Acts 20:35 – “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Saint Giles School and the Saint Giles Religious Education Program will be supporting the Catholic Charities Toy Drive. We are hoping that each family can send a new, unwrapped item to school with your child. If every family at Saint Giles School contributed just one toy we could send over 300 toys to families in need. Items will be collected in homerooms through December 6th. Please consider helping!

Items especially needed are:

Birth to 1 year 11 to 15 years
Baby blankets Sports equipment
Infant care items Spa/nail polish kits
Playmats Fashion jewelry/accessories
Musical and talking toys Grooming kist for boys
Soft books and puzzles Books, board games, building sets

Vision 2020: A Strategic Plan for St. Giles Parish and School

As part of the St. Giles Parish strategic planning initiative, the Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) undertook a two-year, in-depth strategic planning analysis of the school. This analysis included the annual parent satisfaction surveys, several open forums to gather input, a strategic planning survey of the teachers, SWOT analyses of the early childhood and junior high programs, and work of the BSJ’s committees. The BSJ’s analysis was then shared with the Parish Strategic Planning Committee. This process culminated in the development of a number of focused
goals for St. Giles Parish reflected in the Strategic Plan 2015-2020 or Vision 2020. The full plan and executive summary attached below, are intended as an organic, living document to be used as a planning tool by the pastor, principal, parish staff, key parish leaders, and active ministries. Please take a moment to review at your convenience. If you are interested in participating in future planning for our school, please contact any BSJ member to join one of our committees.

Vision 2020 Strategic Plan

The Lion King Roars Into Town!

The annual tradition of a play performed by the 8th grade class is a time-honored and much anticipated event of the students’ final year at St. Giles. This year is no different, but unlike in previous years, the show will be performed earlier in the school year.

You won’t want to miss the awesome actors, the creative costumes, and the toe-tapping tunes of THE LION KING! Students will see the show in school on Friday at 1:30. Tickets for the community shows, to be performed on Friday, November 20 and Saturday November 21, may be purchased here.

Additionally, you may want to wish your favorite performers well by placing an ad in the show program. Lion King Ads 2015 gives you all the details you need to congratulate the Class of 2016 on what is sure to be a roaring success!

eNews on the Move

If you are a regular reader of the award-winning, Wednesday eNews, you’ll most likely know that it is chock-full of useful information. If you haven’t read it, you’ve certainly been missing out on all that goes on at St. Giles and in the community at large.

But now, the eNews is moving. Beginning November 29th, the eNews will be published on SUNDAYS. So that means that ALL SUBMISSIONS must be in by FRIDAY AT NOON.

If you have news that you would like to submit, please send the full details (Remember: WHO? WHAT? WHERE? WHEN? HOW? WHY?) in a Word document to



The Class of 2016 would like to THANK everyone who purchased a Blackhawks raffle ticket last week.  Congrats to our winner Beth Linnen & William Hoffman!  We raised over $1,800 to offset 8th grade class expenses – awesome!


Neighbors in Need

A four-alarm fire destroyed a 22-unit apartment building near Percy Julian Middle School on Tuesday evening, October 20. At least 4 families with children lost all of their belongings. Though none of these families have St. Giles School students, we are called on to support them in any way we can.

The Oak Park Elementary School District is coordinating clothing donations. More information can be found here. Please be as generous as you can!

Under Construction

It isn’t just the preschool and McDonough Hall that are under construction this year. As you have by now already figured out, our website is also being worked on. We understand that it is difficult to navigate at times, but hope over the next month or so to be able to sort out most of the issues.

In the meantime, one area we can “reconstruct” right now is the PowerSchool link. We don’t have a separate button for that yet, so you can access PowerSchool here:

Leaping Lions

We have almost met our $90,000 goal – please help!  If you have not yet sent in your Lion’s Leap envelope, please bring them in to the Development Office.  If you would like to donate online, please visit the Giving page of our website at the Lions’ Leap tab.

New for 2015-2016

At the start of every school year, the NEW are almost too numerous to number and this year at St. Giles is no exception.

We welcome new principal Nancy Zver and new teachers Bonita Curi (2nd grade), Eileen Burke (3rd grade), Anna Moskos (4th grade), Brittany Byrne (7th grade), Elsa Quiroga (5-8 Spanish), Lisa DeAlba (K-3 Library & Computers), Kathy Ritten (1st grade aide) and Phil Rieck (primary aide).

As you walk around the campus, you are sure to notice the on-going work at the Gleeson Building on our Early Childhood Center, the new science lab on the second floor of the Frawley Building, the new art display case in honor of teacher Tom Bell, and the new landscaping around the entire facility.

And just in case those weren’t enough, we have a new start time of 8:10 am and an additional early dismissal day, now the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, so teachers can collaborate even more to make our curriculum more innovative and new!