Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
Welcome back to our SJC families and Happy New Year to all! We certainly hope that you took the time these last two weeks and enjoyed family and friends while celebrating the birth of Jesus. The time also allows us to reenergize so we can look toward the year with new eyes, new hope and new promises.
It seems as if December ended in a whirlwind. I want to thank our school community for their participation in any of the pageants, prayer services, liturgies, service projects or school activities. Much happened and I would not want to forget anyone. I do, however, have two special thank you acknowledgements. First, our school staff extends a huge thank you to our parents and families for the wonderful Angel breakfast, Angel gift and all around small ways you made us feel special in your lives. We wholeheartedly appreciate all of you and your children. We are a family and will continue to support each other. My second thank you is to Mrs. Margie Connelly for spearheading the “Thumbbuddy Special” service project for the children. We stressed how we wanted the children to give of themselves to this project. They raised $2665.00 through classroom donations and also various means of raising money on their own. I would also thank the staff for their contribution to this dollar amount. Truly, this community reflects the true meaning of giving and working together toward a common goal.
Catholic Schools Week/ Confirmation
In January, we always look toward Catholic Schools Week. The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) recognized the need to spotlight the mission of Catholic schools approximately forty years ago, by setting aside the last week in January each year (1/27/19-2/2/19). Although we celebrate our mission each day here at SJC, Catholic Schools Week gives us the opportunity to celebrate what occurs year round and with all other Catholic schools in the nation. The theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed”, exemplifies who we are. Catholic schools challenge our young learners to think critically, problem solve and become socially and spiritually active members of society. We create community with our young people and their families. Catholic schools stress the multi-generational mission of our schools. It is apparent here at SJC with many staff either returning who once were students here or who send their own children to SJC. Obviously, the staff is embedded into those Catholic values which we hold in high esteem. We welcome prospective families to see our school in action while the learning process takes place. Our children participate in a Spirit Day, where they can proudly cheer for who we are. Our teachers and staff celebrate with a luncheon provided by the Parent Association. Both staff and parents recognize the mission and the sacrifices that they make in order to provide high quality education to the children. We are very proud of our traditionally steeped heritage here at SJC while we continue to offer high quality, innovative programming.
Catholic Schools Week kicks off at the liturgies on 1/27/19. Students will participate in various ways at each liturgy. We encourage our children to wear their uniforms as a sign of unity. Following all the masses, we welcome prospective families to visit the school from 1:30-2:30 on that Sunday. If you know a family who is interested in attending St. John of the Cross Parish School, please have them contact Jennifer Miller at email@example.com or invite them to attend this Open House.
As a school, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week on Monday, 1/28/19 at the 9:15 AM liturgy. All are welcome to come.
The culmination of Catholic Schools Week occurs on Saturday, 2/2/19, with our 8th grade celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. What a wonderful way to affirm St. John of the Cross Parish School and young Catholics in today’s society by concluding this celebrated week with the essence of who we are through our sacramental program. Bishop Manz will preside for the sacrament. Our young people look excitedly toward this day as they recognize their responsibility as Catholics and the journey that Jesus sets before them. Please keep them in your prayers.
As it happens, we also ask all current families to register for the 2019-2020 school year during Catholic Schools Week and until 3/1/19. This assists us in planning the budget and tuition for next school year. If you are not planning to return to SJC, please open the registration form and complete the needed information.
Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education here at St. John of the Cross Parish School. May your days be faith filled as you continue along life’s journey.
FATHER MCDONNELL SCHOLARSHIP
Our parish tradition believes in the faith filled academic programs here at SJC. Many families want to continue providing their children with Catholic education. The SJC Women’s Club offers scholarships for any 8th grade student planning to attend a Catholic High School next year. Please refer to the parish website for information regarding the Father McDonnell Scholarship application process and its requirements.
The weather serves as a reminder that the children will go outside for recess each day unless the conditions are extreme and dictate that they stay inside. We check the forecast each day to assure that the weather will allow for outdoor recess. With that in mind, please remember to dress your children in the appropriate outdoor garments, along with hat, gloves, and scarves.
Winter weather can often complicate AM drop off and PM pick up. Please allow yourself extra time so that the standard policies and procedures of both may be maintained.
Please remind your children to cross at a corner with crossing guards.
As the influenza (flu), cold, and stomach bug season is with us, it is very helpful for Mrs. Petersen to have current and complete health information to determine the best course of action in caring for all here at school. Her newsletter is posted on the website regularly and alerts will be sent when concerns are present.
Please report the symptoms and the diagnosis, if you have one, for your child when calling in to the absence hotline. This will assist the School Nurse in keeping track of the various illnesses going around.
TIME, TALENT, TREASURE
Any time you volunteer in the school for any event, please take the time to complete the Time Talent and Treasure form on the website in the Parent Portal. You must log your hours before 5/15/19 to qualify for the 2019-2020 parish subsidy. If you plan on volunteering for Celebrate SJC Day, you may add that to the form on the website since you will not have access to the form after 5/15/19. The portal will shut down at that time and will not open again until mid-June.
PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN
We remind our parents that you must complete each step of the “Protecting God’s Children Safe Schools Program” before you are allowed to volunteer in the building. This procedure is mandated by the Archdiocese of Chicago and keeps our children safe. All parents must complete a new CANTS form each year. Please return the completed form to the school office. It is crucial that you complete these requirements if you want to volunteer in the school or coach any of the sports teams.
For information regarding the program, please contact Mrs. Wingert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-246-4454
Please keep in your prayers the family of Rev. William Vollmer, our Associate Pastor, who lost his father over Christmas break.