Here’s peek at some of the learning experiences happening among SJS students this week:

Grade 2 prayed the rosary in the chapel.

Grade 1 solved algorithms with Mrs. Zebron to prepare for learning coding.

Grade 8 Scholastic Bowl team members had fun testing their knowledge at the Saint Viator Competition!

Grade 3 experienced hands on learning at The Grove to make their Native Americans unit come alive.




October 15 – Back to long pants uniform! No more shorts!

October 24 – Band & Chorus Concert, 7:00

October 26 – Tip Off

October 29 – Spirit Wear

November 1 – All Saints Day, Holy Day of Obligation Mass, 9:00




Congratulations to the newly elected Student Council Officers:

  • Aiden Allenfort & Ryan Daugherty, Co-Presidents
  • Kelsey Neary & Tyler Potenza, Co- Vice President,
  • Isabella Klimowicz, Secretary
  • Angel Hernandez Treasurer.


Student Council Class Reps include: .

  • Grade 8: Samantha Bell, Jake Cohen, Carson Koclanis & Michael McManaman
  • Grade 7: Kelly Cassady, John Hutchison, Finn McCleod & Ben Sheldon
  • Grade 6: Matthew Banholzer, Danny DiCola & Alexis Horn

We look forward to participating in the plans this group devises for service learning and fun experiences!




Make Sundays more joyful…Experience Sunday Mass in a special way!  All St. James School families are invited to take a special role for Mass

Be greeters           Proclaim the readings                             Present the gifts.

It all starts November 14!

Moms, dads, and children can take on a special role at the 10:00 Mass every 2nd Sunday of the month by

  • Greeting families in the Gathering Space or at the Arlington Hts. Rd. door-4 or  more families per Sunday
  • Proclaiming the readings**-1 or 2 families per Sunday
  • Presenting the gifts-1 family per Sunday
  • Students are asked to wear school uniforms and are awarded service hours and spirit wear passes

  **The readings may be proclaimed by family members 8 years of age or older (3rd Grade).

Readings are provided in advance for practice.

CLICK HERE to sign up. Select your date and how you’d like to serve.

Questions or further information may be directed to Mrs. Pappas at 224.345.7145




Last week, I told you about the Archdiocesan Summit that was dedicated to renewing the Church in Chicago, even as other Catholic churches throughout the world are undertaking this work in various ways.

Admittedly, that is significant work on a very large scale. So what does that mean to us as families of St. James?  CLICK HERE to read more.





I have spoken with many parents about the topic of homework challenges. Whether the challenge is procrastination, disorganization, or the failure to turn the completed homework, life after school hours can be stressful for everyone. I wanted to share some strategies from The Kid Organizer ( CLICK HERE to read more.




Did you know that emails to is the most efficient way to correspond with our nurses? Since this is a shared position with Mrs. Baker, Mrs. Westerkamp, and Mrs. Mitchell working on different days, communicating with just one of the nurses may delay response time or delivery of important paperwork. Of course, if you prefer to communicate with one nurse you may certainly use her individual email.






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.
Auditions are on 10/15 or 10/16 in the O’Brien Room. Deadline for sign up is TODAY!







Congratulations to Miss Lazzeretti for running the Chicago Marathon last weekend!

And to all in our SJS community who ran the marathon…we are proud of you!










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.

Please contact Lisa Woods ( if you are interested in helping or if you would like more information.



Keep clipping those BOX TOPS!!

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 translates to $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








The SJS Varsity Soccer Team are the champions of the North Shore Catholic Soccer League! In a tense competition against Northside Catholic Academy, the Bulldogs fought through overtimes and the game was decided by penalty kicks! Thanks to the student athletes , coaches, and parents for a memorable season!














Prospect High School with Show Choir Rocks, a clinic for 4th through 12th graders will be held on Sunday, November 11, starting at 1:00 p.m. with the finale concert at 4:00 p.m. The registration deadline for the event is November 1.