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6424 South Kenneth Avenue Chicago Illinois 60629Phone 773.767.6160   Fax 773.767.7077office@stmarystaroftheseaschool.org Office Hours: 7:30AM-3:30PM (and by appointment)Extended Day: 6:45AM-7:45AM and 3:00PM-6:00PM

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St. Mary Star of the Sea School - Principals Newsletter

February 2, 2023


Dear Families


There is still time to sign up for Casino Nights!

Please remember to sign up for your 6 mandatory hours of Casino Night. Call the school office for assistance with this task. We have several spots available. Don’t forget, extra volunteer time can be used for your re-registration fee.


Training will take place at 7:30 on Tuesday, February 7th in Duggan Hall.


Casino Nights Friday 2/10 and Saturday 2/11 6 PM until Midnight – Invite your friends



The next meeting is Tuesday 2/7 in person in Duggan Hall at 7 PM. Come to the SMFA meeting and stay for the Casino training.


St. Mary Spartan Spirit Wear

SSA is coordinating a spirit wear sale. Flyers went home today with the tuition carriers. These are great gifts and the students can wear them on special dress-down days such as spirit wear, favorite team, and blue and white. The deadline is 2/20 - orders are completed online at tinyurl.com/SSA-GEAR-2023



On Saturday, February 4th, the 8th-grade students and level 8 religious education children will be Confirmed. Bishop Kevin Birmingham will preside over the sacrament and Mass. Please join us at 10:30 in Church. We are proud to witness these children as they ask to become fully initiated in our Catholic Church faith community.


Important Dates:

2/4 Confirmation 10:30; 2/7 IN PERSON SMFA meeting 7 PM Duggan Hall; 2/7 7:30 Casino training; 2/10 & 2/11 Casino Nights; 2/13 The 3 C survey begins; 2/17 No school – Staff PD; 2/20 Presidents’ Day Holiday – no school




Mrs. Usauskas

January 26, 2023


Dear Families


Homework is Now OPTIONAL at SMS

Gotcha! Homework has never been nor do I see if ever becoming an option in schools. Yet, somehow, this is a misconception the children hold. The teachers are holding the students accountable for assignments and giving them notices to take home and be signed by a parent. Unfortunately – work is still not being returned. Why, you might ask? The student’s excuses are somewhere in the range of we were too busy, we had too much to do, or I forgot. Parents, please check your child’s assignment book daily for items to be completed nightly.


Remove the Sunset

The 102nd General Assembly adjourned to conclude its Lame Duck Session, and unfortunately it did not take up the issue of removing the sunset from the tax credit scholarship program. While not getting the sunset is disappointing, our attention is now turned to the Spring Legislative session. With your support we can Remove the Sunset, but there is much to do to get us there. Meetings with our legislative champions to find the path to final passage have begun, but we need to continue to activate our parent and school base. To that end, we have been asked that you do the following: Continue the P2A campaign of emailing and calling legislators. Parents please text 52886 with “RTS” to get signed up for our text updates.


Casino Nights

Please remember to sign up for your 6 hours on either the 10th or 11th of February. Also, kindly remember to send items for your child’s classroom raffle basket.


Contest deadline is 2/1 (Wednesday)

The classroom contest for completing reregistration ends on Wednesday. The top three rooms are in line for great prizes! Please send in your forms today.


Important Dates:

1/29 Catholic Schools Week begins – open house noon until 3PM; 2/1 2:00 PM dismissal




Mrs. Usauskas

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