Peek at the Week

St. Joseph School, Round Lake, Illinois

The Kids Heart Challenge is Here!

If you haven't already, please register for our school team at or by searching Kids Heart Challenge in the app store on your mobile device. Our students are learning all about what they can do to keep their hearts healthy, take their own health challenge and learn how they can help others by collecting donations for the American Heart Association. We are a healthy and service-minded school/community.

Thank you for supporting the physical and emotional well being of our students and the American Heart Association.

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates and reminders:

  • January 19: Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest Sign-UP

  • January 21: MLK Jr. Day-No School

  • January 27: All School Family Mass @9:30 am; wear your uniform to earn a special incentive from Mrs. Rybarczyk

  • Catholic Schools Week: January 27-Feb 2 More info to follow

  • February 8: Staff Development-No School

  • Fechas importantes:

  • Por favor marque sus calendarios con las siguientes fechas y recordatorios:

  • 21 de Enero: Día de MLK Jr.-No hay clases

    27 de Enero: Misa familiar de toda la escuela a las 9:30 am; use su uniforme para ganar un incentivo especial de la Sra. Rybarczyk

    Semana de las Escuelas Católicas: del 27 de Enero al 2 de Febrero. Más información para seguir.

    8 de Febrero: Desarrollo del personal-No hay clases

  • Baby It's Cold Outside

    Parents please be sure to dress your children for the cold weather. The kids will be playing outside during the cold months as long as our temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit. Students need to be dressed in hats, gloves, and snow pants in order to be able to play safely outside during cold temperatures.
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    Counseling at St. Joseph School

    We are very excited to announce that SJS will now be partnered with Catholic Charities to provide counseling services and case management to our students. Teachers, parents, and administrators can refer a student to Mrs. Rybarczyk and she will contact Catholic Charities on their behalf. Counseling will be provided here at St. Joseph School once or twice a week. All counseling services are strictly confidential. Please do not delay in reaching out! Contact Mrs. Rybarczyk at

    Virtue of the Month

    January: Prudence

    Theme: 1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; "the prudent man looks where he is going." Keep sane and sober for your prayers. Prudence is "right reason in action," writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle. It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.

    FAMILY: As a family discuss ways to break free from the Vices and live a life of virtue

    SCHOOL: Catholic Schools Week service projects

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

    Table set up:

    01/12: Diaz Family

    Take down:

    01/12: Cervantes Family

    St. Joseph School is in the need of parents to take down the bingo tables during week 4 of each month. You will receive a credit toward your tuition for completing this job. Call Sylvia at the main office for more details. :)

    Week 2 position had been filled!! Thank you!


    January 19:

    1. Marcelina Gonzalez

    2. Elba Flores

    3. Elba Flores

    Please see Louise upon arrival at 4:00 p.m. for instructions as to what your job will be for the evening. Please phone Louise if you have a question or concern. 847-857-8235

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

    Thank you for your service and kindness.

    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.

    Volunteer hours for the 2018-2019 School Year

    Please contact the main office to schedule your volunteer hours. If you want to volunteer in our school you must be Virtus trained. Please contact the main office with any questions.

    We are looking for a few parents to do playground duty during the school day from 11-11:30 or 11:30 -12:00. Please contact the main office if you would like to help.

    A total of 26 volunteer hours will be required for the 2018-2019 school year.

    Parents/Teachers/Staff, please forward this letter to anyone who may be willing to make a donation to our school! Huge opportunity for SJS!

    Dear Generous Supporter,

    St. Joseph School is grateful to you for supporting the advancement of Catholic school education. I am writing about a unique opportunity for Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools. In August 2017, the State of Illinois passed a bill to create a tax credit scholarship program, “Invest in Kids,” that is mutually beneficial to students and donors. It provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to fund scholarships for students to attend private schools. Illinois students from low-income families may use these scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice, including the more than 200 Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools in Cook and Lake Counties.

    Donors who are passionate about school choice have contributed more than $46 million to the program statewide this year. To further their impact by increasing the funds available for scholarships next year, several donors have partnered with Empower Illinois and the Archdiocese to create a matching gift pool.

    · Every dollar donated to this program between December 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019, and designated to a school operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be matched with two dollars from this pool (limitations apply). The program will end when all matching funds have been depleted or on February 28, 2019, whichever comes first.

    · When you take into account the 75% tax credit you receive on the donation and this match, a donation of $5,000 will have a net cost to you of $1,250 and will provide $15,000 in scholarships for low-income families.

    • After April 1, 2019, any matching gift program funds that are not awarded at a designated school will be reallocated to low-income students at schools with unmet demand.

    • Donors who would like to receive the tax credit for their 2018 taxes should begin the process prior to December 14, 2018 to ensure they have enough time to make their gift by December 31, 2018.

    Join us in supporting Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and provide more children a quality Catholic school education. Contact the Tax Credit Scholarship Office at or 312.534.2617 today.


    Kari Rybarczyk

    St. Joseph School, Principal

    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.