The school children started their week together around the Advent wreath and prayed and sang “O come Emanuel!”  I could feel the hope of the season in their young voices. It was beautiful and exactly the focus of Advent. Around the building we have visible signs with various forms of Advent wreathes. It’s interesting to see the many ways an Advent wreath can be constructed!

Do you realize the meaning of the elements of the Advent wreath? CLICK HERE to learn more!

if you are not moved by Advent wreaths or carols or if you simply have too much preparation to do for the externalities of Christmas that you have no time to prepare spiritually, do this one thing: Go to confession. Make an examination of conscience. Focus on your sins. Recognize how badly we all need our Savior.

December 8 – Cookies with Santa

December 9 – 2nd Sunday of Advent

December 10 – Baby Bulldogs

December 12 –  Sandwich Ministry

December 12 – School Council Meeting, 7:00

December 13 – Pre K 3 Sing a Long

December 13 – Geo Bee

December 14 – All School Mass, 9:00

December 14 – Special Lunch

December 17 – Spirit Wear

December 17 – PK 4 Sing a Long

December 19 –  Kindergarten Christmas Program

December 20 – All School Christmas Program, 2;00

December 21 – All School Mass

December 21 – 11:30 Dismissal, Christmas Break begins


…to our most recent faculty TECH BADGE recipients!!

Mrs. Kura has earned the Connected Educator Badge! Her connections included the Council for Exceptional Children & the International Literacy Association.

Angela Lazzeretti, Mary Gerardi and Emily Frye earned the Lifelong Learners badge. To meet the requirements of the badge they specifically met to talk about incorporating the use of iPads in the PK4 classroom and tweeted about it.


SJS is proud of Colleen McMahon, Class of 2015. She won the Lion Award for the most spirited player on the swim team!

Do you have news on SJS alumni?  We love to celebrate our graduates! Send information to


Cyber Guide for Parents – Presentation by Detective Richard Wistocki

Wed., Jan. 9 from 7 – 9 p.m. 

St. James Parish Center (820 N. Arlington Heights Rd.)

Detective Wistocki will teach parents how to have technology talks with their child, parental responsibility, trending crimes, reporting incidents, collecting evidence, software for computer and cell phone, red flags, sexting issues, and social networking issues. CLICK HERE for more information about Detective Wistocki.

CLICK HEREto register for the event.


Thank you to Lisa Chu for coordinating the Christmas Collection this week! And many thank to all of the parent volunteers who assisted by collecting, sorting, and counting!




NEW SPIRIT WEAR STYLES!       “In a world where you can be anything, Be kind”

CLICK HERE to find the order form for new St. James “Be Kind” Spirit Wear shirt which will be ready in time for Catholic Schools Week!  Orders due by December 10th. No late orders can be accepted.



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

Save the Date:  Friday, February 1, 2019

Permission forms are due Tuesday, December 18th.

CLICK HERE for dates and details!  CLICK HERE for the sign up form.




~ SAVE THE DATE ~ TUESDAY, JANUARY 15th  ~ FSA Meeting 7-8pm

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