Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,
Happy New Year! It is hard to believe it is 2016 and we are almost half way through the school year. I still remember the first day of school meeting so many new faces. As I walked around the cafeteria today, I was quizzing myself on all the student’s names and amazed how many I knew on my first try. I am still working on figuring out which parents belong to which child, but that is my goal for the second half of the year.
Change is in the air as we welcome the students back to school. Many of you have probably already visited our new website and discovered things look a little different. In addition, a podcast episode on Catholic School Spirit Radio was recently released featuring St. Joan of Arc. The link can be found on the homepage of the website (more on this below). Moving forward, the Principal’s Weekly Message will be posted on the home page of the website under “From the Fishbowl Office” tab and the “Updates and Documents” tab. This will allow parents to have easy access to the information, which will be updated every week. A reminder e-mail will also go out with the appropriate links. Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we make this transition. Important dates can also be found on the homepage calendar, which will be updated on an ongoing basis. There are also many additional tabs to explore on the website seeing that most of the information was copy, pasted, and updated from the previous website. It is still a work in progress, but officially up and running. The best part moving forward is that everything will be up to date and current for all your school related needs. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
One of my “school” new year’s resolutions is to share more of my own voice in the principal’s weekly update moving forward, specifically under the .’From the Fishbowl Office” tab. In the past, I have copied and pasted a helpful resource or article. Starting now, I would like to highlight some of the wonderful stories and events that happen inside SJA on a weekly basis. From the classrooms to the cafeteria, there are usually far too many exciting things that take place each week, but I will try my best to share a few. I would like to start by highlighting some through the lens of our SJA root beliefs.
Below is a list of beliefs that the teachers came up with at the beginning of the year. They exhibit all the guiding principles the teachers, students, really everyone in the school, should exhibit as a member of the community. Many of them speak to the core of what it means to be Catholic and a follower of Christ. Each week I would like to share some example from the previous week that bring one of the beliefs to life.
At St. Joan of Arc School
- God is in all things.
Being our first week back from break, I didn’t think I would see so many smiles. I was surprised to hear from numerous teachers that students were actually excited to be back at school and start learning again. We also had many students who took trips to places near and far over the holidays. One student in particular got to visit the Philippines and surprised his teachers with a small gift from his time abroad. I was so impressed that he was thinking of his St. Joan of community even when he was thousands of miles away. We also celebrated a parent’s birthday at the PSO meeting. In some ways, I felt like I was at a birthday party and forgot it was a school meeting, which was nice after a long day at school. And finally, the podcast truly brought tears to my years as I listened on my way home. After a long day of e-mails, phone calls, conversations, and classrooms visits, I sometimes forget how truly blessed I am (really we all are) to be part of such a wonderful community. If you haven’t listened yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. I think the best part is hearing from the students and what they think about the school. Their words are truthful and to the point. They say it much better than any parent or adult. So in these moments, I see God, I feel God, I hear God, I experience God in all my senses among the people who surround me on a daily basis. This is truly God in all things.
- We must be the change we wish to see in the world.
- Mistakes are opportunities for growth.
- We must serve those in need both inside and outside the community.
- We must treat others the way we want to be treated.
- As a community, we strive to grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually.