November 3, 2017


Dear IJP Families,

I hope you stayed warm and dry this past week! The weather held out and our Trunk or Treat Community Event last Saturday was a smashing success.  We had 20 cars participate and over 300 children attend. The Tunnel of Terror, all the family games, pumpkin sales, and crafts were a hit. Congratulations, by the way, to the Russell family for taking home the decoration trophy! We would love to see more cars decorated next year. Thank you to Mrs. Newhuis, Mrs. Bobbitt, Mrs. Mayronne and the Cross Family for planning the event and to all the wonderful volunteers from PTO and Student Government who worked hard the whole night to make it spook-tacular!                           


It is a good idea to put your child’s name in all coats and uniform pieces, especially fleeces.  We have been finding all sorts of items left behind and cannot return them to their owners.  Have your child check the Lost and Found table in the cafeteria if they have lost any items.

Please adhere to the procedures to make the beginning and ending of the school day go as smoothly and safely as possible.

  1. Follow the directions of the volunteer parking lot staff in the morning. They have a difficult job directing traffic and making sure students get safely into school. Your patience, courtesy and slow driving is greatly appreciated and expected.
  2. Tardy Policy-All students must be in their classrooms by the 8:30 am bell or they will be marked as Tardy.  During inclement weather, please plan accordingly to enable your student to arrive on time.
  3. Students are released out the east side doors. No one should be picked up from the Douglas Av. entrances.
  4. No student should be crossing Flossmoor Rd at any point other than with the crossing guard at Flossmoor Rd/Leavitt Av.  Please do not park on Flossmoor Rd and encourage your child to cross the street against policy. Do not stop in the middle of Flossmoor Rd and pick up your child!

Parent-Teacher Conference time is quickly approaching.  Conferences are Monday, November 20 from 2-8 pm and Tuesday, November 21 from 9 am-noon and 1-4 pm. Forms went home with students last week to request a conference time.  All forms are processed on a first come, first serve basis and must be turned in by Friday, November 10th.

Report Cards for the first trimester will be sent home with the students at the end of the day on Friday, November 17th.  Report cards will not be released to families with any delinquent balances or fees and are held in the School Office.  If you are unsure of monies owed, please contact Mrs. Dull in the office.

We will be hosting our first Open House for prospective students on Tuesday, November 28th from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you know of a family that is looking at school options for next fall, please hand them our Open House postcard and encourage them to stop by and see what IJP has to offer. A postcard will come home with your child at the beginning of next week. Write you name on the postcard and if the family comes to Open House and enrolls in our school, your family will receive an incentive reward!

There will be No School on Friday, December 22nd. This is a change in the published school calendar.  Students will have a regular school day on Thursday, December 21st. There will be Extended Day Care before and after school on Thursday as well.


Have a wonderful weekend!


Natalie Formica

PTO News

Thank you to all who participated in the LaBraid Pastries Fundraiser.  Delivery and Pick-Up is Thursday, November 16th in the Cafeteria from 2:30-6:00.

Thank you to all who came out and volunteered at IJP’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday.  It was a wonderful success!!

SAVE THE DATE: Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 14th 7pm in the Cafeteria.  Consider joining our Board!

Box Tops:  keep sending those box tops in! Our school earns 10 cents for each top!  The monies raised help us supply playground supplies to the students!



NOVEMBER 3, 2017




Yes!!!  It feels so good to play some football again after two weeks off.  Our boys were so excited and so in the zone until they couldn’t help themselves – both Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) won!  St. Ann was a determined opponent and they played well.  But Kingsmen get the job done! 


Varsity’s 14-8 victory was sealed with touchdowns by Paddy Donahue (#23) and Caleb McClellan (#44).  Darin Koprowski (#9) made the 2-point conversion on the first touchdown.  St. Ann managed to block the conversion attempt on the 2nd touchdown. 


JV had a 19-0 win with the first and third touchdowns scored by Kellen Maclin (#32).  Bryson Smith (#38) achieved the second touchdown as well as the 1-point conversion on the 3rd touchdown.


The last game of the season before the championship will be this Saturday, November 4.  Varsity will face Our Lady of the Ridge at 12 noon in Freedom Park – 6252 Birmingham Street, Chicago Ridge, IL.



Girls Basketball:

Our 8th grade girls were not able to best Queen of Martyrs in last week’s playoff game.  While their run has ended, it’s been a really exciting season overall. The sportsmanship and cohesiveness of the team has really grown as they learned each other’s strengths and how to work together.  We wish our 8th graders all the best and hope they continue to develop their basketball and leadership skills at the high school level.  Go Kingsmen!


Coming back from an 8-point deficit in the first half of their game against Our Lady of the Woods, our 7th grade girls went on to win 25-13, with OLOW only scoring 2 points in the second half. Chloe Terry (#14) led the team in scoring with 15 points. Madison Davis, (#14 - one of the 6th graders on the team) had 7 points and pressured OLOW into numerous turnovers.  The other 3 points were scored by Jacinta Ndubuisi-Obi (#11). Gabrielle Pulliam (#10) had her best defensive effort with key rebounds and steals throughout. Claire Smith (#6), as always, hustled and gave the team great leadership that helped them advance to the final four.  Rounding out the team, our super subs Ashley Freeman (#25), Destiny Ndubuisi-Obi (#40) and Alexandria Brown (#4), all 6th graders, also contributed to a spectacular defense with great team enthusiasm. 


On the injured list is Maya Foulks (#33) who’s nursing a sprained ankle and hopes to get back in on the action with the next game.  Speaking of which, the next game (semi-final / final four) is this Saturday, November 4 @ 5:20 p.m. at Marist High School – 4200 W. 115th Street, Chicago, IL. It’s going to be intense and our girls would appreciate as many IJP friends and family as possible to cheer them on!



Boys Basketball:

Evaluations for 4th – 8th grade boys who are IJP students or IJP Religious Education students, that have turned in registration forms for basketball will be held this Sunday, November 5 in the IJP gym. Times are as follows:

  • 4th grade:  12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • 5th grade:  1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
  • 6th grade:  2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • 7th grade:  3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
  • 8th grade:  5:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Evaluations are closed.  We ask that parents drop their sons off and return to pick them up at the designated times.  Only the approved evaluators will be allowed in the gym.


If you have not turned in a registration form yet and your son is interested in participating, please print and fill out a registration form from the IJP Parish website – – and click on the Athletic tab.  Bring your son, the registration form and payment to evaluations on Sunday at the appropriate time based on their grade and ask for Vince Mayronne.



Girls Volleyball:

One month to go before the volleyballs are sent flying over the net!  Our eight girls volleyball teams are honing their skills and ready to play.  Ace serves, back row attacks, spikes, double blocks - they are working on every move and play possible and are anxious to face their first opponents.  When is that you ask?  Well, their first games are the weekend of December 1.  Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date.  Hope to see you there!



IJP Athletic Board:

Are you a natural born leader?  Great with kids?  Want to be in the middle of the action?  Like the thrill of a play unfolding right before your eyes just as you planned?  Like to rhyme and dance?  Know more sports rules, trivia and statistics than you know what to do with? Likes math and financial equations? Well, you’re perfect for the Athletic Board.  We have extremely enticing open positions that we’re excited to have you fill!  They are:

  • Board Coordinator
  • Treasurer
  • Girls Basketball Coordinator
  • Cheerleading Coordinator
  • Football Coordinator


Don’t miss this opportunity of the century (okay, okay…school years).  Contact for more information and an Athletic Board application!!!!!



(Submitted by Tito & Erica Thomas, IJP Athletic Board)