February 17, 2019,
Dear St. Alphonsus School Parents,
Well, winter is seemingly telling us it still likes wearing white! Hopefully we will have a lovely spring in a few weeks! As we begin to think about things for the 2019-2020 school year, I wish to thank those of you who have responded that you intend to return next school year. We are thrilled that you will be returning!
Please know that there are some things that are not under the control of building principals. We are required to follow some Archdiocesan policies as well as formulating some of our own. We are a part of this parish and we are all a part of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
First, though we would love to give you all a definite starting date for next year, we do not yet have calendar information from the Office of Catholic Schools. We do know that we will have 180 days in our calendar. 180 days has been our rule of thumb for a number of years, so I anticipate that students will return mid to late in the week of August 19th. We really appreciate your patience!
Secondly, it is really important that if you intend to return for the 2019-2020 school year, your registration fee must be paid in order for us to count you as enrolled. Please see the attached tuition and fee chart for next school year. We have chosen to keep tuition increases to a minimum. There are also some other items in place that will feel a bit different than the past regarding tuition and financial assistance. If you have any questions about the following, please contact me directly.
All parents must sign a tuition agreement form for the 2019-2020 school year. We will continue to work with special circumstances throughout the year as we always have.
Father Joe has agreed to the recommendation of our School Advisory Council that we have only one rate of tuition. Therefore there will not be a parishioner and non-parishioner rate for 2019-2020.
All parents who wish to apply for any type of financial assistance should first apply to Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders. While we do not control who gets this funding or if sufficient funding will be available, it is a great funding source for you and for our school.
All parents must also apply for assistance on FACTS. We will not be awarding any financial assistance to families who do not apply through FACTS. This is in fairness to all of our families. Without applications in FACTS, it is very difficult to make fair decisions.
Lastly, Father Joe will also be involved in the discernment process for awarding locally funded assistance.
Thirdly, regarding Empower Illinois Scholarships we are blessed to have donations that are part of the matching program this year. While not all donations have come through yet, we know we will have a good amount of funds tagged specifically for St. Alphonsus students. We also anticipate that Empower Illinois awards will be made much earlier this year than in the past.
This year, I will also be able to see your level of eligibility, though I cannot see the documents you sent to Empower Illinois as part of the application process. We do not yet have any information regarding applications to Big Shoulders. All of these changes are for the benefit of you, our parents. We wish to serve as many families as we possibly can.
Thank you for your commitment to St. Alphonsus! May God bless you and your families!