Holy Angels Updates

Hey Black Child: Black History Month at Holy Angels

In case you missed it, Holy Angels Catholic School continued our year-long celebration of Black History during the month of February. We started our day with our Pre-K students who showed us that our children are limitless. Then our 2nd graders hosted a Blacks In Wax Museum, where they walked a mile in the shoes of several black pioneers. Next, our 5th graders presented on their heroes. Finally, we concluded our February celebrations of Black History with inspiring performances from our students.

Black History Month was more than a chance to remember and embrace heros from the past. It was also a moment for our students to share their gifts by singing, dancing, reciting poetry, and making art. Across all of our Black History Month prorgaming we had over 250 parents, guest, and community members join in our celebrations.

This years celebration was epic, and who knows what amazing things our staff and students will dream up for next year. Don't miss out on being #BeAnAngel, we are currently re-enrolling students for the 2018-19 school year. This is your chance to get in on the exciting things happening here at Holy Angels. Be sure to state your intention to re-enroll for next year.

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Breaking News: Principal Sean Stalling Receives Sullivan Leadership Fellowship

We are excited to announce that our very own, Principal Sean Stalling has received the Sullivan Leadership Fellowship through the Big Shoulders Fund. This unique leadership fellowship founded by Tim and Sue Sullivan was created to acknowledge principals in Chicago's Arch Diocese who are conducting exemplary work and leading transformative initiatives to improve their schools. 

A  critical component of the fellowship is the $780,000 in scholarship money the Sullivan family is providing through the Empower Illinois' Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Each school represented by a Sullivan Leadership Fellow will receive up to $55,000 in guaranteed scholarships for families in need of financial support.

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The Tax Credit Scholarship is typically given out on a first come first served basis, so this gift is an incredible opportunity as it guarantees some Holy Angels families will receive a scholarship; a scholarship that can cover from 50% to 100% of tuition costs.

After receiving this news, Principal Stalling remarked, "While this opportunity is personally gratifying, the fact this benefit will lend itself to the school is even more fulfilling. This surpasses any personal feelings that I may get knowing that our work is going to make a financial difference in the lives of our families and our children." 

We want to say thank you to the Sullivan family for their generous gift and thank you to Principal Stalling for leading our school into a new era of excellence.

Check out this short video that highlights one of Principal Stallings newer initiatives, The Day of Code, which is yet another example of the great programs and curriculum he is bringing to Holy Angels.

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Catholic Schools Week - Day 3 Recap

Service is a key theme in this year's Catholic Schools Week. We've incorporated this idea of service and helping others into our Five Days of Kindness Challenge. Each day students arrive at school with a new challenge. On Day 3, students were asked to help other students carry their bookbags. While a simple gesture, helping others can have a profound impact. Just look at all the smiles in this short recap video.


The Tax Credit Scholarship application opens today at noon. Be sure to sign in at 12:00 PM sharp. Other funds have given out all of their scholarships within the first 30 minutes of the application opening. You can apply at https://empowerillinois.org/

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Catholic Schools Week - Day 2 Recap

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Sunday, January 31 marked the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Did you know that the Archdiocese of Chicago is the largest private school system in the United States with more than 79,000 students attending 229 Catholic Schools. We are proud to be one of these schools, with the unique mission to serve the Bronzeville community.  Thank you so much to each of you who make the Holy Angels family exceptional. 

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This year's theme for Catholic Schools Week is Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. This week Holy Angels will engage this theme through our curriculum which will explore the robust history and impact African Americans have had on our country, and special activities each day like our Days of Kindness program. 

Each day our students are challenged to get caught conducting an act of kindness. Marianna Booker from 2nd grade was our first Day of Kindness winner.

 


In other news, I'm sure you've heard that Holy Angels families are now eligible for the Tax Credit Scholarship which can provide anywhere from 50% to 100% of tuition costs.

The application opens tomorrow at noon. Be sure to sign in at 12:00 PM sharp. Other funds have given out all of their scholarships within the first 30 minutes of the application opening. Visit holyangels.school/tax-credit-scholarship to see how we can assist you with your application. 

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Holy Angels Has Two Locations to Help You Apply for the Tax Credit Scholarship

We are so excited about the Tax Credit Scholarship, and the much-needed financial relief families will receive because of this incredible program. 

To make sure as many families as possible get access to the scholarship we are providing support the day the scholarship opens on Wednesday, January 31 at 12:00 pm. In fact, we will be at two locations. Here at Holy Angels (750 E 40th St) and Dyett High School (555 E 51st St). Come to whichever location is most convenient for you.

Be sure to be there before noon so that we can get you all setup and prepared to apply as soon as the application opens. We can't stress this point enough. In the past, it only took 15 minutes for all of the scholarships to be claimed, so be here early.

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You can find more information about the scholarship and see an application checklist at holyangels.school/tax-credit-scholarship. Also, feel free to stop by the Principal's Coffee tomorrow at 9:00 to get more information. Principal Stalling will be available to answer all of your questions. 

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