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Thank you to all the families who attended our Back to School Night! It was a great night filled with incredible energy and enthusiasm for our year of JOY. A teacher committee is being put together to plan how we will intentionally live this year with JOY in our thoughts, actions, and interactions. We would love some parents to join this committee! If you have a passion for our theme and have a vision for how this might unfold, we would welcome your gifts and talents on the committee!

JOY goes beyond a feeling. It is a way of life. One can be challenged, frustrated, sad, or unhappy and still have a sense of joy. As we consider this theme for the coming year, I ask all of you, our parent community, to consider what role you will play in creating this culture of JOY. How we speak to and about each other is a contributing factor to our culture and school culture is one of the top 5 factors that influence student achievement. Let’s embrace this opportunity to give our students the best chance at the greatest success!

ITEM #1: Practical items from last night’s presentation

In order to keep to our schedule last night a few slides were not discussed. Here are a few items that you should be aware of…

1.Please use the crosswalk when arriving at the beginning of the day and dismissing at the end of the day. Signs can be found throughout the Centennial Archway reminding us of this!

2.Dogs are not allowed in the safety zone.

3.Only soft balls are allowed to be brought to school to be used at recess. If kids want to play football or soccer, it must be a nerf football or nerf soccer ball.

4.If you are picking up your child early for an appointment, etc., please notify the teacher by email AND either call or email the office.

5.This question has been asked a couple of times. Despite having 2 spring breaks in the spring, we have the same number of days in our school year this year as we did last year. This year we are not taking the two days before Columbus Day weekend as we typically do. We also did not take the day after Labor Day, the day in October after OktoberFest weekend or the Friday before Christmas break as we did last year.

ITEM #2: Work of the School Board

Over the course of last year members of the School Board have been establishing structures that support the long term viability of St. Raymond School. The first step that was undertaken was to understand our WHY. Without the WHY, the HOW and the WHAT are inconsequential. Through several brainstorming session, we drafted the follow mission and values statement.

Mission: At the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, we uniquely challenge every student with an education of unparalleled quality, but more importantly, we teach children to be kind, compassionate, and to share Christ’s light and love with the world.

Our Values:

The St. Raymond’s School community, united in our Catholic faith, is inspired by our mission to share Christ’s love with the world.

Together, we seek to R.I.S.E. to Greatness. By this we show respect for one another, we exercise integrity in our relationships, we are in service to our community, and we strive for excellence in all that we do.

In living out these values, we achieve greatness through strong character, a vibrant faith, and a commitment to making the world a better place.

If you have any feedback on the mission statement or value statement, please share those thoughts with our School Board President, Brian Bessler at We will be discussing and finalizing both components at our next school board meeting on September 11th.

ITEM #3: Yearly School Drills

To achieve state recognition, schools are required to conduct yearly safety drills, including fire, tornado, and lock down. We will be practicing these drills in the coming week. We just want to inform you of this in case your child comes home speaking of them.

ITEM #4: Yearbooks

Yearbooks from the 2017-2018 school year have been distributed. We have a limited number of extras in the office if you would like to purchase one. Each yearbook costs $23.

ITEM #5: HSA Meeting

The monthly HSA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 6th at 6:30 PM. Meetings take place in the teacher’s lounge. Come help contribute to a strong parent culture at St. Ray’s. All are invited and welcomed!

ITEM #6: 5th Grade Girls Volleyball

The 5th grade girls volleyball team will be holding their first practice on Wednesday, Sept 5th from 6-7:30. All girls interested in participating in 5th grade volleyball should attend. This year’s coaches are Shamus Mudron and Kelly Wolcott. Information and paperwork will be handed out at that time. Please be aware that all students participating in sports must have an athletic physical. Please contact Shamus Mudron ( with questions.

ITEM #7: EDS Help

We are looking to hire an additional person to work in our afternoon extended day program (EDS). We are in particular need on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you or someone you know (college age or older) is interested, please reach out to Ms. Hill, Pay is commensurate with education and experience.

ITEM #8: OktoberFEST Volunteering

Oktoberfest planning is underway and we are looking for awesome volunteers to make the night special. We can't do it without you. If you have a moment, click the link below and sign up for Oktoberfest 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Mandy Kubinski, head of volunteer coordination.

Download Attachments HERE
-Letter from Fr. Ryan (distributed at Back to School Night)
-Letter from Social Work Interns
-Partners in Faith
-STEM Class for Grades 6-8 at JJC
-Joliet Park District Indoor Soccer League
-Back to School Night Powerpoint


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