It’s nearly time for the annual Broadway Bulldogs’ production of this year’s musical, High School Musical, Jr.!! Tickets are going fast! You don’t want to miss SJS upper level students in this spirited show! Ticket sales end at midnight on February 14! Click here to buy tickets for any of the three slated shows. Don’t miss out on all of the fun!

 February 14-Ash Wednesday, Mass at 2:00

February 15, 16, & 18-High School Musical, Jr.

February 16-End of 2nd Trimester

February 19-Presidents’ Day- No Classes

OLD PALMS      With Lent starting Wednesday, February 14, we need to dispose of the palms we received last Palm Sunday. Families are invited to bring in  OLD palms when they come to Mass or to school through March18. Please transport old palms in a bag rather than loose. St. James will burn all palms received. Some of the ashes will be used on Ash Wednesday.

All are welcome to join the students and staff at the all school Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 2:00. You can find more information additional Ash Wednesday Masses and Lent at St. James in this newsletter.

In case you were wondering, “Ash Wednesday Trumps Valentine’s Day” . Fasting and abstinence will apply on Ash Wednesday despite the fact that it falls on Valentines’ Day. Catholics 18-59 are required to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  Catholics 14 and older are also required to abstain from meat on those days, and on Lenten Fridays.  In other words, a person fasting “is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.


It has been a busy, faith-filled time at Saint James, especially since the first of the year. We had a great retreat for our 7th grade, which I mentioned previously, and last week, of course, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week. This week has included a talk to the Brownies who are candidates for their “My Faith, My Promise” pin. READ MORE.


We all know how important it is for our children to be readers. Sometimes children need coaxing to do independent reading and see it as a fun and profitable pastime. I came across the following article which sheds light on some important tips on how to encourage your child to be a reader.

If your child doesn’t read very much and maybe struggles to read, it’s important that you support your child’s reading at home. But, as you’ve probably found out, just nagging your kid to read doesn’t do much good. It might even make things worse. READ MORE


Our next Parents’ Club meeting is FEBRUARY 20 @ 2:00 pm in the O’Brien Room. Please note we have changed the time of the February meeting to 2:00 pm. Our evening social meeting will instead be held on April 17 @ 7:00 pm.

Did you know… way back in 2001 our magazine drive fundraiser brought in a profit of $27,000?!?  Yes.  Really!  Next week you will receive the magazine drive fundraising packet in your oldest or only child’s backpack.  Unlike years past, there is no assembly for the students to ramp up their excitement; however, there are still prizes available as listed on the packet envelope.  Due dates for postcards and orders are as listed on the letter stapled to the envelope.   As with all Parents’ Club fundraisers, your support is voluntary. Last year we profited $3,500 from the magazine drive.  While still a significant profit, what a difference from 2001!  The Parents’ Club board is currently evaluating our fundraising calendar and wants to know what you think. Keep an eye out for our short survey which will be available in the coming weeks.  Thank you for your continued support of Parents’ Club sponsored fundraisers and activities!


Register now for LNO 2018  —  Friday, March 2!

REGISTER ONLINE here using FaithDirect

Save your seat at Ladies Night Out using a credit card.  Sip the night away with friends, belly up for some bingo and win beautiful gift baskets for everyone in the family!  This is the parish-wide event not to be missed.  Grab your girlfriends and join us! You’ll find the LNO invitation and paper registration form here if you prefer to send in a check payable to St. James Parish.

Thanks to the support of Fr. Matt and the parish there will be a spectacular Grand Raffle which includes a week stay at a Lake Buena Vista/Orlando Resort PLUS a $500 VISA Gift Card!  More details of this incredible LNO Grand Raffle item can be found in this link.

Your donation to this popular event is welcome!  View the donation letter here to find out how!

Angels in the Classroom

Thank you for such generous gifts from the “Angels” list to our teachers!    Parents’ Club chairperson, Julie Delaney (, can help you make selections and organize your Angels gift.  Check out details of our Angels program here: Angels In the Classroom

Thank you for sending in your box tops!


Calling All Cub Scouts and Families!

It’s time to celebrate a great year of Scouting & Achievements!  Please join us on Friday, February 23th at 6pm in the St. James Parish Center as we celebrate our annual BLUE & GOLD Awards Dinner. Everyone in the family is welcome to attend.  Dinner & Entertainment is provided! Please see the Cub Scout flyer in the fodder for more details –  you must RSVP to Michelle Koclanis by February 16th so we can get an accurate count for dinner.  Hope to see you there!!