Chicago Ridge School District 127.5
Registration Coming Up for 2014-2015 Kindergarten Enrollment.
Kindergarten Enrollment for Chicago Ridge School District 127.5 will be held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17 at Ridge Central School, 10800 S. Lyman Ave. and Ridge Lawn School, 5757 W. 105th St. For more information, call Ridge Central at 636-2001, or Ridge Lawn at 636-2002.
A child must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s original birth certificate and three proofs of residency.
Birth certificates for children born anywhere in Cook County may be obtained from the FifthDistrict Courthouse Building, 10200 South 76th Ave., Bridgeview. For more information call 470-7233. Parents also may go to any local currency exchange and request a birth certificate. For children born within Illinois but outside Cook County, parents can contact the Division of Vital Records, 605 W. Jefferson, Springfield, or call 217-782-6553.
Oak Lawn-Hometown Elementary School District 123
Schools registering kindergarteners and preschoolers.
Kindergarten Registration will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Hometown Elementary School, 8870 S. Duffy Ave. For more information and an appointment, call 857-5020.
Kolmar Avenue School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn, is hosting preschool registration from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the school. For more information, call 422-1800.
St. Patricia Grade School, 9000 S. 86th Ave., is hosting a Big Game Day open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Parents and children are invited to take a tour to meet with students, faculty, staff, and parents and get a better sense of what St. Patricia has to offer. St. Patricia educates students in pre-kindergarten to eighth grade and offers before and after school care. For more information, call 598-8200, or visit stpatriciaparish.com.
Moraine Valley Community College Earns Honorable Mention.
Moraine Valley Community College, with its main campus at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, was among 10 community colleges nationwide recognized for its effort to enhance the quality of higher education at two-year institutions in the U.S.
The college received an honorable mention in the National Council of Instructional Administrators 2013 Exemplary Initiatives Competition. A panel of community college practitioners from across the country evaluated the entries and selected five institutions for recognition as winners of the competition and five institutions for honorable mention recognition.
Moraine Valley was recognized for its Diversity Dialogue, an annual fall conference that brings together faculty, staff, students, and community members. Since the first dialogue in 2010, participants have focused on diversity and inclusion and diversity and leadership. The 2013 challenge was to enhance the mindset of inclusive leaders and the participants’ effectiveness at their own organizations. The dialogue is an outlet for state government officials, mayors, school administrators, nonprofit personnel, religious leaders, community members, and the college to build on the progress made at the community dialogues over the last three years and continue the conversation about creating opportunities to foster and advance diversity and inclusion throughout the 26 communities in the college’s district and the region.
Oak Lawn Community H.S.
A Candlelight Bowl will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 22 at Fox Bowl, 1101 Butterfield Road, Wheaton. Money raised will fund The Tim Nickos Memorial Scholarship, which will grant one $2500 scholarship to an OLCHS student to help with college tuition. The winner will be announced at the spring sports award ceremony.
Tickets are $25 for students, or $30 for adults. The ticket price includes three games of bowling and dinner. There will also be a cash bar, raffle prizes and split the pot. For more information, visit olchs.org.
Tim Nickos was an individual who lived every day to the fullest by inspiring and motivating others through his contagious smile and great sense of humor. Nickos was to be the captain of the Oak Lawn Community High School varsity swim team his senior year. He was a member of the OLCHS band. Nickos always provided for everyone around him. He died in his sleep at the age of 17. He had a heart condition called cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) that went undiagnosed. This led to cardiac arrhythmia, which ended his life on June 28, 2011.
Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.
Queen of Peace
Kristine Owens, a history instructor at Queen of Peace High School, has been recognized for her achievements with the 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an outstanding school employee who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, leadership and veteran service of 10 or more years in Catholic education. Owens coordinates all the service opportunities for the Queen of Peace students, but also has earned high marks as an world history and social studies teacher. She is known for challenging students on a daily basis, and leading discussions and lessons about social justice. Owens is known for being the first one to offer anyone in the school assistance without being asked, and the last one out the door at night. She has also chaperoned numerous trips out to Nazareth Farm. Owens will be honored at an awards dinner sponsored by the Catholic Schools where she will receive her award.
Saint Xavier University will host an art exhibit celebrating African-American spiritual music through expressive calligraphy from this Wednesday to Wednesday, Feb. 19. The exhibit, titled “Bound for Glory” by Timothy R. Botts, will be on display in the SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the university’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. A presentation by the artist and a reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Gallery.
Botts’ work combines contemporary graphic design principles with letterforms as old as the first century. He said his work draws influences from traditional African art and writing systems, urban graffiti, and American quilts. Botts is a resident of Glen Ellyn. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in graphic design from Carnegie-Mellon University, during which time he apprenticed in calligraphy with Arnold Bank. He spent three years in Japan teaching conversational English and was influenced by the rich tradition of their brush writing. He designed more than 600 books for Tyndale House Publishers near Chicago where he was senior art director before retiring in 2012. Ten books of his own work are published, including “Doorposts,” “Messiah,” and a Bible illustrated in his calligraphy. He is a part-time instructor at College of DuPage.
The SXU Gallery’s hours are: Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sunday. For more information, please contact the gallery at 773-298-3081.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D., a research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory, will speak about the connections between science and faith at Saint Xavier University’s Sweeney Family Lecture. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in McGuire Hall, located in the Warde Academic Center at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
Consolmagno’s lecture, titled “Faith and the Scientist,” will explore his conviction that believers can be scientists and scientists can be believers. He will discuss his views about how both religion and science explore the universe seeking to understand and interpret natural phenomena, and how they offer not oppositional but rather complementary approaches to reality.
Br. Consolmagno holds a Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona, as well as a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1989, he entered the Society of Jesus, and took vows as a brother in 1991. He was assigned as an astronomer to the Vatican Observatory and also serves as curator of the Vatican Meteorite collection, one of the largest such collections in the world. In addition to his continuing professional work in planetary science, he also has studied philosophy and theology.
The Sweeney Family Lecture is sponsored by SXU’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, and funded by a gift from the John and Barbara Sweeney Family.
Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.
Scholarship applications completed in their entirety must be delivered to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Feb. 28. Orland Township is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-4222.
An additional scholarship opportunity is available at Orland Township. Applications for the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at orlandtwp.org, or at the Orland Township Office. Applications are due by Saturday, March 1, 2014 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attention Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.