Volume 21- February 9, 2018.
"Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us."
2/14 Ash Wednesday Mass, at 9:15 am,
Grades 1st - 8th
2/14 Ash Wednesday Prayer Service for Pre-K and Kindergarten at 10:35 am
2/15 Class Group Pictures
Teachers Professional Day
Presidents’ Day
2/20 Stations of the Cross, at 2:00 pm, in Church
2/21 Open House – 8:30 am - 10:30 am
2/26 Vision and Hearing Screenings
2/26-3/2 Grade 2 CogAT Testing
2/27 Stations of the Cross, at 2:00 pm, in Church
2/28 Grade 7 Retreat
3/5-3/16 Grades 2-8 IOWA Assessment
3/6 Stations of the Cross, at 2:00 pm, in Church
3/12 Grades 3-5 Confessions, at
9:30 am, in Church   
3/13 Grades 6-8 Confessions at 9:30 am in Church               
3/13 Stations of the Cross, at 2:00 pm, in Church
3/16 St. Patrick’s Day Programs:  Grades KA – 5A at 8:15 am    
Pre-K4A, Pre- 4B and Grades KB, 1B, 1C - 5B, at 9:30 am
3/19-23 NO SCHOOL Spring Break
3/26 Stations of the Cross-Grades K – 2, at 8:45 am, in Mercy Center
3/27 Stations of the Cross-Grades 7 & 8, at 8:25 am, in Mercy Center
Grades 3 – 5 at 9:30 am
3/28 Science Fair 8:00 am–3:00 pm
As stated in the 2017-18 Parent/Student Handbook (page 10), every parent is required to volunteer a minimum of
10 service hours, per family, for the school year. Failure to do so will result in a $100.00 charge to your account for each hour not completed.
Below you will find a form explaining on how to log in your
Service Hours in REN WEB.
Thank you for your much valued help.
Protocol for
Conference Request

I f you have a concern, please contact the teacher and then if further discussion is needed, contact the main office to request to speak with the assistant principal. If the issue is still not resolved, request a meeting with the principal via the main office.

Thank you!

At this time you have received your form to order the Class Group Pictures. ORDERS ARE ONLINE ONLY
ID code
Please send the form with your order to the homeroom teacher prior to this date. Pictures will be distributed to the students who have placed their order online ONLY.
Thank you!
The St. Joan of Arc cheerleaders participated in their first competition in over 10 years this past weekend at Cardinal Newman High School. 
The girls practiced and gave it their all for their dance, cheers, and
incredible stunt! 
Our cheerleaders were able to dance and bond with other squads from around our Diocese. 
We could not be more proud
of these girls. Go Gators!
A special thank you to Mrs. Downing for coaching the girls.
Student Dismissal Policy

Early dismissal for students can be very disruptive to the class. Early Dismissals are requested to be scheduled at the beginning of the last period.
No student will be dismissed between 2:00 pm and 2:45 pm.
Please refer to the Parent/Student Handbook, page 15.
Thank you.

Parents, as soon as your child is dismissed, PLEASE supervise your child closely. We are concerned that some students are running near the parking lot, in front of the church, and in the Butterfly Garden in front of the church. Thank you for your cooperation as your child's
safety comes first.

Our Annual Family Faith and Fun Day will take place on April 21st, 2018 on the St. Joan of Arc Campus. Please mark this date on your calendars. 
This event is fun for the entire family. Please go to the end of the newsletter to see the form with all the information about sponsors needed. Thank you.

The Special Projects Office is collecting any baskets that you may want to recycle. We would like to use them for our
Auction in December. 
Thank you again for your help and wish all our school families a blessed New Year. 
Spelling Bee-
Geography Bee Dates

2018 Spelling Bees
1st/2nd - 4/17 at 12:30 pm 
3rd/4th - 4/3 at 12:30 pm

2018 Geography Bees
3rd/ 4th - 5/10
St. Joan of Arc is looking for a JV and Varsity girls volleyball coach for the 2018/2019 season. 
The season takes place on Mondays through Thursdays,
lasts 7 weeks, and begins
the last week in August. 
Practices after school until 5:00 pm and
games are on and off campus
until 6:00 pm.
Coaches will be required to be fingerprinted, Virtus trained,
and have CPR.
Please contact Coach Martorana at martorana_gina@stjoan.org
Thank you!
Cub Scout Corner
St. Joan of Arc’s Pack 323 Cub Scouts have been keeping busy during the first half of this school year. This past fall, they participated in the annual Scouting for Food event held on the first two Saturdays in November. 
Their good turn daily consisted of hanging door hangers with bags on the first Saturday of the event. 
The Scouts followed this up by collecting the bags filled with food for the needy one week later. 
Scouting for Food started in 1988 as a national Good Turn event, allowing Scouting to do something huge to help America. It has taken place every year and collected millions of pounds of food to help the needy. 
In January, Pack 323 Cub Scouts geared up for their annual Pinewood Derby. Pinewood Derby events have been a part of Cub Scouting since 1955. The competition was fierce, the trophies, driver’s licenses, and medals were generous, and our Scouts displayed amazing sportsmanship and demonstrated many aspects of the Scout Law including being friendly, courteous, kind, and of course, cheerful. This month, Pack 323 participated in an Overnight Adventure at Kennedy Space Center. The Scouts and their families enjoyed an
after-hours tour of the facility, met with an astronaut, and slept underneath the Space Shuttle Atlantis. What a wonderful way to generate interest in STEM related academics all while having great fun with friends and family. Way to go Scouts!
Remaining Virtus Training Date for 2017-2018

Wednesday, April 4th
in New Mercy Center at 8:30 am

You must attend any of these sessions in order to volunteer at the school.
Spaces are limited, so please register online at www.virtusonline.org.
Registration is mandatory in order to receive credit for attendance.
This session is for adults only and there is no babysitting available. Participants must arrive on time! If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will be asked to attend another session.
Please contact Miss Bryant at bryant_valerie@stjoan.org 
with any questions.
SJA Gives Back!
Children in Nicaragua using donated SJA uniforms that we no longer use.

SJA is organizing another collection of used old uniforms, P.E. uniforms that are too small for your child, and used shoes in good condition to help children in Nicaragua.
The deadline to bring them in
is Friday, February 23rd.

Thank you for always helping the needy families!
Attention all middle school parents!
 Save the date for the next Hunger Project (formerly referred to as Youth vs. Hunger)
on April 28th, at 10:00 am, in the Sports Arena. We need student volunteers to help package food for people in Puerto Rico.
A registration form will be going out soon with more information. If you have any questions, please contact Miss Bryant at bryant_valerie@stjoan.org

Pint Size Pottery Club 2018

Pottery butterflies, snakes, and hearts
If you are running late to pick up your child from school, a club, a sport or extra help, your child cannot be left in the office for late pick up.
Please be advised he/she will be sent to extended care. Refer to the handbook for the daily charge.
Thank you.
Please be aware that when your child is late due to a doctor's appointment,
he/ she needs to bring a note to be able to get an excused tardy slip.
Thank you.
Attention 8th-grade parents!
If your child is taking Algebra I Honors
or FLVS Geometry, they have to take the EOC Exam to receive high school credit if they are going to a  
public high school. 
These exams are not administered at SJA.
 Save the date for the upcoming EOC exams given by Palm Beach County on: 
April 16–May 18, 2018 
and July 9–20, 2018 
More information will be given in the next 8th-grade newsletter.
Registration is not yet open for the spring or summer administration of the EOC exam.

Lunch Duty (inside)
10:45 am – 12:00 noon

2/12 Mercy Carrillo
2/13 Barbara Sozio
2/15 John Weaver
  Recess Duty (Playground)
                     10:10 am – 10:50 am 

2/15 John Weaver

If any parents/guardian is interested in volunteering for lunch duty or playground duty, please contact the school office at 561-392-7974.

Thank you to all the additional volunteers!
SLA Management Account Balances
Parents, please ensure a continued strong partnership with SLA Management by paying any outstanding balances ASAP. 
Thank you for your cooperation.

The Diocese of Palm Beach, has implemented this security system to all the schools in our Diocese, for visitors, volunteers and contractors/vendors to utilize.
Parent volunteer should wear BOTH thei r:
1) St. Joan ID badge lanyard and
2) the Raptor system lanyard.
Parent volunteers, visitors and contractors/vendors need to sign-in via Raptor system, located in the main office.
Parents who are volunteering will need their driver’s license.
Parent volunteers must wear the additional lanyard that says “volunteer” attached to the clear sleeve that has his/her Raptor sticker in it when volunteering at the school.
   Thank you.

There are many parent badges in the office ready for pickup.
If you do not have your badge,
please stop by to pick it up.
If you have not ordered your badge,
please follow these simple instructions
to get your badge.
Ergotron iPad Lock Boxes
The Ergotron Lock boxes give SJA the ability to lock, charge and secure 16 iPads at a time.
SJA has deployed lock boxes in most of our classrooms. We are in need of three more.
We are asking for your contribution to
purchase them.
The price for each one is $ 3,700.00.
 The 2017-2018 goal is to be 1:1 iPads 1st through 8th grade and a class set in the Media Center. 
With your help, we can achieve this goal. 
We have the iPad's, we need to lock boxes to securely deploy them.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!
Please contact Mr. Hirsh, at hirsh_seth@stjoan.org , if you would like to make a tax deductible donation.