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May Letter to Families

May 02, 2020
By Mr. Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

To my shame, I haven’t written my “Letter to Families” in two months. The March letter was superseded by school safety concerns; by the time April arrived, I was so consumed with thinking about distance learning that I didn’t notice the month had changed!

During this last day of April, I’ve had some cause to reflect. Two Zoom calls in particular impacted me. The first was our weekly Faculty Zoom call, where I meet with all the teachers of the school. The second was a first, the “Fratelli” call, where I met with my three brothers. 

During the Faculty Call, I had cause to reflect on the mission of the Catholic school. Although all schools educate the mind, and all good schools care for the social and emotional well-being of their students, Catholic schools have a particular mission. Catholic schools have the particular aim of forming Saints. The mind and the social/emotional well-being are not ignored, but find their place in the work of sanctification, bringing the whole person to fruition in the image of God.

My “Fratelli” call was perhaps not quite as theoretical. We’re barely Italian (less than 10%) but our group chat is named “Fratelli” and we decided this week, for the first time, to have a Zoom call. During our call, we laughed and joked, shared challenges and triumphs, and encouraged each other in our life’s work. 

My hope is that, in all the family time forced by this “stay-at-home” and “social-distancing”, that each individual SJA family would be reminded of these two things. First, each family is called to help each member to achieve their “best life”, in other words, sainthood. Second, in that process, we simply love and help each other along, strengths and weaknesses included, as we journey through life, supporting (and cajoling) as we go.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any questions or concerns. And thank you for entrusting SJA with your children’s education and formation.

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us!  Go Warriors!

Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Principal