Principal’s Page

MAY 12, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are in the final weeks of the school year. What a year! We are living through historical circumstances and I am so grateful for this community, which has been strong throughout a time that will be remembered for years to come.

Thank you to Parents Club and to our families for organizing a wonderful Teacher’s Appreciation Week. Our teachers and staff loved every minute of it!

Thank you, families, for your support of the Boosterthon St. Celestine School Dance Challenge. The school has raised over $27,000 in donations for technology and programming. Donations are still being taken. As promised, I will be “slimed” since I challenged the students and families to raise $15,000. This wonderful event is set for May 19 at the end of the day and will be streamed into the classrooms, so the students can enjoy it.

Looking back at this amazing year, I’m filled with gratitude for a number of people who have consistently sacrificed and dedicated themselves to making the school the best it can be. We have three teachers, who after dedicating their careers to Catholic education, have decided to retire. They are Mrs. Maureen Detty, Mrs. Bernie Bass, and Mrs. Chris Murray. Words cannot express the debt that generations of St. Celestine students and families owe them. Join me in wishing them the very best retirement has to offer.

Two other teachers have decided to move on in their careers. They are Ms. Alyssa Russo and Mrs. Michele Persico. They both made countless sacrifices on behalf of their students. Our students are better because of the time they spent with these wonderful educators. We also bid a fond farewell to Ms. Grace Caruvana who joined SCS midyear.

While interviews are well underway for next school year, these teachers will be remembered with fondness and love and will never be forgotten.

Please join me in thanking all of our teachers and staff for their dedication and strength in uncertain times. They served the school with dedication and love. They are part of what makes St. Celestine School the best school in the area.

With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


MAY 5, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

St. Celestine School will be testing students using the i-Ready Diagnostic Test. This test is to be given to remote and face-to-face learners. The preferred method of testing is face-to-face. For 3rd-8th Grade learners, this testing will take the place of the Aspire test, which is mandated by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The test will be administered on May 19 (Reading) and May 20 (Math) from 8 am until 11:30 am. Make-up tests will be completed May 26.

Please note the list of expectations in place for all test-takers.

  • Students must be masked at all times.
  • Test sessions will be in the morning before lunch.
  • All health protocols remain in effect.
  • Students are expected to take their time and do their best. Parents can help with this by ensuring students get enough rest and have a healthy breakfast in the morning.
  • Testing will impact scheduled Google Meets for all learners.

The preference is that parents of remote learners in Grades 3-8 bring their children to school for the morning testing sessions.

  • St. Celestine school will keep careful attendance records of when remote learners are at school.
  • Family members may not accompany their student into the school building.
  • Remote students will be dropped at the Main Office at 8 am, where their temperatures will be taken.
  • A temperature check will ensure that the student’s temperature is no higher than 100.4 degrees (Fahrenheit).
  • Remote students will proceed to the gym where they will be seated socially distant and safely apart from each other and supervised by school staff.
  • The school will utilize a seating chart for test takers, who will be in the gym and large areas where they can social distance.
  • Students will remain distant (by at least six feet) from others (students and adults) at all times.
  • Students would be present at school only for i-Ready assessments and will be sent home at 11:30 am.
  • Remote learners may bring filled, clear water bottles.

Parents who opt not to bring their remote learners, must reach out to me stating their preference. Please email me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Please reach out if you have any questions at all. Thank you for your help in preparing your child for this very important testing.

With gratitude,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


APRIL 28, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

We are in the midst of Boosterthon mania! The website for pledges is up and running - FUNRUN.COM. The Virtual St. Celestine School Dance Challenge is set for May 6! The money raised will go towards Technology. If the $15,000 goal is met, the students will get to see yours truly slimed... It will be lived streamed to classrooms and I am sure a highlight for our entire school community - CLICK HERE for more information.

Please keep the Second Grade students in your prayers. They are receiving their First Communion on Saturday, May 1. The teachers, students, and entire community have worked hard to prepare them.

Next week, St. Celestine School celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week. The Parents Club has done a wonderful job of planning special ways to recognize the teachers. Our teachers have faced extraordinarily large challenges to teach in new and creative ways. Please join me in recognizing them for their strength and talent. This community is very blessed to have them.

With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


APRIL 21, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

We’re only 1 week away from our St. Celestine School Dance Challenge and our students and staff are so excited! Please support our school today - here’s how:

  1. REGISTER your student(s) on funrun.com today. It takes 30 seconds!
  2. SHARE with 5 family / friends using the SHARE tools on funrun.com (Facebook, Text Message or Email) - Students will earn rewards just for sharing from funrun.com.
  3. GIVE a donation if you are able to give.

Every share and donation makes a difference! And, don’t forget… Students can receive rewards when parents share from funrun.com.

All students get to participate in the Event day, regardless of financial participation.

This fundraiser comes with an incredible character development program for students where they’ll be learning about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit and celebration.

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

Fundraiser Kick Off – 4/27

Event Day – 5/6

Please also note that May 3 is the Picture Retake Day. Should you want a retake, please reach out to the St. Celestine School Office.

SAVE THE DATE! You ’re Invited!

Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


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