Principal’s Page

OCTOBER 20, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are having a wonderful week. There are so many wonderful events and activities.

Raffle Tickets are due this week. Winners will be pulled on Friday!

We are getting very excited about Halloween. On October 29, we will have our costume parade in the morning and class parties in the afternoon. All students are to come to school in costume or in their school uniform. Students must come to school in their costume; they may not change at school.

Each student’s costume must be in accordance with Christian modesty and good taste. Students may not come to school in costumes that are in conflict with the school’s identity as a Catholic school.

The following are not permitted:

  • Any violent costume.
  • Any costume that references violence or intolerance (ie. Knights Templar costumes).
  • Any attire with offensive logos (alcohol, tobacco, skulls, etc.).
  • Revealing clothing (e.g. crop tops, halters, off the shoulder, strapless, backless, spaghetti straps, see-thru, etc.).
  • Any shirt which does not provide adequate coverage of the cleavage and midriff.
  • No shorts or skirts more than three inches above the top of the knee.
  • Absolutely no costumes or props that are weapons or could be construed as such.

The final determination on the suitability of a costume will rest with the principal.

The Parade will begin at 8:15 am. Classes will be sent one at a time to allow for distancing, not all at once. Parents must also respect social distancing as students make their way around the block.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at sklich@stcelestineschool.org or at the school number 708-453-8234.

Have a wonderful week.

With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


OCTOBER 13, 2021

Dear St. Celestine School Families,

Please read this entire Brown Envelope. It is longer than usual. The following topics are covered in it:

  • Spirit Wear Update
  • Halloween Parade Details
  • Halloween Party Details
  • An addition to staffing
  • Information about volunteers and Archdiocese Protocols around Vaccinations

Spirit Wear - October 15 is a St. Celestine School Spirit Day. Students may wear SCS gear, including gym uniforms. Spirit Wear that was ordered is on its way for delivery soon. There will be many Spirit Wear Days throughout the year.

Halloween Parade Details - We will return to the St. Celestine School tradition of a Halloween Parade (weather permitting). Parents are asked to stay distanced as students walk around the block. We will not be sending classes out all at once. Rather, they will be sent in individual classrooms over a greater length of time, so that they can be distanced. Since the parade is on October 29, students in Grades 6-8 will not attend Mass that morning. Their Mass time will be rescheduled to Monday or Wednesday.

Halloween Party Details - Students will have a Halloween Party on October 29. It will begin at 1:45 pm. Our Room Parents and Helpers are preparing for the party. All treats must be store bought and individually wrapped.

An Addition to Staffing - I am very proud to announce the addition of a teacher to the St. Celestine School staff. Grace Caruvana has subbed throughout the school on an as-needed basis. She is being added to the faculty to help as needed and provide additional learning support for students, as needed. Many schools continue to struggle to fill existing positions. St. Celestine School is going the extra mile by making sure supports are in place and students continue to thrive despite the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

Volunteers and Vaccines - Expectations from the Archdiocese - Thank you for your commitment to supporting our school community with your time and talents – you are vital to the success and wellbeing of our students and staff!

As you may know, an August 26 State of Illinois executive order stipulates that all regular school volunteers be vaccinated or tested weekly. The executive order applies to any person who volunteers for a school and is in close contact (fewer than 6 feet) with students or other school personnel for more than 15 minutes at least once a week on a regular basis.

Therefore, please note the following requirements, which take effect November 1, 2021:

For vaccinated volunteers: per the executive order, our office will need to keep on file a photocopy of your official vaccination documentation (i.e., from hospital, pharmacy, etc.) that clearly includes:

  • Individual’s name
  • Number of vaccine doses received (one or two)
  • Maker of the vaccine received (Pfizer / Moderna / J&J)
  • Lot number
  • Where obtained (e.g., hospital, clinic, pharmacy name)
  • Date vaccine obtained (for both doses if two doses required)

For unvaccinated volunteers: please submit to the school office your negative COVID-19 test results prior to each week you volunteer. Acceptable tests must be administered by a third-party (e.g., pharmacy, urgent care clinic, physician’s office, etc.).

Again, these requirements will take effect November 1 and are for volunteers, such as coaches and scout leaders who have regular and ongoing interaction with students.

I would like to stress that all of our volunteer records are treated with the utmost confidentiality similar to our own employee records. All vaccination and COVID-19 test results are confidential medical records, which are stored in a restricted area and access is limited to only those school administrators with a need to know.

Again, your ongoing commitment to share your time and talents with the students and staff are what make our St. Celestine School community so special and vibrant. Please know that you are valued and appreciated.

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org.

Thank you for everything you do to support the school and students. I realize that there was a great deal of information in this week’s Brown Envelope and will answer any questions you may have.

Yours in Christ,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


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