Parent Newsletter for January 12, 2020




        SJB School Parent Newsletter 01/12/20


A Letter From Dr. Maloney


Dear SJB Families, 


Congratulations to our 8th grade basketball team! They won the City Suburban Catholic Conference championship game against Mary, Seat of Wisdom! The score was 46-28. The players and coaches did a fantastic job. Fr. Meany, Deacon Andy, many students, parents, staff, Mr. Taylor, and myself came out and supported our players with great enthusiasm. We absolutely packed our side of the bleachers! Our SJB Spirit Squad led us in cheers that increased our team pride. Thank you to Mr. Kosiba for his leadership with our athletics program. The whole school can wear spirit wear on  Monday to celebrate!! Congratulations to Frank Allocco, Ethan Dabu, Joey Gurdak, Ryan Hammer, Ralph Rivera, Max Stalenczyk, Jimmy Tarjan, Brandon Trayvila, Rama Youkana, Coach Gurdak and Coach Tarjan!


We have debuted our new logo. Thank you to Ellen Sanderson, Jack’s mom, for designing it. Our iconic steeple and tower are proudly featured. It is beautiful!


The Chipotle on Golf in Niles is hosting our P/SA Bite Club on Tuesday. Please show the cashier the flyer (down farther in this newsletter) when you order, and our school receives 33% of all funds. What a delicious way to help our school!


SJB Gala presents Mardi Gras! In order for this event to be successful, we need more volunteers to help with this event. Please join us to see where your talents can help! Our Gala is on February 22. The ticket price has been set at $50.


We keep our school calendar updated with activities connected to our school. Please check the calendar frequently to be fully informed. We use many methods to communicate information, including this newsletter, email, the school calendar, papers sent home, social media, and teacher communication. It is important to build the habit of checking these sources to be fully informed. 


Please call our school office at 847-966-3266 if you have any questions.


Go Jaguars!!


Dr. Maloney


A Letter from Father Meany        


Dear Parishioner, 


The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord helps us to refocus on the Christmas Season and what it means to us, disciples, baptized in Christ’s love. Remember, Christmas celebrates God becoming one of us. God the Father sent his Son to free us from our sins. Ironically, this feast which is all about forgiveness and mercy often reminds us of our faults and weaknesses. The Christmas Season sometimes opens old wounds and divisions within the family and our larger society. 


St. Luke reminds us: “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, “I am sorry.” you should forgive him.” (Luke 17:3)


When I reflect on this Gospel, I say NO! It's not that easy, especially if you're dealing with real hurts and not just social slights. Seven times a day? Come on, what are you thinking?


What I have learned and continue to learn is that forgiveness takes time. In fact, if you forgive too soon, you set yourself up as a patsy, and for a future and more harming hurts. That's plain dysfunctional living!  


Time! Time in prayer, time with a soulmate in order to understand what was really going on. Time to discern if you contributed to the matter. Yes, time is needed to let God's work within you and the one who hurt you. Even when you eventually have the courage to speak the words “I forgive you,” you may still have an ache in your heart. Even with time, the emotions may come forth. Please pray! Don't be afraid, God's Grace will be with you and will help you not to go too fast, not to be overwhelmed, not to be hurt again. 


The second point I would like to make is that you must also be able to forgive yourself. Often times, rightly or wrongly,  we ourselves feel that we played a role in the wrongdoing, in the deep hurt that robs our joy. Can we let the Birth of the Christ Child break through the darkness of our own sins and failings? This, too, takes time, perhaps a lifetime. But God's grace comes to us, the worthy and unworthy. God's love and mercy are efficient and so we need not fall into the pit of doubt and sadness. 


May the Christ Child bind you and your family together in His Love. 


Father Mike Meany 





From the School Office -- It is required for all volunteers (anyone willing to go on a field trip, be a lunch supervisor, or attend classroom parties) to complete Virtus training and fill out and return CANTS and Code of Conduct forms to the school office.  I am aware that many of you have completed Virtus training which is only required once. CANTS and Code of Conduct forms need to be completed once a year. If you have not completed a 3 hour Virtus training, please click on to register.



P/SA January Bite Club -- 

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SJB Children’s Choir-- Open enrollment is now!


All Rehearsals:


TUESDAYS: 2:00 to 3:00 pm for SJB Grades 3-4 in school


TUESDAY:  5:00 to 6:00 pm for All Students Grades 5-8

Including All Parish Children and RE Students

in Church Music Rehearsal Room




Amazon Smile -- Love Want to help support St. John Brebeuf School-Niles? If so, please click the following link ( each time prior to doing your shopping on When you do this, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% to St. John Brebeuf Parish & School! Please share this information with your family and friends so that the Home of the Jaguars continues to thrive.



SJB Youth Ministry -- Any 7th or 8th graders interested in joining the SJB Youth Ministry, please contact our Youth Ministry Office at (847) 966-9815.  You can also click here for more information.



Box Tops for Education

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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!

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December 13, 2019

December 09,2019

November 22, 2019

November 15, 2019

November 8, 2019

October 30, 2019

October 18, 2018

October 11, 2019

October 04, 2019

September 27, 2019

September 13, 2019

September 06, 2019

August 30, 2019

August 23, 2019

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St. John Brebeuf Extended Day Program

St. John Brebeuf offers an amazing Extended Day Program. 

Morning Hours:

6:30 am - 8:05 am

After School Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Please call the school office to set up a tour.


Required Training for Parents/Guardians





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