It was such a thrill to welcome our grandparents and special guests to SJS. Mass was, as always, a beautiful sharing of faith. Thank you to The Davy Family for leaving us with a beautiful message and affirmation of the priceless gift of a Catholic education! “Faith is the gift that keeps on giving!”

Students had memorable experiences with their grandparents/special friends in the classrooms. Thank you to all those who made this day so very special for us!! Photos from the day will be posted to the photo gallery on the website very soon.


If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to write your child’s name on all belongings. The lost and found is already teeming with uniforms, sweaters, water bottles, and lunch bags.




TECH CORNER    St. James School is proud to integrate technology into the curriculum in all grade levels. Our technology philosophy says…READ MORE.




Thanks to those who have already submitted health forms that are REQUIRED  by the state of Illinois. If you have not yet done so, please attend to this promptly. State statute excludes students from school attendance who haven’t fulfilled this requirement by October 15.

Pre-K 3                1) Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam

Pre-K 4                1) Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam if student is in Preschool for the first time……if student was in PreK 3 anywhere else, that Health Exam can be transferred to St. James.

Kindergarten      1) Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam   2) Eye Exam     3) Dental Exam

2nd Grade            1) Dental Exam

6th Grade             1) Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam    2) Dental Exam


4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th      Illinois Certificate of Child Health Exam (We need a completed physical annually if your child is participating in any sporting activity)

*All completed examinations are due on the first day of practice

IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTIONS   Immunizations are required for all students.  The immunization schedule must be compliant with the guidelines of Illinois Department of Public Health.  If you choose to be non-compliant of the rules for IDPH, you must submit the IDPH Exemption form signed by you and your physician. For questions call the Health Office @ 224-345-7147

***Students will be excluded from school / sports until compliant.***



SJS is pleased to offer after school enrichment classes for our students. There’s a great assortment of interestes being addressed—from art to coding and dancing to cooking! Stay, Play & Learn offerings are listed int he catalogue link below along with a registration form. REGISTRATION CLOSES ON SEPT. 17.

Click here to access the Stay, Play & Learn catalogue.

Click here to access the Stay, Play & Learn registration form.




SJS Student Council sponsors Pizza with a Purpose as a monthly fundraiser for charitable causes. Last year donations were made to Hurricane Maria, Foundation for Children in Need, and The Pediatric Cancer Reserach Foundation. ORDER DEADLINE IS SEPT. 21.

Click here  here for the order form.





We will be meeting in the CAFETERIA!   Please plan to attend.  Light refreshments will be served. 

If YOU are a registered SJS family, YOU are a member of FSA!


Special Lunch Program 2018-2019 —  Deadline for ordering Sept 28, 2018
The Family & School Association invites you to participate in our Special Lunch Program. This year we have NEW online ordering and a NEW vendor …. Chick-fil-A!  Did you know that each special lunch purchased contributes to providing a complimentary lunch for SJS faculty & staff? Thank you St. James!
Dates, vendor, meal choice, prices and more… all on the SJS website!
How to place an order – visit –   St. James School website / Parents / Special Lunch Program or
Please place all orders for the 2018-2019 school year at one time (8 dates). You may place orders for multiple children during one transaction, please click the red button “ADD FOOD ORDER” to enter an additional child.  If you have any questions please email Michelle Koclanis or Kate DiMarco

The 2018-2019 Annual Fund is here!

Our Goal = 100% participation    Progress update…….56%

THANK YOU to all families who have already contributed.

REMINDER – we have ELIMINATED dues & product-based fundraisers! FSA support of SJS has not changed.  Your donation will support our MANY programs. Donations can be made via FaithDirect!  Click here to donate!

Did you know that your company might EASILY match your donation! In order to track donations, if your company is planning to match your Annual Fund donation – please let us know by sending a quick email to  Please include your name, company name, and amount.



Get Involved!

We have many volunteer opportunities – large and small! Committee descriptions and contact information is available Check us out HERE or go to SJS homepage, click ‘Parents’ and ‘Get Involved’.



Friday, September 28th – Comedy Night    

Grab some friends and come on out for a night of fun & laughter! We have a great line-up of comedians & BYOB…..

Contact Beth Cloud with questions –

Click HERE for the reservation form.



Our Box Tops contest is back!!!

Saint James collects Box Tops from participating products such as General Mills cereals, Ziploc bags, Annie’s snacks, Hefty bags, and many more!  The grade who collects the most box tops by the end of the school year will receive a prize!  Last year, we collected approximately 12,000 box tops for our school, which is $1200!  Each homeroom teacher has a collection box in the classroom, so please send your box tops in with your child!  For questions, please contact Gina Heuer at


ST. JAMES NEEDS YOUR OPINION—WATCH FOR THE GALLUP ME25 SURVEY!Next week, St. James will conduct Gallup’s Member Engagement (ME25) survey, a census of all adult members of our parish. The survey will give you the opportunity to share your opinions about some of the key aspects of our parish life. This survey is an important part of our efforts to renew our church and fulfill God’s purpose for us now and in the years to come. Watch for more information about how your opinion can be heard!



Jubilation at St. James is fast approaching and the auction committee is still in need of donations. We need sports and event tickets, vacation homes, airline miles, unique items for home and garden, and one of a kind experiences. Please consider supporting Jubilation. Go to for more information on how to donate. Thank you!!



Sponsor this year’s Jubilation at St. James…Under the Big Tent and showcase your business to the entire St. James community. Sponsorship benefits include recognition on social media, parish communications, signage at the event and more.Click here for information.