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The Lavin Scholars of St. Angela recently met with their peers from other schools in the Archdiocese to meet the Lavin family, and learn more about the wonderful opportunities the program offers boys and girls in schools supported by Big Shoulders.  We're so proud of this crew!


Ms. Mary, our volunteer OT, works with scholars of all ages on shapes and fine motor skills.  Everyone loves visiting Ms. Mary's Life Skills classroom!

St. Angela Press

The staff of The St. Angela Press produced four wonderful editions this spring; one each in February, March, May and June.  We've had some technical difficulty with the download of the May edition but here are the other three for your enjoyment.  Each image is a link to the pdf file of the newspaper.  We hope to be back in the fall with more of the scholar's eye view of St. Angela School!

From left, February, March and June.

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February 2018

St. Angela Artists!

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St. Angela scholar artists are doing great work and it is displayed all around the building!  Above are some of the self-portraits by seventh graders, and others by first graders; butterflies by our eighth graders and collaborative portraits of artist Frida Kahlo.  

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We're sooooo grateful to our friends from St. Walter Parish in Roselle, and St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine who help us each year by providing school supplies for our scholars in August, and winter jackets in October.  We are richly blessed with generous friends!

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National Junior Honor Society Induction at St. Angela School

St. Angela School celebrated the achievement of junior high scholars this month with the induction of eleven new members to the St. Angela chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS).  This brings the total enrolled in this prestigious group to 22, an all-time high for St. Angela.


Ms. Kelly Busa, assistant principal, is the moderator of the group of young leaders.  “We’re very excited to have such a large group,” she says, “and are proud that so many of our students have dedicated themselves to maintaining the high standards required by NJHS.  It is not easy to achieve membership and some of our 8th graders have served in the organization since they became eligible in sixth grade.”


Members of NJHS in eighth grade are Asia Howard, Brooklyn Gonnigan, Kiya Daughrity, Gabby Ingram, Kyra Hayes, Chloe Lyman, and Jalen Nelson.  In seventh grade:  Teairra Watts, N’Kayla Ezell, Alana Davis, Marquez Newby.  Sixth graders inducted are Kaitlyn Chiles, Tyanna Curtis, Amira Hill, Davee Edwards, Kayla Harvey, Alexis Green, Cameron Neely, Keira Marks, Lavonte McFarland and Jaala Smith.  This year’s officers are Brooklyn Gonnigan, president;


NJHS is based on commitment to scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. Students who meet the scholarship requirement (maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade point average) are invited to apply for membership by detailing their accomplishments in and commitment to service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

Eighth graders teamed up as the science buddies of the fourth graders for a cool new field trip on a mild winter day.  They visited North Park Nature Center in the Sauganash neighborhood where they took a tour on the nature trail, enjoying learning about the trees, plants and animals that are native to our area.  One group of students spotted a deer nearby in the woods. 


They learned about the process of collecting sap for syrup, and since the time was right for drilling, were able to drill into some maple trees.  Students tasted some of the tree sap and learned how the raw sap is made into delicious maple syrup.  

Many thanks to Barbara Weiner of the Nature Center who arranged the trip for us and to the volunteers who led each of our "tour groups."  And, of course, St. Angela scholars say thank you to Mrs. Busa, Ms. Ruden and Ms. Fair for accompanying them out into the woods on a beautiful day.