Thought for the Week

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 12
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Christmas Band and Choral Concert - 7:00PM

Thursday, December 13
Feast Day of St. Lucy
Friday, December 14
PTO Meeting - 8:45AM
Dads Do Lunch - 11:45AM
Spirit wear Dress Down Day - Students must pay $1.00 to dress down

Sunday, December  16
Third Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 17
Advent Prayer Service - 8:45AM
Tuesday, December 18
Mass - 9:00AM
Dear Parents, 
     This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, and light the pink candle on our Advent wreathes. The change in color provides us with encouragement to continue our spiritual preparation for Christmas.  In these crazy and hectic days of Christmas shopping, baking, decorating and festivities, we need to remember to take time to be still, to be quiet, to be at peace and ask the Lord to enter in. "Jesus is the reason for the season" and we can quickly forget that amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing for his birth.  Be mindful of this wonderful season of joy and gratitude, expectation and preparation.
     Last Saturday morning over 200 adults and children attended our St. Joan of Arc Breakfast with Santa.  Fun was had by ALL.  A HUGE thank you to our PTO officers, special chairmen, committee members, and volunteers for their hard work and personal time given to the Christmas Shop and Santa Breakfast. 
    Over the past few weeks, our MakerSpace has been bustling with activity.  We’ve seen everything from models of the Vatican created with Legos, an “old fashioned boom box” made using the 3D printer, informative planet posters printed on our Poster Maker and the 8th grade final genealogical projects created using the 2D Laser Cutter.  A huge thank you to our PTO and to all those who donated to help make this space a reality. 
     Although we are busy with Christmas, our teachers are still dedicated to teaching and the students are still learning. Many of our teachers have attended inservices this past couple of weeks.  Miss Molder, our junior high Math teacher and technology specialist, attended the 2018 Ideastream Technology and Learning Conference at the PBS Ideastream building downtown.  The inservice focused on the integration of instructional technology to improve teaching and student achievement.  Miss Molder was able to talk with other local teachers to discuss current technology apps we are using in our classroom, technology ideas we would like more information or help on, and the best practices for incorporating technology in our daily lessons.  She also attended a breakout session focused on the MakerSpace.   She was given hands on opportunities to practice and develop MakerSpace lessons and she was also able to collaborate with other teachers from various local schools on how to utilize our MakerSpace and the best practices for incorporating it in the curriculum.  Mrs. Lapso, our 1st grade teacher, attended the Ohio Literacy Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This specialized conference focused on literacy instruction for K-3, covering foundational reading and writing skills and concepts. Each session focused on a different component of literacy development, while allowing for real-world examples and feedback from a wide-variety of educators.  Watch for updates on the various other inservices our teachers attended!
Wishing that the Season of Advent fill your hearts with peace and happiness!
 God's Blessings,
Shelley DiBacco
Remember to "Be a Builder of God's Kingdom"
This Week in Crusader Basketball….
The 6th Grade Boys improved to 2-0 on the season by defeating St. Paschal Baylon 26-18.  Peter Spellacy led the team in scoring with 9 points followed by AJ Panzica (7), and AJ Gildone (6).  SJA went on a 9-0 run to end the first quarter, and the defense held SPB to just 2 points in each of the 1st and 4th quarters.
The 7th Grade Boys team outlasted St. Gabriel 41-32 on Sunday. The boys pulled out from a 1 point half-time defect by posting a 15-4 third quarter. The team switched into a full court press which allowed them to turn the tables on St. Gabe. Top steals were posted Ricky Holmes (3), Jack Alexander (3) and Camden Vogley. High scorers for the game were Leo Fonash (12 points) and Camden Vogley (10 points). 
Other Scores:                                                         SJA – Opponent
12/9/2018           8GB vs. Communion of Saints         8 - 22
12/9/2018           7GB vs. St. Paschal Baylon              10 - 33
12/9/2018           5GB vs. St. Paschal Baylon                5-29
12/9/2018           7BB vs. St. Gabriel                           41 - 32
12/9/2018           8BB vs. St. Thomas Aquinas            45 - 41
12/9/2018           6BB vs. St. Paschal Baylon              26 - 18
12/9/2018           5BB vs. St. Gabriel                             8 - 27
12/9/2018           4BB vs. St. John Vianney                 15 - 8
12/9/2018           3BB vs. SS. Robert & William         16 - 23
12/9/2018           HSB-10th (Princic) vs. Gesu            47 - 48
12/9/2018           HSB-10th (Kale) vs. St. Mary Assumption       51 - 47
12/9/2018           HSB-12th (Sheehan) vs. St. Anselm                  40 - 60
12/9/2018           HSB-12th (Wiberg) vs. Sacred Heart of Jesus  45 - 34
12/9/2018           HSB-12th (Brichmann) vs. St. Rita                   54 - 69
Best of Luck this weekend to all SJA Hoopers!  Our St. Joan of Arc Gymnasium will be busy again this weekend hosting many games.  Please consider helping with concessions!
12/15/2018       HSB-12th (Brichmann) vs. St. Francis of Assisi  5:00 
12/15/2018       HSB-10th (Kale) vs. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 12:00           
12/15/2018       7GB vs. St. Dominic     9:00AM                                                           
12/15/2018       4GB vs. Communion of Saints   11:00 AM                            
12/15/2018       5BB vs. St. SS. Roberts & William   1:00PM                              
12/16/2018       3BB vs. St. Anselm 2:00PM                                                                 
12/16/2018       HSB-10th (Princic) vs. Gesu 4:00PM                                             
Best of luck to the following teams on their away games this weekend:
12/15/2018       HSB-12th (Sheehan) vs. St. Paschal Baylon     
                               1:03 p.m. @ CP Fieldhouse
12/15/2018       HSB-12th (Wiberg) vs. Our Lady of the Lake           
                              2:00 p.m. @ Lost Nation
12/15/2018       8BB vs. St. Anselm                                              
                              12:00 p.m. @ NDCL
12/15/2018       5GB vs. St. Gabriel                                               
                              11:00 a.m. @ Lost Nation
12/15/2018       8GB vs. St. Thomas Aquinas                          
                             10:00p.m. @ Cleveland Heights H.S. Main Gym
12/16/2018       8BB vs. St. Agatha-St. Aloysius                    
                             4:00 p.m. @ Gilmour Academy Main Gym
12/16/2018       4GB vs. Mater Dei Academy                        
                              5:00 p.m. @ Lost Nation Blue
12/16/2018       7BB vs. St. Francis of Assisi                          
                             2:00 p.m. @ Gilmour Academy, Court 2
12/16/2018       4BB vs. Gesu         
                              1:00 p.m.  @ Gesu


We are excited to present our Christmas Showcase Concert at St. Joan of Arc School tonight at 7:00PM. 
Wednesday December 12th
Concert Begins at 7:00PM
Where do Students Go? 
All 4-8 students Band Students should report to the Gym by 6:30PM
All 4-8 Choir Students should report to their classroom by 6:30PM 
All K-3 Students should report to their classrooms by 6:45PM

News from the Lunchroom
Please note these changes:
December 13th menu has changed to Pancakes & Bacon Meal.
December 20th menu has changed to Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

Early Dismissal on December 21st
On Friday, December 21st, students will be dismissed at 11:30AM.  Chagrin buses will provide transportation that day.  Kenston will run their usual morning pick up, but they are unable to provide afternoon service.  Parents will need to pick up their child/children by 11:30AM. No lunch will be served on that day.

Science Fair Judges Needed
Science Fair Judges needed: Are you interested in encouraging young students appreciation for Science? Do you work as a scientist or engineer? Then please consider judging the Saint Joan of Arc Science Fair to be held on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10 am until 2 pm at Saint Joan of Arc School. Science projects are often the first experiences that inspire students to work in the Science field. Come see the scientists of tomorrow! Mr. Nieves and our SJA students would greatly appreciate your support during this process.  Please contact Mr. Nieves at or at 440-247-6530 if you would like to volunteer.

PTO News

Shop 'til you drop!  Shopping passes for numerous stores are valid until 12/14.  Please make sure you have the pass with you when you purchase your items. Thank you for your support! 
This Friday is our December PTO meeting at 8:45 am in the rectory basement. All are welcome!  just a reminder to all the dads out there, this Friday is also the December Dads Do Lunch event. NO need to register - just show up!

Are you interested in how the PTO works or do you like working with other SJA parents?  If so, we are looking for a VP and a treasurer for next year.  If interested, please contact a member of the PTO. 

HUGE thank you to Wendy Pisanelli, Molly Tuttin,  and Jeanne Engle for the fantastic Breakfast with Santa this past weekend. A fun time was had by all!

And in case anyone is interested in overseeing the Santa breakfast next year, Wendy and Molly both said they would help out as an advisory board! If you or a group of you are interested, please let a member of the PTO know.
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