Saint James School strives to keep tuition rates as reasonable as possible. Knowing that Catholic education would not be possible for every family who would desire the opportunity, tuition aid is available for registered parishioners with students in grades 1 through 8. The SMART Tuition Aid information is included in this week’s Fodder listing. Further information and the online forms are on the SJS website

Thanks to Gordon, Samantha and Sophia Braun and Alex Chengary for serving in special roles at last Sunday’s 10:00 Mass. You, too, be of service as a greeter, gift bearer, or reader at the 2nd Sunday of the month Mass! May will be the last opportunity for this academic year. Please sign up at



FAMILY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY   St. James Student Council is hosting a volunteer night at Feed My Starving Children for 6, 7, and 8th graders. The event is on Thursday, April 26th from 6:00- 7:30pm in Schaumburg. Limited spots are available, so  click here to sign up today!








When your child is absent from school, please remember to call the absence line at 224-345-7146 and leave a message with the reason for the absence.  If it is not for illness, you can simply say “personal day” or “out of town”. If your child is ill, please let us know the type of illness, i.e. “cold”, “stomach ache”, “fever”, “sore throat”, etc.  If your child has an M.D. confirmed case of the flu or strep, please indicate so. The Health Office tracks this information to better serve our St. James School community by trending the health of our school. Thank you for your cooperation!

Please read the thank you letter from Father John Baker, Pastor of Star of the Sea School in Key West Florida, the recipient of one of SJS’s Catholic Schools Week service projects.

Capannari’s Coolest School    APRIL 16, 3:00-6:00

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!!!! St. James has a chance to win the title of “Coolest School”. Capannari’s is a short trip down Northwest Hwy. at 10 S. Pine St. in Mt. Prospect. 10% of all sales for that day will go back to SJS. The three schools that have raised the most money will spilt another 10% of the total sales for all of the days combined. The split will be as follows: 1st Place takes 60%, 2nd Place takes 30%, and 3rdPlace takes 10%. Last year the winning school brought in a check for over $2,000.00! Staff members will be on hand to scoop your ice cream from 3:00-6:00! Ice cream for dinner on Monday!!

April 16-SJS day at Capannari’s Ice Cream!

April 17-Parents’ Club Meeting, 6:30

April 30-SIP Day, NO CLASSES

SJS Band and Third Grade Recorder Concert

May 9, 2018

7:00 PM, Parish Center

Remember, it’s Dairy Queen Blizzard night!

Click here to access the Dairy Queen Blizzard Pre-Order Form!


Registration is OPEN – CLICK HERE 
When: June 18-22  ~  Time: 9:00am-noon  ~  Location: St. James Parish Center

Ages: Pre-K 4 – entering 5th grade (must be 4 yrs old & potty trained by 9/1)  ~  Cost: $30



Registration for Sunday School is OPEN – CLICK HERE

ALUMNI NEWS      Congratulations to SJS alumni Sarah McGrath and Andrew Leno, both Class of 2014, for being awarded the prestigious Hersey High School Jim Thompson Basketball Sportsmanship Award by their team mates and coaches.We are proud you!!

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation

This has been an exciting week because your Households of Faith came to proclaim our Friday Mass today.

As you well know, your children have been taking the ACT/Aspire test throughout the week. So we like to end this week with a special liturgy that is a “gift” to the students, allowing them to reflect on the grace of God in their lives. Click here to READ MORE.

  2018-2019 Room Parents  

Volunteer to be a Room Parent here! Room Parents are so valuable to our teachers and students. Please consider offering your time as a Room Parent for 2018-2019. Being a Room Parent is a unique opportunity to get to know your child’s teacher and classmates. SJS LOVES OUR ROOM PARENTS!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 in the school cafeteria!  Please take a moment to review the minutes from our March meeting found on the Parents’ Club page of the SJS Website.  They will help cue you into what will be discussed and voted upon on 4/17.  Your participation matters!   

Parent-Led Mass       Thank you to all parents who took part in the school Mass this morning!  Thirty school parents were involved in the Mass with many others present to celebrate the Eucharist with our children.  We appreciate the support of Mrs. Farrell and Mr. Conseur in planning the Mass and music.   We look forward to making this a St. James tradition and welcome all parents to get involved.  Ask your children about the Mass and prayer card that each student received!


Cultural Arts       All are welcome to our next Cultural Arts program on THURSDAY, APRIL 19.  Parents’ club fundraising events and initiatives support these dynamic programs!   Prismatic Magic!                                     on April 19:  1:30 p.m.  K – 3 Laser Safari    2:30 p.m.   4 – 8  American Pride Spectacular                             Parents with younger children are welcome to come, too!  Sign in at the school office and join us in the parish center!

Laser Safari:  Send your students on an incredible ecological adventure as they explore the secrets of two amazing ecosystems: Africa’s Serengeti and South America’s Amazon RainforestLaser Safari recreates these destinations in dazzling laser light, so students can explore their unusual climates and specialized inhabitants. Combining elements of biology, ecology, meteorology, and environmental science.

American Pride Spectacular:  Celebrate America’s spirit of innovation, discovery, and exploration with the American Pride Laser Spectacular, an exciting musical and laser extravaganza highlights our shared history.  This program is an inspirational reminder that our freedom is earned through the sacrifices made by generations of Americans.






Family Action Network (FAN) was organized in 1982 by parents concerned about their kids and their community; such parents still are the core of FAN.

The initial concerns of parents were identified in FAN’s original name: Parent Alliance for Drug and Alcohol Awareness (PADAA). PADAA began as an outgrowth of a New Trier Parents’ Association program called “Alcohol Awareness Night.” Over time the program emphasis of FAN broadened with the recognition that the tactics of education and connection among parents and with the school and professional communities work on all aspects of child and family development. In turn, this broader scope of information and connection bears on drug and alcohol awareness as well as health and wellness, positive development, safety, and education issues of the family, youth and community.

FAN is supported by a wide variety of educational institutions, non-profits, faith-based organizations, corporations, foundations, and families. Its programs are free and open to the public.

Two upcoming presentations that were eye-catching are listed below. An additional offering from Carmel High School is included.

~”How Children Thrive: The Practical Science of Raising Independent, Resilient, and Happy Kids”, Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 PM


~Grand Rounds: “Mindful ADHD”, Friday, May 11, 2018, 9:00-10:30 AM

~Vaping, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 6:30-8:00 AM


For our November Pack Meeting, Pack 266 participated in the Pocket Flag Project to say thank you to the men and women of the armed forces. We had several veterans speak to the Scouts about service overseas and what it means to receive something from home. The Scouts then folded miniature flags into pocket sized triangles to the best of their ability and packaged them into small Ziploc bags with a note of thanks that reads:

A flag for your pocket so you can always carry a little piece of home.
We are praying for you and we are proud of you.
Thank you for defending our country and our freedom.
Presented by Pocket Flag Project(tm)
Folded by: Cub Scout Pack 266


About 25 Scouts in first through fifth grade and their parents managed to prepare 300 flags that we sent to military units with an Illinois connection including 140 Pocket Flags to the crew of the USS Illinois, a nuclear submarine, based in Hawaii. However, we had some trouble with shipping. The first time, the package ended up right back at the McLeod house due to an incorrect address so I reached out to my contacts and eventually got in touch with the commander of the sub. He gave me the correct address and offered to fly a Pack flag from the mast of the USS Illinois itself. So I mailed the package off again with a Pack flag. Over the next two months, the package got lost and then found and then it went to Maine instead of Hawaii and then back to the great State of Illinois. I was expecting it on my doorstep once again but by some postal service miracle it actually made it to its destination. Persistence pays off. I have Attached pictures of the flag on the mast of the USS Illinois on April 4 (apparently they can’t actually show the sub for security reasons) and a certificate of flag presentation from the commander of the sub.

April 27 and 28 are the Misericordia Candy Days collection at the Mariano’s in Des Plaines. Here is an easy way to sign up for this very family friendly and worthy service opportunity..!/showSignUp/20F0E4CAFA72FA0FC1-misericordia

It is also a wonderful way to have a fun time right near home, while supporting the tremendous gift of Misericordia to our greater Chicago community and the families whom they serve.