October is one of the months that the Church dedicates to Mother Mary. During this month we honor of the power of praying the rosary along with so many other Marian prayers. Our students are learning more about the rosary and its recitation in school. How wonderful it would be for you to support this devotion as a small group or as a family!

Students have the opportunity to join schoolmates praying the rosary every Monday after school in the chapel. We hope to see more Bulldogs there!

Queen of the Rosary, pray for us!


Congratulations to SJS teachers, Sharon Dillon, Nicole Long, and Laura Tambling! Each of them has achieved the status of Apple Certified Teacher! CLICK HERE to read more.




Parent-Teacher Conference will be held the afternoon/evening of Thursday, November 8 and the morning of Friday, November 9.  Appointment request forms are going home with oldest & only students today. Please choose the day you’d like for your conference. Specific time requests are difficult to schedule. Teachers will do their best to accommodate your requests. FORMS ARE DUE BACK ON OR BEFORE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10. Schedules will be sent home on Thursday, November 2. Forms for sign up have been sent home with oldest/only child/ren. For your convenience, you can CLICK HERE to access the form.




Every so often, everyone’s house needs a good renewal – both in terms of the structure and in terms of how each member of the family shares responsibility for the household.

Our shared “Household of Faith” – the Archdiocese of Chicago – invited members of all Archdiocesan parishes, offices, and programs to a two day summit this week, called “Renew My Church”. CLICK HERE to read more.



Students in 3rd-8th grade are being introduced to this year’s Battle of the Books program in the library this month!  CLICK HERE to see attached flyer for details about the program and also for this year’s book lists.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please join us for a meeting on Friday, October 19th after Mass in the library.  If you cannot make it, please email Becky Dufern at




The 6th Grade Class Invites you to purchase……

Apples cost between $1.75 and $4.00 with a variety from which to choose. Funds raised contribute to the cost of the 6th grade outdoor education program at White Pines.  Order are due on or before October 11 and delivered on October 18. This is a firm deadline.  CLICK HERE for the order form.




Please CLICK HERE to register your child/children for this year’s school musical, Mary Poppins, Jr!  All details are included at this link and the $65 non-refundable payment may be taken by credit card. If you have any questions please contact Julie Cohen at
The production team is very eager to meet the kids at auditions 10/15 or 10/16 in the O’Brien Room.
Break a leg to everyone!


… to all who came out for Comedy Night! We had over 275 attendees!

A huge shout out to Beth Cloud for coordinating the event! Additionally, many others volunteered to make the evening a success: Helen Nicolandis, Jennifer Thengil, Michaela Barrett, Melissa Semerau, Grace Smith, Meghan Kay, Jill Larkowski, Sean Smith, Lily Meyers, Christine Chodil, and Kristen Wentink. And special thanks to Gina Zebron for all her help ‘behind the scenes.”


…to Jan DiCola for coordinating our 1st Cultural Arts presentation of the year: STEAM…a state of the art, hands-on, children’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math museum brought to SJS!

Assisted by our 7th & 8th Graders and MANY parent volunteers, our K-6th graders enjoyed a day of interactive learning in this mobile museum.

You’ll find more STEAM Cultural Arts photos in the SJS PHOTO LIBRARY



DIRECTORIES ARE READY! SJS School Family Directories are ready and were sent home with every family this week!

Thank you to Christine Chodil & Lily Meyers for all their hard work on this big project!




The minutes from our September 11th meeting have been posted to the SJS website. Click here to view.





Do you love volunteering in the classroom? Artist Awareness needs a few more volunteers!  No art experience is necessary.  Artist Awareness volunteers visit classrooms on select Mondays throughout the year to teach a mini lesson about important artists.  Each classroom visit lasts 15 minutes and materials are provided.

A brief orientation meeting will be held on Thursday, October 11th at 9 a.m. and the first presentation date is October 22nd.  Please contact Lisa Woods ( if you are interested in helping or if you would like more information.






St. James varsity soccer won their playoff game Thursday evening, 3-0!! GO BULLDOGS!! They will be playing in the championship game on Tuesday, October 9, at 7pm at Notre Dame High School, 7655 Dempster Street in Niles. Come pack the stands and support your Bulldogs!



Tip Off T Shirts  CLICK HERE to order Tip Off t shirts! Be aware that there is a VERY quick turn-around on ordering— forms are due this coming Tuesday, October 9. This is a firm deadline.



Cross Country

Congratulations on a terrific season!





We need all members of St. James age 18 and older to take the survey. Your opinion is very important as we work to renew our church and fulfill God’s purpose for us now and in the years to come. The survey is confidential and takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. To take the survey, go to: (Note: Once you get into the survey, you will need to input this Access Code: DD6EE9F)






Time is Running Out….

YOU can support the Jubilation at James auction and raffle with an in-kind donation. Click here to view some examples of items on our wish list.