SJS enjoyed a fabulous (albeit truncated) Catholic Schools Week, enjoying a Cultural Arts Program, “Be Kind” t shirts, a special gift, performing service, a NO HOMEWORK day,  special Mass, honoring special students and staff, and a memorable variety show! MANY MANY THANKS to so many volunteers for making all of this possible!!


Congratulations to the 2019 Christian Spirit Award honorees, Clarisse Chambers and John Whelan, and the SJS Heart of the School, Mrs. Sharon Dillon! We’re proud of you and thank you for all you do for the students, families, and staff at St. James School!

CLICK HERE to check out more pictures from our Catholic School Week celebrations.




St. James School had a recognition visit from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on Thursday. The team examined personnel folders and student health folders to confirm compliance with state code. They completed a review of a plethora of documents including handbooks, governance, curricula from all disciplines, food service, mechanical inspection certification, and health code compliance.

St. James received a superior rating and received full recognition!

Thank you to the staff members who contributed significantly in preparing for this visit and achieving the desired outcome!




Bravo to SJS teachers who are adding to their repertoire as educators. We’re so proud of our life-long learners!!





This past week has been a challenging one weather-wise!

Unless you see St. James listed on the Emergency Closing Reports, assume the school is open.

IF A CLOSING OCCURS, the school status will also be posted on the school website and you will receive a phone message from School Messenger. SJS Facebook and Twitter pages will also be used for getting the word out.

A parent’s decision regarding school attendance due to bad weather is respected. Your support is appreciated as we try as hard as possible to stick to the annual calendar and avoid more makeup days in June!




Everyone who ordered a lunch for Wednesday (1/30) and Thursday (1/31) should see a credit on their account. A menu option has been added for Monday, February 4 since this is the make up day for one of the cold days. Please remember to order lunch from Quest or pack a lunch on Monday, February 4.




There was an opened over the counter Daytime Cold medication packet found on the floor outside room 210. This medication contains ingredients that could be harmful if found and taken by someone it is unintended.
Per our St James School Medication Policy, medication at school is discouraged but if it is necessary, it needs to be sent and distributed through the Health Office, following the procedure outlined in our Medication Policy.




February 5 & 6 – Vision & Hearing Screening

February 8 – All School Mass, 9:00

February 8 – Special Lunch

February 11 – Pizza with a Purpose

February 13 – School Council Meeting, 7:00

February 14 – Broadway Bulldogs present Mary Poppins, 7:00

February 15 – All School Mass

February 15 – Broadway Bulldogs present Mary Poppins, 7:00

February 17 -Broadway Bulldogs present Mary Poppins, 2:00

February 18 – Presidents’ Day, NO CLASSES


Thank you to our Daddy Daughter Dance Committee for another memorable evening! Meghan Kay, Katherine Sheldon, Diana Volpe, and Jackie Moreno hosted over 200 girls and their dads for a night of music and dancing!




SJS welcomed Culture Shock Chicago on Monday!

Students were treated to a high energy show that taught us about the culture of hip hop. Ask your student about the 4 pillars of hip hop – Peace, Love, Unity, Respect.

Even some of our SJS students & teachers joined in on the fun!

A big thank you to Jan DiCola for coordinating another fantastic Cultural Arts presentation!




Thank you to all who supported our annual Book Fair!

Jenna Hartman & Becky Dufern partnered with Anderson’s Book Fair Company to bring us a great selection of titles and educational playthings.  Look for news about upcoming author visits at our school.

The Book Fair would not have been successful without the many parents who showed up to unpack, stock, restock, checkout patrons, and repack!  Thank you!

All profits from the sale benefit our SJS Library!



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.





“Bubbles & Bling”

This is one of FSA’s largest fundraisers of the year. It is a lot of fun but requires an army of volunteers and support! Interested in helping collect donations for baskets? CLICK HERE to access the sign up genius.

CLICK HERE to be a sponsor!


  • Have a group you would like to sit with? Great!  CLICK HERE and fill out the registration form attached.
  • Looking for a group to sit with?  Great!
  • Reach out to your classroom Room Parents to sit with a group of ladies from your grade!


CLICK HERE to access the catalogue of classes and registration form.



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 Monday February 4st.

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.




CLICK HERE to access ticket purchase page.



Calling all CUB SCOUTS & Families!! 
It’s time to celebrate a great year of Scouting & Achievements!  Please join us on Friday, February 22 at 6pm in the St. James Parish Center as we celebrate our annual BLUE & GOLD Awards Dinner. Everyone in the family is welcome to attend. Dinner & Entertainment is provided! Please RSVP via the Cub Scout flyer –  Questions ask Michelle Koclanis –  Hope to see you there!