A Night for the Blue and White Annual Gala
March 7, 2020 – Save the Date and Join Us
Our Lady of the Wayside School’s annual Gala has grown to become one of the most important fundraisers for our school community. For thirty years, local businesses, friends of the parish and school, and numerous other supporters have looked forward to setting aside an evening in celebration of OLW School. A Night for the Blue & White will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
We have many reasons to be proud. In 2015 the U.S. Department of Education awarded a National Blue Ribbon to OLW School. Our eighth graders continue to excel nationally and within the Archdiocese of Chicago on the national Aspire test. Our seventh graders have won their division at the Regional Science Fair for the last several years. Furthermore, OLW was part of a five-year grant-funded partnership with Roosevelt University that provided our teachers with professional development on the latest and best literacy practices and classroom materials. Because of the grant and support from Roosevelt University, we saw measurable success in improved literacy across all grades. All of these achievements are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students, faculty and parents.
In 2018-2019, money raised specifically during the Fund a Need allowed the school to install security cameras and new keypad locks in the elementary, middle and preschool buildings. The benefits of the security upgrades were immediately seen by the administration and others. The new cameras have improved procedures for safety drills and actions that would be taken in an actual emergency. Replayed footage has also helped in the handling of various discipline situations and can be accessed remotely at any time by the administration. Mrs. Tiltz and Mrs. Smith say the clarity of the new TV monitors make it easier to watch the entrances. Coaches have begun to make use of the keycard system to access the gym. Each coach has their own access key versus checking out one universal key from the parish office. Additional volunteers will be able to make use of the new keycards as the year progresses. These are all positive improvements for our school.
In 2017-18, money raised during the Gala and other FSA fundraisers was used to update the school offices and to renovate the large library space into a new modern multi-purpose room. Two unused classrooms were then turn into separate primary and elementary library/resource spaces. Middle school books were moved to the middle school building so that students in grades 6-8 have easy access to books that are appropriate for them. A mural of the Blessed Mary that hangs in OLW church was recreated by ArtBeat Live and hangs in the new multi-purpose space. The mural is made up of tiles that are painted by OLW students and families.
A Night for the Blue & White is an opportunity for parents, faculty and staff, parishioners, and friends of OLW to come together in support of the school. The money raised at the Gala funds vital Family & School Association programs that support OLW students and teachers and the OLW School Annual Fund. By championing our students today, we ensure the continued success of OLW School and the students of tomorrow.
2020 Gala Co-Chairs: Tracey Dolsen, Feliza Gauthier, Tricia Miller and Tanya Petermann
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