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“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits, that is real joy.”
― Arthur Ashe

ITEM #1: Boys Baseball

We are so incredibly proud of our boys baseball team! Last Saturday, they beat Milford Grade School with a score of 1-0. This earned them a spot at the IESA State Playoffs. In a well-played game, we bowed to Christ the King School of Springfield, 7-4. The boys were exceptional! They played their hearts out! We couldn’t be more proud of them, their coaches and the season they put together. Thank you to everyone for sharing your Rocket love and pride with the boys baseball team!

ITEM #2: HSA (Home and School Association) Meeting

All are invited to attend Wednesday’s HSA meeting. It begins at 6:30 PM and is typically held in the teacher’s lounge.

ITEM #3: Uniform Guidelines

The adherence to the uniform guideline is important to the culture of discipline and respect that is synonymous with a Catholic schools. There have been some common violations we are seeing lately and want to point them out so they can be corrected.

1. Socks—There are different interpretations of ankle socks—some believe that means going above the ankle and some believe that is hitting the ankle. If you are choosing to buy the socks that hit the ankle, they must be seen. They can’t be hidden by the shoes your child is wearing.

2. Sock color—Socks must be one solid color. Refer to the uniform guidelines for the acceptable color for grade levels and gender.

3. Skirt/Jumper Length—When standing straight and tall, skirts may not be shorter than 2” above the knee.

If a student is not in compliance with the uniform guidelines, a uniform violation form is sent home by the teacher. Three of these notices results in not being allowed to dress down on $1 dress down days.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! We are here to help!

ITEM #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: Herald News Reader’s Choice Awards—LAST CHANCE!

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 #8: Attention 8th Grade Families

Students in the 8th grade class preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation are required to attend a Confirmation retreat their 8th grade year. St. Raymond is offering this year’s retreat in conjunction with St. Paul. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 27th. The retreat will be held at St. Paul the Apostle (enter door C) from 4:30-8:30.

It is important that our 8th grade students experience this retreat together; however, if you are unable to attend the retreat we can help you find an alternative retreat within the diocese. Please let Ms. Hill or Mrs. Pershey know as soon as possible.

ITEM #9: Happy Birthday!

These awesome ladies are celebrating birthdays next weekend:

Mrs. Ginny Baltz—1st Grade Teacher—Sunday, October 7

Mrs. Stephanie Kaput—Kindergarten Teacher—Sunday, October 7

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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