The Scoop

School Office Hours
      Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    1. Re-Enrollment Form for Current School Families: Please click HERE to state your intent to return, complete, and “Submit” a brief, easy, on-line form. If you do not intend to return, please select “Not Returning” and then “Submit” the form.
    2. Enrollment Fee: Our enrollment fee (non-refundable) of $100.00 (per enrolling family) will be charged to your FACTS account and will be automatically withdrawn on Monday, January 31, 2022. Families using the Invoice Payment Plan will need to make this payment (by check, charge or on-line). Note: FACTS Management charges a $30.00 late fee ten (10) days after the due date for unpaid charges.
    3. St. Cletus Tuition Assistance: If you would like to apply for tuition assistance from St. Cletus School, please click HERE, complete the application, submit the required documents, and pay the $30.00 FACTS application fee. Applications must be COMPLETE (“Verified”) to be eligible for assistance. St. Cletus assistance awards will be allocated in June 2022.
    4. Additional required registration documents for next school year will be distributed in April or May 2022.

    Empower Illinois’ Tuition Tax Credit Scholarship Program

    • The on-line reservation form (to apply for a Empower Illinois tuition grant) is NOW OPEN for applications.  Eligible families can make their reservation for a 2022-2023 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship–applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so DO NOT DELAY APPLYING once it opens–our waiting list is nearly full!  Click HERE to go to the Empower Illinois’ website and follow the prompts to apply.
    • Empower Illinois’ Program Overview
    • Families who wish to apply for Illinois tax credit scholarship(s) should indicate their school choice when submitting a scholarship application.
    • Donors, please go to the Empower Illinois website (above link) to make your donation to help school families with their tuition—please specify the school you would like to help.  Click HERE for step-by-step instructions to make your donation.
    • Additional Empower Illinois Resources – Click HERE.
    • Empower Illinois Families Helpline: (800) 616-7606
  • State of Illinois’ “Invest in Kids Act”
      1. What is a Tax Credit Scholarship? (2 pages)
      2. How Do Tax Credit Scholarships Work?
      3. More Details
  • 2021 Tuition Tax Information – See FLYER
    • Your 2021 tuition paid (for K-8 students) can be easily accessed through your FACTS Management account effective immediately.  Please follow the instructions below.  The school’s federal tax ID is indicated on the form, which can be downloaded and printed for your records.
    • How to Access Your 2021 Tax Information for Tuition Paid 

      1. Visit your FACTS account and click on “View Details” (next to Payment Plan & Billing);
      2. Under “Activity Details,” click on “View Payment Summary”;
      3. Select the year you want to show for tuition paid;
      4. On the upper right side of the screen, click on the “Print” link to print your summary.

      This tax report shows all tuition and incidental expenses (e.g., extended care) paid in 2021 for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.  If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

  • Hot Lunch Program – Please click the links below to see what hot lunch is all about and how to order. You can set up an account and order for a day or two or up to 60 days! Hot lunch is on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Be sure to send the little extras with your Cletus Cardinal, too (fruit, veggies, dessert)! If you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Schaefer. This is a wonderful convenience for anyone who wishes to take part!
  • Rainbows Program – The Rainbows Program at St. Cletus School helps children who are grieving the loss of a parent or guardian due to death, divorce, deployment, or trauma. If you are interested in having your child join our Rainbows group, please click HERE for more information. Please turn in the signed permission slip to the school office, ATTN: Mrs. Hogan, in an envelope marked “Rainbows.”
  • St. Cletus Band Program – See this Letter/Band Interest Form for details.
  • St. Cletus Children’s Choir
    • 2021-2022 Parent-Student Handbook  Please complete/sign the Handbook Agreement Form and return it to the school office as soon as possible.
    • Please click on this Family Pledge, complete & sign it, and return it to the school office.
  • Arrival and Dismissal Guidelines 2021-22 School Year
  • 2021-22 Calendar Dates – Dates/times are subject to change.
  • 2021-22 Milk Ordering – Please click HERE to place your family’s milk order for next school year.
  • 2021-22 School Nurse Questionnaire – Please click HERE to download, print, sign, and return this required form to the school office.  Please submit one form for each student.
  • 2021-22 Required Medical Forms – Please click HERE to find out which medical forms are due before the start of next school year.

ShopWithScrip Weekly Tuition Savings Program – This is a gift card fundraising program that is an easy way to raise money for your school and earn credit (discount) towards your following year’s tuition.  Buy gift cards from your favorite brands (like Starbucks, Jewel, Mariano’s, Shell, Dunkin, Marshall’s, Menards, etc.) and the rebates are earned with every card purchase. 

SchoolBelles’ School Uniforms – Click HERE to register and receive direct notifications of future sales and promotions.



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Cardinal Corner

Emergency Closing

In the event of an emergency requiring the school and/or parish campus to close, School Office personnel will notify school parents via the following communications:

  • An e-mail message will be sent through DirectorySpot; and
  • A voice message from School Messenger will be activated.
  • In addition, you may check this Emergency Closings link to see all reported school closings in the area.
Volunteer Opportunities

School Reminders/Notices

  • School Office Hours & Contact Information
    • Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    • Email The School Office  Web Form
    • Absence Notices – by 8:15 a.m. the day of absence
    • For attendance/aftercare notices, e-mail the School Office ( and your child’s teacher
    • Aftercare Phone Number (3:00-6:00 p.m. only): (708) 215-5408
  • IMPORTANT SAFETY REMINDERS – Student Drop-Off and Pickup
    • PLEASE Keep Your Speed to a Minimum–there are children and parents (pedestrians) present.
    • PLEASE DO NOT pass other vehicles in the oncoming traffic lane – this is dangerous and against the law.
    • PLEASE DO NOT block or turn around in driveways.
    • PLEASE AVOID U-turns on the streets around the school.
    • PLEASE ALLOW residents to enter and exit their driveways.
    • PLEASE Be Patient for everyone’s safety.
    • THANK YOU for keep our St. Cletus community safe.
  • Stay-at-Home Guidelines for Student Illness – Read this Important Letter
  • Annual Archdiocesan Notification LetterRegarding Asbestos in Schools

Volunteer Opportunities

As part of our faith community, parents are encouraged to participate in the spiritual, intellectual, and social development of their children.  The enthusiasm and dedication of parent volunteers contributes to the school’s warm atmosphere and plays a vital role to our school’s success.  Please consider giving your time to one of these wonderful opportunities.

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Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of a Catholic education. In fact, we intentionally set the tuition rate lower than the true cost of education because it is our mission to make a Catholic education accessible to as many families as possible. Fundraising, therefore, becomes a part of our mission and gives us an opportunity to actively help one another give our children the Catholic education we all value.

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