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St. Giles School Handbook
St. Giles School Handbook 2018-2019
Drop Off / Pick Up procedures
Tuition Payment Requirements
You can select to make your payments on one of the following schedules:
- 1 Payment - Due in July (Automatic or Invoice payment plan)
- 2 Payments - Due in July and January (Automatic payment plan only)
- 3 Payments - Due in July, November and February (Automatic payment plan only)
- Monthly Payments - Due July through May (Automatic payment plan only)
Payment days are either the 5th or the 20th of the month.
An Automatic Payment Plan is required for those families seeking a 2, 3 or monthly payment schedule. If you prefer to remain on an invoice payment plan, you are required to pay in full in July.
If you would like to edit your payment schedule for any reason, your request must be in writing a MINIMUM of 7 days in advance of your currently schedule payment date to Michele Bibbey at email@example.com.
New Family Referral Credit
Refer a NEW family to St. Giles who registers, is accepted, and attends a full year at St. Giles in grades K-8th, and you will receive a $500 tuition credit at year's end. If you refer a family who registers and attends mid-year, (January through May), you will receive half credit of $250.
In order to receive this credit, the new family must list the current family on their registration form as the referring family. You can refer up to 3 families for a total of $1,500 in tuition credit.
Scholarship (Financial Aid) Information
Empower Illinois Scholarship
In August 2017, with bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill that was signed into law by the governor. The law includes a provision for tax credit scholarships, which provide strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students from low-income families may use these new scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice.
Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship
To learn more about the applying for a tax credit scholarship, including frequently asked questions and scholarship eligibility, click here.
For additional information, please see the Donating to a Tax Credit Scholarship, Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship, Frequently Asked Questions, Tax Credit Scholarship Eligibility, and More Information pages.
St. Giles Scholarships
To be considered for St. Giles Scholarships, qualifying families need to apply also for the Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship (This scholarship is distributed on the first-come-first-served basis.
Statement of Objective
The St. Giles School Scholarship program makes available scholarships to families who value a Catholic education but have difficulty paying the full cost of tuition and fees. This assistance is available for families who qualify and the level of assistance granted varies based on need. Implementation of the policy is meant to be as fair and equitable as possible. This policy provides that no complete tuition waivers will be granted. The program is overseen by the Pastor and Principal, who have relied on the BSJ in an advisory capacity only.
St. Giles School families in good financial standing (i.e., current on tuition and fees for current and past school years or granted under a pastor-approved hardship waiver of the tuition policy) are eligible for consideration for scholarship. Fulfillment of the requirements of Contributing Parishioner status is required as well. For all Contributing Parishioners, this includes registration with St. Giles Parish, active participation in Parish life and monetary contributions in the amount of $10/week for a family with 1 child and $15/week for a family with 2 or more children for the full calendar year.
New families will be considered for scholarships, once they have fully registered for St. Giles School, have met the Contributing Parishioner standards, or have a waiver from the Pastor. Scholarship preference may be given to returning school families over families brand new to the School. Any recipient of a hardship waiver from the Pastor and/or Principal must submit an application for scholarship as well.
Assessments and awards of scholarships will be made by the Scholarship Committee, which will assess need based on application materials and determine awards based on need and available scholarship resources under the school budget.
The Committee will consist of the Pastor, the Principal (or school-employed designee of the Principal), and three St. Giles parishioners selected by the pastor in consultation with the Board of Specified Jurisdiction. At least one Committee member, and no more than two of the parishioners, will be a member of the School's Finance Committee. Committee members will serve calendar year terms. There will be no limitation on the number of terms served.
The Committee will establish procedures to maintain the confidentiality of all applicants and information submitted in connection with any application.
How to Apply
All applications for scholarships to St. Giles are accepted through FACTS, our online payment management system and scholarship assessment service.
You are required to complete the following steps in order to apply. Applications will NOT be reviewed without ALL of these documents.
- There is a $25 application fee due at the time of applying.
- Complete the online FACTS scholarship application.
- Upload all accompanying documents requested (W-2 forms, tax returns or other proof of income required by FACTS). FACT's private assessment of this financial information will be used by the scholarship committee to help determine need.
- Complete the St. Giles School Scholarship Questionnaire, also located in the FACTS application.
Applications are open January 1 - March 15 before the school year for which aid is accepted. After this date, the Grant & Aid section of FACTS is closed. It can be opened to accommodate special circumstances if there are still funds available. Requests to apply for special circumstance must be made in writing to Michele Bibbey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship decisions and awards will be made no later than May 1 before the academic year for which aid is awarded. There can be no guarantee of financial aid to any applicant.
Scholarships are awarded to families who qualify based on financial need which is based upon FACTS grant and aid assessment criteria and review by the school financial aid committee.
The average scholarship awarded to a single child is $1000.
For further questions regarding Scholarships, please contact our Business Manager, Michele Bibbey at email@example.com
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
Before & After Care
Preschool Extended Day Programming Option
The preschool full day programming option meets the needs of parents whose children are enrolled in a half-day preschool program but desire full day of participation. This program is a structured program which provides the children time for lunch and rest as well as many learning activities that support literacy skills and social development.
The Preschool Extended Day Programming Option provides hours of service to accommodate for 3 and 4-year old morning preschool students from 11:10 am - 3:10 pm.
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 Gleeson Building, 1101 Columbian Ave., 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. Two separate rooms are designed to meet the needs of younger and older students.
To register, please follow the link below:
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 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 a recent graduate from St. Giles - Megan, and Annie in 8th and Liam and Clare in 5th at St. Giles. Her favorite past time is attending her children’s athletic games.
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 first grade, a son in kindergarten, and a son and a daughter still at home. 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.
Jonathan Sluys, Tech Committee 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 and are currently in kindergarten and second grade. Having grown up in Sweden, Jonathan graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2004. He is co-founder of Breakout Studio, an upstart branding and marketing agency in Chicago with clients worldwide. Jonathan also serves as a technology advisor and launch partner to several early-stage startups. He has led award-winning creative for clients such as Google, Facebook, GE, P&G, Allen Edmonds, Patagonia, and others, and is fluent in German and Swedish. He has a love for computers, and began his tech support role in 6th grade when his homeroom teacher brought him out of class to help trouble-shoot her computer. Feel free to contact Jonathan with any suggestions or comments for St. Giles technical issues at email@example.com.
Carole Murphy, Athletic Advisory Committee Chair
Carole is a lifelong parishioner of St. Giles and alum of St. Giles School. She is active in both school and parish activities, including PTO events, volleyball coach, AAC member, Class of 2018 and 2019 8th grade events and communications, Lector and Eucharistic Minister. Carole and Larry Murphy currently have one daughter, Laura in 8th grade and one recent grad, Meagan (Class of 2018). 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 the development.
Kelly Hartweg, Development Chair
Kelly Hartweg 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 2nd 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.
Flavia Trucco Morrissey, Member-at-large
Flavia and her husband, Mike, have been parishioners of St. Giles since 1984. Their three children attended St. Giles, the youngest graduating in 2000. They have grandchildren in 2nd and Kindergarten at St. Giles this year. Flavia attended St. Angela Grammar School, Trinity High School, DePaul University (Bachelors in Elementary Education) and Dominican University (Masters in Library and Information Science). She taught for 18 years, 14 years as a librarian/resource teacher at St. Giles. Through the years, she has volunteered in many St. Giles programs including Market Day, Great Books, Rainbows for All God’s Children, and the Restore the Gift Capital Campaign. Flavia is committed to continuing her support of St. Giles School by serving as a member of the School Board.
Olga Solares, Member-at-large
Olga and her husband, Ruben have been parishioners of St. Giles for 20 years. They reside in Chicago in the Galewood community and have one recent graduate of St. Giles, Anel and Stefan an 8th grader this year. Olga has been actively involved at St. Giles over the last 10 years serving on the BSJ marketing committee, co-chairing the Halloween party and volunteering at numerous school sponsored events and sports activities. Currently, Olga works as Associate Vice President, Communications for the AMITA Health system and has worked in Catholic Health Care as a marketing/communication leader for most of her career. She received her bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University in Speech Communications and Journalism and her master of science degree from the University of Illinois in Health Communications. She is a true St. Giles Lions fan and enjoys cheering on our teams.
Mary Catherine Wygonik, Member-at-large
Mary Catherine and her husband Ed have been members of St. Giles Parish for over forty years. All five of their children attended St. Giles School. Mary Catherine was involved in the PREP program and also taught Reading and fourth and fifth grades for eight years at St. Giles. She served in a myriad of capacities as a parish and school volunteer. At one time Mary Catherine was the Youth Minister. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Marygrove College and her Masters in Supervision and Administration from Roosevelt University. In over forty years of education, Mary Catherine has served students and their families from pre -school to college. As an administrator, she was a district ESL supervisor, assistant principal and principal in two different schools. Her experience is in both Catholic and public education. Presently, she is an adjunct professor at Dominican University and teaches the Teach for America students. Her community involvement includes president of a board of a recovery house, ESL tutor, volunteer at Ten Thousand Villages, and feeding the homeless.
Sara Yount, Member-at-large
Sara, her husband Josh, and their three boys have lived in Oak Park and been members of St. Giles Parish since 2005. Their oldest son, Henry is a freshman at OPRF and their younger boys, Peter and James are entering 6th grade and 4th grade at Mann Elementary, where Sara has been on the PTO Board for the past four years. Also, she has been very actively involved in the St. Giles Religious Education Program having served on the Religious Education Advisory Board, co-chaired the PREP program for two years, volunteered as a catechist, and now works as the PREP Program Coordinator. Additionally, Sara has volunteered as a Lector and a Eucharistic Minister. She is excited to serve on the St. Giles School Board.