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Friday Thoughts 11/30/18

Dear Parents,

As you know, this has been a very difficult week at St. John Fisher.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fornaciari family.

Tomorrow, our 8th graders will take the high school placement test.  They are very well-prepared thanks to their hard work over their elementary school career.  We wish them the best of luck, and they will be provided with plenty of good wishes this afternoon from our kindergarteners.

The 8th graders are also running a Schwan’s fundraiser.  My freezer is currently full of delicious frozen pizza, premade cookie dough, various chicken meals and appetizers.  Don’t miss the opportunity to fill your freezer and help the 8th graders reach their fundraising goals.  Click here for the details. 

Spiritwear orders are due today.  2T through 5T are available in addition to the sizes listed on this order form .  Drop off your order and payment at school by 2:30 or at Kathy Carmody's house by 6 p.m. (2625 W. 106th Street)

Mass challenge winners for November were 6th grader Riley Daniher and preschooler Mia Colander.  They each win a $25 gift card of their choice! Congratulations, Riley and Mia. The December challenge for same prize starts this weekend - good luck! Any questions - contact Kristin Mlyniec at

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming dates: 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, St. Nick’s Mass (10 AM), Family Advent Wreath Making (after).  Come celebrate the 1st Sunday of Advent with St. Nick! Bring a wrapped toy for our Pro Labore Dei toy drive to give to St. Nick at the 10 AM Mass, & on the “To/ From” tag note appropriate age & if appropriate, gender to give to St. Nick to deliver! Suggested age ranges below.  Pictures are welcome after Mass, and St. Nick will have a special treat for all kids.  0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5-8 years, 9-12 years, teen (gift cards welcome, suggestions McDonalds, Walgreens, Subway, CVS, AMC). After Mass join us in Kane Hall to Make your own fresh Advent wreath, have a treat and some hot cocoa! All supplies provided. Cost $30/ Family.  Please RSVP by Wed. 11/28/18 to Bridget Stalla at 773-852-4698, or  

MONDAY, DECEMBER 3rd  AT 7 p.m. IN KANE HALL:  Mandatory Winter Sports meeting for parents of third –eighth grade boys and 4th-eighth grade girls and coaches.  Please contact with questions.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5th – SPECIAL LUNCH.  Special thanks to Becky Rusch and the many parent volunteers that have created and implemented the “Leave Footprints of Kindness Wherever You Go” program that provides an educational and inspirational program for our students during each special lunch.  The program this Wednesday focuses on “Christmas without Cancer.” Founder Gerry Neylon who is also an oncology nurse will speak to the students about the importance of giving to others, not only monetarily, but with acts of kindness.  Several of the local recipients will also be present to talk informally with the students.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8th. The Women’s Club Luncheon is on December 8th- The SJF Women's Club Holiday Lunch and Vendor Boutique at Ridge Country Club is back!  Please join the women of the parish in kicking off the holiday season!  All details are on this attached flyer. 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6th, Christmas Cookies Cocoa and Crafts, 5:30 pm-8:00 pm.  

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7th  – TEACHER INSERVICE DAY; NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS.  Our teachers will be participating in a religious retreat which is part of the requirement for each of them to become certified catechists.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9th, Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe, special hand out at all Masses, Children's Rose procession, and Family Rosary after 10 AM Mass.

DECEMBER 16th, St. Lucy Bake Sale - Looking ahead, we are looking for donations for a bake sale in honor of St. Lucy's Feast (12/13) after the 10 AM Mass.  If you are willing to contribute a treat, please email us at Proceeds will go towards Pro Labore Dei.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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