“Every quotation contributes something to the stability or enlargement of the language.”
- Samuel Johnson
Howl at the Moon
My apologies for not dusting off my Z Cavaricci’s for our 80's celebration, but some things from our past are best left unspoken - such as my old Members Only jacket. The evening proved to be a great success as everyone enjoyed themselves in support of our wonderful school. Thank you once again to Mrs. Duggan and all who worked so hard to make it TOTALLY AWESOME.
Catholic High School Entrance Exam
Prayers and best of luck to all 8th graders sitting for exams this Saturday. Here is a prayer to share with your students:
Be with me as I take this exam.
Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp.
Calm my nerves and help me concentrate.
I know that you walk with me,
Guiding my path and inspiring my heart.
I pray that I would feel you with me,
And that your friendship would soften the pressure I feel.
Thank you for your peace and your love in my life.
Thank you for your kindness and care for me.
From Common Sense Education on Digital Citizenship
With Christmas around the corner and Santa getting many requests for video games, here is some Advice by Age from Common Sense Media.
For ages 2 to 4: kids often see cartoon violence. But keep them away from anything that shows physical aggression as a means of conflict resolution, because they’ll imitate what they see.
For ages 5 to 7: some of the cartoon rough-and-tumble, slapstick, and fantasy violence can actually makes kids thinks it’s okay and funny to see these sanitized versions of violence. Violence that could result in death or serious injury can also be too scary, so it’s better to keep these types of exposure to a minimum.
For ages 8 to 10: can handle action-hero sword fighting or gunplay as long as there’s no gore.
For ages 11 to 12: historical action — battles, fantasy clashes, and duels — is OK. But close-ups of gore or graphic violence (alone or combined with sexual situations) aren’t recommended. Keep in mind that this age is exposed to A LOT of socially aggressive tween shows that involve lots of mean acts that are supposed to be funny. Kids are more apt to learn behaviors from those main characters they are exposed to, so it warrants the need to check on what types of messages those main characters are giving.
Ages 13 to 17: can and will see shoot-’em-ups, blow-’em-ups, high-tech violence, accidents with disfigurement or death, anger, and gang fighting. Point out that the violence portrayed hurts and causes suffering, and limit the time they’re exposed to violence, especially in video games.
Most M-rated games aren’t right for kids under 17. The kid down the street may have the latest cop-killer game, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for him. The ultra-violent behavior, often combined with sexual images, affects developing brains. Just because your child’s friend is allowed to play violent games or watch violent movies doesn’t mean they’re ok.
Ask O'Rourke Answers Q: Where can we view a balance of our volunteer hours?
A: Right at the moment, you can't view a real-time balance. We are exploring options for a cloud-based app that we can purchase or, better yet, use for free, to allow parents to have their own account with access to log their hours and check their balances. But, for the moment, we are using a Google form. It's got it's limits. It is our goal to have an "hours-to-date" list tabulated and published before Christmas break so everyone can know where they stand. Please log in any hours you have been sitting on or have recently completed. Remember that YOU will need to log in all of your hours, regardless of the type of volunteering you do. No one else will be adding up your hours from a sign in sheet and inputting them as we did last year. You can log hours on the school website HERE.
Q: Who can we raise concerns to over the stop sign at Dakin and Melvina? It is not properly visible as cars are blowing the stop sign and my father already got his car hit and was almost physically hit today with my daughter in tow. I’m furious! A: I don't blame you for being mad. The safety of our kids, as well as the CPS kids walking down Melvina to other schools, is of the utmost concern. Alderman Sposato would be our first line of attack on this. We are working on getting a meeting with him next week regarding several issues; this being one of the hot ones. I will also contact Officer Mike who is our district police liaison to see if he has any ideas about slowing people down at that corner in the meantime.
Thank you for your important questions. Keep them coming and we'll keep answering.
Terrence K. O’Rourke
Head of School
Pope Francis Global Academy
Our first ASK O'ROURKE question has been asked and answered. If you have a question that you think other parents might also have, please submit it HERE. Thank you!
THURSDAY FOLDER FOR POPE FRANCIS PARENTS Everything underlined includes a link to more information.
REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK AND NEXT SPIRIT WEAR IS COMING HOME TODAY IN BACKPACKS If you ordered spirit wear and did not indicate otherwise, your items should be coming home today via your child's backpack. If you do not receive something you ordered, please contact Parents' Club at email@example.com. Evidently, there were more than a few orders that didn't include a name, so please be patient as our wonderful volunteers try to sort those orders out.
There will be some of the additional spirit wear inventory posted for sale shortly on the Square Up website. Check the site later today or tomorrow.
ADDITIONAL HOWL AUCTION ITEMS FOR SALE
Despite a wildly successful event, there are a few items that are still available to purchase, including some sign up parties. Visit the Square Up site to see what you may want to get in on!
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ENTRANCE EXAMS ARE THIS SATURDAY Parents of current 8th graders should read the article below for the latest information. All others, please pray for our 8th graders on Saturday morning as most of them will be taking the Catholic High School Entrance Exam at their own top choice of Catholic High School. There are 33 high schools total within the diocese of Chicago....they're all great and each offer something a little different.
MISTLETOE MARKET ON SATURDAY
If you're looking for some fun, interesting and unique Christmas presents, and a great way to support our school through the Parents' Club efforts, please join us at the South Campus gym on Saturday for our Mistletoe Market! Lots of vendors will be there to sell their goodies. Hot chocolate in Pope Francis Mugs...a cookie walk...lots of excitement! Plus, the Parents' Club Uniform Exchange committee will have some uniforms set up on a table as well. If you have any uniform pieces to donate, go ahead and bring them, clean and folded please.
PARENTS' CLUB DINE OUT AT TRATTORIA PORRETTA
Join us, and our special guest Santa Claus, at Porretta's on Tuesday, December 5. Special thanks to Gabriella and John Panvino, Pope Francis parents, who are generously donating 20% of all purchases that evening to our Parents' Club, who will spend it on exciting and enriching activities for our kids, teachers and parents!
TEACHER/STAFF CHRISTMAS GIFT CONTRIBUTIONS, ORGANIZED BY PARENTS' CLUB
Contributions are due on Friday, December 8. Look for a flyer and envelope that came home today in the Thursday Folder.
BOARD OF SPECIFIED JURISDICTION MEETING DECEMBER 11
The next BSJ meeting will be on Monday night, December 11 at Our Lady of Victory in the Parish Hall. The Open Session will be between 6:30-7:30. All are welcome.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MASS AND FIESTA
St. Cornelius will be having a Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Monday, December 11 (a day early.) It is a bilingual Mass with Bishop Rojas as the main celebrant. A fiesta will follow in their Pacocha Parish Center.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM DATES SET Christmas Around the World will be presented by the South Campus students (Pre-K - 8)on Wednesday night, December 13 at 6:30 at St. Pascal Church.
Christmas Around the World will be presented by the North Campus students (Pre-K - 8) on Thursday night, December 14 at St. Tarcissus Church.
The school buildings will be used for keeping the kids occupied when they're not up. "Christmas best" is the attire and we hope you can all join the fun and watch our beautiful students beam with pride as they give you the gift of music! Look for more information next week.
SANTA'S SECRET WORKSHOP
Students will have the opportunity to do a little "secret" Christmas shopping for their family members and friends on Wednesday, December 13 or Thursday, December 14. THE SCHEDULE IS HERE. The Parents' Club is still looking for volunteers to help the students shop and manage the purchasing of the items. VOLUNTEER HERE.
Friday, December 22 will be a half-day with dismissal at 11:30. There will be no EDP available.
STATE OF THE SCHOOL PRESENTATION
This program is in the works...look for a date in January to be set soon!
ENTRANCE EXAM FOR CURRENT
8TH GRADERS IS THIS SATURDAY!
Pre-registration is a new thing this year and they are recommending you do that, if possible, although you can still register in person when you arrive on Saturday morning. Anything you can do to alleviate the stress for your student is helpful, so pre-register if you can.
Please visit the website of the school that your student has chosen to test at and see the exact details for their location, logistics, etc. Remember, as we have said, your student may pick only one test site and that should be at the school of his or her choice....the one that they want to attend.
As the test begins at 8 am at all schools, it is recommended that you arrive with your $25 cash registration fee and 2 sharp #2 pencils, with plenty of time to get parked and walk in without stress. PLEASE help your student to get a good night's sleep on Friday...make it an early night...and also to get a good breakfast with protein and carbs. It's a long test and you don't want them to fizzle out halfway through.
Please take a minute to view this message from Cardinal Cupich!
The Mistletoe Market is a Parents' Club "FUN-raiser" and fundraiser this Saturday where you can get some of your Christmas shopping done while having a great time with your school friends. Hot chocolate and a cookie walk are a couple of high lights. There will also be a Uniform Exchange reboot happening, so figure out what pieces you can use currently, and which sizes you need.
Money raised at the Market will support the great enrichment events for your kids that Parents' Club sponsors throughout the year, including things like the Secret Santa Workshop, Fat Tuesday Fun Fair, and assemblies or special projects like last year's puppet workshop. They also bring us events for parents and community members, like Tears and Cheers, the First Responders receptions after the First Responders Masses, Bags and Bunco, etc. And, they're huge supporters of our teachers providing Teacher Appreciation lunches, breakfasts, special treats like the Teacher Cookie Exchange, etc. THANK YOU, PARENTS' CLUB!!
The Archdiocese Office of Catholic Schools is continuing to prepare for the implementation of tax credit scholarships for K-12 students which, if you qualify, would apply for next school year. They have posted aFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on their website and we encourage our parents to begin learning as much as possible about this opportunity. There is still much to be determined as the state finalizes the rules for SGOs (Scholarship Granting Organizations), student applications, etc. The best thing we can recommend for the moment is to try to read as much about it as possible as these decisions come down from the state.
We will inform you as we learn more.
lHOWL AT THE MOON AUCTION ITEMS STILL AVAILABLE!
Despite a wildly successful auction, there are a few items that are still available at the Square Up site. Here's the quick list:
1. PFGA 2017 Christmas ornaments (maroon or glittery gold) $12 each.
2. Out of Uniform Passes - $5 each
3. Sign Up Parties:
(a). Amie and Mark Zander Family Blackhawks Watch Party.
Saturday, April 7, 5pm. $25 per person, Food and signature
cocktail included, BYOB.
(b). Kids Party North Campus gym hosted by Mrs. Kinel. $15 per
student. Pizza, games, and fun for two hours. Date/time TBD.
(c). Kids Party South Campus gym hosted by Mrs. Kinel. $15 per
student. Pizza, games, and fun for two hours. Date/time TBD.
(d). Holy Name Cathedral Tour and Dinner at Poretta’s. $30 per
person. Saturday, February 3. Tour at 2pm, followed by dinner.
(e). Christmas Babysitting with Mrs. Widlowski and Ms. Scott.
Parents—take some shopping time for yourself on Saturday,
December 9 (2pm-5pm) while the teachers watch your children
(1st-3rd grades only). They will play games, watch a movie, and
make a craft. $20 each child.
A BLIND BID AUCTION will be going on for three auction items listed below. You will spend $0.50 to place your bid on each of these items. You will choose your starting bid from a drop down list, and then list your Maximum bid in the memo line. Next Friday, whoever has listed the highest maximum bid will win the item, but will pay just $1 more than the next highest bid. We will let you know if you've won and the payment will be made on Square up next Friday.
1. Church Pew—own a piece of church history with a 9 foot church pew. The Value is listed at $50 but these are really priceless as they are a part of church history! (There are either 3 or 4 of these available.)
2. Tutu Birthday Party - a 90 minute ballet party at Tutu School. 10 children, includes craft, cupcakes, ballet and party favors. $75+ Value.
3. A one-year membership for X-port Fitness (any location) for one person.
WANTED: ELVES TO HELP WITH SANTA'S SECRET WORKSHOP!
Parents are needed at both campuses on December 13 and 14 to help with the Secret Santa Workshop, presented by Parents' Club! Sign up to help here! (Must have Virtus Training.)
VOLUNTEER PIANIST NEEDED
Our school is in need of a volunteer to play piano for our school Masses on Monday mornings at 8:30 at St. Tarcissus Church and Wednesday mornings at 8:30 at St. Pascal Church. This person, or persons, would be provided the music ahead of time from our school music teacher who leads the singing. If you are interested, qualified and available to help, please contact Margaret Kinel at 773-763-7080, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Do you have a love for reading?
Do you enjoy interacting with children?
Do you have some free time during the day?
If you answered yes to all three of these questions,
than we would LOVE for you to donate your time and talent in the children’s library at Pope Francis Global Academy! You must be Virtus Trained.
PRAYER BUDDIES IN ACTION Our big kid/little kid partners got together before the break to get into the Thanksgiving spirit. Prayer Buddies attend weekly Masses together, sitting side by side in order to help our younger students model good Mass participation from our older students.
FOLLOWING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Students worked on two science experiments before Thanksgiving break. One was to measure pollution in the air outside of the South Campus and the other was utilizing the microscope to study various living organisms.
MEET OUR TEACHERS - MS. ALLIE ZELINSKI
Ms. Zelinski is the 5th grade teacher at PFGA's south campus. She earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education at North Park University with a minor in math and an endorsement in Special Education. This is her first year teaching at Pope Francis, but her second year teaching 5th grade. When she is not teaching, she enjoys running and making cards and other crafts, and anything that is the color pink! She also likes to spend time with her family, including her two brothers shown here, back on the East Coast where she grew up. She has loved teaching at Pope Francis this year and is looking forward to the rest of this awesome year!
YOU SHOULD BE (IRISH) DANCING, YEAH!
7th Grader Liam MacLellan, 8th Grader Kiera Figueroa, and 7th Grader Grace Conway all competed at the Regional Mid American Oireachtas. Liam was a World Qualifier and Grace was a National Qualifier! We're very proud of all these fine students!
Pope Francis altar servers never miss an opportunity to serve Mass.
Even while in Jamaica. Way to represent, Moroko kids!
NEIGHBORHOOD DISCOUNT CARDS AVAILABLE
THESE MAKE GREAT STOCKING STUFFERS AND GIFTS FOR SITTERS, SNOW SHOVELERS, NEWSPAPER DELIVERY PERSONS, ETC.!!
Neighborhood Discount cards are available at all of our founding parishes for direct purchase and through the school offices by sending in the order form HERE.
Cards are $10 each and include discounts from 10% off to buy one get one at so many areas merchants! Buy them for yourself and as a gift for friends, babysitters, grandparents, coaches, etc. COMPLETE INFO HERE. ORDER FORM HERE.
ST. TARS 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS RAFFLE
We're asking for everyone's support for the St. Tars 12 Days of Christmas Raffle as it will directly pay for some Auditorium improvements at our North Campus. It's fun with lots and lots of prizes given out over 12 days. You can even win prizes just for SELLING tickets.
Please join St. Cornelius for an evening of fun and learning for the whole family! Doors open at 5:45 and the show begins at 6!
Our Boy and Girl Scout troops are gearing up for the year. Membership drives and information fairs are happening! Please visit our website for information. SCOUT INFO HERE.
HOWLER SUBMISSIONS Submit a PDF FLYER to the Howler by emailing it to email@example.com with the words "Howler Photos" in the subject line. Submit all items by TUESDAY morning.
Our four founding parishes are alive in Christ! There are many activities and special events that our families would surely find helpful and of interest. Please take the time to read through the weekly bulletins of each to see what you might be interested in!