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Weekly Update Jan. 27th to Jan. 31st

Grade 7 Parents:

Confirmation Retreat – Sunday, January 26th, 5-7 pm @ St. Matthew Parish

Confirmation Rehearsal – Thursday, January 30th, 9:30-11:00 am @ St. Matthew Parish

Confirmation – Saturday, February 1st, 11:00 am @ St. Matthew Parish


On Friday, January 31st, 2020, there are no classes for students.

Catholic School Council:

Our meeting will be held on Monday, February 3rd @ 6:30 pm.

Little Jammers:

Lunchtime Beginner Guitar Program (Grades 1-6) Little Jammerz Guitar Program is coming to St Joan Of Arc Catholic Elementary School. Students will learn to play notes and chords on the guitar. We develop strumming techniques and learn to play pop songs.

There is an optional $20 guitar rental fee for students who do not have their own guitar. Students take the rental guitar home and bring it back each week for their lesson. (it comes with a small backpack carrying case)

This program consists of 8 lessons, which run once per week at St Joan Of Arc Catholic Elementary School
Dates: Wednesdays from February 26th to April 22, 2020 (No class March 18) Lunchtime
$90 + $20 (guitar rental fee optional) = $110

To Register: Please complete the yellow form that were sent home and return it to the St Joan Of Arc Catholic Elementary School Office. Please include a cheque payable to Little Jammerz. You can also Register and Pay Online at

Mental Health Tip of the Month – January 2020:

Parent Tip: How to talk with your child when you feel concerned that they may be struggling with a mental health concern:

It can be challenging to talk about mental health. Sometimes parents, like others, avoid the conversation because they don’t know how to start or they worry that they might put thoughts into their child’s head that had not been there, and will therefore, make things worse. Research tells us that this is not the case. Bringing up worries, concerns, changes in behaviour etc. with your child will open the lines of communication rather than worsen the situation.

Here are some tips to help you talk to your child about mental health:

  • Find a quiet time when you are unlikely to have interruptions to begin the conversation.
  • Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you will not get angry with them (even if you get scared).
  • Start the conversation with describing changes you have noticed in their mood, behaviour, reactions etc. e.g., “I have noticed that you seem to be crying more.” If you have had conversations with your child’s teacher about concerns, include comments from the teacher’s observations.
  • Share that you “wonder” about how your child might be feeling, what they might be thinking, what they might be worried about etc. e.g., “I wonder if you’re feeling sad about losing your friendship with Sam.”
  • Allow your child time to reflect before they answer.
  • Stay calm and don’t abandon the conversation if your child responds with “Nothing is wrong……leave me alone”. If this happens, reassure your child that you are there for them. Give your child some time and then try again.
  • If your child tells you anything that makes you worried (e.g., thoughts of suicide, overwhelming anxiety, self-injurious behaviour like cutting) reassure your child that you are glad they told you and you will help them find the right professional to talk to, and you will be there for them throughout the journey.

Please see for more information.

Yours in Faith and Learning,

Mr. N. Laratta and Mrs. M. Pitt

Upcoming Events:

Gr. 7 Confirmation Retreat @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Holocaust Memorial Day
Jan 27 all day
Pizza Day
Jan 27 @ 11:40 am – 12:40 pm
ARC’s Assembly
Jan 28 @ 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Gr. 7 Confirmation Rehearsal @ St. Matthew Parish
Jan 30 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am
PA Day — No School for Students
Jan 31 all day
Gr. 7 Confirmation @ St. Matthew Parish
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pizza Day
Feb 3 @ 11:40 am – 12:40 pm
Catholic School Council
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
OECTA JOB ACTION — No School For Students
Feb 4 all day
Black History Month Presentation – by Inspiration Republic @ St. Joan of Arc - Gym
Feb 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Joel David Witton

Co-Founder, Speaker, Facilitator

Joel grew up in a large family, with 5 siblings and various pets throughout the years, ranging from dogs, cats, and rodents, to a talking budgie. There was even a few week stint with some baby raccoons (Don’t ask). Joel is an inspirational speaker and mental health advocate, who is passionate about breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. He can relate to the struggles that youth are facing, as he has faced his own battles with mental illness growing up.

His heart is to educate and help equip young people to overcome the challenges they are facing in their personal lives and to inspire them to live for a purpose greater than themselves. Over the past 16 years, Joel has worked with youth in various capacities, including coaching and mentoring and founded multiple youth centres and school groups.

Joel has been a guest speaker for many groups ranging from primary school right up through university. He has acted as keynote speaker for a number of youth & young adult weekend retreats, and also enjoys speaking to shelters and non-profit organizations. For the past two years he has been actively presenting in the Peel Catholic School Board.

Germaine Ransome

Co-Founder, Speaker, Facilitator

Germaine is happily married to his wife and best friend Debbie of four years. Germaine has been speaking in Schools across the Greater Toronto area for over 10 years. His presentations are fun, dynamic and thought- provoking. He was previously the Director of Education for an independent media company, with whom he wrote and directed several high school performances that toured in the Toronto District School Board, The Toronto Catholic District School Board and the United Kingdom.

As an inspirational speaker, Germaine has a passion for seeing students realize their purpose and inspires them to be the change they want to see in their communities. He has four years experience presenting in the Peel Catholic School Board and has also had the privilege of speaking in a number of other regions.

Pizza Day
Feb 10 @ 11:40 am – 12:40 pm
Grade 4 Liturgy
Feb 12 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Spirit Day — Wear Red and/or Pink
Feb 13 all day
PA DAY — No School for Students
Feb 14 all day
Elementary PrincipalWeekly Update Jan. 27th to Jan. 31st