SJS Peek at the Week

Week of September 30th, 2019

Seventh week of school....

This past week we had our first Scholastic Book Fair and it was a huge success!! Thank you to Mrs. O'Brien who ran the book fair and inspires our children to read during library and beyond. Special thanks also to all the students, teachers, and parents who participated in the book fair and especially to those parents who stayed after curriculum night to help set up the fair!! Many, many thanks! We are so blessed to have a community of happy helpers!

PTO met to finalize the plans for our classroom parties, community-wide Halloween Party, and candle fundraiser. It was especially nice to see some new faces in the group. Thank you for your involvement, time and talents.

Girls VB continues and boys soccer is up and running. Boys had their first soccer game. The boys came to school the next day smiling and joking around about how they played. Super happy to see the athletes having fun while working hard! Way to go athletes.

Band is up and running with a total of 18 students who we are so proud of for putting themselves out there to learn a new instrument. And for the returning band students for putting forth the effort to fine tune your skills.

Please join us for family mass this Sunday at 9:30am in English or at 11:00am for mass in Spanish. Please wear your school uniform and come and sit by Harrison and I or your teacher at the 9:30 mass. I may even bring a special prize if you attend either of the masses.

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

Important Dates:

  • Please mark your calendars with the following dates:

  • Sunday, September 29: First Family Mass. Please join us at either 9:30 am mass in English or 11:00 am mass in Spanish

  • Friday, October 4: Mid-Trimester Reports

  • Wednesday, October 9: No PM bus service

  • Monday, October 14: No school - Columbus Day

  • Wednesday, October 16: Fall picture retake

  • Thursday, October 24: No PM bus service

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

  • Thursday, October 31: Classroom Halloween parties 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Fechas Importantes:

  • Domingo 29 de Septiembre: Primer MISA FAMILIAR. Únase a nosotros en la misa de las 9:30 en inglés o en la misa de las 11:00 en español

  • Viernes 4 de octubre: Informes de mitad de trimestre

  • Miércoles 9 de Octubre: No hay servicio de autobús por la tarde

  • Lunes 14 de Octubre: No hay clases - Día de Colón

  • 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.

    Jueves, 31 de Octubre: Fiestas de Halloween en el aula, de 1 p.m. a 2 p.m.

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    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.


    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.

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    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

    Caritas Scholarships

    The scholarship committee has started reviewing applications for new and renewal Caritas awards. If you have not applied in FACTS, you must submit your application ASAP!

    To start your application, visit the school's website and locate the FACTS link ( or log on to your FACTS account.

    For questions regarding your application, please contact FACTS at 866-441-4637.

    Please call the school office and schedule an appointment with Ms. Rivas if you need help with the application process.

    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

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

    Table set up:

    09/28: NO BINGO

    Take down:

    09/28: NO BINGO


    September 28th:

    1. NO BINGO

    2. NO BINGO

    3. NO BINGO

    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.