News 10-19-18

News 10-19-182018-10-19T14:55:22+00:00

October 19, 2018

Dear IJP Families,

Fall Trivia Night was a great success!  Thank you to the 90+ participants, the teachers who donated their time and basket making skills, and to the vendors and the community who donated items so generously to IJP School. Congrats to the winning team!  A fun time was had by all.

Join us on Thursday, November 1st for All Saints Day Mass at 10 am. There is no All-School Mass on Wednesday, October 31st due to the Holy Day on Thursday.

Autumn Prayer

God of all seasons, we thank you for Autumn.
We thank you
for the touch of coolness in the air that gives us a new burst of energy,
for the coloring of trees that shows the creativity of the Divine Artist,
for the falling leaves that reveal the strength of the branches,
for the hues of fields that bring peace to our souls,
for the smiles on pumpkins that bring joy to children,
for the fall harvest which that brings us gratitude for the bounty of our land,
for this change of seasons that reveals the circle of life. 
God of all seasons, as you transform the earth, transform us by your Spirit.


– Doug Leonhardt, S.J.


ALERT! There will be No School on Monday, November 19th. This is a change in the published school calendar.  Students will be off that day in order for teachers to work on new Blended Learning skills and to prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences which begin at 2 pm. Please note the change in your home calendars!

Please check out the sports newsletter! Both football teams will be in the championship game tomorrow, Saturday, October 20th. Junior Varsity at 12 and Varsity at 2:30. Field address is in the Sports Newsletter.

We are gearing up for fall and the wonderful cooler weather.  As the weather changes, please remember to have your child wear a jacket to school as we will continue to go out for recess all the days that we can until the weather becomes too cold.

8th Grade Parents: There will be an 8th grade Parent Meeting on Thursday, November 8th to talk about the Spring 8th Grade Activities, Graduation, and to sign up for volunteer committees for the events.  Please plan on meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:30 pm.  Students should NOT attend! A draft letter of important dates and times of all events will be handed out.  A finalized letter of events will go out in January.

The Trunk or Treat Community Event will take place on Saturday, October 27th from 6-8 pm in the faculty parking lot. Halloween Fun for all ages, including games and food. Please join us for this family event and reserve your car space now! See the flyer that went home today and the school website for more information and registration. More questions, call Leslie Newhuis at 708-799-5200, ext. 250.

Wednesday, October 31st is the Halloween pizza lunch. The cafeteria kitchen is closed for lunch on Wednesday.  If you chose not to participate in the pizza lunch, please remember to pack a lunch from home for your child.

All students may have a Jeans Day on Wednesday, 10/31, and wear a black/orange or Halloween-themed t-shirt (appropriate for school) in lieu of their uniform. The school gym shoe policy still applies.  On Wednesday afternoon-Halloween, please remind your child about candy safety and not to eat any treat until you have a chance to look over their loot! Be Safe!

From Nurse Crocilla: As the weather changes and we get deeper into the fall, it is also the beginning of cold and flu season. The teachers wipe down and disinfect the student desks and common areas in their room on a regular basis. Our cleaning crew disinfects the door handles, light switches, washrooms, and school-wide common areas on a daily and weekly basis as well. Please help us in reminding your child to cover their mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing and reiterate the importance of washing their hands often to prevent sickness.

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Have a wonderful weekend and Go Kingsmen!


Natalie Formica

If you are not participating in the KidStuff Coupons Book, please send the book back to school ASAP.

We are excited to have a new Fundraiser debuting in November, more information coming soon.

Trunk or Treat is Saturday, October 27th from 6-8 pm.  We are looking for Volunteers to help throughout the evening.  We are also in need of a couple of talented face painters!

Save the Date:  Family Movie Night is Saturday, November 3rd.  Information coming soon.

We are actively looking to recruit for the PTO Board.  If you are interested, please reach out to me.

Shannon Mayronne

Boys Basketball Registration is now open!

Evaluations to be announced.

Walk Walton 2018 is this Sunday Oct 21, 10:30-3 pm and our conservation ecology interns from Parker Junior High, James Hart and Infant Jesus of Prague schools are excited to share what they have learned with the community.
Please support the interns and Homewood Science Center this Sunday. Walk Walton celebrates the science of the season and offers great food from Aurelio’s, Sunshine Kitchen, Say Cheese and Wiley’s Grill. In addition, we offer an expert guided Walk, Spooky Science, Autumn Ecology, a pumpkin patch, marshmallow roasting and more!