Principal Letter for January 12, 2018

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.                                                                      G.K. Chesterton


This quote from the eminent lay theologian, Catholic convert, author and creator of Father Brown, the finest Catholic detective in literature, leads us to welcome the New Year as a time of spiritual self-reflection and rebirth.

Registration for 2018-2019

Next week begins open registration for the 2018-2019 school year.  Parents will receive registration materials next week via the electronic Wednesday envelope as well as a hard copy that will be sent home with students on Friday.  Please note that St. Joan of Arc School offers a $250 “finder’s fee” to school parents who recommend our school to friends and neighbors who subsequently enroll their child.  I am optimistic that enrollment will stabilize in 2018-2019 and this will be the first step in rebuilding enrollment.

We certainly understand the critical importance of effectively marketing SJA.  Kim Clements, head of marketing for SJA, has been very active in spreading the good news about our school in Lisle and surrounding communities.  Parish Religious Education Director, Dolly Pointner and her assistant, Megan Ross, have been busy as well working with RE parents encouraging those who might be interested in enrolling their children at SJA.

The Illinois Invest in Kids Scholarship Program will provide financial assistance to parents who wish to secure a Catholic education for their children, but find tuition costs a hindrance.  More information about this tax credit based scholarship program, including an on-line application, can be found on the Diocese of Joliet’s website under, “Illinois State Tax Credit Scholarship Program.”  The program currently has well in excess of fifty million dollars in scholarship funds to distribute to students in private and religious based schools.  Income limits for partial scholarships are quite generous.  If you have any questions about this scholarship program, please contact the school office for more information.  On-line applications can be completed beginning Wednesday, January 24 at

Five Year Plan

On Monday of this week the initial meeting of the five committees that are developing SJA Five Year Plan (FYP) met for the first time.  There is enthusiasm and expertise in equal measure amongst the parents and parishioners who are participating.  Barring unforeseen circumstances, I anticipate the completion of the FYP by the end of March.

In Appreciation

December is a wonderful time to be a part of the St. Joan of Arc School Community.  The Christmas Buffet hosted by the PSO is a much anticipated event for students as well as school and parish staffs.  Thank you Mrs. Dana Krezel and the entire hot lunch staff as well as numerous parent volunteers for the elaborate dining set-up and delectable dishes.  Thank you to Mrs. Karen Ebey and the PSO staff for hosting the ever popular Teachers’ Breakfast on the final day of school prior to Christmas break.  These events go a long way to building community.

Thank you for supporting Catholic education,

Michael Sweeney

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