Congratulations to our Grade 7 students who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation yesterday. Please pray for them, as well as our Grade 2 students, as they continue to prepare for the Sacraments of Holy Communion.
Reminder about Lunches/Snacks: Please no Peanuts,Treenuts, Seafood or Egg
We have several students that attend SJOA with life-threatening allergies to Peanut, Tree Nuts, Fish (tuna), Shellfish and Eggs. All of these allergens are both airborne and ingested. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents to be mindful of this when preparing lunches and snacks. Please note that hard-boiled eggs, egg sandwiches or any other food that contains egg in its true form are not permitted in the building. We ask that no substitute nut spreads (peabutter, wow butter, etc.) be sent to school as they smell and look exactly like peanut butter. Please continue to choose items carefully when sending lunches and snacks (from home and restaurants) to school, keeping in mind specific allergies in your child’s classroom. Please remember that there are no food celebrations in class.
Catholic School Council:
Our meeting will be held on Monday, February 3rd @ 6:30 pm.
OECTA Job Action:
Our school will be CLOSED to students on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 as a result of the recent announcement by OECTA of a province-wide, one-day full withdrawal of services.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. For more information, please visit the Halton Catholic District School Board’s website: Labour Negotiations Update
Black History Presentation: February is Black History Month. Join us in celebrating the culture, contributions and achievements of many Black Canadians within our past and present communities.
For Kindergarten Classes: The Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton will be performing on Thursday, February 6, 2020, Community -Steel pan drum series.
We welcome Germaine and Joel from Inspiration Republic to our school on Friday, February 7, 2020, at 9:30 am for two presentations.
Uniform Policy: This is a reminder that we are a uniform school. Please follow the policy by ensuring students are in full ISW uniforms, including sweaters. There is a hoodie available to our uniform choices for students to wear, along with the half zip and full zip sweater, for these colder months. Leggings and cargo/track pants are not school uniform bottoms. Thank you for your co-operation.
National Sweater Day:
Thursday, February 6th is officially National Sweater Day! We will help save energy by lowering the temperature at the school and bundling up in your favourite sweater. Students will be allowed to wear a uniform or non-uniform sweater this day. This is NOT a civvies day as uniform bottoms must be worn.
LAST CALL for 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 was 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 https://littlejammerz.com/
Walking the Path of Faith, Learning and Respect Together,
Mr. N. Laratta and Mrs. M. Pitt
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.
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.