St. Joan of Arc School News

April 28, 2020

2020 SJA Auction Results

The numbers are in, and this year's St. Joan of Arc School annual auction was a great success! Roughly $48,000 was generated through the event, which featured fun games of stamina, outstanding food, and a wonderful selection of auction items. Thanks again go out to Nicole McHale, Rosanne Spitznagel, Teri Corletzi, and all of the other volunteers who put in the hard work to make the event such a big hit!

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

The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, or "screening," for students entering St. Joan of Arc School for the 2020-2021 school year has been moved to Wednesday, July 15th. There will be three sessions, 10:00-11:00, 11:00-12:00, and 12:00-1:00; please write to SJA School Secretary Barb Aquila at to register your child for one of these sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Principal Dan Mitchell at 330-605-6323. Limited spots are available, so please be sure to book your spot soon!
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Message from Catholic Conferene of Ohio on Masses

A statement was recently released from the Catholic Conference of Ohio on the future hopes and ideas regarding the return to Mass. Their statement can be read here, with a key take away being that Masses will continue to take place remotely though at least May 29, with the hope of returning to Mass to celebrate Pentecost on May 30-31.

Happy Birthday Wishes to Miss Elliott!

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St. Joan of Arc Distance Learning Page

If you visit this page of our school website, you will find many helpful tools to use during our distance learning time, including:

  • 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.
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The Healing Nature of Daily Prayer

On May 13, 1917, in Fatima, Potugal, during the beginning of what would become one of the most faith-affirming series of Marian visions ever, the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed Sister Lucia, then just a small child, to, "Pray the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace throughout the world." Praying the Rosary provides the faithful an opporunity to meditate on mysteries of our faith that tell the stoy of Jesus's Life, Death, and Resurrection.

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.

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Update on Mrs. Kennedy

Mrs. Kennedy is currntly in remission from Leukemia. She got out of the hospital and spent the last couple of weeks with her family at home. She has some more treatments ahead of her, but when I spoke with her on the phone today, she was her happy and cheerful self; she is an inspiring and living testament to the power of faith in God! Please continue to keep her and her family in your daily prayers, and if you would like to keep up on how she is doing, please refer to her Caring Bridge page here, which she will be updating from time to time.
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What About "_______" ?

As of April 28, 2020, there are many unknowns about our school year, events and happenings, and life going forward. With these things in mind, I wanted to let you know the current status of several items of note:

  • 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.

SJA Parish Resource Guide

St. Joan of Arc Pastoral Minister Amanda Haberman recently published a fantastic and informational "Resource Guide" that is a must see; check it out here.
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Important Information on Children and Internet Safety

From the Diocese of Cleveland:

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.