2019/2020 Back to School Letter

Welcome to the 2019/2020 school year at Our Lady of Victory! We feel honored to embark on our inaugural year with you. Here’s what you need to know to prepare for the first day of classes. We understand that it’s quite long but it has a great deal of important information so please review it carefully.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email the office at “office@ourladyofvictorydenver.com”.

God bless and welcome to the class of 2023!

Orientation and Back to School Meetings

Parent Orientation Wednesday August 14th, 7-9PM: All new parents are asked to attend an in-depth orientation session on Wednesday, August 14th at the St. Louis campus. This important session provides parents with information and resources needed to help their student thrive at Our Lady of Victory. Parents are invited to bring procedural questions that others may share.

First Day of Class and Student Orientation August 20th 1-3PM: All students are required to attend an orientation session in uniform at their campus on August 20. Students will have an opportunity to meet their faculty, review their class schedule, set up their lockers and ask questions.

Back to School Night September 5th 7-9PM: Parents are also asked to attend the Back to School Night with all Our Lady of Victory parents at the St. Louis campus on Thursday, September 5th. This evening will introduce parents to the curriculum for the year and offer a chance to ask questions and hear directly from faculty for each class.

Drop Off and Pick Up Routines

The Our Lady of Victory school day runs from 7:30am (with Mass in the St. Louis Church) to 3:10pm.

  • For drop-off, we’d ask that families drive north bound on S. Sherman St. towards Floyd Avenue to drop off students at St. Louis Church in time for 7:30am Mass.

  • For pick-up, we’d ask that families use the entrance on S. Sherman St. to pull through the parking lot just north of the school field and south of the school building.

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You can find links to our annual school calendar and daily schedule on our Parent Information Page.

Text Books

All required text books will be provided to students on August 20th during student orientation (except of course for Edith Hamilton’s Mythology which students should already have as required summer reading). Students will keep most texts after the school year - a small portion (e.g., Earth Sciences) will be turned back into the school to be reused for next year’s 9th grade class. The school pays for any books that will be reused for a future class.

The cost for Student Texts in 2019/2020 is $250 and will be collected using the same system we use for Tuition Management. See below for more details on Tuition Payments.

Student Materials List

General Supplies (to be used in all of your classes):

  • ½ dozen #2 Pencils

  • 4 black or blue ink pens

  • 1 box of high lighters (multiple colors)

  • 300 sheets of loose leaf college rule paper (to be divide amongst your three ringed binders)

  • 2 kleenex boxes

  • A calculator with exponential/logarithmic capabilities (for freshmen year only) OR

    • TI-84/TI-84+ Graphing Calculator (To last all four years)

  • Optional

    • Mechanical pencil & extra led

    • Large rubber eraser

    • Color pens for clear note taking

  • Latin

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers (dividers should be aluminum enforced to last the wear and tear or the year)

  • Music

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers 

  • Art

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 divider

    • Sketch Book (Brand → Canson or Strathmore) (5.5in x 8in - larger is fine, not smaller)

  • Literature

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers

    • Optional: Audible subscription - listening to the audio book as you read can help comprehension tremendously!

  • History

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 3 dividers

  • Theology

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers

  • Philosophy

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 3 dividers

  • Geometry

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers

    • Perforated Graph-lined Notebook

    • Perforated Loose Graph Paper (200 sheets)

    • Ruler (Straight Edge) (A ruler will be included in your art drawing kit that the school will obtain for you, but you might want to have a separate one for math/science if you are prone to lose things)

    • Protractor

    • Personal Dry Erase Marker

    • A calculator with exponential/logarithmic capabilities (for freshmen year only) OR

      • TI-84/TI-84+ Graphing Calculator (To last all four years) [Recommended]

  • Earth Science

    • 1 one-inch three ring binder (w/pockets)

    • 2 dividers

    • Perforated Graph-lined Notebook

    • Perforated Loose Graph Paper (100 sheets)

    • Ruler (Straight Edge) (A ruler will be included in your art drawing kit that the school will obtain for you, but you might want to have a separate one for math/science if you are prone to lose things)

    • A calculator with exponential/logarithmic capabilities (for freshmen year only) OR

      • TI-84/TI-84+ Graphing Calculator (To last all four years) [Recommended]

*You are welcome to combine similar classes in one notebook if that is organizationally easier for you. You just need to add more dividers with pockets to those notebooks. For example, you could combine history and literature, geometry & earth science, music & fine arts. Latin, theology, and philosophy are recommended to remain separate. 

Lunches

Students should pack a lunch. There will be no opportunity to go off campus for lunch.

Communications

Regular, non-urgent communication with faculty and staff should happen over email using the Staff Directory on our Parent Information Page (or at parent/teacher conferences).

Urgent communication regarding a student who is in class can be done by calling the St. Louis School at (303) 762-8307.

All excused absences should be communicated by sending an email to “office@ourladyofvictorydenver.com”. If excused absences are not communicated, they will be tracked as an unexcused absence and count towards the students absent attendance.

Enrollment

Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Victory is using TADS Enrollment to manage the enrollment process this year.

You will receive an email prior to Friday August 9th to complete TADS Enrollment online (this is the only way we accept and manage enrollment). The enrollment process will ask for a few (electronically) signed releases and an upload of your student’s immunization records. This enrollment step simply finalizes the enrollment paperwork for the year.

TADS offers online live chat and live customer support for any technical issues.

If you have any questions, concerns or difficulty, please email the office at “office@ourladyofvictorydenver.com”.

Tuition Management

Chesterton Academy of Our Lady of Victory is proud to announce that we will be utilizing the services of TADS for our tuition payment program for the 2019-20 school year. We believe you will find that TADS provides increased convenience, a more personalized and intuitive interface, and excellent customer service should you need it.

You will receive an email prior to Friday August 9th to complete your TADS Tuition Agreement (this is the only way we accept and manage tuition). Within the agreement you will find your annual tuition and fees.

The system, administered through TADS, offers many features including:

  • Transactions/statements in an all-email format, including payment reminders

  • Option for postal mail statements if you prefer a paper copy

  • No administrative fee for those wishing to pay the entire year's tuition in one installment.

  • The flexibility to select 1, or 10 installments for tuition payments.

  • Automatic payment through bank account, online check or credit card

  • TADS Online live chat and live customer support for any technical issues.

TADS offers online live chat and live customer support for any technical issues.

If you have any questions, concerns or difficulty, please email the office at “office@ourladyofvictorydenver.com”.

Summer Reading Assignment

Our 2019/2020 Summer Reading is Edith Hamilton’s Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

Read Parts I-III

Edith Hamilton’s classic retelling of all the primary Greek myths serves as a great introduction to the Greek world that is the backdrop to the freshman literature sequence. These short stories introduce the Greek gods as well as all the major Greek heroes, such as Hercules, Pericles, Theseus and Jason. This is a must-read for students to prepare for the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and Greek dramas covered in the freshman literature curriculum.

Chesterton Academy students are required to read one assigned book over the summer. The study guide for this summer's assigned reading is linked below. Students are expected to carefully read their assigned book before the start of the year. Please bring the book and completed study guide to class on the first day of school. There will be a quiz on the summer reading assignment within the first week of the school year in literature class. Summer Reading Assignment 9th Grade

Ordering Uniforms

Please visit our uniforms page to find details on our uniform policy and how to order through School Belles.

Creatio Led Backpacking Trip

If you haven't registered for the upcoming backpacking trip please be sure you do so ASAP. https://creatio.ticketspice.com/august-26-28-2019-our-lady-of-victory-hs---backpacking-orientation-trip This trip is required for all students.

Finally, in preparation for our early morning departure, we are inviting some of the guides from Creatio to join us Friday, August 23rd during our formation period from 1:10 pm - 2:50 pm. We will be having an hour of adoration at St. Louis and then having the guides lead us in packing our backpacks with all of our gear. Further reminders will be sent home. Please come to school with all of your backpacking gear in a large plastic trash bag and an empty backpacking pack. If you are renting a backpack and prefer to save money on the length of the rental, you don't need to have it on Friday. Just bring the trash bag and all of your other gear including your hiking boots! Our goal is to ensure everyone has the appropriate gear to have a great time and learn some awesome backpacking tips on how to pack well.

We have included the packing list for your convenience:

  • Sleeping bag (packable, rated to 30 Degrees F)

  • Sleeping pad

  • Backpacking Pack (35-50L)

  • Hiking boots/ shoes (waterproof is nice, but not required)

  • Camp Sandals

  • Dri-Fit Clothing (underwear, shirts - minimum)

  • Hiking Pants or shorts (1-2 Max)

  • Non-cotton socks / Hiking Socks (Merino Wool)

  • Hiking Pants and/or shorts (helpful to have non-cotton, also longer pants for cool nights and bugs)

  • Hiking shirts (non-cotton if possible)

  • Layers (Down Jacket / Merino Wool or Fleece layers)

  • Water Bottles/ Bladder (2-3 L Capacity)

  • Hat (Warm)

  • Gloves (light)

  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat

  • Headlamp / Flashlight

  • Prescription and non-prescription medications (notify Trip Leader)

  • Toiletries– toothbrush, toothpaste, contact case and solution (minimum)

  • ID (Leave in secure location in backpack)

  • Optional Items: Hiking Poles, Multi-tool and/or Knife, Compass, Phone (Camera)