Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Wolf Run which will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018, at Dunham Park, and will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, an organization that organizes Fun Runs all over the country. We’re excited for their expertise and making this EASY on everyone involved!
The day will be a full school day with drop off in the morning at 8:00 am at Dunham Park with pick up in the afternoon at 3:00 pm from Dunham Park. The Wolf Run itself will take place at various times for different grades throughout the morning with a pizza lunch at the park followed by an afternoon of fun Field Day games. Stay tuned for a detailed informational letter to come home in the coming week. Please note: The Extended Day Program will not be available in the morning or after school that day.
Through this year’s nine-day Wolf Run program, our goal is to raise $30,000.00 to purchase a cart of Chromebooks for each campus. When the Boosterthon Program officially kicks off online on Tuesday, May 15th, I encourage you all to PLEASE forward your child’s pledge link to everyone in your email and text contacts as well as everyone you know on social media. The more pledges that you can secure, the goal of two new Chromebook carts will be that much more possible!
In closing, I just want to inform you all that National Teacher Appreciation Week is next week. While we as a school community recognized our teachers in February as part of Catholic Schools week, I encourage all of you to reach out personally to those teachers who have positively impacted your child’s life. In today’s hectic times, we don’t always get a chance to thank people or acknowledge someone’s efforts. I encourage you all to take that time this week to send our teachers a note or email thanking them for ALL that they do!
Interim Head of School
M.Ed. in School Leadership
"Good, better, best; never let it rest.
'Til your good is better, and your better is best."
- St. Jerome
THURSDAY FOLDER FOR POPE FRANCIS PARENTS
Please check your paper folders for a couple of flyers regarding parish or neighborhood events.
REMINDERS FOR THIS WEEK AND NEXT
International Nights have been schedule for Wednesday, May 9 at the North Campus from 6-8 pm! and Thursday, May 10 at the South Campus from 6-8pm. Mark your calendars and invite your friends! Forward them this link to the FLYER.
WEAR BLUE TO SUPPORT OUR HEROS IN BLUE
On Friday, May 11 we'll have an out of uniform day for anyone wearing BLUE to support our men and women in blue...the Chicago Police Department! We are lucky to have so many police officers (and other first responder heroes) among our community members...parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends! Say THANK YOU to those in blue by wearing blue on May 11! INFO HERE.
NIGHT AT THE RACES IS COMING UP
Night at the Races has been sold out AND all the horses have been purchased. Thanks to all who have bought tickets and horses! We'll see everyone with a ticket on Saturday, May 12!
Invite your kids' grandparents and special older friends to participate in our Grandparents Day Mass and a Visit to the school! CORRECTED DATES ARE BELOW:
Monday, May 21 at the North Campus with Mass at 8:30 and a coffee reception following in the Mason Orchard Auditorium
Wednesday, May 23 at the South Campus withMass at 8:30 and a coffee reception following in the gym
WOLF RUN - CASTLE QUEST
Our 2nd Annual Wolf Run will be held on Thursday, May 24 at Dunham Park and we'll be working with a company who specializes in successfully running fun-run fundraisers for schools. MORE INFORMATION HERE!
WILLY WONKA SCHOOL MUSICALS
Students from both campuses are staging their Spring musical plays - Willy Wonka - in conjunction with Windy City Performs.
Tuesday, May 29 at the South Campus in the gymnasium
Monday, June 4 at the North Campus in the Mason Orchard Auditorium
POSSIBLE CHRISTMAS TREE SALE
As part of covering our overall school fundraising budget, we are always looking at ways to raise funds from OUTSIDE our own 8 walls. The Institutional Advancement Committee of the BSJ has done some initial planning for a Christmas Tree sale which would go from late November - early December, possibly in conjunction with the Mistletoe Market on one of the weekends. The hope is that this is just the kind of sale that can bring contributions in from the broader community and not only from our school parents.
We are in need of a leadership team to take this project on. Our IA committee will help guide the effort and will help with encouraging all of the volunteers and staffing needed, as well as with marketing the event. If you have the interest and time to take this on - perhaps with a friend as your partner - please contact Jodi Thyen at firstname.lastname@example.org soon as possible. While the event is in the distant future, all of the logistics and dates will need to be locked in asap. Thank you for considering this fun opportunity to fulfill all of your volunteer hours for next year!!
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ABOUT THE CASTLE QUEST WOLF RUN!
GIFT A GOOD BOOK
The Ministry Effectiveness Committee of Pope Francis Global Academy (a subcommittee of the BSJ), has identified two great books they would like to gift our 5th and 8th grade students.
The first book is geared towards 5th graders and is part of a series called “Chime Travelers.” This book features fun-filled, time-travel adventures with a Catholic message that takes kids to long-ago times and faraway lands.
The second book, “100 Things Every Catholic Teen Should Know,” is focused more on apologetics and is geared towards our 8th graders. It is our hope that they can take these short, simple answers as to what the Church teaches and why we claim it as truth and share it with those they meet.
Would you consider sponsoring a book or two? For $10/book, we will inscribe your name on our custom made donation sticker to be placed on the inside cover of each book. This way, our students will know, first-hand, the support they receive from our entire community. If you are interested in supporting this effort with a donation of $10, $20 or more, please send a check in to either office with a note which says how you would like the inscription to read. Checks can be made payable to “Pope Francis Global Academy.” Please return no later than May 7th, 2018. Thank you in advance from the Ministry Effectiveness Committee.
To both reinforce practical knowledge of our spiritual charter and encourage its faithful execution, the Ministry Effectiveness Committee of our Board of Specified Jurisdiction has created a recognition program dubbed the, “Distinguished Disciple” award.
If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Kinel at email@example.com or at 773.763.7080, ext. 1000.
CONGRATS TO SOPHIA STOWELL, STATE SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITOR! 7th grader Sophia Stowell earned the right to compete at the state level in the Junior Academy of Science State Exposition last weekend! Here is what Sophia said about competing at state:
"Going to state was really fun but nerve racking! The minute I stepped into the Civic Center I went pale and became very nervous. I soon found out everything would be ok and I presented very well. Even though I had to wait three hours to be judged, it was a fun time!"
NEW LEADERSHIP AT THE SCHOOL! For two days last week we had a guest Principal for the Day at each campus! Nate Mescall got a lot of work done at the North Campus and Lauren Campbell did just as much work at the South Campus!
CONGRATS TO OUR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS TEAMS Our winning PFGA team went on to compete against other area schools this morning at St. Hillary. They took 2nd place overall! Way to go reading Wolves!
MEET THE TEACHERS - MS. FULLER
Our focus this week is Ms. Fuller, who is our resource teacher at the South Campus. Ms. Fuller says that her time at PFGA as been great, and that she is extremely lucky to teach such wonderful children!
Ms. Fuller said, "As a child, I always wanted to be a teacher. I lived with my mother and my older brother, Tom. Everyday I would come home and play 'school' with my best friend (my brother). One year for Christmas, I asked my mom if I could have a bulletin board hung outside my bedroom door. Together, my mom and I hung my student's work on my bedroom door. This was the beginning of my journey which led me to teaching."
"As a child, I spent many weekends at my grandma's house with my uncle who has Down Syndrome. He was my next student. I would develop lessons and projects for him to complete. I spent most of my time trying to increase his reading abilities. He was an amazing uncle for letting me be his teacher! Over time, I realized I really wanted to work with children who struggled and needed support in the general education classroom. I attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale to pursuit my career. I learned how to develop my teaching skills and my love of nature and rock climbing."
During her free time, Ms. Fuller loves hanging out with her family and friends. She enjoys being outside as much as possible going camping, riding her bike, and most importantly, rock climbing! She says, "I love to challenge myself physically and mentally!"
The photo is of Ms. Fuller on a trip to New Zealand! She is standing at the top of a volcano and that is acidic volcano water!
Our four founding parishes are alive in Christ! There are many activities and special events that our families would surely find helpful and of interest. Please take the time to read through the weekly bulletins of each to see what you might be interested in!