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Get ready for  the 2019-20 school year!

This page is your “one-stop-shop” for all back-to-school information.  Please check back often for updated information.

There is additional information below the timeline, so be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the page.

Tip #1: Any information marked with the image to the left pertains especially to Freshmen and Transfer students.

Tip #2:  We will text you when we add new information to this page; new items will be indicated with Updated in red text.

Back-to-School Checklist

This is a companion document for the timeline below; it can be printed for your convenience.   We hope it will help keep you on track for all due dates and events, so you don’t miss anything! Detailed information for all items on the checklist can be found in the timeline on this page below.  

Download the checklist now.

Other Helpful Information

Back-to-School Timeline & Due Dates

DateEvent/DeadlineMore info found at....
Mon 6/10eTechCampus store opens onlineVirtual Bookstore Page
Fri 6/14Busing Contract DueTransportation Page
Mon 6/24Check to make sure you have Dress Code items. Need to order more?
Be sure to read the new policy regarding shoes too!
Dress Code Page
Tues 7/9Updated
ParentPlus activation information was emailed to any parent who currently does not have an active ParentPlus account (including all new parents)
ParentPlus Page
Tues 7/9Updated
PaySchoolsCentral info was emailed to PRIMARY parent
Food Service Page
Thu 7/11Updated
The first Tuition Statement was mailed (U.S. Mail) to parents
Tuition Payment Plans
Fri 7/12Updated
Student Information Form was emailed to the Primary Parent for each student; To be completed online
Student Info Form

What is a Primary Parent?
Fri 7/12Last day to purchase e-books from eTechCampus; traditional textbooks still available after todayVirtual Bookstore
Fri 7/19

Last Day to register for BYOD Workshop (Freshmen & Transfer students only)
BYOD Workshop
Thu 7/25

First day of BYOD Workshops
BYOD Workshops
Wed 7/31

Second day of BYOD Workshops
BYOD Workshops
Thu 8/1Student Information forms due (online) Student Info Form
Thu 8/1

Illinois Dept of Health Physical Form due for Freshmen only
Download the Form and other Info
Thu 8/1First tuition payment dueTuition Payment Options
Thu 8/1 Is your ParentPlus account activated? Emails were sent to all parents the week of 7/8.PlusPortal Information
Fri 8/2Last day to order books from eTechCampus in order to have for first day of classesVirtual Bookstore
Fri 8/2Make sure you have all your school supplies, including the right calculator for Math classSchool Supplies
Mon 8/5Make sure that you have installed all the required apps on your laptop. This list has been updated - upperclassmen, be sure to follow through!List of Apps to Install
Mon 8/5

Third (and last) Day of BYOD Workshops
BYOD Workshops
Mon 8/12Back To School Night
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Enter through the Commons
Back to School Night flyer
Mon 8/12

6:00 PM
FOR NEW PARENTS: Brief meeting during Back to School Night with important info for new parents. Don't miss it!
Info for New Parents
Mon 8/12Seniors: Proof of meningitis vaccination booster requiredMeningitis Booster Info
Mon 8/12Be sure there are funds in your student's PaySchoolsCentral account to pay for lunch, breakfast or Spirit Shop itemsFood Service Page
Mon 8/12Updated
All Fall Sports begin
Fall Sports Tryouts Info

Get your Season Pass for Fall Sports
Tue 8/13Updated

for Freshmen, Transfer & International Students

Busses do NOT run today
Students should arrive between 7:30 & 7:45 AM
Drop-off at Student Common, Door #14 on southwest side of building
There is no Zero hour class this day
Dress Code is in effect
Bring Class schedule
Lunch Provided
Pick up at 2:35 at same location
Info for New Parents
Wed 8/14Updated
Busses will run
Dress Code in effect
Zero hour class meets (7:05 start time)
Be sure to bring your laptop and textbooks
Mon 8/19
Tue 8/20
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
will have ID/Yearbook photos taken
during Lunch periods
How to order portrait packages

Health Physicals

EVERY freshman must have a Illinois Dept. of Health Physical on file. This physical is also required if the student intends to participate in any sport, any season.  Freshmen do NOT need the second pre-participation health form.  Please make an appointment for your student’s physical now so that you have the form on file with us by August 1.

Student-Athletes: All  Sophomore, Junior & Senior student-athletes must also have a pre-participation physical each year. Download IHSA Pre-participation health form.

Seniors & Meningitis Vaccination: The State of Illinois mandates that all seniors must show proof of a second dose of the meningitis vaccine at the start of the school year.  Please send proof to PCHS, Attn: Dean’s Office.   Due date:  August 12.  If you have any questions, please call Dean of Students Mr. Healy at 815.717.3156.

Info to Register for BYOD Workshops

In order to make sure our newest students are ready for the start of the year, we REQUIRE all new students to attend a BYOD Workshop.   At this workshop, students will learn how to attach to our Wi-Fi, login to our internet filter, use the student portal, access Office 365 and more. Your student will be at a disadvantage without this knowledge on the first day of classes! Registration closes July 19.

We emailed parents information earlier in May.  Download a copy of the letter which contains links to instructions and registration site.   Session dates and times are listed here.

Thursday July 25

  • 12:00 – 3:30 PM
  • 1:00 – 4:30 PM
  • 2:00 – 5:30 PM

Wednesday July 31

  • 4:00 – 7:30 PM
  • 5:00 – 8:30 PM

Monday August 5

  • 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  • 9:30 – AM – 1:00 PM

 Student  Information Forms will be emailed the week of July 8

So that we have the most current demographic and medical information about your child, we ask the primary parent of each family to update this form.   The primary parent will receive one email per student.  Be sure to update EACH form that is sent to you.

  • If you have activated your ParentPlus account but did not receive the form, you can access it via ParentPlus:

1. Login to ParentPlus and click on Forms (upper right on green menu bar).

2. You will see a form for each student enrolled at PCHS.

  • If you have not yet activated your ParentPlus account and did not receive the email, please contact Mrs. Laurie Ford via email.   Be sure to provide your student’s full name as well as your name.

What is a Primary Parent?

The  “Primary Parent” is the parent who is responsible for completing forms and other “action items”.  We use this term when referring to emails and forms.

When you registered your student, you indicated who will be the primary parent.  The primary parent is the one who will receive information that requires action on your part such as completing online forms, setting up accounts, etc.   Our student database (Rediker) requires that only one parent per student complete the forms.  If both parents complete the same form, data can become corrupted.  Therefore we ask you to choose which parent will be the one to do that work.

The Primary Parent should also be the person who best knows the student’s medical history.   In the case of split households, the Primary Parent is usually the one with whom the students primarily resides, as that is where we generally email and mail information.

If you would like to change the Primary Parent for your family, please contact our registrar, Mrs. Laurie Ford.

  • Newsletters are sent to ALL parents for whom we have a valid email address.
  • ParentPlus access is provided to ALL parents as well.  (Each parent must have a unique email address, as that is his/her ParentPlus user name.)

School Supplies

For BYOD: 
See the BYOD Page for complete information,  including updated minimum specifications, setting up your laptop, and links to Dell and CDW.  All students are REQUIRED to have the following items for their laptops.  We do not have power adapters for student use!

  • Additional power adapter to keep at school
  • Protective carrying sleeve

Math students must have a Texas Instruments TI-Nspire CX calculator.  (Please be careful and do not purchase the TI-Nspire CAS.)

When you purchase a new calculator, there is an software license number included for companion software.  Please be sure to install that software on your student laptop.  (More info.)


Only locks purchased at Providence Catholic may be used on all lockers (hallway, PE, Athletic).

  • Returning Students: You may use the lock which you were issued during your freshman year. If you do not have a lock, you can purchase one in the Deans’ Office for $14.00 at Back to School Night or starting on the first day of classes.
  • PE & Athletic Locks: Locks for PE and Athletic lockers must be purchased through the Spirit Shop.  Boys will need one for their Athletic locker and an additional lock for PE classes.
  • New Students: You will be issued a lock for your hallway locker at no cost to you. You can pick up this lock at Back to School Night, or it will be issued to you at our New Celtic Welcome on Tuesday, August 13.


P.E. Clothing:
Students can bring athletic clothing from home for P.E. Class; no P.E. uniform is required.  Be sure that the t-shirts and shorts are appropriate (no offensive or improper images or wording, modest length, etc.)  Students are issued a P.E. locker to secure their items.  The locks are purchase separately (see above).

For individual classes:
We recommend that you wait to purchase most supplies until after the first day.  Teachers will let students know what is required.  One notebook and a pen/pencil and your laptop should be sufficient for the first day.

Underclassmen Photos & Portrait Packages

All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors will have their photos taken on Monday August 19th & Tuesday August 20th during lunch periods.

Two options for ordering your student’s portrait packages:


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