SJS Peek at the Week

Week of September 9th, 2019

Third week of school....

Our third week of school was short but productive. We had our Opening Day school mass on Tuesday, where we remembered Ms. Opalka, a former teacher of SJS who passed away over the summer. We also had band instrument trials and band registration for 4-8th grade students. The turnout for band this year was exceptional, we will have enough students to have a beginner as well as an intermediate class. The girls volleyball team among others represented our school by leading the Labor Day Parade last Sunday. The girls have also been playing some great volleyball. They are learning the fundamentals of the sport and important skills like practicing good sportsmanship with each other as well as their opponents! GO CHARGERS! Mrs. Tellez and myself attended the Fiestas Patrias festival at the parish over the weekend and sold popcorn. One of our students Jade Rodriguez participated in the festivities aspiring to be Queen. Jade worked really hard to raise funds for our parish. Amazing job, Jade!

Our first PTO meeting is this Monday, September, 9th, @ 6PM room 8! We can't wait to start planning fun events for the kiddos this year but we need your help!! ALL ARE WELCOME!

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. The first month of school we will continue to print the newsletter and distribute paper copies to your children every Friday. Mid-September the newsletter will be 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!

Mrs. Rybarczyk

Lucky to be Principal of SJS

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • Monday, September 9: PTO meeting @6pm room 8: ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • Tuesday, September 10: Prayer Service @9:30AM; Fr. Michael is out of town

  • Wednesday, September 11: All students will make cards for our First Responders in honor of 9/11/01.

  • Thursday, Sept 19: First Day of Band @ 7:45AM

  • Curriculum Night-meet your child's teacher, hear about grade level curriculum and expectations for the school year.

  • Sunday, September 29: First ALL SCHOOL MASS. Please join us at either 9:30 mass in English or 11:00 mass in Spanish

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • Lunes 9 de Septiembre: Reunión del PTO a las 6 p.m., sala 8: ¡TODOS SON BIENVENIDOS!

  • Martes 10 de Septiembre: Servicio de oración a las 9:30 a.m. El Padre Michael está fuera de la ciudad

  • Miércoles 11 de Septiembre: Todos los estudiantes harán tarjetas para nuestros primeros respondedores en honor del 11 de Septiembre de 2001.

  • Jueves, 19 de Septiembre: Noche de currículo: conozca al maestro de su hijo, conozca el currículo de nivel de grado y las expectativas para el año escolar.

  • Domingo 29 de Septiembre: Primer MISA FAMILIAR. Únase a nosotros en la misa de las 9:30 en inglés o en la misa de las 11:00 en español

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    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

    Caritas Scholarships

    The scholarship committee has started reviewing applications for new and renewal Caritas awards. If you have not applied in FACTS, you must submit your application ASAP!

    To start your application, visit the school's website and locate the FACTS link ( or log on to your FACTS account.

    For questions regarding your application, please contact FACTS at 866-441-4637.

    Please call the school office and schedule an appointment with Ms. Rivas if you need help with the application process.

    Box Tops for Education

    Please continue to collect box tops for education and give them to our librarian, Mrs. O'Brien. We recently received a check for $44.00 for the last box tops handed in. Thank you so much and continue to save them, please.

    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:

    09/07: Oneida Huizar

    Take down:

    09/07: Lorena Diaz


    September 7th:

    1. Joana Villegas

    2. Enrique Lopez

    3. Brenda Blanco

    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.

    We need volunteers for October 5th and October 12th. Please call the office to sign up.

    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.

    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.