Next week SJS is looking forward to welcoming a visiting team to affirm the findings of our AdvancEd School Improvement Process.

The AdvancED accreditation process is used at all levels of education, and is recognized for its ability to effectively drive student performance and continuous improvement. This systems accreditation designed for Catholic school systems aligns us with the  AdvancEd Standards.This approach to continuous school improvement confirms quality assurance in the systematic review of our educational programs to ensure that acceptable standards of Catholic identity, education, scholarship, and infrastructure are maintained. Each year SJS collects and analyzes data, sets goals, plans, implements, and evaluates our school improvement efforts. This ongoing continuous review and evaluation of activities leads to authentic school improvement. All Archdiocesan schools are visited in a 5 year cycle. Next week is SJS’s turn to “show off”!

A report of the findings will be distributed to the community after the visitation.

LAST CHANCE! Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up on Thursday, March 22 between 4:00 and 6:00. Teachers will be compiling their lists and contacting parents if they require a conference regarding a child’s progress. Parents, too, may request a conference. To do so, please send an email to me at by Tuesday, March 6. Please include your child’s name, grade, and teacher. A schedule will be sent home on March 16.

ASPIRE Testing for grades 3-8 is scheduled for the week of April 9-13. Please refrain from appointments that may keep students from school on those days.


We’re proud of SJS students who earned the Honor and Merit Roll for the 2nd Trimester!

Additional congratulations are due to 6th grader, P.J. McLeod, who has been chosen as an Illinois State Finalist in the 2018 National Geography Bee!  He will compete on Friday, April 6, at Illinois State University as one of only 103 students to qualify for the state-level competition.  If he wins, P.J. would represent the state of Illinois in the National Geography Bee Finals.  Congrats again and we wish P.J. the best of luck!!

All 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to participate in this year’s LIVING STATIONS to be performed on Good Friday, March 30.

March 5 – Pizza with a Purpose

March 8 -Solo & Ensemble Festival

March 9, Mass, 9:00, church, 2:45, Stations of the Cross

March 15 – Special Lunch

  ****March 22 – 2:00 DISMISSAL****

March 22 – Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00-6:00


Thank you, generous SJS students and families, for fulfilling the Corporal Works of Mercy, feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty through your contributions to this week’s Sandwich Ministry. 94 lunches  to Deborah’s Place in Chicago. The lunches were put out right away for the afternoon meal.

We are grateful for the assistance of Mr. Smith,Mrs. Whelan, and 8th grade volunteers, in getting our donations packed and delivered to those in need.


Congratulations to SJS alumni who have achieved various Honor Rolls at Saint Viator High School!

We’re proud of your accomplishments! Keep up the impressive work!!


One of our most beautiful Lenten traditions at St. James School is taking the children to Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoon. The students attend the Stations in groups of two grade levels. This way the form of the Stations that is used can be age-appropriate for them. This not only allows for a prayerful experience because the students can understand the Stations, but it also makes it possible for students to participate in reading portions of the Stations, as well as engaging in the responses. READ MORE

Our next meeting is Tuesday, March 20 at 9:00 a.m. in the Laramie Room (church basement).  Can’t make it to morning meetings?  Join us at our evening social meeting on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria!  Meeting Minutes from each of our monthly meetings are available on the PC page of the school website.  Here is a direct link:

Thank you to those who completed our survey!  We have 90 responses thus far – that’s about 30% of our school families.  If you haven’t done it yet, please take a moment to share your opinion.  The survey will be available until Monday, March 5.  Results will be shared at our April 17 – 7:00 p.m. meeting.

LADIES NIGHT OUT     Wishing all St. James School mothers and teachers lots of luck tonight at LNO!

This evening is a HUGE undertaking for SJS parents.  THANK YOU to the LNO chair team of Beth Battaglia, Meghan Callero, Christina Murray & Kristen Wentink for your two-year commitment to this event and the immeasurable amount of time you’ve invested into its success.  Thank you also to the baskets team of Katie Papanicholas, Lily Meyers, Michelle Pesoli, and Kally Walsh.  We all know those beautiful, valuable, and cleverly created baskets bring in the hundreds upon hundreds of women to this event.  Without your generosity, creativity, and time LNO would not be possible.  We appreciate all of you and the dozens of other SJS Parents who volunteer with you to make this night possible.  Thank you!!

Magazine Drive     Did you forget to turn in your magazine drive ordering packet today, March 2?  If you still have orders to place –  you can place them online at  The school code is 2500544.  Follow the prompts to create your order and your child will receive credit for the sale.  You can send the website and code to friends and family, too!

Thank you for sending in your box tops!




It’s already Summer Solutions ordering time!. order information is found in the link below and contains the SJS school code and ordering deadline date.
Orders are shipped to school, so the books will be delivered to SJS after the deadline date.


Register through Faith Direct

The St. James Spring Blood Drive is coming up on March 11.

Create your pre-donation questionnaire before you donate. Go to the website and click on Donor Pass.  This must be done the day of the drive.

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Vacation Bible School Coming Soon   

When: June 18-22, 2018

Time: 9:00am-noon

Location: St. James Parish Center

Ages: Pre-K 4 (must be 4 yrs old by 9/1) – entering 5th grade

Cost: $30.00 per child

Registration: Opens in April and space is limited.

Volunteers are Needed!

If you are entering 6th grade through high school we need your help in the Vacation Bible School crews and stations. Service hours are available.

If you are an adult we would love to have you join us as leaders for stations or teens.

Whether you can spare 1 day or a whole week, come join the VBS fun while sharing your talents in ministering to our St. James Youth.