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Principal’s Letter for December 21, 2018

On behalf of the entire St. Joan of Arc School staff, I would like to wish students and parents a joyous Christmas and Happy New Year.  Be safe and relish time spent with family and friends.

There are a number of unique Christmas related events at SJA for parents, staff, and students individually and collectively that truly reflect the spirit of the season.  Thank you to the Hot Lunch Team; Dana Krezel, Rene Kolin, and Suzanne Bratthauar and numerous volunteers for hosting the annual Christmas Buffet.  Thank you to our teachers, Mrs. Flynn, Mrs. Wenzel. Mrs. McMahon, and Ms. Schroeder for transforming a classroom into a festive dining hall to host the teachers Pre-Christmas Concert Gathering, and thank you to the Parent Student Organization including Maria Anderson, Amanda McIntyre, Stephanie Gurgone, and Debbie Campbell, with assistance from Michelle Tran and Gina Clinnin, for bringing the SJA staff together for a very early morning appreciation breakfast.  Lastly, thank you to parents who gave so generously to the annual Teacher-Staff Holiday Fund.  Your generosity is much appreciated by one and all.

Once again this year, SJA music teacher Mrs. Wherli, did a fine job planning the ever popular Christmas Concert and sparking enthusiasm amongst students for singing.  The energy on the stage was palpable!  I enjoyed hearing some of our middle school students playing a carol on their ukuleles as well as assisting in various other roles during the concert.  Perhaps next year our middle school will join the other grades on stage to perform.

Our recent free dress day to raise funds for Village of Hope in Zambia raised $1,500 for a most worthy cause.  Thank you SJA students.

Thank you for supporting Catholic education,

Michael Sweeney

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