SIJ's production of Aladdin Jr. was a success with four performances at Nazareth Academy the weekend of February 23rd! The students took the audience on an adventure through Agrabah with classic numbers such as "One Jump Ahead," "Friend Like Me," and "A Whole New World." The student crew designed and painted the set pieces and the props under the guidance of Mrs. Govostis. The crew students ran stage crew and even the light board! Overall, this musical was a great experience for SIJ fifth through eighth grade students, and the message from the musical, "to always be yourself," was at the heart of the production.
Along with SIJ 8th graders, approximately 500 area students participated in the You Be the Chemist competition for High School & Junior High students. They took the written test in class before Christmas. SIJ has been notified that three students who scored in the top 40 placements have been invited to advance to the next level of competition on March 13th at Downers Grove North High School. We are very proud of our winning students, Sarah G., Alexander H., and Grace R. These students have demonstrated excellence in areas of chemistry that they learned in their first semester of 8th grade physical science. Congratulations to our young scientists!
Alexander H. (Gr. 8) won the school level competition of St. Isaac Jogues' National Geographic Bee. Alexander took a qualifying test from the National Geographic Society, and will now be advancing to the 30th Illinois State Geographic Bee. This event will take place on April 12th at Illinois State University. Approximately 3 million students in almost 10,000 schools across the country took the qualifying test. In Illinois, only about 100 students were selected, and Alexander was one of them! If Alexander wins at the state level competition, the National Geographic Society will provide him with an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national championship in May. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership to the National Geographic Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands! Congratulations to Alexander! We wish him the best of luck in the State Competition!
Last fall, SIJ students in grades 4-8 competed in a classroom level competition, from which 10 finalists were selected to advance to the all-school competition. The 10 finalists were: Alexander H. (Gr. 8), Grace R. (Gr. 8), Caroline K. (Gr. 7), Jack R. (Gr. 7), Brennan W. (Gr. 6), John H. (Gr. 6), Finn R. (Gr. 5), John G. (Gr. 5), Caroline S. (Gr. 4), and Allie G. (Gr. 4).
St. Isaac's students beat the winter blues by participating in fun after school Enrichment classes. Class offerings include: Painting on Canvas, Clay Creations, The Exciting World of Science, Baking and Cooking, Fun Fitness, Edible Art, American Girl Gala, Fleece Blanket Design and Creation, Readers Theater, Creative Writing, Legos and Robots, and Keyboarding.
The Navigators program continues to develop the skills of our youngest readers. Seventh and eighth grade students volunteer during their recess period to work with the first grade students. They help the primary students build their sight vocabulary and practice their reading strategies and fluency on just the right books. The older students have been trained and are supervised by faculty members. The first grade teachers, along with the primary literacy support teacher, provide the content work. The program, which meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, has increased the first graders' confidence and independence. Students in the Navigators program have greatly improved their sight vocabulary, with most first graders in the program reading over a hundred sight words.
All of the seventh and eighth grade students participated in the SIJ Junior High Science Fair on January 18th. Students have practiced their skills as they have researched, written about, experimented, designed, analyzed, and communicated a great variety of interesting topics. Mrs. Burlinski spoke with students after Mass on Friday and told them she remembered visiting their Language Arts classes back in October where they were beginning to assemble all of their note cards in preparation for their research papers. Many were feeling as if they could never produce the finished project, but each and every student did their best work. This is incredible preparation for the academic work that lies in front of them. Areas of study included Aeronautics, Behavioral Science, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Earth Science, Electronics, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, and Physics. All students put forth wonderful effort in this academic event. Students scoring the highest at the SIJ Science Fair will advance to the Regional Fair at the University of St. Francis in March. Eighth grade students representing SIJ are Caroline C., Jackie L., Grace R., Viktoria S., Michaela M., Sarah G., Penelope G., Speros G., Brian W., Andrew K., Kelly N., Mia Y., and Lindsey D. Seventh grade students earning a position at the Regional Fair are Emma G., Maddie M., Mallory M., Caroline K., Heather W., Elyssa C., Baileigh R., Madelyn P., Shannon S., Elle T., Raphael A., Gabija S., Mallory T., Dominic K., and Jack J. Whether students move on to the regional or state level, knowing they saw a project from start to finish over a 5 month period of time is truly a sense of accomplishment. We are extremely proud of all of our young scientists!
A huge thank you to Mrs. Annamarie Boyle for her continual guidance as their Science teacher, and to both Ms. Molly Halligan and Mrs. Karen Latto for their expertise in the writing of the research papers. We are also grateful to all of our judges who gave up their time on Thursday morning to evaluate each project.
Thanks to the several hundreds of parishioners who celebrated the Feast of St. Isaac Jogues at the fourth annual Feastival on October 14th. Parents, grandparents, adults and children of all ages filled the Parish Center and school, enjoying good food, drink, games, events, live music, college football, the Cub’s Playoff game, and good old Christian hospitality. Despite the bad weather, it was truly a blessed event and an overwhelming success.
Thanks to all those who attended, and especially those volunteers who donated, baked, grilled, set-up, organized, supervised, cleaned, tended bar, and served food in order to make this a truly special, joyful, unforgettable event for our entire parish family!
Raffle Wrap Up! It was an exciting two weeks of selling. The competition and enthusiasm was contagious. Huge congratulations to our SIJ team for rallying to raise over 98,000 dollars! That’s an A+ effort on the Raffle Sports Report. Here are some noteworthy stats: 9,803 tickets were sold, and over 650 prize bags were awarded. Kindergarteners were our top sellers – bringing in 1,298 tickets - AND were the winners of bracket play. Congratulations to the Kindergarteners for bringing home the trophy!
Top Ten Ranking Ticket Sellers Raffle Winners:
1 - Lucas D. $2,500 Cristin Obsitnik
2 - Sarah D. $1,000 Amy Kuznior
3 - Audrey W. $500 Jim and Kirsten Legner
4 - Tony D.
5 - Lukas J.
6 - Meghan T.
7 - Luke S.
8 - Kevin B.
9 - Turner R.
10 - Alyssa B.
The school children began Wednesday, September 13th with Praise and Worship Music and Adoration, the Fall Faith Rally. Father Shaun Cieslik from St. Mary of Gostyn led the children in grades K-8 in a Eucharistic Procession from the church into the gym where they sang, prayed, and listened to the witness of Father Shaun. In the classrooms the eighth graders led the Faith Families in a lesson about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. The Faith Families (groups of students from grades K-8) are working on posters devoted to the Eucharist that will be displayed later in the year. Everyone met in the church at the end of the event to repose the Blessed Sacrament and sing Praise and Worship Music before going back to class….A blessed way to begin the school year in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament!
You're invited to our second annual, parish-wide festival on the Feast of St. Isaac on the Parish parking lot. It's the Feastival of St. Isaac Jogues, which is like a giant tailgate, block party and Octoberfest all rolled up in one Catholic package. Admission is free, and there is plenty to do for kids and adults of all ages.
You will feast on barbecue, burgers, brats, hot dogs, fresh-hot donuts, popcorn and ice cream. You will sip on water and pop, as well as adult beverages. You will fest by playing games and wining prizes at Cakewalk, Balloon-Pop, and Indian Archery. Add face-painting, pumpkin -decorating, balloon animals, a bounce house, a petting zoo, obstacle course and other fun events.
Sign up at www.signupgenius.com or just show up with family and friends to this not to be missed experience.
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