Parent Newsletter for April 05, 2019




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         SJB School Parent Newsletter 04/05/19                                                   


Dear SJB Families,


Spring Break is around the corner! Our break this year is from April 15-24. Students return to school on Thursday, April 25. Our staff is attending the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Conference in Chicago on April 23 and 24, along with all the educational staff in the Chicago Archdiocese. We are looking forward to the opportunity!


Next week (April 8-11), we will hold makeup testing sessions for any students who missed ACT Aspire tests.


Hooray for our families who have re-enrolled! I hope you enjoy your SJB School car magnet you received for re-enrolling. We will continue to distribute  a magnet upon re-enrollment. We are getting close to having our third winning class for the pizza party! To complete the process for your child, please either 1. re-register your child(ren) or 2. let Mrs McErlean know if your child is NOT returning. Additionally, please let me know if you have any questions regarding any registration fees, including the parish offering fee.


We are constantly fine-tuning our safety procedures. After spring break, we will be requiring that all volunteers, visitors or anyone who is not a staff member take a visitor sticker/badge when you sign in. Anyone who is not wearing a visitor badge will be asked to return to the office to obtain one. Additionally, we are now using only the main entrance doors by the office for morning arrival.


Please join us for our musical, “The Trials of Alice in Wonderland”, on April 10 at 6:30 in the Parish Ministry Center. Students in grades 5-8 had the option to try out for roles and participate. We invite you to this outstanding performance!


On April 12, at 2:00, our first graders are enacting the stations of the cross. All are welcome to join us in the church for this moving, beautiful performance.


Please be sure to read the Calendar of Events that follow Fr. Meany’s letter. There are many dates and helpful reminders.




Dr. Maloney




Dear Parishioners,


What is the key to happiness? Maura Sullivan Hill writes in the winter issue of Loyola, The Magazine of Loyola University of Chicago about the  “The Art of Happiness.”


“Health and happiness go hand-in-hand – but achieving true joy requires a commitment to training the mind and spirit.”


Hill quotes Fred Bryant, a long time psychology professor at Loyola, “How do people transform a positive moment into something wonderful that they feel? Happiness is not in the events, it is in us. The most wonderful thing has no effect on us until we transform it in our own minds and the way we react to it.”


Fred Bryant recommends five tips for savoring:

  1. Notice what's around you. Take a mental photograph so that you can revisit the experience.
  2. Share experiences with others. They can often point out things you have overlooked.
  3. Enjoy experiences as they are, rather than thinking about what should have been.
  4. Make time to savor. We can't savor while answering emails or doing laundry.
  5. Don't wait for something good to happen. Look at what is already in your life and find something to savor, whether it is an everyday occurrence or a major milestone.  

These days, Bryant is savoring his relationship with his two-year-old granddaughter. “We pay more attention to the hassles and the problems in our lives, and are more fond of counting woes and worries than our joys and blessings, but the data shows that there are actually more good things than bad,” he said. “We need to pay more attention to the good by savoring.”


As we approach Holy Week I invite you take a little time to notice, focus on, and appreciate positive experiences!


Prayers during these lenten days,


Father Mike Meany


To view this week’s parish bulletin, which contains the annual report, please click here:





Friday, 04/05 -- St. John Brebeuf Parish Fish Fry (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)


Saturday, 04/06 -- Eighth Grade Confirmation Ceremony (1:30 pm)


Tuesday, 04/09 -- Panda Express Bite Club (12:00 pm - 10:00 pm)


Thursday, 04/11 -- Mid-Trimester

                 -- Hot Dog Day


Friday, 04/12 -- First Grade Presents: Stations of the Cross (2:00 pm)


Monday, 04/14 - Wednesday, 04/24 -- Spring Break


Sunday, 04/21 -- Easter Sunday


Sunday, 04/28 -- Family Mass (9:00 am)





Lenten Activities - Pray, Fast, Give

-Pray: Daily prayers read on PA

 -Fast: Individual Lenten fasts

-Give: Levis for Lent - Wear jeans every Friday for a donation.

Each week, the donation will go for a different organization.

                                 *Suggested donation $1 for each Friday*

Reminder -- Parents are not allowed past the security doors during morning arrivals.  Please email your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.  


-- When sending money to school, PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE  OR TAPE MONEY TO ANYTHING.  If using an envelope please write your child/rens first & last name on the envelope, and what the payment is for. Please check the envelope to make sure that what is placed inside the envelope is properly fitted so that what is inside of it does not tear when opened.  DO NOT STAPLE OR TAPE THE ENVELOPE.


Thank you,

St.  John Brebeuf School Office


School Registration -- Registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year.  If you have not done so already, please fill out the registration forms online.  Click here to register.


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.

St. John Brebeuf Parish Fish Fry -- The Holy Name Men’s Club-Catholic Women’s Club, P/SA, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Filipino Americans invite you to the Parish Fish Fry Dinner in the PMC.  The Fish Fry Dinner takes place every Friday during Lent (March 29th -April 5th) in the Parish Ministry Center and will feature white fish, sides, soup, a light dessert, coffee, and lemonade.  Beer, wine, and soda will be available for purchase. Pre-Sale tickets are $10 per person, and door sale tickets are $12 per person. Children 12 and under are half-price. You can purchase your pre-sale tickets at the Parish Office.  Click here for more information. 

Volleyball News -- Congratulations to all of our volleyball teams for a great season. Special thanks to all of our volunteer coaches who gave their time and energy to our program: Kathy Walsh, Lou Kottke, Anson Henson, Adam Taylor, Shelly Fallon, Dean Graf, Mike Dutkin, Les Seitzinger, Pam Brucal, Jen Gurdak, Rochelle Jao, Melissa Salazar , Rachel Martin, Dan Kosiba, Andrew Turek, Steve Hammer, Carl Rajski, Julie England, Margie Graf, Tricia Allocco, and Maggie Early.


CONGRATULATIONS to our eighth grade girls, seventh grade boys and sixth grade boys for advancing to the CSCC Semi-finals!  All three teams will play this Saturday (04/06) (see times/location below) if they win Saturday, on to the CHAMPIONSHIP games which will be held Sunday! Good luck and go Jaguars!

Cupid Cards -- The St. John Brebeuf Student Council is selling Cupid Cards to benefit the American Heart Association.  100% of the proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated. Each Cupid Card comes with a bracelet to show your support.  The cards and bracelets are available in the school’s front office for $1.00. Thank you in advance for your support.



From 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.


If you would like to print out a copy of this letter, please go to the bottom of the page and there is a PDF copy. 

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March 15, 2019

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February 01, 2019

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January 18, 2019

December 20, 2018

December 14, 2018

December 07, 2018

November 30, 2018

November 21, 2018

November 16, 2018

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November 2, 2018

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September 14, 2018

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