Welcome Back!

Happy New Year!  We hope all of you had a joyful and restful Christmas break with your family!  We look forward to seeing all of our Sparks in person, as well as their families! As we enter 2021, we remain optimistic and look forward to continuing our learning, playing and being in school!

Birthday of
St. Josemaria Escriva

January 9th

Today we celebrate the birthday of the patron saint of Embers, Saint Josemaria Escriva. Our new chapel is dedicated to this faithful saint of everyday holiness.

He was born in Barbastro, Spain, on January 9, 1902 and ordained to the priesthood on March 28, 1925. On October 2, 1928, by divine inspiration he founded Opus Dei. On June 26, 1975 he died suddenly in Rome, after a final affectionate glance at a picture of our Lady in the room where he worked. Pope St John Paul II canonized St. Josemaria in Rome on October 6, 2002. His liturgical feast is celebrated on June 26. 

The life of St. Josemaria Escriva, priest and founder of Opus Dei, was a life of faith, a life holy and full of God—a life dedicated to doing God’s will and bringing to the world the message God entrusted to him:

“Sanctity is not for a privileged few. The Lord calls all of us. He expects love from all of us—from everyone, wherever they are; from everyone, whatever their state in life, their profession or job. For the daily life we live, apparently so ordinary, can be a path to sanctity: it is not necessary to abandon one’s place in the world in order to search for God…because all the paths of the earth can be the occasion for an encounter with Christ” (Letter 24-III-1930, no. 2).

Reminders for Tuesday, January 12

  • In-person school resumes this Tuesday.  We look forward to seeing all of your children!

  • Students who attended the Christmas Parade are allowed to dress out of uniform. 

Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis has declared a special Year of St. Joseph to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s  declaration of St. Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church.  

“Each of us,” Pope Francis wrote, “can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation.”


Quarantine Guidelines 
After Travel

As you make plans for your children’s return to school, please keep in mind the travel quarantine guidelines from the Cook County Dept. of Public Health. We ask that you follow these guidelines so that we can continue to provide a healthy and vibrant in-person learning environment for all of our students. If you travelled recently, please communicate with your child’s teachers to arrange for remote learning during your quarantine period.

Both a 10 day and 7 day quarantine are now acceptable based on the following conditions:

10 Day Quarantine:

  • No PRC COVid Testing 

  • No symptoms during those 10 days

 7 Day Quarantine:

  • COVid test is administered and comes back negative

  • The test can only be PRC (PRC Rapid test “ID Now” acceptable)

  • Testing can only take place AFTER day 5 of your return from traveling

  • No symptoms experienced during those seven days

Thank you for your continued adherence and vigilance to these guidelines.


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Virtue of the Month
Justice and Fairness

Justice, one of the cardinal virtues, is the constant and firm will to give to God and neighbor what is their due. It is to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. Read more in this month’s Virtue Vistas.

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