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October 21, 2022

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Thank you, Buckeyes for the joy and school spirit you brought to Homecoming. We hope to see you and that incredible energy tonight at our Girls Basketball Pack the House. Our 8th graders had their Confirmation Promises Mass, Candidate & Sponsor Night, and Graduation pictures this week. With every passing day and event, we become more proud of our extraordinary staff and students. These events are a reminder that St. Barnabas is our home away from home and will forever be a part of the fabric of our lives. October is both Breast Cancer & Down Syndrome Awareness month. Next week we will be celebrating Parker and all those rocking an extra chromosome and honoring the many people in our community and world who are affected by breast cancer. Our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders enjoyed learning about fire safety from Mr. LaGiglia and Mr. McGarry. In science class, our Jr. High students had the opportunity to learn about calculating their heart rate from Mrs. Bilecki and Mrs. O’Keefe and our Academic Team met for the first time with Ms. Stalla. Please remember to send pictures of your loved ones who have passed away to honor them on our Ofrenda. October was a busy month filled with laughter, learning, and joy. We looking forward to all that is to come in November. We are so blessed to be part of a school and community that is so vibrant. Go Buckeyes! ~ Mr. Jonathan Stack & Ms. Grace Sadowski

Stay in the Know is a new feature at St. Barnabas.  It is a rotating announcement flyer with quick QR links to information.  It is always on display at the main entrance of the school, feel free to have a look when you’re on campus.  It is also featured at the top of the newsletter each week.  

Stay in the Know



The Week Ahead...

Friday, October 21

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

Saturday, October 22

Parent Foundation: Let’s Ride, Witches

Monday, October 24

Final day to order Fun Food

Final day to register for winter sports

School Advisory Board Open Forum Meeting, 7pm at church

Tuesday, October 25

School Mass Grades 1-8, 8:45am at church

School Band: Parent Intro Night, 6pm in the Innovation Center

(please note: new date for this event)

Wednesday, October 26

Early Dismissal, 1:30pm, Aftercare available until 5:30pm

Thursday, October 27

Dress Down in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Friday, October 28

Fun Food

8th Grade Halloween Dance

Looking ahead..

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

Intruder Lockdown Drill

School Pictures (PK-7), makeup date

Saturday, November 5

Community Blood Drive, 8am - 1pm

Monday, November 7

8th Grade Retreat at St. Rita High School

Friday, November 11

Famous Person Day, 2nd Grade

Sunday, November 13

Veterans Day Mass, 10am at church

Saturday, December 3

Men's Club Progressive Mixer, 6pm

Calendar 2022-2023 Days Off and Early Dismissals 


Intruder Lockdown Drill 

As part of our commitment to safety and security preparedness at St. Barnabas School, we will be conducting a state-mandated Intruder Lockdown Drill on the morning of Thursday, November 3rd, 2022. Please see the attached link for specifics about the drill or how you can opt your child out of participation. Questions may be directed to Mr. Jonathan Stack at

Lockdown Drill Details

Substitute Teachers Needed 

“Teaching is a work of heart” We are so blessed with incredibly dedicated teachers here at St. Barnabas. We are currently looking for passionate, hardworking, loving people to be substitute teachers. Substitute teachers are not required to have teaching degrees and often bring a variety of different perspectives and experiences to our students. Training and orientation would be provided for those who are interested. If you would like to join our team or have questions about this opportunity please contact Ms. Grace Sadowski at or Mrs. Sue Connolly at

Uniform details

With colder weather here, we want to share a few reminders when layering up… 

TOPS - Hoodie-style sweatshirts are never allowed during the school day. Solid-colored crew neck, quarter zip sweatshirts, or fleece jackets may be worn during the school day but must have a St. Barnabas logo. 

BOTTOMS - Pajama bottoms and sweatpants are not allowed during the school day under jumpers and skirts. Solid-colored leggings and tights are permitted under jumpers and skirts. 

Dress Code Policy 

Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing. If your child has misplaced an item, please have them visit the table. Parents/guardians are welcome to check in at the Main Office at the end of the school day and search the table.

Lost and found table


Virtus training is an essential and mandatory component of being involved at St. Barnabas. To volunteer for classroom parties, lunch duty, Fun Food, field trip chaperoning, coaching, or any school-related activity involving students you MUST be Virtus compliant.  ALL Virtus accounts must be updated on an annual basis. Well over 50% of current parents/guardians have a Virtus account that is not properly updated for this school year, and therefore not compliant. Virtus accounts not compliant by October 30, will be deactivated. Please log into your account, update your information, and complete any necessary training modules. In your Virtus account, incomplete information is highlighted in pink. For questions on your account, contact Mrs. Sheri Jendra at

Connect to Virtus Account


Ms. Stalla is leading an Academic Club open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The club meets most Mondays through December, from 3-4pm, and will compete in debates and academic bowls throughout the year. The club fee is $75 and registration is open at Membership Toolkit. Questions can be directed to Ms. Stalla at

Register for the club


Breast Cancer Awareness Dress Down, October 27

St. Barnabas Students & Staff are encouraged to dress down in pink on Thursday, October 27 to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer is unfortunately a word that hits close to so many in our community. This dress down day is to raise awareness and show our support to those who are affected by breast cancer. The suggested donation is $2 per person, but if you cannot donate we still encourage all to dress in pink and offer a special prayer intention. If you would like to donate please do so through Membership Toolkit by Thursday, October 27. St. Barnabas will donate all proceeds to the Y-Me Breast Cancer Organization. 

Donate for Dress Down



All students are encouraged to dress up in school-appropriate costumes on Monday, October 31. No masks, weapons, or political attire/messages will be permitted. Children with inflatable costumes may only wear them during the parade, during the school day inflatables must be off and deflated. Be mindful, especially with younger children, that all students must be comfortable and self-sufficient in their costumes throughout the day. 

Halloween Parade 

All Kindergarten - 8th Grade students will be walking in a Halloween parade this year! Weather permitting, the parade departs from the school’s main entrance at 1:45pm. Students walk west up 101st Place, turn north on Seeley, and come back down the 101st Street hill towards the school. Parents/guardians, grandparents, younger siblings, and friends are encouraged to clap, cheer, and take pictures along the route.

Treats at School 

Bringing treats to share at school on Halloween is optional. Candy or edible treats are NOT allowed. Small items to share with classmates (stickers, pencils, playdough, etc.) are permitted. If you plan to distribute treats, please confirm the number of students in your child’s homeroom with the classroom liaison or teacher.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest 

Student Council is hosting its annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest. Pumpkins may not be carved, only decorated using paint, glue, paper, fabric, etc. Decorated pumpkin can be brought to school October 27-31. Judging by The Student Council will take place after school on Tuesday, November 1st. Winners will be notified on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest


Let’s Ride, Witches - Saturday, October 22

The first event for the St. Barnabas School Parent Foundation is almost here!  Let’s Ride, Witches hopes to bring excitement and awareness to the new foundation. At this event, adult attendees are encouraged to dress as witches while riding their bikes and toss candy to children throughout the streets of St. Barnabas. All those riding as witches, depart from the school at 4:30pm. All others, please see the map and come out to share in treats along the route. The event wraps up with an adult celebration at Open Outcry.  For more information on the St Barnabas School Parent Foundation, check out the website: and follow on IG: @sbparentfoundation

View Invite and Route

Pack the Pews & 6th Grade Bible Reception - Sunday, October 30

Sunday, October 30, at 10am mass, let us come together as One Barnabas at the 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.

4th Grade Saints Wax Museum - Tuesday, November 1

Our beloved annual tradition of the 4th grade Saints Wax Museum is Tuesday, November 1st. 4th grade students research and prepare an oral presentation of an inspirational saint. Dressed in character, the students present the life of their chosen saint. All are welcome to view this special day. The event begins with an 8:45am mass at the church, led by our 4th grade saints. Following mass, the students transition to the gym and all are invited to view their presentations from 10am - 12pm. 

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

View the Invite
Purchase on Give Central


Open Forum Meeting - Monday, October 24

The School Advisory Board Open Forum is Monday, October 24, 2022, at 7 pm in the church. The 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. Up to four adult speakers are allowed to address the board at the twice-yearly Open Forum Meetings. The deadline has passed to submit a request to speak at the October meeting, but all members of the St. Barnabas School community are invited attend the meeting. The next Open Forum will be held in April. Inquiries may be sent to

Meeting Minutes

The School Advisory Board approves meeting minutes at the next month’s meeting. August minutes were reviewed and approved by the board at the September meeting. After minutes are approved, per Archdiocese guidelines, they are made available in a password-protected area of the school website.  The minutes may be accessed with username:stbparent;  password: BuckeyePride

Access Minutes


Pack the House - TONIGHT - Friday, October 21

Girls Basketball Pack the House is tonight! Games begin at 5:30pm with the 7th grade A team. All students and families are welcome at the gym to cheer on our Buckeyes. Spirit wear is encouraged!

Pack the House

Winter Sports Registration

Registration for St. Barnabas Boys Basketball (3rd through 8th grade) and Girls Volleyball (4th through 8th grade) is open until Monday, October 24. Questions, please contact Joe Herber, Athletic Board Chair, at

Register Now


Fun Food - final day to order is Monday

Barraco’s Pizza Fun Food, coordinated by the FSA, is Friday, October 28. Food orders should be placed online in Membership Toolkit by Monday, October 24. Regular hot lunch and milk are not available on this day. Questions, contact Karen Moran at

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 its goal of $1,850 in sales (that’s around 75 pizzas sold!) and they will earn $500.

Order Eat & Earn

Chess Wizards

ASE Chess class is temporarily canceled. The current instructor, Chess Wizards, is experiencing staffing issues and cannot continue with the class. The FSA is working to issue refunds to all participants. Families involved were notified individually. In the meantime, if you have a working knowledge of chess and want to help our SB Chess Scholars keep going, please reach out to either Kathleen Hogan at or Nora Gill or This is a great opportunity for a high school chess enthusiast to earn some service hours!

Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon will be rescheduled and the FSA will work directly with families who purchased tickets to either refund the money or transfer the tickets to the future event date.


New Musician Info Night on Tuesday, October 25 (please note - 10/25 is a revised date)

Students in grades 4 - 8, are invited to participate in the school band. Interested parents/guardians are welcome to stop by Band Info Night on Tuesday, October 25 from 6-8pm in the Innovation Center. The evening is an open house format, visit anytime between 6pm - 8pm. You’ll have the opportunity to meet Band Director, Phil Enns, learn more about the program, and coordinate instrument purchase or rental. Band fee for the year is $465, fee does not include the instrument. Have questions regarding band or can’t make the Tuesday meeting, email Phil Enns, Band Director, at

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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. Sign Up Now

Portrait of Jesus


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 or 773-339-2940.

Blood Drive Details
Danny DeHoyos

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