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EDUCATION GUIDE

PART TWO

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Cardinal Joseph Bernardin a twicerecognized

National Blue Ribbon School

As the 2019-2020 school year

began, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin

Catholic School opened its doors

as a twice-recognized National

Blue Ribbon High Performing

School of Excellence.

In 2018, we were one of seven

schools in the Archdiocese of

Chicago and one of 49 across the

nation to receive this prestigious

award. What makes it even more

special is that this was the second

time CJB has been named a

Blue Ribbon School. The honor

of achieving Blue Ribbon designation

status, not once, but twice,

reinforces the academic excellence

and quality Catholic education

provides to students and their

families.

Our year has been busy while

students, staff and families continue

to share their time, talent

and treasure. Our Family School

Association has provided numerous

opportunities for our

families to get together and

celebrate the CJB community.

We’ve attended weekly liturgies.

CJB celebrated Veterans Day with

many veterans who shared stories

and celebrated Mass with us and

we were honored to present Bremen

VFW Post 2791 with a check

from a fundraiser. CJB hosted a

parent technology safety presentation,

collected over a ton of food

for our Thanksgiving Food Drive

benefitting the Orland Township

Food Pantry and continue to volunteer

at Shepherds Table.

We made blankets for the Ronald

McDonald House, fundraised

and collected items for M&M

Acres, PADS, The Care Kit Foundation,

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos

and Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Each month, CJB families donate

needed items and make over 400

sandwiches for Port Ministries.

Our volleyball, soccer and basketball

teams continue to do well.

Our cross country team finished

the year strong with a member

qualifying and competing at state.

We offer Suzuki Violin Lessons,

IESA Chess Club and our Drama

Club is currently rehearsing “Disney

Frozen Jr.” We do all this

while achieving excellent academic

success.

Additionally, we finalized a formal

relationship with the ASPIRE

Organization whose mission is

to work with schools who want

to convey the message, “All Are

Welcome.” CJB is proud to say

we are a school whose message is

“Choose to Include.”

CJB offers Spanish, fine arts

programs and physical education

for pre-k through eighth grade.

We have a library/media center

for student broadcasts and media

productions, an extended day program,

hot lunch program, extracurricular

activities, a six-sport

athletic program, cheerleading,

and a full-time nurse.

Since our opening in September

of 2000, we have graduated over

1,000 students. Our school administration

and instructional staff

take pride in the fact that, on average,

one-third of our graduates are

named Illinois State Scholars in

high school. Thirteen CJB Alumni

have been named high school

Valedictorian or Salutatorian since

2007 and three of our Alumni

have obtained perfect scores on

their ACTs.

We’ve been busy like most

schools, but the difference is that,

here, every day begins in prayer

together. We are reminded to be

thankful for all God’s gifts and to

treat everyone with respect and

kindness. We live and promote the

Gospel message of love for our

neighbors and each other.

These accomplishments do not

come without the hard work and

dedication of the entire CJB staff

and our families that are committed

to our students and to our ministry

of teaching and education.

Check us out at our open house

on Jan. 26 from 1-3 p.m. We guarantee

no one will be disappointed.

Submitted by Cardinal Bernardin

Catholic School, 9250 W. 167th St.

in Orland Hills. For more information

about CJB visit our website at

cjbschool.org and on Facebook.

St. Mary Catholic School reaches new heights

St. Mary Catholic

School, located at 11409

195th St. in Mokena, invites

families to an Open

House on Sunday, Jan.

26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Visitors will experience

a welcoming community,

Tradition of

Excellence

view the exceptional facilities,

meet the dedicated

faculty and staff, and witness

testimonials from

school families regarding

faith infused curriculum,

academic successes and

lasting friendships.

Benefits of a learning

community focused on

academics, faith and family

St. Mary School is a

vibrant and welcoming

Catholic school, serving

students in preschool

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through grade eight. Since

1949, teachers have been

providing an extraordinary,

personalized learning

environment allowing

each student to achieve

their full potential. As a

result, St. Mary Catholic

School continues to reach

new heights. For the first

time in school history,

enrollment eclipsed 500

students. St. Mary’s continues

to grow and outpace

other Catholic elementary

schools in the area.

Beth Cunningham, St.

Mary’s principal, was a

recent recipient of the

Bishop Kaffer Outstanding

Principal Award and

continues to lead by example

by emphasizing an active

community with committed

faculty and staff

focused on improving the

school and enriching the

students both in and out of

the classroom.

See the exceptional

learning environment

St. Mary School 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

Please see st. mary, 12


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PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE THROUGH

SPIRITUAL & ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

We invite you to experience the vibrant, warm and welcoming environment at St. Mary Catholic School.

See why students succeed. Feel our sense of community. Meet faculty, teachers, families,

and students in Preschool through 8th grade.

Come see the difference.

Open House

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 | 11-1 P.M.

+ Tours + Information + Refreshments

22-EG120519_STMARYS

www.stmaryschoolmokena.org

11409 195th Street, Mokena


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Private Tours and Shadow Days available.

Please call the office for details.

607 Sobieski St. • Lemont, IL 60439

630-257-6488

• Pre-K through 8th Grade

• On-site morning and after school care

• 100% acceptance rate of students applying

to private high schools

• Computer and Science Labs

• 1 to 1 chrome books in the JR. High

• Smart Boards in all classrooms

• Spanish, Physical Education, Technology,

Music & Art

• Extra-Curricular activities include:

Basketball, volleyball, band, chess, talent show

& school musical

• Financial aid is available, inquire at school

Lemont’s SS. Cyril and

Methodius School named

one of the best in the nation

U.S. Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos announced

on Sept. 26 that

SS. Cyril and Methodius

School (SSCM) has been

named a 2019 National

Blue Ribbon School.

SSCM is among 312

public and 50 non-public

schools nationwide receiving

this honor. This marks

the first and only time a

Lemont elementary school

has received this recognition.

“The entire SS. Cyril and

Methodius School family

is honored to have been

named a 2019 National

Blue Ribbon School,”

said Shirley A. Tkachuk,

principal of SS. Cyril and

Methodius School. “This

reaffirms the dedication,

hard work and commitment

to Catholic education

from all of our students,

staff and families.”

The coveted National

Blue Ribbon Schools

award affirms the hard

work of educators, families

and communities in

creating safe and welcoming

schools where students

master challenging and

engaging content. Now in

its 37th year, the National

Blue Ribbon Schools Program

has bestowed recognition

on more than 9,000

schools.

The Department recognizes

all schools in one of

two performance categories,

based on all student

scores, student subgroup

scores and graduation

rates:

• Exemplary High Performing

Schools are

among their state’s highest

performing schools

as measured by state assessments

or nationally

normed tests.

• Exemplary Achievement

Gap Closing Schools are

among their state’s highest

performing schools

in closing achievement

gaps between a school’s

student groups and all

students.

School officials will represent

SSCM at a two-day

awards ceremony in Washington,

D.C., where they

will join other esteemed

educators, share best practices

with each other, and

celebrate their hard-won

achievements.

For more information

about SSCM, call (630)

357-6488 or visit www.

school.stcyril.org. For

more information about

the National Blue Ribbon

Schools program, visit nationalblueribbonschools.

ed.gov.

Submitted by SS. Cyril and

Methodius School, 607

Sobieski St. in Lemont. For

more information about

SSCM, call (630) 357-6488

or visit www.school.stcyril.

org.


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Gym-Kinetics offers programs for children of all ages

Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics

School in Mokena has recently

celebrated its 34th year in business.

The No. 1 gymnastic

school in the south suburbs got

its start in 1985 over in Glenwood

before moving to Mokena

in 1993. Since moving to Mokena,

Gym-Kinetics has grown

by leaps and bounds. Owners

Jim and Wendy Fredrickson

had fewer than 100 students in

that first session back in October

1985. Fast forward to 2019.

The most popular south side

gymnastic school now sees more

than 1,000 children per week.

Teaching classes for children as

young as 1, Gym-Kinetics offers

Baby Gym for 1-year-olds, Mom

& Mini for 2-year-olds, Little

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for 4- to 5-year-olds, as well as

beginner and advanced level

gymnastics for girls and boys

from age 5 through high school.

Another really popular program

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type of activity for boys and girls

ages 4 and up. This is probably

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Kinetics owner Jim Fredrickson

said.

Competitions are scheduled

to begin in early December. The

coaching staff at Gym-Kinetics

say that the children seem ahead

of schedule for this time in the

training process, which is a really

good place to be this early in

the competitive season.

Other activities offered at

Gym-Kinetics are open gyms

at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and 9 a.m.

Wednesdays for preschool-age

children and noon-2 p.m. Sundays

for children ages 6 and up.

Birthday parties, held on Saturdays

and Sundays, are also very

popular and can be booked by

calling far in advance.

Submitted by Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics

School, 19220 Ridge Drive

in Mokena. For more information

on all of the Gym-Kinetics programs,

call (708) 479-6969 or visit

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Heritage Christian School focuses

on spiritual and academic growth

For more than 45 years,

Heritage Christian School

in Frankfort has been

training students to strive

for excellence in fine arts,

academics and spirituality.

Elementary through high

school students are taught

by a caring staff using an

academically rigorous curriculum.

Heritage’s challenging

academic program

insures that graduates are

well-prepared for life after

graduation, whether they

seek college or vocational

training. This preparation

begins with a program that

lays a strong foundation

for a lifetime of learning

and is continued throughout

elementary and high

school with an emphasis

on spiritual and academic

growth. Starting this year,

Heritage also offers a hybrid

homeschool option.

This option allows parents

to choose to enroll their

student part-time – anywhere

from a single class

to multiple subjects – in

the school, while still retaining

the ability to personally

educate their child

in other areas. By offering

a hybrid education option,

Heritage seeks to continue

its tradition of supporting

parents as they seek the

best options for educating

their children.

For several years, Heritage

has been proud to

have a 100 percent college

acceptance rate among its

graduates, with students

being accepted to prestigious

nursing schools, law

schools and universities.

Heritage Christian School

also has a long-standing

tradition of fine arts

achievement, winning numerous

awards on both the

state and national levels.

From concerts, to plays, to

competitions, the students

are given the opportunity

for training in a wide variety

of disciplines, including

choir, band, handbells

and acting. These opportunities

allow students to

discover and refine their

God-given talents in order

to serve Him.

In a society that is in

constant flux, Heritage

Christian School continues

to focus on aiding

parents in instilling traditional

Christian values in

their children. The entire

atmosphere of the school

is intended to create a safe

environment to encourage

the development of a

different kind of person –

one who will honor God

and lead others rightly. In

all subjects, students are

taught from a Christian

worldview with a goal of

both academic and spiritual

excellence.

Anyone interested in

more information about

opportunities to grow their

children through Heritage

Christian School’s program

can call (815) 464-

9100. Parents can arrange

for more information to be

sent or for their prospective

students to visit classes for

a day. Interested parents

can also schedule a walkthrough

enabling them to

see the school in action.

Submitted by Heritage Christian

School, 21739 South La

Grange Road in Frankfort.

For more information, call

(815) 464-9100 or visit hbc

frankfort.org/school.


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9250 W. 167 th Street

Orland Hills, Illinois 60487

708-403-6525 • www.cjbschool.org

OPEN HOUSE

January 26, 2020

1:00pm - 3:00pm

Kindergarten Presentation at 1:15pm

Pre-K Presentation at 2:00pm

• Nationally-recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

• Grounded in the Catholic faith • Weekly Masses

• PK3 and PK4 (full and half day) • K (full day) - 8th Grade

• Before/After School Care

• Cutting-edge technology including ChromeBooks, interactive whiteboards and iPads

• 1:1 devices (4th-8th)

• Differentiated Instruction/iReady Online Assessment & Instruction

• Inclusive Education Center/Full Time Math/Reading Interventionist

• CJB is an ASPIRE “All are welcome” school

• Career and College Ready Aspire Assessment Results

• On average, 35% of CJB graduates have been recognized as Illinois State Scholars

each year

• Since 2007, 13 CJB Alumni have been named high school Valedictorian or

Salutatorian

• CJB’s Class of 2019 graduates received more than $67,000 in scholarships for

high school

• Spanish, Fine Arts Program & Physical Education (Pre-K- 8)

• Library/Media Ctr for Student Broadcasts/Media Productions

• 6-Sport Athletic Program/IESA Chess and Cheerleading

(7-time State Champions!)

• STEM, Robotics and Technology Programs

• Parent-led Virtue Program

• Full-time Nurse

Proud to be a twice-recognized National Blue Ribbon School.

2008 and 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

Online Registration for the 2019-20 school year can be accessed through our website at cjbschool.org


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Hearing loss and the holiday blues

The holidays are upon us, and

many of us are looking forward

to going to parties and getting together

with extended family over

the next couple of weeks. Some

enjoy the frenetic pace of family

gatherings, shopping, cooking

and travel and don’t even mind

that some radio stations started

playing Christmas music in October.

But for others, the holiday

season brings a sense of isolation

and loneliness. Those with hearing

loss, especially, are at greater

risk for the “holiday blues.”

Holiday blues

Studies have linked untreated

hearing loss to loneliness, stress,

depression — feelings which

intensify during the holiday season.

If you have hearing loss,

you may find holiday gatherings

difficult due to the frustration of

trying to participate in conversations

with family and friends. You

might even avoid parties and gettogethers.

But unfortunately, avoiding

holiday gatherings altogether just

leads to further loneliness, isolation

and depression — and the

cycle continues. Sergei Kochkin,

Ph.D., the executive director

of the Better Hearing Institute,

explains the dichotomy of the

festive holiday season against a

backdrop of hearing loss: “The

holiday season is meant to be a

time of thanks, celebration and

joy,” he said. “But for many people,

it is a time of year when unaddressed

hearing loss can cause

them to feel particularly isolated

and depressed. Even when surrounded

by loved ones, a family

member’s impaired ability to hear

and actively participate in conversation

cuts them off.

Oftentimes, they are left with a

sense of sadness, inadequacy and

emotional isolation. This is especially

true when the hearing loss

is either unrecognized or is being

‘hidden’ by the family member

with hearing loss.”

Get back into the festive spirit

Just because you have hearing

loss doesn’t mean the holidays

have to be stressful and depressing.

There are steps you can take

to have a joyful season and be able

to participate in the festivities.

• Don’t let another year of

struggling to hear go by. See

South Suburban Hearing Health

Center for treatment.

• Speak up. Let friends and family

know you have hearing loss

so they can accommodate your

hearing needs. Most people are

quite happy to help by facing

you when speaking, speaking

clearly and distinctly, and repeating

things, if necessary.

• Connect. Loneliness and isolation

are associated with depression,

as is hearing loss. Don’t

avoid parties and gatherings;

make plans to attend holiday

gatherings or get together with

friends.

• Volunteer. There are many

charitable organizations looking

for help this time of year.

Volunteering can not only take

your mind off your troubles, it

can make you feel more socially

connected, helping reduce

loneliness and depression. Visit

a nursing home, work at a soup

kitchen, help out at a toy donation

program or wrap gifts for

charity; any time you give in

service to others will lift your

mood.

• Embrace past traditions. What

did you used to love to do? A

walk in the crisp winter air,

baking cookies, making handmade

ornaments, singing favorite

songs or resurrecting a

traditional family recipe can

help connect you to past experiences

and bring back the joy

of the season.

• Talk about it. Give family and

friends the opportunity to support

you by letting them know what

you are going through.

Help is a text message away

If you are not comfortable talking

to family or friends about

your feelings of sadness, there

is another option. Now, you can

try a 24-hour crisis text line. The

free, nationwide text line receives

millions of texts annually.

Though the crisis text line was

originally intended for teens,

whose preferred method of communication

is texting, it quickly

found another, unintended group

of beneficiaries: those with hearing

loss. The hotline is now being used

by the deaf and those with hearing

loss who are feeling the need to

reach out due to personal crisis.

Text “HOME” to 741-741 to

connect.

Submitted by South Suburban Hearing

Health Center, 14316 S. Will-

Cook Road, Homer Glen. For more

information, visit southsub

urbanhearing.com or call (708)

675-2943.

BETTER HEARING BEGINS WITH YOUR BRAIN

Hearing health and overall health are related. EARLY INTERVENTION is the best medicine.

Though all human brains

become smaller with age,

shrinkage is accelerated

in adults with hearing loss. 1

Adults with untreated hearing loss are

more likely to develop dementia. 3

severe loss

moderate loss

Treat hearing loss

before it’s too late.

Hearing Health Event

December 2 nd – 13 th

Untreated hearing loss may result in

serious long-term consequences

to healthy brain functioning. 2

mild loss

2x 3x 5x

times more likely

Call 708-968-3677 today

to schedule your FREE

hearing screening!

HEARING HEALTH CENTER

Helping People Hear Better

BURR RIDGE

1333 Burr Ridge

Parkway-

Village Center, Suite 200

HOMER GLEN

14316 S. Will-Cook Rd.

MOKENA

20006 Wolf Rd.

www.SouthSuburbanHearing.com

CRESTWOOD

5553 W 127TH ST.

SOURCES:

1

http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_accelerated_brain_tissue_loss_ | 2 http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_accelerates_brain_function_decline_in_older_adults | 3 http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_and_dementia_linked_in_

study | 4 Amieva, H., Ouvrard, C., Giulioli, C., Meillon C., Rullier, L., & Dartigues, J. F. (2015). Self-reported hearing loss, hearing aids, and cognitive decline in elderly adults: A 25-year study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Oct;63 (10):2099-104. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13649

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St. Jude Catholic School producing

academic, spiritual leaders

St. Jude Catholic School

in New Lenox continues

on the journey of guiding

the spiritual, academic, social,

and emotional growth

and development of the

next generation of students

in grades preschool

through eighth grade.

St. Jude’s mission continues

to follow the Augustinian

values of Truth,

Unity and Love to prepare

students to be 21st century

leaders.

The rigorous academic

program at St. Jude prepares

our students to

achieve academically.

Students consistently perform

above the national

standards on standardized

tests (Iowa Tests and AimsWeb),

earn scholarships

awarded for high school

entrance exams (more

than $30,000 last year) and

compete in academic competitions.

St. Jude offers instructional

and competitive

sports programs in volleyball,

basketball, co-ed

volleyball and cross country.

There are a wide variety

of extracurricular activities

offered, including

STEM activities, Service

Club, choir, band, chess,

drawing, crochet and Sign

Language Club. Spanish

instruction is part of the

curriculum for grades K

through eighth.

Central to our faithbased

learning is the participation

of the students

in many service related

projects and parish activities.

Student Council sponsors

many events, such as

Focus Days for charities,

collections for Operation

Care Package, and NAWS,

and trips to visit at Veterans’

homes and volunteer

at Daybreak Shelter.

The school day begins

with school-wide prayer,

and students participate in

multi-grade Prayer Families.

Parish support is crucial

in the spiritual growth

of the whole child. Sacrament

preparation is one

way in which the whole

community is involved.

Students prepare weekly

mass and participate in

the monthly parish student

mass.

Technology remains

an important tool for 21st

century learners. All St.

Jude students utilize a

fully-equipped computer

lab. Every classroom has

an updated SMART Board

integrated with individual

devices. Grades K-fourth

have class sets of iPads

and/or laptops. Grades

fifth-eighth participate in

an iPad one-to one program.

School staff uses

the latest in instructional

technology programs,

such as Discovery Education,

Google Classroom

and Apple Classroom.

Students produce a daily

podcast from their stateof-the-art

podcasting studio

with information about

news, current events, local

and school information,

and lively student led discussions.

All of this takes place in

a very safe and secure environment.

Class sizes are

kept small to allow for individualized

and differentiated

instruction. A warm

and nurturing environment

is provided by the caring

and dedicated staff. The

average teaching experience

of the staff is

17.5 years, and almost

50 percent of the staff has

or is working toward an

advanced teaching degree.

It is recognized that parents

are the first teachers of

their children, and a strong

school/parent relationship

is vital to the success of the

students.

The pastor of St. Jude

Parish, Rev. Robert Basler,

is committed to the role

that our school plays in

the parish community and

is a strong advocate of our

school. He can be seen frequently

greeting, visiting

the classrooms and guiding

the spiritual development

of the school.

The principal, Kathleen

Winters, has a lifelong

commitment to Catholic

education and has almost

20 years of experience in

teaching and leading at all

grade levels. Together with

the strong school staff and

parish support, St. Jude

School will continue to

live our motto: “Learning

and Living our Faith.”

Submitted by St. Jude Catholic

School, 241 W. 2nd Ave. in

New Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 485-2549,

or visit stjudes.org/school.

Talk to our

families

and meet

our students!

WE HAVE SO MUCH

TO SHARE

• Faith-based curriculum

• Strong academic program

• Small class size

• 1:1 computers (grades 5-8)

• State-of-the-art technology (K-8)

• Spanish instruction K-8

• Before and after school care

JOIN US FOR

Open House

Sunday January 26,

10am – 1pm

Or call 815-485-2549

or visit

www.stjudes.org/school

to schedule a visit!

Tuition

Assistance Available

St. Monica Gift of Faith

Scholarship

(up to 50% off tuition)

Catholic Education

Foundation Grants

Tuition Transfer Grant

($1500 over 2 years from

any non-diocesan or non

Catholic school)

• Competitive and recreational

athletic programs

• Extracurricular activities and

enrichment programs

• 2, 3, & 4 year old preschool

• Above national average and

local test scores, Iowa Test

and AimsWeb

25% of graduating 8th graders receive high school academic scholarships

241 W. Second Avenue | New Lenox, IL 60451 | www.stjudes.org


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Become something greater

at Providence Catholic High School

Choosing a high school

is an important decision

for families. From academics

to extracurriculars,

finding the right fit is vital

to a student’s success.

More and more families

are choosing Providence

Catholic.

“Providence has opened

me to so many new opportunities

and people to help

me be successful in everything

I do,” said senior

Samantha Spencer, who

won state in pole vault last

year and maintains a 4.73

GPA. “I have gained values

and relationships that I

will carry with me past my

time here.”

Spencer will be attending

the University of

Minnesota next year with

academic and athletic

scholarships.

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. We provide rigorous

programs at all levels in academics,

arts, and athletics,

along with extensive extracurricular

activities and

opportunities. 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.

Providence recently began

a STEM Academy, an

academic program for inquisitive

students who are

active learners wishing to

identify and solve authentic

problems. STEM students

utilize self-directed

and collaborative learning

in the integrated fields of

Science, Technology, Engineering

and Mathematics.

Providence Catholic is

a coeducational, college

preparatory 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. Whether a student

is AP, honors, college

prep, or need a little assistance

in the classroom,

there is a place for every

student. With ACT scores,

college acceptance rates,

and college scholarship

offers all well beyond the

national average, the Providence

advantage is wellknown

by Celtic students

and parents.

“Our demanding coeducational,

college preparatory

curriculum is evidenced

by the success of

our most recent graduates

who earned scholarships

valued at nearly $45 million,”

Fr. John Merkelis,

president, said. “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.”

Not only do the Celtics

experience excellence in

the classroom, but PCHS

students also succeed in

the athletic/extracurricular

arenas. The Celtics are

home to 30 State Championships,

67 State Trophies,

hundreds of regional titles,

sectional titles, and conference

championships.

“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 the school

has awarded $1.5 million to

our families in need-based

scholarships and grants,

work programs, discounts,

and subsidized lunches,”

Ed Barrett, Director of

Need Based Aid, said.

The new affordablefor-all

program will add

additional scholarship opportunities

for academics,

leadership and legacy.

Become the start of

something greater today.

To learn more about the

Providence Advantage,

visit online at www.provi

dencecatholic.org. The

placement exam will take

place on Dec. 7.

Submitted by Providence

Catholic High School, 1800

Lincoln Highway in New

Lenox. Visit online at provi

dencecatholic.org or call

(815) 485-2136.


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happy holidays

FROM ALL OF US

With sincere appreciation and gratitude,

Illinois Spine and Scoliosis Center

extends a heartfelt “ThankYou”

to our patients and partners

for your loyalty and support over the years.

Our Entire team joins in sending you & yours a

very blessed and joyous upcoming Holiday Season.


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Providence Catholic Children’s Academy

serves religious, educational needs of children

Providence Catholic Children’s

Academy was opened in

1992. Under the direction of the

Joliet Diocese, it serves the religious

and educational needs of

children who are members of

the New Lenox and surrounding

communities. It is located on the

campus of Providence Catholic

High School at 1800 W. Lincoln

Hwy. in New Lenox. Preschoolaged

children, ages 3-4, have the

choice of full or half-day classes.

Kindergarten children, ages 5-6,

attend school five full days a

week. Before and after school

care is also available to students

on a full time or as needed basis.

All teachers at PCCA possess

a bachelor’s degree or greater.

They provide a nurturing environment

that emphasizes on academic,

social-emotional, physical

and spiritual growth. This

environment encourages children

to develop a positive selfconcept,

while allowing them to

grow on many levels.

Tuition includes books, inschool

field trips and most supplies.

There are no required

parent volunteer hours and all

fundraising is optional. Free and

optional speech and developmental

screenings are offered to

all PCCA students in the fall.

Our open house and registration

for the 2020-2021 school

year is from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 26. Tours of our

school are offered year-round.

Tours can be scheduled by calling

for an appointment.

Submitted by Providence Catholic

Children’s Academy, 1800 W. Lincoln

Hwy. in New Lenox. For more information,

call Laura McErlean at (815)

485-7129 or visit the school’s website

at wearepc.org.

Gym-Kinetics offers programs for children of all ages

Gym-Kinetics Gymnastics

School in Mokena has

recently celebrated its 34th

year in business. The No.

1 gymnastic school in the

south suburbs got its start

in 1985 over in Glenwood

before moving to Mokena

in 1993. Since moving to

Mokena, Gym-Kinetics

has grown by leaps and

bounds. Owners Jim and

Wendy Fredrickson had

fewer than 100 students

in that first session back

in October 1985. Fast forward

to 2019. The most

popular south side gymnastic

school now sees

more than 1,000 children

per week. Teaching classes

for children as young as 1,

Gym-Kinetics offers Baby

Gym for 1-year-olds, Mom

& Mini for 2-year-olds,

Little Minis for 3-yearolds

and Minis for 4- to

5-year-olds, as well as beginner

and advanced level

gymnastics for girls and

boys from age 5 through

high school. Another really

popular program is

Ninja Zone, an obstacle

course type of activity for

boys and girls ages 4 and

up. This is probably the

fastest growing program

currently at the gym.

Competitively, Gym-

Kinetics has been a powerhouse

in the State of Illinois

for the last 30 years.

With hundreds of State,

regional and national champions,

Gym-Kinetics girls

and boys teams are getting

ready to begin the competitive

season this December.

“Each year we do so

well that it’s hard to match

the successes of the previous

season, but each year

we seem to do so,” Gym-

Kinetics owner Jim Fredrickson

said.

Competitions are scheduled

to begin in early December.

The coaching staff

at Gym-Kinetics say that

the children seem ahead

of schedule for this time in

the training process, which

is a really good place to be

this early in the competitive

season.

Other activities offered

at Gym-Kinetics are open

gyms at 1 p.m. Tuesdays

and 9 a.m. Wednesdays

for preschool-age children

and noon-2 p.m. Sundays

for children ages 6 and up.

Birthday parties, held on

Saturdays and Sundays,

are also very popular and

can be booked by calling

far in advance.

Submitted by Gym-Kinetics

Gymnastics School, 19220

Ridge Drive in Mokena. For

more information on all of

the Gym-Kinetics programs,

call (708) 479-6969 or visit

gymkinetics.com.

st. mary

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gymnasium and the STEAM

(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 School also offers

a one-to-one technology program

that provides each student

in grades six through eight with

an individual iPad, a class set of

iPads for grades three through

five and kindergarten through

grade two have 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 more

Students can enjoy many after-school

programs, including

band, chess, youth choir, drama

club, yearbook, scout groups, 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 Public School District

159 for a fee.

Learn about tuition assistance

St. Mary’s offers tuition assistance

through Empower Illinois,

the Catholic Education Foundation

and a Tuition Transfer Grant.

St. Mary’s funded 100 percent of

its students that applied for a tuition

grant through Empower Illinois

last year. 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 1-7 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 eligible.

Submitted by St. Mary Catholic

School, 11409 195th St. in Mokena.

For more information, visit

stmaryschoolmokena.org or call

(708) 326-9330.


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Providence Children’s Academy, New Lenox, IL

Join Us!

OPEN HOUSE

& REGISTRATION

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26

10 am - 12:30 pm

WHY PCCA?

• Full-Day Kindergarten

• Half/Full-Day Options for 3/4 year

old preschool

• Small Class Sizes

• No Mandatory Fundraising

• Before/After School Care

• Bachelor Degreed

Experienced Teachers

• Spiritual & Nurturing Environment

CLASSES INCLUDE:

• Kindergarten (age 5)

• Pre-Kindergarten (age 4)

• Preschool (age 3)

QUESTIONS? CALL 815.485.7129

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


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Noonan Academy charging into 25 years of excellence

Noonan Elementary

Academy is a private, independent

school with a

classical, Catholic curriculum

for those with

children in PreK (3 years

old) through eighth grade.

Faith formation was the

inspiration for, and continues

to be, the purpose

of the school. Founded

in 1995 by Roberta and

Joseph Noonan, the academy

has grown from a few

dozen families to 250 students

enrolled in preschool

through eighth grade.

Dr. Roberta “Bobbie”

Noonan said, “As the

founder of Noonan Academy,

I found it my vocation

to help guide children

spiritually and provide

the best educational experience.

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 development

of the complete

person — mind, body, and

spirit. Noonan Academy

maintains an environment

that is a catalyst to learning.

It has a teacher-tostudent

ration 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

much 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-andafter-school

daycare.

Noonan Academy’s dedication

to the overall wellbeing

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.

Noonan Academy will

be hosting an open house

from noon-2 p.m. on Jan.

26. All potential and interested

families are encouraged

to visit. Noonan

Elementary Academy is

located at 19131 Henry

Drive in Mokena. To

schedule a visit, please call

(708) 479-8988. You can

also learn more at noon

anacademy.org.

Submitted by Noonan Elementary

Academy, 19131

Henry Drive in Mokena. For

more information, call (708)

479-8988, or visit noon

anacademy.org.

Homer Glen center helps with spine care needs

The holidays can be

a time of heavy lifting,

whether moving boxes of

decorations or rearranging

furniture to accommodate

guests. That means many

will be at risk of sustaining

back and neck injuries.

“The easiest way to

cause an injury is not

keeping the core muscles

in shape,” said Dr. Kris

Siemionow, chief of spine

surgery and assistant professor

of orthopedics and

neurosurgery at the University

of Illinois in Chicago.

“The most common

cause for a spinal injury is

overuse. Often, when you

overexert yourself, your

muscles fatigue, which,

left unrested, can lead to

worse injuries such as

strains, pinched nerves or

even breaks.”

One common ailment

is a disk herniation.

This painful condition is

caused by problems with

the rubbery disks between

the individual vertebrae of

the spine.

“A herniated disk is

extremely common,”

said Dr. Anthony Rinella,

founder of the Illinois

Spine & Scoliosis Center.

“It’s often caused by

repetitive motions that

involve looking up. Disk

herniations in the neck

are a common cause of

pain radiating toward the

shoulder and down the

arm.”

Fortunately, there are

treatment options available.

Patients are often

successfully treated with

conservative management

options, such as pain

medication, therapy and

injections. But a small

percentage of people with

this condition will eventually

need surgery. Traditionally,

this procedure

involved taking out the

problematic disk and fusing

the remaining disks

together with metal hardware.

While this fusion process

provides spinal stability,

it can also limit the

patient’s range of motion.

A newer procedure, called

cervical disk replacement,

has solved this problem.

Like the standard cervical

fusion, this surgery

involves removing the

disk to relieve pressure

on the nerves. But instead

of a metal plate, surgeons

insert a flexible piece of

plastic.

“The biggest benefit is

that this maintains motion

of the neck in that area

where normally a fusion

procedure would weld

the two bones together,”

Siemionow said. “The

cervical disk replacement

basically functions similar

to a joint replacement that

maintains motion.”

While the procedure

has been around for some

time, it is relatively new

in the United States.

“It took time for there

to be adequate research

and for insurance companies

to support the new

technology,” Rinella said.

“Current studies suggest

this is a major step forward

for cervical spine

surgery, perhaps the biggest

step in the past 30

years.”

Along with preserving

range of motion, there

are other benefits to the

procedure. Cervical disk

replacements typically

have a shorter recovery

time than a fusion procedure.

Patients often go

home the same day and

are completely healed in

four to six weeks. There

are also fewer follow-up

appointments needed.

This recovery time is

also more comfortable for

the patients, because no

immobilization devices,

such as neck collars, are

required. Compared to

metal, the plastic device

used in cervical disk replacement

puts less pressure

on the disks above

and below it, which helps

prevent arthritis or degeneration.

Perhaps most importantly,

the procedure

quickly improves the patient’s

quality of life by

reducing their symptoms.

“Patients usually see

immediate improvement

in their radiating pain

symptoms. There’s a very

high rate of success compared

to other surgeries,”

Rinella said. “In patients

that do need surgery, we

find that this new technology

is very promising.

And we are one of the few

spine surgeons using this

advanced technology.”

Submitted by the Illinois

Spine & Scoliosis Center,

12701 W. 143rd St., No. 200,

in Homer Glen. For more

information on cervical disk

replacements and spine care

needs, contact the center

at (877) 694-7722 or visit

myissc.com.


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Put FAITH

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 instructions with 8:1 faculty

student ratio

• State-of-the-art computer lab & SMART®

Boards in every classroom

• Award-winning speech, drama & chess

programs

• Before and after school care

• STEM Lab, Engineering & Robotics,

Computer Science, and more

• Additional classes in Spanish, Latin, Fine

Arts, Logic, Nutrition & more

• 3 year old Pre K through 8th grade

OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, January 26, 2020 (12-2pm)

708.479.8988

www.noonanacademy.org

19131 Henry Drive • Mokena, IL 60448

REGISTER TODAY! • LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE


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