April 20 - 24, 2020
Principal Message
St. Luke Parents & Guardians:

I hope you all had a peaceful Easter weekend.  The stay at home order was acutely felt this weekend, as we were not able to gather at this very important time in our faith calendar. Like everything since March 13, we find new ways to do those things that are important in our lives. 

I want to thank Fr. John for continuing our school Masses each Wednesday morning at 8:30. We have been challenged to continue the education process of our children using e-learning, but we also need to continue to practice our faith as a school community. I encourage our children and families to join us every Wednesday to remotely share Mass together. Masses are broadcast live on the St. Luke Parish Facebook page.

There has been no word yet from Governor Pritzker about any decision to extend the stay at home order and the impact this will have on schools. We are anticipating that the order will be extended into May, and our teachers will continue to design and deliver e-learning lessons. Several governors from other states have already canceled school for the remainder of the school year, so it would seem not out of the realm of possibility that it could happen in Illinois as well. In any event, we will adjust our plans and calendar as we go. 

In anticipation that the stay at home order will extend into May, and we will be continuing e-learning into May, we will need to consider postponing the following:
 
1 st  Communion – 4/25
May Crowning – 5/6 
St. Jude Trike-a-thon – 5/8
8 th  Grade Dance – 5/9 
 
How and when we will be able to reschedule these events will depend on the directions received from the governor and the Archdiocese. 

As we deal with the e-learning process, please continue to communicate with your teachers as we collectively find ways to continue teaching and learning. We realize and appreciate the sacrifices everyone is required to make, and our focus remains to be our children.

You continue to be in my prayers.

Tom Clausing
Interim Principal
Wednesday Mass
Please join us each Wednesday at 8:30 am for our all school virtual Mass. These Wednesday Masses will continue each week until we return to school. Mass can be viewed on the St. Luke Church Facebook page . Be sure to let us know you are there by checking in or posting a message before Mass begins.
Links & Resources
As you have likely discovered, there are countless resources online to help us get through this unusual time. Here are just a few we wanted to share:

The Fresh Films Video Challenges allow students to express, create, and connect with others and learn some pretty awesome documentary film and storytelling skills. Students in grades 5 - 8 can win $100!

Check out Romper  for list of websites that offer online exercise, yoga, dance, and fun for kids.

The Archdiocese of Chicago now has a library of lessons available on YouTube to provide extra resources to our students.

Wide Open School : Curated and coordinated by the experts at Common Sense, Wide Open School features a free collection of learning experiences and activities for kids, organized by grade and subject. You will also find daily schedules with creative breaks and recommendations to keep kids engaged and exploring, one day (or one hour) at a time.
Altar Server Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
The deadline for the 202o Pastoral Altar Server Scholarship has been extended to Friday, April 24, 2020. 

2020 Pastor Altar Server Scholarship
Open to all active 8th grade altar servers in the St. Luke Religious Education Program or St. Luke School. Submit a 250 word essay entitled: "How Being an Altar Server has Helped me Grow in my Faith". All entries must be typed, 12 point, and double spaced and submitted by Friday, April 24, 2020. Applicants can email their essay to  pastor@stlukeparish.org  or drop a hard copy off to the rectory.

Based on the essay, an altar server will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their high school tuition/expenses.
New Altar Servers Needed
In preparation for the summer and fall, the St. Luke Parish Ministry Coordinator, Kelly Carlson, is putting out a sign-up form for the new class of altar servers. Families with students in grades 4 - 7 are asked to consider participating in this program. Please watch the bulletin for more information coming soon.
St. Luke on Social Media
Be sure to follow St. Luke School on Facebook (St. Luke Parish School) and Instagram (@stlukeparishschool). We are posting pics of our students working from home, videos from teachers, and other helpful items for our community.

Please continue to email your e-learning pictures to Jessie Wiktor.
Weekly Catechism Corner
Want to learn a little bit more about our Catholic faith? Each week we will introduce a new topic in the weekly bulletin for you to enjoy.


Dates to Remember
April 20
Faculty Planning Day - No E-Learning
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