Grandparents Day — Our Lady of Guadalupe

We celebrated a special Grandparents’ Day on Friday, December 12th, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The students reenacted the Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego during Mass. Grandparents and families were invited to attend, and joined us for celebrations in the classrooms and cafeteria. It was a very special day.
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Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry

The Scavenger Hunt for the Hungry started this week. Students are being asked to collect various goods through donations from family, friends, neighbors, and stores. In doing so, not only will they gather necessary items for the neediest members of our community, but they will also raise awareness about hunger in our society. Students will have until November 14, to turn in their completed Scavenger Hunt items. We need to collect 2,000 items to reach our goal. Help us to achieve this goal. Collected items will be deliver to Catholic Charities Food Pantry on Friday, November 21st.

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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.

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Fire Prevention Week

October 3–9 is Fire Prevention Week. The Cicero Fire Department visited the school on Friday, Oct 9 to talk to the students in PK-2nd grade about the importance of fire safety. Please check the batteries in your smoke alarms at home.
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Welcome Back

We had a very successful opening of school. Students and staff were eager to start the new year. It has been wonderful to see familiar faces in addition to the many new ones that have joined us this school year. We look forward to watching the spiritual and academic growth of the students in the months ahead.
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Back-to-School Mass and Classroom Orientation

A Back-to-School Mass will be held, this Sunday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m. Earlier, from 8:00-10:00, there will be three classroom orientation sessions for Grades 1 - 8 to take place in the classrooms. There are no orientation sessions for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Each session will last fifteen to twenty minutes with a five minute break in between, allowing parents with more than one child to visit different classrooms. Parents will then meet in the school auditorium at 10:00 a.m. for a State of the School presentation and walk over to Mass at 10:15 a.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Congratulations Class of 2014!

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District 99 Special Needs Meeting

You are invited to attend a meeting to be conducted by Cicero District 99:

Date: Tuesday, June 3
Time: 9:30AM
Location: St Frances of Rome Extended Day Room

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss how students with disabilities who attend private schools or who are home-schooled within the district will be served by Cicero District 99 during the 2014-2015 School Year.

In accordance with the requirements of the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (“IDEA 2004”), public school districts are required to spend a portion of their Federal Part B special education funds in order to provide identified students with disabilities who attend private schools with the opportunity to equitably participate in special education services offered by our district. As part of that process, we must conduct a public meeting in order to discuss our plans to fulfill that responsibility for the upcoming school year. In addition, we wish to hear your feedback and views in order to ensure that your voices are heard during this process. Finally, we wish to also share information about how students with suspected disabilities can access the process offered by our district to screen and evaluate those suspected disabling conditions.

Your participation in this process is extremely valuable to us. We therefore hope you will attend. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining in advance of the meeting, please do not hesitate to contact Karen Cannon-Janettas, Director of Special Education, at (708) 863-4856.

We look forward to meeting with you soon.


Karen Cannon-Janettas
Director of Special Education

Working with Dominican University

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The 6th graders have been working with students from Dominican University on a social studies project this month. 6th graders enjoyed learning about the Ancient Aztec, Inca, and Maya civilizations. The Dominican students guided the students through a research project which included making inferences, using evidence to support the inferences, and drawing a conclusion from the information.

The 6th graders are also using this knowledge in a collaborative project with Mrs. Barth in computer class, in which they are creating travel brochures for the different civilizations.

Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

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Eight of our students, Alvaro M., Celina T., Janelle O., Gabriela R., Ailani A., Taj S., Rodrigo G. and Natalia I. were essay finalists for the Fatherhood Initiative. They are invited to attend a celebration on Saturday, May 31st at the US Cellular Field. Congratulations!

Cicero Catholic Schools 5K

This year's CCS 5K will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The race will begin at 8am near the intersection of 16th and 54th Ave. Parking will be available at the Morton Freshman Center at 1801 S. 55th Ave. Online registration is now live and available at www.CiceroCatholicSchools.org. Online registration ends on 4/19. Registration fees are $25 for single registrants and $50 per family. Fees will increase $5 on race day! Race day registration and checkin will begin at 7am. Visit our website for more information or contact us as development@sfr-school.org or (708) 652-2277 x327. Hope to see you there!

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Mrs Grill Wins Award

Mrs. Grill was recently surprised at a school assembly by a representative from Staples with the Teacher of the Month Award! Her dedication to her 1st grade classroom and to St. Frances of Rome exemplifies her commitment to inspire students, parents, and her colleagues. Mrs. Grill is an SFR alumna, and this is her 33rd year teaching at St. Frances.

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Mardi Gras Gala

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Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! The 2014 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 Clement Martin, for his presence with us.

Congratulations to our Grand Raffle winners:

1st Prize - 55” HDTV - Teresa Espinoza
2nd Prize - $500 BP Gas Gift Card- Sergio Juarez
3rd Prize - iPad 16GBB Black - Chris Anderson
4th Prize - Chromebook- Juan Olvera
5th Prize- $50 gas gift card- David Rios Cabreara, Grabriela Garcia, Serafin Osronio, Angelina Styler and John P. Sullivan.

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Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee

Students in 5th through 8th grade participated in a Spelling Bee sponsored by the Knights of Columbus during Catholic Schools week. The winners are:

1st Place: Elisa F.
2nd Place: Brennen J.
3rd Place: Emmy B

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March for Life

We are proud to announce that four of our eighth graders will be attending the March for Life in Washington D.C January 19-23. Steven, Kimberly, Sonia, and Jesus, will be accompanied by Mrs. Eckburg and Ms. McBride and students from across the Archdiocese. The group will join other young people throughout the nation in marching on behalf of the sanctity of life. Please pray for our students, that their voices may be heard.
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March for Life Fundraiser

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Happy New Year

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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 2014 be filled with renewed opportunities to strengthen your faith and to love the Lord through prayer, service, and giving.