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Mrs. Maura Nash Principal

January 14, 2022

Posted on Jan 14, 2022

Dear SJF Families,

Today we are officially half way through the 2nd trimester and our kids have grown so much. We have made our way back into the routine of things following our long and much-needed Christmas break and we are ready to tackle the second half of the year! Resilient, intelligent, kind and funny are just some of the words that immediately come to mind when I think about our Falcon student-body. We have set our sights high for 2022. I can’t wait to see what all our kids will accomplish this year! 

Thank you for entrusting your children to us each day. We are grateful for you and for the privilege of in-person learning. Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy the three-day weekend!

In unity and hope,

Mrs. Maura Nash

January 7, 2022

Posted on Jan 07, 2022

Dear SJF Families,

Welcome back! We are feeling beyond blessed to welcome our Falcons back in the building in-person! During these uncertain times, we are grateful to have the privilege of being together. The current COVID surge reminds us how important it is to continue to be cautious during these times especially when our students are unmasked. In response to the COVID uptick, we have adjusted and tightened our lunch protocols allowing our students the opportunity to spread out even more so. During the lunch period in grades 2nd – 8th, half of our students will eat in the lunchroom and half will eat in their classroom. Separating the classes in this way affords our students the opportunity to enjoy their lunch with some of their peers from a very safe distance. Due to the smaller class sizes in primary, Kindergarten and 1st Grade students are eating in their classrooms. Our staff and some of our older Falcons are all-hands on deck to help monitor this new routine, ensuring our teachers are still able to take a break during lunch whenever possible. We are all in this together and are ready to pivot at all times to ensure our students and staff can continue to learn safely together in-person. We will update you if there is a need to make any additional changes to our protocols. 

Thank you for entrusting your children to us each day. We are grateful for you. Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Happy 2022! 

In unity and hope,

Mrs. Maura Nash

December 21, 2021

Posted on Dec 21, 2021

Dear SJF Families

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas break with your family and loved ones. We are incredibly proud of all of the hard work our Falcons have displayed this first half of the school year under yet again, the most challenging of circumstances. We are beyond grateful for the love and support we feel from our parents and families. Thank you for entrusting your most precious gifts to us each day. May 2022 bring about an easier, healthier, less stressful, and brighter year for all of us! Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy this wondrous Christmas season and see you in 2022! 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

December 17, 2021

Posted on Dec 17, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is one week away! This month has flown by at a rapid pace. This week we were blessed to have the in-person return of our Pre-school Christmas concert and the Kindergarten Nativity Pageant. Nothing can put you in the holiday spirit quite like those performances! Thank you to all of our Falcon families who attended and supported these endeavors. A huge-shout-out to our patient pre-school and kindergarten staff as well for making this possible regardless of the distancing and mask restrictions. All of the extra planning and preparation was worth it! Also, thank you to all of the families who entered into our Gingerbread house decorating contest this week. What a fun holiday activity! 

Next week is short, sweet and filled with more Christmas cheer. Please see below for the details. As a school community, we continue to pray hard for those who are sick and/or quarantined during this time. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy this wondrous Christmas season! 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

December 10, 2021

Posted on Dec 10, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have had many opportunities to get into the Christmas Spirit! As Mrs. Carey’s Wellness Wednesday stated, our kids already have all the feels! Our Falcons have spent time this week writing letters to Santa and wishing for that most important gift to arrive under their tree on Christmas morning. SJF students have also been incredibly generous with their time and prayer in many ways this week. Our Falcons donated wrapping paper and helped wrap 300 presents for our Pro Labore Dei Ministry. Every student wrote a Christmas card to a child struggling for the Make A Wish Foundation which raised $1,000 for this amazing cause. Grace Cahill, one of our incredible 8thgraders, organized this effort! With the help of our S.O.A.R. students and our committed moderators, Ms. Dunlavy and Mrs. Lordo, Smith Village will also be the recipient of our students’ well wishes as every student made a Christmas card and drew a picture for the residents there. Our kids have made many efforts this week to think about, pray for and send joy to those less fortunate. Thank you to our parents and families who helped support us in these efforts! 

We have a few other events on our calendar to continue to celebrate this blessed and magical season together! The FSA’s Traveling Santa Visits are slated for this weekend. Thank you to the FSA, especially Julie De Tineo, for organizing this fun event! Next week our 7th & 8th grade S.O.A.R. students will be singing Christmas carols and delivering our Christmas cards to Smith Village. Our classroom door decorating contest is underway and our family gingerbread decorating contest is next Thursday. We are thrilled to have the return of our pre-school and kindergarten Christmas performances which will take place next week as well. COVID has been difficult on all of us. We continue to pray hard for those who are sick and/or quarantined during this time. However, I am proud of our community and the ways in which we continue to safely bring a sense of normalcy to our Falcons. 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy this wondrous Christmas season! 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

December 3, 2021

Posted on Dec 03, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Welcome back! I hope your family had a lovely Thanksgiving and a fun and relaxing break! On to Christmas! We have a busy month of activities on the calendar as we anticipate the birth of Jesus and all of the joy that preparing for Christmas brings. You can literally feel the excitement from our students as we transform our classrooms and hallways into Winter Wonderlands. Our Falcons’ curriculum has also shifted to Christmas themes such as Advent in Religion, Christmas around the world in Social Studies, reflecting and writing about family Christmas traditions in ELA, and painting and shaping Christmas trees in Art to name a few. We are eager to bring back our pre-k and kindergarten Christmas shows as well. We look forward to celebrating all of the magic with our Falcons and sharing this beautiful season with all of you! 

As you are aware, we are experiencing an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases at SJF and in our neighborhood. Many of our students are testing positive. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. We are all working toward transitioning to a sense of normalcy both in and out of school and collectively are hoping and praying for an end to the COVID lifestyle in our near future. However, we are not there quite yet. In order to keep our school doors open, and provide our extracurriculars a hope at having a season, we need to follow the rules set forth by the archdiocese. Proper mask wearing and staying home when sick are the two most critical priorities of the Arch’s COVID Task Force’s plan. Following these rules will lead to a greater chance of our kids continuing to learn in person, our teams playing and competing, and our clubs holding meetings and events. As a community, let’s commit to these two priorities so that we can give our children the gift of a sense of normalcy while growing up during this unique and unprecedented time. (***Additional COVID guidance and athletic reminders are outlined below. PLEASE READ!)

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy the beginning of the wondrous Christmas season! 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

November 19, 2021 Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on Nov 19, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

This past Wednesday was the first day of the second trimester. There is nothing in life like the blessings of a clean slate! Regardless of our age or position in life, a fresh start and clean slate is always welcomed. We have encouraged our Falcons to stay motivated and to continue working hard, but to also take this opportunity to identify and make the necessary improvements needed to make this trimester their best one yet!

As a school community and family, we have so much to be thankful for! We are thankful for the support of all of our parents and guardians as we partner together to ensure bright, happy, and successful futures for our children. We are thankful for the dedication of our hardworking and professional faculty who teach our children how to be good students and people each and every day. And we are thankful for our wonderful students who grace our lives each day with their presence, creative spirits, curiosity, sense of humor, intelligence, and desire to be good and kind kids. 

You and your family are constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Please enjoy the time off next week and your Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for each of you. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

November 12, 2021

Posted on Nov 12, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. Thanks to our incredible S.O.A.R. kids and their fabulous moderators, Ms. Colleen Dunlavy and Mrs. Lauren Lordo, we were able to host a beautiful and moving ceremony to pay tribute to the veterans in our school community. We had over 40 veterans who were related to our students attend our prayer service and breakfast yesterday. One veteran shared with me that he has been out of the service for 50 years and this was only the second time he was recognized and honored in this way. We are so proud of our Falcons who organized this event and actively participated by sharing their many talents including speaking, sign language, and music. Yesterday’s event also demonstrated to all of our Falcons the importance of pausing to honor those who sacrifice their lives for our freedom. Though every day is a great day to be a Falcon, yesterday was a high moment for us and we are so proud of our students and grateful for all of the veterans in our community and world at large! 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

November 5, 2021

Posted on Nov 05, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Can you believe we are just 11 days away from the end of the first trimester?! Our Falcons have grown so much this fall and we are proud of their progress. This last week of the trimester is critical for many of our students. Unit and chapter assessments and end of the trimester projects and assignments can make all of the difference this week. Please join us in encouraging your student(s) to do his/her absolute best in this last final push of this marking period. Let’s Go Falcons! 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

October 29, 2021

Posted on Oct 29, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Well, our Falcons proved that their excitement for a “normal” Halloween experience in school knows no bounds! We had the best week anticipating today and all of the haunting fun this weekend will bring. Our Falcons’ spirit, creativity, and happiness this week were contagious. Fortunately, we still managed to work hard and accomplish so much in the classroom too! Happy Halloween everyone; have a fun and safe weekend! 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash

October 22, 2021

Posted on Oct 22, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We cannot thank you enough for the overwhelming support at last week’s Oktoberfest! When the planning for this event began, the committee was hoping to raise $10k for the school. Well, thanks to all of you and our incredibly generous local sponsors, we netted $30k for our amazing school! This money will go directly toward the continuation of modernizing our classrooms and improving our resources to enhance your child’s learning experience at SJF! We will be sure to share the specific improvements we make with these funds. 

Our community has so much to be thankful for. During a time when the world around us often seems upside down and so many schools are struggling to simply keep their schools fully staffed, we have found a way to rise above, collaborate, and work together for the success and betterment of our children and community. Together we should take pride in and prioritize building a culture that embodies kindness, inclusivity, and mutual respect. We all play a role in building this culture and share in its success. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash 

October 15, 2021

Posted on Oct 15, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

This week we pause to show our gratitude and appreciation for the members of the incredible Oktoberfest Committee, who have spent countless hours volunteering to make our first Oktoberfest a huge success! The Oktoberfest Committee members are: Erin and Jay Schober, George Liebentritt, Dave Cahill, Ann Piejko, Dawn and Joe Albrecht, Denise and Ronnie Kovacs, Jen Serpe, Kristen Mylniec, Maryanne Stathis, Michelle Coleman, Traci McCarthy, Siobhan and Tim Cotter, Becky Dowling, Michelle White, Kristin and Marty Urbon, Amy and Kevin O’Connor, Dave Clisham, Bob Kellam, and Carrie Nowicki. Thanks to our FSA, Holy Name Society and Women’s Club volunteers for setting up last night with a special thanks to the electrical team! The impressive list of sponsors who have donated financial resources to this event is below. Oktoberfest is not only bringing us back together, but it is also raising funds for our school! The commitment, dedication and energy that our community brings to events like this is inspiring and unmatched! SJF really is a community like no other! We intend to use the funding to continue to modernize our classrooms. We will be certain to share with you the improvements that we were able to make as a result of Oktoberfest. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

If you find yourself needing to continue the celebratory spirit this weekend, feel free to come out and cheer on our Girls Basketball Teams for Pack the Place this Saturday in our very own Conner T. Lowry Gym. Our Falcon Football Teams will also be playing this Saturday at Beverly Park. Let’s Go Falcons!  

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash 

October 7, 2021

Posted on Oct 07, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We made it to the middle of the first trimester! Our Falcons are working so hard every day and we have all found our groove! Thank you for joining us for parent-teacher conferences. Our positive parent partnership directly impacts the success of our students academically, socially and emotionally. PT Conferences served as a formal opportunity to meet and discuss the progress of your child, but please know that you can reach out to your child’s teacher at any point throughout the school year. We are all here for the same end goal: the happiness, acceptance and success of your child. 

To that end, as amazing as our school and community is, we have experienced a number of hurdles along our journey together this year, many of which involve some of our students being unkind to and unaccepting of one another. At SJF, we cannot emphasize enough the necessity for our Falcons to treat one another with kindness and respect. Being kind to one another and accepting one another for who they truly are is at the core of everything we are trying to do. Nothing matters academically if our kids don’t “get that” and I know our parents agree. I am sure most have noticed the mural on 103rd street reading, “Come as you are. You are loved”. We envisioned this mural as being an outward symbol of the type of culture we are striving to embody at St. John Fisher. This value is certainly fostered and reinforced at school, but it starts at home. Our world and society are upside down. We can make our pocket of the world better by loving our children and teaching them that loving one another and being kind and accepting of others is the only thing that matters. This value is prioritized above all else. As we head into the long weekend, I hope you have every opportunity to address this topic, enjoy the comfort of being together and give your children the extra attention and love that they need. 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope, 

Mrs. Maura Nash 

October 1, 2021

Posted on Oct 01, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

I am going to let Fr. Ken do the talking this week. Please see his important note below. We hope to see you at the “town hall” meeting in the church on Tuesday, October 5th and parent-teacher conferences on October 6th or 7th

Enjoy your weekend!  

Dear Parishioners,

As previewed in the parish newsletter earlier this month and last weekend at masses, we will be holding a parish-wide "town hall" meeting this coming Tuesday, October 5th from 7-9pm in the church to discuss the Renew My Church process. This is your opportunity to provide feedback on this process and our parish's future structure to the Archdiocese via our local grouping feedback team.

Representatives from our team will open the meeting with some brief remarks about where we're at in the process, the expected timeline for the Cardinal's decision on our future, and the "scenarios" (the Archdiocese's term for possible new parish and school structures within our grouping of SJF, St. Cajetan, and St. Christina) on which we're being asked to provide feedback.  Those scenarios, along with some basic comparative information about the three parishes' sacramental and financial stability and additional background details about the Renew My Church process, will be published in the bulletin as well as posted on the school and parish web sites this weekend. Please be on the lookout for that information; I would encourage all to review it ahead of Tuesday's meeting to make our time together as productive as possible.

Once the scenarios are formally presented, we will open the floor to attendees for the rest of the meeting. Above all else, this is a listening meeting for us. While our formal task is not to make a recommendation or ranking of the scenarios, direct, honest, and respectful feedback that states your preferences but also recognizes potential strengths and challenges of each will be extremely helpful to our team as we move forward in this process and do our best to represent the will of the parish to the Archdiocese.

In the meantime, please keep each other and our parish in your prayers. While we do not know exactly where this process will lead us, I am confident that the good work being done all across our parish and school community on a daily basis will preserve and continue to build on the great legacy of SJF and the identity we share as Fisher Falcons.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Ken Budzikowski

Pastor

September 23, 2021

Posted on Sep 23, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

What a great turnout we had for our Homecoming festivities last weekend! Thank you to all who helped make this day so special and successful for our Falcons! The pride, love and excitement we have for our school and community was so evident on Saturday! Our Falcons also walked away with victories on the field which is always an added bonus.  

This was a short, but action-packed week. As a school, we raised $ in donations for the Finley Bracken, Finley is Forever Foundation. Thank you so much for your generosity! Our first progress report check along with Parent-Teacher Conferences are just two weeks away. Please encourage your student to continue to put his/her best foot forward and turn in all assignments. Always reach out to your student’s teacher(s) with any questions. 

Finally, if you could please help us by ensuring your child has a mask each day. We have had to purchase hundreds of masks already this year to replenish our supplies. It is costly to provide masks for students every day. Of course, we understand that students and parents will forget from time to time or that a child might need a fresh mask at some point during the day. We want to be as helpful, understanding and supportive as we possibly can during this unique time. However, there are many students who never have a mask when they come to school. We recognize this is an added cost to the uniform this year, but unfortunately, we have to follow this mandate. It would be a huge help if you can provide a mask for your child each day. Thank you!  

As always, we are so grateful for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

September 17, 2021

Posted on Sep 17, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Thank you for attending our Back to School Night this past Monday. It was such a feel-good event for all of us and we were thrilled to see you and welcome you in-person for the first time in a year and a half! We are so proud of our amazing school and recognize that your support and involvement directly impact our success. I hope you found this event enjoyable and helpful as we partner together to ensure our children have THE BEST school year! On behalf of the teachers, staff and myself, we want to share a heartfelt, THANK YOU! 

Homecoming has arrived! This is always a fun weekend for our Falcons as they demonstrate their love and pride for our school! Tomorrow will prove to be a busy day at Beverly Park with soccer and football games spanning from the early morning until the late afternoon. The schedule for the football and (Sunday) basketball games is listed below. If you would like to walk in the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, please arrive at the church parking lot by 9:30. The parade will begin at 10 and our spirited Falcons will walk from campus to Beverly Park. Come on out and meet up with your neighbors and friends as together we cheer on our Falcon teams! There are plenty of opportunities to cheer on our Falcon Girls Basketball Teams on Sunday in our home gym as well. Let’s go Falcons!      

Thank you for your support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

September 10, 2021

Posted on Sep 10, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. All of us can remember what the world was like on that horrifying day. Our Falcons weren’t alive to experience this tragedy, but each year we teach them about this monumental event in our country’s history so we never forget the victims, their families, and their loved ones as well as all of the heroes and first-responders who put our country back together again. In school this week we prayed for our country and for the brave men and women who are first responders in our community. You are our heroes and we never forget to respect and honor your sacrifice. We are proud of you and our neighborhood. We continue to teach our children to be grateful for their life and all of their blessings and to continue to pray for peace in our world.      

Thank you for your support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

September 3, 2021

Posted on Sep 03, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Week 2 is check done and in the books! I can’t begin to thank all of you for your energy and support as we dive into this new school year. We are grateful for all of the time you have spent at our social events including the parish picnic and the skating party. Our community is alive and vibrant! Things are feeling much more normal around here and it is awesome! We are so excited that we were able to kick-off the new year with our first all-school in-person mass this past Wednesday! Last year we weren’t able to partake in an all-school liturgy until the last month of school. On Wednesday, our 8th graders assumed the role of the leaders of the school which is a hallmark of being an SJF Falcon. We are so blessed to have this experience together. Thank you to Fr. Ken, Dr. Chermak, Mrs. Folliard, Ms. Browne, Mrs. Condon and our inspiring 8th graders for making mass so special. Our future is bright!     

Now more than ever, is a great time to be a Falcon! We are so grateful for our 300 SJF Families. Please view this short video, linked here, in celebration of the new school year! Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Wishing you the best long weekend with your family and loved ones.

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

August 27, 2021

Posted on Aug 27, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

The building has come alive again with all of your wonderful children! We are so privileged to be learning together without the limitations and restrictions of last year. This week we spent time discussing how fortunate we are for the many blessings in our life. No surprise that air conditioning remains at the top of everyone’s list this week as we beat the 90 degree heat! A huge shout out to Comm- Test Electric and Gorman Construction for doing a beautiful, flawless job with the installation process. I also cannot thank all of the volunteers and summer help enough who lugged the 200-pound AC units into every classroom, especially up to the second floor. Our Falcons are feeling happy and comfortable to be back thanks to all of you! We look forward to all of the fun events, new experiences, and new opportunities that this school year brings. The future is bright!    

Now more than ever, is a great time to be a Falcon! We are so grateful for our 300 SJF Families. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

August 23, 2021

Posted on Aug 23, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

The time has finally arrived! The first day of school is this Wednesday, August 25th! The teachers have been working tirelessly the past few weeks to prepare their rooms, minds and hearts for the new school year. We have new curriculum, new materials, new flexible seating, new faculty members and air conditioning in every classroom. Now, all we need is our Falcons! We cannot wait to welcome our Falcons back with open arms this Wednesday; it is going to be a great year! Here - we - go! 

Now more than ever, it is a great time to be a Falcon! The future of our school and community is bright! Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

August 13, 2021

Posted on Aug 13, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

I hope and pray that you are soaking up every second of these last few weeks of summer before school begins! We have been working hard over the past few months to prepare for and safely welcome your children back to a much more normal environment! We are eager to have our Falcons back with us and are thrilled to share with you some of our exciting updates outlined below in our important announcements section and flyers. 

Here is a link to the most recent archdiocese newsletter communicating the updated COVID policies for this upcoming school year. The most commonly asked question has been about the masking policy. At this point, the archdiocese is following the Governor’s mandate and CDC guidelines which requires students and staff to wear masks while indoors regardless of one’s vaccination status. This policy will be reviewed every two weeks and is subject to change as needed. At SJF, we will utilize the pop-up tents we invested in last year so that every student will have an opportunity to learn outside each day free from wearing his/her mask. Other than the masking detail, the majority of our daily operations are back to normal! Teachers have already designed their rooms with tables and flexible seating, students are able to face one another and eat in the lunchroom, we do not need to remain in cohorts, students can switch classrooms and will be intermingled throughout the day in our upper grades. Our learning and play centers are back and students can share materials. Athletics, the spring musical, band, E.T.C.’s, chess club, homework club and all other extra-curricular activities are back! We are so excited to embark on this much more normal school year with all of you and we continue to remain so grateful for your constant support and partnership. 

Now more than ever, it is a great time to be a Falcon! The future of our school and community is bright! We look forward to seeing you at Packet Pick-up Night on August 18th from 4-7. Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

July 16, 2021

Posted on Jul 16, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Happy Summer! I hope you are enjoying every second of your well-deserved break! I cannot believe that it is mid-July. Where has the time gone? Though we are all enjoying the much-needed time away and slower pace of life that summer brings, we are also hard at work preparing for this upcoming, more normal, school year. Below are some important announcements and information that you need to be aware of as we slowly inch closer to the start of the school year. 

I know the masking policy and other COVID related restrictions weigh heavy on your mind. The archdiocese is planning to share updated guidance regarding these topics in the coming days. However, archdiocesan grammar schools have been instructed to plan for a much more “normal” school year with significantly less restrictions. We are looking forward to many events and details that were absent last year including in-person gatherings and parent nights, extracurricular activities and ETC’s, sporting events and much more! Our faculty cannot wait for the return of flexible seating and tables in their classrooms. As we get closer to the start of the school year, I will keep you abreast with all the necessary COVID related details that will impact us this year.  

Have a fabulous remainder to your summer. I hope and pray that you are all experiencing the countless blessings that the warm summer days have to bring! Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

June 11, 2021

Posted on Jun 11, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We did it! We successfully stayed open for in-person learning for the ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR during a worldwide pandemic. I am going to be honest, part of me didn’t think this would be possible. Most days, especially during the first 7 months of the school year, we operated as if it would be our last day in school. The reality is we never knew what the next day would bring. We tried to take solace in that we had a plan in place and we would act accordingly depending upon what came our way. I applaud our community. The reason behind our success is that we all worked together as a team. Nothing about this school year was easy. But it was worth it and most importantly, our kids are better off because of it! 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the parents and guardians of our Falcons. There is not a more important, frustrating, challenging and rewarding job than being a good parent. And you are exceptional. You love your children unconditionally. You were at school at the drop of a hat to take home your sick child (and all of their siblings). You pivoted when your child’s room got sent home unexpectedly for a 2-week quarantine. You lost sleep about their well-being and sending them to school, in a mask, during this surreal situation. You became your child’s teacher at times while trying to still manage your own workload. You set up zoom meetings with your child’s teacher to ensure his/her success. You worried endlessly about everyone’s health and safety. You tried to find ways to make your child’s life more “normal”. You were frustrated. You cried. You laughed. You never stopped supporting your child. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for staying with us during this insane year. You trusted us to educate and love your child during a time when we didn’t know what tomorrow would bring. And it was our great privilege to do so. Thank you, parents. You are so appreciated!         

Where would we be without our committed staff and faculty. During a time when teachers all over our state and country weren’t able to teach in-person, our teachers showed up every single day to support your child and help him/her grow academically, spiritually and emotionally. I asked them to change everything that they were used to about their teaching profession in order to follow our strict safety guidelines and protocols. During a time when it would have been so easy to say no, our teachers said yes and came to work each day with a thankful heart and an open mind. Faculty and staff, we commend you. You gave our children an advantage this year that will last them a lifetime.  

Finally, to the glue that holds us all together, thank you FALCONS! Who would have thought that learning during these unbelievable circumstances would still be fun? We are forever grateful to our Falcons, for arriving to school each day with a positive attitude and a smile on his/her face, for making us laugh and reminding us what life is all about. You are the reason we are all here and we admire your bravery, courage, cooperation and flexibility. We have learned so much from you this year and continue to pray for your health, safety and resiliency. We love you, Falcons. Be safe this summer. Make good choices and keep being awesome!   

Congratulations to you all on a job well done. I hope you have a fabulous summer full of all the blessings that life has to bring! Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

June 4, 2021

Posted on Jun 04, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Today marked the last day of school for our 8th grade Falcons. We are so proud of all that they accomplished and are confident that they received a strong foundation which will lead them to great success at: Br. Rice, De La Salle, Marist, Mother McAuley, Mount Carmel, St. Ignatius and Whitney Young. Though this class is the 70th graduating class from St. John Fisher, they truly are a class of firsts! They are the first to have to eat behind plexiglass barriers, to sit 6 feet apart, to wear a mask to school, to not participate in any extra-curricular activities, the list of disappointments goes on and on. None of these “firsts” were enjoyable, but the Class of 2021 endured their circumstances and led our school positively in the face of true adversity. I am confident that they can do and be anything they want! Please join me in praying for the graduating Class of 2021 and their families as they officially fly away from the Falcon nest this Sunday. We love you Falcons and wish you all the best that life has to offer!  

Next week is the last week of school for the rest of our student body! I still cannot believe that we made it through an entire year of in-person learning during a pandemic. I applaud our students, parents, teachers and staff for staying the course and making the absolute best out of this unprecedented situation. Please encourage your students to continue to work hard and finish this last week of school strong! Every assignment, quiz and test counts!    

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy the beautiful weather and have a wonderful weekend!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

May 28, 2021

Posted on May 28, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Today was a phenomenal day for our school communityI could not be more impressed or proud of how our students, teachers and parents came together in support of our first Breast Cancer Walkathon. Through monetary donations and the t-shirt and lawn sign fundraiser, as a community we raised over $3,500 to donate to the Little Company of Mary Cancer Center in honor of our 2 beloved faculty members who are currently fighting this disease. Thank you to the parent volunteers who came out today and those that lined the streets to cheer us on! Also, a huge shout-out to the Chicago Police Department for their energetic presence ensuring our safety along the way. Days like today remind us just how incredible our community is. We are always there for one another and never stop showing up. For this reason and countless more, thank you. 

On this Memorial Day Weekend, it is also fitting to thank Modie Lavin and the Conner T. Lowry Foundation for their generosity and support of our school. Conner Lowry is an SJF and Br. Rice alum who joined the United States Marines after high school and dedicated his life to our country. Conner tragically died in Afghanistan in 2012. Each year the CTL Foundation, led by Conner’s mother, Modie Lavin, provides a select number of scholarships for 7th grade students. There is a rigorous application process where students have to discuss ways in which they are making a positive impact on the world and truly embodying Conner’s motto: “Live life kind. Live life large.” This year’s recipients are: Jimmy Bansley, Grace Cahill, Danny Deacy, Gillian Madden and Maura O’Hara. Each of these impressive Falcons will receive a financial award to help pay their tuition for the 2021-2022 school year. The CTL scholarship winners also play an instrumental role in leading our student body during their 8th grade year. We are so grateful that Jimmy, Grace, Danny, Gillian and Maura are Falcons; they have set a beautiful example for all of us. Congratulations to these Falcons and their families! We honor Conner this Memorial Day Weekend and all of the men and women who have died for our freedom. 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, specifically St. John Fisher School. Have a wonderful weekend!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

May 21, 2021

Posted on May 21, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

I think the warm summer weather might finally be upon us! Hopefully the sunshine gives us all the extra boost we need. I would like to share with you Dr. Chermak’s prayer that we prayed with our students today:  Loving God, you fill our lives with your Holy Spirit. Help us to be wise and learn new things about your big great world. Help us to be brave to do the right thing. Help us to be kind as we understand how others are feeling and include them in our play. Help us to have wonder and awe at the beauty of the world around us: in warm sunshine, birds singing and beautiful fragrant flowers. Thank you, God, for this day, for our lives and for each other.

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, specifically St. John Fisher School. Have a wonderful weekend!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

May 14, 2021

Posted on May 14, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We are entering into the final stage of the school year. As much as it feels like at times this year was moving at a snail’s pace, I now find myself saying, “I can’t believe it’s May”! The remaining weeks of school are action packed. I still am in awe of the incredible things our students and faculty have accomplished during a pandemic school year. Nonetheless, there is still work to be done and these next few weeks are critical to moving up a letter grade, mastering a skill, etc. Please join us in encouraging your student(s) to put forth their maximum effort and finish strong! Together, we’ve got this! 

Thank you for your continued support of Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Have a wonderful weekend!  

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

May 7, 2021

Posted on May 07, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

I hope you were able to view SJF’s beautiful May Crowning Ceremony lead and organized by our wonderful 8th graders, Fr. Ken, Dr. Chermak, Ms. Browne, Mrs. Condon and Mrs. G. We are so grateful for all of our opportunities to celebrate and share in our faith experiences together. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our truly incredible and talented Director of Religious Education, Dr. Elena Chermak. Last week’s First Holy Communion was spectacular. Dr. Chermak had many obstacles to work around during this COVID year. We are thankful for her creativity, grace, dedication and commitment to making every celebration and mass feel special and unique every single time. We are blessed and fortunate to have Dr. Chermak at our school and parish! 

As this week is Teacher Appreciation Week, I would also like to give a “shout-out” to our amazing faculty. It is because of this talented and dedicated group that our school is so successful and our children are prepared for their futures. We thank our teachers for loving their students as if they were their own and for going above and beyond each year, but especially during this unprecedented time. Quite simply, they are the best! We also pause to recognize and appreciate the FSA and all of our loving parent supporters for making this week so amazing.  

Working together and supporting one another is what our school is all about. “I can do things you cannot. You can do things I cannot. Together we can do great things.” ~ Mother Teresa Thank you for making St. John Fisher GREAT! We appreciate each and every one of you! 

Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to the amazing mothers in our community! Your sacrifice, love for and influence on your child(ren) is beyond measure! I hope you have an amazing weekend; no one is more deserving! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

April 30, 2021

Posted on Apr 30, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We have so much to be grateful for as a school community. I cannot believe that tomorrow is May 1st! We are in the home stretch of this unprecedented school year. I am so proud of all of us and thankful to be a part of this caring, supportive and resilient community. Stay tuned for a letter next week discussing our budget, tuition and fee structure for the 2021-2022 school year and a glimpse into the improvements we are making for our bright future. 

Please join me in praying for our spirited second graders, their families and their teachers as they prepare to make their First Holy Communion tomorrow. Each cohort will have their own mass at 10, 12 and 2. Thank you for sharing in this excitement! Each year, under the guidance of Dr. Chermak, our second graders learn and recite this prayer that I would like to share with you: “May the Lord always bless you and keep you. May his face always shine upon you. May you know his compassion and mercy. May the Lord walk beside you forever.”   

Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. We are so grateful for each and every one of you! I continue to pray for the resiliency and well-being of all of our students and families. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

April 23, 2021

Posted on Apr 23, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We had a wonderful week at SJF! Though we are almost half-way through our third trimester we have never taken for granted how fortunate we are to be learning in-person. As I have stated each week, our success is a direct result of our strong partnership with all of you. Unfortunately, there seems to be an uptick in COVID cases in our city and neighborhood. Please continue to communicate with us and be mindful and cautious to ensure we are all able to participate in the very special events we have on the horizon including: First Holy Communion, May Crowning and Graduation. We are extra grateful to be able to share in these monumental experiences with our families as so many of these events were cancelled last year. Your vigilance and care are appreciated.   

Thank you for your support of our Earth Day Celebration and collection. As a school community we raised over $500! The collection will go toward an all-school planting day to beautify our campus. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. We are so grateful for each and every one of you! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

April 16, 2021

Posted on Apr 16, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Welcome back! I hope you along with your families and loved ones had a peaceful and fun Easter Break! It is wonderful to have the kids back with us and we are eager to successfully tackle these last 8 weeks of school together. Be on the look-out next week for information regarding tuition and fees for the 2021-2022 school year. We are so excited about the many remarkable things taking place at SJF. 

See my newsletter this week linked above for the impressive accomplishments of our award-winning 8th grade Falcons! Our students have earned over $365,000 in scholarships to their high school of choice based on their academic merit and character. We are so proud of the Class of 2021! Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School.  

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

April 1, 2021 - Happy Easter!

Posted on Apr 01, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Well, we made it to Spring Break which allows us to press re-set as we plan our to-do’s in order to finish the last 2 months of this unprecedented school year triumphantly! Our Falcons worked hard this Lenten Season at becoming the BEST version of themselves and we are so very proud of each of them. Together we enjoyed learning about, preparing for and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus during this Easter Season. Below you will see the many activities we participated in during this holy time in our church including this art project. Under the guidance of our amazing Mrs. Corley, all of our Falcons contributed to this beautiful, collaborative piece which will be displayed in church at Easter Mass. Way to go Falcons!  

As I have mentioned before, if this year has taught us anything, it has taught us to prioritize family, loved ones and life! Enjoy the much needed and deserved time away. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically to St. John Fisher School. Happy Easter, everyone! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

March 26, 2021

Posted on Mar 26, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Our Falcons have been working hard this Lenten Season at becoming the BEST version of themselves. We lovingly remind our Falcons that we are all in this together and that we are here to support each other every step of the way. As a community we model this goal for our children as we continue the conversation through the use of SJF’s Strategic Plan Update and the UChicago Parent, Teacher and Student Survey, identifying ways in which together we can make improvements to our school community. Another aspect of our Lenten Goals is caring for those less fortunate than us. Thank you for your generosity with our Pro Labore Dei Easter Basket Initiative. As a school, we were able to create and donate 44 Easter baskets for PLD to families and children in need. They will truly feel the joy of Jesus’ Resurrection and the Celebration of Easter because of you! A huge shout-out to Ms. Schiavone, Mrs. O’Shea and our A-MAZE-ING SOAR students (pictured below) for volunteering their time and organizing all of the baskets.   

Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically to St. John Fisher School. Enjoy your weekend, everyone. We are so lucky to have each of you in our school community! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

March 19, 2021

Posted on Mar 20, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

This week SJF celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day. Traditionally at SJF, our third graders perform the story of St. Patrick at morning mass before the South Side Irish Parade. Last year, our third graders practiced so hard for this big performance, only to have it cancelled because of COVID. This year, our now fourth graders received a “do-over”. Though it wasn’t at mass before the South Side Irish Parade, they were able to perform on the altar during a special St. Patrick’s Day Prayer Service that was live streamed for our entire parish community to enjoy and they did an exceptional job! In case you missed the live stream, there are pictures below. 

This week we also honored St. Joseph who represents many different groups in our faith. St. Joseph is known as the patron saint of workers, fathers and husbands. Today, we give thanks and celebrate all of our amazing, hard-working Dads who love and provide for our students. We are so grateful for all of you! 

Finally, thank you for your support of Alderman Matt O’Shea’s Get Behind the Vest Pancake Breakfast! We love that our community is populated by so many real-life heroes! You make us proud each day and we are in awe of your bravery. 

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. We are so lucky to have each of you in our school community! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

March 12, 2021

Posted on Mar 12, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

It is hard to believe that the third trimester is here! We are excited for the clean slate that this new marking period brings and we look forward to our continued success as we finish out this unprecedented school year. 

On behalf of SJF’s School Advisory Board and the SJF Leadership Team, thank you for your engagement with our strategic plan update. In case you missed it, here is a link to this past Tuesday’s live meeting as well as the slide presentation and a link to our survey. Please share your feedback with us! We welcome your perspective and involvement so together we can continue to work toward being the best version of St. John Fisher! 

Thank you for your continued investment and commitment to St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

March 5, 2021

Posted on Mar 05, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We have made it to the last week of the second trimester. This weekend is a great opportunity for our students to catch up on any late or missing assignments and go the extra mile to finish up strong! The end of the marking period often consists of unit assessments. Please take the time to check-in with your child(ren) this weekend to ensure he/she/they put their best foot forward these last few days of trimester 2. Our Falcons are so bright and we want to ensure their grades are an accurate reflection of their knowledge and effort.  

We are eager to discuss your child’s progress with you on Friday. In case you missed my e-mail yesterday, please see the note below discussing the scheduling process for our second-round of optional parent-teacher conferences on the 12th.

On Tuesday, March 9th, the SJF Leadership Team and School Advisory Board will be hosting the State of the School meeting outlining the progress we have made on our 5-year Strategic Plan along with the ways in which we hope to improve with your help and feedback. Stay tuned for a separate invitation to our live virtual meeting at the beginning of next week. We hope you can join us! Thank you for your continued investment and commitment to St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash 

February 26, 2021

Posted on Feb 26, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the last week of February! In many ways, thanks to the pandemic, it seems like this has been an extremely long and strenuous year. On the other hand, I often find myself saying, “where did the year go?!”. This school year has certainly been a rollercoaster. The constant need to transition without warning to adapt to the ever-changing rules and guidance we receive can be exhausting. I am proud of our community’s resiliency and our ability to stay the course. May this new month of March, bring about warmer spring-like weather and a second-wind, allowing us to finish our third trimester strong! 

Congratulations to our Reconciliation Class of 2021! Thank you to our 2nd grade parents and teachers for lovingly preparing the children for this beautiful sacrament. And thank you to Dr. Chermak and Fr. Ken for planning three thoughtful and special evenings for our students and parents. 

The Lenten season encourages all of us to give ourselves feedback, pausing and reflecting on the positives and strengths in our lives, along with ways in which we can improve and grow. I am making every effort to do that personally and professionally as well. It is fitting that next month’s State of the School address is taking place during Lent as it will encapsulate just that: our school’s strengths, accomplishments and needs for improvement. Together, with the School Advisory Board along with your partnership and commitment, we continue to work toward the ambitious goals that we identified and set in our 5-year Strategic Plan. On Tuesday, March 9th, we invite you to listen in to our Virtual School Advisory Board Meeting. Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash    

February 19, 2021

Posted on Feb 19, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Even though this was a three-day week, our Falcons were very productive! As Catholics, we began the solemn season of Lent. We helped prepare the kids for Lent by discussing that during this time we pray, give up things, and do good deeds for others in order to prepare for the great celebration of Jesus’ resurrection at Easter! Though there are still mountains of snow on the ground, Spring is on the horizon! 

I wanted to give a huge shout-out to our spectacular seventh graders who led our school during our live-streamed Ash Wednesday Mass. Thank you also to Dr. Chermak, Mrs. G. and our junior high faculty for helping the students prepare for this important mass. We also celebrated our 100thish day of school this week. We have successfully remained open for in-person learning for 100 days. That is a feat in itself. Our students are 100 days smarter and 100 days brighter and I am so proud of all they accomplish together each day. 

We have not lost sight of the necessity of planning for our bright future. Together, with the School Advisory Board along with your partnership and commitment, we continue to work toward the ambitious goals that we identified and set in our 5-year Strategic Plan. On Tuesday, March 9th, we invite you to listen in at our Virtual School Advisory Board Meeting, as we share the remarkable progress we have made. Please see more information below. Incredible things are happening at St. John Fisher School! Now is a great time to be a Falcon and to join our family! Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash 

February 11, 2021

Posted on Feb 11, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

You can still feel the high energy and excitement in our classrooms and hallways as we continue to ride the wave of last week’s awesome Catholic Schools Week. As we head into our four-day President’s Day and Valentine’s Day weekend, we press pause to call to mind how grateful we are for all of the people in our lives whom we love and cherish. May this long weekend give you the opportunity to spend intentional, quality time with your family and loved ones.

Thank you for your constant support and for being ambassadors of St. John Fisher. We are excited to announce that so far, we have enrolled 22 new families for next school year! We have not lost sight of the necessity of planning for our bright future. Together, with the School Advisory Board along with your partnership and commitment, we continue to work toward the ambitious goals that we identified and set in our 5-year Strategic Plan. On Tuesday, March 9th, we invite you to listen in at our Virtual School Advisory Board Meeting, as we share the remarkable progress we have made. Please see more information below. Incredible things are happening at St. John Fisher School! Now is a great time to be a Falcon and to join our family! Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher. Stay warm this weekend!  

In unity and hope,

 -Mrs. Maura Nash   

February 5, 2021

Posted on Feb 05, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We had a fabulous week celebrating our awesome school! Our Falcons work so hard to be good students and good people. Their future is limitless! As parents and guardians, you sacrifice so much to send your children to our school and work so hard with them at home to ensure they feel loved, are successful and provided for. The SJF staff works tirelessly to keep our ship sailing smoothly each day by supporting our teachers, parents and students. And finally, our teachers, the heartbeat of our community, are dedicated and committed to our students and love them as if they were their own. When we are all “tied” together, we are stronger and make up a phenomenal community that can overcome any challenge! Please see the below pictures showcasing our remarkable school as well as all of the exciting events from this week.   

I would like to share Dr. Chermak’s culminating Catholic Schools Week prayer from today’s announcements: Loving God, we thank you for the blessings of this Catholic School Week as we celebrated our faith, excellence, and service, which is a part of our lives in our school each day. We are so very grateful for students, classmates, teachers, all who lead our school, Father Ken, administrative assistants and aides, maintenance personnel, parents and everyone in our parish who help make our school the awesome place that we love. We are proud to be Fisher Falcons and ALL of our students and teachers in each grade contribute to making our school great. 

Thank you for your constant support of and for being ambassadors of St. John Fisher. We are excited to announce that so far, we have enrolled 20 new families for next school year! Though it often seems that much of our energy is spent in the present, keeping our kids and staff safe, we have not lost sight of the necessity of planning for our bright future. We continue to work toward the ambitious goals that together as a community we identified and set in our 5-year strategic plan. Incredible things are happening at St. John Fisher School! Now is a great time to be a Falcon and to join our Falcon Family! Thank you for choosing Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash 

January 29, 2021

Posted on Jan 29, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

We have some exciting news to share! Each week I express my gratitude for your partnership in our health and safety protocols to keep our students and staff safe. This week a health inspector from the Archdiocese COVID Task Force audited our building and practices overall. I am proud to say that OUR efforts TOGETHERare making a difference! The inspector praised us and recommended we serve as a resource for other schools. This year has been anything but easy and convenient. As I tell the students each day: We are Fisher Falcons and we can do hard things! Way to go Falcons! 

SJF is excitedly preparing for Catholic Schools Week where together we praise and celebrate Catholic education, and what makes SJF so unique! Because of COVID restrictions, this year’s events will look a little different, but we will have a wonderful week, nonetheless. COVID has not ruined our spirits! We are still here. We are still praying. We are still Falcons! See more information below regarding SJF’s Catholic Schools Week Agenda and our family project symbolizing faith, family, friends, and future are what “TIE” Fisher Falcons together! Now is a great time to join our Falcon Family!  

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash    

Notes from Mrs. Nash 1.22.21

Posted on Jan 28, 2021

Dear SJF Families,

Our Falcons had a fabulous first week back and we continue to be grateful for the privilege of in-person learning! We have so much to look forward to in the coming weeks including celebrating our awesome, resilient and faith-filled 8th grade Falcons who will be making their Confirmation this Sunday. We want to thank the SJF Faculty, especially Dr. Chermak and Mrs. G, for helping them prepare for this important step in their faith as well as their parents, grandparents, siblings and sponsors who have lovingly guided them along the way. Our 8th graders are marvelous; please join me in praying for and congratulating the Confirmation Class of 2021! SJF is diligently preparing for Catholic Schools Week where together we praise and celebrate Catholic education, and what makes SJF so unique! Because of COVID restrictions, this year’s events will look a little different, but we will have a wonderful week, nonetheless. COVID has not ruined our spirits! We are still here. We are still praying. We are still Falcons! See more information below regarding SJF’s Catholic Schools Week new family project symbolizing our faith, family, friends, and future is what “TIES” Fisher Falcons together! As opposed to an in-person open house that we have hosted in year’s past, we will be showcasing our amazing school virtually this year. Please continue to spread the word about SJF to your family and friends. New student registration begins January 31st. Now is a great time to join our Falcon Family! Thank you for your continued commitment to and support of St. John Fisher School.

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash 

December 11, 2020

Posted on Dec 11, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

We hope you are finding time to enjoy this holiday season with your loved ones in spite of this unique time. We continue to make every effort to establish a sense of normalcy for your children in the building. With the help of our amazing SOAR students and dedicated and creative teacher moderators, we have many COVID-SAFE activities planned including classroom door decorating contests, ugly sweater day and Polar Express Pajama Day. This past Tuesday we also celebrated our first virtual mass as a school on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thank you to Dr. Chermak and Fr. Ken along with our fabulous fourth grade class and their teachers and Mrs. Maxwell and Mrs. Corley for making this possible. We would also like to give a huge shout out to our incredible FSA who has spent countless hours planning this weekend’s SANTA visits as well as the 12 days of Christmas Teacher and Staff Celebration. Your efforts are making this difficult time so special and we are just so grateful for you! 

We are just 7 short school days away from Christmas Break. As always, thank you so much for your continued support and caution as it relates to our health and safety protocols. Because of you, the overall health of our school is stronger than ever as we enter into our 14th week of in-person learning! We are appreciative of your partnership and honesty which allows to continue the privilege of learning in our awesome school. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash

December 4, 2020

Posted on Dec 04, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

We hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and loved ones! The generosity you have shown for our school and parish is motivating and inspiring. We are beyond grateful for all of the support you have given to our various fundraisers including the S & T Voucher Program, FSA Santa Visit Event, MANNA and our Parish Raffle! As we prepare for and enter into this holiday season, we continue to pray for each of you and recognize how blessed we are that you are a part of our wonderful community.    

This week our students completed their first trimester during a world-wide pandemic and we could not be more amazed by their resiliency, talent, intelligence, work ethic and sense of humor. Our Falcons have worked so hard this trimester to normalize and adapt to our new requirements that just 7 months ago, would have been unfathomable. They have overcome so many obstacles to succeed and they make us proud each and every day. We look forward to the fresh start this new trimester brings where our students can continue to grow and develop their skills. Tomorrow is the Catholic High School Entrance Exam Test. Please join me in praying for our exceptional 8th grade class as together they take this important step toward their oh-so-bright future. We are confident that they will accomplish wondrous things! 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash     

November 24, 2020

Posted on Nov 24, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

Thank you for taking the time to participate in our virtual parent-teacher conferences these past two days. We recognize the importance of our partnership with all of you and are so grateful to be on this journey together. We are thrilled to announce that we are scheduled to be back for in-person learning on November 30th! Our success with in-person learning can be attributed to many factors including your honesty, care and cooperation with our school’s tight protocols, our faculty and staff’s caution and constant attention to the safety and health of your children, and our students’ flexibility and resiliency. Together we are an incredible team! Beginning our 12th week of in-person learning is absolutely a team success and something to be celebrated! This year looks different than years past, but I believe in many ways we have more to celebrate and be thankful for. Please see below for some of this year’s highlights.  

You and your family are constantly on my mind and in my prayers. Please enjoy this week off together and your Thanksgiving holiday. I am thankful for each of you.

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash     

November 20, 2020

Posted on Nov 20, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

Thank you for the positive feedback regarding the change to our learning schedule next Monday and Tuesday. As I mentioned, our absenteeism continues to rise as cases from outside of our school continue to impact our students. Thank you for your continued caution and understanding with keeping your child (and his/her siblings) home when he/she has one symptom. Your cooperation with our schools’ tight and safe protocols is the reason for our success. We just finished our eleventh week of in-person learning! I am so proud of our smart, resilient students. We look forward to meeting with you next week at your scheduled parent-teacher conference. Thank you for taking the time to foster this critical partnership with your child’s teacher.  

I hope you have an opportunity to decompress this weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather we are having today. Thank you for you continued support of Catholic education!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash     

November 13, 2020

Posted on Nov 13, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

I hope you are all hanging in there! This week has been particularly challenging as the COVID positivity rate in our state, city, and community continues to climb. We have been taking the time to calmly discuss with our students the potential of having to pivot to remote learning. Unfortunately, the decisions and directives we receive often come without any warning; therefore, we continue to plan for the worst and hope for the best. During these uncertain times, out of caution, we have sent extra books and work home with your child in order to ensure he/she is prepared and has everything he/she needs in order to successfully pivot to remote learning at a moment’s notice. We recognize and understand that this uncertainty is an inconvenience and a frustration for all involved. We applaud our students each day for their resiliency and flexibility, two necessary qualities to possess in order to be successful in our current world. What you can absolutely be certain of is that we care deeply for your child’s safety, health, and well-being. We are here to support them and we will continue to provide a high-quality education whether we are in-person or remote. 

The procedures we have in place have allowed us to equally prioritize our students’ education as well as their health and safety. We have a 1% positivity rate amongst our students and staff. We are not transmitting COVID in the building and our school continues to be a safe place to learn. Nonetheless, the decision to pivot to remote learning is out of our hands as our guidance comes from the Archdiocese as well as our state and local government officials. Thank you for your on-going honesty, care, diligence, and support for our school community. Due to the caution you take each day with your child, our overall school remains healthy. Our success is a direct result of the close partnership with have established with you. Thank you for working with us. We truly are in this together!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash     

November 7, 2020

Posted on Nov 07, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

We have 9 weeks of in-person learning in the books – check done! As the positivity rate continues to rise in Illinois, we remain grateful for each and every day we get to experience the privilege of in-person learning. Nothing about living or growing up during a world-wide pandemic, a time of civil unrest, or a tumultuous election year is easy. I reflect daily on how this is impacting our children and their future. Thank you for your on-going honesty, care, diligence and support for our school community. Together we are working hard to safely create a sense of normalcy for our kids which allows us to combat, in some ways, this unbelievable time period we have found ourselves in. We recognize that this could change at any time and therefore we are appreciative for the blessing of each day. Our amazing kids are resilient. They are smart. They are kind. Let’s continue to take care of our children and each other. We are in this together. 

Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. Enjoy this beautiful weather!

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash     

October 30, 2020

Posted on Oct 30, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

Happy Halloween! We are 8 weeks in and counting. Thank you for your continued honesty and caution as it relates to our COVID procedures. Every day we are in school is a blessing and we couldn’t do it without your partnership. I could not be more proud of our resilient and incredible students who work so hard to learn (and have fun while doing so) each day under our unique circumstances. We are so fortunate to be able to work with your wonderful children. May the break in the weather tomorrow allow you and your loved ones to have a safe and fun Halloween and All Saints Day Weekend! 

Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher School. 

In unity and hope,

-Mrs. Maura Nash 

Notes from Mrs. Nash 10.23.20

Posted on Oct 29, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

We are so excited to have 7 weeks of in-person learning in the books! Every day we are in school, we consider it a blessing. We feel so privileged to be able to learn together each day. Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly to ensure our students are safe in school with consistent disinfecting of classrooms and hard surfaces throughout the day, constant mask-checks, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, proper desk spacing and so much more. However, we recognize that our ability to remain open for in-person learning could change at any point and our continued success hinges on our community’s cooperation. Thank you for continuing to be so honest and cautious as it relates to our COVID procedures. We certainly understand the extra burden this puts on everyone’s daily routines, but it truly does contribute to the overall success of our school, which is to remain open for the privilege of in-person learning. The Archdiocese communicated their decision today that all Catholic elementary schools will be remote learning from January 6th through January 15th with a return to in-person learning on January 19th. Please see the details of this important announcement linked here. More information regarding our local plan will be communicated with you in the coming weeks. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher.

In unity and hope,

Mrs. Maura Nash

Notes from Mrs. Nash 10.23.20

Posted on Oct 23, 2020

Dear SJF Families,

We are so excited to have 7 weeks of in-person learning in the books! Every day we are in school, we consider it a blessing. We feel so privileged to be able to learn together each day. Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly to ensure our students are safe in school with consistent disinfecting of classrooms and hard surfaces throughout the day, constant mask-checks, frequent hand washing and sanitizing, proper desk spacing and so much more. However, we recognize that our ability to remain open for in-person learning could change at any point and our continued success hinges on our community’s cooperation. Thank you for continuing to be so honest and cautious as it relates to our COVID procedures. We certainly understand the extra burden this puts on everyone’s daily routines, but it truly does contribute to the overall success of our school, which is to remain open for the privilege of in-person learning. The Archdiocese communicated their decision today that all Catholic elementary schools will be remote learning from January 6th through January 15th with a return to in-person learning on January 19th. Please see the details of this important announcement linked here. More information regarding our local plan will be communicated with you in the coming weeks. Thank you for your commitment to Catholic education, but specifically St. John Fisher.

In unity and hope,

Mrs. Maura Nash 

 
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