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Updated 7/6/20

This page is your “one-stop-shop” for all back-to-school information.  Please read all the information so that you are familiar with the timeline.  We encourage you to use this as a check-list so that you meet deadlines. purchase items, and you and your student are ready go once classes resume!

Don’t miss the additional information below the timeline; scroll all the way to the end of the page.

The year-at-a-glance calendar has been published. Be sure to mark vacation days and other events on your family and personal calendars.

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 Timeline & Due Dates

DateEvent/DeadlineMore info found at....
Fri 6/5Student account credentials emailed to parents. Credentials are needed for virtual bookstore, PaySchoolsCentral, and installing Microsoft365.
Mon 6/8eCampus store opens online - Get your textbooks early!Virtual Bookstore Page
Mon 6/15Busing Contract DueTransportation Page
Mon 6/24Check to make sure you have Dress Code items. Need to order more?Dress Code Page
Tue 7/7Last day to purchase e-books from eCampus; traditional textbooks still available after todayVirtual Bookstore
Thu 7/9The first Tuition Statement emailed to parentsTuition Payment Plans
Week of Mon 7/13

ParentPlus activation information emailed to any parent who currently does not have an active ParentPlus account (including all new parents),
ParentPlus Page
Week of Mon 7/13PaySchoolsCentral info emailed to PRIMARY parentFood Service Page
Tue 7/21
Drop-in help for installing BYOD apps (3:00 - 7:00 PM in Commons)Read email for complete info
Wed 7/29

BYOD Workshops (Sessions 1-4) - Registration required!
Read letter sent to new families
Thu 7/30

Freshmen Family Picnic
Invitations sent to all registered members of the Class of 2024
All Fall Sports begin
Information will be coming soon. in conjunction wth the state of Illnios & IHSA mandates.
Sat 8/1

Illinois Dept of Health Physical due for Freshmen only
Download the Form and other Info
Sat 8/1

Illinois Dental Exam due for Freshmen AND Sophomores only
Download the Form and other Info
Sat 8/1Seniors Only: Proof of Meningitis Shot due More info
Sat 8/1First tuition payment dueTuition Payment Options
Mon 8/3Is your ParentPlus account activated? Emails were sent to all parents the week of 7/13.PlusPortal Information
Mon 8/3Last day to order books from eCampus in order to have for first day of classesVirtual Bookstore
Mon 8/3Make sure you have all your school supplies, including the right calculator for Math class & laptop that meets minimum specs.School Supplies
Wed 8/5Laptop ready to go: Make sure that you have installed all the required apps on your laptop. Also ALL STUDENTS, make sure you have updated Windows 10 as well.List of Apps to Install
Thu 8/6

BYOD Workshops (Sessions 5-8) - Registration required
Read letter sent to new families
Wed 8/12Back To School Night
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Enter through the Commons
Info will be sent closer to this date
Wed 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!
Wed 8/12Create an account and/or replenish funds in your student's PaySchoolsCentral account for food service & Spirit Shop Purchases
This is now REQUIRED for all students; cash payments will not be accepted at the cashier stations
Food Service Page
Fri 8/14

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
Yearbook/ID photos will be taken today (How to order portrait packages)
Bring Class schedule
Books & laptops NOT required
Lunch Provided
Pick up at 2:35 at same location
Fri 8/14

Spanish Proficiency test for Class of 2024 (optional); after New Celtic Welcome concludes
Contact Mrs. Pavur for information
Sat 8/15

Math Proficiency test for Class of 2024 (optional)
Contact Mrs. Walker for information.
Busses will run
Dress Code in effect
Zero hour class meets (7:05 start time)
Be sure to bring your laptop and textbooks
Tue 8/18 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.  Send to PCHS, Attn: Dean’s Office.

Dental Exams for Freshman & Sophomores:  All students that entered the 9th grade during the 2019-20 school year or later are required by the State of Illinois to have a dental examination.  The exam must be completed no earlier than a year (365 days) prior to the start of attendance in 9th grade. Due date: August 1.  Download the required dental exam form.

Student-Athletes: All  Sophomore, Junior & Senior student-athletes must also have a pre-participation physical each year.  Due date: August 1.  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 1.

If you have any questions about health forms and immunizations, please email or call our Deans’ Office at 815.717.3130.

Info to Register for BYOD Workshops (updated 7/6/20)

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!

BYOD Workshops will be held on Wednesday, July 29 & Thursday August 6.  There are 8 different sessions; all new students should register for one workshop.

Please contact Mrs. Grigoletti if you have any questions.

School Supplies


Minimum specifications for laptops as well as links to CDW and Dell stores can be found here on the BYOD page.

See the BYOD Software page for list of software and updates that are required for your laptop.
All students are REQUIRED to have the following items for their laptops.

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


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

IMPORTANT: When you purchase a new calculator, there is an 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).

  • PE & Athletic Locks: Locks for PE classes will be distributed in PE class; the cost it billed through tuition as a class fee.  Locks for Athletic lockers must be purchased through the Spirit Shop.  Boys will need one for their Athletic locker and an additional lock for PE classes.
  • Hallway Locks for 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.
  • Hallway Locks for 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.


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; this is billed as a class fee.

For Academic 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

Freshmen will have their Yearbook/ID photos taken on Friday, August 14 during the New Celtic Welcome day.

Sophomores and Juniors will have their photos taken on Tuesday, August 18 during lunch periods.

Two options for ordering your student’s portrait packages:

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.)

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