Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. Isidore Catholic School, thank-you for your generosity in remembering us at Christmastime. We were showered with delicious goodies and thoughtful gifts. We appreciate your generosity in the school wide Christmas gift for us. You are a wonderful community and you take care of us very well. Thank you!
We also received a note of thanks from Rosemary, the PADS coordinator, for our school donations.
On behalf of our Pads guests, I want to thank you for all your hard work and making Christmas special. It was a great idea having some children bring cookies, and others bring products our guests can use for personal care. The Christmas decorations gave our dinner tables that special Christmas look. Very clever and perfect! Please thank the children and families and tell them they are all appreciated. Our Pads guests were very grateful and had smiles on their faces. Thank you for a project well done!
As many of you know, my children are full blown teenagers (16 and 18 years old). I have gotten somewhat used to the changes this has brought to our family. However, what I have completely forgotten about is how much work it is to parent younger children! My twin niece and nephew spent a few days with us over break because my sister and brother-in-law both work downtown and were trying to save taking days off. My niece and nephew are in 2nd grade. What did we play? School! They were the teachers and my children and I were the students. We had calendar time, circle time, a fire drill, show and tell, Student of the Week, and snack time. What was so fascinating to me is that I could tell they were perfect mimics of their teachers- who I don’t even know. My niece and nephew knew the rules in their classroom and their school. They knew what was non-negotiable and what could bend a little. They knew what their teachers, principal, lunch supervisors, etc. would say to every single situation that could possibly happen. So, for our teachers and staff, I remind you that you are probably often quoted at home. For our parents, you are often quoted here at school too. Let us not forget that every move, every word, and every gesture that we share with our students and children is absorbed and helps to define the person that they will become. We only get one chance at this, so we need to cherish these moments and use them well. What an awesome privilege and responsibility we together share.
CSW 2020- We have a lot of exciting events planned for Catholic Schools Week! I would like to highlight our Pack the Pews incentive. All school families are asked to attend the 8:30am CSW Mass on 1/26. Students should attend in uniform. In exchange for attending the 8:30 mass in uniform, students will be given an out of uniform pass that can be used throughout the year. Please note that we would like our parishioners to see our students clearly, so we are asking students to not wear their coats during mass. Please join us for the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast following mass, the Open House, and the unveiling of our 2020-2021 STEM Advancement initiatives.
First Eucharist Parent Meeting- Parents of students receiving First Communion this spring must attend a mandatory session offered in February. There are many options of dates/times available: February 4th at 4:15pm in the church, February 4th at 6pm in the church, February 5th at 4:15pm in the church, February 5th at 6pm in the church, and February 8th at 9am in the chapel. Please reply to Mrs. Zielinski to rsvp. 630-529-9191 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Football Mania- Congratulations to James Akin for winning $25 on a ticket sold by the Roberts family, and to Danielle Clary for winning $25 on a ticket sold by the Williams family.
Empower Illinois- As a reminder the Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship will open on Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30pm, with submission beginning at 7pm.
Catholic Education Foundation Scholarships- Any family interested in receiving financial assistance for the 2020-2021 school year must complete the scholarship application process through the CEF. A flyer is coming home in today’s backpack mail and is also posted on School Speak. All applications must be submitted by 3/2/20. Late applications are not accepted.
Box Tops of Education- Thank you to our families for participating in the Box Tops program! As of the end of December we have earned $466.80 for our school’s operating budget! Keep on clipping!
Please don’t forget that FFF orders and payment are due tomorrow.
It’s hard to say goodbye…
Mrs. Debbi Ryan has accepted a position outside of education beginning January 13, 2020. Debbi has been a dedicated teacher here at SIS for the past 13 years. Debbi is a nurturing, kind-hearted teacher who truly loves her students. I can confidently make that statement speaking as her supervisor, a fellow teacher, and a parent. Debbi came on board at St. Isidore the year my oldest daughter was in first grade. She has taught both of my children. I was a teacher on staff when Debbi was originally hired which gave me the privilege of working alongside her as a colleague. And recently I’ve worked with Debbi as her supervisor. She has been amazing and wonderful in the midst of transition and change. She will be greatly missed.
I have posted both the art and resource parts of her position and hope to have them filled soon. In the meantime, I am excited to announce that Mrs. Stephanie Jaskula will take on the role of long-term substitute for our art program. Mrs. Jaskula has a degree in art from Loyola University and also has an art club that operates out of her home. Mrs. Jaskula has volunteered in the art department at local schools, including those in District 93. Mrs. Jaskula is excited to help St. Isidore in this capacity. Regarding the resource part of Mrs. Ryan’s position, we have it posted and hope to have it filled soon. If you know of anyone with the proper credentials that may be interested in a part time Academic Interventionist position, please have him/her reach out to me, or complete the application process online through the Diocese of Joliet website. In the meantime we will fill the position internally.
Mrs. Ryan’s good-bye will be a difficult one and we wish her nothing but the best. Below you will find a letter Mrs. Ryan has written to our families to say good-bye.
Dear Parents and Families,
I would like to share some news with you. Tomorrow will be my last day teaching at St. Isidore Catholic School. I have decided to make a career change. I have accepted a sales position with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2019 was a year of big change for the Ryan family. Due to some of these personal changes, the needs of my family have changed too. An opportunity has presented itself to me which will allow me to better meet the needs of my family.
Please know that this was a very difficult decision to make. St. Isidore School has been my “home away from home” for over 13 years. I truly love working with your children every day. I have made many amazing friends and many great memories here. Leaving to pursue this new position is bittersweet. I am excited to take on this new challenge but also very sad to leave my family at SIS. I am comforted knowing the school is in great hands moving forward and I’m very excited to see our school continue to grow and thrive well into the future.
Thank you for all you have done for me over the last 13 years. Thank you for your kindness, support, friendship, communication, dedication and love. I appreciate it more than you know. Even though I will no longer be a teacher here, St. Isidore Parish will always be my home. I hope to see you at church and around town. Thank you again for making my days at St. Isidore Catholic School filled with faith, love and happiness!
Mrs. Debbi Ryan