FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back and Happy Easter season! As Catholics, we celebrate for 40 days after this great feast. The hefty congregations for Easter Sunday celebrations set a great trend. All are invited back this coming Sunday to continue the celebration of the resurrection of Christ! Keep rejoicing with the Risen Lord at Sunday Mass!
As some of you may remember, this past Wednesday evening, a valuable presentation was offered by Wheeling Township on internet safety for our teens. Several SJS parents attended along with the priests and members of the staff. The information was extremely valuable and some of it very shocking and downright scary!! So much of what is available to our children online carries potential danger, particularly in gaming and chat rooms. I strongly urge you to get pertinent pieces of the presentation from this website https://www.naperville.il.us/services/naperville-police-department/programs-and-services/youth-programs-and-resources/internet-safety/
Detective Wistocki, the presenter, urged the audience to “arm our children with information”. At their age their feel invincible. By learning what they are exposed to, we can be proactive as parents and educators.
The Venegas family (Ella, Grade 6 and Gabi, Grade 4) is currently hosting a foreign exchange student from Chile! Alexsandra is attending Hersey HS as a senior this year, and has enjoyed participating in swim team, LASO, ASL club, and even badminton! Students from all over the world are eager to experience what it’s like to live in America. Sharing daily life with a teenager from another country and culture is a rich and rewarding experience and is a wonderful way for you and your family to build a more just and peaceful world. Consider actively becoming part of a global family by hosting a student! Visit https://www.afsusa.org/ or contact Kia Venegas if you’d like to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org / 847-612-7572.
ASPIRE Testing for grades 3-8 is next week, April 9-13. Please refrain from appointments that may keep students from school on those days.
April 9-13 – ASPIRE Testing, Grades 3-8
April 9 – Pizza with a Purpose
April 11 – School Council
April 13 – Special Parent Led Mass, 9:00, PC followed by coffee in the cafeteria
April 13 – Special Lunch
April 13 – Midterm
April 14 – Confirmation
BIBLE STUDY All 6th, 7th and 8th graders are invited to Bible Study every Wednesday morning. Arrival is between 7:45-7:50. (Please do not arrive before then due to supervision.) Please enter through the West canopy doors. Remember that 7:30 Mass is now in the PC so students need to be quiet upon arrival and go directly to the chapel.
SJS is very proud of the pictured alumni recently honored with acceptance in the National Honor Society at St. Viator High School. Eighteen members of the SJS Class of 2015 were inducted into the SVHS chapter of the NJS. CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement!
Congratulations and good luck to P.J. McLeod, who is competing in the state level of the National Geography Geography Bee competition this weekend. P.J. is with the top 103 school wide winners in Illinois who are in grades four through eight. Ultimately 10,000 schools across the United States will compete in the 2018 National Geographic Bee for a chance to win college scholarships and the glory of being the National Geographic Bee Champion. Go P.J.!! SJS is behind you 100%!!
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Special Lunch is back on Friday, April 13!
2018-2019 Room Parents
The volunteer form is here. Being a room parent is so valuable to our teachers and students and you’ll earn plenty of opportunities to be present in the classroom and accompany your child’s class on field trips! Please consider offering your time as a room parent for 2018-2019. SJS LOVES our room parents!!
We hope you plan to attend the meeting on April 17 at 6:30 in the school cafeteria. Please take a moment to review the minutes from our March meeting found on the Parents’ Club page of the SJS Website. They will help cue you into what will be discussed and voted upon on 4/17.
All School Mass – Friday, April 13
Parents’ Club will proudly lead our all school Mass on 4/13 at 9:00 a.m. Thank you to parents who offered to take part in the Mass! Roles in the Mass are filled, but all parents are welcome to attend Mass and join us after mass for coffee and donuts in the cafeteria. Newly registered families are also invited and look forward to meeting other proud Bulldog families!
Friday, April 27th
4:00 – 9:00 p.m.
(Each grade will be assigned a 1-hour time slot – times TBD)
4th thru 8th Grade
Entry Fee: $15 per student
(Includes: t-shirt, pizza and water)
ALL MONEY RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO MISERICORDIA
Registration forms due back by Tuesday, April 10, 2018
RAGTIME AUDITIONS Auditions for the summer musical RAGTIME will be April 16 & 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm in the O’Brien Room at St. James. See this flyer for details.