January 15, 2021

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

When pondering the post from Mrs. Thomas on ClassDojo today about Dr. King, I found this incredible extension of his words.  We can be that LIGHT for others in our households, our school, our neighborhoods and communities and onward to drive out hate.  The kindness and respect that we show to one another is bound to spread our light and our love.  We will continue our work at IJP School to share our LIGHTS!

In the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy, perhaps your family is planning to use the “day off” to offer service or kindness to others.  Here are some resources that may help:

MLK Day

Official Website

Return to the Building!

As you know, in person learners will return to school on Tuesday, January 19 at         8:00 am. Please be sure to check for symptoms and temperatures before leaving home.  We will conduct our MATH check, as usual, with every staff member and student before their return to the classrooms.  You may want to reread the Health and Safety Guidelines found in the column to the right of this newsletter.  Know that January 19 is a noon dismissal day, and Extended Day is available at no charge until 3:00 pm.

It continues to be very important that families report positive tests or exposure so that we continue our learning safely.  Please call (708-799-5200 x242) or email (ckelly@ijpschool.org) me right away.

Third Trimester Commitment

The form to commit to the third trimester learning platform for families will be sent out on Tuesday.  Please return your commitment for remote or in person learning by Friday, January 29.  The third trimester begins Monday, February 22.

Thank you

Thank you to Monique Rodriguez, mother of fifth grader Mackenzie, for sharing her time and her story with our students and staff today.  Mrs. Rodriguez is the CEO and founder of Mielle Organics (Organic & Natural Hair Care Products for Natural Hair | MIELLE) who shared how her faith and her passion for hair helped her create products that help women stay healthy and happy.  She shares her light in many ways to help women and young girls become successful in business and entrepreneurship.

Net Ministries Retreats

I am super excited that our junior high students will be participating in retreats this week with Net Ministries.  Please keep them in your prayers.

Catholic Schools Week

January 31 through February 6 marks our annual Catholic Schools Week. This year’s daily themes, spirit week dress up days, school activities and assemblies, and service projects will be announced in the coming week. We look forward to focusing on our IJP School family and what it means to us and our community!

Scholarship Donations

The Archdiocese of Chicago is launching a 2:1 matching gift program from December 1, 2020, through February 28, 2021 for donations to the Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship program.  Donations up to the first $50,000 at each school will be matched 2:1 OR until matching funds are depleted, whichever occurs first. Donors to the program need to select SGO, Scholarship Granting Organization, Empower Illinois and then specify Infant Jesus of Prague School.

As an incentive for your participation, we will waive our registration fee for anyone who makes a donation of $1000 or more during the match period. The net cost to the donor is $125 ($1000 donation – $750 tax credit – $125 registration fee). The net benefit to IJP School (with the match) is $2875 ($3000 – $125 registration fee).  We could potentially have $150,000 in scholarships to help the families of our school!

You can find more information on the Archdiocese website at Donating to a Tax Credit Scholarship – Catholic Schools or donate directly to Empower Illinois at Empower Illinois: Home.

Black History Month

Plans are underway for our study of Black History heroes and the impact they have had on our lives.  Mrs. Erica Thomas has offered to help me put some great activities together.  If you would like to help in any way, please contact me!

Know that it is my intention as well as the intentions of our IJP staff to hold up people who have shone their positive light on us over time.  I’d like to be sure we are learning from and being encouraged by them year round, not just during a particular month or day.  Imagine what we can learn from Civil Rights activists, Catholic Saints, people who have overcome a disability or challenge, etc., each and every day!  Even from moms in our school community!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!  I look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday whether it is at school or remotely!

Let your light shine,
Mrs. Kelly