St Jude School

September 21, 2018

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Weekly Update

Today at mass we celebrated the Feast of Matthew and recognized the 74th Birthday of our own Fr. Kosem. The newly formed choir organized by Mrs. Royski joined us for the first time leading us in song. They sounded spectacular given the short time they've practiced together.

We look forward to your continued participation in our Mass celebrations. Ms. Bickett and Mrs. Tollett introduced the newly formed Service Council and had them take an oath in front of their fellow students. We welcome the opportunity to work with you to achieve your mission of service to others in and around the St. Jude Community.

I had a lot of very excited yet, tired Browns fans not to mention a few extremely disappointed Indians fans. Cleveland is nationally known for the very best fans in all the land with unwavering loyalty. Sounds like my staff, students, and parents, I am feeling grateful today and every day for all your support of St. Jude School.

Many blessing,

Mrs. Hibler

What's for Lunch?

Click on the link below for the weekly menu.

The PACTT Parent Night scheduled on Sept. 27th has been CHANGED

Attention Primary Families: Rather than asking families to attend Saint Jude School that evening, we will come to YOU through a webinar. This will be a prerecorded event and you can watch this session from your own home! On Sept. 27th, an email will be sent to you, with a link to access our Youtube video of PACTT Parent Night Presentation. You can view it as many times as you desire.

Your child's PACTT folder will be sent home on Sept. 27. You will want to have the folder handy while watching the video as we make a number of references to items specific to the folder.

Lastly, please feel free to email teachers with any questions! We understand that family time is valuable, and we hope that this new format is welcomed!

Brief Reminder

Parents: we love having you be part of our faith-filled community. If you come in to have lunch with your child, please refrain from sharing any food with other students. We have many children who are not allowed to have certain foods due to parent choice, and when you share just that one french fry, it could affect that child in ways you are not aware.

myON winners announce

Immediately following Mass on Friday, September 14th we recognized those students that read the most amount of minutes on myON over the summer. 1st grade-Katelyn Schlachter, 2nd grade-Isabella Carroll, 3rd grade-Adam Ornella, 4th grade- Valerie Dyson, 5th grade-Nathan Smith, 6th grade-Natalia Dyson, 7th grade-Bobby Hopkins, and 8th grade-Jacob Raab. A special congratulations to Adam Ordella, the student that read the greatest amount of minute of all in the entire school.

Student Service Council takes Oath of Office

Congratulations to the following Service Council Members: Mallory Fisher- Secretary, Colin Willett-Treasurer, Lyla Arra-Public Relations Chair, Lucy Rothgery-Fundraising Chair, 3rd-grade Representatives: Finley Wallace and Max McVeigh, 4th-grade: Owen Rowe and Fitch Farina, 5th-grade: Meaghan McMillan and Jacob McIver, 6th-grade: Bryce Allen and Taylor Belza, 7th grade: Julius Moon, Joseph Simpson, and Lily Feliciano all of which took their oath during Mass on September 21, 2018.

A note from Mrs. Ramsey regarding Beginning Band

Beginning Band classes start next week! Your child should have received a permission slip for the band today. Included you will find the day and time of their first class. Please return the bottom portion with your child when they come to class OR before, this same information is attached below. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Ramsey by email: I am so excited to start this journey with these amazing musicians!

Gift Card Program Update

Sign up now to start earning Tuition Credit for your April 2019 tuition payment or to help pay your 2019/20 registration fee. Go to and sign up using St. Jude code 7A5739E6835L. You may place an order for physical gift cards monthly. Online orders are due by noon the first Monday of the month; 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. Next order is going to be placed on Monday, October 8th. 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. Any questions on getting started in the program, contact Michelle at

Take the Night off from Cooking

Our Macro Pizza "Take the Night off from Cooking" on Wednesday, September 19th earned a profit of $252 for St. Jude PTO. The top three classrooms were Mrs. Pallardy, Mrs. Leonowich, and Mrs. Tollett. Each won a dress down day for their entire class. These dates will be selected by the individual classrooms and communicated to the parents. Nice job!

Save the Date, the Book Fair is Coming

Dear Parents and Families: Mark your calendar to join us for a celebration of reading! The Scholastic Book Fair returns to the Library on Monday, October 1st – Friday, October 5th. Did you know that reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year? Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and also, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Visit for more information. You can also order online, and the books will be shipped free to the school!

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Grandfriends Day Mass-October 5th

Our annual Grandfriends Day Mass will be on Friday, October 5th, for students in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Donuts and coffee will be served immediately following Mass in Carrabine. The book fair will also be open in the Library.

Introduction Jave Programming Class Offered

This year, we will be partnering with the Digital Academy team to bring an "Introduction to Java Programming" class to St. Jude School.

Pat Connor (Digital Academy) will be leading the class via video conferencing from St. Ignatius. Three additional schools will be participating with St. Jude and utilizing video conferencing and real-time screen sharing. Our Technology teacher, Mr. Hopiard, will be onsite managing and assisting the St. Jude students.

We are looking for programming-minded students who are serious about exploring a career in computer programming, or who have a significant interest in computers. The classes themselves will be held after school on Wednesdays from 3-4 PM (starting next Wednesday, 9/26). Due to the speed and increasing complexity of the course, only children in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades may participate. The class size is limited and to the first 15 responses received. There is no charge for this offering.

We apologize for the short notice. We were just advised of the class opportunity and felt it was something worthwhile to offer to our students.

We look forward to bringing this new and exciting form of education to St. Jude!

We need Substitute Teachers

St Jude School is looking to hire subs. You must a have a four-year degree; we can provide details on virtus training and fingerprinting. Subbing would be a great way to stash away extra cash for the upcoming holidays. We offer competitive pay and convenient hours. Our staff is dedicated and friendly, and our students are eager to learn! For more information, please contact Mrs. Jen Rowe at 440-366-1681.

Connecting for Kids October Elementary Experience Programs

Our October Elementary Experiences, Tech Tools for Learning, will be held on Saturday, October 20, at the Middleburg Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

  • iPads will be used at the 1:00 pm session for children (ages 7-9).
  • Chromebooks will be used at the 2:30 pm session for students (ages 10-12).

Please share this information with the families you work with and your colleagues.

Schoolwide Box Top collection begins

2018-19 Box Top Submission deadlines are November 1 and March 1, so please keep those dates in mind as there are expiration dates on the box tops. Class collections take place in October and February to prepare for these submission dates. Bundle if you can, in groups of 50 using an envelope or Ziploc type bag. There is a classroom contest for the most collected so makes sure homeroom number is on submissions. PTO appreciates family effort/support as the money earned for the school will help fund school projects and events.

Check out the Box Top Bonus App to earn even more for the school. This app is in addition to code on products. Your store receipt can be uploaded for bonus points or log on to learn more.

We need your old t-shirts!

Looking to clean out your closet? Mrs. Smith's 8th-grade art class is collecting donations of unwanted t-shirts to use for an upcoming art project. For this specific project, we would prefer bright colored t-shirts (avoiding neutrals like white, gray, black), or we are collecting any bright fabric as well. Please send any t-shirts or fabric you'd like to donate to this project into the Art Room, attention Mrs. Smith. Thank you for your help with this!

Join us for Mass

Save the Date: Saturday, October 20th Bishop Perez will celebrate 4:30 Mass to honor our 75th Anniversary. Open House will immediately follow in the school.

One part of our 75th Anniversary celebration is a formal dinner at LCCC where we will honor our inaugural Legacy and Pillar of Hope Award winners. If you would like to attend, please download the invitation below and return it to the Rectory with your payment by September 30. All are welcome!

Back by popular demand: The Celebrating Sunday for Catholic Families books will be available after all Masses the next few weeks on a first come, first serve basis.

Join us for our monthly Family Masses! Download the schedule below and make plans to attend with your family and friends.

We need volunteers to be greeters, ushers, readers, and a family to take up the gifts to Father. To sign your child up for any of these positions, please use the following link: Family Mass Sign Up.

Children will be given copies of their readings the week of the Mass and can practice at 4:00 the day of the Mass. Please feel free to contact Tanya Pallardy at should you have questions.

Friday Funnies with Colin Willett

Why was the football field so cold? It was full of fans. (Henry Kasper 3B)

Why did the bike suddenly stop moving? It was "two-tired." Valerie Dyson and Nicole Bevier

Why was it so hot after the football game? All the fans left. Pollyanna Keith 3A

Why does a bee go to a flower? Because A B C's it. Ashley McDowell 5B

CYO News

Calling all future Jaguar Cheerleaders, Join the St. Jude Jaguars in a Cheer Clinic and help us cheer on the Jaguars. We would like to invite all Pre-school – 2nd grader students to experience what cheerleading is all about!

We will hold a Cheer Clinic on Friday, September 28thfrom 6:00-8:00 where campers will learn basic cheerleading skills, and a chant to perform with our Jaguar cheerleaders at the game on Saturday, September 29th. See the attached flyer for complete details.

Cost of the camp will include a t-shirt that will be worn to cheer at the football game.

Age: Pre-school – 2ndGrade

When: Practice September 28that 6:00-8:00 in Carrabine Hall

Game September 29that 2:00 (Home game at St. Jude)

Cost: $25.00 (*make checks payable to St. Jude Sports Committee)

Where: St. Jude School

Any questions or concerns, please contact Jennifer Belcik at

Junior High Class Color Shirt Orders

Please use the attached flyer to place an order for class color shirts. This junior high privilege allows students in grades 6th through 8th to wear their class colors on designated days.

Mrs. Jing Jing Luo has a few piano lessons and Chinese lesson openings after school.

See attached flyer.