Dear SJA Parents,
Merry Christmas to all SJA families! We wish you and your family peace, joy, and glad tidings during the holidays. May the season of giving and spending time with your family bring you joy that lasts throughout the entire year. Christmas blessings to all!
All are welcome to attend the Candle Lighting Prayer Service hosted by 8th grade which will take place at 2:20 pm in Church. All are welcome to attend as we celebrate Advent and the upcoming Christmas holiday.
St. Joan of Arc School will not be in session from Monday, December 25th through Friday, January 5th. School will resume on Monday, January 8th. Enjoy the Christmas Break and we will see everyone for the second half of the school year in 2018.
Interim (substitute) Principal Update
As you may have read in previous school communication, I will be taking my parental leave during the months of February through April to take care of my new son. I anticipate returning to school at the beginning of May and foresee no problem resuming my current position as principal and delivering the same high-quality work to the SJA community.
I wanted to reach out with an update regarding my time away. Fr. Dan and I have been interviewing candidates for the interim (substitute) principal position. We are excited to announce that Dr. Marcia Tornatore will assume the role during my time away. She impressed us with her experience and positive energy. I think this will be a great opportunity for St. Joan of Arc School given her wide range of educational knowledge. Below you will find her biography and picture.
Dr. Tornatore will be starting at the end of January, but you will see her several times leading up to her official start date. Some of you already had the opportunity to meet her at Christmas Concert last week. After only experiencing a small slice of our school, she was impressed with the school’s culture and welcoming community. She will also be here for a week in January to shadow me and get an better sense of my schedule and responsibilities. Thank you in advance for welcoming her to the SJA community.
Dr. Marcia Tornatore
Dr. Marcia Tornatore holds a doctorate in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) from the University of Oregon, Master’s degree in Education (with emphasis on Reading) from the University of North Florida and Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Rhode Island College. Most recently serving as Superintendent of Itasca School District 10, she retired from the school district in June 2015.
Dr. Tornatore brings a wealth of experience at all levels of administration and teaching. Her prior positions have included the following: Principal of a PreK-5 grade school, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent, Personnel, Assistant Principal of a K-8 grade school, Title I teacher and classroom teaching experience at kindergarten, first and fourth grade levels. Additional responsibilities have included Assessment Coordinator and Director of ESL.
Since Dr. Tornatore’s retirement, she has served as an interim administrator in District 181. Currently, Marcia works part-time for National Louis University as an adjunct faculty member. In addition, she volunteers on the DuPage Foundation-Bright & Early Committee (early childhood) and Loaves & Fishes Advisory Board in Naperville (food pantry), as well as being an educational consultant for the Hank Gianvecchio Natural Habitat Committee in Bloomingdale.
Due to Dr. Tornatore’s administrative and teaching experience, she has served in many educational roles. Her experience includes expertise in the areas of reading instruction, writing process, curriculum development, assessment and analysis of data, staff development, grant development, audits, instructional programs, personnel procedures, finance, rules and regulations in Illinois and School Board procedures. She has done curriculum design and implemented educational programs for all levels of students, including gifted and early childhood.
Marcia is married to Sam Tornatore. They have one daughter, Alison, who was recently married this past year to their son-in-law, Greg.
New Scholarship Opportunity for 2018-19 School Year
Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” the state of Illinois has created a new way to fund scholarships for children from low-income households who want to attend private schools. The tax credit scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible, low-income students. Not all families will be eligible for the new scholarships, but we want to make sure all Catholic school families are aware of the program. Program details are still being finalized, but you can find information on the scholarships, the application process and review the “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) on the Archdiocese of Chicago’s website, archchicago.org/tcs. If you have any questions about tax credit scholarships, please contact the Archdiocese at [email protected] or 312.534.5321.
We continue to work hard to support our schools and families with tax credits. If you haven’t yet noticed, the state’s website for the Invest In Kids Act (i.e. tax credits) is now live. See https://tax.illinois.gov/InvestInKids for more information.
One page fact sheet for families
One page fact sheet for potential donors
But the Bethlehem star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art Holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and always,
Now begin, on Christmas day.
– Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.
Feel free to e-mail Mr. Scanlon at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Mr. Craig Scanlon