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Everything you wanted to know about PreK, but didn’t think to ask!

OnMyWayPreKSt. Jude is now accepting On My Way PreK scholarships. Go to their website to apply.

Our PreK program is accredited by the AdvancED organization, which also oversees accreditation for our K-8 grades! St. Jude was found to have met 96% of the 378 quality standards (only 80% are required to meet accreditation). This is just another indicator that our PreK is one of the best quality programs for your child.

How old must my child be?
St. Jude PreK accepts students who are four years old by August 1. (This is meant to correspond with the legal age of 5-years-old by August 1 for Kindergarten admission). Enrollment for children turning 4 after August 1 of a given school year is limited by availability in the cohort.

Goals of the SJ PreK?
The goal of the SJ PreK is to prepare your child for their future years in the school setting socially, academically and spiritually.

Please use the links at right to access information that is of interest to parents of our current students.  These links are provided for your convenience.  The current version of the Student Handbook should always be relied upon for current school policies and procedures..

Dear member of the St. Jude Parish and Catholic School community:

The Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, by directive from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2003 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, requires us to implement an application and screening (background check) process for all employees and volunteers, particularly those whose duties regularly bring them into contact with minors.  Please review the general guidelines and forms that volunteers and employees must submit:

Volunteers—people who serve in the following capacities:
• religious education teachers, youth group leaders, youth ministry trainers
• room parents, tutors, classroom or school volunteers
• field trip chaperones or drivers
• athletic coaches, extracurricular club leaders, choir/music directors
• scout/organizational leaders (for events hosted on St. Jude property)
• any person who maintains a position of regular interaction with our children
* persons under age 18 (complete the Code of Conduct for Youth Working With Younger Children)

Employees—people who serve in the following capacities:
• parish employees
• teachers/faculty members
• substitute teachers, specialty subject teachers, aides, resource, librarians
• secretaries, maintenance, cleaning, and other support staff
• recess supervisors and lunch servers/coordinators
• any position for which you receive compensation from St. Jude School, St. Jude Parish, or the Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend

***To complete the process, please follow ALL of the steps listed below, according to your position. All paperwork must be turned in, signed, and complete prior to the beginning of your service or ministry.

Required item
Links to resources or forms

Application

Required

 

Available from the Diocesan Youth Protection website

(note there is a different form for youth under 18 years old)

Background Check (including reexamination every 4 years)

Required for volunteers and employees age 18 or older

 

Must request an email from the Safe Environment Coordinator which contains a link to the background check application page

 

Safe Environment Training

Required every 2 years for volunteers and employees age 18 or older

https://cmgconnect.org/

2020-21 School Year

Michael Deranek President
Len Moretti Vice President
Emily Nufer Secretary
Lisa Braun  
Danielle Clark  
Sandy Elick  
Janeth Hiller  
Jennifer Mester  
Sara Nunley  
Jennifer Curtis  
Open seat  
Fr. John Delaney Pastor*
Stephen Donndelinger Principal*
Jennifer Treber Teacher Representative*
Angela Coleman
Home and School Association*
*ex-officio  

The school board reviews school policies and administers the strategic plan. Regular standing committees include Catholic Identity, facilities, marketing, finance and development, and building/maintenance. The school board acts as an advisory body to the pastor and principal. The board can address questions and conduct studies relating to a broad range of topics. It assists with the evaluation of the school principal. Under Diocesan policy the school board may not address concerns relating to specific students or personnel.

Board meetings are scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of each month when school is in session. All meetings are open to the public. Agenda items must be presented 10 days prior to the meeting. Parents wishing to ask questions of board members, become involved with its efforts or inquire about the status or development of a policy may contact one of the following individuals, whose phone numbers are published in the St. Jude Parish Directory. The executive board may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

School board agendas and documentation are available on the following page.

Principal Stephen Donndelinger...

Most people here know me as Mr. D. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, attending excellent Catholic Schools grades K-12. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2000 with a B.A. and 2004 with an M.Ed. through Notre Dame's ACE program. I spent 4 years teaching 4th grade at St. Monica School before being selected as the principal of St. Jude in 2006. I have now had the privilege of ministering to the parish of which I have been a member since 2000. It is a special experience to be such an intimate part of the place where you both work for and worship with the same community. As long as I am blessed to serve this thriving community, I will do everything I can to ensure that our school is a model for Catholic Education in the 21st century. Our schools have survived over 200 years of turmoil and change. St. Jude and other Catholic Schools will live to see another century by showing that we can reinvent ourselves as a necessary and vital part of the American educational framework.

At. St. Jude, we are striving to bring outstanding faith and education to the children and families that we serve.  Whether you are a student, parent, relative, friend, prospective family, or casual visitor; we invite you to explore our web site and learn more about the people and ideas that make us unique.

Ours is a PK-8 Catholic grade school with a recent enrollment of approximately 200 students.  We offer numerous opportunities for students to grow in faith, including weekday Masses with student participation, Advent and Lenten morning prayer services, Living Rosary, All Saints Day projects, Communion and Confirmation preparation, service opportunities, and student-led drives for local charities.

We offer curricular growth by following and assessing students based on the State of Indiana standards for academic achievement. We create long terms goals and evaluation of our curriculum through a process of curriculum mapping and continuous school improvement.  In recent years we have been routinely accredited as a member of AdvancED—one of this nation’s premier school quality recognition organizations.

Students will have the opportunity to learn about all subjects including religion, language arts, math, science, social studies, music, art, technology, and physical education.  Our middle school will be introducing daily “elective” classes that allow students to explore skills that will provide lifelong learning and entertainment.  We offer a “gifted opportunities” program for high-achieving students and we do support students with special education needs through our licensed resource teacher, an adjunct of the South Bend Community School Corporation.  Our athletics program offers a full range of ICCL sports—football, softball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field, wrestling and baseball.

Most of all, you will find a community of committed and caring individuals.  We have all range of families here—from those who have been here across generations to those who are very new.  Please e-mail, call, or stop in if you would like more information about us.  I, as principal, will personally meet with you and show you around the school.

May your families be blessed with love and peace!

Stephen Donndelinger
Principal

Some of the special events that take place throughout the school year:

Color Days are the last Friday of each month. Students are allowed to dress out of uniform.

Charity Color Days are used as fundraising to sponsor non-profit organizations such as Riley Children's Hospital, Pet Refuge, Food Pantries and the like. Students are allowed to dress out of uniform for a $1.00 contributions. The Student Council coordinates these dates as they arise.

Friendship Day is celebrated at the end of October. Students may dress in costume and take part in games and play in the afternoon.

All Saints Day is November 1. An all school Mass is held and fourth graders dress up as their chosen saints.

Santa's Secret Workshop is held before the Christmas holiday as a shopping opportunity for the children. Affordable gifts can be purchased for their family and friends.

Spirit Week is held in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. Children may dress according to daily themes as established by the Student Council.

May Crowning is held the first week of May. Second and eighth graders honor Mary in a ceremony beginning in Church and continues with a procession to the outdoor gazebo where the crowning of the Blessed Mother takes place.

Grandparents Day is celebrated with grandparents attending Mass with students with a reception in their honor following Mass.

The St. Jude SCRIP fund helps provide families with credit back toward their next year's tuition while also supporting our ability to fund technology purchases and upgrades. All families will be granted a $60 credit to their total cost tuition at the beginning of each school year. This credit is offered in advance based on the expectation of their participation. In order to fulfill the SCRIP credit, families must purchase a minimum of $1000 in value between the calendar dates of June 1 and May 31 of the coming school year. For example, when spread out over the 10 months from August to May, a family could meet the quota by spending as little as $100 per month using the gift certificates and cards available through the SCRIP program. One could spend $100 in gas and groceries in one day alone! Any family that purchases less than the $1000 quota will be reassessed 6% times the unpurchased amount.

Example: Family purchases $800 in SCRIP. $200 remaining x 6% = $12 owed to school.

For all families, we will continue to apply 40% of their total profit from the SCRIP program to as credit toward payment of their tuition for the following school year. A consistent and planned use of SCRIP benefits all.

Frequently Asked Questions About Scrip

Sign up to order SCRIP online
(You will need to call the school or parish business office ahead of time for the ENROLLMENT code)

"In Stock" SCRIP form

The St. Jude SCRIP fund helps provide families with credit back toward their next year’s tuition while also
supporting our ability to fund technology purchases and upgrades. All families will be granted a $60 credit to their
total cost tuition at the beginning of each school year. This credit is offered in advance based on the expectation of
their participation. In order to fulfill the SCRIP credit, families must purchase a minimum of $1000 in value
between the calendar dates of June 1 and May 31 of the coming school year. For example, when spread out over the
10 months from August to May, a family could meet the quota by spending as little as $100 per month using the gift
certificates and cards available through the SCRIP program. One could spend $100 in gas and groceries in one day
alone! Any family that purchases less than the $1000 quota will be reassessed 6% times the unpurchased amount.
Example: Family purchases $800 in SCRIP. $200 remaining x 6% = $12 owed to school.
For all families, we will continue to apply 40% of their total profit from the SCRIP program to as credit toward
payment of their tuition for the following school year. A consistent and planned use of SCRIP benefits all.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS - DROP OFF

ALL TRAFFIC ENTERS FROM ST. JOSEPH STREET.
ALL TRAFFIC IS ONE-WAY.

Grades 1-8

Proceed East through the passageway between the Church and Parish Office, drop off students on the North side of the building (door #3) and exit eastbound onto Hildebrand (westbound may be blocked). During peak traffic periods (7:45 to 7:55) pull forward
as far as possible so that multiple cars may release students.

Kindergarten:

Parents may park in the West lot or on the south side of Hildebrand. Please WALK your child across the street and wait by the Kindergarten door until invited in. Kindergarten students with older siblings may also use the regular entry procedure.

NOTE: Students may not enter on the south side of the building from Hildebrand Street through doors #1or #2 unless accompanied by a parent who has parked on the south side of Hildebrand Street and is requesting to conduct business in the school office.

TRAFFIC PATTERNS - PICK UP

Grades 1-4/carpools: Students in grades 1-4 (and additional siblings in K or 5-8) gather at the east exit (door #5) and join the line when given instructions by the supervising teacher.
Grades 5-8 only: Students gather and join the line at the north exit (door #3) of the school.
Kindergarten: Kindergarten students who are the only child may be picked up at the West lot by the Kindergarten door at 2:50. Please notify the teacher of your plans.

NOTE: Please do not pick up students on the south side of the building (doors #2 & 3) unless you have parked on the south side of Hildebrand and have business with the school.

HASA is purchasing supplies for our students! More details about the project to come soon.
HASA is purchasing supplies for our students