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On December 8, Pope Francis decreed a special year dedicated to St. Joseph, father and “unnoticed” worker, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the naming in 1870 of St. Joseph as patron of the universal church. In his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (With a Father’s Heart), Pope Francis compares Joseph, Jesus’ foster father, to the many essential workers who have been the brave front of this pandemic.
“Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.” – Pope Francis (Patris Corde)
I am so appreciative for all of you, our parents, who trusted us to care for and support your daughters during this pandemic. I also want to thank SJA’s frontline heroes and “saints,” our teachers, counselors, support staff and maintenance staff members who have worked tirelessly to keep SJA open and the classrooms safe and productive learning environments. SJA would not have been able to conduct in-person instruction without their cooperation with the guidelines and a willingness to adjust daily as we learned together what it means to run a school during a pandemic. I ask our parents to take a moment to offer a silent prayer for all teachers as we head into the second semester.
While we know things will not significantly change when the clock strikes midnight on December 31, we are hopeful that we are able to provide our students with activities outside of the classroom that will foster emotional growth, mental well-being and further development of their faith. Many of SJA’s traditional events happen in the spring, and we will work diligently to provide as many of these special moments as we can, especially for our seniors.
“Joseph … teaches us that faith in God includes believing that he can work even through our fears, our frailties and weaknesses. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always see the bigger picture.” – Pope Francis (Patris Corde)
I love what I do, I love who I do it with and I love that we do it together in the name of our patron, St. Joseph.
Stacia B. Andricain
SJA'S CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
SJA continues to be closed for the Christmas holidays. Classes resumes on Tuesday, January 5.
SJA SCIENCE FAIR
This year’s school Science Fair will be held online between Thursday, January 7, and Thursday, January 14. Projects will be judged virtually. Awards will be given, and qualifiers for the Region VII Science and Engineering Fair will be determined. Participation in the Science Fair is required for students taking honors coursework in science. Students typically spend two school years doing extensive research and consulting with professional mentors.
TESTING PREP IN-SCHOOL SESSION
On January 8 and 20, students will participate in testing prep sessions during the school day for the ACT Testing Suite and SAT Testing Suite. These testing prep sessions are 45-minute sessions of testing tips and practice. We will follow schedule 10 on those days.
ACT DIAGNOSTIC TESTING
The next ACT Diagnostic Test is on Saturday, January 9, from 8 until 11:45 a.m. (Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m.; extended-time students will finish after 12:30 p.m.). Students practice taking a full-length ACT test in a test setting and receive specific feedback on the areas that they specifically need to work on to improve their scores. Each student will receive a detailed explanation of her test results, stating specific skills and content areas to focus on to achieve a higher score. The test will simulate a real ACT test, with the setting, timing and use of an ACT-released test. The cost is $15.50 and can be purchased on ShopSJA under “Extended Programs.” Please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Friday, January 8, SJA Chapel during all three lunch hours.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Thursday, January 14. The prayer service will begin at 10:05 a.m. with the lighting of a candle in our classrooms. We invite family and friends to join our streamed service on the SJA Facebook page.
STUDENT COUNCIL FUN DAY
The first Fun Day of the new year is Friday, January 15. The theme is Rolling Out of the ’20s. Dress guidelines will be sent to students when we return to school.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY
Monday, January 18. School is closed.
Friday, January 22, for Professional Learning Community. Students are dismissed at 1:50 p.m. (Schedule 3). Please note that the library will remain open until 5:30 p.m. and that resource teachers (math, science and English) as well as the Writing Center will be available.
Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26, are standardized testing days at SJA. Freshmen and sophomores will take the Pre-ACT on January 25. This is a pre-test for the ACT. It is designed to model the ACT, using the same types of test questions, score scale and format as the ACT. Sophomores, juniors and invited freshmen will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday, January 26. The PSAT/NMSQT serves as practice for the SAT and determines eligibility for the National Merit Scholarship Program for high school juniors.
No formal classes are held at SJA on these two days. There will be no afterschool supervision available on Monday or Tuesday, so please make arrangements to have your daughter picked up at the dismissal time listed below. Please remember to complete the COVID symptom form by 7:15 a.m. If there is a serious conflict which would prevent your daughter from testing on these days, please contact Dean of Women Erika Angarita (email@example.com; 388-2278) for permission to be absent. If you have any questions, please contact your daughter’s counselor.
Monday, January 25
Pre-ACT testing for 9th and 10th graders; Holocaust activity for 11th graders
All students arrive at school at the regular time and go straight to their assigned classroom unless purchasing breakfast.
Breakfast served in the Dining Hall (optional) between 6:50 and 7:20 a.m.
COVID form should be completed by 7:15 a.m.
9th Grade: 7:25-11 a.m. Pre-ACT Test; dismissal at 11 a.m. No lunch provided.
10th Grade: 7:25-11 a.m. Pre-ACT Test; dismissal at 11 a.m. No lunch provided.
11th Grade: 7:25-11:30 a.m. Holocaust activity; dismissal at 11:30 a.m. No lunch provided.
12th Grade: No school for seniors.
Tuesday, January 26
PSAT testing for 10th and 11th graders and invited freshmen (invitation based on previous standardized test scores)
All students arrive at school at the regular time and go straight to their assigned classroom unless purchasing breakfast.
Breakfast served in the Dining Hall (optional) between 6:50 and 7:20 a.m.
COVID form should be completed by 7:15 a.m.
9th Grade: No school for freshmen unless specifically invited to take the PSAT.
10th Grade: 7:25-11 a.m. PSAT Test; dismissal at 11a.m. No lunch provided.
11th Grade: 7:25-11 a.m. PSAT Test; dismissal at 11 a.m. No lunch provided.
12th Grade: Senior Service Day
SENIOR SERVICE DAY
Tuesday, January 26, is Senior Service Day when, following the example of Jesus and the early Sisters of St. Joseph, the seniors will serve the wider Baton Rouge community. SJA is partnering with St. Vincent de Paul and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Seniors will have a number of options to choose from, which will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. These options include making Sticker Sacks, baking cookies, playing virtual Bingo with guests in the St. Vincent de Paul day shelter, virtual storytelling and crafts for children in the shelter, filling a backpack for the homeless, organizing Thrift Store shelves and packing food boxes for those in need. Seniors are expected to follow all CDC as well as the Governor’s safety guidelines.
Sister Chris Pologa, service coordinator, visited all senior Theology classes to explain the importance of and options for Service Day. A power point can be found on the SJA Moodle service page. Students who are remoting may drop off their service projects before the rest of the class.
Permission slips have been emailed to the seniors and were returned to Sister Chris Pologa in December. The girls are to wear jeans, tennis shoes and an SJA shirt and are asked to take pictures of their service activities.
Please direct questions to Sister Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT GEAR UP FOR MATH
SJA will have its ACT Gear UP Math spring session on Saturday, January 30, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This four-hour session deals with specific math strategies, test-taking tips and tricks and practice for the math portion of the ACT. The cost is $45 per session, which includes the ACT practice book for that subject. The session can be purchased on ShopSJA under Extended Programs. Space is limited to 50 students. If you have any questions or need further details, please contact Dean of Curriculum & Instruction Aimee Urdiales (email@example.com).
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
January 31-February 6. This year’s theme is Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service. Because of COVID-19, the traditional Distinguished Graduates Awards program will not be held.
Additionally, the faculty and staff members who are traditionally honored at the Catholic Schools Week Mass will be honored at the end of our Liturgy of the Word on January 14.
Throughout the week, the Charism Committee of Student Ministry will lead the celebration of daily themes: Monday, Celebrating Community; Tuesday, Celebrating Students; Wednesday, Celebrating our Nation; Thursday, Celebrating Vocations; and Friday, Celebrating Faculty and Staff.
First-semester transcripts and report cards are now available on MySJA. Please direct questions to Registrar Dana Schlotterer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2236) or Assistant to the Registrar Stacy Rennhoff (email@example.com; 388-2318).
COURSE SELECTION INFORMATION FOR 2021-2022
Grade-level counselors will visit students in their classes February 3-5 to discuss courses for the upcoming academic year.
The course selection process will be done online between Wednesday, February 3, and Thursday, February 11, at midnight. Course selections should be made carefully and with parental involvement. Parental approval of courses selected by students will be done in mid-March. Instructions for the approval process will be emailed to you at that time.
If you have questions about or problems using the online course selection process, please contact Registrar Dana Scholotterer (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2236). Please direct questions about academics to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn (email@example.com; 388-2269).
STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK UP
Please refrain from using the Synagogue lot or any of our neighbors’ yards for drop off or pick up. Remember that students cannot be dropped off on Broussard, Parker, Kleinert or South Eugene. Students cannot be picked up at the Medaille Hall circle until 4 p.m. or later. Our security officer will ask you to move to the carpool line if you arrive before 4 p.m. We also ask that you remember that our surrounding streets are school zones. Please observe the school-zone speed limits.
TAX ID INFORMATION
If tax ID information is needed for your 2020 taxes, please contact Louise Babin in the SJA Finance Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 388-2234.
There are six sessions of Summer PE offered to students considering this option. Students must choose one session and may not attend other sessions to fulfill the requirements. Students must attend 12 of the 16 classes offered during the selected session and must complete home health assignments by the end of the last week of class. 9th period PE will not be offered next year.
Session 1: June 1-June 24, 7-9 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 2: June 1-June 24, 9-11 a.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 3: June 1-June 24, 5-7 p.m.
Week 1: Tuesday-Friday
Weeks 2-4: Monday-Thursday
Session 4: June 28-July 22, 7-9 a.m.
Session 5: June 28-July 22, 3-5 p.m.
Session 6: June 28-July 22, 5-7 p.m.
Additionally, please note that students who take Summer PE will not be permitted to schedule an unstructured period the next academic year. Also, students are not eligible to take summer PE for half-credit electives. Students who sign up must be physically capable of completing the session. If a student must enroll in summer school, she cannot take summer PE and would need to change her schedule.
The course fee is $200 and is owed in early April. Instructions for enrolling, paying and choosing sessions will be emailed to parents and students after course selections are made.
Please direct questions to Dean of Academics Aubrey DeJohn (email@example.com; 388-2269).
If you have not yet purchased a 2020-2021 yearbook, click here to order. If you are unsure if you have already purchased a yearbook, select the Find Existing Order green bar, then enter your email address. The system only recognizes email addresses, not students’ names. Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email from Herff Jones Yearbooks. Please direct questions to moderator Sara Rounds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The yearbook staff wants your pictures. If you have photographs from SJA sporting events, productions, afterschool events or other activities, we invite you to submit them for consideration and use in the 2029-2021 yearbook. Pictures should be uploaded to www.hjeshare.com. The school code is SJA.
YEARBOOK SENIOR ADVERTISEMENTS
The Shield yearbook staff is now selling 2020-2021 Senior Ads. Log on to yearbookordercenter.com to learn more about purchasing an ad for your senior. Enter the school code 1590 to begin the process. Deadline for ad purchase is April 1, 2021. Please direct questions to Moderator Sara Rounds (email@example.com).
Students are encouraged to visit colleges of interest during school holidays. Seniors are allowed three excused absences for college visits during the academic year. Juniors and sophomores are allowed two excused absences for college visits during the academic year. Written notes from a parent or guardian must be given to Dean of Women Erika Angarita (firstname.lastname@example.org) at least one week prior to the college visit. Seniors invited to attend university spring testing events, including LSU Spring Invitational, are allowed an additional excused absence(s) if they have followed proper check-out procedures. No college visits will be approved during the month of December or after April 15 of the student’s senior year.
Sweatpants can only be worn on dates determined by the administration. Students are allowed to wear either red or navy uniform sweatpants available for purchase in the Sticker Shop.
IMPORTANT DATES 2020-2021
Click here for a listing of important dates. Please be reminded that with the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, this calendar is subject to change.
HOLIDAY OFFICE CLOSINGS
The main office is closed on these remaining holidays. Please plan accordingly.
December 21-January 4: Christmas
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
February 15-19: Mardi Gras
April 2-9: Easter
OFFICE HOURS/VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Following recommendations of healthcare officials, we are not allowing visitors to campus at this time. We ask anyone who needs to conduct business with the school to please call the person with whom they need to talk or the main line at (225) 383-7207. Office staff are available to assist you from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
St. Joseph’s Academy abides by the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) with respect to the rights of parents and, in the event of divorce, the rights of custodial and noncustodial parents. In the latter case, absent a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the noncustodial parent access to academic records and other school-related information regarding the student. If there is a court order specifying that no information is to be given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with a copy of the court order. We do not need the complete court order, only the part dealing with custody. Please direct questions to Principal Stacia Andricain (email@example.com; 388-2240).
SJA generally follows the same procedures as the East Baton Rouge School Board and Diocese of Baton Rouge. School closures due to weather and other circumstances are announced via our phone messaging system. If your phone number has changed since you last updated our records, or if you would like to add additional phone numbers to those we call, please contact Stacy Rennhoff (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2318) in the Registrar’s office.
To improve the efficiency of our phone alerts, we ask that parents add St. Joseph’s Academy – (225) 383-7207 – to their contacts and to listen to voice messages before hitting their phone’s call-back button. When we receive a large number of calls from parents before they listen to the voice message, it results in busy phone lines. Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to keep you informed.
SJA TELEPHONE SYSTEM
The school’s main number is (225) 383-7207, but you are encouraged to call faculty and staff directly. Faculty members do not have physical phones; rather, their phone numbers connect directly to a voice mail box. Click here for the faculty/staff directory.
Students will be expected to wear their school ID on the school-issued lanyard at all times. The ID must be worn on the outside of the uniform so it is visible. Students not wearing their ID will be required to purchase a new one for $2 and/or receive a checklist. Replacement IDs can be purchased in the Deans’ Office before or after school.
Each Wednesday at 7 a.m., outside of the Chapel at SJA. In case of inclement weather, we will move inside the chapel. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, participation is limited to SJA students and faculty/staff members only. Please remember that face coverings and social distancing are required.
GRANDPARENTS WEEK FOR SENIORS
In light of the most recent COVID-19 restrictions and to protect the health and safety of our SJA families, Senior Grandparents Week is being postponed until a date this spring. We are working on a new date and will be in touch in 2021. Please direct any questions to Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (email@example.com; 388-2270).
SAVE THE DATE: GRANDPARENTS DAY FOR FRESHMEN
Grandparents of freshmen will be invited to join their granddaughter during her assigned lunch period on Wednesday, May 12. Invitations to follow in the spring. Please direct any questions to Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2270).
Soirée: TICKETS ON SALE
Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 4, for The Soirée. Join us for live music, silent and live auctions and great food and drinks on SJA’s beautiful campus. Tickets are available online at sjasoiree.com. If you would like information about serving as a committee member, volunteering or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Assistant Director of Advancement Cydney Morris (email@example.com; 388-2270).
The Counseling Center provides students with resources and support they need to be successful. Grade-level counselors support students during all four years at SJA. The Counseling Center collaborates with teachers and administrators to identify and discuss students who may need additional assistance and to determine best practices to reach all students both academically and socially. In addition, counselors meet with every student at least twice a year to discuss college and career readiness. Two full-time college advisors assist students with scholarship and college applications.
Class of 2021 Counselor
|Allison Hipwell Bruton ’95
Counseling Center Director
College Advisor (A-J)
|Ellen Smith Frazier
College Advisor (K-Z)
Please contact Mrs. Banta if you have questions about your daughter pertaining to academic or mental wellness issues. Please contact Ms. Bruton or Ms. Frazier if you have questions pertaining to college applications.
MID-YEAR REPORTS TO COLLEGES
Some colleges and universities require that an update of grades be sent when the fall semester ends, commonly called a mid-year report. Please encourage your daughter to research the requirements of the institutions to which she applied and email a list of the institutions that require this update to Ms. Bruton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Frazier at email@example.com.
COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE LETTERS FOR GRADUATION PROGRAM
Seniors must submit a copy of their letter of acceptance (or acceptance emails) for college admission and scholarship offers to Ms. Bruton (A-J) or Ms. Frazier (K-Z) upon receipt to ensure that accurate information is included in the graduation program. Students are encouraged to forward emails or PDFs, and they may also take a picture of a letter with their phone and email the picture to Ms. Bruton or Mrs. Frazier.
We believe the job shadowing experience is a valuable tool for seniors to confirm their career/college major possibilities. Because of the challenges associated with social distancing this year, we will ask seniors to schedule a Zoom or phone call with a professional. We will provide guided questions and for students to turn in an assignment to verify participation. The date by which to complete this assignment is March 9, 2021. Your daughters will receive more information regarding this assignment in the upcoming weeks.
FAFSA AND TOPS
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application for financial aid at all colleges and universities, and it also serves as the application for TOPS. Students should check college websites for their financial aid submission deadlines as they may vary by school. To apply for TOPS, SJA recommends parents file the FAFSA by March 1.
Once you receive the confirmation email of a successfully submitted and processed FAFSA, please forward a copy of that email to Mrs. Banta. FAFSA applications are available for the class of 2021 at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Requirements for members of the class of 2021 to qualify for the TOPS Opportunity Award are a cumulative 2.5 grade point average in the required 19 core units as well as an ACT composite score of 20. The TOPS Performance Award (TOPS + $400/year) requirements are a 3.0 GPA and a 23 ACT score. The TOPS Honors Award (TOPS + $800/year) requirements are a 3.0 GPA and a 27 ACT score. Each semester, students have had an opportunity to estimate their core GPA for TOPS. An estimated TOPS worksheet can be found on the Counseling Center Moodle page.
A qualifying score on the ACT must be achieved by the April national test date. An initial qualifying score achieved on the June national test date will be accepted; however, the student will be penalized one semester of eligibility. In addition, June ACT scores cannot be used to upgrade an Opportunity Award to an Honors or Performance Award.
AMY SCHEURICH HOUSE '97
Class of 2022 Counselor
We believe the job shadowing experience is a valuable tool for juniors to confirm their career/college major possibilities. Because of the challenges associated with social distancing this year, we will ask juniors to schedule a zoom or phone call with a professional. We will provide guided questions and ask for students to turn in an assignment to verify participation. The date by which to complete this assignment is March 9, 2021. Your daughters will receive more information regarding this assignment in the upcoming weeks.
I will be assisting the girls with their ACT registration this month via a video tutorial. They will need to pay for the ACT to complete their registration.
There will be a school-based ACT on March 16. This is separate from the National Test Dates in terms of registering. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.
TOPS AND SENIOR YEAR COURSE SELECTIONS
In the spring semester, we will review the requirements for SJA graduation, TOPS, and Board of Regents. We will re-calculate her TOPS core GPA to include her fall semester grades. Please review the information with your daughter to determine where she stands with TOPS eligibility. Because the core GPA can be lower than the cumulative GPA, it is also important to check college admission requirements.
LINDSAY CARLINO '02
Class of 2023 Counselor
Pre-ACT: All sophomores will take the Pre-ACT on Monday, January 25. The Pre-ACT is a valuable test in that it is an official practice test for the ACT. It includes tests in English, math, reading and science and is scored 1-36, just like the ACT, but it has fewer questions and will take less time to administer. This test also provides students with a predicted ACT score range based on their performance.
PSAT: All sophomores will take the PSAT on Tuesday, January 26. The PSAT is the test that juniors take to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program and is a practice for the SAT test. It includes tests in reading, writing, language and math and is scored 320-1520. Providing our sophomores with the opportunity to take this test will give them an advantage in that they can familiarize themselves with the timing and question format for this high-stakes test junior year.
Transcripts will be available in January on MySJA. You will receive an email notifying you when they are available.
UNWEIGHTED GPA, WEIGHTED GPA AND CORE GPA
Now that your daughter has earned another half-credit in her coursework, we will review her transcript during College and Career Groups again this spring. We will also review the difference between unweighted GPA, weighted GPA and core GPA. Please note that this is not new information for the girls. It was reviewed with them twice during classroom visits during their freshman year.
Each college and university differ in their policies regarding requirements for admission. It is important that both you and your daughter are aware of any admissions requirements regarding both GPA and courses for any college or university in which she has interest. Both the weighted and unweighted GPA are reported on her transcript. Each college and university also re-calculate GPA based on their required courses for admissions just like the TOPS program.
LEADERSHIP, VOLUNTEER & SUMMER PROGRAMS
The counselors and college advisors receive information on many leadership, volunteer and summer programs available to high school students throughout the year. The information received on each program is posted to your daughter’s Counseling Center Moodle Page. There are already more than 25 programs posted. The Counseling Center in no way endorses any of the programs listed but is merely passing the information along to students. All of the information received on each program is provided. Please contact the program directly with questions and for more information.
MARY BETH ELFERT
Class of 2024 Counselor
Your daughter’s first semester grades are now posted to her official high school transcript. You can view your daughter’s transcript on MySJA. If you have any concerns regarding your daughter’s grades, please contact Mrs. Elfert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING STANDARDIZED TEST
The freshmen will take the Pre-ACT on January 25. The Pre-ACT serves as a practice ACT for the freshmen. Your daughter will also take the Pre-ACT next October. The Pre-ACT is an important step in preparation for the ACT, which is typically taken in the spring of your daughter’s junior year per ACT recommendation. When the students receive their results, they will not only be receiving their score report but will also receive the actual test booklet used so that they may review the questions that they missed.
All freshmen have registered for the Naviance Program which assists students in exploring colleges, careers, learning styles, etc. This spring, I will meeting with freshmen in groups to have them complete a couple of assessments to guide them in choosing a career. One of the assessments is based on the Meyer’s Briggs and is a self-report questionnaire to discover how students perceive the world and make decisions. These results will be used in conjunction with another self-report assessment later this spring to explore careers that match their personality type and interests.
COURSE SELECTION FOR SOPHOMORE YEAR
I will be in freshman classes in early February to review sophomore-year course requirements. During this time, I will be reviewing SJA graduation requirements and Taylor Opportunity Program (TOPS) requirements. Your daughters will average their TOPS core GPA for the first semester of high school. TOPS Opportunity Award Eligibility Requirements: 2.5 minimum TOPS core curriculum GPA; ACT score of 20; and completion of the TOPS core curriculum.
The Learning Center provides free-of-charge assistance to any student needing extra help with math, science, English or writing. Also offered is academic counseling. Peer tutoring in foreign languages is provided by members of the National Honor Society and Beta Club. These student-led sessions are offered between 3 and 4 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday in the library. No appointments are necessary for any tutoring.
Math Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email email@example.com.
Science Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENGLISH RESOURCE AND ACADEMIC COUNSELING
English Resource is available Monday through Thursday during all three lunch hours and Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Learning Center classroom in the library. Email email@example.com.
The Writing Center provides instruction, resources and support. Trained peer consultants help students gain competence and confidence as writers through one-on-one sessions. Students schedule appointments through the Writing Center Moodle page. After-school workshops are offered on a variety of topics. The Writing Center is modeled on university writing centers and is a place for all writers at any stage of the writing process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT Prep Courses
We would like to provide you with information about test preparation classes. SJA does not promote any particular course; rather, we are sharing opportunities should your daughter want or need additional test-taking help.
Former SJA math faculty member Kevin Landry offers ACT prep courses on campus. Faculty members Brianna Sommers and Rhonda Baird are also on the teaching staff. Students may take individual content courses or the full program. Visit The Extra Point at https://extrapointtestprep.com/
Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com
Mastery Prep: https://masteryprep.com/
Best in Class BR: https://bestinbr.com/act-prep/
Magnolia Prep: www.magnoliaprep.com
Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/join/T5BB5SDJ
Sylvan Learning Center: https://locations.sylvanlearning.com/us/baton-rouge-blue-bonnet-la/act-prep
Peer+Plus Diagnostic & Tutorial Service: https://www.facebook.com/peerplustutoring/
Zach Roubein Tutoring: https://www.zachroubeintutoring.com/
Materials found on the ACT website: www.act.org
Faith development is a key component in the lives of our students, and we will do our very best to safely facilitate ways for our girls to encounter Christ. Campus Minister Kathleen Peek Evans will continue to offer weekly rosary, monthly adoration, Bible study and retreats following COVID-19 safety guidelines, prioritizing both the physical and spiritual health of our students.
Remaining class retreats are scheduled as follows, but we ask that you note that these dates are subject to change.
Senior Retreat: March 8-9, 2021 - Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this year's senior retreat will not be overnight. Our seniors will go off campus for their two retreat days while continuing to follow all school protocols regarding COVID-19.
Junior Retreat: February 1, 2021
Freshman Retreat: Monday, March 8, 2021
Required Service Program
Service is an integral part of the SJA curriculum. Important information about this year-long program can be found on the SJA website under the Faith tab. The Service Directory can be found on Moodle. Please read this information so you are aware of requirements. The deadline for completing service requirements is April 1, 2021. Completed first-semester service hours (June 1-December 31) should be entered into the x2vol program by December 31.
There will be checkpoints throughout the year to ensure timely completion of the service requirement.
The x2vol program for tracking service hours has a smart phone app. Go to your app store, search x2vol and follow the prompts. There is also a tutorial video on the x2vol app which discusses how to enter hours.
Sister Chris Pologa is available on Tuesdays during all lunch periods to answer questions about service and to help students with service entries. Students may email her at email@example.com or stop by her office in Mother Alice Hall, room 212.
As a reminder, failure to turn in service hours by the deadline will result in a checklist. Seniors must complete their service requirements in order to graduate from SJA, and all other students must complete their service hours in order to return to SJA the following year.
Your gift makes a difference.
No matter the type, the amount or when you make your gift, every gift to the SJA Annual Fund matters. Your gift every year makes a difference every day for our young women.
Please don’t wait until the last minute. Online or text-to-give gifts with your debit or credit card must be made or gifts in the mail must be postmarked by Thursday, December 31, 2020, to be processed and deemed tax-deductible for 2020 tax returns.
Giving is easy!
Or simply text the message SJA 1868 to the number 41444. This easy, secure system will send you a prompt to complete the simple donation process using a credit card or your Paypal account.
If you prefer to make a gift of stock, please contact Mission Advancement Director Meg Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 388-2254.
Pave the Way Bricks
Buy a brick this holiday season and leave a lasting legacy. Engraved brick pavers are placed outside the Sister Agatha Dining Hall. For more information, contact Mission Advancement Assistant Wendy Coniglio (email@example.com; 388-2336). Click here to purchase your brick today.
SJA Mothers' Club
The SJA Mothers’ Club needs you! Dues from our members support the services and events provided by the Mothers’ Club for our administration, faculty/staff and students. The membership drive for the 2020-2021 school year continues. If you are not yet a member of the Mothers’ Club, please click here to register today.
Through a system of active committees, the SJA Mothers’ Club provides various services for our school community. While this year looks different than previous ones, the Mothers’ Club is working hard to help in any way that we can, from Teacher and Student Appreciation to our new online Sticker Shop. During these unprecedented times, one thing we can all do is support our school community with prayers, so remember to send in your prayer requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, save the date of Friday, April 30, 2021, for the 2020-2021 Mother-Daughter Style Show. An Evening Under the Sea will be held at Raising Cane’s River Center. Please join the Mothers’ Club and support this wonderful event. We are looking forward to fun-filled evening this spring.
Registration to model in this year’s style show will take place on Shop SJA January 11-22. Seniors will receive an email with details and information. Please be reminded that membership in the Mothers’ Club is mandatory for senior moms who wish to participate in the style show. If you need assistance with membership, please contact Mothers’ Club Moderator Katie Valenciano at email@example.com.
SJA Dads' Club
Save the date for Father-Daughter Day 2021: Sunday, April 18, 2021. The day will begin at 11 a.m. in the Academy Student Center with a prayer service and a guest speaker, followed by lunch and games on campus. Compete with and against your daughter for prizes and bragging rights. The theme for the day is “Aloha! From SJA Father-Daughter Day.” You can register now (and order your t-shirts) on Shop SJA. Deadline to register is Thursday, April 1, 2021.
The Dads’ Club reminds you that it’s not too late to join. The Dads’ Club works in partnership with the school on a variety of events throughout the school year. Some of the highlights of our involvement are class retreats, Seniors’ Last Day, Open House and exam snacks, to name a few. Your membership dues, in combination with the profits from Dads’ Club-sponsored events such as Father-Daughter Day and The Sticker Scramble, benefit our daughters.
Click here to sign up for The Dads’ Club.
SJA HOLIDAY BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
Monday-Wednesday, December 28-30, in the Academy Student Center. Games begin each day at 1 p.m. On Monday, the Redstickers will play Mentorship Academy at 4 p.m. On Tuesday, the JV team will play Mount Carmel JV at 4 p.m., and the varsity will take on Archbishop Chapelle at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Redstickers will conclude the tournament by playing Cabrini at 2:30 p.m. Due to COVID restrictions, there is limited seating.
SOCCER SENIOR NIGHT
Friday, January 15, versus Zachary, SJA Soccer Stadium at Burbank Fields. Senior ceremony at 5:45 p.m., with the varsity match at 6 p.m.
Please direct questions to Athletic Director Dorinda Beaumont (firstname.lastname@example.org; 388-2290).
Thank you for adjusting to the new online version of the Sticker Shop. Even though the girls and parents could not enter the store to shop, we had a great year. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped man the store and keep it running. We welcome 2021 with new items and will be restocked with beanies, sweatshirts and sweatpants. The shop will reopen at the start of school on Tuesday, January 5.
The Sticker Shop is located in Mother Alice Hall and is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students can pick up pre-purchased items through the Sticker Shop window located across from the chapel, and parents can do curbside pickup in the Mother Alice Hall circle drive during the hours listed above. Simply call (225) 388-2237 upon your arrival.
See you in the New Year!