Christmas circles around the idea of gifts and giving. Jesus Christ, God’s gift to us, calls us to come to a greater realization of the many gifts that we too often take for granted. With the recent losses experienced by members of our SJS families, the comfort and warmth from the community has been a gift to them.

Once of my greatest gifts is the St. James community. The annual outpouring of appreciation by parents and parishioners affirm for me the fact that God has steered me to where He wants me to be. I know our faculty and staff feel the same way! For us, it is a sign that the gifts we have been given are to be shared. That is how we show our appreciation to God for that which He has given us!

The entire faculty and staff of St. James School wish you a very Merry Christmas and God’s blessings on your family throughout the new year!! Thank you for your trust, your time, and your generosity all year long!





December 21 – 11:30 Dismissal, Christmas Break Begins

January 7 – Classes Resume

January 7 – Pizza With a Purpose

January 8 – School Council Meeting, 7:00

January 11 – All School Mass, 9:00

January 11 – Special Lunch

January 14 – Baby Bulldogs

January 15 – FSA Meeting, 7:00

January 17 – Pre K / Kindergarten Information Night, 7:00

January 19 – All School Mass, 9:00

January 19 – Ski Trip, Gr.7 & 8

January  19 – Midterm

January 21 – School IS IN SESSION*

*With the Office of Catholic Schools requiring all schools to attend the NCEA Convention in Chicago for 2 days during April, SJS is in session on January 21 in lieu of adding an additional day in June.

TECH NEWS   Congrats to SJS for participating in Computer Science Education Week 2018!  CLICK HERE to see details and watch our CS Ed Week wrap-up video to see how students in Grades 1-8 got involved.  Go on…and get your Dance Party started at home!



It is “beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. While that may be true, the way it is meant by the culture is not always consistent with the real sense of anticipation of Christmas.

As Catholics, we will continue to prepare for Christmas through the 24th of December. That includes the celebration of the Fourth week of Advent, this Sunday, December 23rd. CLICK HERE to read more.


The Online Directory is up and running!  To log in the first time:

1) Go to Family Directory in the upper right corner of the St James School webpage (or find Family Directory in the drop down menu if viewing on your mobile device)

2) Username is:

3) Enter password: gobulldogs19

4) Users will be directed to change their password on first login.

That’s it! Mom’s name should be exactly as it was given to us for the paper directory.

Questions? Contact us at:




FSA Meeting / 7-8pm

8-9pm / Raising Children in a Culture of Relativism

Please join us for our first Parent Formation event, as we welcome Rita King, Religion Teacher at SVHS.  CLICK HERE for details.





CLICK HERE to access the Reservation form for this popular event.




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 permission form.



Each year, Illinois State Scholars represent the top 10 percent of high school seniors from 765 high schools across the state. Earning this distinction means the student has scored in the 95th percentile or above on the ACT or SAT, and ranks in the top half of the class.

SVHS has let us know of these SJS alumni who have achieved this honor: Thomas Constertina, Faith Cooper, Nolan Doherty, Zachary Evans, Nicole Gallant, Matteo Garland, Anna Haas, Sara Hankinson, Maura Hogaboom,  Colleen McMahon, Matthew McManaman, Michael Purk, Kiana Resch, Amalia Sordo-Palacios,  Cassidy Versen, and William Walberg.

Congratulations on your success! Looking forward to a future filled with new adventures!