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Marian Catholic High School students

excel in college and beyond the classroom

Where will my child

thrive? This is one of the

most important questions

to consider when choosing

a high school for your

student, as finding the best

fit and opportunities for

them is pivotal to college

success and his or her future.

Though not the only determining

factor, a major

consideration is strong academic

preparation. Marian

Catholic High School

— a co-educational, private

high school in Chicago

Heights — focuses

heavily on its college preparatory

element as part

of the Dominican tradition

of scholarship, one of

the “Four Pillars” of the

Dominican Order.

The school has created

an environment that fosters

excellence and helps

students rise above and

beyond expectations, producing

well-rounded, intellectual

individuals who

are well prepared for success

in higher education

and future careers.

For example, 23 honors

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Catholic’s rigorous curriculum.

In 2018, 93 AP

Scholars graduated from

the school, with 37 named

as Illinois State Scholars.

More than 90 percent of

Marian Catholic’s staff

holds advanced degrees

and have an average of

20 years of teaching experience.

Among them

are vowed religious, published

authors, experienced

professions, world

travelers and lifelong devotees

of Catholic education.

Many faculty members

are alumni and all are

dedicated to encouraging

students to explore their

professional and personal


In addition to academic

excellence, Marian Catholic

offers students the

opportunity to acquire

hands-on leadership and

cutting-edge technology

skills useful in real life.

As the only high school

in the country with a

four-year leadership program

in which all students

participate, Marian provides

leadership training

via academics, athletics,

fine arts, band and student

government. Marian

Catholic’s one–to-one

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Since its establishment

in 1958, Marian Catholic

High School has enjoyed

a rich cultural and

geographical diversity,

drawing outstanding students

from 71 zip codes

in Illinois and Northwest

Indiana. The school has

a stellar reputation for

excellence in academics,

athletics and fine arts, as

evidenced by the fact it

was twice named a Blue

Ribbon School and one

of America’s Most Challenging

High Schools by

the Washing Post.

With more than 40

clubs and organizations,

students have many options

in which to explore

their interests and find

their niche at Marian

Catholic. The school’s 23

sports teams have a strong

history of competitive excellence.


teams and individuals

are celebrated each year

at the state level, including

baseball in 2012, girls

basketball in 2014, boys

diving in 2014-15, girls

volleyball in 2016, and

wrestling in 2016. Marian

is the proud home of

several NCAA Division I

athletes, four NFL players

and a 2016 Phoenix Suns

NBA draft pick.

Marian Catholic’s fine

arts program is a source

of great pride. Every year

since 1980, the school’s

nationally renowned

marching band has won

the Illinois State Championship

in its class,

possesses an unprecedented

seven Grand National

Championships and

in recent years marched

the Tournament of Roses

Parade. The awardwinning

speech team has

amassed 14 state championships

in the past 10

years in group interpretation,

performance in the

round and other categories.

Exceptional performers

showcase their talents

in Marian Theater and

choir productions, and

the choir has performed at

the Illinois State Capital

and Carnegie Hall in New

York City.

The school maintains

deep roots within the local

community, as well

as a deep connection to

its faith. Spiritual guidance

through the values

of Marian Catholic’s

founding congregation,

the Dominican Sisters of

Springfield, inspires students

to help the homeless,

assist with Special

Olympics events, rehab

homes in Appalachia and

much more.

Thanks to a robust academic

curriculum, strong

extracurricular programming,

leadership training

and spirituality, students

graduating from Marian

Catholic are empowered

to excel in college and beyond.

See whether Marian

Catholic is a fit for your


Submitted by Marian

Catholic High School,

700 Ashland Ave. in

Chicago Heights. For

more information, call

(708) 755-7565, or visit


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Register now for fall classes

at South Suburban College

Free class available

to qualified

applicants during

the fall term

Fall registration is in

progress at South Suburban

College. The 2019 fall

semester begins the week

of Aug. 19 for both credit

and non-credit classes at

the college’s main campus

and Oak Forest Center.

The class schedules

are available online at ssc.

edu. Prospective students

are encouraged to register

soon to secure their preferred


The fall semester is an

excellent opportunity for

students to begin or resume

pursuing their college

goals at a convenient,

affordable institution that

is focused on student success.

Prospective SSC students

should get started

with the online application

at ssc.edu. Once the application

process is complete,

new students will receive

an SSC email account and

a self service username

and password via email,

which will allow access

to student information and

class registration.

SSC also offers a free

class to first-time credit

students residing in District

510 and in Lake

County, Indiana. Residents

may take the free class

during a fall or spring semester.

High school students

may also utilize the

free class during the summer

semester before or

after their senior year. The

free class applies to tuition

only, and does not apply to

courses of more than five

credit hours. The free class

cannot be used with state

or federal financial aid,

Other special tuition programs

or employer subsidy


For more information,

please visit ssc.edu or contact

the admissions office

at (708) 210-5718. Para información

en Español llame

(708) 210-5740. SSC

is located at 15800 S. State

St. in South Holland. The

Oak Forest Center is located

at 16333 S. Kilbourn

Ave. in Oak Forest.

SSC is a community

college located in South

Holland serving 21 communities,

including parts

of the Chicago Southland

and Northwest Indiana.

SSC provides a variety of

support services and leadership

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Sterk Family Law Group empowers clients with options

Sterk Family Law Group offers

a full range of family law

and estate planning services in

Orland Park for clients in Will,

Cook and DuPage counties. Each

of the attorneys at Sterk Family

Law Group has a specific area of

concentration to further support

our client’s individual needs including:

estate planning, seniors,

small business, real estate, special

needs and support calculation enforcement.

The Sterk team provides

a holistic approach to the

practice of law and strives to not

only service a client’s legal needs,

but also help manage a client’s

emotional and overall well-being

by establishing connections with

a vast network of counselors,

support groups, and various other

non-traditional service providers

within our communities by way

of their unique Resource Center.

The Resource Center provides

Sterk Family Law clients with access

to other professionals to help

prepare for the next steps in their


Gwendolyn and team are advocates

for providing ongoing

education and are often involved

in sharing their knowledge by

speaking to our chambers, various

mental health organizations,

mental health providers and educational

institutions. In addition

to its website and social media

pages, the Sterk Family Law

Group’s YouTube page serves as

another avenue for information

via video podcasts that are hosted

with various local professionals

and organizations to discuss a

variety of trending topics, issues

and laws.

In 2017, Sterk Family Law

was a founding sponsor of the

free community program called

Building Hope for the Future,

which provides the community

with access to resources similar

to those found in their Resource

Center. The Building Hope for

the Future program is held each

month to offer our communities

programs to learn about a variety

of life topics, ranging from anxiety

and depression, bullying,

financial planning, human trafficking,

autism, and more.

Some life decisions are greater

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Tot Time Preschool encourages independence, growth

Tot Time Preschool, a program

of the Tinley Park-Park District,

helps children develop socially,

emotionally and intellectually

through play-based learning.

With the curriculum, children

head to kindergarten equipped

with all the skills they need for

academic success.

Tot Time Preschool includes

the Learning Without Tears pre-

K program in its curriculum to

help children learn basic skills

for early writing, literacy and

math. This integrated curriculum

uses a multi-sensory approach

combined with discovery play.

This approach provides an engaging

environment that addresses

different learning styles.

“Our Tot Time Preschool

teachers provide a warm, nurturing

atmosphere to prepare children

academically, socially and

emotionally for the transition to

kindergarten,” said Sandra Chevalier,

superintendent of recreation

at the park district.

Students enrolled in the 3-yearold

program participate in a variety

of developmentally appropriate

activities, including singing

and rhythm, stories, body movement

and free play. Opportunities

abound for children to explore and

discover the world around them.

They will use their imagination

while participating in creative

art experiences, role playing and

finger plays. Music, singing and

rhythm activities build confidence

and provide a foundation for further

development in musical and

mathematical skills.

The 4-year-old program will

continue to use the same types

of activities at a more advanced

level. Additionally, emphasis is

placed on developing necessary

skills for kindergarten success.

This includes basic math concepts

and counting, storytelling

from pictures, alphabet recognition

and printing. Breaking

down the concepts into small,

easy to understand steps through

innovative letter order and prewriting

activities promotes easy

comprehension for all students.

Registration is open for Tot

Time Preschool for both 3- and

4-year-old classes. Classes for

3-year-olds are Tuesday and

Thursday or Monday, Wednesday

and Friday. Parents of older

3-year-olds often prefer the three

day per week option. Fouryear-old

classes are Monday,

Wednesday and Friday. Morning

and afternoon classes are offered

for both age groups. Children

must be the appropriate age by

Sept. 1. All children must be toilet

trained and able to take care

of their own bathroom needs.

Registration forms, requirements

and tuition rates are available

on the Tinley Park-Park

District website at tinleypark


If one would like additional

information, contact Tot

Time Coordinator, Mary Walsh,

at (708) 342-4214.

The Tinley Park-Park District

is committed to creative recreational

programming opportunities,

outstanding customer

service and providing and maintaining

quality recreational facilities

and parks to enhance the

quality of life in Tinley Park.

Information on all Park District

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Registration open for Gym-Kinetics programs

Gym-Kinetics is gearing up for

the start of its 34th season. Yes,

that’s right, Gym-Kinetics is celebrating

its 34th year in business.

With the season approaching

soon, the summer team workouts

have been going great, according

to the coaching staff. The staff

for the competitive team includes

Victor Fredrickson, Samantha

Fredrickson, Brad Stegenga, Samantha

Hawkinson, Ashley Rice,

Joseph Hodges and Jim Fredrickson.

Currently, Gym-Kinetics has

approximately 200 competitive

gymnasts on its team, which is

one of the largest private club

teams anywhere in the country.

The southside gym is known

throughout the country for its

strong competitive team but is

equally proud of its recreational


“We have a huge team primarily

because we do such a great

job at the recreational level getting

the kids proper instruction to

become competitive gymnasts,”

Owner Jim Fredrickson said.

The team at Gym-Kinetics is

a powerhouse in the state of Illinois,

with Top 5 finishes at almost

every level entered in the state

competitions each year. One of

the levels even had a Top 5 ranking


Fredrickson said that it all starts

when the student walks through

the door for the first time. Whether

its a mom and tot program, or

a higher-level recreational program,

Gym-Kinetics takes pride

in how it teaches, what it teaches

and how it progresses to the next

level skill safely. That’s why its

team is so good: It takes the proper

steps starting on day one. For

more information on the competitive

team or the recreational

programs at Gym-Kinetics, call

(708) 479-6969.

Recreational programs include:

Baby Gym for walkers up to 2

years old; Mom & Mini for 2

year olds; pre-school age classes

for children ages 3-5; beginner

classes for both boys and girls

starting at age 5; Tumbling for

cheer; advanced classes for boys

and girls of all ages; and the very

popular Ninja classes for children

ages 4-12.

Registration is in progress for

the upcoming session, which begins

Aug. 19. Don’t delay, register

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St. George School — Where spirit, grace and success lead to a prosperous future

St. George is celebrating its

70th year of educating students in

Tinley Park and the surrounding

areas by educating children with

the tools needed to become successful

adults in our world of today.

St. George has a strong tradition

of educating students with a

robust, competitive and rigorous

academic education infused in a

faith-based education, stressing

the fruits of the Holy Spirit and

the greatest commandment to,

“Love the Lord your God with all

your heart and with all your soul

and with all your mind.”

Over the past 70 years, St.

George has educated students

who have become successful

adults serving as strong Christians

in the community and beyond.

The school has an up-todate

curriculum and instruction

program that focuses on best

practices in education for the

21st century. St. George is an inclusive

school, believing Catholic

education is for all learners,

and considers success for each

individual to be its mission. The

graduates of St. George School

attend many of the surrounding

community high schools, and

many of them are enrolled in

honors and Advanced Placement


We are a strong institution in

the community and participate

in many local and worldwide

endeavors. The students are involved

in many special service

programs, such as planting and

harvesting food for neighborhood

food pantries and buying

animals for farms in African

countries. St. George students

graduate with the skills needed

to bring about change and service

in the world.

In recent years, we have integrated

the use of Chromebooks

for all students in thirdeighth

grade, and iPads are used

throughout the primary grades.

Current technology skills are

incorporated throughout the

curriculum, enabling students

for success in high school and

beyond. Google Classroom and

Smart Boards are used in daily


All St. George students in

grades PreK through eighth participate

in our Spanish program.

Our reading and math programs

incorporate all learners with a

blended learning approach; both

are supported with web-based

enrichment programs. The writing

program incorporates realworld

skills to develop a love of

writing. Students throughout the

Archdiocese of Chicago annually

take the ACT Aspire Assessment,

which indicates that over

80 percent of St. George students

score in the ready or exceeding

area for future ACT/SAT success.

Students of St. George School

participate in a variety of school

clubs, such as Junior Honor Society,

Caring Hearts, book clubs,

grade level sports teams, band

and STEM clubs.

St. George welcomes all, and

we invite you to become part of

our family where faith, family

and focus are the foundation for

the future.

Submitted by St. George School,

6700 176th St. in Tinley Park. For

more information, call (708) 532-

2626, or visit stgeorgeschool.org.

St. George School

A preschool - 8th grade school focused on developing the whole child for success in the 21st century.








• Catholic faith curriculum

• Daily prayers and lessons

• Weekly all school Mass

• Sacramental preparation

• Grade Level

Service Projects

• Corporal and Spiritual

Works of Mercy

• Bi-weekly PE Classes

• Secured playground

• Daily recess/free play

• Interscholastic

boys/girls sports

• Indoor Soccer for students

in Pre-K

through third grade

• Fitness Club

• Computer Research Lab

• Science lab/

Discovery Lab

• Music and art education

• Foreign language program

• Smart Board

equipped classrooms

• Chromebook for all

students: grades 4-8


• National Junior

Honor Society

• Peer & Teacher tutoring

• Chess Club

• Student Ambassadors

• And many more…

6700 W. 176 th Street | Tinley Park, Il. 60477 | (708) 532-2626 | stgeorgeschool.org

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St. Michael School a leading Catholic, faith-based education

With more than 500 students

from pre-K3 through

eighth grade, St. Michael

School is a leading Catholic

faith-based school in

the greater Chicago area.

St. Michael School in Orland

Park is proud to offer

a competitive and rigorous

academic education to all

students. In 2013, St. Michael

was nationally recognized

as a Blue Ribbon

School for exhibiting continued

dedication to higher

student achievement.

Over the past three

years, St. Michael School

has made curriculum and

instruction a primary focus.

St. Michael School remains

competitive with the

surrounding public schools

while offering a tight-knit

community. Things like

iPads, Chromebooks and

Google Classroom are

utilized daily in the classroom

beginning in fourth

grade. In addition, students

attend weekly sessions on

keyboarding, word processing,

blogging and internet

safety. Students also

learn how to research and

develop multimedia presentations

and programming.

St. Michael is the only

school in Orland Park to

host a language program

that requires students to

study Spanish from kindergarten

through eighth

grade. The math program

continues to utilize blended

learning and focus on

alignment with other core

subjects and real-world

scenarios in order to provide

a balance, as well as

a deeper understanding of

math concepts and skills.

St. Michael School is expanding

its reading and

writing initiatives through

the Daily 5, an Archdiocese

of Chicago National

Certification and the Harvard

Data Wise program.

The teachers of St. Michael

School continue to

create innovative and engaging

ways to learn so all

students feel comfortable

and are more likely to advance.

The St. Michael School

community, both inside

and outside of the classroom,

prepares students

for high school, as well

as real-life experiences.

Eighth-grade student ambassadors

host three antibullying

presentations per

year. These presentations

are developed by students

for students. Each presentation

includes a guest

speaker and other student

activities specifically designed

to teach conflict

resolution and healthy

coping strategies. St. Michael

School prides itself

on producing students who

are successful and continue

to uphold the morals

and values of the Catholic


In addition to an excellent

education, St. Michael

School offers a variety of

extracurricular activities.

St. Michael athletics include

football, cheerleading,

golf, cross country,

volleyball and soccer. Other

school activities include

Art and Science Clubs,

Robotics Club, yearbook,

mock trial, First LEGO

League, Video Club, Drama

Club and chess.

A convenient Extended

Day program and full-time

school nurse are readily

available to meet the needs

of each student and their


St. Michael School is

a strong community that

becomes a wonderful support

system for parents and

students alike. This support

system extends beyond

eight years of school.

Many St. Michael students

are children of alumni, and

approximately 100 graduates

participate in Youth

Ministry throughout their

high school years.

Any questions, please

contact St. Michael School

at (708) 349-0068.

Submitted by St. Michael

School, 14355 Highland Ave.

in Orland Park. For more

information, call (708) 349-

0068, or visit saintmike.org.


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Future of hearing arrives at South Suburban Hearing Centers

South Suburban Hearing

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have worked with many

different types and brands

of hearing instruments, but

in most cases, they’ve all

got one major limitation:

They’re only trying to restore

a certain function to

the level that you’d expect

in someone without a particular


That’s utterly commendable,

but with modern

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certain senses or functions

beyond what you might normally

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That’s definitely the case

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With its newly launched

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your ability to hear

things, but it can also automatically

translate foreign

languages, and even track

physical and mental wellbeing.

Think of it like the

babelfish from “The Hitchhiker’s

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only with some extra

cool tech thrown in there

for good measure.

Hearing aids have so far

been single-purpose devices.

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As well as helping people

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sound, embedded sensors

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help us lead better lives in

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The next-gen hearing

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aid will then notify designated

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Morgan Park Academy

blends small classes,

global curriculum

Celebrating nearly 150

years of educational excellence,

Morgan Park Academy

is an independent

college preparatory school

in Chicago’s Morgan Park-

Beverly neighborhood, enrolling

450 students from

pre-kindergarten through

grade 12.

MPA ranked eighth

among private high

schools in Chicago Magazine’s

most recent rankings

and is the state’s No.

6 K-12 private school, according

to the research and

reviews website Niche.

com, which awarded an

overall A+ grade.

Built around small class

sizes and strong teacherstudent


the MPA experience invites

students to develop

a worldview rooted in

their own culture while

broadening and deepening

their thinking beyond the

boundaries of campus, city

and country.

With a ratio of one

teacher for every eight

students, Morgan Park

Academy students not

only have the opportunity

to speak up and stand out

in the classroom, on stage

and on the athletic field,

but also to develop genuine,

personal relationships

with teachers that foster

academic achievement and

create a sense of community.

Graduates emerge as

confident, young adults,

original thinkers, and creative

problem solvers.

They progress into the next

stages of their lives wellprepared

for advanced

college coursework, and

poised to meet and exceed

the high expectations that

they refined at MPA.

The school’s core focus,

Head of School Mercedes

Z. Sheppard said, is

its mission to engage the

whole child, inspire the

independent learner and

prepare the global leader

of tomorrow to make a

positive difference in the


“We want students to

leave MPA understanding

that their neighborhood

and their city aren’t everything,

that we are part of a

larger world that we have

a responsibility to,” Sheppard


On diversity, long a

strong suit, Morgan Park

Academy ranks second in

the State and in the Top 50

nationally among private

high schools, according

to Niche.com. The school

community reflects Chicago’s

diversity in ethnicity,

nationality, sexual

orientation, gender identity

and socioeconomic

background, with students,

families and faculty coming

from 80-plus Chicagoland

zip codes and several

international countries.

Infused into the curriculum

throughout the school

year, the study of language

and culture, service to

others and environmental

sustainability comes

into sharpest focus during

Global Week each March.

High school and middle

school students and teachers

share a broad range of

learning experiences off

campus, while early childhood

and elementary students

explore the world’s

countries and cultures

closer to home.

Recent high school experiences

included trips to

Japan, Iceland, Greece and

Italy, South Korea, Yellowstone

National Park,

and Silicon Valley, California.

This fall, MPA students

will host peers from

Germany whom they met

abroad last spring.

“Our goal is to help students

widen their perspective,”

Sheppard said. “We

show them the world and

challenge them to step outside

their comfort zones

and their zip codes.”

In science and math,

highlights include: robust

AP scores; a math competition

team that finished

10th in the State last year;

a new Maker Space for

collaborative and handson

learning, building, and

designing that features a

state-of-the-art multimedia

production lab; workshops

for engineering, robotics,

and woodworking; an experimental

science kitchen;

and a full suite of iMac


Small class sizes also

allow MPA students to

receive individualized attention

from the director

of college counseling

beginning freshman year,

ensuring that students find

the right fit in their college

searches and are ready for

advanced college coursework

once they get there.

In the past decade, Morgan

Park Academy seniors

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Fox’s Restaurant still about

family after 50 years

Three generations later,

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

is still providing quality

food and service to residents

all over Chicago’s

south side and the surrounding


Thomas and Therese

Fox started their restaurant

with a simple desire

to serve good food to other

families. The rich history

of the restaurant is kept

alive today by Thomas

Fox’s descendents, and

Fox’s is now a beloved

spot by residents not only

at its original location in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood,

9956 Western

Ave., but also in Oak Lawn

and Plainfield. The restaurant

also has a strong tie

to a key part of Chicago’s

rich history.

“In 1963 my grandpa

bought his first carry-out

store front on Walden

Parkway in Beverly,” said

Ryan Fox, general manager

of the Oak Lawn location.

“From there, he

expanded from two storefronts

to three, and then

in 1967 May Capone, Al

Capone’s sister, had a delicatessen

on Western [Avenue].

“Her and my grandpa

used to trade meats and

pizzas. Eventually, she

said that she wanted to

get out of the business

and sold the building to

my grandpa, which is now

Fox’s Beverly.”

Fifty years later, Fox’s

Restaurant and Pub still

serves up everything from

tasty pizza, to classic Italian

fare and more at a fair


The Foxes expanded

their family of restaurants

to include an Oak Lawn

location, 9240 S. Cicero

Ave., as well as a Plainfield

location, 14206 S.

Lincoln Highway.

Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made

meals daily.

That quality is endorsed

by the regulars who return

year after year.

“I think one of the biggest

things that makes us

unique is we’re really big

on family,” said Ryan Fox,

who added, “Everything is

made fresh in house, we

make our own pizza sausage,

our own dough and

we grind our own cheese.”

Live entertainment for

families on the weekends

also makes Fox’s Restaurant

and Pub a go-to spot

to bring the family.

For those who want to

bring a quality meal home,

Fox’s also has an extensive

catering menu to help take

the work out of special occasions.

Its catering menu offers

Italian food with an American

influence and includes

everything from salads and

pasta to hamburgers.

“I’m proud of what my

family has accomplished,”

Ryan Fox said of the family

business. “I like making

people happy when they

come in.”

Submitted by Fox’s Restaurant

and Pub, which

has three locations: 9956

Western Ave. in Chicago’s

Beverly neighborhood; 9240

S. Cicero Ave. in Oak Lawn;

and 14206 S. Lincoln Highway

in Plainfield. For more

information, including hours

and menus, visit


Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of

22nd Century Media, publisher

of this special section

and newspaper.

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Advanced learning with a family feel — St. Mary Catholic School in Mokena

Benefits of a learning community

focused on academics, faith and


St. Mary School is a vibrant

and welcoming Catholic school,

serving students in preschool

through eighth grade. Since

1949, teachers have been providing

an extraordinary, personalized

learning environment, allowing

each student to achieve

their full potential.

“We chose St. Mary’s for its

community, its extraordinary

faculty and staff, and its exceptional

learning environment,”

said Frank Murray, St. Mary

School Board vice president and

parent. “It is the faith-based,

family community that we believe

is critical for our children’s

academic, social and spiritual

development. St. Mary’s family

is everything we wanted in a

school community.”

See the exceptional learning


St. Mary’s offers 3-year-old

preschool through eighth grade.

Visitors are always impressed

with the school’s facilities,

which include a music room, library,

computer lab, science lab,

spacious gymnasium, and the

science, technology, engineering,

art, mathematics classroom.

The STEAM classroom allows

teachers to bring a unique

approach of teaching to enhance

student learning and understanding

of how all things relate to

each other, in school and in life.

Unlike other STEM programs,

St. Mary’s program also emphasizes

the integration of the

arts and offers more creativity to

students in the learning process.

The STEAM program and open

classroom setting allow teachers

to facilitate rather than lecture,

resulting in students experiencing

their education as a process

instead of a final product.

St. Mary’s also offers a oneto-one

technology program that

provides each student in sixth

through eighth grade with an individual

iPad, a class set of iPads

for grades third through fifth,

and kindergarten through second

grade has designated classroom

iPads and smartboards for educational

use. Primary students

also benefit from a certified reading

specialist and teacher aides.

Learn about numerous

extracurricular opportunities and


Students can enjoy many after-school

programs, including

band, chess, bell choir, youth

choir, drama club, STEM, yearbook,

Scout groups, Student

Council, social events and an extensive

athletic program. Before

and after school care is available

for a fee from 6:45-7:50 a.m. and

2:40-6 p.m. Bus service is an option

for those families who reside

in the Mokena School District

159 for a fee.

Learn about tuition assistance

Recent legislation in Illinois

opened up opportunities for families

to receive scholarships for up

to 100 percent of tuition for Catholic

education. Through Empower

Illinois, families can apply for

tuition assistance in the form of

grants to help pay for their child’s

Catholic education. Additionally,

St. Mary’s offers a special Tuition

Transfer Grant for up to $1,500

per family ($1,000 in Year 1, $500

in Year 2) for students entering

grades first through seventh who

transfer from any private, public,

charter or home school. Students

transferring from another Catholic

school in the Diocese of Joliet

or neighboring dioceses are not


Submitted by St. Mary Catholic

School, 11409 159th St. in Mokena.

For more information, call (708)

326-9330, or visit



St. Mary School is offering a Tuition Transfer

Grant up to $1,500 per family ($1,000 in year

one, $500 in year two) for students entering grades

1-7 who transfer from anyprivate*, public,charteror

home school.

*Students transferring from another Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet or neighboring diocese are not eligible.

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More than two decades of

excellence at Noonan Academy

Noonan Elementary

Academy, founded in

1995 and integrated with

academic excellence, is

a private, independent

school with a classical,

Catholic curriculum.

Faith formation was the

inspiration for and continues

to be, the purpose of

the school.

“As the founder of

Noonan Academy, I found

it my vocation to help

guide children spiritually

and provide the best educational

experience,” Dr.

Roberta “Bobbie” Noonan

said. “It is here, in this

school, where students

will develop a foundation

needed to lead a successful

and fulfilling life. It

is a privilege to open the

minds and hearts of children

to the love of Christ.

And I am proud to say

Noonan Academy offers

students both a superior

education and the support

of a warm Catholic community.”

The academy, located

in Mokena, recognizes

that each child is unique.

The school is committed

to providing each student

with an individualized

plan for educational success

and the structure for

the development of the

complete person: mind,

body and spirit. Noonan

Academy maintains an

environment that is a catalyst

to learning. It has a

teacher-to-student ratio

and various resources that

allow the gifted, average

and at-risk students to

maximize their potential.

Noonan distinguishes itself

by providing the most

classroom time, smaller

class sizes, the broadest

curriculum, extensive

extracurricular activities,

and a culture that fosters

strong character formation

and spiritual growth.

Students at Noonan

Academy, on average, attend

school 185 full days

per year. This combined

with an extended school

day translates into as

many a 30 more days per

year, or 20 percent more

classroom time than that

of other local schools. By

the time students graduate,

they will have benefited

from nearly two

additional years of instruction.

Also, Noonan

offers before- and afterschool


Noonan Academy’s

dedication to the overall

well-being of children

is evident in its rigorous

health and safety programs,

which include

reverse osmosis water

system, HEPA filters in

the furnaces, high-shock

absorption flooring in

the gymnasium, and a

very detailed nutrition

policy that encourages

healthy choices by disallowing

foods containing

excessive sugar, artificial

sweeteners, colors, and

flavoring or any other

chemical additives.

Students are still being

accepted for the 2019-

2020 school year, and registration

forms are available

on the school website.

Additionally, scholarships

are available. Please

contact Mr. Dunn, Principal.

Noonan Elementary

Academy is located

at 19131 Henry Drive in

Mokena. To schedule a

visit, please call (708)

479-8988. Learn more at


Submitted by Noonan Elementary

Academy, 19131

Henry Drive in Mokena. For

more information, call (708)

479-8988, or visit



in your future!

Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the

reason for this school: the unseen but ever present

teacher in its classes; the model of this facility; the

inspiration of its students.

• Test scores significantly

above national norms

• 20% more class time than

other local schools

• Smaller class sizes

• Differentiated instruction

with 7:1 faculty student ratio

• State-of-the-art computer

lab & SMART® Boards in every


• Award-winning speech, drama

& chess programs

• Before and aer school care

• Sacrament preparation in 2nd

& 8th grades

• Additional classes in Spanish,

Latin, Fine Arts, Logic,

Nutrition & more

• 3 year old Pre K through

8th grade.

• STEM Lab, Engineering

& Robotics, Computer Science

& more


From Page 11

have gained admission to 28 of the nation’s

Top 30 colleges and universities, as

ranked by US News & World Report.

“MPA allowed me to grow not only as

a student but as a person overall,” said

Orland Park resident Angela Cabrera,

the school’s 2019 valedictorian. “Every

teacher has a genuine, real love for their

students and will do anything it takes to

see them succeed, not only academically,

but in your development as a person. They

teach you to be globally aware, to approach

life with an open mind and to not

be afraid to challenge your own ideas.”

Morgan Park Academy will host several

admission events this fall, including

a High School Open House at 7 p.m. on

Oct. 24. For more information, please

contact the Office of Admission at (773)

881-6700 or visit morganparkacademy.


Submitted by Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W.

111th St. in Chicago. For more information,

call (773) 881-6700, or visit



Limited Spaces Available

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Join Phil & Amy for

music and travel

Chicagoland favorites Phil & Amy

return to Starved Rock singing Broadway

greats and memory lane Favorites.

All their shows have sold out since their

lodge debut in 2016. The duet team is

being joined again by their daughter Lucie

and violinist Jodi who love performing

together for audience after audience.

The Aug. 19-21 shows are almost sold

out through the lodge, but seats are still

available for purchase through philnamy

music.com or by calling (708) 687-3302.

Packages include the St. Christopher

Tours motorcoach, luncheon and performance.

Departure and return locations

are in Tinley Park and New Lenox. New

this year is a package option that includes

an overnight stay at the lodge and much

more. When calling for reservations be

sure to sign-up for the raffle that offers a

couple of free seats for the bus, luncheon

and show.

When not on stage, the husband and

wife team love hosting one-of-a-kind motorcoach

tours. Maybe it’s the right time

for you to be on board with Phil & Amy’s

St. Christopher Tours deluxe motorcoach

excursions for carefree travel. For more

than 25 years Phil & Amy have been hosting

one-day and overnight luxury motorcoach

trips. Their St. Christopher travelers

have toured all around the country to

exciting getaway destinations across the

United States and Canada. Once again,

St. Christopher Tours takes care of all the

planning details so travelers can enjoy

amazing destinations.

Reservations continue to be received

for all of their upcoming events. In October,

a three-day visit to Frankenmuth,

Michigan provides wonderful fall colors,

a great Bavarian getaway, and a visit to

Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas

store. After heading west with what traveler’s

praised as “The best and most scenic

trip ever” to Yellowstone in 2018, the

“Go West Again” happens again next June

of 2020, featuring a breathtaking, scenic,

11-day tour to The Grand Canyon and the

southwest Canyonlands. The ever-changing

landscapes of canyon country are

something that everyone should witness

in their lifetime. Each stop will leave you

in awe of its unique beauty, a beauty that

only the forces of nature can accomplish

over centuries of time. Bryce Canyon and

Zion National Parks, Glen Canyon Dam

and Lake Powell, world famous Scenic

Highway 12, amazing visits in Colorado

and on the river, and a horseshoe-shaped

round-trip that features “Kicks” of historic

attractions of Route 66 on the westward


Later in June 2020, St. Christopher

Tours visits one of their favorite treasures,

Mackinac Island, Michigan, featuring

The Mackinac Bridge, bikes, horses

and carriages, famous fudge, and the

historic Grand Hotel. Upon arrival in the

Upper Peninsula, enjoy a meal overlooking

beautiful Lake Huron and an optional

visit to a local casino.

A growing list of one-day trips include:

The Best of Route 66, first 150 miles;

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St.

John, Indiana; Phil & Amy performances

at Starved Rock, August and December

dates; Drury Lane’s “American in Paris”;

Paramount Theatre in Aurora’s “Kinky

Boots”; and Lyric Opera’s “42nd Street.”

Submitted by Colony Productions Inc,

5348 Forest Trail in Oak Forest. For more

information, call (708) 687-3302, or visit


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22nd century media | August 8, 2019 | 17

Mill Pond Dental Group helps patients establish and maintain oral health

Dr. Eric Young knew

he wanted to be a dentist

after growing up in Panama

and seeing the need for

improving oral health.

“Poor oral health affect

your teeth and gums but it

can also affect the rest of

your body and quality of

life,” Young said. “Since I

was in high school, I knew

I wanted to work in dentistry

to help people with

their oral health and in effect

improve their overall

well being.”

Young attended Loyola

University for a bachelor’s

in biology degree, Northwestern

University for a

master’s in Biotechnology

and Marquette University

for his doctorate in dental

surgery. He worked as an

associate dentist in Chicago

and the Southwest suburbs

but now owns a private

practice at Mill Pond

Dental Group in Mokena.

Mill Pond Dental Group

is a general dental office

that provides a full array

of services from preventative

care, such as general

cleanings, to advance services,

such as full-mouth


After more than a year at

Mill Pond Dental Group,

Young wants to help patients

learn and practice

preventative health care.

“It is important not to

put off your dental work

because then it becomes

more expensive and more

involved,” Young said.

“As dentists, we are very

good at fixing and replacing

teeth, but I want prevention

to be a standard of


Young said many times

people wait until they have

a problem to come in for

dental work, when they

should come in regularly

so they can keep up good


One of the biggest keys

to maintaining healthy

teeth and gums is to make

an appointment at the

dentist at least every six

months for checkups and


Young suggests people

should begin seeing a dentist

when they begin getting

teeth, which is as early

as the first year of life.

The first visit at Mill

Pond Dental Group will

always start with a comprehensive

exam. During a

comprehensive exam, Mill

Pond Dental Group will

take a full series of X-rays

to check everything from

gum health to tooth health.

After a thorough examination,

Young will review all

treatments options so that

patients have sufficient

information to make educated

decisions about their

oral health.

“After the comprehensive

exam we will establish

what your needs are

and how often you should

come in,” Young said. “For

any patient, regardless of

the condition, a comprehensive

exam is always

a good place to start. We

will help create a customized

plan for you.”

The staff at Mill Pond

Dental Group also helps

patients maintain good

oral hygiene by providing

at-home oral hygiene instructions,

as well as providing

nutrition tips.

“We can always give

pointers on how you can

improve oral hygiene and

give you tips on other oral

hygiene instruments to

keep your mouth nice and

clean,” Young said. “Nutrition

is also important.

We can look at the type of

diet you have and see how

it is affecting your gums

and teeth.”

Mill Pond Dental Group

prides itself on putting the

patient first.

“The patient experience

is the number one, most

important thing for us,”

Young said. “We always

put our patients first from

the moment you call our

office to the moment you

leave the office.”

Young said communication

is also essential. Patients

can text directly with

Young and his staff. He is

also regularly available by

email or phone.

“I make myself available

to talk on the phone

with patients directly,”

Young said. “Personalized

care is huge.”

Mill Pond Dental group

is currently accepting new

patients. Take advantage

of their back-to-school

special for children and

their new-patient special

for adults this summer.

Submitted by Mill Pond Dental,

18700 Wolf Road, Suite

200 in Mokena, open 9 a.m.-

6 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays,

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, and 9

a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. For

more information or to make

an appointment, call (708)

722-1600 or visit


Written by Alyssa Groh with

22CM Boost, the contentwriting

division of 22nd

Century Media, publisher

of this special section and


Dr. Eric Young,

his wife Kara

and baby Olivia.

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Tech-forward Artistic

Dentistry keeps growing

This isn’t your grandfather’s — or

even your father’s — dentist’s office.

At Artistic Dentistry, 14811 S.

Founder’s Crossing in Homer Glen,

dental work continues to evolve in

stride with the technology age, providing

patients with more efficient

and comfortable service.

And now, the newly renovated

practice is expanding its services

even further with the addition of Botox

to treat dental issues.

Botox relaxes the muscles and has

been proven to ease or halt grinding

and clenching of teeth, which can

lead to everything from jaw fatigue

and soreness to fractured teeth. The

treatment also can help those who

suffer from sleep apnea, for which

grinding of the teeth is a common

side ailment.

With Botox now on-site, Artistic

Dentistry can also expand its cosmetic

offerings, which already include

teeth whitening (Zoom Whitespeed)

and veneers.

Dental and facial imperfections

can be a strain to a person’s self-esteem,

and Artistic Dentistry is proud

to work to end that feeling, according

to the practice’s manager Jeanette

Akroush, who added she wants

patients to, “Look the age you feel.”

“We can see the joy we are giving

[our patients],” she said. “People

[are] so happy, and hugging you. We

are giving people back that confidence

that they need to get through

the day.”

Since opening, the practice has focused

on researching, installing and

offering the latest and greatest options

for dental treatment.

Aside from the newest addition of

Botox, Artistic Dentistry uses stateof-the-art

technology, such as:

• The Cone Beam CT Scan, which

minimizes radiation exposure by

200 times while producing highquality,

360-degree images;

• Intraoral digital cameras that give

high-resolution photos that help

both doctor and patient;

• Digital x-rays that emit less radiation

than conventional x-rays and

are available in seconds;

• Cinemizer video glasses that allow

patients to watch movies or television

while they are reclined in a

dental chair;

• Juvederm injectable dermal fillers,

a nonsurgical option for restoring

lost volume and softening

wrinkles and folds. Juvederm can

plump thin lips, build cheeks to

help lift jowls, enhance shallow

contours, soften facial creases,

remove wrinkles and improve the

appearance of recessed scars.

Also, unlike many facilities, Dr.

Joel Akroush and company can perform

a full suite of dental procedures,

from cleanings and restorations to

root-canal therapy and implants.

Dr. Akroush graduated from

Loyola University School of Dentistry

and has since achieved multiple

post-graduate certificates. He

has received extra training at The

Dawson Academy and is a member

of the Illinois State Dental Society,

American Academy of Impact Dentistry,

American Dental Association,

American Academy for Cosmetic

Dentistry and the American Academy

of Facial Esthetics.

Submitted by Artistic Dentistry, 14811 S.

Founder’s Crossing in Homer Glen. For

more information, call (708) 301-6060,

or visit artisticdentistry-pc.com.

Go with Gary for

financial needs

As a financial representative with Country Financial,

Gary Bronner works with his clients as their

resource to help build, preserve and transfer their financial

security through a long-term, one-on-one relationship.

Utilizing a disciplined and ongoing process to address

a wide range of financial security needs, Gary

offers insurance and financial solutions to help his

clients realize their financial security goals.

While Gary works locally with his clients in Lockport,

Homer Glen and Lemont, he is supported by the

vast resources at Country Financial. This allows him

to draw on the extensive knowledge of the team to

develop strategies tailored to his clients’ unique situations

and deliver a very high level of personalized


Gary has more than 30 years of financial services

experience. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois

Champaign-Urbana Campus and holds the

CFP certification from the Certified Financial Planner

Board of Standards since 1999. Gary and Alex

are members of the National Eagle Scout Association

of the Boy Scouts of America. Gary is a resident of

Lemont, and married to Judy, a graduate of the University

of Notre Dame. They have two children. Alex

is a graduate of Bradley University and Sydney is attending

Marquette University.

So, I’m taking this moment to remind you that not

only am I a Country Financial representative but I’ve

also been a CFP professional for 20 years. The designation

comes with extensive training in financial

planning, estate planning, insurance, investments,

taxes, employee benefits and retirement planning,

as well as in CFP Board’s Standards of Professional

Conduct, which is rigorously enforced. As a CFP

professional, I’m required to uphold my certification

through continuing education, something to consider

with new financial instruments appearing regularly

on the consumer market. It’s little wonder that CFP

certification is the most recognized in the industry

for personal financial planning. So as you think about

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Submitted by Gary Bronner, 827 S. State St. in Lockport.

For more information, call (630) 226-1525, or visit rep


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More than books at Mokena Library

As students head back to

school, Mokena Community

Public Library District encourages

parents and students to stop

in and see what their library has

to offer.

“Our library provides students

with the tools they need to succeed,”

said Executive Director

Cathy Palmer.

Resources at the Mokena

Community Public Library District

are available to anyone who

has a library card. Students can

turn to the library for reference

materials and services that support

academic achievement.

Mokena Community Public

Library District houses thousands

of titles in print, a large

collection of eBooks, and numerous

online subscription databases

available in the library and

remotely. The library selected

these online resources for you,

so you know you can trust that

the information is accurate.

Students can access free reference

resources 24/7 online at

mokenalibrary.org. They will

have access to literary criticism,

science and technology, language

courses, readers’ advisory,

and much more. These resources

include Gale Virtual Reference

Library — with over 300 research

books — and tutor.com

for students in grades K-12 and

college students. Access to tutor.

com is available noon–midnight,

seven days a week. Explore the

many ways the library can help

you find the answers you need.

Come check out the exciting

technologies at the library

for STEAM education. Our 3D

printer class teaches participants

to create objects designed on a

computer and print them out using

3D printing technology. The

virtual reality computer allows

users an interactive learning experience.

You can travel the solar

system, or be shrunk down to

microscopic levels and explore

the human body using the VR

station. The library also meets a

wide range of other technology

needs of the student with internet/Wi-Fi

access, public computers,

printers, Wi-Fi printing, scan

station and an Intel Reader to assist

those with dyslexia or others

who may need assistance with


The library also has numerous

programs and activities for

students throughout the year. By

providing school-age children

with engaging programs and

amazing collections, students

from all backgrounds become

excited and enthusiastic readers.

This school year, open the door

to a world of possibilities for the

student in your life and sign up

for a library card today. The library

also promotes reading to

newborns, infants and toddlers

with 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.

This program encourages

parent and child bonding

through reading. Visit the library

online at mokenalibrary.org, or

call (708) 479-9663 for more information.

Submitted by Mokena Community

Public Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. For more

information, call (708) 479-9663,

or visit mokenalibrary.org.

St. Joseph School touts strong spiritual and instructional leadership

What do you get when

having six top honors in

educational awards at one

school? You get St. Joseph

School in Lockport.

St. Joseph School is a

small school in a small

town, but it sure has a big

collection of honors and

awards that just keep coming.

St. Joseph School is

a National Blue Ribbon

School of Excellence who

has a Distinguished Pastor

and a Distinguished

Principal, along with a

dedicated community of

the faithful staff, families

and students. It truly is an

engaging and challenging

place for children to reach

their personal best!

This past spring, St.

Joseph School Principal

Lynne Scheffler was

awarded Bishop Roger L.

Kaffer Outstanding Principal

Award from Lewis

University. Under Scheffler’s

strong spiritual and

instructional leadership,

St. Joseph School has

prospered for 19 years.

During her tenure, continuous

improvement has

been constant in the learning

environment and the

professional development

of the staff.

Scheffler offers her

learning community strong

spiritual leadership, which

has the highest student attendance

at Sunday Mass

of any school in the diocese.

She said, “Imparting

the Catholic faith to our

children will always be my

greatest accomplishment.

Winning this award just

demonstrates that my success

has always been combination

of incredible, dedicated

teachers, supportive

parents, amazing students

and a support community.

I am so proud to be a part

of such a faithful family,

school and parish.”

So, how can one school

earn so many honors? The

true dedication that the

administration and staff

put into creating a strong

academic and faith-filled

atmosphere is the recipe

for success. St. Joseph encourages

the development

of each student through a

blend of rigorous course

study and extracurricular

programs. This home

away from home is much

more than a school for

children, but a community

of caregivers who want the

best for each child. This is

a promise that St. Joseph

School has honored for

more than 135 years.

The teachers are given

every possible advantage

to develop the children

with a state-of-the-art

technology lab, interactive

technology rich classrooms,

a 1:1 laptop/tablet

program for grades 5-8,

1:1 iPad Program for kindergarten-fourth


dedicated curriculum to

coding and STREAM,

and so much more. St. Joseph

teachers use research

based strategies and the

latest in technology initiatives

to enhance the curriculum.

St. Joseph prepares their

students for life. Scheffler

said, “Our students

graduate with abilities and

honors that prepare them

well beyond high school.

From the 85 percent of

alumni honor roll to the

scholarships our graduates

receive, we couldn’t

be prouder. It truly is the

education every child deserves.”

Scholarship funds are

available for students

transferring from local

schools and families

that desire the incredible

Catholic education that St.

Joseph provides. Applications

are being accepted

for the Preschool 3 and

Pre-Kindergarten 4-yearold

programs, along with

first through eighth grade.

To learn more about SJS

and schedule a tour, please

contact the school office at

(815) 838-8173.

Submitted by St. Joseph

School, 529 Madison St. in

Lockport. For more information,

call (815) 838-8173, or

visit stjoeschool.com.

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St. Jude features a strong commitment to academic excellence

St. Jude School is a preschool

to eighth grade elementary

school that has

been a vital part of the New

Lenox community since

its doors opened in 1950.

St. Jude is serviced by the

Augustinian order who

guides with their motto of

truth, unity and love. This

mission also applies to the

school. St. Jude School has

a strong commitment to

academic excellence. We

offer preschool; 2-yearold

(two-day), 3-year-old

(three days - half day and

full day) and 4-year-old

(five day - half day and full

day). Our kindergarten is

full day. Full-day preschool

and kindergarten students

also receive all specials

(gym, art, music, Spanish).

Our students consistently

score high on academic

tests such as the Iowa test

and the high school placement

exams. Twenty-five

percent of our eighthgraders

on average earn an

academic scholarship each

year to a Catholic high

school. Ninety-five percent

of our students in kindergarten

through eighth

grade have scored above

the national percentile average

in reading and math

(AimsWeb, 2019). We also

offer many extracurricular

activities such as: Volleyball,

basketball, fitness,

service club, student council,

band, piano, guitar,

chess club, drawing club,

sign language club, crochet

club and others. New

Lenox residents may also

have bus transportation to

St. Jude School.

Along with a very strong

academic foundation, St.

Jude School provides its

students with a lifelong

commitment to their spiritual

development. St. Jude

School provides an environment

that guides its

students in their spiritual,

moral and character development.

We offer many opportunities

to serve in our

parish, church and community.

Our students participate

in monthly service

projects and always have

their faith to guide them.

We are a close community

and school family that supports

each other, students,

parents, staff and parish.

This year, we are excited

to announce we have

established a new scholarship.

The St. Monica Gift of

Faith scholarship is available

for any families who

need tuition assistance. Up

to 50 percent of tuition can

be awarded. We gratefully

acknowledge the support

of several parish ministries,

such as the Knights

of Columbus, Council of

Catholic Women, Men’s

Ministries and individual

donors for funding

this new scholarship.

If you has considered an

excellent, safe and familybased

Catholic education

for one’s child, but financially

could not afford it,

please call — this scholarship

may be right for you.

Submitted by St. Jude School,

241 W. Second Ave. in New

Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 485-2549, or

visit stjudes.org/school.

TheraCORE helps benefit fitness, overall health and performance

Ever look at a child sitting with

their hips on their heels playing

with a toy and say, “Wow, I wish

I can do that.” Does one feel as

if the floor is moving away from

them, their ability to perform general

tasks or moving themselves

up and down seems daunting?

Well, one reason could be that

a fundamental pattern for life

and development we refer to as a

squat has slipped from one’s vocabulary.

The squat: you can love or hate

it, but it is one of the most misunderstood

movements in our

modern world, as well as in the

fitness industry today. With the

overwhelming number of chronic

orthopedic issues and the rise of

obesity, we have to get back to the

fundamentals of what our elaborate

and resilient bodies were

meant to do.

Knowing the origin of something

is vital to fully understanding

how it works and why

we need it. If you have lived

in America for any number of

years, having the luxury of modern

chairs, cars and plumbing

has allowed for a sub-optimal relationship

of full range of motion

of one’s hips, knees and ankles.

In short, we have lost the global

definition or the meaning and

purpose of the squat.

To clarify, the squat is not an

exercise. It is a position that a human

expresses to live and function

through their life. We can take that

position and express it more fully

with speed, power and strength

with a variety of applications, but

it should always go back to the

root fundamentals, as the maintenance

of mobility is vital.

We can start with a brief definition:

pelvis between heels. This

expression is seen in a baby as

they develop, a person in a developing

country waiting for a bus or

the strongest Olympic lifter with

a barbell overhead. All three expressions

are the same, so how do

we in America get it wrong?

So, where do we start? Well,

you could walk to work, do not

use modern lavatories or sit on

the floor with legs crossed, but

that might seem extreme, so lets

start with a little positional awareness.

Try this: Put something on

the floor in front of yourself, feet

wider than the shoulders, thinking

athletic position. Lower yourself

down with arms in between

your knees and pick up the object.

Congratulations, you have performed

the task, you picked up

an object with your legs, not your

back. If you noticed, the instructions

did not say squat down and

pick it up.

A basic test to see how you expresses

the back of the body and

has much carry over is a simple

toe touch. Lock your legs and

flex forward. Can you touch your

toes? Can you palm the floor?

Can you get your chest to thighs?

Your ability to have full range of

motion through the backside of

the body is essential.

One drill you can start with is

a lying leg raise with knee pull.

Lie on your back and extend one

leg up. If you cannot get the leg

to 90, bend your opposite leg.

Put a shoe or block on the foot,

keep the toes pulled toward your

knee and pull the knee toward

your chest, press the leg back up

and repeat.

Remember the squat is the

test, so if you cannot perform it

properly, then you have to break

it down to tasks or drills that will

help you build up the capacity

and then the competency of moving

in and out with control.

This is what we do at the Thera-

CORE Fitness Center. Our coaches

break down movements and exercises

as skills to benefit not only

fitness, but overall health and performance.

The focus is on tasks,

which gives a numerous variety of

movements with advancing movement

and complexity to build your

skill as they train.

Give us a call to schedule a

free, 30-minute, complimentary

session. We can screen

you through movements to see

where you can focus to build a

resilient and efficient moving


Submitted by TheraCORE, 16622

W. 159th St., Suite 503 in Lockport.

For more information, call (815)

838-5070, or visit theracorept.com.

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Become something greater together at Providence Catholic High School

Inspired by our Augustinian

values of Truth, Unity and

Love, the Providence Catholic

High School family is a vibrant

community of believers

and learners, one in mind and

heart on the way to God. In our

spirited pursuit of excellence as

a college-preparatory school,

we provide rigorous programs

at all levels in academics, arts

and athletics, along with extensive

extracurricular activities

and opportunities. In our

authentic desire to witness the

Gospel message of Jesus, we

provide spiritual programs that

foster and promote an enduring

commitment to a life of faith,

prayer and service. In a safe and

supportive environment, our

dedicated, talented, and highly

qualified faculty and staff guide

students to embrace individuality,

challenge assumptions, and

grow in confidence and compassion.

We invite young men and

women, along with their families,

to join us in the blessing

that is Providence, and in so doing,

become something greater


Providence Catholic is a coeducational,


Augustinian high school

located on 75-acres in New

Lenox. The students come

from more than 70 elementary,

middle and junior high schools

within a 30-mile radius of the

school. Providence Catholic

High School is a college-prep

school and challenges every

student academically. Whether

you are AP, honors, college

prep, or need a little assistance

in the classroom, there is a place

for every student. Providence

Catholic graduates excel at toptier

colleges and universities in

the country. Students receive

personalized college counseling

to make the right choice. Graduates

also receive more scholarship

dollars than any other high

school in the area.

“Our demanding co-educational,


curriculum is evidenced by

the success of our most recent

graduates who earned scholarships

valued at nearly $45 million.

We offer inclusive service

programs; in fact, our recent

graduates performed in excess

of 25,000 hours of community

service during their high school

careers,” said Rev. John Merkelis,

president of PCHS.

Not only do the Celtics experience

excellence in the classroom,

but PCHS students also

succeed in the athletic and extracurricular

arenas. The Celtics

are home to 30 state championships,

67 state trophies,

hundreds of regional titles,

sectional titles, and conference

championships. The outcomes

of the graduates from the Class

of 2017 demonstrate our elite

and premier education at Providence


“Providing financial assistance

to Providence Catholic

families is a top priority for

the school. Twenty-five percent

of our families receive some

type of financial assistance. In

fact, this year, $1.6 million was

awarded to our families in needbased

scholarships and grants,

and work study programs,” said

Ed Barrett, director of needbased


Become the start of something

greater today. Providence

Catholic High School welcomes

all grade school students and

their families to visit their annual

open house from 10 a.m.-1

p.m. on Oct. 20. Please call Mrs.

Rachel Ellingson at (815) 717-

3160 with any questions concerning

Providence Catholic’s

open house. The school is located

at 1800 W. Lincoln Highway

in New Lenox. For more information

about PCHS, please visit


Submitted by Providence Catholic

High School, 1800 W. Lincoln

Highway in New Lenox. For more

information, call (815) 717-3160,

or visit providencecatholic.org.

SS. Cyril and Methodius School — Learning together through faith, kindness and service

For more than 130 years,

SS. Cyril and Methodius

School in Lemont has

provided area students

from pre-K through eighth

grade with the opportunity

to receive an outstanding

Catholic education. Our

graduates go on to a variety

of local high schools,

are placed in advanced

classes, and receive scholarships

based on both academics

and service.

Our academically challenging

program is enhanced

through physical

education, Spanish, technology,

art and music. Students

in the junior high are

also provided the opportunity

each week per trimester

to choose an extra

elective course in Spanish,

art or STEM. Classroom

teachers departmentalize,

providing students the opportunity

to work with different

teachers who have

endorsements in their assigned

subject areas.

Along with the academic

program, our students

have the opportunity to be

involved with a variety of

extracurricular programs.

SSCM has a dynamic

athletic program offering

basketball and volleyball.

Students can also participate

in newspaper, student

council, National Junior

Honor Society, choir,

band, robotics and chess

on a regular basis. During

the year, we also have a

talent show and a spring

musical. SSCM also offers

both a before and after

school program, along

with a uniform recycling

program. Students living

in Lemont are eligible to

receive bus service from

the local school district, as


The facilities offer wireless

technology and smart

boards in all of the classrooms.

We have a 1:1

program for the junior

high, Chromebooks in our

computer lab, and four

Chromebook carts located

throughout the school.

Textbooks are updated on

a regular basis and available

online, along with

homework and grading.

SSCM has an outstanding

faculty and staff committed

to meeting individual

needs and who are

involved each year in a

variety of professional

growth opportunities.

Through professional development,

teachers have

the chance to stay current

in best practices for education.

SSCM teachers work

together on a variety of

“teams” to help provide

extra events and opportunities

within each classroom.

Teacher assistants

are available and help the

classrooms in a variety of


We welcome our parents

as partners in the educational

program. SSCM

provides a variety of opportunities

and programs

for parents to become

more involved with their

child both during and after

the end of each school day.

Our entire school family

welcomes prospective

families to tour our school

and we offer “shadow

days” for students. Please

call our office at (630)

257-6488, ext. 21 to request

information or to arrange

a visit.

Submitted by SS. Cyril and

Methodius School, 607

Sobieski St. in Lemont. For

more information, call (630)

257-6488, or visit stcyril.org

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Become Something Greater...

“My three children graduated from Providence Catholic accepting over $300,000 in college

scholarships and will all graduate debt-free from college.”

The Class of 2019...

- Providence Catholic Parent ‘13, ‘15, ‘19

• 97% continued their education at the college level

• $45 Million in College Scholarships offered

• $76,000 in average College Scholarships accepted

• 28% of Scholar-Athletes signed National Letters of Intent or made College Commitments

• 25,000 + hours of service performed in the community

• 41 Illinois State Scholars

1800 W. Lincoln Highway • New Lenox Illinois 60451 • www.providencecatholic.org