SJS is proud of our teachers continuing to build their professional toolkits! Our life long learners are creating more engaging learning atmospheres for SJS students.

With the arrival of Advent this coming Sunday, our church begins a new year! Advent is a daily reminder that this season is a time for prayer and preparation. The children all celebrate using the classroom Advent wreathes and special prayers and songs. You are invited to celebrated with the St. James Parish community on Sundays as well as in your homes. You can say special prayers for the season or make your own Advent calendar or an Advent wreath.

However you mark the season, it’s like other things in life…the better one prepares, the deeper the satisfaction in the celebration.

Happy New Year!



December 2 – 1st Sunday of Advent

December 3 – Pizza with a Purpose

December 5 – Santa’s Secret Shop (for PK4-grade 2)

December 7 – All School Mass

December 7 – Kindergarten for a Day

December 8 – Cookies with Santa

December 9 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 10 – Baby Bulldogs

December 12 – School Council Meeting, 7:00

December 14 – All School Mass, 9:00

December 14 – Special Lunch


Over the last couple of weeks, we have all had more than the usual amount of activity in our homes.

People have been coming and going and those of us who have “semi-independent” young adults most likely asked more than a few questions such as “Where are you going?” (especially when handing over the car keys) “Are you ready yet?” “Who are you waiting for”?   CLICK HERE to read more.



Did you  know that the sixth graders went to Greece this week? Students took a virtual field trip to Greece on Wednesday via Skype! CLICK HERE to read more!


Congratulations to the following Saint James School alumni who have achieved distinction!

  • Grace Zimmerman, Class of 2016 and Sara Schultz, Class of 2017 achieved all conference status playing tennis
  • Sarah Bailitz, Class of 2015, has committed to playing softball for the University of Dayton
  • Nolan Doherty, Class of 2015, has committed to playing golf for Loyola University



Christmas Collection

Please note the following correction to the Staff List published last week:                              Mrs. Mary Dunton is an aide for Mrs. Gerardi (PK4).

CLICK HERE for the correct Staff List.




“In a world where you can be anything, Be Kind.”   CLICK HERE to order your new St. James Be Kind Spirit Wear shirt in time for Catholic Schools Week!   Orders due by December 10th.




St. James School Presents 2019 Variety Show…”Stars of Gold”

Save the Date:  Friday, February 1, 2019

Permission forms will be sent out next week.  Start thinking about your acts! Forms will be due on Tuesday, December 18th!




FSA Meeting 7-8pm    Raising Moral Children  8-9pm  (a Faith Formation event, details to come)






The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has introduced the 100 Books Before High School program. This is a year long program during which student can receive prizes all along the way. Students in grades 4-8 can register here. CLICK HERE for more information or visit the Kids’ World or Hub Desks. Read-a-thon events will be held during Christmas break on January 3 & 4.