The third Advent candle has been lit and we have spent this week preparing for the birth of Baby Jesus thru the eyes of St. Joseph. In our school Mass on Wednesday, Fr. Jim shared Joseph’s story with us. We often think of the Christmas story thru the eyes of Mary, but when you look at the story thru Joseph’s eyes, you can’t help but feel the strong emotions Joseph must have felt; most importantly, you can see God at work in Joseph. God gives us the strength we need, just as he did Joseph, when we need it most. I wish you a 2020 that is filled with God’s strength.
Grand Raffle – The early bird drawing for the Grand Raffle is tomorrow morning. Have your tickets turned in by 8am to have a chance at the $250 drawing! Worried about being too lucky and having your ticket pulled for the $250? Don’t be! The winner of the $250 gets their ticket thrown back for a chance at the $10,000 drawing on February 22nd.
Don’t forget to also stop in the office for extra tickets for your Christmas gatherings over break. Send Mrs. Benes or Mrs. Redpath an email of how many additional tickets you need and they will send them home with your student, or stop in the office before 3:15 today and pick out your lucky numbers! Each additional ticket sold earns you an entry into the free tuition raffle AND earns a tuition credit!
American Junior High Math Contest- On Tuesday, November 12th the 8th grade took the American Junior High Math Contest. We had nine students place at a national level! Congratulations to Brent Barretto, Owen Kolozsy, and Cecily Polanco who tied for 3rd Place, Nicholas Ciolino, Pawel Kulasik, and Michael Powell who tied for 2nd Place, and Justin Carlson, Ben Conte, and Joseph Mahoney who tied for 1st Place. Along with the first-place certificate, Justin, Ben, and Joe’s names will be placed on the math plaque which hangs outside the school office. Congratulations! We are so proud of you!
Where is Max? Speaking of 8th grade math, I spent this morning with Mrs. Robinson and her homeroom watching the students work together to complete a Digital Breakout. It was so cool! The class had to work as a team using everyone’s different styles of thinking by decoding themed riddles, math puzzles, scrambled words, color locks and directional locks on their Chromebooks. The theme of the Digital Breakout was How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the kids had to find the Grinch’s dog, Max. I had a blast watching them team together to break all of the codes, figure out the riddles, and find Max! What surprised Mrs. Robinson and me, however, was how many of the 8th graders didn’t know the story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So… Mrs. Robinson and I read them the book later in the day, and had so much fun doing it! Problem solved.
2020-2021 Tuition Assistance – The Catholic Education Foundation of the Diocese of Joliet offers several types of scholarships for students to attend Catholic Schools within our Diocese. Any interested family must apply for the scholarship annually, so if you are currently receiving CEF assistance, you must reapply for next year. If you are interested in applying for financial assistance, whether you have received it in the past or are applying for the first time, the application opens on January 1, 2020 and closes on March 2, 2020. The application form can be filled out online at www.online.factsmgt.com. An informational flyer is coming home with all students today. It is also posted on School Speak.
PADS Service Project- THANK YOU for all of your donations to our PADS service project. The PADS coordinators were completely overwhelmed by what our students and families did for our PADS guests. Amazing job done by all! Thank you to Mrs. Ryan for coordinating.
Football Mania – Congratulations to the three Football Mania winners this week- each won $25.
Lisa Castillo on a ticket sold by the Zamora family
Alfredo Marquez on a ticket sold by the Marquez family
Melissa Resse on a ticket sold by the Lang family
Tomorrow is Red and Green Out of Uniform Day . Students can dress down in appropriate red, green, or Christmas clothing. Dismissal tomorrow is at 11am. There is no aftercare tomorrow.
Wishing you a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Christmas. See you on January 6, 2020.