Abby Thengil and Lila Sheriff enjoyed a unique experience today joining SJS priests and learning about what a day is like for Father Matt and Father Derek. Thanks to our priests for hosting the girls as “Priests for a Day”, a Battle of the Books reward.

Seventh and eighth grade room parents threw a surprise shower for Miss Schneider and Mrs. Esquivel! Best to each of them on their new life adventures as a wife and mother ( in addition to being teachers at SJS)!!

From the Office of Catholic Schools – ACT Aspire 2018 Summative Test Results
This year’s ACT Aspire summative results will be available for school staffs on the ACT Aspire portal mid-late July 2018. As you know from your test administration in April, ACT Aspire used new test forms this year. The use of new forms requires ACT to “equate” raw scores to scale scores and national norms. Due to this equating process, results will be available to schools in July rather than in June. Please make sure to communicate this information to your school community. ACT cannot score tests just for Archdiocesan schools; it must score all tests administered nationally in the spring to create national norms.


Options that have proven successful for SJS families are Dennis Uniform and Lands End. Only Dennis carries the SJS uniform plaid items. Dennis has closed its Mount Prospect store. The nearest brick and mortar store is in Chicago just of the Kennedy expressway on Higgins at Harlem. Sample items are available in the SJS office for sizing purposes for online ordering.

Please be mindful of uniform requirements when making your purchases. The guidelines are in the SJS Student/Parent Handbook on the website. Click here for details on school shoes.



SJS code: 900128257     Lands End will carry Sperry shoes beginning in June.

May 24- Creative Learning Fair, 7:00-8:00, PC

May 25 –Staff Development, No Classes

May 28- Memorial Day, No Classes

May 29 – Graduation Dinner Dance

May 31 – Final day for Pre K 3s


June 5 – End of Year Choral Concert, K-Gr. 5

An Afternoon at the Movies
SJS K-5th End of the Year General Music Concert
Join us on Tuesday, June 5 at 2:15 in the Parish Center for an afternoon of music from your favorite movies!
All students in K-5th will participate in this concert. Students should dress in any or all of the following colors: red, black, white, silver, or gold with uniform bottoms, please!
Email with any questions.




Thank you to Mrs. Dufern and all of the library volunteers for bringing so many worthwhile experiences to our students all year long!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!    Throughout the year we receive dozens of thank you notes from staff.  The volunteer and financial support you provide to our committees and programs allows us to present staff with special luncheons, reimbursement for classroom expenses, special occasion gifts and more!  Take a look at staff thank you notes here!  It will put a smile on your face! 🙂

This summer our teachers will become acquainted with their new Macbook laptops funded by a $45,942 donation from FSA!  We are excited to support technology upgrades in our school and look forward to continuing to provide our staff with funding to enhance the classroom experience for our students!

We look forward to seeing you all at the Creative Learning Fair tonight – Thursday, May 24 from 7-8pm in the Parish Center!  A great place to enjoy ice cream and art!

With our graduation dinner/dance just around the corner, we extend our gratitude to committee chairs, Lisa Chu and Erin McAndrews, the video team of Tim Allaire, Dave Ferriss, and Jamie Kaepplinger, and our Seventh Grade parents for organizing and planning the event.  This year as voted upon at our April meeting, Parents’ Club/FSA is proudly funding the entire event for all staff, graduates, and their parents.  We warmly wish all of our graduating students an evening full of fun, laughter, and precious memories to take with you in your journey after SJS.

We warmly welcome our new President – Julie Furmanski, and our new Secretary – Lily Meyers to the Family and School Association board!   An End of Year report with highlights and our fundraising goals and special events for 2018-2019 will come home in backpacks on June 1.  YOU are a school parent – YOU are invested in our mission.  We look forward to teaming up with all parents to continue supporting our school!  Welcome to the St. James Family and School Association! 



Seniors, Andrew Leno and Katie McGrath, SJS Class of 2014 were recently presented with the coveted 12 season athlete award at Hersey High School. Congratulations to these fine SJS alumni!!




Congratulations to the following SJS alumni upon receiving end of year awards at Saint Viator High School!

President’s Volunteer Bronze Service Award  Class or 2015: Maura Hogaboom, Amalia Sordo-Palacios    Class of 2016: Katherine McManaman

The Fairfield University 2018 Book Award   Class of 2015: Maura Hogaboom

Principal’s Honor Roll     Class of 2015: Nolan R Doherty, Zachary R Evans, Nicole B Gallant, Anna M Haas, Sara C Hankinson, Maura R Hogaboom, Colleen M McMahon, Matthew J McManaman, Kiana Resch, Amalia Sordo-Palacios Class of 2016: Alexandra M DiMarco, Katherine Z McManaman Class of 2017: Nicholette A Bentz, Tyler A Haisman, Christi M Hansen, Callie R Mulligan, Sarah J Schultz,

Academic Team Awards

WYSE Worldwide Youth In Science and Engineering
The Saint Viator Academic Team placed first at regional competition for the third year in a row. The following juniors won medals:

Biology: Kiana Resch – Third Place                  Computer Science: Matthew McManaman – Third Place

Computer Technology    Computer Science Principles: Class of 2015: Maura Hogaboom     Mobile Apps II: Class of 2015 :Matteo Garland

English Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015 :Colleen McMahon

Fine Arts Outstanding Achievement     Theater: Class of 2015: William Walberg      Choral Music: Class of 2016: Faith Cooper

Math Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015: Maura Hogaboom    Class of 2016: Katherine McManaman

Modern World Language Outstanding Achievement   French III: Class of 2015: Nicole Gallant   Italian III: Class of 2015:Sara Hankinson  

National Language Contest Exam

Italian Level 3A Bronze Award: Class of 2015: Sara Hankinson

Spanish Level III Silver Medal: Class of 2015: Anna Haas, Class of 2016: Daniel Ornelas

Spanish Level IV Silver Medal:Class of 2015: Maura Hogaboom

Spanish Level VI Gold Medal Award: Class of 2015 :Amalia Sordo-Palacios

Amalia Sordo-Palacios received 1st place in the Chicago-area chapter for the Level 6 National Spanish Exam in the bilingual category.

Physical Education Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015: Kiana Resch

Science Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015 :  Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon

Social Studies Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015: Maura Hogaboom, Matthew McManaman, Kiana Resch, William Walberg

Theology Outstanding Achievement: Class of 2015: Sara Hankinson, Maura Hogaboom, Colleen McMahon, Kiana Resch

Special awards were presented to two students who achieved a top score of 36 on the ACT. Only one-tenth of one percent of students who take the test nationwide receive a 36. Thomas Constertina and Maura Hogaboom.



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