Happy New Year!
I know I speak for the entire staff when saying THANK YOU for all of your signs of appreciation to us, at Christmastime and throughout the school year. From birthday/holiday gifts to giving before school supervisors hand warmers on sub-zero mornings, to your kind emails and smiles at dismissal—-we are very grateful for your partnership in growing our children! God bless you!



SJS welcomed 5 new students to start 2019! Welcome to Anastasia and Maxim Bodnar and Charlie, Ellie, and Michael O’Connor, who have returned from their international  experience. We’re happy to have both families as part of our St. James Family!




~Many of you are aware that at SJS we start each morning with prayer. At the conclusion of prayers, we have our announcements and the final announcement every day students are reminded to do their very best and BE KIND. This was one of the points made at the Parent Information Night back in August. Dinner conversation could include discussions of how each of us has been kind that day.
Relative to this point, an SJS parent recently sent a link to a terrific article. It offers practical, concrete ways in which we can continue to cultivate kindness in our children. They include
make caring for others a priority

  • provide opportunities for children to practice caring and gratitude, expand your child’s circle of concern
  • be a strong moral role model and mentor
  • guide children in managing destructive feelings

Each point carries reasons why it’s important, and how to implement strategies along with examples for implementation. CLICK HERE to find useful this useful article.



~As you know, the annual St.  James Variety Show is only weeks away.  This event has always been a great way to finish Catholic Schools Week.

Practice space for variety show acts has always been a premium at St James. January is a popular month for many ministries. Remember that we have Mass at 7:30 in the Parish Center every morning which eliminates not only that space but the Gathering Space along with it. The Gathering Space is also occupied for school activities during lunch time several days each week. Athletics has reserved times after school in the PC throughout the month.

You can see how options are limited for the time being but will open up considerably once the Church remodel has been completed! Your understanding of space limitations is appreciated.



Our teachers continue to make us proud! Thanks to these 2 teachers for spending their Christmas break becoming better professionals for their students!!


Please share this invitation with family, neighbors, and friends.  We’d love to see them at the PK/K Parent Information Night this coming Thursday!

Thanks to those who have been sharing PK/K PIN and the Open House posts on social media!



FROM THE DESK OF MRS. PAT FARRELL, Director of Spiritual Formation

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. (John 1:-1-2). So begins the Gospel of John.

And it continues with these words.

“…. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.(John 1-10-11)

This is the state of humanity at the present time. It is import to note that this is not God’s will for His creation; rather it is the way that people have chosen to live out their humanity. Yet this presents a tremendous challenge for those of us who choose another way, God’s way, to live out our being. CLICK HERE to read more.



Happy New Year!

Family dinners at my house can be challenging. My husband travels, and my daughter and I have busy schedules. I have been looking into ways to make our time together at meal time more enjoyable. A New Year’s Resolution perhaps?? In looking for ideas, I came across the Family Dinner Project and I thought I would share some highlights. CLICK HERE to read more.





The long-awaited information about a crew for Mary Poppins Jr. has arrived!  Signing up is time-sensitive, and students will be assigned experienced-based and first-come-first-served basis.  We are looking for a maximum of eight students from grades 6, 7, or 8. CLICK HERE for more information and sign up.


The famous nanny, Mary Poppins, flies to St. James on February 14, 15, and 17 to help George, Winifred, Jane and Michael Banks repair their broken ways.  Come see the Broadway Bulldogs cast of 60 and mighty stage crew of 8 transform the Parish Center stage into 1910 London where you will watch statues come to life, see that a regular store is anything but ordinary, and where those dusty chimney cleaners “sweep” you away to the super-memorable and practically perfect music made famous by Walt Disney. The show promises to delight audiences of all ages! 
CLICK HERE to order tickets. All tickets are $10 (under age 2 free) and go on sale Monday, January 14th.


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

If YOU are a registered family, YOU are a member of FSA!


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

St. James School Presents 2019 Variety Show

“Stars of Gold”

Friday, February 1, 2019

CLICK HERE for dates and details.  CLICK HERE for the permission form.

“Be Kind” Spirit Wear was delivered this week!

Let’s show our “Be Kind” spirit during Catholic Schools Week!









*** NEW EVENT DATE ***  Wednesday, February  27 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.

To register for the event, visit

(*Note – New Event Date! This event was originally scheduled for Jan. 9–it has been changed to Feb. 27, 2019.)