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!





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.

All are invited to join us for the SJS K-5th grade end of the year music concert on Tuesday, June 5 at 2:15 in the Parish Center! All students in grades K-5 will participate! Students should dress in any/all colors:red, black, white, silver, or gold with uniform bottoms. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of music from your favorite movies! Please email Mrs. Luehr, with any questions!

More help needed!  2018-2019 Room Parents

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

~English Department

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

~Theology Department

  Outstanding Achievement: David Petrovich, Danielle Versen

~Science Department

  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:

Michael Balcerak

President’s Volunteer Service Award-Bronze:

John Rapala

Ryan Smith

Frank M. Covey, Jr. Award:

Michael Balcerak

Anna Gorman

David Petrovich


On Sunday, April 29th we celebrated another successful year of Girl Scouting at St. James!  Currently, we have approximately 100 girls in girl scouts from ages 5 to 11 years old.
At our celebration we honored how these girls continue to be honest, resourceful, friendly, considerate and faithful.  From the service hours they have put in to the countless hours of learning about outdoors and community service work, we are very proud!
The St. James Mom’s who lead them have offered guidance and a great deal of care along the way.   They have shown us courage, strength, cheerfulness and unconditional love for all of the girls in their troops.
This year at our gathering our girls made over fifty kindness cards and collected 110 food items to send to the deployed United States Air Force troops overseas.

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.