Dear Parents and/or Guardians:
It is difficult to believe that we already completed half the first trimester. As I walk around the building each day, a great deal of learning is taking place in all the classrooms. The children listen and are engaged with their education.
One area of learning develops through the knowledge of the world and current events. It is a sensitivity to what is happening around us and acting upon it. Our teachers presented lessons regarding hurricanes in an age appropriate way. We have seen how tumultuous winds and rains can cause devastation. Students are aware and we offered an out of uniform day if they gave $1.00 to assist the Hurricane Harvey victims. As I stated in a school blast, we are working with the parish to raise the money for these hurricane victims. Within days, Hurricane Irma struck Florida. As the parish did with their collection, we would like to direct all these funds to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. After all the dollars were counted, our students raised $1597.23. We are proud of the children for recognizing those in need.
In the wake of Harvey and Irma, Puerto Rico was reeling from Hurricane Irma, when the island was struck with Hurricane Maria causing massive flooding and mudslides. It battered the Caribbean Islands. Once again, major devastation occurred. We would once again like to organize an out of uniform day and ask students to contribute $1.00 for the victims of Hurricane Maria. Reverend Bill Vollmer has offered to contribute a $100.00 donation for these victims if every child/staff member brings in $1.00. We will organize the out of uniform date for 10/20.
Another area of service and generosity by our students and families is your response to the Soup-er Stadium Challenge. To date, SJC surpassed our goal of one canned good per students/staff with a figure of 1519 non-perishable items. We still have one week remaining for our food collection. Thank you for your generosity! These goods, along with the items collected at every Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Chicago, will fill the shelves at Catholic Charities food pantries for those who hunger. What a beautiful lesson to teach our children!
As we approach October, we respect life in all stages. We began that lesson with Monday’s liturgy of creation and how we need to respect all that God has created. Certainly, with the recent Las Vegas shootings, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain order in our tumultuous world. We see other world upheavals and know that we must do our part to reduce the hatred and ill-feelings. During October, the month of Mary our Blessed Mother, let us pray for peace in this world. At Fatima, Mary encouraged everyone to recite the Rosary each day. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, a few of our parents have organized the recitation of the rosary on the corner of 51st and Wolf on 10/14 at noon. Let us remember those lessons of Fatima and pray for peace in this world.
God bless you and yours as we continue to respect those around us by showering them with kindness and love.
UPCOMING OCTOBER ACTIVITES/EVENTS:
- The Interim Aspire testing occurs in grades 3-8 on 10/3 and 10/5, with make-up testing next week. This formative assessment gives us a snapshot of the gaps in our curriculum and gaps in students’ learning.
- Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, another prayer opportunity for the children, takes place all day with the different homerooms in the school chapel on Friday, 10/6.
- In the same way we opened our doors to Grandparents/Special Person in Early Childhood a few weeks ago, we will do the same with grades 1-4 on 10/12 from 9:30-11 AM.
- The children will be out of uniform on Friday, 10/13.
- As is SJC tradition, our 7th grade becomes a Living Rosary in the church on Monday, 10/16 at 9:15 AM. The children offer a beautiful rendition of the Holy Rosary through recitation. Please join us if you are able.
- Our 7th grade meets in the church at 6:30 PM on 10/17 for their Commitment Ceremony, the celebration that officially begins their journey of Confirmation.
- School Advisory Board meets in the LRC on 10/17 at 7:30 PM.
- John Grossman, a facilitator for student retreats, visits grades 3-8 on 10/18 to address issues of student choice, respect for one another, and service to others. He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who captivates his audience.
- October is Fire Prevention Month. Firefighter Chuck will present at an assembly on 10/19 to the children regarding fire prevention. Parents can attend the Open House at the firehouse on 10/8.
- Michalowski has secured the NY Times best-selling author Rob Buyea to meet and sign books for our 5th and 6th grade students. Mr. Buyea is back with his newest work, The Perfect Score. The students will attend Mr. Buyea’s talk on 10/19 in the LRC.
- On 10/23, we celebrate a Prayer Service organized by grade 6 as a school body, with the theme of stewardship at 9:15 AM in the church.
- Our 8th grade meets with their small faith groups once again after the 7:45 AM liturgy on 10/24 where students discuss their faith life and their journey towards Confirmation.
- On that same evening, 10/24 at 6:30 PM in the Parish Center, the 8th grade parents meet with Mrs. Janet Cashetta, the YC Director, and Mrs. Kathleen Gorman, School Principal, to discuss the final months of their children’s faith journey toward Confirmation.
- Junior Achievement (JA), sponsored by UPS, presents lessons in the classroom, grades K-8, focusing on Financial Literacy, Work Readiness, and Entrepreneurship in an age appropriate manner. JA enhances our curriculum in reaching out and demonstrating to our children actual concepts in real life situations for a morning on 10/25.
- Preschool Dad’s Night happens on the evening of 10/25 in the MPR where they celebrate Halloween with their child/ren.
- The 8th Grade retreat, Day of the Spirit, is a daylong gathering where students meet with other 8th graders in the parish and discuss various topics, understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and pray together. The day begins at noon on 10/28 and ends with the 5 PM liturgy with the parish.
- The annual 1st/8th grade buddies parade outside the school building, dressed in their Halloween apparel, at 1:30 PM on 10/31. Parties in all classrooms begin at 2:15 PM. Please see the Halloween directives below.
- Scrip will continue this year on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For information regarding Scrip, please check the website or contact Mrs. Tisa at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flu (Influenza) Vaccines– Please contact your physician’s office for availability and schedule to receive the flu vaccine. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to be fully protective once received. So, getting vaccinated by the end of October (think Halloween) will have your family protected before Thanksgiving & holiday travels :-) and decrease the chance of school absence. Flu (influenza) can result in a week or more of missed school/work (per person) as it is passed through a household.
We encounter influenza at school each year. Receiving a flu vaccine is the best preventative measure.
All students are allowed to wear Halloween costumes in all grade levels at the start of the school day, Tuesday, October 31st. As you and your child/ren plan the costume, please keep in mind that he/she must be able to sit in the classroom, use the washroom, and play outside in the costume. Teachers will conduct classes until the Halloween parties at 2:15 and will not be assisting the children with their costumes in any way. The following items may not be included as part of the children’s costumes:
- Accessories-anything carried in the hand
- Make up
- Face paint
- Hair Dyes
- Flip flops/shoes without a back
- Wigs (during party only)
- Hats (during party only)
Please help your child choose a suitable costume representing an SJC student. If your child does not want to wear a costume, they may wear black and/or orange colors for the day.
- 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 email@example.com or 708-246-4454.
- “Harmony, Hope and Healing,” will be joining us at the 5 PM Mass on Sunday, 10/15. Their mission is to provide hope and healing through music. Don’t miss this inspirational group join our 5 Alive musicians and members of the Nazareth Academy choirs.
As we pray each morning over the PA, “We pray that, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may God deliver Father David and Rachael Schopp from every disease and from every other illness.”