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OCTOBER 21, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

St. Celestine School has not had any new COVID cases identified since cases were identified on October 1. Classes have returned from quarantine and everyone appears to be doing quite well. While the situation around the COVID‐19 pandemic continues to be quite fluid, I was very pleased to see this recent article (CLICK HERE) about the success that Archdiocesan schools are experiencing with their protocols and safety measures. While we experienced cases in the school, our measures likely served to prevent spread inside the school. That is worth celebrating! Thank you for your support in these measures.

Please keep in mind, as the holidays approach, that students traveling out of the country will need to quarantine for 2 weeks. Also, students who travel to any identified “hot spots” must quarantine for two weeks, as well. SCS uses this link (CLICK HERE) to determine quarantines. It is updated every Tuesday.

November 6 marks the end of the first trimester. Students who are remote learning have the opportunity to return for face to face instruction, should their parents wish. Please email me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org should you wish for your child to return. That way, I can work with the teacher to organize desks and materials for a return on November 9. Please also email me if you have any questions about this.

I have recently learned that the school will be receiving hot lunches for every student through the end of the school year. This is provided at no cost to families.

There are still a number of envelopes with raffle tickets waiting to be picked up by parents. Please pick them up ASAP. Since the raffle is part of the Mandatory Fundraising expectation, accounts will be charged for them.

Lastly, parents please drive carefully when dropping off and picking up students. Even with the staggered schedule, the school area is very busy during those time periods. Should you need to help your child out of a car seat, please use the parking lot to do so. The street areas are for quicker drop offs and traffic needs to keep flowing.

Thanks for your attention to these items. Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


OCTOBER 14, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Please keep in mind that the teachers have a Professional Development Day on Friday, October 16. School will not be in session for students.

Last week information went out to families regarding the Medical Forms that are due to the office. The communications were for families who had not yet submitted them. The State of Illinois requires medical, vision and dental visits for students at particular grades. This expectation is the case for both students participating in face to face instruction and remote instruction. If you were contacted about outstanding paperwork, please get the paperwork submitted to the office ASAP. Failure to do so may result in mandatory remote learning until paperwork is received. Please contact the office at 708-453-8234 if you have questions.

St. Celestine School has not had any new COVID cases identified since cases were identified on October 1. Classes will be returning from quarantine next week and everyone appears to be doing quite well. Thank you for your patience as we request that you keep your children home if they are not feeling well, get doctor’s notes if they are out sick and promote measures such as social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands. By working together, we promote the health and safety of the entire SCS community. Our hard work and adherence to the Archdiocesan protocols for safety is paying off!

The Mandatory Raffle Ticket Fundraiser continues. Parents of remote learners must pick up the tickets from the school office, if they have not already done so. There are a number of envelopes in the office waiting for pick-up.

Lastly, parents please drive carefully when dropping off and picking up students. Even with the staggered schedule, the school area is very busy during those time periods. Should you need to help your child out of a car seat, please use the parking lot to do so. The street areas are for quicker drop offs and traffic needs to keep flowing.

Thanks for your attention to these items. Have a wonderful week!

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


SEPTEMBER 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This week, I have a very important update from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Based on a review of the cohort model, the Archdiocese has taken a look at when schools may accept remote learning students back into the face-to-face classroom. After the start of October, schools must not allow returns until the end of their first marking period.

Consequently, if you are a remote learner family and are contemplating a return, please contact me at sklich@stcelestineschool.org by the end of this week. Any return must be done by Monday, October 6. After that, the soonest a child may return is November 7.

Another thing the Archdiocese is encouraging is that families get flu shots. Given the concerns over the flu and COVID happening at the same time, the flu shot is of far greater importance than in years past.

Lastly, for those of you who use the parking lot, please drive slowly and carefully. We are using the entrances of the parking lot more frequently and are using the lot for recess time. There is a lot more pedestrian traffic than in the past and we need everyone to prioritize safety.

Thanks for everything you do for the school. Thanks, Parents Club, for the wonderful Kona Ice fundraiser. Thanks families for your prayers and support.

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with a very heavy heart that I must share that Trudy Wynd, beloved former St. Celestine School secretary, passed away very early Tuesday morning. As a long-time member of the SCS community, she served God with her whole heart and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Please pray for Trudy, her family, and her SCS family. This loss has hit the teachers and staff at St. Celestine School hard.

Years of students will remember Trudy for her giving band-aids, taking temperatures, giving them frozen sponges and asking about their day. Parents will always remember help on the phone, a smile and warm greetings. Trudy’s gentle demeanor and loving presence set the tone for the school.

As a Catholic school principal, I have a tendency to think of the saints on a regular basis, especially in times of stress and sadness. When I think of Trudy, I think of many saints. One however stands out, in particular. Trudy was like St. Therese of Lisieux in many, many ways. Trudy, like St. Therese, was calm in moments of crisis, had a witty sense of humor, was practical and did everything she did with a sense of love for those she served. Both had an inner strength which came out when under pressure.

At present, I do not have word of arrangements. I will share them when I do. In the meantime, please take a moment and say a prayer to St. Therese for Trudy and all who loved her. We really need those prayers right now...

Sincerely and With Gratitude and Blessings,

Sheila M. Klich - Principal


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