St. Joseph School

Round Lake, Illinois

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates and reminders:

  • December 13: Christmas Program 7pm @ SJS in the gym

  • December 19: Confessions for grades 3-8 @ 9:30am

  • December 19: Three Kings Raffle Tickets due

  • December 21: Early Dismissal @1:00pm

  • December 24-January 8: Christmas Break

  • January 6: Three Kings

  • Fechas importantes:

  • 13 de Diciembre: Programa de Navidad a las 7pm en la Escuela San Jose

  • 19 de Diciembre: Confesiones para los grados 3-8

  • 19 de Diciembre: Entrega de boletos de Rifa de los Tres Reyes

  • 21 de Diciembre: Salida temprana a la 1pm

  • 24 de Diciembre - 8 de Enero: Vacaciones de Navidad

  • 6 de Enero: Rifa de Tres Reyes

  • Three Kings Raffle Tickets

    Per your Tuition Agreement Form, any unsold raffle tickets will be added to your FACTS account. Please turn in to the office no later than December 19, 2018. Thank you for your participation.

    Students Please Dress for the Weather

    Parents please be sure to dress your children for the cold weather. The kids will be playing outside during the cold months as long as our temperature is above zero degrees Fahrenheit. Students need to be dressed in hats, gloves, and snow pants in order to be able to play safely outside during cold temperatures.

    Boys Basketball

    We have wonderful news. Mr. Ruben Cevallos and Martin Perez, two former SJS coaches are willing to step up and coach boys basketball for the 2018-2019 school year. Practices and games began this week. If you missed the first practice it's ok you may still join. Boys in grades 4-8 are welcome to participate in this sport.

    Concussions forms must be signed by the parent and student and sports physicals are also needed to participate.

    Preschool Club Sign-up Sheet

    Athletics Fundraiser

    World's Finest Chocolate Fundraiser is coming to an end.

    Parents, please return the envelope with the $60 to the main office by November 12 or sooner. We have only 4 boxes left to sell. If you are interested, please contact Sylvia or Maria at the main office.

    Thank you to the many people who participated in this fundraiser!!


    December 9, 2018 from 9am to 3pm

    We are looking for some parent volunteers to help with set up and/or clean up at this event. Please call the office to sign up. Thank you!

    9 de Diciembre de 2018 de 9am a 3pm

    Estamos buscando algunos padres voluntarios para ayudar con la configuración o limpieza en este evento. Por favor llame a la oficina para registrarse. Muchas gracias!

    Picture Fun Packs are still available for purchase at the office for $10.

    Contact the main office if you are interested.

    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
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    St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive

    The Thanksgiving food drive was a huge success!!! Please continue to bring in food from the list below for the Christmas food drive.

    St. Vincent de Paul is having a food drive and needs our help! Each student is asked to bring in one food item from the list below to their classroom. Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets will be assembled and donated to families in need. Please consider donating today. Teachers will have boxes in their classroom to collect the food donations.
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    Virtue of the Month

    November/December: Charity

    CCC 1822: Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.

    FAMILY CONNECTION: work together to help those in need; PADS, Food Pantry, or donate to a toy drive

    SCHOOL: Worlds Finest Chocolate and St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive.

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

    Table set up on 12/8: Erika Torres

    Take down on 12/8: Veronica Mercado

    St. Joseph School is in the need of parents to take down the bingo tables during week 4 of each month. You will receive a credit towards your tuition for completing this job. Call Sylvia at the main office for more details. :)

    Week 2 position had been filled!! Thank you!

    Bingo Volunteers for December 1, 2018

    December 8

    1. Kevin Johnson

    2. Kevin Johnson


    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.

    Lunch Orders/Upgrade in the process

    Information sheets were sent home today! Contact Ms. Judy for help with the new process.

    Starting in December FSP lunch orders will be placed online. Ordering for January will begin in December and remain open until December 15. Parents can use their smart phones, tablets, or a computer. It is a very user friendly program, and if parents need help to register or order, Judy will be available to help. More information to follow...

    Reminder: November lunches have been ordered. If you did not order, please make sure to pack a lunch for your child/children.

    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.

    Addendums to the Saint Joseph School handbook

    Attendance Requirements

    Daily school attendance is compulsory in the State of Illinois for children 6 through 16 years of age. Therefore, students enrolled in grades K-8 at St. Joseph School are required to attend school daily.

    The responsibility for compliance with the law and the school's policy belongs to the parent(s)/guardian(s) of the child.

    The school is responsible for keeping an accurate record of each student's daily attendance.

    The attendance record is placed in the student's permanent file each school year.

    Adoption of Office of Catholic School Policies and Procedures

    St. Joseph School operates under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Therefore, St. Joseph School adopts in whole all policies set forth in the Educational Policy Manual for the School Administrators published by the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago. The school administrator, faculty and governance board are required to follow all policies of the Archdiocese. Additional local policies may be developed to govern the operation of the school but may not be contrary to those set policies and procedures established by the Chicago Archdiocese.

    Dress Code Reminder

    Parents/Teachers/Staff, please forward this letter to anyone who may be willing to make a donation to our school! Huge opportunity for SJS!

    Dear Generous Supporter,

    St. Joseph School is grateful to you for supporting the advancement of Catholic school education. I am writing about a unique opportunity for Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools. In August 2017, the State of Illinois passed a bill to create a tax credit scholarship program, “Invest in Kids,” that is mutually beneficial to students and donors. It provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to fund scholarships for students to attend private schools. Illinois students from low-income families may use these scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice, including the more than 200 Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools in Cook and Lake Counties.

    Donors who are passionate about school choice have contributed more than $46 million to the program statewide this year. To further their impact by increasing the funds available for scholarships next year, several donors have partnered with Empower Illinois and the Archdiocese to create a matching gift pool.

    · Every dollar donated to this program between December 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019, and designated to a school operated by the Archdiocese of Chicago, will be matched with two dollars from this pool (limitations apply). The program will end when all matching funds have been depleted or on February 28, 2019, whichever comes first.

    · When you take into account the 75% tax credit you receive on the donation and this match, a donation of $5,000 will have a net cost to you of $1,250 and will provide $15,000 in scholarships for low-income families.

    • After April 1, 2019, any matching gift program funds that are not awarded at a designated school will be reallocated to low-income students at schools with unmet demand.

    • Donors who would like to receive the tax credit for their 2018 taxes should begin the process prior to December 14, 2018 to ensure they have enough time to make their gift by December 31, 2018.

    Join us in supporting Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and provide more children a quality Catholic school education. Contact the Tax Credit Scholarship Office at or 312.534.2617 today.


    Kari Rybarczyk

    St. Joseph School, Principal

    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.