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“Joy is the sound of love, the color of gratitude, and the song of hope.” -Mary Davis


ITEM #1: Baseball Regionals

The St. Ray’s boys’ baseball team were victorious at their Monday night regional championship game beating Holy Family 10-1! Their next round of action is the sectional championship game against Milford Grade School tomorrow at St. Joe’s Pony Field at 11 AM! Let’s fill those bleachers with Rocket fans! Come cheer on our boys! If they win, their next stop is a trip to state.

ITEM #2: Living Rosary

This Friday, there will be no school mass. Instead, the 5th and 6th grade students will be presenting “The Living Rosary” on at 2 PM in the Cathedral. The school children have been presenting the Living Rosary for the past 17 years. Please come and join us! It is a beautiful way to honor Mary as we begin the month of the Rosary. We extend a special thanks to parishioner, Cyndi Karges, for helping the students and teachers organize this great tradition for St. Ray’s!

ITEM #3: IOWA Testing

Students in grades 4, 6 and 8 have finished Iowa testing! Students in grades 3, 5 and 7 have one 35 minute Social Studies test left to take. Thank you, parents, for making sure your child/ren arrived on time, well rested and with a good breakfast.

If any student was absent, make ups will be given this coming week. All testing must be completed by next Friday. Results will arrive in November and are made available at parent/teacher conferences.

ITEM #4: Child’s Progress

Recognizing that standardized assessment is an important piece of data to a child’s overall progress, students in Kindergarten – grade 2 take a developmentally appropriate computer based assessment called Child’s Progress. It takes no longer than 30 minutes to complete and is adaptive so no two students take the same test. It assesses both literacy and numeracy skills that are aligned to national reading and mathematics standards. Child’s progress is given three times a year: fall, winter, and spring.

Students in Kindergarten – grade 2 will take their assessment next week. A parent report is included as part of the results.

You can learn more at

ITEM #5: School Picture Day

Monday is school picture day! Inter-State Studio, our official school photographer, will be here to take our pictures! In last week’s family folder, you should have received an order form. Every student will have their picture taken in order to be in our yearbook. If you wish to order pictures, please send the order form with your payment with your child on Monday. You may also order online at and use order code: 30038WB

School Picture Day is a dress up day. The following is the section from our parent/student handbook that details the expectations for dress UP day.

Boys should wear dress pants, dress shoes, and shirts with collars. Girls should wear dresses or skirts that are not more than two inches above the knee, are respectable and adherent to all other dress code notations.

Shoes with heels higher than two inches may not be worn. Sneakers and flip-flops are not allowed on dress up days.

(p. 36)

ITEM #6: OktoberFest

We are quickly approaching our biggest fundraiser of the year! We are less than 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 #7: 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 #8: OktoberFest Volunteering

Thank you to everyone who has taken a shift for Oktoberfest. Here are a few important shifts that still need to be filled:

Wed, Auction and Misc., 12-3

Wed, Facility Set Up, 5-9, Heavy Lifting

Thurs, Set up Decorations, 5-9

Fri, Set up Decorations, 1-3, 6 spots

Fri, Facility Set up, 5-9, 6 spots

Sat, Race Registration, 6:15-9:45, 3 spots

Please know that we can be flexible with all shifts. Let Mandy Kubinski know if you can help in any way.



ITEM #9: 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!

ITEM #10: Happy Birthday!

These awesome ladies are celebrating birthdays this coming week:

Mrs. Candie Prieboy—Front Office—Monday, September 24

Mrs. Renee Gambino—6th Grade Homeroom Teacher—Tuesday, September 25

Please be sure to wish them a “Happy Birthday!” We are so blessed that they share their gifts and talents with the St. Ray’s community.


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