Here are a few websites recommended by our teachers:

Additionally, the Arlington Heights Memorial Library is an absolutely wonderful resource for cardholders. They have many resources for parents and educators, even though they are currently closed to patrons. It can be especially hard to figure how to apply e-learning for very young students.Try Miss Humblebee’s Academy, an award-winning, online curriculum for children preschool through kindergarten, providing strength in core subject areas: math, science and social studies, language and literacy, art and music.Hundreds of fully interactive, guided lessons and over 2,500 activities are available. See all of the options from the Library for online learning:

You can also follow their social media channels for the best information. Twitter: @ahml Instagram: @ahml Facebook:

The library also offers thousands of books, movies, music and more to download if you are a cardholder:


Letter to school parents, Friday March 13, 2020
OLW School Parents,
Hopefully you all received the notification from the Archdiocese of Chicago this morning explaining the system wide school closure going into effect on Monday, March 16th. If you missed that notification, please see below.
Archdiocese of Chicago School Closure Document.pdf
As of now it is unknown when we will be returning to school. I will be monitoring the situation over spring break and be working to inform you as soon as possible once new information is received. Please continue to monitor your email as we will be using School Messenger as our main means of communication.

Teachers will be sending home a number of materials with students today. All fifth-eighth graders will be bringing home their iPads. These materials will be used to continue learning while school is closed. Next week we will only be holding at home learning days on Monday-Wednesday (March 16th-18th) as Thursday and Friday were designated for conferences. Parent/teacher conferences have been cancelled for next week. If you feel you can address any questions or concerns via email, you are encouraged to do so. If a meeting with a teacher is still needed, those can be arranged once we return back to school.

Teachers will be sending out information each morning by 8:30 explaining what work students need to complete each day. At home assignments will only be given from March 16th-March 18th unless the closure extends beyond spring break. Since this is our first attempt at E-Learning, there may be a few bumps along the way. Monday-Wednesday are considered work days for the teachers and administration, so we will be monitoring emails during regular school hours if you have any questions. All we ask is that everyone make their best effort to complete assignments in a timely fashion. There is bound to be a learning curve for everyone.

All of these measures are being taken in the interest of prevention and public safety. Please continue to pray for the health and well being of all.

God Bless,
Mr. David Wood

Message from the Archdiocese of Chicago, Friday March 17, 2020
Based on current guidelines from local public health departments, which recommend the cancellation of public gatherings involving 250 or more people, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, archbishop of Chicago, mandated the suspension until further notice of all liturgical services effective Saturday evening with the regularly scheduled weekend services. In addition, he has mandated the closing of schools operated by the archdiocese, and to close the Pastoral Center and related agency offices until further notice.

“This was not a decision I made lightly,” Cupich said in the statement. “The Eucharist is the source and summit of our life as Catholics. And our schools and agencies provide essential services to many thousands across Cook and Lake Counties. But, in consultation with leaders from across the archdiocese, for the sake of the safety of our students, parishioners, and all the women and men who serve the people of the archdiocese, it is clear that we must take the better part of caution in order to slow the spread of this pandemic.”

Message from the Parish, Friday, March 17, 2020
What this means at Our Lady of the Wayside Parish

  • Stations of the Cross will occur tonight at 7:30pm, but no soup will be served
  • Men’s Lenten Talk at 9:00am tomorrow will occur
  • Mass is suspended this weekend; this includes 5pm Mass on Saturday March 14, 7:30am, 9:30am, 11:30am and 6pm Mass on Sunday, March 15
  • Morning Communion Services at 7:30am weekdays, 8:00am Saturday and weekday Masses at 8:30am are suspended
  • The Church will be open for private prayer at the following times, but please follow social distancing guidelines and remain six-feet apart from other worshipers
    • Saturday March 14 from 4-6pm
    • Sunday March 15 from 7am-12noon
    • Weekdays March 16-20 from 7am – 3pm
  • The Parish Office will be open from 9am to 5pm during the week.
  • Televised and online Masses allow you to remain connected in some way to the Mass. The archdiocese broadcasts the Sunday Mass at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls at 9:30 a.m. on WGN-TV Channel 9.
  • OLW School is closed starting Monday March 16 until further notice; teachers and students will move to e-learning during the school closure.
  • Our maintenance staff will continue to ensure that public areas on our campus are thoroughly cleaned.

Message from Fr. Artur:
I will be praying for all our parishioners during this time, especially the homebound and the sick. I will pray for the continued physical and spiritual well-being of our students. I ask that you pray for me as well.

Patience is Requested
This is the information that we have right now. Please be patient if information changes quickly or we are not able to get the most updated information to you right away. Please know that we are doing our best to keep you updated on how the parish is handling this situation. We understand that this is a major change in our operations and our ability to serve you.