Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
As November approaches, we know that Thanksgiving comes quickly. It gives us a chance to take pause of all those wonderful gifts in our lives. Here at St. John of the Cross Parish School, I am thankful for our families and their children. You give us one of your greatest gifts and trust us to care and nurture your children throughout their years at SJC. The children grow and thrive in this environment. We are so thankful that we are a part of the children’s growth and a part of their lives. One of my Thanksgiving prayers is for our SJC families! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!
Parent Teacher Conferences
This week, we take the opportunity to discuss the children’s progress during Parent Teacher Conferences. We value this partnership which we share with our families. Grades 5-8 students will be dismissed at noon on Thursday, 11/2, in order to establish more timeslots for parents to meet with their various teachers. As has been our practice the last several years, students are asked to attend the conferences in grades 5-8 with their parents. We follow this model of conferencing as the children become more responsible for their overall growth. It gives the adults and children an opportunity to look at their past performance in all areas and plan for the future. We are a team who wants what is best for your child. Involving your child in the process gives him/her ownership in his/her success. Ultimately, we all care about the academic, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth of your child. Therefore, we require that your child be present at the conferences in grades 5-8. Grades PK-4 will begin their conferences Thursday evening, 5-8 PM, and all grades will have conferences on Friday, 11/3, 9AM-12 and 1-3PM. Thank you for our partnership in your child/ren’s education.
In grades 3-8, we will have the Interim results for your child/ren. It is important to note that the tests are designed as a “mini- summative assessment” where the children are assessed on a cross section of skills taught over the academic year. We therefore realize that some skills it is measuring have not yet been taught. The assessment’s purpose is to create a baseline for teachers which identifies the instructional level of students in terms of where they are and where they need to be before the completion of their studies in that grade. Teachers utilize this information to plan instruction. The teachers will have your child/ren’s results at the conference.
Last month, we challenged the students to contribute $1.00 for Hurricane Maria and other natural disasters. If students were able to do so, Reverend Bill Vollmer offered to contribute a $100.00 donation. I am happy to report that we collected $1103.00, so Father Bill will be adding to that total. The more important lesson, however, is that our children helped others in a small way and gave to those in need. Thank you for your support!
The Soup-er Stadium Challenge also concluded earlier this month. The Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Charities announced that they exceeded their goal of filling Soldier Field twice by collecting more than 125,000 food items. The food will provide more than 100,000 meals to Chicagoans in need. SJC contributed 2509 food items to the cause, almost four times the number of items that was our goal. Again, our school community rose to the challenge and helped others in need. Thank you for your generosity!
In the same vein, our Parent Association has always worked with the school in organizing a Christmas Service Project, which takes place in all classrooms on 11/13. We have speakers from BEDS Plus and Helping Hands present to the children information about their organization, often by the clients themselves. The children are then given a list of needs to assist the clients. Interestingly, two of our present employees were clients from Helping Hands and completed an internship here at SJC. They certainly reflect the needs of which we serve by helping those organizations. As a final piece to this Service Project, the children may be out of uniform 11/17 with a $1.00 donation, which goes toward the needs of the clients at Helping Hands.
On another note, we concluded October with the traditional Buddy Parade by our 1st and 8th graders. In true form, the students did a great job. We appreciate the help from our parents who walked with the students outside and to the classrooms. All the grade levels enjoyed a Halloween party in their classrooms. Thank you to our parent volunteers who make a difference!
Enjoy this upcoming month!
UPCOMING NOVEMBER ACTIVITES/EVENTS:
- All Saints liturgy in the church, planned and organized by grade 2 on 11/1 at 9:15 AM
- Sponsor Night for grade 8 on 11/2 and 11/3 from 6:30-7:30 in the Parish Center
- Reconciliation for grades 3-5, 11/6, in the church
- Book Fair in the School, 11/7 and 11/8, Room 119, sponsored by the Parent Association
- Parent Association Meeting, 9 AM on 11/7 in the PC
- Speech Contest on 11/8 beginning at 7 PM in the school for grades 6-8 and the award ceremony takes place at lunch on 11/13 from 12:30-1:10.
- First Trimester ends 11/10, with Report cards going home on 11/17
- Out of uniform on 11/10
- Athletic Board meeting, 11/13
- Altar Server Meeting for 6th graders interested in becoming an altar server. Parents are asked to attend an informational meeting at 3:45 in PC on 11/7 and 11/14.
- Coffee for prospective families on 11/16 from 9:30-11:00 Please contact Mrs. Miller if you know of someone who is interested in attending SJC .
- Our 4th grade prepares Thanksgiving Prayer Service on 11/21 at 9:15 AM
- Advent Prayer Service takes place on Monday, 11/27 at 9:15 with grade 3, followed with a speaker who will address our Advent Project.
- School Advisory Board meeting on 11/28 at 7 PM in the PC
- Picture retakes and 8th grade graduation pictures on 11/29
- Scrip continues each Tuesday and Thursday. For information regarding Scrip, please check the website or contact Mrs. Tisa at email@example.com.
Sore throats – The weather is changing and a frequent complaint at the nurses’ office is “my throat hurts”. There are several possibilities at this time of year among children of all ages and we have experienced cases of each of these illnesses:
Hand, Foot & Mouth disease- Red, raised blister-like lesions primarily on the hands, feet & mouth/throat, can be on face and other areas as well. Additional symptoms include fever, reduced appetite, and generally feeling unwell. This is a viral illness, not treated with antibiotics, and usually lasts 1-2 weeks. This can occur in ALL ages with symptoms being more noticeable in younger children. HFM is contagious and spread by close contact, coughing and sneezing, and by changing diapers. Good handwashing is important to reduce the spread. Those infected should stay home from school until all mouth lesions are healed.
Strep Throat- This a bacterial infection that comes on quickly and is very contagious. Symptoms can include painful swallowing, redness and swelling in the throat, fever, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and feeling tired. A visit to your doctor can confirm this infection with a rapid test or a culture sent to the lab which takes a few days for results. Usually treatment includes antibiotics. Children need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or ibuprofen, have had 24 hours’ worth of the antibiotics and feeling well enough to participate fully in class. They may need to reduce extracurricular activities until feeling better.
Allergy- This can cause congestion or a runny nose which can result in mouth breathing. All of this can cause nasal drainage into the throat (postnasal drip), which can cause tickling, coughing or soreness. Allergies can also cause itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. If these symptoms prevent sleeping or usual daily activities, please consult with your doctor. Outdoor allergies are usually present until we have a hard frost.
Please see the Nurses Newsletter on the website for more information.
- TIME, TALENT, TREASURE – We remind our parents to continue and include any volunteer hours online and submit them when you have reached 15 hours.
- PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN – It is imperative that any parent volunteer completes the steps of the “Protecting God’s Children Safe Schools Program” before they may volunteer in their children’s classrooms, field trips, coaching, etc. For information regarding the program, please contact Mrs. Wingert at firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-246-4454.
- Parents supporting parents: November 12 10:15-11:30am in the Parish Center.
Topic: How do we prioritize faith in a secular world?
As your teen prepares for confirmation, these sessions are for YOU, the first faith teacher!
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QUESTIONS? Contact Katie Hayes, Director of Youth Ministry, 708-246-4404 ext. 140
- We continue to keep Racheal Schopp and Father David in our prayers each day.
- Please keep Frank James Kane, father of Mrs. Kathy Stillo, our Preschool teacher, in your prayers, at his recent passing. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.
- We wish Mrs. Juli Warren, our present 2nd grade aide the best as she leaves SJC. Mrs. Pat Sheneman will assume Mrs. Warren’s duties.