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Pease view this special Christmas message from the Superintendent 
Safe Operating & Infection Protocols
As you prepare for Christmas break, please stay be on the lookout for any communication from your principal particularly as all Archdiocesan schools move into the temporary remote learning period from Jan. 4 to 18.

It will be critically important to continue reporting illnesses to your school leadership during this time so school administrators can appropriately prepare for resumption of in-person learning and know of any expected quarantines of individual students.

It is also very important that you return from any Christmas Break travel by Jan. 4. Returning on time will allow you to quarantine for the required 14-day period before in-school learning resumes on Jan. 19. Have a wonderful Christmas break!
Self Care
Finding peace during the holidays is not only a healthy practice for you and your loved ones, but a blessing to others by revealing God’s love. By focusing on the gift God has given us in sending His only Son, we are able to remind others (and ourselves) that rejoicing in Christ’s birth is more important than anything this season. There still may be times before the holidays that may feel overburdened by the tasks of the holidays. When you start to feel overwhelmed, pause and ask yourself a few questions: 
  • Is this thing that is giving me anxiety going to help me celebrate Christ’s birth, or will it distract me? 
  • What is my intent behind this action? 
  • How does this action demonstrate God’s love to others (my children, family, coworkers)? 
Learn how to anticipate holiday stress — acknowledging it (and understanding what is causing it) is the first step to overcoming it. This year we may not be able to celebrate in our customary ways. However, our God remains constant in His love and providential care for us.
Reduce stress during the holiday season with these helpful tools:

Holiday planning during COVID-19
Holiday emotional health and wellness tips
Managing financial stress during the holidays

Our #SchoolHero campaign continues! If you aren’t following our social media channels, learn more about the most recently honored heroes and follow Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see we’re celebrating:

·       Bob Berk, lead custodian at Christ the King School

·       Claudia Villagrana, marketing director at St. Procopius School

Nominate your #SchoolHero.
Family Faith Formation 
Christmas isn’t just a day – it’s a season! First, the celebration is technically eight days (known as an octave.)Then, there are the 12 days of Christmas leading to the Epiphany/ Important, too is the fact that none of us wants to let go of the joy and warmth of Christmas as we stare down the cold months of January and February! Here are some resources for you and your family to enjoy more of Christmas beyond Dec. 25:

Christmas season prayers and activities
Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph activity from OSV Lifelong Catechesis
Epiphany of the Lord activity from OSV Lifelong Catechesis
Blessing for the Christmas season
Tax Credit Scholarship 2-for-1 Match
Looking for a way to decrease your Illinois state income tax liability? What if you could decrease what you owe to the state or potentially increase your state tax refund, while also helping fund scholarships for students from low-income households to attend the Catholic school of their choice?

The Invest in Kids tax credit scholarship program provides thousands of families the opportunity to reap the lifelong benefits of a Catholic education. Your contribution will help a Catholic school family breathe a little easier and provide much needed stability to a child who hopes to return to the classroom for the upcoming school year, or to expand our school community to more families.

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Have questions? Your principal is the best first contact about operations, safety procedures and academics as they are best addressed at the school level.
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