St. Jude Family,
The excitement of the Advent season (and Christmas vacation) is filling the halls of St. Jude. We have been practicing for our Christmas program and are excited to perform tonight as well as for the Christmas parties tomorrow. We have also been able to keep the focus on the reason for the season. Our students were able to go to confession on Tuesday this week and we will be ending our week with a faith rally tomorrow after we attend Mass. I hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christmas Program: December 20th @ 6:00 p.m.
Join us for our Christmas Program tonight in the gym. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m.
Purchase SCRIP - TONIGHT
Holiday decorations, meals, travel necessities, and gifts can be purchased through Scrip! Earn tuition credits with every gift card you purchase! See the attached form or stop by our table tonight before or after our Christmas Program. Get here early we have limited supply!
Hearing and Vision Screening by the Will County Health Dept.: January 8th
Please complete the form that was recently sent out or call the school office if you need a new form and return with payment to school by Friday, December 21st.
Tuition Assistance Information Meeting: January 7th
St. Jude students will receive more than $150,000 in tuition assistance this year! There will be an informational meeting for anyone that would like to receive tuition assistance for the 2019-2020 school year. Please attend this meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room on January 7th if you are interested in receiving tuition assistance next year.
Tax Credit Scholarship 2019-2020 – Goes LIVE January 15th 2019 @ 7:00 PM
Empower Illinois Scholarship application will go live on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. (central time). This is a two-step process. First, visit the Empower Illinois Website to reserve your place in line at http://empowerillinois.org. You will complete a brief online form, which will time stamp your application. Families who have previously applied and have received assistance will need to re-apply again for the 2019-2020 school year. St. Jude School will have the Computer Lab available for you to complete step-1 of the application process on Tuesday, January 15th at 6:30 p.m. and we will be here to assist you in the process if needed.
FACTS online application: IS NOW OPEN
The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) has awarded $70,300 this year to St. Jude Catholic School in support of our students who have qualified for financial assistance. Each year the CEF provides numerous grants for tuition assistance to those who apply and qualify. The application for next school year is NOW OPEN so you can start filling out your application online at https://factsmgt.com/. The deadline is March 1st.
Battle of the Books: 4th – 8th Grades
We will begin forming our Battle of the Books teams in grades 4-8 after we return from Christmas break! If you anticipate joining our school team and want to get a head start on the reading, check out the attached reading lists for this year’s competition.
Christmas Family Rosary Novena: December 16th - 24th
Relevant Radio puts on a wonderful opportunity for family prayer in the Advent season with their Rosary Novena. Each night a family prays a rosary with Fr. Rocky followed by intentions over the phone. The Tafoya family will be joining Father Rocky on December 17th. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
St. Jude Catholic School Open House: Sunday, January 27th 11 AM – 1 PM
On Sunday, January 27, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., St. Jude Catholic School will be hosting an Open House to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. We would love for you to visit our school and encourage your family, friends, and anyone who may be interested in learning more about our school to attend. Please help us spread the good word about our school!
BOX TOP (Easy Fundraising) Competition:
Keep checking items you purchase for Box Top labels and send them into school. Our 1st grade is currently leading our class competition, followed closely by 5th grade.
Mark Your Calendars
December 20: Christmas Program in the Gym 6:00 p.m.
December 24- January 4: No School – Winter Break
January 7: School Resumes
January 9: Parent Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. in the Music Room
Tuition Assistance Informational meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room
January 11: Winter-themed Dress Down Day
January 15: Empower Illinois Application live @ 7:00 p.m.
January 21: No School – Martin Luther King Jr.
January 27: Open House from 11a.m. - 1p.m.