Parent Newsletter for June 13, 2020






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SJB School Parent Newsletter 06/13/20


A Letter From Dr. Maloney


Dear SJB Families, 


Summer has begun! Our 2019-2020 school year has officially ended. As I stated in my last newsletter, this has been the most interesting and challenging school year I have ever seen as an educator. These unprecedented times brought out the best in our SJB community, as we worked together to provide the best experiences for our Jaguars. 

We will open for our first day of school on Monday, August 24, in our school building! 


We have been planning how to provide a safe environment for our students and staff as we start our new school year. At this time, the Office of Cathoic Schools has determined that we will take the “cohort” approach with our students. This means we will be working with our students in their grade level teams that we established last year as “cohorts”. This will decrease the amount of people students come into contact with, and decrease the number of areas that cohorts occupy. We are NOT planning to have our students wear masks- we will maintain safety with the cohort approach. Procedures will include the following and more:


  • We will isolate areas for the cohorts, including but not limited to classrooms, entrance and exit doors, bathrooms, and lunchroom seating. 
  • Our Specials teachers (PE, Music, Art, Spanish, and Technology) will travel to the students’ homeroom classes to provide instruction. 
  • Students will have their own supply of manipulatives that they keep in a box assigned specifically to them. 
  • Students will not share materials. 
  • In order to provide more space for students, we will have two lunch/recess blocks instead of one. Students will be spaced apart at the lunchroom tables.
  • Desks will be arranged in classrooms individually, with distance between each desk. Only one student will ever occupy each specific desk. 
  • We will minimize students switching classrooms, and have the teachers switch classrooms instead, as much as possible.
  • Students and staff will increase handwashing. 
  • Students will bring their own water bottles from home. There will be no drinking from the water fountain, but students can refill their bottles as necessary. 
  • Cleaning and sanitizing of the building will occur each day.
  • If we should be required to enter into a period of e-Learning as the year progresses, we will maintain our regular school schedule, from 8:15-3:00, each day. Students will have their academic and specials classes each day at their regular time, with the teachers providing instruction, work time, and feedback during each class period.  

I will continue to share information regarding the safe start to our school year. We are very excited about being with our Jaguars every day! 


Please register your children, if you have not already done so. 

In addition to monthly tuition, we will now collect registration fees through FACTS! The following fees will be collected through FACTS: registration, technology, lunch supervision, field trip and graduation. You will receive an invoice for these fees from FACTS after June 15, and the invoices are due by August 3, paid directly to FACTS. Tuition payments for the 2020-2021 school year should start in July 2020 and be collected until the June 2021 payment. Any unused field trip fees will be applied to your tuition balance at the end of the year. Please email Mrs. Giordano at with questions.  


Virtus training is being offered online right now. If you are not already Virtus trained, please take advantage of this online opportunity to participate in the training and become certified. Select “Chicago (Archdiocese)” when you begin the registration process. Here is the link for registering:


Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00-1:00. We will be closed the week of July 6, and again the week of July 20. If you need to visit our office in person, we ask that you come on Tuesday or Wednesday, or call for an appointment.  

VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP: We are offering a “virtual summer camp” for free for our Jaguars! On our home page, we will be placing a file with activities for you children to have fun with during the summer. The activities include a materials list, a “lesson plan”, and on-line links.

I truly miss all of our Jaguars!! I can’t wait to see you all in August! 

Have a wonderful summer. Blessings,

Dr. Maloney


A Letter From Father Meany

Dear Parishioners, 

The two greatest commandments that Jesus gives us are “to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and to love your neighbor as yourself.” All Christians are called to reflect the love and unity of the Blessed Trinity. 

For Catholics, this is not an option. We must love our neighbor. Not tolerate, but love our neighbor. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Dwell in my love.” (John 15:7.) Love is the response to all injustice, hatred, and racism. 

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, Pope Francis said that he was watching “disturbing social unrest” in the United States with great concern, adding his voice to other world leaders. 

“We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” the Pope said in his weekly general audience. 

He said he was praying for “the repose of the soul of George Floyd and all those who lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism.”

I join the Holy Father in his prayers while recognizing many good law enforcement officers who serve and protect the people in their community with respect. 

I deplore the violence in the streets and those who exploit this sad situation for their own gain or seek to further divide our country by their deplorable and criminal actions. Let us not stoop so low as join the senselessness which will lead to our self-destruction but rather seek the good and holy within ourselves and in the community. 

Stay safe, 


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.



Registration is Now Open! -- Don’t forget to re-register for the 2020-2021 school year.  We are now accepting registrations!  The first classroom to re-register, or let the office know they will not be returning, will receive a pizza party!  Click on the button below to re-register.  

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SJB School Parent Newsletters, 2019-2020

June 13, 2020

May 31, 2020

April 24, 2020

April 06, 2020

March 29, 2020

March 06, 2020

February 28, 2020

February 14, 2020

February 07, 2020

January 24, 2020

January 17, 2020

January 12, 2020

December 20, 2019

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

August 16, 2019





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