at a social distance, spaced around the block. Please drive around the school and church and see us between 4:30 and 5:30 pm on Friday, May 1. The weather looks like it will be cooperating for this wonderful chance to see each other!

If you still need to register for next 2020/21 school year, we are making that easy for you. Please click the link below and complete the registration form. It is a safe way to get situated for next year.

https://forms.gle/fnuAHwBBkyF4R1Qy8

Finally, SCS students continue to be busy dressing as their favorite book characters and making wonderful pictures for us. Here are just a few.

We are so very proud of the many creative things our students do!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 24, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Many of you have asked about registration. I will have a link available for you on Monday if you have not registered. Obviously, we want every family to stay a part of the SCS school family! Please reach out to me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org if you have questions or if there is anything I can do to help on this.

I have a few more wonderful book-related pictures to share. Here is Hailey as her favorite book character and the world’s smartest cat, Millie Doyle.

Here are some silly jokes to start your weekend!

https://www.care.com/c/stories/3776/101-funny-jokes-for-kids/

Have a wonderful day and keep your eyes and ears open for updates on our Reverse Parade next week.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 23, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

I have lots of good news to share with you today!

First, a wonderful opportunity has come to our teachers.  We are doing regular Friday PD sessions with the other schools in our council.

What does this mean for my child’s learning schedule? Nothing.  Friday is a day of mandatory i–Ready work, catching up on missing work, and doing Technology enrichment activities.  For students in PreK, the teachers will share work for them to do, just like always.  Nothing changes with these new meetings, the work stays the same.

What does this mean for the teacher? The teachers now have a coordinated opportunity to broaden their skill base and work with other professionals in the field.  They will learn about new strategies, new platforms and new approaches beyond that which they are already doing.  This is a way for teachers to grow and improve how they serve your child and this is too good an opportunity for them to pass up.

If there are additional questions, please reach out to me via email.  I can respond through an email, give you a call, or find other ways to get questions answered.  My experience has always been that it’s best to go to the source rather than sit with questions or rely on things posted or heard “through the grapevine.”  I am available morning, noon and night to support families during this trying time, as are the teachers.

More good news includes students actively doing things to bring our community joy.  We really have the best students!

This includes a wonderful song from a PreK student - https://youtu.be/Sqo24-ooh5U

We also have a student dressed as a favorite book character!  Mason S. is dressed as Big Nate. Great idea!

Lastly, the biggest piece of news!  If the weather permits, on Friday, May 1, we are having a “Reverse Parade!”.  You may wonder what that is.  Starting at 4:30 pm and running through 5:30 pm on May 1, teachers will be spaced around the St. Celestine School / St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish block.  We will have posters and signs and will be so happy to see you!  All you need to do is drive around the block, wave, beep your horn and know that we love you!  It will be so much fun! If the weather is not cooperative, we will reschedule it for a different day! I will be watching the weather Monday and much of next week to let you know. I am so glad we will have a chance to see each other!

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 22, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Today is Earth Day! Hopefully it will be a nice opportunity for you to enjoy some sunshine while social distancing.

Also… please send me pictures of you as your favorite book characters & videos of you reading stories. These are the things that brighten everyone’s day!

I am happy to share the good news that the 2019-2020 yearbook is being finalized. All orders for the yearbook will be online and the books will be delivered to your home! The price of the yearbook is $20 and shipping will be $2.99. Due to the current situation, Treering (our yearbook company) is decreasing the ship-to-home cost from $7.99 to $2.99.

To order the yearbook, go to www.treering.com and the passcode is 1013796932853454. The books will be shipped during mid to late May. If you have already ordered a yearbook, please log in again and update your address so that the yearbook will be shipped to the correct address. If you have any questions or concerns about the yearbook, please contact Mrs. Doyle at mdoyle@stcelestineschool.org. I’d like to thank Mrs. Doyle for her hard work on the yearbook. These last weeks have presented a unique challenge and she managed to overcome it to help create a beautiful yearbook.

I’d also like to remind you about the Catholic School Mass being streamed on April 22.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 21, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is doing well. I have a wide variety of things for you today. I have a song, a character, a prayer opportunity, and a reminder to share today...

Here’s the song. It’s a video which makes me think of how strong we are as a community and how we will get through everything together. It is just one of many things people have shared with me to pass on to you.

https://youtu.be/Q41ctPLDHvU

Here’s the character. It’s Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but can you guess which teacher it is? Email me if you figure it out!

Here’s the prayer opportunity! There will be a Catholic Schools Mass for the entire Archdiocese on Wednesday, April 22. Here are the details…

Here’s the advice! Experts advise social distancing as the way to prevent the virus from spreading. If one is outside, the reminder is to stand 6 feet apart from others. As the weather warms, this is a challenge. We love everyone in the school community and want them and their families to stay safe and healthy!

Please keep us in your prayers. You are in ours…

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 20, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Community:

Welcome Back from Spring break! We missed you!

Here are some birthday greetings from Mr. Bob - https://flipgrid.com/s/f6e42b679980

This week, we have a truly wonderful theme... Books!

We will have teachers read some stories, have teachers dress up as their favorite book characters and we want you to send pictures of you as your favorite book character and/ or you reading stories. Some will make it into the week’s emails and …. We can’t wait!

To get us started… Here I am as none other than JUNIE B JONES, one of my favorite characters ever!

While we will be finishing the year with e-learning, rather than face to face instruction, we can take comfort in our Lord and know that He is with us during this time period. Through Christ all things are possible and we can take heart in knowing we will get through this together. I sincerely hope that you were able to find ways to relax and enjoy the simple things in life over our Easter break and that you and your family are healthy.

St. Celestine teachers moved into e-learning action on Monday, March 16th, establishing Google Classrooms, padlet assignments, SeeSaw activities, Google Meetings, and daily communication with our students. The goal to successfully implement remote classroom instruction for each grade in a whole new learning environment was a challenge each teacher readily took on. Teachers continue to add new remote learning strategies that help to meet the needs of every student and continue to participate in virtual professional development in the weeks ahead. We continue to support teachers in best practices in asynchronous and synchronous teaching and learning, and data driven instruction - all in a virtual context. Serving your child’s academic needs, supporting their emotional needs and communicating with you are our top priorities as we continue through the year.

Many people are dealing with financial changes and job loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to pay tuition. If this applies to you, you may qualify for financial support through the Archdiocese of Chicago. Please reach out directly to Mrs. Klich with any inquiries. We know we will get through this together and will be as responsive as possible to our parents’ and students’ needs. We want to keep all our families right where they belong… in the care of the St. Celestine School community.

Please keep St. Celestine and our teachers and staff in your prayers, just as we are daily praying for your children, whom we have the pleasure and the responsibility of serving. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. I can be reached at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Thanks!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


WE MISS YOU CELTICS! - SPRING BREAK
APRIL 2020

Enjoy Spring Break this week April 13-17, 2020

All the faculty and staff miss our students and send their love and blessings to each of you!

Watch this video of them to you!


"ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!"

Chalk Walk - Spirit Week on March 25, 2020


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 10, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

First a little business, I have had parents ask about March and April lunch payments. I am in the process of seeing about March. The payments for April will be refunded once the building is reopened. If a check was written, it will not be cashed.

From the entire staff of St. Celestine School/ Mother Theodore Guerin Parish, I wish you a wonderful Easter. We pray for your health, happiness and well being.

Holy Week services and Easter Mass will be streamed. Please go to https://stguerinparish.org/

Please reach out to me if you need anything at all over break. I will be checking my emails over the course of break and am happy to answer any questions you have. I can be reached at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 9, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, parents, as we support the children and work together. We are together in spirit and that means the world to me and to the entire St. Celestine School staff. You are a blessing to the SCS community and I thank God for you every day.

Ms. Vessini reminds me every day of how the arts help people in times of stress. Because of her constantly sharing ideas, videos and resources, I learned about St. Paul’s Chapel, the oldest church building in Manhattan. It’s less than 100 yards from where the World Trade Center stood and it survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. It is believed that a giant tree protected this Episcopalian chapel during the collapse. After the collapse, volunteers came together to serve rescue and recovery workers. A child’s book with beautiful pictures had been written about this.

Why am I mentioning this? I am mentioning it because even when things feel like they are falling apart, we are protected by God’s love, much like the chapel was protected by the tree. Furthermore, we are called together as a community to care for each other. I see St. Celestine School and the St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish in this story because of our faith in God and our sense of service to each other even in times of trouble. I am so grateful for that in my life and in the lives of our school children.

Hopefully during this Holy Week, you have been able to spend some time in calm prayer seeing God’s love in our lives. The parish is live streaming Holy Week services. This link https://stguerinparish.org/ will take you to the website to see them and I hope they fill you with hope, peace and a deeper faith.

May God bless you in everything you do!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 8, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Here are some more wonderful birthday greetings from another SCS person who loves you very much! - https://flipgrid.com/s/9f46800aded5

We hope you are doing well. Please take a look at the opportunities for spiritual reflection and prayer offered by St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish, especially the virtual labyrinth opportunities - https://stguerinparish.org/

Please also remember that students have a “half day” of e-learning on Thursday and then are on Spring break until we resume on April 20. I will be checking emails daily and will be available if you have concerns over break. I am happy to help in any way I can while we are on break.

The teachers, staff and I miss you all and are praying for you daily.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 7, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Join me in celebrating our belated April birthdays! I have a special birthday greeter for you today, too! - https://flipgrid.com/s/9dc2923a1a6b

The second grade also put together a short video of some of the things they enjoy the most. We hope it makes you smile! - https://spark.adobe.com/video/ZuGpfTbVsrgK2

Lastly, this is Holy Week and, while it looks different than years past, we have some very important faith opportunities. The Labyrinth is a calming prayer experience. Visit https://stguerinparish.org/labyrinth for your 2020 virtual Labyrinth experience.

You will find on the website PDF files you can download and print including: finger labyrinths, text, readings, music and video suggestions. There is also a new video which shares our Labyrinth with you to watch and relax.

Please go to the St. Mother Theodore Guerin website (https://stguerinparish.org/) to learn about more Holy Week events, virtual prayer opportunities, and things you can do during this time.

This is the most holy week of the year. We are praying that you are safe and well. Please keep us in your prayers.

Thanks!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 6, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

One of the things I think everyone misses is the routine of school. Things like Mr. Bob opening car doors and birthday announcements...

As I thought about those things, I realized that I could sort of combine them, so no one feels isolated. Watch the following video celebrating March birthdays - https://flipgrid.com/s/bf1b0d00256d

Celebrate and remember what makes us a community. Included in this are our pets and those we care about. Here are some pictures from last week...

Or spring flowers...

Lastly, this is Holy Week and, while it looks different than years past, we have some very important faith opportunities. The Labyrinth is a calming prayer experience. Visit https://stguerinparish.org/labyrinth/ for your 2020 virtual Labyrinth experience. 

You will find on the website PDF files you can download and print including: finger labyrinths, text, readings, music and video suggestions. There is also a new video which shares our Labyrinth with you to watch and relax.

Please go to the St. Mother Theodore Guerin website to learn about more Holy Week events, virtual prayer opportunities, and things you can do during this time.

Please pray for the parish and school community during this time. We are praying for you!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 3, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

We continue to celebrate our teachers and their pets.

Here is Mrs. Niklewicz and Winnie performing some amazing tricks for your enjoyment - https://flipgrid.com/d64c701d

Ms. Niemczyk and Max appear in this video - https://flipgrid.com/ffb94575

Also, I have a few student pets to share.

Happy Birthday to Nadia and Eric’s cat. She turned 1!

Here is Evan and his dog...

Here are Caleb and Christina with their cats!

This week has been so much fun... I love seeing everyone’s pets.

Don’t forget that next week is Holy Week. We have a “half day” on Thursday and then will be keeping our already scheduled Easter break. Our next day of e-learning after April 9 will be April 20.

I know we will all miss going to the Labyrinth in the gym. These wonderful virtual options will help everyone in prayer and getting closer to God.

https://stguerinparish.org/labyrinth/

Stay healthy and happy.  You are in my prayers and in the prayers of all the teachers.

Sending you gratitude and prayers,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 2, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Yesterday you were the heroes!

Based on suggestions from families, we were able to donate cleaning supplies to first responders in Elmwood Park. They really need them and we are keeping them safe with this donation. Here are some pictures.

Our 4th graders have written thank you letters as part of their work. I’d like to pair this letter with the pictures above.

Thank you, officers, for telling us to stay home. Thank you, doctors, for trying so very hard to get a cure for the horrible virus. Thank you, paper and hand sanitizer companies, for trying as hard as you possibly can to make products for us. Thank you, teachers, for providing us with homework to keep us occupied. Thank you, news, for providing us with updates on the virus. Thank you, nature, for looking beautiful and making us smile. Thank you, Mr. President, for telling us everything will be alright and for providing , thank you, family and friends, for being happy, loving us, and making us happy.

Pablo G.

While physically we are away from each other, together… as a community… we are in this together.

Sending you gratitude and prayers,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
APRIL 1, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Welcome to the first day of April! I hope you have a wonderful day. I know, with the help of the teachers and parents, students are working very hard. Despite what has been mentioned in the press, Catholic schools are grading assignments because that helps us understand if the students understand the work. That informs how we go about creating plans for the week ahead.

Today, I have a few reminders for you. The first is about a very important initiative that the Archdiocese has for schools. It is the 3Cs Survey which is run in collaboration with the University of Chicago. Please, if you could spare a few minutes, complete the survey. It’ll provide the Archdiocese and me with important insights for the school. The link is:

http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

Next, last week we shared information about a virtual presentation being provided for parents by Mobile Therapy Centers. The topic is “Beyond Survival: Family Strength and Resiliency during the COVID19 Pandemic”. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to rsvp@mtcus.com so they can send a direct invitation to facilitate their participation. It is being hosted on Thursday, April 2nd at 12:30 pm (CST) and on Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30 pm (CST).

Now for some pets!

Watch this amazing video of Charlie, Mrs. Persico’s dog doing amazing tricks! - https://flipgrid.com/s/fa35479b4162

Here is Higgins Jandrists and Mrs. Jandrists with another cool trick! - https://flipgrid.com/d87a8103

Lastly, here are pictures of Penny and Shelby. They are Mrs. Szeszol’s pets. We all know how much she loves animals!

There will be more pictures and videos later this week…

As I think about ways to help, prayer is a very important way EVERYONE can help during this time. I looked for some prayers families can say and I found this link. https://dolr.org/covid-prayers.

Of course, saying the rosary is another very special way to help and we encourage families to say the rosary during this time.

This week, I am looking for other ideas and ways we can help. Let me know what your family is doing during this time to help. I will keep you posted on ways St. Celestine School and St. Mother Theodore Guerin are helping, too.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 31, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Welcome to Teachers Pet Week! The week you get to know your teachers’ favorite furry creatures...

To start the week, I am including a picture of my cat, Dante. He is 13 years old and thinks he’s a dog. He comes when he’s called, begs for food and can’t quite figure out why I’m in the house so much these days!

Here is a video of Mrs. Lovera and Reno - https://flipgrid.com/3a497f0c

Later in the week, we will have some more fun videos of teachers and their pets.

I know that even when we are apart, we are still a strong community. In addition to praying for all first responders and those who are sick, there are things that can be done to help.

Making masks for medical workers is just one of those things. Here is a link showing how to do that: https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/. I will keep you posted on other things we can do to help.

Mr. Rogers has this great saying about looking for the helpers.

We can be the helpers by helping each other during this time period. I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. I look forward to seeing you…

Here is also a video created by Mrs. Gallagher using the Chalk Walk pictures from last week: https://spark.adobe.com/video/qt8xs07hiHQu8

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 30, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

This week is Teacher’s Pet Week! You’ll get a chance to meet the wonderful pets that are keeping the teachers company at home. You’ll also get a chance to send pictures of pets, too! Many of them will be included in the message for the week ahead!

There will be a few other wonderful surprises this week, as well...

Hopefully, you had a wonderful weekend! Here are some more amazing pictures from last week... So many were shared!

Lastly, one of the initiatives that the Archdiocese has for schools is the 3Cs Survey which is run in collaboration with the University of Chicago. Please, if you could spare a few minutes, complete the survey. It’ll provide the Archdiocese and me with important insights for the school. The link is:

http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

Have a great day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 27, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

St. Celestine School wants to offer you and your family support during this challenging time.

The school has worked with a company called Mobile Therapy Centers throughout the year and they are here to support you if you need it. They are offering a free online event on Thursday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 7 called "Family Strength and Resiliency during Covid-19".

If you would like to listen to this short presentation and ask questions, please CLICK HERE (PDF FILE) to see all the information of HOW TO JOIN OR CONNECT from your computer or phone.

Today’s spirit activity is to  say the rosary.  Pope Francis has frequently said that praying the rosary is one of the most powerful things people can do.  Here are some links and reminders on how to do that.

I am including an amazing piece of art created by one of our 5th graders to inspire you in prayer.

I will be saying the rosary today, too.

A few more fun things… Here is a warm hello from Ms. McNulty - https://flipgrid.com/s/d5e2f2e81ecb

Finally, here are some more wonderful Chalk Your Walk pictures from yesterday!

I am so very proud and happy with how you are staying in touch during these days away.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 26, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Today is going to be one of my favorite communications! It comes with video links of the teachers sharing their kind words! Please take a look at these links and see some friendly faces saying hello! There will more videos to come in upcoming days...

Mrs. Niklewicz -  https://flipgrid.com/s/c722b6cefd11

Mrs. Pharis - https://flipgrid.com/s/5a8b2d289b6f

Here are some of you decorating your sidewalk for Chalk Walk Day!  What a nice day for these drawings!

I plan on sharing all of the drawings, videos, and pictures... there’s plenty to look forward to in the days ahead!

On another note, parents, please keep an eye on Tik Tok usage if your children use that app.  Apparently, there is a “Coronavirus Challenge” which is encouraging young people to do ridiculous things and to disregard the warnings out there about coronavirus.  Kids need your help deciding what to believe and not believe on-line and to make logical choices.

Lastly, one of the initiatives that the Archdiocese has for schools is the 3Cs Survey which is run in collaboration with the University of Chicago.  Please, if you could spare a few minutes, complete the survey.  It’ll provide the Archdiocese and me with important insights for the school.  The link is:

http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

We miss you and can’t wait to see you soon!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 25, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Virtual Spirit Week has been amazing! Thank you for all your wonderful posters honoring First Responders! Here are some more that have been shared with me since yesterday.

Please read this letter from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools which includes information about different prayer opportunities for families:

Dear Catholic School Families,

I hope you are remaining safe and healthy. I am pleased to inform you that Cardinal Cupich recently released a video directed at school students and families. I encourage you to view this video and continue to pray for our health and well-being.

In addition, I encourage you and your family to join Pope Francis in a special prayer this Friday, March 27 at 12 pm (noon) CDT. The Holy Father will preside at a prayer service on the sagrata of  St. Peter's Basilica, that is, the platform at the top of the steps immediately in front of the façade of the church. While St. Peter’s Square will be empty, the Holy Father is inviting all to join him in prayer through various forms of communication.

The prayer service will be broadcast live on the Vatican website (https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html) and will include biblical readings, intercessory prayers and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It will conclude with Pope Francis giving the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, with the offer of a plenary indulgence for all those who listen to it live. The Urbi et Orbi blessing “to the City [of Rome] and to the World” is normally only given on Christmas and Easter.

May God continue to bless you, our community of Catholic schools and our world.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Archdiocese of Chicago

Stay tuned tomorrow for some wonderful videos celebrating Kind Words Day!

Sending you prayers and good thoughts!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 24, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians:

Thanks for your participation in our Virtual Spirit Week! Here are some of the wonderful Thank You’s we made First Responders! Thanks for hanging them in your windows…

Thank you for these wonderful pictures. To all First Respondes in our school community, thank you for everything you are doing right now! We really appreciate your service!

One of the initiatives that the Archdiocese has for schools is the 3Cs Survey which is run in collaboration with the University of Chicago. Please, if you could spare a few minutes, complete the survey. It’ll provide the Archdiocese and me with important insights for the school. The link is:

http://survey.5-essentials.org/archchicago/survey/parent/

Thank you! Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 23, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Families:

Welcome to a new week filled with activities and fun. Even though we are not together, we are going to celebrate a Spirit Week! If you are able, please do these things each day. Please send pictures (especially of the activities that involve making posters or drawing... Enjoy the week and have fun with these daily themes!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for all of your help and support during this first week of e-learning.  We are very proud of our kids navigating this challenging time and appreciate your support.

As we work into next week, we will continue to tweak the schedule for students.  This means that there will be a variety of off-line assignments, some on-line work, some shifts around screen time and ongoing work on i-Ready.  We want to support our students with intentionality, while providing the best possible instruction we can during this challenging time.  The teachers and I appreciate your positive support and communication around this.  Thank you!

Please also read this communication from the Superintendent of Catholic Schools regarding our ongoing measures tied to COVID19.  It answers many questions you have had about how Catholic Schools are navigating this challenging time.

Dear Catholic School Parents and Guardians,

One week ago, we announced the closure of our Catholic school system due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) through our region. Since the closure started on Monday, the Office of Catholic Schools has worked closely with each of our schools to deliver high-quality electronic learning (e-learning) or alternative learning to our students. I have been amazed by the creativity and ingenuity of many of our educators as they have implemented their e-learning / alternative learning plans. Our students are keeping busy!

As a Catholic school parent myself, I know that this has been a time of anxiety and stress. Know that I am extremely grateful for your patience and trust. Our Catholic schools depend upon the partnership between our parents/guardians and our Catholic schools. I deeply appreciate your efforts in supporting your child’s e-learning/alternative learning during this unprecedented time.

As of now, it is unclear how long our system-wide closure will last. You may have heard that Chicago Public Schools recently announced that they will remain closed until April 20. We are not yet setting a specific date to re-open the Catholic school system, although we are intending to resume school once it is deemed safe to do so. We will continue to be in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and state health departments, and other agencies as we consider our options.

Regardless of the length of our closure, know that we remain committed to delivering the very best faith-based education possible through e-learning/alternative learning. If you have questions or needs during this closure, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or the Office of Catholic Schools.

To assist you during this time, we have prepared a frequently asked questions (“FAQ”) document that offers basic information about e-learning/alternative learning, tuition, registration, and other important issues. I encourage you to read this document carefully. Likewise, here are some resources to assist you in supporting your child’s e-learning/alternative learning.

I know that God is blessing our efforts during this time of uncertainty. May God continue to watch over you and your family and bless our precious ministry of Catholic education.

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Archdiocese of Chicago

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 19, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Happy St. Joseph’s Day! St. Joseph rose to the challenge and cared for Mary and Jesus. His love for his family is a model for family love for all. One of my favorite statues at Notre Dame is informally called the Holy Family Huddle. It is a beautiful celebration of St Joseph and the Holy Family. May God watch over you and your families today!

 

Since we are on the subject of beautiful artwork, I wanted to share the gorgeous pictures made by Hailey in second grade. While this time away can be challenging, I love seeing the wonderful way our students are utilizing their talents and sharing their gifts to cheer the entire community. Just look at her art!

Feel free to send me pictures of the wonderful things your kids are doing during this time away. They will bring pictures to everyone’s faces!

Lastly, I know we are very focused on how things are right now and that’s OK. I just want to remind families that if a new family come to SCS and they mention you as a referral source, there will be a $150 tuition credit in April 2021. Our school community is strong and special… and totally worth sharing with others.

Have a wonderful day!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope you are doing well.  Thanks to those of you who shared pictures and drawings yesterday.  They were wonderful.  Mrs. Doyle also reported seeing a leprechaun in the near the school, too!

Here are a few fun things to do, if you are interested…

Lego building ideas... https://frugalfun4boys.com/lego-projects-for-kids/

More Art ideas from Ms. Vessini…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmoyqpwwGUA - Optical illusion draw   (grades 4-8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naMb5b4_QaY - Optical illusion 3D hand middle school+

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKOVYw9R7oI - Origami Dinosaur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gyh3kcLuqrc - Origami Crane tutorial

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCdgIxWfvaQ&t=682s - Paper Rose - Cut, fold & glue (5th-8th)

Brain pop is a wonderful resource we use in school regularly.  They appear to have some free access during school closures… https://www.brainpop.com/

Here’s something to make you smile.  The Shedd Aquarium let its penguins take a field trip during the closure.  It’s been on the news and the videos are cute.

https://news.yahoo.com/chicago-aquarium-releases-penguins-exhibits-141321702.html

A few years ago, a friend gave me a small statue that has “An Angel is Watching Over You” etched on it.  God and His angels are watching over you.  You are in my prayers.  Please keep the SCS community in yours…

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thanks for everything you did to make e-learning such a success yesterday…

Thanks to our very hard-working teachers for getting lessons to you.  Every child in the school has lessons and activities because of our great teachers!  Parents, please reach out if you did not get access to lessons.  We want to work with you during this time…

Some of you shared pictures of the great things you have your kids doing and they made my day.  I am so proud of how hard they worked and how creative you are during this time.

I have a few more links to share.

Here are some live webcams from a few zoos in the United States.

https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

https://www.kansascityzoo.org/animal-cams/

Here are some great art links from YouTube provided by Ms. Vessini.  They provide step by step directions for fun drawing activities.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub - Art Hub for Kids (grades 3 -5)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRAarF177Y4 - draw a dragon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6cJl89axqY - draw a unicorn

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1NT7aWr_ow - draw baby yoda

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNpJCgOA1Xc - draw a slice of pizza

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR2NlUr0yPuqRxZN_7ItHog - art videos K-4 Madi & Dada

Lastly….

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!  The story of St. Patrick reminds me not to be afraid and that God is with us on this journey.  St. Patrick was kidnapped as a teenager and taken to Ireland.  He turned to God for faith turning a time of tremendous uncertainty and it changed his life and the faith of an entire country.

https://www.holyheroes.com/Articles.asp?ID=184&Click=921

Here is some relaxing Celtic music to make your holiday complete…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiqlZZddZEo

Sending you smiles and prayers….

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Thank you for your patience and support as we navigate the school closure cause by the Coronavirus. Each and every one of you have been so kind and supportive! We are a strong community and we will come through this time together!

The teachers have worked very hard to prepare lessons for your children and are available via email for any questions you have. They really miss coming to work and appreciate your kindness, too. If you have questions for individual teachers, please contact them via email. Their emails are listed on the school website.

As I sit inside with my own daughter, an 8th grader who attends another Catholic school, I know very deeply the challenges this time periods presents. I also know how strong our community is…

I did a little digging for resources and found a few things for families. They are just a hodge-podge of links and ideas for you….

Here is a link to streaming Mass. Mass is a regular part of our routine and can provide a lot of support during this time.

http://www.catholictv.org/masses/catholictv-mass

Wishing you were someplace else? Here is an article with virtual tours of different museums. I have not done these tours yet, but will over the course of this time out of school.

https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/best-virtual-gallery-tours/

Here are some story read alouds that can be entertaining.

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Lastly, here is a link to stress relief and help with supporting kids during this time.

https://parentinghealthy.com/social-emotional-learning-resources-covid-19-resources-for-kids-teens/

Please know that you are in my prayers. Please keep us in your prayers. I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal - St. Celestine School


MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
MARCH 13, 2020

Dear St. Celestine Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your patience while St. Celestine School is closed. The Archdiocese of Chicago made a system-wide decision in the best interest of students and families to close all Archdiocesan schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. At this time there is no definitive end date.

E-learning protocols will begin Monday, March 16 and will continue until we resume school. Teachers will reach out to you electronically with activities and lessons that students should complete. I will reach out to you periodically to keep you updated with information as it becomes available.

This closure applies to all extracurricular events and social events tied to St. Celestine School.

I will be available in the school tomorrow from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm to allow parents only (no children) to pick up materials from classrooms. The school has 30 chromebook loaners that can be signed out for during this time for children who might not have access to devices or computers at home. They are available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please note that St. Celestine School has not had any reported cases of COVID-19 (commonly known as the coronavirus). While the school is closed, it will be deep cleaned.

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we navigate this situation. You and your families are in my prayers.

Sheila M. Klich
Principal of St. Celestine School