Letter From Mrs. Reyes
April 22, 2020
Dear Parents,

Today we celebrate Earth Day! It is a special day to honor and celebrate God’s beautiful creation. It is also a day to remind us of the great responsibility we have to take care of the Earth. This time of sheltering in place has allowed us to see just exactly how much impact we have on the earth and its resources. Hopefully as we return to life as usual we will remember these lessons and make changes that will affect the earth for the better.

As we continue with remote learning for the remainder of the year we will follow the school calendar. On Friday, May 1st, the students will be off school for a teacher professional development day. The students can use this day to catch up on their assignments or take time to relax. Following the calendar the last day of class for our 8th graders will be on May 29th and for the rest of the school the last day will be June 5th. There are many wonderful celebrations that take place in May as well. We are looking at virtual ways to still have these celebrations and will keep you updated with when these will take place.

We recognize that for our 8th-grade students not being at school is particularly challenging. We are thinking of creative ways that we can celebrate our wonderful 8th graders. One of the ways is to give them special “shout-outs.” Every week we will be honoring a few of our eight grade students in our Wednesday Round-up. We are so proud of the remarkable young men and women the eighth graders have become and we want to celebrate them as a school community. This week we are featuring Camden, Deirdre and Brud. Please see below my letter for their “shout-outs.” As you can see from their own words and our teachers’ words they really explemfily what it means to be a graduate of The Academy.

Every morning at The Academy we started our day together with prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. We will be doing this every Tuesday morning as a way to still come together as a community and pray. We will be sending out a link to the video and we are asking that all students join us on Tuesday mornings to begin the school day with prayer and the pledge along with any announcements. 

The faculty and Board of the Academy are grateful to our families for the support you provide your students and us. We know it has been an adjustment to have the children learning remotely and appreciate your role in making this possible. It is our prayer that God will guide us through these difficult moments with grace, love and health. 
 
Sincerely,
Kristina Reyes

A poem by Catherine (Kitty) O’Meara, a retired teacher from Madison, Wisconsin/March 2020
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And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.
Moira Carlson (Academy parent) has graciously offered to teach FREE Yoga Classes via ZOOM

Classes will be held each Tuesday starting next week 4/28 - RSVP required & space is limited.

PS - K 12:30 - 1:00pm 12 spaces/week
1st - 5th 1:30 - 2:00 pm 20 spaces/week

This will be 5 week series (RSVP one week at a time) based on the Earth elements and focused on staying connected to ourselves & connected to the Earth. Kids really love the one on Fire! It's so fun to have themes!
Zoom links will be emailed early next week.

Saints Diner Update
With the announcement that we will not resume in school classes, we will begin processing refunds for any Saints' Diner lunches that have been missed.
Cinco de Mayo Sign Up Party
To Be Rescheduled
We appreciate your patience as we sort through the pending activities.
We will be rescheduling this event for later in the year. Once a date has been determined, we will be in contact with those who registered for these events
8th Grade Shout Outs
This week we salute
Camden
Deirdre
Brud
“ I started school at Saint Joan of arc in preschool. By the end of the year I had some solid friends. Ever since the day the Academy opened, I have been challenged at school, I've had teachers and staff that support me, and I've learned that for good grades it takes hard work. having fun, but staying disciplined. The Academy has made me a better person educationally and socially. The ASJA/SJA have shaped me to be who I am today. And I am so grateful for that. “
Camden Ey

“Camden is a very bright student. He gives very thoughtful answers to questions in my class. He seems to have an understanding of things that is very advanced for people his age.”
Mr. Payne
"This past year has been awesome. Though it has been stressful, we have learned a lot more and are prepared for high school. I like the new curriculum too. Since the 2020 class is missing the last few months of the year it is nice that the teachers are coming together and giving us the same traditions as years before.”
Deirdre Dettling

“ Deirdre is a student who shows compassion to all of her classmates and peers. She is always that shoulder for everyone to lean on and her positive outlook is inspiring to all. She is a determined student who strives to be her best. Her creativity shines in her work.”
Mrs. Buis
"ASJA/SJA means so much to me and my family. I have been going to St.Joan of Arc since preschool, and the students, their families, the teachers and staff are like a second family to me. My most memorable experience at ASJA/SJA was going to Washington D.C this year. I will miss going to school next year with my classmates.”
Brud Delaney
“ Brud is such a talented and skilled hockey player. He shows teamwork both on and off the ice, always giving it his all. His witty jokes and humor always brighten the classroom.”
Mrs. Bui s

⚜️ Saints in Service to Others ⚜️

Gianna and Chloe have been taking sewing class for over a year together, Gianna even longer. They had never sewn a mask though and taught themselves with the help of you tube videos. In addition to all the masks they made for friends and family by request with their own materials, they have made several masks with the help of materials from their sewing shop for Lurie Children’s outpatients and for Miseracordia.

Thank you to all the genorous friends and families who insisted they accept donations.They decided to donate the money to help Hawkeye's Bar and Grill  deliver meals to healthcare workers at  John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. Hawkeyes is owned by family friends. The girls knew they have been delivering food 1-2x per day since this all this started to hospitals, fire and police. So awesome they were able to turn their hobby into providing essential masks.


Thank you for making us #saintsproud

Ms. Kim's Earth Day Ice Cream Cone Challenge
Kids vs. Plastic
Plastic water bottles, straws, and bags might be part of your everyday life. But that  single-use plastic  doesn't disappear when you're done with it: Most ends up in the ocean, where it can  entangle animals or make them sick . But you can help solve this problem.


4th grade takes on the Earth Day Poster Project

Ms. Peter's 2nd Graders finish their unit on Earth Day by acknowledging they can be World Changers .
In the coming weeks we will continue to dedicate this space to pictures of The Academy students making the best of our alternate learning
Jumping for Joy
Spring Break Road Trip to Mount Rushmore
Earth Day Planting

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