Dear prospective Our Lady of Peace School parents,
Thank you for considering Our Lady of Peace School for your child (ren) and your family.Our school is a place where our children grow academically, emotionally, physically, and most importantly, spiritually every day. Our school is a place where we will strive for excellence from everyone involved (children, parents, staff members, teachers, and administration). As a Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet, Our Lady of Peace School takes pride in teaching more! Our teachers have high expectations of our children. Our teachers look for a variety of ways to challenge each child at his/her academic level and at the same time, have and show compassion for each child. We strive for excellence always, but growth daily. We not only teach to the high standards that our school families have come to expect, but we also do it with a kind and compassionate heart. At Our Lady of Peace School, our children and staff go above and beyond to grow individually and as a school community. Not only are we developing young minds for the here and now, but we are also preparing them for their future pursuits in life.
Our Lady of Peace School is a place that strives to grow as a community through communication and collaboration. As the school principal, I know that the only way that we will grow as a school is if we do it together. I am committed to working closely with our children, parents, parishioners, staff members, and anyone else that wants what is best for our school and our children.
Among the more significant assets enriching our curriculum are the well-designed computer lab, science lab, and computerized library. All classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors, document cameras, interactive boards, and computers. The use of personal computers, internet access throughout the building, digital cameras, video cameras, projection systems, and SMART Boards™ enliven and enhance our students’ educational program.
In addition, we offer an active athletic program with a variety of sports represented for students in Grades 5-8. Additional clubs and extracurricular activities such as Student Council, Math Team, Choir, and Band offer the opportunity for acquiring the skills of leadership, teamwork, fellowship, and sportsmanship.
Thank you for considering Our Lady of Peace School for your child (ren). Our school is a place where we will work together to create the best possible place for each and every child. I look forward to working with each and every one of you to help develop that magical place. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Principal, Our Lady of Peace School
Our Lady of Peace School offers Pre-Kindergarten classes for three-year olds and four-year olds. Each classroom has a dedicated teacher and teacher’s aide.
Mrs. Kate Albert has over 10 years experience teaching pre-kindergarten. She is the mother of three children and lives in Downers Grove. She earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mrs. Albert is dedicated to creating a positive learning environment where young children feel confident to explore and grow. Her favorite part of the school day is seeing the smiling faces of the preschool children when they enter the building.
Mrs. Amy Corson has over 10 years experience teaching pre-kindergarten. She is the mother of two children that attended Our Lady of Peace School. She earned her degree in Elementary Education from St. Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, IN. She loves seeing them become more and more independent every day, as they master more skills!!
Both teachers are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment where young children feel confident to explore and grow.
Mrs. Lisa Vandercar is a new teacher aide in the four-year old pre-kindergarten program. She has two children that attend Our Lady of Peace School.
Mrs. Maggie VanderLeest joined Our Lady of Peace School as a pre-kindergarten teacher’s aide in 2013. She works in the three-year old classroom with Mrs. Corson.
Three-year olds: 2 – ½ days (8:15-11:10), 5 – ½ days (8:15-11:10), and 5 full days (8:15-3:05)
Four-year olds: 3 – ½ days (8:15-11:10), 5 – ½ days (8:15-11:10), and 5 full days (8:15-3:05)
Classes start at the beginning of the school year and end at the end of May.
The pre-kindergarten program is faith-based and includes small group and one-on-one time. Curriculum is research-based and includes a healthy combination of literacy activities, math, science, and play time.
- Religion: Daily Diocese curriculum is used. Children say prayers at the beginning of the day and at snack and lunch time. The Children also attend Mass during some school Masses.
- Circle Time: Stories, songs, and games pertaining to the area of study or theme are presented.
- Math: Calendar time, building with blocks, identifying shapes, and recognizing numbers are some examples of math being incorporated as a natural part of the children’s play and daily activities.
- Literacy: Exposure to letters, letter sounds and pre-reading skills through storytelling, finger plays, name and letter practice, poetry, author studies, and the creation of mini-books. The four-year olds visit the school library once a week for story time and to check out books.
- Science: A science table is available to provide students with experiences in exploring items such as rocks, seashells, pinecones, etc. Students are introduced to experiments.
- Free Play/Open Centers: Blocks, toys, science table, and Playdoh are among the items used in this area.
- Music: Weekly classes with songs and piano are incorporated into the schedule. The children participate in fall, Christmas, and end of the year music performances.
- One-on-One Time: Attention is paid to colors, shapes, letter, and number writing, art, or any other skills as needed.
- Physical Education: The full day children participate in physical activities in the gym every day. Our half day children have physical activity in the gym once during the week. Outdoor time is available for both the three and four year olds as weather permits.
- Field Trips: Both groups take two field trips with parent chaperones.
- Parent Volunteers: Parents are welcome to volunteer in the classroom for reading time as well as the art projects and parties. Parent volunteers are required to attend the “Protecting God’s Children” training class prior to volunteering.
- Secure Environment: The school doors are locked at all times. Visitors can enter only through the main doors after the office allows entry.
What you look for in a school…
What you will find at Our Lady of Peace School
- Our curriculum is specific to the Diocese of Joliet and exceeds the standards of the State of Illinois
- We offer three year old and four-year old pre-kindergarten curriculums
- Half-day and full-day kindergarten options are available
- Physical education, music, art, Spanish, and library courses are a part of the students’ weekly schedules
- Weekly Mass is celebrated most Fridays along with Holy Day Masses
- Service learning integrated with the curriculum