What a Crock - St Damian School!
Neighbor

Oak Forest, IL

#43 Dec 9, 2012
That comment was written in 2010 that you are relying to.
Midloparent wrote:
As a St Damian parent, I must inform you that our Principle is a married WOMAN, with children int he catholic school system. Father Joe is LOVED by the children and in no way is intimdating! No school is perfect, but I got through GREAT lengths to stand behind the Kindergarten program at St Damian. My children are now in 1 st and 2nd grade and I couldn't be happier with the teachers they have been lucky enough to get. Is all the staff perfect, no...but not all are bad. I scrounge to send my childen there, and I am not even in OF district nor am I catholic.
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Ridiculous

Oak Forest, IL

#44 Jan 25, 2013
I feel it's a big waste of money to send your kids to a Catholic grade school. St. Damian's education does not come close to foster and hille school. Mr. Beringer and Dr. Orzel are excellence principles not to mention Mr. Orth. They care about the students, families and education. The teachers are wonderful as well, they go beyond to make sure your child understands what they are learning. My nephew went to st. Damian's and he is 2 grades ahead of my child and is learning the same thing. Plus the public school has tutors helping students. St. Damian has kids tutoring the students who need help. With all the money they receive you think they would give back and make sure their students are well educated and tutored properly.
Laura Baldwin

Chicago, IL

#45 Jan 26, 2013
Ridiculous wrote:
I feel it's a big waste of money to send your kids to a Catholic grade school. St. Damian's education does not come close to foster and hille school. Mr. Beringer and Dr. Orzel are excellence principles not to mention Mr. Orth. They care about the students, families and education. The teachers are wonderful as well, they go beyond to make sure your child understands what they are learning. My nephew went to st. Damian's and he is 2 grades ahead of my child and is learning the same thing. Plus the public school has tutors helping students. St. Damian has kids tutoring the students who need help. With all the money they receive you think they would give back and make sure their students are well educated and tutored properly.
I agree, Foster School is an amazing school along with the staff and Mr. Beringer, the principal, is an outstanding administrator. I would know because I taught there for 17 years and worked alongside many of the staff including Mr. Beringer. I also have two sons that had an amazing education there. BUT I take acception with your comments about St. Damian though. I have a third son that attends St. Damain now and is in the 5th grade, he too is getting an excellent eduction. He loves his caring teachers and staff. And I have yet to feel like my views as a parent were not appreciated or considered in my child's education. Is it perfect-no, was Foster-no. No school is, but all this bickering back and forth about private/public schools is very non-productive. I truly believe each family has different reasons for sending their children to the school(s) of their choice and although we should be allowed to voice our opinions on the subjects, bashing each others schools just isn't right. Every situation is going to be different for every family/child. My youngest son, was at Kerkstra School and doing very well there, had many friends and was happy but for whatever reason he wanted to switch to a Catholic School before the start of 4th grade. We looked at many of the schools in the area, and chose St. Damian. He is receiving an excellent education there and is very happy. Schools don't do it alone, you also have to take into consideration, family support and how much effort the child(ren) put into their education. So yes, the schools you mentioned are awesome, but that doesn't mean that St. Damians is not. As for tutoring help, many of the teachers tutor students at Damian. So the statement you made about tutoring help at St. Damian was simply incorrect. As an educator, I am happy to hear that your child is succeeding in the public schools, but I am equally happy that so is mine at a private school. To each is own.
Just Wondering

Oak Forest, IL

#46 Jan 28, 2013
You were a teacher, yet you use a word like acception? Even if it was a word, it is not logical to use it in the manner you did. It's base is accept. You meant exception didn't you?
Laura Baldwin wrote:
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I agree, Foster School is an amazing school along with the staff and Mr. Beringer, the principal, is an outstanding administrator. I would know because I taught there for 17 years and worked alongside many of the staff including Mr. Beringer. I also have two sons that had an amazing education there. BUT I take acception with your comments about St. Damian though. I have a third son that attends St. Damain now and is in the 5th grade, he too is getting an excellent eduction. He loves his caring teachers and staff. And I have yet to feel like my views as a parent were not appreciated or considered in my child's education. Is it perfect-no, was Foster-no. No school is, but all this bickering back and forth about private/public schools is very non-productive. I truly believe each family has different reasons for sending their children to the school(s) of their choice and although we should be allowed to voice our opinions on the subjects, bashing each others schools just isn't right. Every situation is going to be different for every family/child. My youngest son, was at Kerkstra School and doing very well there, had many friends and was happy but for whatever reason he wanted to switch to a Catholic School before the start of 4th grade. We looked at many of the schools in the area, and chose St. Damian. He is receiving an excellent education there and is very happy. Schools don't do it alone, you also have to take into consideration, family support and how much effort the child(ren) put into their education. So yes, the schools you mentioned are awesome, but that doesn't mean that St. Damians is not. As for tutoring help, many of the teachers tutor students at Damian. So the statement you made about tutoring help at St. Damian was simply incorrect. As an educator, I am happy to hear that your child is succeeding in the public schools, but I am equally happy that so is mine at a private school. To each is own.
happy parent of St Damian

Alsip, IL

#47 Jan 29, 2013
I am a happy and satisfied parent of a child at St. Damian. I also have a child at a public school and am equally satisfied. Public schools and private schools offer different things. Private school education is not necessarily better than public, and vice versa. I believe that the community is tighter and closer at the private school, but my child at public gets the extra services that they need. One school is not better than the other. I have always been bothered by the private school parents who act better than public school parents and the public school parents who act like private school parents are snobs. Not necessarly. Each case is different. Are there snobbish parents at both schools? Absolutely. We make a decision to send our children to the schools that we do based on our beliefs and our capabilities. We shouldn't be badmouthed for that, either way. What a wonderful thing it would be if all parents could come together and support one another in their decisions and not badmouth each other.
Laura Baldwin

Munster, IN

#48 Jan 29, 2013
Just Wondering wrote:
You were a teacher, yet you use a word like acception? Even if it was a word, it is not logical to use it in the manner you did. It's base is accept. You meant exception didn't you?
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Yes, I am a teacher, and yes I meant exception, but being a teacher doesn't make me perfect!:) Thanks for clarifying for me. Have a good day.
Sheila Browne

Chicago, IL

#49 Jan 29, 2013
All I can say is that the schools here are great! My children were very happy with st. Damian's, but, like many else, the tuition was tough. We did it however because at the end of the day, we wanted our children To be brought up like we were with the same morals and values. Learning about God and our religion was very important to us. I will agree that if you have issues with something at the school or with one of the boards then go directly to the source. I did, more than once. Then if I wasnt happy with how things were handled then you have to esculate the issue. Your views deserve to be heard. After saying all this, we did leave st. Damian's and go to the public schools for many different reasons - the main reason it was the best decision for our children. I could not be more impressed! Principals, teachers and the schools were very accommodating to my children's leaving their old school to go to public. And I love the curriculum at both my children's new schools. I do though miss the closeness of a smaller school (and I met some wonderful people there as well!)
St Damian mom

Oak Forest, IL

#50 Mar 17, 2013
Reading all these posts is quite disheartening and sad. I think that we are all forgetting the gist of why we send our kids to St Damian. It is only logical to assume that the school is an extension of the education we give our children at home.

If we are not happy,we do what we teach our children: to solve the problem with pro-social behavior and decisions. We don't talk behind each other's backs simply because it is the cowardly and easy way. At the end of the day, talking to the administration, bringing up our concerns, and hearing their explanation, is the only way to get a positive result that will benefit our children.

Rather than help the school (that our children may very well still be attending), we are creating an environment of distrust and hostility.

Remember that it takes a village to raise a child. If we don't want our children to be raised by this village, then it's pretty simple - let's move out of the village but not before we do our part to help !! Remember the Prayer by St Francis of Assisi. The education of our children is a partnership and it begins with the first teachers :
Us - The Parents......
John

Chicago, IL

#51 Aug 6, 2013
There are no mandatory fundraisers in public schools. They may tell you they are mandatory but they are not. Look it up or contact ISB if you don't believe me. I did when my kids were in public school because I already paid taxes and was not paying for my guaranteed free public education. If you opt out, your child just cannot participate in the extracurricular activity it is for. Anything required thats offered to every student must be offered equally regardless of ability to pay or whether or not you want to do a fundraiser. Now, your public school may say 'if you want to keep the technology class, we have to do this fundraiser....'. Catholic school, well, you know exactly what you are signing up for. There is no secret, no surprises, and yes, as one poster wrote, you have the option to simply just pay the additional cost instead of doing the fundraiser. It is entirely up to you if you want to try and offset your costs by selling 'raffle' tickets to family and friends. As a matter of fact, our school started just adding the big $100 dollar raffle tickets right to our tuition bills, one per student. If you want to sell em, great, you pocket the money because you already paid the parish, if not, they are yours to keep. Either way, they are paid for. I would never send my kids back to public school though, no matter how many fundraisers they do or how much they want us to volunteer. Its too invaluable to me to have my kids get a superior education.
Jerry

Chicago Heights, IL

#52 Aug 7, 2013
OF Watch wrote:
The amount you pay in yearly tuition, does not equal the total amount it costs St. Damian's' to educate your child during the year. These fundraisers help offset the costs. Spending $20 is a small price to pay to ensure that a child receives a quality education.
You always have the option of sending your child to public school, where you wouldn't have to be bothers with these fundraisers.
Have any of you heard of each U S Bishops or Cardinals having to make donations to a school in Italy or just in Rome with a school with their names. This was and maybe still is a practice that was and maybe still is. That is where a lot of Catholic money collected in America goes too. Us supporting schools in Italy when we cannot support our own schools. CHECK INTO IT BEFORE YOU REPLY PLEASE.
Disappointed

Oak Forest, IL

#53 Aug 7, 2013
Just heard that the incoming freshman from Saint Damian scored the lowest ever on their Spanish entrance exam. I wonder why. Maybe because they fired the highly qualified teacher they had, that taught full time, in order to hire the old teacher that is a friend of the principal. Oak Forest wasn't even informed that Damian cut their Spanish classes down to 3 days a week. It would have been nice to let them know.
Entreprenuer

Frankfort, IL

#54 Aug 7, 2013
new to oak forest schools wrote:
I have a young child getting ready to start kindergarten next year and after reading all of these post I'm really concerned about both the private and public school systems. I thought private perhaps would be better that it is considered a blue ribbon school but it doesn't sound to great after reading about fundraising and additional fees that are not presented at the time tuition is due. However, perhaps its like this no matter what town you live in.
Well I can only suggest a visit to Noonan Academy @ 191st & LaGrange Rd. Its a short trip down 80. It is well worth the time and my son is accepted to the advanced/honors program at our local HS due to the time there. Amazing
Disappointed

Oak Forest, IL

#55 Aug 7, 2013
It hasn't been a Blue Ribbon School for over 10 years. They just like to keep saying that.
Doucheappointed

Oak Forest, IL

#56 Aug 8, 2013
Disappointed wrote:
It hasn't been a Blue Ribbon School for over 10 years. They just like to keep saying that.
Actually, it's been 8 years since they were a Blue Ribbon School, fool. And many of the teachers involved in the last award are working hard to win another. I've had two kids go through Damian and then through OFHS. Both graduated in the top 2% of their high school class, and both are now excelling in college. So please shut up.
ann

Chicago, IL

#57 Oct 5, 2013
I think all schools in America, public and private, have fundraisers, deal with it. Other countries in the world DONOT have FUNDRAISERS. America is the wealthiest nation in the world,and this must be one of the drawbacks of it. So quit argueing about private verses public, dont be so cheep.
Babyboomboom

United States

#58 Nov 17, 2013
A lay principal? Back in the day Sr. Humaline in charge and Fr. Shaw bigger than life. Dedicated to children and education. Hope your kids are learning in a structured strict but caring environment. We did.
jane

Chicago, IL

#59 Nov 18, 2013
you are so ignorant, unbelieable. every school in America has fundraiser
St Damian Family wrote:
Are there any other St. Damian parents who received a letter today stating that they owe the school $200 because they didn't / couldn't sell 10 raffle tickets at $20 each?!
Who has $20 to spend on raffle tickets right now whether they are for charity or not, and how does a school, a catholic school, think they have the right to force us sell them to others who can't afford them or buy them ourselves?!
not happy with st damian

Elmwood Park, IL

#60 Dec 17, 2013
OF Watch wrote:
The amount you pay in yearly tuition, does not equal the total amount it costs St. Damian's' to educate your child during the year. These fundraisers help offset the costs. Spending $20 is a small price to pay to ensure that a child receives a quality education.
You always have the option of sending your child to public school, where you wouldn't have to be bothers with these fundraisers.
yeah we could send our children school. I am a product of public education and I will tell not all public schools are bad. Oak Forest has good public schools. I don't like that st damian has this attitude that if you don't like it leave. well if we all did that there would no longer be a st damian school.$20 is a small amount but, in addition to the thousands we pay each year, plus other fundraisers it is ALOT. We the parents keep that school running and pay the wages for teachers who are two faced, snotty, and mean to the kids. Personally my child deserves better than what my child is receiving from those teachers and especially for what I am paying for! so yeah, we could leave and go public and that may not be worse things some of us for our children.
Resident Extreme

Vernon Hills, IL

#61 Dec 17, 2013
not happy with st damian wrote:
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yeah we could send our children school. I am a product of public education and I will tell not all public schools are bad. Oak Forest has good public schools. I don't like that st damian has this attitude that if you don't like it leave. well if we all did that there would no longer be a st damian school.$20 is a small amount but, in addition to the thousands we pay each year, plus other fundraisers it is ALOT. We the parents keep that school running and pay the wages for teachers who are two faced, snotty, and mean to the kids. Personally my child deserves better than what my child is receiving from those teachers and especially for what I am paying for! so yeah, we could leave and go public and that may not be worse things some of us for our children.
Wow, you responded to a post someone left here 4 years go. Bravo on keeping up with the times. Finally get your AOL account upgraded? Your public education should have taught you how to write a proper sentence with capital letters and those things called punctuation.
st damian angry parent

Chicago, IL

#62 Feb 28, 2014
I've been a St Damian parent for years and I'm at the end if my line. First of all, all those making comments about $200 raffle tickets, yes it bs!!! They used to have bingo that brought in alot of money. I volunteered my time to work at these 2 nights. I'D much rather volunteer than be forced to sell $20 tickets around the holidays. Next, I've worked my butt off to send my kids here. However, now that my son is in 8th grade, I'm told he would do better at a public school to get the extra help he needs. Alot of good that does me now after scraping for 9 yrs to aens my kids there. I'm so upset and feel they have shown me such a lack of respect. Don't send your kids here if they don't fit into a normal education routine, they will be ignored.

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