Principal's Newsletter
October 5, 2018
Dear School of St. Mary Parents,

The School of St. Mary will celebrate Homecoming the week of October15 th - 19 th .  

Homecoming has always been a time to celebrate the school you're attending.  After graduation, it's also a time to "come home" to your alma mater.  For a lot of us, school was our "home away from home," where our lives were shaped, formed and influenced, so it's very fitting to call it Homecoming.  For many graduates, Homecoming is also a chance to see old friends and reminisce about your school days. Homecoming celebrations date back to the 19 th century and several universities all claim to have had the first homecoming, including the University of Illinois.

While Homecoming traditionally centered on a football game, it has changed over the years and now many schools have Homecoming basketball, soccer, or volleyball games instead.  It's an annual tradition for many American schools and we plan on continuing the tradition here at the School of St. Mary.

We will start our Homecoming celebration with Spirit Week.  Starting on Monday, each day of the week will have a special dress-up themed activity.  The schedule for the week is as follows:
  • Monday, October 15 - Comfy Clothes Wear Day:  No pajamas or slippers allowed.  If you choose to wear leggings your shirt must be long enough to cover one's bottom in the back.
  • Tuesday, October 16 - Sports Wear Day:  Wear your favorite sport's team attire.
  • Wednesday, October 17 - Homeroom Wars Dress-Up Day:  Dress up in the category your homeroom class chooses.
  • Thursday, October 18 - Decade Dress-Up Day:  Dress up in clothes from your favorite decade! 80's, 70's, 60's, or 50's attire would be great.
  • Friday, October 19 - School Spirit Dress-Up Day:  Show off your school pride!  Dress in School of St. Mary Crusaderwear or blue and white.  
Friday, October 19 th is our Pep Rally, beginning at 9:00 am in the UGC Gymnasium.  It's a time for all the students at the school to gather and cheer on all of our sports teams, as well as show pride in our school.   Our school has a special tradition where each of the 8th grade students is called up by name at the Pep Rally and presents their mother (or parents) with a flower in front of the all of the UGC students in attendance.  If you are unable to attend, perhaps a grandparent or special person can attend in place of the parent(s).

We will celebrate Halloween at both campuses on October 31 st .  Please take note of our Halloween costume guidelines.  Wearing costumes is optional; students do not have to participate if they do not want to.  The following guidelines are designed to help you select appropriate Halloween costumes for your child.  These guidelines are in place to make sure everyone has a safe day at school.  Students whose costumes are inappropriate will be told to call home for a change of clothes and will not be permitted to wear their costume that day.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation!

  • Our Halloween activities are meant to be fun and safe activities,
  • All costumes must meet dress code guidelines as specified in the Parent-Student Handbook (length of skirts, under-garments showing, bare midriffs, etc.)
  • Students are not allowed to wear a mask. This is a safety issue because when students are wearing this, the staff cannot always identify the student.
  • Students must be able to sit in their regular seats and participate in all school activities while wearing their costumes.  Costumes that prevent them from fully participating in school are not permitted.
  • Costumes that depict extreme violence or gore are not permitted.  This includes the use of fake blood, wounds, etc.  Some of the more gruesome costumes are particularly frightening to our younger students.
  • NO TOY WEAPONS OF ANY SORT ALLOWED AT SCHOOL. While weapons are often popular accessories on Halloween, at school they are not allowed. Additionally, when toy weapons are brought to schools, they often are a source of conflict as students often wish to handle and play with the toy weapon in a manner that is inappropriate for a school
  • Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, etc. are not appropriate for any costume.
Look for more information about what each class will be doing from your room parents.

The first official Parent Association Meeting of the school year will be held this Wednesday, October 10 th at 6:00 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Upper Campus .  All School of St. Mary parents are welcome to attend and learn more about our many events, school fundraisers and volunteer opportunities we have available.  

Dave Wieters
Blackhawks Candy Drive
Chicago Blackhawks' Halloween Candy Drive!
The Chicago Bla ckhawks are proud to present a Halloween
extravaganza for local children on October 31, 2018. This event will give
300 students from local non-profit organizations the opportunity to
trick-or-treat in a safe and fun environment. In addition to trick-or-
  treating, students will be able to participate in a variety of
Halloween themed activities including ice-Skating, face painting,
balloon Animals, pumpkin painting and Blackhawks shoot the puck.
Here's where we need YOUR help! To make this event happen we
need to collect bags of candy to handout to all the kids attending.

Our goal is to collect over 
300 bags of candy!

S o when you buy candy for your house,
please grab a bag to donate!
Buy a bag, Give a bag!
- October 19th  
*Please drop candy bags in the front office of the Upper Grade Center by October 19*

If we reach our goal of 300 bags we get a Blackhawks casual day! 
Parents Association Update
The Parents Association are looking forward to their first meeting next Wednesday, October 10, at 6pm at the Upper Grade Center Multipurpose room. 

If you would like to help support the school you can make a donation to the Annual Fund by clicking
We would also like to remind you to keep an eye on your inbox for information about upcoming grade level gatherings and other events that are in the works. 
Hot Lunch Orders
Please make sure you are placing your orders for hot lunch by clicking here.  We are happy to again be working with such a great organization to bring our students hot lunches, for more information on this great program please read this story from the AP about how they are changing school lunches. 

After School  Activities
Needlepoint Club

Please join Miss Madsen and Mrs. Madsen for a canvas needlepoint club! You will make an ornament to put on your tree. Classes are Wednesday November 7, 28 and December 5, 12 and 19 from 3:45 until 5:15pm for students grades 3-8. The classes are $160 for the whole session and includes all materials and holiday snacks. To get the registration form please click here
School of St. Mary Sacrament Schedule
Upper Grade Center Book Fair
Upload your photos for the yearbook
Community Events and resources for School of St. Mary Families
Lake Forest High School PSAT testing
Dear Class of 2023 Family:
Sign up for the PSAT 8/9 by completing this form no later than Tuesday, October 9!
We are offering the assessment on the following two dates:
  • Saturday October 13th at WEST CAMPUS of LFHS (8:30 AM -12:00PM)
  • Saturday October 20th at  WEST CAMPUS  of LFHS (8:30 AM -12:00PM)
While actual testing time is 2 hours and 25 minutes, pre-administration, breaks, and the actual test amount to just over 3 hours. Drop-off and check-in should occur between 8:00am-8:25am by the entrance under the blue awning. The assessment will begin promptly at 8:30am. Students should bring #2 pencils and any calculator. Either a graphing or non-graphing calculator is acceptable. Those who qualify for special education or a 504 plan will receive their accommodations prior to the day of the assessment. To assist with planning for the assessment, please complete this form to let us know when you plan to attend the assessment. If you submit the form and need to make a change, after submitting it, please contact my office. Additionally, if you have an extenuating circumstance and are unable to attend the dates above, please contact me.
LFHS continues to utilize the suite of SAT assessments for grades 8 through 11. The PSAT 8/9 serves as one data point among several in making informed placement decisions for incoming 9th graders.  Results of this exam will be shared with us and with you when they are received from the Collegeboard. Information regarding the PSAT 8/9 can be found by using the following link:
Our Instructional Directors (Math, Science, English, Social Studies, and World Language) will make placement decisions by early February 2019 based on multiple data points. Such data includes qualitative and quantitative indicators like grades, standardized assessments (the aforementioned PSAT as well as the MAP &/or ASPIRE tests), middle school teacher recommendations, and information on their readiness for their next level of challenge based on the student's acquired skills. This process also serves to assist us in identifying and providing supports to help your student succeed at their next level of challenge.
We have used many of these same data points in the past to inform placement. We have simply formalized the process, ensuring consistency while also discussing each child as an individual, being more explicit in our communication, and adding an assessment to support us in the process. The assessment will not only help to inform placement recommendations, but will also support the district in a more longitudinal analysis of student growth.
Other important components to support preparation for freshman year include the following:
  • Class of 2023 'Scout Experience' at LFHS - January 2019 - details forthcoming
  • Mid-February will mark the beginning of you and your child having individual appointments with your LFHS counselor.
  • From mid-January to late-February, students with IEPs will have transition meetings with Special Education personnel from both LFHS and the middle school.
Ensuring that your student's freshman year is a smooth experience is our utmost priority. We are making concerted efforts to ensure that each student has a positive year of learning and engagement! We look forward to welcoming your student.   
Feel free to contact my office with questions. We are happy to assist.
Dr. Alan Wahlert
Director of Teaching & Learning
(847) 582-7334

Real Life Catholic Program at Prince of Peace in Lake Villa
For two days in October, Thursday the 11th and 18th come celebrate with the Real Life Catholic program at Prince of Peace in Lake Villa. Let internationally renowned speaker and author Chris Stefanick, along with top performing live music artists, help you REDISCOVER God, and REDISCOVER the life you were made for. 

REBOOT! is the fun, inspiring and practical experience for all (ages 12 and up), of applying the beauty and genius of the Gospel to every aspect of your life, from prayer and spirituality, to work, dating, marriage, parenting, health and more!

It's time to start  living the Life you were made for. 

To purchase tickets or get more information please click here.
Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association (LDA)

The Lake Forest / Lake Bluff Learning Differences Association (LDA) met on September 26, and invites you to join us for our monthly meetings.  We regularly meet on the last Wednesday of every month at the West Campus of Lake Forest High School from 9:30-10:45.   All parents are welcome to come learn about the many resources, trends and issues our students with learning challenges experience.  It is a friendly group that talks with District / school administrators, hears about grant and financial updates and provides support for families.  We meet on the second floor of the West Campus of Lake Forest High School on the following days this year: October 31, November 28, January 30, February 27, April 24, and May 29. 
October 8-October 19
Monday, October 8, 2018
  • School Closed for Columbus Day
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
  • Student Council Induction during UGC Mass @ 9:00am
  • 6th grade volleyball @ Sacred Heart @ 5:00pm
  • 8th grade volleyball @ Sacred Heart @ 6:00pm
Wednesay, October 10, 2018
  • PGC Mass @ 9:00am @ St. Patricks Catholic Church
  • Bake Sale @Upper Grade Center during Lunch Benefitting Fill a Heart for Kids
  • 6th grade volleyball vs. Our Lady of Perpetual Health  @ 4:30pm
  • 7th grade volleyball vs. Our Lady of Perpetual Health  @ 5:30 pm
  • 8th grade volleyball vs. Our Lady of Perpetual Health  @ 6:00pm
  • Parents Association Meeting @ Upper Grade Center Multipurpose room @6:00pm
Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • Bake Sale @ Upper Grade Center during Lunch Benefitting Fill a Heart for Kids
Friday, October 12, 2018
  • UGC Students Pray the Rosary @ 9:00am 
Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • PSAT 8th grade Assessment for the LFHS class of 2023 @ 8:30am at Lake Forest High School 
Sunday, October 14, 2018
  • 8th graders attend Mass @ 10am
Monday, October 15, 2018 - Comfy Clothes Day
  • 8th grade Confirmation Student, Parent and Sponsor Meeting @ UGC @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Sports Wear Day
  • UGC Mass @ 9:00am @ St. Mary Catholic Church
  • UGC Students Pray the Rosary following Mass
  • 6th Grade Volleyball @ Pope John Paul XXIII @ 5pm
  • 8th Grade Volleyball @ Pope John Paul XXIII @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - Early Dismissal - Homeroom Wars
  • PGC Mass @ 9:00am @ St. Patrick's Catholic Church
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Decade Dress Up Day
  • 8th Grade Loyola Academy Shadow Day
Friday, October 19, 2018 - Crusaderwear Day
  • Pep Rally @ UGC @9:00am
  • Coffee with the Principal @ UGC @ 10:00am
  • PGC Students Pray the Rosary @ 2:15pm in IMC