School Updates

July 20, 2021

Summer Sneak Peek-Edition #3

Dear Parents/Guardians,

This week I have enjoyed seeing some of our students and families as they participate in our Sports & Tech Camps.  Life returning to some sense of normalcy is so refreshing!  I hope that you are continuing to enjoy the nice summer weather with your families.  


Yesterday, you should have received the first formal update about what our protocols will look like as we enter the new school year.  We are pleased that the Archdiocese is advising a return to pre-pandemic operations in most instances.  I am including the letter in this newsletter in case you are not subscribed or are a newly enrolled family.  There will be further guidance about masks for those under the age of 12 in early August.  

Archdiocese of Chicago:

The message applies to all archdiocesan, agency, parish and school locations and activities.


Dear School Families:


Thank you for your partnership over the past year and a half and your commitment to providing your children with a Catholic education. Looking ahead, we want to share with you anticipated safety protocols and operational guidance for the upcoming academic year.


Protecting the health and safety of our students and school staff while providing them with an excellent, in-person academic experience remain our priorities. Based on the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), consultation from our team of medical advisors, and our Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force, we plan a return to near-normal, pre-pandemic school operations while maintaining select safety protocols to ensure a healthy, in-person learning environment. While there remains the potential for some adjustments considering the growing prevalence of the delta variant and stalled vaccination rates, please note the following:


Returning to full pre-pandemic, near-normal operations

  • School Masses will resume.

  • There will no longer be cohorts; however, every classroom will maintain an assigned seating chart since any necessary quarantines will be limited to only the students in closest proximity to any COVID-positive student (i.e., fellow students seated in front, back, left or right).

  • All extracurricular activities, athletics, theater, music, clubs, field trips, etc., will resume. 

  • Resuming before- and after-care programs.

  • Library and computer labs will reopen.

  • Wellness checks or staggered drop-off/pick-up schedules will no longer be required.

  • No masks will be required for fully vaccinated students, teachers or staff. Guidance regarding masks for unvaccinated individuals will be released by early August.


Safety protocols for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Students who are ill or are experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms MUST stay home.

  • We will follow prevailing local health department guidelines concerning quarantines.

  • Classrooms and activities will be arranged to maintain 3 feet of physical distancing indoors whenever possible.

  • Schools will maintain daily cleaning procedures for desks and high traffic areas.

  • Students and staff will be encouraged to sanitize hands upon arrival to the classroom and throughout the day as a good hygiene practice, and to use water bottles instead of drinking directly from water fountains.


Lastly, providing proof of vaccination will be extremely helpful for contact tracing purposes and to ensure that vaccinated students, if exposed, are not included in any quarantine requirements.


Any student without a COVID-19 vaccination card on file, who is determined to be a close contact, will immediately be quarantined until proof of vaccination is received. Your school’s leadership will provide more information about this in the coming weeks. Vaccination information will be kept confidential as with all other student records and medical history.


Again, we expect to have a final determination on the use of masks for unvaccinated individuals by early August. We will reassess these guidelines, as necessary, during the academic year to ensure safe operations of our schools. For the sake of everyone’s health and our collective ability to fully overcome the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to encourage vaccinations for faculty, staff and students over the age of 12.


We wish you all a safe and restful summer,


Office of Catholic Schools                


Archdiocesan COVID-19 Task Force

Here are some items and upcoming dates that you might be wondering about:


*The 2020-21 School Yearbooks have arrived from the printer-pick up will be outside the gym doors on Thursday, July 22nd from 4:30 -7:00 pm, or at mass on Sunday, July 25th from 10:00-11:00.

*We have a new Music Teacher for the school year 2021-22, and here is a little sneak peek .......


Katherine Dalin has been teaching music throughout the greater Chicagoland area since 2008. She holds degrees in voice performance, theatre, and pedagogy and is a member of  both the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Guild of Musical Artists. She enjoys working with youth theatre companies both as a director and music director and has the great privilege to teach early childhood music classes at several local preschools. When not teaching or performing, Ms. Dalin loves playing board games with her husband and friends, playing Animal Crossing, baking, and cuddling her lovable old cat named Archie.


We are very excited that we will be able to prepare for a Musical this school year, and that we have such experienced staff members to help us along the way.

August Dates to be aware of:

*Sunday, August 8th - SGS Family Fun Day @ Independence Grove beginning at 8:00 am with a 5K run, and continuing throughout the day to 1:00 with activities.


*Saturday, August 14th - SGS Athletics Golf Outing 


*Sunday, August 15th - Used Uniform Sale 9:00-12:00, Popsicles on the Playground for PreK & Kindergarten 12:00-2:00.


*Tuesday, August 17th - Supply Drop Off 3:00-6:00 pm.  (Meet the teacher, School Forms, Bus Information, Sale of gym uniforms, After-Care open house, Music Kids Program information, Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms info)


*Wednesday, August 18th - First Day of School PreK-8. 




SGS Family Fun Day 


St. Gilbert Church Blood Drive

July 18, 2021

2nd Annual Family Fun Day




The chance to register for our 5K and other Family Fun Day activities is coming to a close on July 20th!  Please consider attending this SGS family event that will include a 5k Run, Walk or Bike, Face Painting, Bounce House, Sand Volleyball and more at Independence Grove.  Bring a picnic for your family and spend the day with your friends from SGS.  This will also be a great way to meet new people before the school year starts.  There are specially made t-shirts available only until July 20th-these will be able to be worn on our two "Show your School Spirit Days" monthly.  See the flyer below for links to register.


Mrs. Buckley, Principal


Family Fun Day (1).pdf

June 30, 2021

SGS Summer Sneak Peak Edition #2

Dear SGS Families,

It is hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost upon us! I hope that you are enjoying your summer break, and relaxing and possibly even getting to travel the country a bit with your family. 


Plans are in the works for some SGS Community building prior to school starting. Please save the date for our second Family Fun Day.....this year we will be able to hold this event in person rather than virtually, see the details below:


*Join FSA for an SGS Family Fun Day. Run, walk or bring your bike to Independence Grove on August 8, 2021. We will be at the North Bay Pavilion from 8am to 1pm. Bring your picnic lunch and enjoy the day. After your 5.25 mile run, walk or bike join us at the pavilion for some fun games. We will have kick ball, wiffle ball, sand volleyball, bounce house, pedal boats and face painting. Cost is $20 per person and includes a T-shirt. Remember, the T-shirt can be worn on spirit wear days. Cost without a T-shirt is $15 per person. RSVP by filling the Google Form out by July 20th. Link to sign up:


Money raised will go towards purchasing and installing window air conditioning units in pre-K through 3rd  grade classrooms, the art room and library. 


Looking forward to seeing everyone, and meeting our new families as well!

August 15th we will be hosting a Used Uniform Sale from 9:00-12:00. This same day will also see the return of our “Popsicles on the Playground” event for families of PreK-K. The young children will get to meet their teachers, aides, and classmates while enjoying a popsicle treat and the chance to play with each other on our wonderful playground. This event will run from 12:00-3:00, more details to come in early August.


School related items: Please use our website at to find answers to many of your questions. We have moved from paper communication to keeping everything at your fingertips on the website  Here is some information about the ordering of headphones for next school year. This will also get archived on the school website.


Headphone Order-School Supply 


Uniform questions:  I have been receiving a few questions regarding uniforms for next year.  The new supplier, Tommy Hilfiger Uniforms has created a site specific for our school.  To find out what uniform items your child’s grade has assigned please go to the site and enter the grade, and whether this is a boy or girl.  The options that come up are the ones I have selected for that particular grade.  The options are many and I am not going to describe every offering, that is what our uniform website is for.  The plaids look similar, and we are still using navy blue or khaki pants, skirts and skorts depending on the grade.  There are new shirt color options, and we will be phasing out the maroon shirt after next year.  All uniforms that you currently own will be grandfathered in for at least the next school year.  As mentioned above we will have a Used Uniform Store to begin the year on August 15th from 9:00-12:00.  You can find some good deals at this sale, along with used gym uniforms etc.  From our new site logos on the shirts are not required, they are required on all sweaters and jackets. School Code is: STGI01


Visit Website: School Uniforms by TOMMY HILFIGER


Introducing our new Art Teacher-Mrs. Meme Baynes


Mrs. Meme Baynes is joining our team as Art teacher this Fall.  Mrs. Baynes is a former St. Gilbert parent, room mom and chairman of the environmental committee (outdoor planters and decorations).  She is a mom of 4, her youngest, Emma, graduated from SGS in 2018 and is going to be a Senior at Carmel Catholic High School. 


She was in sales and marketing for 30 years, with fortune 500 companies, such as Sunbeam, Rival & Keurig/Green Mountain.  She has served as a volunteer in our Learning Resource Center, and has tutored students virtually throughout the pandemic.  


Mrs. Baynes loves working with kids, building their confidence and helping them to succeed!  She is creative and crafty and loves to make things, and she's also an avid baker...winning second place in the Chicago Tribune Cookie contest two times.  She loves to cook and create with all four of her kids, her two daughters in law and son in law and two granddaughters & husband, Tim! It has been a dream of hers to be a teacher at St. Gilbert!

June 17, 20201


Dear SGS Students & Families,

We were working on a special project to highlight our successful in-person pandemic school year of 2020-21 and it is finally completed. The project was a labor of love and put together by our Social Media Influencer,  Mrs. Meaghen Dahm.  I give her my "lightbulb" ideas and she runs with them!  We hope you enjoy this peek into what your children's school days looked like this year.  There is nothing we cannot accomplish when we all work together.  Bring on 2021-22!


Mrs. Dahm & Mrs. Buckley



June 16, 2021

SGS Summer Sneak Peak Edition #1


Dear St. Gilbert Families new & old,

I hope that your summer is off to a great start, there has certainly been wonderful weather for all outdoor activities!  Throughout the summer I will be sending communication once per month just to keep you updated on happenings as well as providing reminders for other deadlines etc.

In this edition I want to remind all incoming 5th-8th graders that want to participate in our sports program next year, to please register for the sports that are opening in the fall; Cross County (B/G), Boys Soccer, and Girls Volleyball.  Mr. Rivera will be meeting to schedule games and meets with other schools and needs accurate team information.  Please see the attached directions for how to register for fall sports.


Saint Gilbert Schools offers the following sports: Below are the Times when Registration will be open.  



Cross Country (Open Now)               

Girl’s Volleyball (Open Now)            

Girl’s Basketball (Sept)                     

Boy’s Basketball (Sept)

Boy’s Soccer (Open Now)



Boys Volleyball (Dec)

Track & Field (Dec)

Girl’s Soccer (Dec)

To register your student(s) for a sport you need to go to the School Website: Under Athletic you will find the Link Below.

Once you are in the site, you need to create a parent profile and add each of your students that will be participating in sports.  The following information is required at the time of registration.

  1.  Electronically signed documents

  2. Current sports physical must be completed before participating in Practices or Games. (this must be uploaded via Register My Athlete, we will not accept hard copies through the school office.

  3. Sports fee and registration fee paid in full before the beginning of the season. Any questions please contact Mr. Rivera at


Next year we will be teaming up with an organization called Music Kids to bring the instruments of violin, guitar, and piano to St. Gilbert school students.  This group works with even our youngest students in Preschool to expose them to the wonders of the world of music.  They will have a table with information at our “Back-to-School/Supply Drop-Off” night and are asking for parents to complete an “Instrument Interest Survey.” I have attached the link to that survey.  You are not bound to anything at this time, it is just to see what kind of interest we do have at SGS.  I was very impressed with what this program can provide to our students during the school day, and I look forward to our students learning to play instruments that may not have been readily available to them.


Music Bulletin! Music Kids Classes coming to St. Gilbert Catholic School this fall!


Students are invited to learn the violin, guitar, or piano at St. Gilbert this coming school year. All instruments are age appropriate, even for the very youngest students, age 3 and up! Once-per-week classes are held conveniently on-site at school, scheduled thoughtfully for each student with the input of the school office. Classes are held alongside a friend or two from school and instrument rental is included for violin and guitar. Parents also receive regular video learning updates throughout the year. 


Late-August: Updated details available and online enrollment opens, informational table at Supply Drop Off


September: Meet the teacher and learn about Music Kids at Back To School events 


October: Weekly classes begin


Please submit our instrument preference survey to express interest in the program so we can better plan our staffing and scheduling. You'll also be among the first to know when registration opens later this summer!


Lastly, I would like to introduce our new mathematics teacher for the Junior High grades of 6-8, Ms. Alyssa Russo........we welcome her to our school, and the wonderful team of teachers in the Junior High!  Ms. Russo will have a 6th grade homeroom.

Hi! My name is Alyssa Russo and I am so excited to be a part of the St. Gilbert family! I graduated from Marquette University with a double major in education and science. I absolutely love math and have been a middle school math teacher at St. Celestine for 5 years. However, I have relocated to the Grayslake area and I am happy to call St. Gilbert my new home! I am very hands on and enjoy being very involved with my students and my school community. I have coached track and field as well as cheerleading. I also started a math help club and tutor often!  In my free time, I love to read, travel safely, cuddle with my cat Oliver, and spend time with family and friends! Disney, Starbucks, the color pink, and Taylor Swift are a few of my favorite things! I cannot wait to meet you and your children! It will be a fantastic year! 


This concludes my first summer edition of “SGS Sneak Peaks,”  continue to rest, relax, and enjoy family time, that’s what summer is all about!


Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

June 10, 2021


Here is a special announcement from Father John. At this time, we have not heard anything regarding our school classrooms in the fall. We will keep you updated throughout the summer as we receive more information.


Fr. John Announcement


June 3, 2021

Thursday Tidbits

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Congratulations, we made it! August through June in-person school, and ending it all with a fabulous Field Day extravaganza and magic show! Again, I want to thank everyone for reinforcing and following through with all the protocols that made this school year a success. Your student reaped the benefits of attending school, and their final iReady Diagnostics show the growth that occurred as a result. Please enjoy your summer, relax, and spend time with those you love. If you had a great experience at St. Gilbert please share those thoughts with neighbors and friends. We are a loving, caring community, and welcome the opportunity to enroll new students to keep our school vibrant.


Special thanks to our Field Day Coordinators; Sheila & Dave Schroefe, Brigid & Joe Martin, and Christine Anguilm. Thank you to FSA for organizing and sponsoring the Kona Ice Truck, and the Mike Super Magic Show. Finally, thanks to all our volunteers and staff for working behind the scenes to pull off a fun, successful day for the children. It takes a community of workers to have a successful event, and our parents, staff, and alumni stepped up to the plate without hesitation!

Over the summer the iReady program will be available for all K-7 grade students to use and practice on their paths for math and reading. They will be able to log-on to the program on a home device using their current login credentials. I also encourage parents to help their children set aside time for reading. There are many libraries that offer Summer Reading programs, please check them out. There is usually some quiet down time during the summer months to read on a blanket, in a hammock, or while on the beach on a vacation. I know I have three books already in my pile to attack when I head off to my summer cottage!

June 4th is the last day of school. There are no buses from either district for this day, we will be bringing students out of the building at 1:40 and will start bringing in the cars for pick up at 1:45. I will continue to be in touch with families over the summer with updates, and potential protocols for next school year. The first day of school is August 18, 2021. Please use our website for information on uniform ordering, school calendar, school supplies, sports information, and so much more......we have worked hard this year to make this area a "go-to" place for families to get their questions answered. We will have summer flex office hours, please leave a message if we are not in the building in person, we will be checking messages and will get back to you as soon as possible.

My heart is full of love and gratitude for the St. Gilbert Families, and our wonderful Teachers & Staff,


Mrs. Kris Buckley, Principal

Flyers & Information:


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Summer Parish Fundraiser-Christmas in July