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November 2016


Join Us for the 5th Annual Building Futures Breakfast The Building Futures Breakfast gathers women throughout Greater Cleveland in support of Saint Joseph Academy's mission. The event, sponsored by Key Private Bank, Thompson Hine, Eileen Biehl '75 P '14, Creekside Financial Partners, Fairport Asset Management and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, provides participants with an inspiring breakfast to network, introduce professional women to our Academy, model compassionate leadership and support the educational future of the young women of the Academy by raising critical scholarship funds.

UPCOMING EVENTS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 29 Consider helping the young women of SJA on Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

THURSDAY DECEMBER 15 Christmas Concert, Auditorium 7-9 p.m. Cost: Free, open to the public.

The Building Futures Breakfast is Tuesday, December 6, from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Union Club in downtown Cleveland. Tickets for this premier event are $150 per person ($125 tax deductible) and available online by clicking here. For additional information, contact Vice President of Institutional Advancement Connie Sipple, CFRE, at 216.671.0166.

Young Alumnae Homecoming Members of the Classes of 2012-2016, join us for this year's Holiday Homecoming Gathering at the Academy! Please save the date for Tuesday, December 27 from 6-8 p.m. Please RSVP by Wednesday, December 21 by completing this registration form or contact Alumnae Director Allison Busser '04. Cost of admission is a $5 donation to the Annual Fund.

TUESDAY DECEMBER 27 Young Alumnae Homecoming, Members of the Classes of 2012-2016, 6-8 p.m., SJA. Email Alumnae Director Allison Busser '04 for more information.

Remember Loved Ones With Tribute Angel

Once again, a memorial Christmas tree will be featured in our Holy Family Chapel. It will be decorated with special angel ornaments, each sponsored to honor a loved one, or the memory of a loved one who has passed away. The tree will go up at the beginning of Advent and will remain on display until early January 2017. During this time, the entire Academy community will pray for the individuals remembered on the tree ornaments. A tribute angel is $25. All donations will be used to advance the mission of Saint Joseph Academy. For more information, please visit

CLEseats Gets Sustainability Suggestions from SJA As part of their United Nations Sustainable Development Goals project, the Contemporary World History class researched, developed and shared a sustainability proposal with CLEseats App founder Lauren Kluth '09. CLEseats is an app that allows local restaurants to share weekly specials and menus and allows consumers to search and reserve online. To promote sustainability in local restaurants and draw more consumers to become more environmentally conscious, students researched restaurant sustainable practices, developed sustainability criteria, identified CLEseats restaurants that met the criteria and designed a graphic that would denote restaurants on the site that met the criteria. Ms. Kluth loved the idea and said it is something she would consider incorporating into the app. The app honors the late Dana Care '09 and a portion of the proceeds go to the Richie White Foundation, an organization that supported Dana during her illness.

Christmas Fair Trade Boutique Shop for gifts that help people and help the planet! The Saint Joseph Academy Christmas Fair Trade Boutique, presented by the Catholic Students for Peace & Justice (CSPJ) Club on Thursday, December 1, 5-8 p.m. in the Auditorium. Browse various fair trade items from over 15 vendors, such as Threads of Hope, Kernels by Chrissie, Noonday and Sweet Designs. Your Christmas shopping helps create a better world. Admission is free. For more information, please contact CORE Ministry teacher Mrs. Cathy Lanning-Knittel '67 at

Christmas Shopping Opportunities with Rewards Programs and Paw Prints Store Support our students simply by shopping! By designating Saint Joseph Academy in the shopping rewards programs at AmazonSmile, Heinen's or Giant Eagle, you can help the Academy at no additional cost to your purchases. Click here to learn how to enroll in the "School Rewards" programs of these stores. Knowing you are helping SJA with your Christmas shopping will bring new meaning to an already blessed season. The Paw Prints Store is gearing up for the Christmas season and you should, too! Sleep in on Black Friday and plan to start your shopping on Purple Saturday! The store will be open from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 26. For every $40 you spend on an in-store purchase made between November 26-December 2, you will receive $5.00 in Jaguar Bucks to use when you stop in on Saturday, December 17. Check out our special edition Saint Joseph Academy memory tiles - the perfect stocking stuffers for all the Jaguar fans on your list! The tiles can be proudly displayed in your home or office. If you join us on December 1 for the Academy's Christmas Fair Trade Boutique, the store will be open from 5-8 p.m. Find our regular store hours and special Christmas hours here.

Annual Breakfast Celebrates Legacy Connections

More than 100 women including students in the Class of 2020 and their mothers and grandmothers who are alumnae, gathered for the annual Legacy Breakfast. Charlotte Baker '20 will graduate almost 100 years after her late great-grandmother, Helen Cole Landers, 1922. Mrs. Landers is also great-grandmother to Maia George '16 and Sophie George '18, and mother of Sharen Landers Thompson '63. These families are truly keeping the SJA family tradition alive and well.

The Class of 2020 with their legacy connections

Athletic Highlights Our fall sports had an amazing season! Click here for the Fall 2016 Athletics Announcement. To check out photos from the games or to see the schedules for the upcoming week, click here.

Employment Opportunities Do you know of anyone who might be interested in working at SJA? These are two open management positions - the Development Director and Director of Admission at SJA! For more information about these positions and others, please click here.

Athletic Hall of Fame 2017 Nominations Do you know a former Jaguar athlete, coach or supporter who should be recognized for their contributions to the Academy's athletics? Nominees will be accepted for athletes, coaches and special contributors. Click here for the nomination requirements. All nominees will be evaluated by the Athletic Hall of Fame committee on their significant and/or long term contribution to interscholastic athletics at the Academy. Inductees will be honored on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, December 2, 2016. Click here for the nomination form.

Memoriam On November 3, alumnae, family and friends attended mass at the St. Joseph Center to remember those who have died. Rev. Thomas Woost presided over the mass that remembered all deceased alumnae of Saint Joseph Academy, Nazareth Academy and St. Therese Academy, as well as deceased parents, benefactors and friends. To view a list of those we remembered at this mass, please click here. The Church remembers those who have died throughout the month of November. This time allows us to focus on our faith in the promise of our resurrection as well as on our family members, classmates and friends with whom we will one day be reunited. Starting this month, we will have a special place in this newsletter that lists members of our alumnae community who have died in the past month. Please keep the following members of our alumnae community in your prayers: Rita Braun Auer T'44, Yvonne Siemer '52, Patricia Murphy N'72, Debora Hough Garcia '74 and Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Durkin '78.

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Alumnae Connection November 2016  

The monthly Alumnae Connections newsletter for Saint Joseph Academy.

Alumnae Connection November 2016  

The monthly Alumnae Connections newsletter for Saint Joseph Academy.