Principal’s Letter, August 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians,

So summer is moving quickly to a close and so much promise of the new school year lies ahead. Ss. Joachim and Anne School is now 92 years young. We are anxious to initiate one of our goals of transforming ourselves into a STREAM school. You may ask what does STREAM mean. Our focus will be Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Math. Our “transformational teachers” will incorporate these letters into units of study. This is a portrait of STREAM –

“A collaborative lesson was made by a fifth grade teacher where she created a unit plan on “The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.” The story talks about the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Michelangelo. The study of the Pieta and the Sistine Chapel was incorporated into a class lesson. Students became Michelangelo for a day, utilizing markers. Another day, students worked with a partner to design a scale model scaffolding for painting the Sistine Chapel. They then calculated the approximate ratio of the average man and the statue of David.” (Momentum, pp.29-30)

As one can readily see, all components of the STREAM classroom were applied. What an adventure for our students to experience! Collaboration is the key and we have planned Professional Development for the Administration and the Faculty in conjunction with our cluster schools to make this undertaking a spectacular learning experience for our creative, inventive and ingenious students.

We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome back Mr. Raffaele Corso as our Assistant Principal. Mr. Schoolfield had decided to go on to some new endeavors, but at the last minute decided to remain with us. We are elated that he will continue to teach ELA to the 7th & 3th Grades and remain the 3th Grade Homeroom Teacher. He will assume the roles of Academic Counselor and Parent Liaison as well. Mrs. Freire retired and we thank her for the many years that she created a classroom of literature, crafts and the love of learning in Jesus’ Name. We also would like to welcome Ms. April Laracuenti to Grade 1, Mrs. Adrieru1e Arenas to Kindergarten, and Ms. Myriam Gillis as our new Physical Education Teacher. The children will enjoy Ms. Gillis’ new Zumba classes too! Mr. Fox, our custodian, is pursuing a new career. We will always remain grateful and indebted to him for his loving service to SsJA.

You, dear parents/guardians are the essential and dominant link in the education of our students. Your words are the inspiration of learning, your praise is their incentive to succeed, your thoughts are the kaleidoscope of their new creative ideas and your prayers lead them to the loving embrace of Our Lord, the path of goodness for themselves and everyone they meet.

Thank you for choosing SsJA as we proclaim together in Jesus’ words, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19: 14


Mrs. Linda Freebes, Principal