Generous Giving

Scavenger Hunt

Thank you to all students and families who participated in our annual Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry. Over two hundred bags filled with food and toiletry items were delivered to Catholic Charities. Your generous donations will greatly benefit our brothers and sisters in need this holiday season. All middle school students are invited to continue their involvement with Catholic Charities by volunteering at their food pantry each Thursday evening. We would also like to thank the 7th grade class for their efforts in gathering, counting, and delivering the food to Catholic Charities.

Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry

The Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry ends this week. Each student is being asked to collect various goods through donations from family, friends, neighbors, and stores. The last day to turn in items is Friday, November 15th. All donations will be brought to Catholic Charities. Students who complete the scavenger hunt may come to school out of uniform on Tuesday, November 26th. As faithful followers of Christ, we are called to care for those in need.

Month of the Rosary

Each October, we celebrate the beauty of the rosary. At different points in the year, we speak to the students about how to pray the rosary, including the different mysteries and the prayers included. A great family activity during the month of October could be to pray the rosary together as a family.

Back to School Soccer Picnic at OLC

Saint Frances of Rome will be participating in a soccer tournament hosted at Our Lady of Charity. The event will start with the tournament and end with a picnic for all the school families. You can join us for soccer and lunch in the afternoon. The picnic will take place Saturday, September 21 from 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. The Knights of Columbus will host a soccer challenge starting at 1 p.m. there will be prizes for the winners. We hope to see you there.

Back-to-School Mass and Classroom Orientation

A Back-to-School Mass will be held Sunday, September 8, in the Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. Before Mass, from 8:15-10:15 there will be two classroom orientation sessions held for grades 1-8 in the classrooms. There are no orientation sessions for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten since they had orientation the first week. Each session will last fifteen minutes with a five minute break in between, allowing parents with more than one child to visit different classrooms. The Book Fair will be open in the cafeteria from 8:15-10:15 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuition Raffle

Your chance to win a share of a $10,000 Back to School Tuition Raffle ends at noon on Friday, August 30, and here's the link: http://bit.ly/tuitionraffle.

If you've already entered, please share this with others! Good luck!

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to another fantastic school year! The start of the school is always an exciting time, and we want to welcome new and returning students and their families.

With a new school year come new faces. As of today our enrollment is already 250 students! We are excited with our growth and can’t wait to welcome families to the St. Frances of Rome family.

We welcome our new teachers, Mr. Annomero in eighth grade, Ms. Moran in Kindergarten,
Ms. Smetko in second grade and Ms. Segreti in our PK 3yr old program. These four teachers come to us with tremendous gifts which will directly benefit the students they serve. St. Frances is blessed to have an awesome team of truly dedicated and highly educated individuals.

Pre-School

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Registration Open!
  • Full Day Program with Before and After Care
    (7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
  • Open to 3 and 4 year olds
  • Experienced and Certified Teachers with Masters Degrees
  • Academic and Faith-Based Program
  • DHS Action for Children Payments Accepted

Contact our office at 708-652-2277 for more information!

Congratulations Class of 2013!

May Crowning

Our entire school community came together to honor Mary through a May Crowning ceremony. We showed our love and devotion to Mary on this special day. Representatives from each class processed into the church and presented Mary with flowers. Our May court was made up of our 8th grade leaders, two of whom, Pricilla M. and Rodolfo Z., gave Mary her crown. It is our prayer that our love for Mary bring us closer to our loving God. Mary, our mother, pray for us!

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Basketball Stats

The SFR girls and boys basketball teams did very well this year. The girls team continues to grow and improve. They went from a team of 8 last year, to two teams totaling 20 girls this year! They also increased their wins, including some very good triumphs against St. Leonard's and OLC. We hope to see an even larger and more experienced team next year! The JV boys basketball team made us proud this year by winning the league championship. They went 12-2 in the regular season, and beat both teams they had lost to, when they got a rematch in the playoffs. The championship game was very exciting indeed. Although the opponents were much taller, the boys beat Lincoln 20-10, showing that the game is more about speed and finesse.

Congratulations to the JV boys basketball team: Alex A; Christian A; Isreal A; Steven D; Carlos G; Tony H; Enrique M; David O; Gavin P; John P

Coaches: Frankie Nuñez, Christian and Dorian Arceo

This season, both the girls and boys teams had a blast at practices and games, showing their school spirit, and getting some good exercise. The players were also lucky enough to benefit from the generosity of Mr. Zangrili. He not only donated several sets of Bulls tickets to the teams, but also arranged for them to play at the united center, on the very court that the Bulls play on.

Here's to a great season, SFR basketball players!

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Boys Junior Varsity Team

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Girls Varsity Team


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Girls Junior Varsity Team

Tales to Tackle

Our 6th-8th grade students participated in an exciting reading incentive program called “Tales to Tackle” administered by the Chicago Bears. The program ran from mid-October through mid-January. The students read three teacher-approved books per month and keep a notebook with summaries of the books. Every child that achieved their goal received a certificate and a laser autographed poster of the Bears. Seven of our students were also selected to attend the “Bears Experience” at Soldier Field on May 4th. This program is sponsored by ComEd, and is a component of the Chicago Bears Education initiative, which is presented by Chase. Congratulations, John Pena Jr., Karime Sanchez, Steven De La Vega, Luis Galvez, Ashley Oslecki, Alexander Burke and Abigail Favela. Have fun and enjoy the “Bears Experience”

2012-13 School Year Registration Update

Have you registered for the upcoming school year yet? Space is filling up fast. We already have waiting lists for 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and limited spaces on the other grades. Stop in the school office today to register to ensure your child has a place at SFR for the upcoming year. The registration fee for all grades is $200 per family. Please continue to tell your family and friends about the exciting things happening at St. Frances of Rome.

2013 Summer Program

The Cicero Catholic Schools’ summer program will be held from June 17th through July 18th at Our Lady of Charity School. The program is open to current pre-school through 7th grade students from both Our Lady of Charity and Saint Frances of Rome Schools, as well as to school aged children in our community. The program takes place Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Mornings will focus on the development of academic skills, while afternoons will include activities such as science experiments, sports, and cooking. Students will also attend field trips throughout the Chicagoland area each week.

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Heart of the School

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Congratulations to our computer teacher, Mrs. Nancy Barth! She was honored by the Office of Catholic Schools with the Heart of the School Award. The award recognizes outstanding teachers who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to teaching. Mrs. Barth was selected from hundreds of teachers from around the Archdiocese of Chicago, and we are blessed to have her as a member of our faculty!

Science Fair

The students participated in the annual Science Fair on February 22nd. Students from first to eighth grade were excited to prepare and present their scientific explorations to judges from MacNeal Hospital, Morton College, and other community organizations. The students practiced using the scientific method while exploring topics that interested them.

Congratulations to our winners!

Morning Session (6th-8th grade)
1st: Michael V.- What Material Can Block a Wireless Internet Signal?
2nd: Karime S. and Felice S.- Which Age Group is Best at Interpreting Optical Illusions?
3rd: Sofia O. and Kate E.- Which Soda Can Dissolve a Solid the Fastest?

Afternoon Session (1st-5th grade)
1st: Gavin P. and Sebastian S.- A Dentist's Nightmare
2nd: Kathy G. and Elisa Fl.- Crack, Crack, Eggs are Cracking 
3rd: Nicolas D., Alexis K., Osiel M., Karina P., Emilio S., and Dante F.

Students, teachers, and parents can all be proud of the hard work and preparation that went into the fair.

Registration 2013-14

Registration is now open for the 2013 - 2014 school year. Please make sure you register your children for the upcoming school year as soon as possible. In recent years, our classes have been filling up more quickly. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes are reaching capacity already. Parents have also done a great job spreading the word about our school. This has helped to grow our enrollment. Stop by the school office today to register. The registration fee for all grades is $200 per family.

These Are Our Teachers

Check out this amazing video featuring some of our wonderful teachers and students!

March for Life Update

On January 25th, four students and two teachers took the streets of Washington D.C. to defend life and promote justice. Over 700,000 pilgrims joined together to be a voice for the voiceless. Teachers and students alike were inspired and moved by the experience. No heart went untouched. We are deeply grateful for all those in the parish and school who so generously made it possible for us to attend the March for Life. It is our hope to continue to form pro life generations for years to come.



Eucharistic Adoration

Beginning Wednesday, February 20, and continuing each Wednesday during Lent, students will participate in Eucharistic Adoration during the school day. Students will reflect, pray, and express love and reverence for the Blessed Sacrament. We invite parents to join us in Adoration any time from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. as we draw closer to God.

2013 Mardi Gras Gala

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! The 2013 Mardi Gras Gala was a huge success thanks to all those who sold raffle tickets, donated to the silent auction and attended the event. This year, we had more than 300 people enjoy a great evening at our school. Special thanks to Cuerdas Clasicas who gave a wonderful performance to our guests. Finally, thank you again to Tony Ortiz, for his presence with us.

Congratulations to our Grand Raffle winners:
  • 1st Prize - 55” Samsung LED HDTV - Armando Astorga
  • 2nd Prize - $500 BP Gas Gift Card- Jesus Almazan
  • 3rd Prize - iPad 16GBB Black - Virginia Albarran
  • 4th Prize - PlayStation3 250 GB - Therese Herdzina

Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

We hope everyone was able to enjoy a rest filled and relaxing vacation with family and friends. We pray that the year brings abundant blessings for you and your family. In Isaiah 43:18-19, God reminds us to “Remember not the events of the past, the things of long ago consider not; See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” May your 2013 be filled with renewed opportunities to strengthen your faith and to love the Lord through prayer, service, and giving.