St. Joan of Arc School News
April 28, 2020
2020 SJA Auction Results
The funds generated through the auction are already being put to use, as we have purchased Chromebooks for grades 3-5 to utilize in 2020-2021, in addition to new desktop computers for all of our teachers (as well as Chromebooks for the teachers to use outside of the classroom when planning lessons and grading remotely).
Students who won various auction items: you will still get to enjoy the auction items that you and your family won this year during the 2020-2021 school year.
Kindergarten Screening Rescheduled for July 15, 2020
Message from Catholic Conferene of Ohio on Masses
Happy Birthday Wishes to Miss Elliott!
St. Joan of Arc Distance Learning Page
- Summaries of weekly communication from teachers to parents/ students.
- Weekly schedule of online class times and subjects.
- A link to daily school announcements and Rosary.
- Helpful learning links.
- A series of videos from Dr. Poklar on different strategies for both parents and students to use while distance learning.
- A link to a database of all of this year's school newsletters.
- Links to articles on distance learning an its impacts on families and children.
The Healing Nature of Daily Prayer
The power of prayer is something so immense and of God that we cannot even begin to understand it, yet it is undeniable that prayer provides us with a connection to Our Lord, it brings familis together, it wards off sin and temptation, soothes and calms people in times of great stress, and provides innumerable bodily and spiritual benefits to us all.
With that in mind, I have set up a page through which you and your chilren can pray together with me (click here). I am not the world's greatest prayer leader, but hopefully my videos will provide an opportunity for us to pray together as we thank God for our blessings and pray for those who have been impacted by the pandemic.
Update on Mrs. Kennedy
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- Graduation Ceremonies: There will be some sort of graduation ceremony, but the actual look of it will not take shape for several days. There is a principals' meeting tomorrow with the Superintendent of Diocesan Schools, during which we will talk about how to go forward in light of Governor DeWine's announcements yesterday. Other matters that will be discussed include families returning materials to school, students picking up their belongings still at the school, and much more. I will write to you again soon to let you know of the updates.
- Field Day: Mrs. Lund has been working hard, burning the candle at both ends, developing some fantastic plans for a virtual Field Day experience. More information is coming!
- 3rd and 4th Quarter Grades: Some parents have expressed concern that their children are out of their element trying to learn from home, rsulting in lower grades for their 3rd quarter report cards. I can most easily respond to this worry with a statement I have heard many times from high school principals during our weekly Wednesday meetings: "Grades received by students in the Spring of 2020 need to be viewed with caution, as they took place during the Corona Virus Pandemic." In other words, if there is a drop in achievement, it is understandable and will be considered in light of our unusual circumstances of March-May 2020.
- Students Learning the Required Material: Many schools will experience a significant gap in their students' learning from the pandemic, due to the late start of their online learning program, insufficient lesson delivery, and a number of other factors. Students at St. Joan of Arc School have the luxury of being taught by extraordinarily dedicated and skilled educators who are still activitely following closely their Diocesan Stanards for Learning as a guide for developing their lessons. Therefore, our students will have been presented the vast majority of concepts that were to have been covered during the 2019-2020 school year. Concepts not covered will be taught in the Fall of 2020.
- Ending the School Year Early: This was brought up at a recent principals' meeting, and ending the school year early is not advised, as we are required by the State of Ohio to meet a certain number of insructional hours.
- What Will School Look Like on August 31: I have been asked this question many times, and I am at a loss for a good answer. We will continue to follow the Governor's and Superintendent O'Linn's guidance for the remainder of the year and into the summer.
Important Information on Children and Internet Safety
There are some very good resources available from Jesse Weinberger on Internet safety. Children get on sites that many think are "fun" or harmless, when in fact they can be very dangerous for kids. Jesse has a Facebook page many of may follow, or may want to. Here is her Web page, and she is now launching a new podcast. Here are the first few episodes to listen to: Episode 0, Episode 1, Episode 2.