Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Scholarship Opportunities!

SGO - A New Tax Credit Scholarship 
Could Cover the Full Cost of Tuition for Eligible Families

Big Shoulders Fund is offering new scholarships to Catholic schools starting later this month.
Illinois’ new Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows donors to reserve tax credits and direct their money to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs). Big Shoulders Fund is an approved SGO in Illinois serving Regions 1 and 2 and will begin accepting scholarship applications January 22nd at 8:00 am.
More information is available at:

This flier is a quick one-page reference to this program.

If you have any questions, please contact the school.
This is a great opportunity to lower your tuition at St. Ethelreda School.
Happy New Year!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Principal Spells Award

Our own Principal Spells has been named as recipient of this year's African-American Heritage Award by the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office of Catholic Schools. Congrats Principal Spells!

Here's the announcement:
At the prayer service, African American Heritage Awards will be presented to Mrs. Helen Dumas, principal of St. Sabina Academy (Chicago) and Dr. Denise Spells, principal of St. Ethelreda School (Chicago). Mrs. Dumas and Dr. Spells are strong African American women of faith who demonstrate visionary leadership, exemplary commitment and outstanding service to Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Archdiocese of Chicago Hosts 39th Annual African American Heritage Prayer Service

The award will be presented Fri Feb 24 at a luncheon: Luncheon Flyer (pdf).
Congratulations, Principal Spells!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Preschool for All Program at St. Ethelreda School

Preschool for All is the State of Illinois' initiative to ensure high-quality preschool programs are available to 3 and 4-year old children.  The Preschool for All program is a five-hour, five-day a week program provided to eligible* families at no charge.

St. Ethelreda School offers a Preschool for All Program.  The school also offers a voluntary supplemental preschool program, which extends the preschool day to the end of the regular school day.  Payment is required for participation in the voluntary supplemental preschool program.  The payment is proportionate to the amount of non-Preschool for All time a student spends in the supplemental preschool program.

The hours for the preschool programs are noted below.
  • Preschool for All program begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
  • The supplementary preschool programs begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m.
Families who participate in the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)* will not be charged anything for participation in the Preschool for All program or the supplemental preschool program.  The only payment required for CCAP students is the CCAP co-pay.

For more information regarding the preschool programs call 773.238.1757

*To find out if you are eligible for the Preschool for All program and/or CCAP, please contact the school at 773.238.1757.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

First Quarter Principal's List & Honor Roll Students

At St. Ethelreda School, we encourage our students to always maintain high standards and challenge themselves to acquire new skills and competencies. We also encourage them to be responsible and maintain honesty and integrity in their work through active participation in classroom activities and successful completion and submission of homework. 

We are proud therefore, to present the following students who have made the Principal's List and Honor Roll for this first Quarter of the school year.

1st Grade
Principal's List:  Shavonne S. (3.78) & A'Zaria L. (3.69): 
Honor Roll:  Daniel H. (3.57), Emily W. (3.57), Malik J. (3.47) & Tiana H. (3.14)
2nd Grade
Principal's List:  Nevaeh B. (3.84) & Kacie T. (3.71)
Honor Roll: Jaylen W. (3.61), Grace T. (3.41), Anyiah B. (3.30) & Tyler M. (3.18)

3rd Grade
Principal's List: Isis S. (3.6):  Honor Roll: Trinidad A. (3.0)
4th Grade
Honor Roll: Darion L. (3.4), Tiffeni W. (3.4), Jamaria T. (3.3),
                Isreal T. (3.3)Nya M. (3.1) & Chandler U. (3.1)

5th Grade
Principal's List: Morgan W. (3.7) 
Honor Roll: Makilah C. (3.4) & Shakira L. (3.1)
6th Grade
Principal's List:  Sierra C. (3.6) & Kiriana W. (3.6)
Honor Roll: Ethan C. (3.5) & Jhada E. (3.1)
7th Grade
Honor Roll: Christopher R. (3.0)

8th Grade
Principal's List:  Noadiyah J. (3.7)
Honor Roll:  Chanelle H. (3.2) & Tabitha C. (3.0)

Congratulations to you all! 

Note:    To be eligible for the  Principal's List and/or Honor Roll, a student must have an average points of 3.68 through 4.33; and 3.00 through 3.67 respectively; good conduct and attitude, and excellent attendance.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Approaching... back to school!

August 24 is rapidly approaching... the first day of school at St. Ethelreda!

You can view Principal Spells' Back To School letter here:

Also, a new school supply list is available at our Forms page:

Enjoy the summer. We'll see you back at school soon!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Crowning

During this beautiful month of May, when springtime blossoms and we honor our mothers, it was most fitting that the St. Ethelreda students and teachers celebrated the crowning of the Queen of all Mothers, the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

The ceremony began after Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, which recalls the apparition of our Holy Mother to three shepherd children in Portugal.  Father Donald gave a beautiful homily about the importance of staying close to our Heavenly Mother by praying the Rosary and asking Her to lead us closer to the Heart of Her Son, Jesus.

After listening to students read prayers, poems, and petitions, eighth grade student Pauline Wisseh placed a beautiful crown of roses on our Blessed Mother as a pledge of our love as we sang lovely hymns to honor God's most faithful and obedient Daughter whom He chose to be the Mother of His Son. 

We pray that our Holy Mother Mary will always have a special place in the hearts and lives of our students and families.  Queen of Heaven, pray for us!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Congrats to Principal Spells!

Congratulations to Principal Spells, on receiving her PhD from Loyola University!

Great job, Principal Spells... excellent!