FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAPPAS
Congratulations to Mrs. McDermott who was selected by the Office of Catholics Schools as a recipient of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s 2018 Heart of Enrichment, Heart of the School Award. Catholic Schools seek to teach the “whole child”, providing each child with enrichment opportunities beyond the core subjects. This award from the Office of Catholic Schools recognizes school employees who excel at providing instruction in one or more enrichment area. Mrs. McDermott’s reach beyond the classroom includes activities involving the range of school bands such as organizing the annual Solo & Ensembles Festival which involves schools beyond SJS. She engages students in service with visits to Lutheran Home to entertain residents, Backstretch, Local Mission Trip, Retreats and Music Ministry.
Mrs. McDermott will be honored at a reception with the other OCS Heart of the School awardees next week at Ditka’s Restaurant in Oakbrook!
Thank you, Mrs. McDermott, for your outstanding contribution to our school and parish!
~Did you know that most weeks St. James School has a full page in the Parish Bulletin? Check out this week’s bulletin featuring Leadership at SJS! You can view the bulletin on the parish website or pick one up at Mass this weekend on Saturday at 5:00 or on Sunday at 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 11;30, or 5:00pm. All Masses are in the Parish Center during church renovations.
St. James School has been recognized as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship
Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized St. James School as a Common Sense School. St. James School has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyber bullying. The recognition acknowledges our school’s commitment creating a culture of digital learning and citizenship. READ MORE.
Thank you for your generosity toward Misericordia last week! The NJHS collected $722.45 for this mighty organization!
GOD BLESS OUR SECOND GRADERS AS THEY MAKE THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION TOMORROW.
WELCOME TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD!!
MAY YOU CONTINUE TO WELCOME JESUS IN COMMUNION FREQUENTLY AT SUNDAY MASS!
FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation
This Saturday, May 5th, is one day is a very special day for the St. James Community. Our second graders will receive the Body and Precious Blood of Christ into their very being. They will be transformed as the move a step closer to complete relationship with God. As Saint Athanasius said in the fourth century, “He became what we are that we might become what he is.” This is the essence of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Christ has taken on our humanity so that we can become as God intended us to be, divine. READ MORE.
If you haven’t yet signed up to be a room parent for 2018-2019, please consider helping out! We need additional room parents in PK3 (4 parents needed), 5-full day PK4 (2 needed), full day K (3 needed), First Grade (2 needed), Second Grade (1 needed), Third Grade (1 needed), and Seventh Grade (2 needed). Other grades not listed have enough volunteers. If you’ve already volunteered, you ARE going to be needed as a room parent next year and your grade placement will be emailed by the end of May or as soon as all grade level needs are met. MANY THANKS to all of you who continue to offer your time as a room parent!!
National School Nurses Day Let’s continue our theme of appreciation by celebrating National School Nurses Day on Wednesday, May 9! With gratitude for all they do to respond to our children’s health and wellness, Parents’ Club will present a gift to Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Westerkamp. Once again, your support of our organization’s fundraising programs allows us to provide these gestures of kindness and thanks on everybody’s behalf! Thank YOU!
Spiritwear SJS Spirit Wear is available year-round by visiting our Cheer Shoppe website. New designs, clothing options, and more glitzy wear coming in 2018-2019!
Our final Parents’ Club meeting of the year is Tuesday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. in the O’Brien Room (parish office basement). Meeting minutes from our April 17 meeting are available on the Parents’ Club webpage. Within the minutes, in “new business” is a link to the presentation that was shared during our meeting. It includes detailed results from our survey and how the results connect with and helped shape changes that were proposed and voted upon during the meeting. Also available on our web page is a link to our updated bylaws, and the NEW approved mission statement that will be official for the 2018-2019 school year. This is an exciting time for our family and school organization and we hope you’ll read all about this important news!
SVHS Senior Night Awardees ~ Congratulations to SJS Class of 2018
Outstanding Achievement: David Petrovich
~Fine Arts Department
Outstanding Achievement Visual Arts: Anna Gorma
Outstanding Achievement Choral Music: Danielle Versen
~Physical Education Department
Outstanding Achievement PE III/IV: Anna Gorman
Outstanding Achievement: David Petrovich, Danielle Versen
Outstanding Achievement: Andrew Kicinski, Katherine Schade
~Social Studies Department
Outstanding Achievement: Danielle Versen
~Senior Club Awards
National Art Honor Society
Outstanding Service: Anna Gorman
2018 Student Council Officers
ICC Parliamentarian: David Petrovich
ESCC Scholar-Athlete Award
Katherine Schade – Soccer
David Petrovich – Soccer
The Golden Lion Award (Three Seasons/Four-Year Student-Athletes):
Corrigan Korab – Soccer, Basketball, Baseball
Male Athlete of the Year: Michael Balcerak
National Association of Secondary School Principals American Citizenship Award:
President’s Volunteer Service Award-Bronze:
Frank M. Covey, Jr. Award:
GIRL SCOUT NEWS
Children, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the general public are all encouraged to participate in GOT 2 RUN on May 19. Start time is 8:00am at 200 East Sigwalt Street, Arlington Heights, across the street from Village Hall. The event is promoted to over 200 public and private schools serving over
120,000 northwest-suburban children. Event proceeds of at least $5.00 per participant will be distributed back to the schools or school district education foundations to fund activities that encourage wellness. Over $130,000 has been raised for schools since the inaugural race in 2012. Last year SJS received $120. Can we top that?!! Click here to access the registration form.