PTO News

Thank you to all our Room Parents who joined us on Monday for our meeting!  We look forward to another successful year with your help!  Thank You to all who joined us at our first PTO Meeting of the year on Monday following the Room Parent Meeting.  It was wonderful to see so many new and excited faces!


Our first fundraiser, KidStuff Coupon Books is wrapping up! Please either send your book back or monies in by Monday, September 18th.  


Hopefully, you are clipping and sending in your Box Tops with your child's name and homeroom listed.  The school receives 10 cents per top and monies will go to purchase/replace playground equipment. 

Pancake Breakfast

Come One, Come All to the 9:30 am Family Mass on Sunday, September 17th.

After Mass, join us for our First Pancake Breakfast of the Year! Feast on Pancakes, Sausage, Coffee, Juice, and Milk prepared by IJP Chiefs! All of this plus great fellowship for $2.00 per person.

See you there with your appetite!

Pat Kahl hopes to see all of our school and religious education families at all of our Family Masses and Breakfasts!
The October Mass will be on October 15th at 9:30 am with breakfast following.

Leap of Faith

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September 15, 2017



Dear IJP Families,

I continue to be very impressed with the way the students have embraced the Kingsmen Code program and the Meaningful Monday Assembly. Starting the day out as a whole school, having student led prayer, and community announcements really kicks the week off in a joyful Christ-filled way.

I am so thankful and happy to report that we have collected over $2000 in cash and gift cards for our new sister school in Houston, Queen of Peace Catholic School. The thoughtfulness and generosity of our families is shining through in an amazing way!  The package will be on its way this evening. Again, thank you to all who were able to donate and help with the recovery in the aftermath of the hurricane.

We will be shifting our Works of Mercy closer to home, bringing the subject of food insecurity into the curriculum as we partner with the whole Archdiocese and Soldier Field to restock the eight Chicagoland Catholic Charities Food Pantries before November.


Parents Night Out is almost here!  You are cordially invited to join us on Friday, September 22nd for FREE pizza, wine and beer, as we gather to pick the ONWARD IJP! Raffle Winners! Festivities start at 7 pm. Drawing is at 9 pm. If you have not already done so, please RSVP using this LINK.

The October Lunch Menu has been posted on the school website under the “Hot Lunch Program” tab. Please have your student’s menu selections in by Friday, September 29th at the latest.  We want to start out October lunches as smoothly as possible. You may email menus directly to Country House at You may also bring the menus to the School Office, with a check made out to Country House if you do not have your credit card on file with the company.

Note from the Nurse: Please be sure your child has eaten breakfast before coming to school.  Every morning, students visit the nurse complaining of a “stomachache".  When asked if they had breakfast, the answer is almost always "no".  Breakfast is an important meal and is often neglected.  It gets the digestion process going and also provides energy that is needed to think and perform well in school.  So please reinforce to your child the importance of eating breakfast every day.

Please remember to register for PowerSchool if you have not already done so. Contact Mrs. Debbie Bohne, Technology Director, for the code to register.  My goal is for all parents to be connected to PowerSchool this year before Mid-Term time on September 29th!

The Soup-er Stadium Challenge is coming.  Stay tuned next week!

Have a wonderful weekend and good luck to all our student athletes this weekend!



Natalie Formica


Come cheer on your Kingsmen Girls Basketball Teams this Saturday, September 16th at IJP!  8th Grade plays at 9:50 am and 11:30 am.  7th Grade plays at 10:40 am.   


The Football Teams will be at Our Lady of the Ridge this Saturday.  If you will be in the Chicago Ridge Area, they would love the support!!  JV plays at 12:00 and Varsity at 1:30 pm.     

SAVE THE DATE!!!  Athletics will host a Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, September 23rd at the Annual IJP Block Party!  Join us near the Rectory for the tournament and other adult fun! We are looking for volunteers to help from 5:00pm-7:00pm.  8th Graders or High Schoolers in need of Service Hours are welcome!!!  Please email to sign up!!


Join us on Saturday, September 30th at Marian Catholic High School for Homecoming!!!  Games will begin at 5:30 pm.  Information will be sent home with the students next week!!!




      ***IJP Winter Sports for Girls Volleyball Registration Sept. 1 - Sept  22nd***

WHO?:  IJP Volleyball Registration is OPEN for girls from 4th - 8th grade who are students IJP or in the IJP R.E. program.

WHERE?: Please go to IJP Parish Website  and click on Athletic Tab to print both volleyball registration & code of conduct information for IJP Volleyball and include payment to IJP AthleticsFriday, September 22nd.

REGISTRATION FORMS?: You may drop off Registration/Payment at IJP School Office/IJP R.E. Office during school hours or in IJP school mail slot drop box after hours. attn: IJP Athletics-VB Program.
WHY NOW?:  We are collecting registrations at this early date to be able to provide open gym opportunities to registered players,  secure coaches, set up teams, designate practice times & locations and turn in league information.

SEASON TIME? Practices start early/mid November-2 times/week, games on Saturdays from Dec. through February.

***Mark Calendars: IJP Volleyball Parent information meeting ;  Tues., Sept. 26th. @ 7:00-8:00 pm. @ IJP Cafeteria ---Attendance Strongly Encouraged!  IJP Volleyball Directors will present information about our program, coach requirements if interested, league info. &  try-out process for grades 6th, 7th & 8th grade.
QUESTIONS:  email to or call  Betsy Cutrara at 708-822.2121

Betsy Cutrara IJP Volleyball Director
Willie Bobbitt
Lara Elfner
IJP Volleyball Co-Coordinators