Parent Newsletter for February 07, 2020



Congratulations to our spelling bee winners!!


        SJB School Parent Newsletter 02/07/20


A Letter From Dr. Maloney


Dear SJB Families, 


Thank you for celebrating Catholic Schools Week with us! We had a wonderful Open House, and students had awesome activities all week. Everytime we come together as a community, I feel so blessed to be a part of our family.


Congratulations to our Pat Jablonski Spelling Bee Contest participants and winners! Students competed in their classrooms. Those winners competed in the school spelling bee. The top three spellers in our school will compete in the regional spelling bee in March. Congratulations goes to: 

1st Place: Elyssa Guleng

2nd Place: Julia Martin

3rd Place: Ramsen Youkana

Congratulations are in order for our classroom winners: Kristen Chen, Kristine Pereira, Ethan Nartatez, Natalia Staturchski, Adrian Anszczak, Edward Benavidez, Jaiden Trayvilla, Elon Shmoel, Mia Gurdak, Kamila Lisowski, and Mary Minatiskan. I would also like to thank MR. Ed Jablonski, Krista Zyek, Sandie Carroll and Chet Moylen for their support with the spelling bee.


Our annual McTeacher Night is Wednesday, February 12 from 5:00-7:00. Come have dinner served by your teachers at the McDonalds on Dempster (east of Greenwood)! 


We are very excited about our approaching Gala: SJB Gala presents Mardi Gras! Our Gala is on February 22. Tickets are available for the low price of  $50. 50/50 tickets are available as well. They cost $20 each. 


We keep our school calendar updated with activities connected to our school. Please check the calendar frequently to be fully informed. We use many methods to communicate information, including this newsletter, email, the school calendar, papers sent home, social media, and teacher communication. It is important to build the habit of checking these sources to be fully informed. 


Please call our school office at 847-966-3266  or stop in if you have any questions.


Go Jaguars!!


Dr. Maloney


A Letter from Father Meany        


Dear Parishioners, 


This past Monday, February 3, we remembered St. Blase who was a bishop in the early fourth century in present day Armenia. Christians were still persecuted at this time, and many were killed for their faith. Legend has it that Blase in a cave praying when he was found by hunters who captured him and brought him back to be punished by the authorities. On his way back, a young mother brought a son who had a fish bone stuck in his throat. Blase ordered the bone out, and the young boy was saved. The young mother brought candles to Blase as he awaited his sentence in a dark cell. Thus, we bless throats on his day, using candles in remembrance of St. Blase. 


But who really saved the young boy's life that day? Of course we know that it was Jesus. 


In these winter days we have the cold and flu season and much more spreading as usual in the Chicago area, and we are also very much aware of the deadly virus that has hit China. Yes, it is always good to take the necessary precautions for good health, but also we must include prayers. The Feast of St. Blase reminds us to pray to St. Blase, bishop and martyr, to intercede on all who are hurting, physically, mentally, or spiritually. 


The late basketball great Kobe Bryant regularly took time to pray in his local Catholic Church each Sunday, as he did on the day of his tragic and sudden death. Yes, we are never too big to acknowledge our need for prayer and guidance. Yes, no matter what obstacles are before us we must try to reach out to our neighbor. May he and all who died rest in peace. We pray for his family and all who feel his loss. 


A small group of parishioners have been reading together Divine Renovation by Father James Mallon on Monday nights beginning at 7 p.m. in Room 2 of the school. Two more sessions are left – Monday, February 10 and 17th. Father Mallon outlines a blueprint for parishes to go beyond maintaining their buildings and meeting the needs of their parishioners. All the parishes will adopt the strategies and tips he recommends after the parishes are reconfigured by the Renew My Church initiative. We offer this book club to help all parishioners begin to embrace this near reality which make our parish alive and relevant. 


Once again, I encourage you to attend our Mardi Gras Gala celebration on Saturday, February 22, in the Fr. May Ministry Center. We will honor in a special way John Mazur, our Director of Maintenance, Denise Gillespie, and Fatima Fernandez. This is the singular event of the year when we all gather to celebrate the blessings of our parish and school. Tickets are on sale in the school office.


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26. It is always a busy time in parish life, and this year promises to be no different. Our Theme is “Easter Brings Hope – Restorative Justice.” Please notice that we not only do we have what I believe will be an inspiring calendar of events planned during Lent, but we also have the promise of new initiatives within our parish as we continue with our task force groups. 



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.






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SJB Children’s Choir-- Open enrollment is now!


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TUESDAYS: 2:00 to 3:00 pm for SJB Grades 3-4 in school


TUESDAY:  5:00 to 6:00 pm for All Students Grades 5-8

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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.


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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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