Thought for the Week

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 29
Kindergarten Visit Day  9:00-10:00AM or 12:45-1:45PM
Grades 2, 4, 5 and 6 are going to the Natural History Museum
Friday, November 30
Kindergarten Field Trip to North Corner Farm in Burton, Ohio
Sunday, December 2
First Sunday of Advent
Monday, December 3
Advent Prayer Service
In commemoration of the beginning of Advent students are encouraged to wear purple over their uniforms today.
Penguin Project Information Meeting - 7:00PM in the Olsavsky Center
Tuesday, December 4
Mass - 9:00AM
Wednesday, December 5
Kindergarten, 7th, and 8th grades shop at the Santa Shop
Thursday, December 6
St. Nicholas Day
Santa Shop for grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 
Dear Parents, 
     Advent begins this Sunday.  Our school Advent theme this year is “Shine His Light, Share His Love" .  This Advent let us shine the light of Jesus and share His love in our homes, our families, our workplaces, and our communities.  When we do this, then the usual December distractions become holy moments when we find the Christ Child in our midst.
    Monday, December 3rd is “Purple Day” at St. Joan of Arc School.  Students are encouraged to wear something purple over their uniforms to commemorate the beginning of Advent and the start of a new liturgical season.  Also on Monday we will have our first Advent Wreath Prayer Service.   Each Monday of Advent, we will gather as a school community.  As each classroom gathers in a circle around their classroom wreath we light our school wreath and “pass the Light” to each classroom. 
     Also during Advent, the faculty/staff will gather every Wednesday morning before school to pray and to share fellowship.  This is an opportunity to grow together spiritually and to pray for and with each other as we prepare for the coming of Jesus.
     The holiday season always seems to come and go so fast, without giving us much time to reflect and enjoy. With Advent fast approaching, why not take some time to prepare for the season now—while also having fun with the family.  Please click here to find some ideas for how you can establish lasting family traditions and spiritual practices related to Advent and Christmas.
May the peace of Christmas be with you throughout this Advent season.
God's Blessings,
Shelley DiBacco
Remember to "Be a Builder of God's Kingdom"

Calling all actors and actresses to a special theatre experience.  Come and join the Penguin Project!!   This spring, a magical and touching celebration of the human spirit will unfold as St. Joan of Arc School, Chagrin Valley Little Theatre and the Penguin Project come together to perform a modified version of the well-known play, “The Wizard of Oz”. Our production will be quite unique, however, because all of the roles will be filled by children with developmental disabilities. The Penguin Project, founded by Dr. Andrew Morgan, focuses on giving children with disabilities the chance to experience musical theatre in all its glory! It provides a beautiful opportunity for children with and without special needs to work together towards one common goal: show business.   The Penguin Project is open to any individual ages 8 to 22 with a disability. This includes children with cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments, genetic disorders, and neurological disorders.  The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age-level peer, in grades 5 - 12, who does not have a disability. The peer-mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage.  If you are interested in joining the Penguin Project, either as a peer mentor or an actress or actor, please join us in the Olsavsky Center for the Penguin Project Kickoff Meeting on Monday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM.  We will be presenting the musical “The Wizard of Oz” on April 13th and 14th . This is a great way to live out our mission.  For more information, contact us at or 440-247-6530.

We will be participating in the "Sponsor a Family" Holiday Program. This program provides food and gifts to low-income families and seniors in Geauga County. This special holiday program has been coordinated by the Geauga Jobs and Family Services for 45 years. Your donations in the past have always been very generous. We trust our Advent service project will fill each of you with a deeper awareness of the hope and joy you will bring to families in need.  
St. Joan of Arc Student Council students will deliver and help sort donations.  Please consider donating one or more of the following NEW items: Please turn in donations by Monday, December 10th.
Catholic Charities — Job and Family Services of Geauga County collects all toys for children, birth through teenage. This includes books, games, educational toys, crafts, puzzles, sports equipment, and video games. We do not accept or distribute any toy guns or violent video games.
2. Food:
They collect non-perishable food to pass out to families along with the gifts. The food items most needed are: peanut butter, jelly, tuna fish, macaroni and cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce, soup (including Chunky soup), box meals (like Hamburger Helper), canned fruit, oatmeal, cereal, and juice.
3. Gift Cards:
They pass out gift cards to teens so cards from stores like Kohls, Best Buy, GAP, Aeropostle, Bath and Body Works, JC Penney, Game Stop, Dicks Sporting Goods, Old Navy, etc. are really helpful. We also pass out grocery store gift cards as well as Get Go gift cards.
4. Monetary donations:
Monetary donations are used to fill gaps and purchase items that were not donated, or that we ran out of. This includes meat, grocery items, paper products, and gift cards. Checks must be made payable to Special Sevices of Geauga County. Please include Sponsor a Family Project in the memo portion of the check.

We are excited to present our Christmas Showcase Concert at St. Joan of Arc School on 12th at 7PM. 
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

The Breakfast with Santa is coming up Saturday, Dec 8th from 9 am – 12 noon.   We are counting down the days on the sign by the gym entrance!  Invitations were sent home before Thanksgiving and additional copies will be sent home in the Thursday envelope.   Fill out the RSVP form and return it marked PTO Santa Breakfast.  
Watch for the Sign-up Genius link coming soon to volunteer to help with this fun, festive event!
Reminder:  Donations are being collected to fill stockings for the Stocking Raffle.   Please consider donating some candy or stocking stuffers.   The collection bin is located in the center hall.  Thank y

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