Principal’s Page

JANUARY 13, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please read this entire letter, since there are very important updates.

St. Celestine School has begun registration for the 2021/22 school year. Please CLICK HERE to register and save your spot for the 2021/22 school year.

For students returning on January 19, families of face-to-face learners need to return loaner Chromebooks to school on Tuesday, January 19th.

On another note, thank you for your help and support as St. Celestine School continues to follow Archdiocesan safety measure tied to COVID-19. Social distancing, mask wearing and changed arrival and dismissal times have been very effective.

St. Celestine school has been blessed with support by the Village of Elmwood Park and the Elmwood Park Police Department during this time. We’ve been blessed by additional scheduling for crossing guards, which helped with the longer staggered arrival and dismissal times. Our wonderful Crossing Guards helped us for an hour before and after school to make sure students traveled safely. Previously, they had been present for 30 minutes.

Due to changing demands on the time of the crossing guards, we are moving back to the 30 minutes before and after school for the crossing guards. To ensure safety around COVID-19 practices and crossing the streets, St. Celestine School will be adjusting arrival and dismissals to try to meet both needs. The following time frames will be in effect starting January 19. Students will use the same doors, as they have been all year.

  • Grades 6,2 - Arrival Time at 7:45 AM - Dismissal Time at 2:45 PM
  • Grade 7 - Arrival Time at 7:45 AM - Dismissal Time at 2:50 PM
  • Grades 4,3 - Arrival Time at 7:45 AM - Dismissal Time at 2:55 PM
  • Grades 1,5,8 - Arrival Time at 8:00 AM - Dismissal Time at 3:00 PM
  • Grades K, PreK - Arrival Time at 8:00 AM - Dismissal Time at 2:45 PM

Teachers will walk students out. Parents are asked to do a few things to help maintain safety and order. The first is to drive very carefully near school grounds. Please, when your child(ren) are dismissed, help with social distancing by making room for other arrivals and dismissals by not lingering.

St. Celestine School continues to offer a safe, orderly Before and After Care Program, if that is needed due to these changes. Students are masked, socially distant and safe at all times.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about these changes and if there is anything I can do to help.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


JANUARY 6, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Registration for the 2021/22 School Year for current families begins now. For your convenience, please CLICK HERE to register online. Hard copies of Registration Forms will also be sent.

Keep in mind many spaces fill up quickly and we want to make sure you are part of the wonderful year ahead.

If you are interested in applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2021/22 school year, Empower Illinois will open their reservation form on Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30 pm. Scholarships are granted on a first come first serve basis, so time is of the essence!

The Archdiocese has created a checklist with all of the information needed to apply. It is included in this week’s Brown Envelope.

Empower Illinois has created a preview of the reservation link for families, so they know what to expect. CLICK HERE to preview the Empower Illinois reservation.

Families who want to be considered for other aid, must complete an aid application through FACTS Tuition Management. Tuition assistance is provided based on need and timely submission of requests.

As I reflect on the 2020 calendar year, I think of the many things teachers, parents and students have been asked to do. It has been a year like none other. It would be easy to focus on the challenges and what has been sacrificed and I have found myself going to that place as the year has progressed.

This year, however, I want to make mention of the growth in life skills I have seen in the SCS community.

These qualities include the following and have been present in every part of our community and make up the blessing helping us through every challenge. Thank you for the times you have shown these to those around you and have built this community in God’s name.

Resilience, Spirituality, Faithfulness, Altruism, Creativity, Innovation, Leadership, Patience, Grace, Collaboration, Empathy, Problem Solving, Sacrifice, Responsibility, Independence, Hope, Love, Gratitude, and Persistence.

Lastly, if families are still interested in donating to the Teacher Gift fund organized by Parents Club, checks may be dropped off at the School Office.

With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


DECEMBER 16, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Christmas is nearly here. I’ve included Mass times for St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

CHRISTMAS EVE – DECEMBER 24 - Public Masses

  • 4 PM at St. Celestine
  • 9 PM at St. Cyprian (Hymns at 8:30 PM)
  • 11 PM at St. Celestine (Hymns at 10:30 PM)
  • 11 PM - Live-Streamed Mass - FACEBOOK

CHRISTMAS DAY – DECEMBER 25 - Public Masses

  • 7:30 AM at St. Celestine
  • 9 AM at St. Cyprian
  • 10:30 AM at St. Celestine
  • 11:30 AM at St. Cyprian
  • 10:30 AM - Live-Streamed Mass - FACEBOOK

NEW YEAR’S EVE – DECEMBER 31

  • One Public Mass at 4 PM at St. Cyprian

NEW YEAR’S DAY – SOLEMNITY OF MARY – JANUARY 1

  • One Public Mass at 9 AM at St. Celestine
  • Also Live-Streamed Mass - FACEBOOK

Reservations are required to attend the Masses! - Limited quantity of people at each Mass. Please register for Mass using this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/smtgweekendmasses

Please remember that the last day of school before break is December 18. We will have an 11:30 am dismissal and there is no after care.

We return from break on January 4 with students participating in remote learning until January 14, 2021.

May your holidays be safe and filled with family, friends and love!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal

JANUARY 4-15, 2021 - CHILD CARE

Based on the Archdiocesan plan for a 2 week quarantine after Christmas, students will participate in remote learning from Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 14, 2021. Students will return to face to face instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Friday, January 15 is a Teacher Professional Development Day and Monday, January 18, 2021 is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

  1. All students will move to Remote Learning at home from January 4 until January 14 to allow for a two week quarantine after Christmas break.
  2. Teachers will provide live-streaming of instruction, with time allowed to complete assignments during the day. This will be similar to our two weeks of remote learning from November 30 until December 11.
  3. School supervision will be available for students from January 4 through January 14. Forty spots for students in PreK-8th grade will be available for child care. Supervision will be in a large space within the school building, such as the gym or lunchroom. All safety protocols will be utilized. The expectation is that students log into meetings and complete work while the child care is provided for them. Breaks will be provided throughout the day for students. Students should bring books, coloring books, crayons and other items for breaks. This child care option is available for families that have not traveled or participated in activities that would require them to quarantine. It is provided for parents whose work schedules do not allow them to be home during the school day and who have not been able to locate alternative care.Please register using this link -
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdGEWfasB4qXn-yFFgluZiY8wcgajh5aY14u1SZowHUZrkKA/viewform
  4. We will resume in-person learning and our current schedule on January 19, since January 15 is a Teacher Professional Development Day and January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

I want to share my gratitude for our St. Celestine School teachers and staff members who have supported our students during this incredibly challenging year. I also share my appreciation to you, school families, who have been vigilant in your observance of safety behaviors in and outside of school.

I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy Christmas season.

Sincerely yours,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


DECEMBER 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support during this second week of remote learning. I have had a number of parents ask about continuing with remote learning next week. While we miss seeing students and know St. Celestine’s safety protocols have been safe and effective, the school supports parents in whatever decision they feel is best for the week before Christmas. Please contact me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org if you are planning to continue with remote learning for this week before Christmas.

If you are planning to send your child for the week of December 14 and have a “loaner” device from the school, please keep the device at home for when remote learning is in place from January 4 until January 15, 2021. Please remember that students will return for face to face instruction on January 19.

Please remember that the remote time from January 4 until January 15 is a time spent in quarantine and not additional travel time. Should a family travel during that time, they will need to quarantine an additional 2 weeks in remote learning. On-site care is available for families from January 4 until January 15, provided they did not travel over break or partake in situations that would require a 2 week quarantine over Christmas. This opportunity is being provided as a service to individuals who have work schedules that cannot be altered and has limited availability. This is for the health and safety of all school community members.

The school is in the process of planning a virtual “Get Healthy” fundraiser. We are supporting local businesses by having them provide live-streamed events for children and parents. The events will be over the course of the weeks from January 4 through January 15 and will focus on things such as exercise, cooking, and healthy activities. If you know of a small business who would be willing to donate time for this, please reach out to me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org or Gina Griffone at development@stcelestineschool.org. We want to create a fun-filled few weeks of activities to usher in 2021 and beat the winter doldrums.

Lastly, while the Christmas season may feel very different than in past years, we are preparing for Christmas. Please mark your calendar for Mr. Kamptner’s “Keep Christ in Christmas” performance. It is December 14 at 7 pm and a Facebook Link will be available that evening.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal

Here are some resources that may help with stress during the holiday season, especially stress caused by the pandemic. Please know that you are appreciated and supported during this unusual holiday season.

As you journey forward during this Advent season, the University of Notre Dame has a digital Nativity Scene Advent Calendar that may help you in prayer: https://mcgrath.nd.edu/events/creche-exhibit/.

Please enjoy these beautiful scenes as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord.

St. Celestine School


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