SJS Peek at the Week

Week of October 7th, 2019

Eighth week of school....

This past week we had our first Preschool Family Engagement Night where the theme was Learning By Playing Outside of the Classroom. Parents, students, and teachers enjoyed the evening together. Preschool and Kindergarten went to our local fire station to celebrate people in our community week and fire prevention week (see pics below).

Mid-trimester reports go home today. Please look in your child's backpack for their report. We are all so very proud of how much the students have learned already this year!! It is an absolute pleasure to walk our hallways to hear the teachers teaching and the students learning!! We are so blessed to have such a wonderful community of learners here at SJS!!

Girls VB and boys soccer continues....

PTO will meet Wednesday, October 9th, at 6:00. Come join this active community of volunteers who support our Catholic school mission and core values.

Please continue to use this weekly newsletter as our major way to communicate from school to home. This newsletters intended purpose is to help our families keep up-to-date on current school related events and important dates to mark in your calendars. Newsletters will be no longer be printed on paper. This newsletter is available in a digital form only, hoping to help reduce the quantity of paper we purchase. We will post weekly newsletters to class Dojo as well as Facebook for easy convenience and accessibility. Please continue to call me or the office if any questions or concerns arise. Thank you for entrusting your child/children to our care.

May God continue to bestow his blessings upon us all!

Peace and joy,

Mrs. Rybarczyk

Lucky to be Principal of SJS

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • Friday, October 4: Mid-Trimester Reports

  • Wednesday, October 9: No PM bus service; PTO meeting at 6PM

  • Monday, October 14: No school - Columbus Day

  • Wednesday, October 16: Fall picture retake

  • Thursday, October 24: No PM bus service

  • Friday, October 25: No bus service / PTO Halloween Party 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, October 31: Classroom Halloween parties 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • Viernes 4 de octubre: Informes de mitad de trimestre

  • Miércoles 9 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús por la tarde

  • Lunes 14 de Octubre: No hay clases - Día de Colón

  • Jueves 24 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús por la tarde

    Viernes 25 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús / PTO Fiesta de Halloween de 6 p.m. a 9 p.m.

    Jueves, 31 de Octubre: Fiestas de Halloween en el aula, de 1 p.m. a 2 p.m.

  • Announcing Our SJS 2019-2020 Student Council Officers

    Our Student Council Officers for the 2019-2020 school year are:

    President: Izetta Sanchez

    Vice-President: Nayary Huizar

    Secretary: Fatima Flores

    Treasurer: Kenneth Duron

    Publicity: Elizabeth Thompson

    Izetta Sanchez has been a student at St. Joseph School since first grade. This is her second year in Student Council serving as Vice-President last year. Izetta wants to help the school community by creating experiences that make fellow students enjoy being at school. She is looking forward to serving the school in any way she can.

    Nayary Huizar has loved her school community since stepping through the doors as a preschool student. She served as a Student Council Representative in third grade and was elected President last year. This year Nayary will serve as Vice-President. She is looking forward to creating and working at school events that allow fellow students to benefit from all St. Joseph School has to offer.

    Fatima Flores will be serving as Secretary of Student Council this year. This will be her second year in Student Council. Fatima has enjoyed all St. Joseph School has offered her in the past eight years and is looking forward to giving back to her school community. Fatima wants to help raise funds for the school through the activities the Student Council has to offer.

    Kenneth Duron will be serving the St. Joseph School Community in the role of Treasurer in Student Council this year. Kenneth has been active in student government in previous years and is looking forward to seeing the Student Council do amazing things this year.

    Elizabeth Thompson will be in charge of Publicity for the Student Council this school year. This is her first year in Student Council but her eleventh year as a St. Joseph School student. Elizabeth wants to help make school life more enjoyable by planning and getting activities out to the student body. Elizabeth fondly remembers all the activities she participated in during her tenure as a student and wants to bring that same joy to her fellow students.

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    You are invited to join the St. Joseph School Parent Group!!!

    Our parent group needs your unique talents, whether it's volunteering a few hours a month or a few hours a year, serving on the board or attending meetings.

    We are currently organizing our Halloween Party. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 6 p.m. in room #8. Please come join us!

    First Holy Communion

    First Holy Communion preparation is done during second grade. If you have a student in grades 3rd - 8th and are interested in your child receiving their First Communion this year, please contact the office asap and we will add your name to our list.


    Mrs. Wills & Mrs. Shambaugh class are in need of a room parent/room helper.

    This is one of the many great ways to interact with your Child/community/School/Teachers and Staff. Room parents help plan and coordinate several classroom parties as well as many school events together with the classroom teacher and PTO.

    Our first event is the Halloween party which is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019.

    If you are interested, please contact our head room parent Ms. Vianni Trujillo @ 224-223-3785.

    Thank you for all your help and commitment.

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    Interim Assessments Begin Next Week!

    Dear SJS parents of 3rd-8th grade students,

    Starting next week, October 7-18th, your child will be taking ACT® Aspire® Interim assessments for grades 3-8, in math and reading. The valuable data we gain from these assessments allows us to make evidence-based decisions when addressing your child’s strengths, areas for improvement, and growth potential. This can give you an early indication of his or her likely readiness for the future, providing time to address areas where improvement is needed.

    Measuring academic growth is necessary to keep your child on track for college and career readiness. Our students rise to the challenge and we ask you to encourage your child to do their best, eat breakfast, and get plenty of sleep the night before.

    Peace and joy,

    Mrs. Kari Rybarczyk

    Principal, St. Joseph School

    P.S. To learn more about the test, visit

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    Box Tops for Education is changing the way we earn cash for our school!

    Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Going forward you can still clip the box top and send them into school or you may digitally scan your receipt using Box-Top mobile app. Click here for more details. Please send into school the clipped box tops that you have been saving. Thank you!

    Extended Day Program Procedures (before and after school)

    Extended day program begins at 6am. Please drop off your child/children in the community room and sign in with Mrs. Bertha. After school extended day program begins at 2:30PM and ends at 6PM. Please pick up your child in the community room and sign them out before leaving for the evening. Any late pick-ups wills be charged a $30 fee.

    Empower Illinois Scholarships

    As funds continue to be released, please remember to check your email for updates.

    54 of our students have already been awarded scholarships.

    If you have questions regarding your application status, please contact the EI Parent Hot Line:

    309-416-0741 or

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT, Monday - Friday

    FSP information


    click on Create and Account: Password is SJ204

    For ordering questions email

    Ordering will be open the prior month from the 1st thru the 15th. Orders and changes can be made anytime from the 1st to the 15th.

    Technical Support (problems with the website): email

    Bingo tables set-up and take-down volunteers for this Saturday

    Table set up:

    10/05: HUIZAR FAMILY

    Take down:

    10/05: DIAZ FAMILY


    October 5th:

    1. Omar Alvarez

    2. Omar Alvarez

    3. Omar Alvarez + 1

    Please see Louise upon arrival at 4:00 p.m. for instructions as to what your job will be for the evening. Failure to keep your scheduled Bingo, without prior notification, will result in a $30 fee added to your FACTS account. Please phone Louise if you have a question or concern...


    Parents are required to work 2 Bingo's per student.

    Legion of Mary

    For those ages 8-18

    Meeting, Sunday at 11:00am

    Meets in Convent Building

    Contact: Carol Stitt 847-231-2413

    The Purpose of the Junior Legion of Mary is to help its members grow in holiness by a regiment of prayer and works.

    St. Joseph School

    St. Joseph School, as part of St. Joseph Parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, will spread the Good News to the families of the Round Lake area.