Dear SJA Parents,
I greatly appreciate serving as your Interim Principal at St. Joan of Arc School during the next three months. Thank you for the warm welcome that I have received. I have enjoyed visiting the classrooms and interacting with the students. The staff members have been very supportive in working with me. In addition, I have met so many wonderful parents and grandparents. Time will pass quickly as we look forward to the return of Principal Craig Scanlon from his short leave of absence.
Catholic Schools Week was a memorable and rewarding experience. Thank you to our wonderful parents who provided several events throughout week for staff and students. I look forward to meeting additional parents and community members.
Marcia Tornatore, Ph.D.
2018-2019 STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM AND TUITION AGREEMENT
St. Joan of Arc School is now accepting Registration Forms and Tuition Agreements for the 2018-2019 school year. The forms are available on the school’s website (saintjoanofarc.net/school/), as well as within the following links: click here for Preschool/Junior Kindergarten and here for Kindergarten-8th grade. During this past week, paper copies of the forms were sent home with the youngest or only child. Please call the school office if you need additional printed copies of the forms.
FIRST COMMUNION PARENT MEETING
First Communion Parent Meeting for second grade students will be held on Tuesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm in St. Joan of Arc Church. This meeting is for parents only.
TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS
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The Archdiocese has been informed that the Empower Illinois website will NOT be open for tax credit scholarship applications today, Thursday February 1st.
We appreciate the efforts families made on Wednesday to apply for tax credit scholarships and the dedication of the staff and volunteers deployed to help them. No applications were submitted through Empower Illinois on Wednesday, January 31st. OCS is ready to support families when the website reopens and will share any updates as they are received. Additionally, Empower Illinois will provide updates via its website and social media channels.
The Office of Catholic Schools
The application process through Empower Illinois, WHEN IT REOPENS, will be completed online at www.empowerillinois.org .
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Monday, February 5, 2018 is the deadline for students to read four books. Those who qualify will receive a hot chocolate party, which is hosted by the parents at the end of the school day during elective time.
DEBATE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM for Grade Levels 5-8
Announcing the return of the St. Joan of Arc Debate After-School Program. Students in grades 5 through 8 are invited to join Dr. Brett Ommen for 8 weeks of argumentation and debate activities. Sessions provide students with argumentation strategies and concepts. In addition, the program engages students in mini-debates to refine their critical thinking, information literacy, and public speaking skills. Space is limited to 12 students.
Sessions will run on Mondays from 3-4, starting on February 5th and ending on March 26th.
DEBATE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM for Grade Levels 2-4
Do you have a young talker? Saint Joan of Arc School offers students all sorts of opportunities to speak in front of large crowds, such as reading at Mass, saying the prayer for announcements and participating in Friday Funk Day. Now younger students can develop their public speaking and performance skills by enrolling in the Speech and Debate After-School Program. Students in grades 2 through 4 are invited to join Dr. Brett Ommen for 8 weeks of activities focused on getting students comfortable using their voice in front of their peers and making their ideas clear for others. Sessions will engage students in vocal interpretation, speech organization and impromptu speaking exercises that have every student engaged in speaking every week. Space is limited to 10 students. Sessions will run on Wednesdays from 3-4, starting on February 7th and ending on March 28th.
Session cost is $100 per student, checks payable to Brett Ommen.
To sign up or for more information, email Brett Ommen ([email protected])
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE
Daddy Daughter Dance -Friday, 2/9 from 6-8:30. Dinner, Dancing and Fun! All are encouraged to attend… school & parish families… and friends!
Congratulations to Bianca and Deirdre for their outstanding performance in the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee! Bianca was runner up and Deirdre came in third place. The competition was heated in that it continued for 34 rounds!
All SJA participants did well. Students who qualified to compete in the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee at Pope John XXIII are as follows: Bella Solis, Lily Fitzerald, Lincoln Gaut, Briana Cronologia, Sean Coath, Jack Lloyd, Harlee Hiller, Alex Lehene, Gavin Guerrero, Lance Onrubia, Kaden Joseph, Bianca Joaquin, Deirdre Dettling, Rebeca Marqueda, Andrew Oehring, Conor Flanagan, Colin Peterson, and Max Enghauser.
SJA Penny Carnival
It’s time to celebrate Penny Carnival!
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
1:00-2:30 pm in the SJA Cafeteria
Fun Events: Food court, Cake Walk, Carnival Games, Raffle Prizes
Raffle Tickets can be pre-purchased to allow more time for games at the carnival. Tickets cost $0.25 for individual tickets or 5 for $1.
Please fill out and send in the form below with your money by Friday, February 9, 2018 if you would like to pre-purchase tickets.
Congratulation to Bianca Joaquin on qualifying for the Regional level of the History Bee. Bianca will compete in the Chicago North Regional this March. Good luck Bianca!
FREE THROW CONTEST WINNERS
This past weekend several of our students competed in the free throw shooting contest at St. Peters. Congratulations to James and Jack Lloyd for winning the tournament!