Why St. Pius V School?

Are you happy with your child’s school? With a long history of educating generations of families, St. Pius V School provides academic excellence with faith, values, and a commitment to peacemaking.

We are located in the heart of the Pilsen community – close to UIC, the Medical District, and downtown Chicago – though our students come from neighborhoods throughout Chicago and even the suburbs!

St. Pius V School serves students from Early Education (full-day pre-K) through 8th grade and offers a wide array of before and after school programs.

Our students thrive in a nurturing environment while being challenged daily by our rigorous academic programming. They learn values that complement their family’s faith formation and help them become peacemakers in their community. A diverse learning atmosphere and faith-focused teaching ensure St. Pius V students have the ability to learn without distractions.

And our graduates go on to the best high schools in the Chicago area!

Come visit us!

Call (312) 226-1590 to schedule a tour and see for yourself the great things that are happening at St. Pius V School!

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St. Pius V School needs you on September 25

Parents should be given the ability to choose the education best suited to their child’s needs and desires. As their child’s primary educators, parents know what is best for them and what type of school – public, charter, private, sectarian – best meets their needs.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 25, 2014, to rally in support of school choice. There are two ways you can stand with us:

  • Come to St. Pius V School play lot to join our children for our local mini-rally.
  • Slip out of the office for an hour and join others at The State of Illinois Building (The Thompson Center) at Randolph and Clark.

Both events begin at 10:30 am.

To learn more about the many avenues Illinois could pursue to empower parents and improve education visit the Office of Catholic School’s website.

News from St. Pius V School

Scholarships Now Available

The Archdiocese of Chicago is providing six million dollars worth of scholarships to help Chicago students gain access to great Catholic schools like St. Pius V!  Through the Caritas Scholarship program funded by the “To Teach Who Christ Is” campaign, St. Pius V can now offer a limited number of reduced tuition scholarships for students who transfer from public schools. Qualifying students may receive a scholarship that will pay for up to 50% of their tuition for three years. Only a few of these scholarships are still available, so please contact the school today to request more information. You may call the school office at (312) 226-1590 or visit www.saintpiusv.org to fill out an interest form. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!

Congratulations St. Pius V Class of 2014!

The Class of 2014

The Class of 2014

We offer our prayers for a bright future to the St. Pius V School graduating class of 2014. These students have worked hard and accomplished great things already. Soon they will begin their journeys through high school, college and beyond.

“The path we choose for the next eight years — high school and college —- may not be easy,” said graduating 8th grade student Madalyn Torres, “but we should not give up. For what we put into our education will help us to make our career.”

The graduates will attend some of the city’s top high schools, including St. Ignatius College Prep, Whitney Young, De La Salle, Holy Trinity, UIC College Prep, and Our Lady of Tepeyac, among others. Congratulations, Class of 2014! We are proud of you.

Goodbye and God bless, Ms. Lucarelli!

Ms. Liz Lucarelli

Ms. Liz Lucarelli

Ms. Elizabeth Lucarelli has completed 20 years as our kindergarten teacher , having spent her 42-year teaching career in Catholic schools. “Liz Lucarelli has a passion for helping young students fall in love with school,” said principal Nancy Nasko. “In kindergarten, she readies the children for the rest of their school career. It is a critical age and she is the best at capturing young minds and getting them excited about learning, we are grateful for her service.”

School Enrollment Open for 2014-15!

Your child or a child you know can benefit from St. Pius V School’s long, rich tradition of educational excellence and service to our community. Many of our students are children of alumni, attesting to the enduring value of a St. Pius V education.

Call us today to enroll your child, and encourage families you know to consider St. Pius V as a great option for their children. Remind them that our graduates go on to attend the top high schools in the city. Please visit www.saintpiusv.org to complete an interest form or call (312) 226-1590 to request a tour.

Noche Mexicana: What a Fiesta!

Thank you to all of the sponsors, donors, friends, and volunteers who helped make our 8th annual Noche Mexicana a huge success! We had a fantastic time raising funds for student scholarships and celebrating Ms. Abby Torres and Mrs. Nancy Nasko, both of whom recently won prestigious awards. Your generosity means more students can study at St. Pius V and benefit from a safe, excellent education. Thanks for funding the dreams of the next generation of parish leaders!

Missed the opportunity? Call 312.226-1590 to learn how you can make a world of difference by supporting the St. Pius V School scholarship fund.

God’s own people

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, God’s own people…(1 Peter 2:9)

A race, a nation, a people….We are a community; we are Church. Peter goes on to say, Like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house…We are as living stones, chosen and fashioned by the builder, united together to form a single, beautiful edifice built upon the cornerstone which is Christ Jesus.

But the Church is not a completed building, a finished community, perfect and enclosed. The Church is ever developing, always adapting herself to the world in which she is a part, continually growing, constantly proclaiming the Good News of the Risen Christ, unceasingly uniting and receiving new members. The Church is a missionary community; we are God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the mighty acts of God. (1 Pe 2:9)

          The Church is a community that prays and celebrates together. Like living stones, you are being built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Pe 2:5)

It is not sufficient to pray and read the Bible in private. We are a royal priesthood. We are called to celebrate together in community, in our own parish, the Eucharist and the other Sacraments, to hear and reflect on the Word of God.

The Church is a community of service. The Church was instituted to serve the world and promote the Kingdom of God on earth. Jesus, at the last supper, gave the example of service by washing the feet of the disciples. For I have set an example, that you also should do as I have done. (Jo 13:15)

School Honors

Peacemakers: Living MLK’s Dream

Each year, classmates choose students in their classroom who live out Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of non-violence. We are very proud of all our 2014 Peacemakers. Here is a sample of what the children say about their peers when nominating them for this award:

The recipient of the award for the Early Childhood Education program was Ian, about whom his classmates said: “Ian is quick to say ‘sorry’ when he makes a mistake. He gives hugs and always tries to be nice.”


Fourth grader Isabelle’s classmates said that she is “respectful and treats everybody equally. She not only brings peace to her classmates but also to teachers.”

Honors for St. Pius V School Staff

This year at Noche Mexicana we will celebrate the successes of two of the schools greatest assets: our principal, Nancy Nasko, and our administrative assistant, Abby Torres. Both received major awards this year recognizing their contributions to SPV School.

Abby received the Distinguished Service Award from the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools. Abby is one of the reasons everything runs so smoothly in the school office. She does her job with grace, calm, and a wonderful sense of humor.

At Noche Mexicana, Mrs. Nasko will also be honored for receiving the Distinguished Principal Award from the National Association of Elementary School Principals last fall. Congratulations to Nancy and Abby!

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