St. Jude School

January 18, 2019

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From the Principal

Our students survived their winter MAP tests. Thanks to all the parents for getting the students to school on time and being sure they had a proper breakfast. Mr. Hopiard, Mrs. Rowe, and the level leaders did a fantastic job managing the computers, the schedule, staff, and students. These results will be used in the coming weeks to plan for instruction that will ensure continued student growth for the remainder of the year.

We are preparing for Catholic Schools Week and kindness will be the theme. Look for additional details regarding a family challenge that will take place throughout February. Ms. Milliken, our guidance counselor, has developed this program. We are excited to introduce these ideas to our students.

Many blessings,

Mrs. Molly Hibler

A note from the office

Winter has arrived in Ohio; we need to remember that our school building can be a little drafty. We encourage all students to have a school sweatshirt or sweater with them during these winter months. Girls are also encouraged to wear black, navy or gray tights or leggings under their uniform jumpers or skirts if the feels like temperature are above 20 degrees students do go outside.

Eliza Jennings Service Project Update

Below is a picture of one of resident's with the pillow made by one of our students. The residents wanted our students to appreciate people enjoying the fruits of their labor first hand. In her thank you note, she mentioned that she keeps this pillow on her bed all the time. Well done students!

Helping Hands Volunteers Needed

There is a service hour opportunity this Saturday for Helping Hands open to 7th and 8th-grade students. The distribution is from 11-2. Please arrive by 10:45 to check in with Mrs. Dunn. Dress for the weather and be sure to fill out the necessary permission form that can be found at the attached link:

Art Exhibit includes pieces from St. Jude Students

The Lorain County Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition has been providing a program to recognize, exhibit and honor excellence in visual art. Over 30 pieces of work from 12 St. Jude students are on display among the 700 pieces in this district show. Students may earn Honorable Mention, Silver Key, and Gold Keys for their work judged on originality, technical skills, and the emergence of personal vision and voice. They are receiving Honorable mentions: Katie DeChant, Jessica McIver, Ava Malinowski, Mandy Haas, Madelyn Schlesinger, Emily Smerglia, and Ashley Taylor. Silver Key winners were Bella Congelio, Gabby Davis, Katie DeChant, Mallory Fisher, Natalie Lisick, Mandy Haas, Ava Malinowski, Emily Smerglia, and Beth Ziegelmeyer. Those earning a Gold Key advance directly to national jurying in New York City this spring. A very special congratulations to Natalie Lisicky and Ava Malinowski on their Gold Keys! Good luck to both of you.

CYO Spring Registration is now open

Registration for CYO spring sports is now open through March 1st. In addition to track, baseball and lacrosse are available as options for our students. The registration link is listed below. Please register at:

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St. Anthony offers Junior Hoop League

The St. Anthony Junior Hoops League is back. This league is for students Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Practices will start in late February, and games run from March 2nd through April 14th. All games are played at St. Anthony in Lorain. Cost is just $40 and includes a t-shirt. Please fill out the attached form and send it into school with your payment. St. Jude will organize as many teams as we need to meet demand, so coaching volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.

St Jude to offer Blood Drive

St Jude School will host a Blood Drive during Open House on Jan. 27th from 9:00 am. to 1:00 p.m. All proceeds raised through your generous blood donation will be used to enhance the STREAM curriculum. Sign up online at

Box Top collection throughout February

It's time to gather all your box tops. In February, we are asking families to send in saved box tops for the school! Earnings from Box Tops help our school in various ways, from new supplies, new gym equipment, repairs or projects.

Please note some of Box Top's submission guidelines:

* Bundle if you can in groups of 50 using and Ziploc type bag or envelope.

* Expired coupons are not accepted

* Coupons without full sight of date or letter product code located upper left-hand side cannot be accepted.

* Please do not count Bonus Coupons as part of your 50.

If you do not have 50, no a problem, send in any coupons collected so far so that they do not expire before our next drive. It is crucial that each submission has a homeroom number on it so that we can keep track of classroom totals. Congratulations to 4A who collected the last drive in October!

Check out the BOX-Top Bonus App to earn even more for the school. This app is in addition to the code on products. Upload your store receipt for bonus points. Log into to learn more.

The PTO appreciates your support! Thank you.

Spring Camps offered at Oberlin Heritage Center

While not many are thinking “Spring” in these first weeks of the New Year, we ARE thinking ahead at the Oberlin Heritage Center! This spring OHC staff will offer two sessions of Spring Break camps for local elementary students with the intriguing theme of “Horrible Histories and Promising Progress.” Through many engaging hands-on activities, children will learn about some of the people and events of the past that were truly terrible and learn how they pushed people to make improvements, for themselves and the world around them. See the attached flyer for additional information.

Little League Baseball Registration Opens

See the attached flyer regarding Little League baseball.

This Week at St Jude School

Monday 1/21: No School

Tuesday 1/22: Drama cast (5-8) only and Young Authors

Wednesday 1/23: Academic Challenge

Thursday 1/23: 2nd Grade First Communion Meeting

Friday 1/25: Mass K-4 and Lorain County Catholic School Mass 5-8 at Elyria Catholic

Sunday 1/27: Open House and Pancake Breakfast after Mass until 1:00.

Gift Cards

Order gift cards for your Valentine or your spring break trip. Disney, airlines, hotels, cruise lines, and rental car gift cards are now available. February and March orders are the last chance to Reduce Your April Tuition Payment. The next online deadline is February 4th at noon. Go to and sign up using St. Jude code 7A5739E6835L. Then you send a check thru school made out to St. Jude Certificate Program in an envelope marked "Gift Card Program" or pay by PrestoPay; then orders are sent home with your child on Friday. If you have PrestoPay, you can print your gift cards at home or pull them up on your phone. You can also purchase gift cards at the rectory Mon-Fri 8:00-Noon, 12:30-4:00 or at church January 12/13. Any questions on getting started in the program, contact Michelle at

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