Please join us to say thank you and good luck!

After 29 years at St. Giles and 44 total years of teaching in Catholic schools, Mrs. Kate Janush is retiring.

All are invited to thank her and wish her good luck in her next adventure!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 5 pm Mass
Followed by an open house in McDonough Hall located at 1101 Columbian, until 8 pm

If you can’t make it, we invite you to share a memory or photo of Mrs. Janush that will be given to her this night. Please send to development@stgilesschool.orgPlease help us spread the word! We do not have email addresses for every former student and parent. If you can post on your social media pages and encourage your friends to come, we would appreciate it.

About Mrs. J…

The poster near Mrs. Kate Janush’s desk reads, “If you think reading is boring, you’re not doing it right!”

It is a fitting testament to her 29 years teaching 8th grade at St. Giles School, where she has inspired students through her Language Arts and English classes. Fondly known as Mrs. J., she is well-known for her love of reading, which she has passed on to hundreds of students over the years.

Early on, Mrs. J. started her classes on a regimen of reading with her legendary yellow dot books in the school library. Students are required to read a book from the yellow dot series every 2 weeks during their 8th grade year, and take a 20-question quiz on the book.

Mrs. J. also contributed to St. Giles through her tireless efforts which included editing the school yearbooks for 24 years and being the unofficial school historian launching a collection of graduation memory boxes with photos and memorabilia beginning in 1990.

She was co-director of the 8th grade play for 16 years with former 8th grade math teacher Puddy Larsen. From the first play – “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,” – to the last – “Surf’s Up” in 2010, it was a labor of love. The dynamic duo launched the project, “as a way to get the 8th graders all working together,” says Mrs. Janush. Today, it has become a much anticipated and valued tradition of the 8th grade year at St. Giles.