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Mrs. Maura Nash, Principal

Notes from Mrs. Nash 3.22.19

Posted on Mar 23, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

Well, we all survived another fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend! Thank you to everyone who participated in the most beautiful St. Patrick’s Day mass, led by Dr. Chermak and our faith-filled third grade, and the fun parade festivities. Our kids did an absolute beautiful rendition of the story of St. Patrick, equipped with St. Patrick himself, Irish dancers, bag pipes and songs. What a lovely way to start St. Patrick’s Day!

Our savvy musicians have yet another competition this weekend; I am certain that they will dazzle their audience and judges with their talents! Best of luck to all of our athletes this weekend as well. I want to thank all of the parents and grandparents who dedicate so much of their time coaching and traveling back and forth from games and competitions to support our awesome Falcons. Extra-curricular activities are such a vital role in the lives of our students and the success of those activities hinges on your support; THANK YOU!

As we move into Spring, I am hopeful that the warm weather is here to stay and proves to be a symbol of the many wonderful things that we have to look forward to before our school year comes to an end such as: the SJF running club (a sure sign that Spring is here!), breakfast with the Easter Bunny, the HNS food drive and much more. Information for these events can be found on the following pages.

Enjoy your weekend and as always, thank you so very much for your continued support of Catholic education!


Notes from Mrs. Nash 3.15.19

Posted on Mar 16, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

Happy St. Paddy’s Day weekend! Today the St. Patrick’s Day spirit was alive and well in the building as we were graced with the performance of the accomplished Dennehy Irish Dancers. There is nothing like Irish dancers and Irish music to put you in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and the South Side Irish Parade weekend. Our celebration continues. Please feel free to join us this Sunday as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Irish mass at 9:15 a.m., hosted by our awesome 3rd graders, and gather to march in the parade around 11:30 a.m. on 103rd and Artesian near the 7/11. We are float #19. All are welcome to join us! Please note that because of our 9:15 mass, there will be no 10 o’clock or 12 o’clock mass this Sunday.

In addition to athletic games this weekend, tomorrow our SJF musicians are performing in the annual solo contest at St. Laurence, and our Scholastic Team is competing in a scholastic bowl at Barrington Middle School. Best of luck to all of our talented Falcons! I know you will make us proud in all of your endeavors!

As many of you know, our Manna program started taking credit card payments this school year. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen costs and fees, as of April 1st, we no longer will be accepting credit card payments as it is a severe detriment to the program. We are grateful for all of your support to Manna and apologize for the inconvenience.

I hope to see you at some point this weekend to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As always, thank you so much for your commitment to Catholic education.


Mrs. Maura Nash

Notes from Mrs. Nash 3.8.19

Posted on Mar 09, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

There is never a dull moment here at SJF. Today proved to be no different as we had an unexpected gas issue. Many of our teachers and staff members reported smelling gas in the school building. We immediately contacted People’s Gas, the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department for assistance with this matter, and out of an abundance of caution, evacuated our students from the school building. At approximately 10:25am we evacuated pre-school – 4th grade to the convent and 5th – 8th grade waited outside on the west side of campus until we received the “all clear” sign from the fire department. We were unable to utilize the church due to a funeral. We returned safely back in the building around 10:45am. Please know the students’ safety is our number one priority. Your children were so well-behaved and helpful during this surprising turn of events. Proud doesn’t begin to explain the feeling I have to be the school leader of these wonderful individuals. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

This week our students were also tasked with preparing for Lent and Ash Wednesday along with fundraising for St. Baldrick’s. Our school participated in a dance-a-thon on Fat Tuesday which was organized by our SOAR group. For the Lenten Season, we learned about the many aspects of Lent: prayer, fasting and almsgiving and reflected on the ways we, as a school, could do a better job of “being the nice kids.” As a school community, we made a commitment for our almsgiving to benefit Taller De Jose, a ministry of accompaniment. A letter discussing this initiative is being sent home today.

We continue our generosity of spirit through our support of the St. Baldrick’s event tomorrow. Students have raised money, purchased St. Paddy’s wear t-shirts and are shaving their heads in support of this important cause. On the following pages, please view the schedule for tomorrow’s event. Thank you in advance for your support and ensuring our students are on their best behavior and treat our campus with the utmost respect.

Tomorrow our Scholastic Team, which is comprised of 7th and 8th graders, is participating in a competition at Northwestern University. I am confident they will do an impressive job representing SJF. This week Marty Canavan and Jack Perry competed in St. Cajetan’s “Be a Chemist” competition and placed 2nd & 3rd out of 15 students. Their remarkable performance advanced them to the state competition on April 13th at Lewis University. Congratulations and best of luck to Jack and Marty!

Thank you so much for all of your time and generosity along with your continued support of Catholic education.


Mrs. Maura Nash








Notes from Mrs. Nash March 1 2019

Posted on Mar 04, 2019

Dear SJF Families,

Thank you so much for the incredible outpouring of support that you showed for the “Get Behind the Vest” pancake breakfast. There were so many parents, students, teachers and staff who not only were patrons at the event but volunteered their time as well. This incredible cause was extremely successful as a result of all of you. What an amazing community we live in!

This week I was able to witness our reverent second grade students experience their First Reconciliation. This evening was filled with peace, grace and a calming energy that infused throughout the Church as these young children participated in their second sacrament. Dr. Chermak, along with the help of Fr. Ken, Fr. Dan, Mrs. Ade, Mrs. Kellam, Ms. Broncato and Mrs. Connolly did such a beautiful job preparing our students and planning this evening. We truly felt God’s love, grace and presence.

Congratulations to the many sports teams that are still alive during play-off season! On the following pages, you can peruse their schedules for the weekend. This upcoming Sunday, at our 10am Mass, we will be celebrating our grandparents and supporting our girl scouts. Please bring your grandma, grandpa or special person in your life to recognize how “lucky” you are to have them.

Next week will be a busy one as we celebrate Mardi Gras, prepare for Lent and Ash Wednesday and support the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser. Tuesday of next week SJF will be celebrating Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras with a dress down day and a dance-a-thon in the gym. Students may wear Mardi Gras themed colors to school such as gold, green or purple. Our all-school Ash Wednesday mass is March 6th at 1pm. All are welcome! To thank students for their generosity in supporting or participating in St. Baldrick’s, students may also be out of uniform on Friday, March 8th. Donations collected that day will go directly to the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser taking place Saturday, March 9th at SJF. Attached to the notes, you will also find information on when and where you can purchase SJF St. Paddy’s Day/St. Baldrick’s spirit wear, if interested.

As always, I am incredibly grateful for your generosity and your continued support of Catholic education.


Mrs. Maura Nash