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St. Joan of Arc School
Principal's Greeting

Season's Greetings! St. Joan of Arc families!

In this season of Advent, we remember that the wreath symbolizes the four themes of hope, peace, love and joy.  As a child, I attended one of our very own Regina Catholic Schools, and I will always remember the weekly lighting of the candles leading up to Christmas.  This is a good reminder for students and adults alike, that Christmas is about preparation, prayer, and how we treat those around us. 

The December 14th Christmas Carnival featured a number of fun, faith-based activities for families to enjoy.  Many thanks to those who attended!  One of the greatest gifts we can offer and receive during the Advent season is time with our loved ones. 

The New Year is often a time of change, and as we look toward January, we say goodbye to one of our staff member and two valued University of Regina field placement students (interns).  Kate Paidel and Payton Kuster have made strong contributions to our school community, and are promising beginning teachers with many unique gifts to share.  In addition, our former EAL teacher, Rosanne McCall, will return from her temporary placement at the Newcomer Welcome Centre and Riffel High School. With her return, we say goodbye to Ms. Cathy Dorn and thank her for her work. 

As we head into the Christmas season, it is my hope that you will enjoy time together as a family.  Some of my most cherished holiday traditions are:

  • Complete a 1000 piece winter puzzle as a family.  Parents get to do the border pieces…kids do the rest!
  • Bake or cook together.  And always remember, I am a great taste tester! 
  • Go sledding.  I must say, the climb back up the hill seemed so much easier when I was a young lad.    
  • Watch your favorite Christmas show as a family.  Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph, Garfield's Christmas, Charlie Brown, the Griswold's, Elf… "I'm sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR".  Awesome! 

"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."
― Burton Hills


Matt Brown