Principal Letter – 9/20/18
September 20, 2018
Happy Thursday! Our testing week is winding down and your children have done a great job staying focused during the tests as well as being respectful and quiet in the hallways so that all can concentrate. Our teachers have also done a wonderful job planning activities outside the testing sessions that provided ways to relax a bit such as receiving fresh air, enjoying some extra gross motor time, or even playing board games.
In celebration of the Feast Day of St. Matthew, we will have a dress down day (black and white attire) tomorrow. Please make sure that your children follow the dress down guidelines which can be found in the school handbook.
On the subject of the handbook, an update has been made to the school handbook in regards to late homework for grades 5-8th grade. We have changed our procedures from keeping students inside from recess to a change in the grade on the late assignment. The handbook now accurately reflects the practice we have implemented and states: “The teacher issues a “late work slip” for an assignment not turned in on time. “On time” is the beginning of a class period. The student needs to complete the assignment that evening at home, and it must be returned upon arrival the following morning. A parent signs the late slip and the student returns it the next day to the teacher and the grade will be reduced by 10%. If the student neglects to return the late slip and/or the assignment the next day, a failing grade will be recorded. Long-term assignments must be submitted on their due dates. An after school detention is issued for every five late-work slips acquired within one trimester.” Additionally, the Diocese of Joliet is in the process of reviewing and updating their policies this year. Once the policies are updated, our School Board will be reviewing them and ensuring that are policies are in line with them.
Please be sure that your information is accurate and current on School Speak by October 1st. We will publish our school directory on October 4th. You may choose to prevent your information from being published, so be aware of that option. If you list your mobile carrier, you can also be alerted via text of any emergency situation that may arise here at school. Please find a letter in this posting which shares important information with you about our preparedness should there be an emergency or crisis situation.
Undy Sunday is around the corner on October 13/14. Our eighth grade students will be leading our school in a collection drive. Please help us collect new underwear, undershirts, pajamas, socks, and diapers for those in the diocese who are in desperate need of some items which we often take for granted. Our hope is to collect many items and to follow the teachings of Jesus and live the virtue of mercy. In His teachings we receive a model for treating others as if they were Jesus in disguise. As an extra incentive, the classroom which donates the most items will be treated to a jeans day and ice cream “sundaes.”
As a reminder, you are welcome to join us for Mass. Kindergarten through eighth grade attends each Tuesday beginning at 7:50 AM and sits with their faith families. This Tuesday, Father Matt’s homily centered on the gospel reading for the day and reinforced that we all have gifts and we use the gifts to build each other up and glorify our Lord. It is with great joy that we recognize, cherish, and celebrate the gifts that you and your children share with our faith community at SJB. It is an honor to partner with you.
Peace and blessings to you,