Dear IJP Families,
What a great week for school! Our first full week was a success. The days went by so quickly as students, teachers, and parents began settling into a routine for the new school year. We are still welcoming some new families and I encourage our community to reach out and help in any way to someone who may be hesitant or a little lost. Let us put into practice the theme for this year, “I am third”. If there is anything that I can be of help with as we start the year, please email, call, or stop in.
This past Wednesday was our Opening All School Mass. The students, faculty and parishioners heard a wonderful message from Fr. Jack. The 8th grade did a terrific job with the readings and the choir was excellent despite only one rehearsal. Praying together is so important for our school community’s faith life. Please join us on Wednesdays at 9:00 am if you are able.
Our week ended with Fall Picture Day on Friday. If your child was absent, there will be a make-up/retake picture day in October. Stay tuned for exact date.
We have a new banner up in the school. It says “Ancora Imparo” which means “I am always learning” in Italian. This phrase was found in a sketch book by Leonardo da Vinci when he was 83 years old! We are never too young or too old to learn. Happy new school year!
Parent Back to School Nights – Tuesday, August 28th is Parent Back to School Night for Grades K-5 and Wednesday, August 29th is for Grades 6-8. Both nights begin at 6:30 pm in the Gym with a brief welcome and update, then teachers will have the opportunity to meet you and speak about their classes and expectations for the school year. 6th Graders will receive their Chromebooks on Wednesday night as well. Please make every effort to attend this informative night.
Remember to register for PowerSchool if you have not already done so! New families should contact Deb Bohne, Tech Director, by phone (708-799-5200) or see her at Back to School Night to set up your account if you have not already done so. My goal is for all parents to be connected to PowerSchool by the end of September.
From the Nurse: We are continuing our procedure for Nurse Visits this school year. When students visit the nurse they will be given a “Visit to Nurse” note to take home to their parents. A second copy will be put in the student’s medical file. This note will contain the student’s name, grade, teacher, date and time of visit, reason for visit and treatment given by nurse. These notes are for your information and to help identify patterns. As in the past, the nurse will continue to call a parent if there are any injuries, such as bumped heads or twisted ankles, etc. or if a student is sick. Please feel free to call the nurse if you have any questions, 708-799-5200, x240.
Also, students who are new to the school, all Kindergarteners, and all 6th graders must have a school physical on file with the nurse. An eye exam is required for all Kindergarteners and a dental exam for Kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grades. School physicals are now past due. Per the state of Illinois, any student without a physical on file will be excluded from school beginning September 4th.
Student/Parent Handbooks went home this week. Please read through the handbook with your child and return the Handbook Sign-Off Sheet by Friday, August 31st. Please reiterate often our Kingsmen Code: Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be Kind, Be Safe.
Virtus Training– Any parent or grandparent who plans on volunteering must be Virtus trained through the Archdiocese. This is one of four steps necessary before volunteering in the school. This includes room parents, lunch helpers, coaches, and field trip chaperones. Go to www.virtus.org to register at a location near you. The Director of Religious Education usually hosts a session at IJP Parish in September. We will pass along the date as soon as we hear.
We will begin our safety drills next week. Over the next two months, we will be practicing our fire and lock-down drills. Per state law, we must complete at least three fire drills a year. The first drill is announced and we walk through the procedure together so everyone is comfortable. The next two are unannounced. Our students do a great job at taking the drills seriously. Please take some time to explain to your child the importance of remaining silent during an alarm so instructions can be heard in the event on an emergency.
Volunteers are always needed, especially in the lunchroom and parking lot. If you have not already done so, please consider volunteering and turn in the Volunteer Form to the School Office.
Have a safe and blessed weekend.