Parent Newsletter for September 18, 2020





St. John Brebeuf School 

First Holy Communion

SJB School Parent Newsletter 9/18/20


A Letter From Dr. Maloney


Dear SJB Families, 


In this era of COVID, we are doing everything we can to maintain excellent communication within our school community while keeping everyone safe. In order to facilitate this, we want to provide the opportunity for our parent community to be able to reach out directly to each other. 


We are going to provide a secure online directory of families from our school, only for our school. We will use the information we have from your registration information. The directory will include family names (first and last), grade levels of students, parent phone numbers, parent email addresses, and home addresses. If you want to be included, you do not have to do anything. We will automatically include your information in the directory.


If you DO NOT wish to be included, please email our school office at with an email titled “Do not include the [your family last name here] family in the SJB School directory”. In the body of the paragraph, please include your children’s names and grade levels.


Congratulations to our students who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday! It was a joyous celebration of faith. A special thank you to Fr. Meany and Mrs. Beierwaltes for creating such a beautiful experience.


Funds raised from Football Mania Cards can replace the Raffle fee listed on the tuition sheet. If we can make our goal of at least $26,000, the raffle will not need to take place. Please send the link to family and friends out of state. This is a great way to participate in the football season, possibly win some money, and help our school. 


If every family can sell at least 14 tickets between now and November 1, we will meet our goal. The class that sells the most tickets by November 1st will win a Wendy’s 4x4 lunch and an extra recess!


Please make checks payable to St. John Brebeuf School. You can share the link to order online: (that is “AAzeroDF”). 


If your student has to leave school early: If your child needs to leave school before the end of the school day, please pick them up either before our lunch blocks begin or after they end. The times for Tuesdays would be before 10:30 or after 12:30, and before 11:00 and after 1:00 on the other days.   


Parent Orientation- Our Parent Orientation was done virtually this year. If you haven’t had a chance to view it yet, you can find it on our school website


Thursday, October 1st- 

  • Students should start wearing their school uniforms. 
  • Students should start wearing gym uniforms on days they have gym class. They may wear SJB spirit wear, SJB athletic wear, or blue, gray or black (plain, no logos) sweatshirts and sweatpants over their gym uniforms all day on those days, as we will NOT be changing in the locker room. 
  • Our hot lunch program begins. 

Renew My Church- Parish Session, Thursday October 1 from 6:30-8:00 in the PMC

We will share information about the Renew My Church process, our up to date progress, the draft scenarios presented by the Archdiocese, and provide opportunities for questions. The meeting is limited to 50 participants, and will be recorded and shared as well. The signup form for the meeting can be found here: or you can call the parish office at 847-966-8145.


After School Pick-Up- Please remain in or near your cars. We really cannot have parents standing outside and congregating while they wait or after their students come out. Pick a consistent area where you (or anyone picking up your child) will be every day, and let your child know. SJB Staff will make sure your child goes to the correct area. Additionally, please wear a mask during drop off and pick up. It is important to model this for all of our students, and to do everything possible to keep our community safe.


COVID19 Update- If your family or student travels to any state on the Travel Quarantine list, you must quarantine for 14 days. You can find the list here:


Illness- If your child is sick and you suspect it is not COVID, the Archdiocese requires you to keep your child home and monitor them carefully; take their temperature every 8 hours; and watch for other symptoms. If your child remains fever free for at least 24 hours, no other symptoms present, and the original symptom resolves itself, your child can return to school. If the absence goes into a third day, a doctor’s note is required to be able to return.


School Pictures are October 9 for in-person learners. For our eLearners, parents may submit a photo to Color Portraits. The photo must be a JPG or JPEG photo taken from the chest up with space on the side and top of the image (not too close up).  Their Image Department will crop the photo and add our standard background before adding it to the class composite. More information will be shared shortly.


September 25th- No school for students (in-person and e-Learning). We have a staff Professional Development day. 


Tuesday Folders- The information we used to send out on Thursdays will now go home on Tuesdays. This is to coincide with our weekly eLearning materials pick-up.


Early Dismissal- If you need to pick up children from school early, please let the teacher and office know ahead of time. Then please call our front office (847) 966-3266 when you arrive in the parking lot. I recommend that you arrive earlier than you normally would. We will call the children to the office when you are in the parking lot. An SJB staff member will bring the children to the door, where you will retrieve them and sign them out on our sign-out sheet. 


Medical and Vision Forms- The State of Illinois is requiring that the medical and vision forms be submitted to the school earlier than in previous years. These documents must be submitted to the school office no later than Friday, October 2, 2020. More information can be found later in this newsletter.


Chromebooks- If any of our recent alumni are not using their Chromebooks, please consider donating them back to our school. It is difficult to acquire Chromebooks due to the pandemic. 



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


Important Dates-

September 25- No School, Staff Professional Development

October 1- Progress Reports sent home

    Students start wearing school and gym uniforms, hot lunch begins

October 2- Medical and vision forms due to office

October 9- School Picture Day (in-person learners)

October 12- No School, Columbus Day

October 30- Safe Halloween celebration (information coming)

November 5- No School, Election Day


Students may continue to wear Catholic school appropriate shorts/pants and t-shirts, or spirit wear, through the rest of September. 




Dr. Maloney




Medical Exams Deadline


The State of Illinois has notified schools that the following medical requirements must be submitted to the school earlier than in previous years. These documents must be submitted to the school office no later than Friday, October 2, 2020.


These are the requirements:  

  • All new students entering St. John Brebeuf for the first time must submit a Physical Examination with updated immunization records.
  • All students entering Kindergarten must have a new Physical Examination with updated immunization records.
  • All students in Sixth Grade must have a new Physical Examination with updated immunization records. Sixth Grade immunization must include the T-dap.

The Physical Examination cannot be older than March of 2020. 


  • All Kindergarten Students must have a dental examination not older than March of 2020.
  • All new students must have a new or dental examination not older than March of 2020.
  • All Sixth Grade Students must have a new dental examination not older than March of   2020.
  • All students entering Kindergarten must have a vision examination not older than March of 2020.
  • New students entering the school who do not have a vision examination in the State of Illinois, must submit one.


The Vision Examinations are also to be submitted to the school office no later than Friday, October 2, 2020.


If you have appointments for the required examinations after the October 2, 2020, due date, please send this to the school Office.  These dates are also sent with the report to the State of Illinois.  


If you have questions please contact Mrs. Giordano in the school office, email:, or telephone: 1-847-966-3266.


All the forms for the above examinations are to be downloaded on the school website.  Your signature must be on each form.  And all information required on these forms 

MUST be completely filled out. This includes the child’s full name, current grade level, complete address, phone number, and current school.  Failure in not complying with the above requirements will result in your child/ren not being allowed to return to school, on Monday, October 6, 2020.


Thank you to all who have already submitted these documents to the school.




Dr. Mary Maloney, Principal



 A Letter from Father Meany 


Dear Parishioners,


Congratulations to the 69 students in our parish school, religious education, Polish school, and GLADD who received their First Communion on Saturday, September 12. Our parish is so excited to have you fully participate in receiving the Eucharist when you come to church now. We hope to see you and your family often!


Our parish held three separate, socially distanced Masses for the First Communion celebration, and one “virtual” Mass for GLADD that included a First Communion. All our students were well prepared thanks to their hard working catechists and their dedicated parents. A special thanks to the following people for all their work planning the day and patiently making it special to the children of our parish:  Emilia Walasik, Director of Religious Education; Mac Karaban, Pastoral Associate; Marek Rachelski, Director of Music & Liturgy; Ewa Fair, cantor; usher volunteers Krzysztof Slowikowski, Deaconate Candidate, his wife Mariola, and John Jekot, chairman of our Finance Council. We couldn’t have done this without you!


Renew My Church


As you know, our parish is currently in the “Discernment” phase of the Renew My Church Process. We are in the Edens Valley Grouping (named for the Edens Expressway which all of the grouping’s parishes border) with St. Martha, St. Isaac Jogues, St. Peter, and St. Lambert.


Two important parish meetings are coming up soon. Both meetings will be limited to 50 participants, per the Archdiocese guidelines for non-liturgical meetings, and we will follow social distancing requirements. 


On Thursday, September 24, we will have a parish leaders’ meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm in the Parish Ministry Center. At this meeting, the leaders of our ministries and organizations will hear about the Renew My Church Process, receive the scenarios we have been given by the Archdiocese for possible parish combinations, and ask questions. This will enable them to provide information and answer questions for the members of their groups and ministries.


On Thursday, October 1, we will have a meeting open to all parishioners with the same content. Sign-up for the October 1 meeting can be found on the parish website ( This meeting will be recorded so that we can post the recording to YouTube and the parish website.


I hope you will join us to learn about Renew My Church, whether in-person or via video. Our Grouping Feedback and Discernment Team values your input, and it is extremely important for them to hear your questions as they continue to discuss the Renew My Church scenarios in future weeks.


Please continue to pray for our Renew My Church process,


Fr. Mike Meany







From the School Office -- It is required for all volunteers to complete Virtus training, as well as complete and return CANTS and Code of Conduct forms to the school office. CANTS and Code of Conduct forms need to be completed once a year.  If you have not completed the 3 hour Virtus training, please click on to register.




Back to School Supplies -- With the new safety guidelines in place, please remember to send your child with a beach towel to sit on while outside.  The students will be learning outdoors as much as possible.  Also, please remember to apply sunscreen to your child before school on sunny days.  Staff members cannot apply sunscreen to students throughout the school day.  

If you have any type of basket or crate, please send that with your child as well.  All of the student’s supplies will remain next to the desk throughout the school day.  A basket or crate will keep the supplies organized.  Thank you for your help.  



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