Dear Parent /Guardian,

It's hard to believe that this Friday already marks the end of the 3rd quarter here at JCA. There have been several exciting events in the past few weeks: 7th grade Step Up Day with 234 area students visiting JCA, regional championships for our boys and girls basketball programs, JCA junior Emma Jay winning the IHSA Class 2A Three-Point Competition, junior Dean Hamiti, Jr. winning his third straight IHSA state wrestling championship, Gylon Sims and Terrance Snapp both placing at the IHSA wrestling tournament (and seven Hilltoppers overall qualifying), the JCA frosh/soph math team qualifying for the ICTM State Contest at U of I Champaign-Urbana on May 2, and individuals Carter Holbrook and Zack Bertino also qualifying, and the JCA Dance Team finished in 3rd place at the IHSA Class 1A Competitive Dance Finals.

The JCA Drama deparment is hard at work for preparing this year's spring musical "Mama Mia!". Ticket information and more details about the musical hosted at the Bicentennial Park Theatre from March 12-14 can be found in the Parent Newsletter.

There are many more events we have celebrated recently, and will host in the future. Please check out our news headlines link and the JCA Online Calendar so that you

This past weekend, JCA celebrated 35 years of Jubilaté, our largest annual fundraiser. Profits generated from the event go toward JCA’s operating budget and benefits JCA students. “This annual fundraising event brings the JCA family together to have a good time,” said Christine Voss, director of special events. “Through the efforts of many donors, JCA students derive the benefits of a faith-filled education.”

The students at JCA thank you all, Mrs. Voss, our co-chairs Debora & Ellis Kennedy and Amy (Lausch '87) & Ken Mihelich '83, and all of our Jubilaté committee members and volunteers for your generous support in making the Roarin’ ‘20’s a successful night. Over 370 guests packed the Bolingbrook Country Club dancing the night away to Maggie Speaks and raising important funds for our Angels and Hilltoppers.

Lastly, March 1 was an important deadline for current students registering to return to JCA. All families who have received FACTS financial aid must complete the application EACH year. Please do so immediately if you have missed this deadline. FACTS application is $35 and can be completed for multiple students, even if younger siblings are attending an area Catholic school. The application makes families eligible to receive aid from JCA and the Diocese of Joliet's Catholic Education Foundation. Further links to the FACTS application and the Empower IL/Invest in Kids Act Tax Credit Scholarship application can be found in the newsletter.

Regards,

Ryan Quigley
JCA Director of Admissions and Communications
The Joliet Catholic Academy Drama Club presents Mamma Mia! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

Shows take place at the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Theatre at 201 Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432.

Tickets go on sale February 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. at  https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/37566 . Note: STRICT 12 ticket limit per transaction.
Congratulations to our JCA Math Team on a great performance this past Saturday at the ICTM Regional Math Contest held at Lincoln-Way East HS. The Frosh-Soph 8-Person Team came away with a 2nd place finish and qualified for the State Contest.
 
Also qualifying for the State Contest as individuals are Freshman Carter Holbrook who finished 3rd place over all other Algebra I contestants and Junior Zack Bertino who earned a qualifying score in Algebra II.
 
The ICTM State Contest will take place at the U of I in Champaign-Urbana on May 2. Good Luck to our Angels and Hillmen!
JCA First Semester Honor Roll

Joliet Catholic Academy is proud to announce the 2019-2020 First Semester Honor Roll. Students are separated by graduating year, “A” and “B” Honor Roll, and also grouped by grade school and church affiliation/parish.

432 current students have been honored for their academic achievements from the first semester. JCA president/principal Dr. Jeffrey Budz said, “We are so proud of our students who have made honor roll with the majority of them being involved in much more beyond the classroom. Not only are these students excelling in the classroom, they are students of good character, who contribute a lot to the JCA community as a whole.”

Click Here  to view an Excel file sortable by graduating year, “A” and “B” Honor Roll, and also grouped by grade school and church affiliation/parish.

Click Here  to view a PDF file.
JCA Financial Aid Applications

It is the policy of Joliet Catholic Academy no to grant any aid for period longer than one year. Applications must be made annually through FACTS and Empower Illinois.

JCA FACTS Application >> https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3GR6W

Empower Illinois Application >> https://app.empowerillinois.org/school/dashboard

JCA Tuition Assistance Overview >> https://www.jca-online.org/admissions/financialaid/
Important Information from the Health Office

FRESHMAN: New state law for freshman 2019-2020 are required to have dental exams.   If proof is not provided to the health office by MAY 15 th , 2020 , students will have their final semester grade HELD!   Any questions regarding your student’s compliancy, please contact the health office asap @ 815-147-0500 ext. 275.

ALL STUDENTS regarding sports physicals:   JCA will NOT be providing sports physicals this year. Student’s must see their own medical provider. Most quick care facilities provide sports physicals at a reasonable price. 

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and its goal is to educate us that the most common form of head injury is called mild traumatic brain injury, or “concussion.”  Usually caused by a blow to the head.
·          19.5% of high school athletes have had a concussion.
·          5.5% of high school athletes have had more than one concussion.
·          70% of all sports and recreation-related brain injuries were reported in people ages 19 and younger.

A concussion is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by traumatic biochemical forces. ALL CONCUSSIONS ARE SERIOUS!
Headache is the most common symptom. Along, with nausea and/or vomiting, confusion or feeling “foggy,” dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, ringing in the ears, fatigue, sensitivity to light and/or sound, difficulty concentrating and/or remembering, balance issues, more emotional, irritable, or sad, visual or sleep disturbances.

Any student who has symptoms of a concussion after a hit or jolt to the brain should be taken out of play or practice. Most people with concussions (>90%) do no pass out. Any student suspected of having a concussion should not return to play until cleared by a physician.
Please access the following link to view JCA’s concussion protocol.   https://www.jca-online.org/concussion-protocol/

 
Flu Season is still upon us!
Students should stay home from school when ill, including but not limited to, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed rash and until they are fever free, <100.0F, for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (Advil, ibuprofen, Tylenol etc.).

Encourage everyone to cover a cough with a sleeved covered elbow, wash hands regularly, do not share drinks/food/lip balm, keeps hands away from eyes, nose and mouth, all to decrease the risk of catching the seasonal cold or influenza. Along with cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. These techniques will also minimize exposure the other contagious respiratory infections.
Follow this link from the CDC for up to date flu information. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

All Students

Reminder: Students are not allowed to have medications (over the counter, homeopathic or prescriptive) on their being, in their locker or lunches or in their backpacks, except for emergency medications that have a Medication Administration Authorization (MAA) on file in the Health Office. Students are allowed medications to be kept in the Health Office with a MAA. Please see the Medication in School Policy which can be found on the JCA web site.

·       Medication Administration Authorization (MAA) forms are required at the start of every new school year. Forms are available on the web site.

·      Health Office information is on the school web site under the  Parents  tab, click on Health Office
·      Emergency Action Plans (EAP’s) are requested for those students with asthma, diabetes, epilepsy (seizures) and severe allergies. EAP’s are available on the web site. Medication Authorization forms to self-carry emergency medications and supplies must be submitted at the start of every new school year. Forms are available on the web site.
·      Those that travel internationally to areas of high TB risk  (most countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Russia)  for greater than 2 weeks are required to have IGRA prior to returning to school. Additional information is on the web site.

ATTN: returning students. Per the State of Illinois and JCA policy, students whose medical records are not in compliance will be excluded from school and all school activities , including athletics,  starting October 15 and will remain excluded until all health records are compliant.  

 
Health Office Hours while students are in attendance
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am-2:30pm Thursday 8:00am -1:40pm
During school breaks voicemails and emails are checked weekly.
815-741-0500 Ext 275, 815-741-3015 fax nurse@jca-online.org
JCA Spring Concert

When? Wednesday, April 1
Where? JCA Student Activity Center
Time? 7 p.m.; there will also be a school-day performance that morning at 9:10 a.m.

FREE ADMISSION
SENIORS
SEASON 20 EPISODE 20
SENIOR NIGHT
SENIOR NIGHT RAFFLE PRIZE REQUEST
The last gathering for the graduating senior class is “senior night”. The Class of 2020 will be celebrating on Thursday May 14, 2020. At this event, organized by senior parents, there is a gigantic raffle for the students. Our goal is to have one prize for each of the 152 graduating seniors.
Would YOU please help us make this goal a reality?
Items requested:

DORM ITEMS: SHEETS, LAUNDRY BASKETS TV, REFRIGERATOR, COFFEE POT, TOWELS, GIFT CARDS
CASH – THE COMMITTEE WOULD BE HAPPY TO GO BUY ITEMS.

Thank you for your support of the Class of 2020!
Questions? Mary Ann Egizio maregi@comcast.net or Ramee Mikuska mikuska@att.net
SAVE THE DATE

Attention Hillmen and Moms

LADS AND LADIES
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Jacob Henry Mansion
6:00 – Early Pictures
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Recognitions
8:15-10:00 Dancing

Don’t miss out on this special Mother-
Son event!

Those with Sports or other events are
ALWAYS welcome late entry!

6:00 Early Pictures
7:00 Dinner
8:00 Recognitions
8:15-10:00 Dancing

RSVP by April 3 - $25
Questions: Please contact Lori Sherman
Orlikijo16@gmail.com
815-715-5589
Stay Connected and Help Promote JCA

Don’t miss the latest news about JCA, Angels and Hilltoppers, events, and more; stay connected through social media. “Like” Joliet Catholic Academy on Facebook, “Follow” JCAOnline on Twitter, and check out Joliet.Catholic on Instagram. 

Several extra-curricular clubs and sports also operate social media pages that the main JCA accounts will share and re-tweet. With changes to Facebook's algorithm over the last year, the more people that can share articles coming from the main Joliet Catholic Academy Facebook page, the better we can organically market all of the great things happening at JCA. Please continually re-tweet and share social media posts.
Asbestos Management

Parents, teachers, employee organizations, and other relevant groups: Please be advised that the Asbestos Management Plan for JCA, as required by law, is available for inspection during normal business hours by representatives of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Illinois, and the public – including teachers, other school personnel, representatives, and parents at 1200 N. Larkin Avenue, Joliet, Illinois 60435 within five working days after receipt of a written request for inspection. The school may charge the reasonable cost of making any copies requested. 
JJC Spring 2020 Kids College

Joliet Junior College has a variety of classes available for students in grades 1-12 to enrich their creativity, knowledge and special interests in a fun filled, safe environment.

Please review the below pdf of Joliet Junior College’s Spring 2020 Schedule of Kids College. 
Spirit Shop News


Spirit Shop Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
7:15 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday
7:15 am – 2:00 pm


All of the proceeds from all sales in our Joliet Catholic Academy Spirit Shop go directly back to our school.

Paula Gorski, Spirit Shop Coordinator
Joliet Catholic Academy
815-741-0500 x231
Shadow Visits and Private Tours

Refer a local 7th or 8th grade student to join a current Angel or Hilltopper student for a Friday Shadow Visit in the spring of 2020. Online registration links for Shadow Visits and the JCA Entrance Exam are both included below.

Shadow Visits offer seventh and eighth-grade students, as well as current high school students wishing to transfer, an individualized experience by pairing a prospective student with a current Angel or Hilltopper who shares his or her academic and extracurricular interests. Students shadowing report for regular school hours from 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

Please contact the JCA Admissions Office at 815.741.0500, ext. 214 or  rquigley@jca-online.org   to schedule a private family tour or to answer any further questions about enrolling a student at JCA.
JCA in the News