On Friday, March 2nd, the school hosted a Pep Rally to recognize and honor our 8th grade Girls Basketball Team members who will be playing in the finals. The game will take place on Sunday, March 4th at 1:30pm at Loyola Academy. We are proud of each of you. See more pictures within the newsletter.
During this past week, we had a couple inquiries from prospective families for the 2018-2019 school year. As we plan for next year, we need your child’s enrollment form and tuition form returned as soon as possible. SJA is having an enrollment incentive to have all forms returned for next year. The first class to have all forms returned will receive a special treat!
STUDENT REGISTRATION AT SJA
Please submit your Registration and Tuition Forms to SJA.
TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Empower Illinois announced that its tax credit scholarship application is now open through its website (www.empowerillinis.org). Below within this newsletter, please see more information on the process to apply for the Tax Credit Scholarships.
Bullying Presentation: Parents are invited to join the SJA teachers for a Bullying presentation on the evening of Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00-8:30 p.m. The presentation will take place in the SJA cafeteria. A national presenter will provide information about how to work collaboratively with the school to reduce mean behavior and create a culture of kindness. Below, see more information within the newsletter.
Reminder: The GALA is taking place on Saturday, March 10th. Below is more information. Hope you can join us!!!
Parent-Teacher Conferences: Friday, March 16th (Teachers are available starting at 8:00 a.m. If you would like to request a conference, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher prior to March 16th.)
Marcia Tornatore, Ph.D., Interim Principal
Call to the Post for the March 10th Gala!
The gala event is soon approaching! See the information below.
RSVP to attend by March 3.
Register to attend and sign up for mobile bidding at: https://SJAgala18.gesture.com
First time attending? Use code COLT at checkout
RAFFLES!! RAFFLES!! RAFFLES!!
Raffle tickets can also be purchased on the website or from your favorite SJA kiddo.
LIVE AUCTION items are now available for preview www.SJAgala18.gesture.com
Check out our Bidding 101 Tip Sheet
Bidding opens March 3 and you can bid from the event, home or even your car!
It’s all mobile and easier than ever this year from the secure website.
Still looking for what to wear??
We will have an assortment of lovely hats, fascinators and stylish bow ties available after 8:30 and 10:30 mass this weekend.
Curious what this is all about??
Here is some helpful info about our parish’s largest annual fundraising even.
See you March 10th at the Hilton Orrington!!
ON THE PREVENTION OF STUDENT BULLYING
(Helping students get along, make and keep friends, and stop mean behavior)
March 7th, 2018
St. Joan of Arc Church
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Throughout each school year, St. Joan of Arc School provides workshops for classroom teachers on a variety of topics. Currently, the teachers are being trained in the Danielson Framework of Instruction, which is focused on effective instructional strategies.
Next, the school staff members will be focusing on how to further create a culture of kindness and reduce any student mean behavior. In taking proactive steps in preventing student bullying, staff members and students will have the opportunity to receive classroom presentations on March 7th and 8th from a national workshop consultant, Marcia McEvoy, Ph.D.
To further the training on the prevention of student bullying, parents are invited to join several members of the staff for an evening presentation by the workshop consultant. This workshop that includes parents will take place during the evening on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00-8:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the SJA Church.
Below, you will see information on the presenter as well as a description of the evening presentation.
HELPING KIDS GET ALONG AT SCHOOL: WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO CREATE A CULTURE OF KINDNESS AND REDUCE STUDENT MEAN BEHAVIOR
Workshop Presenter: Marcia McEvoy, Ph.D.
McEvoy Consulting, LLC
Grand Rapids, MI
Dr. Marcia McEvoy
Dr. Marcia McEvoy is a Licensed Psychologist who has worked in a variety of settings including public schools, community mental health centers, child diagnostic clinics, and two universities. She presently owns her own consulting business. For the past 20 years, Dr. McEvoy has worked in schools all over the country to reduce student cruelty and to enhance empathy and positive connection. She has trained hundreds of thousands of administrators, teachers, parents, and students on this topic. Dr. McEvoy is the co-author of a book entitled, Preventing Youth Suicide: A Handbook for Educators and Human Service Professionals. She is currently working on both a book for educators, as well as publishing a student curriculum on the prevention of school-based mean teasing, bullying, intimidation, and harassment.
DESCRIPTION OF PARENT WORKSHOP ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th AT 7:00-8:00 pm
JOINING SEVERAL MEMBERS OF OUR STAFF
In this often humorous and interactive workshop, parents will be presented with information about how to work collaboratively with the school to reduce mean behavior and create a culture of kindness. Strategies for addressing annoying behavior, mean teasing, exclusion, name calling, ridiculing, threatening, and bullying will be shared. The research on how to reduce peer mistreatment is discussed, as well as how to increase compassion and empathy for others.
Parents are shown how to intervene when they see hurtful behavior. Parents will be given tips on how to modify mean behavior in their own children. A particular emphasis is placed on how parents can encourage and teach their children to be positive bystanders when peer mistreatment is occurring. Parents will learn how to help their kids become more empathic and “every day heroes” when they witness mean behavior. Parents will also learn how to help their child respond in a resilient way to everyday slights and hurtful interactions. These target hardening skills can be used both at school and at home with siblings. All strategies are demonstrated through a series of lively role-plays and video-clips. The workshop is 90 minutes long.
Please join us for this informative and entertaining presentation!
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. SJA is hosting a contest to see which classroom is the first to return all of their forms.
SCHOOL AND LENT INFORMATION
TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Empower Illinois announced that its tax credit scholarship application will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. through its website,www.empowerillinois.org. In addition to the new date and time, Empower Illinois is implementing a change to how it will accept applications. The application will now be a two-step process in an effort to make it more convenient for families and provide more time for them to complete the application. This new process will also help Empower Illinois better manage the expected demand for scholarships.
Step One – Registration: On February 27 at 7 p.m., families will complete a brief online form with their name and contact information, child’s name and preferred school. The goal of this step is to fulfill the first come, first served nature of the application. Every registration form will be time stamped and will determine each family’s place in line to complete the application. Families will be able to access the registration page of Empower Illinois’ website from a computer or mobile device.
Step Two – Application:
After families reserve their place in line by completing the registration form, families will be emailed a unique link to complete the actual application. The application links will be sent on a rolling basis, over a few weeks, so families should not be alarmed if they do not receive a link immediately. After receiving the application email, families will have three days to complete the full application and submit all required documents at a time that is most convenient for them. To help families, Empower Illinois will provide application support through their website and phone helpline(855.318.1222).
It is important to note that scholarships will still be awarded on a first come, first served basis.
As mentioned above, Step one of the application process will determine each family’s place in line, so it’s important that families complete the form as soon as possible on Tuesday, February 27.
GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM
Congratulations to the 8th grade girls basketball team on winning their Conference Championship. They are in the final game on Sunday, March 4th at Loyola Academy at 1:30pm.
Pictures of the Pep Rally are shown below. Students cheer the team on as they head for their final game.