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Dear Catholic School Families,

Yesterday was the Feast Day of St. Therese of Lisieux, known as “The Little Flower.” St. Therese is well known for her “
little way” of spirituality in which she manifested her love for God in the ordinary everyday tasks and encounters with those around her. Reflecting on St. Therese, I see a wonderful expression of her little way in how our Catholic school educators and staff bring their love for God, His children and the ministry of education to our students every day.

We all know that we have faced challenges as we have navigated life in a pandemic. Even before the current crisis, our teachers and staff were the unsung heroes of everyday life for our students and families. Now, given the strenuous efforts to provide a loving, faith-filled environment for excellent education in person and online, I invite everyone to sing the praises of our school teams in a new way.

I am excited to introduce our #SchoolHero campaign in which all are invited to nominate a school hero to be featured across our social media channels and website. This is one little way that we can acknowledge the many ways our Catholic school educators and staff are making a difference in the lives of others. I encourage you to recognize the outstanding teachers, leaders, and staff members in your school. Details to participate are noted below.

Thank you for your support of our Catholic educators and school staff!

Yours in Christ,

Jim Rigg, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Nominate Your #SchoolHero Today
We love our Catholic schools’ employees. Teachers, leaders and support staff have worked tirelessly over the summer and the start of our school year to bring exceptional in-person and remote learning to families during this unprecedented time. To recognize their fantastic work, the Office of Catholic Schools is excited to introduce the #SchoolHero program. We’ll highlight the educators and staff who have gone above and beyond in order to ensure a safe and productive learning environment through social media and the web. All school employees and families can nominate a school hero by completing a brief online form.
Supporting our Educators

I was recently asked, “How can we best support our teachers who are working so hard?” I love hearing this question from school families because it means they recognize the tremendous effort our teachers are putting into this exceptional school year and they care about their teachers! In addition to nominating a teacher or school staff member to be featured in our #SchoolHero program, here are more ways you can best support them each and every day:

  • Live the ‘5 Behaviors’ outside of school. This keeps us all healthy and safe. And our teachers love their students, so doing everything possible to make sure your child(ren) stay well and can attend school matters a lot to them.
  • Read (and respond to, if necessary) all of the notes and messages that come your way this school year. Most of our educators are balancing both in-person and remote instruction so not having to follow up with reminders is very helpful.
  • Personally share your gratitude for their efforts. There is never a better time to share a note of appreciation than the current moment.
  • Consider becoming a substitute teacher. Our full-time teachers are working extremely hard. By offering your time as a substitute you can help when our teachers need time away from the classroom to recharge, plan or simply take care of their own well-being. Becoming a qualified substitute teacher is easier than you might think – please contact your principal.
  • Pray! We are a people of faith, and God hears our prayers. Praying for your school principal, teachers and staff is not only appreciated, it’s necessary.
Traveling Out of State?

If you’re traveling out of state for any length of time, please check the website of your local department of public health to learn about rules and guidance regarding quarantining. Also, please remember to let your principal know so that all precautions can be followed. Again, keeping cohorts in the classroom depends on all of us doing our part to follow the guidance of public health experts.

Good News Stories

Hope-filled and joyful stories are important for our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. That’s why we want to help share the good news about your school community. If your student’s class/cohort or school is doing something you know others would find creative, inspiring, or simply fun, please send an email to us at schoolmarketing@archchicago.org and we’ll share your story.

Have questions? Your principal is the best first contact about operations, safety procedures and academics as they will be addressed at the school level. Next, please send your questions to Reopenschools@archchicago.org.
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