Parish School News
A Message from
Father John McGivern
I am happy to
report, that after a very thorough search, and after having interviewed
several very highly qualified candidates, Ms. Karen Rebhan-Csuk
chosen as our new parish school principal. Ms. Rebhan-Csuk brings 27
years of progressive experience and accomplishments as an administrator
Her strengths are
in curriculum writing, proficiency with differentiated instruction,
faculty development, effective classroom management, and collaboration
with parents and educators. Among the many fine ways that Ms.
Rebhan-Csuk demonstrated her mastery of all the necessary components of
a challenging academic program, it was her philosophy that “students
come first,” which made me realize that she was precisely the right
person to lead this important parish mission! Simple words and
reassuring, and not nearly as common a philosophy as one might think.
As principal, Ms.
Rebhan-Csuk will be working closely with Mrs. Maria Allori, development
director and me—the school administrative team, and, of course, her
faculty and staff. On August 24th, our parish school will begin its 99th
academic year. Imagine how many thousands of people whom we have
prepared for high school and life, in general; and whose lives of faith
we have had the privilege to form.
I can state with
utmost confidence that St. Edmund Parish School has all the necessary
people and components in place to offer a faith-based education that is
second to none! I welcome our parish families with children who are 3
years of age through the age of 14 to call 708-386-5131 for a private
tour of our school. You will be very impressed with what you see! I am
extremely impressed and my expectations are very high.
I welcome the
opportunity for telling,
sharing and showing you why
our parish school will be the best fit for your child.
St. Edmund Parish School web site
St. Edmund Parish
School Mission Statement
Established in 1917, St. Edmund
Parish School provides an academically excellent faith-based
education in the Catholic
tradition. Here, children of
diverse backgrounds gather:
♦ to learn and live the message
of Jesus Christ;
♦ to develop the ability to
♦ to foster an appreciation for
language and the arts;
♦ to broaden their global and
♦ to engage in physical
activity and adopt a spirit of sportsmanship;
♦ to prepare for rigorous
academic programs in high school and at university;
♦ to recognize and deepen their
relationship to Christ both personally and in their faith
In tandem with parents and the
faith community, St. Edmund Parish School ultimately seeks to
provide a safe and nurturing
learning environment where our
children will flourish and reach their fullest potential.
A Brief History of St.
Parish School began its commitment to excellence in Catholic education
in 1917, when Father John Code made plans to construct a school on the
corner of Oak Park Avenue and Pleasant Street in Oak Park. Henry J.
Schlacks designed the building after the Palace of Justice in Rouen,
France. The cornerstone was laid on May 20, 1917, but the building was
not ready when school started in September. The children attended Bishop
Quarter School on Lake Street until the building was completed.
was dedicated on October 14, 1917 with a grand procession led by
Archbishop Mundelein and Father Code. The Dominican order of nuns from
Adrian, Michigan, originally ran the school and lived in a part of the
school until a convent was bought for them.
On May 9,
1948, Cardinal Stritch dedicated the annex, which included four new
classrooms, a music hall, and a library. Archbishop Albert G. Meyer
dedicated the new two-story addition to the school on April 28, 1959.
St. Edmund School formed a partnership with Dominican University in
River Forest, continuing its mission of providing a well-founded
Catholic education to the next generation of students. St. Edmund Parish
School proudly celebrated ninety years of service to the parish and to
the community in 2007, the year of the Parish Centennial.
MANNA Cards Available
Purchase MANNA Certificates.
encouraged to buy Manna gift cards/certificates for everyday purchases
to help support the scholarship fund at St. Edmund Parish School. Manna
is “scrip” (substitute money), in gift cards/certificates that our
school purchases at a discount and then sells for full value. The
school maintains an inventory of cards/certificates for many national
and local merchants and orders non-inventory Manna cards/certificates
every two weeks. Manna inventory currently includes cards/certificates
for Dominick’s, Jewel/Osco, Ultra Foods, Caribou Coffee, Starbucks,
Carson’s, Sears, Macy’s, Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic, Panera, Subway,
Buona Beef, Lettuce Entertain You, and the Lake Theater, to name just a
few. BP Amoco, Marathon,
Shell and Speedway certificates are available for gas purchases. Payment
in cash, by check or Visa or Mastercard must be included when you place
your MANNA order. To order please call the school at 708-386-5131 or see the sales
volunteer in the Murphy Hall corridor on the second weekend of each
Thank you for your
support of St. Edmund Parish School’s Manna Program!
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