Issue Date: Friday, May 26, 2023

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“Today’s beautiful moments are tomorrow’s beautiful memories” 

Life at St. Barnabas is strung together by little & big moments of love, joy, support, celebration, challenges, learning, laughter, faith & fun. As we head full steam into the final moments of our school year, we can’t help but take a moment to pause during these busy days to celebrate the life we are honored to be a part of here as Buckeyes. This past week and the next two weeks are filled with beautiful moments and memories that will be with us for many years to come. This past week was filled with an incredible art fair, a wonderful showcase of our school at the BAPA Home Tour, field trips, Constitution tests, a beautiful preschool May Crowning, and an entertaining and amazing talent show that featured so many courageous and incredible Buckeyes. As we wrapped up the final week of classes with our 8th-grade students, we hope the memories they made at the dinner dance, Forge, final clap out, and all the memories they will continue to make next week will be a beautiful reminder that they always have a home here at St. Barnabas. Spirit Day is always a memorable and fun day for our school community, and today was no different! Thank you to all those who made today a joyful and fun experience for all Buckeyes, big and small! As we enter into the three-day weekend, we encourage you to take a moment to honor all those who have sacrificed their lives in service for our country. God bless these heroes forever. Have a great weekend, Buckeyes, and good luck to all participating in the Ridge Run! We will see you all on Tuesday!  ~ Mr. Stack and Ms. Sadowski.

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Tuesday, May 30

School Mass and Retreat, 1:30pm dismissal

Wednesday, May 31

8th Grade Graduation Practice & Picnic, 1:30pm dismissal

Thursday, June 1

8th Grade Awards Ceremony, 10am at Church. Lawn Sign pick-up on Rectory lawn. 8th Grade Evening Car Parade

Friday, June 2

No School, Staff Development

Friday, June 2

8th Grade Graduation, 7pm at Church


Monday, May 29

No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30

School Mass, 8:45am at Church

Wednesday, May 31

Student Council Elections, candidate speeches 8:15am in Church

Wednesday, May 31

1:30pm Dismissal, (1:20pm for Preschool)

Wednesday, May 31

Preschool Shadow Day, 8:15am at Preschool

Wednesday, May 31

Student Council Speeches & Elections

Thursday, June 1

6th Grade Field Trip to Museum of Science & Industry

Thursday, June 1

2nd Grade Trip to Horse Thief Hollow

Friday, June 2

No School, Staff Development


  • No Hot Lunch for the rest of the year
  • Aftercare until 5:30pm Monday - Thursday for those students that are in class

Monday, June 5

1:30pm Dismissal for Grades K - 7 (1:20pm for Preschool)

Tuesday, June 6

1:30pm Dismissal for Grades K - 7 (1:20pm for Preschool)

Wednesday, June 7

Preschool Final Day, 10:50am dismissal for PK; 1:30pm Dismissal for Grades K - 7

Thursday, June 8

Kindergarten Graduation, 10am at Church; 1:30pm Dismissal for Grades 1 - 7

Friday, June 9

Last Day for Grades 1 - 7, 10:50am dismissal


Saturday, June 10

Howl at the Moon, 7pm at Parking Lot

Sunday, June 11

Feast of Saint Barnabas

Monday, June 12 - Friday, June 23, 2023

Art Camp with Mrs. Bachler


First Tuition Payment Due for 2023-24 School Year

Sunday, August 20

Information Sunday, 10am Mass and 11am - 12:30 Information Pick-up

Wednesday, August 23

First Day of School, 10:50am Dismissal

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8th Grade Parents/Guardian event details, times and dress code guidelines for the exciting week ahead can be found HERE.


During the final week of school, hot lunch will not be available. Therefore, all students should bring a lunch and drink from home beginning on Monday, June 5.


As the school year draws to a close, we love to celebrate with outdoor activities and sunshine. During the final week of school, classes may walk to various local parks - Hurley, Ridge, and Barnard. If you do NOT want your child visiting a local park, please complete the OPT OUT form, and they will remain on campus with supervision.


Tuition commitment forms for all families are due next week. Please read, sign, and submit your tuition commitment no later than next Tuesday, May 30, to avoid a late penalty fee.

  • Tuition Commitment for active parishioners can be found HERE.  
  • Tuition Commitment for non-parishioners may be found HERE
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We are pleased to announce Theresa Hemmer will serve as the School Advisory Board Chairperson, and E.J. Jones will serve as the Vice Chair for the 2023-24 school year.  Thank you to all Board Members for their continued dedication and commitment to St. Barnabas. We extend a note of thanks to outgoing members Liz Connolly, Lisa Davis, Amy Long, and Bridget Duignan Rivero for their exemplary service over the past three years and to John Chatz, who will continue one additional year in the role of Past Chairperson.  

The Board is currently scheduling interviews with 11 individuals who applied to serve as incoming members of the Board; three new members will be appointed within the month.


We are opening a half-day afternoon option for preschool students. Help us spread the word! In addition to our traditional full-day and half-day morning options, we are thrilled to offer an additional schedule choice for our young Buckeyes. We encourage you to share this news with your friends and neighbors.

We are also hosting a Preschool Shadow Day for incoming students and prospective families on Wednesday, May 31; VIEW the invite here and please share it with your friends and neighbors.

Art Camp


There are a few openings for the upcoming June 12-23 Art Camp. Rising 1st - 8th graders are welcome to join this creative and rewarding class. REGISTER online today. 

A reminder to those who registered earlier this spring, the $300 payment is due to school by Monday, June 5. Cash or check, payable to St. Barnabas School.

Howl at the Moon


Gather with friends to start the summer and celebrate the Feast of St. Barnabas as you enjoy the dueling pianos of Howl at the Moon. Tickets are now available for purchase on Give Central. Individual tickets are $35 in advance, purchase HERE. Premium seating tables for six are $300 and available for purchase HERE. Questions, contact Anita Snow at


Professional First Communion photos, along with Confirmation and Sweetheart Soiree are available to view and purchase through the Tom Killoran Photography Gallery. VIEW HERE.


Sunday, August 20 - Save the Date for Info Sunday and the exciting kickoff to the school year! Join us for 10am mass, and then visit the school for all the 2023-24 school year details - turn in all medical forms, receive homeroom teacher assignments, pick-up Big Bucks tickets, and enjoy a teacher meet and greet.


Students with a Student Support Plan should expect a family email from Mrs. Maureen O'Donnell in early August to schedule your child's Student Support meeting. Meetings will be held the week of August 14th through August 25th. Throughout the summer, please email any new or updated evaluations to Mrs. O'Donnell and CC Mr. Stack.


We are pleased to announce our Preschool Buckeyes will be joining the rest of their classmates in wearing school uniforms next year. View the uniform details and standards for ALL GRADES HERE.


Registration continues for Fall 2023 sports; make sure to get your registration in by the end of the school year so coordinators may formalize teams! Register today on REGISTRATION BUZZ.


  • Coordinator: George Carson -
  • Rising Grades 6th - 8th: Tryouts and team placements are complete, and registration is now closed.
  • Rising Grades 3-5th: Registration is also open for the younger students; tryouts were not required in these grades.





Per guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Elementary School Association, ALL St. Barnabas students must have an annual sports physical on file next school year.  Sports physicals may be completed by your child’s pediatrician or at any clinic such as CVS, Walgreens, or St. Xavier Health Clinic.  Sports physicals are due at Information Sunday, August 20, 2023.  Students will not be permitted to participate in practice or games next year without a physical on file. Download the Sports Physical form HERE.  


In addition to sports physicals for all, annual medical forms are due for some grades.  Students with an allergy action plan or who require medication must complete authorization forms annually. Medical forms and authorization forms are due at Information Sunday, August 20, 2023.  Forms may be accessed HERE.

  • Preschool - Medical Form
  • Kindergarten - Medical Form, Dental Form, Vision Form, 
  • 2nd Grade - Dental Form
  • 6th Grade - Medical Form, Dental Form


We look forward to next school year with great excitement and are sharing some key dates, including the first and last day of school and holiday vacations. At Information Sunday on August 20, 2023, we will release the complete calendar of the year, including early dismissals and professional development days.

Dates for 23-24
Thank you


The 8th-grade parents continue to inspire us with their thoughtful and creative work as we celebrate our 8th Grade students. Thank you to Lisa Barraco and her mighty team of volunteers for coordinating the beautiful 8th Grade Dinner Dance at the Vineyard last weekend and to Kieran and Eileen Towe for coordinating the Class Trip to the Forge in Lemont.  


Thank you to the FSA Art Fair Committee for hosting a fabulous art showcase. Many thanks to art teacher Ms. Bachler and committee members Danielle Gerardi, Katelynn Gill, Katie Gonzalez, Mel LaGiglia, Sarah O'Connor, and Lis Pennix.


Thank you to Mrs. Baudo, Mrs. McGowan, Ms. O'Neill, and the Student Council and 8th Grade students for instituting the inaugural Barnabags bean bag tournaments benefiting the Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation. $750 dollars was raised to support Ovarian Cancer Research and Children's Literacy.


Thank you to BAPA and the many students that helped highlight St. Barnabas and graciously welcomed guests of the annual Home Tour into our school.


Thank you to the FSA, Maggie O’Reilly, and all of the parent volunteers for your work in planning our annual Spirit Day, a cherished memory for all!


Thank you to Mrs. McGowan, Ms. O'Neill, and the Student Council for coordinating the annual Talent Show. We are lucky to have so many courageous and talented Buckeyes; thank you to all those that participated.

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