News 1-25-192019-01-28T11:23:22+00:00

January 25, 2019

Dear Parents,

We are excited to start Catholic School Week at Infant Jesus of Prague. I hope you will visit us during National Catholic Schools Week, January 27 – February 1, to enjoy the students and learn about their faith development and community service projects. Please bring your friends and neighbors, particularly those who may be considering Catholic education for their children. I am grateful every day for the teachers, staff, board members, parents and volunteers who make our school a success!

National Catholic Schools Week is a good time for all of us to thank them for their dedication and service!

January 27 – Celebrating your Parish

School/Community Mass 9 and 11 am @ Infant Jesus of Prague Church

January 28 – Celebrating your Community

PTO Book Fair- IJP Library

January 29 – Celebrating your Students

Anti-bullying activities in the classroom

January 30 – Celebrating your Vocations

Grandparents’ Day

Science Fair Awards @ 11:00 am

January 31 – Celebrating your Nation

Our Open House 6-8 pm

February 1 – Celebrating Faculty & Staff

Faculty/student volleyball game, 1:20 pm

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Dr. Wanda Murphy Fulford

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What kind of skills do 21st Century kids really need?

  • CURIOSITY
    When children become confident questioners, they are on a solid path towards being deep, critical thinkers and innovators! Providing your children with novel experiences where they can experiment and play with creating different outcomes teaches them how wonderful it is to be brave explorers and how to get enjoyment when things go wrong!
  • LOGICAL REASONING
    Understanding why something is the way it is, how one thing is related to another, the concept of cause and effect are crucial 21st Century life skills!
    Kids develop and maintain these skills through experimenting, asking why and noticing differences and similarities in every day and play-based situations.
  • CREATIVITY
    It is so important for kids to be confident thinking “outside the box”. To be excited by what failure teaches them about how to approach a problem the next time around. Creativity is important in every area – science, math, language, business, social enterprise – wherever your child’s interests lie, being confident creators will help them succeed!
  • STORYTELLING
    The digital age makes everyone a storyteller. Our kids are growing up in a world that shares ideas in images, words and videos at a rate that is hard to fathom. Learning how to tell a story (in any way – spoken, written, in videos or pictures) builds the kind of mental skills that will be required of all of our kids when they are adults. And, as kids, storytelling helps with self-discovery, communication, memory and creativity.

Written by Cassie (Teach Starter)

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We are gearing up for Catholic Schools Week! We will need assistance with the Book Fair.

We need volunteers during school the week of January 28th – February 1st and a few volunteers during Parent night on Thursday, January 31st. Please let me know if you are able to assist and your preference of day/time. Book fair opens at 9 and runs through 3 – 3:30 throughout the week, with the exception of Wednesday, book fair will open at 10:00 after the all school Mass.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Priscilla García
708-983-9990

 Music – Mrs. Barnick

The Kingsmen Choir will be singing at the 9 am IJP Mass this Sunday morning, January 27th. Please arrive by 8:30 am in the Church Hall wearing your white and black choir uniforms with black shoes. We will make a joyful noise to the Lord!

PreK – Mrs. Slawson

PreK 4 year olds have been enjoying winter indoors thus far with bringing the snow to play inside!!

We have put snow in our sand/water table with some measuring tools and arctic animals that we have been learning about through the story, “The Mitten”.

We also had a snowball fight in our room!! Students got crumpled up pieces of paper with letters and numbers on them. When the students heard, “Freeze”! they took their snowball, opened it up, and were able to tell me if they had a letter or number. Then they were to tell the class their catch! Needless to say the 4 year olds had a ball!!!

Kindergarten – Mrs. Swanson and Mrs.Wernicke

While we continue on our field trip to France, Kindergarten read Babar’s Guide to Paris today and baked our own chocolate filled croissants!  We pretended we were in a French café! So much fun to cook and so yummy to eat!  Ask a kindergartner if you would like the recipe.

1st Grade – Mrs. Murphy

First graders are learning about snowflakes this week.  We read a non-fiction story, “Snowflake Bently”. We learned about a famous person named Wilson Bently who took photographs of snowflakes. We saw what an old fashioned camera looked like.  We are also learning about symmetry.  Snowflakes have symmetry and six sides. Each one is unique just like each one of us.

Students in grades 4-8 participated in the National Geographic GeoBee. Ten students were selected and represented their grade levels at a final competition held this past Friday. A finalist was chosen and will take a qualifying test in order to advance to the state level.

6-12 Grades – Ms. Yovich

On Friday, January 25, 2019, IJP School is hosting its 38th Annual Science Fair.  The seventh-grade students have been hard at work since September (and some since May of 2018), and now that hard work has come to its exciting climax!

Students will present their poster boards and booklets to a panel of distinguished judges, some who have been coming here to IJP for over thirty years!  The judges always look forward to seeing the students’ work and listening to their speeches.

For some students, the journey does not end here! Students who qualify will be offered the opportunity to attend the Regional Science Fair in March, and compete against students in grades 6-12.  And if they do well at Regionals, they may be offered an invitation to the State Competition in May at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.

This event is such an exciting time for our seventh graders.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they move along through this endeavor.

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