News 12-21-18

News 12-21-182018-12-21T22:51:33+00:00

December 21, 2018

Dear Families and Friends:

Please join us for National Catholic Schools Week, our annual celebration of what makes education at outstanding Infant Jesus of Prague Elementary School. Starting with Mass on Sunday, January 27, we have a whole week of activities planned to show what our students are accomplishing and to celebrate the community we have built to educate tomorrow’s citizens and church leaders.

The theme of our celebration is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

The theme encompasses the core products and values that can be found in Catholic schools across the country. Not only are we teaching students to become future servant leaders, faith-filled disciples and enriched citizens in our communities, educators are growing with them. In Catholic schools, we are all learners, servants and leaders. These shared qualities are what make Catholic schools work. They are what make Catholic schools succeed. The theme also focuses on key elements of Catholic education: faith development, academic excellence and dedication to service. These elements set Catholic schools apart from other educational options. They are why families make sacrifices to provide their children with a Catholic education.

I hope you will visit Infant Jesus of Prague Elementary School during National Catholic Week 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.

Devotedly yours in Christ,

Dr. Wanda Murphy Fulford

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Students from low-income households in grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships, which are awarded on a first come, first served basis. This program started during the 2018/19 school year and many families in our Catholic schools are benefiting. The scholarships are funded by donors who receive a 75 percent credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation. If you received a tax credit scholarship this year (2018/19 school year), you must reapply for a tax credit scholarship for next year. You need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will distribute the scholarships. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund SGO.

To learn more, please visit archchicago.org/tcs or contact the Archdiocese at investinkids@archchicago.org or 312.534.5321.

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Attention! Attention! Attention!

Parents we know you are excited about dropping off your child to school every morning! Please be mindful of your speed in the parking lot and other children/adults. We do not want you to get hurt, your child to get hurt or another child/adult to get hurt! Also, parents, you cannot drop off or pick up your child on Flossmoor Road!

We appreciate you and thank you for your support! 🙂

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How to Handle Holiday Homework?

Your child might argue that the only bad thing about winter vacation is holiday homework. Is it really fair to assign work during the holidays?

But, many other elementary and high school teachers believe homework is the only way to ensure retention of concepts over the long break from school. Whether holiday homework is helpful or hurtful, for many kids it’s par for the course. Dealing with this reality is not waiting to the last minute, says Harris Cooper, Ph.D., renowned homework expert, and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. “I would suggest that parents encourage their children to complete their assignments early— ideally before the relatives arrive,” Cooper says.

Cooper suggests that homework over the holidays be treated like homework at any other time of year: students should determine how much time it will take, and divide it into manageable chunks. “Learning is more effective if it’s done in small doses,” Cooper says. Best Practices

There are three keys to completing homework effectively:

Have a consistent place in the home to work on assignments. Take frequent, short breaks. Keep the distractions to a minimum.

“It’s unrealistic to expect that children are going to be enthusiastic about every subject they study in school,” says Charles Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Extension Specialist in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. “A big part of the learning process is understanding that there are some things we simply have to do, whether we like it or not.” And that applies to homework—even during the holidays.

Parental Involvement

Often, homework assigned over winter break is thematically linked to the holidays. When this occurs, children and parents should take advantage of the opportunity to work together on the homework. Children might benefit from talking to parents or grandparents about their holiday traditions and experiences, or families could work together to experiment with holiday-related science or math projects.

Most importantly, Smith says, parents need to recognize their role in helping children set ground rules for doing homework, such when it’s done, where it’s done, and when breaks will be taken. “Breaks should be active. Playing a fifteen-minute game of football is a good idea; even playing a video game is a good idea.

Social Studies

The 7th graders that are in Mrs. Rosenberger’s social studies classes are currently studying civics and patriotism. This unit will cover the Declaration of Independence, United States Constitution, the Illinois Constitution, and the United States Flag Code. All students must meet the basic requirements for graduation as mandated by the state of Illinois. All assignments and due dates will be posted on Google Classroom and interactive note cards will be created to prepare for the tests.

6th Graders made “stained glass windows” for Advent

Buddy Project

Kindergarten and 4th grade buddies did a reading project today learning about the Legend of the Poinsettia by Tomie DePaol.

Mrs. Kelly’s Class

Ms. Kelly’s class had a tour of Respond Now and sang Christmas carols for the seniors at Manor Care in Homewood. Her students donated nonperishable items (that were in addition to the food we donated during our IJP food drive) and socks for the seniors.  The students learned so much about the services Respond Now offers and brought joy to the residents of Manor Care!