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SY 2021-2022 Calendar for Families

Hello Catalyst families!

We hope that you are safe, healthy and doing well! Please find a printable 2021-2022 calendar linked here.  We look forward to an INCREDIBLE year!!

COVID vaccine sign up open at Catalyst Circle Rock and Loretto Hospital (2)

Catalyst is teaming with the City of Chicago, Rush and Loretto Hospitals, and community organizations to establish Catalyst Circle Rock as a COVID-19 vaccination site for the Austin neighborhood beginning March 13, 2021.  

Any Austin resident age 18+ can now sign up for the COVID vaccine, regardless of priority grouping.  There are two ways to register for a COVID vaccine:

  1. To register to receive COVID vaccine at Catalyst Circle Rock, call 312-563-0767or register online at rush.edu/Austin. Vaccines are being scheduled through Rush Hospital, who will administer the vaccines at Catalyst Circle Rock.  Vaccines will be scheduled on Sundays beginning March 13, 2021.
  1. To register to receive Covid vaccines at Loretto Hospital, follow this link:  Protect Chicago Plus: COVID-19 Vaccine Registration.  Vaccines at Loretto will be scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays beginning March 12, 2021.

Catalyst Circle Rock annual EOY video 2020

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy.  Please check out the annual Catalyst Circle Rock annual EOY video here, and a HUGE shout out to Ms. Donohue, Ms. Jamsion-Dunnn, Ms. Reed and Ms. GRANGER for their leadership in the creation of this INCREDIBLE video!

Catalyst Schools CLOSED through April 30, 2020

In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the state of Illinois, the Catalyst Circle Rock K-8 and Catalyst Maria K-12 buildings will be CLOSED to scholars and school staff beginning March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

If you need help locating medical care, please reach out to the CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or by calling the CPS Command Center at 773-553-KIDS (5437).

If you are concerned that you or your child have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the CDPH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 312-746-4835

Catalyst Circle Rock and Catalyst Maria will receive deep cleanings between Monday March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

General resources:

  • https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning: The Illinois State Board of Education's Keep Learning website offers an extremely comprehensive list of resources, including free internet access resources, special education resources, English learner resources, and a very comprehensive list of learning activities categorized by subject and grade.
  • Center for Dieseas Control's guidance on keeping children healthy while school is out.

Internet access:

  • Please check https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning for free internet opportunities. Companies providing free or low-cost access include AT&T, Spectrum, Comcast, and Mediacom

Food access:

  • Healthy meals will be available to all Catalyst students at the CPS location nearest their home. All families will be able to pick up meals at their nearest CPS school beginning Tuesday, March 17, between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals outside of the school building. To find the location nearest your home, please visit https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/schoollocator/index.html
  • Chicago Food Depository has a link for families in need

Our school teams are here to support- if there is anything we can assist with, please contact  our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Catalyst Circle Rock Principal Ms. Jamison-Dunn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Catalyst Maria Principal Ms. Sandoval (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and we will work to assist.  Thank you and stay safe!

For the most reliable information about COVID-19, please visit:

 Chicago Department of Public Health

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 Chicago Public Schools

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Please join our efforts as a champion for changing lives at The Catalyst Schools. If you would like to speak with a Catalyst staff member about your donation, please call us at 773-295-7001.