Room Mom Luncheon
The Room Moms for each class and the teachers meet for coffee in the cafeteria before school starts to get to know each other and learn what the teachers need help with throughout the year. In charge: Holly Pickering.
Welcome Back Coffee
All parents are invited to join us on the first day of school at 8:00 a.m. for complimentary coffee and donuts. We usually meet outside of school or in the cafeteria if it’s raining. It’s a nice way to greet old families and welcome new families to the school. In charge: Lisa Holubar and Molly Inzitari.
Back to School Social
All school families are invited for pizza, ice cream, and a DJ the first Friday once school is in session. We meet outside of school near the playground. In charge: Jill Corr, Allison Drew, Kim Gottschalk.
Boosterthon Fun Run
This is PSO’s first big fundraiser of the year. It’s a 9-day program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on September 18. Families will then gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we’ll celebrate at the Fun Run on September 27 (rain date September 28). As an added incentive, if the students collectively raise $25,000 or more in pledges, the Fun Run will be a COLOR RUN! Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST, an English castle theme all about being brave and living with character. Students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters. In charge: Lisa Holubar and Lisa Hyde.
Scholastic Book Fair
From November 7-12, SJA partners with Scholastic to sell books in the school cafeteria and downstairs lobby. The funds raised have purchased classroom projectors and classroom goods. In charge: Lisa Byrnes, Trisha Hartmann, and Megan Haughey.
Battle of the Books
Starting in the fall and continuing through March, SJA students in grades 3-8 compete in the Battle of the Books! Each grade is assigned 10 age-appropriate books to read. The students read and take notes on each book they read. If they read a certain number of books, prizes or raffle tickets are earned. The class that reads the most books wins a class party. In March preliminary “battles” are held and then a final battle to determine the winning team of readers. The battles are run using quizlet questions in the cafeteria. In charge: Julie Cominos, Beth Davoren, Steph Farragher, and Patti Sheahan.
The Saturday night before Thanksgiving, all SJA parents and friends (adults only) are invited to a progressive party. All participants are split into groups and will travel from to a new house every hour where they will meet a different group of participants. The houses will all be in walking (or trotting!) distance. At each house there will be appetizers and drinks. At 10:00 there will be one house where everyone can gather for dessert. In charge: Rachel Atterberry, Annie Lizenberg, and Bridget Maloney.
Breakfast With Santa
This is a fun family event held on a Saturday in early December. Families eat breakfast in the school cafeteria. Students play games, do arts and crafts, and get their picture taken with Santa! In charge: Katie Jenio, Taylor Nora, Kate Ommen, and Megan Ryan.
Staff Christmas Party
Each December, to thank our faculty and staff, the PSO treats them to a holiday dinner party. In charge: Cathy Dooley.
Preschool Art Show
To kick off Catholic Schools week, during the Open House, PSO hosts a preschool art fair showcasing artwork from preschool and junior kindergarten students. The art fair is in the cafeteria. Art is available to purchase as a donation to the school. In charge: Rachel Atterberry and Lisa Byrnes.
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
To honor our wonderful teachers and school staff, once a year during Catholic Schools Week parents provide them with a sit down luncheon. Parents provide the food, serve the teachers and clean up afterward. Parents also fill in for the teachers during the luncheon — staffing the school office, lunchroom and recess duty. In charge: Julie Cominos and Linda Hickey.
SJA’s Got Talent
On the Friday of Catholic Schools week, the students are invited to participate in an hour -long talent show. Practice is held earlier in the week to screen the acts. Parent volunteers run the rehearsal and the show, using the stage in the cafeteria. Student council assists. In charge: Holly Pickering.
In mid-March, students in grades 3-5 are encouraged to participate in a science fair. Teachers kick off the event in classrooms, teaching the scientific method and approving ideas for projects. Students can enter singly or in pairs. The science fair is on display for all grades during the school day and parents are invited at night. Parent volunteers help find judges, provide a pizza dinner to participants, and help award prizes to the two winners from each grade. In charge: Lisa Holubar (more volunteers needed).
SJA values service learning. Each grade is assigned a year-long service project. For example, the 3rd grade learns about veterans and Kindergarten learns about caring for the earth and environment. Teachers and room moms are encouraged to teach about the assigned groups and how to serve them. In April, each class participates in a field trip Service Day specific to their group. In charge: Molly Inzitari and Margaret Pezza.
Grand People Day
Grandparents or other important people (neighbor, relative, coach, etc.) are invited to the school for a special prayer service, video slideshow, tour of the classrooms, and a small reception in the gym. In charge: Rachel Atterberry, Rea Pashos, and Jen Stephens
School Supplies Sale
In April or May, teachers provide their classroom supply lists to our vendor and parents are able to purchase discounted school supplies that will be shipped ot the school in August and await the students in the classroom the first day of school. SJA receives a percentage of the sales. In charge: Jeanne Cushing.
SJA Family Carnival
This 4-day event comes at the end of the school year. Families from all over Evanston, Skokie and Wilmette come to the SJA Carnival to play games, ride the rides and socialize with other families. In charge: Maura Fitzgerald, Kate Ommen and more volunteers needed to train this year and run the event next year.
Ongoing Fundraisers: SJA participates in many ongoing fundraisers throughout the year including:
- Dinner Nights Out where local restaurants donate back a percentage of the price of meals purchased on a specific day. In charge: Annmarie Ey and Taylor Nora.
- Spiritwear Sales where SJA families can purchase SJA school spiritwear to raise money for the school and look fashionable on spirit days. In charge: Heidi Goebel
- Box Tops for Education where families can clip and return the box tops from their groceries. In charge: Meredith Bivens.
- Amazon Smile where families can raise money by shopping through Amazon Smile app. In charge: PSO
- Shop with Scripts where families can purchase physical or electronic gift cards and a percentage of the cost of the gift card is donated to the school. In charge: Need a volunteer.
- Pizza and Hot Dog Days where students can have pizza or hot dogs for lunch and it raises money for the PSO or the 8th grade graduation fund. In charge: Jeana Marqueda and Margaret Pezza.