Welcome to St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School

St. Jude of the Lake School is a vibrant, high-performing Catholic community for students in kindergarten through grade 5. We are dedicated to our students’ intellectual, personal and spiritual development, and we demonstrate this through our small class sizes, our faith-based curriculum, our technology-driven academics, and our top-ranking performance with state education standards.

Currently, St. Jude of the Lake School is the only Catholic International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program School in the Midwest. As such, we are recognized for our well-rounded curriculum that fully prepares students for their future, for being on the leading edge of Catholic elementary education, and for investing in our future and the future of our students.


As We Enter into the Lenten Season....
Each year the Church sets aside 40 days as a special time we call LENT. During Lent we take time to think about how Jesus died for us because he loved us. It is about stepping up close to Jesus, walking the walk and talking the talk.
To what extent should children observe Lent? At school we focus on the three serious obligations of Lent which center on growth in charity, of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Lenten resolutions should include the "giveups" of course (for they are hard and they do exercise us), and also a number of positive things. We should always try to tie this in with every one of our Lenten activities; it is a good measure. The sums we save by forgoing the movies or other pastimes can be given to the poor and the missions - and while we put up with little hunger pangs from not eating between meals we could offer a prayer for others in need, for those who are hungry and homeless.

In Peace,

Cressy Epperly,


Stations of the Cross Prayer Services

Our school will be attending Stations of the Cross prayer services during Lent.  We welcome parents , grandparents and parish members to join us.  Mark you calendars with the following dates and times:
February 25     10:00am
March 4            1:30pm
March 11           2:45pm
March 18         10:00am
March 25           1:30pm

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Japanese Class

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I Love to Read Month

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Holy Buckets

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Winter Preparedness

Winter Weather Preparedness for Schools

Children can be especially susceptible to the dangers associated with winter weather.  Their youthful enthusiasm often takes over when common sense and safety should prevail.  Parents should stay informed of winter weather and school closings by listening to daily reports on local radio or television stations.
Parents please review the following winter safety tips with your children who walk to and from bus stops or school.

  • Dress appropriately for cold weather:  sweaters, pants, winter coats, hats, scarves, socks and boots.
  • When you bundle up, keep your line of vision open to look out for traffic and other hazards
  • Allow extra travel time to get to the bus stop or school
  • Wear bright jackets or coats so bus drivers can easily see you in the morning or evening
  • Stand at least 10 steps away (or back) from bus stops.  Buses need extra room to stop - you could fall and slip into the roadway and be at risk of being struck by a vehicle
  • Do not cross the street at your bus stop until all traffic has come to a complete stop and the bus driver has signaled that it is safe to cross.




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Is your child going to be absent today?

Call the attendance line: 651-395-5300

Special Events



St Jude of the Lake Catholic IB World School invites you to KINDERCAMP, March 3rd at 9:30-11:00am!

  • Your child will experience a day in the life of a St. Jude Kindergartener
  • Full day programs available that inspire, engage and educate
  • Your child will enjoy a variety of activities in a faith-filled and nurturing environment

Check us out  at on our Facebook page, call 651-426-2562 or email us.


St. Jude of the Lake IB World School, St. Jude of the Lake Faith Formation and Lake Area Discovery Center

Invite you to our Spring Celebration!

March 22, 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Join us in the Ministry Center for a

  • Picnic lunch
  • Spring Crafts and Easter Bingo
  • Cupcake Walk and Bunny Hop

This event is for ages preK - 5th grade and parents need to be present with their children at all times.

Laker Happenings!

Lakers in Action!

Japanese Class


Catholic Schools Week

Our Fourth and Fifth Grade students at the Saints exhibit!!  They did a fabulous job!!  Thank you Mrs. Thoemke!!

Festival of Nations - Fr. Cory doing the Polka with the students.



New Service Project at St. Jude of the Lake

Adopt a Highway

Thank you School families, siblings, alum and LADC families! Many helpers made light work! We were done, with the beautiful weather, before noon--great job. We had a contest who could find the most interesting treasure along our clean up, and Niki Linden won with the capture of a cell phone!  Again, many thanks from our school to your community. Please join us for the next opportunity in May!


Dictionary Project

The 3rd graders at St. Jude of the Lake were visited by a representative from the America Legion this past week.
Over the years our students have participated in the the Dictionary Project which provides a Student Dictionary for the student's personal use to each third grade student. The dictionaries will assist the teachers in helping students become active readers, good writers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners. The students are encouraged to keep and use their dictionaries throughout their school career.

A BIG Thank You goes out to the American Legion.  God Bless You!



Our Fantastic Staff for 2014-15 School Year Welcome You!

 It has been beautiful to se the painstaking preparations that our teachers have put into getting ready for the children’s arrival.  As you know we have a few new teachers who have been welcomed with open arms by our faculty and are bringing wonderful new ideas to an already vibrant staff.  All of the staff has come in throughout the summer in addition to attending workshops on STEM, reading, and other topic areas.  We are blessed to have such dedicated teachers.  I look forward to another wonderful year with many blessings in store for each of us.  Let us continue to pray for each other!