SJS Peek at the Week

June 28, 2019-Have an amazing SUMMER!

Here we grow again.....

Parents, Teachers, and Students,

It has been an absolute honor serving you this 2018-2019 school year. With your help and full support we have had many accomplishments this year!!!! It's time to celebrate our successes by acknowledging them here:

1. Band-We had 12 students participate in Band this year!!!

2. PTO-Strong and supportive and exceeded fundraising goals for the year!

3. Implemented a new hands-on math curriculum-Students and teachers love it, our test scores prove it!

4. Implemented a new Religion Curriculum in grades Pre-K-8.

5. Developed the Athletics Program/Open Gym thanks to Martin Perez and well as the students who brought life back into the program.

6. Developed a new athletics logo

7. Upgraded Internet speed

8. Had a School Dance

9. Developed a Student Council-donated over $300 to Catholic Charities and donated 14 boxes of items for the toiletry drive

10. Hired a Catholic Charities School Counselor

11. Reduced the number of volunteer hours from 36 to 26.

12. Implemented Spirit Wear Fridays

13. Supportive Pastor and Turnaround team who are wonderful examples of church and school leadership that have played a vital role in moving SJS forward.

14. 2-way PA system throughout the building


And we are just getting started.....

Summer of 2019

Building Improvements

This summer we have plans to repave the North parking lot off the gym, paint the entire gym including the ceiling and install a new professional grade kitchen, off the gymnasium, with a fryer, refrigerators, cook top and oven. We are also installing new filtered water fountains through out the building.

Educational Improvements

We are implementing Second Step Social Emotional Learning Program next school year which we were able to purchase using Title funds.

Before school care will now have a cold breakfast option to purchase from FSP. We are hiring a classroom aide for Kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year.


Items we are working on but have not been confirmed are obtaining a grant from the Archdiocese of Chicago for new windows on main and second floor and new roof on the second floor. The Archdiocese loves our school and is supporting our efforts.


Before school care breakfast program will begin at the start of the 2019-2020 school year! Hiring an after school care person from the hours of 2:30-6:00 p.m. so Mrs. V can head back into the classroom full-time.

With your support our school will continue to grow, be successful and develop children who love God, learning, and are compassionate to others. I am very proud of the combined effort that made this school year a success!! Thank you!!

Peace and joy,

Mrs. Rybarczyk

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • Sunday, July 28: Payment Sunday/ PTO bake sale, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Friday, August 16: Open House- Supply Drop Off (9am-12pm & 3pm-5pm)

  • Monday, August 19: 1st day of school/buses

  • Wednesday, August 21: No pm buses

  • Friday, August 30: Fall pictures

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • Domingo, 28 de Julio: Domingo de Pago Y venta de pasteles de PTO, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Viernes 16 de Agosto: Casa Abierta - Entrega de Suministros (9 am-12pm y 3 pm-5pm)

    Lunes 19 de Agosto: 1er día de clases / autobuses.

    Miércoles 21 de Agosto: No autobuses por la tarde

    Viernes 30 de Agosto: Fotos de otoño.

  • #SaveMyScholarship Wrap Up

    We did it! After pounding the pavement in Springfield throughout the legislative session, Tax Credit Scholarship advocates were elated to learn last Friday that the program would remain intact. We would like to extend a huge thank you to the family members, teachers, and school leaders who have joined us, both in Springfield and at home, in the fight for Illinois' kids.

    With support from General Assembly leaders, Governor Pritzker, and many legislative champions, Illinois’ kids can now continue to count on quality education options. Be sure to thank your elected officials today for their support!

    On behalf of children across Illinois, thank you for your advocacy these past five weeks. YOUR voices made all the difference.

    Opportunity for Summer Volunteer Hours

    If you are interested in fulfilling your 26 volunteer hours early we looking for help in the following areas:

    1. Weeding around the bushes and flower beds of the school.

    2. Clean and dust the trophy cabinet inside and out.

    Dress Code Alert

    Dress Code Alert

    The responsibility of dressing within code is that of the parents and students. Keep in mind the following uniform requirements when shopping over the summer for next school year. Shoes: Solid black dress shoes or solid black gym shoes, sole must also be black, may be worn. SJS Spirit wear sweatshirts are for outerwear only and are not part of the school uniform (except on Spirit wear Fridays). Ties are to be worn on Tuesdays in grades 4-8. Ties are now available for purchase in your students' house color at Dennis Uniform.

    2019-2020 SJS Registration Continues

    We have opened up a spot for one more Kindergartner!!!

    Stop by the school office and pick up a registration packet! Our enrollment goal for 2019-2020 is 157! Please help us to achieve this goal spreading all the positive changes we have made this year with many more to come next year!

    We are grateful and excited to announce that 123 students have registered for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you to all who signed-up for the 2019-2020 school year thus far! 24 students are new to our school community. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

    Empower Illinois Scholarships

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

    47 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.

    Volunteer Hours

    Please continue to send in your hours to the main office on the pink card. We then use the pink card to credit your Facts account. If you are looking for ways to complete your hours, please give us a call or send us an email. Please ask how you can help. :)

    Many of you have already completed your hours by coaching, working PTO events, being a room parent, painting, cleaning, etc. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic School Education. We appreciate you wholeheartedly.

    SJS Summer Office Hours

    Tuesday-Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    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.

    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

    FSP! Next Year we will be Offering a Cold Breakfast for the Before School Kids!!!


    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:

    06/29: Diaz Family

    Take down:

    06/29: Cervantes Family


    June 29:

    1. Elvia Esparza

    2. Jasmine Banuelos

    3. Volunteer needed

    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.

    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.