~We hope to see you at 11;30 Mass and afterwards for the annual Catholic Schools Week Open House this Sunday, January 28 from 11:30 until 2:00.

  • Fourth and fifth grade parents are invited to a special presentation by the upper level teachers. This brief presentation will provide insights into the fabulous preparation students receive at SJS prior to entering high school. Please join us in the Science Lab at 1:00.
  • Guided tours begin in the Gathering Space
  • Be sure to attend the Scholastic Book Fair in the Resource Room
  • Visit the cafeteria to purchase tickets for the Broadway Bulldogs’ performance of High School Musical

Join us for other activities during the week, too! Click here to see the week’s agenda of events.

School-wide Service Project for Catholic Schools Week

An important part of this year’s CSW celebration is a Giving Tree. All students and staff will have a chance to fill out “Bulldog Bucks” in class on Tuesday with a prayer/words of kindness for students at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Key West, Florida, which still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma.

A voluntary cash donation, no amount too small, will be collected in class on Tuesday as an act of generosity for St Mary School. Bulldog Bucks will be collected at the end of Catholic Schools week to send along with the monetary donation to St Mary  as part of our Catholic Schools Week  theme,  “Love One Another” .


All are invited  to come see the Giving Tree at the Open House on Sunday as we kick off the start of Catholic Schools Week! 

Registration for the 2018-2019 academic year begins on Sunday! Though paper forms have been sent home, this year the preferred form is via ONLINE REGISTRATION. Fees can also be paid online using FAITH DIRECT! There is a direct link to registration forms on the homepage of the SJS website. Look at the red bar at the top and click on FALL 2018 REGISTRATION or click ONLINE REGISTRATION above.

Sandwich Ministry    Thank you for contributing to this month’s Sandwich Ministry collection! The team delivered 90 lunches to three social service agencies on the west side of Chicago – Grace House, St. Leonard House, and Marillac House Many thanks to Sarah Whelan for her work in organizing and delivering for Sandwich Ministry! Contact Sarah if you’d like to join the team. .


Last call for 2017-2018 yearbook orders! Absolute deadline of Friday, Feb.2. Click here for order form.




Spread the word on this new activity for moms and tots! All are welcome!

Flu Prevention Tips

Some of us know better than others about the miserable flu that has descended upon our area. The SJS Health Office is anxious to keep these nasty bugs at bay! Here are some tips to keep your family healthy! Read more.

Households of Faith

It hasn’t been a difficult winter, but every once in a while we have gotten a blast of cold that makes us want to seek warmth. Think about this: warmth is not just a physical sense but true warmth comes from deep within. It is with us all the time; and we show it in many different ways, if we understand that true warmth is love, the love that Christ has for us. Read more.

From the Desk of Mrs. Cindy McGowan

I recently learned about a new issue related to cell phone usage and their physical impact on all of us (www.spine-health.com). It is a condition called ‘text neck’. ‘Text neck’ is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at a cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices. Read more.

SJS is participating in an exciting program that encourages students in grades
K through 6 to read for fun. Read to Succeed is a free program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. Every student who completes six hours of recreational reading before the school’s deadline listed on the bottom of this page is eligible for a free admission ticket, valid at the participating Six Flags Theme Park that the school has selected.Click on Six Flags Student Reading Log to print evidence.  More information can be found here. 

Wishing all dads and daughters a wonderful evening at the first annual Daddy Daughter Dance tonight!  THANK YOU to our co-chairs Jackie Moreno, Diana Volpe, Meghan Kay and Katherine Sheldon for organizing this special event!

Eat & Earn TONIGHT!  Bring along the flyers linked here and we will benefit from your patronage!  Thank you!


Cultural Arts

JOIN US Monday, January 29     1:30 show for grades K-3       2:30 show for grades 4-8

Matt Wilhelm, a 3-time X-Game medalist, 2-Time US National Champion, and seen on America’s Got Talent will Entertain, Educate, and Empower our students! Check out this preview link.  Parents and younger children are welcome to attend!  Enter at the office as usual and proceed to the Parish Center.

There are many parents involved in special activities and events to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  Special thanks to committee chairs: Jan DiCola, Lisa Chu, Erin McAndrews, Jenna Hartman, Jacalyn Derengowski, Anne Maloney, Irene Jimenez, Michaela Barrett, Beth Allaire, Vicki Pontarelli, and Joanne Citrano for helping to make CSW special!  Get ready to show your school pride, Bulldogs!


Angels in the Classroom

Thank you for such generous gifts from the “Angels” list to our teachers!    Parents’ Club chairperson, Julie Delaney (julhill@gmail.com), can help you make selections and organize your Angels gift.  Check out details of our Angels program here: Angels In the Classroom  If you need a year-end tax letter from your donation, please contact Julie.

Did you know… that your annual paid registration as a Parents’ Club member and your support of our fundraisers and social events helps to provide stipends to our teachers, aides and special school staff three times per year?  It’s true!  Next week, Parents’ Club will present Catholic Schools Week stipends.  These professional gifts are offered granting the opportunity to purchase additional resources and supplies needed to serve our children in the classroom.  Our staff is special and earns our generosity and thanks every day.  Thank YOU for your support of Parents’ Club fundraisers and events so that we can continue to show our staff how much we love and appreciate all that they do!

Thank you for sending in your box tops!


 Our next Parents’ Club meeting is FEBRUARY 20 @ 2:00 pm.   Please note we have changed the time of the February meeting to  2:00 pm. Our evening social meeting will instead be held on April 17 @ 7:00 pm.

LADIES NIGHT OUT   The night we’ve been waiting for is almost here! Save the Date for LNO 2018 on Friday, March 2!  Now you can REGISTER ONLINE using our FaithDirect link! Save your seat at Ladies Night Out using a credit card.  Sip the night away with friends, belly up for some bingo and win beautiful gift baskets for everyone in the family!  This is the parish-wide event not to be missed.  Grab your girlfriends and join us! You’ll find the LNO invitation and paper registration form here if you prefer to send in a check payable to St. James Parish.

Spoiler alert!!  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!  Stay tuned for details of this incredible LNO raffle item.

Play & Learn Classes NEED YOU:
Have an idea for an after school class?  Hear of some cool programs out there, that SJS should offer? The Play & Learn after school program needs your help!!  Beginning in the 2018-19 school year,  Play & Learn needs a new coordinator. Work with local artisans & teachers on bringing some exciting programs to our students!
Kinda interested, but not quite sure? Contact Katryn Dubiel at katrynd@sbcglobal.net or 773.401.3016 for all the details.