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Saturday, August 13, 2016 - Issue 008

Hello and Happy End-of-Summer!

As we begin our inaugural year, we are covered in prayers not only locally but from around the world! In his travels to see family in Ireland this summer, Mr. O'Rourke gifted the school a prayer card from Our Lady of Knock. We will be the recipient of the prayers of 2 Masses per day for a full year by this lovely community in Ireland. Click the photo above to learn more about Knock.

On the topic of prayer, our teachers and entire staff will participate in a retreat on Monday to kick off a full week of professional training and meetings. We will be learning more about our school's Spiritual Charter at the retreat...more information on that to come!

Look for a VERY IMPORTANT LETTER from Mr. O'Rourke on Monday with lots of good information about the first day of school...procedures, timing, etc.

August 22 is our first official day of school! We're jumping in with two feet as it will be a full day for all full-day students (K-8 and full day Pre-K) and a regular 8 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. day for our half-day preschoolers. Regular uniforms should be worn by all on the first day (not gym uniforms.) As detailed on the school website, shoes may be either school/dress shoes or conservative gym shoes with the regular uniform.

Don't forget about the fun events leading up to the first day that will help you and your student get acclimated to the new school.  We hope you can join us for one or more of these activities!

Meet The Teachers and Information Fair!  Wednesday, August 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at both campuses.  This is a great opportunity for parents and kids to come in to their classroom, drop off supplies, say a quick "Hello" to their teachers, and pick up some other important information in the gym/auditorium.

"Welcome to Pope Francis" Family Picnic!  On Sunday, August 21st from 1:30  p.m.- 3:30  p.m. the Parents' Club will host an all-school family picnic on the lawn at the South Campus!  All families from both campuses are encouraged to come and celebrate the opening of our new school! Click on the Family Picnic link below for lots of new and good information about the picnic.  If you'd like to help the Parents' Club with this event, contact the Parents' Club.

Tears and Cheers - Join us after drop off on the first day of school, August 22, for a quick cup of coffee and pastry out front at each school as we both shed a tear and toast a cheer that school has begun again!

In addition to these activities, here are more important things you need to know (read more about each of these in the newsletter columns!):

Tuition - Please remember that your tuition must be current on the first day of school in order to start. In other words, each family should already have their FACTS account completely set up, and their first (or second) month's billing should have already gone through PRIOR TO the first day of school. Call Jerri Pabst at the North Campus with questions.

In addition, as a reminder,
families must be paid in full on last year's tuition at any Catholic school prior to beginning at Pope Francis Global Academy in August
It is an Archdiocesan policy to not allow a carry-over balance from another school. As well, Caritas scholarships won't kick in if your tuition from a prior year is outstanding. If you have a current balance at any other school, you need to let us know ASAP and there must be a plan in place to complete the payments before school begins. Call the office immediately if this is the case.

ASPIRE Test Results Aspire test scores from the spring will be available soon via Power Schools. Once the set-up of our Pope Francis Power Schools system is complete, we will alert all parents with instructions on how to access and interpret the results. 

Parents' Club is looking for volunteers to help with the Family Picnic on August 21st , and Tears and Cheers on August 22nd.  Please contact Erin Lach at to offer your help.

Fall Sports are gearing up. If you turned in a sports interest
form you were contacted about mandatory parent meetings.  If not, you can show up to the parent meeting and register for the team.  We could still use assistant coaches or helpers for Soccer.  See the Sports Corner section for details. 

8th Grade MAP Testing dates have been released by CPS for students interested in applying for Selective Enrollment CPS high schools, and other types of specialty or magnet CPS high schools. The deadline to create an account and register to take the MAP test is September 9.  Click the CPS logo for more information about this test and how it is used as part of the selection process, about registering for one of the MAP test dates, and for FAQs about the test and process.

Virtus Training - Remember that if you want to volunteer in any way with kids throughout the school year, you must take the VIRTUS training presented through the Archdiocese. St. Tars Church will be offering three upcoming dates for training. You must pre-register through the Arch website. Click the Protecting God's Children link below to sign up.  All parents/ grandparents/ adults that are interested in volunteering in ANY CAPACITY with children this year MUST BE TRAINED AND IN COMPLIANCE.  If you have already done the training, information will be available soon on updating your personal account to include Pope Francis Global Academy.  

Volunteers Needed  Please click the Volunteer button to see some other opportunities to help the school and earn your volunteer hours!

Please feel free to contact the administration with questions.  Phone numbers are at the bottom of the newsletter or on our website (which continues to be updated regularly now!)  

Enjoy another beautiful weekend and the gift of time with your families! 

Best regards and blessings!
Jodi Thyen
Director of Admissions and Advancement

Click the above picture for your invitation and important NEW information about the Family Picnic!
New flyers are available at both campus offices that can be picked up and posted throughout the neighborhood in coffee shops, park district buildings, libraries, grocery stores, your alderman's offices, and just about anywhere that will allow for them!  Please help us out by grabbing a few and making sure we're EVERYWHERE! Click the image to print your own copy!

Lawn Signs and Banners are Next!
ENROLL TODAY! There is still room in most classes on both campuses! Click here for an application.



If you sent in an Athlete Interest Form you've likely gotten an email about the Mandatory Parent Meeting for your fall sport. There will be one for each sport and one parent from each family must attend. 

If you haven't turned in a form but are still interested in playing, please contact the person listed for your sport and plan to attend the Parent Meeting.


• Soccer (coed) - 5th grade and up
Practices and home games at Dunham Park
Parent Meeting has already taken place but if you're interested in joining, contact the coaches.
Patty and James Cook -

• Football -  boys 4th grade and up.
Parent Meeting has already taken place but if you're still interested in playing, contact Karri Garrity at

• Cheerleading (Pee Wee Cheerleading - 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, and JV and Varsity 5th - 8th) More info to come.

• Girls Basketball - girls 4th grade and up. More info to come.

• Cross Country (coed) -  3rd grade and up. More info to come.

The seasons for soccer and girls basketball cross over but girls will be allowed play on both teams.

Contact Frank Monaco in you're interested in coaching or volunteer
ing in any way, or if you have any questions.

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In This Issue
  • Letter from Mrs. Thyen
  • Meet The Teachers and  Information Fair 
  • All-School Family Picnic 
  • New Flyers to Cover the Neighborhoods
  • Fall Sports Updates
  • First Day of School Tears and Cheers Event
  • Virtus Training Info
  • Aspire Test Results Info
  • Parent Club Updates
  • 8th Grade MAP Test Info
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Uniform Link
  • Office Information
  • School Supply Lists 
  • Health Forms
Plan to join us on the first day of school, MONDAY, AUGUST 22,  after morning drop off. The Parent Club will host this event at both campuses for a chance to both shed a tear that the years are going too quickly, and toast a cup of cheer that school's beginning! More info to come!
Click the image above to find out more about the mandatory training required to volunteer with kids at school or during school activities. Sign up now for training if you haven't yet been trained.  Also, read up on keeping your Virtus training current. St. Tarcissus parish is offering a training right at the North campus on August 20, September 14 and October 8. All school parents are encouraged to take this training asap so you're ready to help when we need you!  You can also take training at any other parish in the archdiocese.  

Results from the Aspire Tests that all students within the Archdiocese took in the spring will be available soon through your family's Power Schools account.  We are in the process of finalizing the set-up of our Power Schools system and will let you know when the accounts are updated and how to go about logging in and finding your children's scores.

An interim Parent Club board is now in position (Click the button below to see a full list of board members) but they are still looking for lots of people to volunteer in a wide variety of ways throughout the year.  
Come to their next meeting will be Thursday, August 18 at the South Campus in Room 100.  Social time is 6:30-7 and the meeting is 7-8.  All are welcome and if you're interested in any particular committee or have any great ideas for Parent Club, please go ahead and complete the survey below.
8th Grade MAP test Information for students interested in applying for CPS Selective Enrollment, Magnet and IB High Schools. OPEN AND PRINT THESE 4 DOCUMENTS:

Letter to Private School Parents.

MAP testing registration flyer.

MAP test Registration Form

FAQ about MAP Testing and the application process

Click the above picture to get more information on several opportunities to help and to sign up. Opportunities include:
Family Picnic, Tears and Cheers, Help Distributing Flyers, Help with Athletics, Help Sorting and Distributing School Tool Boxes, and Help with Planning the Winter Auction. 
Click the Dennis logo above to shop on-line.  The store is at 7055 West Higgins. The Uniform tab on our school website has been updated. Please click the link below to visit the website:
VISIT the Pope Francis Global Academy Website

This week on Monday both offices will be closed as the secretaries and all staff will be attending a retreat and professional development meetings on the North Campus. Tuesday - Friday the front office at each campus will be open from 8-3. You can always leave envelopes with forms at either St. Pascal or St. Tars rectory if no one is at the school. They both have mail slots for after hours delivery.

The North Campus Phone number is
The South Campus Phone number is
The Phone for Director of Admissions is 773-892-2011.

Medical Forms can be downloaded by clicking the buttons below.
State of Illinois Health Exam Form (all new families, new Pre-K students, and all Kindergartners)
State of Illinois Eye Exam Form (All new students K-8 and all kindergartners)
State of Illinois Dental Exam Form (All new students, all kinder, all 6th graders.)
Physician's Order and Parent Medication Authorization (All students with allergy, asthma, or any condition requiring medication.)
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