March 5, 2021
Report cards will be distributed tomorrow so watch for those to be coming home. As I walk around visiting the classrooms there is activity, learning, and happy faces as the students are among their friends and teachers daily. Thank you for sending your children to St. Gilbert School, we continue to feel blessed to serve all our families.
On to a more difficult topic.....traffic, cars, and trains. We understand that we have more families driving than ever before, and we are located on 120, a heavily trafficked two lane road, with the additional problem of a morning train right in the middle of arrival time. To help ease our parents driving frustrations when there is a train and/or heavy traffic in the morning, we will be keeping the back driveway open until 7:35. Please understand that staff that check temperatures at the two locations of the gym doors, and aftercare door #2 will be going into the building at 7:25 (which is our school start time) as we have jobs to do inside. You will still need to pull up to door #24 by preschool drop off with any late students. There are staff monitors at those doors until 7:45. The ropes in the back and front will be put up promptly at 7:35. I hope this helps provide quicker entry to our school property, and helps you get to work in a timely manner. In the afternoon I am asking for everyone’s help in following the directions for pulling into our driveway off 120. Please be courteous to your fellow parents by not cutting into the line if you are traveling east on 120. Our directions to you are to pull around the back of school in the neighborhood and stage on Slusser St. until it is your turn to enter the queue to head towards our driveway. Just a gentle reminder that everyone cannot be first, and if you wish to avoid the hassle come a bit closer to 2:05 when there is generally no waiting. Thank you for your continued cooperation with our arrival/dismissal procedures...they really are running more smoothly this year than in previous years.
Next Tuesday 3/9 there will be a new update to the City of Chicago Travel Map, this data is only updated every two weeks, so this map will be the final one available to me as I determine if quarantines are needed after Spring Break trips. Thank you to all the parents who have informed us of their Spring Break plans. Please continue to do this by providing me the date of your return, and your destination, so that we can advise you on quarantine return dates if they are needed. In person classes resume March 29th.
Our Spring Fundraiser is coming soon! This is a large event called SGS Rocks Trivia! This year we will be adding an online auction as well. Please save the date of April 30th, and start putting together your team. There is a “Save the Date” flyer below.
There have been many wonderful gifts given to the school in the last week; thank you to the Dunstan family for a large donation of books for our school library, the Cauwels family for their purchases made for our STEM lab, Veras family for cleaning and PPE supplies, and the Brown family for their sponsorship of the “Teacher Treat Trolley.”
Next year we will be returning to the regular wearing of school uniforms. I have researched some new companies and I am excited to say that we will be switching to School Uniforms by Tommy Hilfiger. Our personal store is being created by our representative as I write this, and will be revealed near the end of this school year. Our previous supplier, Dennis Uniform Co. is offering a discount of 50% off some of the shirts and jackets they had for us in their stock. Please see the flyer below, all Dennis style uniforms, including our plaid items will be grandfathered in as acceptable for wearing next year.
Smile and hug your children today!
Friday, March 5 - No Woodland Buses (PM), FSA Meeting 8:00 am, Report Cards go home.
Wednesday, March 10 - Late start 8:45, No Grayslake buses (AM), Chipotle Restaurant Night.
Friday, March 12 - 8th grade graduation pictures/club pictures, Hot Lunch (Pizza)
Hot Lunch Link:
March 3, 2021
School Lenten Project
St. Gilbert School,
The Student Council has organized a Lenten Project for the school with weekly challenges. The collection of coins for the Lake County Covid-19 Recovery and Response Fund will continue through the month of March. Details about this charity as well as the weekly challenge for each homeroom are described in the flyer below.
Thank you for supporting this project which will help our local community during this difficult time.
Mrs. Buckley & SGS Student Council
March 3, 2021
March Hot Lunch Order Form
Here is the link to order March Hot Lunch, sorry about the link issues yesterday!
February 25, 2021
What a difference a week makes.....spring is in the air around here lately with sunny skies, melting snow, and students able to be outside more during recess and gym. Just a gentle reminder to communicate with the office or myself about travel, we will need a date of return and destination. Keep and eye out for some adjusted guidance coming out soon regarding travel quarantines. Many of our teachers and support staff have received their first doses of the vaccine, some are scheduled to get their second in the coming week, I know many of you have been asking me and/or helping with the vaccination process with your connections and I want to thank you for your help and concern. The future is certainly looking up with educator access to this vaccine.
As you know, I asked for your commitment to returning next year through a survey, this is due to a large number of new applicants to our school that I have on a waiting list. Our promise to our current families is that their spot will be held for them before I admit any new students. Beginning March 1st I will be sending out welcome letters to the new families on the waiting list to fill available spots throughout the grades. The survey is now closed, so please communicate any changes to your decision by calling the office directly at 847-223-8600.
Today one of our Junior High students will be competing in the Scripps Spelling Bee, Regional competition. Please say a prayer for Mannat K. as she competes in this competitive competition as our St. Gilbert representative. Many hours of studying have gone into her efforts, and we are very proud of her accomplishments.
Thank you to the Teipel Family for their donation of LEGO's to the STEM Lab. Their donation contained a ton of characters, and many parts that the students use when making LEGO stop gap animations and other robotic projects.
There is a special letter from Fr. Christian below, please take a minute to read it.
Enjoy the warmer weather & sunshine today!
Mrs. Buckley, Principal
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Gilbert:
It has been a privilege and honor to serve at St. Gilbert. I have learned so much by ministering at our amazing parish and school. I continue to thank God for the great gift and blessing of having this be my first assignment as a priest. I am also very grateful for your encouragement, support, and inspiring witness to the Gospel. You have taught me much, and the formation that you provide is truly invaluable.
At this time, I would like to formally announce to the parish and school that I will be leaving St. Gilbert this summer. After much prayer and discernment, I have felt God's call to serve in full-time ministry as a high school chaplain. And Cardinal Blase Cupich has appointed me to serve as Chaplain at Carmel Catholic High School (full-time), effective this upcoming academic school year (i.e., Fall of 2021).
As part of the arrangement made with the Cardinal, I will be a resident priest at another area parish (living at that parish rectory) and also assisting with weekend Masses at my new parish of residence.
I am most grateful to Cardinal Cupich for the appointment and to Fr. John Chrzan for his encouragement and support. It looks like I will be the first full-time priest serving as a high school chaplain in the Archdiocese. I look forward to pioneering and helping to create a new high school chaplaincy program that will hopefully spread throughout the Archdiocese.
Please keep me and our Carmel High School family in your prayers and be assured of mine as well.
In Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Fr. Christian Shiu
Monday, March 1 - Start of Trimester #3, Welcome Invitations go out to new registered families for 2021-22.
Friday, March 5 - FSA Meeting 8:00 am on Zoom
February 20, 2021
Parents/Guardians & Students,
The hot lunch that was planned for Friday, February 26th, has been moved to Thursday, February 25th due to Lent. The hot lunch menu for Thursday is Sammies' Chicken Fingers and fries.
Hot Lunch Coordinators & Mrs. Buckley
February, 18, 2021
The weather has certainly been the story lately! Thank you for your flexibility with our most recent snow day/eLearning day. It certainly is nice to be able to continue with the children’s education and not have to make up the days when we are ready to start our summer vacations. I don’t know if you have looked around the parking lot lately, but we have mountains of snow and the children are joyous about being able to climb and build with it. We have been able to return to outdoor recess for all the children this week, and we did a cheer throughout the school about this! Even our sixth graders are getting in on the fun, after writing Mrs. Cianchetti and myself a letter explaining how they would like to be able to play in a snowy area instead of the blacktop.
Next Friday, February 26th is the end of the 2nd Trimester, this will be a wear your “Saint Shirt” dress down day for all students and staff. If you did not purchase this shirt please wear some other SGS shirt on that day.
Just a reminder that if you plan to travel for Spring Break please let me or the office know, so we can give you the date of return after the mandated (10) day quarantine period specified by the Archdiocese of Chicago. Thank you for your continued cooperation with these requirements right now, it has helped our school continue to be in person five days a week.
Counting my blessings.....
Notes & Flyers:
Thank you to the Veras family for their large donation of cleaning supplies, and to the Byrne Family for the coffee & donut treat for staff!
Upcoming Calendar Items:
February 26 - Hot Lunch (Sammies), Kindergarten “Space Day”, End of Trimester #2, “Saints are Made Here” dress down day for
students & staff.
February 11, 2021
Well it has certainly been cold outside, and it looks like this type of weather will continue into next week. For all the car riders in the morning, thank you for being flexible as we have you exit your cars and get temperatures checked in the gym or hallway. Our thermometers do not function properly when it is below 20 degrees. Thank you to all the room moms that have volunteered to cover indoor recess; on a normal day covering lunches is all hands on deck, and having to cover recess time is an added challenge, so your help is greatly appreciated.
We are entering the Lenten season, a time for all of us to pray, reflect, and make some personal goals/sacrifices. Please keep our Second Graders in your prayers as they make the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Our Student Council will be guiding us in a Lenten Project, so stay tuned for details, and see the February Unity Calendar below. The Catholic Brain resource is also available for family use, please use the code and login below to register your family for an account.
Next week we will start our second ACT Interim for grades (3-8). Please help your student(s) to get the rest they need, eat a hearty breakfast, and try their best. These scores are analyzed by the Archdiocese of Chicago and used by our school to determine year-long planning/improvement goals. They also give you as a parent, another picture of your child’s academic progress. There was a wonderful local news item last week about the gains students have made in all the Archdiocese Catholic Schools, as shown by our iReady testing data. I have placed the link below if you have not seen it.
Lastly, here is a gentle reminder to follow the relaxed dress code for this year. All spirit wear is acceptable (shirts, sweatshirts) and for the bottoms the choices are; uniform jumper plaid (Dennis), uniform skirts/skorts (navy/khaki) (Dennis & other vendors), gym sweatpants (order through the school office), Docker style pants (navy/khaki) (Dennis & other vendors), black joggers from the spirit shop. Leggings may only be worn under skirts or gym shorts for warmth, not as a stand alone pant unless a dress down pass is being utilized for that day. The Spirit Shop is open through February 14th, see link below.
Enjoy the long weekend everyone!
Friday, February 12 - No School-Teacher PD, Reconciliation 6:00 pm.
Saturday, February 13 - Reconciliation 1:00 pm.
Monday, February 15 - No School Holiday
Tuesday, February 16 - ACT Interim II (3-8) Begins (2/16-2/26), School Board Meeting 6:30 (Virtual)
Flyers & Links:
Catholic Brain school code: STG82716
February 8, 2021
Thank you to everyone who purchased the Valentine Cookie Kits, our entire school order is being picked up by Mrs. Jacobson (FSA Co-Chair) & bagged for your student to bring home on Thursday of this week. If you wish to make other pick up arrangements please contact us as the school office (847) 223-8600.
We are putting together a one-of-a kind Yearbook to capture all the uniqueness of this school year. Please place your orders if you wish to have this memorable keepsake!
Lastly, this is just a reminder that there is a Spirit Wear Shop open through February 14th. I expect this to be the final shop we will sponsor for this school year, get your orders in today!
February 4, 2021
It has been a very fun-filled Catholic Schools Week so far, tomorrow is staff & volunteer appreciation day. We are so very grateful for every teacher, aide, and support staff person that said “yes” we will help St. Gilbert open during a pandemic, so thankful for our room parents, hot lunch parents, Family School Association parents, and School Board members. We could not function so efficiently without all of your time and talents.
Over two-thirds of you have filled out our re-enrollment survey, which is a fantastic return rate. I have included the link to the Google Form below. If you have not filled this out, please do so as soon as possible. The Archdiocese of Chicago schools’ committed themselves to opening safety, five days a week for all our students, and we can only build on our success and experience in the 2021-22 school year. We are in our enrollment process right now, speaking with families by phone and email about what our school has to offer, and providing personalized tours after school hours. Our current families are our first priority, but we do appreciate your testimonials, and positive feedback out in the community when families are looking at their options for next year.
The students have completed their second Diagnostic test session within the iReady Program and their growth reports will be coming home tomorrow (Friday 2/5). In school students will receive a paper printout, and eLearners will receive a secure email transmission of their report. I have looked over all the scores, and am very pleased with the results. Practice does make perfect when it comes to reading and math skills! Act Aspire Interim II for grades (3-8) will begin February 16th. Spring Conferences for grades (1-8) are optional/by request only, during the week of March 8-13 please contact your child’s teacher directly to make a request.
Our spring fundraiser; SGS Rocks will be a “virtual event” this year, with an online auction. This fundraiser supports our St. Gilbert Tuition Assistance Program. The online items will include special artistic creations from each grade, as well as “teacher themed” gift baskets. More information is below regarding the planning for this huge event!
The Scholastic Book Fair will wrap up this weekend, please see the teacher wish list below and support your child’s classroom with the gift of a book, and allow your child to select one or two books that pique their interest. I can tell by the iReady scores in reading that our school is spending time with a good book!
Friday, February 5th - No Woodland Bus (PM)
Saturday, February 6 - Second Grade Reconciliation 1:00 pm (Option 1)
Wednesday, February 10 - Late Start (8:45), No Grayslake Bus (AM)
Thursday, February 11 - Hot Lunch (Pizza)
Friday, February 12 -
No School - Staff Professional Development
Second Grade Reconciliation 6:00 pm (Option 2)
Saturday, February 13 - Second Grade Reconciliation 1:00 pm (Option 3)
Monday, February 15 - No School Holiday
Links & Flyers:
2021-22 Re-enrollment Form Link:
Teacher wish list/Scholastic Books:
Hot Lunch Form-February
February 2, 2021
I am sending out this special communication today with a link for our February Hot Lunches, and a Re-Enrollment Survey. Please fill out these google.forms as soon as possible. Wednesday is our celebrate our Nation day, we honor our military, and our country today by wearing; red, white and blue accessories, as well as the special order "Saint T-Shirts." It was very nice to see so many families last night for our Trivia Kahoot!
January 31, 2021
Virtual Open House
Dear St. Gilbert School Families,
Today we are holding our Virtual Open House for Catholic Schools Week. Even though our focus is on providing information to prospective new families, we did not want our wonderful current families to be left out. I am sharing a link to our creation of a “Look inside St. Gilbert School.” We took 360 camera shots of the classrooms, and each teacher recorded a video about the grade they teach and the curriculum taught in that grade. Take a look at the grade(s) your child(ren) will be in next year to meet the teacher and hear about all the exciting things in store for your child’s academic future.
Our “Virtual Art Museum” is also being released today as well! I received a special preview last night, and was so very moved by all the talent our students possess. Both of these links are included here, and they will also be placed prominently on our website at: www.stgilbertschool.org.
There are so many people to thank for making our school shine; thank you to our teachers for braving the snow to do your Zoom meetings, being here to meet new families, and being the rockstars that you are at teaching during a pandemic. Thank you to the office staff who helped prepare all the literature, signs, field phone calls and emails along with taking families on tours. Thank you to Mrs. Kleber and parent Brian Stith for their technology assistance in the filming and creation of the “Virtual School”, and to Mrs. Tillich for her creative ideas and for serving as the architect of the virtual art museum to showcase student work. Thank you to the entire staff for working as a collaborative team to develop and implement all the wonderful activities we have planned for the upcoming week. Remember that tomorrow is our community day and we will be dressing down for $1.00 or more as we raise money for the PADS program.
Proud to be a Rebel!
Look Inside St. Gilbert School-Virtual Tour:
SGS Virtual Art Museum:
January 28, 2021
We sincerely want to thank you for choosing to send your children to St. Gilbert School. We have weathered the pandemic because of the dedication and commitment you have shown to Catholic education. As the school leader this year I have been so impressed with the outpouring of support not only from our staff, but from our families. You have given of; time, energy, and financial support to make sure our school continues to thrive. As Catholic Schools Week approaches please join with us in the celebration of all that we have to offer; daily in person education, friendship, fostering of individual talents and gifts, support from caring adults, and a safe faith-based community in which children can learn and grow. In a rare “paper” handout sent home today to promote the Scholastic Book Fair, we have included some business cards that we ask you to share with co-workers or friends that may be interested in what we have to offer. Remember there is a “family referral benefit” of $500 if a family enrolls and stays for a full year. Thank you for helping to strengthen our school community.
There have been many families that have suffered loss throughout this year; be it loss of employment or the passing of family members and friends. Our prayers are with all of our families that have been impacted. In our own staff community we have not been immune to this, one of our Junior High teachers has lost her husband recently and we are offering up our prayers and support to her in her loss. The funeral services for Mr. Jim Carson will be at St. Gilbert Church on Saturday, January 30th at 2:00. In lieu of flower memorials the family is asking for assistance with hospitalization and funeral costs and will be setting up a GoFundMe page. Please keep Mrs. Christa Carson in your prayers, as well as all those who are suffering emotional loss or hardships.
There is SNOW outside and the children are so excited to make snow angels, roll down a hill, and build snowmen. A little parent reminder to label all clothing items worn to school, especially sweatshirts, coats, boots, hats, and mittens. It is difficult to reunite students with their items if there are no name labels. Also, please unpack winter clothing after the school day so that they can dry out and be ready for the next day. A toss in the dryer is a quick way to get them ready for more fun the following day!
Our Scholastic Book Fair opened this Monday, and we hope you support our teachers, school library, and your own children with the gift of reading! I have asked teachers to create a wish list of books offered on the fair. You will see the link below to that wish list. If you purchase an item off a teachers wish list, please make a note that it has been purchased, and add your last name so they know who made the purchase. Thank you for your support of our teachers and their classrooms.
Back by popular demand is a new pop-up Spirit Wear Shop, get your clothing items purchased for spring! New families, we invite you to get in the spirit with some SGS Spirit wear. Spirit wear items can be worn daily along with our uniform skirts, pants, and jumpers. A reminder that approved pants are khaki or navy docker style pants, royal blue gym sweats, and black joggers from the spirit shop. Leggings and other random colors and styles of jogger pants are not allowed. See the handbook for approved “Dress Down” clothing items.
*Directions on how to access your year-end tuition summary for your 2020 taxes is below.
Thank you to the Veras family for their lysol wipe donation, and to the Brum family for a bag of new recess balls.
Mrs. Kris Buckley
Upcoming Calendar Items:
Friday, January 29 - Hot Lunch (Pizza)
Saturday, January 30 - Knights of Columbus “Burger Bash”
Sunday, January 31 - CSW Virtual Open House; Grade level Zooms 12:00-1:30, VIP Tours 1:00-3:00
Monday, February 1- 4-8 Grade School Spelling Bee
Friday, February 5 - No Woodland bus pm, Zoom FSA Meeting 8:00 am
Scholastic Bookfair Teacher Wishlists:
January 25, 2021
eLearning Day Tomorrow 1.26.21 (Snow Storm)
Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,
Due to the timing of the snowstorm that is headed our way, we have decided to cancel in person school for tomorrow, Tuesday January 26th. We will have an eLearning Day for our students. Snow Days are a thing of the past with the advent of new technologies, but this will not be a "live teaching" day either. There might be some brief checkins in a live format, but mainly it will be asynchronous teaching such as a pre-recorded video to watch, and assignments for the day posted in the student's LMS (SeeSaw or Google.classroom). Teachers will be available by email from 8:00-2:00, so reach out if you have questions or need clarification. Please stay safe!
Mrs. Kris Buckley
January 25, 2021
SUBJECT: The time is now to order an SGS yearbook!
Good Morning Parents and Guardians,
Despite the challenges of this year, we have been working tirelessly to create a yearbook for the 2020-21 school year. As we reflect on this one-of-a-kind school year, let’s share all the positive memories through compiling photos of our school community and events that made this school year so unique and successful.
Kindly see attached for the order form and detailed instruction on how to upload photos for the yearbook. Please print the order form and return it by April 30. Please be informed that the distribution of the yearbook will be after the school year ends to allow all events to be included.
Don't miss your chance to reserve a copy of this one-of-a-kind 2020-21 yearbook for your child!
St. Gilbert Family School Association (FSA)
January 21, 2021
In the midst of cold winter months, things are warm here in St. Gilbert School; students are learning in their favorite subjects, they are working with peers in their cohorts on projects, they are attending STEM, gym, art & music classes, they are learning how to organize themselves, studying for tests, and doing the work of typical students. The middle of the school year is here, and it is very satisfying to see all that has been accomplished by our students so far. I know that the parents cannot walk through the school and see all the evidence on our walls of student work, so we are trying to post on social media some of the happenings at different grade levels. We are creating a special “Look Inside St. Gilbert School” that will be available on our website, and we will be featuring student artwork in a “Virtual Museum” as we prepare for the celebration of Catholic Schools at the end of the month. Our “Virtual Open House” will focus on prospective families with Zoom Meetings with teachers of each grade, and scheduled VIP tours. Enrollment is the key to a viable school, and we are focused on increasing ours, and shining a light on all that we have to offer. Catholic Schools Week happenings are listed in the flyer below.
There are a couple fundraisers going on right now, the first is our Valentine’s Day Cookie Kit fundraiser, which will be coming to a close on January 25th. Place your order to receive ready-made cutout sugar cookies, and have a decorating party with your family. Please note that you will not have to pick up the order at the bakery, Lisa Jacobson (FSA Co-Chair) will be picking up our entire SGS order and distributing to the students on Thursday, February 11th. The link to order is below.
We will be opening our Scholastic Book Fair to coincide with Catholic Schools Week, usually we have a huge in-person display, but due to Covid restrictions we are holding the fair in a virtual manner. This fair will run from 1/25-2/7. Please consider supporting reading for your child as well as making a purchase for your child’s teacher. There will be teacher wish lists available once the fair opens. A percentage of the total purchase will benefit the school library and our teachers. Flyers are below along with a scavenger hunt!
Thank you to Michelle Ecklund (5th grade mom) who hosted a Pampered Chef party where the profits were donated to the “Tuition Assistance Fund.” Thank you to all the parents who purchased items, your efforts are greatly appreciated.
The Rebel Prize Cart will return to service this Friday, thank you to the Strachan family for your continued support of this endeavor.
A special thank you to Mrs. DelCarmen for somehow managing to get her hands on loads of antibacterial wipes for our school!
Upcoming Calendar Items:
Friday, January 22nd - Midterm Trimester #2, Hot Lunch (Sammies)
Friday, January 29th - Hot Lunch (Pizza)
Saturday, January 30th - Burger Bash (Knights of Columbus)
Sunday, January 31st - Catholic Schools Week Begins-Virtual Open House
Links & Flyers:
Cookie Order Link:
January 20, 2021
Updated Travel Quarantines
The Office of Catholic Schools has sent out another update on Travel Quarantines, you will receive communication from them at 1:00 pm. today, but I am also sending it out in case you have not elected to receive emails from OCS. These updates go into effect as of today 1.20.21 (see below). On a positive note, I want to thank you for your patience as we navigated getting back into the swing of school the past couple days. Our thermometers were having some issues with the heat from cars, but overall the transition back has been fantastic. We are so happy to have the kids back in school, and we appreciate all your help in keeping our school community safe and healthy. We received some information on vaccine availability for teachers and school staff yesterday, hopefully they will be scheduled for appointments in the next couple weeks, so that is another step in returning to "normal" and easing the minds of our teachers. Please continue to keep me informed of sickness, close contacts to Covid-19, and travel plans, it is through this open and honest communication that we have been so successful in keeping our cases low and everyone able to come to school on a daily basis.
Dear Catholic School Families,
We are doing our best to remain on top of changes in the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we wish to apprise you of a further change in our guidelines for quarantines. This represents a revision from the Quarantine Guidelines distributed last week.
In discussion with the Office of Catholic Schools and our consulting medical experts, we have decided that a quarantine of 7 days with a negative test result following domestic travel is not best for our school settings. A 7-day quarantine is only effective in instances of complete avoidance of social gatherings and because in-person instruction within a classroom is essentially a form of social gathering – even with physical distancing observed – that would nullify the integrity of 7-day quarantine. Rather, observance of 10 days in all instances of domestic travel provides the greatest level of safety for all students and staff. Therefore, please note the following with changes bolded for your reference:
QUARANTINE CLARIFICATIONS – Jan. 20, 2021
A quarantine of 10 days is required for any/all domestic travel (i.e. travel outside of the state of Illinois)
Quarantine is required regardless of whether or not there is a negative test result, and no matter how much time is spent in another state.
Quarantine starts the day after return home.
International travel quarantine remains 14 days.
Close exposure quarantines remain 14-days at the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the Archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors.
We understand that this change may pose a challenge for some. Please know that we are in continuous contact with the departments of public health and our team of medical experts to assess our standards and adjusting, as necessary, to keep the safety of all in our school communities our first and unwavering priority. And in our focus on safety, we are also making every effort to keep you informed.
As the departments of public health adopt any new guidance, which we anticipate over the coming months, we will communicate with you immediately.
Thank you for your patience and commitment to the safety protocols that continue to make this school year a success under such extraordinary circumstances.
Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force
January 15, 2021
Updates to Travel Quarantines
Parents/Guardians please read the below communication received from the Superintendent, Dr. Jim Rigg in regards to changes to travel quarantine time frames:
Please be aware of the following important information related to our ongoing COVID-19 support:
Adjusted Quarantine Period for Travel
After consultation with state and local health departments, as well as our own medical advisors, we are making an adjustment to quarantine periods for travel. The following guidelines are in immediate effect for all schools (no matter their location):
Quarantine periods for all domestic travel (travel out of Illinois) is now ten (10) days.
Quarantine periods may be shortened to seven (7) days if individuals present a written negative COVID-19 test result. The test must be administered no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival back in the state. Only written results are accepted (a verbal confirmation does not suffice).
This guidance can be applied retroactively to any out-of-state travel that occurred in early January. This may enable certain families to return to in-person learning who were unable to return to Illinois by Jan. 4.
This guidance does supersede the information released in the recent Parent Newsletter. We are doing our best to remain on top of frequently changing guidance from health authorities.
Quarantines for international travel quarantine remain 14 days.
Quarantines for COVID-19 exposure cases also remain 14-days (based upon the recommendation of all departments of public health in those jurisdictions in which the archdiocese operates and our own medical advisors).
Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal
January 14, 2021
Our two week eLearning period is coming to an end, and we are looking forward to seeing the students in person on Tuesday, January 19th. This is just a reminder to remember to bring back school supplies, and maybe refresh some of them! It is also a good time to go through backpacks to clean out and organize. Our mid-term for Trimester 2 is Friday, January 22nd. It is hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year already, setting our sights on enrolling for next year. I will be sending a focused communication regarding tuition for 2021-22 and re-enrollment information early next week. January starts the time of year when families of young children start reaching out to preschools and kindergartens in their area, and we have been getting calls and requests for information and tours. At the end of the month we will celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week, which is designed to celebrate all that Catholic schools offer. Our schedule of activities can be found in a flyer attached below. Our school theme is entitled “Future saints begin in Catholic Schools.” We will be having a special edition t-shirt printed with this theme for students. Please use the link below to place you order ASAP. These are limited edition and will not be available after the cut-off date. There will be additional days throughout the rest of the school year when students will be able to wear this t-shirt. Catholic Schools Week may be one week of the year, but the work of growing our faith continues all year long. CSW usually kicks off with an open house, this year our focus will be on new enrollment for next year, we will have Zoom meetings by grade level for prospective students & parents to meet our teachers, and VIP tours by appointment on Sunday, January 31st. If you are pleased with your experience at St. Gilbert, we ask you to share those positive experiences with friends, family, and neighbors who may be interested in what we have to offer. I have included the Zoom meeting links in the CSW informational flyer, and we will post on Facebook & Instagram as well. Please share with prospective new families.
St. Gilbert Knights of Columbus is kicking off CSW with their annual “Burger Bash” on Saturday, January 30th, order information is below. This is a drive up/pick-up event.
Thanks to a grant by CLC and Baxter our STEM Lab has received (3) Lego EV3 Robotics Kits through 4H Lake County. We are excited to utilize these kits with students in grades 5-8 as well as the (5/6) & (7/8) Robotics Teams that will compete virtually this year with teams from Lake & McHenry County.
A very special thank you to the following families, alumni parents, and parishioners for their donation to cover the cost of the Catholic Brain resource; Martin Family, Shrofe Family, Jane Longo & Jane Conarchy.
Monday, January 18th - No School MLK Day
Tuesday, January 19th - Return to in person
Wednesday, January 20th - FSA Zoom Meeting 8:00 am
Friday, January 22nd - Hot Lunch & Mid-term ends
T-shirt Order Form:
Hot Lunch Order Form:
January 11, 2021
Empower Illinois Scholarship Information
Please see the information attached, for those who qualify, to make your reservation to enter an Empower Illinois Scholarship Application. The reservation system opens on January 13th at 6:30 pm. You must have a reservation in order to enter an application on January 18th.
January 11, 2021
Valentine Cookie Pack Fundraiser
Family School Association
We are trying a new fund raising opportunity that came our way, to not only help a local small business owner, but to assist our FSA with generating funds with which they can do the work that helps to support our school. During these days of the pandemic so many of our family events that were also fund raising opportunities for FSA have had to be eliminated because we cannot gather people together. This fundraiser generates a good profit margin per cookie pack sold for our school. It is also a fun activity to do with your children that takes on the difficult portion of making cutout sugar cookies, and leaves the fun decorating! Please use the link below to make your purchase of either a half dozen or a dozen cookies for Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for all your support of the school this year!
January 7, 2021
Happy New Year! After a few minor adjustments we are back into the swing of teaching in a virtual way to the entire class, and have gotten into a routine for our eLearning period. As always it is the children that adapt the quickest, and teach us a thing or two! A big “shout out” to our Technology Director, Lisa Kleber who was running all over (even making house calls) to fix technology issues for teachers, students and parents! Due to the two weeks of eLearning for everyone we have pushed the “Mid-term” out to January 22nd. Our Winter iReady Diagnostic will stay on schedule and occur during the time period of 1/19-1/31. From grades K-8 we have incorporated individualized reading and math practice for at least (40 min) per subject/per week with iReady. This tool allows for differentiated instruction for each child in these two core subjects, and the practice has a high correlation to improved standardized test scores. We hope to see the effects of over 12 weeks of practice with this product when the students take their next ACT Aspire Interims (Grades 3-8) mid February.
Our next big event is coming at the end of this month.....Catholic Schools Week! The teachers and I have been planning activities and you will receive an informational flyer next week with the details. As part of this celebration of Catholic Schools we usually have an Open House on Sunday as a kick off! This year we will not be able to gather families and prospective students together in person, but we still very much want to get the word out about our wonderful school to families that are interested. We will be having open Zoom meetings with grade level teachers on Sunday as well as VIP Tours by appointment for prospective students. Catholic Schools Week runs January 31-February 6th.
The School Board committee of “Mission Effectiveness” has been working on ways to help students and families connect with their Catholic faith. When we return to in person school we will begin taking a couple grades at a time to physical mass each Wednesday. We will continue to follow the cohort model, and provide physical distancing, following all safety requirements within the church environment. You may not realize this fact, but our upper grade students have been our readers for Wednesday masses since the beginning of school. Mass is a vital part of our faith, and brings us closer as a school community. At the request of teachers I have also purchased a faith formation resource called “Catholic Brain” for the entire school, this resource has wonderful activities for the entire family such as; daily readings, daily videos, saints of the day, and much more. As part of our purchase, parents can create a login as well, go to: https://www.catholicbrain.com/parent/signup and use the school code: STG82716
May God bless you and your families in this new year!
Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal
* FSA Meeting scheduled for January 8th has been rescheduled to Jan. 20th @ 8:00 via Zoom
January 11-15 eLearning continues
January 18th - No School-MLK Day
January 19th - In person school resumes
Flyers & Links
Hot Lunch Link: https://forms.gle/SsUQuybi4jwX1Dgg9
January 4, 2021
Dear Families of St. Gilbert,
I hope all of you enjoyed a restful, joy-filled holiday season! Tomorrow....Tuesday, January 5th will start our eLearning period of school. You will have heard from your teacher by the end of today with the schedule for classes, and with directions on how to access the "live" links for class, either through Zoom or Google.meets. The expectation is that students in grades 1-8 will attend their core classes daily in "live" format. Specials, lunch/recess, and grades 4-8 study hall/SEL time will not be mandatory, to allow students to have a "break" from their computer screens. Teachers of grades PreK-K will have sent information on when they will hold live Zooms for their students. Please use the Learning Management Systems (LMS) of SeeSaw (grades Prek-3) and Google.classroom (grades 4-8) for links, assignments, work, turn-in, etc. Direct all questions to your child's homeroom teacher. We are very excited to be back with the students facilitating their learning. Please begin to report any incidents or exposure to Covid-19 during this time period, as I will have to report cases and provide possible quarantine return dates that extend past the (14) days of eLearning. You can email me at; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and welcome back!
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