St. Jude School

May 17, 2019

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From the Principal

This weekend marks an extraordinary time for our 2nd graders. On Sunday at Mass, they will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. Leonowich, and Mrs. Craig have spent the year preparing these students. I know they are ready to accept this Sacrament with a loving heart and be united with Christ. My thoughts and prayers go out to all. God Bless each of you and your families.

Many blessings,

Mrs. Molly Hibler

Preschool News

Today was Letter People Day in our 4/5 preschool program. Students were encouraged to wear their favorite letter.

What's Happening?

Monday 5/20: Spirit Day

Tuesday 5/21: Drama Clean-up, Crew Only 2:40-4:30

Wednesday 5/22: Junior High- Class Color Day

Friday 5/24: Mass at 8:30 am; please join us if you can!

Lorain County Annual Elementrary Art Exhibit

Two students have won "Best Of Show" Awards at the annual Lorain County Elementary/Middle School Art Show at the Elyria West River Library: Lucy Rothgery for metalwork and Elizabeth DeChant for ceramics. Well done ladies! The show may be seen through May 17th.

News from the CYO Director

We have some changes to the St. Jude CYO Sports Committee. As many of you know, we have added lacrosse and baseball as CYO sports at St. Jude, and we are very fortunate to have Jason Danford as our Lacrosse Commissioner and Mike Kriesen as our Baseball Commissioner. Both of these gentlemen are incredibly passionate about these two sports and have had huge impacts on them in just the first season. For lacrosse, we had three teams in our inaugural year comprised of over 20 athletes and made our name for ourselves as a competitive lacrosse school within CYO. For baseball, we also had three teams with over 50 athletes participating. And although the weather made the Spring season very challenging, we have some very grand plans for the baseball program going forward. Also, with Mike heading up baseball, Nichole Sedivec will be assuming the role of Marketing Director. This role is critical for the long-term success of CYO, as she will be working with me to drive funding to pay for new uniforms, as well as improvements to the gym, fields, and other aspects of the program. Nichole will also continue to organize our CYO spirit wear. Finally, in the true spirit of CYO, we wanted to create a role that will give back to the community. That is why I have asked Meg Dooley to assume the role as Director of Community Engagement. In this role, Meg will be organizing activities that help out different organizations like Blessing House and Helping Hands. Meg is organizing a 5k that will take place on Saturday, August 3rd (link to register >>>>, as well as a Dine-And-Donate on May 30th with the Wendy's on Cleveland Street, teaming with Eddie Brenot. ALL PROCEEDS from both events will go to the Blessing House and Helping Hands, respectively.

In addition to these roles, Dan Wooten will be replacing Joan Tanner as our Finance Director, and we will be splitting the Basketball Commissioner into a Boys and a Girl role, replacing Ross Phillips and Chris Dugan. Patrick O'Donnell will be the Boys Basketball Commissioner, and Allison Petrus will be the Girls Basketball Commissioner. With both of Joan's kids moving on to high school (and beyond), I can't thank her enough for her many years of tireless service managing CYO's finances. She will be working closely with Dan over the next few weeks to transition the role. And while both Ross and Chris will no longer be leading our basketball program, we will lean on them for help in transitioning the roles to Patrick and Allison. Their years involved with St. Jude Basketball has helped shape it into the great program it is today.

We are also looking for two individuals to step up during the 2019-20 school year. The first is for Sportsmanship Director. Mike Shebak will be stepping down from the role we created last year. In just one year, Mike has helped drive sportsmanship at St. Jude and made it an essential focus. Mike helped to foster a relationship with Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and got us moving in the right direction. Secondly, Michelle Brusio will continue to be our Track & Field Commissioner, but she will be stepping down as head coach of the track team. If you are interested in this role, please reach out to Michelle or me. Michelle started the track program at St. Jude and has built it up to around 60 athletes and led us to many 1st and 2nd place finishes at significant meets like the Wasmer Games over the past few years.

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that Patti Vinning will be working closely with Brian McTaggart to help manage our facilities. This role is the engine that keeps CYO sports moving since it involves so many different pieces, including scorekeeping, concessions, field & court conditions, and site directing.

So as we just about close out the 2018-19 CYO season, I want to thank Joan, Mike, Ross, and Chris for their outstanding contributions over many years, and welcome Jason, Mike, Nichole, Meg, Dan, Allison, Patrick, and Patti to their new roles.

Go Jags!!

Fall Sports Registration now open!

Registration for Fall Sports is now open. Even though school isn't even out yet for this year, it already time to start registering for sports for next fall. The registration window runs from today through June 15. With early registration, we are better able to plan to the number of kids we will have in each grade level. Can you please register ASAP for whichever sport your children are participating?

Here is the registration link:

Parish Car Raffle Tickets

Tickets are coming home by the end of the week for the Annual Parish Festival Car Raffle. Each family will be receiving one book of tickets to sell or purchase. Extra books are available in the school office. Please return any unsold books by the end of the month. We will hold two weekly drawings on May 24th and May 31st from the returned stubs for a chance to win $100 credit towards next year's tuition.

Order Your May Hot Lunch

Friday, May 24th is the last day to purchase the Friday Hot Lunch on 5/31. NO PREPAYS ACCEPTED AFTER 8:30 AM., on May 24, 2019. All hot lunches must be prepaid using your child’s lunch card. There is a prepay button at the kiosk set up for this purchase. Each time you order, the costs is $3.50. WE CAN NOT TAKE LATE ORDERS. If you have questions, please email

May 31
Chicken Tenders
Tater Tots

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Vacation Bible School Service Opportunity

These hours can count across multiple quarters since the students are there so much. Mrs. Craig will sign sheets each day, so the students are expected to keep track of their signed sheets for next school year. We are not responsible for lost service hour sheets. Please direct any questions to Mrs. Kristen Craig, our DRE, at the rectory.

Calling all runners and walkers

St. Jude CYO is excited to announce our Inaugural Jaguar Shadow Stride Charity 5K and Family Fun Run on Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. All proceeds are going directly to the Blessing House. The Blessing House opened in 2005 with a mission to serve “…as a safety net for families in crisis by providing a safe shelter for children and support for their family.” It was founded by Sister Mary Berigan, who is a former St. Jude principal.

Event Timeline:

· 7:30 AM - Race Day Packet Pickup and Registration

· 8:30 AM - Fun Run Start

· 9:00 AM - 5k & 10k Start

· 10:15 AM - Awards and prizes

Runner Perks

· Soft-fit race tee

· Timed run with Overall and Age Group Awards

· Finish line goodies

Award Categories: Top 3 Overall Male/Female; Top 1 Age Groups 19 & Under, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 & Over

More details are coming soon! Send an email in with any questions!

Flyers came home last week for the T-shirt design contest. Deadline for T-shirt design submissions is Wednesday, May 15th. See flyer attached.

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