Dear Parents and Guardians:
The 2017-2018 academic year is officially underway at DePaul College Prep! Our hallways are buzzing with the voices of students as they rush to classes. Our faculty are rested and ready to engage your children in learning. The fall season for our student athletes is underway. It truly is a great day to be a student, faculty member or administrator at DePaul Prep.
In June, I wrote to our parents to talk about our theme for 2017-18: All in for DePaul Prep!
At yesterday’s Opening Assembly for all students, members of our administration spoke about expectations for this year and what it means to be All in for DePaul Prep! There were consistent themes in all of our presentations—open your heart to others as Jesus did, practice your faith openly, be respectful, be kind to one another, do your best, follow the rules, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and be very proud to be part of DePaul College Prep. DePaul Prep’s traditions begin today, and our students can say forevermore that they were here at the start.
We have much to celebrate. Our academic partnership with DePaul University – the nation’s largest. Catholic university—continues to enrich our academics, performing arts and athletics. Our faculty members are applying their knowledge and experience to their teaching in new and exciting ways. Our parents are engaged and supportive of our mission and our core values. Our students are eager to learn. Our enrollment is strong and growing. We are absolutely All In.
As I did in my letter of June 26, I’ll include a few suggestions of how you can be All In, too.
Establish an account in Schoology, which gives you access to your child’s daily academic progress, upcoming assignments and communications from faculty. If you don’t already have a Schoology account sign on now. We will soon be communicating exclusively through Schoology so it will be important to have an account. If you did not sign up at packet pick up days, email email@example.com to obtain your access code. Include “Schoology Code” in the subject line. Once you have your code, go to: schoology.com, click “signup”, then “parent”, enter the code and follow the screen prompts. This is your personal account.
Attend the Partners in Education Parent Breakfast in our cafeteria at 7:30 am on August 24, 2017, where you will hear from Dr. Quaid and me about what the new school year will bring.
Attend Back to School Night on September 7, 2017 at 7 pm.
Attend the Opening of School Liturgy with your family in our gym at 9 am on September 10, 2017 where we will come together as community of faith as we embark on the new school year.
Volunteer with the newly organized Parent Association. For information about how you can participate on a working committee, as a grade chair or parent ambassador, please contact Parent Association President Laurel Elzinga: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend the Faith in Our Future Luncheon on September 28, 2017 at Maggiano’s,
516 N. Clark Street.
Attend Parent Teacher Conferences in October.
Attend athletic, arts and academic competitions and performances throughout the year.
Support DePaul Prep through the Fund for Excellence annual appeal campaign from October 1 through December 31, 2017; the campaign for the Tom Kleinschmidt Endowed Scholarship; Poker and Casino Night on March 3, 2018; Hoops Mania and Walk to Wrigley in spring and other fundraising events and opportunities throughout the year.
Consult our new website: www.depaulprep.org for the school calendar and further information about DePaul Prep.
As we embark on a new academic year, we are filled with gratitude to you for entrusting your child’s education to us. I conclude my letter with a reflection on gratitude by Thomas Merton, a monk, poet, and peace activist, which was read to our students in evening announcements at the conclusion of the first day of school:
“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything God has given us--and God has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of God’s love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from God. Gratitude, therefore, takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”
Let’s all have a great year!
With kindest regards,
Mary A. Dempsey
All in for DePaul Prep !