Thought for the Week

Upcoming Events:

Friday, November 16
PTO Meeting -  8:45 in the rectory basement
Dads Do Lunch
Monday, November 19
All students may dress down today!

Tuesday, November 20
Thanksgiving Prayer Service - 8:30AM
5th grade may dress down today!
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast
Wednesday, November 21
Thanksgiving Vacation Begins
Thursday, November 22
Happy Thanksgiving!
Monday, November 26
Classes Resume
Tuesday, November 27
No Mass
Dear Parents,
     Thanksgiving is a time to reflect and to be thankful for all of the gifts that God has given to us.  God has blessed us in so many ways.  Although life is filled with many challenges, this is the time of year we are grateful for the kind people in our lives who love and support us so that our students believe, achieve, and succeed.  I am personally thankful for my family, my friends, my faith, and the fine folks (staff, students, and families) here at St. Joan of Arc School.  Our school is a blessing to all who work and attend and we have much for which to be thankful.
     We are truly fortunate and blessed with a dedicated staff who besides the school day hours put countless hours in on their personal time to develop lesson plans, grade papers and continue their education. They choose to teach in a Catholic school because they know our school makes a difference in their lives and they make a difference to each child. 
     We are blessed with Father Gary J. Malin who believes in St. Joan of Arc School and in Catholic education and who has dedicated himself to passing on the Good News to our students.
     We are blessed with dedicated families who do so much for our school and to promote education in the lives of their children. 
     We are blessed with a wonderful Parent Teacher Organization. This organization made of parent volunteers, works endlessly to support our faculty, students, and each other. I have experienced their dedication, creativity and love for the SJA community. It is due to the efforts of the PTO that we can provide activities such as the Christmas Bazaar, staff Professional Development, class parties, field trips and countless other events.
     This Thanksgiving, as you gather together with your family and friends for your Thanksgiving meal, as you laugh and play, please remember to also pray together to reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon you and your family.  Pray for those that are less fortunate, the sick and the dying and those that are serving in the armed forces away from their family. Let us not only be thankful one day a year on Thanksgiving, but celebrate the greatness of our God with thanks to Him EVERYDAY!
     May the Lord bless you and fill you with peace. On behalf of Father Gary J. Malin, and our faculty & staff, I would like to extend our warmest wishes to each family for a Happy Thanksgiving.
Important Dates to Remember:
November 16 – PTO Meeting – 8:45 in the Rectory Basement
                          Dads Do Lunch – 11:45
November 19 - Dress Down Day for all students
November 20 - Thanksgiving Prayer Service - 8:30AM
November 21 – Thanksgiving Vacation begins
November 22 – Thanksgiving Day
November 26 – Classes Resume

God's Blessings,
Shelley DiBacco
Remember to "Be a Builder of God's Kingdom"

Our Coin War has officially ended!  I am so very happy and proud to report that our St. Joan of Arc students raised $3000 for Chagrin Falls Park!  In appreciation for their generosity, all students may dress down on Monday, November 19th.  In addition, 5th grade, our winning classroom, may also dress down on Tuesday, November 20th.
Lunch Help
St. Joan of Arc School is still looking for two full-time Lunch/Playground monitors. This is a paid position requiring a year-long commitment.  If needed, this could be a position split between two people, someone to work MWF and another TTh.  If you are interested in becoming a monitor or if you know of someone else who may be interested in these positions, please contact Shelley DiBacco at or 440-247-6530.

Prayers Needed
Please keep Mr. Murphy in your prayers.  He is having some health issues and will not be able to help as a lunch monitor for the next few weeks.  We wish him a speedy recovery!

This year's Christmas Concert will be Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00PM.  Mark your calendars!

If you have not returned your payment or the KIDSTUFF coupon book, please do so by Thursday, November 15th! Thank you for your cooperation! 

Our November PTO meeting is this Friday, November 16th at 8:45 am in the rectory basement. All are welcome! 

Dads Do Lunch is also on Friday, November 16th - we hope to see you there! 

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