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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 the email, please contact Melissa Haak


14 September 2023

In this issue: Homecoming Pep Rally and Crusader Wear Day, No School September 22nd, UGC Back-to-School Night, Grade Level Parents Night Out, Virtual Early Childhood Information Session, Altar Server Training, UGC & PGC Choir, Chicago Chaperones, 8th Grade Sign-up, School Night for Scouting.

Dear SOSM Parents,

This week got off to a terrific start with our eighth-graders assuming leadership roles at 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday in the Church of St. Mary. The students represented us well, properly groomed in their school uniforms. They assumed key roles, including serving on the altar, clearly reading, bringing up the gifts, gathering the collections, and welcoming the congregation. Many parishioners praised the students for their preparation, reverence, and participation. We offer a special thank you to our eighth graders, demonstrating what they have learned in Catholic school.

This evening is our final of three Back to School Nights. We encourage parents of all fourth through eighth graders to attend this informative evening at the Upper Grade Center. This link will provide specific information about the schedule.

Tomorrow, the Upper Grade Center students will celebrate participation in sports as well as our 8th-grade students at our annual Homecoming Pep Rally. We especially encourage all parents of 8th graders to join the celebration and recognition at 2:30 p.m. in the Green Bay parking lot.  Please park in the Oakwood lot and walk under the bridge to the Green Bay lot. We will have chairs set up for you. 

Kathy Thompson, Principal

School News


We have become aware that students are placing additives in their water bottles, such as caffeine boosters, flavored powders, etc. The student may only drink water during the school day.

Virtual Early Childhood Information Session
Parents with children ages 2 through 5 are invited to a Virtual Information Session to learn more about Early Childhood at the School of St. Mary on Friday, September 29th, at 9:30 a.m. Tell your friends! 

Student Activities

Altar Server Training
Altar servers contribute not only to Mass, but they also serve as role models in our school and parish communities. They enrich us through their dedication and service. It is a very important responsibility and requires a sincere and dedicated commitment. Altar servers must attend Sunday Mass weekly and serve at weekend liturgies at least once a month. Students in 4th-8th grade who have received their First Communion are able to serve. Training will be on September 20th and October 3rd from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m., students must attend both. Please register in advance on this form.

UGC Choir
UGC Choir is open to all students in 4th - 8th grade. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, September 12th, at 8:00 a.m. To register, please complete this form and bring it to the first rehearsal. Rehearsals are Tuesday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

SOSM Newspaper Club
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to become part of a news team that will cover a variety of events happening at the School of St. Mary. Club members will gather every week to discuss and assign possible stories and events to cover; education, sports, art, people, etc., write and edit each other’s work, and layout and publish a school paper. 
Who: Students in 6th - 8th Grade
When: Monday's 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. 
Register Online.

PGC Choir
PGC Choir is open to students in 2nd & 3rd grade. Rehearsals will begin on Monday, September 11th, at 8:00 a.m. To register, please complete this form and bring it to the first rehearsal. Rehearsals are Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m. 


Volleyball Volunteers
The girl's volleyball teams are looking for interested parents or students to volunteer at their home games. Please see the sign-up. All Parents of Athletes must volunteer for 2 shifts during the season.

Parents Association

Parent's Night Out
Thursdays, September 14th - October 12th. 7-10:00 p.m.
Parents are invited to get to know each other at a casual get-together at Prairie Bar in Lake Bluff. The Alley Patio will be reserved for SOSM, and a cash bar will be available. Drop in whenever you can. Contact Katie Villacis with any questions.

  • September 14th - Preschool
  • September 21st - K and 1st
  • September 28th - 2nd and 3rd
  • October 5th - 4th and 5th
  • October 12th -  6th and 7th

Class of 2024 Information

PSAT at Lake Forest High School
ALL 8th grade students who intend to go to Lake Forest High School must take the PSAT in October. The PSAT is administered by LFHS, and you must sign up by completing this form no later than TODAY, September 14th.

8th Grade Sign Up
The 8th Grade Sign-up for parent volunteers and donations is now available at this link. Please consider supporting the class with your time, talent, or treasure.

Chicago Chaperones
If you are interested in being a chaperone on the Chicago Trip on Friday, September 29th, please complete this form by September 18th. 

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


Community Events

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Annual Book Sale to be held at the Lake Forest Recreation Center, September 14-17. We have over 100,000 books across 115+ categories, individually priced and organized. On Saturday they offer a 25% discount to all teachers. See flyer for sale hours.

School Night for Scouting
Come learn more about Scouts at their School Night for Scouting on September 19th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the UGC. See the flyer for more information and to register.

Loyola Academy Athletic Camps
Loyola Academy sports camps provide young boys and girls with the opportunity to learn and develop skills that will help them compete at a higher level in their given sport. They will also get a chance to meet Loyola Academy coaches and other boys and girls who are in the Loyola community; all of this in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. See the camp flyer for more information on the dates, times, and camps offered: Loyola Academy Fall Sports Camps.

First Ever Regional Fire Prevention Poster Contest.  
Students in 1st - 4th grade are encouraged to submit a fire prevention poster with the theme "Cooking Safety Starts with You" Entries are due by October 5th. The school with the highest number of participants will receive a traveling plaque to be displayed at the winning school for the entire year. We have partnered with other local Fire Departments in the area where (1) Grand Champion Poster from Lake Forest Schools will compete against the other schools to become the Regional Grand Champion! We have also partnered with the Peanut Gallery to give out Free Ice Cream to each schools grade levels First Place Winners. See flyer for official rules.

Student Special at Suzy Swirl
Suzy Swirl's Lake Bluff location is offering all students 50% off on Wednesdays. See Flyer. 

You can find past issues and all flyers shared on the Crusader Chronicle Drive

Crusader Chronicle Archive

The School of St. Mary Crusader Chronicle is our weekly parent newsletter and principal's note. All issues can be found on the Crusader Drive, please click on the dates below to find PDF versions of the newsletters as well as past flyers. 
Grade Specific Notes