As their special day approaches, the Class of 2018 gathered to celebrate at the annual Graduation Dinner Dance. It was a delightful evening with wonderful company,  a fine meal, sharing of elementary school memories, and dancing!  A number of awards were presented at this event. SJS is delighted to announce the honorees.


An annual honor distributed at this graduation dinner is the Sullivan Award. This is given to one boy and one girl for outstanding scholastic effort and outstanding scholastic achievement. The selection is made by the teachers based upon total academic achievement and effort as reflected in the students’ eighth grade reports.

This year, the Sullivan Award for outstanding scholastic effort has been earned by Abby Ferriss a and Erik Mikrut.

The Sullivan Award for Scholastic achievement has been earned by Alexa Furmanski and William Waltz.


The Margaret Zimmer Sweeney Award is given to eighth grade students who have exhibited seriousness about his or her schoolwork, and a dedication to the essence of faith life by selflessness and service to others. All eighth grade students are eligible for this award. The family of Margaret Zimmer Sweeney, a longtime parishioner of St. James, has funded this honor, offering the recipient a monetary award. The 2018 Margaret Zimmer Sweeney Award was a tie and goes to Christian Evans and Emma Zieba.


The Susan Kuzniewski Reifsnyder Award was established in 1997. It is awarded by the St. James Music ministry and carries a monetary gift. Two students are honored this year. The Reifsnyder Award goes to Allison Beck and Sophia Choronzuk.


This honor is presented by the SJS Athletic Department. Student athletes are reviewed based not on their athleticism, but on their positive attitude and strong work ethic. Most importantly, student athletes are measured on their consistent demonstration of camaraderie and good sportsmanship. The 2018 the Klopp Award honorees are Lauren Allaire and Riley DiMarco.

In order to broaden the scope of purposeful programs for students access, all incoming 2nd-8th graders will need school Google accounts in 2018-2019.  Sixth through eighth graders will have email enabled; younger grades will have email disabled. SJS needs consent from parents to give students Google accounts. Parents of incoming 2nd-5th graders for the 2018-2019 school year or students new to SJS are asked to complete the consent form found below. The current year’s 5th-8th grade parents have already completed this form.
There is an electronic parent consent form on the school website. Please take a moment to complete and return the form. It would be helpful to have as many of these forms completed before the end of the current school year.
Here’s the link to the electronic form:

Best wishes to the Class of 2018 as they celebrate their graduation from St. James School! Our community is proud of you! Never forget the lessons learned here! May you walk in the light of Jesus as you continue your journey to know and love Him. We’ll look for you at Sunday Mass at St. James!

June 1- Last Quest lunch of the year

June 2 – Graduation

June 5 – End of year Choral Concert, 2:15

June 7 – Last Day of School



The countdown has begun – 5,4,3, 2, 1…SCHOOL’S OUT! Ah for those lazy, laid back days of summer.

But we live in a culture where a phrase like that has little meaning. Many will go from very rigorous school and work schedules to even more rigorous, but self-imposed, rigorous schedules. I know that many of us have little control of demands of work and family and very necessary commitments.  READ MORE.


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.

   P.E. UNIFORMS  Grades 6-8 are required to wear uniforms for Physical Ed.

You’ve been invited to begin shopping in the St James PE Uniforms 2018 online store. This online store has been set-up to make the ordering process easier for you. Orders can be placed from May 30, 2018 until August 15, 2018.

It will take you just a few minutes to get started, three simple steps:

First, CLICK HERE (Be sure to use a current version of the most common browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer).
Browse all of the merchandise options your organization has made available to you. Be sure to carefully select the appropriate products, sizes and colors you need. Occasionally, your organization requires that certain products MUST be purchased in order to participate; these products are marked MANDATORY. The decision to include MANDATORY products is made by your organization.
Once you’re finished shopping, simply review your order and checkout. You will receive an Order Confirmation via email (at the email address you entered when ordering). Please look for this Order Confirmation email once you’ve completed your order.

If you need further assistance or have any questions, please CLICK HERE and one of our online Customer Care representatives will be glad to assist you.

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.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful readers!  This year’s Battle of the Books competitions were fantastic!This year our winning teams were in 3rd grade, 6th grade and 8th grade. Congratulations to our champions!


Mrs. Schueler’s class: Lucas Roman, Charlie Koclanis, Annabelle Finn, Grace Malcolm

Mrs. Potenza’s class: Jesus Velasco, Gianna Geati, Danny Moreau, P.J. McLeod, Ben Werling

8th grade: Bill Waltz, Alison Beck, Melina Blank, Courtney Brennan, Jimmy Zafiris


Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who make this library program possible!

Check your oldest or only child’s backpack today for a printed copy of the FSA End of Year report!  YOU are a school parent – YOU are invested in our mission.  We look forward to teaming up with all families to continue supporting our school! 

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 are pleased to announce that the winner of the Box Tops contest is THIRD GRADE!  Third grade collected over 2000 Box Tops, totaling $213.20.  Honorable mentions go to Kindergarten, 4th grade and 8th grade for each collecting over 1000 Box Tops this year.  Please continue your Box Tops collection at home this summer and be ready to turn them in when you return in August!  Thank you, Gina Heuer, for chairing our Box Tops committee!

Congratulations to all St. James Graduates in the Class of 2018!!  Best wishes to the Allaire, Choronzuk, Citrano, Evans, Ferriss, Gomez, Kaepplinger, Kennedy, Lee, Lipiarz, McCarthy, Passanante, Rossi, and Wright families who are graduating their only or youngest Bulldogs from SJS!    


Miss Tambling is also available for summer tutoring. Email her at if you are interested.