Saint Joseph Academy Weekly News

February 4, 2022
Important Dates
Monday, February 7
Rescheduled date: Go Red for Women Day, Wear red tops and/or accessories (students required to wear uniform skirt/khakis)

Tuesday, February 8
Ski & Snowboard Club, Brandywine, 3:15-9 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9
Winter Pep Rally, Academy Center, 10:15 a.m.

Early Dismissal, 2:30 p.m.

Rescheduled: Senior
Parent/Guardian Meeting,
Academy Center, 7 p.m.

Friday, February 11
U.S./Mexico Border Immersion-Cleveland Day Field Trip
Tuesday, February 15
Writing Retreat, St. Leonard Youth Retreat Center

Wednesday, February 16
Model UN Conference,
St. Edward High School

Thursday, February 17
AP Biology & AP Chemistry Field Trip, Lusso Cosmetics

Model UN Conference,
St. Edward High School

Friday, February 18
Class of 2022 Field Trip,
The Cleveland Orchestra, 
Severance Hall

Model UN Conference,
St. Edward High School

Sophomore Mixer, Academy Center, 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 19
Father/Daughter Dance,
Brennan's Party Center,
13000 Triskett Road, register here
Catholic Schools Week Celebration & Teacher Service Awards
Catholic Schools Week was an opportunity for reflection and celebration. We expressed gratitude for our founders, the Sisters of St. Joseph whose vision made possible the gift of Catholic high school education for the young women who attend Saint Joseph Academy. There were various tokens of appreciation shared with members of our community. Students, faculty and staff also shared shout-outs throughout the week to acknowledge each other's gifts. Due to the inclement weather, some activities are postponed until next week.

During an all-school Mass, the teachers listed below were recognized for their dedicated years of service in the Cleveland Diocese.
20 Years:
  • Ms. Terise Janca '93
  • Mrs. Val Sanfilippo P'13
  • Mrs. Tammy Sparks
  • Mrs. Becky Synk P'22

15 Years:
  • Mrs. Becky McNulty '96
  • Mrs. Brenda Ziebart
10 Years:
  • Miss Kathleen Cooper

5 Years:
  • Mrs. Kristen Barrett (Schuler)
  • Mr. Jon Pelegano
New Calendar Makes Service Registration Easy
The CORE Ministry Department just launched a service calendar to make it easier for students to view the specific opportunities for each day of the month. Students can use this link to find opportunities that interest them in addition to information on how to sign up. The calendar will be updated frequently so students should check often. 

Parents and students can also click the "CORE Ministry" link at the top of each week's newsletter (under the header photo) to see the upcoming service events or bookmark the web page.
Special Schedule: Wednesday, February 23
The annual Women’s Leadership Symposium will be held on campus, Wednesday, February 23 for 9th and 10th graders. Other grades will be off-campus. 11th graders will participate in Junior Professional Shadowing while 12th graders will focus on college preparation.

More details are forthcoming but please note that this day is not an early release day.
Parent/Guardian Webinar Provides Teen Relationship Building Tips
Last Wednesday, Hannah Siy ‘22 was one of three student panelists in the online discussion, Helping Kids Build Relationships in Our Digitally Connected Lives” led by tween/teen experts and authors Lisa Damour, Ph.D. and Cara Natterson, MD. The segment focused on the pros and cons of social media's impact on the mental health of young kids and their relationships.

The discussion was produced by Conversations with Common Sense, a non-profit organization known for providing tips and recommendations for digital well-being. To watch the webinar, click here. More information about Common Sense Media and its resources for parents/guardians navigating the digital world can be found here. 

"Celebrate the Academy" Organizers Seeking Gift Card Donations
Please join us for our annual “Celebrate the Academy” gala, A World of Opportunity on Saturday, February 26, 2022, 6 p.m. This special evening helps support important student tuition assistance initiatives.

We are collecting fabulous items for the silent auction and would greatly appreciate your help! Please consider donating new or unused gift cards of any value (usually $25 and under) for restaurants, Amazon, movie theaters, sporting goods stores, etc. to be used in our silent auction! Tickets to sporting events, rounds of golf or certificates for spa days or massages are also greatly appreciated!

Registration for Summer Programs Now Open!
Summer Adventures Await at the Academy starting June 13! Our summer programs empower girls entering grades 3-9 to enhance their skills or explore new ones in an all-girls environment. Whether their interests are sports, yoga, inventing, cooking, STEAM or health sciences, campers will have fun learning from our talented facilitators, coaches and current students.

Saint Joseph Academy is Hiring
Are you or someone you know looking for a new opportunity? The Academy has a range of positions available from full-time staff and faculty to part-time support staff. Encourage your family and friends to explore these opportunities by clicking here. Those interested should apply online. No phone calls, please.
Spotlight: Rachel Garlock '24
Accomplishments: When asked which of her many accomplishments and activities are most significant to her, Rachel expressed how much it has meant to serve on the Sophomore Class Leadership Team this year. In this role, she has enjoyed working with others to plan events that bring people together and create opportunities for her classmates to connect with one another. Although everyone has been impacted by the pandemic, the Class of 2024 faced unique challenges to building relationships and adjusting to high school as they started their first year in a hybrid (and then remote) learning environment in which many clubs, activities and traditions were suspended. 

“It can be difficult to plan and get people involved when they haven’t experienced some of these activities and traditions,” Rachel said. “But it is really gratifying when something goes well and you see people having a good time and connecting with each other.” She believes that the many different opportunities to connect and build relationships are what makes SJA such a special place: “Whether it is through clubs or sports or classes or just walking down the hall with someone, the dynamics of the school encourage getting to know the people around you.” 

Interests and Activities: Rachel is a member of the Cross-Country team, Swim team and Crew team, and is on the leadership team of the Ultimate Fan Club. She regularly volunteers with Youth Challenge, where she has been recognized as their Volunteer of the Week. She works as an intern in the Admissions department at SJA, is a writer for the Jaguar Beat, and serves at school masses. When she is not busy with school, sports, and other activities, Rachel enjoys time with her two chocolate labs, Reese and Mocha
Swimming & Diving Honors Seniors
At last Saturday’s meet against Magnificat High School at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium, the Swimming and Diving team honored its Senior athletes: Emma Claire Lambert-Shemo, Lyanna Tran and Jillian Wilde. Despite strong performances by its swimmers, the Jaguars fell to the Blue Streaks.

Gymnastics Places First at Senior Night Meet
Saint Joseph Academy was proud to honor our gymnastics Seniors Abbie Harden and Abby Synk on Sunday, January 30. Both Abbie and Abby have been members of the gymnastics team for all 4 years of high school and have been integral parts of continuing the gymnastics program created by their predecessors.

Written By: Head Coach Ms. Darcy Ranallo
Varsity Basketball Earns Win at Laurel
Wednesday evening brought some crazy basketball to go with the crazy weather forecast. Laurel and SJA were originally scheduled to tipoff at 6:30 p.m., but the impending snow storm bumped the game to 5:30 p.m., and the adjustments were only just beginning.

Written By: Head Coach Mrs. Karen Swanson Haan
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