St. Joseph School Newsletter March 6, 2009 Vol. 6, No. 25 Coming Events Friday, March 6 Reconciliation for grades 5 (room 200), 6, 7, and 8 Friday, March 13 Stations of the Cross (7:30 PM) including an ecumenical service remembering the victims of the recent shooting in Wilmette Saturday, March 7 First Reconciliation (11 AM) Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11 Parish Mission (7:30 PM) Tuesday, March 10 Stations of the Cross (2:15 PM) NOTE TIME!! Mass uniforms required! Friday, March 13 Pizza Day (out of uniform- Go Green Day) Friday, March 13 Reconciliation grades 3, 4, and 5 (201) Friday, March 13 Children’s Stations of the Cross (7:30 PM) church POP (Parents on Patrol) This is a friendly reminder from POP! Please refer to your schedule to see if next week is YOUR week for POP duty. There is a full schedule in the back of your directory or at www.stjosephwilmette.com/pop.htm . If you are unable to work the week you were assigned, please find a sub! Let's keep our parking lot safe for all of our children! TUITION 2009-2010 Earlier this week a cover letter from the school board regarding next year’s tuition as well as the Tuition and Fee Schedule was sent out to all families. You will also find a copy of each on our website. Note that the increase is being kept to only 2%. If you have not yet registered, we ask that you do so now. Very shortly, members of the school board will begin calling all families who are not yet registered. TRANSPORTATION REIMBURSEMENT The Transportation Reimbursement form for the State of Illinois is now available for signing in the office. In order to qualify, you must live at least 1 ½ miles from school or else live less than that but have a safety hazard that you cross on the way to school. In order to qualify for the safety hazard, you must already have sent the state the required form. The form we have in the office must be signed by the end of the school year. THIS IS THE FINAL TIME THAT THIS NOTICE WILL BE IN THE NEWSLETTER. HEALTH EXAM REQUIREMENTS The State of Illinois has specific health exam requirements that must be met before a child is allowed to enter school. For the 2009-2010 school year this requirement will apply to students entering preschool, kindergarten, grade 2 and grade 6 plus all new students. A notice was sent home to parents in the affected grades along with the forms, which are also available on our website. The forms should be turned in by August 3, when the office will reopen. NO STUDENT will be allowed to begin school until all forms are in. This is the state requirement, and we will follow that requirement. Simply giving us a date for a doctor’s appointment will not be satisfactory. We are letting you know this now so that you will have plenty of time to make an appointment. Please don’t wait until August to make doctor appointments. DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME This is a reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 8. Remember to set your clocks AHEAD before going to be on Saturday. Support St. Joseph School 8th Grade AND be Green! See flyer at the end of the newsletter! SUMMER AT THE SHORE The bermudas are in the drawer, the flip flops and topsiders are packed away but the memories of Summer by the Shore will be with us forever! Just a few thank you's and reminders remain before we roll up our beach umbrellas until next year. . . First, let's all cheer for Sophie Amphlett, Terri Bouchard, Catherine Sullivan, and Patti Tsuru - our amazing co-chairs. Their drive and determination made this all possible! Thanks to all of the Biffs and Mitsys who made Summer by the Shore such a splash! Special "Kudos" to Tim Finnigan, Kurt Zoller, Ellen Fox, Brian and Susan Bradley, Julie Zoller, Helena Harron, Jim Bolotin, Patty and John Ohle, Helen Considine, Ty Kadheman, Maria McCanna, Sharon Buchanan, Jean Bolotin, Mike Forth, Colleen Golden, Kathy Nugent and Rich Hill. Working in the background and right out in front, you helped to make it all come together. To everyone who volunteered before and during the event and to all of the school and parish families who donated and bought the wonderful items for auction, Thank You! School passes are still available. For only $30.00, you get 4 out of uniform passes and 2 tardy passes good through Feb of 2010. One set per student, restrictions apply. Call Catherine Sullivan for more information or to purchase. It's not too late to sign up for no-bid parties! For Mamma Mia contact Jani Connolly, for the Brewers trip call Tom Kessler or Pete McCanna, and for the Godfather night call Tony Bouchard or Ted McKenna. Don't wait, these parties will sell out! Lost and Found: A sage green pashmina, a pair of size 6 black and white flip flops and a pair of broken, large frame sunglasses. Are they yours? Call Catherine Sullivan to claim these items. CONGRATULATIONS We are very proud of the fact that so many of our graduates are doing well in high school and college. We recently received a letter from Loyola Academy, listing those graduates who achieved honors in the first semester- 85% of those graduates who are attending Loyola. That is a great testament to the work our teachers do in preparing our students for high school. Congratulations to the following: Loyola Scholar (at least 93% unweighted semester average):T. J. Considine, Steven Razafsha, Nick Hill, Grace Kerrigan, Maryam Razafsha, Dan Sheridan, Catherine Solmos First Honors (weighted average over 89.5%): Olivia Kilb, Marilyn Bass, Katie Bolotin, Patricia Castellanos, Patrick Butler, Andrew Fox, Fred Smart Second Honors (weighted average of 84.5%-89.4%): Dan McHugh, Michael Hager, Carl Perera We would like to hear from parents of students in other high schools (and colleges as well) to find out how they are doing. I would like to share their successes with our parent community. IT IS IN GIVING THAT WE RECEIVE ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL BOARD The St. Joseph School Board is accepting applications for three openings on the Board for a three year term commencing with the 2009-10 school year. The School Board acts as a key advisor to the school Administration and is responsible for developing policies that enable the school to fulfill its mission. If you are interested in receiving more information, please see the School Board section of our website. You may also contact either of the Chairpersons of the Nominating Committee: (Colleen Driscoll or Gary Delaney). Applications are available on the school’s website (www.stjosephwilmette.com) or the school office. GOING GREEN MATTERS Going Green Matters, a community environmental event featuring information and vendor booths, special recycling opportunities, a Green Tea and 4 in-depth seminars: Greening Wilmette, Grow your own Food, Green Cars and Connecting Families to Nature. Sunday March 15th 2-5:00 p.m. Community Recreation Center, 300 Glenview Road, Wilmette. Hosts: Go Green Wilmette & Wilmette Park District. More details: gogreenwilmette.org. Sixth Grade Hoop-apalooza caps off season. The sixth grade girls and boys basketball teams capped off their season on Sunday with their own version of March madness. After the sixth grade boys played an intersquad game, the night’s main event was a fast paced game pitting the sixth grade girls’ team against the team Moms. After the four quarters of furious back and forth action (including a number of the sixth grade boys joining the game to cover their mothers), the Moms prevailed 13-10. We thank the following moms for taking the court and competing against our sixth grade teams: Jeannie Breen, Barb Canning, Mary Hall, Bianca Hara, Cathy Neuses, Karen Santacruz, Cari Selzer, Cathy Treiber, Dawn Zigmond, Pearl Nicholas, Jackie Tan and Martha Sheridan. ATTACHMENTS Preschool Post Smoke Alarm Info 8th Grade Recycling St. Joseph Mission March 6, 2009 • Many new and challenging activities have been introduced this week. • New puzzles have been put out. These puzzles represent places and faces of people from all over the world. • Number rolls; this activity is for the older children. Using a roll of paper, the children write numbers beginning with number one. They use a set of numerals so they understand the place value. When they have finished for the day, they go to the bank, show their cards and get that amount of quantity. They tell three people what their quantity is and then write a check to take home and show their parents. • Decimal Layout; the children lay out on a rug the symbol and quantity from one unit to nine units, one ten bar to nine ten bars, one square of one hundred to nine square of one hundreds; one cube of one thousand to nine cubes of one thousand. (a beautiful representation of our decimal system.) • Atrium; the prayer table has a purple cloth on it which represents waiting. We are waiting for Easter;We are reading about heaven and the Mustard Seed (Mark 4:30-32). The children are shown real mustard seeds in a jar. We talk about how small they are and how when planted in the ground they grow to be a very large tree. There is a photo of a mustard tree in Israel. Something so small can grow into something so large. • Movie Night; this great event is next Friday, March 13. Sign your child up. It is so much fun! Miss Jones Mrs. Cavoto What You Should Know About Smoke Alarms Since the late 1970s, smoke alarms have decreased fire deaths by almost 50 percent, according to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org ). About 95 percent of American households currently have at least one smoke alarm installed. There’s no doubt smoke alarms save lives: 65 percent of reported home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. There are two common types of smoke alarms used for detecting fires. 1. Ionization smoke alarms. When smoke enters the smoke alarm chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, which disrupts the flow of current between two electrically charged plates and activates the alarm. This type of smoke alarm is generally better at detecting flaming fires. Examples of flaming fires are paper burning in a wastebasket or grease fires on the stovetop. Flaming fires are quick to spread and rapidly consume materials in their path. A study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission found that 94 percent of home fires were categorized as flaming fires. 2. Photoelectric smoke alarms. When smoke enters the smoke alarm chamber, light is reflected onto a light sensor triggering the alarm. This type of smoke detector is generally better at detecting smoldering fires. Smoldering fires can sometimes burn for hours before bursting into flames. Examples include cigarettes burning in couches or bedding. Since you can’t be sure what kind of fire might start in your home, consider installing both ionization and photoelectric alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Here are some other smoke alarm facts and tips. • If all homes in the United States had a working smoke alarm, an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year. • The biggest cause for smoke alarm failure is missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. The leading reason for disabling smoke alarms is nuisance activations. • If you move into a new home, unless you know that the smoke alarms are new, you should replace them with new ones. • Replace alarms in your home at least every 10 years. • Test your smoke alarms once a month, following the manufacturer’s instructions. • Replace your batteries in your alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm “chirps,” warning that the battery is low. Make it a point to change batteries when you change your clocks as you switch from daylight saving time to standard time in the fall. • Never “borrow” a battery from your smoke alarm. • Never disable your smoke alarm. If it is sounding off with “nuisance alarms,” try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms where cooking fumes and steam can set it off. • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your alarm by vacuuming or dusting. • Remember that those who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot rely on the sound of a regular alarm to alert them to a fire. --Adapted from information on the National Fire Protection Association and the Spokane County Fire District 8 websites. Support St. Joseph School 8th Grade AND be Green! During February and March, the 8th grade is collecting the following items∞ for recycling: • Printer cartridges (inkjet and laser) • Cell phones (working* or not) • Digital Cameras/Video Cameras (working* or not) • Laptop or notebook computers+ (working* or not) • MP3 Players/iPods (working* or not) • Handheld Game Systems (working* or not) Labeled drop boxes located in the school vestibule and outside the community room. What is recyclable? Check www.stjosephwilmette.com or call Danielle at 847.256.7866. The proceeds will support the 8th grade class trips, and reduce landfill waste. ∞ No accessories please! We cannot recycle these and will be charged a fee. * Working items must have batteries. + All computers will have hard drives removed and destroyed, or owner may remove them. We cannot accept desktop or tower computers and monitors. “BE YOU PERFECT AS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER IS PERFECT” Presented by Father Patrick Boyle, S.J. SAINT JOSEPH PARISH MISSION 2009 March 9-11, 2009, 7:30 p.m. TOPICS Monday, March 9th – The Eucharist Tuesday, March 10th – The Sacraments Wednesday, March 11th – Prayer Please invite your friends and family to attend our Lenten Mission, which will take place in St. Joseph’s church; all are welcome!
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