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Crusader Chronicle

The Crusader Chronicle is our weekly parent newsletter. Here you will find everything you need to know for the upcoming week: A calendar of events, important dates, deadlines, and a message from the principal. The Chronicle is sent via email to all registered families on Thursday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. and updated here by Monday. If you have notes to include or are not receiving an email, please contact Melissa Haak


15 February 2024

In this issue: CRS Rice Bowls, Re-Enrollment Price Increase, Admissions Events, Tamarak Day Camp, Door Decorating Winners, Fun with Fleece Club, Fish Friy Friday, Tuition Raffle, Lake Forest Shop Event, Donut Sunday, Men's Prayer Group, Lenten Mission, Faith Adventure Week, Bandits Lacrosse, and NFL Youth Camps. 

Dear SOSM Parents,

Tragedies and hardships around the world fill the news every day. We often feel helpless in lessening the burdens placed on affected populations. As a school, we believe that our Crusaders should learn, serve, and lead. What better time than Lent to teach our children how they can grow closer to God and reflect on the sacrifices of Jesus while serving others in need?

This week, each of our students brought home a small piece of folded cardboard that easily converts to a three-dimensional bank. The children have learned from their teachers and clergy that these boxes are called “rice bowls.” They are created by Catholic Relief Services, an
international humanitarian agency. For adults, the program encourages Catholics to fast and donate the money they would have spent on the food to help those in need in 100 countries around the world.

Most of our students are too young to fast, but they can still support the rice bowl project by earning change by helping around the house. Please encourage your son or daughter to do small jobs around the house to earn change. When they place those coins in their rice bowl, praise your son or daughter for their service to others, emphasizing that their contributions will make a difference in the lives of many. For, it is in giving that we receive.


Kathy Thompson, Principal 

School News

Re-Enrollment - Price Increase coming!
Thank you to everyone who has re-enrolled for next year!  Just a reminder to all that two weeks remain to re-enroll at the $225 rate.  After March 1st, re-enrollment fees will go up to $325.  Please contact Mandy Castle ( if you are having trouble with re-enrollment or logging into FACTS.

Upcoming Admissions Events
All are welcome! Please pass on to your friends and neighbors:

Crusader Partners

The School of St. Mary is grateful for the partnership with other organizations in the community that support our Crusader Annual Fund. Their philanthropic support is more important than ever to help us succeed in our mission to educate every child to reach their fullest potential. We are pleased to introduce you to one of our Partners, Tamarak Day Camp

For children ages 4-13, Tamarak has established a reputation for providing the finest programming with an emphasis on swimming and extremely low camper-to-staff ratios. Our beautiful grounds, state-of-the-art facilities, and highly trained staff ensure that your child will enjoy a safe and rewarding summer camp experience!

Tamarak Day Camp
23970 N. Elm Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
(847) 634-3168

Student Activities

2024 Catholic Schools Week Door Decorating Contest Winners:

  • PGC - Mrs. Thomas 3rd Grade
  • UGC - Mrs. Tazioli 6th Grade

Fun with Fleece (PGC) Session 2
Learn to have fun with fleece! This no-sew class will teach students how to create scarves, pillows, blankets, and more using just fleece, scissors, and creativity.

Who: Open to students in 1st-3rd grade
There is a 14 person limit, and the first 14 students to sign up will be registered. 
When:⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠ Monday afternoons, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., beginning on February 26th and running through March 18th
Where: Mrs. Thomas' Classroom - Room 14 @ the PGC
Cost: $175 total paid via FACTS
Register: Fun with Fleece Registration Form
Contact: Mrs. Thomas


Basketball Volunteers - NEEDED
Basketball Helpers are required for every home game that SOSM hosts. We need a minimum of 3 volunteers per game. This is an excellent opportunity for Middle School and High School students to fill volunteer hour requirements. Parents of players are also required to fill a minimum of 3 spots. Please sign up at the link below: 

Basketball Helper SignUp

Parents Association

Join this Lenten tradition: SOSM Fish Fry on Friday, February 23 from 5:00-8:30 p.m. at the UGC to benefit the Crusader Fund!  This family-oriented fundraiser brings together young and old throughout the community for some fellowship for a good cause!  Come before or after Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of St. Mary! Learn more and buy tickets

There are a variety of opportunities for adults and students looking for volunteer hours to help make this event a success. Look and see what shift(s) and type of activity suits you best or sign up to donate a dessert Fish Fry Volunteer!

Tuition Raffle

Support the Crusader Fund AND secure a chance to win K-8 2024-25 tuition or $5,000! Raffle tickets are $100 each or 3 for $250. Only 200 tickets will be sold! Get your ticket before they sell out! Link here


March 14, 5-7 p.m.: The Lake Forest Shop is hosting a Spring Shopping Soiree on Thursday, March 14 for SOSM moms, friends & parishioners. Please join us for a fun evening with The Lake Forest Shop stylists, light bites and refreshments. 10% of the evening's sales are being generously donated to the SOSM Crusader Fund. The Lake Forest Shop, 265 Market Square Court 

Class of 2024 Information

Class of 2024 Feature Survey
Please complete this survey for our Class of 2024 feature. We will begin featuring 8th graders after Easter. Every student should complete one, even if they don't want to be featured (that's an option).  DUE March 1

All information in this section is archived in the Class of 2024 Drive Folder and available on the 8th-grade page of our website.

Parish Events

Lenten Parish Mission: Renewed in the Eucharist
All are welcome for a three-night parish mission for all ages focused on the National Eucharistic Revival presented by guest preacher Fr. Frank DeSiano.  

  • Sunday, March 10th: God's Word Calls to Us
  • Monday, March 11the: Our Unity in Christ
  • Tuesday, March 12th: Sent as Disciples

All events will be at 7:00 p.m. in the church. See the flyer for more information and contact Chase Hawkins with any questions. 

Community Events

Bandits Lacrosse
Bandits Spring Lacrosse for girls 1st - 8th grades is OPEN!  We are your community youth lacrosse program. Come and join the fun! All skill levels are welcomed.  For more information or to join, visit us today at

Chicago NFL Alumni Youth Football Camps
Safe, Non-Contact Football Instruction - For Athletic Skills, Life Skills and Fun  
Camps Available June and July, for boys and girls ages 6 to 14.
Camps in the Lake Forest area.
Led by Pro Coaches Features NFL Alumni Chicago Bears
Register Today!   
To join us, visit or call 877-226-9919 . 


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