Peek at the Week

St. Joseph School, Round Lake, Illinois

Big picture

Classroom Baskets for the St. Joseph All-Star Dinner & Auction

We ask that you donate an item with the theme of your child's basket, or make a small monetary donation. This way we are able to put a nice basket together for each classroom.

Please send in your donation asap. Contact the office if you have any questions.

Mrs. DeGross.................... Coffee Lovers Basket

Mrs. Wills........................... School Supplies Basket

Ms. Schroeder.................... Campfire Basket

Mrs. Johnson..................... Anything Green Basket

Mrs. Smolen-Meyer............ Baby themed Basket

Miss Nieman...................... Movie Night Basket

Ms. Opalka......................... Summer Fun Basket

Mrs. Shambaugh............... Spa for Mom Basket

Mrs. Fawley........................ Ice Cream Sundae Basket

Big picture

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • May 4: First Holy Communion 9:30 A.M.

  • May 7: Mass@9:30; May Crowning Celebration in the Grotto after mass-First Communicates may wear their communion attire to school and change their clothes after the ceremony

  • May 8: Brewers baseball game field trip (Departure time: 9:30 a.m./ Return time: 5 p.m.)

  • May 10: MUFFINS WITH A LOVED ONE! 7AM in the gym; preview basket items

  • May 10: *ALL STARS AUCTION* 5:30PM-9PM in the gym

  • May 17: No PM bus

  • May 17: School Dance for 3rd - 8th grade students from 6:30 PM to 8 PM

  • May 27: No school

  • May 29: No PM bus

  • May 31: 8th grade Graduation Mass @ 10 a.m.

  • June 6: Preschool End of the Year Celebration: 1:00-2:00PM

  • June 10: Last day of school

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • 4 de Mayo: Primera Comunión a las 9:30am

    7 de Mayo: Misa a las 9:30 a.m. por la gruta

    8 de Mayo: Viaje al juego de béisbol de los Cerveceros (Hora de salida: 9:45 a.m. / Hora de regreso: 5 p.m.)

    10 de Mayo: MUFFINS CON UN SER QUERIDO 7AM en el gimnasio; articulos de la subasta de vista previa

    10 de Mayo: * SUBASTA ESTRELLAS SAN JOSÉ * 5:30 PM-9PM en el gimnasio

    17 de Mayo: No autobús por la tarde

    17 de Mayo: Baile escolar para estudiantes de 3º a 8º grado, de 6:30 p.m. a las 8 p.m.

    27 de Mayo: No hay clases

    29 de Mayo: No autobús por la tarde

    31 de Mayo: Misa de graduación de 8vo grado a las 10 a.m.

    6 de Junio: Celebración de fin de año preescolar: 1: 00-2: 00 p.m.

    10 de Junio: Último día de clases

    Please Pray for Ms. Opalka

    Our 4/5 teacher Ms. Opalka has been sick and in the hospital for the past week. While the doctors are working hard to help Ms. O; Mrs. May will step in and finish the year for her while she rests and regains her strength. We are asking for your prayers for a speedy recovery for Ms. Opalka. Thank you for your patience and support as we transition through this process.

    SummerFest Raffle Tickets

    Update: 4 way tie so far between Mrs. Wills, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Smolen-Meyer, and Ms. Opalka classes!!! Keep selling those tickets!!

    The SummerFest Raffle is one of the most important fundraisers in our parish. The class with the most tickets sold by May 10th will win a PIZZA PARTY for their class. Please return the ticket stubs and cash to school and we will turn it into the rectory for you!!! Good Luck to all who participate! Please continue to sell the tickets past May 10.

    Grand Prize: $15,000-WOW!

    Second Prize: $2,500

    Third Prize: $1,000

    Fourth Prize: $500

    Fifth Prize: $500

    2019-2020 SJS Registration Continues

    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 120 families have registered for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you to all who signed-up for the 2019-2020 school year thus far! 18 of the 120 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.

    31 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

    Big picture

    St. Joseph All Star Dinner and Auction

    Preparations for our annual Premier Night have begun. Funds raised this year will be used towards the enhancement of our school gymnasium and as a secondary goal, with funding of our scholarship funds. Please help us by sharing the attached letter with your family, friends and perhaps your employer.

    Remember that even the smallest of donations can make a great impact.

    Thank you in advance for your help in making this night a SUCCESS!

    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. While our All Star Auction is off to a great start we still need many more volunteers. 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.

    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.

    Looking to complete your volunteer hours?


    We are in need of baked goods (cookies, cakes, cupcakes, flan, cheesecake...etc.) for our St. Joseph All-Star Dinner & Auction. This will count towards your volunteer hours. Help us make this event a great SUCCESS!

    Call the office to sign up.

    Kindergarten for 2019-2020 is FULL!

    We will now begin a waiting list for Kindergarten. Please call Mrs. Tellez in the main office for financial assistance or to receive registration materials.

    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:

    05/04: Huizar Family

    Take down:

    05/04: Diaz Family


    May 4:

    1. Marcelina Gonzalez

    2. Marlene Garcia

    3. Cynthia Trujillo

    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.


    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.