Dear SJA Parents,
Happy Summer! The students finished up another successful school year this past Friday. Congratulations to all our students for all your hard work and grit they showed throughout the 2017-18 school year. Every school year is filled with many successes and challenges, so each and every student should be proud of what they accomplished.
I would also like to thank all our SJA teachers for a job well done. They put in countless hours attending meetings, grading papers, and planning lessons to make sure the students in their respective classes were successful. Teachers are the most important people in the building and without them learning would not be possible. I know the entire faculty and staff enjoyed working with your child(ren) during the 2017-18 school year and guiding them to be the people God has called them to be.
One last thank you goes to our parents for all the support and guidance you have provided your child(ren) this school year. Students are often times a direct reflection of their families. We have great students because we have great parents. Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education. We couldn’t do it without you.
SJA Teacher transitions
We have several teachers that will not be returning to the SJA community for the 2018-19 school year. We would like to thank them for their service and dedication over the years. They are as follows:
Ms. Julie Jarosz was our music teacher for the 2017-18 school year and has been at the school for one year. In the Fall, she will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to earn her doctorate in Music. Thank you for some memorable musical performances this past year. The Christmas and Spring shows were truly unforgettable.
Ms. Eleanor Reiff has been the Art teacher at SJA since 2001. She has been at SJA for many years. I believe she has one of the longest running tenures in the school. Over the years, she has worked with students to create skillful masterpieces that have been proudly displayed in the school hallways. Every year she has coordinated SJA’s involvement in the Young Evanston Artists Fair in the Spring. This opportunity has provided students with a venue to showcase their work in the greater Evanston community. Ms. Reiff, thank you for all you have done for the SJA community over the years and inspiring so many young artists.
Mr. Scanlon update
Dear SJA Community,
After much prayer, thought, and reflection, I decided that I will not be returning to St. Joan of Arc School for the 2018-19 school year. I have truly enjoyed my time during my 3 year tenure. However, God is calling me to pursue new opportunities. This community has supported me throughout some of the most challenging and life-giving moments I have experienced thus far. I cannot thank you enough for the kindness you have shown me. That is what truly makes this community so special!
During my first days at SJA, I was immediately impressed by the school’s culture and the dedication shown by everyone. I appreciated people’s willingness to jump in to help out. From the parents to teachers, we worked together to support one another in pursuit of what was best for the students. My passion is people and that will never change. I didn’t come to school everyday to check tasks off my to-do list, I came for the people and what we were building together. If I have realized anything from this experience, it is that leadership matters, people matter, and how you treat them is everything.
I am reminded of the beautiful Sharon Girard plagues hanging around the school that state “Children are such a great way to start people.” We work every day with God’s most precious gift and have the opportunity to influence them in such a profound way as they grow into the young adults, and eventually the adults, God created them to be. They deserve immeasurable love, care, and compassion. I hope that my short legacy at this school will be one of just that, immeasurable love, care, and compassion. For I am reminded every day that God is love.
Thank you for all your support and prayers as I make this transition. The parents, teachers, students, and staff of SJA have brought so much joy into my life and for that I am beyond grateful.
At this point, I am unsure what the future will hold for me, but I do know St. Joan of Arc will hold a special place in my heart.
Dr. Marcia Tornatore will be at SJA during the upcoming weeks serving as a transitional consultant as the search committee looks for a new principal. You can reach her at the following e-mail address: [email protected]
Summer Message from Superintendent Jim Rigg
Superintendent Dr. Jim Rigg wishes everyone a wonderful summer. We look forward to seeing you for the 2018/2019 school year.
SJA Field Day 2018
Check out pictures from the 2018 SJA Field Day. Thank you to Mr. Z and our 7th grade students for making the event a success.
Galileo Summer Camp
Galileo has scholarships available!
This year Camp Galileo will be at St Joan of Arc. We want to make sure that all families can innovate and experience camp this summer, and we’re offering Financial Aid scholarships. We award thousands of weeks of specially priced summer camp through our financial assistance program every year. In 2017, we awarded over 4,800 financial assistance scholarships to families and want to increase our impact in 2018.
How to Apply:
- Fill out an application on our website (https://www.galileo-camps.com/financial-aid-overview).
- If you receive assistance, follow the details in your letter to enroll ASAP.
- Submit one application for each child applying.
- All recipients will be awarded one session of camp with extended care, if needed. You may be approved to attend several weeks.
- We try our best to honor your preferences, but can’t always guarantee first choice locations, session dates, majors or classes.
2018-19 Calendar Update
Please note the calendar dates below for the upcoming school year. These have also been posted to the school’s homepage and will be reflected on the electronic calendar in the near future.
St. Joan of Arc School Calendar Dates: 2018-2019
- Teachers return for Professional Development: Wednesday, August 15th
- First Day of School (K-8): Monday, August 20, 2018 (Full Day)
- First Day of preschool/junior kindergarten: Monday, August 27th
- Labor Day: Monday, September 3rd (No School)
- Columbus Day: Monday, October 8th (No School)
- Springfield Trip: Tuesday, October 2nd
- First Trimester Parent-Teacher conferences: Thursday, November 8th (half day – 12:00 dismissal) – Friday, November 9th (No School)
- Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, November 21st (1:30 dismissal) – Friday, November 23rd
- Christmas Break: Monday, December 24th – Friday, January 4th
- School Resumes: Monday, January 7th, 2019
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 21st (No School)
- Catholic Schools Week 2019: Sunday, January 27th- Friday, February 1st
- Teacher Inservice Day: Friday, February 15, 2019 (No School)
- President’s Day: Monday, February 18th (No School)
- Second Trimester Parent-Teacher conferences: Friday, March 15th (12:00 dismissal)
- Spring Break: Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th
- School Resumes: Monday, April 1st
- Easter Extended Weekend: Friday, April 19th – Wednesday, April 24th (School Resumes April 25th)
- Teacher Inservice Day: Friday, May 24th (No School)
- Memorial Day: Monday, May 27th (No School)
- 8th Grade Graduation Banquet: Thursday, May 30th
- 8th Grade Graduation: Saturday, June 1st
- Last Day of School: Friday, June 7th (1:30 dismissal)
Prayer for the end of the school year
O God of all beginnings and endings,
We praise and thank you for the gift of this school year.
It has been a time filled with grace and blessings,
With challenges and opportunities, joys and sorrows.
The days have passed quickly, O Lord.
The weeks, the months, the seasons, the holidays and holy days,
The exams, vacations, breaks, and assemblies,
All have come forth from your hand.
While we trust that your purposes have always been at work each day,
Sometimes it has seemed difficult to understand and appreciate
Just what you have been up to in our school.
Give us the rest and refreshment we need this summer.
Let our efforts of this past year bear fruit.
Bring all of our plans to a joyful conclusion,
And bless us, according to your will,
With the fulfillment of our summer hopes and dreams.
Watch over us in the weeks of rest ahead,
And guide each day as you have done this past year.
Help us return to school with a new spirit and a new energy.
May we continue to grow
In age, wisdom, knowledge and grace
All the days of our lives.
Feel free to e-mail Mr. Scanlon at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Mr. Craig Scanlon