SJS Peek at the Week

Week of October 21st, 2019

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 24: No PM bus service

  • Friday, October 25: No bus service / PTO Halloween Party 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ALL ARE WELCOME!

  • Monday, October 28- Thursday, October 31: Red Ribbon Week (see info below)!

  • Sunday, October 27: Family/ Alumni Mass 9:30 @ St. Joseph Parish

  • Thursday, October 31: Classroom Halloween parties 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Costume parade at 2:00 p.m.-dismissal from classrooms

  • Friday, November 1: No School, Staff Development

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • Jueves 24 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús por la tarde

    Viernes 25 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús / PTO Fiesta de Halloween de 6 p.m. a 9 p.m. Domingo 27 de Octubre: Misa de Familia / Alumni a las 9:30 en la Iglesia San José Lunes 28 de Octubre - Jueves 31 de Octubre: Semana del Listón Rojo; ¡Más detalles del Consejo Estudiantil por venir!

    Jueves, 31 de Octubre: Fiestas de Halloween en el aula, de 1 p.m. a 2 p.m. ; los estudiantes traen sus disfraces en una bolsa y se cambian después del almuerzo

  • Viernes 1 de Noviembre: No hay clases, desarrollo del personal

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    Tenth week of school....

    It has been a very busy week this week! We completed interim testing, had picture retakes, celebrated Mass, held our first Parent Ambassador meeting, and 6-8 grade students attended a Holy Fire retreat, and we continued to honor Mary the blessed Mother by praying a part of the rosary daily. Praying the rosary together in the morning is a beautiful way to begin our day!

    Next week, I will be meeting with Commander Pete, from the Round Lake Police Department, to discuss our current shelter in place procedures as well as meet with students in their classrooms to discuss the procedures of the drill. Typically, several days later the shelter in place drill is conducted which is requirement from the state to complete within the first 90 days of school. Last year we had a very successful drill so we do not anticipate any problems to arise.

    Boys Soccer won their first game last night and girls volleyball continues with a tournament this weekend. Congrats and good luck to all the players and coaches. Parents, thank you for your support driving the kids to and from practices and games. Coaches thank you for your service and commitment to our school!

    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. Newsletters will be no longer be printed on paper. This newsletter is 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!

    Peace and joy,

    Mrs. Rybarczyk

    Lucky to be Principal of SJS



    Please continue to sell these beautiful candles. With the Holidays right around the corner, what a fantastic gift idea! These candles are highly fragrant, lead free, burn for 75+ hours and have beautiful sayings. This is an awesome opportunity for our school to earn 50% of all proceeds. Shipping is free if we sell 150 candles or more!


    Please call the office if you need an order form.

    Halloween Classroom Parties

    The PTO and room parents will be organizing a fun-filled Halloween party for each classroom, on Thursday, October 31st at 1:00PM. During the party, students will be permitted to wear costumes. Weapons, masks, blood, and/or make-up are not permitted. We are also organizing a costume parade for parents/family members to attend after the Halloween parties. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms on this day. More information about Halloween parties will be sent home soon. Each student is required to bring in $3.00 to cover the cost of the parties.
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    You are invited to join the St. Joseph School Parent Group!!!

    Our parent group needs your unique talents, whether it's volunteering a few hours a month or a few hours a year, serving on the board or attending meetings.

    We are currently organizing our Halloween Party. Our next meeting is on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 6 p.m. in room #8. Please come join us!

    First Holy Communion

    First Holy Communion preparation is done during second grade. If you have a student in grades 3rd - 8th and are interested in your child receiving their First Communion this year, please contact the office asap and we will add your name to our list.


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    Mrs. Wills & Mrs. Shambaugh class are in need of a room parent/room helper.

    This is one of the many great ways to interact with your Child/community/School/Teachers and Staff. Room parents help plan and coordinate several classroom parties as well as many school events together with the classroom teacher and PTO.

    Our first event is the Halloween party which is scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2019.

    If you are interested, please contact our head room parent Ms. Vianni Trujillo @ 224-223-3785.

    Thank you for all your help and commitment.

    Box Tops for Education is changing the way we earn cash for our school!

    Over the summer, participating brands have begun to change their packaging from traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label. Going forward you can still clip the box top and send them into school or you may digitally scan your receipt using Box-Top mobile app. Click here for more details. Please send into school the clipped box tops that you have been saving. Thank you!

    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

    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

    Virtue of the Month

    October: HOPE

    CCC 1817: Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." "The Holy Spirit . . . he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life."

    FAMILY CONNECTION: choose a Psalm to learn to either sing or pray about the virtue of hope and use this month of life to pray a rosary as a family

    SCHOOL: Pray the rosary as a school.

    What's the difference between Halloween, All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day and Days of the Dead?

    Everybody knows the secular holiday of Halloween. But not everybody knows it derives from a holy day, All Saints' Day on Nov. 1, which is followed by All Souls' day on Nov. 2.

    The root word of Halloween - ''hallow'' - means ''holy.'' The suffix "een" is an abbreviation of "evening." It refers to the Eve of All Hallows, the night before the Christian holy day that honors saintly people of the past. "All Saints is a celebration of the communion of saints, those people we believe are in heaven, through good works and God's grace," said the Rev. Richard Donohoe, vicar of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Birmingham.

    All Souls' Day is a day to pray for all souls. Among Catholics, prayers are offered for those in purgatory, waiting to get into heaven. On All Souls' Day, Catholic churches have a Book of the Dead, in which parishioners have an opportunity to write the names of relatives to be remembered. "That's placed near the altar," Donohoe said. "That's done all through November. It's an All Souls' tradition."

    More than a thousand years ago in Ireland and Britain, a common custom of Christians was to come together on the eve of the feast of All Hallows Day to ask for God's blessing and protection from evil in the world. Often, they would dress in costumes of saints or evil spirits and act out the battle between good and evil around bonfires. That's the source of the modern observance of Halloween.

    The Christian concept of the importance of the individual soul underlies All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, which are observed worldwide primarily in the Catholic and Anglican traditions. The ''Dia de los Muertos,'' or ''day of the dead,'' in Latin countries keeps alive some of the tradition of honoring souls of the dead. "All Hallows was considered a time when evil could manifest itself," Donohoe said. "We do believe in the visible and the invisible. There is good and there is evil. There is invisible evil and invisible good. It's an acknowledgement of that existence."

    In the Catholic Church, Nov. 1 is a holy day of obligation, when all Catholics are expected to attend Mass. This year, that's not the case, since it falls on a Saturday. Every Catholic church will have a Mass at night or during the day on Saturday. "Every church will have an All Saints' Mass," Donohoe said.

    "All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are related, but they are two separate celebrations," Donohoe said. "On All Saints' Day there's a call to live as saints, to remind us how we're supposed to live. On All Souls' Day, we're talking about all souls and asking God's mercy for them. We're talking about those people who have died before us, and their process of getting to heaven, through Christ."

    All Saints' Day emanates from early Christian celebrations of martyrs in the Eastern Church, Donohoe said. "It has its roots all the way back to the fourth century," he said.

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

    Table set up:

    10/19: DIAZ FAMILY

    Take down:



    October 19:


    2. Victor Lopez

    3. Magali Garcia

    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.

    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.

    Please View and Read our St. Joseph School's Internet Safety Policy

    Internet Safety Policy


    St. Joseph School provides technology resources to our students and staff for educational and administrative purposes. The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication with the support and supervision of parents/guardians, teachers, and support staff. The use of these technology resources is a privilege, not a right.


    It is the policy of St. Joseph School to: (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic

    communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity;

    (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal

    identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet

    Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)].


    Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

    Access to Inappropriate Material

    Access to computers provides the potential availability of material that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting. Appropriate behavior, as it relates to the use of computers, is no different from behavior expectations in all other aspects of the learning and instructional program. All users are expected to use the computers and networks in a responsible and ethical manner.

    To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information. Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors. Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

    Inappropriate Network Usage

    Use of the technology resources that are prohibited include, but are not limited to:

    · Violating student rights to privacy/confidentiality, or unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information.

    · Attempting any unauthorized access, including hacking of any computer system.

    · Searching for or downloading unacceptable materials.

    · Re-posting personal communication without the author’s prior consent.

    · Violating copyright law.

    · Using school technology resource for financial gain, credit fraud, electronic forgery, other illegal activity and political purposes.

    · Downloading, installing or storing software on a school computer without the approval of the appropriate school personnel.

    · Changing or attempting to alter any configuration, program or password on any computer or system.

    · Using a school computer without knowledge/approval of school personnel responsible for the computer.

    · Using inappropriate language, pictures, and/or gestures in any form on the Internet.

    · Using the Internet for entertainment or limited self-discovery function.

    · Using the Internet for unauthorized purchases.

    Education, Supervision, and Monitoring

    School personnel provide guidance to the student in internet use and monitor the program to the best of their ability as a regular instructional activity. Controlling all materials on a global network is impossible, and an industrious user may discover inappropriate information or perform inappropriate actions in spite of adult supervision. Therefore, we encourage parents to have a frank discussion with their children about Catholic Christian values and how those beliefs should guide student activities while using the Internet.

    School personnel will:

    • Teach proper techniques and standards for internet participation.
    • Guide student access to appropriate areas of the internet.
    • Assure that students understand that misuses of the internet could result in loss of access privileges.
    • Monitor related concerns…privacy, software policy, copyright laws, email etiquette, approved/intended use of the school’s internet resource sources.

    Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection

    measures shall be the responsibility of administration or designated


    Administration or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for students who use St. Joseph School’s Internet facilities. The training provided will be designed to promote St. Joseph School’s commitment to:

    a. The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in St. Joseph Schools Internet Safety Policy;

    b. Student safety with regard to:

    i. safety on the Internet;

    ii. appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and

    iii. cyberbullying awareness and response.

    c. Compliance with the E-rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).

    Following receipt of this training, the student will acknowledge that he/she received the training, understood it, and will follow the provisions of the St. Joseph School’s policies.

    Social Networking Website Passwords

    In January, 2015, Illinois Public Act 098-0129 was put into law. The law requires students to provide social networking website passwords or other related account information in order to gain access to the student’s account or profile on a social networking website if the school has reasonable cause to believe the content of a student’s social media account has violated a disciplinary rule or policy of the school.