Parent Newsletter for November 20, 2020

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SJB School Parent Newsletter 11/20/20


A Letter From Dr. Maloney


Dear SJB Families, 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reflecting on how much I have to be thankful for this year. I am so very thankful for all of you! You are working in partnership with us at school to keep everyone safe and healthy. I am thankful for our SJB school staff, who continue to go far above and beyond for our students. I am thankful for our parish, with a Pastor and staff who support our school so strongly. I am so grateful for your children- our Jaguars renew my sense of purpose every day with their energy, focus, and excitement! They are truly blessings.

Covid Reminders 

Thanksgiving Travel: We will be celebrating Thanksgiving under conditions that have not existed in our lifetime. Because of the steep increase in positive Covid cases, the latest Cook County Department of Health recommendation no longer lists specific states but has issued this statement:

"CCDPH recommends avoiding all non-essential travel. All persons entering into suburban Cook County from outside of suburban Cook County should quarantine for 14 days."

You can find the updated list here:

This means that anyone leaving Cook County, and certainly the state of Illinois, to visit others should quarantine for 14 days upon your return to Cook County. (Note: this does not apply to picking up a child from college, or job-related travel, as the CCPDH issued waivers regarding these situations.) 

If you are traveling out of the county and/or out of state during the Thanksgiving holiday, please notify the office AND your child's teacher. Your child will participate in e-Learning for 14 days upon your return. 

After the Christmas holidays: The Archdiocese’s Office of Catholic Schools has determined that all schools in the Archdiocese will use remote learning for all students between January 4-January 18. The reason for this is to allow families and staff the time to visit important people in their lives, and then safely quarantine for the required 14 days. In-person classes will resume on January 19. St. John Brebeuf School will not be able to offer extended care during that time. 


Parent/Teacher Conferences November 23 and 24- Our P/T conferences are being held virtually this year. Contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.


Dress for the weather- Students will continue to go outside for recess and PE class throughout the winter as long as possible in safe (but cold) weather. Please make sure your child has appropriate coats, hats, gloves/mittens, flannel/sweatpants/leggings under skirts, footwear, etc.


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. 



Any parent or grandparent who wishes to volunteer in school, chaperone field trips, coach, or attend holiday parties during the school day must be Virtus trained. Virtus training is being offered on-line right now. Select “Chicago (Archdiocese)” when you begin the registration process. Here is the link for registering:


Important Dates-

November 23- Wear Thanksgiving-themed or colored t-shirt and jeans

November 23- Early Dismissal 11:30

November 23 and 24- Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 24 through 27- No School, P/T conferences and Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30- School resumes

December 18- Early dismissal 11:30

December 19- January 3- Christmas Break

January 4-January 18- School resumes with eLearning 

January 19- Return to in-person learning




Dr. Maloney




  A Letter from Father Meany 

Dear Parishioners, 


The Christian ideal is for spirituality and ethics to form a unified whole. Followers of Christ love their neighbors from the core of their being – their soul, which is filled with the Spirit of God. 


Sometimes we like to separate the two. We feel it's too complicated to do both at the same time and yet that is exactly what the Feast of Christ the King reminds us to do. Spirituality can't be lived only in the Church building divorced from the human condition. 


The Christian ideal asks us to care without calculation because our caring comes from our soul, the center of our being. With Christ as our King, we are proactive, not waiting for the “right” time. While we should not be reckless in our behavior, more often than not that is not our problem. Rather it's our tendency to delay, delay, and more delay. We delay so much that the opportunity has passed. The Christian ideal asks us to care without calling attention to ourselves, neither standing on the street corner nor looking glum. You see, when we are busy about acting in God's name we come to realize that ultimately our energy is coming from God and therefore there is no need to fear. 


On this past November 11, Veterans Day, we honored all those who served our country, especially those from our own parish by having a special live streamed mass.  Our prayers remembered that most veterans entered the service freely and without bringing attention to themselves or with undue caution. Perhaps you heard in the Weekender of my Uncle, Father John T. Beyenka, who served as Chaplain during WWII. I offer his service as a testimony for all who gave of themselves or continue to do so to ensure our freedom. Please pray for our Veterans living and deceased. 


Please read the press release composed by Susan Thomas from the Archdiocese of Chicago that provides the link to the online tribute regarding my Uncle, Father Beyenka, or go to  I'm grateful to Meg Hall, director of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Archives and Records Center, along with Charles Heinrich who put the online exhibition together. 


The “Wrapped in God's Love Project” project this year was a huge success. Last Saturday at the 5:00 pm Mass a representative from Marrillac St. Vincent Family Services received over 450 individually packaged bags of knit hats, gloves, and scarves. The agency will distribute them to needy children and adults on Chicago's westside.  Thank you to our Parish Pastoral Council Members -- Ginny Wolff, Ann Zalak, Linda Seitzinger, Carolyn Drblik, and George Miszczyszyn -- for their leadership. I'm grateful to all of you for your generous response during these difficult times. This is a practical example of spirituality and ethics coming together in a meaningful way. 


On Thanksgiving Day we will have one mass at 8:30 a.m. and next weekend we begin Advent, a time of joyful hope. 


With prayers. Stay safe, 


Fr. Mike Meany 




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