FROM THE PRINCIPAL

The nation’s Catholic school communities unite in prayer following the tragic shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. “With heavy hearts, NCEA and Catholic school communities around the country stand united to offer prayers of solace for the families of the victims, the injured, the first responders and hospital staff and all of those in the Parkland community who have been touched by this brutality,” said Thomas Burnford, president/CEO. “Together we pray that all of those affected will feel God’s compassion and comfort as they struggle to restore hope and security in their lives.”

Please consider reading the article, Talking With Your Kids About A School Shooting by Dwight Bain, nationally certified counselor, as he offers guidelines “to help students and parents get past the overwhelming stress and to find even greater strength on the other side.” His article may be found at: http://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/prayerandcounseling/bain-school-shooting.aspx?mobile=false&u=1.

Avoid the hike in fees by submitting your 2018-2019 application TODAY!. Fees go up $50 per application tomorrow! Be sure to complete the entire application and place fee through Faith Direct or submit paper applications with fees to school office.

Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up before long—Thursday, March 22 between 4:00 and 6:00. Teachers will be compiling their lists and contacting parents if they require a conference regarding a child’s progress. Parents, too, may request a conference. To do so, please send an email to me at jpappas@stjamesschoolah.org. Include your child’s name, grade, and teacher. A schedule will be sent home on March 16.


    LAST CHANCE FOR PRE K 4 STUDENTS AND PARENTS

         


EMPOWER ILLINOIS

Empower Illinois’ tax credit scholarship application will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m.

In addition to the new date and time, Empower Illinois is implementing a change to how it will accept applications. The application will now be a two-step process in an effort to make it more convenient for families and provide more time for them to complete the application. This new process will also help Empower Illinois better manage the expected demand for scholarships. View this video tutorial about how to apply, including steps on how to reserve your place in line on February 27.

Step One – Registration: On February 27 at 7 p.m., families will complete a brief online form with their name and contact information, child’s name and preferred school. The goal of this step is to fulfill the first come, first served nature of the application. Every registration form will be time stamped and will determine each family’s place in line to complete the application. Families will be able to access the registration page of Empower Illinois’ website from a computer or mobile device.

Please refer to the attached screenshots of step one of the registration process: page one, page two, page three and the reservation fields. These are DRAFTS but we don’t expect them to change much, if at all. Feel free to share these screenshots with your school families if you think they will be helpful for them to review before the application opens on Tuesday.

Step Two – Application: After families reserve their place in line by completing the registration form, families will be emailed a unique link to complete the actual application. The application links will be sent on a rolling basis, over a few weeks, so families should not be alarmed if they do not receive a link immediately. After receiving the application email, families will have three days to complete the full application and submit all required documents at a time that is most convenient for them. To help families, Empower Illinois will provide application support through their website and phone helpline (855.318.1222).

It is important to note that scholarships will still be awarded on a first come, first served basis. As mentioned above, Step one of the application process will determine each family’s place in line, so it’s important that families complete the form as soon as possible on Tuesday, February 2


ASPIRE Testing for grades 3-8 is scheduled for the week of April 9-13. Please refrain from appointments that may keep students from school on those days.

 


All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to participate in this year’s LIVING STATIONS to be performed on Good Friday, March 30.


February 26-Spirit Wear

February 27-Sandwich Ministry

***March 2-Kindergarten for a Day ***NEW DATE

  ****March 22 – 2:00 DISMISSAL****


HEALTH OFFICE UPDATE

With the cold and flu season in high gear, SJS nurses, Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Westerkamp, would like to offer school families information and advice. READ MORE.


SANDWICH MINISTRY

Bags are being sent home today for the next SANDWICH MINISTRY which is this coming TUESDAY. FEBRUARY 22. Your generosity to the hungry is appreciated!


A Reflection…Fr Matt Foley, Pastor

If God is for us, who can be against?

As we enter into construction, we will need to work together. We are blessed with an opportunity through the prayer and sacrifices of many to address the following issues:

1. Create a Church that is handicapped accessible and will seat 824 worshippers.
2. Create a parking lot surrounding the Church with an additional 50 parking spaces.

Those two major accomplishments will require us to be flexible and work together over the coming months. I ask that as a congregation we be respectful of our neighbors. Allow me to answer some questions that you might have concerning the upcoming project. READ MORE IN THIS WEEK’S BULLETIN.


  FROM THE PARISH BUSINESS OFFICE

A summary of your church donations (Sunday and Holy Day collections) received May 1, 2017 thru February 18th will be mailed this week to all participating parishioner families except those who have already fulfilled their minimum donation requirement.

These reports are meant to help you plan/adjust for the $1,000 Sunday and holy day donation requirement ($500 for Pre-K-only families) which is due no later than April 30, 2018.  Donations can be made via your Sunday collection envelopes OR online– visit http://www.stjamesah.org/online-giving/

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Barbara Krawczyk, Controller, at 224-345-7239 or bkrawczyk@stjamesah.org


 

Parents’ Club want to know what YOU think! It’s YOUR opportunity to share your opinion.  Don’t pass it up!

 

   LADIES NIGHT OUT

JUST – ONE – WEEK – AWAY!!

Register now for LNO 2018  —  Friday, March 2!

REGISTER ONLINE using FaithDirect

Thanks to the support of Fr. Matt and the parish there will be a spectacular Grand Raffle which includes a week stay at a Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Resort PLUS a $500 VISA Gift Card!  Grand Raffle tickets sold at LNO: 1 ticket for $20 or 3 tickets for $50.

“Love One Another” Thank You, students for participating in our Catholic Schools Week Mismatch/Wearing Red Days!   Bulldog Bucks, which included students’ prayers, and our $1,322.78 SJS Giving Tree gift to Basilica of Saint Mary of the Sea Catholic School in Key West, Florida have been mailed.  Principal, Mr. Wright, explained that some families are not yet back in their homes and their school continues to recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma. He is very appreciative of our demonstration of love through donation and prayers.

Thank you to all parents who continually provide food and drinks for our teacher luncheons.  Special thanks from our CSW committee to Sandra Chaplin, Mena Giovenco and Carina Deitschel for helping with set-up and clean-up!

Magazine Drive     You received the magazine drive fundraising packet in backpacks last Friday.  The first turn in day for orders is today, and the final turn in day is March 2nd.  Please refer to the letter from your packet for additional details.  Thank you.

It’s Fannie May time again!!

You received Easter-time Fannie May order forms in your child’s backpack.  Orders are due Monday, February 26.  Late orders not accepted to ensure delivery before Easter!  Choose a few of your favorites for Easter basket goodies, host/hostess gifts, teacher gifts, neighbor gifts and more!

Thank you for sending in your box tops!

 

Bulldog Raffle – February Winners 

Our weekly $25 cash prizes are awarded to:

* Mary Reddin sold by Deijah Reddin

* Ron Mueller sold by Jack Brennan

* Todd Koclanis sold by Charlie Koclanis

* Delores Salituro sold by Francesca Salituro

Our monthly $100 cash prize is awarded to:

* Bridget Ziebka sold by Kate Ziebka

Congratulations to all of our winners!

Thank you for supporting the Parents’ Club through the Bulldog Raffle!


Join us to watch award winning documentary. Stepping Stones will host a film viewing and panel presentation to honor the women in our lives, cultivate a generation of strong, compassionate young women and inspire future leaders. Come! Be inspired! All are welcome.  Friday, February 23 @ 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center.  Visit the flyer on the parish website for additional details.

 

 


TO HELP US ON OUR LENTEN JOURNEY….