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Crusader Chronicle

The Crusader Chronicle is our weekly parents' newsletter. It includes 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


30 May 2024

In this issue: Skate with the Principal, Graduate Feature, NJHS correction, End dates for Extended Day, Library Books, Summer Skills Workbooks, Summer School, Extracurricular Survey, Donate Used Uniforms, Count me in Parties, Class of 2025 - rising 8th graders! Survey, Parish Events, and Scheidler Brothers Football Clinic.

Dear SOSM Parents,

Thank you to all the families who supported the Crusader Fund and joined us at Skate with the Principal! We had a great night!


Kathy Thompson

Class of 2024 Graduate Spotlight

Get to know the Class of 2024 and their accomplishments at SOSM!

School News

We missed some names in last week's Chronicle. Here is the correct list of students inducted into the National Junior Honors Society. Congratulations! 

  • Caroline B.    
  • Maxton F.
  • Choe F.
  • Ivanna G.
  • James M.
  • Christen H.
  • Eloise H.
  • Paige T.
  • Cosima D.
  • William J.
  • Everett T.

Extended Day
Thank you to all who have utilized Extended Day at the PGC this year!  Our last day of Extended Day for the 2023-2024 school year is as follows:

  • PK3:  Monday, June 3, 2024 evening
  • PK4:  Tuesday, June 4, 2024 evening
  • Kindergarten:  Wednesday, June 5, 2024 evening
  • 1st-3rd Grade: Thursday, June 6, 2024 evening

Please sign up online to reserve spots, and we will plan accordingly!  

Library Books
Please take a look around your house and return any SOSM Library books to the library by Friday, May 31st. Thank you!

Summer Skills Workbooks
Summer Skills Workbooks reinforce basic academic concepts and keep students on track over the summer. Requiring only three half-hour sessions per week over the summer, these convenient, user-friendly language arts and math books provide a sufficient review that is not overwhelming.

  • Review for basic math through algebra and geometry
  • Review language arts skills, including reading, writing, phonics, punctuation, and grammar
  • Review foreign language skills in Spanish
  • Learn or enhance keyboarding skills – 3rd – 6th grade with a paper keyboard included

The cost of each book is still $22.00. You will be billed through FACTS for the books you select. Families who would like to buy Summer Skills may place one combined order for their children in different grades.  The books will be delivered to the school by June 6, 2024. Please complete the below form by Friday, May 31, 2024 to order:

Summer Skills Review Books

School Supply Kits
The School of St. Mary partners with 1stDay School Supplies to provide school supply kits for purchase. These kits contain all the items that your student needs and the teacher's requested. Parents who have previously ordered should have received an email from the company. Supply Kits need to be purchased by July 1st and will be delivered directly to the school and waiting for your child on the first day. Order at the link below (scroll down a bit to see SOSM): 

SOSM School Supply Kits


Crusader Summer School
The School of St. Mary will offer our Summer School program to students entering Jr. Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year.  This is an opportunity to receive additional academic support and/or continue your child's education throughout the summer in an enriching, academic environment.  Students will focus on reading, writing, math, and social studies/science that fit their appropriate age/grade. For those with children who are moving from the PGC to the UGC, we will have special materials and instruction to help your child prepare for the greater independence required at the UGC. We will also have fun in the summer sun!

The School of St. Mary will offer two 3-week sessions. Families can register for either one or both sessions. Registration deadline: May 1

Location: Primary Grade Center (PGC) 900 W. Everett Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045
Time: Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm
Session 1: June 10-28
Session 2: July 8-26
Cost per child: $1,025/session

Please contact these teachers with any questions.
Julia Recker:
Natalie Agostinelli:    

Register for Summer School

Student Activities

We are considering several possibilities for after-school activities for the 2024-2025 school year. Please complete the extracurricular survey below to let us know what programs you are interested in seeing next year. 

Extracurricular Survey

Crusader Partners - Blue Ribbon Partner

Parents Association

Donate Your Used Uniforms & CrusaderWear!
As your students graduate, grow, and prepare for summer, please feel free to donate gently used uniforms to the school's Used Uniform closet. A donation box is located at the front desk of the UGC and PGC, where students may drop their items.

Also, please encourage your children to look in the Lost and Found for jackets, water bottles, and other items that may have been misplaced during the school year. There is quite a collection!

As always, feel free to contact Kelly Guerrero with any questions

Count Me in Parties
Upcoming Count Me in Parties: you purchase tickets and support the Crusader Fund!

  • June 5th, 4:00 p.m. Make a Splash Third Grade! (Lake Forest Club). Purchase for $50
  • June 15th, 8:00 a.m. Curious Carpenter Workshop for 4th-8th grade

Class of 2025 Information

Rising 8th Grade Families!  Save the Date!!!  We are blessed to give our rising 8th grade class the opportunity to lead Sunday Mass on Sunday, September 10, 2024, at 10:00 a.m.  We would love to show off our SOSM leaders to the parish and start the year off on the right foot.  If you know you will be in town and would like for your rising 8th grader to have a role, please complete this form by June 30, 2024, so we can get a head start on planning this summer.

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

Crusader Partners - Blue Ribbon Partner

Parish Events

Morning of Service 
June 29, 2024 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Meet at St. Mary's, and then service opportunities will take place at various local agencies.  This event is open to all ages, as we spend the morning serving the local community as Eucharistic People. See the website for more information or to register as an individual, family, or youth participant. Our Morning of Service is in conjunction with the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage passing through Chicago.

Youth volunteers (rising 6th grade - 12th grade) are encouraged to register to attend!

Community Events

Lake Forest Flowers Summer Kids Floral Workshop
Saturday, June 8th, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Perfect for ages 5 - 13, create a summer floral arrangement with Eileen Weber, AAF. Learn floral design elements, care & handling techniques. Each participant will bring their design home. The workshop fee is $50. Register online. 

Bannockburn's Fries with a Firefighter
Join the Bannockburn Fire Department at McDonald's on Thursday, June 13th, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for firetruck tours, fun, and free fries. See Flyer for details. 

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 and past flyers. 
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