Greetings to our St. Joan of Arc families!
We are blessed to have had such a busy and engaging start to the school year! As we enter into November, assessment practices are a central focus for our staff. Our teachers will spend a considerable amount of time assisting each of their students in setting personal learning goals. Once these goals are set, students and teachers work together to monitor and share their successes and challenges with their families. Additionally, our St. Joan of Arc staff have been engaged in training for the development of digital learning portfolios with their students. This will be a useful tool that parents can access to see their children's work and reflections on their learning. Our teachers are making the transition from hard copy portfolios to digital portfolios at a pace that suits the needs of their classroom. You will receive more information about this new approach to sharing student progress
A committee of teachers, along with Mr. Brown and Mrs. Vollet, have developed a school wide matrix that outlines expected behaviours of our students when they are not in class. There are several benefits of having a behaviour matrix. First, the matrix allows for consistent language. This means that all teachers and students will be able to use the same terminology when referring to expected behaviours in the hallways, on the playground, in the washrooms, etc. Second, students know exactly what is expected of them when they are at school. Third, this allows the office to monitor the more significant mistakes and collect data about students who may be struggling with appropriate behaviour. Finally, clear expectations for student behaviour, as well as an understanding of the significant impact that positive actions have on the school, will lead us to our common goal: Discipleship. Our students will be introduced to this matrix within the first week of November. As a staff, we will continue to revisit, reinforce, and practice the expectations throughout the year.
St. Joan of Arc is VERY proud to announce that our Ice Improv team took home the City Championship title this year! Our team won the North schools semi-final tournament on October 18; and won the City Championship on October 24! What has made us most proud is the fact that our team members were humble and good sports in both tournaments. Other coaches and administrators commented on the talent and conduct of our team. They were creative, funny, and their scenes told fantastic stories! Well done, Improv team! Thank you to coaches Mr. Molleken, Mrs. Coolican, Mr. McLean, and Mrs. Vollet! Everyone is looking forward to the student/staff challenge! J
This year, St. Joan of Arc school will celebrate the Advent season with a Christmas Carnival, which will be held on December 14, 2017. The Carnival will take place at our school. More information will be sent home closer to the beginning of December.
Our Virtue for the month is Forgiveness. Mr. Carignan's grade 7/8 students will lead us in prayer for the month of November. It is our hope to teach our students how empowering forgiveness can be. This includes not only forgiving others when we make mistakes that cause harm; but also taking responsibility for our own mistakes and humbly asking forgiveness when we hurt another. Thanks to Mr. Carignan and his students for leading us this month.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.