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.
Community residents are invited to Chicago Christian High School Theater Department’s spring production of “Hilarity Ensues: A Night of Comedy.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 in the CCHS auditorium, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave., Palos Heights. The evening will feature the school’s first Chicago Christian High School Improv Team, and two one-act comedies, “Sure Thing” and “Philosophy 101: A Play,” as well as a special performance by the CCHS girls’ a cappella group, The Knightingales. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets will be on sale in the main office at CCHS beginning Monday, Feb. 17. For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.
The Chicago Christian High School Senior class will host a dress resale from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the school cafeteria, 12001 S. Oak Park Ave. Everyone is invited to shop for dresses, shoes, and purses at discounted prices. If you would like to be seller, send an email to:
. For more information, call 388-7650, or visit swchristian.org.
All high school students who love technology are invited to use their knowledge and skills at Moraine Valley Community College’s and Moraine Area Career System’s Technology Challenge, Thursday, Feb. 20 and Monday, March 17.
Moraine Valley works hand in hand with MACS in-district high schools assisting students to transition into college. MACS are one of the statewide networks of Education for Employment groups, whose primary goal is to establish quality Career and Technical Education programs. MVCC provides dual-credits for the high schools involved in MACS including Andrew, Argo, Eisenhower, Evergreen, Oak Lawn, Reavis, Richards, Sandburg, Shepard and Stagg, and also assists with aligning dual-credits with college curriculums. High achieving high school students are recommended by their teachers to participate in the MACS/MVCC Technology Challenge.
There are two rounds involved in the technology challenge. The first round is Feb. 20 at the student’s high school. Students who are chosen by their teachers will participate in the 40-minute virtual exam. The top two scoring students from each of the high schools in each of the following areas, automotive, mechanical drafting, A+IT essentials, photoshop and office systems applications, will participate in round two. The only exception to the round one “virtual” exam is that automotive clearly can’t be done virtually, so those are came to Moraine Valley Feb. 3 to compete.
Round two kicks off March 17 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. This event includes opening and closing ceremonies, a keynote speaker and a luncheon. Awards will be given to all first, second and third place students and high schools.
Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.
Oak Lawn Community H.S.
Candlelight Bowl To Fund Tim Nickos Scholarship.
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
Queen of Peace Teacher Honored.
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.
Queen of Peace High School will sponsor a Leadership Conference for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 8. Eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace may also attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide leadership training for female student leaders as they prepare to assume leadership roles in the next few years. The cost is $5. The Queen of Peace Leadership Conference will concentrate on training emerging leaders, as well as provide current leaders new tools in how to lead effectively. For more information, or to register, call Mary Kate Love at 496-4753, or email her at
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.
For more information, call the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at 773-298-3981, or email Kathleen Mareska at