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November Principal Letter to Families

November 03, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

I thought this letter might be better received today than in the busy-ness of last night; I know my family was quite occupied with trick-or-treating despite the weather, so I hope this day finds you with a little more spare time.

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints. On this day, we express our love and gratitude to God for the models of holiness He’s given us throughout the centuries in the lives of holy women and men.

I love the image here of the Communion of Saints. At the top, with God the Father in Heaven, is the “Church Triumphant” - those who have already been completely transformed by the love of God into great saints, known and unknown. Today is their feast. In the middle, unified by their common celebration of the Mass, is the “Church Militant”. I wrote last month about how our “militancy” is not that of violence but that of those wholeheartedly committed to bringing about the will of God. At the bottom of the picture, it’s not Hell, but Purgatory, “the Church Suffering”, where those who have gone before are being purified to prepare them to fully enjoy Heaven. Our prayers at Mass (especially tomorrow on their feast, the Feast of All Souls) are a comfort to them and speed along their process of purification.

Why do I remind you of all this? In short, because our mission as a school is remembered today more than any other day. We, the faculty and staff of SJA, are here to help Jesus Christ form your children into great saints. Well-educated, well-rounded saints. STEM-knowledgeable and Arts-creative saints. Innovative saints. But saints, first and foremost!

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

All you Saints of God, pray for us!
Go Warriors!

Gabriel A. Jakubisin
SJA Interim Principal

October Principal Letter to Families

October 01, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

In a turn of phrase I’ve heard a lot in the last few months, it’s not that the school has a mission, but the mission has a school. Our “mission statement” at SJA is a reflection of the “mission statement” of the Church, instituted by Christ, which is actualized in this school. It’s His mission, Christ’s mission, which incarnates as a school here at 5950 Heatherdowns Blvd.

It’s in this sense that we imitate the historical St. Joan of Arc herself and call ourselves Warriors. St. Joan of Arc devoted herself entirely to the will of God, even to the point of sacrificing her life. A quick Google search reveals that a warrior is “a brave or experienced soldier or fighter”. St. Joan of Arc was a soldier and a fighter in the military sense, but she was also a soldier and a fighter in the sense of total obedience to God. As a Catholic school, we don’t recommend fideism, which can result in a sort of unhealthy “blind obedience” which may or may not be actually following God. Rather, we promote the use of faith and reason together. When we ask our students to become Saints, Servants, and Scholars, we ask them to use their minds and hearts to be fighters for God, for others, and for Truth.

Our mission, then, is the same as Christ’s mission. Christ came, not as a zealot, but as a man willing to give everything for God, others, and the Truth. In fact, many of his contemporaries were frustrated that he wasn’t the kind of fighter they wanted, that he was unwilling to overthrow the Romans. His disciples realized he was a fighter in a different sense. As men and women today, we can be Warriors with that same willingness to devote ourselves wholeheartedly to serving God, others, and Truth with both our faith and our reason.

Just a little reflection on our school identity as we enter October! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any 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 Interim Principal
 

Meet Mr. Rawlins

September 16, 2019
By Jackie Terrill

SJA welcomes Junior High Religion Teacher, Mr. Nathan Rawlins!  Mr. Rawlins instructs at Lourdes University as well as at SJA.  This gives him a unique perspective that enhances our students' understanding of the Catholic teachings.  Already we are hearing from our junior high students about their excitement for his class and learning about their faith. 

Read on to learn more about Mr. Nathan Rawlins:

Educational Background and Credentials: 
I began my studies at Owens State Community College in 2006. In 2012, I moved on to Lourdes University where I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies in 2014. I then immediately went on to pursue a Masters in Theology which I completed in 2017. I have been studying independently, but under the guidance of the Church, for over a decade in preparation to serve the Church. I currently hold a Non-Tax Teaching Certificate from the Ohio Department of Education. 


Tell us about yourself, your family and your teaching history. 
Having spent most of my life connected to a Catholic Parish (OLPH), I know that I belong in a parish setting. I feel at home walking the halls of SJA. My wife and I have four daughters who currently attend St. Joseph Catholic School in Maumee. Over the past several years I have been teaching Computer Technology. It is my hope to join the ranks of the permanent deaconate in the coming years. 

Why do you choose to teach at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School? 
This is where the hand of God has set me, not to rest, but to labor for the kingdom. 

Tell us about a meaningful moment with a student. 
My first experience in the classroom, as a one on one aide, opened my eyes to the mind of students. It was in assisting this student that I realized my calling to serve in education. 

What is your favorite unit/topic/project to teach and why? 
Sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of Confirmation and the impact of the Holy Spirit. 

What do you hope students will learn from being a part of your classroom? 
It is my hope that students will be able and eager to promote the Gospel and our Catholic traditions.  

How do you motivate your students to be active learners in your classroom? 
It is my aim to push students beyond the everyday way of thinking and expose them to the rich cultural history of Christendom with the goal of positively driving self fulfillment. 
 

September Principal's Letter to Families

September 03, 2019
By Gabriel Jakubisin

Dear St. Joan of Arc Families,

As we enter September, the school year is in full swing for our K-8 students. We’ll welcome our preschoolers on Tuesday, September 3rd!

The image I chose for this month’s Letter is of an old barn-raising. This image is in my mind these days as I think of the expression “It takes a village…” It takes the cooperation of so many individuals, working together, to raise our young people well into saints, servants, and scholars. At SJA, we’re blessed to be a part of your family’s village, part of the community that you’ve attached yourselves to in order to raise your children as best as you can.

A key piece of the SJA team is the Parent School Organization. From raising funds for the support of educational initiatives to just building a welcoming community, our PSO is essential. My goal for this year, in this area, is for each family to do two things: 1) Attend at least 1 PSO meeting and 2) participate actively in the 2 PSO fundraisers. We’ve made it even more relevant for you to attend a PSO meeting by designating particular classes or groups of classes for a round table after each meeting. Check the schedule you received at Parent Night to see which meeting has been designated for your children’s classes. The fall fundraiser is selling raffle tickets and the spring fundraiser is La Soiree Rouge on February 1st. Stay tuned for more information on both. Also, keep in mind that we are looking for a lead volunteer for La Soiree Rouge and a new PSO President; if you are interested, let myself or Natasha Reinhart know!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself or my staff with any 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 Interim Principal
 

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