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Students exposed to engineering, technology at IIT

Engineering crosses a variety of career paths from robotics to writing, Queen of Peace students learned during a daylong field trip to Illinois Institute of Technology. On Monday, Sept. 29, 189 frosh and upperclass students heard from Peace alumnae about how they moved from their high school alma mater to IIT and into a career touched by math, science or engineering. Students also got a taste of engineering with a number of hands-on activities that IIT faculty and students led. Students built a tower of balloons using only 31 balloons and tape, built remote control robots from a kit and raced them, created logic questions for an artificial intelligence activity and learned how hybrid cars are developed. The IIT field trip was

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Arts, service, retreat at center of the week for frosh ... School Highlights

planned as part of Queen of Peace's commitment to exposing students to 21st century learning skills. "The robotics presentations and activities were informative and offered a view of how robots are used in many different fields," said Barbara Smith, Assistant principal for Technology Integration. "Peace has established a Robotics Club and will be entering the U.S. FIRST Tech Challenge in December and the US FIRST Robotics competition in February." Members of Peace's WiSE group (Women in Science and Engineering) also joined students for the day, which everyone agreed was informative, interesting and fun.

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Happy Fall! The Frosh/Sophomore Peace-St. Laurence Fall Mixer was a big hit in the waning weeks of September. It was such a success that St. Laurence is considering hosting another mixer in their building sometime this school year. Thank you to all the parents who helped out with ticket sales, chaperoning and clean-up. The PPA has two fundraising events coming up in the next few months. One is our annual Carson's Community Day Coupon Sale. These coupon books are $5 and can be used on Community Day, Saturday, Nov. 15, at any Carson Pirie Scott location. The books contain a $10 coupon off any purchase, as well as numerous percentage-off coupons! Prior to Nov. 15, we will be selling the coupon books at the Carson's in Chicago Ridge Mall (Westfield) on the following dates: Saturday, Nov. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. at the South doors Saturday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the South doors You also may send in the money along with the order form found in this newsletter to the Main Office at Peace. Please mark the envelope to the attention of the Peace Parent Association. Also, for the first time, the PPA will be having a Queen of Peace Christmas ornament sale. Details are still pending, but we hope to have a shipment for ParentTeacher Conferences (Oct. 29-30)! Stay tuned ... Finally, if you have not already done so, please return your parent volunteer form with the activities you are willing to help with as soon as possible. Numerous volunteers are needed to make the events fun and successful for all involved. Additional forms may be found on our website, under the "Peace Parent" tab or in the Main Office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Natalie Formica, Parent Association Moderator at (708) 458-7600, ext. 268 or [email protected]

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Dear parents and students,

An invitation to meet with Dr. Hanlon

Parents interested in talking with Dr. Hanlon about ongoing issues, concerns and programs are invited to attend a series of monthly Parent Council meetings on the last Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Ruffner Room

Oct. 30 Nov. 20 Jan. 29 Feb. 26 March 26 April 30 There are no meetings in December and May.

National Merit recognizes two Peace students

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Queen of Peace seniors Shannon Majka and Amanda Ranftl have been named as Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program, Principal/President Kathleen Hanlon announced Sept. 26. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the U.S. are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students are among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as high school juniors. Majka is a talented artist who plans to study art in college. Outside of school she is a dancer, focusing on ballet, tap and jazz. She recently joined a photography club. She is a graduate of St. Symphorosa School and lives in Chicago. Ranftl will study mechanical engineering in college. She loves to read science fiction and is vice president of the Spanish National Honor SoAmanda Ranftl (left) and Shannon ciety. She also is a member of Majka with Dr. Kathleen Hanlon. several Peace clubs, including Environmental Club, Human Rights Task Force and Sonic Youth Music Appreciation Club. She is a graduate of St. Bede the Venerable School and lives in Chicago.

First Peace Parents Association scholarship winner announced

Queen of Peace High School sophomore Allison Jones of Chicago was awarded the first Peace Parents Association scholarship for her winning essay, written about why her father is her role model. She is a graduate of St. Bede the Venerable. Twenty four essays were received, association President Janet Cervantes said. "For me Allison's essay stood out because she wrote about how her father plays such an important role in her life," Cervantes said. "With so many families missing a parent, Allison's essay was a pleasure to read and a sign of hope." The Peace Parents Association Scholarship was the idea of vice president for the senior class Sandy Vrkljan of Palos Hills, who suggested that a portion of the group's proceeds be used to offer a scholarship.

Peace Parent Association/Parent Club information and meeting dates can be found at

Have you heard the Good News?

... Peace varsity tennis player Monica Budzak, a senior, qualified for the IHSA State Tournament, which starts Oct. 23. Also, the team made school history Saturday, Oct. 11, at the GCAC White Division Conference Championship when they took first place. All eight team members placed in the top three spots at the tournament to edge into first. For the regular season, the team finished 10-10 overall. ... The volleyball team faced Mother McAuley on the court Tuesday, Oct. 14, both competitively and to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness. The teams participated in Volley for the Cure ­ Pack the Place Pink. More than $2,000 was raised for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Tidbits from the past month at Queen of Peace High School

... Four students represented

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Peace at the Thesbians Achieving Leading Entertaining Negotiating Together conference. TALENT was held Sept. 19-20 and was a networking opportunity. In attendance were Lisa Bianchi as a senior facilitator; Mollie Heath and Emily Nelson as facilitators; and Sam Schmidt as an attendee. ... The Task Force on Human Rights walked in the AIDS Walk in downtown Chicago Sept. 20. Thirty members, alum and staff walked to raise money and awareness.

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Allison is pictured with board members of the Peace Parents Association (left) Janet Cervantes, president; (back, center) Sandy Vrkljan, vice president senior class; and (right) Maria Longoria, vice president junior class.

Peace Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Conferences will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, and from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Conferences are the perfect time to catch up with your daughter's teachers regarding her progress during the first quarter. Because a parent plays a crucial role in their daughter's success, teachers depend on this partnership. At least one parent from each family is expected to attend one of the conference dates. Attending a conference session shows your commitment to your daughter's education. During our Year of Partnership, there is no better message to send your daughter. Whether your daughter is performing at the top of her class or is struggling in a subject, conferences are worth the time and effort. Your continued support in providing your daughter with a top quality education is greatly appreciated. Stay up to date on your daughter's assignments and grades or send a teacher an e-mail by logging into Edline at Click on the Edline link on the homepage.

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Frosh spend three days developing themselves, helping others, appreciating the arts

Service, the arts and retreat were three themes that Queen of Peace High School frosh delved into for three days early in October. On the morning of Monday, Oct. 6, nearly 100 students, staff and parents left Peace and headed for Burbank parks. Students spent five hours picking up litter left on ball fields, under bleachers and picnic areas, removing weeds and leaving the community cleaner than it was when they arrived. The following two days ­ Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct, 8 ­ those frosh who had participated in an all-day retreat, served as aids at local preschools. As part of the three days of service, art and retreat, students also spent an entire day in Chicago and one day at retreat. The Chicago field trip is part of a new initiative Arts Without Borders, said coordinator Anna Reynes, also a fine arts teacher. Arts Without Borders gives sudents a close look at the variety of arts available in Chicago. When arriving in the city, students boarded a beautifully restored boat and toured the city and learned about the architecture. Students then visited the Art Institute of Chicago, learning about specific pieces of art from around the world. The docents showed students beautiful artwork from countries such as Italy, Spain, France and Japan. After visiting the Art Institute, students headed over to Millennium Park where they snapped pictures and looked for their mirror image in the giant chrome bean. "We want to create and advocate for lifelong learners in the arts," President/Principal Dr. Kathleen Han-

Making a difference: Service, Art, Retreat

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Helping others: Time for the St. James Project For more than 35 years, the Queen of Peace family has helped the Chicago families of St. James Parish fully celebrate Christmas. Through the St. James Project, families receive food and gifts. Parents, please help your daughter gather items for collection in her homeroom. Collection will begin Monday, Nov. 17, and continue through Thursday, Dec. 11. Thank you for any help you are able to give.

From the Guidance Department

Parents can access "PrepHQ" through the link in EdLine. First start by asking your student for her user name and password. Then click on "Settings" on the lower left side. Enter the password to change settings. Enter the parent email address. Click "Save Changes." View scholarship opportunities. Want additional choices? Other good websites are:

Transportation Reimbursement Information

During the 2008-09 school year, parents and/or guardians of students may be eligible for transportation reimbursement. The school office will notify families when the necessary materials are available. The paperwork then must be signed physically at school. The state requires that the parent/guardian be present to sign their paperwork. Questions should be directed to Bonnie Maks in the school office at (708) 4587600, ext. 220.

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lon said. "We want young women of Peace to be empowered as urban dwellers and know the depth and richness of the arts available to them nearby." Frosh retreat was an awesome experience, too, said Ms. Kat Greenan, campus minister. Students learned about themselves and each other as they reflected on their faith.

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Change the World. the World. Start with Peace. Change Start with Peace.

The Peace Parents Association is sponsoring a Carson's Community Day coupon booklet sale


CelebratingEducating 45 Years Carson's Community Day Fundraiser 45 years

Coupon booklets cost $5. Carson's stores will honor the coupons Saturday, Nov. 15.

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The booklets include a coupon worth $10 on purchases of $10 or more (subject to some limitations), so you will easily recoup the cost of the coupon booklet and more! In addition, the booklets include eight additional 20 percent off coupons and offers for two bonus items, available on Community Day, Saturday, Nov. 15.

All coupons are valid in addition to Carson's sale prices.

Best of all, the PPA keeps 100 percent of the proceeds from our booklet sales, which will be used to benefit QOP! Look for the Queen of Peace coupon booklet presale table at Westfield-Chicago Ridge Mall and also at upcoming Peace events. To purchase a coupon booklet from the PPA, please complete the order form below, place it in a sealed envelope along with your cash or check (made payable to Queen of Peace). Mark the envelope to the attention of the PPA. Have your daughter deposit it in the PPA mailbox located in the Main Office by Friday, Nov. 7. Orders will be filled Monday, Nov. 10. Coupon books will be sent home with your daughter Wednesday, Nov. 12. If you have any questions, or if you would like to help sell coupon books, please call Sandy Vrkljan at (708) 5995581 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Student Name:_____________________________ Home Room Number:_________________ No. of Coupon Booklets Needed:______________ Phone No._______________ Amt. Enclosed:___________ Cash___Check No:________

A copy of this flyer can be downloaded from the Peace Parent Association Page on the Queen of Peace Web site at

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First class inducted into the Queen of Peace Athletic Hall of Fame

Twenty-five graduates and coaches were inducted into the inaugural class of the Queen of Peace Athletic Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 2. The induction ceremony followed the varsity volleyball match featuring a victorious Peace vs. Guerin Prep. Inductees and their guests enjoyed a reception, allowing for many friendships to be revisted and rekindled. Awardees traveled from as far as California and Texas to receive their honor. Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2008 1977 Volleyball Team -- State Championship Finalists Class of 1978 Cathy DeGiacomo-Abbott Daralyn Niedospial Duffy Debbie Coblentz Norine McGovern Ferguson Mary Vonderheide Grogan Susan Gill Tydd Donna Sniegowski Zidek Class of 1979 Judy McMahon Connelly Cynthia Nowakowski Mary Brigid Hurley Oakes Therese Herman Smith June Valentine White Class of 1980 Danette Coogan LaCour Carol Slowinski Palter Head coach Glenn Schultz. The following were inducted for their outstanding accomplishments in their sports: Jennifer Burns, volleyball, Class of 1992 Lynn Diaz, tennis, Class of 2000 Delilah DiCrescenzo, cross country and track, Class of 2001 Amy Birmingham Fitzgerald, basketball, softball and volleyball, Class of 1989 LaToya Howell, basketball and soccer, Class of 2000 Marianne Keating, softball and basketball, Class of 1978 Heather Mack, soccer, Class of 1991 Mary Pat Fowler Martin, basketball, softball and volleyball, Class of 1980 Dolly Reardon, athletic director and coach from 1975-98 Doris Boyer for extraordinary support of the Queen of Peace athletic program

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