Parent Newsletter for June 8, 2018

Dear SJB Families,

Congratulations on a successful school year! I am delighted about the tremendous growth and learning that happened for our students this year. Well done, Jaguars!

As we look toward summer, please make sure that two very important dates are on your calendar. The first is Organization Day on Thursday, August 16th from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.  You can sign up for extended day, turn in forms, sign up for hot lunch, pay fees, and ask questions. We ask that at least one parent attend, as there is much information to share prior to the start of school.

The other very important date is our first day of school for the 2018-19 school year! Monday, August 20th, will be a full day of school with an ending time of at 2:00 pm. Students should wear their school uniforms for the first day of school.  We will have a spirit wear day on Friday, August 24th. Please note that there will NOT be hot lunch the first week of school. Students must bring their own lunches.

The school office will be open over the summer from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Please continue to check your email throughout the summer for important updates and information.

Thank you for sharing the gift of your children with us at St. John Brebeuf School. It is a privilege to help them learn and grow. I hope you and your family have a wonderful, safe summer and I look forward to seeing you next fall!

Blessings,

Dr. Mary Maloney
Principal


Dear Parishioners,

Congratulations to the Saint John Brebeuf Class of 2018! The Commencement took place on Friday, June 1st.  We celebrate their many accomplishments and hope that we have laid the foundation for a holy and virtuous life.  A life rooted in Christ, a life that values not only academic knowledge or proper social etiquette, but more importantly one that recognizes that all we have is a gift from God that must be given away in service. 

We proudly send them forth with our prayers and good wishes.       

We live in a world that is increasingly complex, where the “simple faith” will no longer sustain us in an ever challenging world, both morally and spiritually.  British Catholic author, Matthew Fforde, believes that the dynamic that most characterizes our post-modern society is the loss of ties. He argues that this breakdown in community is a result of a “matrix of materialist visions that deny the existence of the soul” which in turn generates a lifestyle of selfish individualism.  

The primary mission of St. John Brebeuf School, Religious Education, and Youth Ministry is to foster in each student a keen and inquisitive mind, a prayerful attitude centered in the Sunday Eucharist, and a lifelong passion to serve, especially the least among us. We believe in community. We believe in our young people and their beautiful, innocent faith which leads them down the spiritual path of reconciliation and building community with those who are left out.

On this occasion, I wish to thank all St. John Brebeuf parishioners for their ongoing very generous support of our ministry to the young grade school children and teens through the Sunday offertory. Without the support of the parish, the school, religious education program, and youth ministry would not exist.  Our Children and Teen Choirs, Athletic Program and Youth Ministry Service Retreat, the Altar Servers and Young Readers all find support and guidance and can find a special place within our parish because of your faithful sacrificial support.

I realize that our parents can choose to go elsewhere and they, too, are willing to make sacrifices to pass on the faith. I appreciate the trust they have in us for such an awesome task. Lastly, I appreciate the work and dedication of our teachers, catechists, staff, and parent volunteers.

May God bless all of you for investing in the future! Please enjoy the summer and stay safe!

Sincerely,

Father Mike Meany
Pastor


Events This Week

Friday, 6/8 -- Last Day of School! All school mass, 8:30 am; School Picnic; 2:00 pm dismissal

Important Summer Dates

July 4th Parade -- Sign up here to march with us:  https://goo.gl/forms/QFmA7hiKdCCINtnw1

Thursday, 8/16 -- Organization Day, 7:30-3:30 in the school

Monday, 8/20 -- First Day of School, 8:15-3:00


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Registration for Fall Sports -- Registration for Cross Country and Soccer is on the website, www.sjbschool.org/athletics. Please submit registration and payment by June 8th!

Summer Camp Registration Due Now -- There are still a small number of spots available in both camps. Flyers are here to view or download: www.sjbschool.org/camp

Preschool & Kindergarten Summer Camp -- June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, 9 am - noon; cost is $150 per week, a $25 deposit for each week attending is required upon registration.

Grades 1-4 Summer Camp -- June 18-22 and July 9-13, 9 am - 3 pm; cost is $175 per week, a $25 deposit for each week attending is required upon registration.

Gym Uniforms -- The gym uniform order form is available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iH4kN1MhXngvmCVzdY_HnLZtWqsVSVNwZKQ715L-0IY/edit?usp=sharing. Gym uniforms are needed for all students who will be in grades 2-8 next year.

Attention Alums -- Are you an SJB alum who would like to help us reach out to other alumni? Over the summer, we plan to begin an effort to reach out to our alumni. This will continue next school year. We hope to be able to connect with alumni to invite them to school and parish events, and to be able to share their accomplishments with the SJB community. If you are interested in helping, please contact Liz McGowen in the school office, Lmcgowen@sjbschool.org.

March with SJB on July 4th -- SJB School will be partnering with other parish organizations in this year’s July 4th parade in Niles, and we want you to join us! Please fill out the sign-up form and we will provide you with the details! https://goo.gl/forms/QFmA7hiKdCCINtnw1

P/SA -- The P/SA is in search of a new president, vice-president, and secretary for the 2018-2019 school year. If interested please email Mary Warnicki at maryt8326@hotmail.com.

Box Tops Update -- We've had another great year!  9,000 Box Tops were collected and counted for the 2017-2018 school year.  Each unexpired Box Top is worth 10 cents. Please keep clipping during the summer. Thanks for your support!

Carnival MegaPass -- The Holy Name Men’s Club is preparing for the SJB Carnival, and MegaPasses are currently on sale. Please purchase passes through the parish office. Pre-sales for all passes and for the raffle will also be available after masses on the weekends of June 16/17 and June 23/24.  Information about the carnival and passes is here: http://www.sjbrebeuf.org/article444134.htm

St. Vincent DePaul Society -- Clothing Drive Thanks -- Many, many thanks and blessings to the many of you that donated clothing and/or housewares to our recent Spring (also could be called “Late Winter”) Clothing Drive on May 12th. On behalf of those that will benefit from your contributions, we are grateful for your generosity that made it so successful. May God also bless you for the time you spent to sort, pack, and transport your donations. Our Fall Clothing Drive is tentatively scheduled for early-October. -- Len, St. Vincent DePaul/St. John Brebeuf Conference.


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

  1. If you missed our first Car Wash, come out on Saturday, June 23rd for our second CAR WASH in the school parking lot from 10am to 2pm. FREE WILL OFFERINGS are accepted. Get your car washed for a worthy cause!

  2. Join SJB Youth Ministry for our UNCLE PETE'S MINISTRY gathering Monday, June 25th to make sack dinners for the hungry! We meet in the Parish Ministry Center, Room C, from 6:00-7:30pm. All teens, adults, and families are invited to help! Contact Mrs. Perez to sign up.

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Join SJB School on social media -- Our social media accounts for SJB School are below. Please visit, subscribe, like, and share! Every new subscriber to our accounts increases our ability to spread the news about the amazing things we are doing, and helps us find wonderful families just like yours. Thank you!

Twitter:  Follow Dr. Maloney’s feed, www.twitter.com/sjbprincipal

YouTube:  subscribe to https://www.youtube.com/user/SJBJaguars

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sjbschoolniles

 

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