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The St. Giles Athletic Program serves to provide and promote a Christian environment in which each student may attempt to reach his/her potential within the context of athletic endeavor. The Athletic Program dynamically challenges its participants to accept and appreciate teammates, recognize and develop potential, learn and transmit positive values, accept both success and failure, unconditionally embody best effort and strive for athletic excellence.
The Interscholastic Sports program features competitive sports against other schools for grades 4-8. Students can participate in co-ed soccer in the fall and spring, co-ed cross country in the fall, boys or girls basketball in the winter, and boys or girls volleyball in the spring. This program is run by Sara Spencer, athletic director.
The Interscholastic Sports Website is where you will find all the information you need about our sports program, including registration pages, handbook, your child's team roster, game schedule, and volunteer opportunities.
Academic Eligibility Policy
St. Giles Kids Klub provides quality childcare for both before (7:00 AM - 8:10 AM) and after school (Dismissal - 6:00 PM). Located in the Corrigan Building, 1030 Linden, door D at the south end of the building next to the playground. Kids Klub provides a warm and caring environment for students, offering teacher-supervised homework time, snack, outdoor and indoor play, specialized crafts, and planned activities. Kids Klub is designed to meet the needs of younger and older students. Registration for the 2019-20 school year will open in late August.
For questions, contact Kathy Lofgren, Kids Klub Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Specified Jurisdiction
The Board of Specified Jurisdiction
The St. Giles School Board of Specified Jurisdiction (BSJ) acts in an advisory role to the Pastor and Principal. The Board develops, proposes and adopts policies that govern the operation of the School in accordance with guidelines set by the Office of Catholic Schools. The Board is empowered to cooperate and collaborate with the principal and to support the work of administering and leading the school. However, the Board has no role with respect to the hiring, evaluation or termination of teachers.
Our Board is comprised of parent and non-parent members appointed by our Pastor. Our members have a breadth of community involvement and expertise in the areas of finance, technology, development, athletics, marketing, and strategic planning. Each of these areas has a committee that reports to the BSJ. All of our committees welcome and encourage new members. Please contact the Committee Chair directly to express your interest. Your involvement can only make us stronger.
The Finance Committee provides a degree of oversight on the School’s financial condition. The Committee (and BSJ) assist in maintaining the School’s viable financial standing, without taking on fiduciary or audit-related responsibilities. The Committee reviews key financial metrics including actual financial results vs. budget and tuition collections. Finally, the Committee participates in creating and aligning the School’s budget with strategic and operational plans.
Marketing and Communications
Advancing the mission of St. Giles School, the Marketing and Communications Committee works to enhance the visibility and public perception of the school and support the students and families currently enrolled in the school. The Committee sponsors and coordinates the school-wide Open House in January and develops and manages the print production of all marketing and promotional material. Promoting the brand identity of St. Giles School, the Committee also coordinates key internal vehicles of communication directed at faculty/staff, parents, and students and hosts programs for current and prospective families. The goal of the Marketing and Communications Committee is to recruit new students and families, achieve and maintain full enrollment, and support retention of current students.
Anchored by our two annual fundraisers, the Lion's Leap in September and the Black and Gold Pride in March, the St. Giles Development Office is projected to raise close to $300,000 for the school. Members of the Sr. Marie Imelda Society continue to renew their memberships throughout the year; these families/individuals make contributions totaling $1,000 or more within a school year and are recognized at our annual reception in November. The Development office also conducts a mailed annual fund campaign targeting alumni and parent donors who are able to make smaller donations. This mailing raises funds toward both the fundraising budget and the tuition assistance budget, based on donor preferences.
In addition to supporting these important fundraisers, the Development Committee works with the Development office to plan activities that advance the mission of St. Giles School: to build connections and extend our outreach to both alumni and the community. Through the St. Giles School Alumni Network Facebook page and MailChimp e-mail newsletters, we have been reaching an increased number of alumni with updates of what’s happening at St. Giles. In Spring, the Development Committee works with the PTO to host our ever-popular Grandparents' Day. In late May, we will again welcome our soon-to-be alums, the 8th grade graduates, with a special celebration featuring several St. Giles graduates who will talk about their memories as students here and why — decades later — they continue to support and remain connected to the school.
The Technology Committee reviews and plans for future technology at the school. The Committee reviews outside technology providers and the progress of open projects; assists in soliciting bids for contracted services; assesses technology needs and challenges of the faculty; and assesses the overall technology needs at the school to prioritize purchases and future upgrades. The Committee also assists in the implementation and evaluation of new initiatives such as the junior high one-to-one iPad initiative.
The Mission of the Interscholastic Athletic Program is to:
- Provide opportunities for all interested St. Giles School students to learn about and participate as members of St. Giles School sports teams and programs
- Transmit knowledge of the fundamentals of various sports
- Develop the sports-specific skill levels of each participant
- Instill team-oriented values in sports environment
- Teach proper attitude toward winning, losing, and competing with dignity
- Foster and environment to increase self-confidence and self-esteem
- Enhance individual levels of physical fitness
BSJ Committee Chairs
Marketing and Communications Chair
Meghan Hurley Gibbs
Parish - Barb Schulz, email@example.com
Principal Meg Bigane, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Giles School Board of Specified Jurisdiction Members
The following people make up the school board for the school year.
Liz Moroney, BSJ Chair
Liz Moroney has been an active member of the St. Giles Community for over 10 years. She has served on the executive committee of the PTO and was President in 2014-15. She has also chaired Market Day, Halloween Party and All School-Dance. A Boston native, Liz is a 1996 graduate from Marquette University where she studied Communications. Liz settled in Oak Park after marrying Mike (also a Marquette graduate). A St. Giles alumnus, Mike Moroney has coached soccer for St. Giles and is currently a member of the St. Giles Men’s Society. Professionally, Liz has been a member of the Gloor Realty team and also rehabs houses in the Oak Park area. Liz and Mike have two recent graduates from St. Giles - Megan, and Annie and Liam and Clare in 6th at St. Giles. Her favorite past time is attending her children’s athletic games.
Jonathan Sluys, BSJ Vice Chair
Jonathan has been a member of the St. Giles Community since 2011 when he moved to Oak Park with his wife Caroline. Their two children attend St. Giles. Having grown up in Sweden, Jonathan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. Together with his wife, he runs a branding and marketing studio in Chicago. Jonathan also serves as a technology advisor and launch partner to several early-stage startups. Feel free to contact Jonathan with any suggestions or comments at email@example.com.
Carolyn Burke, Finance Chair
Carolyn has been a member of the parish since 2010 when her twin boys were baptized at St. Giles. She received a BBA with a concentration in accounting from the University of Notre Dame and her MBA with concentrations in finance and strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Carolyn began her career as a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG in Chicago and worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. She left her most recent position as CFO of Mesirow Advanced Strategies in 2016 to spend more time with her family. In addition to volunteering at St. Giles, she serves on the Boards and chairs the finance committee at both Thrive Counseling Center in Oak Park and Riverside Golf Club. Carolyn and her husband Tom Clarkson have lived in Oak Park since 2006.
Meghan Hurley Gibbs, Marketing Chair
Meghan has been a parishioner since 2014, when she and her husband, Ted, enrolled their oldest daughter in preschool at St. Giles. She currently has a daughter in 3rd grade, a son in 2nd, and a son and a daughter in preschool. During her time as a St. Giles parent, Meghan has volunteered with the PTO and served on the marketing committee. Originally from South Dakota, Meghan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. Upon graduation, she volunteered with Amate House, where she began her work as a teacher and administrator in Chicago Catholic schools. Meghan has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Dominican University and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Loyola University Chicago. Since having her family, Meghan has done consulting work for Big Shoulders Fund and Chicago-area Catholic schools.
Carole Murphy, Athletic Advisory Committee Chair
Carole is a lifelong parishioner of St. Giles and alum of St. Giles School. Over the years, she has been very active in both school and parish events. Carole and Larry Murphy currently have two recent graduates, now at Trinity. Professionally Carole is a Human Resources Leader and has worked for Citigroup and JPMorganChase. Carole has deep roots in the St. Giles community and is happy to continue to help St. Giles.
Ty Mayberry, Technology Chair
Ty works within the Hybrid and Managed Services (H&MS)
Kelly Hartweg, Development Chair
Kelly currently serves as the Executive Director of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Midwest Division. Prior to her work at IICF, Kelly held leadership roles in membership, development, sales and event management at organizations such as Navy Pier and the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. Kelly was a Friends First Mentor at Mercy Home for Children, and enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer projects that address hunger, senior care, youth education and mentoring. She has a 3rd grade daughter and two sons who attended St. Giles School. In addition to serving on the Development Committee for St. Giles School, she serves as a leader of her daughter's Brownie Troop.
Emily Conner, Member-at-large
Emily has been a member of the St. Giles Community since 2015 when she joined the St. Giles Parish and enrolled her oldest child in preschool. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Justin, and their two children. Both of her children attend St. Giles School. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Emily attended Catholic school from kindergarten through high school and moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University. Professionally her background is in public health program coordination, having worked for both the American Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to serving on the PTO and Marketing committee, Emily coordinates the Little Lions playgroup for St. Giles friends that are preschool age and younger.
Amy McFarlane, Member-at-large
Amy has been a 4th grade teacher at Willard Elementary School in River Forest for 16 years. In the capacity of her job, she has served on many leadership committees for District 90. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a Masters degree in Gifted Education. Volunteering in the Oak Park community is an important facet of Amy’s life; she enjoys volunteering at Beyond Hunger and is a member of the Sarah's Inn Associate Board. Recently, she has also accepted a position as an adjunct instructor at Dominican University teaching math methods courses to educators.
Catherine Marshall, Member-at-large
Cathy has spent her career in education as a teacher, counselor, and social worker. She taught at St. Giles for 3.5 years before having children and staying home to raise a family. During that time, she did a lot of volunteer work at St. Giles (where her children attended) and in the community. In 1995, Cathy went back to work as a Dean Counselor at Riverside Brookfield High School. She worked there five years and then took a position as a Dean Counselor at Oak Park-River Forest High School. She retired in 2012 from OPRF and is currently working part-time as a school social worker at St. Vincent Ferrer School in River Forest. The Marshall family has been parishioners at St. Giles for over 40 years. They have four children and four grandchildren. Their oldest grandson, Christopher is in First Grade at St. Giles.
Erika Montgomery, Member-at-large
Dr. Montgomery is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 23 years experience providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Montgomery earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Consortium for Professional Psychology in 1997. Dr. Montgomery has been in private practice in Oak Park for the past 19 years. Dr. Montgomery also serves as a medical consultant with the Social Security Administration. She is married to Marc Montgomery and had two alum daughters and a son attending the 6th grade at St. Giles.
Patrick Winter, Member-at-large