March 23 - April 3, 2020
Message from Interim Principal
Parents & Guardians:

I really don't have anything new to share with you since my last email. I'm sure you have been watching the news like me, and, unfortunately, I haven't heard much of anything that would be considered encouraging. It is times like these that we need to depend on our faith, and continue to pray for those affected by the virus and pray for each other.

I continue to touch base with the Archdiocese, but there is so much uncertainty right now that it is hard to do any kind of planning for when we might return to school. At this point, everything is in the hands of the federal and state governments. I will continue to keep you up to date.

Next week is spring break. I hope this gives you an opportunity to spend time with your families (if you haven’t spent enough time together already!) and take your minds off the news. Remember, too, that it is the faculty and staff’s spring break as well. On a lighter note, it is this time of year that I always look forward to the start of the baseball season and my New York Yankees. I guess another championship drive will need to be postponed to later in the season!

Let’s pray that things get back to normal sooner rather than later. We miss seeing the children every day. The St. Luke community continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Tom Clausing
Interim Principal
Virtual Bearcat Spirit Wear Day Tomorrow
Students are encouraged to wear their Bearcat spirit wear for the e-learning day tomorrow. Parents, take pictures and email to Jessie Wiktor and/or share on social media with the hash tag #bearcatspirit. Let's show our Bearcat pride even though we are not together!
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 that our teachers wanted to share:

Brooklyn Art Library 28 Day Art Challenge: Daily emails with creative prompts (Free or pay what you can).

Immersive Art Exhibits That You Can Visit From Your Couch: View famous art exhibits from home thanks to PBS.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Enjoy Virtual Rides at Disneyland: Romper.com shares a list of rides you can virtually experience.

Learn to Type: Free resource to improve typing skills
Parent Survey Reminder - Deadline Tomorrow
St. Luke parents are invited to participate in the Climate, Culture, and Catholic Identity Survey. This survey, developed by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research and the Archdiocese of Chicago, gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes. Click here for more information and here to complete the survey. All responses are due March 20. Thank you for your participation in this important survey.
Sapphire & Gold Gala Photos
Photos from the Sapphire & Gold Gala are now posted on our website so please check them out. Thank you to St. Luke mom, Jill Bartalis, for these wonderful photographs. And thank you to our community for all you did to support this event. Final details will be shared 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. If you are on Facebook, please join the group 'St. Luke School Families', which serves as a resource for families to share pictures and links and to communicate with one another.
Queen of Hearts Raffle
Due to COVID-19 the Queen of Hearts drawings have been postponed. Please note all tickets purchased after 03/10/2020 are still valid for the next drawing. The current jackpot is $21,000 and growing.
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.


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