As spring approaches families are reminded that ASPIRE standardized testing will be held during the week of April 8-12. Please refrain from making appointments that will keep students in grades 3-8 our of the building. It is critical that students arrive in a timely fashion ordinarily, but especially on testing days, to avoid starting  the day anxious, hurried, rushed, and a bit behind those who were here earlier.



One of the most common traditions of Lent is to pray the Stations of the Cross. This prayer helps us reflect on the passion and death of Christ in preparation for Good Friday observance and the Easter celebration. The school children who pray the Stations on Friday afternoons at 2:45. With our church renovation we can be more creative in our desire to prayer this devotion. Try one of the many online resources available:


CLICK HERE for more Lenten activities at St. James Parish.




Thank you to those who participated in a special way this past Sunday as a greeter, reader, and/or gift bearer: The Dean and Koclanis Families. You, too, can take part by signing up on the SJS website— (Digital Backpack/Get Involved/Sunday Mass Volunteer) There are openings for Greeters,Gift Bearers and Readers in April and May.






Third through sixth graders had a special visit with author Lisa Graff.  Ms Graff navigated through her journey of becoming a children’s book author. She also offered her perspectives on the profession of writing along with some fun exercises on why to use metaphors. And what was the #1 rule of being a good writer?  Being a good reader!




Bravo, Mrs. Trausch!! SJS is so proud of all of our teachers who take time to be life-long learners to benefit our children!!!





Congratulations to the 7th Grade Scholastic Bowl Team who participated in a competition at St. Viator High School. The team members include Abi Beck, Angel Hernandez, John Hutchison, Finn McLeod, P.J. McLeod, Charlie O’Connor,  Michael O’Connor, Ben Sheldon, and  Sofia Villaseñor.




The Bulldog Chorus had a fun evening with their families at the Chicago Wolves game. The Chorus was the featured singing group at the game.

March 18 – Spirit Wear

March 18 – Artist Awareness

March 21 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 22 –  NO CLASSES, Faculty Retreat

March 25-29NO CLASSES, Spring Break

April 1 – Classes Resume

April 1 – Pizza with a Purpose

April 5 – All School Mass, 9:00

***REMINDER***  School is not in session Friday, April 19 (Good Friday) through Wednesday, April 24. School resumes on Thursday, April 25. This is due to the Office of Catholic Schools mandating all schools attend the NCEA conference on April 23 and 24.


This Sunday’s Gospel is the story of the Transfiguration. It is especially important when considered in the context of Lent.

Jesus took his inner circle of apostles—Peter, James, and John—up a mountain, which is a place of revelation; so it was clear something important was about to happen. CLICK HERE to read more.



Calling all Parents!

Friday, April 12th at 9am is the Parent Led Mass. Please consider being part of something very special! The kids absolutely love seeing their parents participate. Please use the link below for more details and to sign-up:




FSA Meeting:  April 9 at 7pm



Mrs. Whelan delivered 25 sandwiches to St. James PADS  and 94 lunches to Catholic Charities. Thank you for your contributions to feed the hungry.



Mrs. Long is offering a unique opportunity to explore a science topic that sparks interest in many and is not found in the science curriculum at school. Incoming 5th-8th graders this summer will explore fingerprint, hair, DNA analysis, chromotography and more!!  CLICK HERE for more information and registration on how to be a Crime Buster!



Calling all current Kindergarten and First Grade students! Are you up for a challenge this summer? Come join Miss Tambling and Miss Lollino and participate in STEM Challenges! CLICK HERE for more information and registration.


Dear Parents,

High School District 214 in partnership with the Link Together Coalition will be presenting a six-week parenting series on “What Every Parent Needs to Know.

This dynamic program will give parents important information on children’s growth and development and on what current research tells us about the best ways to raise and deal with our children in today’s fast paced world. Bob Leece, who has taught thousands of parents over the past 40 years will be presenting these sessions at Buffalo Grove High School. Parents love these sessions with Bob and many reported that these sessions have helped them tremendously along their parenting journey. Bob’s unique style helps parents look inside of themselves and he helps parents learn parenting styles that work in disciplining children while at the same time helping them maintain and build effective relationships with their kids. You will not be disappointed in these classes and you will leave each session refreshed and renewed. Many parents in the past ended up talking with one another after each session has ended. Many bring friends and relatives to the classes and have sessions together to discuss and talk about what they have learned. Bob will write you letters after each session giving you the highlights of each class and techniques you can try at home when dealing with your children.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays at Buffalo Grove High School: April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14 7:00pm – 9:00pm. To register call 847-718-7700 or go to the Community Education website: .The total cost for all six sessions is $30.00 and these funds go to support needy families and the community education program. If you would like to talk to Bob directly you can call him at: 847-718-4027 or email