Sorry to disappoint all of you followers of the Royal Family but the Queen Mum is not crossing the pond to make an appearance at our school.   Neither are Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, nor even Megan Markle.
However, the Queen which is coming to our little hamlet has the potential to make a everlasting impact in our school more than anybody who lives in Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle.
Rather, we're talking about the Queen who has garnered headlines throughout the summer, and we're not referring to the outpouring of love for the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, either.
The Advancement Board, working in tandem with our pastor, Fr. Brad, and the School Board, will be launching a Queen of Hearts progressive raffle on Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14.

Since July, a steering committee consisting of Mike Bracken, Craig Bennett, Bill Burris, Tom Boler, Tobias Schlueter, Bill Feind, Joe Scheffler, Mike Leitner, Karen Meskill, Nicole Jurjovec, Doug Gutsell, and Frank Glowaty have been working behind the scenes to comply with all Diocesan and City of Naperville ordinances, policies, and regulations.
For example, the Naperville ordinances on raffles puts a $2 million cap on the total winning prize and requires the raffle be completed within 180 days.  Should the Queen of Hearts not be selected by the 180th day, we will continue selecting new raffle tickets from the tumbler until we have a winning ticket.  Also, once the total allowable cap of $2 million for total winning prize is reached, ticket sales will stop and the drawing for the Queen of Hearts will be held on the upcoming
Saturday and continue until a winner is named.
At that time, we will continue selecting new raffle tickets from the tumbler until we have a winning ticket.  The winner will receive 50% of the money generated from gross ticket sales net of 50% of any fees and expenses incurred by SSPP to conduct the raffle.  Likewise, Saints Peter and Paul School will receive 50% of the money generated from gross ticket sales net of 50% of any fees and expenses incurred by SSPP to conduct the raffle.
 "The city ordinances related to raffles are extensive and require very detailed record keeping to be maintained.  Overall, this type of raffle is a first for the city as well, and the city staff appreciated our open communications with them during the raffle application process."  offered Tom Boler, Parish Finance Manager.   To that extent, we are also required to keep a ledger with the name and address of each ticket that is sold.
This fundraiser grossed over $4 million at St. Cajetan School in the Chicago arch-diocese and the McHenry VFW nearly doubled that grossing over $7 million.  Both ventures lasted close to a year before the Queen was revealed.

"One of the things that makes this fundraiser so attractive," noted Advancement Board President Mike Bracken, "is that most of those purchasing tickets each week are likely to be non-school families. "We estimate the majority of sales will come from people who have little or no affiliation, and even little awareness, of Saints Peter and Paul School," chimed in Advancement Board Vice-President Craig Bennett.
Here is how it works.
The school has purchased a Queen of Hearts board from a certified gaming vendor that contains all 52 cards plus the 2 jokers creating 54 places where the desired ticket could be hiding.  Tickets are $5 each and are sold only at Quigley's Irish Pub from 4:00 -8:00 pm on Thursday and from 4:00 - 10:00 pm on Friday and 11:30 am - 3:45 pm on Saturday and then again from 4:30 - 10:00 pm if the Queen is not revealed.

 At 4:00 pm each Saturday, a school representative will pull a purchased ticket from the tumbler. If the Queen of Hearts is not behind the number selected by the recipient of the ticket drawn, then the pot rolls over and a new round of tickets will start being sold.
To coordinate manpower needs, Advancement Board members Nicole Jurjovec and Jennifer Nagle are working with school Technology Coordinator, Colleen Nikiel, to utilize Sign-Up Genius for recruiting parent volunteers. "This has the potential to be the largest fundraiser in school history," observed Principal Karen Meskill.  "In order to meet the anticipated demand of ticket sales for this exciting and popular fundraiser, we are hoping that all families will sign up for a time slot to volunteer to sell tickets at Quigley's," she added.  
School Board President Tobias Schlueter has asked Mrs. Meskill to solicit suggestions from all school families, those serving on leadership boards, and teachers and support staff as to projects that could be funded with our winnings.
The first drawing slated for Saturday, March 2.

Information about rules and regulations as well as dates for training sessions will be forthcoming shortly.
    Volume 6, No. 17
   January 23 , 2019

2019 NCEA

Congratulations to 
Phil Cabrera '67 who will be recognized as this year's National Catholic Education Association's Distinguished Graduate recipient at the 8:00 a.m all-school Mass on 
Thursday, January 31.


Our annual 80's Night will cap off our celebration of Catholic Schools Week as our 8 A-1 Boys, 8 A-2 Boys, and 8th grade girls will all take on 
St. Petronille on the 
hard court beginning at 5:30.

This fun night, taking place on Friday, February 1, is also a fundraiser with proceeds going to Special Olympics Illinois.

Last year, the Athletic Association, which sponsors this event and next Wednesday's out-of-uniform day raised $2,786.06 for this 
worthy cause.


Get ready for the party of the year on Saturday, 
March 16.

Our 26th annual school auction is going back to our roots and will be held in our gym just as it was back in January 29, 1994 when this fundraiser made its debut.

Check the school website for additional information on sponsoring as well as attending.


If you would like to learn about what is going on with our alumni, sign up for our Alumni and Friends
Facebook page in 
4 easy step.

1. Go to our school webpage.  
2.  Click on the Advancement button on the right.
3. Click on Alumni and Friends Facebook page on the drop down menu.
4.  Click liked. 


This year's dinner dance A.L.L.I.A.N.C.E. FOR TOMORROW XXXI will be held at the Cress Creek Country Club on 
Friday,  May 3.

An announcement on the selection of this year's
 Hall of Honors inductee will be forthcoming
 later this month.



When our school was founded in 1853....

.....people with certain medical issues could not have a doctor request an 
X-ray as X-rays 
weren't discovered until 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen  who was a Professor at Wuerzburg University in Germany.