Friday, June 8, 2018 Revised with new link to Dr. Rigg's letter
BOTH CAMPUSES CELEBRATED OUR END OF THE YEAR TOGETHER WITH MASS AT
ST. TARCISSUS. HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE SUMMER!
Dear Pope Francis Global Academy Families,
Yesterday marked the end of our school year and the culmination of a year full of engagement and important learning. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all members of the school community - our students, parents, pastors, faculty, staff, and Board of Specified Jurisdiction for your constant support as we complete another school year. We have had a wide range of remarkable and exciting events take place this last year, and I look forward to an even better year next year as your Head of School. Please clickHEREfor the official announcement from Dr. Rigg.
Please join me in congratulating the Pope Francis Global Academy Class of 2018! Last Friday, June 1st, forty-two young men and women graduated during a Commencement Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church. As we say goodbye to our graduates, please join me in wishing them good luck with their new adventure.
We are also saying goodbye to a few members of our faculty who are moving out of state, taking on new adventures, and moving on to new positions elsewhere; my very best wishes go with them as well as my sincere thanks for all of their hard work and efforts.
As summer vacation officially begins, our students and families are looking forward to many wonderful events. Summer activities provide valuable experiences in which children learn about themselves and the world around them. Your child’s life can be enriched through reading and journal writing. Please make sure that your child’s day includes time that is set aside for independent reading. Reading is a “sport” with a 12-month season, so please ensure that your child makes it to “practice” every day.
Looking ahead, please mark your calendar with these important dates:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 6:30- 8:00 pm Back to School Ice Cream Social. Come to meet your teacher, drop off supplies, and say hello to catch up with friends!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Pre-K and Kindergarten Parent Only Orientation
• 6:00 pm - Pre-K
• 6:30 pm - Kindergarten
MONDAY, AUGUST 20 8:00 - 3:00 pm First day of school for 1st - 8th only. Students will be in full uniform, and hot lunch services will begin.
MONDAY, AUGUST 20 Pre-K and Kindergarten Orientation with Students & Parents. Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents are invited to bring their children to meet their teachers and visit the classroom for an hour.
• 8:30 am - Pre-K
• 9:00 am - Kindergarten
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21 (or WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22 FOR 3 DAY STUDENTS) First day of school for Pre-K and Kindergarten
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Pope Francis Global Academy, thank you for an exceptional year together as we supported students in their growth and learning. We wish you a summer full of wonderful memories, time to recharge and safe travels.
"Good, better, best; never let it rest.
'Til your good is better, and your better is best."
- St. Jerome
REMINDERS FOR THIS SUMMER
SUMMER OFFICE HOURS
Although our administrative team will continue to work throughout the summer, our front office will keep limited hours. Summer Office Hours, beginning on Monday, June 11, will be Monday through Thursday 9-12. To best coordinate any business with the office, please phone first to make sure there will be someone available to help when you arrive.
IMPORTANT FORMS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR DUE BACK AUGUST 1
Below you will find a link to all of the important forms we will need back for each family by August 1. You can mail them or drop them off to your respective campus. There will also be an email sent to parents, and they are on the school website on the Parent page under Important Forms.
FINAL FACTS PAYMENTS DUE for this year
If you have an outstanding balance for the year, please be sure to pay that ASAP. It is an Archdiocesan policy that students may NOT begin the school year at a Catholic school with a previous balance at any Catholic school, be it their own school or a former school.
In addition, if you are moving to a new school, student records and transcripts will not be released to the new school until all outstanding balances are paid in full. Contact Jerri Pabst with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org.
JULY FACTS PAYMENTS
Just a reminder that all Book/Resource Fees and Fundraising Fees will be charged on your July FACTS bill. Tuition billing will go from August through May.
As the Fundraising Fee ($400 per family with one or more full day students, or $200 for any family with only one half-day student) will be charged via FACTS on the July bill, raffle tickets will be available for pickup at each campus beginning July 15 in case you would like to get a jump start on selling them. Any tickets not picked up by the beginning of school on August 20 will be sent home in the first Thursday Folder of the year on August 23. Raffle drawings will begin on Wednesday, September 19 and will continue on the 3rd Wednesday of every month through April 15, 2019. Try to get your tickets sold and turned in BEFORE the first drawing for the best odds of winning!
AUGUST LUNCH ORDERS
This upcoming year we will begin hot lunch service on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! Lunch Orders for August will be open beginning on July 23. If you sign up for the lunch program NOW you will get a reminder to order lunches on or near July 23. IF YOU MISS this deadline you will need to pack lunches for the month of August! NORTH CAMPU INSTRUCTIONS. SOUTH CAMPUS INSTRUCTIONS
SUMMER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
We will be out in force this summer distributing school information in the neighborhoods and with a presence at several local events. You could get a BIG jump-start on your volunteer hours for next year by helping with these summer marketing efforts. Sign up to earn your hours below.
In addition to helping with the community outreach efforts, you can help us spread the word about Pope Francis Global Academy over the summer months: *"Like" our public Facebookpage. *Invite friends & family to "like" our Facebook page and "Engage" with our FB posts - the more you like/love/comment on our posts, the more visibility we receive!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 8TH GRADE GRADUATES! Wishing them much success as they begin their high school careers at some outstanding Chicagoland high schools including Guerin Prep, Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius, St. Patrick's, St. Viator, Resurrection, Trinity, Lane Tech, and Taft. Photos from Mr. Origenes are HERE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR KINDERGARTNERS AND PRE-K STUDENTS WHO CELEBRATED THE END OF THE YEAR WITH SONGS FOR THEIR GUESTS!
SUMMER MARKETING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
With the goal of building up our community image and recruiting more families, we will have a booth at the St. Pascal Carnival, the Portage Park Farmers Market and the Jefferson Park Farmers Market. We'll also be canvassing several neighborhoods with post cards on door handles, putting up posters in retail spaces and manning the beer tent at the Jeff Fest! SIGN UP HERE.We'll be adding more volunteer opportunities as the summer rolls on!
You could get ALL of your volunteer hours done this summer by helping us fill our school! And, summer marketing volunteers get a cool new Pope Francis T-shirt that no one else will have!
Mrs. Grzeczka is again organizing a School Tool Box school supply sale! Order online - BE SURE TO SPECIFY WHICH CAMPUS - and your kids' supply boxes will show up in their classrooms before school begins! The costs are competitive with the sale papers and it's a lot less hassle! ORDER HERE. NORTH CAMPUS FLYER HERE. SOUTH CAMPUS FLYER HERE * If you are receiving a Tax Credit Scholarship, please DO NOT order a School Tool Box for your student. Further information about this will come in an e-mail this afternoon.
SUMMER BASKETBALL FOR RISING 6TH - 8TH GRADE PFGA STUDENTS There will be an opportunity for our junior high students to
hone their current skills and gain some new moves this summer! GIRLS FLYERBOYS FLYER
THE NORTH CAMPUS GIRL SCOUTS DID THEIR COURT OF AWARDS THIS WEEK. Congratulations to all of our Girl and Boy Scouts in the various parish troops who represent PFGA so well with service to others and good deeds throughout the year!
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!