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“To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” --Mark Twain

This statement is the perfect embodiment of OktoberFest. You know an event of this caliber, with its many facets, is not possible with only a small number of people stepping up. It takes the time and talents of our entire community. And with this all hands on deck approach, we laugh, we enjoy each other’s company, we learn more about each other, we have fun…despite the challenges and the tiredness. Together we did something beautiful in God’s name.

A more formal note of gratitude will go home next week, but I would be remiss not to give great thanks to all of you for your contributions to O’Fest. It is yet another reminder of how richly blessed we are here at St. Raymond. May God hold each of you in His care and love!

ITEM #1: Cross Country

Our cross country team ended their season in spectacular fashion. Last Saturday, they competed in the class 1A state meet. They left it all on the course! Every runner had a personal best time. Seventh grade student Claire Blotnik took 14th place running two miles in 12 minutes 20 seconds. Overall the girls placed 15th in the state! Fifth grader Lukas Klein ran his heart out! What an amazing season! Thank you to everyone for the support they showed the team—from the pep rally to words of affirmation to prayers!


ITEM #2: Halloween

Halloween is around the corner. As you decide what your child plans to wear, please keep in mind that costumes should be respectful of our Catholic faith—no devil costumes or accessory items that promote violence or could be deemed dangerous. Students should be able to manage the costume independently. They should be able to sit in their desk to learn for the day and be able to use the bathroom on their own.

 

ITEM #3: Dress Code

Please note after October 31st, shorts are no longer allowed to be worn. Students must wear uniform pants or the uniform skirt/jumper.

ITEM #4: Fire Prevention Poster

Each year our students participate in the Joliet Fire Department Fire Prevention Week Poster Contest. Fourth grade student Jack Blackburn was awarded first place for his grade level. Congratulations, Jack! Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents to spread a message that could help save lives!

ITEM #5: Light Up the Holiday Parade—Candy Donations Needed

St. Raymond will once again be walking the Light Up the Holiday Parade in Joliet on Friday, November 23rd. We would like to pass out candy to the parade goers and we are asking families to consider making a donation of a bag of candy. We know the stores are stocked right now with candy for Halloween and this may be a good time to grab candy. Some stores discount the candy as soon as Halloween is over. Please be on the lookout for any good sales and donate a bag or two to help us in our efforts to give back to our community. Thank you in advance for help!

ITEM #6: Happy Birthday!

These awesome ladies and gentleman are celebrating birthdays this coming week:

Mr. Rob Kodura—Gym Teacher—Friday, October 12

Mrs. Amy Bialko—5th grade teacher—Friday, October 26

Mr. James Grzadzinski—Director of music for the Cathedral—Sunday, October 28

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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