Parent Newsletter for January 21, 2022

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SJB School Parent Newsletter

        January 21, 2022


A Letter From Dr. Maloney

Dear SJB Families,

As you know, we are in the middle of taking our iReady midyear diagnostic assessment. Our students are showing excellent growth. We will send the results of your child’s diagnostic results to you with their second-trimester report cards in February. In the meantime, here is an excellent video from iReady that explains what iReady is and how to interpret the results. I have also included the “Understanding your student’s iReady diagnostic results” further down in this newsletter. Video:

Science Fair: Our Science Fair for our Middle School students is on Thursday, January 27. I am so proud of our students! They have been working diligently on their experiments, using the scientific process for authentic purposes. Due to the rise in Covid cases, we will not have the evening exhibition and awards ceremony. We will record the distribution of ribbons and medals for each grade level and share the video with parents. 

Open House and Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is from January 30-February 4. We kick off the week with Family Mass on Sunday, January 30. Due to the rise in Covid cases, we will have a virtual Open House and a virtual Meet the Teacher that will launch on our website following Mass. I have included the special dress-down days for the week in the list of dates and on the school calendar. 

Please have your children write a letter of appreciation for their homeroom teacher and other staff in the school and send it to the school office by February 2nd. Mark the envelope “School Office”. 

Gala: Due to the rise in Covid cases, we are rescheduling our Gala to April 30. More details will follow.

8th grade fundraisers: This is the last year we will have 8th grade fundraisers to fund the activities for the 8th graders. Starting next year, 8th-grade families will be assessed a fee to pay for their special activities and items. These items and activities include graduation caps and gowns, the 8th-grade field trip (coach bus and activities in Chicago) with swag bags in May, 8th-grade spring retreat, the 8th-grade dance, the 8th-grade class t-shirt, and luncheon following the Ribbon Mass. The 8th-grade parents will continue to plan the activities for the students.

Valentines’ Day Celebrations: For Valentines’ Day on February 14, students can bring in Valentine's and little goody bags for their classmates. They can also wear clothes with valentine colors or themes with jeans (no holes). Due to the rise in Covid cases, the teachers will facilitate the celebrations. 

Virtus: All parents need to be Virtus trained and complete all other requirements in order to volunteer, go on field trips, attend class parties, or coach. Go to to set up your account, participate in the online training, or check your existing account to make sure you have completed all monthly bulletins and required items. Please contact Mrs. McErlean in the office with any questions at 847-966-3266. 

Upcoming dates: 

1/30 - Family Mass 10:00

-Celebrating Your Parish; Virtual Open House is launched

1/31 - Celebrating Vocations; Dress in the style of your future career

2/1 - Celebrating the Nation; Wear red, white, and blue or American-themed clothing

2/2 - Celebrating Your Community; Wear clothing that represents or honors First Responders

2/3 - Celebrating Our Students; Swap Your Style (dress like your friend or try a totally new look); students receive a special gift from the school

-8th Grade Graduation Photos

2/4 - Celebrating Faculty and Staff; Wear your teacher’s favorite color or SJB Spirit Wear

2/9 - Wear your favorite Disney hoodie or t-shirt with jeans for $1 (8th-grade fundraiser)

2/11 - No School for students (professional development day for staff)

2/14 - Valentine’s Day classroom celebrations

2/28 - Dress as your favorite character from a wacky movie 


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Dr. Maloney






 Junior Jaguars Basketball Camp 

The SJB Jr. Jaguar Basketball Clinic is an instructional program designed to introduce our 1st – 3rd-grade athletes to the basic skills of basketball in a structured, organized, and fun environment. The focus will be on teaching proper passing,  shooting, ball handling, rebounding, and defensive fundamentals as well as emphasizing teamwork and sportsmanship. All sessions will be conveniently held in the SJB gymnasium.  Lowered baskets will be utilized to accommodate our Jr. Jaguars.

The basketball clinic is for all girls and boys in grades 1-3 and will meet from 4:30-5:45 on Monday, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st in the SJB Gym.

For any questions regarding this program please contact:  Dan Kosiba / / 847-224-4424



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2022 Gala : Save The Date  

Gala’s new date is April 30, 2022, from 6:00-9:00. Save the date!



Super Sunday Football Party 



Box Tops for Education



 Market Day 

Market Day is back! Please consider placing an order and helping our school.  To place an order:

  • Visit
  • Select “Register To Support Your School Here” in the upper right corner
  • Select the state of Illinois from the drop-down menu
  • Click on the “Select An Organization” button
  • Enter St. John Brebeuf School - Niles- IL in the “Organization” box.
  • Continue filling in the registration boxes.
  • After registering, choose the items you would like to purchase.
  • Checkout and complete the purchase.

The items will be shipped directly to you and the school will earn a percentage of the sale.  

Thank you for supporting our school!

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