News 3-1-192019-03-01T15:18:39-05:00

March 1, 2019

Dear Parents,

What is Ash Wednesday?

Ash Wednesday is one of the most popular and important holy days in the liturgical calendar. This year, Ash Wednesday is March 6. Ash Wednesday opens Lent, a season of fasting and prayer.

Ash Wednesday takes place 46 days before Easter Sunday, and is chiefly observed by Catholics, although many other Christians observe it too.

Ash Wednesday comes from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the wearing of ashes on the head. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made us. As the priest applies the ashes to a person’s forehead, he speaks the words: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Alternatively, the priest may speak the words, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

It is important to remember that Ash Wednesday is a day of penitential prayer and fasting. Some faithful take the rest of the day off work and remain home.  Generally, Christians that observe this holy day typically, do not dine out, shop, or go about in public after receiving the ashes. Feasting on this day is not recommended and small children, the elderly and sick are exempt from this observance.  Observers can wear the ashes for the rest of the day, and they may be washed off after Mass. However, many people keep the ashes as a reminder until the evening.

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As a parent, feeling confident in the safety of your child or children at IJP school is extremely important to staff and faculty. In the next couple of months, we will be conducting routine safety drills.

Helpful Guidelines to Keep in Mind When Talking with Children about School Safety:

For some children, even participation in a drill may cause some emotional distress, especially if it reminds them of a prior crisis event or if they otherwise are feeling vulnerable or anxious. As a parent, you are in the best position to help your child cope. Any conversation with a child must be developmentally appropriate.

  • Young children need brief simple information that should be balanced with reassurance. This includes informing children that their school and home are safe (once these are secure) and that adults are available to protect them. Young children often gauge how threatening or serious an event is by adult reactions. This is why, for example, parents are encouraged not to get overly emotional when saying goodbye on the first day of school. Young children respond well to basic assurance by adults and simple examples of school safety, like reminding them the exterior doors are locked.
  • Upper elementary and early middle school children may​ be more vocal in asking questions about whether they are truly safe and what is being done at their school. They may need assistance separating reality from fantasy. Parents can share the information they have about the school’s safety plan and any other relevant communication to ease their child’s mind.
  • Upper middle school and high school students may have strong and varying opinions about causes of violence in school and society. Parents should stress the role that students have in maintaining safe schools by following the school’s safety guidelines (e.g., not providing building access to strangers, reporting strangers on IJP campus, reporting threats to school safety made by students or community members, etc.).

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Please continue to dress your child appropriately. We will have many outdoor recesses in the coming days!!!

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SPRING PICTURES and 8th Grade Graduation Retakes

Monday, March 4, 2019

Avoid wearing shades of green as all students will be photographed against a green screen. We suggest bright cheerful colors. A proof will be sent home that will include package and ordering information.

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Remember to keep clipping your Box Tops!!

Planning for next year will be beginning for  next year.  The PTO is in need of volunteers to help plan, organize, and execute the events.  Below is a listing of the board positions.  A meeting will be scheduled on Monday, March 11th at 7 pm in the Cafeteria.For the last couple of years I have been organizing the events and programs and then with the help of the office and volunteers running them.  It is past time to regroup and rebuild the board.

PTO stands for Parent-Teacher Organization, consisting of parents and teachers working together to support and enrich all students.  We support school staff, help promote student self-esteem, and assist in efforts to solve school needs through volunteering and funding.  But, in order to do all that we need the support of the parents.

 Below is the outline for the board roles. Outline of PTO Board and Roles

President:  The president shall preside over meetings of the organization and executive board, serve as the primary contact for the principal, represent the organization at meetings outside the organization, serve as an ex officio member of all committees except the nominating committee, and coordinate the work of all the officers and committees so that the purpose of the organization is served.

Vice President:  The vice president shall assist the president and carry out the president’s duties in his or her absence or inability to serve.

Secretary:  The secretary shall keep all records of the organization, take and record minutes, prepare the agenda, handle correspondence, and send notices of meetings to the membership. The secretary also keeps a copy of the minutes book, bylaws, rules, membership list, and any other necessary supplies, and brings them to meetings.

Treasurer:  The treasurer shall keep an accurate record of receipts and expenditures, and pay out funds in accordance with the approval of the executive board for the organization. He or she will present a financial statement at every meeting and at other times of the year when requested by the executive board, and make a full report at the end of the year.  The treasurer will present a proposed budget for the current year to the PTO Executive Board for approval at the August Meeting.

Ways and Means:  The ways and means coordinator shall be in charge of any and all fundraising projects to be sponsored by the organization.  This includes timelines, dates, expected costs, and projected revenues.  They shall coordinate activities of the fundraising committee.

Administrative Representative:  An administrative representative, designated by the principal, will serve as the liaison between the PTO Executive Board and the administration.

4th and 5th Grades

Our students went on a field trip to the Chicago History Museum. As you can tell by the photo they had a great time!

Thank you PTO!

A big THANK YOU goes out to our wonderful PTO…we received many new books for our library from the Book Fair!

Celebrating Black History Month

IJP School presented “Our Story: Celebrating Black History Month”. We have many talented students that performed songs, dances, poetry and readings for this program.

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