We are honored to welcome Reverend Ron Kalas, Vicar for Vicariate II, Governor Pat Quinn, Alderman Ameya Pawar and our Pastor, Msgr. Jim Kaczorowski as special guests and speakers for our Blue Ribbon Breakfast celebration this Friday, October 11. We hope you, too, are looking forward to this event. Only 50 private schools in the nation received this prestigious award in 2013!
We are planning for a large crowd and press coverage. As a result, Western Avenue may look like Grand Central Station. Here's some advice to help our parish family enjoy this special morning:
- 7:30 a.m. - Come early! Breakfast begins.
- 7:55 a.m. - School children report to teachers in assigned areas.
- 8:05 a.m. - Formal presentation begins.
- 8:30 a.m. - Children enter school with their teachers.
- 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast ends.
Walk or bike if you can; parking will be a challenge. No parking will be available in front of the school on Western Avenue as this area will be blocked off for the governor. Due to the anticipated high volume of participants in Friday's Blue Ribbon Breakfast, please allow ample time to find parking on neighborhood residential streets as the parking lot will fill quickly.
It has been an exciting two weeks since our school was honored with the distinction of being a 2013 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It was fun celebrating the announcement on September 24 with the students and staff, who enjoyed blue cake and ice cream at the end of the day in the school courtyard. Thank you to the many parents who came that day to help celebrate and make it special for everyone.
Last Friday, we had a surprise visit from Mayor Rahm Emanuel! The mayor congratulated us on our Blue Ribbon award and greeted many of the staff and students in the office and courtyard area. As a Congressman, he had visited our school due to our participation in the Rahm's Readers program.
Thank you to the Blue Ribbon Committee headed by Kathleen McCarthy, our Development Director, School Board representatives and volunteer parents who have spent many hours preparing for this celebration.
What is the Blue Ribbon Award?
- The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is an official recognition program of the U.S. Department of Education.
- There is no greater award any school can attain than the National Blue Ribbon. It is the mark of excellence in education.
- To earn the award, Queen of Angels students placed in the top 15% of private schools in the nation in both math and reading standardized tests in 2013.
- Queen of Angels is one of only 50 private schools (out of 33,400 such schools) in the nation to earn a National Blue Ribbon for 2013.