From The Principal’s Desk…
Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? During this month of “Thanksgiving,” and this “Year of the Strong Catholic Parent,” it is only fair that we give thanks to all of the parents of St. Damian School and Parish for sharing with us your most precious gift, your children. They brighten every day we come to school. They share with us their smiles, their simplicity, their willingness to learn, their humor, and their intelligence. We also thank our wonderful parents for your time, your talent and of course your treasure, three things we know are invaluable. During this time before Thanksgiving, please know how thankful we are, that you are such an incredible part of our community.
St. Damian is also very fortunate to have such a dedicated staff and for them we are also thankful. This week we will add a new staff member to our preschool. Mrs. Kristin Sullivan will join our staff as of Wednesday, October 30, just in time for Buddy Day and Halloween parties. Kristin comes to us with a bit of St. Damian experience as she completed her student teaching at St. Damian in 2011 under the supervision of Mrs. Peggy Fahey. Kristin has been teaching preschool at Sandbox Early Learning Center, and she also taught kindergarten there as well. She is a product of Catholic grammar school, high school, and received her teaching degree from Saint Xavier University. We will use Parent/Teacher Conference Day on Tuesday, November 26 for parents in both 3 and 4 year old classes will be able to meet Mrs. Sullivan formally. In the meantime, please stop by and introduce yourself to her. Welcome Kristin.
Thank you to all who helped make the Family Movie Night so much fun for all. Donations included a popcorn tin/Red Robin Gift Certificate, all the popcorn and lemonade kids could handle, as well as a few other sweet treats. Brendan Infante, who ironically celebrated a birthday this weekend, won the candy corn guess. The movie choice of “Hotel Transylvania” was an excellent pick. This evening is sure to be a staple at St. Damian.
Thank you to the student council moderators and members for ending October with some exciting ideas for Red Ribbon Week, including “sock it to drugs” and “shade out drugs.” Please use this week to talk to your children no matter what age, about making good choices, choosing good friends, and certainly about staying away from those things that can destroy our bodies like drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes.
As we make our way through November, we never forget to thank those who have given of themselves to defend our country and protect our freedoms. We will be in school on November 11, Veteran’s Day, and will have a short Veteran’s Day assembly in the church at 10:00 a.m. We would like our students to personally invite any family members who are veterans to join us. All are welcome, but we will honor our veterans.
Please keep in mind that Merry Mania tickets need to be turned in by the week of November 19, but the sooner they are turned in, the more chances you have to win. While tickets and money are streaming in each day, keep in mind this fundraiser is mandatory and your Smart Tuition account will be charged for any tickets not returned. Please sell them or turn them in and you will have a chance to win $5,000.00. Each family is required to sell ten $20.00 tickets. The drawing will take place at Breakfast With Santa on December 8.
There was no winner for our first Tombola of the year, so November’s drawing will be worth $804.00. Boy, wouldn’t that leave you with some extra Christmas shopping money? You cannot win if you do not “climb aboard.” If you paid your $75.00 in September or October, you are in for the year. The next drawing will be held on Wednesday, November 13. Extra chances can be purchased as well.
Next week Wednesday, November 6, our 8th graders will be taking the Explore Test at St. Damian. The Explore Test is given to 8th graders throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago between October and December. For students living in District 230 or 218, (Sandberg, Andrew and Shepherd High Schools), this will be your placement test for choosing your high school classes for next school year. Students living in District 228 and planning to attend Oak Forest, Bremen, Hillcrest, or Tinley Park High Schools next fall will be required to take the (MAP) Measure of Academic Progress test this Saturday, November 2 at your respective high schools. Students need to report to the high school by 8:00a.m. A make-up date will be offered on Saturday, November 9 at the same time. Students planning on attending a Catholic high school will take the Explore at St. Damian, but will also need to take the Catholic placement test at the desired school on Saturday, January 11. Please contact the high school or our school office with any questions.
If you are not already a S.H.O.P. member, you need to do so before Christmas shopping begins. S.H.O.P is the best way to not only help St. Damian School, but to help pay your own tuition. Credits are posted to your tuition quarterly and families have been able to save a tuition payment or more through the course of a school year. Buying certificates for just your gas and groceries, two things we cannot live without, could help you save money on your school tuition.
Finally, please consider joining Father Joe and many others for our 3rd annual St. Damian Luau on Saturday, November 9. Doors open at 6:00 in the Grimmel Center/Gym. A buffet dinner begins at 6:30. Dancing and live music by Ronn & John begins at 7:30. Everyone is invited. Tickets can be purchased at the school, Pastoral Center or in the back of church. Please see the flyer in the Family Gram for specific details.
Finally, I would just like to take this opportunity to wish all staff, students, and parents a very peaceful and special Thanksgiving. Share this Thanksgiving meal, invite guests, and please be thankful for the simple things in life. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I pray that it is as special a time for you as it is for me.
Mrs. Colleen Domke