St. Joan of Arc School News

June 9, 2020

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Summer Office Hours

  • June-July 2: 9:00-1:00 M-F
  • July: School building is closed; phones will be checked daily & messages returned promptly. Tours & visits can be scheduled as needed.
  • August Hours: To be published soon.

Summer Faith Formation

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Thanks be to God, summer is here!

In the beauty of summer nature, birds singing, glistening dew on grass as the sun rises, and the pleasant warmth of the sun on our skin, God provides us with just a brief glimpse of the everlasting beauty of Heaven. I like to think of summertime as God's annual reminder to us that there is a glorious destination awaiting us, if we choose the narrow path and follow His light.

With that in mind, summertime also provides parents with the increasingly rare downtime of family togetherness, those precious moments when it's just you and the kids, sitting outside, either here or in a vacation destination, with nothing but time and each other. This also provides an opportunity for parents to explore their children's understanding of the Catholic Christian faith.

Summertime is an especially prime time for you to use the abundant truth, goodness, and beauty to share your own understanding and experiences in the faith with your children. I have learned through my own children that we have a relatively small window of opportunity during which our words are highly coveted and valuable to them. Take advantage of that time to pass on the faith that has been so carefully passed on to you by your ancestors. Below are some helpful resources that may be of benefit to you and your family over the summer months.

  • How to Ensure Kids Your Kids Keep the Catholic Faith: Really well written article on nurturing the roots of faith to grow deep and healthy within our children.
  • Church Pop: This is my favorite Catholic website; it's modern and bright in appearance, while being rooted firmly in Catholicism.
  • Joyfully Domestic: A discussion on the incredibly beneficial practice of daily prayer routines.
  • Diocesan: An interesting and thoughtful discussion on the power of virtue to crush sin.
  • L'Osservatore Romano: Scripture-based discussion on the Afterlife written by Saint John Paul II.
  • Philadelphia Catholic: Scientific research and data-based study of near death experiences pointing overwhelmingly to proof of God & the Afterlife.

If you're ever posed with a question about the faith that is incredibly difficult to answer or even understand, it's helpful to use the following metaphor that your kids will understand.

  • We simply cannot understand many of the mysteries of our faith. Ask your child if he or she would be successful in explaining how addition and subtraction work to the family dog or cat. Your child will instantly recognize the futility of such an effort, as the family pet simply cannot even begin to understand. The same can be said of God's mysteries in relation to our brains. If the family pet said, "I cannot understand subtraction, so it must not be true," the true reality of math still rolls on, regardless of the pet's opinion of it.

One School One Book 2020

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Hopefully you have had a chance to get into our One School One Book selection, The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs by Tristan Gooley. I have gotten into the first couple of chapters, learning much about the meaning of various colors of mud and the impacts of temperature inversion. Thanks again to Mrs. Pecka who ordered the books, tote bags, honey goods, booklets, and supplies that were handed out last week.

2019-2020 Yearbook Update

Back in the middle of March, the wheels stopped churning on a lot of projects throughout the country - this was the case for the Lifetouch company and our school yearbook. The yearbooks are being finalized and will be ready near the end of July/ early August. Stay tuned for more information!

Togetherness Gift Coming late-June

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Sometime in late June, you will be invited to stop by to pick up a special St. Joan of Arc School t-shirt made to commemorate our school year and to show solidarity as a family united in Christ!

Please click here to let us know your child's shirt size (repeat for multiple children in family). We have not gotten a size submission for each child yet!

SJA Uniform Revisions 2020-2021 are Complete

The revised SJA School Uniform for 2020-2021 is now complete. You can access it by clicking the image above. The Schoolbelles' website is in the process of being updated to represent alterations and should be complete by next Monday at the latest (likely earlier).

The revisions are fairly modest are represent some alterations made in the name of practicality and uniformity; thanks to the teachers and parents who offered input to make it work out.

Please feel free to e-mails questions to

SJA Wishes Farewell to a Living Legend

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Mr. Dan Anderson, a man of superior musical talent, kind disposition, and many jokes, is moving to the Southwest to live with his family. He has been a strings teacher at SJA for many years, having taught students the joys of the violin and other stringed instruments. While he will be greatly missed by everyone here at SJA, he plans to continue offering lessons to SJA students over the Internet via Zoom or some similar method. Mr. Anderson can be reached at if you want to send him well wishes.

God bless you, Mr. Anderson!


Dear St Joan of Arc Families,

It is our privilege to be the PTO Presidents for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Over the past year as Vice Presidents, we have learned so much from Mr. Mitchell and the PTO board. This year has been a big transition ending in a pandemic that has changed each of our lives in unimaginable ways.

Looking ahead to the next school year, we know that flexibility will be a key to success. At this point, it is difficult to plan every detail of next year’s events. What we do know is that we have an amazing principal, outstanding teachers, a dedicated PTO board with fresh ideas, and awesome families to work with. With some uncertainty ahead, we will do the best we can to listen to the needs of the school and parents and stay in close contact with all families regarding fundraising and events.

We truly believe that it will be a great year at SJA. Please feel free to contact us, any member of the PTO board, or your classroom parent with any questions, ideas, or suggestions you have.

Thank you for all of the support that you have given to PTO. The generosity, time, and care that you give to our school community makes a difference in the lives of all of our children.

Please fill out this Volunteer Form as soon as you can and email it back to us. We would

like to have a list of volunteers that we can contact when we have more information on events/fundraisers for the upcoming school year. Also, if you are interested in becoming a buddy family, please let us know within the next few weeks so we can begin to pair families up.

Please join us in welcoming the PTO Board for 2020-2021:

  • Parliamentarian: Jennifer Fritz
  • Vice Presidents: Brian and Sarah Janus
  • Secretary: Yvonne Pecka
  • Treasurer: Ashley Poklar
  • Student Services: Natalie Brooks
  • Ways and Means: Dawn Pahoresky
  • Needs and Assessment: Tiffany Fenner
  • Hospitality: Rachel Krueger
  • Marketing and Communications: Bethany Yert

Room Parents:

  • Kindergarten: Missy Gillen
  • 1st grade: Mary Beth Gunerra and Heidi Lateulere
  • 2nd grade: Jen Kler
  • 3rd grade: Courtney Nalepka
  • 4th grade: Debbie Fitzmaurice
  • 5th grade: Angie Gleine
  • 6th grade: Jennifer Fritz
  • 7th grade: Jehanna Francis
  • 8th grade: TBD


Jason and Christine Majors (

Miscellaneous Good News Items!

2020-2021 School Supply Lists Available

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While next year is still a way off, you can access your students' supply lists here.

Reopening SJA School 2020-2021 Task Force

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While it's the second week of June, and we aren't sure exactly how things are going to look come late August for "back to school" time, we need to be prepared for all possible scenarios. I have spent the last two months or so on the Diocese of Cleveland School Task Force to develop plans for reopening schools, and now that the planning at the Diocesan level is complete, we (school principals) have been instructed to form task forces within our school communities.

The commitment will not be an overwhelming amount of time or dedication, but we will need some parent volunteers who would like to help put things in place. If you would like to volunteer to help out, write back to me at by this Friday, June 12.

Fall CYO Sports Information (Football & Soccer)

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St. Rita Boosters opened registration this week for CYO Fall sports. All information can be found at or in the information at the end of this message.

All registrations must be received by June 20th to avoid a late fee. Our goal is to have everyone registered prior to June 20th so we can communicate to CYO our list of participants in each sport to aid in their planning efforts so please register early. Credit card payment is still preferred at the time of registration, but we have added an alternate payment method at checkout that allows you to register your son or daughter without making payment. If you choose the alternate payment method, please understand that payment will be required before your son or daughter will be permitted to participate in practices or receive equipment.

We will communicate the start date of practices as soon as we are provided guidance from the CYO office and immediately arrange a time and place for processing payments.

I invite anyone who has questions to contact me at or call me at 440-655-6476.

Thank you and God Bless!

Patrick McNamara - St. Rita Parish CYO Athletic Director

St. Rita Registration for Fall Sports 2020 is open!

Register now for CYO Football, CYO Soccer

Please see the Booster web site for more sport specific details!

Registration for CYO Football, and Soccer will run from June 2nd through June 20th. Late registration will continue until June 27th.

Any registration request after June 20th will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please register on-line at for the following St. Rita sponsored sports teams:

  • CYO 11 Man Tackle Football (Boys in Grades 7 and 8)

  • CYO “Rookie” 7 Man Tackle (Boys in Grades 5 and 6)

  • CYO Flag Football (Boys in Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4)

  • CYO Girls Soccer (Girls in Grades 3,4, 5, and 6)

  • CYO Boys Soccer (Boys in Grades 3 and 4)

If you are registering for the first time participating in a St. Rita sport you will need to create a family profile through our Sports Pilot registration site. This is the Boosters primary method of communication to the St. Rita Sports Community so please make sure ALL parents and/or guardians are listed and include email and best phone number.

PRIVIT medical and other forms are located on the registration page at:

St. Rita Boosters Registration Forms

If you have any questions concerning registration or payment, please email your questions to

Help Promote SJA and Catholic Schools

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During a recent principals' meeting, Superintendent of Diocese of Cleveland Schools Frank O'Linn encouraged principals to reach out to our school families to help promote our Catholic schools. If you use social media and would like to spread the good news of St. Joan of Arc School, what follows are some images and documents that you are welcome to share with your friends who have school aged children.