Letter of Introduction from Mrs. Carrie Novak

Dear Parents and Guardians,


I am very pleased to introduce myself to you as the new Principal of Children of Peace School, Mrs. Carrie Novak.  I will officially begin on Wednesday, July 5th, and Ms. Zaffaroni and I are working together to ensure a smooth transition.


I bring with me 35 years of educational experience both in the classroom teaching Preschool, Kindergarten, Title 1, Third grade and in administration as an Assistant Principal and Principal.   I am proud to have started my career 35 years ago at a Catholic school, and I am grateful for the opportunity to return to a Catholic school for this next step in my career.


I look forward to working together to make this next year at Children of Peace an exciting one! There are so many wonderful opportunities for families to take advantage of at this school. I will spend the next few weeks getting to know the staff, and meeting students who are participating in summer school.


I will be in the office most days beginning July 5th between the hours of 9:00am – 1:00pm.  Please feel free to stop in if you have any questions, or would like to introduce yourself.  I look forward to the exciting year ahead of us.


Many Blessings,

Mrs. Carrie Novak

Announcing Mrs. Carrie Novak as Principal for the 2017-2018 school year

June, 2017


Dear Children of Peace School Families,


After an extensive search process, I am excited to announce we have hired a new principal for Children of Peace School. Mrs. Carrie Novak will join our school family on July 1 as she prepares for the 2017/18 school year.


Mrs. Novak has more than 35 years of education experience. She was most recently the principal of Scott School in Franklin Park. Throughout her career she has worked in Catholic and public schools as a principal, assistant principal, teacher and teaching assistant. Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Novak to Children of Peace School. I am confident she will be a wonderful leader for our school, someone who will continue to enrich the minds and nourish the spirits of your children.

As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


I hope you and your families have a blessed and safe summer!


Yours in Christ,

Msgr. Patrick Pollard

Welcome Mrs. Tarello, Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Children of Peace is happy to announce that after a long thorough search, we have hired a Director for our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Mrs. Kathy Tarello will be joining the Children of Peace community on May 1st. Mrs. Tarello comes to us from New York where she was an classroom teacher working with students at the elementary and middle school levels. She also utilized her talents as an ASL Interpreter for Sorenson Relay. We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mrs. Tarello.

Spring Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday, April 13th we will be holding Spring Parent Teacher Conference. Your child’s teacher sent out an email from Sign-Up Genius to help you schedule your conference time. At conferences, you will receive your child’s third trimester progress report along with information about our Summer School Program. You will also be able to visit the Scholastic Book Fair that will be held in Building B in room 104B (off the gym).


The students, faculty, staff, parents and community will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week with a variety of different programs.

Below you will find our daily activities.  Feel free to join us at any time!

Sunday, January 29th – Celebrating Your Parish

  • Join us for Sunday Mass at 10:00 at Notre Dame de Chicago Church.  1336 W. Flournoy St.  The choir will be singing selections during the mass.
  •  After Mass,  join us at Children of Peace for Open House from 11:30-1:00.  There will be refreshments, time to visit classrooms and raffles for  those who attend.  If you bring a friend, you will be entered into a special drawing.

Monday, January 30th- Celebrating Your Community

  • Wear Red Day – Students pay $1 to participate, all proceeds raised will go to the American Heart Association.
  • Pennies for hearts-  Students will collect spare change all week.  The class with the most collected will win a prize.
  •  Community Service Project for IMD Guesthouse.
  • Teachers vs. Students Volleyball Game @ 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 31st–  Celebrating Faculty and Staff

  • Students write thank you cards to faculty and staff.
  • Students answer a survey about what they know about their teacher.  Assembly 2:00.
  • Teacher Appreciation Luncheon sponsored by Parent Association.

Wednesday, February 1st- Celebrating Families

  • Coffee and Cookies for parents before prayer service.  8:30 family prayer service.
  • Students create a thank you card for parents.
  • Teachers appreciate parents at end of school day.
  • Are you smarter than your teacher 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 2nd – Celebrating Students

  • Field Trip – Disney on Ice.
  • Ice Cream Social.
  • No homework day!

Friday, February 3rd –  Celebrating Vocations

  • Career Day – Students dress in their future career with a written (gr. 3-8) or drawn (gr. pk-2) essay entitled:  What I will be when I grow up and Why.
  • Parents speak about individual careers in classrooms arranged by teacher.


Sacramental Preparation Parent Meeting

Join us in Building B for the 2017 Sacramental Preparation Meeting for parents at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017.

Any student in grade 2 or higher is invited to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist for the first time.  Students who are in grade 8 may become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.  Students who are interested in becoming Catholic may join us to prepare to receive the sacrament of Baptism.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from Children of Peace School.

Just a reminder that entrance tickets for our Hawthorne Fundraiser in March will be available soon! Please be sure to continue selling your raffle tickets for the event. Tickets are sold in books of 6 for $5.00. Each family went home before the holidays with 4 books to sell. Be sure to return the funds and the ticket stubs to the main office. If you need more tickets, see Diane Russell our Hawthorne Chairperson. We are also in need of gift cards to use as prizes for the event. If you are able to donate one or two, that would be great! Look for more details about the event soon!

History Fair

Join us on Wednesday, November 16th from 3:00-4:15 as our 4th, 6th and 8th grade classes share information about our former Presidents and First Ladies. The students will be in the hallways of the first and second floors of the main building dressed as the person they researched. Come out to learn an interesting fact about the people who helped shape our nation.