Greetings from St. Joan of Arc!
The days are getting longer and warmer; summer is almost upon us! Although we only have two months remaining in the school year, there are a number of exciting things happening at our school. As an example of this, our staff and students recently put together an incredible play called, "Knights of the Rad Table". The production gave our students an opportunity to develop and share their artistic talents, and was a great community-building event, with a number of families attending our evening performances.
The virtue for the month of May is empathy. We are encouraging our students to listen, understand and consider the feelings of others in their daily interactions. In addition, our school will attend a morning Mass at Holy Trinity on May 8th. Family members are always welcome to join us. Another faith-based event to note is our whole-school student retreat on May 30th facilitated by Face2Face Ministries. The theme for this year's retreat is "Unstoppable". We will be exploring the truth, that St. Paul shares with us in Phil 4:13 - I can do ALL THINGS through Christ who strengthens me. We will talk about the power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of the saints and in our own lives.
We would like to thank our school community for their wonderful contributions to our Lenten project. Through your generosity we were able to support local partners including Visitation House and Holy Trinity Parish, as well as the global community through the Holy Childhood Association. We are always impressed with the giving nature of our community – thank you for letting your light shine!
In the world of athletics, our badminton teams did very well this year as a result of the exceptional efforts of our students and coaches. St. Joan was highly successful at the city finals, coming home with a number of medals! As we look toward May and June, students in grades four to eight will have an opportunity to participate in track and field.
With the warmer weather, we ask that students are mindful of their attire. In a previously shared memo, our Superintendent noted, "As a Catholic school, we want to help our students understand that modesty is an essential part of who we are and what we represent. Students are expected to dress in appropriate clothing that is suitable for the weather and represents the values we express in our Catholic faith. Clothing such as muscle shirts, open backs, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs, short skirts/shorts, and bandannas are not allowed. In general, students will be expected to have a clean appearance that is reasonable, modest, decent and respectable."
As June approaches, we have started planning for next year. With regards to classroom placements, we are asking that parents advise a member of our admin team by email if there are special considerations to be made. Although we are unable to guarantee that a placement request will be granted, we are always open to dialoguing about the various possibilities. It is our aim is to ensure that students are successful, from both a group and an individual perspective.
St. Joan continues to grow, with the most recent enrollment numbers at 365! We are still accepting registrations for prekindergarten and kindergarten. Please phone Ms. Schneider to inquire and set up an appointment. As part of the registration process, we ask for the baptismal certificates of the students or parents along with health cards and birth certificates.
This year, rather than hosting a meet the teacher barbeque, we are offering a backpack drop off on the evening of Thursday, August 30th, between 5:00 and 6:30 pm. More details to come!