September 25, 2019
A Message From The President
Mr. Freund
SJCA congratulates seniors Val Iaquinta and Michael Pienkos on their recognition in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program!

Over 1.5 million students took the PSAT exam and of those students, approximately 16,000 semi-finalists were named nationwide. Michael Pienkos was named a National Merit Semifinalist and will continue in the competition for National Merit scholarships that will be offered next spring. Michael's PSAT scores were in the top 1% in the nation of high school seniors.

Val Iaquinta was recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar for his academic promise. Based on his PSAT score, Val is in the top 2 to 3% of high school seniors in the nation. Congratulations to these students on receiving these exceptional academic honors.

Today, our entire junior class took the Pre-ACT exam, a fully scored practice ACT that simulates an official ACT exam. Once we obtain their score reports, we will begin to provide dedicated ACT prep for our juniors to help them navigate the official ACT. At SJCA, we understand that ACT scores are just one part of a student's college application; however, early preparation will give every student an advantage on this exam.

Lastly, I want to thank our staff and congratulate our students on a very strong start to the school year. On the whole, student behavior has been exemplary. We had a terrific Homecoming Week, full of fun, laughter and spirit. The Grotto Mass was a notable high point. During the week, I was able to observe so many of our students leading their peers in the classroom, on the field and in the chapel. I anticipate that this positive trend will continue.

Best regards,
Bob Freund
Middle School News
Mr. Rizzo
Dear SJCA Middle School Families,

Our Lancer Value – Spirituality – was our main focus during the month of September. As we close out the month, let us all review our definition of Spirituality: God and Faith are the center of our lives.

A student was once asked what a saint was. The only saints he had ever seen were the saints in the stained glass windows in Church. So he replied very simply, “A saint is someone who lets the light shine through!”

I believe that is the simplest, yet so sincere, definition of a saint. And, his response is the perfect thought of how we can continue to talk with our students about our Lancer Value – Spirituality. We all have the light of Christ within us. We just have to let it shine!



Lower Campus News
Mrs. Santarelli
Greetings SJCA Families,

I recently submitted my entries for the SJCA Annual Auction. Guests of the auction have the option of bidding on any of the following items that are specific to the students and families at the Lower Campus:
  • Best Seats SJCA Christmas Concert - reserved seating at the concert for your family 
  • Best Seats 5th Grade Promotion - reserved seating at the promotion for your family
  • Student Morning Prayer & Announcements for a week at the Lower Campus 
  • Popcorn and a movie with Principal Mrs. Santarelli - entire class popcorn party and a movie 
  • Lunch with Principal - Mrs. Santarelli - (you and three friends)

Lancer Spirit Trophy

SENIORS WIN!!

School spirit was in the air last week as our high school classes competed against each other to win the first ever Lancer Spirit Cup. 

Each class earned spirit points by dressing up on theme days, overall class participation in pep assembly events, and the parade float competition. 

This new tradition has certainly inspired a little friendly competition and a whole lot of Lancer Pride. The seniors were awarded the Lancer Cup during the Homecoming dance. Congratulations, seniors!

Thank you to everyone who made Homecoming Week so special.
Please mark your calendars for the annual All That Glitters is Blue and Gold auction on Saturday, November 9th at 5 p.m. at the Upper Campus. Early Bird tickets are $85 per person until 10/17. After this date, tickets will be $100 per person. Tickets include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, open bar all night, coffee bar, raffles, silent and live auctions.

NEW THIS YEAR IS MOBILE BIDDING! We are excited to bring our guests this fun and easy way to bid. If you don't have a mobile device, no worries! We will have devices for your use at school. We will also have plenty of workers available to answer any questions you may have. Come see for yourself. It's a lot of fun!

Also, please remember to sell your cash raffle auction tickets! There will be 4 winners. Cash prizes are $10,000, $3,000, and two $1,000 prizes. Tickets can be picked up from and returned to the Main Office at either campus. Tickets are also available at The Flair Styling Studio, Mobile One, McTernan Wireless.

For questions regarding the auction, please call Mrs. McTernan, SJCA Development Director, at (262) 654-8651 ext. 115 or email pmcternan@sjcawi.org.
DRESS CODE CLOSET
As a reminder, the dress code closet is open every Monday from 8-9 a.m. at the Upper Campus. Please stop in the Main Office at the Upper Campus to gain access to the Dress Code Closet.

A special shout out to SJCA parent Elisabeth Earnest of Earnest Organizing for her time and talents to making this dream a reality!
Attend, Refer, Win!
One SJCA family will receive a $500 tuition credit for the 2020-2021 school year! Will it be yours?

From now until May 8, 2020, current SJCA families can earn entries into a drawing for a $500 tuition credit for the 2020-2021 school year in the following ways-
  • Attend - Parents who attend an upcoming SJCA Admissions event (Middle School Parent Information Session, High School Night, and Open House) will receive one entry per family for each event they attend.
  • Refer - SJCA families that refer non-SJCA families to attend one of our events or schedule a tour or shadow date will receive one entry for each family that is referred and attends an event.
  • Win - A winner will be selected and announced by the end of June! Tuition credit will be applied in the 2020-2021 school year. Family must be registered for 2020-2021 school year by May 8, 2020 to qualify.

How do families enter? 
For each family that is referred, the current SJCA family should click the link below and fill out the following form. Once a referral attends the event and is confirmed, the family will be entered into the drawing!

What else is there to know? 
  • SJCA staff and their families are not eligible for this drawing. 
  • Referrals must be confirmed by both the SJCA and non-SJCA family. A non-SJCA family may only be referred by one SJCA family. 
  • SJCA families participating in WPCP will be offered an alternative form of credit.
  • Family must be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year no later than May 8, 2020 to receive the tuition credit.
  • Credit is non-transferable.
  • Families who have made referrals over the summer may submit for the contest. Referral information will be validated by the Admissions Office.

How does a family submit a referral?
There will be a link available on the SJCA Website under the Admissions tab.

For questions, please contact Molly or Jen at 262-654-8651 ext. 104 or  admissions@sjcawi.org .
September Family Fun Event

All SJCA families and friends are invited to join us at the J. Crew store at the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets on Sunday, September 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See details below.
Justin Fatica Speaking Engagement Next Week
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019, St. Joseph Catholic Academy is hosting nationally acclaimed Catholic speaker Justin Fatica and his Hard As Nails Ministry. In the morning, Justin will be delivering an inspiring, dynamic message specifically for 7 th and 8 th grade students. In the afternoon, he will speak in depth to our high school students. SJCA is wholly interested in providing these unique for our students to grow closer to God and each other. We know that Justin Fatica’s message will be transformative to both our students and our school.
 
Educators across the country rave about the impact Justin’s ministry has had on their school communities and we are very excited to have him at our school. Justin has been endorsed by numerous priests and bishops, including Bishop Rhoades, of the Diocese of Fort Wayne, IN, who said: “With deep passion, Justin shares this faith, hope, and love with young people, teaching and inspiring them to have a living relationship with the Holy Trinity. Justin Fatica is indeed a new evangelizer, helping others to encounter Christ and the liberating truth of the Gospel.” To learn more about Justin Fatica and his ministry, click here.

Respect Life Cross Installation at St. Anne
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS
Respect Life Cross Installation at St. Anne
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October is Respect Life Month, which calls Catholics " to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. "

Each year, St. Anne parishioners install small crosses in the south lawn, reminding us of the number of abortions that take place each day in the U.S. -- a reminder that all life is a gift from God. Every human being has an infinite dignity and should be protected from conception to natural death. We are called to care and protect the most vulnerable persons in our society--the elderly, the disabled, the unborn children, and their mothers and fathers.

High school students and their families are invited to help with the installation of these crosses on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., which entails some handiwork. This is an excellent opportunity to promote Respect Life month and the the dignity of every person. If you have questions, call the parish office at 262-942-8300. No need to register, just show up at St. Anne, 9091 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (south lawn).