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ITEM #1: Catechetical Sunday/Family Mass

This Sunday, September 16th has been designated Catechetical Sunday by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops. Many churches throughout the United States will extend a special blessing on Catholic School and Religious Education teachers for the work they do to pass on the faith. While the Catholic Church believes parents are the first educators of the faith, we know that it takes a community to raise our children to know, love and serve God.

We have designated the 9 AM mass this Sunday as a family mass. We want to pack the church with our students and families! Please join us!

ITEM #2: IOWA Testing

Next week all schools in the Diocese of Joliet will be taking the annual standardized testing mandated by the Catholic Schools Office. The CSO mandates that students in grades 3, 5 and 7 take the Iowa Test, but we will be testing all students in grades 3-8. These tests are a great source of data for us as instructors and they give the student a barometer of where they stand compared to their peers across the country. They are also a useful tool in assessing where students stand in relationship to their learning goals.

Grades 3, 5 and 7 will take two kinds of test—the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt) and the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS). The CogAt assesses how quickly a student can process information. These scores help predict a students’ achievement score. Scores for the Cognitive Abilities Test range from 50-160 with 90-110 considered to be average. Iowa Testing is an academic achievement test (reading, language, math, science, and social studies). The Iowa tests are norm-referenced; in other words, the score shares how your child compares with other children who took the same test.

Students will test with the following schedule:

Testing Week for Grades 3, 5, and 7

Monday, September 17th -- Cogat (Three 30 minute sections)

Tuesday, September 18th – Reading Part 1(30 min.) and 2 (30 min.) and Vocabulary (15 min)

Wednesday, September 19th – Math part 1 (30 min.) and 2 (30 min.)

Thursday, September 20th – Computation (20 min.) and Science (35 min.) and Spelling (10 min.)

Friday, September 21st – Written expression (40 min.), capitalization (10 min.), punctuation (10 min.)

Monday, September 24th – Social Studies (35 min.)

Testing Week for Grades 4, 6, and 8

Monday, September 17th -- Reading Part 1(30 min.) and 2 (30 min.) and Vocabulary (15 min)

Tuesday, September 18th – Written expression (40 min.), capitalization (10 min.), punctuation (10 min.), and spelling (10 min.)

Wednesday, September 19th – Math part 1 (30 min.) and 2 (30 min.)

Thursday, September 20th – Computation (20 min.) and Science (35 min.)

Friday, September 21st – Social Studies (35 min)

What can you do to help your child perform their best on the test? Please make sure your student has a healthy breakfast each day, arrives to school on time, and encourage them to do their best.

If your child is absent on any of the days of testing, there will be make ups the week of September 24th.

ITEM #3: OktoberFest

We are quickly approaching our biggest fundraiser of the year! We are approximately one month out—October 13, 2018. There are so many ways families can contribute to the success of the evening.

1. Register for OktoberFast 5K Race! The sign up form was part of the green packet picked up at Packet Pick Up. You can also register online at

2. Purchase your tickets! $35 a person for great food, water and soda. Beer and late night bites are extra at the event. Go to or directly to the ticketing site:

3. Have an item that would fit into our silent auction? Contact Tracy Pollack at

4. Harvest Club is looking for $5-$10 gift cards and bottles of wine.

5. Volunteer! You can sign up at

6. Purchase your child’s OktoberFEAST lunch and spirit shirt!

Thank you in advance for all you have done/are doing to support OktoberFest! OktoberFest is not only our largest fundraiser, but it brings together over 500 people as we enjoy each other’s company and continue the bonds of friendship that make St. Ray’s a place of community.

ITEM #4: OktoberFest Silent Auction

The Oktoberfest committee is hard at work to plan a great event for October 13 and we need your help. To assure that we reach our goal of raising $70,000, we need your contributions to the silent auction.

While we’re open to just about anything, some suggested items include:

· Gift cards for sky zone, movies, barnes and noble for teacher experiences

· Gift baskets with food and drink items.

· Tickets to sporting events, concerts or theater events.

· Gift certificates for services (salons, hotels, massage therapy, car wash and detailing.)

· Handmade quilts, baby blankets, knitwear.

· Four hours free labor from a carpenter, electrician, plumber, landscaper or handy man.

· New stuff…everything from appliances to tools to jewelry.

If you or your business would like to donate items for the auction, please call Tracy Pollack (815/325-7500) or Annie Hogan (708/837-1687).

ITEM #5: Baseball Regionals

The St Ray's baseball team concluded a great regular season with a record of 11-2, which earned them the #1 seed in the regional. St Ray's opens regional play on Saturday, Sept 15th at 10 AM at Gardner Grade School. With a win, the boys will play in the regional championship on Monday afternoon at 4 PM at Gardner Grade School. Good luck to the baseball team on their road to state!

ITEM #6: Fall Sports Pictures

Fall sports pictures are Tuesday, September 18th beginning at 3:15 PM. Here is the schedule:

3:15 Cross Country Baseball

3:30 7/8 flag football 5/6 flag football

3:45 5th volleyball 6th volleyball

4:00 7th volleyball white 7th volleyball red

4:15 8th girls volleyball

ITEM #7: Herald News Reader’s Choice Awards

Each year the Joliet Herald News has a Reader’s Choice best of Will County contest. St. Raymond is on the ballot for best pre-school in Will County! Can you please help us? Vote for us!

You can vote once a day so go back each day and vote for St. Raymond! Voting ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 30th.

If you can please share this on any social media site you have, it will help increase our chances of being named best pre-school in Will County!


Please join me in welcoming Kim Schoenner to the EDS staff. Mrs. Schoenerr will be working Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Kim currently teaches kindergarten at Pershing Elementary School in Joliet. We are extremely excited to add such a talented pair of hands to our EDS program. Welcome, Mrs. Schoenerr!

ITEM #8: Music on the Move

If you have not signed up your child to participate in band, you are not too late! Lessons will take place during EXPLORE. Beginners will have their lessons from 1:35-2:05, intermediate from 2:05-2:35 and advanced from 2:35-3:05. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our band director, Jim Mowrer at .

Download the following attachments

-OktoberFEAST Lunch and Spirit Shirt Order Form

-HSA Newsletter

-HSA 2018-2019 Budget

-TCBY Community Night (September 20)

-HSA Fun Lunch Order Form

-JCA Event Calendar for Junior High Students

-JCA Information on Financial Assistance and Scholarships

-City of Joliet Employment Opportunity—Crossing Guards needed


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