SJS continues to spread the word of our excellent program. Last week our teachers were present at the AHML Pre K Information Night. This week we were at St. Edna after Sunday Masses and enjoyed welcoming an overflow crowd to our
Pre K/Kindergarten Parent Information Night. Many many thanks to the parent volunteers who have helped to organize and execute these events. Parents are our best marketers!
Catholic Schools Week starts a week from this Sunday! We hope that your calendar is marked for our big Open House that will follow the 11:30 Mass.Catholic Schools Week will be filled with fun events and activities that show SJS pride!
Many thanks the following students for volunteering for the 2nd Sunday of the month Sunday Mass
  • Greeters: Colin, Fiona, Declan, Aidan, PJ and Finn McLeod
  • Readers: Finn and PJ McLeod
  • Gifts: Harper and Jackson Kelly
As students experience at our all school Masses on Fridays, taking on a special role in and around the liturgy is very rewarding. It can be all the more so when doing it as a family! All volunteer spots are open for February 10! CLICK HERE to sign up for any 2nd Sunday of the Month Mass through May.
Congratulations to Mrs. Potenza as she joins the ranks of recognized SJS Apple Teachers!

January 21School IS IN SESSION*

January 23 – Grade 7 Retreat

January 23 – 2nd Graders’ First Reconciliation

January 25 – All School Mass, 9:00

January 25 – Daddy Daughter Dance

January 27 – Family Mass, 11:30

January 27 – Catholic Schools Week Open House, following 11:30 Mass until 2:00 pm

January 28 – Spirit Wear

January 28 – Cultural Arts

February 1 – All School Mass, Christian Spirit & Heart of the School, 9:00

February 1 – CSW Variety Show, 1:00

February 4 – No Classes

February 5 & 6 – Vision & Hearing Screening

February 8 – All School Mass, 9:00

February 9 – Special Lunch

*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.



2018 tax year info from the Parish Business Office…

For the benefit of families eligible for the Illinois K-12 Education Expense Credit, you are now able to access your SMART Tuition 2018 year-end statement by logging into your SMART account at  The year-end statement can be found at the lower right side of your family home page – choose the report with the “Family Based” option.  If you have any questions, please contact SMART Tuition at 888-868-8828 or the parish business office at 224-345-7239 or 7211.




Technology Advances at SJS

Have you recently or will you soon upgrade your smart phone?  Did you know that your old Android or iOS device – if still “new-ish” (no more than one year old, has a 4 to 6 inch touch screen, is able to rotate orientation from horizontal to vertical (gyroscope), and is in good used condition with no screen cracks), can be used by our students to launch them into an amazing, exploratory world of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the classroom? Just imagine it!

AR & VR can help teachers

  • Build Global Awareness
  • Enhance STEM Lessons
  • Explore Empathy
  • Ignite Creativity
  • Engage our students


Virtual Reality

VR uses a completely digital experience to surround you in an artificial environment.  The environment may be digitally created or an actual video from a true experience, allowing you to look 360° up, down, left, right.  Example:  Exploring inside and outside the volcanoes in Hawaii, watching the flow of lava, and seeing the layers of formed rock.

Augmented Reality

AR is an enhanced version of reality.  A digital layer gives the illusion that we see something in our physical world that’s not really there.  Example:  Viewing the solar system on a student’s desktop to watch the earth’s rotational orbit of sun and the moon’s orbit of the earth.

We welcome your smart device donations now!  Your donation can open a world of incredible educational possibilities for our students.  Please contact Mrs. Gina Zebron if you think your device can be donated for this exciting EdTech opportunity!  THANK YOU!!     



Remember all the fun times at St. James!  Don’t miss your chance to order your full color yearbook.  The 2018-2019 yearbooks include portraits of every St. James student, collages, team pictures and more.

CLICK HERE to access the order form (one form per family) and include a $20.00 (per book) check made payable to St. James School.  Be sure to indicate the number of books you want per student and return the form with a check to the Office no later than Friday February 1st.

This is your only opportunity to purchase a 2018-2019 yearbook! All orders must be pre-paid by the due date.  NO EXTRAS ARE ORDERED.




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 by 1.21.

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! 
 Tickets are now available!  CLICK HERE to order. All tickets are $10 (under age 2 free).



Congratulations to the 8th grade boys team! They scored a 3rd place finish for in “Hometown Soldier” basketball tournament at St Alphonsus.

THANK YOU…to all who came out for the FSA Meeting & Faith Formation Speaker.

We were honored to have Rita King with us.  She encouraged and reminded us parents to be strong and brave in a culture that does not always support Catholic values. Pat Farrell and Deacon Hahn also spoke about how faith, prayer, and Scripture are part of everything our students do here at SJS. CLICK HERE to enjoy the handout that was shared at the presentation.


The meeting minutes will be posted next week.


Members voted and approved the following

  • 20 CPR wristband monitors for AHA compliance (Health Office $680)
  • Additional Funds for Learning Lab needs ($345)
  • Additional funds for Cultural Arts event ($625)
  • STEAM/Tech items (Ed Tech $3500)


Interested in serving on the FSA Board?

We are looking to fill the Vice President & Treasurer roles. Please reach out to Julie Furmanski if you are interested.





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 dropdown 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:











CLICK HERE to read about upcoming events at St. Viator High School.