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Both the Pre-School Christmas program last week and our K-8 Christmas program last night were inspiring and a reminder of how amazing it is to be a part of the St. Raymond family. We were reminded of the importance of sharing Christ’s light and joy with the world. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making these events so meaningful and memorable!

Thank you also for the many treats and drinks that were donated, both to the reception and to the class parties. Your efforts with this help create lasting memories.

On behalf of Fr. Bill and the entire faculty and staff of the Cathedral, we wish you and your family a most blessed and holy Christmas. May it be filled with the love of family and friends.

We look forward to welcoming all of you back on Monday, January 7, 2019!!!!

ITEM #1: IL Tax Credit Scholarships

Save the date! Tuesday, January 15, 2019 is the official date for the 2019-2020 tax credit scholarship application process to begin. The application will again be a two-step process, beginning on January 15 at 7 pm CT.

Empower Illinois has updated their systems and enhanced the user experience over the past number of months. It will again be a 2-step process with families first making a reservation, followed by completion of the application itself.

Please note that if you received a scholarship or are currently on the waitlist, you will need to reapply for the 2019-2020 school year.

For more information go to or see the attached flyers.

ITEM #2: Asbestos work being completed over Christmas break

Beginning December 26th, we will be conducting asbestos removal in the school building. Specifically, pipe insulation in a small storage area will be removed. Abatement will be conducted using IL Dept. of Public Health licensed contractors and air monitoring personnel. The area will be sealed, negative air pressure provided in the area, and the air monitored before, during and after the project. Air clearance tests will be conducted after the project and the results will be placed in our asbestos project manual. Admittance to the area will be permitted only when the air clearance results are known to be specified by the IL Dept. of Public Health. As a public document, the manual as well as the asbestos management plan may be reviewed in the school office. If you have any questions, please call Richard M. Kaffka, the Asbestos Designated Person at 815-221-6100 or 708-334-0585.

ITEM #3: Spring Musical Informational Meeting

The parent of any student in grades 6-8 who is interested in being a part of our spring musical, Annie Jr., should plan to attend an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 6 PM. This meeting is mandatory if you want your child to participate. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Keenon at


ITEM #4: Attention 8th Grade Families—KAZMA Scholarship

The Kazma Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF), offers four year scholarships to students enrolling in Diocese of Joliet Catholic High Schools next year. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 1, 2019. For more information and to apply go to

ITEM #5: HSA Meeting

There will be an HSA meeting on Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 PM in the teacher’s lounge. All are welcome to attend.

ITEM #6: Athletics Meeting

There will be an Athletics Board meeting on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30 PM in the teacher’s lounge. All are welcome to attend.


All 5th-8th graders are invited to join the St. Raymond's 2019 Track and Field Team. The season begins at the end of February and will run through early May. There will be more information coming soon! Have a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

Thank you,

Coach Les & Coach Katie

ITEM #8: Vision and Hearing Screening

The Will County Health Department will be at school on Monday, January 14th to conduct the annual Vision and Hearing Screenings. The grades that are mandated by the state of Illinois to be screened are as follows:

Hearing: Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade

Vision: Preschool, Kindergarten without an eye exam report, 2nd grade and 8th grade

Students with IEPs and students new to our school are required to have both screenings.

If you have any questions regarding the screening process, please contact Mrs. Alt in the school office.


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