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					                                St. Joan of Arc School
                                 ABERDEEN, MARYLAND
                                 (410) 272-1387
                                 email: school@stjoanarc.org
                                 www.stjoanarc.org

  _____________________________________________________________________January/February, 2007




February Fruit of the Spirit:

It should be our principal business to conquer ourselves and, from day to day, to go on increasing in
strength and perfection. Above all, however, it is necessary for us to strive to conquer our little
temptations…For in this way we shall acquire strength to subdue greater ones. – St. Francis De Sales




                                  SALUTE TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS – JANUARY. 28-FEBRUARY 3, 2007




Theme is "Catholic Schools: the Good News in Education"

The nation’s nearly 8,000 Catholic schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. This
year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: the Good News in Education.”

The theme is one that has been used in past years and was chosen again this year because of its appeal to
Catholic schools and for the strong message it sends to parents and supporters. The logo features an open
book, symbolizing both the Bible and knowledge and underscoring the Christ-centered, religious foundation and
academic excellence of Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools Week is an activity of the National Marketing Campaign for Catholic Schools, a joint project
of NCEA and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Dr. Karen M. Ristau, president of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), said, “Catholic Schools
do good work all year around. But on this week we want to focus everyone’s attention on the fact that
Catholics schools are good news. In addition to learning reading, writing and arithmetic, students also learn
responsibility—and how to become persons of character and integrity.”




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Father William Davis, a priest of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and interim secretary for education at
the USCCB, said “High achievement rates, high retention rates, high moral values and high student and parent
satisfaction are the distinctive marks of a Catholic school. That’s the good news and we want to share it.”




                                   Catholic Schools Week Activities
                         “Catholic Schools: The Good News in Education”
                                   January 28 – February 3, 2007



Monday, January 29                                                          SEEING WITH GOD’S EYES
STUDENT APPRECIATION DAY.
                                                                      Lord, can you fix my eyesight like you did for
Dress Down Day
Students will enjoy a movie and popcorn beginning at 1:00.                            the blind man?
                                                                    I want to see with your eyes those who are teased

Tuesday, January 30                                                            for being different at school.

PASTOR’S DAY                                                        I want to see with your eyes the homeless person
CSW Liturgy – 8:40 A.M. and Open House                                               on a park bench.
Parents are invited to join us in celebration of the liturgy          I want to see with your eyes people from other
beginning at 8:40 A.M. Following the liturgy, parents may visit                     races and cultures.
the classrooms any time throughout the day.                        I want to see more than people who think that being
                                                                       thinner or stronger makes you more lovable.
                                                                    I want to see more than people who look at wealth
Wednesday, January 31                                                     and think that’s what life is all about.
NATIONAL APPRECIATION DAY FOR CATHOLIC                                     Help me to see with your eyes, Lord!
SCHOOLS
                                                                    Blind me to the way the world sees so that I won’t
PRINCIPAL’S DAY
                                                                   give in to judging people on their looks or skin color
                                                                              or possessions or personality.
                                                                   Help me to see, and to love, as you love, Lord – with
Friday, February 2
                                                                     eyes so wide open that they see past the outside
FACULTY DAY
                                                                            and right into the heart of another.
12:00 Dismissal

                                                                  The Catholic Youth Bible
                                                                  (John, Chapter 9)




OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS
January 26 – 9:00 – 11:00AM

              New families interested in St. Joan of Arc for the next school year have been invited to attend
              this Open House on Friday, January 26. Now is a terrific time for each one of us to actively
              promote the wonderful education our students receive at SJA. If you know of anyone who
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might be interested in St. Joan of Arc for their child, please invite them to come. Or, you may choose to
bring a friend or neighbor with you for the Parent Day Open House on Tuesday, January 30. Remember:
Increased enrollment = Affordable tuition for all. Remember too that any family that brings a new
family into the school will earn a $250 tuition credit.



We would like to remind our current families that we will begin processing new student applications during
Catholic Schools Week, January 29-February 2, 2007. Openings will be filled from these applications. If your
child(ren) will be returning for the next school year and you have not re-registered them, we cannot guarantee
them a spot after February 2. Please call the school office if you have any questions, or if you are uncertain
whether or not you have paid the re-registration fee. The fee is now $150.00 per student.




THANK YOU

The faculty and staff would like to thank everyone for your generosity this past Christmas season. All your
wonderful thoughts, cards and gifts were most appreciated.

Food Drive
Thank you also for your generous food donations to this year’s “Helping Hands” Outreach and
the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. With your help, Christmas baskets of food and gifts were delivered to
many needy families both in and around our parish community.




BAKE SALES

Thank you students and parents for the great job you’ve been doing with the monthly bake sales.

     The 6th grade students sponsored the December bake sale and raised an unbelievable $171.85 for the
           school. Fifth grade students sponsored the January bake sale and they also did a fantastic job
           and raised $129.45.

Thanks to all of our students for supporting the sales and a very special thank you to our parent volunteers for
the wonderful job they do each month. Without them, there would be no bake sales.




KNOTT SCHOLARSHIPS

Knott Scholarship information for qualifying students in grades 4 and 8 was made available in the November
newsletter. Please remember the deadlines when applying for the scholarship:

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE IS FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007. Applications arriving after this date will not
be reviewed regardless of the reason for delay.

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To provide ample time for processing and to meet the above deadline, please submit all applications to SJA
school office at least 10 days prior to deadline dates. Proof of high school acceptance (secondary scholarship)
will be required when completed scholarship application is submitted to Knott office.

The Knott office will not accept any late applications. Please call the school office if you have any
questions.



LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING

A New Friendship is Born

SJA students and faculty are getting to know students of Mary Mother of Good
Counsel School in Accra, Ghana. Good Counsel School opened its doors in 1998
with just 49 students and has grown to over 600 students, ages five to thirteen. Run by headmistress, Sr.
Paula the school has 28 teachers including three nuns.

St. Joan of Arc parishioner and cantor, Sabina Acquah is originally from Ghana and still has family living there.
Sabina was influential in choosing Good Counsel as a school that our students could reach out to and hopefully
form a special relationship with.

The students are beginning to build relationships through letter writing and sharing. Although Good Counsel
does not consider itself one of the poorer schools in Ghana, they do have needs that include math and reading
workbooks, science equipment, globes and library books. On a recent trip home to Ghana at Thanksgiving time,
Sabina was gracious enough to deliver a gift of books from St. Joan’s. We will also be sending several globes in
the near future and will also be exchanging valentines.

It is our hope to continue this friendship through pen-pal letters so that students from both schools may learn
about each others cultures and everyday life. We will be updating you as the program develops.




                  The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA)
                  Annual Convention – Baltimore, MD
                  Anchor of Faith / Harbor of Light
                  April 10-13, 2007

                   The NCEA is an organization of national and international Catholic school administrators and
                   educators. Each year, NCEA holds their annual convention in a different city in the United
States. Atlanta, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Boston are just a few of the
cities that have played host to the convention. The spring of 2000 was the last time NCEA staged their
convention in Baltimore. The Archdiocese of Baltimore is pleased to be hosting the 2007 convention,
“Anchor of Faith, Harbor of Light” and expects to draw an attendance of 12,000 – 15,000.

All of our teachers will be participating in this convention during the Easter vacation. For more detailed
information regarding the convention, visit the Archdiocese of Baltimore website at www.archbalt.org.
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PRAYERS FOR OUR SOLDIERS

As always, we continue to pray for all of our family members, relatives and friends who are serving in the
Armed Forces. We think about them and pray for them each and every day that they will return home to their
loved ones safe and unharmed. We ask God to bless them for all that they do to preserve our freedom.

If you have a loved one in the military whom you would like us to pray for, please send us his/her name and a
photo if you like. We will post them on our Veteran’s bulletin board located in the downstairs hallway.




CONGRATULATIONS

We would like to congratulate 6th grade student, Brianna Glase who won Honorable Mention in
the Harford County Reading Council’s 26th annual writing contest. The contest was open to
all students in grades K-12 throughout Harford County. A 1st Place winner and an honorable
mention were selected from each grade level. Brianna received a gift certificate for her
winning entry, a fantasy about a girl who meets a fairy. Brianna will be honored along with
other winners at a reception to be held in February. Congratulations, Brianna. We are very proud of you.

Congratulations also to 5th grade student, Katherine Flanigan and 4th grade student, Madison Collins who were
both 1st Place Winners in the St. Francis Day Poster Contest that was sponsored by Archbishop Curley High
School.

Our congratulations to 7th grade student, Maggie Cassidy who was awarded 2nd Honors for the 1st Trimester.
Our apology to Maggie, as her name was not included on the Honor Roll list.



NEW LITTLE ANGELS

Congratulations to Christian Shibata (Gr. 2) and to his proud parents, on the arrival of little
Alaina Rose Ramirez. Alaina entered the world four weeks early on December 13. She weighed
4lbs 9 oz and was 18 inches long. What a wonderful Christmas present and a timely tax
deduction. Congratulations!

We would also like to congratulate 5th grade student, Miles Slentz who has a new baby brother. Little Eli
Slentz was born January 15th and weighed 9lbs 10 oz. Congratulations to the Slentz Family!



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

            Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee
             sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

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Middle School students participated in the school level of competition on January 10 and 11th. The finalists
were:

Grade 6 – Gina Auth and Abby Wright

Grade 7 – Tabitha Bowers, ** , Annie Kotlar and Joe Maclay

Grade 8 - Efe Abugo,** , Sam Hopkins, Hanna Streett and Alex Watson.

When the finalist competition ended, 8th grade student, Alex Watson emerged as champion. Alex will take a
written exam to qualify for the state level of competition to be held March 30. State winners are then invited
to compete in the national finals held in Washington, D. C. on May 22-23.

Good luck. Alex.

** Names withheld by parent request

FROM MRS. TARLETON

          Handbells
          Starting February 6th at 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. any student in grades 4 – 8 interested in playing Handbells
          is invited to come. Handbells will be held in the music room. Please check with Mrs. Tarleton for a
          permission slip.

Chorus
Chorus will once again be meeting every Thursday from 3:00 – 3:45 p.m. in the music room
beginning February 8. Students in grades 3 -5 are invited to join. I look forward to seeing
returning students as well as anyone else who would like to sing. If you are going to be a new
member, please see Mrs. Tarleton for a permission slip.




FROM MRS. AMATO – Art Club

Art Club will be beginning on Monday, Feb. 12 and run through May 21, from 3:00 to 4:15. The
club is open to any student, grade 5-8, who is interested. There will be a $15.00 fee to join.
The club is limited to 20 students. Therefore, students will be registered when money and
permission slips are returned. Please ask Mrs. Amato for permission slips.



FACULTY DRESS-DOWN FRIDAYS

               We are very happy to report that proceeds ($250.00) from Faculty Dress-down Fridays were
               used to purchase toys for Toys for Tots this Christmas. Thanks to our faculty and staff who
               helped make this Christmas a happy time for so many children.

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PAST DUE ACCOUNTS

This is a friendly reminder to any family whose account may be in arrears. Progress reports are scheduled for
Friday, February 23. In accordance with Archdiocesan Policy, the school does reserve the right to withhold all
interim reports, progress reports, diplomas and/or student transcripts until all payments are made in full.
Parent Access to PowerSchool will also be withheld until such time that payment is made. If you have any
questions regarding your account, please do not hesitate to contact the school office as soon as possible.



SERVICE HOURS

Can you believe how quickly the school year is passing? We would like to remind parents that by this time you
should have fulfilled at least half of the required 20 service hours. Remember that is your responsibility to
be sure that your hours are being recorded properly. You can check your total hours by stopping by the office
and reviewing the tabulated hours in the back of the volunteer sign-in book.




FEBRUARY EVENTS - (See calendar for complete listing)

Thursday, February 8
Parents are encouraged to attend a Finance/Tuition Meeting that will be held from 7:00 – 8:00 P.M. in the
church hall. The main topic of discussion will be the 2007-08 tuition rates. We hope to see all of you there.

Wednesday, February 14
St. Valentine’s Day                                                Q. What kind of flowers do you never give
                                                                   on Valentine's Day?
Friday, February 16                                                A. Cauliflowers!
NO SCHOOL
TEACHER IN-SERVICE

Monday, February 19
NO SCHOOL
PRESIDENTS’ DAY

Wednesday, February 21
Ash Wednesday
Parents are invited to join us in the celebration of the liturgy at 10:30 A.M.
Regular school uniform is required

Officer Phil Safety Program – 9:00 A.M.

Friday, February 23
2nd Trimester Progress Reports


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Friday, February 23
Stations of the Cross – Gr. K, 1
Classes will alternate each Friday during Lent for Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 24 – 6:00 P.M.
NIGHT AT THE RACES – St. Patrick Church Hall, Havre de Grace
You won’t want to miss this fun-filled evening. Information has been sent home about the event which will
include 10 Races, Silent Auction, Putting Green, Money Wheel, Dessert Wheel and more. Get your tickets
before they are all sold out.




PRINCIPAL’S STAR STUDENTS FOR DECEMBER/JANUARY
** Name withheld by parent request
                                                           Grade 4
Kindergarten                                               Bella Ianniello, Courtney Lozzi, Juan Cajigas, Abby
Cullen Breen, A.J. Ianniello, Abby Andrews, Annie          Webster, Dylan Hopkins, Lia Paolucci, Will Smith,
Iorio, Jacob Burdette, Meaghan Elsner, Honey               Danny Forbes and Michele Katz
Brown, Callie Vargo, Nicholas Kellagher, Amiri
Holder, Ethan Piercy, Kyra Confer, Mackenzie               Grade 5
Dean, Tucker Ray, and Julien Burger                        Katie Culbertson, Colin Maclay, Rachael Tubbs,
                                                           Travis Hodge and Emily Streett
Grade 1
Natasha Multani, ** , GraceAnne Clark, Lucinda             Grade 6
Shannon, Daniel Hersey, and Brandon Tenaglia               Morgan Levush, Will Cottone and Brooke Thompson

Grade 2                                                    Grade 7
Christian Shibata, Brogan Gerhart, Edward Benner,          Amandine Sicard, Joe Cascio, Alli Denu, John
Anna Smith, Julianna Richard, Winter Brown, Eryn           Biondo, and Marissa Bennett
Roach, and **
                                                           Grade 8
Grade 3                                                    Kaitlin Maclay, Brittney Lozzi, Darlene Ney, Sean
Mason Adams, Matt Lozinak, Maheer Multani, Maria           Mauro, Olivia Beard, Julia Earnshaw and Sarah
Auth, Celia Hevesy, Meghan Kocur, Kristen Flanigan,        Driver
and Erikka Osborne




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