A Letter from the Principal December 20, 2016

A Letter from the Principal, December 20, 2016

A Christmas Blessing
God grant you the light of Christmas,
which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas,
which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas,
which is justice;
the belief in Christmas,
which is truth;
the all of Christmas,
which is Christ.


Junior High Math Contest


Congratulations to eighth grade students, Patrick Beranek, Cole Cook, Madison Fugiel, and Tasha Rustandi, and seventh graders, Madison Fugiel and Helen Larkin who participated in the regional math contest at St. Francis High School and came in second overall.  Patrick Beranek tied for first among individual participants, placed second as a result of a tiebreaker.  Thank you to Junior High Math teacher, Mrs. Svitak for providing classroom instruction that both prepares and inspires St. Joan of Arc students.


SJA Teachers to Participate in a Science Education Program at Johnson Space Center in Houston


As some school parents may recall, SJA participated in a reduced gravity flight project with NASA in 2013.  I am pleased to announce that five St. Joan of Arc teachers (Junior High teachers Mrs. Tanya Anderson and Mr. Scott Fox, fifth grade teacher, Ms. Carolyn Friedman, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Patty Kimball and third grade teacher, Ms. Samantha Schroeder) will be visiting Microgravity University at the Johnson Space Center in Houston for a week in April.


The SJA teachers wrote a proposal earlier in the year and it was among twelve proposals from schools throughout the country that was accepted.   Teachers will work on programs to improve the mechanics and powering of the deployment system used by NASA for the deployment and retrieval of payloads.  Beginning in January all SJA students in grades K-8 will be involved in related project activities. More details will be available as we get closer to April.  Congratulations to the SJA teachers for writing a winning proposal!


Five Year Plan


As we enter the new year it is time to focus on the fact that there needs to be a formal plan in place to shepherd  St. Joan of Arc School through the coming years.  Like many Catholic schools in DuPage County and beyond, we face challenges in terms of changes in demographics and enrollment.  However, as noted in a recent demographic study  conducted for the Diocese of Joliet, parents in DuPage County are far more supportive of private education, despite the excellent public schools in the area, than their peers in Illinois.  In addition, median and family incomes are decidedly higher in DuPage County than in Illinois.


In my relatively brief tenure at St. Joan of Arc School I recognize that the school possesses many assets beginning with its recognition as a Blue Ribbon School.  In the coming weeks I will be meeting with the School Advisory Board and begin the Five Year Plan process.  The school community will be involved directly in many facets of this process beginning with indentifying specific areas of focus and growth (i.e. marketing, finance, technology, etc.).  Planning for the future provides not only a roadmap for the future, but it also brings the school community together to draw this map.


Have a Blessed Christmas,

Michael Sweeney