Parent Newsletter for February 22, 2019




The Pat Jablonski Annual Spelling Bee


          SJB School Parent Newsletter 02/22/19                                                   

Dear SJB Families,


Congratulations to our spelling bee contestants and winners! Ally Walsh won first place; Mary Minatiskin won second place; and Elon Shmoel won third place. They will compete in the regional spelling bee against other Catholic schools on March 2. Congratulations to all classroom winners: Ally Walsh, Braeden Manogura, Reid Rajski, Mary Minatiskan, Josef Warnicki, Julia Martin, Elon Shmoel, Danny Siwy, Alyssa Martin and Edward Benavidez. You all did an amazing job!


The Knights of Columbus renamed the spelling bee contest in honor of Mrs. Pat Jablonski, a long time parishioner and supporter of education, who recently passed away. It will now be the "Pat Jablonski Spelling Bee Contest". She would have been proud of each and every participant. We truly appreciate the sponsorship provided by the Knights of Columbus for this event!


WINTER WEATHER: Please make sure to send your children to school wearing winter coats, hats, gloves and warm pants for under skirts. We will go outside every day that the weather permits.


Dr. Rigg, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, will visit our school on March 8! We are very excited to introduce him to our amazing students and show him the exciting learning opportunities we have at SJB.


Our March Magic After School Clubs enrollment is filling up! There is still opportunity to participate. Please send the completed permission form to school with a check or cash in an envelope marked “After school clubs”.


We began auditions for our 5th-8th grade musical, “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland”, February 21st and will finish tryouts on February 26th from 4:30-5:30. Rehearsals will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30, and the performance will be on April 10th.


Please join us on Sunday, February 24 at 9:00 mass for our monthly Family Mass. Students should wear their uniforms so we can showcase our wonderful students!


Please be sure to read the Calendar of Events that follow Fr. Meany’s letter. There are many dates and helpful reminders.




Dr. Maloney



Dear Parishioners,


Last Saturday,  Pope Francis expelled Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C., from the priesthood. The church found him guilty of sexually abusing minors and adult seminarians over decades as announced from the Vatican.


The defrocked Mr. McCarrick, now 88, no longer can celebrate the sacraments or wear a clerical collar. He loses church-sponsored housing and financial benefits.


This news about McCarrick was announced just before the international meeting of Bishops called by Pope Francis that is taking place Feb 21-24 at the Vatican. Many commentators who follow the Church have indicated  that this signals a dramatic shift away from protecting leadership from accountability.


Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who is in Rome with other Conference Bishops, said last Saturday, “The Holy See's announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the church.”


Pope Francis’ meeting with the Presidents of the Conference of Bishops regarding the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and the lack of accountability of leadership recognizes that this horrific scandal is an international problem and that all bishops and priests must address this in a forthright manner. There are some who still falsely believe this misconduct does not occur in their country, whether it is Poland, Mexico, South America, Africa, Vietnam, or the Philippines. When we say this is isolated in the United States or just to Western Europe we are living in denial. Pope Francis recognizes that this is a global problem that needs a global solution.


Please pray first and foremost for the victims of clerical abuse who had the courage to come forward, and also recognize the suffering that they have endured.


Please pray that this gathering will finally bring all bishops into full compliance and accountability. As Cardinal Cupich, who is also part of the meeting at the Vatican was quoted as saying in last Sunday's Tribune,  “This meeting will be a significant moment, I think, to put us on a fresh trajectory – in a whole new direction.”



Father Mike Meany


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Sunday, 02/24 -- St. John Brebeuf Family Mass

                -- “Welcome Sunday” celebration at 10:00 am in the PMC


Thursday, 02/28 -- End of Trimester 2

                          -- 8:30 All-School Mass


Friday, 03/01 -- Spirit wear day






SJB Parish Welcome Sunday -- February 24th at 10:00 am -- Right after this week's School Family Mass, St. John Brebeuf Parish is hosting its first "Welcome Sunday." There will be coffee, juice, and breakfast treats from Maier's Bakery. Please bring your family and friends to the Parish Ministry Center. This is the first event hosted by our parish's new Welcome Ministry, and we hope you will attend!


Cupid Cards -- The St. John Brebeuf Student Council is selling Cupid Cards to benefit the American Heart Association.  100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated. Each Cupid Card comes with a bracelet to show your support.  The cards and bracelets are available in the school’s front office for $1.00. Thank you in advance for your support.









Spring Musical -- We are excited to announce our spring musical! Our musical this year is “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland” and will be performed on April 10. Students in 5th-8th grade can try out for lead and secondary roles; or can participate in the chorus; or serve as the stage crew.

Ms. Castaldi is facilitating our musical this year! We will have rehearsals for this musical on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30. Ms. Pineda will have the students practice the chorus songs during music class.

Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, February 26 from 4:30-5:30.  All students have the opportunity to participate in various roles. Practices will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5:30. Because practice is held after school, this is not a mandatory activity.


CLick here to download the form Please bring the form to the office by Thursday, February 21


Box Tops Bonanza! --  If you have box tops please send them to school on Monday, February 25th. Also, please continue to collect Box Tops throughout the school year and summer!

Join the Booster Club -- An email went out inviting all families to join the SJB Athletic Board Booster Club. Please consider joining! Click here to download the form.


Athletic Picture Day

Athletic pictures will be taken on Saturday, February 23rd, from 8:30 am until 12:50 pm in Flanagan Hall.  Enter through the gym doors and proceed down the stairs. Please see the attached schedule to see what time your team pictures will be taken.  Also, please arrive twenty minutes before your scheduled time with all of your uniforms. If your child intends on playing a spring sport, please be there for those team pictures as well.  Click here to view the schedule.  

From SJB Youth Ministry -- ATTENTION 7th AND 8th GRADERS:

Any 7th or 8th graders interested in joining the SJB Youth Ministry, please contact our Youth Ministry Office at (847) 966-9815.


If you would like to print out a copy of this letter, please go to the bottom of the page and there is a PDF copy. 

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