FROM THE PRINCIPAL  

Mark your calendars and join the SJS community for a special Friday morning Mass on April 13. SJS parents will take on special roles during this liturgy! Newly registered and prospective families, you are invited, too! Hospitality will be offered after Mass in the cafeteria.

The Tuition Agreement for the 2018-2019 academic year are now available.Click here to see important information from Father Matt and Mrs. Pappas.  Please click here to access the agreement. Information should be entered/verified, the document should be signed should and returned to school by April 6.

IMPORTANT RELEVANT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS    Interact with Detective Rich Wistocki and hear important NEW information about what kids are doing on their cell phones and online. This presentation will empower parents to better understand their children. Our evolving world of technology demands that we keep on top of things and Detective Wistocki is an expert in the field of Internet safety.

This presentation takes place on April 4 at 7:00 at Prospect HS. Only 250 seats are available. Register soon at   https://d214.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/costoption/class_id/1936/public/1/sp/


SANDWICH MINISTRY

Sandwich Ministry delivered 83 lunches to Deborah’s Place, an organization whose mission is to open doors of opportunity for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago.  Deborah’s Place provides supportive housing and services including job readiness training, tutoring and education assistance, health services, case management, counseling, and social and life skills activities.

Thank you for your generosity in feeding the less fortunate.


 

HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH

We are but a few days away from the joy of Easter. Yet, to reach that sublime gift for all who believe, we must enter into the Passion of Christ. So no matter where you are next week…READ MORE.


KEY DATES FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL CALENDAR

August 20 – Orientation, PK 4-Grade 8

August 21 – First day, PK4 FD-Grade 8

August 22 – First Day for PK 4 am & 3 FD

August 28 – PK3 Orientation (Parent & Student)

August 30 – First day, PK 3

November 21-23 – Thanksgiving Break

December 24-January 4 – Christmas Break

March 25-29 – Spring Break

June 1 – Graduation

June 6 – Last Day of School (If there’s no need for make up days)


March 23 – Faculty Retreat, NO CLASSES
March 26-April 3- SPRING BREAK, NO CLASSES
March 29-Holy Thursday
March 30 – Good Friday
March 31 – Holy Saturday
April 1 – Easter Sunday
April 2 – Easter Monday, NO CLASSES
April 3 – Classes Resume

April 9-12 – ASPIRE Testing, Grades 3-8


We are thankful to the parents who joined us on Tuesday for our meeting. We appreciate your input, ideas, and support! Comments always welcome at sjsparentsclub@stjamesschoolah.org

More from our family survey…

  • 70% of families are aware of the purpose and mission of Parents’ Club. That means 30% of our families don’t understand our organization’s goal.  33% of families are unaware of how PC spends its fund raised dollars.

A few comments shared via our survey:

  • “As a new SJS parent, I don’t know how many fundraisers there are. It just seems like they keep coming.”
  • “Thank you for all you do!”
  • “What if evening meetings offered a babysitting option?”
  • “It seems silly that we have to buy into a ‘membership’ for Parents Club. I have heard that it confuses new parents because they don’t quite understand what it is for.”
  • “I feel that the Parents’ Club is doing a great job and am thankful to be in a school community with such dedicated and giving parents!”
  • “As a donor, my preference is to either give a straight monetary donation or to support events/programs that build community while also raising funds instead of donating through the purchase of items.”

Our April meeting will address these comments and survey results!  Join us!

All School Mass – Friday, April 13     Parents’ Club will proudly host our all school Mass on 4/13 at 9:00 a.m.  Thank you to parents who offered to take part in the Mass!  We’re still looking for more parents to join our music ensemble.  Please email sjsparentsclub@stjamesschoolah.org if you’d like to join us!  All parents are welcome.  Join us after Mass for coffee and donuts in the cafeteria.  Newly registered families are also invited and look forward to meeting other proud Bulldog families!

 

2018-2019 Room Parents       The 2018-2019 Room Parent signup form will be available in the Fodder after spring break.  Being a room parent is so valuable to our teachers and students and you’ll earn plenty of opportunities to be present in the classroom and accompany your child’s class on field trips!  Please consider offering your time as a room parent. SJS LOVES our room parents!!

 

LNO Wrap up          Oh what a night!  The net profit of our LNO event was $44,799!  WOW!  A huge Thank You to everybody who helped make this night possible – LNO committee chairs, the baskets and decorating crew, room parents, and dozens of other generous and helpful SJ parents.  It’s absolutely incredible what we can do and how much fun we can have when we work together.  Congratulations on a successful event!


TO HELP US ON OUR LENTEN JOURNEY….


 


RAGTIME * AUDITIONS

Auditions for the summer musical RAGTIME will be April 16 & 17 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm in the O’Brien Room at St. James. See this flyer for details.


An Opportunity to purchase a piece of St. James History!   St. James is  selling one of our baby-grand pianos which has been a part of our music ministry for years. It’s a 5’8″ Kimball that is in good shape that has had been blessed by our music ministry here at St. James and it can be yours to take home! We are asking for $1000 for the piano or best offer. Please contact tconseur@stjamesah.org for more information.