Dear SJCA Family,
This year has certainly brought challenges for all of us. I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe and secure. At St. Joseph Catholic Academy, though this school year has been different, our foundational education, centered on faith, rooted in the Gospel and focused on academic and moral excellence, remains unchanged. Despite this global pandemic, SJCA has much to celebrate. I want to share some highlights from our successful first semester, because without you and your generosity, none of this is possible.
DAILY, IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION: Unlike many other schools in our area and across the country, SJCA completed 14 weeks of daily, consecutive, in-person instruction. Following strong health and safety protocols at both campuses, our dedicated faculty and staff delivered the high caliber Catholic education that our students and families expect and deserve. SJCA then proactively and intentionally pivoted to distance learning for the last fifteen days of the semester,ensuring our students, faculty, staff and their families stay safe throughout the holiday season.
MEANINGFUL FAITH FORMATION: With reverence, care and creativity, all SJCA students continue to grow closer to God and deepen their Catholic faith. This semester, our students have regularly celebrated weekly Masses in a variety of different venues, including in the Grotto, the Upper Campus auditorium, St. Mark church and via livestreaming. In addition to daily Religion and Theology classes, SJCA students start each day with prayer, take time for devotion and meditation, attend confession, pray the Rosary often and serve those in need through various food and clothing drives.
COMPLETE FALL ATHLETIC SEASON: High school athletes completed the fall athletic season with very successful outcomes. Not only did our student athletes stay safe, adhering to our stringent protocols, but our cross country team won an 11th consecutive conference title and advanced to the state meet. The football and boys’ soccer teams advanced to their respective regional championship games, girls’ tennis took second in our conference with one player competing in the state tennis tournament, and girls’ volleyball won the regional championship and competed in the sectional finals.
STRONG SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT: The SJCA family has always shared a strong communal bond, supporting each other through good times and bad. Now more than ever, as students and families feel isolated and anxious, the St. Joseph community is a safe, vibrant haven, nurturing dreams, fostering hopes, and encouraging faith. Throughout this pandemic, time and time again, the SJCA community has risen to the occasion, providing funds, food, warmth, sympathy, aid and comfort. We will never take that inherent Lancer spirit for granted.
NONE OF THIS COULD TAKE PLACE WITHOUT YOU. Your support provides the critical funds that are vital to the success of SJCA. Your gift to the Annual Fund goes directly to our most immediate needs, which this year include:
· Tuition assistance for students and families whose financial situation has been adversely affected by CoVID-19.
· Technology upgrades, additional devices, microphones, hot spots and other items to enhance virtual learning for students and teachers.
· Classroom enhancements that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, such as individual personal art supplies, manipulatives for math, and safety glasses for science labs.
· Safety equipment and cleaning supplies to keep our school community healthy.
The needs are great but our resolve is even greater. Working together there is no challenge we cannot overcome. We know that with the support of our alumni, parents, past parents, and friends, SJCA can continue to thrive even during these difficult times. As we all navigate these uncertain days, I hope that you will join us in fulfilling our mission with a donation to the Annual Fund. Your gift will have a long, profound impact, building the scholars, leaders and stewards who will transform the world.
SJCA continues to count our blessings, especially during this holiday season. Please know that our greatest blessing has always been and will be our St. Joseph family. Thank you in advance for supporting our students.
Merry Christmas and enjoy a very blessed New Year.