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Mrs. Maura Nash Principal

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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