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News from Montini Catholic Primary

Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, January 28: Celebrating your parish

· Open House: Celebrate Montini with a Trivia Scavenger Hunt 10-12:30

· Montini families, guests, and interested families are invited to come to Open House and in your family group work together to earn a Taco Dinner on Friday

Monday, January 29: Celebrating your community

· Dress theme: $2 community charities

· Winner chosen from the Open House Trivia contest!

· Mayor visits for: Read-A-Thon Read-Aloud at both schools

· Parish staff honored with cards and cookies by all classes

Tuesday, January 30: Celebrating your students

· Dress theme: College/University OR Sports theme *no hats*

· Mass at Middle School 6th graders prepare

· Reading buddies: grade level partners or Faith Families at Middle School

Wednesday, January 31: Celebrating the nation

· Dress theme: Red, White and Blue

· Coloring Contest due

· Chilly Willy

· 3rd/7th Making Cards for the Military

Thursday, February 1: Celebrating vocations

· Dress theme: UNIFORM for Marian Mass 3rd/7th grade

· Students honor pastors with cards and gifts

· Students learn about vocations

Friday, February 2: Celebrating faculty, staff, volunteers

· Dress theme: Book character day

· 1:40 Guided Adoration at St. Mary’s

· Pep Assembly (at each school)

· Taco Dinner at Holy Apostles

Spotlight on 3rd Grade

Third grade had been studying Martin Luther King Jr. and some of the things he did to teach love and respect for each other. To follow in his footsteps , the students made up their own dream for a better community, country, and world. Their ideas are very inspiring for our future!

Fabulous job, third grade!!

Virtue of the Month for January is Prudence

1806 Prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; "the prudent man looks where he is going."65 "Keep sane and sober for your prayers."66 Prudence is "right reason in action," writes St. Thomas Aquinas, following Aristotle.67 It is not to be confused with timidity or fear, nor with duplicity or dissimulation. It is called auriga virtutum (the charioteer of the virtues); it guides the other virtues by setting rule and measure. It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience. The prudent man determines and directs his conduct in accordance with this judgment. With the help of this virtue we apply moral principles to particular cases without error and overcome doubts about the good to achieve and the evil to avoid.

FAMILY: As a family discuss ways to break free from the Vices and live a life of virtue

SCHOOL: Catholic Schools Week service projects

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Dates to Remember:

1-19: First grade Retreat @ Holy Apostles

1-25: All School Mass @Holy Apostles 9:30AM

1-28: Open House @Primary and Middle 10-12:30 Come join us and bring a friend :)

1-28: Feb 3 Catholic Schools Week (see above for specific info)

2-2: Taco Dinner Night: @Fr. Sherry Parish Center, Holy Apostles 5:00PM

2-9: Early Dismissal 11:30AM

2-23: Preschool Gym Jam @Montini Middle School Gym 5:30-6:45

3-3: Daddy/Daughter Dance @Fr. Sherry Parish Center, Holy Apostles 6-8PM

3-10: Mother/Son Bowling @Raymond's Bowl, in Johnsburg,11:30-1:00PM

4-14: 3rd Annual TOAST TO OUR FUTURE- Pasta with a Purpose (more info to follow)

Grand Prize Drawing Tickets

Each family in K-8 is required to sell 8 Grand Prize Drawing tickets. The $160 fundraising fee is already being assessed via Smart Tuition. You can recoup your fee when selling the tickets. Please return the sold ticket stubs to the school office by March 2, 2018. Be sure to send the tickets in a sealed envelope marked Grand Prize Drawing Tickets. Families who sell more than the required 8 tickets will be put into a drawing to win free book fees for the 2018-2019 school year. Please call either school office for extra tickets. Contact Mrs. Stark with any questions.

Paper Towels for the Cafeteria

We are in need of paper towels for the cafeteria. Please consider donating a roll or two if possible!

Thanks in advance!


Please send in your box tops to your child's teacher and our school can earn cash! Due date is January 31.

Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship

What You Need to Know About the “Invest in Kids” Tax Credit Scholarship Fact Sheet for Parents (updated 1/15/18) Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children enrolled in private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year. Below is more information about how to apply, and if your family is eligible to receive a scholarship. Tax credit scholarships: Students grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships in the 2018/2019 school year. Application process: Applications will be taken through our SGO Partner, Empower Illinois. Information on the process can be found at their website Help applying: You can get help applying for the scholarship in person at your chosen school. Please contact the school for more information. Application deadline: To apply for this scholarship you will need to apply to Empower Illinois, a non-profit organization that manages the scholarship process, instead of the school directly. Applications will start on January 31, 2018 at 12 PM (noon). Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so it is very important that you apply early. How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, you could receive a tax credit scholarship if you make less than $73,800 a year as a family of four. Scholarship amount: Your family could receive a scholarship that covers 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year. Students who have defined special needs, are English Language Learners, or are classified as Gifted and Talented could receive a higher scholarship amount.

To learn more, please visit or contact Elizabeth Heitkamp from the Catholic Education Office at or 815-399-4300.

If you need assistance in filling out the online application, please contact Mrs. Stark or Mrs. Rybarczyk.

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Read A Thon Jan 22-Feb. 2

Fundraising through February 2nd!

An IN-SCHOOL Fundraising opportunity!

Reading 10-30 minutes a day from Jan. 22nd- February 2nd

Goal: $16,000 for WiFi, chromebooks and iPads

Minimum 5 Sponsors per reader

Montini Catholic Primary School


The aim of Montini Catholic School is to integrate the religious, secular and extra-curricular programs under the spiritual guidance of the gospel, and afford its students the opportunity for full personal development, including the habits of heart and mind required for effective service to others.

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