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Wonder is a Must See!

November 30, 2017
By SJA Power of the Pencil - Marin G.

At SJA, the 6th grade reads the book Wonder as part of the reading curriculum.  This year the movie was released just in time as they finished the book.  If you haven't read the book, you can check out this movie review by Power of the Pencil Club member, Marin.  

Wonder Is a Must-See!

Grab your tissues and your movie ticket and get ready to cry.  Wonder tells the story of a fifth grader, August Pullman, who has a craniofacial deformity which causes him to look very different than most people.  Some kids even call him a freak.  August, or Auggie as he is called, has had many surgeries throughout his life, and is going to a real school for the first time. The movie tells the story of his life through his eyes, and the eyes of the people around him, including his sister, Via, Via’s boyfriend, Justin, Via’s friend, Miranda, Auggie’s friends, Summer and Jack, and a school bully, Julian. 

Auggie is played by Jacob Tremblay.  He does not have the craniofacial deformity in real life, but he portrays the feelings of someone who does in a very believable way.  Izabela Vidovic plays Olivia "Via" Pullman who feels alone because everything revolves around Auggie.  And Owen Wilson and Julia Roberts play Auggie’s parents, and they make the movie seem so real.  For the most part, the movie follows the book very closely.  If you liked the book, you’ll love the movie!

The motto for Wonder is #ChooseKind.  In the sixth grade classroom, we have a board that demonstrates what it means to “choose kind.”  On the board are different phrases:  “Don’t Judge.” “Don’t be exclusive.”  “Invite others to be with you.”  Follow these rules and choose kind!  And grab a friend and go see Wonder!

Thankful Thanksgiving

November 15, 2017
By Emily B., SJA Power of the Pencil Club Member

SJA's Power of the Pencil Club began it's second year in October with 13 members.  We have been exploring alliteration, personification and onomatopoeia in writing poetry.  As we get closer to Thanksgiving,  we would like to share their thoughts on this holiday.  Paired with Emily's writing are some "turkeys" we found hiding in the kindergarten hallway!

Thankful Thanksgiving
By: Emily B.

Just a 24 hour day,  but there is more,
The “sizzle” of the ham,
corn going pop-pop,
the laughs at the table,
with so much family fun, 
But it’s only the beginning of Thankful Thanksgiving.


October: National Bully Prevention Month

October 25, 2017
By Mrs. Gina Brundage

SJA has been raising awareness about bullying and how to prevent and deal with it throughout the month of October.  Today our students participated in P.E.A.C.E. project sessions to learn how to use social media appropriately and how to deal with bullying.  Then tonight the P.E.A.C.E project will host a free parent workshop to educate our parents.  All are invited to the SJA gym from 7-8:30 pm.

Mrs. Brundage, SJA's School Counselor, shares her thoughts on this important subject:

October is National Bully Prevention Month. Bullying is defined by as being unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive, include an  imbalance of power and be repetitive.

To kick off Bully Prevention Month, SJA had a student t-shirt design contest. Students were asked to submit designs that promoted bully awareness for a t-shirt that would be worn by the SJA staff.  This was a great way to create student involvement and for staff to show unity towards putting a stop to bullying.  Our theme for the month is that we are  “Warriors”, not Bullies.

In classroom guidance lessons, we will be talking about 4 types of bullying:
Physical Bullying-hurting a person's body or possessions
Social Bullying- hurting someone's reputation or relationships
Verbal Bullying- saying or writing mean things
Cyber Bullying-using computers or phones to spread rumors, or write and say mean things to hurt someone's reputation or relationships

We also will be teaching students to STOP and STEP AWAY.


Parents,teachers,staff, and community members all play a vital role. If we witness bullying it is important to:
•    Intervene Immediately
•    Separate students involved
•    Make sure everyone is safe
•    Stay calm
•    Model respectful behavior

Some common mistakes  to avoid:
•    Do not ignore behavior
•    Do not immediately try to sort out facts
•    Do not force students to say publicly what they saw
•    Do not question the students involved in front of other students

As a team we can work together to stop bullying on the spot!

Thank you for being a part of our school community!
Gina Brundage
St. Joan of Arc School Counselor
419-866-6177 ext.109

To Build A Fire

October 11, 2017
By SJA 8th Grader Bennett

Over the past year, SJA has focused on descriptive writing at all grade levels as a way to foster students' creative thought process and enhance their communication skills. The fruits of our labor are definitely showing and so we will be showcasing students' work through out the year.

Recently, Mrs. Leonard's 8th grade class wrote some descriptive paragraphs as part of a test.

The prompt was:
Explain the theme of To Build a Fire (which is a short story we read in class). What is the theme of the story? How do you know this? How does the setting play a role in the theme?

SJA 8th Grader, Bennett, wrote:
"The theme of the story "To Build a Fire" is that you should always trust in others and have faith. For without faith, we are nothing but empty bodies seeking and looking to serve a better, more supreme purpose. The man in the story had no faith, so he had to face the worst fate imaginable: death. I know this because in the beginning, an old man warns him of the weather, but he ignores the old man and thinks he will be fine. But he is not; he gets frostbite.

The way the setting plays a role is by presenting the man with a conflict. This conflict is man vs. self vs. nature. This is because the man has to deal with self-doubt, but then must also fight the mean conditions of the Klondike."



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