SLOPPY JOE DAY
I want to thank the 8th graders, their parents, and the 8th grade teachers (Mrs. Didio and Mr. Tanguay) for all of your help in making this year’s Sloppy Joe Day a huge success. I enjoyed my very first experience with this wonderful tradition. Granted, because of the cold and windy weather we had to make some changes, but it was still a HUGE success and fun was had by all. Plus, after my first Sloppy Joe Day not one student, parent, or staff member knocked me in the water in the dunk tank!
HOME SCHOOL ASSOCIATION
I am happy to announce that we have some new parents to lead our H.S.A. The officers are as follows:
- Wendy Gurgora – President
- Jill Chrastka – Vice President
- Annette Cranley – Treasurer
We also have the following people that have signed on to co-chair the auction:
- Jennifer DeMaio, Carey Newsome, and Patricia Schiappa
Thanks for stepping up ladies. It should be another fun and successful year for H.S.A.!!!
IN NEED OF HELP
TRIP: Not only do we need you to continue to purchase gift cards through TRIP (the school earns about $7,000 from parish and school families using this, plus you earn money back and items that you would have bought anyway), but we also need at least one more person to step up and to help run TRIP. Michelle and Melissa are stepping down after this school year and we have had only one parent, Mrs. Bares, step up and this is at least a two person job. Please let Katie or me know if you would like to help out. If you have questions about the position please talk to Michelle, Melissa, or Katie.
We also are in search of anyone in the medical field that would like to help us in the office with checking dental and medical records when they come in to make sure that everything is state compliant. Both Jane and Dawn have helped us out for many years and looking to help others transition into this role.
The annual garage sale is scheduled to take place on June 24th. Thank you to Tony and Tammy Perna who have agreed to run the garage sale this year. They have just begun to put a team together. If you are interested in helping out please contact Tony or Tammy. The garage sale is a great way to do one of two things, either get rid of things in your closets, basements, and garages to help our school or search out great deals at the sale and help the school. This is our first fundraiser of the new school year and typically, it is our third largest fundraiser of the year. The garage sale is also the first opportunity to earn service hours for the 2017-18 school year.
FATHER/SON NIGHT OUT
Have fun tonight boys and dads at Westmont Yard. It sounds like a great time.
SCHOOL PICNIC SAVE THE DATE
The annual school picnic is scheduled for May 23rd. I have heard that many people join us for this special day and I wanted to get the date out there so that people could plan accordingly. At this time, we have decided to make some minor changes of the times for the younger children. For the kindergarten through third graders they will be over to the park starting at 11 AM and coming back to the school at 2 PM. The fourth through eighth graders will head over to the park at 9 AM and return at 2 PM. We are going to attempt something new this year. The Knights of Columbus has agreed to cook hot dogs for our students at the picnic!
OLP Uniform Resale
We will be accepting any uniform donations from Wednesday, May 23rd – Wednesday, May 31st for our uniform resale that takes place on Thursday, June 1st (8:00-11:15). As we close out the school year, this is a great opportunity to donate uniforms that don’t fit anymore and to purchase uniforms for next year. Also, if you are interested in helping out please contact Beth Lynch ([email protected]). This is a great way to get service hours and workers get to take advantage of early bird shopping.
Because of the uniform resale, the last day that our children will be in uniform will be May 26th.
H.S.A. DINNER FUNDRAISER
Thank you everyone that was able to make it to Chipotle for the dinner fundraiser this past week. It is so nice to have a restaurant give 50% of their proceeds back to our school.
As a reminder, we have an agreement with Buffalo Wild Wings on Rt. 83 in Willowbrook to give 15% of each bill back to our school. You do not need a form. You just need to tell them that you are from our school or mention the first team.
PARKING LOT SAFETY
I want to stress to each of you that the safety of our children in outside of our school is very important. One of the craziest and busiest places and thus one of the most dangerous areas in around any school is the parking lot at drop off and pick up. I am pleading with you to please drive slowly in the parking lot, cautiously back up, and always watch out for the little ones and the parents and grandparents walking with them. If you are driving through the drive through lane please drive slowly, follow the directions of the safety patrol, and stay in a straight line. As the weather warms, it seems like the speeds have increased and the number of cars not following the directions of the safety patrol has also increased. Please, please, please think of the children and not that you may be late to something.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN DATES TO REMEMBER
- May 19th – No Pre-K/Sloppy Joe Day
- May 24th – Pre-K picnic at McCullum Park in Downers Grove, no afternoon classes, last day for 3 year olds
- May 26th – Pre-K four year olds graduation (10 AM), last day of Pre-K 4-year olds
PRE-KINDERGARTEN AIDE POSITION OPEN
This coming school year, our pre-kindergarten four year old class will have two classroom aides and a teacher. We are looking for the second aide for the classroom. Please let Mr. Wilkinson know if you are interested in applying for the position. The position would be from 8:00-12:00 Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays.
INDIAN PRARIE LIBRARY
On Friday, May 26th, a representative from Indian Prairie Library will come to talk to the students about the library and the different programs that they have this summer. It is very important that the students read and practice some of the skills that they learned this school year. Please be sure they minds are active and that they do some physical activity.
Please continue to save your box tops for our end of the year collection. We have a competition for prizes for each quarter and a cumulative prize for the upstairs and downstairs grade levels that bring in the most box tops. Even if your grade level doesn’t win a quarter or end of the year prize, our school and children win when you bring them in. For each box top, our school receives 10 cents. It doesn’t sound like much, but believe me that it adds up quickly. Our box top totals are down a little this year and we would really love to end with a bang! So, save them up and ask family and friends to do the same. This is one of those fundraisers that helps our school and doesn’t cost you a dime. This Friday, May 19th, will be the last day of the competition for this school year. Please have all Box Tops in by this date. Just because the school year ends, does not mean that you should stop collecting box tops over summer. Please encourage family and friends to save these for you as well.
We are in the initial stages of planning a golf outing for September/October. YEAH!!!! We are in the process of trying to lock up a date. When we lock up the date they will need to know how many foursomes we will have. Could you please let me know if you plan on golfing and how many people will be golfing with you. The great thing about golf outings is that many times you have a school parent who has a foursome with friends of his or hers. You can still plan on golfing with school family friends, but please do not hesitate to ask outside friends and families. This is not a commitment, but just a way to get an idea of how many foursomes we need to secure at the golf course.
We are planning to get some painting done this summer to freshen up some hallways and possibly a classroom or two. After balancing the school budget for next year, we do not have money in the budget to buy paint or other painting supplies. If you would be willing to help out by purchasing Home Depot gift cards and donating those to the school that would fantastic. Also, if you consider yourself a decent painter and would be willing to help paint please let me know. This would be a way to earn some service hours if you are interested.
SPIRIT HOCKEY CAMP
There will be a five-day hockey camp that will take place at the Darien Sportsplex this summer (July 17-21). Information and sign up can be found on their website (spirithockey.com). This is a five-day camp where leaders are built, hockey is played, and faith is strengthened.
I haven’t posted anything in the Chronicles in a long time about Shoparoo, but I wanted to give an update on our status. We are closing in on raising $500 for this school year. We have had 115 supporters on Shoparoo most of the school year. I would love to see this grow and I think that the easiest way for it to grow is through word of mouth. If you are currently using Shoparoo, I ask that you try to get at least one other person to sign up and use it. If you are not using it, I ask that you talk to someone that currently uses it and ask them how easy it is or simply give it a try.
A parent passed along the following website: https://www.nextlevelathletesinc.com/volleyball. She said that it was a great camp for children who want to become a better volleyball player.
- May 19th – Sloppy Joe Day, No Pre-Kindergarten, Father/Son Event at Westmont Yard
- May 23rd – School Picnic (children wear school gym bottoms and H.S.A. donated t-shirts)
- May 24th – Pre-K field trip McCullum Park, last day for Pre-K 3-year olds, band concert (2:30 and 7:00 PM), $1 donation for an out of uniform day
- May 25th – Graduation Mass (7 PM)
- May 26th – 8th Grade trip, 7th grade color wars, Pre-K 4 year old last day, last day for school uniforms
- May 29th – Memorial Day, No school
- June 1st – 11:30 dismissal, uniform resale (8:00-11:15)
- June 2nd – School Mass (8:30), 10:30 dismissal, last day of school