The Arc- SJA's School Blog
Dear SJA Family,
Lent is a special season that offers us a time to prepare our hearts for the pinnacle of our faith—the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We use this time as a reminder to change the things in our lives which separate us from Jesus. Some of us will choose to give-up something like candy or TV, remembering each time we deny ourselves of the huge sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins. Others may choose to add something to their daily lives that will bring them closer to Jesus, like extra time given over to prayer or volunteering extra time in the community. Whatever the case, we know that keeping our resolutions are difficult and that sometimes we may slip, but it is a good lesson for our students to keep on trying and not to give up. It is my hope that by all of us taking time from our busy schedules to develop our relationship with God, we can use the Lenten season to develop a greater appreciation of the life that God is calling each of us to lead.
Below are daily challenges we are encouraging the students to do
40 Days to a Better Heart!
Feb. 14 – Make your Lenten promise
Feb. 15 – Pray for your parents today
Feb. 16 – Fast from eating meat
Feb. 17 – Spend 5 minutes sitting or walking in silence today. Invite God to join you.
Feb. 18 – Go to Mass and say a special prayer for your grandparents
Feb. 19 - Be EXTRA kind today!
Feb. 20 – Pray one decade of the rosary today
Feb. 21 – Reflect on your Lenten promise- How are you doing? Do you need to start again?
Feb. 22 – Drink only water all day
Feb. 23 – Fast from eating meat
Feb. 24 – Go the whole day without television, video games, and cell phones
Feb. 25 - Go to Mass and say a prayer for the poor and homeless in our community
Feb. 26 - Give a sincere compliment to three people today.
Feb. 27 - Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you.
Feb. 28 - Reflect on your Lenten promise- How are you doing so far? Pray for the strength to continue to keep your promise!
Mar. 1 - Pick one small thing you do the same way every single day and do it differently today. Part your hair on the opposite side, use a different color pen, sleep on the other side of the bed; just to shake things up.
Mar. 2 - Fast from eating meat.
Mar. 3 - Cuddle with your mom or dad and read your favorite picture book- even if you think you are too big.
Mar. 4 - Go to Mass and pray for the first person you meet (outside of your family) today.
Mar. 5 - Go a whole day without complaining about anything.
Mar. 6 - Make a list of ten things you appreciate in your life. Say a prayer of Thanksgiving for the things on your list.
Mar. 7 - Reflect on your Lenten promise: How are you doing? Spend 4-5 minutes in prayer and reflection.
Mar. 8 - Make and send a card to a family member you haven't seen in a while.
Mar. 9 - Fast from eating meat.
Mar. 10 - Clean your bedroom today. Find one toy/item you can ask your parents to donate to charity.
Mar. 11 - Go to Mass and pray for our military.
Mar. 12 - Write a letter to your Unbound friend.
Mar. 13 - Smile all day!
Mar. 14 - Reflect on your Lenten promise- How are you doing? Spend 4-5 minutes in prayer and reflection.
Mar. 15 - Bring in $1 donation for our Unbound friends.
Mar. 16 - Fast from eating meat.
Mar. 17 - Do an extra chore at home without being asked.
Mar. 18 - Go to Mass and pray for the elderly.
Mar. 19 - Sit with someone new at lunch.
Mar. 20 - Pick up and throw away litter- be sure to wash your hands after!
Mar. 21 - Reflect on your Lenten promise- How are you doing? Spend 4-5 minutes in prayer and reflection.
Mar. 22 - Pray a decade of the Rosary.
Mar. 23 - Fast from eating meat.
Mar. 24 - Help make dinner.
Mar. 25 - Palm Sunday: Go to Mass and pray for our priests and teachers.
Mar. 26 - Do something nice for someone in your family today- without telling.
Mar. 27 - Listen to only Christian music today.
Mar. 28 - Reflect on your Lenten promise- How are you doing? Spend 4-5 minutes in prayer and reflection.
Mar. 29 - Holy Thursday- School Retreat Day
Mar. 30 - Good Friday
Mar. 31 - Make special Easter cards for your family members.
Apr. 1 - Easter Sunday- Go to Mass and celebrate with your family!
Dear SJA Family,
We are now into the second semester; it’s hard to believe we are officially past the half way point of the school year! The students are working hard and making strong gains in their learning. Keep up the great-work!
Last week we had a great speaker for our 7th & 8th graders, Ms. Kelly Yakumithis. Ms. Yakumithis is the Victims Forum Coordinator for the Lucas County Prosecutors Office. She shared a lot of vital information regarding social media and cyber-bullying with our Jr. High students. She also shared some great resources and information that we felt was important to share with all of our parents. Please click here for more information on the most current apps and sites. This attachment will also be available in the Parent Resources in RenWeb.
Have you kept your New Year's Resolution so far? SJA's Power of the Pencil Club continues to work on their resolutions. Today we would like to share Emily's resolution:
For the year of 2018 I am going to do ten push-ups everyday so I can become stronger. One reason I am doing this is because I want to get better at the three sports I play (basketball, volleyball,and soccer). In volleyball, push-ups would help me get my over-hand serve perfected. In basketball, I would be able to shoot farther. Lastly, in soccer I would be able to punt farther. Also, if I stick to my resolution I will be able to help my parents by lifting heavy objects. Lastly, by doing ten push-ups everyday, they will keep me in shape. That is my new year resolution and why I want to do it.
SJA's Power of the Pencil Club continues to expand their creative writing skills. This month we are looking at New Year's resolutions. Check out Sofia's resolution:
My New Year's Resolution
By: Sofia S.
It’s a new year and what will I accomplish? I will try to not be on my electronics as much. I lost my iPad for a month and I got so many things done. I met my AR goal; I read lots of books; I played outside; I played with my family more; what’s better? I think technology is taking over our lives in a way. It makes us lazy, anti-social; it’s contagious and addictive; plus it takes away from family time. Yes, you can learn a lot of information from it and you may need it from time to time. Technology can save lives!
Too many people use it for games and apps. It teaches you nothing. This is a quote from my brother, “Sliding your finger against the wall is the same as sliding your finger across a screen. It’s because you learn nothing.” My brother had the luxury of growing up without iPhones, iPads and Apple watches. He spent family time and went on adventures. Because of that he has become successful in his studies and handing it down to me so I also can be successful. I’m not saying you can’t play Flappy Bird or watch YouTube. You still can but just to an extent!