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October 14, 2022

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The Buckeye Spirit has been strong this week! The momentum heading into the weekend is contagious! Thank you to the Student Council for a fun-filled week and pep rally! Thank you to our students and staff for demonstrating kindness and Buckeye pride. Thank you to everyone who has pitched in and worked so hard to bring such joy to our school. We really are “Proud to be a Buckeye”

Our 7th & 8th Graders are spending the day at Holy Fire as part of their faith journey for the Sacrament of Confirmation, it will certainly be a fantastic experience. Thank you to Molly McGowan and Patrick McGowan for organizing such a powerful day.

On this day, 11 years ago, our school and community lost our beloved Patrick McNamara. Please take a moment today to remember “Pat Mac” and the love, joy, and resilience he modeled for our entire community. We hope to see you at the Homecoming games on Saturday! Go Buckeyes! -

Mr. Jonathan Stack & Ms. Grace Sadowski

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The Week Ahead...

Saturday, October 15

Homecoming Parade & Games

Final day for Early Bird Discount, Winter Sports Registration

Sunday, October 16

Confirmation Family Mass, 8th grade students & families, 10am at church

Tuesday, October 18

Confirmation Candidate & Sponsor Night, 7pm at church

Community Involvement Committee Meeting, 7pm virtual

Wednesday, October 19

8th Grade Class Pictures

Friday, October 21

Girls Basketball Pack the House, 5:30pm at gym

Saturday, October 22

Parent Foundation: Let’s Ride Witches, 4pm

Looking ahead..

Monday, October 24

Open Forum School Advisory Board Meeting, 7pm at church

Wednesday, October 26

1:30 Dismissal, Staff Development

School Band - Parent Info Night for new members, 6pm in the lunchroom

Friday, October 28

Fun Food 

8th Grade Halloween Dance

Sunday, October 30

6th Grade Bible Reception & Pack the Pews Mass, 10am at church

Monday, October 31

Student Halloween Parade, weather permitting, 1:45pm

Tuesday, November 1

4th Grade Saints Wax Museum 

Thursday, November 3

School Pictures (PK-7), makeup date

Saturday, November 5

Community Blood Drive, 8am - 1pm

Saturday, December 3

Men's Club Progressive Mixer, 6pm


when driving to and from school

Adhering to the standards set when driving to school is critical to school safety. Below are a few important points for all those involved with school transportation. We ask that you review these rules and share them with any caregivers that may be driving your child.

School Parking Lot

When utilizing the main parking lot at drop off and pick up, all cars must enter from Walden Parkway.  Entrance or exit from Longwood is strictly prohibited during arrival and dismissal times.

There are two options for drop off in the main lot, a quick drop off lane, or park and walk your child to the school entrance.  Please see the map for proper lanes and usage.

Parking in the Lot

Additional drop off information - 

Drop off and pick up are NOT allowed on Longwood Dr.

Due to current construction at the church, the west side of Longwood is for construction vehicles only. Drop off and pick up are never allowed on Longwood's east side.

Northside of School: 101st Street 

To prevent traffic back-ups and keep our students safe, 101st Street may only be utilized for students exiting the car quickly and independently. If your child needs assistance getting out of the vehicle (help with safety buckles, assistance with backpacks, etc.) or if you wish for an extended farewell, please use the main parking lot or 101st Place.

Near the Church: 101st Place, west of Longwood

Drivers may park and walk or allow students to exit and walk from 101st Place. Stopping a vehicle near the crosswalk or no-parking zone directly in front of the church is not permitted at any time. Also, be mindful that 101st Place is a one-way residential street, please absolutely no blocking of driveways. The small lot west of the church is reserved for Parish staff and visitors only.


It has been great fun celebrating Spirit Week. Our students’ enthusiasm for school spirit is inspiring to watch. Tomorrow - Saturday, October 15 is the Buckeye Homecoming Parade and Football Games. 

Please see below for game times and a newly revised parade route. If questions arise regarding the parade or game details, please contact or the school’s Athletic Board. 

Revised Parade Route

Football and Cheer team members and their families are invited to gather in the Christ the King parking lot at 9am on Saturday morning to decorate cars. The parade takes off from the CK lot at 9:30am and proceeds through the Christ the King and St. Barnabas Parishes. Please see the map for the revised route, and come cheer on the team!

View New Parade Route

Game Times

The combined St. Barnabas - Christ the King football teams take on the St. Christina Cardinals at Beverly Park. The action-packed activity begins with our 4th grade team and their 11am kick-off. Men’s Club will be there throughout the day selling food and drinks.

game schedule


Graduation pictures will take place Wednesday, October 18 for the 8th grade students. A cap and gown will be provided, from the photographer, for use that day. Click for details on clothing recommendations and ordering photos. 

Grad Picture Details


Students in grades 4 - 8, are invited to participate in the school band.  All 4th grade students will be given a brief intro to band during the school day on October 20.  Interested parents/guardians are invited to the Band Info Night on Wednesday, October 26 from 6-8pm in the school cafeteria.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet Band Director, Phil Enns, learn more about the program, and coordinate instrument purchase or rental.  

5th - 8th grade students who are not yet involved are welcome to join this year.  5-8th grade students will not attend the October 20 demo, but parents/guardians are invited to the Wednesday, October 26 Info Night to learn more.


Pack the Pews & 6th Grade Bible Reception

Sunday, October 30 at 10am mass let us come together as One Barnabas at our upcoming Pack the Pews & 6th Bible Reception mass. All are welcome to gather for worship, prayer, and fellowship as a St. Barnabas Community - spirit wear is encouraged. After mass, please join us for coffee and donuts.

Virtual Book Club

As we prepare for the Advent Season, all are invited to join the St. Barnabas Virtual Book Club from November 13 - December 24. The featured book is Portrait of Jesus by Joseph F. Girzone.

More Details
 Sign up 


Open Forum Meeting Notice 

Each school year, in October and April, the School Advisory Board holds an Open Forum at the regularly scheduled board meeting. The first Open Forum for the 2022-23 school year will be on October 24, 2022, at 7 pm in the church. The Open Forum represents an opportunity to share with the Board and the School Administration your ideas and thoughts on how things are progressing thus far or what could be done to make improvements. All members of the St. Barnabas School community are invited to the meeting. Those that wish to address the School Advisory Board must submit a request in advance. Click the Open Forum Procedures for more information on how to submit a request.

Open Forum Procedures


Fun Food - Friday, October 28

Barraco’s Pizza Fun Food, coordinated by our FSA, is Friday, October 28. Food orders and offers to volunteer should be placed online in membership toolkit. Regular hot lunch and milk are not available on this day. A reminder that all Fun Food volunteers must be Archdiocese Compliant. For details on compliance, see below in the Volunteer section of this newsletter.

Order Online

FSA Eat and Earn -

Home Run Inn, order by October 26

Take a break from the kitchen, and enjoy a night of Home Run Inn! Pre-order Home Run Inn for pick up October 31 - November 2 and they will donate 30% back on all purchases. Help the FSA meet their goal of $1,850 in sales (that’s around 75 pizzas!) and they will earn $500.

Order Eat & Earn


Winter Sports Registration,

Early Bird Discount ends on Saturday

Don’t delay…Early Bird Discount through this Saturday! Registration for St. Barnabas Boys Basketball (3rd through 8th grade) and Girls Volleyball (4th through 8th grade) is open until October 24.

Register for Sports

Pack the House - Friday, October 21

Come out for the 7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Pack the House next Friday at 5:30! All students and families are welcome at the gym to cheer on our Buckeyes!

Pack the House flyer


Important Dates

The next virtual committee meeting is Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm. For more details or the meeting link, reach out at

Save the Date - Friday, April 28, 2023 for the All School Service Day. Parent/Guardian volunteers are welcomed, encouraged, and needed!

Save the Date


Howl at the Moon - postponed

The FSA Howl at the Moon event, previously scheduled for tonight, has been postponed. Look for a future announcement with the new date!

Let’s Ride Witches - Saturday, October 22

Join in for the inaugural event of the St. Barnabas School Parent Foundation! Let’s Ride Witches hopes to bring awareness to the new St. Barnabas School Parent Foundation. Adults are encouraged to dress as witches, ride, cackle, and toss candy throughout the streets of St. Barnabas Parish. The event wraps up with a celebration at Open Outcry.

Let's Ride Details

Progressive Mixer - Saturday, December 3 

The Men’s Club Progressive Mixer returns! Celebrate the holidays with old friends and new ones as you enjoy tasty food, elegant wine, cold beer, and the warmth of the holidays. This incredible night helps fund the FSA Stocking Stuffer. Advance ticket sales online, don’t delay. This event always sells out! Tickets sold via Give Central, Venmo to Pat Wirtz @Patrick-Wirtz, cash or check to St. Barnabas

Event Details
Tickets via Give Central


Support for Danny

St. Barnabas School parent, Danny DeHoyos, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of acute leukemia. Blood and stem cell donations play an important role in treating leukemia. To honor and support Danny, The Community Blood Center is hosting a blood drive on November 5 from 8am 1pm. Be the Match will also be onsite to register potential stem cell transplant donors. Inquiries at moiraocurran@gmail or 773-339-2940.

Blood Drive Details
Blood drive


Lunch Duty

We welcome volunteers to lunch duty! This is a fun opportunity to see your child and their classmates and help out with supervision. All volunteers must be Archdiocese Compliant (Virtus trained, background checked, and complete mandated reporter training).

Lunch Duty Signup
Compliance Info

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